The Best of Europe
France | Switzerland | Austria | Italy
11 days | 10 nights
Priced from $2265 per person*
2024 Departure Dates:
July 07 | August 18
2024 Departure Dates:
May 31 | June 21, 28 | July 07, 12 | August 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
The Best of Europe is a perfect blend of culture and history packed into an 11-day journey. On this authentic experience, you’ll tour France, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy. Explore masterful art in Paris, ride a cable car to the peak of Switzerland, discover the historical treasures of Austria, and enjoy delicious cuisine while wandering the streets of Italy.
- 10 nights hotel accommodation
- Daily meals (vegetarian or non-vegetarian)**
- Entrance fees at the monuments outlined in the itinerary
- Access to the 3rd story of the Eiffel Tower
- A cable car ride to the top of Mount Titlis
- Tour of the Swarovski World of Crystals
- Visit to The Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
- Local English-speaking guides
Welcome! Today, embark on your flight to one of the world’s most enchanting and sophisticated cities – Paris. Known for its high fashion, world-renowned museums, stunning monuments, and captivating cabarets, Paris promises a memorable experience.
Upon arrival, retrieve your luggage, independently transfer to the hotel, check-in, and unwind in the luxurious comfort it provides. Later in the day, you’ll have the pleasure of meeting your amiable and experienced Tour Manager at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel in Paris. (Dinner)
Today, proceed for a guided city tour of Paris. You’ll explore the finest Parisian tourist attractions: Place Vendôme, Place de l’Opéra Garnier, Musée d’Orsay, Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysées (one of the most recognized fashionable avenues in the world), Arc de Triomphe, Alexander Bridge, Les Invalides, and several others.
Next, continue your journey with a visit to The Louvre Museum, which is not only the world’s second-largest art museum but also a historic monument of great significance. The Louvre is most famous for housing the iconic Mona Lisa. Situated in the heart of the city, it graces the right bank of the Seine River in the 1st arrondissement, making it a central and prominent landmark in Paris.
Later, visit the iconic Eiffel Tower from the 3rd Level for a stunning view of the city. With its famous tapering cast iron tip, the Eiffel Tower is not just the symbol of Paris but of all of France.
Overnight at the hotel in Paris. (Breakfast, Local/Western/Continental Lunch, Dinner)
Today, meet with a local professional guide to tour the Palace of Versailles, an internationally acclaimed masterpiece. This magnificent palace is owned by the French Republic and has been under the management of the Public Establishment of the Palace Museum and the National Estate of Versailles since 1995.
Later in the day, you’ll enjoy a romantic cruise along the Seine River, renowned as one of the world’s most scenic journeys. Along the way, you’ll be captivated by the sight of exquisite landmarks such as Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Orsay Museum, and many more. Glide gracefully under one picturesque bridge after another, enjoying views of the finest monuments in the heart of bustling Paris.
The journey continues with a visit to the Fragonard Perfumery, a must-see attraction. This museum is dedicated to the fascinating world of perfumes, where you can uncover the secrets behind the art of French fragrance creation.
Overnight at the hotel in Paris. (Breakfast, Local/Western/Continental Lunch, Dinner)
Check out from your hotel and embark on your journey to Switzerland, renowned for its stunning mountain landscapes, charming villages, and the majestic peaks of the Alps.
Upon your arrival, begin your exploration with an orientation tour of Geneva. You’ll have the opportunity to admire some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. These include the Jet d’Eau, the United Nations Office (UN Buildings), and the exquisite Flower Clock near Lake Geneva.
After your tour, make your way to your hotel to check in and unwind in the cozy comforts it offers, preparing for the adventures that await you in this beautiful Swiss destination.
Overnight at the hotel in Geneva/Lausanne. (Breakfast, Local/Western/Continental Lunch, Dinner)
Begin your day by checking out from the hotel and embarking on a unique journey to immerse yourself in the Olympic experience. The Olympic Museum provides a captivating opportunity to delve into the history of the games, from their ancient origins to the present day, all enhanced by cutting-edge computer technology and audio-visual media.
Next, you’ll visit the impressive Chillon Castle, situated atop a rock on the picturesque shores of Lake Geneva. This water-side castle holds the distinction of being the most visited historical structure in Switzerland. For nearly four centuries, it served as the residence and a lucrative toll station for the Counts of Savoy.
Afterward, your journey continues to Bern, the capital of Switzerland and the only Swiss city honored with World Heritage Status. Here, you’ll enjoy an orientation tour of the city, taking in sights such as the iconic clock tower, the distinguished parliament building, and the charming Gothic fountains.
Finally, you’ll proceed to your hotel to check in and relax, reflecting on the rich experiences and discoveries of the day.
Overnight at the hotel in Central Switzerland. (Breakfast, Local/Western/Continental Lunch, Dinner)
Today, check out from your hotel and proceed to an exhilarating ride to the top of Mt Titlis on various cable cars, including Rotair – the world’s first revolving cable car. Get an unrestricted 360-degree view of breathtaking snow-caped peaks, deep crevasses, and pristine white snow fields. Don’t forget to visit the Cliff Walk, the highest suspension bridge in Europe along the cliff of Mt.Titlis.
Later in the day, you’ll proceed with an orientation tour of Lucerne, celebrated as one of Switzerland’s most enchanting cities. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the iconic Lion Monument and admire the charm of the Kapell Brucke, a covered wooden bridge. It’s a day filled with cultural exploration and awe-inspiring natural beauty.
Overnight at the hotel in Central Switzerland. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Sit back in your coach as you’re taken on a scenic drive to Innsbruck, a stunning Austrian city.
En route make a stop in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, a tiny principality nestled between Switzerland and Austria. Liechtenstein is the sixth smallest independent nation in the world. It follows a policy of neutrality and is one of the few countries in the world that maintains no military.
Next, proceed to Wattens for a walking tour of the Swarovski World of Crystals, where you’ll marvel at the crystalline works of art.
Later, enjoy an orientation tour of Innsbruck. You’ll admire the Golden Roof with its fire-gilded copper tiles, a characteristic landmark of Innsbruck, and walk down the cobblestone pathways of Maria Theresien Strasse.
You can sit at one of the many outdoor cafes, discover the magnificent baroque architecture, and relive medieval European culture. The splendid Alps in the background provide a perfect picture-postcard setting.
Overnight in Innsbruck/Seefeld. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Check out from your hotel and embark on a journey to Venice, Italy. The city is adorned with beautiful monuments and famed for its canals — all inspiring poetry and passion throughout the ages.
Upon arrival at the pier in Venice, we’ll board a private boat. While sailing over the Giudecca Canal, you can relish an Indian lunch on board.
Our destination is St. Mark’s Square, the heart of Venice. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to view St. Mark’s Basilica, an exquisite example of Byzantine architecture. Witness the renowned Bell Tower and Clock Tower, the latter adorned with the dominant sign of the Zodiac and the current phase of the moon.
As we explore further, you’ll catch sight of the iconic Bridge of Sighs, a magnificent structure crafted from white limestone. It spans the Rio di Palazzo, connecting the old prisons with the interrogation rooms at the Doge’s Palace.
To truly embrace the enchantment of Venice, we’ll treat you to a romantic gondola ride in a flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat. Glide through the city’s canals, surrounded by the stunning backdrop of baroque buildings — an experience that encapsulates the essence of this captivating city. Following our adventures, we’ll return to the pier and proceed to check in at your hotel.
Overnight in Padova/Bologna. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This morning, after checking out from your hotel, we’ll embark on a journey to Florence, often referred to as the cradle of the Renaissance. Accompanied by an English-speaking local guide, you’ll be immersed in the rich culture of this historic city.
During your exploration, you’ll have the opportunity to admire several iconic landmarks, including the city’s most recognizable symbol – The Duomo. Gaze upon the Campanile and the Baptistery, the latter renowned for its Gates of Paradise.
Continue your journey through Florence and head to the vibrant Piazza Della Signoria — a veritable open-air museum adorned with Renaissance sculptures. This bustling square is bordered by historic cafes and dominated by the magnificent Palazzo Vecchio. We’ll also take in the renowned Ponte Vecchio, a bridge that spans the River Arno.
Our next destination will be Piazzale Michelangelo, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and its surroundings.
Following this captivating experience, we’ll proceed towards Pisa. Upon arrival, you’ll be treated to a view of the Square of Miracles, home to the astounding Leaning Tower of Pisa—a sight that never fails to leave a lasting impression.
Overnight in the Tuscany region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today, you’ll check out of the hotel and make your way to the eternal city of Rome. Prepare for a guided city tour led by an expert English-speaking local guide. Our first stop is the Vatican City, the world’s smallest country (note that shorts and sleeveless tops are not allowed). Upon entering, you’ll have the privilege of encountering renowned classical sculptures and masterpieces of Renaissance art.
The tour also includes a visit to the famous Sistine Chapel, celebrated for holding the masterpiece, “The Last Judgement,” and recognized as the place where the Pope is elected. The divinely beautiful St. Peter’s Basilica will leave you mesmerized by the works of Michelangelo and Bernini.
Our journey continues as we drive to view the magnificent Colosseum, an immense amphitheater that remains impressively well-preserved.
Next on our itinerary is a visit to the beautiful and other-worldly Trevi Fountain. Legend has it that tossing a coin over your shoulder into the fountain ensures your return to Rome.
Later, we’ll proceed to view the majestic Victor Emmanuel Monument, explore The Roman Forum, and discover several more remarkable sights that enrich the cultural tapestry of this extraordinary city.
Overnight in Rome. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
As your memorable holiday comes to a close, you’ll make the return trip home. Check out and make your way to the airport on your own, carrying with you the pleasant memories of your European journey — a treasure you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Safe travels!
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**Jain meals are available upon request.