European Raphsody

EUROPE, France

Day 1 | Begin Your Tour / Arrive Vienna
Welcome to your ‘Cox & Kings European Raphsody’ tour. Set your watches back 100 years as you arrive in the musical city of Vienna. Your Cox & Kings representative greets you at the hotel, after you comfortably check in on your own. (check in after 1400 hrs). This evening assemble in the lobby at 1830 hrs and drive to dinner. Cox & Kings takes care to start your sightseeing only the next day so that you can relax after your long flight.
Dinner

Day 2 | In Vienna / City Tour Of Vienna
Your guided panaromic city tour of Vienna, will inspire you by its charm and astonish you by the splendorous buildings of a time that is in a way still present. Commence with a visit to the Schoenbrunn Palace (audio guide) a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. Enjoy a photographic opportunity as you drive around the ring and pass the famous State Opera House, St. Charles Church ([photo stop), the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) (photo stop), the Parliament and the Town Hall among others offering an insight into the culture and history of the city and the Habsburg dynasty. After dinner return to your hotel.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3 | Onto Salzburg / City Tour Of Salzburg
Enjoy a scenic drive as you depart for the beautiful baroque city of “Mozart” and “The Sound of Music” – Salzburg. Your drive takes you to explore the best of Austria’s Baroque architecture and the city, which is the venue for one of the world’s most important music festivals with a guided walking tour. Visit the Altstadt (old city) on the west bank of the Salzach River, where you will enjoy a walk through the labyrinth of pathways admiring the 17th century facades. Some of the highlights in the Altstadt – ‘Mozart’s Geburtshaus’, the famous musicians birthplace which houses a collection of his belongings and the great Cathedral. See several locations associated with “The Sound of Music’. After dinner check into your hotel.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4 | Onto Innsbruck / Visit Swarovski Crystal World / Orientation Of Innsbruck / Tyrolean Evening
A scenic drive to Innsbruck. Located on the Inn River, Innsbruck is one of Europe’s most beautiful and lively cities.

En route, visit the internationally renowned Swarovski Crystal World in Wattens and 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 it’s smallest! Millions of people from all corners of the globe, have already been thrilled by the Swarovski experience – now you are one of them! Our orientation tour introduces you to its world famous sights. View the Golden Roof or ‘Goldenes Dachl’, a 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! Enjoy dinner followed by an enchanting Tyrolean Evening. The highly varied programme includes traditional and authentic Tyrolean folk music and dances, “shoe-slapping”, singing and “yodelling”. Later check into your hotel.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5 | Onto Venice / Walking Tour Of Venice
Today your journey takes you on a fascinating drive to the magical lagoon city of Venice. The captivating canals and palaces of Venice are 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. Disembark and walk to the Piazza San Marco (St. Marks Square). Pass 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! Witness the bronze Moors striking the hour, for the past 500 years ! End this exciting tour with a brief visit to a Murano Glass Show Room for a demonstration of blowing Venetian glass.

Enjoyment at its peak this evening. Celebrate with a scrumptious dinner and a surprise gift per family on your cruise to Tronchetto Pier. Drive to your hotel.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6 | Onto Umbria / Walking Tour Of Florence
Drive across the Apennine Mountains, along the Brenta River past Bologna to Florence, a shrine to the wonders of the Renaissance, with more artistic treasures per square metre than any other city in the world! Included in your walking tour of the city of Florence is a visit to the remarkable Duomo (when open for visitors). Besides it is the
‘Gates of Paradise’ – the heavenly gilded bronze doors of the Baptistry, originally a pagan temple and the open air gallery in Signoria Square. Walk on the famous Ponte Vecchio, the oldest surviving bridge in the city. Time permitting indulge in some more famous works of art – genuine Florentine leather bags and souvenirs! Happy shopping ! After an exciting tour, drive through a stretch of olive groves and vineyards to your hotel where on arrival you will be checked in after dinner.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7 | Full Day Excursion To Rome / Visit the Vatican Museum With the Sistine Chapel / Visit The Vatican / Guided City Tour Of Rome
‘Rome was not built in a day’- the truth of this oft quoted adage hits you with full force, as we pack in all the ‘must see’ agenda into our guided panoramic highlight city tour! According to legend, Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus in 753 BC. Start your introduction to Rome with a journey to The Vatican the smallest nation in the world! It boasts a priceless art collection and is probably per square foot the richest country in the world! Visit the Vatican Museum, one of the largest museum complexes in the world. A must see is the Sistine Chapel. The most famous square of the Vatican is St. Peter’s Square with St. Peter’s Basilica, the spiritual centre of Christendom.

Gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s Pieta.
See the triumphal Arch of Constantine, one of the most important commemorative monuments of antiquity and then drive through Piazza Venezia, where the grandiose monument to the reunification of Italy is often referred to as the Marble wedding cake! Pass the Circus Maximus – known for its ancient chariot races, which was reconstructed by Hollywood for the well known movie ‘Ben Hur’! Tribute is paid to the brave Gladiators, with a photo stop at the mighty Colosseum. At this amphitheatre, the notorious and gory gladiatorial games were held, where they fought one another and wild animals while the crowd roared! Pass the ruins of the Roman Forum and end the tour at the famous Trevi Fountain. Legend has it, that if you make a wish and toss a coin over your left shoulder into the fountain, you are sure to return to Rome ! We at Cox & Kings look forward to that! After an exciting tour relax and enjoy your return drive to the hotel in Tuscany after dinner.
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Day 8 | Onto Switzerland / Orientation Tour Of Pisa
After breakfast enjoy a comfortable drive of approximately six hours to Switzerland. Stop at Pisa, the hometown of Galileo and a city, which makes the most of its claim to fame – 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 Baptistry, these are all a part of the Field of Miracles. Check into your hotel after dinner.
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Day 9 | In Switzerland / Visit Geneva / Visit Gruyeres / Visit Broc / Visit Vevey
Drive to 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 one of the most active conference centres in the world and the Musee Ariana. Be awestruck by the great white plume of the 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! This afternoon’s activity centers around Switzerland’s world famous image – watches, cheese and chocolates. A drive along the Wine road – the sunny vineyard slopes of the Lavaux which are protected from development, being one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Visit the fortified town of Gruyères which gives its name to the well known cheese which is an important factor in supporting the tourist trade in the region. In the village of Pringy visit a working dairy (when open to visitors) where the cheesemaking process is demonstrated close up, helped by an informative slideshow in English. As you continue your drive you might easily find yourself diverted by the luscious scent emanating from the Nestlé chocolate factory at BROC. A technical video and a tasting are the highlights of this visit (when open to visitors). A further drive brings you to Vevey a town on the north shore of Lake Geneva. One of the “Pearls of the Swiss Riviera”, its lakeside location has breathtaking views of the Alpine panorama. It is also the head quarters to Nestlé. Vevey‘s most famous inhabitant was probably the comedian Charlie Chaplin, who spent the last twenty five years of his life here. A short walk leads you to the monument dedicated to him on the lakeshore. Enjoy some souvenir shopping at Lionel Meylan.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day10 | In Switzerland / Visit To Glacier 3000 / Mt. Cox & Kings Gala Evening With Dinner
Glacier 3000 Awaits! Cox & Kings gives you another first with the launch of Glacier 3000 – the everlasting snow mountain, offering panoramic views of the most beautiful summits of the Alps. Ascent is by cable car to Scex Rouge (2971m). 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 (stairs) has a 360-degree view that includes some of the most beautiful alpine peaks – from the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau to the Matterhorn. There is also a tribute to your visit with Cox & Kings. A souvenir for each family. Later ride the Snow Bus over the glacier Return to Col du Pillion after an early lunch. Exclusive entertainment lined up for you. A mountain that’s all yours! We make sure that ultimate fantasy comes true with Mt. Cox & Kings so exclusive, that it’s only for you! Getting there is half the fun! Wind your way uphill in a cable car (weather permitting) with a panoramic 360 degree view. That’s not all! We top it with Disco Dancing and a sumptuous Dinner! Yes, with Cox & Kings you’re constantly on a high! (In the event of bad weather and the cable car not operating a gala dinner will be organised instead.)
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 11 | Onto Paris / Optional ‘Gala Evening’ Cabaret Show with cruise
Enjoy a spectacular journey, the natural beauty and wonders of the alpine region as you enjoy a comfortable drive of approximately six hrs. to Paris, the ‘City of Lights’. After dinner check into your hotel. Later this evening, enjoy our Optional ‘Gala Evening’ Cabaret Show with cruise. An enchanted evening with a cruise on the River Seine. True bliss! Sparkle over a glass of champagne, and enjoy 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 12 | In Paris / Visit Fragonard / City Tour Of Paris / Visit The Eiffel Tower
Visit and shop at Fragonard – The Parfumeur a highlight from Cox & Kings. Discover Fragonard’s original perfumery creations on sale at factory prices. A special exclusive souvenir for each visitor from Fragonard and Cox & Kings. Enjoy a guided panoramic highlight city tour of famous monuments like the Louvre with the Glass Pyramid, Garnier’s Opera, the largest opera theatre in the world, the Place de la Concorde, the Champs Élysées – one of the most fashionable streets in the world, River Seine, the Napoleanic Arc de Triomphe and the Hotel des Invalides. Take in the dazzling overview from the 3rd level of the Eiffel Tower the symbol of Paris! After dinner return to your hotel.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 13 | 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 Raphsody’ tour. We are confident you will join us again sometime soon.
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Or Enjoy an Extension of 1night in Paris with a visit to Disneyland Paris.

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Price: $1899

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12 Nights European Raphsody

Unique and famous places, with a charm and character all its own is what this tour is all about.Varied landscapes, magnificent scenery, Palaces, Historic churches, mountains, beautifully designed squares are all waiting to be discovered. A glorious reflection of Europe at her best. Remarkable contrasts from the Austrain high Alps, the canals of Venice and the boulevards of glittering Paris. A treasure trove of Art and Architecture.
  • Exciting Optionals • “Gala Evening In Paris” – River Seine Cruise, World Famous Cabaret show, Illumination Tour
  • Meals: Your tour will feature an abundance of tasty home cooked Indian meals. Stimulate your palate with a wide array of Indian dishes.

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Spice Tours

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 Tour

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.

Bawe Tropical Island

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.

Dolphin Tour

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.

Nungwi Coastal Excursion

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.

Sunset Dhow Cruise

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.

Deep Sea Fishing

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.

Sailing Trip

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.

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List of Not Included items for your package:

  • Porterage & Items of personal nature: Porterage at hotels, apartment, airports and seaports, tips, laundry, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, all items of personal nature and also food and drinks not forming part of the touring group’s menu
  • Tours: Optional & Add-On tours unless mentioned otherwise
  • Taxes: Airport Taxes, Govt Sales Tax, Visa Charges for Schengen
  • Insurance: Cost of your Overseas Travel Insurance valid for the duration of your travel