Day 1: Begin Your Tour • Arrive Zurich | Visit The Rhine Falls | Orientation Tour Of Zurich
Welcome to your ‘Cox & Kings Swiss Glory’ tour. Arrive Zurich and board your coach on arrival. (All guest need to have the same flight schedule) Your Cox & Kings representative greets you. After you comfortably check in (after 14.00 hrs) this afternoon assemble in the lobby at 15.00 hrs. Enjoy the excursion to 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, a short 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. Some free time to browse the shops. This will be your first encounter with the marvels of Swiss shopping.
After dinner relax and enjoy your drive back to the hotel.
Day 2: In Switzerland | Day At Leisure | Optional Excursion To The Jungfrau | Hot Lunch | Interlaken City Tour
The day is free for individual pursuits, 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 stunning and dramatic mountain scenery ! What could be more tempting in this icy cold scenario than a hot lunch ! Walk on the great Aletsch Glacier. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace, at 3571 meters. Experience the Cinema Experience with the Alpine sensation attraction, and the glistening Ice Palace. Descend to visit the popular holiday resort of Interlaken, cradled cozily between the beautiful Lakes of Brienz and Thun, where even today you see horse-drawn carriages. You will have another encounter with the marvels of Swiss shopping. Next to a virtually unlimited selection of watches and jewellery, every store carries a vast array of famous brand gifts and souvenirs, priced for every pocket.
Note: Guests not availing the optional to Jungfrau will get a packed dinner.
Day 3: In Switzerland | Visit Lucerne | Mt. Cox & Kings Gala Evening With Dinner – An Exclusive Mountain In Switzerland
Move onto Lucerne with its picturesque mountains, lakes, cowbells, alpine villages and meadows full of edelweiss. Pause at
the poignant Lion Monument, built to commemorate the brave Swiss soldiers killed during the French Revolution. Stroll along the covered, wooden Kappellbrucke (chapel bridge), to the ornate Jesuit Church. You will have another encounter with the marvels of Swiss shopping. Visitors take home two things – memories of a beautiful country and a Swiss watch. Later check into your hotel. An Exclusive Gala Evening is lined up for you. A mountain in Switzerland that’s all yours! We make sure that ultimate fantasy comes true with Mt. Cox & Kings – a Swiss Mountain, so exclusive, that it’s only for you ! Getting there is half the fun! Wind your way uphill in a cable car, with a panoramic 360 degree view. If viewing nature is not enough, there are walking trails. That’s not all! We top it with a sumptuous Dinner and Disco Dancing! Yes, with Cox and Kings you’re constantly on a high! Later return to your hotel. (In the event of bad weather and the cable car not operating a gala dinner will be organised at an alternate location.)
Day 4: Visit Glacier 3000 | Orientation Tour Of Geneva
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 worlds 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) located directly behind the Restaurant Botta 3000 has a 360-degree view that includes some of the most beautiful alpine peaks – from the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau to the Matterhorn – and views onto over 24 peaks that are over 4000 m high. There is also a tribute to Cox and Kings serving you for 250 years. Later ride the Snow Bus over the glacier – a unique experience of a comfortable ride on the eternal snow. Return to Col du Pillion. Make a brief stop at 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 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.
Day 5: Onto Paris | Optional Gala Evening In Paris
Depart on a drive to Paris, the ‘City of Lights’ (driving time is about 6 hours). After an early dinner check into your hotel and later enjoy the Cox & Kings 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, sailing under old and beautiful bridges, admiring illuminated monuments as you glide by. True bliss! Enjoy the night with an Illumination Tour, driving past spectacularly lit landmarks of Paris. It’s magic ! Sparkle over a glass of champagne and a world famous Lido Show with extraordinary sets and extravagant costumes. Take away a small remembrance of your visit.
Return to your hotel.
Day 6: In Paris | Fragonard | Guided City Tour Of Paris | Visit The Eiffel Tower
Visit and shop at Fragonard – The Parfumeur. Fragonard celebrates your visit with a special souvenir. Enjoy a guided panoramic city tour of the famous monuments like the Pyramid of the Louvre, Garnier’s Opera – the largest opera theatre in the world, the River Seine, the Place de la Concorde – the site of the infamous guillotine, the Champs Élysées – one of the most fashionable streets in the world, the Napoleanic Arc de Triomphe and the Hôtel des Invalides. End the day taking in the dazzling overview of the glittering city as you ascend by an elevator to the 3rd level of the Eiffel Tower!
After dinner return to your hotel.
Day 7: Homeward Bound
Your ‘Cox & Kings Swiss Glory’ tour ends with guests departing to Charles De Gaulle airport by coach.We are confident you will
join us again soon…
Note: This tour may run with an altered flow due to operational constraints
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.