Last Minute Europe Travel Specials

Few places pack the punch of Europe. From its Northern Lights to its Southern shores, this drama queen keeps on thrilling, surprising and confusing with her extraordinary wealth of sights, sounds, peoples and parties.

Overwhelming it can be, confusing for sure – just perusing a map of the crowded Old World will reveal cities, mountain ranges, seas and even countries you may never have even heard of. But the good news is that whatever you decide to do here, you’ll leave blown away by the sights, sounds, tastes and other sensations you’ll experience: there simply is no way to tour Europe and not be awestruck.

First timers might try a sprinkling of the classics (Britain, France, Germany, Spain) and spice it up with a dash of something classical (Italy, Greece, Turkey), while those who have covered the essentials can try lesser-explored destinations (the Balkans, Scandinavia, Portugal or Poland). For the truly original the sky is the limit – Iceland, Albania, Moldova and Belarus all see few travellers, while for the true eccentric, microstates Andorra, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg might beckon.

Momentous history
What a heritage Europe has! As well as the birthplace of democracy in Athens, the Forum of Rome, the renaissance buildings and art of Florence, the graceful canals of Venice and the Napoleonic grandeur of Paris, there’s always the less expected sites such as the Moorish palaces of Andalucía, the remains of one of the Seven Wonders of the World in Turkey, the majesty of a second Venice in St Petersburg and the haunting buildings of Auschwitz in Poland.

Cutting-edge culture
But Europe is far from preoccupied by its extraordinary past. The continent leads the world in fashion, art, music, architecture and design; just see the street styles and music scenes of London and Berlin, the ground-breaking design in Antwerp, Copenhagen and Stockholm or the amazing displays of contemporary art, well, just about everywhere.

Breathtaking landscapes
Glorious scenery your thing? Try out the awesome fjords of Norway, the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands, the volcanic dramatics of Iceland, the breathtaking Alps of France, Switzerland and Italy, and the lesser-known mountains of Spain, Slovenia, Southern Poland and Slovakia. For beach life you can fight for some sand on France’s Côte d’Azur, Spain’s Costa Brava or Portugal’s Algarve, or – far more enjoyably – discover your own pristine beach in Albania, Bulgaria or on the gem-like islands of Greece and Croatia.

Europe

Private Car for Your French Vacation
Put the finishing touches on a regal French getaway with your own private car for the duration of your stay. First Limousine offers Virtuoso travelers a free local airport transfer with any full-day tour from Paris. Call now to arrange private excursions with bilingual driver-guides and to receive VIP airport assistance – bypass all the queues! Contact your Virtuoso travel advisor for pricing. Available through October 31, 2012.
Guaranteed US Dollar Rate in France
Majestic, 18th-century-inspired décor defines the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux & Spa, where this summer your US dollar is guaranteed one-for-one against the Euro. Make every moment count, dining on the renowned specialties of Chef Pascal Nibaudeau, sinking into a hydro massage bath at the NUXE spa or enjoying a private vineyard visit, arranged by the Wine Concierge. Virtuoso rates FROM EUR 290 ($290) per room, per night. Available through October 31, 2012.
Memorable Monte-Carlo
The legendary Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo welcomes guests as they enter from the Place du Casino. Enjoy your stay using your Cercle Monte-Carlo card offering benefits and access to Monaco’s finest attractions. Virtuoso guests can savor breakfast daily, one lunch for two, a VIP welcome and room upgrade upon arrival, if available. Virtuoso rates FROM EUR 392 (approx. $488) per room, per night. Available through December 31, 2012.
Your Own Private Paris, with 4th Night Free
Designed to feel like a welcoming private residence, Hotel Esprit Saint Germain offers five-star decadence, a comfortable boutique-style ambience, and complimentary drinks by the fireplace. Your fourth night is free – in addition receive a choice of wine with assorted French cheeses and breads at any point during your stay. Virtuoso rates FROM EUR 1,155 (approx. $1,439) per room for four nights, double occupancy. Available August 1 – 25, 2012.
Celebration Time in Madrid
Whatever you have to toast – be it an anniversary, birthday or just each other – celebrate the moment at the Hotel Ritz Madrid, where your splendid room awaits, decked out with a bottle of cava and a silver photo frame for capturing this unforgettable escape. Add to the merriment with a three-course dinner at Goya Restaurant. Virtuoso rates FROM EUR 385 (approx. $480) per room, per night. Available through October 1, 2012.
Visit the Best Destination in Europe
Porto, Portugal has been named the “Best European Destination 2012.” See what the buzz is about with a stay at the InterContinental Porto-Palacio das Cardosas, an extraordinarily restored 18th-century palace providing Virtuoso guests with a room upgrade upon arrival, if available, breakfast daily and one lunch or dinner for two. Contact your Virtuoso travel advisor for best available rates. Available throughout 2012.
2-for-1 Fares on Mediterranean Cruise
The mid-sized ships of Oceania Cruises offer a distinctive, club-like ambiance and elegant surroundings, perfect for getting the most out of smaller port calls. This 10-night Virtuoso Voyager Club® sailing features an overnight in Venice, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Santorini and other sun-splashed stops. Call for 2-for-1 fares, $2,000 in bonus savings and free airfare. Virtuoso Veranda fares FROM $4,727 per person. Riviera departs October 4, 2012; book by September 30, 2012.
Mediterranean Majesties, with 2-for-1 Fares
Sail the Mediterranean with Regent Seven Seas Cruises this summer and you’ll soon see why this luxury cruise line has such a loyal following. In addition to the 2-for-1 fares, $1,800 in bonus savings, free unlimited shore excursions, luxury hotel packages and much more, you’ll visit the region’s finest cities, from Barcelona and Monte Carlo, to Rome and Kusadasi. Virtuoso fares FROM $6,199 per person. Seven Seas Mariner departs September 26, 2012.
Savor London Longer
Guests opting for a Savoy Grand Deluxe room or a suite at The Savoy, the most celebrated of London addresses, will receive their third night’s stay on the house. In addition, your royal stay will include a GBP 50 credit for use in one of the restaurants or bars, the fitness center or for general services. Virtuoso rates FROM GBP 840 (approx. $1,306) per room for three nights. Available August 14 – September 10, 2012; book by September 7, 2012.
Ancient Lands in Modern Luxury
With its omnipresent service and casual elegance, Seabourn is a favorite among savvy cruisers. Join them for this tour of ancient empires and holy lands – sailing from Istanbul to Athens, with stops in Kusadasi, Rhodes, Cyprus, Haifa, Jerusalem, Cairo and other historic ports. While onboard, take advantage of yoga classes and wine tastings. Virtuoso fares FROM $5,999 per person. Seabourn Quest departs September 28, 2012.
Complimentary Airfare for Mediterranean Voyage
Relish the freedom of free airfare and a $500 onboard spending credit on this Silversea Cruises summertime sailing from Athens to Venice. Virtuoso Voyager Club® amenities also apply, including a private shore excursion. Highlights include Corfu, Greece; Kotor, Dubrovnik; and Split, Croatia. Virtuoso fares FROM $3,699 per person. Silver Spirit departs August 20, 2012.

All offers may not be available in all markets. All prices shown are per person, based on double occupancy, in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated. Prices converted from the supplier’s local currency are based on the current exchange rate at the time of printing. Fares do not include taxes or other fees unless otherwise stated. While every care is taken to ensure accuracy, fares, schedules, Virtuoso exclusives, Virtuoso Voyager Club events and amenities are subject to availability, blackout dates, international currency fluctuations, and may change without notice. Virtuoso Voyager Club events require a minimum/maximum number of participants and may not be combinable with other offers. Space is limited and other restrictions may apply. See your Virtuoso travel advisor for more details and applicable restrictions. Virtuoso assumes no responsibility for the presentation confirmed within, including errors in pricing. The trademarks VIRTUOSO, the Globe Swirl Logo, SPECIALISTS IN THE ART OF TRAVEL, ORCHESTRATE DREAMS, VOYAGER CLUB, and RETURN ON LIFE are registered trademarks of Virtuoso, Ltd. Virtuoso, Ltd. has a U.S. copyright registration for the Globe Swirl Logo, ©2000. All rights reserved. CST#2069091-50 351207 07/12

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