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09 Days - Treasures of Europe

09 Days - Treasures of Europe

9 Days tour, visiting Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy and Vatican

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Early Bird Offer        

          

  • Book 10 weeks in advance and get £30 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 £20 OFF per adult and child

 

Tour Highlights

 

Belgium

  • Atomium Structure photo stop

 

Germany

  • Black Forest drive through the scenic region

  • Cuckoo Clock demonstration & shop

 

Switzerland

  • Mt Titlis with entrance

  • Rhine Falls The largest plain waterfalls in Europe

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

  • Lucerne City Tour view the Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge

 

Italy

  • Venice Boat ride to St. Marks Square, Gondola Ride with entrance & Murano Glass Showroom

  • Rome City Tour with local guide, Colosseum photo stop, Roman Forum, Time Elevator with entrance

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

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

 

Vatican

  • St Peters Basilica & Square

 

France

  • Eiffel Tower (Top Floor*) with entrance

  • River Seine Boat Cruise with entrance

  • Paris Orientation Tour

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

 

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

 

Note:

Departures in Feb, March, Oct – Dec during these periods lunches will not be provided on days 1 & 2. Prices for these have been adjusted accordingly.

 

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

 

  • 1 night at 7 Hotels & Fitness Strasbourg or similar

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

  • 1 night at Sheraton Padova or similar

  • 2 nights at Mercure Roma West or similar

  • 1 night at Hotel Lago Verde or similar

  • 1 night at Best Western Thoiry Hotel or similar

  • 1 night at Novotel Massy or similar

 

The Star Difference

 

  • Excursion to Mt. Titlis included in your price

  • Enjoy a complimentry Ice Cream in Italy

  • Tips & Service charge included in your price

 

Additional Excursions

 

Excursions

Adult

Child

Rome Night Tour

15 Euros

Free

Lido Caberet Show

120 Euros

30 Euros

Paris Night Tour

15 Euros

Free

Ice Flyer

12 Euros

6 Euros

(6-15 years)



Day 1

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

Today morning join up with your coach and depart towards Dover or Folkestone 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. Once we reach Brussels we take a photo stop at a giant stainless-steel atom, known as the "Atomium"; originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. This unique structure is one of a kind and stands at 102 metres high. The nine massive stainless-steel spheres are connected so that the whole structure forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. After our quick photo stop here, we continue to drive towards our hotel.

We then proceed towards our hotel and restaurant, which can be located in the Northeastern Grand Est region of France (Metz or Nancy) or Strasbourg. 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 late in the evening in one of the conference rooms by our very own caterers. We can then put our head down after our long day.

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Day 2

Black Forest - Rhine Falls - Lucerne (Distance: 380 Kms)

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

We re-join our coach and make our way towards Central Switzerland, and to 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 board back onto the coach after another fun filled day heading for our evening Indian meal and hotel. It is time to pack our bags again for our checkout tomorrow morning where we make our way towards Italy.

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Day 3

Mt Titlis - Venice (Distance: 340 Kms)

After breakfast today we ascend 10,000ft to the summit of Mt. Titlis. We take a small cable car or funicular depending on the time of the year before we 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 towards Italy, heading for Venice. We depart in the early afternoon for Venice, and we expect to reach there in the evening. We will be covering quite a distance today to reach, so ensure you carry your key essentials.

Once we reach the Venice area in the evening, we finish the day 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 4

Venice - Rome (Distance: 580 Kms)

We check out after breakfast today and make our way towards the Venetian Islands. The drive will take us over "Ponte della Libertà" or in English the Bridge of Liberty, which connects the historic centre to the City of Venice.

On arrival at the Ports in Venice, we board our Vaporetto (Italian small boat) to make our way towards the main island and dock at San Marco. The main city of Venice is unique in its own right and holds many names; "The City of Water", "City of Bridges", "The Floating City", and "City of Canals", the names become very apparent as we glide through the Grand Canal.

We then make our way across the San Marco island for our demonstration at Murano, where you learn the facts about the glass and have an opportunity to purchase original Murano glass items. We also make our way to Piazza San Marco known as St Mark's Square, the main square opens up to the impressive Saint Mark's Basilica, the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best-known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture, as well as the famous St Mark's Campanile (bell tower), one of the most recognizable symbols of the city at 98.5 metres high. You will have time to also picture the famous Bridge of sighs and the intricate Clock Tower known as the Torre dell'Orologio.

Later enjoy a Gondola ride through a few of the canals that make up the intricate 118 islands of Venice. Glide along the quaint canals and admire the architecture involved in building this lagoon city. The short gondola ride is a unique experience on a flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian lagoon.
We then return back to the coach at the Ports, and make our way back into to the mainland were we go for our Indian lunch at the restaurant before making our way to Rome. We depart in the afternoon from Venice and expect to reach Rome in the evening.

Once we reach Rome in the evening, we finish the day by heading towards the restaurant and hotel. We have our buffet Indian dinner before we pack in for the night for two nights at the hotel.

Today the tour rep may conduct an optional tour of Rome by Night. The tour is conducted on the coach and includes Rome's most beautiful sites to be admired at night in comfort of the coach and by foot. The subdued lighting of the Colosseum - the largest amphitheatre built during the Roman Empire, St. Angelo’s, St. Peters church and Piazza Venezia will provide you with wonderful photos. The tour will last 90 minutes, late into the evening (The Tour rep may choose to do this optional tour on day 5).

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Day 5

Rome - Vatican City (Distance: 90 Kms)

Today morning after breakfast we depart the hotel and make our short drive towards the city centre of Rome. We will be spending the full day in the Roman capital, and "Global City".

Our tour of Rome includes a trip to the Time Elevator, which is a multi-sensory film taking you back in time using technology. Rome’s history dates to almost 3000 years, and the Time Elevator will give you a glance of cultural, religious, historical and geographic events of the Eternal City.

You will also be met with a local professional guide whilst in Rome. The guide will immerse you in the rich history of Rome and explain the key sights of Rome. The Rome tour will include a short photo-stop of the Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre and arguably one of the most recognised sights; the stop is surrounded by other sights such as Constantine arch. You will also see the Roman Forums, where ancient civilisation developed.

We then make our way by coach to the restaurant for our Indian meal, before we transfer back to our coach and head towards the Vatican City.

Later you will visit the Vatican City, home to the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church to see the St. Peter's Basilica, it should be noted that you should wear appropriate attire for a place of worship, as this is a stipulation of entry. We will then walk across to view the Trevi Fountains, arguably the most beautiful fountains in all of Rome, here enjoy a gelato ice cream. It should be noted many parts of Rome will be done on foot as places such as Trevi Fountain, Time Elevator and Roman Forums are only accessible on foot.

In the evening 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 late in the evening in one of the conference rooms by our very own caterers. We can then put our head down after our long day.

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Day 6

Rome - Florence - Montecatini (Distance: 380 Kms)

Today after breakfast we check out of the hotel and board the coach for our drive towards Florence. We head North towards Florence. We will be covering quite a distance today to reach Florence, so ensure you carry your key essentials and devices for your entertainment for the journey.

Once we reach Florence, we go for our Indian lunch at the restaurant before making our way to the Historic City Centre. The coach will drop the group off in the city centre and drive away as they cannot remain in the city centre of Florence.

On arrival in the afternoon at our drop off point in Florence, we meet our local professional guide. The tour of this renaissance city and former capital starts by viewing the impressive architecture of some of the finest historic buildings in Italy. The guide will provide you an in-depth knowledge of some of Florence’s most iconic sights including the Duomo of Florence the largest brick dome ever created, along with photo stops at Basilica of Santa Croce, the final burial place of Michelangelo, statue of David replica, and the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge on the Arno River. The tour of Florence will be a walking tour as many parts of the city are pedestrianised and only accessible on foot.

We then meet up with our coach towards the Arno River and proceed to make our way out of Florence. Just before we hit the highway we stop at the Piazelle Michelangelo, for the most outstanding views of Florence, the stop allows a panoramic view of the city and beyond. We stop for a quick photo stop here before boarding the coach and making our way to Montecatini.

In the early evening, we depart towards the Hotel in Montecatini, which is in the region of Tuscany for our overnight stay. We head towards our hotel and restaurant in the region. Today evening enjoy a buffet Indian meal, before settling in for our one-night stay.

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Day 7

Pisa - Geneva (Distance: 580 Kms)

After breakfast, we load our luggage on the coach and leave the Montecatini region and make our short drive towards the city of Pisa, best known for its iconic Leaning Tower.

On arrival in Pisa, we disembark the coach, and we make our transfer towards the Piazza dei Miracoli, we walk through the small market and enter the Piazza dei Miracoli through the iron gates, where the magnificent Leaning Tower of Pisa can be seen tilting since its completion in 1372, the 56m white-marble cylinder is the bell tower of the Romanesque, striped-marble cathedral that rises next to the tower. Also, in the piazza is the Baptistry, an ecclesiastical building constructed from 1152 to 1363.

We then walk to our restaurant for our Indian meal, before we transfer back to our coach on the outskirts of Pisa. In the early afternoon once we return to the coach we make our way towards Switzerland, heading towards the city of Geneva.

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 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.

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 8

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 an optional night tour of Paris or be transferred back to the hotel on one of our vehicles.

If you chose the optional tour of "Paris By Night" then we board our coach after the restaurant and begun our 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 stay. Get a good night’s sleep as more wonders await you 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.

Lunch on Day 1, 2 and 8 will not be provided on departures in March, Oct to Dec.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

2018 USD Dates & Prices

 

Departure Dates

From $1390

Adult

Child

Mar - 17

$ 1390

$ 1115

Mar - 30, 31

$ 1415

$ 1135

Apr - 14, 21, 28

$ 1415

$ 1135

May - 05, 07, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26

$ 1415

$ 1135

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

$ 1415

$ 1135

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

$ 1415

$ 1135

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

$ 1415

$ 1135

Sep - 01, 08, 15, 22, 29

$ 1415

$ 1135

Oct - 06, 20

$ 1390

$ 1115

Nov - 24

$ 1390

$ 1115

Dec - 22

$ 1390

$ 1115

 

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(s) (excluding infants )

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

Single supplement will be an additional $420

 

Departures during Mar 17 & Oct-Dec, lunch

will not be provided on day 1 & 2. Prices for these have

been adjusted accordingly.

 

Early Bird Offer

Book 10 weeks in advance and get

$45 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

 $30 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

Germany

Berlin

Euro

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+49

Switzerland

Berne

CHF (Euro is accepted

at many places*)

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+41

Italy

Rome

Euro

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+39

France

Paris

Euro

Schengen

UTC + 1

230V,

50Hz

+33

*Change will be given back in local currency

 

Additional Excursions

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Folkstone

148

2hrs 15mins

Calais

Atomium Structure

200

2hrs 30mins

Atomium Structure

Strasbourg

445

6hrs

Strasbourg

Black Forest

121

1hr 30mins

Black Forest

Rhine Falls

74

1hr 15mins

Rhine Falls

Lucerne

110

1hr 45mins

Lucerne

Engelberg

35

45mins

Engelberg

Padova

485

5hrs 30mins

Padova

Venice

38

50mins

Venice

Rome

546

6hrs

Rome

Florence

291

3hrs 15mins

Florence

Pisa

102

1hr 45mins

Pisa

Geneva

544

6hrs 30mins

Geneva

Paris

540

6hrs

Paris

Calais

296

3hrs

Above is for indication purposes only

 

Food

 

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

 

Passengers can choose from different diets, including vegetarian, Jain or non-vegetarian (Halal will not always be available) meals. Passengers should advise the tour 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 Residents

USA Residents

Belgium

Belgium

France

France

Germany

Germany

Italy

Italy

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Switzerland

Switzerland

Vatican

Vatican

 

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).

 

Other Advisories

 

General

 

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

 

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

 

High Altitude

 

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

Advanced age is no barrier to high altitude. For blood pressure patients who are well controlled with medication, the altitude is not a concern.

Asthmatics can travel to high altitudes without any problems. High-altitude air is less polluted with particles that can cause an asthma attack.

Epileptics who are well controlled with medication should be able to negotiate the altitude.

 

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

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

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

 

High altitude visits not recommended for:

Lung and heart patients who are already short of breath while at rest or when climbing stairs are advised not stay at high altitude. Patients with angina pectoris or severely impaired performance with heart enlargement and heart failure should not visit high altitude.

Coronary artery disease (angina pectoris) and heart enlargement with medical therapy should not visit high altitude.

Patients with a pronounced risk profile for cardiovascular disease (smoker + high blood pressure + diabetes + high blood fats + overweight + occasional chest pain) should consult the doctor before visiting high altitude.

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

 

Pick up and Drop off points & Times

 

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

 

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

 

Brussels – St Michel Cathedral

Calais (subject to availability)

Dover (subject to availability)

Paris (Drop-off Only)

Rhine Falls

 

Schengen Visa Details

 

Visa Details & Document Required

Embassy to Apply

Reason

Port of Entry/Exit

Applying from UK (Click Here)  

Italian

Max Stay

Calais, France/Calais, France

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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 Italy, 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 and Eiffel Tower is not fully accessible for a wheelchair user. Brussels, Luzern, Lion Monument, Rome, Florence and Pisa will have cobbled streets, which may not be suitable for 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
Bristol Bristol, Bristol Parkway Stn
Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8PU
Brussels - Airport Brussels International Airport (BRU)
Arrivals Information Desk, Level 2
Brussels - Atomium Brussels - Atomium Coach Park
Square de'L Atomium, B-1020 Brussels
Calais Calais - Pidous Cash & Carry
Mercel Doret, Calais, A26 Exit 3
Cardiff Cardiff, Cardiff Central Railway Stn
Central Square, Cardiff CF10 1EP
Coventry Outside Tesco, Olivia Way Cross Point Business Cnt
Coventry, CV2 2SH
East Ham East Ham
East Ham, 473 Barking Rd, E6 2LL
Folkestone Folkestone, Stop 24 Services, M20, Jctn 11
Stanford Intersection, Stanford, CT21 4BL
Knutsford Knutsford, Knutsford Services, M6,
Between J18-J19, Cheshire, WA16 0TL
Leeds Leeds - Central Bus Station
Opp Mecca Bingo, York Street, LS2 7HU
Leicester Leicester
Asda Petrol Station, Fosse Park Ave, LE3 2LL
Liverpool The Rocket, 2 Bowring Park Road
Liverpool, Merseyside, L14 3PA
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
Manchester Manchester, Shell Petrol Stn, Trafford Rd
Salford, M5 3AW
Newport Pagnell Newport Pagnell Services, M1 Between Jctn 14-15
Milton Keynes, MK16 8DS
Northampton Northampton, Northamptoon Services
M1 Junction 15A, NN4 9QY
Nottingham Nottingham - Outside Novotel East Midlands Hotel
Bostock Lane, Long Eaton, M1 Junction 25, NG10 4EP
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Reading Reading, Sainsburys Savacentre, Bath Rd
Reading, (M4 Jctn 12), RG31 7SA
Rhine Falls Rhine Falls - Tourist Office
Rheinfallquai, 8212 Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Swiss
Sheffield Sheffield, Meadowhall Railway Stn,
Meadowhall Road, Sheffield S9 1JQ
Slough Slough, Slough Railway Stn
Brunel Way, Slough, SL1 1XW
Southall Southall
58 - 78 High Street (OPP Lidl), Southall UB1 3DB
Swindon Outside Costa Express
Great Western Way, Swindon, SN5 8UY
Walsall Walsall, Outside Walsall Holiday Inn
M6 Junction 10, Tempus Ten, Tempus Drive, WS2 8TJ
Warrington Warrington, Premier Inn Warrington
(M6/J21, Manchester Rd, Woolston, Cheshire WA1 4GB
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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