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European Experience
European Experience
United Kingdom | Belgium | Germany | Switzerland | France
11 Days / 10 Nights

Day 01

Begin Your Tour | Arrive Into London

Welcome to your Cox & Kings 'European Experience' tour. Upon arrival in London, after immigration and customs, your Cox & Kings representative will transfer you to your hotel (check in after 1400 hours).

Day 02

Day Free | Optional London Delights Tour

The day is free or after breakfast, sample our Optional London Delights Tour ! Later continue your quest for great bargains. Travel back in time with a visit to the Tower of London, a historic landmark where much royal blood was spilled ! The aptly named Bloody Tower and Traitor's Gate still fascinate. The main attraction is the Jewel house, housing the incredible Crown Jewels including the Koh-i-noor diamond ! Marvel at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir the first temple of stone to be constructed in Europe, with its luminescent white pinnacles and glittering marble pillars. The highlight of your day is a lunch at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. Later, you have a date with over 400 celebrities at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, the world's largest exhibition of life like wax models. Take a photograph with Amitabh Bachchan. Ride the London Eye, the world's tallest Ferris wheel and during the gradual 30-minute flight, see views of London. Later return to your hotel. (B)

Day 03

Onto Paris | Guided City Tour Of London | Eurotunnel to Calais | Shop At Fragonard | Visit Montparnasse | Visit the Eiffel Tower

Live history through a guided panoramic highlight tour of London city. Get acquainted with some of London's iconic landmarks like the Tower Bridge, River Thames, London Eye, Tower of London, Hyde Park, Big Ben, Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, the famous Piccadilly Circus, Nelson's Column at Trafalgar Square followed by the majesty of Buckingham Palace which is the Queen's official residence. On to Dover, cross the English Channel through the Eurotunnel and arrive in Calais. Drive to Paris, the 'City of Lights'. After check in proceed to enjoy the city. Visit and shop at Fragonard - The Parfumeur an exclusive from Cox and Kings. Displayed are perfumery collections retracing 3000 years of history. Discover Fragonard's original perfumery creations on sale at factory prices. Fragonard celebrates the 250 years of Cox and Kings with a special souvenir for each visitor. Later today, another exclusive the Montparnasse tower - the roof of Paris, at a height of 210 metres above Paris.

Discover a view of Paris with the crowning glory of the Eiffel Tower. Far above the hustle and bustle of the Montparnasse square, you can stand on the very roof of the capital. The city is spread out before you, swarming with life. Europe's fastest elevator will take you to a height of 196 meters (over 640 ft) for this magnificient experience. By using the viewpoint indicators, you can locate and see each of the districts and their monuments.

Best of all get a memento to commerate your visit ! Take in the dazzling overview of the glittering city as you ascend by an elevator to the 1st level of the Eiffel Tower ! After dinner return to your hotel. (B, D)

Day 04

Excursion to Parc Astérix OR Optional excursion to Disneyland Paris | Optional "Gala Evening In Paris"

We recommend you unleash the child in you and enjoy our highly recommended, fun-filled exclusive excursion to Parc Astérix. This is another first from Cox and Kings ! 7 adventure areas, 27 attractions and 6 shows set your heart racing and keep you entertained. Ride the 80 kmph Tonnerre de Zeus - Europe's highest wooden roller coaster; the Goudrix, the Oxygenarium, the Transdemonium, the Menhir Express, a log flume ride with a 13 metre drop and the Grand Splatch - a rapid river ride to keep the adrenaline flowing. Thrilling rides, and incredible shows make it a complete family attraction. OR Take our fun-filled optional excursion to Disneyland !

Later this evening, don't miss our optional Cox and Kings Gala Evening and experience the joie de vivre of 'Gaie Paris'.This enchanted evening unfolds with a cruise on the River Seine, sailing under old and beautiful bridges, admiring illuminated monuments as you glide by. True bliss ! Sparkle over a glass of champagne and an Indian dinner at the Lido. Here at the most famous nightclub in the world, enjoy the 'Bonheur Show',a cabaret with extraordinary sets and extravagant costumes. Take away small remembrance of your visit. We stretch the night for you with an Illumination Tour, driving past spectacularly lit landmarks of Paris. It's magic ! Return to your hotel. (B)

Day 05

Onto Chamonix Valley | City Tour Of Paris | Visit Grévin Wax Museum

Enjoy a guided panoramic city tour of famous monuments like the Louvre, Garnier's Opera, the largest opera theatre in the world, the Place de la Concorde - the site of the infamous guillotine, the Champs Élysées - one of the most fashionable streets in the world, the Napoleanic Arc de Triomphe and the Hotel des Invalides. Our next stop is the famed Grévin Wax Museum, an exclusive from Cox and Kings ! Grévin, a legendary site of entertainment since 1882, was created by Alfred Grévin, 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 Grévin, who was a cartoonist, designer and famous sculptor. The Grévin opened its doors on June 5th, 1882. It was an immediate success. At Grévin, 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. Later it's 'Love at first sight' the beautiful Chamonix Valley and the majestic mountains of the Mont Blanc range. Whilst all the Hindi movies have launched the Swiss Alps, Cox and Kings is the first to introduce the French Alps and the home of Mont Blanc to India. Check into your hotel and after dinner tonight try out your winning streak at the casino ! A voucher will get you a complimentary drink. Raise a toast to your tour with Cox and Kings and the Chamonix Mt Blanc region. (B, D

Day 06

Onto Gstaad/ Les Diablerets | Optional Cable Car Ride To Aiguille Du Midi And A Visit To The Mer De Glace In Chamonix Valley | Visit Geneva

Awaken to the spectacular delights of the glacier around you. A view of the facing peaks and of Mont-Blanc, awaits you at breakfast. Enjoy a free morning. Walk past picturesque hamlets and along alpine lakes, the spectacular scenery and surroundings. Stroll along the valley paths. Relax and be sure to feast your eyes on the wonderful views. Don't miss our optional excursion tour - a ride on the highest and most impressive cable car, the Aiguille du Midi, which lifts you to 3842 meters for an unforgettable view of the Alps, with its own postage stamp and a letterbox !

Continue your optional excursion with a ride on the nostalgic red rack and pinion railway to Montenvers. The train climbs a steep track, through scenic Alpine scenery, to a stunning vantage point above the 'Mer de Glace' (sea of ice) Glacier. You know you've really arrived when you stand at 1913 meters, at the 'Mer de Glace', which is 7 kms long and 200 meters thick, with a surface dimension of 40 kms! A crystal gallery, a wildlife exhibition, an ice garden and the famous ice grotto 100 meters long, carved each year into the heart of the glacier, awaits you !

Drive to Geneva, one of Switzerland's most privileged cities, said to have the second highest quality of living in the world ! We begin the orientation tour with a drive to the Palais des Nations (the European Headquarters of the United Nations) and the Musée Ariana. Be awestruck by the great white plume of the world's tallest fountain in Europe - the magnificent Jet d'Eau and pause for a photograph here and at the beautiful floral clock in the Jardin Anglais ! Onto Gstaad - the sking capital and a favourite playground for the rich and famous. (B, D )

Day 07

In Switzerland | Optional Visit to Glacier 3000 | Visit Lucerne | Optional Mt. Cox & Kings Gala Evening With Dinner - An Exclusive Mountain In Switzerland

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, and the scene of the popular Indian film "Bachna Ae Haseeno". The rest of the day is free to visit the famous pedestrian zone with its shops and typical chalet style houses or the optional Glacier 3000 Awaits ! Ascent is by cable car to Scex R ouge (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, Mönch and Jungfrau to the Matterhorn - and views onto over 24 peaks that are over 4000 m high. Here is a tribute to Cox and Kings serving you for 250 years. 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. Move on to Lucerne with its picturesque mountains, lakes, cowbells, alpine villages and meadows full of edelweiss. Pause at the poignant Lion Monument, built to commemorate the brave Swiss soldiers killed during the French Revolution. Stroll along the covered, wooden Kapellbrücke (chapel bridge), to 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. Next to a virtually unlimited selection of watches and jewelry, every store carries a vast array of small famous brand gifts and souvenirs, priced for every pocket. Later drive on to the Swiss region of Lungern, where an exclusive optional Gala Evening is lined up for you. A mountain in Switzerland that's all yours! We make sure that ultimate fantasy comes true with Mt. Cox & Kings - a Swiss Mountain in the Lungern - Schönbuel belt, so exclusive, that it's only for you ! Getting there is half the fun ! Wind your way uphill in a cable car, with a panoramic 360 degree view of the Bernese Oberland. If viewing nature is not enough, there are walking trails, and chocolate casting. That's not all! We top it with a sumptuous Dinner and Disco Dancing ! Yes, with Cox and Kings you're constantly on a high ! Later check in to your hotel. (B)

Day 08

Day At Leisure | Optional Excursion To The Jungfraujoch, Ascending By Cogwheel Train, Indian Lunch | An Interlaken City Tour and | Visit To The Trummelbach Falls

The day is free, but do take advantage of our optional excursion to the Jungfraujoch, the 'Top of Europe', a wonderful world of glaciers and eternal ice. Stop at the Trümmelbach falls, another highlight from Cox and Kings. This is the only glacier waterfalls in Europe, cascading through the mountain. Onto Jungfraujoch. Reach the highest altitude railway station in Europe by a charming, red cogwheel train, amid dramatic mountain scenery ! 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 breadth away. What could be more tempting in this icy cold scenario, than a hot Indian lunch ! 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. Indulge in some shopping at Kirchhofer's Casino Gallery, famous for Swiss watches, chocolates and other accessories. (B, D)

Day 09

Onto The Rhineland | Excursion To The Rhine Falls At Schaffhausen | Drive Through The Black Forest | Visit Drubba | Orientation Tour Of Heidelberg

Move onto Schaffhausen, where the Rhine River thunders over the Rhine Falls, forming Europe's largest waterfall - an excellent photo opportunity.

Continue to Germany, through the Black Forest region, Ravennaschult and Höllental visiting Drubba for a cuckoo clock demonstration ! Get a souvenir…. yes with compliments of Drubba and Cox and Kings. Your scenic drive continues to Heidelberg, in the valley of the River Neckar and known for its romantic castle and picturesque Old Town. Wander around the winding alleys of the 'Alstadt'- old section of the town. Spend some free time (and money !) at the Haupstrasse or high street, the main shopping avenue in Heidelberg. Check into your hotel in the Rhineland. (B, D)

Day 10

Onto Belgium | Cruise on the River Rhine | Orientation Tour of Brussels

This morning proceed to St. Goar through the Rhine valley, along this stretch of river, there are more castles than in any other river valley in the world. Enjoy a cruise along the 'Romantic Rhine' with castles, vineyards, and the Loreley, which is a treacherous precipice that for centuries trounced ships traveling the River. The male sailors, of course, blamed their tragedies on a woman. A legend developed that a young, beautiful maiden with long, blonde hair would sing and distract the sailors. You can see a statue of her near the cliff. The scenery is actually stunning. Then drive on to Brussels - the Elegant Capital City, also the seat of the European Union, with an air of bustling efficiency !

An orientation tour takes you through picturesque medieval streets to the magnificent Gothic St. Michael's Cathedral. Walk via Galeries Saint Hubert the world's first shopping mall, opened in 1847, to the Grand Place, Europe's most beautiful square. This exquisite market square is the main tourist attraction of the city. Time permitting, shop here for world famous Belgian lace, chocolate and Belgian Waffles dusted with caramelized sugar. Mmmm !

Visit the Mannekin Pis, (photo stop) - the cheeky statue of a boy, representing the "irreverent spirit" of Brussels, has drawn sightseers for centuries. (B, D)

Day 11

Return Home With Happy Memories

Today bid farewell to Brussels and your Cox & Kings 'European Experience' tour, as you transfer to the airport, for your flight back home. Good times need never end ! We are confident you will join us again some time soon…. (B either in hotel or on board the flight)