London Vacation - A land of pure fantasy -- a dream world!
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Duration: 13 Nights/ 14 Days
Destinations Covered: London - Brussels - Madurodam - Heidelberg - Jungfraujoch - Interlaken - Venice - Florence - Rome - Geneva - Paris
Tour Id: HV-027
Day 01 :
Arrive into London
City Tour of London
Welcome to London the land of Rich Heritage. Upon arrival our friendly tour manager will greet you outside the customs area. We then board our air-conditioned coach as we begin our Grand Tour of Europe. A local guide takes you on a panoramic city tour of London. See Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the Tower of London, home to the British Crown Jewels. Also see Nelson's Column at Trafalgar Square, the statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul's Cathedral, the symbolic Tower Bridge, the vast Hyde Park and London Eye, world's tallest Ferris wheel. We check into the hotel after 1400 hrs. Your hotel has been especially chosen, making it ideal for shopping and for your friends and relatives to visit you. The evening is free for you to explore the city on your own. London offers some of the best shopping in Europe at various famous shopping malls at High Street right next to your hotel. Tonight you have the opportunity to explore London's numerous restaurants and dine on your own. Overnight at luxury hotel in London.
Day 02 :
Travel by the Eurostar
Orientation tour of Brussels
After a continental breakfast, we proceed to Waterloo station to board the Eurostar. Relax in the comfort and luxury of the ultra modern Eurostar as one of the world's fastest trains takes you under the English Channel, to Brussels. On arrival in Brussels, the Head Quarters of the European Union, we take you on an orientation tour of the city. See the adorable Manneken Pis Statue, a charming fountain of a little boy, today the symbol of Brussels. Visit the beautiful Grand Place and see the Town Hall, Municipal Museum and ornate Guild houses. Also see the Royal Palace, St. Michael's Cathedral and the mammoth Palace of Justice. Next we stop at the Atomium - a structure representing the concept of an iron molecule enlarged 165 billion times. Later we drive to Antwerp. Today, enjoy a veg / non-veg dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight at Hotel in Antwerp.
Day 03 :
Visit the wooden shoe factory
After a continental breakfast, we begin our journey to Holland. We proceed to The Hague, political capital of The Netherlands. Here we visit Madurodam, Holland in miniature. Feel like a giant amidst models of palaces, canals, windmills, harbours, airports, and even doll-like figures in postures of daily activities. We then stop at one of the windmills - a symbol of Holland and a splendid backdrop for a family photograph. Later, enjoy a demonstration on the art of making wooden shoes, at Ratterman's Factory. Avail of the opportunity to shop for wooden shoes and other Dutch souvenirs. We now proceed to Amsterdam. Discover Amsterdam in a novel manner, as we take you on a cruise along its canals, the best way to see this captivating city. We then visit the renowned Van Moppes Diamond Factory. Enjoy a presentation on diamond cutting and shop for diamonds at specially discounted prices for customers. Enjoy an Indian veg / non-veg dinner. Overnight at a luxury Hotel in Holland.
Day 04 :
See the Cologne Cathedral
Enjoy the Rhine Cruise
After a continental breakfast, we drive to Cologne, famous for Eau de Cologne and the Cologne Cathedral. This 515 foot tall gothic Cathedral, which took almost six centuries to build, can hold upto 40,000 people and is Germany's most visited monument. Later, we drive into the Rhine valley, where we begin our romantic Rhine Cruise. The enchanting Rhine river passes through four countries. Our cruise takes us through the most romantic part of the River Rhine, past the legendary Loreley Rock, medieval castles atop riverside cliffs, vineyards and quaint towns with half timbered houses as the Rhine meanders through the valleys. Along the whole length of the river, each castle, island and even a rock boasts of it's own tale of chivalry and legend. We continue our journey to Heidelberg. Enjoy an Indian veg / non-veg dinner. Overnight at a luxury hotel in Heidelberg.
Day 05 :
Drive through the Black Forest
Visit the Rhine Falls
After a continental breakfast, we take you for an orientation tour of Heidelberg, surrounded by mountains and forests & spread on both sides of the river Neckar. Take this opportunity to stroll through 'Altstadt', the old town, full of narrow alleys, cobble-stoned streets and lined with ornate buildings, which include the Town Hall, the church of the Holy Spirit and the Jesuit Church. Experience the laid back atmosphere at the Market Square with it's fountain of Hercules and many sidewalk cafes. Take a picture of the famed ruins of the Heidelberg Castle, high up on the Konigstuhl Mountains. Later we journey through the spectacular scenery of the Black Forest, home of the Cuckoo Clock and Black Forest cakes. We stop at the Drubba Centre in the very heart of the forest. Here you have an opportunity to buy Cuckoo Clocks and other souvenirs at specially discounted prices for customers only. We then begin our journey to Switzerland - a fascinating country known for its spectacular mountain scenery, sparkling lakes and folklore traditions. As we arrive into Switzerland, its sheer beauty will stun you. We drive to Schaffhausen, to visit the mighty Rhine Falls. Admire the thundering beauty of Europe's most powerful waterfalls. Later, we proceed to check into your hotel. Enjoy an Indian veg / non- veg dinner. Overnight at luxury hotel in Switzerland.
Day 06 :
An option to visit Mt. Titlis, Lucerne, Hiflyer ride and a Lake cruise
After a continental breakfast, the day is free for you to explore this quaint Swiss town on your own. Or take this once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Mt. Titlis, Lucerne, a cruise on Lake Lucerne and a Hiflyer ride. We start the day with an excursion to Mt.Titlis, which at 10,000 ft is the highest peak in central Switzerland. As you journey to Mt. Titlis through a series of three different cable car rides, you will be amazed as the scenery changes from green meadows, scenic lakes to snow clad mountains. See over 200 cable cars with different flags of various nations. Lookout for cable car # 73 that carries the Indian flag! The last leg of the ascent will be in the world's first rotating cable car - the "Titlis Rotair". At Mt. Titlis you have free time to play and enjoy in the snow, visit the Ice Cave or just relax at the restaurant. At the Terrace on top of the Mt. Titlis summit station, weather permitting, you could take an unforgettable ride on the "Ice Flyer" an enclosed ski lift that travels only a few meters over the Titlis Glacier. You have an opportunity to get a picture at the Nostalgie Photo Studio, a perfect family memento. Enjoy an Indian vegetarian lunch. We then proceed to Lucerne for an orientation tour. Lucerne is one of the six most frequently visited cities in the world. We see the Lion Monument, 'Lowendenkmal', hewn from a limestone cliff to commemorate the bravery and loyalty of Swiss Guards. We take you for a cruise on Lake Lucerne. Marvel at the attractive backdrop of this city set amongst the snow-clad Central Alps. Then, (weather permitting) take an exhilarating ride on the Hiflyer, a hot air balloon that takes you 140 metres high for a breathtaking view of Lucerne and the Alps. You have free time at Schwanenplatz to shop for Swiss army knives, chocolates, watches, souvenirs, etc. You could take a stroll across the Kappelbrucke, the world's oldest covered wooden bridge originally built in 1333 over the Reuss river, which leads you to the beautiful 17th century Jesuit Church. Enjoy an Indian veg / non-veg dinner. Overnight at luxury hotel in Switzerland.
Day 07 :
An Option to visit Jungfraujoch and Interlaken
After a continental breakfast, the day is free to explore this Swiss town on your own. Or take this opportunity to visit Jungfraujoch and picturesque Interlaken. Our scenic drive to Jungfraujoch, the highest altitude railway station in Europe at 11,133 ft. takes us along lovely lakes and mountain passes. Marvel at the changes in alpine scenery as your charming cog-wheel train takes you on a unique journey to Jungfrau, the very Top of Europe. From the Sphinx Terrace, you can view the Jungfrau Peak and the awesome Aletsch Glacier. Also visit the Ice Palace, where you see a beautiful display of sculptures made of ice, while being encased in ice yourself. Have a memorable encounter with eternal snow and ice at the Plateau. Send a postcard to your friends and relatives from Europe's highest altitude Post Office with it's special postmark. We then serve you an Indian vegetarian lunch at Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe. Later we proceed to Interlaken, one of Switzerland's best-known health and pleasure resorts, nestled between lakes and splendid mountains. Here, you have free time to relax at the numerous cafes or shop for souvenirs, Swiss watches etc. Enjoy an Indian veg / non-veg dinner. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08 :
Onto Venice - the City of Canals
City Tour of Venice
After a continental breakfast, we start our journey towards Venice, the romantic Canal City of Italy. Our scenic drive takes us through picturesque lakes and tunnels as we journey from the Swiss to the Italian Alps. We arrive in Venice, an archipelago of 118 islands, 150 canals and 400 bridges. We drive over Mussolini's Bridge of Liberty and then take a boat ride to St. Mark's Square, the very heart of Venice. Here see the historic Ducal Palace, the infamous prison, the Bridge of Sighs, the exquisite Clock Tower and the baroque splendor of St. Marks Basilica. We then visit the Murano Glass factory where a master craftsman will demonstrate the art of creating the famous Venetian blown glass. Do not miss this opportunity to buy souvenirs at specially discounted prices. We return to St. Mark's Square, the most photographed Square in the World, where you have free time to feed the pigeons, look for souvenirs and soak in the atmosphere of this charming city. Enjoy an Indian veg / non-veg dinner. Overnight at a luxury Hotel in Venice.
Day 09 :
City tour of Florence
Birthplace of the Renaissance
After you have enjoyed a continental breakfast at your hotel, we journey towards the city of Florence, the enchanting art capital of Italy. En route, we pass through the Po valley and Apennine Mountains. Today you have a chance to shop for Italian leather and souvenirs. In Florence see the impressive Duomo, the 14th century Palazzo Vecchio Tower, the Basilica of Santa Croce and Ponte Vecchio, Florence's most distinctive bridge on the Arno River. Visit the Piazelle Michelangelo, for a breathtaking bird's eye view of Florence. Take a picture with the Statue of David, originally created by Michelangelo. Thereafter we proceed to Rome. Enjoy a veg / non-veg dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight at a Luxury Hotel in Rome.
Day 10 :
City tour of Rome - the Eternal City
Visit the Vatican State
After a continental breakfast, we take you for a guided city tour of Rome. Visit the Piazza Venezia. See the colossal Victor Emmanuel II Monument, built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Italian re-unification. Relive the thrills of historic Rome at the ancient Roman & Imperial Forums. Come face to face with the gigantic Colosseum - the symbol of Rome. It is said that when the Colosseum falls, Rome will fall and the world will follow. Visit the splendid Trevi Fountain. A Roman legend assures your return to Rome if you throw a coin in the fountain. Visit the Vatican, the world's smallest nation and the seat of Christianity and St. Peters Basilica, the world's largest cathedral, which will amaze you with its size, beauty and splendour.
Due to Rome Traffic Regulations, the roads may be closed to private coaches entering the city. This may force us to modify / change / alter the sight seeing in Rome. The sight seeing will then have to be done by foot / public transportation.
We then say 'Arrividerci Roma' and proceed towards Pisa. Enjoy a continental veg / non-veg dinner. Overnight at a luxury hotel in Pisa.
Day 11 :
See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
City tour of Geneva
After a continental breakfast, we proceed to visit the "Field of Miracles", wherein stands the grand Romanesque Pisan styled marble Cathedral. See the Baptistery and the bell tower, known throughout the world as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Remember to take a photograph of your family against this wonder of the world. We then begin our scenic drive to Geneva an elegant city situated by the shores of Lake Geneva. On arrival, we take you on a city tour of Geneva. We drive through the Ariana Park area, past the Palais des Nations, the European arm of the UNO and the Red Cross. See the famous Broken Chair and the Brunswick Monument. Drive over the famous Mont Blanc Bridge with the River Rhone on one side and Lake Geneva on the other. You have free time to stroll through the exquisite English Gardens. Remember to take pictures of your family at the Floral Clock, a symbol of Geneva and the Jet d'Eau, the worlds tallest fountain shooting upto 145 meters This evening, enjoy an Indian veg / non-veg dinner. Overnight at luxury hotel in Geneva.
Day 12 :
Onto Paris, the City of Romance
See the Eiffel Tower
After a continental breakfast, we begin our journey to Paris, the fashion capital of the world. On arrival in Paris we take you to see the Eiffel Tower, the Symbol of Paris. The view from the 1st level will leave you breathless. The evening is free for you to relax and explore this glamorous city on your own. Enjoy an Indian veg / non-veg dinner. Overnight at a luxury hotel in Paris.
Day 13 :
City Tour of Paris
Visit Benlux duty free shop
Optional 'Grand Evening in Paris'
After a continental breakfast, we proceed on a city tour of Paris, conducted by a local guide. Experience Paris in all its charm, glamour and glory. See Place de la Concorde, the majestic Arc de Triomphe, the fashionable Champs Elysees, the magnificent Opera, the famous Notre Dame Cathedral and of course, the incomparable Eiffel Tower. We go past the Louvre, the most prestigious museum in the world. See the grand dome of Invalides and the splendid Ritz hotel at the Vendome Square. Later we take you shopping at the famous Benlux duty free shop. Shop for perfumes, cosmetics, etc. at discounted prices exclusively for clients. The evening is free for you to relax and explore this glamorous city on your own. Or, you have the option of treating yourself to a 'Grand Evening in Paris', an exciting Optional package that combines fun and entertainment. The Grand Evening includes a romantic cruise on the River Seine. You will be enchanted as you pass by many of the Parisian monuments. See famous landmarks magically lit-up on a fabulous illumination tour of Paris - the city of lights. For the grand finale of the day, we have in store for you the finest and most dazzling combination of beauty, rhythm and gaiety at Paradis Latin. Built in 1889 and partially designed by Gustave Eiffel, the Paradis Latin is perhaps the most Parisian of the great cabarets, both exciting and romantic. Experience the magic and charm of its elegant surroundings, striking ballets, shimmering costumes and talented dance troupes. Share a complimentary bottle of champagne with your spouse and also enjoy an Indian veg / non-veg dinner. Overnight at luxury hotel in Paris.
Day 14 :
Departure to you respective onward destination.