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European Adventure Holiday Package
Explore historic cities and their galleries and museums, sample regional wines and delicacies, visit the eclectic delights, taking some time off your busy schedules, crisscrossing countries, and thence take a whirlwind tour of Europe’s most celebrated capitals. This would be a squeeze of unique culture, delectable food and drink, stunning scenery, wild nightlife and centuries of thrilling history without ever feeling rushed. Browse the galleries and museums of Paris and gape at the `Swiss Alps' natural beauty, all for less than you’d ever dreamed possible!
The tourists who are famished for splendid visuals would definitely get attracted to the unique London museums for a starter, which offer an ideal way to discover the lesser-known artifacts, the history of the stranger sides of this city and to delve into some of the it’s quirkier corners. This city is full of wonderfully eccentric museums such as Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! and bizarre historic possessions. The world-famous British Museum exhibits the works of man featuring prehistoric to modern times from around the world and the highlights include the Rosetta stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and the Mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection. The Victoria and Albert museums celebrate art and design with century’s worth of amazing collectives from the globe and a real treasure trove of goodies, furniture, paintings, sculpture, metalwork, and textiles. Besides a Dinosaur Exhibition, the Natural History Museum boasts of a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world.
The Museum of London is packed with historic objects and exhibitions telling the story of it’s past and The Design Museum is the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to graphics, and architecture to industrial design The popular National Maritime Museum contains models, paintings and trophies from every continent, filling an appetite that quests about the traditions of maritime London and recall the romance of great ocean liners. The famed 10 Downing Street, the British PM’s residence, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge, Wimbledon, the tennis mecca, London Eye give a spectacular view of the city, which also has its share of several beautiful parks – Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill and Kensington Gardens displaying its integrity in every area, the European Adventure Holiday Package!
At Madame Tussauds, the replicas of some of the world's most famous faces from Shakespeare to Britney Spears are staged, as they meet influential figures from showbiz, sports, politics and even Royalty. Sing along with Kylie, strike a penalty with Rooney or receive an once-in-a-lifetime audience with Her Majesty the Queen at this museum! Take a tour around the Tower of London, a world-famous edifice, and discover history in its various facets, gaze up at the White Tower, tiptoe through a medieval king's bedchamber and marvel at the Crown Jewels.
There is a bit of continental Europe right in the middle of London, with tables from restaurants and eateries spilling out onto the piazza. London’s famous bridges are lit up in a dazzling display of colour, with special projections onto the capital’s famous buildings and the Olympic rings and Paralympic agitos appear on the Tower Bridge. The Covent Garden is a place where they would find London's best street performers, from singers belting out arias to mime artists performing crowd-pleasing stunts. A visit to the Buckingham Palace, one of the world's few remaining working royal Palaces, is absolutely imperative, to derive the essence of viewing some of the greatest possessions from the Royal Collection, plus a spectacular display of diamonds. To breathe a cooling impact, take the plunge in one of London’s fabulous outdoor pools and lidos, or hire a boat and simply rejuvenate on the lake, as there are Adventure Playgrounds in London, designed for fun, and the huge wooden pirate ship at Kensington Gardens, which should not be missed. The Royal Opera House, Royal Albert Hall and Trinity College of Music are acclaimed for dance and music, where the tourists can attend a performance or an opera of their choice. They may take a memorable cruise down the Thames River, a vintage tour on London’s famous double-decker buses, hop-on hop-off buses, and a special tour of the famous Warner Bros studios.
As you head for Paris, you may enjoy a picnic under the Eiffel Tower, after which you are free to explore on your own, to discover the “je ne sais quoi” of the “City of Lights”. This bright city has something for everyone and you can use your day to discover the outstanding museums and churches float down the Seine on a river cruise or people watch at one of the charming cafés. As the fashionista capital of France, the city of Paris defines its elite strata lined up with Napoleanic grandeur, stylish designerware, architecture, shrines, museums, operas, novice art decos, paintings and collectives, and the proud Eifel Tower, the wonder spectacle! Sensational jingles around the ears with fabulous visuals on the European Adventure Holiday Package!
Tourists may go for a visit to Place de la Bastille, a district of great historical significance and due to its symbolic value; the square has often been a site of political demonstrations. Place de la Concorde is at the foot of the Champs-Élysées, built as the "Place Louis XV", and is a site of the infamous guillotine. Montmartre is a historic area on the Butte, home to the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, portraying an amalgamation of studios, cafes and many great artists in that area. The Louvre is one of the world's largest and most famous museums, housing exquisite works of Art, including the Mona Lisa (La Joconde) and the Venus de Milo statue. Works by Pablo Picasso and Auguste Rodin are found in Musee Picasso and Musee Rodin respectively, while the community of Montparnasse is chronicled at the Musee du Montparnasse. Montparnasse is a famous Left Bank area known for artists’ studios, music halls, and cafe life and the large Montparnasse-Bienvenue metro station and the lone Tour Montparnasse skyscraper are located here. Starkly apparent with its service-pipe exterior, the Centre Georges Pompidou, also known as Beauborg houses the Musee National d’art Moderne. Three of the most famous Parisian landmarks are the 12th-century cathedral Notre Dame de Paris on the Ile de la Cite, the Napoleonic Arc de Triomphe and the 19th century Eiffel Tower, an enduring symbol of Paris alluring millions of visitors throughout the year in its charismatic domain, with all of them returning to their homes with a momento of this proud structure. The museums and monuments of the city are among the highest-esteemed attractions of Paris promoting a rising tourism industry!
Start with a visit to another fabulous and significant city’s cathedral called the Notre Dame De Paris, located on a small island in the heart of the Parisian legacy and acclaimed as its religious centre draws enough crowds to be showered with blessings!. A walk in the Jardin du Luxembourg, located near the Sorbonne University and the most popular park in Paris, would serve as a healthy meal, any time of the day. At the centre of the park is an octagonal pond, known as the Grand Bassin, which has two most famous fountains, one is the Fontaine de Medicis and the other is Fontaine de l'Observatoire. Disneyland Paris, flows in visitors from all Europe, and a must-include in your schedule. One of the symbols of the French Revolution is the two Statues of Liberty located on the Ile aux Cygnes on the Siene and in the Luxembourg Garden. . Le Lido, the Moulin Rouge cabaret-dance hall, for example, is a staged dinner theatre spectacle, as of today, and viewable for old time’s sake! Return to your resting place with an enriched essence on this European Adventure Holiday Package!
Move towards Switzerland and cruise through the town on an orientation walk to get your bearings. Interlaken is known as the adrenaline capital of Switzerland due to its many adventure sports such as paragliding, skydiving, hang gliding, bungee jumping, and rafting. For those who want to take it easy, get out and enjoy the Swiss Alps with a hike or a sailing trip on one of the nearby lakes. As the hub for so many adventure activities, Interlaken attracts the young and young-at-heart tourists, thus creating a bustling nightlife scene, with candle-lit dinners and rocking music. Play hard during the day and harder at night if you wish. Or breathe in the fresh Alpen air and enjoy blissful sleep!
Travel by train to Milan, Italy's financial and fashion hub. Upon arrival enjoy an included introductory walk of the city. Please note: if you are interested in seeing Leonardo Da Vinci's most famous artwork, `The Last Supper’, it is essential that you make a booking. Much of Milan was has a few claims to fame, such as the Duomo, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world and La Scala, one of the world's best opera houses. Get used to the Italian pace of life here. Have an espresso, watch a football match, hit the Italian shops and consider going to the opera. Most tourists visit sights such as the Castello Sforzesco and the Teatro all Scalla, including other main sights such as the Basilica of Sant Ambrogio, the Navigli and the Brera Academy. Milan, one of Europe's richest cities, is known for stylish shops, galleries, and restaurants and has a faster pace of life than most Italian cities. It also has a rich artistic and cultural heritage.
Move on to Rome, which is full of fabulous sites. Possibly the most recognized symbol of the city is the Colosseum, the scene of the bloody gladiator bouts for the entertainment of ancient Rome's aristocracy. Take a tour around the old venue and then head over to the Palatine hill and the Roman Forum to see where it all began. Even with the bustle of modern day, this city is whizzing past on vespas and you can still lose yourself in the fragmented columns and ancient ruins, conjuring images of the rich Romans sauntering by in togas. From the Colosseum, it is not too much of a hike to Piazza Navona. Known for the baroque buildings surrounding the square, and it’s beautiful central fountain, this is truly a great place to walk, mingle with the Romans, and sip a cappuccino at one of the sidewalk cafés. Next stop can be the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. Sit among the young Italians cuddling on the steps or watch the rich and powerful shopping in the elegant boutiques nearby. Take a short walk over to the Fontana di Trevi to throw a coin over your shoulder backwards to ensure your return to this magical city. When you have had enough of secular Rome, head to the smallest country in the world, the Vatican City. Located within Rome, the Vatican City is a separate country ruled by the Pope and the perfect place to see art and religion intertwined. Within the Vatican, you will find the famous St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest church and the headquarters of Roman Catholicism.
It is difficult to decide whether to look up, down, or to the side as there are treasures everywhere in the Church, Bernini’s canopy, the dome, the treasury, the statue of St. Peter, the Pieta, and the grotto which should all be seen, and it can be possible to attend services in the church.
The Vatican Museums are near the basilica and contain priceless works of art from ancient to modern times. There are many different galleries but do a little research before visiting and then decide on what you really want to see. There are countless pieces of art, including statues, Renaissance paintings, tapestries, early icons and Egyptian artifacts, just to name a few. Two of the most well-known exhibits in the Vatican Museums are the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael rooms. Although the Sistine Chapel is always very crowded, it is a must-see for any visitor to the Vatican. The magnificent frescoed ceiling of the chapel painted by Michelangelo depicts over three hundred figures from the Book of Genesis, the most well-known being “The Creation of Adam,” showing God touching the finger of Adam. “The Last Judgement” on the west wall depicts a scene from the Book of Revelations.
Enjoy another orientation walk at leisure and then proceed by train to Chiusi, after which move by private transfer to our agriturismo, just outside the charming hill town of Chianciano Terme. On arrival, after settling in, it is sure that you would be welcomed with wonderful meals comprised of local and often organic produce!
It is here that you would wake up from a wonderful night’s sleep to a local Italian breakfast with freshly made coffee and homemade jams before heading out for your walk. Enjoy a gentle walk into Chianciano Terme, and along the way, stop to see the Cinta Senese breed of domestic pig, from which some of the best prosciutto in the world is made. The representative would point out some great places in the town where you may choose to enjoy a local lunch.
After free time for lunch, meet up with some group for a very local wine tasting session. This takes place literally in one of the village family's cellars, as their produce is very well regarded in the region and you get a great chance to get to learn about the local varieties of grapes grown here and whew! just guess ……..it could be a short stumble back home after the tasting! Excited or surprised, are you?
Look forward to a half-day visit to the medieval hilltop town of Montepulciano, famous for producing delectable local pork, cheese, "Pici" pasta, honey, and a major wine producing area. Take in the stunning vistas, wander the cobbled lanes or opt to sample the local delicacies in small, family run establishments, where the host might treat you through some orchards, fields and cellars showing the local produce from the ground up, and also learn about the use of traditional organic methods of cultivation on his property. Depending on the season you may see olive oil and wine in production, the vegetable patch, meat curing, and various fruit trees in the orchard, after which you may enjoy another delicious dinner!
Take another trip to the quintessential Tuscan hill town of Montalcino. En route, you can stop at the Abbey of Sant'Antimo, where you listen to the local monks chanting and the offices of the church speaking the traditional Gregorian chant as they have been doing for centuries……this is a rare privilege on this European Adventure Holiday Package!
London showcases a host of renowned British designers, producing unique brands and setting worldwide trends, from bling brands like Tiffany and Co., to prestigious art galleries. It is a luxury shopper’s dream destination with stores like Harrods, Liberty,Harvey Nichols and also home to a host of branded Department stores where they can dress to thrill in pre-defined thrifty bargains. When it comes to vintage fashion, the craze lies in going hunting for the apparels, arts, crafts and bargains. From traditional board games to cutting-edge gadgets, the city has toyshops that have everything a family could want, for their children! The enthusiasm of easing some of your noisy wallet on the The Fauborg Saint-Honore is one of Paris' high-fashion districts, home to labels such as Hermes and Christian Lacroix. The Saint Oueen Flea Market, the Porte de Vanvesand and the Porte de Montreuil are some incredible markets for shopping in the city. Au Bon Marcandeacute,, Au Printemps Galeries, Lafayette Marks and Spencer, and La Samaritaine is departmental stores to buy goods. Nearby Place Vendome is famous for its delightful art, jewellers and apparels as many famous fashion designers have their salons located here. Champs-Elysees is a garden promenade turned avenue connecting Place de la Concorde and Arc de Triomphe, a tourist magnet, enticing crowds to an important shopping street of Paris. Avenue Montaigne next to the Champs-Élysées is home to luxury brand labels such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Givenchy.
Italian fashion has a long tradition and is regarded as one of the most important in the world, and so Milan and Rome is Italy's main fashion capitals. Shopping in Rome is fantastic, no matter if you are searching for haute couture, antiques, or a bargain. Some of the biggest names in Italian fashion, Fendi, Valentino, Bulgari hail from Rome along with their flagship stores set therein, as well as boutiques by Prada, Armani, Versace, Ferragamo, Cavalli, Gucci, and many others, resting along the grid of streets near the Spanish Steps. Via Condotti is fashion city’s main drag for haute couture and "aspirational" window shopping, though you would also find high fashion beckoning from the boutiques on Via Borgognona, Via Frattina, Via Sistina, and Via Bocca de Leone. Most of via Del Babuino, closeby, has many shops selling antique paintings and furniture. Via Guilia, a beautiful street to travel along is abounding with some antique sellers. One of Europe’s largest flea markets is the Porta Portese in Rome, near Trastevere, which is flooded with antiques, jewellery, clothing and original paintings, besides other goods. Via Sannio, a little away from the Basilica of San Giovanni, also has a flea market selling designer ware, clothing and accessories. Piazza Venezia to Piazza Del Popolo is a large market with all kinds of wares and department stores to shoe stores. There are innumerable shopping haunts all over Italy for the visitors to indulge in their fancy or just window-shop! Milan is famous for its stylish shops and is loaded with antiques, perfumes, marbled stationery and gold. Inside the market, you will find fantastic food stalls, selling meats, cheeses, olives, breads, and countless goodies to fill up a picnic basket. Vendors of clothing, leather goods, ceramics, reside in the stalls outside of the market. You would plenty of glassware, in original and antique, as well as amazing masks for sale!
From cheap restaurants to luxury dining, afternoon tea to Sunday roast, enjoy fresh, local produce and some tasty, traditional British food at one of the fine restaurants in London. Travellers may complete a cultural day out with a meal at one of London's top museum restaurants hosting fresh, healthy and delicious gourmet to the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the city. Christopher’s Place, off Oxford Street, has numerous restaurants, coffee shops and bars serving French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese cuisine. The Kensington Roof Garden in Kensington High Street offers a unique experience, al fresco dining, where tourists can dine on a chic roof terrace, and meander through a Tudor garden and a Spanish garden, walking past a stream or a pond with flamingos and ducks. In Hyde Park, the Serpentine Bar Kitchen offers seasonal dishes, home-made ice-cream, sandwiches and afternoon tea. Heddon Street in the West End has several eateries with pavement dining where tourists can relax amidst olive and palm trees. Le Coq d’Argent serves classic French food.
When the weather is fine, a London beer garden is the perfect place to gear up with a drink and soak up the sunshine featuring magnificent cast iron railings, Victorian lanterns and large grassy spaces scattered with picnic benches, portraying an old British charm. During the summer, it has an outdoor bar and regular barbeques, wherein after dark, the garden is illuminated with strings of fairy lights and candles, serving as a glowing appetizer! There are innumerable dining locales serving Indian cuisine in London, such as – Kensington, Notting Hill, Islington, Knightsbridge, Marylebone, Mayfair, and North London (Harrow, Stanmore, Highgate and Kenton). Many pubs have outdoor spaces, from family-friendly lawns to shady courtyards! Soho has plenty of eateries and pubs, Chinatown is famous for Chinese food, and Brick Lane has Bangladeshi cuisine.
For food, whosoever wants a grand-slam experience of Gallic gastronomic grandeur won't do better than the glamorous dining room at the Hotel Meurice in the pumping centre of the city in Paris. Tucked away in the heart of Saint Germain des Pres, this snug shop-front table with a white facade and interior is the best place in Paris for a fix of impeccably fresh oysters. For Indian food, an elegant décor along a long dining room, Jodhpur Palace, offers a fine dining experience. Located near the Stock Exchange, the La Bourse restaurant offers authentic north Indian and Punjabi fare.
Run by the restaurateur Kirane, this particular restaurant with a life-size statue of Ganesha has a refined, understated elegant ambience in addition to the delicious food. Otherwise, the city is abundant with food outlets offering a blend of International, Mediterranean, Continental, Indian, Chinese, Thai and Japanese gourmet with a vast spread of fast food outlets!
In Italy, Rome and Milan have possibilities for every pocket and for every mood, lined with hip spots that attract fashionable crowds, haute cuisine restaurants, countless pizzerias, those popular eateries called ”trattorie”, where it is not hard to find an old mama, making fresh hand-made pasta or even wine bars where you can nibble while enjoying a glass of wine.
The culinary delights vary in each region, though pizza, pasta, lasagna, gelato, focaccia, cheese, espresso coffee, cappuccino and white wine are part and parcel of the Italian cuisine, which are served in restaurants, cafes and hotels all over the country. There are innumerable pizzeries, dishing up endless varieties of pizzas with toppings to suit individual tastes, and several restaurants serving seafood and Italian as well as Roman cuisine, haute food spread and wine bars. Rome has a few vegetarian restaurants, besides Sciam in Campo de’ Fiori dishing out Arabian cuisine, Duke in Paroili serving American cuisine, Franz in the Vatican area serving Austrian and Bavarian food. Akropolis in Trastevere serving Greek food, and Maharajah in Monti serving a variety of authentic Indian food.
London has a temperate oceanic climate similar to much of southern Britain. Despite its reputation as being a rainy city, winters are generally chilly to cold, with frost usually occurring in the suburbs almost twice a week from November to March. Snow usually occurs about four or five times a year mostly from December to February. Summers are generally hot, with the scales being boosted by the urban heat island effect, making the centre of London at times warmer than the suburbs and outskirts.