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Grand Europe – 20 Nights / 21 Days Package


Indicative Itinerary For Grand Europe – 20 Nights / 21 Days Package
Cities covered - London in United Kingdom, Paris in France, Brussels in Belgium and Amsterdam in The Netherlands, Zurich in Switzerland, Vienna in Austria, Venice and Rome in Italy.
Tour start point - London
Tour end point - Rome
Recommended routing for air tickets - Your country / London – Surface – Rome/ Your country
Notes
1) Please treat this as an indicative itinerary. Final itinerary will be provided on confirmation of services.
2) Train timings / duration are subject to changes. Final details will be provided on confirmation of services. Fares on early morning / late evening trains are generally more expensive / attract supplements. Our quote excludes these supplements / surcharges.
3) Sometimes some places / attractions mentioned in the sightseeing tours may be closed due to local festivals, public holidays, security reasons or any events beyond control of the attractions / city municipal offices etc. It is practically impossible to keep a track of the same in advance. If a particular attraction is closed we will try our best to show the clients alternate / similar attraction if possible and available.
4) All tours are based on Seat In Coach basis (shared with other tourists) . Some full day tours are actually a combination of 02 half day tours.
5) On most tours the clients will be required to make their own arrangements to reach the tour departure point / closest pickup point at the start of the tour. The tour company does not offer courtesy pick up from all locations / hotels. Most half day tours start or end in the city centre so that the clients can explore the area before / after the tour. The clients will have to make own arrangements for traveling from hotel to tour start point or tour end point back to hotel. The drop off point for the full day tour may be the head office of the tour operator or a location close to the hotel where the guest is booked. The clients will have to make own arrangements for traveling back to the hotel after the tour.
6) Tour operator is very strict regarding the reporting time. If the client does not reach the pickup place on time they will not wait for them. In this 100% cancellation will be charged.
7) The tours exclude lunch / dinners / refreshments.
8) If the specified tour is not operating on that particular day then we reserve the right to offer an alternate our which may result in a supplement. If the same is not possible / acceptable then we will offer a reduction for this tour.
9) Please issue air tickets only after we confirm all the hotel / transfer / sightseeing reservations.
10) If the package booking is requested within 15 to 17 days from the date of departure then we will not be in a position to issue the train tickets. In this case we will offer you a reduction for the train fares and you can issue the train tickets in your country (rates may be slightly higher in your country)
11) In case the train does not operate due to any reasons (weather / strikes / technical etc). The client will have to make own arrangement for air tickets and bear the cost of the same. Silverlink Leisure Management will not be responsible.
Day 01 : Arrive in London
On arrival you will be transferred to hotel by a Seat In Coach shuttle. Shuttle only operates between 0800hrs and 2000hrs. In case your flight arrives before / later then we may have to arrange a private transfer at an additional cost.
Standard check-in time at hotels is 1400hrs. If you are arriving early hen we will request hotel for an early check-in but the same will be purely subject to availability and not guaranteed. Generally chances of getting a room before 1200hrs are low.
Rest of the day is free to relax / explore London on your own. Overnight at hotel in London. Meals – Nil.
Day 02 – London
Continental breakfast at hotel.
Proceed on your own from hotel to the tour departure point of your full day tour of London (approx 8hrs).
The Tour: The tour begins with a panoramic drive around parliament square to see Westminster Abbey, where many Kings, Queens, Statesmen, poets and writers are buried. See Big Ben and the Houses of Parliaments. You'll visit St Paul's Cathedral where you'll have a guided tour. It was the wedding place of Prince Charles and Princess Diana plus many other special Royal occasions. We'll then drive on to Buckingham Palace where we'll see the famous ceremony of the Changing of the Guards. After this we'll make our way to a traditional English pub where you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional English dish of Fish and chips or Sausages and mash (lunch not included). On arrival at the Tower of London the splendidly dressed Beefeaters will tell you about the Tower's history and the crown Jewels.
Includes: Transportation by coach, English speaking guide, entry to St Paul's Cathedral and The Tower of London and the Jewel House to see the Crown Jewels, opportunity for a traditional pub lunch.
Please note: Occasionally there may not be a changing of the Guard. On these occasions we will visit Horseguards Parade. We will visit the cloisters and chapter House at Westminster Abbey or the Imperial War Museum. Due to church services St Paul's Cathedral is closed to visitors on Sundays and possibly on other days without prior notice, instead we will stop for photostop and spend more time in the Tower of London. Lunch is not included in the tour price. From 1st of April 2014 (until 31 March 2015), This tour includes admissions to St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower of London only.
After the tour make your own way back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in London. Meals – Continental breakfast.
Day 03 – London
Continental breakfast at hotel. Day is free to explore London on your own or why not book one of the following optional tours / excursions :-
  • Leeds Castle, Canterbury and Dover
  • Stonehenge and Bath
  • Bath, Stonehenge and Salisbury
  • Discover Windsor, Oxford and Stonehenge
  • Oxford, Stratford & Warwick Castle
  • Overnight at hotel in London. Meals – Continental breakfast.
    Day 04 – London / Paris
    Continental breakfast at hotel. 1000hrs – Check out from hotel.
    Later make your own way from hotel to St.Pancras Station to board EUROSTAR Train to Paris. Most times the booking will be done on a train departing London sometime between 1200hrs and 1600hrs and arriving in Paris between 1600hrs and 2000hrs. Journey time is approx 2hours and 30mins. In case the clients want an morning or evening train then a supplement will be payable.
    On arrival at Paris Nord train station make your own way to the hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore Paris on your own. Overnight at hotel in Paris. Meals – Continental breakfast.
    Day 05 – Paris
    Breakfast at hotel. Proceed on your own from hotel to the tour departure point of your full day tour of Paris (7hrs and 30mins).
    Important – There is a huge demand for this tour and it gets full well in advance as very limited Eiffel Tower tickets are purchased. If seats are not available then we maye have to book 2 separate half day tours which will attract a supplement.
    The Tour: Our driver-guide will take you past Paris' major monuments and sites: the Notre Dame Cathedral (photo stop and free time), the Marais district, the Louvre Museum, the Opera Garnier, the Vendome Square, the Concorde Square, the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe and the Invalides. Then, you will go on a boat cruise on the Seine from which you can admire the most beautiful monuments from a different angle. After the cruise, you will have some free time in Montmartre to discover the Sacre Coeur basilica and the Place du Tertre, the artists' square.
    Overnight at hotel in Paris. Meals – Breakfast.
    Day 06 – Paris
    Breakfast at hotel. Day is free to explore Paris on your own or why not book one of the following optional tours / excursions:-
  • Half or full day Versailles
  • Full day Paris Disneyland
  • Overnight at hotel in Paris. Meals – Breakfast.
    Day 07 – Paris / Brussels
    Breakfast at hotel. Later make your own way from hotel to Paris Nord Station to board THALYS Train to Brussels Midi. Most times the booking will be done on a train departing Paris sometime between 1100hrs and 1600hrs and arriving in Brussels approx after 90mins. In case the clients want an early morning or late evening train then a supplement will be payable.
    On arrival at Brussels Midi train station make your own way to the hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore Brussels on your own. Overnight at hotel in Brussels.
    Meals – Breakfast.
    Day 08 – Brussels
    Breakfast at hotel.
    Proceed on your own from hotel to the tour departure point of your half day tour of Brussels (approx 3hrs).
    The Tour: We start our visit by driving along the magnificent St. Michaels cathedral towards Our Ladies church of Laeken, where the crypt of the Royal Family in situated. We continue along the Royal Residence towards the world-famous Atomium, the Chinese Pavillion and the Japanese Tower. Further to the national Basilica of Koekelberg, with its splendid art-deco interior and one of the most imposing churches in Europe. 53 meters above the ground you will have a splendid view on the city (visit included). Driving back to the city center, we pass along the column of Congress towards the stately Place Royal, the Sablon district with its elegant stores selling beautiful antiques, and the impressive Law Courts. Then we reach the Royal Palace and enter the European district with the buildings and offices of the European Parliament, the European Commission and Council of Ministers. In the Park of the Jubilee you will marvel at the monumental Triumphal Arch and some excellent examples of Art Nouveau houses. Passing the Royal Parc and the Belgian Parliament we drive back to the city center where our tour ends with a stroll to Brussels beautiful Grand Place. Our guide tells us the history of the unique city hall and the splendid guild houses.
    After the tour you can spend the afternoon exploring Brussels on your own / make way back to your hotel on your own.
    Overnight at hotel in Brussels. Meals – Breakfast.
    Day 09 – Brussels / Amsterdam
    Breakfast at hotel.
    Later make your own way from hotel to Brussels Midi Station to board a train to Amsterdam Central station. This journey may involve 1 train change. Most times the booking will be done on a train departing Brussels sometime between 1100hrs and 1600hrs and arriving in Amsterdam approx after 2 to 3hrs. In case the clients want an early morning or late evening train then a supplement will be payable.
    On arrival at Amsterdam Central station make your own way to the hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore Amsterdam on your own. Overnight at hotel in Amsterdam.
    Meals – Breakfast.
    Day 10 – Amstedam
    Breakfast at hotel.
    Proceed on your own from hotel to the tour departure point of your full day tour of Amsterdam (approx 7hrs).
    The tour: You will firstly be taken on an extensive tour of Amsterdam on board a luxurious coach. You will see the old and new parts of this beautiful city with its many historical buildings and interesting sights. You will then visit a windmill on the Amstel river and a diamond factory. The second part of the tour will take you to the Dutch countryside, to the well-know windmill village of Zaanse schans', where you will visit a wooden shoemaker. You will then move on to the world-famous fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, with their wooden houses and colourfully dressed locals. On your way there, you will visit one of the last traditional cheese farm
    After the tour you can spend the afternoon exploring Amsterdam on your own / make way back to your hotel on your own. Overnight at hotel in Amsterdam.
    Meals – Breakfast.
    Day 11 – Amsterdam / Zurich
    Breakfast at hotel.
    Later make your own way from hotel to Amsterdam station to board a train to Zurich.
    Most times the booking will be done on a train departing Amsterdam anytime between 0800hrs and 1300hrs. This journey can take approx 7 to 8hours and will involve minimum 1 or 2 train changes. In case the seats are not available on day trains then we reserve the right to book you on an overnight train which can take approx 12 to 13hours including 1 train change.
    Also note then the duration of package will increase by 01 night. Breakfast on next day is not included.
    On arrival at Zurich train station make your own way to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Zurich.
    Meals – Breakfast.
    Day 12 – Zurich
    Breakfast at hotel. Proceed on your own from hotel to the tour departure point of your tour of Zurich with Rhine fall. (5hrs).
    Important – This is actually a combination of 2 tours. On some days the Rhine fall tour does not operate, hence we reserve the right to organize the 2 tours on different days also.
    The Tour - ''Getaway to the Rhine Falls'': you will see the fantastic Rhine Falls, Europe's largest waterfall. It is only 23 metres high but has an impressive width of 150 metres and an average of 25'000 cubic feet of water per second (700m3/sec). You will be dropped off on the north bank of the river Rhine where you can admire the turreted castle called Schloss Laufen on a cliff directly above the falls. The tour also takes you to Northern Switzerland where you will drive through Schaffhausen with its famous Munot Fortress, dating from the 16th century. ''The Best of Zurich with cog-wheel to Zuerichberg'': discover the castle-like National Museum, the shopping and business centre on Bahnhofstrasse, the Limmatquai with its medieval Old Town, the largest church clock-face of Europe on St. Peter, the patriarchal Guild Houses, the Opera house and the lake (picture stop). Enjoy travelling uphill on the cog-wheel railway into the 'Zurichberg' district with its noble Grand Hotel Dolder and many superb mansions of glorious past times. You will see the University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Its most famous student and professor was Albert Einstein. Finally there will be a stop in the Old Town at Fraumunster Church, where you will admire the famous Chagall-Windows. After this, your guide will invite you to a short stroll through the Old Town.
    Includes - Two different tours: Getaway to the Rhine Falls and The Best of Zurich with cog-wheel to Zuerichberg. Getaway to the Rhine Falls includes transportation by coach and services of a local guide. The Best of Zurich with cog-wheel to Zuerichberg includes transportation by coach, a cog-wheel to Zurichberg and services of a local guide.
    Please note : Same day Combination. Getaway to the Rhine Falls starts at 9:15 from Sihlquai bus terminal and ends in the same place after about 3 hours. The Best of Zurich with cog-wheel to Zuerichberg starts at 13:00 from Sihlquai bus terminal and lasts about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
    After tour make your own way back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel. Meals – Breakfast
    Day 13 – Zurich
    Day is free to explore Zurich on your own or why not book one of the following optional tours / excursions:- • Full day tour of Lucerne • Full day Jungfraujoch Mountain excursion • Full day Mount Rigi Mountain excursion Overnight at hotel in Zurich. Meals – Breakfast.
    Day 14 - Zurich / Vienna
    Breakfast at hotel. Later make your own way from hotel to Zurich Station to board train to Vienna. Most times the booking will be done on a train departing Zurich anytime between 0900hrs and 1500hrs. This journey can take approx 8 to 10hours and will involve minimum 1 train changes. In case the seats are not available on day trains then we reserve the right to book you on an overnight train which can take approx 12 to 13hours including 1 train change.
    Also note then the duration of package will increase by 01 night. Breakfast on next day is not included. On arrival at Vienna train station make your own way to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Vienna. Meals – Breakfast.
    Day 15 – Vienna
    Breakfast at hotel. Proceed on your own from hotel to the tour departure point of your half day city tour of Vienna.
    The Tour - This city tour will introduce you to the most important sights of the Austrian capital. As we drive around the famous 'Ringstrasse', Vienna's main boulevard, we pass by the State Opera, the Museums of Fine Art and Natural History, the Parliament building, the Burgtheater (National Theatre), the City Hall and the University. The highlight of this programme is the visit to Schonbrunn Palace where we take a tour of some of the most magnificently decorated rooms. We return to the city centre, passing by Belvedere Palace, where you will have the opportunity to end your tour, or you can choose to continue to the State Opera House, where the tour ends.
    Includes - Transportation by coach, entrance and guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace.
    After tour make your own way back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel. Meals – Breakfast
    Day 16 – Vienna
    Day is free to explore Vienna on your own or why not book one of the following optional tours / excursions:-
  • Half day Vienna Woods and Mayerling Tour
  • Full day Wachau
  • Full day Budapest, Hungary tour
  • Overnight at hotel in Vienna. Meals – Breakfast.
    Day 17 - Vienna / Venice
    Breakfast at hotel. 1000hrs check out of hotel. Later make your own way from hotel to Vienna Station to board train to Venice,
    Most times the booking will be done on a train departing Vienna in the morning and arriving in Venice after approx 8 to 10hours and will involve minimum 1 train changes.
    On arrival in Venice make your own way to the hotel. Kindly note that the transfer from Venice train station to hotel may have to be done by private Taxi Boat which can cost approx EUR 200 to 250 total by a boat that accommodates 3 to 4 persons. Exact details can be checked / advised on confirmation of hotel.
    Overnight at hotel in Venice. Meals – Breakfast
    Day 18 – Venice / Rome
    Breakfast at hotel. Check out of hotel.
    Proceed on your own from hotel to the tour departure point of your 2 hours Walking tour of Venice.
    The tour - Skip the queue at San Mark's Basilica! Visit St. Mark's Square and learn the history that lies behind the walls of its most famous landmarks: the Basilica, its Byzantine heritage, the Doge's Palace and its adjoining prisons, that retain true secrets to comprehend how a city built on swamps became one of the most enlightened cities of the western world, and learn how all of a sudden fate turned its back on her. Then leave the square to discover the 'real Venice', enter a labyrinth of narrow passageways and alleys where a magical city of meandering canals punctuated by delicate bridges awaits you. And through the sights and the historical narrations learn how illustrious Venetians, the likes of Casanova and Marco Polo, and more common citizens made this city of stone a vibrant and magical place. Discover how Venice is today and how it is to live in the most beautiful city in the world, though not the most practical!
    Includes - Guide service, skip the line ticket to St. Mark's Basilica (only from 01 April to 31 October), visit of St. Mark's Square, walk through the alleys, visit of the House of Marco Polo, visit of the Merchants warehouse and visit of the Rialto Bridge.
    Please note - St. Mark's Basilica may be closed to the public without prior notice and during religious ceremonies. In condition of high water, St. Mark's Basilica Skip the line entrance will remain closed. St. Mark's Basilica Skip the line is valid only from 01 April to 31 October. On Easter Thursday, the Basilica is not accessible until 2pm as it will be closed for holy celebrations. Appropriate dress should be worn in places of worship.
    After tour make your own way back to the hotel. Collect your bags and then proceed on your own from hotel to Venice train station to board a train to Rome. Kindly note that the transfer from Venice hotel to train station to hotel may have to be done by private Taxi Boat which can cost approx EUR 200 to 250 total by a boat that accommodates 3 to 4 persons. Exact details can be checked / advised on confirmation of hotel
    The booking will be done on a train departing Venice late afternoon / evening and arriving in Rome approx after 4hrs. On arrival in Rome make your own way to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Rome.
    Meals – Breakfast
    Day 19 – Rome
    Breakfast at hotel. Proceed on your own from hotel to the tour departure point of your full day tour of Rome.
    Tour - This full day tour is a combination of 2 tours: Classical and Imperial Rome Crossing Piazza della Repubblica with the Fountain of the Nayads, our local guide will take you on a pleasant stroll through the historical centre, where you can admire the Trevi Fountain, La Colonna di Marco Aurelio, the Palazzo di Montecitorio, designed by Bernini, the Pantheon (visit inside), Palazzo Madama - seat of the senate, Piazza Navona, Via dei Coronari (the Antiquarians Road). Passing alongside Castel Sant'Angelo and along Via della Conciliazione, we get the Basilica of St. Peter which you can visit with headphones provided by our guide. You will have the opportunity to admire the Pieta, a masterpiece of Michelangelo. Arriving by coach at Piazza Venezia you then continue on foot to the famous Piazza Del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo from where you will have a fantastic view of the Roman Forum. By coach we will then drive by the Circus Maximus and the Aventino Hill. Stop to admire the beautiful statue of Moses by Michelangelo located in the Church of St. Peter's in Chains from where it will take us 5 minutes to reach the symbol of the eternal city: The Colosseum (visit inside, the entrance fee is included). Due to seasonal opening times the itinerary may be altered without notice.
    Includes - Transportation by coach, guide service, stop at Piazza Navona, entrance and guided tour of the Pantheon, entrance and guided tour of the Basilica of St. Peter, entrance and guided tour of the Colosseum.
    Please note - Entrance to churches requires appropriate attire (no shorts, miniskirt or uncovered shoulders). St. Peter's Basilica may be closed to the public, during religious ceremonies (Audiences, Beatifications, Masses of the Pope) or on Wednesdays in case the Papal Audience takes place in front of the Basilica. No drop off at the hotels can be arranged. Local guide could provide explanation in more languages.
    After tour make your own way back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel. Meals – Breakfast
    Day 20 – Rome
    Breakfast at hotel. Day is free to explore Rome on your own or why not book one of the following optional tours / excursions:-
  • Rome by night tour
  • Full day Naples and Capri
  • Full day Naples and Pompeii
  • Full day Umbria Tuscany Tour

  • Overnight at hotel in Rome. Meals – Breakfast.
    Day 21 – Depart ROME
    Breakfast at hotel.
    Standard check-out time from hotels is 1000hrs. If you are departing on late afternoon / evening / night flight we will request hotel for a late checkout but the same will be purely subject to availability and not guaranteed. If the rooms are available then the hotel may give late check-out till 1200hrs latest.
    Later you will be transferred to airport by a Seat In Coach shuttle. Shuttle only operates between 0800hrs and 1900hrs. In case your flight departs before 1100hrs / after 2200hrs then we may have to arrange a private transfer at an additional cost.
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