SUGGESTED ITINERARIES IN EUROPE UP TO 20 DAYS

Please find below a few suggested itineraries with a duration of 16 to 20 days each.

Captivating Croatia and Slovenia

16 days

Ultimate Swiss Magic

17 days

Best of British Isles

18 days

Best of Germany and Salzkammergut

19 days

Gems of Western Europe

19 days

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Captivating Croatia and Slovenia – 16 days

No: of Days 16 Days
Port of Entry Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Port of Exit Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Visas Required Schengen Visa

Itinerary in Brief

Place    

Days

Dubrovnik

3

Hvar

  

2

Split

  

3

Plitvice Lakes

  

1

Zagreb

 

2

Lake Bled

 

2

Ljubljana

 

3

Total  

16

This is an overview of a romantic 16-day itinerary covering Croatia and Slovenia. You will be covering the medieval port city, rightly called the Pearl of Adriatic – Dubrovnik. The popular TV series Game of Thrones was extensively filmed in Dubrovnik and other locations in Croatia. Later you will travel by ferry or catamaran to the marvellous island of Hvar which is world famous for its pristine beaches as well as even wilder nights. From Hvar you will once again take a high speed catamaran to Split, the city that was the abode of Diocletian and is an eclectic cosmopolitan city today. From Split, you will travel to Plitvice, which is surely going to be the highlight of your journey, and admire vivacious work of nature, the lakes at Plitvice National Park. Later you will travel to Zagreb, the capita of Croatia. Lake Bled beckons you next, amidst eye popping scenery and a lovely island in the middle. Finally, you travel to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia which will also be your port of exit.

From Dubrovnik, you will be mostly traveling by bus and ferry in Croatia till you reach Plitvice, from where you will travel by train for the reminder 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.

Ultimate Swiss Magic – 17 days

No: of Days 17 Days
Port of Entry Zurich
Port of Exit Geneva
Visas Required Schengen Visa
Pass Required An 15-day Swiss Travel Pass

Itinerary in Brief

Place

Days

Zurich        

       

3

Appenzell

 

2

Lucerne

 

3

Murren

 

5

Zermatt

 

2

Montreux

 

2

Total

 

17

Embark on this 17-day ultimate Swiss experience covering the length and breadth of this extraordinarily beautiful country.

You will start your journey from your port of entry, Zurich. You will stay in Zurich for three days after which you will travel to the canton of Appenzell, a powerhouse of cheese making and dairy farming set amidst eye achingly beautiful rolling hills and valleys. After spending a couple of days in Appenzell, travel to the lake side city, Lucerne. You will spend three days admiring the medievalold town and its lake. Take a ride up to Mt Pilatus or Titlis. After a three-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. Stay in Mürren for five days. From Murren, travel to Zermatt to behold the king among mountains, the Matterhorn. Discover the quaint city of Zermatt and the numerous cable cars and lifts that serve the town. Zermatt is also the place to be seen for the European glitterati. From Zermatt, travel to Montreux, another lovely little town by Lake Geneve. Hop on to the Chocolate train and Nestle factory. Later on you can head up to Gruyere and find out the intricacies of cheese making from the experts. After a couple of days in Montreux, head towards Geneva, which will be your port of exit.

All of your travel will be using the super-efficient Swiss transport system that works on clockwork precision. A 15-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.

Best of British Isles in 18 days

No: of Days

18 days

Port of Entry

London (United Kingdom)

Port of Exit:       

Dublin (Ireland)

Visas Required 

UK Tourist Visa or Irish Tourist Visa.

Itinerary in Brief

Place    

Days

London

4

Bath

2

York

2

Edinburgh

3

Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye

3

Glasgow

2

Dublin

3

Total

19

This is an 18-day itinerary covering the most wonderful cities, towns and villages across the British Isles traveling across this great nationby train and then travel to Dublin in Ireland for a few pints of Guinness.

Your journey starts at London, a city that needs no introduction. After spending four days in London, travel to Bath where you will be spending two days discovering this unique city famous for, not surprisingly, its Roman baths with hot water springs. Bath is a very popular spa and romantic destination as well. You will then proceed towards York, a city that is as medieval as it could get in Britain and is famous for some of the best Gothic cathedrals in the world as well as its vibrant café culture. From York,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.

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

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.

Best of Germany and Salzkammergut – 19 days

No: of Days 19 Days
Port of Entry Berlin
Port of Exit Salzburg / Munich
Visas Required Schengen Visa

Itinerary in Brief

Place    

Days

Berlin

 

4

Cologne

 

2

Moselle Valley (Cochem)

 

3

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

 

1

Munich

 

4

Salzburg and Austrian Lake District

 

5

Total 19

This is a brief overview of a wonderful itinerary that covers the best that Germany and a unique opportunity to discover the Austrian Lake District of Salzkammergut. Germany is world famous for its engineering might and precision, wholesome cuisine with its famous beers and bratwursts, pristine landscapes, mighty rivers, quaint medieval towns and two of the world’s leading cities, Munich, where life is all about taking it slow and embracing its glorious past, whilst the other, Berlin, has risen like a Phoenix from the walls that had imprisoned 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, the being the financial powerhouse of the European Union.

You will start your travel from Berlin, undoubtedly, the best modern city in the world where you will be staying for four nights. Take in the extraordinary sights and sounds of this city before you proceed to one of the most ancient cities of Europe, Cologne, which was an important riparian city from the Roman times and is a famous pilgrimage centre too. Not many outside Germany know that Cologne is one of the best shopping capitals in the world. It is also the place where Eau de Cologne was born. From here, travel towards Cochem, a quaint little town on the river Moselle, that lies under the shadow of the Burg Eltz on top of the mountain, which is one of Europe’s oldest well preserved castles dating back 700 plus years. From Cochem, travel to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, again an immaculately preserved medieval town, where you can spend overnight and have the town to yourself in the evening devoid of the hordes of day trippers. From here, travel to Munich, a bustling metropolis that still retains the charm of an old town with plenty of car free pedestrian zones, a lovely river flowing through, and a huge central park. Food and beer is the mantra to open the doors to the Bavarian experience, but don’t be fooled by the laid back nature of this city. Munich is one of the centres of cutting edge technologies in the world with many top international companies based here and is also headquarters for companies like BMW and Siemens. Maybe there is something in the beer afterall.

From Munich, proceed towards Salzburg, the city made famous by Mozart and the film, Sound of Music. With Salzburg as your base for the next five days, explore the Salzkammergut area, better known as the Austrian Lake District.

You will be traveling mostly by the super-efficient and well connected German Deutsche Bahn train system or by boats in the Rhine, Moselle valley, and Salzkammergut region as well as the OBB run by Austrian train service.

For those who love to drive, I would recommend drivingfrom Cochem to Rothenburg ob der Tauber and then further onwards to Munich traversing the beautiful Romantic Route. Hiring a car is a breeze in Europe and if you are comfortable with driving on the right side of the road, I highly recommend that you go for it.

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 – 19 days

No: of Days 19 Days
Port of Entry Rome
Port of Exit Amsterdam
Visas Required Schengen Visa
Travel Pass A four-day Swiss Pass

Itinerary in Brief

Place    

Days

Rome

4

Florence

3

Pisa

No Stay

Venice

2

Murren

4

Paris

4

Amsterdam

2

Total

19

This is a brief overview of an exciting itinerary that covers the best 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.

From Paris, travel to 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 KuchChaltaHai” attitude you will not see anywhere elsein the world. Amsterdam will also be your port of exit.

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 and the Thalys trains for your travel to Paris and Amsterdam. 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.

Gems of Eastern Europe – 20 days

No: of Days 20 Days
Port of Entry Vienna
Port of Exit Berlin
Visas Required Schengen Visa

Itinerary in Brief

Place    

Days

Vienna

4 – Optional Day trips to Bratislava or Salzburg

Budapest

4

Krakow

4

Prague

4

Berlin

4

Total 4

This is an overview of an energy packed yet a historical journey through one of the most influential empires in Europe during the 18th and 19thcenturies, 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 combine the tour with the Austrian Lake District experience.

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 escapeddestruction by sheer luck oras 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 theWar 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 will be using the trains run by OBB in Austria and the overnight direct intercity sleepers between Budapest, Krakow, Prague and Berlin.

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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