If Europe is at the top of your bucket list for 2014, consider embarking on a guided tour with Insight Vacations. From fairytale castles and peaceful lakes to lively cities housing historical gems and breathtaking landmarks, the delightful jewels of Europe are bound to captivate and inspire. Take advantage of your guide’s unique inside knowledge and relax with a fully planned and detailed itinerary. Insight Vacations will take care of all the fine details, leaving you with only the joy of discovering Europe’s treasures. Here are our five favourite Insight Vacation Tours of Europe.
Best of Spain and Portugal
This fifteen day adventure will take you through the heart and soul of Spain and Portugal. Beginning in Spain’s literal and gastronomic capital, your tour will take you to see the spectacular sights of Madrid, from the famous Cibeles Fountain to the Royal Palace and the impressive Prado Museum. Wander the cobblestone streets of the old capital Toledo, admire the creativity of Porto and learn of the medieval history in Obidos. Experience firsthand the charm of Portugal’s capital Lisbon, the fascinating culture of Seville and the historic landmarks in Granada. Complete your tour in Barcelona by browsing the sumptuous displays at La Boqueria, one of Europe’s most famous food markets.
Treasures of Italy
For eleven days, you will experience the treasures of Italy as you tour through Rome, Florence, Venice and the Isle of Capri. Perhaps the highlight of your holiday will be discovering the vast historic landmarks of Rome, from the jewels of the Sistine Chapel to the grandeur of St Peter’s Basilica. Experience the incredible scenery of the Isle of Capri as you pass glorious vistas featuring the rugged coastline and emerald waters. Feast on authentic Italian cuisine in Florence, before heading to the picturesque Italian Lake District. The finale of your tour will be the serene sights of Venice, where you can explore the magical and romantic canals of this floating city.
Highlights of Eastern Europe
This magnificent and multifaceted tour will take you on a fourteen day adventure through the best of Eastern Europe. Start your journey in Budapest, the culturally rich capital of Hungary and visit historic landmarks including the Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion. Visit Krakow for a feast of delectable dumplings before experiencing the humbling past of Poland’s capital, Warsaw. Discover the incredible museums of Berlin, the cobblestone streets of Prague and the intriguing medieval town Cesky Krumlov. Appreciate the beauty of the Wachau Valley before entering your final destination, Austria’s great Imperial capital, Vienna.
Britain and Ireland Discovery
This dynamic tour of Britain and London will take you on an awe inspiring journey through Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Experience the ancient medieval sights of York before travelling through the remarkable English Lake District to explore the stunning sights of Edinburgh. From the shores of Loch Ness to the magical Isle of Skye, you are sure to be captivated by the beauty of the region. Admire the scenic countryside of Connemara and the mountainous peaks of Killarney. Visit the quaint fishing village of Looe and the stunning castles of Ludlow before discovering the treasures of Glastonbury.
If you can’t decide which part of Europe to visit, consider Insight Vacation’s twenty day European Explorer tour. Leaving no stone unturned, this journey will take you through France, Italy, Vienna and even Germany. Enjoy the highlights of Amsterdam before touring the Castles of the Rhine Valley, visit Salzburg, famously touted as Mozart’s birthplace and admire the architectural masterpieces in Vienna. Ride a romantic gondola through the whimsical canals of Venice, stand in awe of Rome’s Colosseum and see firsthand the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Move on to France to tour the incredible Cote d’Azur including the famed city Monaco before enjoying the vibrancy of Paris.