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Treasures of Europe

9 Days Tour

Belgium | Germany | Switzerland | France | Italy | Vatican

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Tour Overview

09 Days - Treasures of Europe (Code: ITSW)

 

Early Bird Offer (2024)

 

Book 12 weeks in advance

£65 OFF per adult & child

Book 8 weeks in advance

£35 OFF per adult & child

 

Tour Highlights

 

Belgium

  • Atomium Structure photo stop

 

Germany

  • Black Forest drive through the scenic region

  • Lake Titisee free time

 

Switzerland

  • Mt Titlis with entrance

  • Rhine Falls The largest plain waterfalls in Europe

  • Geneva City Tour view Flower Clock, UN Building, Jet d’Eau and more

  • Lucerne City Tour view the Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge

 

Italy

  • Venice Boat ride to St. Marks Square, Gondola Ride with entrance

  • Rome City Tour with local guide, Colosseum photo stop, Roman Forum, View Trevi Fountain

  • Florence City Tour with local guide, Statue of David at Piazza Michelangelo, Ponte Vecchio, view the Piazza Della Signoria, Basilica of Santa Croce (from outside) and The Duomo

  • Pisa view the Leaning Tower (from outside) & The Duomo

 

Vatican

  • St Peters Basilica & Square

 

France

  • Eiffel Tower (Level 2*) with entrance

  • River Seine Boat Cruise with entrance

  • Paris Orientation Tour

 

*Subject to Availability - In the event of the Eiffel Tower restricitng access/closure the ticket price difference for the restricted floor will be reimbursed. Eiffel Tower during national holidays or events may be substituted by Montparnasse tower or will be refunded.

 

Price Includes

 

  • Return transportation by deluxe AC coach from your selected pick up point

  • Return channel crossing via Eurotunnel or Ferry

  • 8 nights accommodation in a 3/4* hotel with breakfast

  • 8 dinners & 8 vegetarian lunches

  • Entrances and sightseeing as mentioned in Tour Highlights

  • All tips and service charges

  • Premium service of a Star Tours’ Representative

  • ABTA Legal Protection

 

Pick Up Points/Drop Off Points

 

You can now select to have Brussels Airport (BRU) as a pick up at 13:30pm from the Information Desk on Arrivals Level 2. 

(At a supplement of £35 ($50 per person)

 

You can also select Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris (CDG) as a drop off. Drop off time will be approx 14:30.

 

Hotels

 

  • 1 night at 7Hotels & Fitness Strasbourg or similar

  • 1 night at H+ Hotel & Spa Engelberg or similar

  • 1 night at Sheraton Padova or similar

  • 2 nights at Holiday Inn Rome or similar

  • 1 night at Hotel Lago Verde or similar

  • 1 night at Best Western Park Thoiry Hotel or similar

  • 1 night at Novotel Massy or similar

 

The Star Difference

 

  • Excursion to Mt. Titlis included in your price

  • Enjoy a complimentry Ice Cream in Italy

  • Gondola Ride in Venice

  • Tips & Service charge included in your price

  • ABTA Protection

 

Additional Excursions

 

Excursions

Adult

Child

Rome Night Tour

20 Euros

Free

Ice Flyer

12 Euros

6 Euros

(6-15 Years)

Paris Illuminations Tour

20 Euros

Free


Tour Itinerary


Note
You can join this Tour directly in Europe to avoid coming into the UK.
You can start on Day 1 in Brussels and on the last day leave at CDG Airport in Paris.



Day 1
London - Calais - Brussels - Strasbourg or North-eastern France Region (Distance: 790 Kms)

This morning, join your coach and head toward Dover or Folkestone for your crossing to Calais or Dunkerque. Make sure to have your passports ready, as we will be crossing UK and French immigration, as well as security. The ferry crossing takes about 90 minutes (40 minutes via the Euro Tunnel train). After lunch, we continue driving towards Brussels, the capital of Belgium.

Upon reaching Brussels, we'll take a moment to capture a photo at the "Atomium," a remarkable stainless-steel structure built for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair, standing at an impressive 102 meters. The nine massive stainless-steel spheres are intricately connected to mimic the structure of an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times.

Following this photo stop, we proceed to our hotel and restaurant, situated in the Northeastern Grand Est region of France (Metz, Nancy, or Strasbourg). Depending on the hotel's location, we will either dine at the restaurant for an Indian dinner or head to the hotel, where our caterers will serve dinner in one of the conference rooms later in the evening. You can then rest after a long day of travel.

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Day 2
Black Forest - Lake Titisee - Rhine Falls - Lucerne (Distance: 380 Kms)

Today morning after breakfast, we check out of the hotel and board the coach heading South-East. We continue our drive into Germany. While we drive through the Black Forest, enjoy the tree-lined alpine views, and be fascinated by the deep gorges along the way.

We then arrive at the small town of Titisee-Neustadt in the middle of the Black Forest. Among dark fir trees, high hills, spectacular cliffs, and gentle valleys sits the largest natural lake in the Black Forest, Titisee, which stretches for some 2 km (over 1 mile). Here, enjoy some free time to wander the quaint streets, relax by the lake, or shop for locally made cuckoo clocks and a varied selection of souvenirs. After your shopping trip, we have our Indian lunch before heading towards Switzerland.

Continuing our journey south of Germany and into Schaffhausen, a city in northeastern Switzerland on the river Rhine, next to the German border. On arrival, take the time to admire the prime tourist attraction of the Rhine Falls, Europe's largest open-plain waterfalls. You have the time to enjoy a quick trip to the center of falls on the erosion-resistant rock or simply bide the short time we have here, admiring the beauty from the banks of the River Rhine with the Wörth Castle in the backdrop.

We re-join our coach and make our way towards Central Switzerland and to Lucerne. In Lucerne, spend time admiring Lake Lucerne, the fourth-largest lake in Switzerland, with Mt Pilatus, Mt Rigi, and the Swiss Alps in the background, or take a wonderful walk around the Old Town in the pretty cobbled streets. Don’t forget to walk and view the Chapel Bridge, also known as Kapellbrücke, the famous 204 meters long wooden-covered bridge originally built in 1333, regarded as the oldest covered bridge in Europe.

We later visit the Lion Monument, or the Lion of Lucerne, a rock relief designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris. The carving has often been heralded as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world."

We board back onto the coach after another fun-filled day heading for our evening Indian meal and hotel.
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Day 3
Mt Titlis - Venice (Distance: 340 Kms)

After breakfast today, we ascend 10,000ft to the summit of Mt. Titlis. We take a small cable car or funicular depending on the time of the year before we board the world's first revolving cable car, the Titlis Rotair. The Rotair completes one full revolution as we ascend to the top of Mt. Titlis, offering a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Uri Alps. At the summit, you can not only enjoy panoramic views of the Swiss landscapes but also take pictures in traditional Swiss outfits, purchase souvenirs, and walk the highest Cliff Walk, a suspended pedestrian bridge along the cliff of Mount Titlis 3,000m above sea level. It's believed to be the highest elevation suspension bridge in Europe (subject to operation). Spend the morning playing in the snow and visiting the ice caves.

On Mt. Titlis, you can also enjoy the optional Ice Flyer (subject to operation). The Ice Flyer chairlift smoothly carries you over pristine snowfields and icy depths, with some crevasses up to twenty meters deep. This glacier experience is unique to Mt. Titlis, and you can purchase souvenir photos from the photo studio shop.

We head down in the early afternoon for a well-deserved Indian lunch after the morning's activities. Once our energy levels are replenished, we board our coach and make our way from Engelberg towards Italy, heading for Venice. We depart in the early afternoon for Venice, and we expect to reach there in the evening. We will be covering quite a distance today to reach, so ensure you carry your key essentials.

In the evening, upon reaching the Venice area, we conclude the day by proceeding to the restaurant and hotel. There, we indulge in a buffet-style Indian dinner before retiring for the night.
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Day 4
Venice - Rome (Distance: 580 Kms)

After a hearty breakfast, we bid farewell to our current location and set our course for the enchanting Venetian Islands. Our journey takes us across the 'Ponte della Libertà,' known as the Bridge of Liberty in English, a historic bridge connecting the heart of Venice to the mainland.

Upon our arrival at the Venice ports, we embark on a Vaporetto, a charming Italian small boat, which carries us towards the main island, where we dock at the iconic San Marco. Venice, often called 'The City of Water,' 'City of Bridges,' 'The Floating City,' and 'City of Canals,' reveals its true essence as we gracefully glide through the magnificent Grand Canal.

Our path leads us across the San Marco island to the magnificent Piazza San Marco, also known as St. Mark's Square. This grand square unfolds before us, showcasing the awe-inspiring Saint Mark's Basilica, a masterpiece of Italo-Byzantine architecture. Nearby, the famous St. Mark's Campanile, a soaring bell tower standing at a remarkable 98.5 meters, graces our view. You'll also have the opportunity to glimpse the renowned Bridge of Sighs and the intricate Clock Tower, known as the Torre dell'Orologio.

Later in the day, we indulge in a quintessential Gondola ride through the labyrinthine canals that crisscross the 118 captivating islands of Venice. As you drift along these picturesque waterways, marvel at the remarkable architecture that went into creating this enchanting lagoon city. The short but memorable Gondola ride provides a unique experience aboard a flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, perfectly suited for navigating the Venetian lagoon's conditions.

Returning to the coach at the Venice Ports, we make our way back to the mainland, where a delectable Indian lunch awaits us at the restaurant. With our appetites sated, we depart from Venice in the afternoon, bound for the eternal city of Rome.

Upon our arrival in Rome later in the evening, we conclude the day by heading to the restaurant and hotel. Here, we relish a sumptuous buffet-style Indian dinner before retiring for the night. We will be staying at this hotel for the next two nights.

Today, our tour representative may offer an optional tour of Rome by Night. This enchanting tour is conducted on our comfortable coach and combines both coach and on-foot exploration of Rome's most enchanting sites illuminated under the soft glow of night. You will capture breathtaking photos of iconic landmarks such as the Colosseum, the grand amphitheater from the Roman Empire era, St. Angelo's Bridge, St. Peter's Church, and the splendid Piazza Venezia. This 90-minute tour extends into the late evening, offering a unique perspective on Rome's beauty. (Please note that the tour representative may choose to conduct this optional tour on day 5
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Day 5
Rome - Vatican City (Distance: 90 Kms)

This morning, following a satisfying breakfast, we bid farewell to the hotel and embark on a brief journey towards the heart of Rome, the magnificent 'Eternal City.' A place where history and modernity coexist seamlessly.

Our immersive exploration of Rome commences with a rendezvous with a knowledgeable local guide who will lead us on a captivating journey through Rome's storied past and its renowned landmarks. Our first stop is a brief photo opportunity at the Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, an iconic symbol of ancient Rome's grandeur. This location offers a captivating backdrop, featuring the remarkable Constantine Arch. Our next destination is the Roman Forums, a site steeped in the history of ancient civilization.

Afterward, we continue our journey via coach to savor a delectable Indian meal at a local restaurant. Following our satisfying lunch, we return to our coach and make our way to the enchanting Vatican City.

In the afternoon, we explore the Vatican City, the spiritual center of the Roman Catholic Church, and home to the Pope. Our visit includes the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica. Please be mindful of the dress code requirements for places of worship during our visit. Subsequently, we stroll over to the world-famous Trevi Fountains, undoubtedly among the most exquisite fountains in all of Rome. Here, indulge in a delightful gelato ice cream as you take in the splendor of the surroundings. Notably, many parts of our Rome adventure will be explored on foot, as some attractions like the Trevi Fountain and Roman Forums are accessible only by foot.

As evening descends, the dining arrangement depends on our hotel's location. We may opt for dinner at a nearby restaurant, savoring an authentic Indian meal, or alternatively, we'll make our way back to the hotel. In the latter case, our dedicated caterers will serve dinner in one of the conference rooms, allowing us to unwind and rest after an eventful day filled with exploration and discovery.
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Day 6
Rome - Florence - Montecatini (Distance: 380 Kms)

After a satisfying breakfast, we bid farewell to our hotel and embark on an exciting journey to Florence, a city steeped in Renaissance art, history, and culture. As we travel northward, it's essential to have your belongings and entertainment devices handy for a comfortable journey.

Upon reaching Florence, we enjoy a delectable Indian lunch at a local restaurant, preparing us for the adventures that await in the city's Historic City Centre. Please note that our coach will drop us off in the heart of Florence but cannot remain within the city limits.

In the afternoon, we meet a knowledgeable local guide at our designated drop-off point in Florence. This guide will bring Florence's rich history to life, starting with a captivating view of the impressive Duomo of Florence, renowned for its massive brick dome. Our journey continues with visits to iconic landmarks such as the Basilica of Santa Croce, the resting place of Michelangelo, a replica of the famous statue of David, and the legendary Ponte Vecchio Bridge that spans the Arno River. Our exploration of Florence is primarily on foot, as many areas are pedestrian-only zones.

After our adventure in Florence, we reunite with our coach near the serene Arno River and depart from the city. Before joining the highway, we make a brief stop at Piazelle Michelangelo, offering breathtaking vistas of Florence's beauty and beyond. It's a perfect spot for capturing the essence of Florence through our cameras. After this photo session, we rejoin our coach and continue our journey to Montecatini.

In the early evening, we arrive at the charming Hotel in Montecatini, nestled amidst Tuscany's picturesque landscapes. Here, we enjoy a delightful buffet Indian meal that concludes our day's adventures. Following this culinary treat, we retire to our cozy accommodations for a restful one-night stay.
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Day 7
Pisa - Geneva (Distance: 580 Kms)

After breakfast, we load our luggage onto the coach and set off from the Montecatini region, embarking on a short journey to the city of Pisa, renowned for its iconic Leaning Tower.

Upon arrival in Pisa, we disembark the coach and head to the heart of the city, specifically the Piazza dei Miracoli. As we meander through a charming market, we eventually pass through ornate iron gates, leading us into the Piazza dei Miracoli. Here, we are greeted by the striking sight of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, its elegant 56-meter white-marble structure leaning gracefully since its completion in 1372. This tower serves as the bell tower for the adjacent Romanesque cathedral, a magnificent edifice adorned with striped marble. Within the square, we also discover the Baptistry, an ecclesiastical gem crafted between 1152 and 1363.

Following this captivating exploration, we proceed to a nearby restaurant for a delectable Indian meal. Our culinary experience revitalizes us for the next segment of our journey as we return to the coach on the outskirts of Pisa.

In the early afternoon, our adventure continues as we set our course for Switzerland, with Geneva as our ultimate destination. Upon arriving in Geneva in the evening, we indulge in a series of brief yet delightful photo stops. Our initial halt takes us to the "Jardin Anglais," known as the English Gardens, where we capture images of the National Monument, featuring Lady Geneva and Lady Helvetica. In proximity, we marvel at the Flower Clock, an iconic outdoor timepiece adorned with vibrant seasonal blooms. If conditions permit, we also admire the Jet d'Eau, a majestic fountain illuminated at night, propelling a half-cubic meter of water per second to a height of 140 meters into the air.

Our journey then leads us to the United Nations of Geneva (UNOG), the second-largest among the four principal office sites of the United Nations. Housed within the historic Palais des Nations, originally constructed for the League of Nations between 1929 and 1938, this site provides a captivating backdrop to capture a photograph showcasing all the flags representing the countries of the United Nations.

As we conclude our brief yet eventful visit to Geneva, we proceed to a restaurant and hotel, where we savor a delightful buffet-style Indian dinner before retiring for a peaceful night's rest.
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Day 8
Geneva - Paris (Distance: 580 Kms)


After enjoying your morning meal at the hotel, we bid farewell to our current location and set our course for the captivating city of Paris. It's important to note that our arrival in Paris is anticipated for late afternoon, with a planned stop en route for lunch. At the lunch stop, you will find a selection of continental cuisine; however, please be aware that there are no fast food establishments available within the service area.

Upon reaching the "City of Lights" - Paris, our first destination is the iconic and globally renowned Eiffel Tower. Our journey will lead us to (Level 2*) of the Eiffel Tower. Please be mindful that due to its status as the world's most visited paid monument, extended security and ticket queues are expected, and reservations are not always an option. In the rare event that the (Level 2*) ticket is unavailable or inaccessible, any price difference will be promptly refunded upon completing our tour. It's worth mentioning that in certain circumstances, we may redirect our visit to the Montparnasse Tower. This change could occur due to national holidays, Bastille Day parades, operational issues, or other unforeseen circumstances; please note that advance notice of the monument change may not always be possible.

In the evening, we proceed to a restaurant for a delightful group buffet dinner. After savoring your Indian meal at the designated entry time, you have the choice to either embark on an optional night tour of Paris or return to the hotel comfortably aboard one of our vehicles.

For those who opt for the "Paris Illumination Tour," our journey continues after dinner. This captivating night tour spans 90 minutes and grants you a splendid view of Paris's key landmarks illuminated in all their glory. From the comfort of our coach, you will have the opportunity to admire the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Concorde, and Invalides. The enchanting streetlights and monumental illuminations will draw your gaze towards these magnificent sights. As the clock strikes the hour, you will witness the Eiffel Tower come to life, sparkling for five magical minutes, truly immersing you in the enchanting ambiance of the "City of Lights."

Finally, as the night deepens, we make our way to the hotel for our overnight stay. A restful night's sleep awaits, preparing us for the wonders that tomorrow holds.
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Day 9
Paris - Calais - London (Distance: 460 Kms)

Today morning, we check out of the hotel after breakfast and load the luggage depending on your final drop-off point.

We then make our way back to the center of Paris, where we embark on the famous "Bateaux" cruises of Paris for our one-hour cruise along the River Seine. During this cruise, we cover the stunning architecture that Paris has to offer, including the Grand Palais, Petite Palais, Pont Alexandre 3rd bridge, National Assembly, Invalides, and, of course, the spectacular Eiffel Tower. The glass-covered boat is at your disposal, and you can choose to sit inside or outside while listening to the commentary of the sights.

While traveling around Paris, you would have covered various other sights, including the Vendome, home to the Ritz Hotel; Concorde Square, made famous during the French revolution; and Avenue des Champs Élysées, the largest tree-lined boulevard in Paris.

We then depart Paris and make our way towards Calais, not before stopping at an Indian restaurant for our last meal together. After Lunch, we continue to make our way back to London.

The journey back is when we say goodbye to friends we have made along the way as we drop off those getting off on the route.

Once we reach Calais, we cross over back into Dover or Folkestone, depending on our crossing schedule for the tour on the day. We continue our journey towards Wembley and dropping passengers off at their respective drop-offs.
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Important Notes
On occasions, due to large events, traffic, logistics and availability of reservations, it may be necessary to change the above itinerary. However, all aspects of the itinerary will be covered. In the event of the Eiffel Tower restricting access the price difference for the restricted floor will be reimbursed. Eiffel Tower when closed during national holidays or events may be substituted by Montparnasse tower or will be refunded.

Lunch on Day 1 and 8 will not be provided.

As coaches are prohibited in certain parts of Pisa, Rome, Florence and Venice majority of the tour will be conducted by walking.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Other Information

2024 USD Dates & Prices

DEPARTURE DATES

ADULT from

CHILD (2-11 YRS) from

Mar - 23, 30

$1,890.00

$1,620.00

April 06

$2,060.00

$1,790.00

April 27

$1,995.00

$1,725.00

May - 04, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

$1,985.00

$1,670.00

Jun - 01, 08, 17

$2,010.00

$1,690.00

Jun - 10, 22, 24

$2,075.00

$1,755.00

Jun - 29

$2,140.00

$1,820.00

July - 15

$2,100.00

$1,790.00

July - 01, 06, 08, 13, 20

$2,035.00

$1,725.00

July - 27, 29

$2,100.00

$1,775.00

Aug - 05, 10, 14, 19, 24, 26, 31

$1,950.00

$1,685.00

Sep - 07, 14, 21, 28

$1,950.00

$1,685.00

Oct - 19, 26

$1,920.00

$1,620.00

Nov - 09

$1,890.00

$1,620.00

Dec - 14, 21

$1,890.00

$1,620.00

Price per person based on 2/3 adults sharing a room

Child 2 - 11 years must share a room with 2/3 adults

Infants 0 - 23 months price is from $440 for a seat in coach only

Max occupancy per room is 3 person (excluding infants )

$195 reduction will apply for 2nd child without a bed

Single supplement will be an additional $500

 

Departures during Oct - Dec, lunch will not be provided on day 1, & 8. Prices for these have

been adjusted accordingly.

Early Bird Offer

Book 12 weeks in advance and get

$85 OFF per adult and child

Book 8 weeks in advance and get

 $45 OFF per adult and child

Discover general information about our tours by clicking here . Additionally, should you have any questions, our Frequently Asked Questions page may already contain the answers to your questions.

Country Details

Country

Capital

Currency

Visa Required

Time

Zone

Electricity

Country

Code

Belgium

Brussels

Euro

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+32

Germany

Berlin

Euro

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+49

Switzerland

Berne

CHF (Euro is accepted

at many places*)

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+41

Italy

Rome

Euro

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+39

France

Paris

Euro

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+33

*Change will be given back in local currency

Additional Excursions

Ice Flyer - The Ice Flyer chairlift sweeps you smoothly and safely over crisp, virgin snowfields and icy depths. Some of the crevasses are up to twenty metres deep. Only on Mt Titlis can you expect such a fantastic glacier experience.

 

Rome Night Tour - Rome's most beautiful sites to be admired at night in comfort of the coach and by foot. The subdued lighting of the Colosseum - the largest amphitheatre built during the Roman Empire, St. Angelo’s, St. Peters church and Piazza Venezia will provide you with wonderful photos.

 

Paris Illuminations Tour – The tour lasts 90 Minutes and takes you around the key sights of Paris at Night, see the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Concorde, Invalides and the sparkling Eiffel Tower from the comfort of the coach.

Currency

In most of Western Europe, the currency you will require will be Euros. When travelling in Switzerland, you will need Swiss Francs (CHF). It is possible to purchase items in Euros whilst in Switzerland (selected establishments) however it should be noted that the change will be given back in CHF.

 

Passengers should exchange any spending money for their holiday before they actually travel. Whilst on tour it is very inconvenient and not all places you will visit will have ATM machines or accept credit/debit cards.

 

We also advise our passengers to keep some change in coins on them whilst on tour as using toilets in many parts of Europe is not free.

 

USD, GBP or travellers’ cheques are not widely accepted at locations in this tour.

Distances

An important point to note whilst on a touring holiday is that some long journeys are unavoidable especially when travelling from city to city.

 

It is advisable passengers carry necessities that they may need for the day such as water, dry snacks, cameras etc. with them in their hand luggage.

 

For this tour, it should be noted that the travel times are extensive on this tour.

 

Please see a summary of the distances you will be covering below:

From

To

Distance in kms

(Approx)

Travelling time

(Approx)

Wembley

Folkstone

148

2hrs 15mins

Calais

Atomium Structure

200

2hrs 30mins

Atomium Structure

Strasbourg

445

6hrs

Strasbourg

Black Forest

121

1hr 30mins

Black Forest

Rhine Falls

74

1hr 15mins

Rhine Falls

Lucerne

110

1hr 45mins

Lucerne

Engelberg

35

45mins

Engelberg

Padova

485

5hrs 30mins

Padova

Venice

38

50mins

Venice

Rome

546

6hrs

Rome

Florence

291

3hrs 15mins

Florence

Pisa

102

1hr 45mins

Pisa

Geneva

544

6hrs 30mins

Geneva

Paris

540

6hrs

Paris

Calais

296

3hrs

Above is for indication purposes only

Food

Breakfast will be provided at the hotels. The breakfast is usually in a separate dining area of the hotel and is usually a continental breakfast, which will consist of tea, coffee, bread, cereals, fruit and yoghurt.

 

Passengers can choose from different diets, including vegetarian, Jain or non-vegetarian (Halal will not always be available) meals. Passengers should advise the tour representative of their preferred diet on day one. The meals are pre-set buffet, and a choice of menu is not available. Meals will be provided with Tap Water only.

 

Lunches are usually vegetarian only and are provided outdoors at a service station/rest area where limited, or no seating is available. Lunch is served in a picnic style buffet arrangement. Dinners are usually provided within the hotel or restaurant in a separate dining facility. You should always consult your tour representative if you are not sure of what ingredients a dish contains.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click on the link below to get Country specific details

 

For a full list of the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click here

 

UK Residents

USA Residents

Belgium

Belgium

France

France

Germany

Germany

Italy

Italy

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Switzerland

Switzerland

Vatican

Vatican

Hotels

Not all hotels in this tour will have air-conditioning so you should carry a small portable fan with you especially during the summer months.

 

Please also note that not all hotels provide a kettle so if hot water is required for warming milk etc. in the hotel then it is advisable to carry a bottle warmer/kettle as well as a thermos flask. Passengers may also want to carry a small travel iron and hairdryer etc., as many hotel rooms may not have these facilities.

 

Some hotels in Europe, especially Switzerland will provide two single beds put together as a Double occupancy room, as this sort of configuration allows the hotel to use a room for multi-use, we do contract with such hotels, and you should be prepared for such eventualities.

 

If you use services such as the phone or mini-bar or pay TV whilst in your room, you will have to pay the hotel directly when you check out; these services are not included in your tour cost.

 

The maximum occupancy per room on this tour is 3 person(s).

Other Advisories

General

Particular attention should be paid to the baggage allowance for this tour; this can be found on our general information page. Excess baggage may not be allowed on the coach.

 

The WC facilities on the coach will be restricted on this tour.

 

High Altitude

You should only make trips to high altitudes if you feel healthy. The following recommendations apply:

 

Advanced age is no barrier to high altitude. For blood pressure patients who are well controlled with medication, the altitude is not a concern. Asthmatics can travel to high altitudes without any problems. High-altitude air is less polluted with particles that can cause an asthma attack. Epileptics who are well controlled with medication should be able to negotiate the altitude.

 

Pregnant women: There may be a certain risk for pregnancy even without pre-existing diseases over 2500-3000 metres. Caution is therefore advised if in doubt, please consult your doctor in advance.

 

Infants: Short-term stays at the mountain tops are unproblematic. Infants and young children are often unable to equalise pressure during descent and are therefore increasingly at risk of ear irritation. Regular swallowing (drinking, sucking on a bottle) during the descent can prevent the occurrence of irritation.

Because children can chill faster than adults, always pay attention to sufficient protection from the cold at high altitude. Sunglasses and a good sunscreen are necessary on the glaciers!

 

High altitude visits not recommended for:

Lung and heart patients who are already short of breath while at rest or when climbing stairs are advised not to stay at high altitude. Patients with angina pectoris or severely impaired performance with heart enlargement and heart failure should not visit high altitude. Coronary artery disease (angina pectoris) and heart enlargement with medical therapy should not visit high altitude. Patients with a pronounced risk profile for cardiovascular disease (smoker + high blood pressure + diabetes + high blood fats + overweight + occasional chest pain) should consult the doctor before visiting high altitude.

 

Do not stay at high altitude after having striated muscles or a stroke.

Pick up and Drop off points & Times

Passengers should arrive at their pick-up point no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Your pick-up point, address and time will be stated on your invoice. If you have selected a pick-up time outside of Wembley, Southall or East Ham then you will be confirmed your pick-up time.

 

Return journeys from the continent are scheduled to arrive at Dover or Folkestone between 19.00hrs and 20.00hrs approximately. We will then proceed to the original pick-up points in London (arrival time between 22.30hrs and 00.30hrs+1)

 

Outside London pick up points: Transportation may be arranged by a private car, minibus or an alternative coach for your journey to and from London. On rare occasions, there may be up to an hour wait for a connecting transfer on the return. Passengers can expect to receive a call from Star to confirm details a day prior to their departure. Star Tours reserves the right to amend any pick-up time 12 hours prior to departure.

 

The below pick-up points may not be available for this tour:

 

Brussels – St Michel Cathedral

Calais (subject to availability)

Dover (subject to availability)

Paris (Drop-off Only)

Rhine Falls

Schengen Visa Details

Visa Details & Document Required

Embassy to Apply

Reason

Port of Entry/Exit

Applying from the UK (Click Here)  

Italian

Max Stay

Calais, France/Calais, France

Applying from India (Click Here)

Italian

Max Stay

Calais, France/Calais, France

Visas & Passports

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past ten years is required by all nationals. If you hold an Indian, Pakistani, or Bangladesh Passport, you must obtain a Schengen visa before travelling.

 

Many nationalities, such as British, EU and American nationals, do not require Schengen visas. Should you need further clarification, please get in touch with us.

Weather

Weather in much of Western Europe tends to be the same as in England and is unpredictable. Therefore, regardless of the time of the year, it is advisable to carry an umbrella.

 

Temperatures vary from place to place. Therefore, it is a good idea to check online for average temperatures for the destination(s) being visited, depending on the time of the year. On a multi-destination tour, passengers will likely travel through various weather fronts; whilst in Switzerland, during excursions to mountain tops, passengers may experience temperatures between 0 °c and 2 °c while simultaneously experiencing temperatures of over 30 °c whilst they are in France.

 

Passengers can be well prepared by carrying appropriate clothing, footwear and accessories. Passengers should also be aware that during the winter months, most of the sightseeing will be in the dark as, in Europe, the day becomes dark very early during winter.

Wheelchairs & Child Seats

We will accept lightweight manual wheelchairs for travel, subject to them being capable of being stowed in the luggage hold of the coach. It is also essential that a family member is also on tour to push their wheelchair. Star Tours will also request hotels for suitably equipped rooms; however, this is only on a request basis and cannot be guaranteed. It should be noted Mt Titlis & Eiffel Tower are not fully accessible for wheelchair users. In addition, Brussels, Luzern, Lion Monument, Pisa, Rome, Venice, and Florence will have cobbled streets, which may not be suitable for wheelchairs.

 

In most of Europe, the use of child seats in coaches is mandatory for children under the age of 12 or who are shorter than 150 cm. Children under 7 years old or less than 125 cm tall must use a child seat with a harness or a restraint system. Children between 7 and 12 years old or between 125 and 150 cm tall must use a booster seat or a seat cushion. It is the responsibility of the child's parent or guardian to provide the appropriate child seat for their child.

Home Pick-Ups

The map below can be used to check the price of a home pick-up. The map shows the price bands for each area we service.

Home Pick-up Pricing Key:
£115.00

Pick-Up points

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.


Early Bird Offers

  • Book 12 weeks in advance and get £65 / $85 OFF per adult and child
  • Book 8 weeks in advance and get £35 / $45 OFF per adult and child

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