Grand Tour Of Europe

Visit: Italy, Austria, France, Holland, Belgium and England. Spend 4 exciting days in Scenic Switzerland.

DAY 1 Arrive into Rome City tour of Rome - The Eternal City.

Welcome to Italy, the perfect start to your "Grand Tour of Europe". Of all the countries in the world, there is none more magical than Italy. A gorgeous country of majestic mountains, placid lakes, idyllic islands, splendid cities with ancient monuments and archeological sites and wonderful walled villages. On arrival we take you for a guided city tour or Rome - the capital of Italy. 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. See the gigantic Colosseum from inside. It is said that when the Colosseum falls, Rome will fall and the world will follow. See 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, St. Peters Basilica, the world's largest cathedral, which will amaze you with its size, beauty and splendour. The evening is free for you to go shopping or relax in the comfort of your hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Rome.

DAY 2 City tour of Florence Birthplace of the Renaissance Onto Pisa.

After you have enjoyed a continental breakfast, we journey towards the city of Florence, the enchanting art capital of Italy. 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 Pisa. On arrival we check into our hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Pisa.

DAY 3 See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Onto Venice - the city of canals City Tour of Venice

After a continental breakfast, we proceed to visit the "Field of Miracles", wherein stand the grand Romansque 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 journey towards Venice, the romantic Canal City of Italy.

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 over the Guidecca canal 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 splendour 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 the opportunity to buy souvenirs at specially discounted prices. We return to St. Mark's Square, the most photographed Square in the World You have free time to feed the pigeons, look for souvenirs and soak in the atmosphere of this charming city. Tonight Overnight at Hotel in Venice.

DAY 4 Onto Innsbruck Orientation tour of Innsbruck Visit Swarovski

After a continental breakfast, we begin our scenic journey to Innsbruck, Capital of the Tyrol province. Innsbruck is strategically situated in the heart of the Austrian Alps. On arrival, we drive to Watterns to visit the headquarters of Swarovski, the amazing Crystal World complex at Wattens, where you have an opportunity to shop for Swarovski crystal. Later, we take you on an orientation tour of Innsbruck. See the Goldenes Dachl - the Golden roof, an ornate Gothic balcony, symbol of the city. Also see the 17th Century fountain with the equestrian statue of King Leopold V, St. Anne's Column, the Triumphforte - Innsbruck's arch of celebration and grief and the Heiblinghaus - a building that resembles a wedding cake. Dwell in the historic splendours of Innsbruck. Tonight Overnight at Hotel in Innsbruck.

DAY 5 Proceed to Switzerland Orientation tour of Zurich

After you have enjoyed a continental breakfast, we proceed to Vaduz, the capital of the principality of Liechtenstein. Vaduz is very popular with tourists from all over the world for its view of the majestic Castle of Vaduz, cozy street cafes and vineyards We then proceed to Zurich, Switzerland's largest city and financial centre, located on the wooded slopes of mountain ranges, at the confluence of two rivers. On your orientation tour of Zurich, see the elegant Bahnhofstrasse, the busiest street of Zurich, lined with Banks, shopping arcades and exclusive boutiques.

See the Swiss National Museum, St. Peter's Church with the largest clock face in Europe and the famous churches of Fraumunster, known for its beautiful stained glass windows created by Marc Chagall and Grossmunster with its twin Romanesque towers. Spend time by the fountains at the enchanting Lake of Zurich. Later we drive to Lucerne. On arrival, we check into the hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Lucerne.

DAY 6 Day Free An option to visit Mount Titlis and Cruise on Lake Lucerne.

After a continental breakfast, the day is free for you to explore this quaint Swiss town on your own. Or take this opportunity to go on an exciting full day excursion. We begin the day with a visit 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. Lookout for cable car number 73 that carries the Indian flag! The last leg of the ascent will be in the world's first rotating cable car called the "Titlis Rotair".

At Mt. Titlis you have free time to play and enjoy in the snow, visit the Ice Cave. Also, 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. On an orientation of Lucerne, one of the six most frequently visited cities, see the Lion Monument, 'Lowendenkmal', hewn from a limestone cliff to commemorate the bravery and loyalty of Swiss Guards. Later, you have free time at Schwanenplatz to shop for Swiss army knives, chocolates, watches, etc. Stroll across the Kappelbrucke, the world's oldest covered wooden bridge originally built in 1333, which leads you to the beautiful 17th century Jesuit Church. This evening, enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lake Lucerne. Marvel at the attractive backdrop of the snow-clad Central Alps. Overnight at Hotel in Lucerne.

DAY 7 Day free. An option to visit Jungfraujoch with Interlaken.

After a continental breakfast, the day is free. Or take this opportunity to visit Jungfraujoch & Interlaken. Our scenic drive to Jungfraujoch 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 from Europe's highest altitude Post Office with it's own special postmark.

Thereafter, we proceed to Interlaken, one of Switzerland's best-known health and pleasure resorts, nestled between lakes and splendid mountains. There's time to relax at the many cafes or shop for souvenirs, Swiss watches, etc. Overnight at Hotel in Lucerne.

DAY 8 Onto Paris, the city of Romance Optional 'Grand Evening in Paris'

After a continental breakfast, we begin our journey to Paris, the fashion capital of the world. On arrival, we check into the hotel. The evening is free to relax and explore the city on your own. Or, you have the option of treating yourself to a 'Grand Evening in Paris', an exciting combination of 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.

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 striking ballets, shimmering costumes and talented dance troupes. Share a complimentary bottle of champagne with your spouse. Overnight at Hotel in Paris.

DAY 9 See the Eiffel Tower City Tour of Paris

After a continental breakfast, we take you to see the Eiffel Tower, the Symbol of Paris. The view from the 1st level will leave you breathless. We then proceed on a city tour, 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 the Eiffel Tower. We go past the Louvre, the most prestigious museum in the world.

See the grand dome of Invalides and the splendid Hotel at the Vendome Square. Visit the Benlux duty free shop for perfumes, cosmetics, etc. Overnight at Hotel in Paris.

DAY 10 Depart to Brussels Orientation tour of Brussels Onto Eindhoven

After a continental breakfast, we proceed to Brussels. On arrival we take you on an orientation tour of Brussels, the Head Quarters of the European Union. Take a picture of the adorable Mannekin Pis Statue, a charming fountain of a little boy, today the symbol of Brussels. See the beautiful Grand Place, the Town Hall, Municipal Musuem and ornate Guild houses. Also see the Royal Palace, St. Michael's Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. We then continue our journey to Eindhoven. Overnight at Hotel in Eindhoven.

DAY 11 Onto Amsterdam Visit Madurodam Visit the Wooden Shoe Factory

After a continental breakfast, we proceed to The Hague, political capital of The Netherlands and residence of the Queen. 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. 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 souvenirs. We stop at one of the windmills - a famous symbol of the Netherlands and a splendid backdrop for a family photograph. We then visit the renowned Coster Diamond Factory. Enjoy a presentation on diamond cutting and shop for diamonds.

Discover Amsterdam in a novel manner on a cruise across its captivating canals. Tonight, Overnight at NH Koningshof or similar in Eindhoven.

DAY 12 Onto Vibrant London Travel by Eurostar City tour of London

After a continental breakfast, we proceed to Brussels Midi Station to board the superfast 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, onto London. On arrival in London, our local guide will take you on a panoramic city tour. 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, Hyde Park and London Eye, the world's tallest ferris wheel. Later check into your hotel. 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 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 Hotel in London.

DAY 13 Day free An option to visit Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, Swaminarayan Temple, Tower of London and London Eye

After a continental breakfast at your hotel, the day is free to explore London on your own. Or take this opportunity to go on a full day excursion to some of the London's most talked about attractions. Visit the famous Swaminarayan Temple at Neasden. This is first temple of stone to be constructed in Europe. It is also the first Hindu temple in Europe and is carved and constructed according to the ancient Shilpashastras.

Then we take you to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. Madame Tussauds, the world's largest exhibition of wax works has amazed and entertained people of all ages for more than 200 years. The current celebrity list includes over 400 stunning, life-like figures that never fail to entice the visitors. Mingle with actors & sports stars and pay respect to heads of state and royalty. Later we visit the Tower of London standing besides the Thames. The Tower of London is home to one of the country's most exquisite and priceless national treasure, the Crown Jewels that includes the invaluable Kohinoor diamond. Then we visit British Airways' London Eye. Hold your breath as you take a thrilling ride on the world's tallest Ferris wheel. Enjoy magnificent views of the Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and London City. The rest of the evening is free to explore this wonderful city on your own. You may go shopping in the many shopping malls like Marks and Spencers, etc. on the famous Oxford Street. Tonight you have the opportunity to explore London's numerous restaurants and dine on your own. Overnight at Hotel in London.

DAY 14 Return home with wonderful memories

After a packed continental breakfast, we check out of the hotel and drive to the airport. Your tour ends at London airport as you board your flight back home. Its time to say goodbye to all the new friends you have made. We hope you take back happy memories of your tour. We would like you to spare a few minutes of your time to write and tell us how you enjoyed your tour and any suggestions you may have for the future.