15 nights 16 days Grand Europe & U.K Tour
Departure dates for 2017: May 29, June 12, July 3, July 24, Aug 12, Sept 2
Arrival Brussels the capital of Belgium, settle into your comfortable seats and travel to the capital city of Belgium, Brussels. On arrival the tour starts with a photo stop at the most iconic structure of Brussels, The Atomium, followed by the famous Mannekin Pis Statue and Grand Place. D
Begin the morning by visiting the world renowned Keukenhof Tulip Gardens; famed for its breathtaking displays of flowers, Keukenhof has over six million bulbs that form a sea of flowers, between March and May. (After 10th May departures Keukenhof will be replaced by Madurodam model village). Later, visit Volendam and the Cheese & Clog Farm for a demonstration on the making process, before continuing to the amazing city of Amsterdam to enjoy a tranquil canal cruise.
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Travel to the city of Cologne, Germany. Visit the breathtaking Cologne Cathedral, known as the Dome Church which stands 157 meters in height. The Cathedral is truly a masterpiece; taking over six hundred years to construct and is one of the best-known architectural monuments in Germany. Depart to Boppard for a scenic boat cruise on the River Rhine; enjoy picturesque views of vineyards and castles as you cruise along the longest river in Germany. Whilst aboard your cruise, enjoy a hot cup of tea to accompany the wonderful scenery. B, L, D
Travel to Heidelberg; surrounded by mountains and forests. Here, have an opportunity to photograph the famous Heidelberg Castle perched on the hills above. Travel to the Black Forest region in South Germany. On arrival, enjoy a demonstration on how the cuckoo clocks are made and have an opportunity to purchase them along with other souvenirs. Later, travel to Switzerland and witness the largest waterfalls in Europe, the Rhine Falls. B, L, D
Witness the stunning scenery of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, the deepest U-shaped valley in the world with either sides rising a sheer 1000 meters. On arrival board a cogwheel train to the top of Mt. Jungfrau at 3454 meters above sea level. At the top, have free time to explore the Ice Palace to view life-sized ice sculptures, visit the Sphinx observation tower for spectacular views of the Aletsch glacier and surrounding peaks. After, continue to Interlaken; where you can enjoy a walk on the main street and admire breathtaking scenery. B, L, D
Ascend 10,000ft to the summit of Mt. Titlis. Take the world’s first revolving cable car, the Titlis Rotair. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Swiss landscapes. At Mt. Titlis have free time to play in the snow and visit the ice caves or take a unique professional photo in traditional Swiss outfits. Depart for Lucerne to view the Lion Monument and one of the oldest wooden bridges in the world, the Chapel Bridge, enjoy free time to
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Depart for Liechtenstein, one of the smallest countries in Europe. Stop in the capital city, Vaduz. Later proceed to Austria to see the famous Swarovski Crystal Museum, before driving to Innsbruck, offering a combination of culture, history and nature. On arrival, take an orientation tour, covering the Golden roof (a symbol of the city) and the Triumphal Arch, before checking into the hotel. B, L, D
Depart for Venice; the most romantic city in Italy with its distinctive architecture and famous gondola rides. Begin with a boat ride to St Mark’s Square, one of the most elegant squares in the world. See the famous Bridge of Sighs and the Basilica di San Marco. Visit the Murano Glass Showroom and purchase some beautiful Murano glass items. Finally enjoy a romantic gondola ride while enjoying the ambience of Venice. B, L, D
Depart for Florence. On arrival, be greeted by your local professional guide. The tour of this renaissance city starts by viewing the impressive architecture of some of the finest historic buildings in Italy, such as the Duomo of Florence the largest brick dome ever created, along with photo stops at Basilica of Santa Croce, the final burial place of Michelangelo, statue of David replica, famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge on the Arno River and The Piazelle Michelangelo, for the most outstanding views of Florence. (As coaches are restricted to enter many parts of Florence, much of the tour is done on foot).
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On arrival in Rome, be greeted by a local professional guide. The tour starts with a photo stop at the Colosseum which is surrounded by other sights such as Constantine arch. Visit the Time Elevator; a multi sensorial and dynamic cinema experience stimulating a travel into time, taking viewers through the History of Rome. View the Roman Forums, where ancient civilisation developed. Visit the Vatican City, home to the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church to see the St. Peter’s Basilica. View Trevi Fountains, arguably the most beautiful fountains in all of Rome. (As coaches are restricted to enter many parts of Rome, much of the tour is done on foot).
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Today start the journey to Pisa. On arrival, marvel at The Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) which is dominated by four great religious structures: the Duomo, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Baptistry and the Camposanto. Enjoy some free time here to buy souvenirs for friends and family. In the afternoon, continue the journey to Geneva. Here be taken on a short city tour to see the United Nations Building, The Flower Clock and the symbol of Geneva, the Jet d’Eau (weather permitting). Note: Geneva city tour may be conducted on day twelve. B, L, D
Depart for Paris (approximate drive time will be 6 hours). On arrival enjoy a cruise along the River Seine. The cruise is perfectly designed to discover and admire the rich architecture such as the Eiffel Tower, Musee d’Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral and more. This panoramic tour will cover the impressive ‘Eiffel Tower’, the world famous ‘Champs Elysees’, the beautiful ‘Arc de Triomphe’ and many other historic buildings.
Visit Versailles Gardens and Louvre museum (Entrance not included)
In 1661, Louis XIV commissioned André Le Nôtre with the design and laying out of the gardens of Versailles which, in his view, were just as important as the Château
This morning depart for Paris to embark on a journey to the top floor of the Eiffel Tower for a breathtaking bird’s eye view of Paris. Followed by free time at the Avenue des Champs Élysées, the most prestigious avenue in Paris; with its cinemas, cafés, and luxury specialty shops (duration is time permitting). In the early afternoon, drive back to Calais for the channel crossing.
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Commence by taking a visit to the enchanting Swaminarayan Temple, one of the largest Italian marble temples outside of India. Later drive to the centre of London to see Trafalgar Square,
Piccadilly Circus, The Houses of Parliament Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. Visit the London Eye which offers panoramic views of London. Later visit Madame Tussauds. B, D
After breakfast check-out of the hotel and to the airport for your return flight.
Please Note: Check-out is before 11am. B