Day 1 | Begin Your Tour / Arrive Into London / Guided City Tour Of London
Welcome to your ‘Cox & Kings European gems’ tour. Your Cox & Kings representative greets you at the hotel, after you comfortably check-in on your own. (check in after 1400hrs). This afternoon assemble in the lobby at 1530hrs. Meet your Tour Manager and live history through a guided panoramic tour 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, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace which is the Queen’s official residence. Return to your hotel or give in to some great bargains and allow London’s varied restaurants to further weaken your resistance!
Day 2 | Onto Belgium / Eurotunnel to Folkstone / Orientation Tour of Brussels
Onto Folkstone, cross the English Channel through the Eurotunnel and arrive in Calais. 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 to the magnificent Gothic St. Michael’s Cathedral. Walk via Galeries Saint Hubert to the Grand Place, Europe’s most beautiful square. This exquisite market square is the main tourist attraction of the city. Visit the Mannekin Pis, (photo stop) – the cheeky statue of a boy, representing the “irreverent spirit” of Brussels, which has drawn sightseers for centuries. After dinner check into your hotel.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 3 | Onto The Netherlands / Canal Cruise / Visit Keukenhof / Madurodam
Today your day begins in amsterdam, where Windmills still wield their magic. There’s a photo stop. Clogs, Cheese and Holland are inseparable and a factory visit demonstrates this. The canals beckon as you board a glass topped boat and glide past houseboats and bridges. It is a rewarding experience. Spend some free time at Dam Square with the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), the Royal Palace and the War Memorial. If you come to Holland when tulips are in bloom (only from March 21st to May 20th) visit the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens. The rest of the year visit Madurodam, the enchanting miniature city. Drive to Scheveningen to ‘Baywatch’. After dinner check into your hotel.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 4 | Onto The Rhineland / Visit Cologne / Cruise On The River Rhine / Visit Heidelberg
This morning proceed to Cologne, where on arrival you will visit the Cathedral (when open for visitors)– the first Gothic church in the Rhineland with its characteristic spires. Enjoy some free time. Later drive to Boppard through the Rhine valley which has been a line of communication of vital strategic importance since Roman times. 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’. The stretch of river where you can see castles, villages, and vineyards, and the Loreley where the river valley runs through dramatically elevated hillsides. You can see a statue of the Loreley near the cliff. The scenery is actually stunning. Continue your scenic drive to Heidelberg, situated in the Valley of the River Neckar and world famous for its romantic castle. Enjoy some free time at the “Altstadt” – old section of the town – wander around or stroll through the pedestrians Haupstrasse (high street), the main shopping avenue in Heidelberg. Later, check into your hotel in the Rhineland Area.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 5 | Onto Switzerland / Drive through the Black Forest / Visit the Rhine Falls / Visit Zurich / Visit Lucerne
Today time stands still at drubba, in the Black forest, the alpine nest of the Cuckoo Clock situated in the unique Hollëntal (Hell’s Valley), directly at the mouth of the Ravennaschult (Ravenna Glen). Witness a demonstration to explain the making of authentic cuckoo clocks in their original form, each piece carefully crafted for precision! The Cuckoo Clock is said to have originated between 1740 and 1750 and has remained more or less unchanged in its unique design. A visit here is always a memorable experience. While in Drubba take time off to enjoy the crisp Black Forest air and the chirping of mountain birds, in the Glen of the Black Forest. Move onto Schaffhausen, where the Rhine River thunders over the rhine Falls, forming Europe’s largest waterfall – an excellent photo opportunity.
Continue on your scenic drive to the city of Zurich, where on arrival you will proceed on an orientation tour strolling down Bahnhofstrasse – the city’s fanciest shopping street, past famous sights like Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church) situated in a medieval square, famous for its 16th century clock, the largest clock face in Europe. The elegant copper spire of the Fraumunster found in the 9th Century with impressive stained glass windows. Across the Limmat River, you will get a view of the Grossmunster – a beautiful Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral dedicated to Zurich’s patron saints. 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. Move on to lucerne with its 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 Kapellbrücke (chapel bridge), to the Jesuit Church. Later check into your hotel.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 6 | In Switzerland / Day at Leisure / Optional Excursion To The Jungfrau / An interlaken City Tour
The day is free, but do take advantage of our optional excursion to the Jungfrau, the ‘Top of Europe’, a wonderful world of glaciers and eternal ice. Onto Jungfrau. Reach the highest altitude railway station in Europe by a charming, red cogwheel train, amid dramatic mountain scenery! What could be more tempting in this icy cold scenario than a hot Indian lunch! 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. Descend to visit the holiday resort of Interlaken. You will have another encounter with the marvels of Swiss shopping. Later return to your hotel after dinner.
Note: Guests not availing the the optional to Jungfrau will get a packed dinner.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 7 | In Switzerland / Visit to Glacier 3000 / Visit Geneva
The Glacier 3000 Awaits! Ascent is by cable car from Col du Pillon.
Enjoy 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 has a view of the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, the Matterhorn and views onto over 24 peaks. Here is a tribute to your visit with Cox & Kings 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 by cable car, and rejoin your coach.
Visit 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 Ariana Museum. 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! Return to your hotel.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 8 | Onto Paris / Optional ‘Gala Evening’ in Paris
Depart on a comfortable drive of about six hours to the glittering French capital Paris, the ‘City of Lights’ and experience the joie de vivre of ‘Gaie Paris’. After an early dinner check into your hotel. Later this evening, don’t miss our optional ‘gala Evening’ in Paris and experience the joie de vivre of ‘Gaie Paris’.
This enchanted evening unfolds with a cruise on the River Seine. True bliss! Sparkle over a glass of champagne and a cabaret with extraordinary sets and extravagant costumes. We stretch the night for you with an Illumination Tour. It’s magic! Return to your hotel.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 9 | In Paris / Visit Fragonard / Guided City Tour Of Paris / Visit the Eiffel Tower
Visit Fragonard – The Parfumeur. Fragonard celebrates the 250 years of Cox & Kings with a special souvenir. Enjoy a guided panoramic city tour of famous monuments like the Louvre, Garnier’s Opera, the Place de la Concorde, the Champs Élysées, the Napoleanic Arc de Triomphe and the Hotel des Invalides. Enjoy the city from the 3rd level of the Eiffel Tower !
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 10 | Homeward Bound
Good times need never end! Your tour ends with guests departing on individual schedules for the airport. Relive the high points of your Cox & Kings ‘European gems’ tour. We are confident you will join us again sometime soon.
Enjoy an Extension of 1 night in Paris with a visit to Disneyland Paris.
Guaranteed to waken your senses. Visit spice plantations where you will have the opportunity to pick, smell & savour fruit & spices that you have probably never seen on the supermarket shelf. Commencing at the ruins of the Maruhubi Palace, via the site of David Livingston’s house (one of Africa’s greatest explorers) the journey continues north toward the Kidichi Persian Baths. From here we continue to the rural areas where local farmers live & produce some of the world’s most exotic fruit and spices. Cloves, star fruit, ‘bulls heart’, tangerine trees, lemon grass, mangosteen and lip-stick trees, to name but a few, are what you can expect to see – according to the seasons. Perhaps you will fancy buying a basket of freshly picked spices to take home with you!
Jozani Forest lies about 35 km southeast of Zanzibar township in Zanzibar’s South Region. It is the only remaining natural forest on Unguja Island (which along with Pemba make up the islands of Zanzibar). The forest which covers an area of 10 sq km consists of woodland, swamp forest and evergreen forest. It provides an important refuge for the remaining Ungula fauna such as the rare red colobus monkey, small Zanzibar leopard and two antelope species: the Zanzibar duicker and sunni.
In 1879, Bawe Island was given by Seyid Barghash bin Seyid, 3rd Omani Sultan of Zanzibar, to the Eastern Telegraph Company to be used as the operations station for the underwater telegraphic cable linking Cape Town with Zanzibar, Seychelles and Aden. The agreement was extended ten years later, in 1889, by the next Sultan, Seyid Khalifa bin Seyid. To accommodate the Cable & Wireless staff, Bungalows were built on the island, which were used also to host weekend parties when other town-based staff would visit and enjoy the beach with their families. Bawe is renowned for its breathtaking marine life, making it a popular site for both snorkelling and scuba diving.
This half day tour takes you to kizimkazi along south-west coast of Zanzibar, upon arrival at the fishing village Kizimkazi you will have a brief talk about the behaviors and different types of dolphins before proceeding to the dolphins locations with 80% chances to see them. There is a fair chance you will get to play and swim with them, returning to the sea shore in the afternoon. Several bottle-nose dolphins stay at Kizimkazi all year-round. There are also rather shyer humpback dolphins that put in an appearance here, although their schedule is a little more erratic.
North coast tour. This trip leads you through one spice farm, Mangapwani Slave Caves and Chambers, and on to the beautiful white sandy beaches of Nungwi. The most wonderful place to relax and unwind after the dust and humidity of Stone Town. Pack your swimwear and enjoy a cool drink in paradise.
This tour starts an hour before sunset. You are picked up from your hotel and transferred to the drop off point at the sea front, where you then board the dhow. The skilled crew on board take the dhow about 1 km from the shore by means of an engine. Once out at sea the engine is shut off and during a tense moment the skillful crew hoist the sail, then you can sit and relax enjoying the peacefulness of the ocean as the dhow glides through the water. You can watch the wonder of the fiery golden sun setting beyond the horizon, whilst savouring a glass of chilled wine.
Forget fishing in a modern fishing vessel with the latest in reels and rods and fighting chairs. We offer you the unique opportunity to sail out to sea with a Zanzibari fisherman and see what ‘fishing for a living’ is all about. Whilst the crew are busy preparing fishing nets the timelessness of this tradition will carry you far from the pace of the modern world. On returning to Zanzibar Island we will take you to see the colourful, bustling fish market where the fresh catches of the day are auctioned.
A sea excursion in a traditional wooden dhow, made by hand on Zanzibar Island. The dhow is the same as those which were used to carry slaves from the mainland to Zanzibar. This trip will take you to Prison Island, home to the giant tortoise, then on to a sandbank where you can have soft drinks and snacks. A perfect place for swimming and snorkelling. On a full day excursion you then have time for fishing.