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 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 a two-night stay. (Breakfast only for passengers staying at London Hotel on Day 1)
Today, we visit a working windmill village – Zaanse Schans (or Keukenhof Gardens for arrivals in Holland between March 23rd and May 21st). Zaanse Schans, the open air museum, with its characteristic green wooden houses, warehouses and historic windmills gives the feeling of having stepped back in time. We also visit a cheese and clog making farm. You can sample local made cheeses and learn how the famous wooden clogs are made, Later, we drive north through the flat landscape of Holland passing windmills from a bygone era to visit the picturesque fishing village of Volendam, where you have some free time. We then proceed to the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam for a canal cruise through the city’s complex system of waterways. Later we return to our hotel.
Today we proceed east across The Netherlands and 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.
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.
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. After dinner, we return to our hotel.
This morning we depart for the Principality of Liechtenstein, where you have some free time in the capital, Vaduz. Later we continue our drive to Wattens in Austria, 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. Late evening 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 Florence. Watch the amazing scenery change as we cross the Appennines and the gentle hilly countryside of Tuscany to reach 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 to the ‘Eternal City’, where we check into our hotel for a two-night stay
Today we drive south down the Italian peninsula and past the well-tilled fields and orchards of the Neapolitan countryside. After crossing Naples, we reach the harbour where we will take the high-speed boat to Capri, the beautiful dream island of the Mediterranean. Weather- permitting, we will take the motor launch and row boats to the unique Blue Grotto, a large cavern lit by sunlight reflecting off the submerged limestone walls. Later you have some time off on your own to browse through the shops. Late afternoon we begin our return journey by the high-speed boat to the Naples harbour and then back to Rome. Return to our hotel.
This morning, we meet our local guide and proceed to the Vatican City, where we will visit St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, a renaissance masterpiece. Later 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. In the evening we depart from Rome and drive to our overnight stop – check-in at our hotel on arrival.
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 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. Later, we depart for Switzerland. On arrival at our hotel, we check-in for a three-night stay.
Today we visit Glacier 3000 (weather permitting): enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view that includes some of the most beautiful alpine peaks – from the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau to the Matterhorn, and views onto over 24 peaks that are over 4000 m high. Take a ride on the ‘Ice Express’ chairlift or experience the ‘Peak Walk by Tissot’, the first and only suspension bridge to connect two mountain peaks (all activities are weather permitting). After lunch, we begin our descent to Gstaad, where we take the GoldenPass Line, one of the most beautiful and scenic railway routes in Switzerland to Montreux, where you have some free time for photos at the lakeside. Late evening we return to our hotel.
This morning, we first drive to Broc to visit Maison Cailler, where all your senses can be immersed in the wonderful world of Cailler chocolate. We then proceed to the capital of Switzerland, Bern, whose quaint Old Town is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 1983. On our walking tour we will visit the Bern BearPark where you may see the brown bears, to whom as per a legend, the city owes its name. Later, we see the Cathedral of Bern, the ‘Zeitglockenturm’ or the Clock Tower with its ornate astronomical clock and some of the fountains, dating from the Middle Ages, whose colourful figures and columns brighten up the city streets. Later we drive to town of Vevey, one of the “Pearls of the Swiss Riviera”, where we stop at the lakeside. Here you can take a photo of Vevey’s most famous inhabitant, Charlie Chaplin, who spent the last twenty five years of his life here. Late evening we return to our hotel
Early morning, we depart for Geneva, Switzerland’s truly cosmopolitan city and home to many international organizations. On our panoramic tour, we will see the main sights: UN buildings, English gardens, the Flower Clock and the Jet d’eau (weather permitting). We then 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 17)
17 nights in a First Class Hotel with private facilities.
Meal Plan is indicated at the bottom of your daily itinerary: 15 Continental Breakfasts (2 additional Breakfasts for passengers staying at London Hotel on Day 1 and Day 17), 14 Vegetarian Lunches (Hot / Packed) (1 additional Lunch on Day 16 for Paris City Tour passengers) and 15 Indian Dinners (1 additional Dinner for passengers staying at London Hotel on Day 1).
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
LONDON: Panoramic Tour; visit Swaminarayan Temple
BRUSSELS: Visit the Grand Place; see the Mannekin Pis and the Atomium (photo stop); visit Mini-Europe
THE NETHERLANDS: Visit Zaanse Schans (or Keukenhof Gardens between March 23rd and May 21st); visit Cheese & Clog making Farm; visit Volendam; Amsterdam Canal Cruise
COLOGNE: Visit the Gothic Cathedral – “Dom”
RHINE VALLEY: Scenic drive; River Rhine Cruise
BLACK FOREST: Scenic drive; visit Cuckoo Clock outlet
SWITZERLAND: See the Rhine Falls; visit Zurich, Interlaken, Montreux, Bern, Vevey and Geneva; visit Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe; visit Glacier 3000; GoldenPass Line; visit Chocolate Factory at Broc
VADUZ: Free time in the City Centre
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)
FLORENCE: View of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo; free time in historic centre of the city
CAPRI: Visit the Blue Grotto (weather permitting), free time
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
PISA: Visit Field of Miracles – see the Cathedral, and Leaning Tower
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