I’m pretty sure I could come up with at least a hundred different reasons why one should visit Italy. This is not a difficult list to come up with, but for the sake of space and brevity I limited the list to ten really good reasons to visit.
It seems as though visiting Italy is a bucket list entry for a lot of folks and my job here is to convince you to go so you can cross this one off of your list. Italy certainly does have much to offer: spectacular cities, ancient ruins, wonderful museums, soaring mountains, great beaches, and beautiful natural scenery. But so does any number of other European countries, so we need uncover what makes Italy so unique and worthy of your hard-earned money.
Your European Splendour would begin with your arrival in the City of Lights – Paris; the city is celebrated for its beautiful city plan, architecture, museums, bridges, cathedrals, parks, shopping, flea markets, sidewalk cafés, wide and luxurious boulevards, elegant cuisine, and numerous monuments. As you have booked Joining Direct package , you can meet Tour Manager at Hotel and arrange transfers to hotel on your own. Relax at the hotel after your long and tiring journey with a comfortable overnight stay.
City Excursion of Paris, Louvre Museum & Visit to Eiffel Tower, River Seine Cruise ‘Lido De Paris’Show (Optional Activity)
After a delicious breakfast, you would set out to explore the glamorous city of Paris, on a shared basis in a bus/coach (seat-in-coach). To begin with, you would visit the LouvreMuseum – the house of Mona Lisa. This painting continues to surprise travellers from across the globe. Her mystery attracts the crowds to the point of almost being an icon of the Louvre Museum. After being awe-struck by the Museum, you would continue exploring Paris through the panoramic city sightseeing, to popular sights as: Arc De Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Grand Palais, Petit Palais, National Assembly, Alexander Bridge, Concorde Square, Magdalene Church, Opera Garnier, Louvre Palace, Cite Island, French Academy, Sorbonne University, Orsay Museum, Church of the Invalides, Military Academy, Trocadero Square, Palais De Chaillot and the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Later you would visit the Eiffel Tower, the most famous landmark of Paris, enjoy a panoramic view of the city from its 2nd level. Built in 1889 and designed by the young engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower stands 324 meters (1,063 ft) tall; it is one of the most enduring symbols of France and the industrial age.
You would also enjoy cruising on the River Seine to rediscover the full splendour of the river banks and monuments of Paris.
Post dinner, you could opt to experience one of the most famous night shows in the world called ‘Lido De Paris’ (own expense). This popular entertainment show in Paris is a perfect blend of traditional French cabaret which combines exotic dance performances and an exceptional wine experience.
Return to the hotel after the activity for a comfortable overnight stay.
Disneyland Paris (Optional Activity) & Paris by Evening (Optional Activity)
Today you could spend the day as per your convenience after breakfast at the hotel. You could set out for an adventurous and fun-filled time at Disneyland Paris(own expense), where you can experience many thrilling rides and fascinating shows. Meet and get clicked with your favourite cartoon characters in a carnival-like atmosphere. Post this activity, you would proceed for an Indian meal
Later in the evening post dinner, you could choose an optional sightseeing experience – Paris by Evening (own expense) – that includes driving past the famous monuments and buildings of Paris at night to witness their dazzling illumination.
Head to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you would drive past the famous mustard fields in the French countryside and through burgundy, famous for its traditional vineyards, on a seat-in-coach basis. Later enter into Switzerland, which is a landlocked country in the cultural and geographical centre of Europe. Renowned for its snowbound Alps, lush green meadows and fresh water lakes, the prosperous country of Switzerland is blessed with a distinct character and dynamism, along with the gorgeous hills, cascading waterfalls, fruit loaded orchards and green blossoming gardens, the beauty of the nature in Switzerland is simply remarkable. Upon arrival, enjoy an Indian dinner and then a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast, you could enjoy the day at leisure in the serene environs of Switzerland or you could opt for an optional tour. Visit the charming town of Interlaken (at an additional cost) located in the Bernese Oberland between the lakes of Thun and Brienz. Spend 5-6 hours here and enjoy the picturesque beauty of this place with a packed Indian lunch.
Else opt for sightseeing of Interlaken & Jungfraujoch (at an additional cost), when after spending an hour in Interlaken (with packed Indian lunch), you would head to Jungfraujoch for a memorable encounter with snow & ice. Prepare to be amazed at the scenic splendour from the Cog-Wheel train that climbs up to a height of 11,333 feet to reach Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in the world. Later you would return to the hotel.
Day at leisure in Switzerland, or Visit to Mt. Titlis with Ice Flyer & Orientation Sightseeing of Lucerne (optional)
After a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel, spend the day as per your convenience. You could choose to embark on an adventurous journey (own expense) to Mt. Titlis through a hair-raising and unforgettable 35-minutes long ride to the top, where you switch two different cable cars on the way. Along the way you would witness the scenery changing from green meadows and scenic lakes to snow clad mountains. The last leg of the ride is on the famous Rotair – the world’s first revolving cable car that offers beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding glaciers, mountains and scenery. Atop Mt. Titlis what awaits you is breathtaking views of the Alps from either the sun terrace or from the famous ‘south face window’ of the mountain. You should also experience the incredible Glacier, an Icy Glacier Cave, a Glacier Park and multiple Theme Walks. A walk on the New Glacier Suspension Bridge is an experience of a lifetime. And there’s more – if weather permits you could also enjoy a thrilling ride on the famous ‘Ice Flyer’ along with the Snow Park. After a breath-taking experience at Mt. Titlis, you could proceed for an orientation sightseeing of Lucerne, a beautiful city located at the northern tip of Lake Lucerne. Stroll along the banks of Lake Lucerne to view attractions like the Kapellbrücke or Chapel Bridge and Spreuerbrücke – the two traditional wooden bridges synonymous with Lucerne, bisected as the city is by the Reuss River. You could spend some free time here shopping at the famous ‘Bucherer’ for Swiss watches, jewellery and souvenirs.
You would then head for an Indian dinner and get dropped at the hotel.
Transfer to Austria, Orientation Sightseeing of Innsbruck
After breakfast, you would proceed to Schaffhausen to witness the grandeur of the magnificent Rhine Falls, one of the largest waterfalls of Europe, on a seat-in-coach basis. Later you would proceed to visit the beautiful city of Vaduz which is in the landlocked alpine country of Liechtenstein – the 6th smallest country in the world and also the richest German speaking country. This capital city gives you an opportunity to appreciate some of the many surviving medieval, Gothic and Baroque structures. Then you would head to Innsbruck – the capital of Tyrol. The alpine scenery of Innsbruck, together with its charming meadows set against snowy peaks, is a sight to behold. Nestled amidst snow-capped mountains, the city of Innsbruck is spread out along the banks of the River Inn. Upon arrival, you would go on an orientation sightseeing of Innsbruck to soak in sights as: Goldenes Dachl – Golden Roof, Hofburg, Hofkirche, St. Anne’s Column, Stadtturm, Triumphpforte, and Helblinghaus. Later enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Visit to Swarovski Showroom & Salzburg Orientation Sightseeing
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel and proceed to the world-famous Swarovski Crystal Showroom on a seat-in-coach basis to witness the amazing collection of precision-cut lead crystal glass and other related products. Admire as well as shop to your heart’s delight; choose from the largest exhibits of the Swarovski Crystal collection.
Later proceed to Salzburg – a city which has managed to preserve an extraordinarily rich urban fabric, developed over the period from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, when it was a city-state ruled by a prince-archbishop. Its Flamboyant Gothic art attracted many craftsmen and artists, to whom the centre of Salzburg owes much of its Baroque appearance. This meeting-point of northern and southern Europe perhaps sparked the genius of Salzburg’s most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose name has been associated with the city ever since. On arrival in Salzburg, you would visit the Mirabell Gardens, where Maria and the children were seen singing the unforgettable Do Re Mi dancing around the statue of Pegasus.
After a wonderful sightseeing experience, enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
CitySightseeing in Venice
Satiated with a lovely breakfast, you would depart for Venice, known as the Queen of the Adriatic. Also fondly called La Serenissima, Venice is built on 180 islands that are connected by over 400 bridges, with hundreds of canals crisscrossing the town. For more than a thousand years, the city was one of the most enduring mercantile sea powers on Earth. Sail in a special water taxi to the St. Marks Square, which is considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful squares with its boutiques, traditional cafes and historic buildings. During the city sightseeing, you would view incredible sites such as the Bridge of Sighs, Ducale Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Clock Tower that form the essence of this romantic city. After reeling in the romance of Venice, enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Post breakfast, set out to Maranello to visit the Ferrari Gallery on a seat-in-coach basis. This two-storey museum exhibits a bevy of racing cars that were driven by great Ferrari drivers such as Gilles Villeneuve, Froilan Gonzales, Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher, amongst others. It houses cars, images and trophies that have characterized the history of the brand and have been hugely successful on commercial markets and worldwide circuits. This is one of the reasons why the Galleria Ferrari is not just a museum – a static collection of cars and objects – but a dynamic exhibition that is constantly renewed from time to time. The Gallery is divided into theme areas, each one capable of enticing the most indifferent race fans and expert connoisseurs as far as vintage cars, Formula One cars and Sports & Sports-Prototype cars are concerned.
Later, you would proceed to Milan on a seat-in-coach for an orientation sightseeing with the breathtaking Duomo and its magnificent square. Also you would see the Scala Museum and Theatre and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – which is a double arcade in the center of Milan. The structure is formed by two glass-vaulted arcades intersecting in an octagon covering the street connecting Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Scala. This Galleria connects two of Milan’s most famous landmarks: The Duomo and Teatro Alla Scala, but the Galleria is a landmark in its own right. Later you would proceed to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, it would be time to bid adieu to Europe and head to the airport on your own for your flight back home, armed with an enriching experience and memories to last a lifetime.