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DAY 01    | Arrive Paris

Our 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).

The rest of the evening is at leisure to enjoy this enchanting city on your own, go shopping or simply relax.

Overnight in Paris

Dinner at an Indian restaurant.

DAY 02    | In Paris

 Visit the famed Grevin Wax Museum, an exclusive from Cox and Kings! Grevin, a legendary site of entertainment since 1882, was created by Alfred Grevin, to produce and showcase life size wax models of celebrities.

At the end of the 19th Century, Arthur Meyer, founder of the famous daily newspaper "Le Gaulois", conceived the notion of showing his readers the people in the headlines of his paper, but in 3-D. At a time when the press did not use photographs, he came up with the idea of creating a site where the public could see people in the news. To implement this original plan, he called on Alfred Grevin, who was a cartoonist, designer and famous sculptor. The Grevin opened its doors on June 5th, 1882. It was an immediate success.

At Grevin, relive glorious French history, meet celebrities and experience the Spirit of Paris, with over 300 wax figures in a setting of gold and marble! The latest addition is our very own "Shah Rukh Khan". Commemorate your visit with a small memento.

Enjoy a guided panoramic city tour of famous monuments like the Pyramid of the Louvre, Garnier's Opera, the largest opera theatre in the world, the River Seine, the Place de la Concorde - the site of the infamous guillotine, the Champs Elysees - one of the most fashionable streets in the world, the Napoleanic Arc de Triomphe and the Hotel des Invalides.

Take in the dazzling overview of the glittering city as you ascend by an elevator to the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower! After dinner, return to your hotel.

The evening is at leisure or enjoy optional "Gala Evening in Paris".

Overnight in Paris

Breakfast at Hotel, Lunch and Dinner at an Indian restaurant.

DAY 03    | Onto Switzerland

Today, after breakfast, drive to Lucerne region, the gateway to central Switzerland, has a picturesque lakeside setting, against an impressive mountain backdrop.

Check into your hotel.

Overnight in Switzerland

Breakfast at Hotel, Packed lunch from an Indian restaurant and Dinner at an Indian restaurant. 

DAY 04 | In Switzerland 

Glacier 3000 Awaits! Cox and Kings gives you another first with the launch of Glacier 3000 - the everlasting snow mountain, offering panoramic views of the most beautiful summits of the Alps. Ascent is by cable car to Scex Rouge (2971m).

A special adrenaline kick with a wild ride on the Alpine Coaster (weather permitting), the world's highest bobsleigh track. You can cruise along at approx. 40 km/hour and with the brakes you determine how fast you want to go. The ultimate highlight is the 520-degree loop, followed by 10 curves, 6 waves, 3 jumps and 2 bridges.

The View Point (stairs) located directly behind the Restaurant Botta 3000 has a 360-degree view that includes some of the most beautiful alpine peaks - from the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau to the Matterhorn - and views onto over 24 peaks that are over 4000 m high. There is also a tribute to your visit with Cox and Kings. Enjoy a hot buffet lunch and a souvenir for each family.

Later ride the Snow Bus over the glacier - a unique experience of a comfortable ride on the eternal snow. Return to Col du Pillion.

Enjoy Orientation tour of Lucerne with its picturesque mountains, lakes, cowbells, alpine villages and meadows, the poignant Lion Monument, the covered, wooden Kapellbrucke (chapel bridge), and 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.

Later drive back to your hotel.

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Today, enjoy our excursion to
 Mt. Titlis as we proceed for full day of fun and excitement. Adventure awaits you in a sensational cable-car ride up to Mt. Titlis. Marvel at the world's first revolving cable-car ride, a truly once-in-a lifetime experience. Remain spellbound as you ascend the snow-clad mountains. Experience the snow and ice on top of Mt. Titlis. At 3,020 metres a breathtaking panorama unfolds.

Enjoy an orientation tour of Lucerne with its picturesque mountains, lakes, cowbells, alpine villages and meadows, the poignant Lion Monument, the covered, wooden Kapellbrucke (chapel bridge), and 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.

Later drive back to your hotel.

Overnight in Switzerland

Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at Glacier 3000 / Mt. Titlis and Dinner at an Indian restaurant.


DAY 05    | In Switzerland

Today enjoy your excursion to the Jungfrau, the 'Top of Europe', a wonderful world of glaciers and eternal ice.

Onto Jungfrau. Reach the highest altitude railway station in Europe by a charming, red cogwheel train, amid dramatic mountain scenery!

What could be more tempting in this icy cold scenario, than a hot Indian lunch! 
Walk on the great Aletsch Glacier, at 22kms - the longest ice stream in the Alps, visit the glistening Ice Palace, and the Sphinx Observation Terrace, at 3571 m, the loftiest point of all, the Alpine view will take your breath away.

Descend to visit the popular holiday resort of Interlaken, cradled cozily between the beautiful Lakes of Brienz and Thun, where even today you see horse-drawn carriages.
You will have another encounter with the marvels of Swiss shopping.

Most visitors take home two things - memories of a beautiful country and a Swiss watch. Next to a virtually unlimited selection of watches and jewellery, every store carries gifts and souvenirs, priced for every pocket.

Later after dinner, return to your hotel.

Overnight in Switzerland

Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at Jungfrau and Dinner at an Indian restaurant.

DAY 06   | Onto Innsbruck

Today, your drive takes you to the Principality of Liechtenstein and a stop at Vaduz - the capital, famous for postage stamps.

Continue on your scenic drive to Innsbruck - Austria. 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!

Later after dinner, check into your hotel.

Overnight in Innsbruck

Breakfast at Hotel, Lunch and Dinner at an Indian restaurant. 

DAY 07    | Onto Tuscany

Today your journey takes you on a drive past quaint villages, medieval castles and fruit orchards and cutting across the fertile Adriatic Plains and across the Apennine Mountains, along the Brenta River past Bologna, to the hometown of Galileo. Pisa is a city, which makes the most of its claim to fame - 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.

After an exciting tour, drive through a stretch of olive groves and vineyards to the Tuscany region where on arrival, you will be checked into your hotel.

Overnight in TuscanyBreakfast at hotel, Packed lunch from an Indian restaurant and Dinner at the hotel restaurant.  

DAY 08    | Tuscany - Rome - Tuscany

 

'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 highlight city tour!

 

According to legend, the city of Rome was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus in 753 BC.

Head to the Vatican City, the smallest nation in the world! Headed by his holiness the Pope, it is the administrative and spiritual capital of Roman Catholicism. It boasts a priceless art collection and is probably per square foot the richest country in the world! The most famous square of Vatican City is St. Peter's Square with St. Peter's Basilica, the spiritual centre of Christendom.

Gaze in awe at Michelangelo's Pieta in St. Peter's Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world.

Pay tribute to the brave Gladiators of Rome, with a photo stop at the mighty Colosseum. At this amphitheatre, the notorious and gory gladiatorial games were held, where they fought one another and wild animals while the crowd roared!

See the triumphal Arch of Constantine, one of the most important commemorative monuments of antiquity and then drive through Piazza Venezia, the main square in Rome, 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 'Ben Hur'!

Pass the ruins of the Roman Forum and end the tour at the famous Trevi Fountain. Legend has it, that if you make a wish and toss a coin over your left shoulder into the fountain, you are sure to return to Rome! We at Cox & Kings look forward to that!

After an exciting tour, relax as you drive back to your hotel. (B, L, D)

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 Tuscany

Breakfast at Hotel, Lunch at an Indian restaurant and Dinner at the hotel restaurant.  

DAY 09   |  

Onto Venice

 

On to Florence, a shrine to the wonders of the Renaissance, with more artistic treasures per square metre than any other city in the world!

Included in your walking tour of Florence is a visit to the remarkable Duomo (when open for visitors), which is the fourth largest cathedral in the world. It dominates the city's skyline and still defines its scale - no building in town is taller! Besides it is the 'Gate to Paradise' - the heavenly gilded bronze doors of the Baptistery, originally a pagan temple and the open-air gallery in Signoria Square.

Walk on the famous Ponte Vecchio, the oldest surviving bridge in the city.

Next its onto 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! Time permitting make a brief visit to a
 Murano Glass Factory (when open) for a demonstration in glass blowing.

Enjoy your return cruise to Tronchetto Pier and drive to dinner before checking into your hotel. (B, L, D)

Overnight in Padova

Breakfast at Hotel, Packed lunch from an Indian restaurant and Dinner at an Indian restaurant. 

DAY 10    | Depart Padova 

Good times need never end! As you get ready for the airport and your flight back home, relive the high points of your 

tour.

We are confident you will join us again sometime soon.

 

Breakfast either in the hotel or on board the flight.

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