BEST OF EUROPE
10 days / 9 nights
Belgium - Germany - Switzerland - Italy - Vatican - France
DAY 01 : BRUSSELS (D)
On arrival in Brussels, we depart the coach and make our way on foot through the charming cobbled streets of Brussels to the Old Town. Here marvel at the "The Grand Place" or Grote Markt, which is the central square of Brussels. The Square provides wonderful opportunities to photograph the opulent guildhalls and the two larger and imposing edifices of the city's Town Hall, and the King's House or Breadhouse building containing the Museum of the City of Brussels. You can then continue down the adjacent street to see the Manneken Pis, an iconic 17th-century bronze fountain, depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain's basin. The Manneken Pis can often be found dressed in costume during festivals.
It should be noted that sometimes due to connections, or delays at the border crossing we may replace Brussels with a tour of Zurich on day 2 instead, and in which case we will make our way directly towards the Hotel. The change will not be informed in advance. The Zurich city tour will be done on Day 2.
We then proceed towards our hotel and restaurant, which can be located in the Northeastern Grand Est region of France (Metz or Nancy) or Strasbourg. Depending on the hotel location we either go to the restaurant for our Indian dinner, or we head towards the hotel, where dinner will be served late in the evening in one of the conference rooms by our very own caterers. We can then put our head down after our long day.
DAY 02 : BLACK FOREST - RHINE FALLS - LUCERNE (B, L, D)
Today morning after breakfast, we check out of the hotel and board the coach heading South-East. We continue our drive into Germany. Whilst we drive through the Black Forest, enjoy the tree-lined alpine views, and be fascinated by the deep gorges along the way. We then arrive at the small town of Titisee-Neustadt in the middle of the Black Forest, among dark fir trees, high hills, spectacular cliffs and gentle valleys sits the largest natural lake in the Black Forest, Titisee, which stretches for some 2 km (over 1 mile). Here enjoy some free time to wonder the quaint streets and relax by the lake or shop for locally made cuckoo clocks as well as a varied selection of souvenirs. After your shopping trip, we have our Indian lunch, before we head towards Switzerland.
We continue our journey heading South of Germany and into Schaffhausen a city in north-eastern Switzerland on the river Rhine, next to the German border. On arrival why not take the time to admire the prime tourist attraction of the Rhine Falls, Europe's largest open-plain waterfalls. You have the time to enjoy a quick trip to the centre of falls on the erosion resistant rock or simply bide the short time we have here admiring the beauty from the banks of the River Rhine with the Wörth Castle in the backdrop.
We re-join our coach and make our way towards Central Switzerland, and to Lucerne. In Lucerne spend the time admiring Lake Luzern, the fourth largest lake in Switzerland, with Mt Pilatus, Mt Rigi and the Swiss Alps in the background, or take a wonderful walk around the Old Town in the pretty cobbled streets. Don’t forget to walk and view the Chapel Bridge also known as Kapellbrücke, the famous 204 meters long wooden covered bridge originally built in 1333, regarded as the oldest covered bridge in Europe. We later visit the Lion Monument, or the Lion of Lucerne, a rock relief, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris. The carving has often been heralded as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world".
We board back onto the coach after another fun filled day heading for our evening Indian meal and hotel. It is time to pack our bags again for our checkout tomorrow morning where we make our way towards Italy.
DAY 03 : MT TITLIS - VENICE (B, L, D)
After breakfast today we ascend 10,000ft to the summit of Mt. Titlis. We take a small cable car or funicular depending on the time of the year before we take the world’s first revolving cable car, the Titlis Rotair. The Rotair makes one full revolution whilst we ascend to the top of Mt Titlis giving you a 360-degree view of the Uri Alps. Once we reach the top you can not only enjoy the breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding Swiss landscapes, but you will have ample time to take pictures in traditional Swiss outfits, buy souvenirs and walk the highest Cliff Walk, a suspended pedestrian bridge along the cliff of Mount Titlis 3,000 m above sea level, it is believed to be the highest elevation suspension bridge in Europe (subject to operation). Spend the morning playing in the snow and visit the ice caves.
On Mt Titlis, you can also enjoy the optional Ice Flyer (subject to operation). The Ice Flyer chairlift sweeps you smoothly and safely over crisp, virgin snowfields and icy depths. Some of the crevasses are up to twenty metres deep. Only on Mt Titlis can you expect such a fantastic glacier experience, and don’t forget to smile as you can purchase a perfect souvenir of your picture from the photo studio shop.
We make our way down in the early afternoon for our well-deserved Indian lunch from all the activities of the morning. Once our energy levels are back up from our lunch, we board our coach and make our way towards Italy, heading for Venice. We depart in the early afternoon for Venice, and we expect to reach there in the evening. We will be covering quite a distance today to reach, so ensure you carry your key essentials.
Once we reach the Venice area in the evening, we finish the day by heading towards the restaurant and hotel. We have our buffet Indian dinner before we pack in for the night.
DAY 04 : VENICE - ROME (B, L, D)
We check out after breakfast today and make our way towards the Venetian Islands. The drive will take us over "Ponte della Libertà" or in English the Bridge of Liberty, which connects the historic centre to the City of Venice.
On arrival at the Ports in Venice, we board our Vaporetto (Italian small boat) to make our way towards the main island and dock at San Marco. The main city of Venice is unique in its own right and holds many names; "The City of Water", "City of Bridges", "The Floating City", and "City of Canals", the names become very apparent as we glide through the Grand Canal.
We then make our way across the San Marco island for our demonstration at Murano, where you learn the facts about the glass and have an opportunity to purchase original Murano glass items. We also make our way to Piazza San Marco known as St Mark's Square, the main square opens up to the impressive Saint Mark's Basilica, the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best-known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture, as well as the famous St Mark's Campanile (bell tower), one of the most recognizable symbols of the city at 98.5 metres high. You will have time to also picture the famous Bridge of sighs and the intricate Clock Tower known as the Torre dell'Orologio.
Later enjoy a Gondola ride through a few of the canals that make up the intricate 118 islands of Venice. Glide along the quaint canals and admire the architecture involved in building this lagoon city. The short gondola ride is a unique experience on a flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian lagoon.
We then return back to the coach at the Ports, and make our way back into to the mainland were we go for our Indian lunch at the restaurant before making our way to Rome. We depart in the afternoon from Venice and expect to reach Rome in the evening.
Once we reach Rome in the evening, we finish the day by heading towards the restaurant and hotel. We have our buffet Indian dinner before we pack in for the night.
DAY 05 : ROME - VATICAN CITY (B, L, D)
Today morning after breakfast we depart the hotel and make our short drive towards the city centre of Rome. We will be spending the full day in the Roman capital, and "Global City".
Our tour of Rome includes a trip to the Time Elevator, which is a multi-sensory film taking you back in time using technology. Rome’s history dates to almost 3000 years, and the Time Elevator will give you a glance of cultural, religious, historical and geographic events of the Eternal City.
You will also be met with a local professional guide whilst in Rome. The guide will immerse you in the rich history of Rome and explain the key sights of Rome. The Rome tour will include a short photo-stop of the Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre and arguably one of the most recognised sights; the stop is surrounded by other sights such as Constantine arch. You will also see the Roman Forums, where ancient civilisation developed.
We then make our way by coach to the restaurant for our Indian meal, before we transfer back to our coach and head towards the Vatican City.
Later you will visit the Vatican City, home to the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church to see the St. Peter's Basilica, it should be noted that you should wear appropriate attire for a place of worship, as this is a stipulation of entry. We will then walk across to view the Trevi Fountains, arguably the most beautiful fountains in all of Rome, here enjoy a gelato ice cream. It should be noted many parts of Rome will be done on foot as places such as Trevi Fountain, Time Elevator and Roman Forums are only accessible on foot.
In the evening depending on the hotel location we either go to the restaurant for our Indian dinner, or we head towards the hotel, where dinner will be served late in the evening in one of the conference rooms by our very own caterers. We can then put our head down after our long day.
DAY 06 : ROME - FLORENCE - PISA - SAN REMO (B, L, D)
Today after breakfast we check out of the hotel and board the coach for our drive towards Florence. We head North towards Florence. We will be covering quite a distance today to reach Florence, so ensure you carry your key essentials and devices for your entertainment for the journey.
Once we reach Florence, we go for our Indian lunch at the restaurant before making our way to the Historic City Centre. The coach will drop the group off in the city centre and drive away as they cannot remain in the city centre of Florence.
On arrival in the afternoon at our drop off point in Florence, we meet our local professional guide. The tour of this renaissance city and former capital starts by viewing the impressive architecture of some of the finest historic buildings in Italy. The guide will provide you an in-depth knowledge of some of Florence’s most iconic sights including 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, and the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge on the Arno River. The tour of Florence will be a walking tour as many parts of the city are pedestrianised and only accessible on foot.
We then meet up with our coach towards the Arno River and proceed to make our way out of Florence. Just before we hit the highway we stop at the Piazelle Michelangelo, for the most outstanding views of Florence, the stop allows a panoramic view of the city and beyond. We stop for a quick photo stop here before boarding the coach and making our way to Pisa.
On arrival in Pisa, we disembark the coach, and we make our transfer towards the Piazza dei Miracoli, we walk through the small market and enter the Piazza dei Miracoli through the iron gates, where the magnificent Leaning Tower of Pisa can be seen tilting since its completion in 1372, the 56m white-marble cylinder is the bell tower of the Romanesque, striped-marble cathedral that rises next to the tower. Also, in the piazza is the Baptistry, an ecclesiastical building constructed from 1152 to 1363.
In the early evening, we depart towards the Hotel in the San Remo region, which is in the Province of Imperia, Italy for our two-night stay. We head towards our hotel and restaurant in the region. Today evening enjoy a buffet Indian meal, before settling for the night.
DAY 07 : SAN REMO - NICE - CANNES - MONTE CARLO (B, L,CD)
After our continental breakfast, we board our coach and commence our drive towards Nice, France. Along the way we cross from Italy into the French Riviera; also known as the "Côte d'Azur", which is a very scenic Mediterranean coastline on the southeast corner of France.
A thoroughly enjoyable and picturesque coastal drive leads us to Nice. Nice sits on the Mediterranean Sea, at the foot of the Alps, and is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast. Here we have some free time at the "Promenade des Anglais", its famous waterfront is lined with attractions, beaches, bars and restaurants.
We then make our way by coach to the restaurant for our Indian meal, before we transfer back to our coach and head towards "the playground for the rich and famous" - Cannes and Monte Carlo.
We make our way to Cannes, which is famed for its international film festival. Its curving coastline is lined with sandy beaches, upmarket boutiques and palatial hotels. We then head towards the principality of Monaco and visit Monte Carlo, where the famous Monte Carlo Casino is located. Admire the yacht-lined harbour and identify the areas of the prestigious Grand Prix motor race, which runs through Monaco’s streets once a year.
In the evening we head back towards the hotel. Today evening enjoy a continental meal before we put our heads down for the night and get ready for our check out tomorrow morning.
DAY 8 : SAN REMO - GENEVA (B, D)
After breakfast, we load our luggage on the coach and leave the Italian Riviera region and make our way towards Switzerland, Geneva. We depart the hotel in the morning and expect to arrive in Geneva in the evening. Today we will be covering a vast distance to reach Geneva, so ensure you carry your key essentials and devices for your entertainment for the journey.
Once we reach Geneva in the evening, we make a couple of short photo stops. We make our way to the "Jardin Anglais", known as the English Gardens. Here we stop for photos of the National Monument, which features lady Geneva and Lady Helvetica; also see the Flower Clock an iconic outdoor flower clock designed in 1955, made with colourful blooms that change seasonally, and finally of the Jet d'Eau (subject to operation), a fountain, lit up at night, pumping half a cubic meter of water per second 140m into the air.
We then head towards the United Nations of Geneva (UNOG) for our second photo stop, the UNOG is the second-largest of the four major office sites of the United Nations and situated in the Palais des Nations building constructed for the League of Nations between 1929 and 1938. Capture an amazing picture containing all the flags of the countries of the United Nations.
We then finish our quick trip to Geneva by heading towards the restaurant and hotel. We have our buffet Indian dinner before we pack in for the night.
DAY 9 : GENEVA - PARIS (B,D)
Today after breakfast check out of the hotel, and we make our way towards Paris. You will not be reaching Paris until late in the afternoon, and we will be stopping on route for Lunch. The lunch stop will only sell continental food, and there will be no fast food restaurants located within the services.
On arrival in the "City of Lights" - Paris, we make our way to the renowned, and world recognised the Eiffel Tower. Your journey will take you to the top of the Eiffel Tower. It should be noted that as the Eiffel Tower is the worlds most visited paid monument you should expect long security and ticket queues as reservations are not always available. Additionally, you will be provided tickets for the highest floor possible, should the top floor ticket not be available or closed then the ticket difference will be reimbursed to you on the completion of your tour. On instances we may conduct Montparnasse Tower, where the Eiffel Tower is closed due to national holidays, Bastille day parades etc., or non-operational due to any other reason, an advanced warning will not be given in relation to the change of monument.
In the evening we will then make our way to the restaurant for our group buffet meal, on the allocation of our entry time enjoy your Indian dinner and then settle back in your seats on the coach for an optional night tour of Paris or be transferred back to the hotel on one of our vehicles.
If you chose the optional tour of "Paris By Night" then we board our coach after the restaurant and begun our night tour, which lasts 90 Minutes and takes you around the key sights of Paris at Night, see the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Concorde and Invalides from the comfort of your coach, with the magnificent street lights and monumental lights gravitating you towards the wonderful sights and monuments. See the Eiffel Tower sparkle on the hour, for five minutes immersing you in the city of Paris, and truly recognise why it has been nicknamed the "City of Lights".
We then late in the night make our way to the hotel for our stay. Get a good night’s sleep as more wonders await you tomorrow.
DAY 10 : PARIS (B)
Today morning we check out of the hotel after breakfast and load the luggage depending on your final drop off point.
We then make our way back to the centre of Paris, where we embark on the famous "Bateaux" cruises of Paris for our one-hour cruise along the River Seine, we cover the stunning architecture that Paris has to offer on sights such as the Grand Palais, Petite Palais, Pont Alexandre 3rd bridge, National Assembly, Invalides and of course the spectacular Eiffel Tower. The glass-covered boat is at your disposal, choose to sit inside or outside whilst listening to the commentary of the sights.
Whilst travelling around Paris you would have covered various other sights including the Vendome, home to the Ritz Hotel; Concorde square made famous during the French revolution and Avenue des Champs Élysées, the largest tree-lined boulevard in Paris.
The journey back we say goodbye to friends we have made along the way as we drop you at Charles De Gulle international airport for your connecting flight back home.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, CD=Continental Dinner
Breakfast will be provided at the hotels as per itinerary and is usually an extended continental breakfast, so it will include tea, coffee, breads, cereals, fruit, etc. This varies from hotel to hotel.
Passengers will have an option to choose from a range of different diets, including vegetarian, Jain or non-vegetarian (where ever possible Halal) meals as per the itinerary. Passengers should advice their choice of preferred diet at the time of booking the tour. The meals are pre-set and a choice of menu is not available.
Please note that we will make every effort for early check in for passengers coming in early but this is not guaranteed & is at the hotel’s discretion & availability.
Passengers may have to give their Credit card/cash at some of the hotels towards incidentals. No charges are levied unless the guests use some of the services other than not included in the package.
Max occupancy per room is 3 person (includes children above 2 years. excludes infants)
Tour ends at the tour drop-off point on the last day of the tour.
In Scotland the currency you will require will be Pounds (sterling). You are adviced to keep some change in coins while on the tour as using toilets in many parts of Scotland is not free.
Passenger may want to carry a small travel iron, hair dryer, kettle etc, as many hotel rooms will not have these facilities. Please also ensure you carry all medication you will need on the tour.
It is the passengers’ responsibility to make sure of necessary arrangements for any children in their group. Milk and baby food cannot be provided by the hotel or restaurants and passengers are advised to carry ready to drink milk whilst on tour. Dry food is allowed on the so please feel free to bring snacks for children. Please also note that not all hotels provide a kettle so if hot water is required for warming milk etc in the hotel then it is advisable to carry a bottle warmer / kettle as well as a thermos flask.
The driver will load and unload one piece of luggage per person from the coach (maximum 20kg). Passengers’ will have to carry their luggage to and from the coach to the hotel room. In addition, passenger can also carry one piece of small hand luggage, which can fit under their seat or in the overhead compartment.
Passenger can bring a light weight manual wheelchair for travel, if required, subject to them being capable of being stowed in the luggage hold of the coach. It is also essential that a family member is also on the tour to push their wheelchair. We will also request hotels for suitably equipped rooms; however, this is only on a request basis and cannot be guaranteed.
Only food which is dry and cold can be taken onto the coach. Curries, chips and other hot food are not allowed to be consumed on the coach. In addition, chewing gum and ice cream is also not allowed on the coach. Examples of food people bring to snack on include chips, biscuits, drinks etc.
We cannot take requests for any seats on the coach. Passengers with children in their group will not be seated near the front due to EU regulations. Please note that all seats on the coach are the same, and have the same level of comfort, regardless of whether they are in the front or the back of the coach.
On itineraries that include travel via flight or rail, it may be the case that passengers are not accompanied by their tour manager/local representative during these journeys. In this case the tour manager will meet passengers on arrival at their destination.
On occasions it may be the case that the tour manager may change whilst on tour; this is usually due to operational reasons.
Passengers are strongly recommended to purchase travel insurance. Passengers are advised not to carry unnecessary valuables and to be vigilant at all times as tourist spots such as Glasgow are well known targets for pick pockets. It is advisable to make copies of your visas and passports prior to travel.
There is no refund for any missed portion of the tour.
Surcharges applicable during peak and festive periods.
Due to fluctuations in accommodation prices, supplements may apply to listed prices.
A Forex rate varies from each bank and accordingly calculated on the date of payment.
2019 Tour Dates and Hotels
April : 06, 13, 27
May : 03, 10, 25, 31
June : 07, 14, 21, 25, 28
July : 05, 12, 20, 23, 26
Aug : 02, 06, 09, 14, 17, 23, 30
Sept : 13, 27
Oct : 19
Dec : 21
1 night at 7 Hotel & Fitness Strasbourg or similar
1 night at H+ Hotel & Spa Engelberg or similar
1 night at Sheraton Padova or similar
1 nights at Mercure Roma West or similar
1 night at Hotel Lago Verde or similar
2 nights in San Remo - Hotel TBC
1 night at Best Western Thoiry Hotel or similar
1 night at Novotel Massy or similar
Walking tour of Brussels view the Grand Place & Manneken Pis statue
Black Forest drive through the scenic region
Free time to explore Lake Titisee
Mt Titlis with entrance
Rhine Falls The largest plain waterfalls in Europe
Geneva City Tour view Flower Clock, UN Building, Jet d’Eau and more
Lucerne City Tour view the Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge
Venice Boat ride to St. Marks Square, Gondola Ride with entrance & Murano Glass Showroom
Rome City Tour with local guide, Colosseum photo stop, Roman Forum, Time Elevator with entrance
Florence City Tour with local guide, Statue of David at Piazza Michelangelo, Ponte Vecchio, view the Piazza Della Signoria, Basilica of Santa Croce (from outside) and The Duomo
Pisa view the Leaning Tower (from outside) & The Duomo
St Peters Basilica & Square
Visit to Nice & Cannes
Monte Carlo Orientation Tour
Eiffel Tower (Top Floor*) with entrance
River Seine Boat Cruise with entrance
Paris Orientation Tour
*Subject to Availability - In the event of the Eiffel Tower restricitng access/closure the ticket price difference for the restricted floor will be reimbursed. Eiffel Tower during national holidays or events may be substituted by Montparnasse tower or will be refunded.
1. Rome Night Tour - £15 (adult) / FREE (child)
(90 mins) This tour is conducted by coach and by foot. Admire major attractions whilst illuminated such as Colosseum, St. Angelo’s Castle, St. Peters Church, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountains and Marcello Theatre, with some brief photo stops.
2. Paris Night Tour - £15 (adult) / FREE (child)
(90 mins) This tour is conducted on a coach and gives you a chance to admire major attractions whilst illuminated such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde, Opera House, Louvre Museum and Invalides with minimum of 3 photo stops.
3. Lido Show - £120 (adult)
A world famous cabaret show, complete with half a bottle of champagne and transfers. The show promises an exceptional evening in Paris; regarded by many as Europe’s best show. See breathtaking scenes, a real ice rink, 23 sets and 600 sumptuous costumes. The Lido is more spectacular than ever!
Show Time: 2330hrs
Return transportation by deluxe AC coach from your selected pick up point
Return channel crossing via Eurotunnel or Ferry
9 nights accommodation in a 3/4* hotel with breakfast
8 Indian dinners, 1 Continental dinners & 8 vegetarian lunches
Entrances and sightseeing as mentioned in Tour Highlights
All tips and service charges
Premium service of a Tour Representative
Excursion to Mt. Titlis
Gondola Ride in Venice
Enjoy a complimentary Ice Cream in Italy
Visit to Monte Carlo
Departures during Mar29 2019 & Oct-Dec 2019 Lunch will not be provided on days 1 & 2, Prices for these have been adjusted.
What's Not Included
Passport, VISA or other Consular Fees
Personal expenses such telephone bills, pay per view movies, laundry expenses, alcoholic beverages, Hotel incidentals
Any other items not mentioned in this itinerary
Travel and Medical Insurance
Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Optional tours or excursions
GST as applicable on the date of booking. Any changes before travel date by the government in taxes will be applicable in addition to this
Note - Lunch on Day 1, 2 and 8 will not be provided on departures in March, Oct to Dec.
We reserve the right to make minor modifications to the daily itinerary flow based on weather, traffic, or other conditions for the convenience of the traveling customers.
In case of coach break down due to mechanical failures, the company will make every effort to fix the problem but please note that there will be no monetary compensation for the inconvenience caused.