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Discounted European Tour

  Discounted European Tour TourCode : 1272
Duration  10 Nights / 11 Days
Destination  Europe
Route  Delhi-Belgium-Paris-Mont Blanc-Switzerland-Delhi
Best Time To Visit Daily,all year round
Edinburgh-Castle-Scotland

Scotland

Itinerary

Itinerary

 Day 1: Begin Your Tour – Arrive London

Welcome to the European tour. The representatives greets you at the ‘meeting point’, after immigration and customs you will be transfered to the hotel (check in after 1600 hrs).

Later start your sightseeing only the next day so that you can relax after your long flight and get over your jetlag. Enjoy dinner with overnight stay in London.

 Day 2: Day free – Optional London Delights Tour

Today after breakfast you have a free day in London. Visit friends, go shopping or stroll around the city to savour the excitement and hype.

Overnight stay in London.

 Day 3: Guided City Tour Of London – Visit the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – Overnight ferry to The Netherlands

After breakfast visit the Live history through a guided panoramic highlight tour of London city. Get acquainted with some of London’s iconic landmarks like the Tower Bridge (photostop), River Thames, London Eye, Tower of London (photo stop), Hyde Park, Big Ben, Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the famous Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column at Trafalgar Square followed by the majesty of Buckingham Palace which is the Queen’s official residence. Enjoy the changing of the guard (on days when this takes place).

 Day 4: Onto Belgium – Full Day Excursion To Amsterdam – Visit Keukenhof / Madurodam – Orientation Tour of Brussels Today after breakfast disembark and drive through Dutch countryside where Windmills still wield their magic. There’s a photo stop at one. If you come to Holland when tulips are in bloom (only from March 22nd to May 20th) visit the famous Keukenhof Tulip Gardens. The rest of the year, visit Madurodam, the enchanting miniature city that features the best of Netherlands. Onto Amsterdam – Clogs, cheese and Holland are inseparable, a factory visit demonstrates this business

 Day 5 : Onto Paris – Excursion to Parc Asterix – Visit the Eiffel Tower After breakfast drive to Paris, the ‘City of Lights’. We recommend you unleash the child in you and enjoy our highly recommended, exclusive excursion to Parc Asterix enroute. This is another first 7 adventure areas, 27 attractions and 6 shows set your heart racing and keep you entertained. Ride the 80 kmph Tonnerre de Zeus – Europe’s highest wooden roller coaster; the Goudrix, the Oxygenarium, the Transdemonium, the Menhir Express, a log flume ride with a 13 metre drop, the Grand Splatch – a rapid river ride to keep the adrenaline flowing and the latest addition of the Pharaonique. Thrilling rides, and incredible shows make it a complete family attraction. After all this fun check into the hotel. After dinner end the day taking in the dazzling overview of the glittering city as you ascend by an elevator to the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower. Return to the hotel in Paris for an overnight stay.

 Day 6: In Paris – Photo stop at the Louvre – Free Time – Shop At Fragonard – Visit Grevin Wax Museum – City Tour Of Paris – Optional Gala Evening In Paris Today after breakfast a photo stop at the Louvre and the Glass Pyramid (entrance not included) the former palace of the Kings of France now the world famous art gallery. At the end of the 19th Century, Arthur Meyer, founder of the famous daily newspaper “Le Gaulois”, conceived the notion of showing his readers the people in the headlines of his paper, but in 3-D. To implement this original plan, he called on Alfred Grevin, who was a cartoonist, designer and famous sculptor. The Grevin opened its doors on June 5th, 1882 with immediate success. Relive glorious French history, meet celebrities and experience the Spirit of Paris. The latest addition is our very own “Shah Rukh Khan”. Commemorate your visit with a memento.

Take away a small remembrance of your visit.

The night stretches for an Illumination Tour, driving past spectacularly lit landmarks. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Paris.

 Day 7: Onto Mont Blanc in Chamonix

Today after breakfast visit the beautiful Chamonix Valley and the majestic mountains of the Mont Blanc range. Whilst all the Hindi movies have launched the Swiss Alps, Cox & Kings is the first to introduce the French Alps and the home of Mont Blanc to India. Lunch on enroute. On arrival check into the hotel after dinner and tonight try out your winning streak at the casino. A voucher will get you for a complimentary drink. Raise a toast to your tour with Cox & Kings and the Chamonix Mont Blanc region. Overnight in Chamonix.

 Day 8: Onto Switzerland – Cable Car Ride To Aiguille Du Midi And A Visit To The Mer De Glace In Chamonix Valley – Visit Geneva

Awaken to the spectacular delights of the glacier. A view of the facing peaks and of Mont Blanc, awaits you at breakfast. Enjoy an early morning walk past picturesque hamlets and along alpine lakes. Today our excursion tour (weather permitting) – is a ride on the highest and most impressive cable car, the Aiguille du Midi, which lifts you to 3842 meters for an unforgettable view of the Alps, with its own postage stamp and a letterbox.

Continue the excursion with a ride on the nostalgic red rack and pinion railway to Montenvers. Lunch on enroute. The train climbs a steep track, through scenic Alpine scenery, to a stunning vantage point above the ‘Mer de Glace’ (sea of ice) Glacier. You know you’ve really arrived when you stand at 1913 meters, at the ‘Mer de Glace’ , which is 7 kms long and 200 meters thick, with a surface dimension of 40 kms ! A crystal gallery, a wildlife exhibition, an ice garden and the famous ice grotto 100 meters long, carved each year into the heart of the glacier, awaits you ! Drive to Geneva, one of Switzerland’s most privileged cities, said to have the second highest quality of living in the world ! We begin the orientation tour with a drive to the Palais des Nations (the European Headquarters of the United Nations) and the Musee Ariana. Be awestruck by the great white plume of the world’s tallest fountain in Europe – the magnificent Jet d’Eau and pause for a photograph here and at the beautiful floral clock in the Jardin Anglais. Carry on your drive and after dinner check into the hotel in Switzerland.

 Day 9: In Switzerland – Visit to Glacier 3000 – Visit Interlaken

 After breakfast visit Glacier 3000 – the everlasting snow mountain, offering panoramic views of the most beautiful summits of the Alps, and the scene of the popular Indian film “Bachna Ae Haseeno”. Ascent is by cable car to Scex Rouge (2971m). A special adrenaline kick with a wild ride on the Alpine Coaster (weather permitting), the world’s highest bobsleigh track. You can cruise along at approx. 40 km/hour and with the brakes you determine how fast you want to go. The ultimate highlight is the 520-degree loop, followed by 10 curves, 6 waves, 3 jumps and 2 bridges. The View Point behind the Restaurant Botta 3000 has a 360-degree view that includes beautiful alpine peaks – from the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau to the Matterhorn.

 Day 10: In Switzerland – An Exclusive Mountain In Switzerland – Visit Lucerne – Cruise on Lake Lucerne OR Optional Excursion To The Jungfraujoch, Ascending By Cogwheel Train, Indian Lunch – Visit The Trummelbach Falls

 Today after breakfast drive on to the Swiss region of Lungern, where exclusive entertainment is lined up for you. A mountain in Switzerland that’s all yours. We make sure that ultimate fantasy comes true with a Swiss Mountain in the Lungern – Schonbuel belt, so exclusive, that it’s only for you ! Getting there is half the fun ! Wind your way uphill in a cable car, (weather permitting) with a panoramic 360 degree view of the Bernese Oberland. If viewing nature is not enough, there are walking trails, and chocolate casting. That’s not all, We top it with a sumptuous Lunch and Disco Dancing.(In the event of bad weather and the cable car not operating a gala dinner will be organised)

Move on to Lucerne with its picturesque mountains, lakes, cowbells, alpine villages and meadows. Pause at the poignant Lion Monument, built to commemorate the brave Swiss soldiers killed during the French Revolution. Stroll along the covered, wooden Kapellbrucke (chapel bridge), to the ornate Jesuit Church. You will have another encounter with the marvels of Swiss shopping at Guebelin. Most visitors take home two things – memories of a beautiful country and a Swiss watch. End this exciting day with a cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. After dinner return to the hotel.

 Day 11: Homeward Bound

 Good times need never end ! As you get ready you will be transfered to the airport for your flight back home. (Breakfast will be either in the hotel or on board the flight).

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!).

 

 

 

 

Discounted European Tour – 10 Nights / 11 Days

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