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Day 1: London – Reims: Orientation tour of Reims
After a warm welcome from your Tour Director in the UK we set off to cross the English Channel to Calais. From there we head through northern France to Reims, not only the unofficial Champagne Capital of France but is also home to several UNESCO World Heritage listed sites. Here we embark on an orientation tour visiting sites such as Notre-Dame cathedral, the Tau palace, and the Saint-Remi basilica. Time permitting your tour manager may be able to arrange an optional tour (cost not included), of a local Champagne Cellar! Later we continue our journey close to the French/German border where we enjoy an overnight stay
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Day 2: Black Forest, Rhine Falls and Lucerne orientation tour
Today we drive to the Black Forest in the southwest region of Germany known for its lush valleys and pineclad hills. The Black Forest is certainly a beautiful place to visit. Some of the world’s best-quality wood products and the world’s prettiest and bestpreserved forests are in this region. Everything that you might expect of a picture-perfect German holiday is found here – The Black Forest maids, Black Forest farms, Black Forest gateau, Bollenhut hats and the famous Cuckoo Clocks. Our tour takes us to Drubba in the heart of the Black Forest to see firsthand how the Cuckoo Clocks of Hofgut Sternen are made. Next it’s a short drive into Switzerland and onto Schaffhausen to witness the stunning natural beauty of one of Europe’s largest waterfalls, the Rhine Falls. Then on to Lucerne a beautiful city located at the northern tip of Lake Lucerne, where you’ll see the Lion Monument called Lowendenkmal. Followed by a stroll along the banks of Lake Lucerne to see attractions like the Kapellbrucke (The Chapel Bridge) and the Spreuerbrucke, two traditional wooden bridges of Lucerne. Then a little retail therapy at the ‘Bucherer,’ famous for Swiss watches, jewellery and souvenirs. Finally enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Glacier 3000, Montreux and Lausanne orientation tour
After breakfast, we proceed to Coldu-Pillon to visit the amazing Glacier 3000. Discover the new must-see attraction in Switzerland: The Peak Walk by Tissot (the only suspension bridge connecting 2 peaks in the World). Ascent to 3000m in just 15 minutes on the panoramic cable car and enjoy a breath-taking view of the 3 main peaks of the Alps: Matterhorn, Mont-Blanc & Jungfrau. On the Glacier, where the snow never melts, visitors can experience numerous activities such as Ice Express Chairlift, Snow Fun Park, Snowbus tour, Alpine Coaster (World Highest Roller-coaster) and even Dog Sled Ride! Next, we continue to Montreux, the capital of the Vaud Riviera and home of the famous Jazz festival. In the past Charlie Chaplin and Freddie Mercury have made their home here. Today many celebrities continue to live along the Riviera. Later we proceed to the lakeside city of Lausanne, where we embark on an orientation tour. Packed with history and culture, Lausanne has a picture-perfect centre, buzzing with restaurants, cafés, markets and a number of pretty neighbourhoods with a character all of their own. There is plenty to see, from the converted warehouses of Flon to the independent boutiques around Rue de Bourg and the stylish shops and cafés of Grancy. Finally, it’s back to the hotel to enjoy a comfortable overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4: Paris: River Seine Cruise and optional evening Illumination of Paris
Today’s destination is beautiful Paris, to experience a panoramic boat cruise along the River Seine. These exquisite boats are entirely glass topped and specifically constructed to explore the breathtaking panoramic views of Parisian monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Orsay Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris’ own Statue of Liberty as well as many other landmarks. Later, indulge in an Indian meal followed by an optional evening tour to discover the radiance of the ‘City of Lights.’ The tour will cover historic sites such as Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and the extravagant Eiffel Tower. As the evening draws to a close enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, & Dinner
Day 5: Eiffel Tower and panoramic tour of Paris – Back to London
The last day of your tour will include a visit to the most famous attraction in Paris, the Eiffel Tower, from where you can marvel at the spectacular views of the city. On returning to ground we embark on a panoramic tour, taking OperaGarnier, Arc De Triomphe, Louvre Palace. We also visit the Musée du Parfum Fragonard a must-see among places to visit in Paris where we enjoy a guided tour unveiling the manufacturing secrets of perfume and its extraordinary history from Antiquity to the present day. Following our tour of Paris we head north, back to Calais and our channel crossing to England .
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch