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Best of Europe Tour

 Best of Europe Tour TourCode : 1256
Duration  9 Nights / 10 Days
Destination  Europe
Route  Delhi-London-Paris-Zurich-Interlaken-Lucerne-Delhi
Best Time To Visit Daily,all year round

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Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1: DELHILONDON

Arrive at London airport and transfers to hotel. Check in at the hotel at 1400 hrs & the day is free to relax. Overnight at the hotel in London.

Day 2:LONDON (SIGHTSEEING)

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy London sightseeing tour. The day is free for leisure & overnight at hotel in London.

Day 3: LONDONPARIS

After breakfast at the hotel, transfers to the station to take the Euro Star train from London to Paris. Upon arrival in Paris, transfers to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel & overnight at hotel in Paris. (Check-in time at hotel: 1500hrs)

 Day 4: PARIS (GLANCE, CRUISE & EIFFEL TOWER)

After breakfast at the hotel, leave the hotel for a tour of Paris at glance. In the afternoon, visit the Seine Cruise and enjoy the lunch at Eiffel tower. Overnight at the hotel in Paris. (Check-in time at hotel: 1400hrs)

 Day 5: PARIS

After breakfast at the hotel, the rest of the day is free for your own activities. Overnight at hotel in Paris.

Day 6: PARISZURICHINTERLAKEN

After breakfast at the hotel, transfers to the station to take the Eurail from Paris to Zurich. Arrive Zurich and take train to reach Interlaken. Check in at the hotel and the day is free for leisure. Overnight at hotel in Interlaken.

Day 7: INTERLAKEN

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a full day excursion of Jungfrau. Overnight at hotel in Interlaken.

 Day 8: INTERLAKENLUCERNE

After breakfast at the hotel, transfers from Interlaken to Lucerne by train. Check-in at the hotel and thee day is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Lucerne.

Day 9: LUCERNE

After breakfast at the hotel, take a full day excursion of Mt. Titlis in Lucerne. Overnight at the hotel in Lucerne.

Day 10: LUCERNEZURICHDELHI

After breakfast at the hotel, transfers to Zurich from Lucerne by train. Takes flight from Zurich to Delhi.

Sightseeing

Paris has fired the imagination of millions of travellers over the centuries, with its promise of romance, shopping, fashion, theatre and museums, not to mention leisurely strolls by the Seine and stimulating café discussions.

Around Paris, to the west is the town of Chartres that is known for the beautiful French cathedral of Notre-Dame and Versailles for the massive palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Southeast is Fontainbleau . Most of these sights, including Disneyland , are under 80 km from Paris. Barbizon andVaux-le-Vicomte are two more ‘must see’ sights from Paris. Northwest of Paris is Rouen where Monet painted the enchanting cathedral several times over, so entranced was he by it. From Rouen, head to the gardens atGiverny – laid out by Monet himself and immortalised by his paintings. The best times to visit are May and June, but the gardens are incredibly pretty at any time of the year.

Champagne will offer as much of the bubbly liquid that you may possibly want. North of it is Flanders where beer flows as freely as the Loire river. The town of Saint Malo has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area, with the Fort de la Cité and the Cathédrale Saint Vincent being its main attractions, the former for its history of defending the town’s riches against the rich pirate trade that took place in the 16th and 17th centuries, and the latter for its exquisite collection of stained glass. From Saint Malo, a convenient day trip is a Gothic attraction – the majestic abbey of Mont-St-Michel that seems to rise suddenly from the sea and contains a mysterious labyrinth. The beaches of Cote d’Emeraude are also easily accessible from Saint Malo. Strasbourg is where the European Parliament stands and home to an exquisite Gothic cathedral.

The Loire Valley and the Normandy beaches are some of France’s finest natural attractions. Nantes , which is in the Pays de la Loire , but has a cultural affinity to Brittany , is renowned for its year-round festivals and nightlife. Bordeaux , put on the world map for its violet wine, has an emerald-like quality, covered as it is, with its vineyards. Burgundy andLyon should be your next stops – the one for its famous wines and the other for its gastronomic delights.

Provence almost takes your breath away when you reach there – limestone hills and fields with rows of lavender lend it a dreamlike, surreal quality. It was here that Vincent van Gogh spent many an afternoon in quiet solitude, capturing the scenery with his paintbrushes.

Avignon , the scene of artistic activity and the seat of the Popes for many centuries, retains much of its former glory in its immaculately maintained medieval streets, monuments and museums. There is a world-famous drama festival here from mid-July to mid-August that is not to be missed. There are several well-preserved Roman ruins in the south of France – Arles has the largest remaining amphitheatre, though the one in Nimes is better maintained.

Marseille has larger-than-life Byzantine churches and houses painted in saffron and blue, but is otherwise unremarkable. To the south is Cote d’Azur or the French Riviera that attracts scores of mostly filthy rich visitors to its stunning beaches and the translucent, uniquely coloured water in the ocean here – some well-known tourist towns are Nice , which is literally, quite nice (!) and the expensive resort of St. Tropez , apart from the glitterati magnet – Cannes .

For a fantastic skiing experience and some fabulous mountain climbing, head to the French Alps . Europe’s tallest peak Mont Blanc is a huge crowd-puller, and the surrounding area is breathtaking with its snow-covered peaks, wide glaciers and meadows carpeted with wildflowers in the summer.

Shopping

Shopping in France means temptation at every corner and a significantly lighter pocket at the end of your trip. Being at the centre of High Fashion, Parisian designer shops, specialty shops and boutiques store the latest haute couture, fresh off the ramps. Jewellery shops are another favourite but the danger of spending all your holiday allowance on that one trendy platinum bracelet is all too real – be warned, it is known to have happened before! For those with a footwear fetish, shoe stores will not disappoint. There are also some extremely skilled shoemakers in Paris. The other main buys in France are crystal, lace and textiles.

For gifts, you could try and get prints of famous paintings at some of the secondhand booksellers or bouquinstes. These are available along the banks of the Seine in Paris. Most popular tourist destinations in France are full of pavement artists selling charcoal or watercolour impressions of famous landmarks in their city – some of these are extremely talented, struggling art students – do buy from them for the sake of art! Another popular option is state-of-the-art home decorations.

Department Stores exist in all the major cities of France and many are open till late. People usually do not bargain in shops where the prices are clearly marked. But you can look for bargains at marches aux puces (flea markets) and food markets.

Eating Joints

France boasts a simply unlimited spread of different cuisines of the world, especially in the bigger cities. Paris offers every kind of culinary experience, from Ethiopian to Malaysian or even Argentinian cuisine. Take advantage of this diversity to sample anything your taste buds desire, but we think when in France you must sample French food, n’cest pas? Eating in France is serious work, so lingering over your coffee or sitting at a café to watch the world go by at breakfast is a must-do. A popular choice for a light lunch is a salad or a baguette with cheese, ham or pate. Or do as the French do – go along from one specialty shop to another making up a picnic as you go along. A serious night of haute cuisine would include an aperitif (pre-dinner drink), an entrée (appetizer), a plat (main course) and a digestif (after-dinner drink).

It may be useful to pick up the appropriate French terms for various types of eating joints – Brasseries are great for snacks (steak and french fries are a popular combination). Boulangeries, patisseries and confiseries are the hot spots for bread, pastries and candy respectively. You could try out a variety of cooked meats at some charcuteries.

There is also no dearth of entertainment in France. Festivals, military parades, fireworks and competitions are only some of the gamut of entertainment available in France. Musicians rule the roost on French streets in late June with festivals like the fete de la musique. There is also the option of going to one of the historic operas, with the condition that one either speaks French or does not mind sitting through a show uncomprehendingly! For more conventional entertainment options, there is a mind-boggling variety of casinos, nightclubs and discotheques in big cities like Paris. Indeed, the French take their nightlife quite seriously – the young crowd will not be seen dead in a discotheque before 1 am! After World War II, Paris was the center of jazz in Europe; it continues to attract major names today. A quintessentially Parisian phenomenon is the Cabaret – a glitzy, bohemian, utterly risqué form of entertainment. Some of the grander Cabaret shows in Paris feature hundreds of female dancers with elaborate costumes (or without them!).

 

 

 

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