11 DAYS ~ ITALY ~ SWITZERLAND ~ FRANCE ~ ENGLAND
Insight Gold is a truly special occasion,
a smaller group escorted vacation
celebrated as fine art. Stay in luxury
hotels, dine in outstanding restaurants
and enjoy leisurely days with premium
included sightseeing. This is an entirely
new perspective on a classical journey.
With two-night stays throughout, this classic route through
the Alps sets the perfect pace. In the cities, it allows for
sightseeing in the mornings and free time in the afternoon.
While the high-speed TGV from Dijon to Paris, turns what is
normally a full day on the coach into a more leisurely affair.
Your exquisite hotels are mostly traditional or historic in
character, yet they have all been renovated to provide
modern facilities with a touch of class. You can’t fault the
locations too, whether you are gazing out over the Grand
Canal in Venice or in the historic heart of Paris.
Stop at Lake Como, an oasis of tranquillity and luxuriant vegetation at the foot of the Alps
DAY 1 – ROME. Welcome to Italy! You are met on arrival at Don’t worry about your luggage, we’ll arrange for it’s Burgundy and its historic capital Dijon. See the Palace of the
Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport. At 09:30, 12:30 & transportation to your elegant hotel, overlooking the Grand Dukes and imposing Notre Dame cathedral, as well as the
15:30 your transfer departs for your luxury hotel set on the Canal with majestic views towards the island of San Giorgio. picturesque mansions in the Rue des Forges before boarding the
grand Piazza della Repubblica. Tonight, join your Tour Director After dinner, experience the magic of St Mark’s Square under world famous TGV fast train to Paris. On arrival in the glittering
for a Welcome reception followed by dinner. Hotel: Exedra (D) the stars. Hotel: Monaco & Grand Canal.(BB,D) French capital, transfer to your magniﬁcent and historic hotel,
DAY 2 – iMpERiAl ROME. Join your guide in the Vatican City DAY 6 – thE MAGiC OF lA sERENissiMA. Venice was once the epitome of Parisian elegance, located near the Louvre and
where you are escorted through St Peter’s Basilica - its history, one of the greatest trading centres of the world. The city’s Opéra Garnier. Hotel: InterContinental Paris Le Grand. (BB)
art and architecture expertly revealed. Now visit the Colosseum, wealth and power is evidenced by the riches of St Mark’s DAY 10 – thE CitY OF liGht. Guided sightseeing shows you
scene of great excitement in Imperial times. Ascend the broad Basilica. Admire also the Doge’s Palace and its adjoining Bridge the highlights of the city including Notre Dame Cathedral, the
ﬂight of steps to Michelangelo’s spectacular Piazza del of Sighs. No visit to Venice would be complete without a gondola Place de la Concorde, Champs Élysées, Garnier’s Opera and the Arc
Campidoglio from where you overlook the Roman Forum. This ride to see the hidden parts of the city. Afterwards, take to the de Triomphe. Then visit the Louvre, housing one of the world’s best
afternoon is set aside for you to enjoy Rome as you please. (BB) water once more to explore the Venetian lagoon. The colourful known art collections. Your guide leads you through the galleries
island of Burano is a photographers’ paradise, famous for its to see the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory, the Mona Lisa and more.
DAY 3 – ROME – FlORENCE. A highlight of any visit to Rome is
lace and leaning campanile. A local style seafood lunch This is followed by an ascent of the Eiffel Tower for panoramic
without doubt, a private guided tour of the priceless art in the
sampling the local specialities and wine is included. (BB,HL) vistas over the city. The afternoon is at leisure in this most
Vatican Museums. Emerge into the glorious Sistine Chapel,
immortalised by Michelangelo’s painted ceiling. Head for the DAY 7 – VENiCE – lAKE COMO – iNtERlAKEN. Cross romantic of cities. Join us this evening for a farewell gourmet
cypress clad hills and vineyards of Tuscany. Pause to sample the northern Italy via the wine regions of Soave and Valpolicella. dinner at one of the city’s renowned restaurants. (BB,HD)
Chianti wines that make this region so famous. Continue to your Pause for a stop by stunning Lake Como, surrounded by pine DAY 11 – pARis – lONDON. Cross the battleﬁelds of the
central hotel, overlooking Brunelleschi’s Cathedral, just steps covered mountains. Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you continue Somme and pause for a moving visit at the WWI cemetery in
away from the Ufﬁzi Gallery. Hotel: Brunelleschi (BB,D) into the heart of the Swiss Alps, past gushing streams and Fromelles. Learn how our conservation partner, the Centre for
soaring peaks to your charming hotel in beautiful Interlaken. Battleﬁeld Archaeology, helped ﬁnd a ﬁnal resting place for
DAY 4 – FlORENCE OF thE MEDiCis. Join your local guide
Hotel: Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa. (BB,D) many of these brave men. Continue to the port of Calais for
for a tour of the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s beautiful
statue of David. Continue to the multi-coloured marble DAY 8 – lUCERNE AND thE Alps. Enjoy a relaxing day in the your voyage to Dover. After a short drive through the pretty
cathedral, Giotto’s belltower and ‘Gates of Paradise’ before sumptuous surroundings of your luxury hotel or use your time Kent countryside, the tour comes to an end in London. (BB)
visiting the Piazza della Signoria. Pause for a refreshing gelato to ascend the ‘James Bond’ mountain of Schilthorn or even the
before strolling on to Piazza Santa Croce famous for its cathedral Jungfrau, ‘The Top of Europe’. Alternatively, join us on a trip over
and luxury shops. The joys of Florence are varied so the the Brünig Pass to beautiful Lucerne. On arrival embark on an
afternoon is free for your own personal exploration. (BB) excursion by cog-wheel train and cable-car to the summit of
one of Switzerland’s most famous mountains, Mount Pilatus.
DAY 5 – FlORENCE – BOlOGNA – VENiCE. Head north
Admire the views of the snow capped Jungfrau and Eiger peaks
through the wild Apennine Mountains to the city of Bologna,
before descending to Lucerne for a walk with your Tour Director
gastronomic capital of Italy. See Giambologna’s Neptune
to the sorrowful Lion Monument. Stroll along the Chapel Bridge
Fountain in the Old Town and rub shoulders with the locals in
to the ornate Jesuit Church and see the Old City Walls. Spend
the small shops just off Piazza Maggiore. There’s time to savour
some time shopping before returning to Interlaken. (BB)
the local specialties in the trattorias and ristoranti before
continuing to the Venetian lagoon. Once across the causeway, DAY 9 – iNtERlAKEN – DiJON – pARis. Cross the French
leave your coach for the romantic canals of this unique city. border this morning. Travel to the wine growing region of
Stay ‘between the lakes’ at Interlaken
Key Take a private guided tour of Drift through the romantic canals on a traditional gondola before
2 LOCATIONS + NIGHTS LONDON
LUXURY HOTELS IN DESIRABLE the Louvre Museum to see the embarking on a cruise across the Venetian lagoon to the island of
Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo Germany
Holland Burano, for a delightful seafood lunch!
d LOCALLY GUIDED SIGHTSEEING
AND ORIENTATION TOURS h
See hotel details on pages 183-188 Eng Fromelles
Ascend the magniﬁcent Eiffel Tower in Paris
Photograph taken by Gail Hunt
(Day 9 and 10)
(Day 7 and 8)
Embark on a smooth journey
through the French countryside d
on the super quick TGV train Lake Como VENICE
(Day 5 and 6)
Enjoy an exhilarating ride by cog–wheel train View the priceless art collection
and cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus of the Vatican Museums and
ceiling of the Sistine Chapel on
d a privately guided tour. Then
overlook the Forum and visit
FLORENCE the ancient Colosseum
(Day 3 and 4)
YOUR INSIGHT GOLD DELUXE HOTELS Italy
The breathtaking beauty of the superb 5 star luxury Exedra Roma hotel is beyond compare.
Discover a fusion of ancient beauty and contemporary sophistication at the Hotel Brunelleschi,
set amid a tranquil piazza just steps from the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio in Florence.
Just around the corner from St Marks Square, the sublime Hotel Monaco combines period d
atmosphere with modern amenities and has majestic views towards the island of San Giorgio. During your Florence walking ROME
Le Grand Hotel InterContinental Paris offers old style Parisian luxury in a fantastic location tour, marvel at Michelangelo’s (Day 1 and 2)
original statue of David in the
YOUR DELICIOUS GOLD DINING EXPERIENCES Academy of Fine Arts
10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 4 three course dinners with choice (D).
1 highlight lunch on the colourful ﬁshermens’ island of Burano (HL).
Highlight Farewell dinner with wine in Paris (HD). Tour code:
Your Unique and Exclusive Gold Departures
YOUR EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION OF INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING & HIGHLIGHTS Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single
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rome: Welcome drink reception; view the priceless art collection of the Vatican Museums and rome: p.p. option rome: p.p. option rome: p.p. option rome: p.p. option
ceiling of the Sistine Chapel on a privately guided tour; overlook the Forum and visit the ancient Apr 23 $5299 $1750 Jun 11 $6135 $2430 Jul 30 $4850 $1560 Sep 17 $5299 $1750
Colosseum; visit the vast St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’. Apr 30 $5299 $1750 Jun 18 $5299 $1750 Aug 06 $4850 $1560 Sep 24 $5299 $1750
May 07 $5625 $2040 Jun 25 $5150 $1750 Aug 13 $4850 $1560 Oct 01 $5299 $1750
Tuscany: Sample the ﬁne Chianti wines of this world famous region. May 14 $5299 $1750 Jul 02 $4950 $1560 Aug 20 $5375 $2040 Oct 08 $5299 $1750
Florence: Marvel at Michelangelo’s original statue of David in the Academy of Fine Arts; see May 21 $5299 $1750 Jul 09 $4950 $1560 Aug 27 $5099 $1750
May 28 $5299 $1750 Jul 16 $4950 $1560 Sep 03 $5299 $1750
the Cathedral, Giotto’s belltower,‘Gates of Paradise’, Piazza Santa Croce and open-air gallery of Jun 04 $5299 $1750 Jul 23 $4950 $1560 Sep 10 $5299 $1750
Bologna: See Giambologna’s Neptune Fountain. Reductions Tour Gateways
Venice: Drift through the romantic canals by traditional gondola; see the Doges’ Palace, Basilica SAVe $680 p.p. with Triple room reduction; 11 Jun This tour ends at London’s Rubens at the Palace Hotel, our
and the Bridge of Sighs; enjoy a Venetian glass-blowing demonstration; Venetian lagoon cruise to SAVe $470 p.p. with Triple room reduction; 7 May, 20 Aug recommended post tour accommodation (see page 20 &
SAVe $310 p.p. with Triple room reduction; 191 for booking details, airport transfers and sightseeing).
Burano with it’s leaning belltower and colourful houses.
25 Jun - 13 Aug, 27 Aug ‘11 For your added convenience, you may like to end this tour
Lucerne: Enjoy an exhilarating ride by cog-wheel train and cable car to the summit of Mount SAVe $400 p.p. with Triple room reduction; other departures in Paris. Departure transfer in Paris arrives at Charles de
Pilatus; see the emotive Lion Monument, stroll across the covered Chapel Bridge and see the Insight’s Great Savings & discounts Gaulle Airport Day 11 at 08:00. Extra nights in Paris are
Jesuit Church and Old Town Walls. SAVe $485 per person with Young Traveller Discount available, however, the airport departure transfer is not
dijon: See the Palace of the Dukes, Notre Dame cathedral and mansions in the Rue des Forges. SAVe up to $307 per person with 2nd Tour Discount valid with extra night accommodation.
Paris: A guided visit to the Louvre; ascend to the viewing platform of the Eiffel Tower; see Notre SAVe up to $307 per person with Frequent Traveller Discount Per person, per night Twin Single Triple
Dame, Place de la Concorde, drive down the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. early Payment 12 10 6 Exedra, Rome $282 $472 $252
discount months months months Intercontinental Paris Le Grand, Paris
Scenic drives: Tuscany, Swiss Alps, the French Jura, Burgundy SAVe per person $485 $365 $245 15-16 May & 28-29 Aug ‘11 $527 $972 $405
YOUR INCLUSIVE GOLD SERVICES For additional information regarding Insight’s great 19-20 Jun ‘11 $752 $1393 $602
Savings & Discounts, please see page 18. All other times $377 $682 $305
Escorted by your ‘Personal Concierge’, an Insight professional Tour Director; and accompanied by
expert local guides where appropriate. Tour start on Saturdays and end Tuesdays
deﬁnite departures (deF)
are tour dates guaranteed to operate.
Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach, with extended leg room and on-board restroom. These are regularly updated and listed on our website
Experience the smooth ride through the French countryside on the TGV, the world’s fastest train www.insightvacations.com (see page 19 for details).
Insight Traveller document wallet, map book journal and information pack.
Airport arrival and departure transfers at scheduled times on Day 1. For news, views & info visit the ‘Insight Travel Forum’ at www.insightvacations.com