We begin our tour of Europe by arriving in the city of Madrid. After the customary immigration clearance at the airport, you are warmly received by our EBIXCASH Travel and Holidays representative / local representative and transferred comfortably to the hotel.
Take some time off to relax and rejuvenate in the comforts of your hotel room. (D)
Day 2: In Madrid • Guided City Tour of Madrid • Visit Las Ventas Bull Ring • Orientation tour of Toledo and Visit to the Sword Factory
Today we take you on a guided a City Tour of Madrid. See the Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol, Cibeles Squares and Plaza Espana. We drive through the main streets and see the Neptune Fountain, Alcala Street and Gran Via – the most popular commercial street to soak in the real taste of Spain.
We then visit the Las Ventas Bull Ring, where we will guide you around the key parts of the bullring, from the main entrance to the tendidos, the Callejon – putting into context the three protagonists of this magnificent spectacle: the audience, the bull fighter and the bull.
We move onto the orientation tour of Toledo, a harmonious combination of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures. Also pay a visit to a Sword Factory. Steel from Toledo has for long been one of the prestigious in the world as its known for its flexibility. (B, D)
Day 3: Onto Barcelona • Lesiure time at the Beach
Today after breakfast, we proceed to Barcelona, a city on the north eastern coast, known for its art and architecture and is the cosmopolitan capital of Spain's Catalonia region.
On arrival in Barcelona you have time at leisure to explore the beaches of Barcelona which were listed as number one in a list of the top ten city beaches in the world. Barcelona contains of seven beaches, totalling 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles) of coastline. Sant Sebastia, Barceloneta and Somorrostro beaches are the largest, oldest and the most-frequented beaches in Barcelona. (B, D)
Day 4: Onboard the Cruise • Free time at La Rambla
After breakfast we proceed to cruise terminal. Enroute, we have time at leisure at La Rambla, a tree lined pedestrian street which is a very famous landmark in Barcelona and one of the most vital places of the Catalan capital.
We then head to the cruise terminal where we complete all formalities and board the cruise. On-board the cruise, relax in the comfort of your cabin. Explore the varied amenities the beautiful cruise liner has to offer. (B, D)
Day 5: Onto Naples • Onboard the Cruise
Our entire day is at sea as we set sail to Naples.
The day is at leisure for you to enjoy a wonderful cruising experience. Enjoy all your meals onboard the cruise. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Onto Rome • Guided City tour of Naples & Capri • Onboard the Cruise
This morning we arrive into Naples.
On arrival into Naples we proceed to the port of Capri. Visit the Blue Grotto after which proceed on a panoramic drive to reach Anacapri, situated at 280 meters above sea level from where you will have a wonderful view of the Bay of Naples. You will have some time at leisure to take unforgettable photographs before returning back to Naples. Entering the port of Naples, don't miss this opportunity to admire the splendid Maschio Angioino (a fortress of the 12th century), the Certosa of San Martino and the Royal Palace.
Overnight onboard the cruise as we sail onto Rome. (B, D)
Day 7: Onto Livorno • Guided City Tour of Rome • Visit St. Peter's Basilica - The Vatican • Visit Trevi Fountain • Onboard the Cruise
This morning we set sail into Rome, a city enriched with ancient glamour and mysterious legends.
We proceed to the world's smallest nation within the city of Rome, the Vatican City. Home of the Pope and the Roman Catholic headquarters. Visit St Peter's Basilica which happens to be one of the world's largest churches.
After the Vatican visit, begin our guided tour of the city of Rome. Drive past the mighty triumphal Arch of Constantine and past the Circus Maxima (the biggest stadium in ancient Rome) and drive through Piazza Venezia (busy hub of the city) one can't help but marvel over the sheer grandiose of Roman architecture. Further reminders of the same come our way as we pass by the Colosseum and the ruins of the Roman Forum. The tour with the city's most iconic pieces of art ends at the Trevi Fountain, which simply put is a dreamy and magical sight. What adds to its ethereal vibe are the great examples of Baroque art, the sea-god Neptune, winged horses and allegorical figures. Overnight onboard the cruise as we sail onto Livorno. (B, D)
Day 8: On to Nice • Guided City Tour of Florence • Visit Square of Miracles – Pisa • Onboard the Cruise
This morning we set sail in Livorno. After breakfast we proceed for a guided City tour of Florence. See the remarkable Duomo, which is the fourth largest cathedral in the world. It dominates the city's skyline and still defines its scale – no building in town is as tall, besides it is the 'Gate to Paradise' – the heavenly glided bronze doors of the Baptistry. Originally a pagan temple and the open-air gallery in Signoria Square. Walk on the famous Ponte Vecchio, the oldest surviving bridge in the city.
We then proceed to one of the most iconic sights of Italy, the leaning tower of Pisa.
While at Pisa, also visit the Square of Miracles with its exemplary Pisan-Romanesque architectural structures- the Baptistery, the Cathedral and the leaning Bell Tower.
Overnight onboard the cruise as we sail onto Nice. (B, D)
Day 9: Onto Marseille • Guided Tour of Monaco and Monte Carlo • Orientation Tour of Nice • Onboard the Cruise
We set sail into Villefranche. This morning on your guided tour of Monaco, see the Prince's Palace of Monaco which is the official residence of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco. The Palace has a long history and has been extended and renovated several times over the centuries. Its origins date back to the early thirteenth century – 1215 to be exact. Following a succession of transformations, the ancient Genoese fortress became one of the most luxurious residences of the seventeenth century, in a style extremely characteristic of the Louis XIV era.
We then proceed to Monte Carlo where we drive along the Grand Prix Circuit which hosts the Monaco Grand Prix – a Formula One held annually on the Circuit de Monaco on the last weekend in May. Run since 1929, it is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world.
You then have time at leisure. Visit the Monte Carlo Casino, officially named Casino de Monte-Carlo which is world famous and has served as a filming location for many movies including the James Bond Franchise.
Try your luck at the slot machines or at the Roulette tables.
We then proceed to Nice. On our orientation tour of Nice, we drive along the Promenade des Anglais, a promenade along the Mediterranean of Nice. You then have time at leisure on the beach. This long stretch of pebble beach in Nice runs along the Baie des Anges that is famous for its black pebbles.
Overnight onboard the cruise as we sail onto Marseille. (B, D)
Day 10: Onto Barcelona • Guided City Tour of Marseille • Onboard the Cruise
Today we head out on a guided city tour of Marseille. Enjoy the main attractions of the city namely Vieux Port – the Old Port of Marseille and the Notre Dame de la Grade among others.
The Old Port has been the beating heart of Marseille for over 2000 years and is still a favourite spot for both locals and tourists.
Norte Dame de la Garde is a catholic basilica and is the city's best-known symbol. Overnight onboard the cruise as we sail onto Marseille. (B, D)
Day 11: In Barcelona • Guided City tour of Barcelona • Visit to FC Barcelona Football Stadium • Free time at La Rambla • Flamenco Show
Today we disembark our cruise and proceed on a guided city tour of Barcelona. See the ancient Gothic Quarter with its magnificent cathedral, admire the exterior of Gaudi's masterwork, the Basilica of the Sacred Family (Sagrada Familia). We continue onto Montjuich Hill (site of the Olympic Stadium) to enjoy a spectacular view of Barcelona and its port area.
Delve into the history of Barcelona's revered football club on a 90 minutes self-guided tour of the super impressive Camp Nou Stadium – the home stadium of FC Barcelona. You can experience its history through its interesting Museum.
Take a slice out of Barcelona's legendary night life, experience the exhilarating Flamenco Show. Enjoy a complimentary drink as you cheer on the talented troupe of flamenco dancers as they display unique agility, passion and energy on stage. (B, D)
Day 12: Homeward Bound
All good things must come to an end and so has this tour! With our gifts and shopping bags neatly tucked into our luggage and our passports and tickets handy, we set out for the airport to head back home. (B)
THE TOUR CONDITIONS
Tour price includes:
Cost of your round trip economy class airfare.
Airline / Airport taxes valid for the duration of the tour.
Accommodation at the hotels mentioned or similar.
Cost of your visa valid for the duration of the tour.
Services of EbixCash Travel & Holidays Tour Manager or Local Representative or Local Guide.
Meals, coach transfers, entrance fees, excursions, sightseeing and surface transportation as mentioned in the itinerary.
Cost of your Overseas Travel Insurance valid for passengers upto 60 years of age.
Tour price excludes:
Optional and Add -On excursions unless mentioned otherwise.
Cost of US $ 2,50,000 granted by the Reserve Bank of India under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme.
Any increase in airfare / taxes / routing charged by the airline for ticket (presently calculated on 01 Jan 2020).
Airline and Hotel surcharges (if applicable) during High / Festive season to be paid extra per person.
Cost of extension of validity of your air ticket.
Medical test and premium cost of insurance valid for passengers above 60 years of age.
Porterage at hotels, airports, laundry, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, items of personal nature, food and drinks not forming part of the touring group's menu.
Anything not specifically mentioned in "What Your Tour Price Includes" box.
Baggage handling fee charge by the operating airline for the excess check in baggage
Any increase in rate of EUR (presently calculated at 1 EUR = INR 80) leading to an increase in Tour cost coming into effect prior to departure. However the rate prevailing on given day of payment will apply.