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Escorted Group Tour

Escorted Group Tour TourCode : 1255
Duration  11 Nights / 12 Days
Destination  Europe
Route  Delhi-London-Belgium-Paris- Switzerland-Lucerne-Interlaken-tuscany-Rome-Milan-Delhi
Best Time To Visit Daily,all year round

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Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive London
Arrive London the representatives will greet you at the hotel, check in on your own.(Check in after 1400 hrs). Overnight stay at the hotel in London.

Day 2: In London – Guided City Tour Of London – Optional Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and London Eye
After breakfast the day starts with 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, River Thames, London Eye, Tower of London, 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 with changing of the guards (on days when this takes place) which is the Queen’s official residence. Finish your tour at Oxford Street, the rest of the day is free, for your quest for great bargains or sample our Optional Madame Tussauds and London Eye Tour! You have a date with over 400 celebrities at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, the world’s largest exhibition of life like wax models. Take a photograph with Amitabh Bachchan. Later, ride the London Eye, the world’s tallest Ferris wheel and during the gradual 30-minute flight, see views of London. Overnight stay at the hotel in London.

Day 3: Onto Belgium – Eurotunnel OR Ferry to Calais – Visit Mini Europe – Orientation Tour of Brussels
After breakfast go On to Folkestone, cross the English Channel through the Eurotunnel OR take a ferry from Dover and arrive in Calais. Then drive on to Brussels – the Elegant Capital City, also the seat of the European Union, with an air of bustling efficiency.
We then take you to MINI-EUROPE – Europe in a few hours.
Mini-Europe is above all an “invitation to travel”. The chimes of Big Ben, the gondolas in front of the Doge’s Palace, the Grand-Place in Brussels, the Acropolis … an animated tour with visual and sound effects of 350 miniatures and attractions. A truly unique voyage! Stroll amid the typical ambiance of the most beautiful towns of the Old Continent. An orientation tour takes you through picturesque medieval streets to the magnificent Gothic St. Michael’s Cathedral. Walk via Galeries Saint Hubert the world’s first shopping mall, opened in 1847, to the Grand Place, Europe’s most beautiful square. This exquisite market square is the main tourist attraction of the city. Time permitting, shop here for world famous Belgian lace, chocolate and Belgian Waffles dusted with caramelized sugar.
Visit the Mannekin Pis, (photo stop) – the cheeky statue of a boy, representing the “irreverent spirit” of Brussels, has drawn sightseers for centuries. Later return back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Belgium.

Day 4: Onto Paris – Visit and Shop at Fragonard – Visit Grevin Wax Museum – Guided Panoramic City Tour – Visit The Eiffel Tower
Today after breakfast you will drive to Paris – the romantic “City of Lights” a magnificent city. Visit and shop at Fragonard – The Parfumeur, an exclusive from Cox and Kings. Discover Fragonard’s original perfumery creations on sale at factory prices. (closed on Sunday).
Our next stop is the famed Grevin Wax Museum, an exclusive and a legendary site of entertainment since 1882,it was created by Alfred Grevin, to produce and showcase life size wax models of celebrities.
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. At a time when the press did not use photographs, he came up with the idea of creating a site where the public could see people in the news. 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. It was an immediate success.
At Grevin, relive glorious French history, meet celebrities and experience the Spirit of Paris, with over 300 wax figures in a setting of gold and marble.
Enjoy a guided panoramic city tour of famous monuments like the Louvre, Garnier’s Opera – the world’s largest opera theatre, the Place de la Concorde – the site of the infamous guillotine, the Champs Elysees – one of the most fashionable streets in the world, the Napoleanic Arc de Triomphe and the Hotel des Invalides.
Enjoy the dazzling overview of the magnificent city as you ascend by an elevator to the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Paris.

Day 5: Day at Leisure – Optional excursion to Disneyland OR Versailles Palace and Gardens – Optional Gala Evening In Paris
After breakfast the day is free for leisure. We highly recommend you to take our fun filled optional excursion to the world class family attraction Disneyland where you will enjoy an array of thrilling rides and incredible shows. Do not forget to take a snapshot with one of your favourite Disney characters!
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Paris.

Day 6: Onto Switzerland – Visit to Lucerne
Enjoy a comfortable drive of about 7 hours today to Switzerland. Enroute visit Lucerne with its picturesque mountains, lakes, cowbells, alpine villages and meadows full of edelweiss. Pause at the poignant Lion Monument, built to commemorate the brave Swiss soldiers killed during the French Revolution.
Stroll along the covered, wooden Kappellbrucke (chapel bridge), to the ornate Jesuit Church. You will have the first encounter with the marvels of Swiss shopping at Gubelin. After dinner overnight stay at the hotel in Switzerland.

Day 7: Day At Leisure – Optional Excursion To The Jungfraujoch, Ascending By Cogwheel Train, Indian Lunch – An Interlaken City Tour
After breakfast day is free to explore the environs of your hotel or venture out on your own. We urge you to take advantage of our optional excursion to the Jungfraujoch, the ‘Top of Europe’, a wonderful world of glaciers and eternal ice. Reach the highest altitude railway station in Europe by a charming, red cogwheel train, through the most dramatic mountain scenery! Walk on the great Aletsch Glacier, at 22 kms – the longest ice stream in the Alps, visit the glistening Ice Palace, and the Sphinx Observation Terrace, at 3571 m, the loftiest point of all, the Alpine view is simply stunning.
Descend to visit the popular holiday resort of Interlaken, cradled cozily between the beautiful Lakes of Brienz and Thun, where even today you see horse-drawn carriages.
You will have another encounter with the marvels of Swiss shopping.
Indulge in some shopping. Next to a virtually unlimited selection of watches and jewellery, every store carries a vast array of small famous brand gifts and souvenirs, priced for every pocket. After dinner overnight stay at the hotel in Switzerland.

Day 8: Day free – Optional Excursion to Pilatus, includes a Gondola and Aerial Cable Car ride and the worlds steepest Cog-wheel Railway – Optional Mt. Cox & Kings Gala Evening With Dinner – An Exclusive Mountain In Switzerland
After breakfast day is free to explore on your own. Why not sample our optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus, one of the most legendary and beautiful places in Central Switzerland.
On a clear day the mountain offers a panoramic view of 73 Alpine peaks. Continue to Kriens and board a panoramic gondola and aerial cable car to the top of Mount Pilatus at 7000 feet (2132 meters). Enjoy an hour and a half at your leisure admiring breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and lakes. Venture down the Dragon’s Path and make the short hike to the summit before descending Mount Pilatus to Alpnachstad by cog-wheel railway. At a gradient of 48% it is the world’s steepest!
Later drive on to the Swiss region of Lungern, where an Exclusive Optional Gala Evening is lined up for you. A mountain in Switzerland that’s all yours! We make sure that ultimate fantasy comes true with Mt. Cox & Kings – a Swiss Mountain in the Lungern – Schonbuel belt, so exclusive.
Wind your way uphill in a cable car, with a panoramic 360 degree view of the Bernese Oberland. If viewing nature is not enough, there are walking trails, and chocolate casting. Dinner and Disco Dancing ater check in at the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel in Switzerland.

Day 9: Onto Tuscany – Orientation Tour Of Pisa – Walking Tour Of Florence
Today after breakfast enjoy a comfortable 6 hrs drive to Tuscany. Make a short stop at Pisa, the hometown of Galileo and a city, which makes the most of its claim to fame – its Leaning Tower! It has leaned almost since construction first started, due to the swampy soil beneath it. During your photo stop note its striking beauty along with its characteristic tilt. It is the Duomo’s (Cathedral) Bell Tower. Together with the Baptistry, these are all a part of the Field of Miracles. Drive through a stretch of olive groves and vineyards to Florence, a shrine to the wonders of the Renaissance, with more artistic treasures per square metre than any other city in the world!
Included in your short walking tour of Florence is a visit to the remarkable Duomo (when open for visitors). Besides it is the ‘Gate to Paradise’ – the heavenly gilded bronze doors of the Baptistry, originally a pagan temple and the open-air gallery in Signoria Square. Walk on the famous Ponte Vecchio, the oldest surviving bridge in the city. Drive to the Piazzale Michelangelo which is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Perched high on a hillside overlooking the city, this is a magical point from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Florence’s skyline. View a replica of Michelangelo’s David.
Check into your hotel after dinner. and overnight in Florence.

Day 10: Full Day Excursion to Rome – Visit The Vatican – Guided Panoramic City Tour Of Rome
‘Rome was not built in a day’- the truth of this oft quoted adage hits you with full force, as we pack in all the ‘must see’ agenda into our guided panoramic city tour!
According to legend, the city of Rome was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus in 753 BC. First after breakfast visit The Vatican, the smallest nation in the world! Headed by His holiness the Pope, it is the administrative and spiritual capital of Roman Catholicism. It boasts a priceless art collection and is probably per square foot the richest country in the world! The most famous square of Vatican City is St. Peter’s Square with St. Peter’s Basilica, the spiritual centre of Christendom.
Gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s Pieta in St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world. Pay tribute to the brave Gladiators of Rome, with a photo stop at the mighty Colosseum. At this amphitheatre, the notorious and gory gladiatorial games were held, where they fought one another and wild animals while the crowd roared! See the triumphal Arch of Constantine, one of the most important commemorative monuments of antiquity and then drive through Piazza Venezia, the main square in Rome, where the grandiose monument to the reunification of Italy is often referred to as the Marble wedding cake.
Pass the Circus Maximus – the Hippodrome – known for its ancient chariot races, which was reconstructed by Hollywood for ‘Ben Hur’! Pass the ruins of the Roman Forum and end the tour at the famous Trevi Fountain. Legend has it, that if you make a wish and toss a coin over your left shoulder into the fountain, you are sure to return to Rome. After an exciting tour, relax as you return to the hotel in the Tuscany Region. Dinner and overnight stay in Rome.

Day 11: Onto Milan – Walking Tour Of Venice
After breakfast a drive of about 4 hrs from Tuscany brings you to the magical lagoon city of Venice. The captivating canals and palaces of Venice are simply unique! Built on 117 small islands, it is a pedestrian’s city, so get set for a walking tour.
Cruise from Tronchetto Pier and glide romantically past fairytale palaces. Disembark and walk to the Piazza San Marco (St. Marks Square). Pass the Doge’s Palace, connected by the ‘Bridge of Sighs’ to its prisons. It was from here that the legendary lover Casanova made his famous escape! Witness the bronze Moors striking the hour, as they have been doing for the past 500 years! End this exciting tour with a brief visit to a Murano Glass Factory for a demonstration of hand blown world famous Venetian glass. After dinner check into your hotel in Milan.

Day 12: Departure
Your tour ends with guests departing for the airport. (B either in the hotel, boxed 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!).

 

 

 

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