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16 Days - Splendours of Europe

16 Days - Splendours of Europe

16 Days tour, visiting Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, France, Italy and Vatican

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Early Bird Offer

 

  • Book 10 weeks in advance and get £70 OFF per adult and child OR Two night pre/post stay in London (3 Star Hotel with airport transfer and tour transfer included oneway)

  • Book 6 weeks in advance and get £30 OFF per adult and child

 

Tour Highlights

 

Germany

  • Heidelberg Castle photo stop

  • Black Forest drive through the scenic region

  • Lake Titisee free time

 

Switzerland

  • Mt Jungfrau with entrance

  • 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

  • Interlaken Free time to explore & shop

  • Swissminiatur with entrance

 

Liechtenstein & Austria

  • Vaduz photo stop

  • Innsbruck City Tour

  • Swarovski Crystal Museum with entrance

 

Italy

  • Venice Boat ride to St. Marks Square, Gondola Ride with entrance & Murano Glass Showroom

  • Rome City Tour with local guide, Colosseum photo stop, visit the Pantheon & Roman Forum

  • Florence City Tour with local guide, Statue of David at Piazza Michelangelo, Ponte Vecchio, view the Piazza Della Signoria, Basilica of Santa Croce (with entrance) and The Duomo

  • Pisa view the Leaning Tower (from outside) & The Duomo

  • Verona Free time to explore the city

  • Modena Ferrari Museum with entrance

  • Milan City Tour, Duomo di Milano, Scala Opera House, Victor Emmanuel Gallery

  • Capri Excursion to Mt. Solaro via Cable Car

  • Lake Como Free time to explore the town

                   

Vatican

  • St Peters Basilica & Square

  • Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel with entrance

 

France

  • Eiffel Tower (Top Floor*) with entrance

  • Disneyland Paris with entrance

  • River Seine Boat Cruise with entrance

  • Versailles Gardens with entrance

  • French Perfumery included

  • Paris Orientation Tour

  • Louvre Museum entrance not included

  • Paris Illuminations Tour included in your price

 

*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.

 

Price Includes

 

  • Return transportation by deluxe AC coach from your selected pick up point

  • Return channel crossing via Eurotunnel or Ferry

  • 15 nights accommodation in a 3/4* hotel with breakfast

  • 12 Indian dinners, 3 Continental dinners & 10 vegetarian lunches

  • Entrances and sightseeing as mentioned in Tour Highlights

  • All tips and service charges

  • Premium service of a Star Tours’ Representative

 

Hotels

 

  • 1 night at ACHAT Comfort Hotel or similar

  • 3 nights at H+ Hotel & Spa Engelberg or similar

  • 1 night at Hotel Stay Inn or similar

  • 1 night at NH Mantegna or similar

  • 3 nights at Mercure Roma West or similar

  • 1 night at Hotel Lago Verde or similar

  • 1 night at Holiday Inn Milan Malpensa or similar

  • 1 night at Best Western Hôtel Chavannes or similar

  • 3 nights at Mercure Massy or similar

 

The Star Difference

 

  • Excursion to Mt. Titlis & Mt Jungfrau included in your price

  • Entrance to Sistine Chapel included in your price

  • Enjoy a complimentary Italian ice cream in Italy

  • Paris Illuminations Tour included

  • Day excursion to Capri

  • Tips and service charge included

 

Additional Excursions

 

Excursions

Adult

Child

Zurich City Tour

5 Euros

Free

Trummelbach Waterfalls

(Available from 15th April to 29 September)

15 Euros

10 Euros

(6-15 years)

Rome Night Tour

15 Euros

Free

Lido Caberet Show

120 Euros

30 Euros

(4-12 Years)

Ice Flyer

12 Euros

6 Euros

(6-15 years)



Day 1

London - Calais - Germany (Distance: 620 Kms)

Today morning join up with your coach and depart towards Dover for your crossing to Calais or Dunkerque; you will require your passports at hand as we will cross the UK and French immigration, as well as security. The crossing on the ferry will last approx. 90 Minutes; 40 minutes if the crossing is from the Euro Tunnel train.

Once we are in mainland Europe, we make our way directly towards Germany. We will be crossing through France, Belgium and possibly Luxembourg whilst we make our way towards Germany. On route, we will make a stop for lunch at the service station. The lunch stop will only sell continental food, and there will be no fast food restaurants located within the services so make sure you are prepared.

We will be covering quite a distance today to reach the hotel, so ensure you carry your key essentials and devices for your entertainment for the journey.

We expect to arrive at our Hotel in the evening. We enjoy a delicious Indian meal before we get our head down for the night, getting ready to check out tomorrow morning.

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Day 2

Heidelberg - Black Forest - Lake Titisee - Rhine Falls (Distance: 480 Kms)

After breakfast, we load our luggage on the coach. Today morning you may have a change of coach, seats and tour manager, as our combination tours will merge today morning. Your tour continues with new friends.

We then continue to the town of Heidelberg sitting on the footbed of the River Necker in Southwestern Germany. We carry out our short orientation tour of the small town taking in the views and history of the Old Bridge, which has picturesque views of Heidelberg Castle perched on the hill as well as the Old Church in the main town. Our short trip to Heidelberg concludes with a quick photo stop at the Old Town Square, before boarding the coach and head towards the Black Forest.

We continue our drive into South East 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.

Today you have an opportunity to conduct an optional tour of Zurich. Spend the one-hour free time that your tour representative gives you in the city centre to discover Zurich city by foot, with the main highlights including - The Fraumünster Church, renowned for its stunning stained-glass windows created by Chagall. The Grossmunster evangelical protestant church in the medieval old town, or simply admire the beautiful lake of Zurich. The free-time given to you to check out a snap shot of Zurich city centre.

We continue our journey from the Rhine falls toward Central Switzerland. We have our Indian meal either at the restaurant or the hotel before we settle in for our three nights at the hotel.

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Day 3

Mt. Jungfrau - Interlaken (Distance: 230 Kms)

We have an early breakfast today and head out on the coach towards Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen. Depending on the train reservation we will either do Interlaken or Mt Jungfrau first.

When we head towards Lauterbrunnen Valley, the deepest U-shaped valley in the world with either side rising a sheer 1000 meters. We have a jaw-dropping train journey on a cogwheel that takes us up to the top of Mt. Jungfrau at 3454 meters above sea level. At the top, have free time to explore the Ice Palace to view life-sized ice sculptures carved from the Glacier, visit the Sphinx observation tower for spectacular views of the Aletsch glacier and surrounding peaks, often said you could see as far as Italy on a clear day. Then spend your remaining time buying souvenirs and chocolates before we meet up at our meeting point at the top and go for our Indian lunch with spectacular views.

Today also spend time in Interlaken, a small town nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The Höheweg is Interlaken's main street which runs between Interlaken West and Interlaken Ost Railway Stations, spend the time shopping away for souvenirs along the high street or simply admire the rich views of the Bernese Alps. Why not wander through the Kursaal Garden, where you can see a 350 Kg statue of the renowned Indian filmmaker, the late Yash Chopra.

Today you also have an opportunity to conduct an optional tour of "Trummelbach Waterfalls". This unique Spectacle in the Lauterbrunnen Valley comprises various Glacier fed Waterfalls inside a mountain. The impressive falls are floodlit and accessible by a special tunnel. The falls carry up to 20,000 litres of water every second. The Trümmelbach Falls are accessible underground by galleries, tunnels, paths and platforms. This is a payable optional, so please speak your tour rep if you have any concerns regarding the optional.

After a jam-packed day in Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen, we make our way back for our Indian meal and hotel. With a day full of memories get in a good night sleep for another adventurous day tomorrow.

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Day 4

Mt. Titlis - Lucerne (Distance: 90 Kms)

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 down from Engelberg to the beautiful city of Luzern (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 and shop to your heart content in the pretty cobbled streets with top high street fashion names. 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 Liechtenstein and Austria in the morning.

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Day 5

Switzerland - Vaduz - Swarovski - Innsbruck (Distance: 400 Kms)

After breakfast, we load our bags on the coach and make our way East of Switzerland heading into one of the smallest countries in Europe, Liechtenstein. We have a shortstop in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. Here you can see the "Schloss Vaduz", which is the Vaduz Castle. The castle hangs above Vaduz high above on the hills.

We continue to drive towards Austria, and we make our stop on route for our light lunch. The lunch is light today and will consist of a typical continental lunch as we make our way through the Austria highway.

Late afternoon we reach Innsbruck, which is a city in the Alps. We go on a short orientation tour covering the two main pragmatic sights of the Goldenes Dachl, a landmark structure located in the Old Town, It is considered the city's most famous symbol decorated by 2657 shiny tiles, and the Hofburg, a former Habsburg palace, and considered one of the three most significant cultural buildings in the country.

We will also visit the Swarovski Crystal Worlds a museum, located in Wattens, Austria. The museum was built in 1995 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Austria based crystal company Swarovski. The museum features a cafe as well as a park surrounding the building. See the Chambers of Wonder at Swarovski Crystal Worlds, where international and national artists, designers, and architects have interpreted crystal in their own ways. Later why not even purchase some Swarovski yourself, or for your loved ones.

We board back onto the coach and head to our hotel and restaurant. Today evening enjoy a hot continental meal before we put our heads down for the night.

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Day 6

Innsbruck - Verona - Venice (Distance: 400 Kms)

After breakfast today, we check out of the hotel and head South towards Italy and make our way towards Verona, which sits in the Veneto region in Northern Italy. The city gained popularity for being the setting of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."

Today in the afternoon we will be provided with a light pre-set packed lunch. We then board back onto the coach and make our way towards

When we reach Verona follow the mythical Romeo and Juliet trail, which marks a series of fictional events and sites. Verona's houses, churches and piazzas combine to tell the fascinating story of this small, but hugely significant, northern Italian city. A 14th-century residence with a tiny balcony overlooking a courtyard is said to be "Juliet's House."
Enjoy spending time in the quaint streets of Verona; the city has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its urban structure and architecture.

We make our way in the afternoon towards the Venice region, and we expect to reach there in the evening. We will be covering quite a distance today to reach the Venice region, 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.

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Day 7

Venice - Rome (Distance: 580 Kms)

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 for three nights at the hotel.

Today the tour rep may conduct an optional tour of Rome by Night. The tour is conducted on the coach and includes Rome's most beautiful sites to be admired at night in comfort of the coach and by foot. The subdued lighting of the Colosseum - the largest amphitheatre built during the Roman Empire, St. Angelo’s, St. Peters church and Piazza Venezia will provide you with wonderful photos. The tour will last 90 minutes, late into the evening (The Tour rep may choose to do this optional tour on day 10).

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Day 8

Rome - Vatican City (Distance: 90 Kms)

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.

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Day 9

Rome - Capri - Rome (Distance: 460 Kms)

Today morning after breakfast, we board the coach and make our way towards Naples. We will drive to the southern part of Italy to reach the Bay of Naples; the drive should take us approximately. 3 hours from Rome.

Once we arrive in Naples, we make our way towards the Port of Naples to board our jetfoil (Large Passenger Speedboat) to make our way towards the island of Capri. The speedboat takes just under 1 hour to reach Capri from Naples. Whilst on the speedboat take the opportunity to take some amazing photos of the Gulf of Naples.

Once we reach Capri, we make our way from the Grand Marina on buses to Anacapri. The buses are not the large city buses but in fact, small narrow minibuses which carry about 20 passengers seated, as large buses wouldn't be able to navigate the narrow island lanes!

When we reach the top of Anacapri, you will have a spectacular view of the Gulf of Naples and the whole island of Capri, as you make your way on the single seated cable cars that take you to the top of Mt Solaro at 589 metres. After you return back from the cable car spend the free time exploring around the charming narrow streets or grab a bite to eat before we make our way back down toward the Grand Marina. Depending on the time you may have an opportunity to take a boat ride to the Grottos around Capri. You can speak to your tour rep to find out which is the best tour for you, as this will be time depending and subject to operation.

We then proceed in the afternoon to make our way back on jetfoil from the Grand Marina back to the mainland in Naples, where we once again board back onto our coach and make our way back towards Rome.

Once we reach Rome depending on the hotel, we either have our Indian dinner there in one of the conference rooms or make our way to the restaurant before coming to the hotel.

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Day 10

Rome - Florence - Pisa (Distance: 400 Kms)

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 evening, we depart towards the Hotel night stay. We head towards our hotel and restaurant in the region. Today evening enjoy a buffet Indian meal, before settling for the night.

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Day 11

Pisa - Modena - Milan (Distance: 360 Kms)

After breakfast today, we check out of the hotel and head to the Northeast of Italy and make our way towards the town of Modena, which sits to the North of Bologna. We will arrive in Modena in the afternoon.

When we arrive in Modena, which is known for its Ferrari and Lamborghini sports car hubs, we make our way towards the Enzo Ferrari Museum, which has exhibits on the life and work of the car designer, in his childhood home, plus iconic models in a futuristic building. You will get a chance to get up close and personal with the Ferrari lineups.

We will stop for Lunch here, do note that the stop will only sell continental food, and there will be no fast food restaurants located within the services or town so make sure you are prepared

We then board back onto the coach and make our way towards Milan, in Italy's northern Lombardy region, it is a global capital of fashion and design, we reach in the early evening.

When we reach Milan have some free time to explore the city centre. The city is well known for its high-end restaurants and shops, explore these whilst going through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is Italy's oldest active shopping mall and a major landmark of Milan.

Then spend the time to discover the main square, home to the Milan Cathedral also known as Duomo Di Milano; The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete and is the largest church in Italy and the third largest in the world. View the Scala Opera house, which sits at the end of the Vittorio Emanuele II gallery. The theatre is regarded as one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world.

We finish the day by heading towards the restaurant for our Indian meal before we board back on the coach and make our way to the hotel.

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Day 12

Lake Como - Swissminiatur - Geneva (Distance: 480 Kms)

In the morning after breakfast we check out of the hotel and make our way towards Lake Como, in Northern Italy's Lombardy region, the area is an upscale resort area known for its dramatic scenery, set against the foothills of the Alps. The lake is shaped like an upside-down Y, and sitting on the shoreline are magnificent ancient villages and exquisite villas. Take a stop here and admire the scenic beauty of the Lake, sitting on the shadow of the Rhaetian Alps.

We then board back on to the coach after our quick photo stop and make our way to the small town of Melide in Switzerland, which sits just a few Kilometres from the Italian border.

When we reach Melide, we make our way to the "Swissminiature", Switzerland but on a smaller scale. Here you can go through the park and see over 120 models of houses, castles and monuments in the open air, which are distributed throughout the 14,000 square meter park. The models have been recreated authentically with great attention to detail, and include well-known sites such as the Heidi Village in Maienfeld, the castles of Burgdorf and Chillon, the Federal Parliament in Bern, and the Cathedral of Milan. There are also operating rack-railways, cable cars, suspension railways and ships, that sit within thousands of plants and flowers.

We will stop for Lunch here, do note that the stop will only sell continental food, and there will be no fast food restaurants located within the services or town so make sure you are prepared.

We then board back onto the coach and make our way towards Geneva.

In the early afternoon once we return to the coach we make our way towards Western-Switzerland, heading towards the city of Geneva. We will be covering quite a distance today to reach Geneva, so ensure you carry your key essentials.

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.

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Day 13

Geneva - Paris (Distance: 580 Kms)

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.

We expect to arrive in Paris, in the early evening. 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.

We enjoy a delicious Indian meal at the restaurant before boarding our coach and making our way to the hotel for our three-night stay. Get a good night’s sleep as more wonders await you tomorrow.

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Day 14

Paris City Tour (Distance: 90 Kms)

After your continental breakfast, we board the coach for our full day city tour. We start the day by making our way to the city centre of Paris.

Once in the city centre, 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.

We then continue to the famous Louvre Museum here you can buy your own ticket and view some of the famous artefacts and sculptures housed here. Why not take the short time we have here to see the ‘Mona Lisa’ or Marley horses, or simply bide the time shopping for loved ones, and grabbing lunch at the many restaurants inside the Louvre.

We then visit the Fragonard Perfume Museum and get a brief insight into the origins of the different type of fragrances and the history of the Fragonard brand, you then have a chance to purchase some unique French fragrances, soaps, candles and more.

In the evening we will then make our way to the restaurant for Indian dinner, on the allocation of our entry time enjoy your meal and then we board the coach for our "Paris by night" tour.

The Paris 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". The night tour can be done on day 15 or 17 depending on the tour reps plan.

Whilst travelling around Paris over the last few days we 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.

We then late into the night make our way to the hotel and get ready to check out tomorrow morning.

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Day 15

Disneyland® Resort Paris (Distance: 100 Kms)

After your continental breakfast, we board the coach or our transfer vehicles for the world-famous Disneyland® Resort Paris. The transfer vehicles or coaches will take you to "the happiest place on earth".

Your tickets given to you today will entitle you to enter any one of the two theme parks that are present at Disneyland® Resort Paris.

You can choose between Disneyland® Park; which explores five themed lands filled with Disney classic stories and fairy tales. Spanning 140 acres, it is dedicated to Disney characters creating fairy tales for all. The park is home to the famous "Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant", a replica of the fairy tale castle seen in Disney's 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty.

Alternatively, you can choose Walt Disney Studios® Park; it is dedicated to show-business, themed after movies, production, and behind-the-scenes. The behind-the-scenes destination sensation allows you to experience movie and cinema sets coming to life. Whichever park you choose the day will be full of magic that only Disney can deliver.
In the early evening we leave the park; so, should you wish to stay back and view the night parade and closing ceremony, you will forgo the "Paris night tour" and dinner, and will need to make your own way back to the hotel using the taxi service or trains the park has to offer.

Once we leave the park in the early evening, we will then make our way to the restaurant for Indian dinner, on the allocation of our entry time enjoy your meal and we then board back onto the coach to make our way to the hotel.

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Day 16

Paris - Calais - London (Distance: 460 Kms)

Today morning we check out of the hotel after breakfast and load the luggage depending on your final drop off point. We start the day by making our way 27 Kms out of Paris and head towards the town of Versailles.

On arrival at Versailles make your way to the Garden of Versailles, a fine example of 17th-century French landscaping covering an area of more than 800 hectares. Use this free time to take mesmerising photos, souvenir shopping or simply relax admiring the Royal Lawns with the Grand Canal in the background. The gardens are landscaped in the classic French Garden style perfected here by André Le Nôtre.

We then depart Versailles and make our way towards Calais not before going to our restaurant for our last meal together. The journey back we say goodbye to friends we have made along the way as we drop off those getting off on the route.

Once we reach Calais, we cross over back into Dover or Folkestone depending on our crossing schedule for the tour on the day. We continue our journey towards Wembley and dropping passengers off at their respective drop-offs.

B, L

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

2019 USD Dates & Prices

 

Tour Code: SPLE

Departure Dates 2019

Adult

Child

(2 - 12 Years)

Apr - 08

$2,885

$2,225

May - 06, 20

$2,885

$2,225

Jun - 01, 22

$2,885

$2,225

Jul 01, 22

$2,885

$2,225

Aug - 12

$2,885

$2,225


Price per person based on 2/3adults sharing a room

Child 2-11 years must share a room with 2/3 adults

Infants 0-23 months price is £425 ($595) for a seat in coach only

Max occupancy per room is 3 person (excluding infants)

£210 ($295) reduction will apply for 2nd child without a bed

Single supplement will be an additional £570 ($800)

 

Early Bird Offer

Book 10 weeks in advance and get

$100 OFF per adult and child OR One night Pre or Post stay in london

Book 6 weeks in advance and get

$40 OFF per adult and child


 

Country

Capital

Currency

Visa Required

Time

Zone

Electricity

Country

Code

Belgium

Brussels

Euro

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+32

Germany

Berlin

Euro

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+49

Leichtenstein

Vaduz

Swiss franc

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+423

Austria

Vienna

Euro

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+43

Italy

Rome

Euro

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+39

Switzerland

Berne

CHF (Euro is accepted

at many places*)

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+41

France

Paris

Euro

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+33

*Change will be given back in local currency

 

Additional Excursions

 

Zurich City Tour - Discover Zurich city by foot, with the main highlights including - The Fraumünster Church, renowned for its stunning stained-glass windows created by Chagall. The Grossmunster evangelical protestant church in the mediaeval old town, or simply admire the beautiful lake of Zurich.

 

Trummelbach Falls - This unique Spectacle in the Lauterbrunnen Valley comprises of various Glacier fed Waterfalls inside a mountain. The impressive falls are floodlit and accessible by a special tunnel. The falls carry up to 20,000 litres of water every second. The Trümmelbach Falls are accessible underground by galleries, tunnels, paths and platforms.

 

Ice Flyer - 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.

 

Rome Night Tour - Rome's most beautiful sites to be admired at night in comfort of the coach and by foot. The subdued lighting of the Colosseum - the largest amphitheatre built during the Roman Empire, St. Angelo’s, St. Peters church and Piazza Venezia will provide you with wonderful photos.

 

LIDO Cabaret Show – Le Lido (The Lido) is a cabaret and burlesque show located on the Champs-Élysées, using amazing lights, glittering costumes and sounds it will feel like a waking dream, and it will take your breath away and leave you dazzled. Welcome to a fantastic whirlwind of technological wizardry led along by the most beautiful girls in the world.

 

Currency

 

In most of Western Europe, the currency you will require will be Euros. When travelling to Switzerland, you will need Swiss Francs (CHF). It is possible to purchase items in Euros whilst in Switzerland (selected establishments) however it should be noted that the change will be given back in CHF.

 

Passengers should exchange any spending money for their holiday before they actually travel. Whilst on tour it is very inconvenient and not all places you will visit will have ATM machines or accept credit/debit cards.

 

We also advise our passengers to keep some change in coins on them whilst on tour as using toilets in many parts of Europe is not free.

USD, GBP or travellers’ cheques are not widely accepted at locations in this tour.

 

Distances

 

An important point to note whilst on a touring holiday is that some long journeys are unavoidable especially when travelling from city to city.

 

It is advisable for passengers to carry necessities that they may need for the day such as water, dry snacks, cameras etc. with them in their hand luggage.

 

For this tour, it should be noted that the travel times are extensive on this tour.

 

Please see a summary of the distances you will be covering below:

 

 

From

To

Distance in kms

(Approx)

Traveeling time

(Approx)

Wembley

Dover

159

2hrs 30mins

Calais

Brussels

200

2hrs 45mins

Brussels

Atomium Structure

7

20mins

Atomium Structure

Zoetermeer

172

2hrs

Zoetermeer

Madurodam

17

20mins

Zoetermeer

Keukenhof Tulip Gardens

37

40mins

Madurodam

Volendam

60

1hr

Volendam

Amsterdam

22

30mins

Amsterdam

Zoetermeer

53

1hr

Zoetermeer

Cologne

270

3hrs 30mins

Cologne

Boppard

121

1hr 30mins

Boppard

Limburgerhof

135

1hr 30mins

Limburgerhof

Heidelberg

42

40mins

Heidelberg

Black Forest

206

2hr 15mins

Black Forest

Rhine Fall

74

1hr 15mins

Rhine Fall

Zurich

50

1hr

Zurich

Engelberg

85

1hr 15mins

Rhine Falls

Engelberg

144

2hrs

Engelberg

Interlaken

86

1hr 20mins

Interlaken

Grindelwald (Jungfraujoch)

20

30mins

Engelberg

Lucerne

35

40mins

Engelberg

Innsbruck

349

4hrs 15mins

Innsbruck

Venice

389

4hrs 15mins

Venice

Rome

546

6hrs

Rome

Capri

264

3hrs 15mins

Rome

Florence

291

3hrs 15mins

Florence

Pisa

102

1hr 45mins

Pisa

Modena

231

3hrs

Modena

Milan

177

2hrs 40mins

Milan

Lake Como

85

1hr 45mins

Lake Como

Geneva

376

4hrs 30mins

Geneva

Paris

540

6hrs

Paris

Disneyland

55

1hr

Paris

Calais

296

3hrs

Above is for indication purposes only

 

Food

 

Breakfast will be provided at the hotels. The breakfast is usually in a separate dining area of the hotel and is usually a continental breakfast, which will consist of tea, coffee, bread, cereals, fruit and yoghurt.

 

Passengers can choose from different diets, including vegetarian, Jain or non-vegetarian (Halal will not always be available) meals. Passengers should advise the tour manager of their preferred diet on day one. The meals are pre-set buffet, and a choice of menu is not available. Meals will be provided with Tap Water only.

There are days where a pre-set continental meal will be provided.

 

Lunches are usually vegetarian only and are provided outdoors at a service station/rest area where limited, or no seating is available. Lunch is served in a picnic style buffet arrangement. Dinners are usually provided within the hotel or restaurant in a separate dining facility. You should always consult your tour manager if you are not sure of what ingredients a dish contains.

 

Foreign Office Travel Advice

 

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click on the link below to get Country specific details

 

For a full list of the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click here

 

UK Residents

USA Residents

Austria

Austria

Belgium

Belgium

France

France

Germany

Germany

Italy

Italy

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Netherlands (Holland)

Netherlands (Holland)

Switzerland

Switzerland

Vatican

Vatican

 

Hotels

 

Not all hotels on this tour will have air-conditioning so you should carry a small portable fan with you especially during the summer months.

 

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. Passengers may also want to carry a small travel iron and hairdryer etc., as many hotel rooms may not have these facilities.

 

Some hotels in Europe, especially Switzerland will provide two single beds put together as a Double occupancy room, as this sort of configuration allows the hotel to use a room for multi-use, we do contract with such hotels, and you should be prepared for such eventualities.

 

If you use services such as the phone or minibar or pay TV whilst in your room, you will have to pay the hotel directly when you check out; these services are not included in your tour cost.

 

The maximum occupancy per room on this tour is 3 person(s). The maximum occupancy during March to May per room may be 2 person(s).

 

Other Advisories

 

General

 

Particular attention should be paid to the baggage allowance for this tour; this can be found on our general information page. Excess baggage may not be allowed on the coach.

 

The WC facilities on the coach will be restricted on this tour.

 

The tour will merge and change tour reps/coaches part way through the tour.

 

High Altitude

 

You should only make trips to high altitudes if you feel healthy. The following recommendations apply:

 

Advanced age is no barrier to high altitude. For blood pressure patients who are well controlled with medication, the altitude is not a concern. Asthmatics can travel to high altitudes without any problems. High-altitude air is less polluted with particles that can cause an asthma attack. Epileptics who are well controlled with medication should be able to negotiate the altitude.

 

Pregnant women: There may be a certain risk for pregnancy even without pre-existing diseases over 2500-3000 metres. Caution is therefore advised if in doubt, please consult your doctor in advance.

 

Infants: Short-term stays at the mountain tops are unproblematic. Infants and young children are often unable to equalise pressure during descent and are therefore increasingly at risk of ear irritation. Regular swallowing (drinking, sucking on a bottle) during the descent can prevent the occurrence of irritation.

Because children can chill faster than adults, always pay attention to sufficient protection from the cold at high altitude. Sunglasses and a good sunscreen are necessary on the glaciers!

 

High altitude visits not recommended for:

Lung and heart patients who are already short of breath while at rest or when climbing stairs are advised not to stay at high altitude. Patients with angina pectoris or severely impaired performance with heart enlargement and heart failure should not visit high altitude. Coronary artery disease (angina pectoris) and heart enlargement with medical therapy should not visit high altitude. Patients with a pronounced risk profile for cardiovascular disease (smoker + high blood pressure + diabetes + high blood fats + overweight + occasional chest pain) should consult the doctor before visiting high altitude.

 

Do not stay at high altitude after having striated muscles or a stroke.

 

Disneyland® Paris

 

Disneyland Paris can get busy, especially at peak times so it makes sense to orientate yourself before you arrive by going onto the website and looking at the latest map. There’s a lot to see so you might like to prioritise your must-do attractions to avoid disappointment. But one should try not missing the famous Disney Parades, when the much-loved Disney characters take to the streets for a unique and interactive experience. Please note on this tour you will not be staying in Disney until it closes so you will not see the evening firework, Parade or illuminations. Should you wish to do this then you will need to make your own way back to the Hotel and you will miss the dinner and transfers for which no compensation will be due.

 

The resort itself comprises of two parks: The Disneyland Park, packed with rides and attractions, and the Walt Disney Studios Park. Your tickets will allow you access into any one of these parks.

 

When you arrive at the park you might like to consider using the Fastpass service, a free service which helps you to cut down on waiting times for some of the attractions (subject to availability and operation).

 

Louvre

 

The Louvre entrance ticket is not included, please note that the Louvre covers an expansive area of thousands of artefacts, the time given here is limited and should be utilised to see the key artefacts such as the Mona Lisa or Marley Horses etc.

 

Vatican

 

When visiting the Vatican City and St Peter’s Basilica, we highly advise that modest clothing is worn as it is a place of worship and entrance is subject to attire.

 

Venice Gondola

 

The gondola boat ride in Venice will be shared with the group, and private gondolas are not available. The gondola will hold 6 people.

 

Versailles Gardens

 

Your entrance is only into the Gardens of Versailles, and it may not be possible for you to enter the Chateau even if you are willing to do this on your own due to the number of visitors and time constraints.

 

Pick up and Drop off points & Times

 

Passengers should arrive at their pick-up point no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Your pick-up point, address and time will be stated on your invoice. If you have selected a pick-up time outside of Wembley, Southall or East Ham then you will be confirmed your pick-up time.

 

Return journeys from the continent are scheduled to arrive at Dover or Folkestone between 19.00hrs and 20.00hrs approximately. We will then proceed to the original pick-up points in London (arrival time between 21.00hrs and 23.00hrs)

 

Outside London pick up points: Transportation may be arranged by a private car, minibus or an alternative coach for your journey to and from London. On rare occasions, there may be up to an hour wait for a connecting transfer on the return. Passengers can expect to receive a call from Star to confirm details a day prior to their departure. Star Tours reserves the right to amend any pick-up time 12 hours prior to departure.

 

The below pick-up points may not be available for this tour:

 

Paris (Drop-off Only)

Dover (subject to availability)

Calais (subject to availability)

 

Schengen Visa Details

 

Visa Details & Document Required

Embassy to Apply

Reason

Port of Entry/Exit

Applying from UK (Click Here)  

Italian

Max Stay

Calais, France/Calais, France

Applying from India (Click Here)

Italian

Max Stay

Calais, France/Calais, France

 

Visas & Passports

 

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals. Except for EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay.

 

If you hold an Indian, Pakistani, or Bangladesh Passport, you will need to obtain Schengen Visa prior to travelling. Many nationalities do not require Schengen visas, such as British, EU and American nationals. Should you need further clarification, please contact us.

 

Weather

 

Weather in much of Western Europe tends to be the same as England and is very unpredictable. Regardless of the time of the year, it is advisable to carry an umbrella. Temperatures vary from place to place, and it is a good idea to check online for average temperatures for the destination(s) being visited depending on the time of the year.

On a multi-destination tour, it is likely passengers will travel through various weather fronts; whilst in Switzerland, during excursions to mountain tops passengers may experience temperatures between 0 °c and 2 °c whilst at the same time experience temperatures of over 35 °c whilst they are in Italy, France and Germany.

Passengers can be well prepared by ensuring they are carrying appropriate clothing, footwear and accessories. Passengers should also be aware that during the winter months most of the sightseeing will be in the dark as, in Europe, the day becomes dark very early during winter. Passengers should consult with Star Tours at the time of booking if they are unsure.

 

Wheelchairs

 

We will accept lightweight manual wheelchairs for travel, 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 tour to push their wheelchair. Star Tour’s will also request hotels for suitably equipped rooms; however, this is only on a request basis and cannot be guaranteed. It should be noted Mt Titlis, Mt Jungfrau & Eiffel Tower is not fully accessible for a wheelchair user. Luzern, Lion Monument, Rome, Florence and Pisa will have cobbled streets, which may not be suitable for wheelchairs.

 

The trains and platforms at Trummelbach Waterfalls will not be fully accessible for those in wheelchairs.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Birmingham Birmingham - Esso Petrol Station,
305 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 7DT
Bristol Bristol, Bristol Parkway Stn (car park),
Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8PU
Calais Outside Pidou Wine Superstores,
190 Rue Marcel Dassault, 62100 Calais, France
Cardiff Cardiff, Cardiff Central Railway Stn,
Central Square, Cardiff CF10 1EP
Coventry Outside Tesco,Olivier Way Cross Point Business Cnt
Coventry, CV2 2SH
Dover Dover, Eastern Docks Coach Park,
Outside Passenger Terminal, CT16 1JA
East Ham East Ham, (opp Town Hall, outside Job Centre)
East Ham, 473 Barking Rd, E6 2LL
Folkestone Folkestone, Stop 24 Services, M20, Jctn 11
Stanford Intersection, Stanford, CT21 4BL
Knutsford Knutsford, Knutsford Services (car park) M6,
Between J18-J19, Cheshire, WA16 0TL
Leeds Leeds - Central Bus Station
(near Mecca Bingo), York Street, LS2 7HU
Leicester Leicester, Asda Petrol Station,
Fosse Park Ave, Braunstone,LE3 2LL
Liverpool The Rocket, 2 Bowring Park Road
Liverpool, Merseyside, L14 3PA
Luton Luton - Outside Travelodge Luton Hotel
641 Dunstable Rd (Off M1 Junction 11), LU4 8RQ
Maidstone Maidstone, Maidstone Services
M20, Jctn 8, Kent, ME17 1SS
Manchester Manchester, Shell Petrol Stn, Trafford Rd
Salford, M5 3AW
Newport Pagnell Newport Pagnell Services, M1 Between Jctn 14-15
Milton Keynes, MK16 8DS
Northampton Northampton, Northamptoon Services,
M1 Junction 15A, NN4 9QS
Nottingham Outside Novotel East Midlands Hotel (car park),
Bostock Lane, Long Eaton, M1 Junction 25, NG10 4EP
Other Want a different Pick Up & Drop
Call us on 0044 (0)208 900 2323
Reading Sainsburys Savacentre, Bath Rd (opp fuel stn, by
the bus stp) Reading, (M4 Jctn 12), RG31 7SA
Rhine Falls Outside Info Shop Rheinfall,
Rheinfallquai, 8212 Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Swiss
Sheffield Sheffield, Meadowhall Railway Stn (car park),
Meadowhall Road, Sheffield, S9 1JQ
Slough Slough, Slough Railway Stn (behind Tesco's)
Brunel Way, Slough, SL1 1XW
Southall Southall ,58 - 78 High Street (outside Lidl),
Southall UB1 3DB
Swindon Outside Costa Express (car park) ,
Great Western Way, Swindon, SN5 8UY
Walsall Walsall, Outside Walsall Holiday Inn
M6 Junction 10, Tempus Ten, Tempus Drive, WS2 8TJ
Warrington Warrington, outside Premier Inn Warrington, M6,
J21, Manchester Rd, Woolston, Cheshire WA1 4GB
Watford Gap Watford Gap, Watford Gap Services
M1 Between Junction 16-17, NN6 7UZ
Wembley Wembley
Star Tours, 312 Harrow Rd, Wembley, HA9 6LL

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