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Tour ID: 10
Tour type: Beaches

Tour Category: International

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9 Nights / 10 Days

 

 

   Switzerland has divine and majestic beauty !

Austria has long captured the spirit of a bygone era. Ornate palaces, imperial grandeur and echoes of Mozart’s music abound. More than ever, it\\\'s become a top destination for travelers seeking energy, culture, and charm.

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

 

Interlaken (2), Luzern (2), Innsbruck (1), Salzburg (2), Vienna (2)

 

Day 0 - Depart India
Overnight flight to Zurich.

Day 1
- Arrive Zurich – Interlaken (D)

Arrive in Zurich at 1420 hrs and drive by coach to Interlaken, in the Bernese Oberland  and beautifully situated beneath the towering Jungfrau. The name of the town derives from the fact that it is located between Lake Brienz to the east and Lake Thun to the west. Check into hotel. Evening at leisure.

Overnight in Interlaken.

 

Day 2 – In Interlaken (B,D)

 Day at leisure. You could opt for an optional day excursion to Jungfraujoch - One of the \\\'must see\\\' highlights of this tour, is to travel to the \\\'Top of Europe\\\' – Jungfraujoch. The views will leave you breathless (and that isn\\\'t because of the high altitude). This 4000m glacier is has a beauty all of its own, and the combination of ice, snow, rock and epic views will stay with you for life. Dinner in local restaurant. Overnight in Interlaken.

 

Day 3 –Interlaken - Lucerne (B,L,D)

 In the morning, check out and drive over the Brünig Pass arrive in charming lakeside Lucerne. Evening at leisure. Half day walking tour where you would go see the Kapellbrücke, a covered bridge whose history dates back to medieval days and the murals lining its walls are nearly identical to those painted in the 14th century. You are also advised to see the captivating Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument), a sandstone statue commemorating the Swiss Guards slain in the 1792 Paris storming of the Tuileries. Overnight in Lucern.

 

Day 4 – In Lucerne (B,D)

Day at leisure. You could opt for an optional day excursion to Mt Pilatus via funicular & cable car for gorgeous views of the surrounding Alps. Overnight in Lucern.

 

Day 5 – Lucerne – Innsbruck  (B,L,D)

 Leaving Lucerne, enjoy a morning drive along Lake Zurich to Liechtenstein, a tiny Alpine principality dating back to the Holy Roman Empire. Pass the royal family’s hilltop castle, still in use as a royal residence, as you visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz. Later following the Arlberg route into the Tyrol. Next, cross the border into Austria, arriving later in the day in Innsbruck. The site of two winter Olympics and capital of the Austrian Tyrol, Innsbruck is a mix of centuries-old royal splendor and modern allure. On our arrival we enjoy an orientation which shows us the Golden Roof, Wilten Basilica and Hofburg Palace. Overnight in Tyrol region.

 

Day 6 – Innsbruck – Salzburg (B,L,D)

 Leaving Innsbruck this morning, first visit the Sworowski Factory and then and continue over the Wilder Kaiser Mountains to the charming city of Salzburg dominated by the fortress of Hohensalzburg. An included sightseeing tour takes you to Salzburg’s Renaissance cathedral, fortress of Hohensalzburg (inside), then stop in Getreidegasse for a tour of Mozart\\\'s family house, the Domplatz to see the Marienstatue and through the lovely churchyard of the Franciscans. You’ll see several sights like Residence Square and Herbert von Karajan Square. Time permitting, you will also walk through the Mirabell Gardens. Check into hotel for overnight in Salzburg.

 

Day 07 – In Salzburg (B,L,D)

After breakfast proceed for excursion to the mountain village of Berchtesgadenand Obersalzberg, where you’ll also visit the Eagle’s Nest, a mountain-top lodge used by the Nazis during World War II. This evening, enjoy an optional Mozart Concert followed by a traditional Austrian meal. Overnight in Salzburg.

Day 8– Salzburg – Hallstadt – Melk – Vienna  (B,L,D)

 On your way to the Austrian capital today, stop first in Hallstadt and later in Melk, where you will have a tour of the town’s Baroque monastery, an architectural wonder perched high atop a cliff. Then continue your drive along the Danube through the scenic Austrian countryside where vineyards line the river to Dürnstein en route to Imperial Vienna, the city of the waltz. After hotel check-in, spend the rest of the day exploring Vienna on your own. Overnight in Vienna.

 

 Day 09– In Vienna ( B,L, D)

Our guided sightseeing tour whose highlights include views of the State Opera, the majestic monuments of the Ringstrasse and the Hofburg (inside), once the hub of Imperial power, and St. Stephen\\\'s Cathedral, plus Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards. Then travel to Schonbrunn Palace (inside), a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its intricately designed gardens. Optional : Take an evening cruise on the Danube. Overnight in Vienna.


Day 10 - Vienna – India ( B )
After breakfast, Check out  and have morning at leisure. Later, transfer to airport for taking flight back home.

 

 

End of Tour

 


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Add-on : 6 Days in Italy

Day 10Coach to Venice (via Ljubljana) (B,L,D)

You now head South on your add-on European tour. The coach will head down to Ljubljana, crossing the mighty Dolomite Mountains into Slovenia. Those choosing the Slovenia / Croatia add-on will delink at Ljubljana. Those choosing Italy add-on will change coach and drive to Venice - Stretching across 117 islands and one of Europe\\\'s most romantic cities, arriving late evening.  Overnight in Venice Area.

Day 11In Venice  (B,L,D)

In Venice, you will spend the afternoon on a locally guided walking tour, learning about why Venice is a ‘must see’ destination. You will see the Rialto Bridge, St Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace. Afterwards, indulge at your own leisure sipping an espresso in one of the many piazzas, relax in a gondola OR Optional : View a Murano Glass blowing and traditional lace making demonstration. Overnight in Venice Area.

 

Day 12Venice -Coach to Florence (B,L,D)

Catch a coach to Florence. On arrival, check into hotel. Spend the evening in the heart of Florence, Starting with a guided walking tour of Florence, you will be treated to seeing the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, featuring Michelangelo\\\'s \\\'David\\\', Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. where you can enjoy an authentic Italian meal. Overnight in Florence.

Day 13Florence - Coach to Rome (B,L,D)

After breakfast in hotel, check out and drive to Rome for a locally guided walking tour of the city. Be prepared to be amazed at the history and culture which will unfold in front of your eyes. You will learn of ancient wonders and Renaissance master pieces. See the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Legend says, if you drop a coin into the Trevi Fountain, you will return to Rome one day. Overnight in Rome Area.

Day 14Rome and Vatican City (B)

This is your free day to explore the Ancient City of Rome . Optional : Visit the Vatican City - officially the smallest country in the world, let alone Europe! Head to the opera, grab a slice of pizza, try some regional wine, or banter with the locals. The day is yours to do with as you please. Overnight in Rome Area.

Day 15Rome – India (B)

Morning at leisure. Check out and transfer to airport for taking flight back home.

 

Add-on : 5 Days in Slovenia & Croatia

Day 10Coach to Venice (via Ljubljana) (B,L,D)

You now head South on your add-on European tour. The coach will head down to Ljubljana, crossing the mighty Dolomite Mountains into Slovenia. Those choosing the Slovenia / Croatia add-on will delink at Ljubljana. Those choosing Italy add-on will change coach and drive to Venice.  Check into hotel and proceed for a 2 hrs sight-seeingwhere we will  take a walking tour around Ljubljana. We will first take a walk on foot through the old part of town along the Ljubljanica River and see the most important cultural and historical monuments including the Three Bridges and the New and Old Markets where we will be delighted with boutique shops and nice restaurants. We will also stop at the famous bridge and learn a few secrets of the medieval city before the path continues to the town square with the Town Hall and the city icon - a well symbolizing the three rivers of Carniola. We will also visit the nearby baroque church of St. Nicholas, the food market, Robba’s Fountain and the Dragon Bridge with its four dragons that protect the city while also serving as its trademark. With the funicular railway we will climb to the castle which rises above the town, see a presentation of the development of the city in the Virtual Museum and finally climb the castle’s tower and enjoy the view over the city and its green surroundings. Dinner at the hotel in Ljubljana.Overnight in Ljubljana.

 

Day 11Ljubljana – Bled -  Zelenci – Planica - Bled  (B,L,D)

 

After breakfast in hotel, check-out and drive in coach toBled.

After breakfast, we will depart to the beautiful and mountainous northwest of Slovenia. The first stop will be in Bled. The town of Bled, with its alpine lake, glacial origin, the famous island-living goddess, and the oldest castle in Slovenia, is one of the most prestigious Slovenian resorts. Bled has been the most popular tourist resort in Austro-Hungarian Monarchy since the 19th century Swiss doctor Arnold Rikli discovered its ideal natural conditions and founded a health center there. We will take you to Bled Island, which has been visited by pilgrims since ancient history, by a traditional boat called Pletna. From the castle, we will admire the unbelievable beauty of the lake and the high peaks of the Julian Alps.

After lunch we will head into the heart of the Julian Alps.
First, we will enjoy a brief stop in Zelenci, which is a natural reserve on the border of three countries (Slovenia, Italy and Austria). The unspoiled nature of Zelenci, with numerous springs and emerald green lake, has found its place on the canvas of Ladislaua Benescha and in the words of Davyjevih. From Zelenci we will head to Planica, a picturesque alpine valley carved out by glaciers and known for its ski jumps, where annual events and competitions for the World Cup are held. At the famous hill, many world records in the length of ski jumps were achieved. The world record is currently 240m, reached by Norwegian Bjørn Einar Romøren.

On the way to Bled we\\\'ll stop in Kranjska Gora, which is a popular sport and tourist center, famous for not only its winter sports but also for its natural beauty and exceptionally scenic walking, biking, hiking and climbing routes.

Dinner at the hotel in Bled. Overnight in Bled.

Day 12Bled – Postojna Cave –Plitvice NP (B,L,D)

After breakfast in hotel, check-out and drive in coach to Postojna Cave. The cave is a network of 23 kilometers of tunnels, galleries and halls in which experienced guides have accompanied more than 30 million visitors in over 200 years. This is the biggest classical Karst Cave and the most visited tourist cave in Europe. The cave train will take you into the depths where, thanks to the electric lighting, you can appreciate all the dimensions and nuances of the underground karst where the geological past is written in a unique way. Admire the sights of stalactites and stalagmites and see the ‘human fish’, largest and most famous cave animal in Postojna cave.

Only 15 km from the Postojna Cave stands one of the most picturesque wonders of human history - Predjama Castle. The castle has stood for over 700 years in the 123-meter cliff as a powerful, defiant and impregnable fortress as well as the perfect for secret home of the bold, headstrong and rebellious Erazem Predjama. Photo stop.

Lunch in local restaurant.

Later drive to Plitvice National Park in Croatia.

Dinner and overnight in Pletvice.

 

 Day 13Plitvice NP - Zagreb (B,L,D)

After breakfast we will enjoy a tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park, which consists of blue-green lakes connected by more than ninety waterfalls and rapids. The unsurpassed beauty and attractiveness of the Plitvice Lakes is owed to its tufa and travertine vegetation. The formation of travertine and the subdivision of the riverbed has lead to Plitvice Lakes representing a magnificent architectural phenomenon of nature, surrounded by thick forests inhabited by bears, wolves and many other rare animal and plant species. In 1979, the park was registered in the UNESCO heritage list.

After sightseeing of Plitvice we will continue our tour towards Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Zagreb is a city of parks, palaces, museums and universities. The city lies on the southwestern part of the Pannonian Basin and extends between the Sava River and Mount Medvednica. It represents an important link between Central Europe and Asia Minor and the shortest link between the Pannonian Plain and the Adriatic Sea. Be prepared to be amazed at the history and culture which will unfold in front of your eyes. There will be a tour of the biggest attractions of the city such as the Cathedral, the picturesque and bustling marketplace Dolac, the Church of St. Mark – the symbol of Zagreb, the vantage point of the tower Lotrš?ak which offers a splendid view over Zagreb, the stone gate where you can light a candle, and Bana Jelacic Square, which is not only the crossroads of the upper and lower parts of the city but also the heart of the city, connecting the young and old residents of Zagreb.

Dinner and overnight in Zagreb.

 

Day 14Zagreb - India (B)

 

Morning at leisure. Check out and transfer to airport for taking flight back home.

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