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London, Brussels, Zaanse Schans / Lisse, Volendam, Amsterdam, Cologne, Rhine Valley, Black Forest, Rhine Falls, Wattens, Innsbruck, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Montreux, Glacier 3000, Vevey, Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, Interlaken, Geneva, Paris

Tour Highlights:

  • LONDON : Panoramic Tour; visit to the London Eye
  • 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 24th and May 16th); 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
  • WATTENS:Visit to Swarovski Crystal Worlds
  • 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:VVisit 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: See the Rhine Falls; visit Montreux, Vevey, Interlaken and Geneva; visit Glacier 3000; GoldenPass Line; visit Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe
  • PARIS:
    Paris City Tour: River Seine Cruise (*); Orientation Tour of Paris; visit to the Gardens at the Palace of Versailles; visit to third floor (***) of the Eiffel Tower; French Perfumery
    OR
    Disneyland Paris Theme Park: River Seine Cruise (*); Visit to Disneyland Paris – one day one park pass (**); visit to third floor (***) of the Eiffel Tower; French Perfumery

Includes

  • 15 nights in a First Class Hotel with private facilities
  • Meal Plan is indicated at the bottom of your daily itinerary: 13 Continental Breakfasts (1 additional Breakfast for passengers staying at London Hotel on Day 1), 12 Vegetarian Lunches (Hot / Packed) (1 additional Lunch on Day 14 for Paris City Tour passengers) and 13 Indian Dinners (1 additional Dinner for passengers staying at London Hotel on Day 1)
  • 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
  • All tips and service charges

TOUR DEPARTURES (2016):
Tour Code: 15D–CLA (out Sundays – return Mondays)

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • : 20, 27
  • : 03, 10, 17, 24
  • : 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
  • : 05, 12, 19, 26
  • : 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • : 07, 14, 21, 28
  • : 04, 11, 18, 25
  • : 02, 09, 16, 23

Day 1

Arrive London

  • 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 board the London Eye for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the English capital. A flight on the London Eye lasts for approximately 30 minutes – relax in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules and enjoy the London skyline. Late evening return to your hotel. (Dinner)

Day 2

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 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, Dinner)

Day 3

The Netherlands: Zaanse Schans / Lisse, Volendam, Amsterdam

  • Today, we visit a working windmill village – Zaanse Schans (or Keukenhof Gardens for arrivals in Holland between March 24th and May 16th). 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4

The Netherlands – Germany: Cologne – Rhine Cruise – Frankfurt / Mannheim area

  • 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5

Germany: Mannheim / Frankfurt area – Black Forest – Switzerland: Rhine Falls – Austria

  • This morning 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. Later driving through small idyllic villages, we cross the Swiss border, to visit the majestic Rhine Falls. Continuing our drive, we arrive at our hotel in Austria, and check-in for an overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6

Austria: Wattens – Innsbruck – Italy: Venice / Padova area

  • Today we begin the day with a drive to 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 visit 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 see 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. Continuing our drive, we arrive at our hotel in the Venice / Padova area, and check-in for a two-night stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7

Italy: Venice / Padova area – Venice – Venice / Padova area

  • This morning you may either rest in your hotel or join the additional excursion – visit Lake Garda. We drive to Sirmione, one of the most popular resorts on Lake Garda. Here you have free time – view the picturesque peninsula or see the thirteenth-century castle and impressive Roman ruins at the end of the promontory. In the afternoon, we drive to 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 we return to our hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8

Italy: Venice / Padova area – Pisa – Florence – Arezzo area

  • 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9

Arezzo area – Rome – Arezzo area

  • 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)Important Note: 2016 has been declared as a Jubilee Year – the Holy Year of Mercy. Due to restrictions on coaches for entering many parts of Rome, much of the tour may be done on foot or by local buses.

Day 10

Arezzo – Switzerland: Montreux

  • Early morning, we depart for Switzerland. On arrival we proceed to town of Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva, where you have some free time to explore the lakeside. Continue onto our hotel and check-in for a two-night stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11

Switzerland: Glacier 3000 – Golden Pass Line – Vevey

  • Today we visit Glacier 3000: 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. Experience a wild ride on the Alpine Coaster (entrance not included), the world’s highest bobsleigh track or take a ride on a specially-designed vehicle, the Snow Bus (ticket not included), which takes guests on a ride over the glacier. 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. Later, we drive to the 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12

Switzerland: Jungfraujoch – Interlaken – Geneva area

  • 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 drive to our hotel and check-in for an overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13

Switzerland: Geneva area – Geneva – France: Paris

  • 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. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14

France: 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. We then proceed to Versailles, to visit the magnificent Gardens at the Palace of Versailles, the former residence of the famous “Sun King”. 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)
    OR
    Disneyland Paris Theme Park (**)
    This morning we drive to the famous Disneyland Paris Theme Park where a day of excitement awaits the entire family. 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)

Day 15

  • 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, where you check into your hotel for overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 16

London – Out

  • Today after breakfast it is time to say farewell to all the friends you have made on tour. (Breakfast)Note(*): Please note that the River Seine Cruise may be operated on either Day 13, Day 14 or Day 15 as per convenience.

    Note (**): A supplement is payable for the visit to Disneyland Paris Theme Park – the details are mentioned under Additional Excursions below.

    Note (***): Please note that the visit to the Eiffel Tower may be operated on either Day 13, Day 14 or Day 15 as per convenience. The reservation for the visit to the Eiffel Tower is subject to availability, and could be up to the 2nd Floor or 3rd Floor.