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01 Sep, 2018

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15 Sep, 2018

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European Grandeur with Insight – September

An all-encompassing journey of magnificent menus, outstanding scenery and incredible cultural heritage, this itinerary brings you face-to-face with Europe’s finest attractions. Celebrate Catalonia with a small-group pintxo (tapas) tasting, enjoy a tasting of robust Tuscan reds and ascend to the top of Europe on Mt Stanserhorn to learn about regional fauna and flora from a local ranger. You will meet passionate locals along the way who will share insider knowledge and enrich your experience.

Highlights include:

  • Florence: Join a Local Expert to view the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti’s ‘Gates of Paradise’.
  • Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing as you watch artisans create delicate works of art.
  • Venice: Meet a gondolier and learn about the age-old tradition of gondola navigation.
  • Zagreb: Your Local Expert will show you Roosevelt Square, the attractive facades of Ban Josip Jelačić Square and the cathedral. Ride the funicular to the medieval Upper Town to see the Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St Mark’s Church and the Tower of Lotrščak.
  • Salzburg: Join your Local Expert to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square – both locations used in ‘The Sound of Music’. You will also see the imposing fortress, the immense cathedral and Mozart’s birthplace on the lively Getreidegasse.
  • Stanserhorn: Meet a Swiss Mountain Ranger on your spectacular journey to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn, where you will learn about the local wildlife.
  • Rhine Valley: The beautiful scenery of the Rhine River is supplemented by the many castles dotted along its banks. Delight in a private estate viewing of one of these Rhineland castles, to learn more about these living cultural monuments upon the Middle Rhine.
  • Madrid: Your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert includes the Old Town, travelling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles and down the Grand Vía to the Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace, before crossing the Puerta del Sol.
  • Toledo: A short journey will take you to the ancient walled city of Toledo, once the capital of Spain and beautifully set upon a hilltop, bordered by the Tagus River. Your Local Expert will walk you through the Old Town to the fascinating Iglesia de Santo Tomé, home of El Greco’s ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’.
  • Barcelona: Explore the heart of the Gothic Quarter with your Local Expert. See the cathedral, walk through the Roman gate and tour the narrow lanes and old squares.
  • Eurostar: Relax on the smooth, high-speed Eurostar train from London to Paris via the historic Channel Tunnel.
  • Pisa: See the famous the gravity-defying Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles.
  • Vatican City: Enjoy VIP fast-track entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, as well as exclusive access to the Bramante Staircase that is usually off-limits to the public.
  • Postojna Caves: Explore the remarkable natural wonder of the Postojna Caves. Venture through a series of caverns and passages, hollowed out by the Pivka River over two million years.
  • Amsterdam: Cruise in a glass-topped boat through the old waterways, where the wealthiest merchants built mansions during the Golden Age of the 17th century.
  • Loire Valley: Enjoy a scenic drive through the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is known as the Jardins de France for the beautifully maintained gardens that were created within the vast estates as outdoor living areas.
  • Barcelona: Journey through the Eixample district to see Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece, the memorising Sagrada Família.
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