Colombo / Paris
Check-in at Bandaranaike International Airport at 00.15 Hrs. early in the morning for departure to Paris on Qatar Airways. Arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 13.40 Hrs.
On arrival in Paris – The City of Lights, the world’s leading centers for business, fashion, entertainment, art and culture met by assistant and transfer to Versailles Palace to commence on a 3 Hour tour.
Enjoy a visit of the Palace of Versailles with a guide who will tell you many anecdotes about the life of the Kings of France. After a guided tour of the Palace, you will be able to discover the gardens of Versailles for a few minutes.
One of the most famous historic monuments in the world, the Palace of Versailles was the official residence of the Kings of France Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI and their courts from 1682 to 1789. Your guide will show you the majestic Palace of Versailles, a symbol of the king’s power. Its Baroque architecture, sumptuous decoration, works of art, and furniture were all created by the greatest artisans of the age. After touring the palace, explore the magic of its formal gardens and exceptionally beautiful grounds.
The Palace of Versailles has more than 700 rooms and stretches for over 721,000 square feet. Follow your guide straight to the front of the line to visit the palace’s most beautiful rooms: the King’s Grand Apartments, with seven rooms dedicated to different gods (Apollo, Mars, Mercy, Venus, etc.), and the Queen’s Grand Apartments, mirroring those of the king, which include the Coronation Room and the Queen’s Bedroom, once occupied by Marie Antoinette, among others. Also, admire the grandeur of the Versailles Hall of Mirrors, a unique room in which guests were received and impressed, designed by the famous architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Almost 240 feet-long, it was created to dazzle visitors to the Sun King, Louis XIV; it is lit by 17 windows and some 350 mirrors, and overlooks the palace’s breath-taking gardens, the second part of your visit.
In 1661, Louis XIV commissioned the landscape architect André Le Nôtre to lay out the grounds and gardens, something that was just as important to the king as the construction of the palace itself. Enjoy your free time strolling through the Gardens of Versailles and admire the 386 works of art (including more than 200 statues), fountains, flower beds, ponds, and trees. During the summer months, a range of activities are organized, such as the Grandes Eaux Musicales, when the fountains are made to dance to music. On completion of the visit the Group will return to your Paris accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Paris –This global city sits astride the River Seine – whose banks are a UNESCO World Heritages Site – in the middle of a vast urban conurbation that is home to 12 million people, underlining the huge national and international significance of Paris. As might be expected of the world’s most popular tourist destination, Paris tests the superlatives with amazing architecture, incredible museums, world class galleries, fabulous parks, great theatres, elegant boulevard, classy shops, gourmet restaurants ….and the iconic Eiffel Tower. Paris has a list of landmarks that goes on and on Cathedral-Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, Sacre Coeur, Les Invalids, Pantheon, Opera Garnier, Grande Arche and many more. To those may be added museums like the Louvre, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Musee d’Orsay …
Breakfast at hotel.
Depart hotel for a full day city tour of Paris with a local expert and discover all of amazing monuments of Paris. Start your day with the visit to the symbol of Paris-the 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. Thereafter continue your journey to city’s most popular tourist attraction- the Arc de Triomphe. 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 “Under the Bridges of Paris” on Seine River.
On completion, Dinner at an Indian Restaurant and proceed to the hotel for overnight stay.
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 centers 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 center of lle-Saint-Louis and the legendary bell towers of Notre Dame Cathedral. Live onboard commentary provides interesting background on passing attractions. Keep your camera to hand as you pass waterfront attractions.
Paris / Brussels
Breakfast at hotel.
Leave with baggage to Brussels. (Drive 315.4 KM with 3.30 Hrs.) Sit back and this journey will offer a more picturesque and potentially more relaxing and enjoyable way of travelling from Paris to Brussels than flying would.
Upon arrival in Brussels, commence on a guided tour of Brussels, City of European government and also boasts the headquarters of NATO. Spend an enjoyable 3 Hours with a local guide to explore the beautiful Belgian capital. Discover the legendary landmarks and impressive monuments of Brussels. You will hear about the city’s culture, gastronomy and architecture and get to know the history of Brussels, along with its beer and chocolate. During the tour you will see the tiny statue called the Mannekan Pis, The Royal Palace, Grand Place, and marvel at the medieval majesty of the Market Square; gaze at the remarkable façade of the City Hall and the Atomium.
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking on uneven surfaces. Click pictures with the Manneken Pis Statue in the background.
Manneken Pis is a landmark small bronzesculpture (61 cm) in Brussels, depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain’s basin. It was designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder and put in place in 1618 or 1619. The current statue is a copy which dates from 1965. The original is kept in the Museum of the City of Brussels. Manneken Pis is the best-known symbol of the people of Brussels. It also embodies their sense of humour and their independence of mind.
The Atomium is a landmark building in Brussels, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair (Expo 58). It is located on the Heysel Plateau, where the exhibition took place. It is now a museum. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 m (335 ft) tall. Its nine 18 m (60 ft.) diameter stainless steel clad spheres are connected, so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Tubes of 3 m (10 ft.) diameter connect the spheres along the 12 edges of the cube and all eight vertices to the centre. They enclose stairs, escalators and a lift (in the central, vertical tube) to allow access to the five habitable spheres, which contain exhibit halls and other public spaces. The top sphere includes a restaurant which has a panoramic view of Brussels. In 2013, CNN named it Europe’s most bizarre building.
Grand Place, has held the city’s market since the Middle Ages. The building surrounding it, among others the Gothic Town Hall from the 15th century and the King’s House, rebuilt in the 19th century in Neo – Gothic style, in now considered as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Brussels, Belgium – Brussels punches above its weight-not only is this cosmopolitan city Belgium’s capital, but also the political headquarters of both the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU). There is a strong sense of historical tradition, though the city was largely redeveloped at the end of the 19th century with few original buildings surviving. The shining exception at the city’s heart is a magnificent cobbled market square, the Grand Place, which features some wonderful old guild houses and the extraordinary Gothic city hall, all spectacularly lit at night.
Dinner and overnight in Brussels.
Brussels / Lisse / Amsterdam
Start your day with a perfect Breakfast!
Group proceeds with your luggage in a scenic journey from Brussels to Amsterdam – Holland, better known as the “City of Tulips”. Amsterdam is the vibrant capital city of the Netherlands and is widely recognized for its Charming cityscape, which is dominated by scenic canals. Allow 3.10 Hrs. driving time from Brussels to Liss. On arrival in Liss, we will visit the world famous Keukenhof Gardens – one of the largest floral gardens in the world. Witness the beauty of Holland’s Tulip fields in full bloom on a spring time. Every spring more than seven million blooms open at the Keukenhof Gardens, including 1,000 varieties of tulips alone. The gardens were established in Lisse in 1949 with a 70 acre area and it is opened from Mid-March to Mid-May.
Afterwards leave the city behind and head north to your next stop at Zaanse Schans after a drive of 40 Minutes of 46 KMS. The Zaanse Schans, home to centuries-old windmills. Refreshed by the country air, arrive at Volendam. It is just as beautiful as the pictures! Here you will experience all that is typical Dutch in just a few hours. Continue to a farm to see how a variety of cheese is produced and taste it for yourself. Finally, witness a clog maker working on this wooden Dutch shoe. Learn about the different styles, whey they’re worn and try a pair on you.
End the day with a 1 hour cruise by experiencing Amsterdam from the water and surprise yourself cruising along all highlights of the Amsterdam canals. During this cruise you will view the beautiful hidden treasures of Amsterdam which you don’t see by foot. The Day Canal Cruise is the unique way to experience the city! Feast your eyes on the elegant merchant’s houses dating from the Golden Age, the fabulous gables, beautiful churches, the iconic Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) and many more highlights.
Have dinner at an Indian Restaurant and proceed to your hotel near Amsterdam Airport for overnight. Amsterdam and Suburbs and Airport Schiphol area has an extensive transport system. If you want to Discover “Amsterdam at Night” you may do so on your own. This city is vibrant at Night.
Amsterdam – Amsterdam, Capital of the Netherlands, is known for its liberal attitudes, rich culture and history. The city has kilometres of attractive canals, some truly great art collections, stunning architecture and fascinating museums. The historical centre was largely built during the Golden Age in the 17th century. when Amsterdam was one of the wealthiest cities in the world, with trade links to the Baltic, North America, Africa, Indonesia and Brazil. Its stock exchange was the first to trade continuously. The Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of the artist’s work in the world and Anne Frank House on the Prinsengracht is well worth a visit. The city is also known for its nightlife, with its bustling cafes, restaurants, clubs, traditional “brown” bars, cinemas and theatres. Many visitors go for the infamous red-light district, with its legalized prostitution, strip joints and sex shops.
Keukenhof also known as the Garden of Europe is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, situated in Lisse, South Holland, Netherlands. According to the official website for the Keukenhof Park, approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 79 acres. The garden was established in 1949 by the then-mayor of Lisse. The idea was to present a flower exhibit where growers from all over the Netherlands and Europe could show off their hybrids – and help the Dutch export industry (the Netherlands is the world’s largest exporter of flowers).
Amsterdam / Cologne
Breakfast at hotel.
Leave Amsterdam to Cologne. Upon arrival, visit the world famous Cologne Cathedral with its gigantic dimensions and rich furnishings has a breathtaking effect on its visitors evern today. After the foundation stone was laid in 1248, it took more than 600 years until the Cathdral was finished in the 19th century. The many well-reserved stained glass windown and the golden glow of the Shrine of the Three Kings determine the appearance of the interior first and foremost.
Thereafter, commence on a boat journey between Boppard and St. Goar takes about one and a half hours and you will witness the splendor of medieval times and some fine tributes to German history. The views are magnificent and the boats move at a comfortable pace, allowing enough time for the amateur photographer to catch the breathtaking landscape and the fine architecture of the Middle Ages. On the cruise boats you can buy brochures and commentary in various languages provide interesting information for European, American, Japanese and other overseas visitors alike. In all, there are six castles on this short route alone: the Kurtrierische Burg in Boppard, Liebenstein with Sterrenberg directly beneath in Kamp-Bornhofen, Maus (Mouse) in Wellmich near St. Goarshausen, Fortress Rheinfels near St. Goar and Katz (Cat) Castle on the Rhine hills above St. Goarshausen, already visible as you approach St. Goar.
Thereafter, move to Rhineland deeper as much as possible closer to Switzerland. Dinner and overnight in Germany.
An international pilgrimage site, Cologne Cathedral has held the reliquary of the Three Kings since 1164. In 1248 work started on a new Gothic home for these precious remains, and it was inspired by the ethereal cathedrals of Northern France. Now a UNESCO site, Cologne Cathedral is the single most visited landmark in Germany and its 19th-century towers are still the second-tallest structures in the city. There’s a dizzying profusion of invaluable art to see inside, like stained glass windows from the 1500s, the 10th-century Gero-Kreuz crucifix and a black marble high altar from the 1300s carved with niches featuring images from the Coronation of the Virgin. But the gilded shrine of the Three Kings is what draws the crowds. This is a triple sarcophagus decorated with 12th-century reliefs of episodes from the life of Christ, prophets and apostles, all by Nicholas of Verdun.
Germany / Lucerne / Engelberg
Breakfast at Hotel.
Enjoy a scenic drive to the Rhine Falls, Europe’s biggest waterfall. To stand high above Europe’s largest waterfall, feeling the roar and vibration of the water over one’s entire body – this can be experienced at the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen.
By ship one can reach castles, the Rhine Falls Basin and even the mighty rock in the midst of the waterfall. Due to tectonic shifts in the Ice Age, the Rhine River was forced into a new riverbed over 15,000 years ago. The Rhine Falls came into being at the transition point where hard chalk turned into soft gravel. Over a breadth of 150 meters, several hundred cubic meters of water rush into the depths at the rate of 23 meters per second. In the middle of it all stands a mighty rock that has withstood the elements for a thousand years. The rock can be reached on a circular tour of the Rhine Falls, during which one can observe the natural spectacle from up close. Virtually in the middle of the waterfall, visitors stand on platforms that jut out and partially hover over the Rhine.
After admiring the beauty of Rhine Falls, we head towards Lucerne. Switzerland may be best known for the incredible mountain ranges of the Alps, but another destination which few people will miss if they can help it, is the city of Lucerne. Sitting just north of the Alps by lovely Lake Lucerne, this picturesque city easily wins visitors over. Take one look at the sights along the Reuss River with the mountains as a backdrop, and it’s not hard to understand why Lucerne is considered one of the best places to visit in Europe. Commence on a 2 hour sightseeing tour of Lucerne with guide and thereafter have dinner at an Indian Restaurant and proceed to Engelberg for overnight.
Chapel Bridge – The most iconic sight of Lucerne, the Chapel Bridge is a must for any visitor to the city. A fixture of the city’s waterfront scenery, chances are that if you’ve looked at a photo of Lucerne it had this bridge in it. Dating from the 14th century, the Lucerne Chapel Bridge is the oldest covered wooden bridge in Europe. While incredibly pretty when viewed from elsewhere along the Reuss River, it’s only once you step onto the bridge that you learn its true value. As you walk down the wooden planks and past the window boxes blooming with flowers, take a moment to look up. Within triangle frames up by the roof, this bridge is lined with artwork from the 17th century which tells stories from Lucerne’s past. Sadly, a fire in 1993 destroyed all but 30 of these paintings, making what remains even more special.
Jesuit Church – A short walk back along the riverfront will bring you to another eye-catching landmark of Lucerne, the city’s Jesuit Church. Built in a series of phases from the 16th to 19th centuries, it’s hard not to notice this church by the Reuss River, especially with its onion- shaped towers. The real highlight of this church though is evident once you step inside to see its delicate and ornate interior. The Jesuit Church was founded in Lucerne to help keep Swiss Catholics from converting to Protestantism, making this church an important player in that troublesome time.
Spreuer Bridge – Lucerne actually once had three bridges like the Chapel Bridge with paintings that lined their interior. While one no longer exists, the other is the Spreuer Bridge. Generally overshadowed by the Chapel Bridge, this 16th century construction is still worth walking across. The paintings along the Spreuer Bridge are quite fascinating as they feature skeletons in various scenes in an artistic style known as the Danse Macabre. They’re meant to remind people that death is inevitable, rather a cheerful way to decorate a bridge!
Lion Monument – Leaving the Old Town behind, it’s time to walk up the gentle slope into the modern part of Lucerne in search of its iconic Lion Monument. A truly moving memorial, this monument features a carved relief of a dying lion above a still pond. Created in 1821, this gorgeous monument commemorates the Swiss Guards who were killed on duty during the French Revolution of 1792. It’s a touching tribute to the fallen soldiers and one sight not to miss in Lucerne.
Mt. Titlis / Lugano
Breakfast at hotel.
Visit the winter wonderland of Mount Titlis year-round with a round-trip ticket on the new 8-seater cable car that transports passengers from Alpine Village Valley Station in Engelberg directly to the Stand station. From there, ride the world’s first revolving cable car, the TITLIS ROTAIR gondola, to the summit Station, enjoying panoramic views of the Swiss Alps along the way. Your ticket will allow your admission to Ice Flyer chairlift.
12.00 Hrs. leaves on the Swiss Panoramic route to Lugano, Italy. (182.8 KMS – 2.45 Hrs.) Upon arrival Dinner and overnight in Lugano.
Lugano graces the lakeshore with its tree-lined promenade, stately hotels, banks and office buildings, while high above, Mount San Salvatore and Mount Brè flank the city and provide stunning wooded backdrops that frame charming mountaintop villages. Taken from Milan by the Swiss in 1512, it was ruled as a subject district until the dissolution of the old Swiss Confederation in 1798.
Lugano / St. Moritz / Vaduz / Zurich
Breakfast at hotel.
Climb aboard a luxury coach for a panoramic tour of top sights of St. Moritz for 2 Hours and thereafter leave to Vaduz.
Stop for 1 Hour in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein for you to explore one of the smallest countries in the world.
Symbol of Liechtenstein-It’s also the residence of the princely family and therefore cannot be visited, but it’s still worthy of a look from the outside. Private Vineyards of the Reigning Prince Hans-Adam II, where you can also visit the wine cellars of the Prince and taste some princely wine. When strolling through the narrow and picturesque streets of the old town, which was once the center of Vaduz. Fast forward to the present and the modern center of Vaduz, the Städle is the main pedestrian street, where you can find everything that makes a truly European capital: shops, restaurants, cafés, hotels, and museums – a lot of museums! From beautiful nature and a picturesque old town to a busy modern center, with a vast cultural offer and significant architecture, Vaduz has all the qualities of a European metropolis in a small, exquisite package.
After a brief stop at Vaduz, continue to Zurich. Upon arrive in Zurich, commence on a two hour guided tour of Zurich and check-in to hotel near Zurich Airport area for dinner and overnight.
Stroll around Zurich with guide who shares informative commentary during your 2-hour tour.
Discover the many sides of Switzerland’s cultural and financial capital on this tour, with stops at Paradeplatz, marvel at the grand architecture of Fraumünster Church, Bahnhofstrasse you can find everything that your heart desires, Thermengasse, St Peter’s Church, Grossmünster and historical guild houses.
Soak in the beauty of Lindenhof and pass the house where Lenin once lived, among other highlights in this dynamic Swiss city. Gaze at sweeping Alpine vistas as you ride a cable car to the vertiginous Felsenegg vantage point.
St. Moritz serves as a chic resort town in the Engadine Valley. As one of the most expensive ski resorts around, St. Moritz attracts a well-heeled crowd to its five-star hotels. Most popular for skiing and snowboarding in winter, and hiking and biking in summer, the spot is also home to Swiss Heidi, the girl from the well-known film. Don’t miss the resort’s world-famous toboggan run. St. Moritz is in Engadin St. Moritz.
Vaduz – With an area of only 160 square kilometres (24.6 km long and 12.4 km wide) and a population of around 37,000 people, Liechtenstein is the fourth smallest country in Europe and the sixth smallest in the world. It is one of only two double-landlocked countries in the world (the other being Uzbekistan) since it’s surrounded entirely by two other landlocked countries – Switzerland and Austria. The territory that constitutes modern Liechtenstein was bought by the Liechtenstein dynasty, a noble family from Austria, in 1699 and 1712, and elevated to a principality in 1719.
In 1806, Liechtenstein became a sovereign country, but it was not until 1818 that a member of the princely family first visited the territory. And only in 1938 the family actually moved to Vaduz, Liechtenstein, making Vaduz Castle its official residence. Nowadays, and despite its small size, Liechtenstein is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, with its citizens enjoying one of the highest living standards on the planet.
Zurich / Munich
Breakfast at hotel.
Leave picturesque Zurich to Munich, a haven of history and culture with museums galore, operas, theaters, public parks and the somber Dachua and commence on a 4 Hour tour of Munich with guide.
Take in the best bits of the Bavarian capital on this hour walking tour of Munich’s Old Town.
Munich’s charming historical center that’s home to some of the city’s most famous churches, monuments, beer halls and museums. From Marienplatz, Munich’s central square since the 1100s, learn about the city’s long and eventful history as you stroll through the medieval alleyways that wind through Old Town. Admire the architecture of the Old Town Hall, with its glockenspiel that re-enacts stories from the 16th century. Take photos of Frauenkirche, Munich’s iconic red-roofed cathedral that was bombed during World War II, and see St Peter’s Church, the oldest church in Old Town. Pass through the Viktualienmarkt food market and peer in the windows of Hofbräuhaus, Munich’s must-visit beer hall. Stop in front of the Munich Residenz, the former royal palace of Bavarian monarchs. Then pass through the large square of Odeonsplatz and see the Alter Hof, the former imperial residence of Louis IV, King of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor in the 1300s.Your tour includes a visit to the BMW World to witness an array of vehicles – an interesting sight to both young and old.
Proceed to Hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Munich.
MUNICH – Following World War II, traditional rebuilding left this monumental city looking much as it had done before, with a compact but stunning inner city. Spacious Marienplatz lies at the center, containing old and new town halls. Three medieval city gates survive one – Karlstor being the oldest structure in Stachus, a square that contains the Palace of Justice. There are splendid churches to be found, like the Romanesque St. Peter’s Munich’s oldest, or the 15th century Cathedral of Our Lady. One the edge of the old town is the magnificent Royal Residence, now a fabulous museum. Four grand 19th century avenues run out from the centre. The neoclassical Brienner Strasse opens into the imposing Konigsplatz now a gallery and museum quarter. The Itaianatel Ludwigstrasse has many fine public buildings. Nego-Gothic Maximilianstrasse encompasses some of Munich’s most expensive shops. Lastly, Prinzregentenstrasse, with its many museums, sweeps across the river. Away from the center, several palaces are to be found. Munich may be the country’s most expensive, but it is worth every penny.
Munich / Salzburg / Innsbruck
Breakfast at hotel.
08.00 Hrs. – Leave Munich to discover elegant Salzburg – historic birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with a guided tour of city attractions for 4 Hours.
Immerse yourself in Salzburg, sights from the old city, including a visit of Salzburg’s landmark, the fortress ‘Hohensalzburg’, the Mirabell Gardens and Salzburg’s best view point, the M32 view terrace, you will continue to Leopoldskron Palace, used as the von Trapp family house in Sound of Music. Capture some pictures of the Palace with the fortress of Salzburg in the background. Soak up Austrian history, sample local delicacies, and snap photos of the city set against the striking backdrop of the Alps.
On completion of the above tour, you will leave to Innsbruck for dinner and overnight.
Salzburg – With its world famous baroque architecture, has one of the pest preserved city centers in the German speaking world and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. It is the fourth largest city in Austria, set between the Salzach River and the Monchsberg in a wonderful mountainous area at the northern boundary of the Alps. The mountains to the south of the city make a fine contrast to the rolling plains to the north. The closest alpine peak – the Untersbergat at 6,470 FT is only a few kilometers from the city Centre and makes a fine backdrop to the beautiful architecture. The 17th century baroque cathedral, the Salzburger Dom, is one of several wonderful churches in the city. Mozart was born in Salzburg, a fact which is impossible to miss when visiting. The city was not generous towards him during his lifetime but it does its level best to make the most of him now. Everywhere you go his music is being played and there are two Mozart museums and even chocolate balls called Mozart Kugeln.
INNSBRUCK – Innsbruck and winter sports go hand in ski glove, but there’s more than sliding on snow to this ancient settlement in western Austria’s mountainous Tyrol region. Innsbruck enjoyed great strategic importance long before it became famous as a winter sports Centre that has twice hosted the Winter Olympic Games, being close to the Brenner Pass that connects Italy with the north via the easiest route over the Alps. The area hs been fought over since Roman times, often changing hands, and in the late 15th century Innsbruck became a major European Centre when Emperor MaximilianI moved his court there. This heritage is expressed in sone fine early buildings such as the impressive Schloss Ambras Castle, the baroque cathedral of Dom zu St. Jakob, the Kaiserliche Hoff, the Imperial Palace, civic buildings, churches and triumphal arch erected in 1765. Other notable sights include the Golden roof building, constructed under gilded copper tiles in 1500 for Maximilian, whose impressive tomb monument may be found in the Hofkirche. The Old Town is a delight for sightseers, shoppers and leisurely café frequenters alike.
Innsbruck / Padua
Breakfast at hotel.
In this interesting and varied tour with guide for 2 Hours, you will discover the most important sights of Innsbruck. Start at the moat, the entrance to the winding streets of the old town and admire the sights of Innsbruck-the late Gothic old town houses, the Inn Bridge, the historic town hall, the city tower, the Golden Roof with the late Gothic Prunkerker and the Hofkirche from the outside. Finally, stroll through the baroque Maria Theresien Street with the triumphal gate and listen to the amusing anecdotes and interesting backgrounds on the history of the city. They all tell of the importance of Innsbruck once and now.
On completion, along the way to Padua, we will stop to take a peek at the glistening world of crystals Swarovski Crystal Worlds (admission is included) Designed by André Heller, Swarovski Crystal Worlds showcases artistic interpretations of crystal in 14 underground spaces – including works by Andy Warhol and Salvador Dalì.
Upon arriving in Padua, we will visit the Padua, the little sister of Venice, is a gorgeous, historic, frescoed, and laid-back town in 1.5 Hours. You will have the opportunity to see the Basilica of Saint Anthony, which is one of the most visited religious sites in the world. People not only come for religious purposes, but many individuals also visit because of its beautiful and well preserved artwork, which features five different architectural styles. These styles include Romanesque, Gothic, Byzantine, Renaissance, and Baroque. At the Palazzo della Ragione (palace of justice) to admire the temple of frescos, Piazza dei Signori during which you will gain insight about its name, history, and significance.
Continue to Hotel in Padua for dinner and overnight.
Padua / Venice / Pisa
08.00 Hrs. leaves Padua and head to Venice.
09.00 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.
12.15 5o 14.45 Hrs. – For you to explore the shops and sights in Venice we will give you 2 Hrs. free times.
14.45 Hrs. – We take boat back to Tronchetto to re-join the Coach.
15.30 Hrs. – Leave Tronchetto and head to Pisa.
Dinner and overnight in Pisa.
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.
The Doge’s Palace is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice in northern Italy. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Venetian Republic. It was founded in 1340, and extended and modified in the following centuries. It became a museum in 1923, and is one of the 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.
Pisa / Florence / Rome
Breakfast at hotel.
08.00 Hrs. – Commence on a Tour of Pisa with guide for 1.5 Hours. Discover all the monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Be dazzled by this marvelous square and visit the interior of the Cathedral.
and Baptistery Tower with this tour. Your guide will explain all the monuments of the Square, which are known as “miracles” because of their incredible beauty and uniqueness.
Admire the celebrated Leaning Tower one of the wonders of the world. Be enthralled by the history and the leaning structure of the Tower which stirs the imagination of all visitors. The round-shaped Baptistery surrounded by its suggestive columned arcades and its “Camposanto”, originally a cemetery, an extraordinary quadrangular cloister. Be dazzled by this marvelous square which is dominated by the Cathedral where you will visit the interior, which is typical of the distinctive Pisa Romanesque architecture. You will also visit the interior of the Baptistery, the biggest in the catholic world and be dazzled by the amazing eco inside.
09.30 Hrs. – Leave Pisa to Florence.
11.30 Hrs. – Commence on a 4 hour tour of Florence with guide. Learn why Florence became the birthplace of the Renaissance. On this visit to Florence’s historic center, get to know the city’s origins and more than 2,000 years of Florentine history. You’ll be fascinated by what you see and hear as you walk through the city of Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and other important figures. At the Piazza della Republica your guide will tell you about the city’s Roman origins before you head toward the religious center, where you’ll see the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery of St. John, and Giotto’s Campanile. You’ll walk past an ancient oratory that’s situated adjacent to the house of Dante Alighieri, and then walk through some of the less crowded streets of Florence towards the Ponte Vecchio.
Finally, you’ll enter the Piazza Signoria through the Uffizi courtyard. In this main piazza and civic center, you’ll come upon the impressive Palazzo Vecchio and see close-up the famous statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi.
16.00 Hrs. – Leave Florence to hotel in Rome one of the most beautiful cities in the world for dinner and overnight.
Vatican / Rome
Commence on a full day sightseeing Tour of Rome and Vatican with guide. The Eternal city naturally and confidently supports the weight of a glorious past which can be seen around every corner. You will visit St. Peter’s Basilica.
Afternoon see some of the most beautiful architecture, fountains and squares in Rome on this tour of the city’s historical center. Stroll along cobbled laneways, stopping to visit famous attractions like the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon.
You will move on to the Colosseum, and a breathtaking monument to the ingenuity of the ancient Romans. Despite damage by fires, earthquakes, and looting, this huge construction has survived the centuries and is still the most impressive monument of the Roman period. Thereafter view the Roman Forum which had been for centuries the center of Roman public life: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches, criminal trials and gladiatorial matches and the nucleus of commercial affairs. Then walk up the Palatine hill that stands 40 meters above the Roman Forum, looking down upon it on one side, and upon Circus Maximus on the other. This hill is the centermost of the famous Seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city. The Cordonata with Castor and Pollux statues, and marveling at the magnificent bronze monument of Marcus Aurelius, continue on the Pantheon, house of the Pagan Gods of Rome. Admire the dramatic dome, a masterpiece of Roman architecture. Next, see the Spanish Steps.
Rome’s iconic meeting place, and have the opportunity to throw 3 coins into the Trevi Fountain. If you choose to, stop for a local lunch and enjoy authentic Roman cuisine. Don’t miss out on the chance to try gelato at one of the neighborhood’s many fine restaurants.
18.30 Hrs. – Departure to Rome Fiumicino Airport for your departure at 2200 Hrs.
Arrive in Colombo.
Cost of Tour
- Rs. 495,000/- Per Adult
- Rs. 485,000/- Per Child
- Single Supplement – Rs. 175,000 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 4 Star Hotels
• City Taxes at Hotels included
• Taxes & Fuel Surcharges included
• Daily Breakfast and Dinner at Hotels/Restaurants
• 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
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.
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