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Duniya Darshan / Europe
European Splendour
(Ride the popular observation wheel The London Eye.)
 

15 Nights / 16 Days


DAY 01:

Welcome to London ! Ride the popular observation wheel – The London Eye.
Today, enter the world of Vacations Exotica as you begin your beautiful journey of Europe. On arrival at the London airport meet your professional and experienced Tour Manager in the arrival area situated outside the customs hall. Drive directly to your hotel and check in. Later, proceed to get the best ever view of this English capital as you get on board the London Eye - one of the world’s largest observation wheels that takes you 450 ft above the River Thames.

Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner.
Overnight at hotel Holiday Inn/Thistle Euston/Kensington Close or similar, in London.
 
DAY 02:
Guided City tour of London. Visit Madam Tussauds Wax Museum and Swaminarayan Temple.
After a buffet breakfast, get set to soak in the sights and sounds of this vibrant English city on a guided tour with an experienced local guide. See The Changing of the Guards outside the Buckingham Palace (weather permitting), the Hyde Park, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge and many more important landmarks.

After an Indian lunch, meet wax replicas of the world’s most famous personalities in the Madam Tussauds Wax Museum. Also enjoy time at leisure on the world famous Oxford Street. Later, visit the intricately designed and glorious temple made of white Italian Carrara marble - The Swaminarayan Temple.

Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner.
Overnight at hotel Holiday Inn/Thistle Euston/Kensington Close or similar, in London.
 
DAY 03:
Ride the Eurostar to Brussels. Tour of Brussels. Onto Netherlands - Visit Keukenhof - till 16th May. After 17th May visit Madurodam.
After a buffet breakfast, check out and proceed to the station to board the ultramodern train - Eurostar to the Belgian capital, Brussels. Enjoy this high speed train as it gets you to Brussels in less than two hours.

On arrival, proceed on an orientation tour of Brussels. Visit the Grand Place - one of the prettiest squares in the world. See the unique Statue of Mannekin Pis - symbolic to this city. Later, make a photostop at the Atomium - a symbol of Brussels.

After an Indian lunch, drive to Netherlands to experience the ultimate Tulip Extravaganza - Keukenhof (till 16th May). 17th May onwards, visit Madurodam, Holland in miniature where you see all of Holland’s important sights built on a 1:25 scale.

Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner.
Overnight at hotel NH/Novotel or similar, in Den Haag/Zandvoort.
 
DAY 04:
Amsterdam - The Dutch capital. Enjoy a canal cruise. Visit a wooden shoe factory, a cheese farm and a diamond factory Photo stop at a traditional windmill. Onto Cologne - the dramatic German city.
After a buffet breakfast, check out and proceed to Amsterdam. The city’s richness and cultural heritage comes to life on your canal cruise aboard a glass topped boat.

Visit a wooden shoe factory and see how clogs, which are unique to the Dutch, are made. Also see the making of the famous Dutch cheese on your visit to a cheese farm. Get set for a sparkling experience as you visit a diamond factory. Last but not the least photograph yourself with the most popular symbol of this country – a Traditional Windmill.

After an Indian lunch, drive into the city of Cologne - home of the famous Eau de Cologne. Get fascinated by the sight of the massive Cologne Cathedral – a fine example of Gothic architecture.

Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner.
Overnight at hotel Holiday Inn/Best Western/City Savoy or similar, in Cologne.
 
DAY 05:
Romantic Rhine Cruise. Heidelberg - Alstadt (Old Town). Onto Titisee - the heart of the Black Forest.
After a buffet breakfast, check out and drive to the quaint village of Boppard, located in the central Rhine valley and board your Rhine cruise. This cruise will expose you to some of Germany’s most stunning landscapes. Cruise through the wine region and enjoy views of old castles as you arrive into St. Goar.

Later, drive to the beautiful city of Heidelberg - situated on the banks of River Neckar. After an Indian lunch, enjoy a tour of this historic city and visit the Alstadt – the old town. View the mighty ruins of the Heidelberg castle and see the many squares that make up this city’s life. Experience a natural wonder as you drive through the mystical Black Forest in Germany on your way to Titisee, a stunning lakeside town and synonymous with the Black Forest Cake and home to the Cuckoo Clocks.

Tonight, enjoy an authentic Black Forest Cake with an Indian dinner. Overnight at hotel Best Western Hofgutsternen/Alemannenhof or similar, in Black Forest.
 
DAY 06:
Cuckoo Clock demonstration in Drubba. See the Rhine falls – in Schaffhausen. Visit the Swarovski Crystal Museum in Wattens. Onto Innsbruck.
After a buffet breakfast, check out and experience the world of Cuckoo Clocks during an interesting demonstration in Drubba.

Later, proceed to see one of Europe’s natural wonders – The spectacular Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen. Be mesmerized by the breathtaking scenery as you drive into Austria. Enjoy lunch at an Indian restaurant.

Get set for a glittering experience as you visit the Swarovski Crystal Museum in Wattens. This museum is a blend of art, technology and pure magic.

Later, drive to the Tyrolean capital - Innsbruck and experience the charm of this city as you see some intriguing sights like the Golden Roof and St. Anne’s Column on Maria Theresien Strasse, from where you get spectacular views of the Alps.

Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner.
Overnight at hotel Grauer Baer/Alpin Park/ Bon Alpina or similar, in Innsbruck.
 
DAY 07:
Venice - The Queen of the Adriatic Sea. Lunch on board your private boat. Gondola Ride in Venice. Visit the famous Murano Glass Factory
After a buffet breakfast, check out and proceed to the romantic city of Venice. Board your chartered boat to the traditional centre of the city - Piazza San Marco.

Today, enjoy an Indian lunch on board your chartered boat. This city of 117 islands in the Venetian Lagoon is sure to leave you mystified. See the legendary Bridge of Sighs and explore the grandeur of the St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doges Palace, the Campanile and many more sights. Experience the romance of this magical city on a Gondola ride - included on your tour. Visit a Murano Glass Factory and see the skills of these master craftsmen.

Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner.
Overnight at hotel Novotel/NH or similar in Ferrara/ Bologna.
 
DAY 08:
Guided city tour of Florence. Onto Rome - the eternal city. Experience the insightful Time Elevator.
After a buffet breakfast, check out and drive through the beautiful Tuscany Region, to Florence. Join your experienced English speaking local guide for a city tour.

Visit the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore - The Duomo. See the “Gates of Paradise” - The east doors of the Baptistery, the Campanile, marvel at the open air sculpture museum in Piazza Della Signoria, the Santa Croce where Michelangelo and Galileo are buried. Also see the Ponte Vecchio - a medieval bridge over the River Arno, noted for having exquisite jewellery shops.

Later, get a bird’s eye view of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo where you can also see the statue of David, one of Michelangelo’s masterpieces.

After an Indian lunch, drive to the legendary city of Rome. This evening experience the multi-sensorial attraction ‘Time Elevator’ that shows almost 3000 years of Roman history.

Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner.
Overnight at hotel Excel Monte Mario/Torre Park/Pineta Palace or similar, in Rome.
 
DAY 09:
Rome – the historic city. Guided city tour of Rome. The Vatican- Visit the St. Peter’s Basilica. Onto Pisa- See the Leaning Tower Of Pisa.
After a buffet breakfast, check –out & experience the magic of Rome on your guided tour. Start your tour by visiting the Holy See The Vatican (Short, Mini skirts, Sleeveless vest not allowed). See the grand St. Peter’s Square & visit the holy church of the St. Peter’s & be amazed by its artistic & architecture genius.

Your city tour will expose you to beautiful sights like the opulent Colosseum, the majestic Trevi fountain- a fountain of grandeur & wishes, the Victor Emmanuel Monument, Roman Forum, Circus Maximus & ancient temples.

After an Indian lunch, drive to the city of Pisa. Hold your breath as you enter the Square of Miracles. & see the precariously Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner.
Overnight at hotel My/ NH Cavalieri or similar, in Pisa. 
 
DAY 10:
Onto Switzerland. Visit Swissminiatur in Lugano. On to Lucerne. Gala Dinner Cruise on Lake Lucerne.
After a buffet breakfast, check out and enjoy a scenic drive into Switzerland. On arrival into Switzerland proceed to Swissminiatur – Switzerland’s miniature theme park on the shores of Lake Lugano. Spread across a large area here you can see more than 120 mini models of major Swiss attractions constructed on a 1:25 scale.

Enjoy an Indian lunch and drive to the beautiful lakeside town of Lucerne. See the dramatic Lion Monument and the Kapell Brucke as you soak in the beauty of the city. You also have some free time to shop for the world-renowned Swiss watches, Swiss knives, Swiss chocolates, souvenirs, etc.

Enjoy a Gala Dinner Cruise on Lake Lucerne with great music and unlimited wine.

Overnight at hotel Schweizerhof/Europe/Edelweiss or similar, in Engelberg/Weggis.
 
DAY 11:
Excursion to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe (3454 mts). A Champagne lunch on top. Visit Trummelbach Falls and Interlaken.
After a buffet breakfast, drive to Lauterbrunnen to board the cog wheel train to Jungfraujoch (3454 mts.) - a world of eternal ice and snow. Enjoy a delicious champagne lunch on Top of Europe.

Visit the Ice Palace, the highest-altitude ice palace in the world and the Sphinx Terrace, the views from here are considered the best in Switzerland. Next, visit the Trummelbach Falls - the only waterfalls in Europe inside a mountain which are made accessible to man. Later, proceed to the picture perfect town of Interlaken – nestled between two lakes. Enjoy the beauty of this town before driving back to your hotel.

Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner.
Overnight at hotel Schweizerhof/Europe/Edelweiss or similar, in Engelberg/ Weggis.
 
DAY 12:
Mt Titlis - A landscape close to heaven. Visit the Swiss capital - Bern. Onto Geneva - The garden city.
After a buffet breakfast, check out and proceed for an excursion that will surely leave you spellbound.

Enjoy stunning views from the world’s first revolving cable car - Rotair on your way up to Mt. Titlis. As you ascend to 3020 mts. a breathtaking panorama unfolds. Here visit the Ice Grotto and indulge yourself in the world of snow on the snow terrace.

After an Indian lunch, drive to the capital city, Bern – the home of Albert Einstein. Bern is the most charming city situated on the banks of the river Aare. See the Bear Pit, Gothic Fountains, and the famous Clock Tower. Enjoy a stroll down on one of the world’s longest shopping promenade - Marketgasse.

Later, drive to the garden city of Geneva, built on the point where the River Rhone flows out of Lake Geneva.

See the European headquarters of the United Nations, the International Red Cross Building and the magnificent Jet d’ Eau - a majestic fountain that shoots up to about 140 mts. (weather permitting). Visit the English Gardens and see the famous “Horloge fleurie” - “Floral Clock”, a masterpiece of technology and floral art.

Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner.
Overnight at hotel NH/Holiday Inn/Ramada or similar, in Geneva.
 
DAY 13:
Paris - The cultural and fashion centre. Cruise on River Seine followed by Gala Dinner.
After a buffet breakfast, check out and proceed to the French Capital - Paris, a city seeped in history, art and fashion. Enjoy lunch en-route. On arrival into Paris proceed directly to your hotel and check in.

Today, enjoy a cruise on the river Seine and admire the beautiful monuments of this spectacular city. Later, live the Parisian highlife on your gala dinner with great music and unlimited wine.

Overnight at hotel Mercure La Defence/ Novotel/Holiday Inn or similar, in Paris.
 
DAY 14:
Guided city tour of Paris. Visit the 3rd level of the Eiffel Tower. Visit the Louvre Museum. Chance to see the Lido Show.
After a buffet breakfast, proceed on a guided city tour with an experienced local English speaking guide of the French Capital – Paris. Enjoy many sights like the Arc De Triomphe, Concorde Square, Opera House, Champs Elysees, Invalides and many more landmarks. Next, visit the 3rd level of the Eiffel Tower - an unparalleled experience.

After an Indian lunch, visit the ultimate art museum - The Louvre which houses art forms created by the best artists in history, including the legendary and mystical Mona Lisa. You also have ample free time to shop for the world famous French perfumes.

Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner. Later, do not miss the opportunity to see the light, sound and dance extravaganza - The Lido Show.

Overnight at hotel Mercure La Defence/Novotel/Holiday Inn or similar, in Paris.
 
DAY 15:
Full day at Disneyland Paris.
After a buffet breakfast, get set to experience the Disney Magic as you visit Eurodisney – where dreams come to life.

Experience a super- fun, stress-free adventure that will fill your day with enough magic to last forever. Enjoy the many rides on offer at the park (all included). Indian lunch will be provided.

OR, you can visit amazing Walt Disney Studio – the magical world of Cinema & television, featuring thrilling attractions & spectacular shows. Go behind the magic on the Studio Tram Tour & discover the secrets of how movies & television shows are made. Also be amazed by the dare devils in the thrilling Stunt Show.

Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner.
Overnight at hotel Mercure La Defence/ Novotel/ Holiday Inn or similar, in Paris. 
 
DAY 16:
Farewell!!
After buffet/boxed breakfast, depart for the airport for your flight back home. Return home with great experiences and memories of your holiday with Vacations Exotica.


 

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