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Overnight in Zurich. Dinner at an Indian restaurant
oday, proceed on an orientation tour of Lucerne. See picturesque mountains, lakes, cowbells, alpine villages and meadows. Pause at the poignant Lion Monument, built to commemorate the brave Swiss soldiers killed during the French Revolution. Stroll along the covered, wooden Kappellbrucke (chapel bridge), to the ornate Jesuit Church. Later, your drive takes you to picture perfect Austria. En route, pause at the principality of Liechtenstein and stop at Vaduz - the capital, to enjoy a short orientation. Vaduz is famous for its postage stamps. Next, halt at the internationally renowned Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, and prepare to be dazzled at the 'Chambers of Wonder'! In a wondrous blue hall dominated by a Unicum - a wall of crystal, you see the world's biggest crystal and its smallest! Over 7 million people from all corners of the globe have already been thrilled by the Swarovski experience - now you are one of them! Continue a scenic drive to Innsbruck. Located on the Inn River, Innsbruck is one of Europe's most beautiful and lively cities. An international centre for winter sports which has hosted the Winter Olympics twice! The orientation tour introduces you to its world famous sights. View the Golden Roof or 'Goldenes Dachl', an ornate Gothic balcony erected by the Emperor Maximilian I in the 15th century, decorated with gold painted copper shingles. Next, walk to the Imperial Church followed by the 'Hofburg' or Imperial Palace. This Capital of the Alps has a history of 800 years! Later, after dinner, check-in to your hotel. Overnight in Innsbruck.
Today your journey takes you on a drive past quaint villages, medieval castles and fruit orchards and cutting across the fertile Adriatic Plains, to the magical lagoon city of Venice. Nothing prepares you for the captivating city of canals and palaces - Venice is simply unique! Built on 117 small islands, it is a pedestrian's city, so get set for a walking tour. Cruise from Tronchetto Pier and glide romantically past fairytale palaces, through incredible miniature canals to the Piazza San Marco (St. Marks Square), where you disembark. Napoleon dubbed the Square the 'finest drawing room in Europe' for its constant carnival atmosphere! Witness the bronze Moors striking the hour, as they have been doing for the past 500 years! From there to the Doge's Palace, connected by the 'Bridge of Sighs' to its prisons. It was from here that the legendary lover Casanova made his famous escape! End this exciting tour with a brief visit to a Murano Glass Showroom (whenever open) for a demonstration in glass blowing. It was on the island of Murano that glass was first made in Europe and hand blown Venetian glass is world famous. Later, proceed to the hotel in Padova and check-in. Overnight in Padova. Breakfast at the hotel, lunch at an Indian restaurant and dinner on board the cruise
Drive across the Apennine Mountains, along the Brenta River past Bologna, to Pisa - the hometown of Galileo and a city, which makes the most of its claim to fame from its Leaning Tower! It has leaned almost since construction first started, due to the swampy soil beneath it. At a photo-stop here, note its striking beauty along with its characteristic tilt. It is the Duomo's (Cathedral), Bell Tower together with the Baptistery which forms the Field of Miracles. Continue to Florence, to the magical Piazzale Michelangelo for a stunning view of the city. After an exciting tour, drive through a stretch of olive groves and vineyards to the Tuscany region where on arrival, you will be checked in to the hotel. Overnight in Arezzo. Breakfast at the hotel, lunch at an Indian restaurant and dinner at an Indian restaurant / hotel Highlights of your Tour Orientation tour of Lucerne Swarovski Crystal Worlds St. Mark's Square Square of Miracles Visit Trevi Fountain Visit St, Peter's Basilica Aiguille Du Midi
Today, after breakfast, drive towards Rome. 'Rome was not built in a day'- the truth of this often quoted adage hits you with full force, as we pack in all the 'must see' agenda into our guided panoramic city tour!
After breakfast, enjoy a comfortable drive to the scenic splendor of Chamonix Mont Blanc. It's 'Love at first sight' as you enter the beautiful Chamonix Valley and the majestic mountains of the Mont Blanc range. Whilst all the Hindi movies have launched the Swiss Alps, Cox & Kings is the first to introduce the French Alps to India and the home of Mont Blanc, famous for its pens and accessories. Continue your drive to arrive at your hotel in Chamonix Mont Blanc region and check in. Overnight in Chamonix. Breakfast at the hotel, packed lunch from an Indian restaurant and dinner at an Indian restaurant
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