Europe is a continent that comprises the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia. It is generally divided from Asiaby the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the Bosporuswaterway connecting the Black and Aegean Seas.
Europe is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Black Sea and its connected waterways to the southeast. Yet the borders of Europeâ€”a concept dating back to classical antiquityâ€”are arbitrary, as the primarily physiographic term “continent” also incorporates cultural and political elements.
Europe is the world’s second-smallest continent by surface area, covering about 10,180,000 square kilometres (3,930,000 sq mi) or 2% of the Earth’s surface and about 6.8% of its land area. Of Europe’s approximately 50 countries, Russia is by far the largest by both area and population, taking up 40% of the continent (although the country has territory in both Europe and Asia), while Vatican City is the smallest. Europe is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of 739â€“743 million or about 11% of the world’s population. The most commonly used currency is the euro.
Europe, in particular ancient Greece, is the birthplace of Western culture. It played a predominant role in global affairs from the 15th century onwards, especially after the beginning of colonialism. Between the 16th and 20th centuries, European nations controlled at various times the Americas, most of Africa, Oceania, and the overwhelming majority of Asia. The Industrial Revolution, which began in Great Britain around the end of the 18th century, gave rise to radical economic, cultural, and social change in Western Europe, and eventually the wider world. Demographic growth meant that, by 1900, Europe’s share of the world’s population was 25%.
Both world wars were largely focused upon Europe, greatly contributing to a decline in Western European dominance in world affairs by the mid-20th century as the United States and Soviet Union took prominence. During the Cold War, Europe was divided along the Iron Curtain between NATO in the west and the Warsaw Pact in the east. European integration led to the formation of the Council of Europe and the European Union in Western Europe, both of which have been expanding eastward since the revolutions of 1989and the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The European Union nowadays has growing influence over its member countries. Many European countries are members of the Schengen Area, which abolishes border and immigration controls among its members.
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Â Arrive in Rome
Welcome to Rome, once the capital of the mighty Roman Empire and now the capital of Italy. Upon arrival you will be met by our tour manager who will help you with your transfer to the hotel and check in. Next, you will be taken to see the famous Trevi Fountain, where according to legends, if you can throw a coin into the fountain over your left shoulder, you will surely be back in Rome. At the end of the tour proceed to the Indian restaurant for dinner after which return to your hotel in Rome for overnight stay. (Dinner)
Â Rome to Pisa
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed for the guided tour of the Vatican – the worldâ€™s smallest nation and the seat of Catholic Christianity. The centre of attraction here is the St. Peterâ€™s Basilica. Later, you will visit Sistine Chapel and the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope. After viewing the Vatican, proceed on an orientation tour to visit the Piazza Venezia and the colossal Victor Emmanuel II Monument. Re-live the thrills of historic Rome as you view the ancient Roman forums. Lunch will be served at an Indian restaurant. Later in the day, you will be transferred to Pisa, where upon arrival you will have dinner at an Indian restaurant. After dinner you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Â From Pisa to Florence to Padova
After a continental breakfast in the hotel, we proceed to Pisa. Visit the â€˜Field of Miraclesâ€™, wherein stands the grand Romanesque Pisano styled marble cathedral. You also get to see the Baptistery and the Bell Tower, known throughout the world as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Later proceed to Florence and on arrival have lunch at an Indian restaurant. After lunch, we proceed for a guided walking city tour of Florence city to see the Duomo, Baptistery and Piazza Signoria Square (open air museum). Later we stop at the Piazza Michelangelo. Designed in 1869 by Poggi, it offers a great view of the city and is a very popular tourist destination. After sightseeing, you will be transferred to Padova where you will proceed for an Indian dinner and head for an overnight stay at a hotel in Padova. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Â From Padova to Innsbruck via Venice
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Venice and on arrival, you will be taken on an orientation tour of the city. We drive over the Mussoliniâ€™s Bridge of Liberty and then take a water taxi ride over the Giudecca canal to St. Markâ€™s Square at the very heart of Venice. Here, we see the historic Ducal Palace, the infamous prison, the Bridge of Sighs, the exquisite Clock Tower and the baroque splendor of St. Markâ€™s Basilica. We then visit the Murano Glass factory, where a master craftsman will demonstrate the art of creating the famous Venetian blown glass. Enjoy Indian lunch on board the Venice waters, after which you will be transferred to Innsbruck in Austria where you will proceed for an Indian dinner and head for an overnight stay at a hotel in Innsbruck. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Â From Innsbruck to Vaduz and then on to Lucerne / Zurich
After breakfast, proceed to Wattens, where you will explore the world of crystals by visiting the Swarovski Crystal Museum. We now proceed for your orientation tour of Innsbruck and visit the Goldenes Dachl also called the Golden roof. Also, see the 17th century fountain with the equestrian statue of King Leopold V, St. Annes Column, the Triumph forte which is also called the Innsbruck Arch of Celebration and the Heiblinghaus. After the sightseeing, enjoy an early lunch at Indian restaurant. After lunch, you will be taken to Vaduz – the capital of Liechtenstein. After enjoying the Toy train ride, you also have the opportunity of getting your passports stamped at a nominal fee. After you have enjoyed the sights of Vaduz, proceed to Zurich/Engelberg / Lucerne. On arrival proceed for dinner at an Indian restaurant, followed by stay at Zurich/Lucerne/ Engelberg area. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Â Drive from Lucerne to Jungfraujoch and back to Lucerne
Optional Day: Visit to Jungfraujoch with Indian lunch in Bollywood restaurant and visit to Interlaken.
After a continental breakfast, the rest of the day is at leisure. You can spend the day in the comforts of the hotel or explore the area with our optional excursion to Jungfraujoch, which can only be reached through a 7.3 km long cog railway tunnel. One of the highlights of the day is the Indian lunch at the famous Bollywood Restaurant; after which you shall proceed to Interlaken. This resort town is situated between the lakes of Thun and Brienz in the heart of the Swiss Alps and is very popular shooting spot for Bollywood movies. Enjoy an Indian dinner at an Indian restaurant and return to you hotel in the Zurich/ Lucerne/Engelberg area for overnight stay (Breakfast, optional lunch and dinner)
Â Engelberg, Mt. Titlis and Lucerne
After a continental breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a full day excursion to Mt. Titlis, the highest glacier destination and the biggest ski and snowboard paradise in central Switzerland. To get to Mt. Titlis, you need to pass through a series of three different cable cars. The last leg of the journey involves the worldâ€™s first rotating cable car called the Titlis Rotair. On the terrace on top of Mt. Titlis summit station, if weather permits, you could take an unforgettable ride on the Ice-Flyer, an enclosed ski lift that travels a few meters down the Titlis glacier. The visit is topped off by a delicious Indian lunch at the summit. Next, we have kept the best for the last. Visit the 100-metre long, highest suspension bridge in Europe situated at more than 3,000 meters above sea level. Next, we proceed for an orientation tour of Lucerne to see the Lion Monument, hewn from a limestone cliff to commemorate the bravery and loyalty of Swiss Guards. Take a stroll across the Kappelbruke, the worldâ€™s oldest covered wooden bridge, originally built in 1333 over the River Reuss. Enjoy an Indian dinner at an Indian restaurant and return to you hotel in the Zurich/ Lucerne/Engelberg area for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Â Drive from Lucerne/Engelberg to Schaffhausen and Heidelberg
After breakfast, proceed to Schaffhausen and take a photo stop at the Europeâ€™s biggest waterfall – the Rhine Falls. Here you can also take a boat ride to the very base of the falls. Later we proceed to the Black Forest region of Germany and visit Drubba where you can see a demonstration of how cuckoo clocks are made. You may also buy one of the original cuckoo clocks as a souvenir and eat the famous Black Forest cake. Lunch will be served at Indian restaurant. Later proceed to Heidelberg and enjoy a photo stop outside Heidelberg Castle. From here, proceed for dinner at an Indian restaurant and stay overnight at the hotel in Mannheim area. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Â Drive from Heidelberg to Paris
Suggested: Optional grand evening in Paris with Lido Show and illumination tour After breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to Paris. On arrival in Paris, proceed for a cruise on the Seine. In the evening, enjoy hot and sumptuous Indian dinner at an Indian restaurant after which you can check in to your hotel . We now suggest a grand evening in Paris that includes, world famous Lido Show followed by an Illumination tour of Paris to see the famous landmarks of the city magically lit up. At the end of the evening, return to your hotel for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Â Sightseeing in Paris
After a continental breakfast, we proceed for a guided city tour of Paris which covers many of the cityâ€™s iconic landmarks. At the western end of the Champs-Ã‰lysÃ©es, the Arc de Triomphe suggests an ancient Roman arch, only it’s larger. After lunch, visit the legendary Louvre Museum. Make sure you get a glimpse of the Louvreâ€™s two most famous ladies: the beguiling Mona Lisa and the armless Venus de Milo. In the evening, come face to face with Parisâ€™s biggest landmark, the Eiffel Tower. You can climb up the 2nd level of the tower which offers a stunning view of the city. We then head for dinner at an Indian restaurant and return for your overnight stay at the hotel in Paris. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Â Paris to Brussels and Amsterdam
After a continental breakfast, depart on your onward journey to the Belgian capital of Brussels. Upon arrival, you are taken to an Indian restaurant for a delicious lunch. Later we proceed to take a photo-stop at Manneken Pis Statue, which is followed by an orientation tour of Grand Place, Town Hall, Guild Houses, Serclaes Monument. Thereafter you will pause for a photo-stop at the Atomium – a 335 m tall structure representing an iron molecule which is enlarged 165 billion times. Later we proceed to Amsterdam, enjoy a hot and sumptuous dinner at an Indian restaurant and stay overnight at the hotel in Amsterdam area. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Â Drive to Keukenhoff and then sail to Harwich
After a continental breakfast, stop for a photo stop at the wind mill and then visit the famous wooden shoe factory. After this, explore the many canals of Amsterdam with the Canal Cruise. After this, enjoy lunch at an Indian restaurant. Later we visit the famous Keukenhof Gardens, popular for growing Tulips of all hues (till May 18, 2013). If you are visiting after May 18, you will be taken to Madurodam- the world famous miniature city Madurodam )-a world famous miniature city. After this, proceed to Hook of Holland port in the evening to take your ferry to Harwich, near London. Dinner will be served on board the ship following which you will spend the night in the ferry. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Â Arrive in London
After breakfast on board the ferry, you will arrive in Harwich from where you will be transferred to London. On arrival in London proceed on a guided city tour of London with photo stop at few of the attractions such as Buckingham Palace to see the parade and the change of guards (subject to operation). Thereafter, we head to the London Bridge, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and Tower Bridge. At this point, we take a break and head for lunch at an Indian restaurant. Later we visit the Ripleyâ€™s Believe It or Not! After this unbelievable experience, check in the hotel and proceed for dinner at an Indian restaurant and return for your overnight stay at the hotel in London. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Â Exploring London
After a continental breakfast, proceed to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Later take a ride on the London eye. After this exhilarating ride, break for lunch at an Indian restaurant. After lunch you are free to browse on Oxford street, the high end shopping district of London. We then head for dinner at an Indian restaurant and return for your overnight stay at the hotel in London. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Â Depart from London
Post a nice continental breakfast at the hotel, check-out and proceed to London Heathrow Airport to board your flight for back home. (Breakfast)