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Europe

05 Nights / 06 Days Europe - Journey across Alpines

Grand Palace, Brussels

Destinations Covered

United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland, France (Brussels, Black Forest, Rhine Falls, Mount Titlis, Lucerne, Interlaken, Paris)

Itinerary

Day 01: London - Dover - Calais - Brussels - Mannheim / Frankfurt area

This morning, at the check-in point, you will meet your Tour Manager and join the coach for a leisurely drive from London to Dover port, to board the ferry for the short channel crossing to Calais. Upon arrival, we proceed through Belgium. We first visit the city of Brussels, where on our orientation tour we see the Grand Place and the Mannekin Pis statue. Continuing our drive, we reach our overnight stop and check into our hotel. (Dinner)

Day 02: Mannheim / Frankfurt area - Black Forest - Rhine Falls - Switzerland

Today, we depart after breakfast - joining the autobahn we enter into the enchanting Black Forest region, where you will marvel at the timeless serenity and unparalleled scenery around you. Our first stop is at scenic Lake Titisee where you have time to shop for cuckoo clocks. Continuing our drive, we pass through small idyllic villages before crossing the Swiss border. We stop at Schaffhausen, to visit the majestic Rhine Falls. Later we check into our hotel for a two night stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 03: Switzerland: Mount Titlis - Lucerne

Driving through the Swiss alpine region and the winding mountain roads to the valley of Engelberg, we start 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 (weather permitting). Visit the Glacier Grotto or enjoy a breathtaking panorama from the sun terrace. Early afternoon, we begin our descent, passing the glaciers and thawing ice, which create majestic waterfalls. We visit the town of Lucerne, to see the Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument. This afternoon, why not join the additional excursion - Lake Lucerne Cruise. Later, we drive to the picturesque town of Interlaken, the scene of many 'Bollywood' films, where you have some time to browse through the shops. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 04: Switzerland - Paris

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, we visit the third floor of the Eiffel Tower to witness a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Later we check into our hotel for a two nights stay. After dinner we proceed for our Paris by Night Tour with River Seine Cruise (*). On our tour we will see the main sights illuminated, and enjoy an amazing cruise on the River Seine - admire the spectacular facades from your covered boat. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05: Paris

Today you have the choice of two exciting day tours:

Paris - City Tour: This morning, on our orientation tour of Paris, we will be introduced to the main sights of this beautiful city: Hotel des Invalides, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde, and the Opera. Later, you have some time to browse through the shops, or join the additional excursion - Visit to Louvre Museum, where you can see the famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. Finally join us for an exciting optional Lido Paris Cabaret show. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

OR

Disneyland Paris Theme Park: A short drive to the famous Disneyland Paris Theme Park where a day of excitement for the entire family awaits you. Meet all your favourite Disney characters, see the amazing show "Honey, I shrunk the audience", ride the hair-raising "Space Mountain" roller coaster. Finally join us for an exciting optional Lido Paris Cabaret show. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 06: Paris - Calais - Ferry - Dover - London

This morning we proceed to Versailles, to visit the magnificent Gardens at the Palace of Versailles, the former residence of the famous "Sun King". Next 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, where the tour ends, and its time to say farewell to all the friends you have made on tour. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Note (*): Please note that the Paris by Night Tour with the River Seine Cruise may be operated on either Day 4 or Day 5 as per convenience.

Inclusions:

  • 5 nights in a First Class Hotel with private facilities
  • 5 Vegetarian Buffet Breakfasts, 4 Indian Vegetarian Lunches (Hot / Packed) (1 additional Lunch on Day 5 for Paris City Tour passengers) and 5 Indian Vegetarian / Non Vegetarian Dinners
  • Meal Plan is indicated at the bottom of your daily itinerary: Breakfast, Indian Vegetarian / Non Vegetarian Dinner, Indian Vegetarian Lunch (Hot / Packed)
  • Return channel crossings by Ferry
  • All coach transportation by executive cruise liners from departure to tour termination points
  • All sightseeing, entrances and excursions as mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Services of Tour Manager throughout the Tour

Exclusions:

  • International airfares
  • Visa fees
  • Airport taxes
  • Government service tax
  • Other personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrances and optional excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuity to your tour director
  • Visa fees

07 Nights / 08 Days Nature's Delight

Amstel, Amsterdam Image Credit: Benutzer / Wikipedia / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Destinations Covered

United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France (Den Haag, Cologne, Rhine Cruise, Heidelberg, Black Forest, Rhine Falls, Mount Titlis, Lucerne, Interlaken, Geneva, Paris)

Itinerary

Day 01: London - Dover - Ferry - Calais - The Netherlands

This morning, at the check-in point, you will meet your Tour Manager and join the coach for a leisurely drive from London to Dover port, to board the ferry for the short channel crossing to Calais. Upon arrival, we proceed through Belgium and Netherlands to visit Madurodam Model Village to see miniature Holland (or Keukenhof Gardens for arrivals in Holland between March 24th and May 20th). En route you will see countryside and also the iconic windmills of Holland. After dinner, you may either rest in your hotel or join the additional excursion - Amsterdam by Night Tour. We proceed to the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam for a canal cruise through the city's complex system of waterways. Return to hotel late evening. (Dinner)

Day 02: The Netherlands - Cologne - Rhine Cruise - Mannheim / Frankfurt area

Today after breakfast, we depart east across The Netherlands and into Germany. 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, which traverses through four countries. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 03: Mannheim / Frankfurt area - Heidelberg - Black Forest - Switzerland: Rhine Falls

Depart this morning for Heidelberg, situated on the banks of the River Neckar, to see the Heidelberg Castle (photo stop). Joining the autobahn we enter into the enchanting Black Forest region, where you will marvel at the timeless serenity and unparalleled scenery around you. Our first stop is at scenic Lake Titisee where you have time to shop for cuckoo clocks. Continuing our drive, we pass through small idyllic villages before crossing the Swiss border. We stop at Schaffhausen to visit the majestic Rhine Falls. Later we check into our hotel for a two night stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 04: Switzerland: Engelberg - Mount Titlis - Lucerne

Driving through the Swiss alpine region and the winding mountain roads to the valley of Engelberg, we start 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 (weather permitting). Visit the Glacier Grotto or enjoy a breathtaking panorama from the sun terrace. In the afternoon, we begin our descent, passing the glaciers and thawing ice, which create majestic waterfalls. Later we visit the town of Lucerne, to see the Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument. You have some time to browse through the shops and maybe buy a souvenir for your family and friends. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05: Switzerland: Interlaken - Lausanne / Geneva area

Today, we first drive to the town of Interlaken, the scene of many 'Bollywood' films, where you have some time to browse through the shops. Here you can join the additional excursion - Trummelbach Falls & Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe. From Interlaken a short drive brings us to Lauterbrunnen, where we visit the Trummelbach Falls, the only accessible, mountain-interior glacier waterfalls in Europe. Later 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. Early evening we begin our descent. Passengers who do not join the additional excursion will have free time in Interlaken. Later we drive to our hotel and check-in for an overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06: Geneva - Paris

Early morning, we depart for Geneva, Switzerland's truly international 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. Continue onto Paris, one of the most exciting and popular cities of Europe, renowned for it's fashion, perfumes, and of course the most talked about French champagne and wines. On arrival in Paris, we visit the third floor of the Eiffel Tower to witness a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Later we check into our hotel for a two nights stay. After dinner we proceed for our Paris by Night Tour with River Seine Cruise (*). On our tour we will see the main sights illuminated, and enjoy an amazing cruise on the River Seine - admire the spectacular facades from your covered boat. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 07: Paris

Today you have the choice of two exciting day tours:

Paris - City Tour: This morning, on our orientation tour of Paris, we will be introduced to the main sights of this beautiful city: Hotel des Invalides, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde, and the Opera. Later, you have some time to browse through the shops, or join the additional excursion - Visit to Louvre Museum, where you can see the famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. Finally join us for an exciting optional Lido Paris Cabaret show. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

OR

Disneyland Paris Theme Park: A short drive to the famous Disneyland Paris Theme Park where a day of excitement for the entire family awaits you. Meet all your favourite Disney characters, see the amazing show 'Honey, I shrunk the audience', ride the hair-raising 'Space Mountain' roller coaster. Finally join us for an exciting optional Lido Paris Cabaret show. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 08: Paris - Calais - Ferry - Dover - London

This morning we proceed to Versailles, to visit the magnificent Gardens at the Palace of Versailles, the former residence of the famous 'Sun King'. Next 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, where the tour ends, and its time to say farewell to all the friends you have made on tour. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Note (*): Please note that the Paris by Night Tour with the River Seine Cruise may be operated on either Day 6 or Day 7 as per convenience.

Inclusions:

  • 7 nights in a First Class Hotel with private facilities
  • 7 Vegetarian Buffet Breakfasts, 6 Indian Vegetarian Lunches (Hot / Packed) (1 additional Lunch on Day 7 for Paris City Tour passengers) and 7 Indian Vegetarian / Non Vegetarian Dinners
  • Meal Plan is indicated at the bottom of your daily itinerary: Breakfast, Indian Vegetarian / Non Vegetarian Dinner, Indian Vegetarian Lunch (Hot / Packed)
  • Return channel crossings by Ferry
  • All coach transportation by executive cruise liners from departure to tour termination points
  • All sightseeing, entrances and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of Tour Manager throughout the tour

Exclusions:

  • International airfares
  • Visa fees
  • Airport taxes
  • Government service tax
  • Other personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrances and optional excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuity to your tour director
  • Visa fees

09 Nights / 10 Days Magical Europe

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Image Credit: Voytikof / Wikipedia / CC-BY-SA 2.5

Destinations Covered

United Kingdom, Netherland, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy (Brussels, Black Forest, Rhine Falls, Mount Titlis, Lucerne, Venice, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Nice, Paris)

Itinerary

Day 01: London - Dover - Ferry - Calais - Brussels - Mannheim / Frankfurt area

This morning, at the check-in point, you will meet your Tour Manager and join the coach for a leisurely drive from London to Dover port, to board the ferry for the short channel crossing to Calais. Upon arrival, we proceed through Belgium. We first visit the city of Brussels, where on our orientation tour we see the Grand Place and the Mannekin Pis statue. Continuing our drive, we reach our overnight stop and check into our hotel. (Dinner)

Day 02: Mannheim / Frankfurt area - Black Forest - Rhine Falls - Switzerland

Today, we depart after breakfast - joining the autobahn we enter into the enchanting Black Forest region, where you will marvel at the timeless serenity and unparalleled scenery around you. Our first stop is at scenic Lake Titisee where you have time to shop for cuckoo clocks. Continuing our drive, we pass through small idyllic villages before crossing the Swiss border. We stop at Schaffhausen, to visit the majestic Rhine Falls. Later we check into our hotel for a two night stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 03: Switzerland: Mount Titlis - Lucerne

Driving through the Swiss alpine region and the winding mountain roads to the valley of Engelberg, we start 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 (weather permitting). Visit the Glacier Grotto or enjoy a breathtaking panorama from the sun terrace. In the afternoon, we begin our descent, passing the glaciers and thawing ice, which create majestic waterfalls. Later we visit the town of Lucerne, to see the Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument. This evening, why not join the additional excursion - Lake Lucerne Cruise. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 04: Switzerland - Venice / Padova area

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 autostradas, 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. Here we also have a chance to watch the Venetian glass blowers at work and maybe buy a souvenir for the family. Arrive at our hotel late evening and check in. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05: Venice / Padova area - Florence - Rome

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. Later we continue our journey to the 'Eternal City', where we check into our hotel for a two-night stay. After dinner, you may either rest in your hotel or join the additional excursion - Rome by Night Tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06: Rome

This morning, you have free time or join the additional excursion - Visit to Sistine Chapel, where we meet our local guide who will show us the splendours of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Later, with the local guide, we will all visit St. Peter's Basilica, a renaissance masterpiece. In the afternoon, we take in other ancient sights - Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, which was the political centre of the Roman Empire, Colosseum, Circus Maximus, and the spectacular Trevi Fountain, where you may make a wish. Later you have some free time for shopping. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 07: Rome - Pisa - San Remo area

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. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 08: San Remo area - Nice - Lyon

This morning, we visit a French Perfumery to see a demonstration of how French perfumes are made. Later we visit Nice, where on our panoramic tour we see the main sights, including the Flower Market and 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 09: Lyon - Paris

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. Early evening, arrive at your hotel and check-in. After dinner, you may either rest in your hotel or join the additional excursion - Paris by Night Tour. On our tour we will see the main sights illuminated. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Paris - Calais - Ferry - Dover - London

This morning, we proceed on our orientation tour of Paris, where we will be introduced to the main sights of this beautiful city: Hotel des Invalides, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde, and the Opera. We then visit the third floor of the Eiffel Tower to witness a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Later enjoy an amazing cruise on the River Seine - admire the spectacular facades from your covered boat. 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 its time to say farewell to all the friends you have made on tour. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Inclusions:

  • 9 nights in a First Class Hotel shown or similar with private facilities
  • 9 Vegetarian Buffet Breakfasts, 9 Indian Vegetarian Lunches (Hot / Packed) and 9 Indian Vegetarian / Non Vegetarian Dinners
  • Meal Plan is indicated at the bottom of your daily Itinerary: Breakfast, Indian Vegetarian / Non Vegetarian Dinner, Indian Vegetarian Lunch (Hot / Packed)
  • Return channel crossings by Ferry
  • All coach transportation by executive cruise liners from departure to tour termination points
  • All sightseeing, entrances and excursions as mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Services of Tour Manager throughout the Tour

Exclusions:

  • International airfares
  • Visa fees
  • Airport taxes
  • Government service tax
  • Other personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrances and optional excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuity to your tour director
  • Visa fees

11 Nights / 12 Days European Explorer

Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees (Paris) at night Image Credit: Ger1axg / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 1.0

Destinations Covered

United Kingdom, Netherland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France (Den Haag, Cologne, Innsbruck, Venice, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Mount Titlis, Lucerne, Interlaken, Jungfraujoch, Paris)

Itinerary

Day 01: London - Dover - Ferry - Calais - The Netherlands

This morning, at the check-in point, you will meet your Tour Manager and join the coach for a leisurely drive from London to Dover port, to board the ferry for the short channel crossing to Calais. Upon arrival, we proceed through Belgium and Netherlands to visit Madurodam Model Village to see miniature Holland (or Keukenhof Gardens for arrivals in Holland between March 24th and May 20th). En route you will see countryside and also the iconic windmills of Holland. After dinner, you may either rest in your hotel or join the additional excursion - Amsterdam by Night Tour. We proceed to the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam for a canal cruise through the city's complex system of waterways. Return to hotel late evening. (Dinner)

Day 02: The Netherlands - Cologne - Rhine Cruise - Mannheim / Frankfurt area

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 03: Mannheim / Frankfurt area - Innsbruck

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 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 check into our hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 04: Innsbruck - Venice / Padova area

This morning we enjoy 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 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 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 we check into our hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05: Venice / Padova area - Pisa - Arezzo

Today we depart for Pisa. On route we cross the Appennines and the gentle hilly countryside of Tuscany to reach Pisa, where we visit the Field of Miracles. Marvel at the marble Cathedral in the Pisan Romanesque style, the Baptistery, and one of the wonders of the world, the legendary Leaning Tower. You have some time to browse through the shops and maybe buy a souvenir for your family and friends. Later we check into our hotel for a two night stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06: Arezzo - Rome - Arezzo

Passing sunlit valleys of the Chianti wine country and ancient fortresses perched high on the hills, we reach the 'Eternal City'. On arrival, you have free time or join the additional excursion - Visit to Sistine Chapel, where we meet our local guide who will show us the splendours of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Later, with the local guide, we will all visit St. Peter's Basilica, a renaissance masterpiece. In the afternoon, we take in other ancient sights - Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, which was the political centre of the Roman Empire, Colosseum, Circus Maximus, and the spectacular Trevi Fountain, where you may make a wish. Late evening return to our hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 07: Arezzo - Florence - Lugano - Switzerland

Joining the autostrada, we proceed to Florence. On arrival in the city of the Medicis, we visit Piazzale Michelangelo to enjoy one of the best views of this renaissance city across the River Arno. Later, driving north through Italy, we cross 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 through the Gotthard tunnel. We arrive at our hotel late evening, and check in for a three-night stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 08: Switzerland: Mount Titlis - Lucerne

Driving through the Swiss alpine region and the winding mountain roads to the valley of Engelberg, we start 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 (weather permitting). Visit the Glacier Grotto or enjoy a breathtaking panorama from the sun terrace. In the afternoon, we begin our descent, passing the glaciers and thawing ice, which create majestic waterfalls. Later we visit the town of Lucerne, to see the Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument. This evening, why not join the additional excursion - Lake Lucerne Cruise. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 09: Switzerland: Interlaken - Jungfraujoch

Today, we first drive to the picturesque town of Interlaken, the scene of many 'Bollywood' films, where you have some time to browse through the shops or join the additional excursion - Trummelbach Falls. From there a short drive brings us to Lauterbrunnen, 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. Early evening we begin our descent and return to our hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Switzerland - Paris

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, we visit the third floor of the Eiffel Tower to witness a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Later we check into our hotel for a two nights stay. After dinner we proceed for our Paris by Night Tour with River Seine Cruise (*). On our tour we will see the main sights illuminated, and enjoy an amazing cruise on the River Seine - admire the spectacular facades from your covered boat. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Paris

Today you have the choice of two exciting day tours:

Paris - City Tour: This morning, on our orientation tour of Paris, we will be introduced to the main sights of this beautiful city: Hotel des Invalides, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde, and the Opera. Later, you have some time to browse through the shops, or join the additional excursion - Visit to Louvre Museum, where you can see the famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. Finally join us for an exciting optional Lido Paris Cabaret show. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

OR

Disneyland Paris Theme Park: A short drive to the famous Disneyland Paris Theme Park where a day of excitement for the entire family awaits you. Meet all your favourite Disney characters, see the amazing show 'Honey, I shrunk the audience', ride the hair-raising 'Space Mountain' roller coaster. Finally join us for an exciting optional Lido Paris Cabaret show. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 12: Paris - Calais - Ferry - Dover - London

This morning we proceed to Versailles, to visit the magnificent Gardens at the Palace of Versailles, the former residence of the famous 'Sun King'. Next 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, where the tour ends, and its time to say farewell to all the friends you have made on tour. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Note (*): Please note that the Paris by Night Tour with the River Seine Cruise may be operated on either Day 10 or Day 11 as per convenience.

Inclusions:

  • 11 nights in a First Class Hotel shown or similar with private facilities
  • 11 Vegetarian Buffet Breakfasts, 10 Indian Vegetarian Lunches (Hot / Packed) (1 additional Lunch on Day 11 for Paris City Tour passengers) and 11 Indian Vegetarian / Non Vegetarian Dinners
  • Meal Plan is indicated at the bottom of your daily Itinerary: Breakfast, Indian Vegetarian / Non Vegetarian Dinner, Indian Vegetarian Lunch (Hot / Packed)
  • Return channel crossings by Ferry
  • All coach transportation by executive cruise liners from departure to tour termination points
  • All sightseeing, entrances and excursions as mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Services of Bi-lingual 'Taj Tours' Tour Manager throughout the Tour

Exclusions:

  • International airfares
  • Visa fees
  • Airport taxes
  • Government service tax
  • Other personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrances and optional excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuity to your tour director
  • Visa fees

13 Nights / 14 Days Grand Tour Of Europe

Cologne from the other side of river Rhine Image Credit: Ahgee / Wikipedia / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Destinations Covered

United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France (Brussels, Volendam, Cologne, Innsbruck, Verona, Venice, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Milan, Mount Titlis, Lucerne, Interlaken, Jungfraujoch, Paris)

Itinerary

Day 01: London - Dover - Ferry - Calais - Brussels - The Netherlands

This morning, at the check-in point, you will meet your Tour Manager and join the coach for a leisurely drive from London to Dover port, to board the ferry for the short channel crossing to Calais. Upon arrival, we proceed through Belgium. We first visit the city of Brussels, where on our orientation tour we see the Grand Place, the Mannekin Pis statue and the Atomium (photo stop). Later we drive to The Netherlands and check into our hotel for a two-night stay. (Dinner)

Day 02: The Netherlands: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, Amsterdam

Today, we visit a working windmill village - Zaanse Schans. With its traditional green painted houses, warehouses and windmills the open air museum, gives the feeling of having stepped back in time. Later, we drive through the flat landscape, to visit the picturesque village of Volendam. Continuing on, we visit the Madurodam Model Village to see miniature Holland (or Keukenhof Gardens for arrivals in Holland between March 24th and May 20th). After dinner, you may either rest in your hotel or join the additional excursion - Amsterdam by Night Tour. We proceed to the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam for a canal cruise through the city's complex system of waterways. Return to hotel late evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 03: The Netherlands - Cologne - Rhine Cruise - Mannheim / Frankfurt area

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 04: Mannheim / Frankfurt area - Innsbruck

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05: Innsbruck - Verona - Venice / Padova area

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 briefly visit Shakespeare's Verona - see Juliet's balcony and the Roman Arena. We then drive 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 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. Late evening check into our hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06: Venice / Padova area - Florence - Rome

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. After dinner, you may either rest in your hotel or join the additional excursion - Rome by Night Tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 07: Rome

This morning, we meet our expert local guide who will show us the splendours of St. Peter's Basilica, a renaissance masterpiece. Later, we take in other ancient sights - Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, which was the political centre of the Roman Empire, Circus Maximum. We also visit the Colosseum; the largest ever built in the Roman Empire and one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering and the spectacular Trevi Fountain, where you may make a wish. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 08: Rome - Pisa / Florence area

This morning, you have free time or join the additional excursion - Visit to Sistine Chapel, where we meet our local guide who will show us the splendours of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Later 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. Late evening check into our hotel for an overnight stop. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 09: Florence area - Milan - Lake Lugano area - Switzerland

After breakfast, we proceed to Milan, the cultural and economic hub of Italy. Here, you have free time to explore the historic centre of the city - see the famous Duomo (Cathedral), one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Italy, La Scala Opera House and the Castello Sforzesco. Leaving Milan, we continue on the autostrada, 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 arrive at our hotel late evening, and check in for a three-night stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Switzerland: Mount Titlis - Lucerne

Driving through the Swiss alpine region and the winding mountain roads to the valley of Engelberg, we start 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 (weather permitting). Visit the Glacier Grotto or enjoy a breathtaking panorama from the sun terrace. In the afternoon, we begin our descent, passing the glaciers and thawing ice, which create majestic waterfalls. Later we visit the town of Lucerne, to see the Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument. This evening, why not join the additional excursion - Lake Lucerne Cruise. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Switzerland: Interlaken - Jungfraujoch

Today, we first drive to the picturesque town of Interlaken, the scene of many 'Bollywood' films, where you have some time to browse through the shops or join the additional excursion - Trummelbach Falls. From there a short drive brings us to Lauterbrunnen, 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. Early evening we begin our descent and return to our hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12: Switzerland - Paris

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 it's fashion, perfumes, and of course the most talked about French champagne and wines. On arrival in Paris, we visit the third floor of the Eiffel Tower to witness a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Later we check into our hotel for a two nights stay. After dinner we proceed for our Paris by Night Tour with River Seine Cruise (*). On our tour we will see the main sights illuminated, and enjoy an amazing cruise on the River Seine - admire the spectacular facades from your covered boat. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13: Paris

Today you have the choice of two exciting day tours:

Paris - City Tour: This morning, on our orientation tour of Paris, we will be introduced to the main sights of this beautiful city: Hotel des Invalides, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde, and the Opera. Later, you have some time to browse through the shops, or join the additional excursion - Visit to Louvre Museum, where you can see the famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. Finally join us for an exciting optional Lido Paris Cabaret show. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

OR

Disneyland Paris Theme Park: A short drive to the famous Disneyland Paris Theme Park where a day of excitement for the entire family awaits you. Meet all your favourite Disney characters, see the amazing show 'Honey, I shrunk the audience', ride the hair-raising 'Space Mountain' roller coaster. Finally join us for an exciting optional Lido Paris Cabaret show. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 14: Paris - Calais - Ferry - Dover - London

This morning we proceed to Versailles, to visit the magnificent Gardens at the Palace of Versailles, the former residence of the famous 'Sun King'. Next 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, where the tour ends, and its time to say farewell to all the friends you have made on tour. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Note (*): Please note that the Paris by Night Tour with the River Seine Cruise may be operated on either Day 12 or Day 13 as per convenience.

Inclusions:

  • 13 nights in a First Class Hotel with private facilities
  • 13 Vegetarian Buffet Breakfasts, 12 Indian Vegetarian Lunches (Hot / Packed) (1 additional Lunch on Day 13 for Paris City Tour passengers) and 13 Indian Vegetarian / Non Vegetarian Dinners
  • Meal Plan is indicated at the bottom of your daily itinerary: Breakfast, Indian Vegetarian / Non Vegetarian Dinner, Indian Vegetarian Lunch (Hot / Packed)
  • Return channel crossings by Ferry
  • All coach transportation by executive cruise liners from departure to tour termination points
  • All sightseeing, entrances and excursions as mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Services of Tour Manager throughout the Tour

Exclusions:

  • International airfares
  • Visa fees
  • Airport taxes
  • Government service tax
  • Other personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrances and optional excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuity to your tour director
  • Visa fees