European Highlights Tour

Magnificent Tour to the Rooftop of the World
( 9 Days )

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Day 01

Colombo / Paris

Louvre Museum

Check-in at Bandaranaike International Airport in the morning for departure to Paris at 00.15 hrs. for departure to Paris.

Arrive in Paris – The City of Lights, the world’s leading centres for business, fashion, entertainment, art and culture at 1340 Hrs. – Met by assistant and transfer to explore the world’s most famous museum – The Louvre and you will explore this stunning collection of paintings, sculpture and architecture with an English-speaking guide.

Visit the Louvre Museum’s must-see attractions and discover under-appreciated treasures on this comprehensive tour. Your guide will share their passion for the collection as you move through the Louvre, unveiling subtle details most visitors never learn about the works of art on show.

The ‘Mona Lisa’; the ‘Venus de Milo’; the ‘Winged Victory of Samothrace’, while they’re familiar the world over, no one can truly know these works without spending time in their presence. Your guide will explain their history, but only you can decide how these masterpieces make you feel.

Often overshadowed by the famous highlights, but no less significant as works of art, the tour features Greek and Roman antiquities like the 4,000-year-old ‘Great Sphinx of Tanis’, other recognisable works by Da Vinci and Raphael, and highlights of the French Romantic period. Learn what people get wrong about Delacroix’s ‘Liberty Leading the People’ and decode the message of hope in Géricault’s ‘Raft of the Medusa’. Sculptures like Michelangelo’s ‘Dying Slave’ and Antonio Canova’s ‘Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss’ add another dimension to the experience. In the Apollo Gallery, you’ll glimpse the Louvre’s own history as the Royal Palace, before Louis XIV relocated the court to Versailles. The equally opulent décor of the Second Empire is also preserved in the Napoleon Apartments.

Dinner and overnight stay in Paris

Paris – The most visited city in the world, according to the World Tourism Organization. Paris is the paradigm of a city in terms of aesthetic norms and a destination which no self-respecting traveller can afford to miss. The French capital, however, has probably the most international urban symbol in the world, the Eiffel Tower. It is this unique construction, as well as others such as the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and the Louvre pyramid which more than fulfill emblematic roles to a great metropolis.

Day 02

Paris

Breakfast at hotel.

Depart hotel to see the French capital with a local expert on a full-day tour of Paris and discover all of amazing monuments of Paris. Immerse yourself in the culture and architecture of the city as you travel along the banks of the Seine River to the iconic Eiffel Tower. This is the major monument of a stay in Paris. We will visit the 2nd floor where you have the panoramic view of Paris. Learn little-known trivia about the iconic monument as you explore the second-floor viewing gallery. Thereafter continue your journey to city’s most popular tourist attraction- the Arc de Triomphe. No trip to Paris could be completed without a visit or photo at Notre Dame Cathedral. We will pass by the Paris Opera at Palais Garnier and have a Photo stop at The Place de la Concorde, the largest place in Paris. End the day with embarking on a cruise – “Under the Bridges of Paris” on Seine River that’s chock-full of sights including the Notre Dame Cathedral .

In the late evening if you may want to see a Show/Cabaret in Paris by going to LIDO you may proceed on your own. The Tour Manager will facilitate such movements by obtaining a 30/35 percent Group Discount if minimum of 15 are availing a service.

On completion, Dinner at an Indian Restaurant and proceed to the hotel for overnight stay in Paris.

Arc de Triomphe – Was constructed in 1806 to memorialize the triumphal battles of Napoleon Bonaparte. Standing 164 feet high and 148 feet wide, the arch features intricate reliefs depicting victorious battles and engraved names of many who died fighting for the emperor. Beneath the arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the First World War.

Champs-Élysées – The tree-lined Avenue des Champs-Elysees is Paris’s most famous street and has even been described as the most beautiful avenue in the world. Just over a mile long, the boulevard connects the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde. Life in Paris centres on the Champs-Elysees. It’s an avenue lined with restaurants, upscale boutiques, museums and night clubs. It’s home to the Bastille Day military parade and the end of the Tour de France.

Palais Garnier – As unique as Paris itself, the elegant Palais Garnier is a grand edifice in the style of Napoleon III. A visit to the Paris Opera at Palais Garnier, with its marble, gold, and velvet interior, is something every opera fan should experience. Indulge in a night to remember in Paris, with an opera, ballet, or concert performance at Palais Garnier.

Eiffel Tower – Named after its designer, Gustave Eiffel was built for the 1889 World Fair, marketing the centenary of the French Revolution. It took 300 workers, 2.5 million rivets and two years of nonstop labour to assemble the 324m tower. If you wish to see a panoramic view of the entire city, you may head to the second level of the tower.

The River Seine – A one hour boat cruise on the River Seine to rediscover the full splendour of the river banks and monuments of Paris. As your cruise down the gentle currents of the River Seine, admire some of the city’s most iconic monuments including the Louvre Museum, Institute of France, the ancient city centre of lle-Saint-Louis and the legendary bell towers of Notre Dame Cathedral. Live on board commentary provides interesting background on passing attractions. Keep your camera to hand as you pass waterfront attractions.

Notre-Dame, the famous Parisian Cathedral. The road from the Tuileries to the Île de la Cité is quite short: take back the metro at the same station, then go down at Hôtel de Ville. There are only 4 stations and you stay on line 1 the whole time. Then, you’ll have to walk around 6 minutes to reach the island through the Pont d’Arcole. Take the opportunity to visit the cathedral as it is free of charge to access all year round. Discover the incredible architecture, thanks to stained glass and sculptures, and the famous gargoyles. Also have a look at the carved portals (Portal of the Virgin, Portal of Judgement, Portal Saint-Anne and the Red Gate) and don’t forget to explore the towers of the cathedral in order to just admire the many bells. The largest one is known as the Bourdon.

Eiffel Tower

Day 03

Paris / Geneva

Lake Geneva

Breakfast at hotel.

Leave Paris to Geneva. (541.8 KM – Allows 5.5 Hrs.)Get acquainted with the spectacular sights of Geneva on an introductory 2 hour sightseeing tour with guide. Cruise the city in an air-conditioned coach and listen to captivating commentary from your knowledgeable guide as you see top city attractions. Marvel at the distinctive beauty of Jet d’Eau; gaze at the shimmering surface of Lake Geneva; and disembark for a leisurely walking tour around Geneva’s charming Old Town. On completion, check into hotel across to French border where prices are low. Dinner and overnight in Geneva.

Geneva – For many years, visitors have come to marvel at the beauty of Lake Geneva, including Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Lord Byron and Shelley. On the shores of the azure lake, in the shadow of the Alps, is the city of Geneva, an historical town filled with many interesting attraction. The nicest way to explore the lake is by boat, on one of the many steam ships that travel up and down the shores to the towns and villages there. Services usually run from Easter through to October. One of the most famous sights of Geneva is the incredible Jet d’Eau, which spurts lake water an impressive 140 M into the air. Once an over flow valve for a hydroelectric plant, the jet was turned into a fountain in 1891. The city is known for a range of diverse things, including its quality watches, knives and cutlery, its fine chocolate, cheese fondues and for being the site of several UN agencies. Also worth a visit is the medieval cathedral of St. Pierre.

Day 04

Geneva / Montreux / Lucerne

Breakfast at hotel.

Leave Geneva to Montreux. (95 KM) The scenery you pass through on the stretch between Lausanne and Montreux itself is nothing less than breathtaking. Steeply terraced vineyards down to the lakeside, the blue water of the lake itself and rising from the far shore, the mountains of the Alps and this stretch is called the Lavaux region and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Orientations drive through Montreux and stop for 1 hour near Lake Area. Thereafter continue your journey to Broc Chocolate Factory.

A visit to the Cailler chocolate factory starts with a 20-minute multimedia animation show available in English. During the animation show, visitors learn the history of chocolate including its origins in Mexico, introduction to Europe by the Spanish conquistadores, acceptance by the pope as a wholesome drink, entry into the boudoirs of France (trust the French to take chocolate not only into the bedroom but actually consuming it in bed), and the refinement of chocolate by the Swiss during the nineteenth century. Doors open and lights switch on automatically to guide visitors along at a set pace. After the animation show visitors are free to explore the rest of the factory open to visitors at leisure. Audio-guides explain the various aspects of growing cocoa and the production of chocolate. A fully automated chocolate production line can be seen in action producing Mini Branches, one of Cailler’s most popular brands. Sampling is allowed at the end of the line – don’t overdo it here, the best stuff is served at the end of the tour. Visitors can glance through windows into the main factory floor before ending the tour with a degustation (tasting). Once again, the better chocolates and pralines are served nearer to the end. Sampling is largely unsupervised and Cailler is not stingy with its wares.

On completion continue your trip to Lucerne – home to medieval architecture and spectacular lakeside scenery, Lucerne is widely considered the jewel in Switzerland’s crown. Explore the spectacular sights and cultural delights of Lucerne on a 2-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. Gain intimate insight into the city’s history and culture as you walk across the streets squares and alleys with your guide. Visit the impressive monuments like Chapel Bridge, Lion monument and the ancient Jesuit Church. Gaze at the metropolitan Culture and Congress Centre and delve into the rich historical heritage of the city by listening to your guide.

One of the main attractions in Lucerne is the wooden bridge which stretches on the river Reuss. The bridge in the middle of the city, known as The Chapel or Kapellbrücke was built in 1333 and is believed to be the oldest wooden bridge in the world. About three hundred years after construction, the Chapel Bridge is decorated with a series of 158 triangular shaped pictures placed below the deck of the bridge. In this way are painted just a few wooden bridges in the world. The figures show important events from the history of Lucerne. Most of the paintings is damaged by fire and fully was restored only 30th of them.

The Lion Monument, or the Lion of Lucerne, is a rock relief in Lucerne, Switzerland, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and hewn in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris.

Thereafter, have dinner at an Indian Restaurant and check-in to your hotel in Lucerne for overnight.

Lavaux Region

Day 05

Lucerne / Interlaken

Sphinx Observatory

Breakfast at hotel.

By 08.00 Hrs. leave Lucerne to Interlaken. Depart by luxury coach and marvel at enchanting scenery as you travel to Interlaken. Immerse yourself in the Alpine beauty of Interlaken tour of the majestic mountain region from Lucerne.

Upon arrival, join a memorable trip to Jungfrau and the Top of Europe! (OPTIONAL)The World Heritage Site of the Swiss Alps is home to Europe’s highest train station. This 7 hour excursion begins with a short coach journey from Interlaken to the mountain resort of Grindelwald. Once there, you’ll board the cogwheel train for a spectacular ride up to Jungfrau via Kleine Scheidegg. En-route you will have stunning views of the world-famous triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. When you reach the top of the mountain, marvel at the high alpine wonderland of eternal ice, snow and rock. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for breathtaking panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, neighbouring countries and the Aletsch Glacier. Walk through the tunnels of Ice Palace at the heart of the glacier. Restaurants are available for meals and refreshments. During the descent, you will pass the holiday resort Wengen and stop at Lauterbrunnen, and take a coach for your return tip to Interlaken.

Dinner at an Indian Restaurant and overnight stay in Interlaken.

Day 06

Interlaken / Vaduz / St. Moritz / Padua

Breakfast at hotel.

Leave Interlaken to Vaduz (Liechtenstein) – (198 KM – 3.57 Hrs.) You have one hour free time to discover Vaduz on your own.

Vaduz Castle stands prominently above the town centre on a cliff and is the home to the Prince of Liechtenstein. When the red and blue flag flies above the castle when the Prince is in residence and the castle is closed to visitors.
Vaduz Cathedral is striking. Its imposing door opens into a high-vaulted space filled with more light than most neo-gothic churches I’ve been in around Europe. The beautiful stained glass above the alter bounded prisms of colour off the walls.

Vaduz – the capital of Liechtenstein, sits on the Rhine River near the Swiss border. On a hillside overlooking the town, Vaduz Castle dates back to the 12th century and is a royal family residence. In the Städtle, the pedestrianized town centre, the sleek Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein displays modern art. Nearby, the National Museum houses archaeological and cultural artefacts in a medieval building.

Thereafter, proceed to St. Moritz for 2 hours with orientation tour of St. Moritz. (123 KMS – 1.50 Hrs.) Continue your tour to Padua for dinner and overnight stay.

Vaduz Castle

Day 07

Padua / Venice / Padua

The Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua

Breakfast at hotel.

Visit St. Anthony’s Basilica for 2 Hours.

Despite what it might sound like from the name, Saint Anthony of Padua was actually born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195. Against the wishes of his noble family, he left to join the Canons Regular of Saint Augustin at the age of 15. He left after several years to join the Augustinian monastery at Coimbra, Spain.
After seeing the relics of 5 Franciscan missionaries who had been martyred in Morocco he felt a desire to join the Franciscans and go preach the Gospel to the Moors and had hopes of becoming a martyr himself. His plans were not fulfilled, because upon arrival he contracted malaria and had to return home; however, on his return voyage the ship was hit by a terrific storm and he ended up in Italy. Once there he decided to make Italy his new home rather than continue on back to Portugal. In 1221, while attending the general chapter of Franciscans in Assisi, he met Saint Francis in person. Soon after he began what became a brilliant life of preaching. When it was realized that a priest had not been assigned to give the homily on one occasion, Anthony was assigned the task. Until that time he was thought only worthy of reading the gospel, not really as a preacher. He was such a powerful homilist that soon crowds began to flock to the missions and retreats that he gave. His love for Christ and the Eucharist shown through and he fought against the indifference and abuses rampant in the Church at that time.
There were several reported miracles during his lifetime, including a time when heretics tried to poison his food but he rendered the poison harmless when he made the sign of the cross over the food.
Saint Anthony of Padua died in 1231 and in 1263 when his body was transferred to a new Basilica, his body was found to have disintegrated except for his tongue and vocal cords, both of which are now on display in reliquaries in the Basilica of Saint Anthony. In addition to the relics of Saint Anthony, the Basilica is one of the most beautiful in Italy, and that is saying a lot!
On January 16, 1946, Pope Pius XII declared him a Doctor of the Church.

10.30 Hrs. leaves Basilica and head to Venice.

11.30 Hrs. – On arrival in Tronchetto, you will take Water Taxi Boat that takes you to St. Mark’s Square for a tour of Venice with guide on foot for (Approx. 1.5 Hrs.). You will get to see the famous “BRIDGE OF SIGHS” and the Clock Tower. The two Bronze figures on the clock tower are among main attractions of the city, symbolic of the passing time. Your tour will end with a visit to a Glass Blowing display. Venice is an amazingly beautiful city.

14.00 Hrs. – For you to explore the shops and sights in Venice we will give you 2 Hrs. free times. By 16.00 Hrs. we take boat back to Tronchetto to re-join the Coach and at 17.00 Hrs we leave Tronchetto to FLORENCE for late dinner and Overnight at Hotel in Florence.

Venice – It is a group of over 100 islands Connected by bridges and listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. It is the capital city of the Veneto Region and has received its name from Veneti people who were among the first few inhabitants of the region. A tour of Venice – St. Marks will be arranged with guide and you will visit the important sights in this “City on Water”. You will certainly visit St. Mark’s Cathedral commonly called as the PIAZZIO. Ducal Palace, a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage site is one of the vital Monuments of Venice. Built in around mid-15th century, the building showing Renaissance Architecture served as the government house till 20th century.

St. Mark’s Cathedral – The Basilica of San Marco overlooks one of the most beautiful squares in the world, the city centre for centuries. All the most important religious and civil ceremonies have always been held there and now the Piazza San Marco is considered the city’s main symbol.

Day 08

Venice / Pisa / Florence

Breakfast at hotel.

Breakfast at 07.00 Hr. and Commence a 3 Hr. tour of Florence to the Gothic style Cathedral of Florence – Duomo, dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore, is the commitment of a large number of artists who worked on it over a period of centuries. It is also considered to be the 4th largest in the world after St Peter’s in Rome with guide and by 11.00 hrs we leave Florence to Pisa and proceed to one of the world’s most beloved architectural mistakes; the Leaning Tower of Pisa’s imitable tilt has made the UNESCO World Heritage site an icon of Tuscany and all of Italy.

Travellers flock to take the must-have photo in which they pose as if holding up the famous leaning tower, which was originally intended as a bell tower for Pisa Cathedral.

On completion of the sightseeing tour, we will leave by 14.30 hrs proceed to Pisa Airport for your flight to depart to Colombo.

Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell’Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”

Pisa is a city in Italy’s Tuscany region best known for its iconic Leaning Tower. Already tilting when it was completed in 1372, the 56m white-marble cylinder is the bell tower of the Romanesque, striped-marble cathedral that rises next to it in the Piazza dei Miracoli. Also in the piazza is the Baptistry, whose renowned acoustics are demonstrated by amateur singers daily, and the Caposanto Monumentale cemetery.

Pisa Tower

Day 09

Colombo

Bandaranaike International Airport

Arrive in Colombo with fond memories.

Cost of Tour

  • Rs. 375,000/- Per Adult
  • Rs. 365,000/- Per Child
  • Single Supplement – Rs. 150,000 Per Person
    (In the event any government taxes/VAT/levies are introduced, it will be passed on to clients.)

Tour Package includes:

• Cost of Air Passage on Economy Class with Qatar Airways
• Accommodation, Twin Sharing in 3/4 Star Hotels
• City Taxes at Hotels included
• Taxes & Fuel Surcharges included
• Daily Breakfast/Dinner
• Airport Transfers with meet and assist service
• Motor Coach with Driver – A/C Coach
• English speaking Guides for Sightseeing Tours
• Road Toll Fees
• European Domestic Air Tickets + Taxes
• Entrance to selected Attractions/Sights in the program

Payment Terms:

To be strictly followed-Rs. 200,000/- Deposit per Person at the time of booking. Balance to be paid in 60 Days prior to departure. Late payments are subject to an additional levy to cover exchange fluctuations. We have the right to change package price if deposit/final payments are not effected as per above deadlines. If deposits and final payment are made on due dates no price changes will be applicable for increases in the exchange Rate & Airfares. If availing any special discounts during a Promotion, stipulated deposits must be paid.

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