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Europe and Bernina Express - 2012

9 Nights / 10 Days tour package for USD 1529 per person
Destinations Covered: Brussels - Wurzburg Area - Innsbruck - St Moritz - Lugano - Lake Lucerne - Geneva Area - Paris 4551
 

This memorable vacation starts in London and travels to Brussels for an overnight. Continue through Germany’s scenic Rhineland, spend the night in Würzburg, and discover charming medieval Rothenburg along the Romantic Road. Next up: the beautiful landscapes of Bavaria, a visit to King Ludwig's fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, then Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. The included panoramic Alpine train ride on the spectacular Bernina Express—which leaves from St. Moritz and crosses the Bernina mountain range into the Italian Valtellina—is an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a change of scenery as you arrive in subtropical Lake Lugano, then back over the mountains to Lucerne, Interlaken, and Gruyère in the Swiss Alps. Spend the night in international Geneva, with an included orientation drive, then head north with a stop in medieval Beaune. Your adventure ends with two overnights in Paris, the fascinating "City of Light", then return to London by ferry.

 

Rates and Dates (Rates per person on US Dollars):

Tour Start Date Return Date Price Per Person
20-Apr-2013 29-Apr-2013 USD 1629
27-Apr-2013 06-May-2013
04-May-2013 13-May-2013
11-May-2013 20-May-2013
18-May-2013 27-May-2013
 
25-May-2013 03-Jun-2013 USD 1649
01-Jun-2013 10-Jun-2013
08-Jun-2013 17-Jun-2013
15-Jun-2013 24-Jun-2013
22-Jun-2013 01-Jul-2013
29-Jun-2013 08-Jul-2013
06-Jul-2013 15-Jul-2013
13-Jul-2013 22-Jul-2013
20-Jul-2013 29-Jul-2013
 
27-Jul-2013 05-Aug-2013 USD 1649
03-Aug-2013 12-Aug-2013
10-Aug-2013 19-Aug-2013
17-Aug-2013 26-Aug-2013
24-Aug-2013 02-Sep-2013
31-Aug-2013 09-Sep-2013
 
07-Sep-2013 16-Sep-2013 USD 1629
14-Sep-2013 23-Sep-2013
21-Sep-2013 30-Sep-2013
 
28-Sep-2013 07-Oct-2013 USD 1579
05-Oct-2013 14-Oct-2013
 
12-Oct-2013 21-Oct-2013 USD 1529
19-Oct-2013 28-Oct-2013
   
Hotels:

Brussels: Ramada La Woluwe (F)
Wurzburg Area: Schöne Aussicht (ST) at Marktheidenfeld
Innsbruck: Dollinger (ST)
ST. Moritz: Sporthotel Bären (F)
Lugano: Acquarello (ST)
Lake Lucerne: Pilatusblick (F) at Kriens
Geneva: Ramada Encore (F)
Paris: Kyriad (ST) at Bercy

 
Itinerary

Day 1: London – Brussels, Belgium
Leave London in the early morning and head through the lush English countryside to the Channel port, where you board your ferry for the Continent. Here your Tour Director and comfortable coach wait to take you to Brussels

Day 2: Brussels – Rhineland, Germany – Wurzburg Area
Start the day by traveling south into Germany to reach the shores of the mighty Rhine for a scenic drive. Even better, opt for a Rhine cruise. Admire the pretty villages, the castles perched high above the river, and the numerous terraced vineyards. Then, head for the Würzburg area for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 3: Würzburg Area – Romantic Road – Rothenburg – Neuschwanstein Castle – Innsbruck, Austria
Drive along the Romantic Road through villages protected by medieval tower gates and with squares of half-timbered houses and richly decorated fountains. Stop awhile to visit the picturesque town of Rothenburg. Travel into southern Bavaria for an included visit to the legendary Castle of Neuschwanstein. Just a few more miles into Austria for an overnight in Innsbruck. (B,D)

Day 4: Innsbruck – St. Moritz, Switzerland
A magnificent drive this morning through Austrian and Swiss grand Alpine scenery. South into Switzerland’s lower Engadine Valley and past Swiss National Park to the world-famous resort of St. Moritz. Plenty of time to enjoy vistas of the great mountain peaks and the blue water lake just below the town. Take a stroll and let it all sink in. (B)

Day 5: St. Moritz – Bernina Express Train to Italy – Lugano, Switzerland
Enjoy the highlight of the whole tour and a wonderful way of crossing the Alps. One of Europe’s most spectacular train rides begins in St. Moritz and takes you across lofty Bernina Pass via the Swiss Poschiavo area to Tirano in the Italian Valtellina. Here, rejoin your coach for the journey to the shores of Lake Como and then Lugano, where you’ll overnight. (B)

Day 6: Lugano – Lake Lucerne
Another lovely journey today through the valleys of the Canton Ticino, through the Gotthard Tunnel, and into more magnificent Alpine scenery as you descend to the shores of Lake Lucerne. Today, visit one of Switzerland’s finest cities, nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and embellished by the clear mountain waters of the River Reuss. Your visit takes in the impressive city walls, a covered wooden bridge, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the Lion Monument—a masterful stone sculpture in honor of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis XVI. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a funicular and cable-car ride to the 6,227-foot summit of Mount Stanserhorn, a cruise on the fjord-like lake, and, of course, time to shop for that very Swiss watch. (B,D)

Day 7: Lake Lucerne – Interlaken – Gruyère – Geneva Area
A day packed with a variety of scenery and places to visit. First to Interlaken, a vacationer’s dream. It’s all picture postcard perfect, lying beneath the towering Jungfrau and between two sparkling lakes. Motor along the shores of Lake Thun, then on to the small but lovely village of Gruyère with only a few more miles before reaching Switzerland’s most international city, Geneva, for an orientation drive and overnight in this area. (B)

Day 8: Geneva Area – Beaune, France – Paris
Vistas of famous vineyards on the way to Beaune. Visit the medieval Burgundian town, known the world over for its wine production. Later, via the autoroute, to Paris. Tonight, maybe an optional cabaret show? (B)

Day 9: Paris
One full day to explore the city that’s known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles and, to celebrate the success of your tour, a French farewell dinner might be just the ticket. (B)

Day 10: Paris – London, England
Relax and let the countryside whiz by on the road north to the coast, where you board your Channel ferry. Through Kent, return to London for an evening on arrival. (B)

 
Package Includes:
Accommodation for 1 night in Brussels, Belgium
Accommodation for 1 night in Geneva Area
Accommodation for 1 night in Wurzburg
Accommodation for 2 nights in Paris
Accommodation for 1 night in Innsbruck, Austria
Meals as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 3 nights in Switzerland(St. Moritz, Lugano, Lucerne)
Sightseeing and activities as per the itinerary
 
Package Excludes:
Return Airfare and taxes
Cost of meals other than not mentioned in the inclusions
Visa charges
Cost of any other services not specifically mentioned in inclusions
Expenses of personal nature, laundry, telephone bills, tips, gratuities etc    
 
Notes:
The package Prices based on double room occupancy
The package  itineraries and prices are subject to change
Please note that mandatory prepaid gratuities for Tour Director and Driver are applicable    

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