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09 Days - Discover Europe without Disney

09 Days - Discover Europe without Disney

9 Days tour, visiting Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and France

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Early Bird Offer

 

  • Book 8 weeks in advance and get £40 OFF per adult and child OR One night pre stay in London (Airport transfer and tour transfer included)

  • Book 6 weeks in advance and get £25 OFF per adult and child

 

Tour Highlights

 

Belgium

  • Atomium Structure photo stop
  • Walking Tour of Brussels view the Grand Place & Mannekin Pis Statue

 

Netherlands

  • Keukenhof Tulip Gardens OR Madurodam Model Village with entrance
  • Volendam Fishing Village Free time to explore the village
  • Amsterdam Canal Cruise with entrance
  • Cheese & Clog Demonstration with entrance

 

Germany

  • Cologne visit Cologne Cathedral
  • River Rhine Cruise with entrance and complimentary tea
  • Heidelberg Castle photo stop
  • Black Forest drive through the scenic region
  • Cuckoo Clock demonstration & shop

 

Switzerland

  • Mt Jungfrau with entrance
  • 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
  • Luzern City Tour view the Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge
  • Interlaken Free time to explore & shop

 

France

  • Eiffel Tower (Top Floor*) with entrance
  • River Seine Boat Cruise with entrance
  • Versailles Gardens with entrance
  • French Perfumery included
  • Paris Orientation Tour
  • Louvre Museum entrance not included
  • Night Tour of Paris included in your price

*Subject to Availability - In the event of the Eiffel Tower restricitng access/closure the ticket price difference for the restricted floor will be reimbursed.

 

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 Indian dinners & 8 vegetarian lunches
  • Entrances and sightseeing as mentioned in Tour Highlights
  • All tips and service charges
  • Premium service of a Star Tours’ Tour Manager

 

Pick Up Points/Drop Off Points

 

You can now call us and select to have Brussels Airport (BRU) as a pick up at 10:00am from the Information Desk on Arrivals Level 2.

(At a supplement of £20 ($30) 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

  • 2 nights at Golden Tulip Zoetermeer or similar

  • 1 night at Hotel Residenz or similar

  • 2 nights at H+ Hotel & Spa Engelberg or similar

  • 1 night at Best Western Thoiry Hotel or similar

  • 2 nights at Novotel Massy or similar

 

Note:

Departures in Feb, March, Oct – Dec during these periods lunches will not be provided on days 1 & 5. Prices for these have been adjusted accordingly.

 

The Star Difference

 

  • Excursion to Mt. Titlis & Mt Jungfrau included in your price
  • Enjoy a complimentary tea at River Rhine Cruise
  • Night Tour of Paris included
  • Tips and service charge included

 

Suggestion

 

Why not combine this tour with London Package or extend it to cover Austria & Italy by taking the Majestic Europe Tour

 

Additional Excursions

 

Excursions

Adult

Child

Ice Flyer

12 Euros

6 Euros

(6-15 years)

Trummelbach Waterfalls

15 Euros

10 Euros

(6-15 years)

Zurich City Tour

5 Euros

Free

Lido Caberet Show

120 Euros

30 Euros

Day 1

London - Calais - Brussels - Holland (Distance: 550 Kms)

Today morning join up with your coach and depart towards Dover for your crossing to Calais or Dunkerque; you will require your passports at hand as we will cross the UK and French immigration, as well as security. The crossing on the ferry will last approx. 90 Minutes; 40 minutes if the crossing is from the Euro Tunnel train. Once we are in mainland Europe we make our way towards Belgium, in the early afternoon we stop on the outskirts of Oostende for our Lunch, a picnic style buffet awaits you.

After Lunch, we continue to drive towards Brussels, the Capital of Belgium. On arrival in Brussels, we depart the coach and make our way on foot through the charming cobbled streets of Brussels to the Old Town. Here marvel at the "The Grand Place" or Grote Markt, which is the central square of Brussels. The Square provides wonderful opportunities to photograph the opulent guildhalls and the two larger and imposing edifices of the city's Town Hall, and the King's House or Breadhouse building containing the Museum of the City of Brussels. You can then continue down the adjacent street to see the Manneken Pis, an iconic 17th-century bronze fountain, depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain's basin. The Manneken Pis can often be found dressed in costume during festivals. Before departing Brussels, we board the coach and do a photo stop at a giant stainless steel atom, known as the "Atomium"; originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair.

We then proceed towards our hotel and restaurant in the Netherlands. Depending on the hotel location we either go to the restaurant for our Indian dinner, or we head towards the hotel, where dinner will be served in one of the conference rooms by our very own caterers.

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Day 2

Keukenhof Tulip Gardens or Madurodam - Volendam - Amsterdam (Distance: 190 Kms)

Today morning after breakfast, we visit the world renowned Keukenhof Tulip Gardens; famed for its breathtaking displays of flowers, Keukenhof has over six million bulbs that form a sea of flowers, between March and May, it is spread amongst 32 Hectares and is one of the world's largest flower gardens, situated in Lisse, South Holland. (After 13th May departures Keukenhof will be closed for the season, and instead will be replaced by Madurodam model village - Madurodam is a miniature park and tourist attraction. It is home to a range of 1:25 scale model replicas of famous Dutch landmarks, historical cities and large developments).

In the early afternoon, we visit Volendam Village. Volendam is a small picturesque Dutch town on the Markermeer Lake, northeast of Amsterdam. It is well known for its wooden houses and the old fishing boats in its harbour, which is lined with seafood vendors. Depending on the plan for the day we will have Lunch at the Cheese & Clog factory near Volendam, either before or after the Volendam visit. At the Cheese and Clog farm enjoy a briefing on the cheese making process and the uses of clogs in Dutch history and modern times from a local.

Later afternoon we head towards Amsterdam, the capital of Netherlands. Famous for its artistic heritage, and elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades. Enjoy this magnificent city from the Canal as the cruise that will take you through the intricate canal networks of Amsterdam.

We will then proceed in the evening to enjoy our Indian meal before we settle down for the final night in Holland, as the following day we check out and continue our tour towards Germany.

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Day 3

Holland - Cologne - River Rhine Cruise (Distance: 530 Kms)

Today morning after breakfast, we check out of the hotel and board the coach heading South-East through the Netherlands and making our way into Germany heading towards Cologne (Also known in German as Koln). We disembark the coach in Cologne and walk towards the Cologne Cathedral (Cathedral Church of Saint Peter) It is well renowned for its gothic architecture and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996. It is also Germany's most visited landmark. Inside you can admire the vast naïve, which itself is impressive, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day. Don’t forget to take to picture the Cathedral from the outside; the 157 meters Cathedral is truly a masterpiece; taking over six hundred years to construct and is one of the best-known architectural monuments in Germany. We then meet up and continue to walk towards our Indian restaurant for our lunch, before we board the coach again.

We continue our drive deeper into Germany before we board our boat for a tranquil and scenic board ride on the River Rhine. Here marvel at the amazing vineyards and national parks along the way, as well as the historic castles as you cruise along the longest river in Germany. Whilst aboard your cruise, enjoy a cup of tea to accompany the wonderful scenery, as you wind down the afternoon.

We then re-join our coach and make our way toward the Hotel. We enjoy a delicious Indian meal before we get our head down for the night, getting ready to check out tomorrow morning.

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Day 4

Heidelberg - Black Forest - Rhine Falls (Distance: 480 Kms)

After breakfast, we load our luggage on the coach. Today morning you may have a change of coach, seats and tour manager, as our combination tours will merge today morning. Your tour continues with new friends.

We then continue to the town of Heidelberg sitting on the footbed of the River Necker in Southwestern Germany. We carry out our short orientation tour of the small town taking in the views and history of the Old Bridge, which has picturesque views of Heidelberg Castle perched on the hill as well as the Old Church in the main town. Our short trip to Heidelberg concludes with a quick photo stop at the Old Town Square, before boarding the coach and head towards the Black Forest.

As we drive deep into the Black Forest, enjoy the tree-lined alpine views, and be fascinated by the deep gorges along the way. We then arrive at Hofgut Sternen in the middle of the Black Forest, among dark fir trees, high hills, spectacular cliffs and gentle valleys, the Drubba family extends their welcome with an excellent choice of cuckoo clocks made locally as well as a varied selection of souvenirs, not before being briefed about the origins of the cuckoo clock. After your shopping trip, we have our picnic Indian lunch, before we head towards Switzerland.

We continue our journey heading South of Germany and into Schaffhausen a city in north-eastern Switzerland on the river Rhine, next to the German border. On arrival why not 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 centre 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.

Today you have an opportunity to conduct an optional tour of Zurich. Spend the one-hour free time that your tour representative gives you in the city centre to discover Zurich city by foot, with the main highlights including - The Fraumünster Church, renowned for its stunning stained-glass windows created by Chagall. The Grossmunster evangelical protestant church in the medieval old town, or simply admire the beautiful lake of Zurich. The free-time given to you to check out a snap shot of Zurich city centre.

We continue our journey from the Rhine falls toward Central Switzerland. We have our Indian meal either at the restaurant or the hotel before we settle in for our two nights at the hotel.

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Day 5

Mt. Jungfrau - Interlaken (Distance: 230 Kms)

We have an early breakfast today and head out on the coach towards Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen. Depending on the train reservation we will either do Interlaken or Mt Jungfrau first.

When we head towards Lauterbrunnen Valley, the deepest U-shaped valley in the world with either side rising a sheer 1000 meters. We have a jaw-dropping train journey on a cogwheel that takes us up to the top of Mt. Jungfrau at 3454 meters above sea level. At the top, have free time to explore the Ice Palace to view life-sized ice sculptures carved from the Glacier, visit the Sphinx observation tower for spectacular views of the Aletsch glacier and surrounding peaks, often said you could see as far as Italy on a clear day. Then spend your remaining time buying souvenirs and chocolates before we meet up at our meeting point at the top and go for our Indian lunch with spectacular views.

Today also spend time in Interlaken, a small town nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The Höheweg is Interlaken's main street which runs between Interlaken West and Interlaken Ost Railway Stations, spend the time shopping away for souvenirs along the high street or simply admire the rich views of the Bernese Alps. Why not wander through the Kursaal Garden, where you can see a 350 Kg statue of the renowned Indian filmmaker, the late Yash Chopra.

Today you also have an opportunity to conduct an optional tour of "Trummelbach Waterfalls". This unique Spectacle in the Lauterbrunnen Valley comprises various Glacier fed Waterfalls inside a mountain. The impressive falls are floodlit and accessible by a special tunnel. The falls carry up to 20,000 litres of water every second. The Trümmelbach Falls are accessible underground by galleries, tunnels, paths and platforms. This is a payable optional, so please speak your tour rep if you have any concerns regarding the optional.

After a jam-packed day in Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen, we make our way back for our Indian meal and hotel. With a day full of memories get in a good night sleep for another adventurous day tomorrow.

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Day 6

Mt. Titlis - Lucerne - Geneva (Distance: 90 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 take the world’s first revolving cable car, the Titlis Rotair. The Rotair makes one full revolution whilst we ascend to the top of Mt Titlis giving you a 360-degree view of the Uri Alps. Once we reach the top you can not only enjoy the breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding Swiss landscapes, but you will have ample time to take pictures in traditional Swiss outfits, buy souvenirs and walk the highest Cliff Walk, a suspended pedestrian bridge along the cliff of Mount Titlis 3,000 m above sea level, it is believed to be the highest elevation suspension bridge in Europe (subject to operation). Spend the morning playing in the snow and visit the ice caves.

On Mt Titlis, you can also enjoy the optional Ice Flyer (subject to operation). 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, and don’t forget to smile as you can purchase a perfect souvenir of your picture from the photo studio shop.

We make our way down in the early afternoon for our well-deserved Indian lunch from all the activities of the morning. Once our energy levels are back up from our lunch, we board our coach and make our way down from Engelberg to the beautiful city of Luzern (Lucerne).

In Lucerne spend the time admiring Lake Luzern, 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 transfer back to our coach heading towards the city of Geneva.

We then head towards the United Nations of Geneva (UNOG) for our second photo stop, the UNOG is the second-largest of the four major office sites of the United Nations and situated in the Palais des Nations building constructed for the League of Nations between 1929 and 1938. Capture an amazing picture containing all the flags of the countries of the United Nations.

Once we reach Geneva in the evening, we make a couple of short photo stops. We make our way to the “Jardin Anglais”, known as the English Gardens. Here we stop for photos of the National Monument, which features lady Geneva and Lady Helvetica; also see the Flower Clock an iconic outdoor flower clock designed in 1955, made with colourful blooms that change seasonally, and finally of the Jet d’Eau (subject to operation), a fountain, lit up at night, pumping half a cubic meter of water per second 140m into the air.

We then finish our quick trip to Geneva by heading towards the restaurant and hotel. We have our buffet Indian dinner before we pack in for the night.

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Day 7

Geneva - Paris (Distance: 580 Kms)

Today after breakfast check out of the hotel, and we make our way towards Paris. You will not be reaching Paris until late in the afternoon, and we will be stopping on route for Lunch. The lunch stop will only sell continental food, and there will be no fast food restaurants located within the services.

On arrival in the "City of Lights" - Paris, we make our way to the renowned, and world recognised the Eiffel Tower. Your journey will take you to the top of the Eiffel Tower. It should be noted that as the Eiffel Tower is the worlds most visited paid monument you should expect long security and ticket queues as reservations are not always available. Additionally, you will be provided tickets for the highest floor possible, should the top floor ticket not be available or closed then the ticket difference will be reimbursed to you on the completion of your tour. On instances we may conduct Montparnasse Tower, where the Eiffel Tower is closed due to national holidays, Bastille day parades etc., or non-operational due to any other reason, an advanced warning will not be given in relation to the change of monument.

In the evening we will then make our way to the restaurant for our group buffet meal, on the allocation of our entry time enjoy your Indian dinner and then settle back in your seats on the coach for a night tour of Paris.

We then commence the Paris Night tour, which lasts 90 Minutes and takes you around the key sights of Paris at Night, see the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Concorde and Invalides from the comfort of your coach, with the magnificent street lights and monumental lights gravitating you towards the wonderful sights and monuments. See the Eiffel Tower sparkle on the hour, for five minutes immersing you in the city of Paris, and truly recognise why it has been nicknamed the "City of Lights".

We then late in the night make our way to the hotel for our two-night stay. Get a good night's sleep as more wonders await you tomorrow.

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Day 8

City Tour with Versailles Gardens (Distance: 90 Kms)

After your continental breakfast, we board the coach for our full day city tour. We start the day by making our way 27 Kms out of Paris and head towards the town of Versailles.

On arrival at Versailles make your way to the Garden of Versailles, a fine example of 17th-century French landscaping covering an area of more than 800 hectares. Use this free time to take mesmerising photos, souvenir shopping or simply relax admiring the Royal Lawns with the Grand Canal in the background. The gardens are landscaped in the classic French Garden style perfected here by André Le Nôtre.

We then make our way back towards Paris, where we go to the restaurant for our Indian lunch, after our meal we continue to the city centre of Paris, heading towards the Arts-et-Métiers quarters of Paris.

We then visit the Fragonard Perfume Museum and get a brief insight into the origins of the different type of fragrances and the history of the Fragonard brand, you then have a chance to purchase some unique French fragrances, soaps, candles and more.

We then continue to the famous Louvre Museum here you can buy your own ticket and view some of the famous artefacts and sculptures housed here. Why not take the short time we have here to see the ‘Mona Lisa’ or Marley horses, or simply bide the time shopping for loved ones.

In the evening we will then make our way to the restaurant for Indian dinner, on the allocation of our entry time enjoy your meal and then we continue back to the hotel, getting ready to check out of the hotel tomorrow.

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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 centre of Paris, where we embark on the famous "Bateaux" cruises of Paris for our one-hour cruise along the River Seine, we cover the stunning architecture that Paris has to offer on sights such as 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, choose to sit inside or outside whilst listening to the commentary of the sights.

Whilst travelling 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 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.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

2018 USD Dates & Prices

 

Departure Dates

From $1485

Adult

Child

2-11 Years

Mar - 31

$ 1520

$ 1115

Apr - 07, 14, 21, 28, 30

$ 1520

$ 1115

May - 02, 05, 07, 09, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 26, 28

$ 1520

$ 1115

Jun - 02, 04, 09, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30

$ 1520

$ 1115

Jul - 02, 07, 09, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

$ 1520

$ 1115

Aug - 04, 06, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

$ 1520

$ 1115

Sep - 01, 08, 15, 22

$ 1520

$ 1115

Oct - 06, 13, 20

$ 1485

$ 1080


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 $320 for a seat in coach only

Max occupancy per room is 3 person (excluding infants )

$180 reduction will apply for a 2nd child without a bed

Single supplement will be an additional $425

 

Departures during Oct, lunch

will not be provided on day 1 & 5. Prices for these have

been adjusted accordingly.

 

Early Bird Offer

Book 8 weeks in advance and get

$55 OFF per adult and child or One night pre stay in London

Airport transfer and tour transfer included

Book 6 weeks in advance and get

 $35 OFF per adult and child

 

Country Details

 

Country

Capital

Currency

Visa Required

Time

Zone

Electricity

Country

Code

Belgium

Brussels

Euro

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+32

Netherlands

Amsterdam

Euro

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+31

Germany

Berlin

Euro

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+49

Switzerland

Berne

CHF (Euro is accepted

at many places*)

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+41

France

Paris

Euro

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+33

*Change will be given back in local currency

 

Additional Excursions

 

Zurich City Tour - Discover Zurich city by foot, with the main highlights including - The Fraumünster Church, renowned for its stunning stained-glass windows created by Chagall. The Grossmunster evangelical protestant church in the mediaeval old town, or simply admire the beautiful lake of Zurich.

 

Trummelbach Falls - This unique Spectacle in the Lauterbrunnen Valley comprises of various Glacier fed Waterfalls inside a mountain. The impressive falls are floodlit and accessible by a special tunnel. The falls carry up to 20,000 litres of water every second. The Trümmelbach Falls are accessible underground by galleries, tunnels, paths and platforms.

 

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.

 

LIDO Cabaret Show – Le Lido (The Lido) is a cabaret and burlesque show located on the Champs-Élysées, using amazing lights, glittering costumes and sounds it will feel like a waking dream, and it will take your breath away and leave you dazzled. Welcome to a fantastic whirlwind of technological wizardry led along by the most beautiful girls in the world.

 

Currency

 

In most of Western Europe, the currency you will require will be Euros. When travelling to 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 for passengers to 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

Dover

159

2hrs 30mins

Calais

Brussels

200

2hrs 45mins

Brussels

Atomium Structure

7

20mins

Atomium Structure

Zoetermeer

172

2hrs

Zoetermeer

Madurodam

17

20mins

Zoetermeer

Keukenhof tulip gardens

37

40mins

Madurodam

Volendam

60

1hr

Volendam

Amsterdam

22

30mins

Amsterdam

Zoetermeer

53

1hr

Zoetermeer

Cologne

270

3hrs 30mins

Cologne

Boppard

121

1hr 30mins

Boppard

Limburgerhof

135

1hr 30mins

Limburgerhof

Heidelberg

42

40mins

Heidelberg

Black Forest

206

2hrs 15mins

Black Forest

Rhine Falls

74

1hr 15mins

Rhine Falls

Zurich

53

1hr

Zurich

Engelberg

85

1hr 15mins

Rhine Falls

Engelberg

144

2hrs

Engelberg

Interlaken

86

1hr 20mins

Interlaken

Grindelwald (jungfraujoch)

20

30mins

Engelberg

Lucerne

35

40mins

Lucerne

Geneva

265

3hrs

Geneva

Paris

540

6hrs

Paris

Disneyland

55

1hr

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 manager of their preferred diet on the 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 manager 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 Travel Advice

France

Belgium

Netherlands

Switzerland

Germany

 

Hotels

 

Not all hotels on 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 minibar 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). The maximum occupancy during March to May per room may be 2 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.

The tour will merge and change tour reps/coaches part way through the 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 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.

 

Keukenhof

 

The Keukenhof tulip garden visit will be timed, the gardens are very expansive, and the time given will give you a glimpse of the numerous bulbs. It is advisable you go through the Keukenhof website in advance to distinguish what key sights you want to cover in your limited time.

 

Louvre

 

The Louvre entrance ticket is not included, please note that the Louvre covers an expansive area of thousands of artefacts, the time given here is limited and should be utilised to see the key artefacts such as the Mona Lisa or Marley Horses etc.

 

Versailles Gardens

 

Your entrance is only into the Gardens of Versailles, and it may not be possible for you to enter the Chateau even if you are willing to do this on your own due to the number of visitors and time constraints.

 

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 21.00hrs and 23.00hrs)

 

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:

 

Paris (Drop-off Only)

Dover (subject to availability)

Calais (subject to availability)

Rhine Falls

 

Schengen Visa Details

 

Visa Details & Document Required

Embassy to Apply

Reason

Port of Entry/Exit

Applying from UK (Click Here)  

French

Entry/Exit & Max Stay

Calais, France/Calais, France

Applying from India (Click Here)

French

Entry/Exit & Max Stay

Calais, France/Calais, France


Visas & Passports

 

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals. Except for EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay.

 

If you hold an Indian, Pakistani, or Bangladesh Passport, you will need to obtain Schengen Visa prior to travelling. Many nationalities do not require Schengen visas, such as British, EU and American nationals. Should you need further clarification, please contact us.

 

Weather

 

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

 

Temperatures vary from place to place, and 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, it is likely passengers will travel through various weather fronts; whilst in Switzerland, during excursions to mountain tops passengers may experience temperatures between 0 °c and 2 °c whilst at the same time experience temperatures of over 35 °c whilst they are in  France and Germany.

 

Passengers can be well prepared by ensuring they are 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. Passengers should consult with Star Tours at the time of booking if they are unsure.

 

Wheelchairs

 

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 Tour’s 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, Mt Jungfrau & Eiffel Tower is not fully accessible for a wheelchair user. Brussels, Luzern and Lion Monument will have cobbled streets, which may not be suitable for wheelchairs.

 

The trains and platforms at Trummelbach Waterfalls will not be fully accessible for those in wheelchairs.

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

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

Name Address Contact Details
Birmingham Birmingham - Esso Petrol Station
305 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 7DT
Brussels St Michael Cathedral on BLVD De Berlaimont
Near Nationale Bank Van Belgie, 1000 Brussels
Brussels - Atomium Brussels - Atomium Coach Park
Square de'L Atomium, B-1020 Brussels
Calais Calais - Pidous Cash & Carry
Mercel Doret, Calais, A26 Exit 3
Coventry Outside Tesco, Olivia Way Cross Point Business Cnt
Coventry, CV2 2SH
Dover Dover, Eastern Docks Coach Park,
Outside Passenger Terminal, CT16 1JA
East Ham East Ham
East Ham, 473 Barking Rd, E6 2LL
Folkestone Folkestone, Stop 24 Services, M20, Jctn 11
Stanford Intersection, Stanford, CT21 4BL
Leicester Leicester
Asda Petrol Station, Fosse Park Ave, LE3 2LL
Luton Luton - Outside Travelodge Luton Hotel
641 Dunstable Rd (Off M1 Junction 11), LU4 8RQ
Maidstone Maidstone, Maidstone Services
M20, Jctn 8, Kent, ME17 1SS
Newport Pagnell Newport Pagnell Services, M1 Between Jctn 14-15
Milton Keynes, MK16 8DS
Northampton Northampton, Northamptoon Services
M1 Junction 15A, NN4 9QY
Other Want a different Pick Up & Drop
Call us on 0044 (0)208 900 2323
Southall Southall
58 - 78 High Street (OPP Lidl), Southall UB1 3DB
Walsall Walsall, Outside Walsall Holiday Inn
M6 Junction 10, Tempus Ten, Tempus Drive, WS2 8TJ
Watford Gap Watford Gap, Watford Gap Services
M1 Between Junction 16-17, NN6 7UZ
Wembley Wembley
Star Tours, 312 Harrow Rd, Wembley, HA9 6LL

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