Scottish Rhapsody & Europe On Board

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Europe is a land of ancient history, diverse landscape, timeless art and culture, natural beauty, epic history, dazzling artistic and culinary diversity. Europe is a single window to an innumerable wealth of attractions. It is a multilayered, historical and cultural destination, which is packed with spectacular natural scenery, highlands, glaciers, lakes, rivers, landmarks, monuments, and many great museums.  This is the birthplace of several eminent personalities. Known for its energetic night life, Europe is a culinary adventurer’s paradise.  Europe’s diversity and global accessibility is its hallmark.

The impeccable combination of History and modernity make it a dream destination for travelers of any kind.

Edinburgh

Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is the perfect city for a beautiful getaway being quite compact, easily navigable, packed with iconic landmarks, and staggering views, it is simply an unparalleled mix of natural and architectural beauty.

Edinburgh has a pleasing blend of both, the medieval Old Town as well as an elegant Georgian New Town, replete with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is the extraordinary Edinburgh Castle which is a historic fortress dominating the skyline of Edinburgh from its position atop the Castle Rock. The city also offers a host of free activities, exhilarating nightlife, gorgeous walks alongside stunning buildings, all draped in rich history and heritage.

Glasgow

Glasgow is a port city on the River Clyde in Western Scotland. With a rich legacy of the city's 18th–20th-century, it is famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture and has a rich history owing to prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding. Today Glasgow has grown into a national cultural hub, home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums and a thriving music scene.

Paris in France, known for The Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Champs de Elysees, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, many flagship stores and several lip smacking French specialties.

Netherlands, famous for the 200 year old state museum, the Rijks Museum, for the art enthusiasts, the unique windmills, enchanting Keukenhof Tulip Gardens, exciting Madurodam, historical Van Gogh Museum and the delightful canal cruises which takes one through the heart of the city. Blomen market is the only floating flower market in the world.

Italy is well known for its architecture and gastronomy with some of the most spectacular landscapes. For instance Italy, with St Anthony’s Basilica, The Leaning Tower of Pisa and the internationally renowned Colosseum, is also popular as a culinary epicenter and fashion hub. Rome is the capital of Italy. It has an awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life. It is the most romantic and fascinating city. The ancient icons are the Colosseum, The Roman Forum and Pantheon. It has an astonishing artistic heritage. There are world class museums, byzantine mosaics and renaissance frescos. The sculptures of Michael Angelo, paintings by Caravaggio and the frescos by Raphael, and the fountains by Bernini are the signature attractions of the city. The food, fine dining and five star wines, refined restaurants characterize the city. Rome has the 16th century Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel and Trevi fountain, built way back in 1762 by the artist Nicola Salvi. Florence is endowed with rich historical and cultural heritage, theatre art, museums holding masterpieces of Italian artists and sculptors during the renaissance as well as wonderful parks and promenades. One of the city’s masterpieces of Milan, is the popular landmark The Milan Cathedral.

Brussels, the multicultural capital of Belgium, is a city packed with major tourist attractions. It is a beautiful city with remarkable architectural marvels, town squares, the famous Atomium with its 9 spheres, the historic Grand Place and the Manneken Pis, as well as cultural institutions such as La Monnaie and the Museums of Art and History. Brussels is Belgium's chief economic and educational hub. Belgium's Royal Museum of Fine Arts (1875-81) is certainly one of the largest and best art galleries in the world.

Highlights

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum I Coca-Cola London Eye I Thames River Cruise, Scenic drive to Edinburgh, Guided City Tour of Edinburgh, Guided City Tour of Glasgow, Edinburgh Castle, DFDS Cruise to Holland, Amsterdam Canal Cruise, Keukenhof Gardens/Madurodam, Atomium for photo stop, Eiffel Tower (Level 3), Seine River Cruise, Guided City Tour of Paris, Beaune Wine tasting & Local Lunch, Guided city tour in Geneva, Geneva Water Fountain, The United Nations Office,Guided entrance of Charlie Chaplin’s World, Golden line pass train from Montreux to Gstaad, Gstaad guided tour, Experience The Titlis – Rotair, Lucerne City Orientation Tour – No Guide, Ferry from Tronchetto to San Marco (Venice Island), Guided Walking Tour of Venice: (Saint Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Square, Rialto Bridge, Grand Canal, Bridge of Sighs, Piazza San Marco, St Mark's Campanile, Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, St Mark's Clock tower), Experience Gondola Ride, Florence Michelangelo view-point, Guided tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter Basilica, Papal Audience - The opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to "see the Pope", Guided City tour of Rome., Leaning Tower of Pisa (from Outside)

Your Itinerary

Day 1
COCHIN – MUSCAT – LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)

Departure from Cochin International Airport to London via Muscat.

On arrival complete airport formalities. Proceed to the coach station outside the airport. Transfer to hotel. Check in.

 

Overnight hotel.

 

In flight Breakfast and Lunch|I Dinner

 

Day 2
LONDON

After Breakfast, proceed on a full day tour of the sensational city of London.

Visit Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, this famous wax museum, is a must-visit attraction in London, founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud, and features stars from movies, sports, music, with 400 years of London history, including Marvel Super Heroes 4 D movie, an immersive star experience.

Big Ben is one of the signature landmarks of London. Big Ben is the name given to the massive bell inside the clock tower.

London Eye: The symbolic London Eye is a cantilevered observation wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. It is Europe's tallest cantilevered observation wheel, and is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom with over 3.75 million visitors annually. Enjoy a visual treat as you experience the stunning 360 degree views of London while taking a 30-minute ride on one of the world's most famous attractions.

Thames River Cruise (1 hour), to see some of London's most iconic sites - the longest river in England, undoubtedly one of the best ways to appreciate the city.

Overnight at Hotel in London.

B/L/D

Day 3
LONDON – EDINBURGH

Post breakfast, transfer to Edinburgh on a scenic drive, with Lunch en route.

Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is the perfect city for a beautiful getaway being quite compact, easily navigable, packed with iconic landmarks, and staggering views, it is simply an unparalleled mix of natural and architectural beauty.

Arrive into Edinburgh city.

Dinner and transfer to Hotel, check in.

Overnight stay in Edinburgh.

B/L/D

Day 4
EDINBURGH – GLASGOW

Following Breakfast, set put on a Guided City tour of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh has a pleasing blend of both, the medieval Old Town as well as an elegant Georgian New Town, replete with gardens and neoclassical buildings. The city also offers a host of free activities, exhilarating nightlife, gorgeous walks alongside stunning buildings, all draped in rich history and heritage.

After enjoying a Local Lunch, proceed to Glasgow.

Embark on a Guided City tour of Glasgow. Glasgow is a port city on the River Clyde in western Scotland. With a rich legacy of the city's 18th–20th-century, it is famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture and has a rich history owing to prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding. Today Glasgow has grown into a national cultural hub, home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums and a thriving music scene.

Dinner and transfer to Hotel

Overnight stay at Glasgow.

B/L/D

Day 5
EDINBURGH – PORT OF TYNE - HOLLAND

Following Breakfast, visit the historical Edinburgh Castle, the erstwhile residence of Scottish Monarchs, currently serving as a museum. This extraordinary is a historic fortress dominating the skyline of Edinburgh from its position atop the Castle Rock.

After Lunch, proceed to Port of Tyne, based near Newcastle on the River Tyne in North East England, this is one of UK's most innovative and efficient deep-sea ports handling cargoes as well as passenger ferries.

Board the DFDS Cruise, set sail on one of the best routes that connects England with Holland. This 15 hour overnight journey offers many fun filled activities and you take back fond memories with photos clicked on board the cruise ship.

Overnight on cruise.

B/ L/ Dinner in cruise

Day 6
HOLLAND – KEUKENHOF/ MADURODAM - EINDHOVEN

Morning, arrive into Holland. Following breakfast, disembark from Cruise ship and drive to Amsterdam. Then proceed to have a splendid experience on the Amsterdam Canal Cruise, relaxing and unwinding through long unending waterways, a distinctive feature of the place.

After Lunch, visit the gorgeous Keukenhof Gardens. Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world's largest flower gardens, situated in Lisse, South Holland, Netherlands. According to the official website for the Keukenhof Park, approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares.

Or Vacationers arriving after 10 May 2020, instead of Keukenhof Gardens, visit the Madurodam.

Madurodam, a small city full of beautiful miniatures, playful activities and the best attractions. The park is located in the Scheveningen district of the city and features miniature 1:25 scale model replicas of the most famous Dutch castles, industrial projects and public buildings. Guests are treated to a trip through the history of the country and its famous buildings.

Dinner and transfer to Hotel.

Overnight stay at Eindhoven.

B/L/D

Day 7
BRUSSELS – PARIS

Post breakfast and check out from Hotel, transfer to Brussels. Proceed to Atomium for a photo stop. The Atomium is today the most popular tourist attraction of Europe’s Capital, a unique creation in the history of architecture and emblematic vestige of the World fair in Brussels (Expo 58). The nine spheres represent an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. They represent the faith one had in the power of science and moreover in nuclear power.

After Lunch, proceed to Paris. Paris, the dream destination for many, offering a perfect blend of history and modernity.

Dinner, and transfer to hotel, check in.

Overnight stay in Paris.

B/L/D

Day 8
PARIS - EIFFEL TOWER LEVEL (LEVEL 3) - PARIS CITY TOUR - SEINE RIVER CRUISE - PARIS

Post breakfast, proceed on a Guided City Tour of Paris, which includes the most famous and awaited attraction of your trip, The Eiffel Tower (Level 3). Eiffel Tower, constructed from 1887 - 89, named after the engineer, Gustave Eiffel, most visited, paid monument in the world and has become a global cultural icon of France. Perhaps, the most recognizable structure in the world. It rises to the height of an 8 storey building and is the tallest monument in Paris. There is an observation deck accessible to the public. Take the elevator and access the top level of Eiffel Tower (Subject to Weather Condition & Visitors Capacity) from where you can get fantastic views of Paris city.

Followed by Paris City Orientation Tour with Guide to see the most famous landmarks. Travel past the Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Notre Dame Cathedral, Palais Garnier, Montparnasse Tower, Champ de Mars, Pont Alexandre III, Les Invalides, Conciergerie, Grand Palais, Place de la Bastille, Place Vendôme, Louvre Pyramid, Grande Arche de la Defense, The Musée de l'Armée (Army Museum) and Place de la Concorde.

After lunch, proceed to Seine River Cruise. Hop aboard a magical 1-hour cruise on the Seine in a glass canopy boat and take in the breath-taking panoramic views of Paris. Consume the beauty of iconic landmarks like the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and the National Assembly. During the course of the cruise, you will be able to listen to interesting facts about the iconic Parisian landmarks, with the support of dedicated headsets, transmitted in 14 languages.

Overnight at Paris.

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 9
PARIS – BEAUNE - GENEVA

Post Breakfast, transfer to Beaune. This charming little city is an ideal base from which to visit the great vineyards of Burgundy. Many of the vineyards in the countryside surrounding Beaune can be visited for tastings and buying wine. French wine is the best in class wine. Note that the Côte d’Or wine region where Beaune is located is divided into the Côte de Nuits, best known for its reds, and the Côte de Beaune, which produces superb white wines such as Meursault, Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet. After a fabulous local lunch, and wine tasting session, proceed to Geneva.

Overnight at Geneva.

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 10
GENEVA CITY TOUR

After Breakfast, proceed to Geneva. Set out on a Guided City tour of Geneva, visit Geneva Water Fountain, Jet d'Eau, literally meaning 'water jet', is the huge Fountain on the Geneva Lake, in the city of Geneva, Switzerland. Jet d'Eau is one of the tallest fountain in the world. Visit The Flower Clock, Broken Chair and Place des Nations. Later, proceed to The United Nations Office, is the second-largest of the four major office sites of the United Nations. Embark on an extraordinary adventure across time and through the magical world of cinema “Charlie Chaplin’s World”. The 500 m² staging of the Manoir is dedicated entirely to Charlie Chaplin the man, and to his daily life. Some rooms in the Manoir have been recreated with furnishings and personal items. The tour starts with a montage of images tracing Chaplin’s life and work. It continues on against a backdrop of 20th century history, moving on to a street right out of an Easy Street decor, one of the most emblematic settings of his movies.

After Lunch, proceed to Montreaux. Board a Panoramic Train (Golden line Pass) from Montreux to Gstaad. Montreaux is a traditional resort town on Lake Geneva, with a charming and picturesque landscape. The Golden Pass is a train route which gives the ultimate satisfaction when we see the beauty on either sides throughout the superb journey. As the train moves from Montreux one can see the Brünig Pass, the lakes of the Bernese Oberland, the Simmen valley, upper class Gstaad and Lake Geneva. This journey offers panoramic insights into Switzerland’s diverse cultural heritage. Transfer from Montreaux to Gstaad by the Golden Pass train, an approximately one and half hour’s journey, that is extremely comfortable and due to the panoramic windows, offering the best views of the scenic route.

The beauty of Gstaad is well known making it a preferred location for many movie shootings. Especially many Bollywood movies have been picturised across these breathtaking locales.

On arrival, proceed for guided walking City Tour of Gstaad.

Then continue to Zurich, check in to Hotel.

Overnight at Zurich.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 11
SWITZERLAND - ZURICH – ENGELBURG - MT. TITLIS – ZURICH

After Breakfast, transfer to Mt. Titlis via Engelburg, one of the highest peak in central Switzerland. As you journey to Mt Titlis in two different cable cars, you will be amazed as the scenery changes from green meadows, scenic lakes to snow clad mountains. The last leg of this journey will be in the world's first rotating cable car called the 'Titlis Rotair'. Visit the Ice Grotto. If weather permits, you can take a stroll on the latest attraction at Mt Titlis – The Cliff Walk. Lunch at the Restaurant on the top of Mt. Titlis. Then return down and proceed to Lucerne.

Next, enjoy an orientation tour of Lucerne where you will see Lion Monument and the KapellBrucke (wooden bridge). Here you will have some free time to shop for the famous Swiss Watches, knives and chocolates.

Overnight at Lucerne.

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 12
ZURICH - MESTRE – VENICE

Post breakfast and check out from Hotel, drive to Mestre in Venice.

Mestre is in the mainland part of Venice, with a historic core and lots of twentieth-century development. As you proceed to Venice, break for Lunch en route. Then take ferry from Tronchetto to San Marco (Venice Island).

Continue on a Guided City Walking Tour through the most characteristic and important places vital to the history of Venice. A qualified and experienced guide will escort you through the millennium of life of the Serenissima Republic, recalling the charming past of this unique city. An essential tour for the understanding of Venice! Route: Piazza San Marco - Origins, history and description of the main monuments: Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie. Santa Maria Formosa - History and anecdotes related to this wonderful and characteristic square. Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo - The "Pantheon" of Venice, the Great School of Charity, the Captains of fortune.

Marco Polo’s House and Malibran Theatre - Anecdotes and past and recent history cross each other in this beautiful corner of Venice. Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, vital connection between Rialto and San Marco.

Overnight at Venice

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 13
VENICE – FLORENCE – ROME

After Continental Breakfast, transfer from Venice to Florence, for a photo stop at Michelangelo view-point. Post Lunch, proceed to Rome, the capital of Italy. It has an awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life. It is the most romantic and fascinating city. The ancient icons are the Colosseum, The Roman Forum and Pantheon. It has an astonishing artistic heritage. There are world class museums, byzantine mosaics and renaissance frescos. The sculptures of Michael Angelo, paintings by Caravaggio and the frescos by Raphael, and the fountains by Bernini are the signature attractions of the city. The food, fine dining and five star wines, refined restaurants characterize the city.

On arrival, Dinner, proceed to hotel and check in.

Overnight at Rome.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 14
ROME – VATICAN - ARREZO

After a Continental breakfast, proceed to Vatican City - St. Peter’s square for Papal Audience. Papal Audience are held on Wednesdays if the Pope is in Rome, giving pilgrims and visitors the chance to see " The Pope" and receive the Papal Blessing or Apostolic Blessing from the successor of the Apostle Peter during their visit. At the end of the Audience the Pope will pray together with those attending the Audience, the Our Father prayer in Latin.

Then, proceed to visit the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peters Basilica. It is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and remains one of the largest churches in the world. While it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Church nor the Catholic Roman Rite cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, St. Peter's is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom”. By Catholic tradition, the basilica is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, also according to tradition, the first Pope and Bishop of Rome. Tradition and strong historical evidence hold that Saint Peter's tomb is directly below the altar of the basilica.

After Lunch, set off on a Guided City tour of Rome to see the Palatine Hill, Circus Maximus, Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum, The Victor Emmanuel II National Monument or Vittoriano, Campidoglio, River Tiber & Island, Castel Sant'Angelo.

 

Proceed to Arezzo, check in to hotel.

Overnight at Arrezo.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 15
ARREZO – PISA - MILAN

Post breakfast, proceed to Pisa, a city to discover. See the spectacular “Leaning Tower of Pisa” (Photo Stop). Also known as Tower of Pisa, Leaning Tower of Pisa and Bell Tower of Pisa. One of the most unique architectural structures in Italy & the world. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, with its equal helpings of beauty and folly, is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. It’ a medieval architecture, in Romanesque style.

 

Following lunch, transfer to Milan Malpensa International Airport for the return journey to Cochin via Muscat. Complete airport departure formalities and board the flight.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in flight.

Day 16
COCHIN via MUSCAT

Arrive at SEEB International Airport, Muscat. Board the connect flight to Cochin.

Arrive at Cochin International Airport.

Return home with pleasant memories of your European tour.

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