Welcome aboard Thomas Cook’s ‘Exclusive Europe’ tour, in London – capital of England. Be amazed by the breath taking view as you ride the London Eye.
Bon voyage! Start your fun-filled tour of Europe. Arrive in London and proceed to your hotel on your own. Check-in post 1400 hrs. (Please re confirm with your travel agent for exact timings and details about your tour, hotels and meeting place with the Tour Manager). Later, we take you on the famous London Eye – one of the world’s largest observation wheels. Be enchanted by this new and novel way of seeing the city from a bird’s eye view, as the London Eye takes you on a 30 minute flight, rising to 450 feet above the river Thames as the panorama of some of London’s most famous streets, churches, palaces and monuments are spread out before you. Tonight, enjoy an Indian dinner before you return to your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Heston Hyde / Quality or similar in London.
Enjoy the many sights of London on your guided tour including the Changing of Guards. Guided tour of the world famous Lord’s cricket ground. Visit the World renowned Madame Tussaud’s wax museum. Travel in style on board a ferry to Holland.
After a continental buffet breakfast, we leave for a guided city tour with an expert English speaking guide who will explain to you all the highlights of London’s landmarks: the Changing of Guards at Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, The Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, River Thames and many more. We next visit Thomas Cook has specially arranged a guided tour of the world famous Lord’s cricket ground, a dream for every cricket lover. This afternoon enjoy a hot lunch at an Indian restaurant. Next visit the famous Madame Tussaud’s wax museum. This museum houses a unique collection of world’s largest wax works of famous personalities, including India’s top leaders and film stars. Later we drive to the port to board your ferry to Holland. Relish a delicious Indian dinner on board the ferry.
Overnight on board the ferry.
Amsterdam – a city full of surprises! Visit Madurodam – Holland in miniature. Explore Amsterdam on an exciting canal cruise.
After a continental breakfast on board, disembark the ferry. Then sit back and relax in your coach as we proceed to The Hague to visit Madurodam, where you can see most of Holland in miniature, replicated in minute detail on a 1:25 scale. Later visit a cheese farm and a wooden shoe factory. See a demonstration of how cheese is made and wooden shoes are carved out of wooden blocks. You also have a chance to savour some cheese. Next, proceed to Amsterdam, this afternoon enjoy a hot Indian lunch. Later, board your glass -topped boat as we sail through the canals for an exciting canal cruise. The city’s colourful past comes alive with its 1,000 bridges and fine old houses on your tour of Amsterdam. This evening after a delicious hot Indian dinner, drive to your hotel and check in.
Overnight at Hotel NH or similar in Eindhoven.
Visit the biggest Gothic Cathedral in Europe – the Cologne Cathedral. A romantic cruise on the River Rhine.
After a continental breakfast, check out and proceed to Cologne. Visit the impressive Cologne Cathedral, a fine example of amazing Gothic architecture. Today, after a hot Indian lunch we proceed to board your scenic cruise on the River Rhine. Cruising down the Rhine, you will pass steep slopes covered with vineyards. This evening after a delicious hot Indian dinner, drive to your hotel and check in.
Overnight at Hotel Holiday Inn Express/ Hotel NH or similar in Germany.
Visit Heidelberg Alstadt – with its old time appeal. Visit Titisee – heart of the Black Forest. Enjoy a boat ride at the spectacular Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen.
After a continental buffet breakfast at the hotel, check out, sit back and relax in your coach as we drive to Heidelberg, situated on the banks of the river Neckar. On arrival stroll down Alstadt to get a feel of real European experience of the past. Later proceed to visit the breathtakingly beautiful lake of Titisee. This is the heart of the Black Forest, surrounded by dark fir forests, fairy tale woods and flowering meadows where we enjoy Indian lunch with an authentic black forest cake. Here is ‘Drubba’, the home of the world-famous cuckoo clock. Get invited for a free demonstration and buy one for your home – a prized possession. Later, cross over into Switzerland and arrive into Schaffhausen. Here, enjoy the beautiful view of the Rhine falls, while enjoying a boat ride at the falls. Tonight enjoy a delicious Indian dinner at restaurant before you drive to hotel.
Overnight at Movenpick /Hotel Thessoni or similar in Central Switzerland.
Today you have a chance to join us on an all inclusive Alpine excursion tour to the wonderful world of Jungfraujoch – the top of Europe – at 3,454 metres. Also visit scenic Interlaken. Get set for a memorable experience.
This morning, after a Continental breakfast, the day is free at leisure or get ready for an adventurous ride to visit Jungfraujoch – The Top of Europe, for a memorable encounter with snow and ice – a genuine ‘high- point’ of your tour! Sit back in your coach as we proceed to the beautiful town of ‘Lauterbrunnen’, where the excitement continues. You will be amazed at the scenic splendour that you see from aboard the ‘cogwheel’ train, which takes you to a height of 3,454 metres to reach Jungfraujoch! This is a trip to another world – a wonderful world of eternal ice and snow. Experience the magic of the mountains and visit the Ice Palace on top of the longest glacier in the Alps. A visit to the Sphinx is also included. Indian lunch will be provided. Later, we visit Interlaken, a charming city nestled between two lakes and surrounded by the splendid Bernese Oberland Mountains. Treasure these wonderful moments as you drive back to your hotel. This evening enjoy a delicious Indian dinner at restaurant before you drive to hotel.
Overnight at Movenpick /Hotel Thessoni or similar in Central Switzerland
Note: For passengers not opting for Optional excursion the dinner will be packed and will be delivered to the hotel when the group arrives.
Today, get set for a day full of fun and excitement as we take you to visit Mt. Titlis with its beautiful scenery and an adventurous ride up the snow-clad Swiss Alps in Rotair – the world’s first revolving cable-car. Enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne.
After a continental breakfast at your hotel, we take you on one of the most memorable experiences of your Europe tour – visiting Mt. Titlis and Lucerne. Adventure awaits you in a sensational cable-car ride up to Mt. Titlis. Marvel at the world’s first revolving cable-car ride, a truly once-in-a lifetime experience. Remain spellbound as you ascend the snow-clad mountains. Experience the snow and ice on top of Mt. Titlis. At 3,020 metres a breathtaking panorama unfolds. Next we proceed to scenic Lucerne. This afternoon, enjoy a delicious Indian lunch. Next, you will visit the Lion Monument and the Kapell Brucke (wooden bridge).Later, you have some free time to shop for famous Swiss watches, knives and chocolates. Enjoy a scenic cruise on the serene waters of Lake Lucerne. Tonight enjoy a delicious Indian dinner before you drive to hotel.
Overnight at Movenpick /Hotel Thessoni or similar in Central Switzerland.
Enjoy of funicular ride to Hungerburg. Swarovski Museum – the headquarters of crystals, in picturesque Austria at the crossroads of Europe. Visit to scenic Innsbruck.
This morning, after a continental buffet breakfast, check-out and proceed to Vaduz – the capital city of Lichtenstein. Later, enjoy a funicular ride to reach Hungerburg from where you will get fantastic views of the city of Innsbruck and the surrounding Alps. Enjoy a hot Indian meal for lunch. Later continue your scenic drive to Wattens where you will visit the world-famous Swarovski Crystal Museum. Enjoy a fascinating experience in to the ‘world of crystals’. An experience that leaves you amazed at the dazzling glitter as you walk through this museum. A great opportunity to buy a souvenir for your family. Later, proceed to Innsbruck capital of Tyrol. On arrival, see the Golden Roof and the Maria Theresien Strasse. Stroll on cobblestone pathways and get a feel of old-world European charm. This evening, enjoy a hot delicious Indian dinner.
Overnight at Hotel Kronen or similar in Seefeld / Innsbruck.
Romantic Venice – crossed by canals and beautiful monuments. World famous gondola ride included too!
After a continental breakfast at the hotel, check-out and board the coach as we drive you to Venice. Indian lunch will be provided. Later proceed to the pier, board a boat to the heart of the traditional city of Venice – The St. Mark’s Square. On arrival, admire the St. Mark’s square with the Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the Campanile and the Bridge of Sighs. Also visit the Murano Glass showroom. You will be taken on an unforgettable gondola ride through the smaller canals for a true picture of this lagoon city. Return back to the pier and continue your drive to Padova. Tonight, enjoy hot Indian dinner. We then drive to your hotel and check-in.
Overnight at Hotel Unaway or similar in Occhiobello.
Re-live the history of Rome in this ancient city’s great landmarks. Marvel at the Colosseum. Visit the world’s smallest country – the Vatican City which includes the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and the magnificent St. Peter’s Church.
After a continental breakfast in your hotel check out and sit back and relax in your coach as we drive to Rome. On arrival proceed with an English – speaking guide to the Vatican City– the smallest country in the world. (Shorts or sleeveless vests not allowed.) First stop at the Vatican Museum, with a visit to the world -famous Sistine Chapel – a pure source of inspiration for art lovers and tourists alike, specially included on your tour. This will be followed by a visit to the holy Church of St. Peter’s – the incomparable home of architectural and artistic masterpieces by Michelangelo and Bernini, which will leave you awestruck. Next, see the Colosseum known for its gladiator fights. Later, discover many of the renowned attractions of Rome – the Victor Emmanuel monument on Piazza Venezia under which lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Circus Maximus known for its chariot races, the ancient ruins of Roman Forum and many more. Tonight, enjoy a delicious Indian dinner at a restaurant. After a memorable day we drive to your hotel and check-in.
Overnight at Hotel Antonella or similar in Rome.
Guided city tour of Florence – the cradle of the Renaissance, former home of the Medicis.
Pisa – Marvel at one of the wonders of the world – The Leaning Tower of Pisa.
After a continental breakfast at your hotel, check out and proceed to Florence, the capital of Tuscany. On arrival, meet your English-speaking local guide for a city tour of Florence, including the Duomo, the Campanile, the Baptistry with its Gates to Paradise, Piazza Della Signoria – an open – air museu of sculptures, the famous Ponte Vecchio – bridge across the river Arno and Santa Croce where Michelangelo, Galileo and many famous Italian personalities are buried. Drive to Piazzale Michelangelo, a square on top of a hill with its replica of the impressive statue of David and also get a bird’s eye view of the city of Florence. After a delicious Indian lunch, proceed to Pisa to visit the Square of Miracles. Remain spellbound as you approach this precariously leaning tower. Photograph your family with the Leaning Tower in the backdrop. You also have some free time to shop. After a sumptuous hot Indian dinner at a restaurant check into your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel B&B or similar in Pisa.
Onto Milan, world’s design capital. Orientation tour of Geneva
After a continental breakfast, sit back and relax in your coach as we drive to Milan, known as the stylish city and world’s design capital. Milan is the country’s economic engine room, home to Italy’s stock market and business center. On arrival, we take you on a orientation tour of Milan. This afternoon, Indian lunch will be provided. Later, we continue your drive into to Geneva– the city in the countryside. Geneva has the best of both worlds and could well be called the ‘Garden city’ situated on the shores of Lac Leman. Tonight, enjoy a delicious Indian dinner.
Overnight at Best Western or similar in Geneva.
Bien Venue! Welcome to the glamour capital of the world – Paris known for fashion houses, art museums, elegant avenues, beautiful monuments and exciting cabarets. Visit to a Vineyard. Tonight chance to see the world-famous music and dance extravaganza – The Lido Show.
Check out of your hotel after a continental breakfast and proceed to the glamorous city of Paris. On the way visit Vineyards in the Reims region, with its magnificent vineyards, impressive heritage and world class Champagnes the region makes a great excursion. Later in the evening, a hot Indian dinner awaits you at an Indian restaurant. Tonight, you have a chance to experience the glamour of the famous Lido Show – an unforgettable experience on your tour.
Overnight at Hotel Novotel / Hotel Mercure / Suite Novotel or similar in Paris.
Enjoy the sights of Paris on a guided city tour. Also, visit the world-renowned Louvre Museum famous for its artifacts, paintings and sculptures. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Paris from the top of Eiffel Tower (3rd Level). Enjoy a romantic Seine cruise in Paris.
After a continental breakfast proceed on an exhilarating city tour with an English – speaking local guide, who will show you many of the best – loved Parisian sights – Alexander Bridge, Arc de Triomphe, Concorde Square, Opera House, Invalides, Champs Elysees and many more. We shall then proceed to visit the top of the Eiffel Tower (3rd level), from where you will have a splendid view of this beautiful city. After a hot Indian lunch, we take you to visit the world-renowned Louvre Museum to see the incomparable and the most prestigious painting of ‘Mona Lisa’- Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece and many more. You also have some free time to shop for perfumes and souvenirs. Later, enjoy a romantic cruise in Paris. Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner at an Indian restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel Novotel / Hotel Mercure / Suite Novotel or similar in Paris.
Fly back home.
After a buffet/ boxed breakfast, check out and proceed to the airport for your flight back home (on your own). Arrive home with pleasant memories of your European tour, which we are sure you will treasure for a lifetime. Do spare a few minutes to fill in the feedback form and hand it to your Tour Manager. Your valued suggestions will be most appreciated.
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.