Trip Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Itinerary: 1 Nights Zurich | 1 Nights Axams | 1 Nights Padova | 2 Nights Arezzo | 2 Nights Chamonix
Rich in history and abounding in old world charm and beauty, this continent will captivate you! Y... More
Welcome to your 'Cox & Kings European Rhapsody' tour. Your Cox & Kings representative greets you at the 'meeting point' at the exit after immigration and customs and transfers you comfortably to your hotel (check-in after 1600 hrs). Cox & Kings starts your sightseeing only the next day so that you can relax after your long flight and get over your jetlag. Overnight in Zurich. Dinner at an Indian restaurant.
Today proceed for a short orientation tour of Zurich strolling down Bahnhofstrasse - the city's fanciest shopping street, past famous sights like Peterskirche (St. Peter's Church) situated in a medieval square, famous for its 16th Century clock, the largest clock face in Europe. The elegant copper spire of the Fraumunster found in the 9th Century with impressive stained glass windows. Across the Limmat River, you will get a view of the Grossmunster - a beautiful Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral dedicated to Zurich's patron saints. Later your drive takes you to picture perfect Austria, enroute, pause at the principality of Liechtenstein and stop at Vaduz - the capital, to enjoy a short orientation. Vaduz is famous for its postage stamps. Next halt at the internationally renowned Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, and prepare to be dazzled at the 'Chambers of Wonder'! In a wondrous blue hall dominated by a Unicum- a wall of crystal, you see the world's biggest crystal and it's smallest! Over 7 million people from all corners of the globe, have already been thrilled by the Swarovski experience - now you are one of them! Continue a scenic drive to Innsbruck. Located on the Inn River, Innsbruck is one of Europe's most beautiful and lively cities. An international centre for winter sports, it has hosted the Winter Olympics twice! Our orientation tour introduces you to its world famous sights. View the Golden Roof or 'Goldenes Dachl', an ornate Gothic balcony erected by the Emperor Maximilian I in the 15th century, decorated with gold painted copper shingles. Next walk to the Imperial Church followed by the 'Hofburg' or Imperial Palace. This Capital of the Alps, has a history of 800 years! Enjoy your dinner after checking in at the hotel. Overnight in Innsbruck. Breakfast and Dinner at the hotel.
Today, your journey takes you on a drive past quaint villages, medieval castles and fruit orchards and cutting across the fertile Adriatic Plains, to the magical lagoon city of Venice. Nothing prepares you for the captivating city of canals and palaces - Venice is simply unique! Built on 117 small islands, it is a pedestrian's city, so get set for a walking tour. Cruise from Tronchetto Pier and glide romantically past fairytale palaces, through incredible miniature canals to the Piazza San Marco (St. Marks Square), where you disembark. Napoleon dubbed the Square the 'finest drawing room in Europe' for its constant carnival atmosphere! Witness the bronze Moors striking the hour, as they have been doing for the past 500 years! From there to the Doge's Palace, connected by the 'Bridge of Sighs' to its prisons. It was from here that the legendary lover Casanova made his famous escape! End this exciting tour with a brief visit to a Murano Glass Showroom (When open) for a demonstration in glass blowing. It was on the island of Murano that glass was first made in Europe and hand blown Venetian glass is world famous. Later check-in to the hotel. Overnight in Padova. Breakfast at the hotel and Dinner at an Indian restaurant.
Drive across the Apennine Mountains, along the Brenta River past Bologna, to Pisa - the hometown of Galileo and a city, which makes the most of its claim to fame from its Leaning Tower! It has leaned almost since construction first started, due to the swampy soil beneath it. At a photo stop here, note its striking beauty along with its characteristic tilt. It is the Duomo's (Cathedral), Bell Tower together with the Baptistery, these are all a part of the Field of Miracles. Continue to Florence, to the magical Piazzale Michelangelo for a view of the city. After an exciting tour, drive through a stretch of olive groves and vineyards to the Tuscany region where on arrival you will be checked in to your hotel. Overnight in Arezzo. Breakfast at the hotel and Indian dinner at the hotel.
Today, after breakfast we will drive towards Rome. 'Rome was not built in a day'- the truth of this oft quoted adage hits you with full force, as we pack in all the 'must see' agenda into our guided panoramic city tour ! According to legend, Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus in 753 BC. Start your introduction to Rome with a journey to The Vatican, the smallest nation in the world! It boasts a priceless art collection and is probably per square foot the richest country in the world! Visit one of the largest churches in the world St. Peter's Basilica with St. Peter's Square. Gaze in awe at Michelangelo's Pieta. Continue your tour driving past the triumphal Arch of Constantine, one of the most important commemorative monuments of antiquity and then drive through Piazza Venezia, where the grandiose monument to the reunification of Italy is often referred to as the Marble wedding cake! Pass the Circus Maximus - the Hippodrome - known for its ancient chariot races, which was reconstructed by Hollywood for the well known movie 'Ben Hur'! Later, drive back to your hotel. Note: Due to Rome city regulations, certain roads may be off limits for long distance coaches. This may result in the Rome sightseeing being done partly by foot public transport. Overnight in Arezzo. Breakfast at the hotel and Indian dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, enjoy a comfortable drive to the scenic splendour of Chamonix Mont Blanc. It's 'Love at first sight' as you enter the beautiful Chamonix Valley and the majestic mountains of the Mont Blanc range. Whilst all the Hindi movies have launched the Swiss Alps, Cox & Kings is the first to introduce the French Alps to India and the home of Mont Blanc, famous for its pens and accessories. Carry on your drive to Chamonix Mont Blanc region and check-in. Overnight in Chamonix. Breakfast at the hotel and Dinner at an Indian restaurant.
Today, enjoy our excursion tour - a ride on the highest and most impressive cable car, the Aiguille du Midi, lifts you to 3842 meters for an unforgettable view of the Alps. The more fearless will take A STEP INTO THE VOID, onto a 2.50 m glass cage out over a 1000 m precipice. A product of modern architectural and technical prowess and a sensation packed experience. The Aiguille du Midi has its own postage stamp and a letterbox! Continue your excursion with a ride on the nostalgic red cog railway to Montenvers. The train climbs a steep track, through scenic alpine scenery, to a stunning vantage point above the 'Mer de Glace' (sea of ice) Glacier. You know you've really arrived when you stand at 1913 meters, at the 'Mer de Glace', which is 7 kms long and 200 meters thick, with a surface dimension of 40 kms! A crystal gallery, a wildlife exhibition, an ice garden and the famous ice grotto 100 meters long, carved each year into the heart of the glacier, awaits you! After dinner, return to the hotel. Overnight in Chamonix. Breakfast at the hotel and Dinner at an Indian restaurant.
Today, after breakfast, check out and drive to Lucerne witnessing picturesque mountains, lakes, cowbells, alpine villages and meadows. Pause at the poignant Lion Monument, built to commemorate the brave Swiss soldiers killed during the French Revolution. Stroll along the covered, wooden Kappellbrucke (chapel bridge), to the ornate Jesuit Church. You will have your first encounter with the marvels of Swiss shopping. Most visitors take home two things - memories of a beautiful country and a Swiss watch. Good times need never end! As you get ready for the airport and your flight back home, relive the high points of your 'Cox and Kings European Rhapsody' tour. We are confident you will join us again sometime soon. Breakfast either at the hotel or on board the flight.