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.
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 Euro tunnel 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. Continuing our drive, we reach our overnight stop and check-in at our hotel. (Breakfast only for passengers staying at London Hotel on Day 1)
Today, we depart after breakfast. Joining the autobahn we enter the enchanting Black Forest region, where you will marvel at the timeless serenity and unparalleled scenery around you. We visit a Cuckoo Clock outlet where you have time to shop for cuckoo clocks and other souvenirs. Continuing our drive, we pass through small idyllic villages before crossing the Swiss border. Our first stop in Switzerland is to visit the majestic Rhine Falls. We then proceed to the financial capital of Switzerland, Zurich for a short panoramic tour. Later we check-in at our hotel for a two-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.
Early morning we depart for Italy. Driving south through the Gotthard tunnel, we pass spectacular scenery around the lake regions of Lugano and Como. Crossing the Italian border, we continue on the motorways, to Venice, the city of unparalleled beauty and romantic gondolas. Our tour starts 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 Basilica di San Marco. 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 for an overnight stay.
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.
Today we depart for Genova, Italy’s leading port, with a long history of maritime power. After a short panoramic tour, you have some free time at the hub of Genova, Piazza De Ferrari, with its splashing fountain surrounded by grand buildings, and with the busiest streets radiating from it in all directions. Continuing our journey, we drive past spectacular scenery along the Ligurian Sea and arrive at the Italian Riviera region, and early evening we check into our hotel. After dinner, you may either rest in your hotel or join the additional excursion – Monte Carlo by Night Tour.
This morning, we visit a French Perfumery to see a demonstration of how French perfumes are made. Later we visit Nice, where you have some free time at the Promenade des Anglais, a sea-front avenue, where you can take a leisurely stroll. Proceeding, we drive through the Provence of Cezanne and Van Gogh onto the Lyon area where we check into our hotel for an overnight stay.
Today we depart for Paris, one of the most exciting and popular cities of Europe, renowned for its fashion, perfumes, and of course the most talked about French wines. On arrival in Paris, we will enjoy an amazing cruise (*) on the River Seine – admire the spectacular facades from your covered boat. 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.
This morning we visit the third floor (**) of the Eiffel Tower to witness a spectacular view of the city. Later, proceed on a short panoramic tour of Paris to see the main sights (outside view) of this beautiful city: Hôtel des Invalides, Arc de Triomphe, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Opéra National de Paris and the Louvre Museum. 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, where the tour ends, and it is time to say farewell to all the friends you have made on tour.
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 11)
11 nights in a First Class Hotel with private facilities.
Meal Plan is indicated at the bottom of your daily itinerary: 9 Continental Breakfasts (2 additional Breakfasts for passengers staying at London Hotel on Day 1 and Day 11); 9 Vegetarian Lunches (Hot / Packed), 9 Indian Dinners (1 additional Dinner for passengers staying at London Hotel on Day 1). Please note that the Indian Dinner could be replaced by an Italian Dinner on one night – the Tour Manager will inform you regarding the same.
Return channel crossings by Ferry or Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
All 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 Services of Bi-lingual “Taj Tours” Tour Manager throughout the Tour.
LONDON: Panoramic Tour; visit Swaminarayan Temple
BRUSSELS: Visit the Grand Place; see the Mannekin Pis
GERMANY: Scenic drive in the Black Forest; visit Cuckoo Clock outlet
SWITZERLAND: See the Rhine Falls; visit Zurich and Lucerne; visit Mount Titlis
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
GENOA: Panoramic Tour; free time at Piazza De Ferrari
ITALIAN RIVIERA: Scenic drive
FRENCH RIVIERA: Visit a French Perfumery; free time at Promenade des Anglais in Nice
PARIS: River Seine Cruise (*); visit to third floor (**) of the Eiffel Tower; Panoramic Tour of Paris