Today, arrive at your Heathrow Airport / Wembley area hotel (transfer not included), and check-in (after 14:00 p.m.). In the afternoon, you will meet your Tour Manager and depart for a panoramic tour of London to see the main sights: Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge. Later we visit the Swaminarayan Temple – intricately designed and made of white Italian Carrara marble. Early evening return to your hotel. (Dinner)
This morning, at the check-in point, you will meet your Tour Manager and join the coach for a leisurely drive from London to Folkestone or Dover, for the short channel crossing to Calais by Eurotunnel Le Shuttle or Ferry. On arrival, we proceed to Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the seat of several European Union institutions including the European Commission and Parliament. Here we visit the Grand Place and see the Mannekin Pis statue and the Atomium (photo stop). We then visit Mini-Europe, a miniature park where you can see models of famous monuments from European cities like Brussels, London, Paris, Venice, etc., built to a scale of 1:25. Later we drive to our hotel and check-in for an overnight stay. (Breakfast only for passengers staying at London Hotel on Day 1)
Today we proceed east into Germany. Joining the autobahn, we arrive at the famous city of Cologne where you can marvel Europe’s largest Gothic twin spire cathedral. Continuing our drive into the Rhine valley we board a cruise ship for an unforgettable trip along the River Rhine. Admire the majestic views, mountain top fairy tale castles and fortresses from a bygone era. Late evening check into our hotel for an overnight stop.
Depart this morning for Austria. Our journey takes us through the spectacular region of the Bavarian Alps, arriving at Wattens, where we visit the famous Swarovski Crystal Worlds, for a tour through the kaleidoscope of senses and to see sparkling crystal artworks by famous artists. Visit the Crystal Worlds Shop displaying a unique selection of Swarovski products. We then proceed to Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol region. Enjoy this charming town of green domes and red roofs – see the Hofburg and the Goldenes Dachl. Later we check into our hotel for an overnight stay.
This morning we enjoy some spectacular scenery as we drive across Europabrucke, one of Europe’s highest bridges, winding our way through the Brenner pass to cross the Italian border. We leave behind the mountains for sunny Italy, to visit Venice, the city of unparalleled beauty and romantic gondolas. Our visit begins with a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square – the most elegant square in the world, to see the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges Palace and the Basilica di San Marco. Here we also have a chance to watch the Venetian glass blowers at work and maybe buy a souvenir for the family. Later enjoy a romantic Gondola ride – gliding through serene waters, against the stunning backdrop of Baroque buildings is an experience you won’t soon forget. Late evening check-in at our hotel.
Today we depart for Pisa. Watch the amazing scenery change as we cross the Appennines and the gentle hilly countryside of Tuscany to reach Pisa, where we visit the Field of Miracles. Here you can marvel at the marble Cathedral in the Pisan-Romanesque style, the Baptistery, and one of the wonders of the world, the legendary Leaning Tower. Leaving Pisa, we continue on the motorways to Florence. On arrival in the city of the Medicis, we will visit Piazzale Michelangelo to enjoy one of the best views of this renaissance city across the River Arno. You then have some free time to wander around this city, where traffic is banned from the historic centre, admiring its timeless beauty. Later we continue our journey and check-in at our hotel for a two-night stay.
Passing sunlit valleys of the Chianti wine country and ancient fortresses perched high on the hills, we reach the ‘Eternal City’. On arrival, we meet our local guide and proceed to the Vatican City, where we will visit St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, a renaissance masterpiece. In the afternoon, we take in the ancient sights of Rome – Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, which was the political centre of the Roman Empire, Colosseum (photo stop), Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus, and the spectacular Trevi Fountain, where you may make a wish. Late evening return to our hotel.
Important Note: Due to restrictions on coaches for entering many parts of Rome, much of the tour may be done on foot or by local buses.
Early morning we depart for Switzerland. We continue on the motorway before crossing the Swiss border, passing spectacular scenery around the lake regions of Como and Lugano. We make a brief photo stop near Lake Lugano, before driving north through the Gotthard tunnel. We then proceed to the financial capital of Switzerland, Zurich, for a short panoramic tour. Later we continue our journey and check-in at our hotel for a three-night stay.
This morning we visit the town of Lucerne to see the Chapel Bridge. Enjoy some free time or join the additional excursion – Lake Lucerne Cruise. We then drive through the Swiss alpine region and the winding mountain roads to the valley of Engelberg, where we begin our ascent to board the world’s first revolving cable car, reaching the peak of 10,000 feet and the highest viewpoint in central Switzerland – Mount Titlis (weather permitting). Visit the Glacier Grotto or enjoy a breathtaking panorama from the sun terrace. Later we begin our descent, passing the glaciers and thawing ice, which create majestic waterfalls. This evening we return to Lucerne to see the Lion Monument.
Today, we first drive to Lauterbrunnen (or Grindelwald Grund), where we board the train for the scenic journey to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, the highest railway station in Europe at 3,454 metres (weather permitting). Visit the Ice Palace with ice sculptures or enjoy the panoramic views from the Sphinx Terrace. In the afternoon we begin our descent to the picturesque town of Interlaken, the scene of many “Bollywood” films, where you have some time to browse through the shops. We return to our hotel after dinner.
Early morning we leave the Swiss Alps behind us. Once into France, we join the super fast highways, driving past vineyards and mustard fields. Continue onto Paris, one of the most exciting and popular cities of Europe, renowned for its fashion, perfumes, and of course the most talked about French champagne and wines. On arrival in Paris, enjoy an amazing cruise (*) on the River Seine – admire the spectacular facades from your covered boat.
Today you have the choice of two exciting day tours;
Paris City Tour: Today we proceed to Versailles, to visit the magnificent Gardens at the Palace of Versailles, the former residence of the famous “Sun King”. This afternoon on our orientation tour of Paris, we will be introduced to the main sights (outside view) of this beautiful city: Hôtel des Invalides, Place de la Concorde, Opéra National de Paris, the Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. Later, enjoy some free time at the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the beautiful boulevard known for its cinemas, cafés, and luxury shops (duration is time permitting). After dinner you may either rest in your hotel or join the additional excursion – Evening in Paris Tour. On our tour we will see the main sights illuminated. Later, why not join us for an exciting optional Lido Paris Cabaret Show. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Disneyland Paris (**): This morning we drive to the famous Disneyland Paris where a day of excitement awaits the entire family at Disneyland Park. Meet your favourite Disney characters, watch amazing shows, ride the hair-raising “Space Mountain: Mission 2” roller coaster, enter Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril and find yourself in a runaway wagon speeding through the ancient ruins. After dinner you may either rest in your hotel or join the additional excursion – Evening in Paris Tour. On our tour we will see the main sights illuminated. Later, why not join us for an exciting optional Lido Paris Cabaret Show. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Today we visit the third floor (***) of the Eiffel Tower to witness a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Later, we visit a French perfumery for some last minute shopping. Early afternoon we depart and journey north for Calais to board the ferry for the return channel crossing. On arrival at Dover port, we proceed to London, check into our hotel for an overnight stop.
This morning check-out of the Hotel (before 11:00 a.m.) and proceed for your flight / home, on your own. The Tour ends. (Breakfast only for passengers staying at London Hotel on Day 13)
13 nights in a First Class Hotel with private facilities
Meal Plan is indicated at the bottom of your daily itinerary: 11 Continental Breakfasts (2 additional Breakfasts for passengers staying at London Hotel on Day 1 and Day 13), 10 Vegetarian Lunches (Hot / Packed) (1 additional Lunch on Day 12 for Paris City Tour passengers) and 11 Indian Dinners (1 additional Dinner for passengers staying at London Hotel on Day 1)
Return channel crossings by Ferry or Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Return channel crossings by Ferry or Eurotunnel Le ShuttleAll coach transportation by executive cruise liners from departure to tour termination points
All sightseeing, entrances and excursions as mentioned in the Itinerary
All tips and service charges
LONDON: Panoramic Tour; visit Swaminarayan Temple
BRUSSELS: Visit the Grand Place; see the Mannekin Pis and the Atomium (photo stop); visit Mini-Europe
COLOGNE: Visit the Gothic Cathedral – “Dom”
RHINE VALLEY: Scenic drive; River Rhine Cruise
AUSTRIA: Visit to Swarovski Crystal Worlds; visit Innsbruck – see the Hofburg and Goldenes Dachl
VENICE: Boat ride to St. Mark’s Square; visit St. Mark’s Square – see the Bridge of Sighs, Doges Palace and the Basilica di San Marco; Gondola ride (6 persons in each Gondola)
PISA: Visit Field of Miracles – see the Cathedral, and Leaning Tower
FLORENCE: View of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo; free time in historic centre of the city
VATICAN CITY: Visit to St. Peter’s Basilica and Square
ROME: Guided City Tour to see Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, Colosseum and Circus Maximus; visit the Trevi Fountain
SWITZERLAND: Visit Zurich, Lucerne and Interlaken; visit Mount Titlis; visit Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe
Paris City Tour: River Seine Cruise (*); visit to the Gardens at the Palace of Versailles; Orientation Tour of Paris; visit to third floor (***) of the Eiffel Tower; French Perfumery
Disneyland Paris: River Seine Cruise (*); Visit to Disneyland Paris – one day one park pass (**); visit to third floor (***) of the Eiffel Tower; French Perfumery