SUGGESTED ITINERARIES IN EUROPE – MORE THAN 20 DAYS

Please find below a few suggested itineraries with a duration of more than 20 days each.

Amsterdam, Bruges, Paris and British Isles

24 days

Gems of Western Europe

26 days

Blockbusters of Europe

26 days

Iberian and Italian Peninsula

28 days

Greates Empires of Europe

34 days

These longer itineraries can also be split / amended into shorter durationsaccording to your tastes and convenience.

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Amsterdam, Bruges, Paris and British Isles – 24days

No: of Days 24 Days
Port of Entry Amsterdam
Port of Exit Dublin
Visas Required Schengen Visa and UK Visa OR Ireland visa

Itinerary in Brief

Place    

Days

Amsterdam

4

Bruges

 

2

Paris

4

London

4

Edinburgh

 

4

Portree

 

4

Dublin

 

3

Total  

24

You will start your journey from Amsterdam, the uber cool, chilled out capital of Holland where life is as sedentary as are its boat rides on the innumerable canals with a unique “Sab KuchChalta Hai” attitude you will not see anywhere else in the world.

Amsterdam, is one of the most instantly likeable cities of Europe and has been well-known for its places of heritage and tourist importance. It is a beautiful blend of the old age opulence and the modern majesty. The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations, with over 7 million international travellers visiting it annually.

From Amsterdam, travel to the medieval city, Bruges. The cobbled lanes and picture perfect market squares linked by the picturesque canals, historic churches and whitewashed, old, alms houses make Bruges a fairy-tale, medieval town in all its senses. Efforts have been made to retain the town’s medieval looks and preserve the age old charm of gabled houses, beautiful squares and canals for the visitors as tourism is the main industry of the town.

From Bruges, carry on to Paris. One of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, Paris is also one of the most visited cities in the world. Beyond its well-known sights and museums, Paris offers much in fashion, gastronomy and arts. From haute couture to punk, from gritty to sophisticated, the ‘quartiers’ of the City of Lights present a varied ambience.

After spending four days discovering Paris, hop on to the Eurostar train, which will whisk you into the middle of London in just 2.5 hours. The busy, modern 21st century city was once the Capital of the Empire where the sun never set. The city brilliantly showcases its history and tradition. It is also one of the most modern cities in the world. The city is one of the most sought after tourist destination and would be so even if it had only its historic landmarks like Westminster Abbey and the Buckingham Palace alone to boast.

After your visit to London, you will begin your Scottish adventure by traveling to Edinburgh (pronounced Edinburra), a cosmopolitan and vibrant city that protects its rich past zealously even as it embraces the modern values with ease. No wonder Robert Louis Stevenson once famously said, “Edinburgh is what Paris ought to be”. It is also called the Enlightened City.

From Edinburgh, embark your journey to the Scottish Highlands including the Skye of Isle where you would spend the most amazing couple of days admiring the beauty of nature conjured up by innumerable lochs (lakes) amidst spiralling mist and clouds, lush greenery, precipitous cliffs, ruined castles, dramatic tales of valour, unique wildlife, and a melancholic landscape that has to be seen to be believed. It is also the home of Aqua Vitae (whisky for the uninitiated) and you have plenty of distilleries that offer tours and more importantly, a tasting of a dram of the golden stuff.
Your next port of halt will be Glasgow, the biggest city in Scotland and once the biggest seaport in Britain, once home of the ship building industry and one of the most industrialized towns in the late 19th century. Glasgow has today reinvented itself to become a centre for tourism and culture and one of the most visited cities in the United Kingdom. Not many know that it is one of the best places to shop in UK after London.

From Glasgow, you will travel to Dublin, an enchanting city that feels small enough to discover on foot, and experience the unique Irish culture that is warm and friendly, making Dublin one of the best places to live and work. In the past two decades, there has been a huge influx of foreigners coming to Dublin for work and settling down here that has made Dublin one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world and that is aptly reflected in its huge variety of food from different places of the world. And of course, this is the birth place of that magic potion called Guinness. You will be tempted to stay back.

You will be using a combination of the Thalys high speed trains and Belgian regional trains in Europe. For your travel from Paris to London, you will avail the Eurostar train service. The efficient British Rail system will be the mode of transport in United Kingdom.

The transfer from Glasgow to Dublin could be done either by flight or using a combination of train and ferry crossing using a combined ticket from Virgin Trains or other vendors.

For your travel to United Kingdom and Ireland, you need either a UK tourist visa or an Irish tourist visa. For more details, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/british-irish-visa-scheme/british-irish-visa-scheme

For more information on each place featured in this itinerary, kindly check out their respective pages in the website.

A detailed itinerary will be prepared for you once we understand your requirement.

Gems of Western Europe – 26 days

No: of Days 26 Days
Port of Entry Amsterdam
Port of Exit Lisbon
Visas Required Schengen Visa

Itinerary in Brief

Place    

Days

Amsterdam       

     

3

Bruges

 

2

Paris

 

4
Barcelona 4
Granada 2
Seville 3
Madrid 4
Lisbon 4
Total 26

You will start your journey from Amsterdam, the uber cool, chilled out capital of Holland where life is as sedentary as are its boat rides on the innumerable canals with a unique “Sub Kuch Chalta Hain” attitude you will not see anywhere else in the world.

Amsterdam, is one of the most instantly likeable cities of Europe and has been well-known for its places of heritage and tourist importance. It is a beautiful blend of the old age opulence and the modern majesty. The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations, with over 7 million international travellers visiting it annually.

From Amsterdam, travel to the medieval city, Bruges. The cobbled lanes and picture perfect market squares linked by the picturesque canals, historic churches and whitewashed, old, alms houses make Bruges a fairy-tale, medieval town in all its senses. Efforts have been made to retain the town’s medieval looks and preserve the age old charm of gabled houses, beautiful squares and canals for the visitors as tourism is the main industry of the town.

From Bruges, carry on to Paris. One of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, Paris is also one of the most visited cities in the world. Beyond its well-known sights and museums, Paris offers much in fashion, gastronomy and arts. From haute couture to punk, from gritty to sophisticated, the ‘quartiers’ of the City of Lights present a varied ambience.

From Paris, travel to Barcelona, the capital and largest city of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city. Barcelona gained international recognition in 1992, by hosting the Olympic games that brought an immense change in the tourism industry. The mesmerising mix of ancient and modern architectures, alluring cafes and the sunlit Mediterranean beaches – all make Barcelona a treat to the senses. Part of your visit to Barcelona should include a walk through Barceloneta waterfront, a stroll along La Rambla, visiting Gaudi’s unique creations including his magnum opus, the SagradaFamilia.
The electric vibes of Barcelona can be felt well into its night over regional wine and cuisine in the umpteen tapas bars dotting the town.

From Barcelona, we travel to the pearls of Moorish civilization in Europe – Seville, Granada and Cordoba and discover the influence of Moorish culture, music and cuisine that still reigns supreme in all aspects of Spanish life. Each of the three cities boasts of exquisite and breath-taking monuments, out of which, Granada’s Alhambra palace, is the most exceptional. The grandest Gothic cathedrals and the bedazzling Alcazar are in Seville, the Andalusian capital, and the seat of its autonomous parliament. The most exquisite mosque constructed by the Moors, Mezquita, is in Cordoba.

After your trip to Andalucia, travel by the high speed AVE train to Madrid, the capital and the heart of Spain, not only in spirit but geographically too. Madrid has something for everyone, be it art, food, music, good food, and a throbbing celebration of life in all its sunny varied forms. Get a taste of the quintessential Spanish lifestyle by taking some walking tours on the side roads and alleys of this great city, visit the museums including the Prado and Reina Sofia, enjoy tapas in the many restaurants and quaint bars that dot the city and let your hair down till the wee hours of the morning in its umpteen nightclubs. Madrid is also famous for its flamenco and try to fit in a performance during your visit.

We end our journey in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, a city very close to Indian history as it was from here that Vasco da Gama set sail for India in 1497 heralding the entry of European powers to India. Discover the alleys of the Barrio Alto and Alfama districts, enjoy a performance of fado singing in the umpteen small bars where sangria and port flow freely.

You will be using a combination of the Thalys high speed trains and Belgian regional trains in Netherlands, Belgium and France. In Spain, you will be traveling mostly by the super-fast trains run by Renfe called the AVE.

For more information on each place featured in this itinerary, kindly check out their respective pages in the website.

A detailed itinerary will be prepared for you once we understand your requirement.

Blockbusters of Europe – 26 days

No: of Days 26 Days
Port of Entry Rome
Port of Exit London
Visas Required Schengen Visa and UK Visa

Itinerary in Brief

Place    

Days

Rome

4

Florence

3

Pisa

No Stay

Venice

3

Mürren

5

Amsterdam

3

Paris

4

London

4

Total

26

This is a brief overview of an exciting itinerary that covers the biggest blockbuster sights of Western Europe. You will start your journey from the Eternal City, Rome. Spend time admiring the Roman art and architecture, the Coliseum, Trevi fountain, the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Then you will travel to Florence where you will stay for 3 nights. Admire Brunelleschi’s dome, keep your date with David at the Accademia, explore the Uffizi Galleries and walk the Boboli gardens. Take time off one day to travel to Pisa, which is just a couple of hours away for your tryst with the Leaning tower of Pisa. After returning back from Pisa, continue your stay in Florence. Next, you will travel to one of the most unique cities in the world, Venice. Enjoy the high culture and spend the evenings at St Marks listening to the wonderful live music played by the musicians till late in the night or take time off to ride a gondola. Visit the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. Go ahead and explore the tiny streets. Getting lost in Venice is part of the fun. After a two-night stay, continue your journey to Mürren at the heart of Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland region, the epicentre of pure Alpine magic. With Mürren as your base, discover the joys of visiting Lauterbrunnen valley and Interlaken. Ride the cable car up to Schilthorn or ride the Jungfraubahn up to the Top of Europe. You could also take a day excursion either to Lucerne or the Swiss capital, Bern.

From Mürren, travel to the City of Lights, Paris, renowned for its romantic charm, wide tree lined boulevards, endless art, timeless history, astounding architecture, cuisine, the Eiffel Tower, the meandering Seine, the museums including the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay, the resplendent Versailles, topped off with the unique Parisian way of life. Spend up to four days living life the Parisian way.

After spending four days discovering Paris, hop on to the Eurostar train, which will whisk you into the middle of London in just 2.5 hours. The busy, modern 21st century city was once the Capital of the Empire where the sun never set. The city brilliantly showcases its history and tradition. It is also one of the most modern cities in the world. The city is one of the most sought after tourist destination and would be so even if it had only its historic landmarks like Westminster Abbey and the Buckingham Palace alone to boast. London will be your last stop in this itinerary.

Most of your travel will be using the superfast trains run by Trenitalia in Italy, precision timed and super-efficient Swiss transport system in Swiss, the Thalys trains for your travel to Paris and the Eurostar for your trip from Paris to London. A four-day Swiss Pass is highly recommended.

For more information on each place featured in this itinerary, kindly check out their respective pages in the website.

A detailed itinerary will be prepared for you once we understand your requirement.

Iberian and Italian Peninsula – 28 days

No: of Days 28 Days
Port of Entry Lisbon
Port of Exit Venice
Port of Exit Venice
Visas Required Schengen Visa

Itinerary in Brief

Place    

Days

Lisbon

 

4

Madrid

 

4

Seville

 

4 – Including day trip to Cordoba

Granada

 

2

Barcelona

4

Rome

4

Florence

3 – Including day trip to Pisa

Venice

3

Total

28 days

We will start our journey from the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, a city very close to Indian history as it was from here that Vasco da Gama set sail for India in 1497 heralding the entry of European powers to India. Discover the alleys of the Barrio Alto and Alfama districts, enjoy a performance of fado singing in the umpteen small bars where sangria and port flow freely.

From Lisbon, we travel by overnight train to Madrid, the capital and the heart of Spain, not only in spirit but geographically too. Madrid has something for everyone, be it art, food, music, good food, and a throbbing celebration of life in all its sunny varied forms. Get a taste of the quintessential Spanish lifestyle by taking some walking tours on the side roads and alleys of this great city, visit the museums including the Prado and Reina Sofia, enjoy tapas in the many restaurants and quaint bars that dot the city and let your hair down till the wee hours of the morning in its umpteen nightclubs. Madrid is also famous for its flamenco and try to fit in a performance during your visit.
From Madrid, we travel to the pearls of Moorish civilization in Europe – Seville, Granada and Cordoba and discover the influence of Moorish culture, music and cuisine that still reigns supreme in all aspects of Spanish life. Each of the three cities boasts of exquisite and breath-taking monuments, out of which, Granada’s Alhambra palace, is the most exceptional. The grandest Gothic cathedrals and the bedazzling Alcazar are in Seville, the Andalusian capital, and the seat of its autonomous parliament. The most exquisite mosque constructed by the Moors, Mezquita, is in Cordoba. With Seville as your base, visit Cordoba as a day tour. After that, travel to Granada where you will stay for a couple of days. From Granada, travel to Barcelona by the AVE high speed train which reaches speeds up to 300 km ph.

Barcelona, the capital and largest city of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city, and gained international recognition in 1992, by hosting the Olympic games that brought an immense change in the tourism industry. The mesmerising mix of ancient and modern architectures, alluring cafes and the sunlit Mediterranean beaches – all make Barcelona a treat to the senses. Part of your visit to Barcelona should include a walk through Barceloneta waterfront, a stroll along La Rambla, visiting Gaudi’s unique creations including his magnum opus, the SagradaFamilia. The electric vibes of Barcelona can be felt well into its night over regional wine and cuisine in the umpteen tapas bars dotting the town.

From Barcelona, take an overnight ferry to Rome, (port of entry will be Civitavecchia).
Rome has been the cradle of one of the world’s greatest civilizations. It is hence, rich in culture, and has been the centre of power for over a millennium and has greatly influenced the world as a millennium-long centre of power, culture (having been the cradle of one of the globe’s greatest civilisations ever) and religion, has exerted a huge influence over the world in its roughly 2800 years of existence.

From Rome, travel to Florence. It was the birthplace of the Renaissance, but it’s not until you’re standing in a room surrounded by Botticelli masterpieces, or in awe of Michelangelo’s flawlessly-sculpted David, or under the perfection of Brunelleschi’s Duomo that you can truly appreciate what that means. Florence is so steeped in art and culture that the city itself serves as a living museum – one so beautiful, it’s literally been known to make people dizzy, the cradle of the Renaissance period.
Edifices extolling stunning architectural and design skills, attract attention, throughout Italy. Amongst them is one structure that has gained popularity because of its faulty engineering! – The Leaning Tower of Pisa! From Florence, you will make a day trip top Pisa.

After completing your visit to Florence and Pisa, you will travel to the final destination of this itinerary, Venice.

Venice is a city unlike any other. No matter how often you’ve seen it in photos and films, the real thing is more dreamlike than you could imagine. With canals where streets should be, water shimmers everywhere. The fabulous palaces and churches reflect centuries of history in what was a wealthy trading centre between Europe and the Orient.

Most of your travel will be using the superfast trains run by Trenitalia in Italy and the AVE super-fast trains run by Renfe in Spain. From Barcelona to Rome, you will travel by an overnight ferry crossing.

For more information on each place featured in this itinerary, kindly check out their respective pages in the website.

A detailed itinerary will be prepared for you once we understand your requirement.

Greatest Empires of Europe – 33 days

No: of Days 33 Days
Port of Entry Istanbul
Port of Exit London
Visas Required Turkish Visa, Schengen Visa and UK visa

Itinerary in Brief

Place    

Days

Istanbul

5

Athens

4

Rome

4

Florence

3

Pisa

No Stay

Venice

3

Vienna

3

Budapest

3

Paris

4

London

4

Total

33 days

You will embark on an exciting journey through the greatest Empires of Europe, right from the Greek, Roman, Ottoman, , Byzantine, Venetian, French, Astro Hungarian, and the British empires spanning a timeline of from 3000 BC to the 20th century.

Your journey will start in Istanbul, one of the most vibrant cities of Europe. Once known as Constantinople, Istanbul is the only city in the world that straddles two continents, Europe and Asia. It has been the capital of the Byzantine and the Ottoman empires.

From Istanbul, travel by air (can be done by train and bus too) to Athens, the cradle of Greek empire and one of the world’s oldest cities that still pulsates with vibe and energy even to this day.

From Athens, again travel by air to the Eternal City, Rome. Spend time admiring the Roman art and architecture, the Coliseum, Trevi fountain, the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Then you will travel to Florence where you will stay for 3 nights. Admire Brunelleschi’s dome, keep your date with David at the Accademia, explore the Uffizi Galleries and walk the Boboli gardens. Take time off one day to travel to Pisa, which is just a couple of hours away for your tryst with the Leaning tower of Pisa. After returning back from Pisa, continue your stay in Florence. Next, you will travel to one of the most unique cities in the world, Venice. Enjoy the high culture and spend the evenings at St Marks listening to the wonderful live music played by the musicians till late in the night or take time off to ride a gondola. Visit the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. Go ahead and explore the tiny streets. Getting lost in Venice is part of the fun.

From Venice, continue your historical journey to one of the most influential empires in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries, the Astro-Hungarian Empire, which saw the epitome of music, art, high culture, decadence and excesses. Through this touryou would also discover two great cities Vienna and Budapest presenting an eclectic mix of communism from the past and capitalism from the present. This itinerary will bring the traveller face to face with a once in a life time unique experience that can be beautifully summed up in one word – BOHEMIAN.

While in Vienna, there are also options of doing a one day or even multiday excursions to places like Bratislava and Salzburg and if time permits, you could combine the tour with the Austrian Lake District experience.

From Budapest, travel to the City of Lights, Paris, renowned for its romantic charm, wide tree lined boulevards, endless art, timeless history, astounding architecture, cuisine, the Eiffel Tower, the meandering Seine, the museums including the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay, the resplendent Versailles, topped off with the unique Parisian way of life. Spend up to four days living life the Parisian way.
From Paris, hop on to the Eurostar express and travel under the sea to reach London. The busy, modern 21st century city was once the Capital of the Empire where the sun never set. The city brilliantly showcases its history and tradition. It is also one of the most modern cities in the world.

The city is one of the most sought after tourist destination and would be so even if it had only its historic landmarks like Westminster Abbey and the Buckingham Palace alone to boast. London will be the last stop on this wonderful journey of discovery of the greatest empires of Europe through two millennia.

Most of your travel between Istanbul, Athens and Rome will be by air. The rest of the journey till Paris will be by trains including the superfast Eurostar from Paris to London.

For more information on each place featured in this itinerary, kindly check out their respective pages in the website.

A detailed itinerary will be prepared for you once we understand your requirement.

Gems of Eastern Europe – 35 days

No: of Days 35 Days
Port of Entry Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Port of Exit Berlin
Visas Required Schengen Visa

Itinerary in Brief

Place    

Days

Dubrovnik

3

Korcula

2

Hvar

2

Split

2

Plitvice Lakes

2

Ljubljana

2

Lake Bled

2

Budapest

4

Vienna

3

Krakow

4

Prague

4

Berlin

4

Total

35 days

You will start your journey through this amazing discovery of the Gems of Eastern Europe from Dubrovnik in the southern tip of Croatia, rightly known as the pearl of the Adriatic. From Dubrovnik, travel to the island paradises of Korcula and Hvar. After spending some wonderful time in the sun and surf, travel to Diocletian’s home town of Split where you will be spending three days. From Split, travel to one of the most beautiful lake complexes in the world, the Plitvice Lake area. Spend a couple of days here before you travel onward to the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. From Ljubljana, travel to another spectacular lake area, Lake Bled.

From Lake Bled, embark on a historical journey through one of the most influential empires in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries, the Astro-Hungarian Empire, which saw the epitome of music, art, high culture, decadence and excesses. Through this tour, in addition to Vienna, you would also discover two great cities of the Eastern European Bloc – Budapest and Prague presenting an eclectic mix of communism from the past and capitalism from the present. This itinerary will bring the traveller face to face with a once in a life time unique experience that can be beautifully summed up in one word – BOHEMIAN.

While in Vienna, there are also options of doing a one day or even multiday excursions to places like Bratislava and Salzburg and if time permits, you could even extend the tour with the combination of the Austrian Lake District experience too.

In between traversing these great cities, you will travel to Krakow, the only city in Europe to escape unscarred the World War II devastation. Though Europe suffered extensive damage, most of its cities were rebuilt as they were before the war, like Warsaw or Dresden, but Krakow is the only city that still remains intact like it was before the War. Krakow escaped destruction by sheer luck or as some would say, due to the presence of a mystic divine stone ensconced within the Wawel castle, according to Hindu mythology, a mystic Chakra, that ensured that the city remained unscathed.

Do take time out and travel outside Krakow to Auschwitz, where you will find one of the grim reminders of the War and the Holocaust at the erstwhile concentration camp that was based here. Many thousands have said to have passed through the gates of this camp never to return.

Your itinerary ends in Berlin, another city to suffer the destruction caused by the War and its aftermaths but has risen like a Phoenix from the walls that had imprisoned and divided its spirit for years, to emerge as the most happening city in the world, an undisputed leader modern music, fashion, street art, night life, alternate lifestyle, and not to forget, being the financial powerhouse of the European Union.

Most of your travel in Croatia will be by ferry from Dubrovnik till Split from where you travel by train to Plitvice, Ljubljana and Lake Bled. You will use a combination of OBB and Deutsche Bahn trains for the rest of your journey.

For more information on each place featured in this itinerary, kindly check out their respective pages in the website.

A detailed itinerary will be prepared for you once we understand your requirement.

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