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                                                                        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.
         tOUR pACE
         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
                                              (Day 11)

                                                                                                    Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo Germany
                                                                                                           Holland                                           Burano, for a delightful seafood lunch!

  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)

                                                                TGV Train

                                                                                            Dijon                                       d
                                                                                                                                     Lucerne                                                        Austria
                                                                                                                                    Mt Pilatus
                                                                                                        INTERLAKEN                   Switzerland
                                                                                                        (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
                                                                                                                         Starts     Share Supp.           Starts    Share Supp.          Starts     Share Supp.           Starts      Share Supp.
    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
    Signoria Square.
    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                                                                           (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


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