Taste the most delectable flavours of Europe on this magnificent tour. This Western-Europe tour takes you on a whirlwind tour of the most famous sights across below-sea-level Netherlands to the highest peaks of Switzerland. Catch the action live at the world’s largest flower market at Aalsmeer; stop by at Europe’s largest port, Rotterdam and the World’s Legal Capital, Hague; and check out the Netherlands attractions in miniature at Madurodam. Enjoy a scenic train ride from the Netherlands across Belgium to Paris, France for a Seinorama Paris Tour and a magical day at Disneyland Paris. A TGV train takes you to Switzerland for scenic excursions to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe and Mount Titlis, the highest summit of the Urner Swiss Alps. The tour ends in Italy, where you can explore Murano – the island of artistic Glass Blowers, Burano – the island of lace and Torcello – the earliest centre of civilization.
Day 1: Amsterdam
Arrive at Amsterdam and transfer to the hotel by private car. Check-in at the hotel; Overnight stay at Amsterdam.
Day 2: Amsterdam
After breakfast, proceed for a Full Day Grand Tour of Holland. This tour begins with a visit to Aalsmeer, a town Southwest of Amsterdam, known as the Flower Capital of the World. It derives this name from the flower markets and its flower auction, the largest flower auction in the world conducted daily in the 4th largest building in the world (in terms of floor space). Over 90% of the Dutch flower trade occurs here, with the auction starting early in the morning; over 20 million flowers of different types and colors are sold here daily. One can very well imagine the vibrant colors that awaits one here.Our next stop is the potteries at Delft, a city famous for its blue and white tin-glazed pottery known as Delftware or Delft Pottery. Delft Pottery has its origins in the 16th century and the art continues to thrive with several potteries receiving recognition across the majority of Europe.
The visit to the factories will include a guided tour, which will explain in detail the history of its making and how this art made its way from China to Holland. After the tour of Delft Potteries, we will proceed to the city of Rotterdam, the second largest city in Holland, and home to one of the largest ports in the world. Its location at the heart of massive rail, road, air, and inland waterway distribution system makes it the Gateway to Europe and a vibrant, multi-culture city. The tour of Rotterdam will include a tour of the experimental architectural landmarks that came up post the World War II bombings. Our next visit is to Hague, the third largest city of Holland. Hague is famous on several facets – it is the seat of the Dutch Government and Parliament, it is home to Queen Beatrix, and houses over 150 international and EU organizations.
Embassies and International Courts all find a place here in addition to several MNC, lending Hague the title ‘Judicial Capital of the World’ as well as an international flair and culture. While it is one of the most sophisticated cities of the country, it also houses some of the most historical buildings, thereby, enjoying a unique flavor of past meets present. The tour ends with a stop at Madurodam, the smallest town of Holland, before returning back to Amsterdam. This town was designed as a miniature version of Holland; miniatures of famous landmarks across the country find a presence here. Initially designed as a war memorial and charitable institution, Madurodam is now a highly popular tourist attraction. Return to Amsterdam and overnight stay at Amsterdam hotel.
Day 3: Amsterdam – Paris (Via Brussels)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to the railway station on your own for your train journey to Paris (approx 3.5 Hrs) with an optional stopover at Brussels. On arrival at Paris, transfer to the hotel on your own. Check-in at the hotel; Overnight stay at Paris hotel.
Day 4: Paris
After breakfast, proceed for a Paris Seinorama Tour for an insight into the history of France through its architectural landmarks and national monuments. The tour includes a scenic cruise down the River Seine for a view of the city from the Seine. The last leg of the Paris Seinorama Tour involves a visit to the Eiffel Tower; explore and climb to the second level for a panoramic view of the city and its major landmarks. Overnight stay at Paris.
Day 5: Paris – Disneyland
After breakfast, proceed for a day trip to Disneyland Paris. A ‘Two Parks’ ticket allows you full access to both Walt Disney Studios Park and the Disneyland Park for one entire day. The pass includes transfer on board a luxury motor coach from the centre of Paris to Disneyland Paris and admission ticket for Walt Disney Studios Park and the Disneyland Park. Once you step through the Walt Disney Studios Gates, allow your imagination to soar as you immerse yourself in the never-ending fascinating world of Disney movies and television. When you enter the Disneyland Theme Parks, you are greeted by an enchanting kingdom filled with fun, fantasy and discovery – a world of make-believe characters, shows and attractions. Whichever park you visit, you will discover the most magical place on earth inspired by the most magical dream of all. Overnight stay at Paris.
Day 6: Paris – TGV – Geneva – Interlaken
After breakfast, proceed to the railway station on your own for your train journey to Geneva by TGV Train (approx 3 Hours). Spend some time in Geneva and later continue on your train trip to Interlaken (Approx 2.5 Hours). Check-in at the Hotel; Overnight stay in Interlaken.
Day 7: Interlaken – Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe
After breakfast, we start on an excursion to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe. Board the train to Kleine Scheidegg via Lauterbrunnen (approx. 1.5 hrs). The famous Jungfrau Railway takes you to the highest station in Europe (approx. 1 hrs) on what we can call one of the most incredible feats in the engineering world. The cogwheel train journey to Jungfraujoch takes you through a 9-kilometer stretch, the majority of which is through tunnels bored through the core of Eiger and Monch mountains; two intermediate stations with panoramic windows carved through the mountain walls allows you exquisite views of the surrounding mountainside. During this journey, you climb almost 4600 feet in this train journey. A day of fun and excitement awaits you at the captivating snow peaks of Jungfraujoch- Top of Europe (3’454 m/11’333 ft). Visit the Ice Cave with its ice formations; explore the snow on the glacier; and later enjoy a sumptuous snack (try out the cheese fondue) at any of the international restaurants on the Jungfraujoch, while enjoying the exquisite views. Return to Interlaken (approx. 2.5 hrs) by train with an optional stopover in Grindelwald. Overnight stay at Interlaken.
Day 8: Interlaken – Luzern
After breakfast, travel via train to Luzern/Lucerne (approx 2 hrs). Check into the Hotel and Overnight stay at Luzern.
Day 9: Luzern – Excursion to Mount Pilatus
After breakfast, embark on an excursion to Mount Pilatus. The excursion begins with an absolutely scenic cruise down the Lake Lucerne departing from Luzern/Lucerne and terminating at Alpnachstad (approx. 1.5 hrs); from Alpnachstad, boards the train to Mount Pilatus. The train travel up to Pilatus (2’132 m/7’000 ft) is another remarkable feature of this tour as you will be boarding the steepest cogwheel railway in the world. Mt. Pilatus, with its altitude, panoramic views of the surrounding mountainside and Central Switzerland, and natural wonders that are steeped in legends, myths, and lore, never fails to amaze anyone. In the afternoon, return to the base via a cable car; from the base, a coach transports you back to your hotel at Lucerne/Luzern (approximately 10 mins). Overnight stay at Luzern.
NOTE: The cogwheel railway operates only in summers – from Mid-May till the end of October. In winters, the onward (Lucerne to Pilatus) leg of this tour is replaced by a bus ride from Lucerne to Kriens and a panoramic gondola (aerial cable car) ride from Kriens onwards till Pilatus. The return journey is through cable car once again. In summers, the transport options can be reversed – with a cable car ride up to the Pilatus and the journey back on the cog railway.
Day 10: Luzern – Lugano
After a hearty breakfast, head to the railway station on your own for the next part of the journey. Board a train to Lugano (approximately 2.5 hrs). Check-in at the hotel; rest of day in leisure to relax and/or explore Lugano. Overnight stay at Lugano.
Day 11: Lugano – (via) Milan – Venice Mestre
After breakfast, proceed to the railway station and board the train to Venice; en-route, one can opt for a short day trip to Milan (Approx 3.5 Hours). Check-in at the hotel; Overnight stay at Venice Mestre.