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16 DAYS BEST OF EUROPE

As Christians, we reach out to God in praise and in gratitude as well as to seek refuge in pain and turmoil. 2020 has truly been a tough year for all. But now more than ever, we need God’s voice to help us navigate our way in the midst of great uncertainties.

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Day 0 Fri Jun 16, 2023, MANILA - PARIS

Depart Manila for your European Adventure.  Enjoy the airline amenities available during your flight. 

Day 1 Sat Jun 17, 2023 PARIS  (B)

Welcome to Paris!  We shall be waiting to transfer you to the hotel on arrival at the airport.  You can enjoy your free time until the tour starts.

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Day 2 Sun 18 Jun 2023 PARIS  (B)

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Transfer to Versailles Palace.  The funicular ride included the Montmartre district.  City tour in Paris. 

Early in the morning, we will leave for Versailles, the immense palace of the kings of France.  After that, we will return to Paris at lunchtime, providing a transfer to the Montmartre dis­trict.  We will ascend by funicular to the hill and admire the spectacular view of Paris from the top.  This neighborhood is known for its painters, artists, and its cab­arets… Sit down for lunch and enjoy a magical atmosphere.  Then, a scenic guided tour to discover the history, main boulevards, and breathtaking monuments of Paris will take place.  Return to hotel.

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Day 3 Mon Jun 19 2023 PARIS  (B)

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Eiffel Tower and boat cruise in the City of Lights.

We go to the center of Paris, starting in the Eiffel Tower area.  You can go up to the second floor of this remarkable metal monument (ticket included).  Then, we enjoy a boat cruise along the River Seine, which divides the north of Paris from the south.  Enjoy a free afternoon to explore as you choose.

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Day 4 Tue 20 Jun 2023 PARIS - SEMUR EN AUXOIS - BEAUNE - LYON  (B)

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Vineyards in Beaune and Bourgogne region. Funicular ride in Lyon.

Today we travel to the center of France, to the Bourgogne region, famous for its wines.  Making a stop in SEMUR EN AUXOIS, a small medieval town surrounded by impressive walls.  After this, we will visit BEAUNE, located in the center of the Bourgogne region, with its streets full of flowers, hospice, and wine museum, all points of interest.  Time for lunch.  Continuing we will arrive at LYON in the mid-afternoon, the capital of Roman Gallia on the banks of the Rhône (its historic center has been declared a World Heritage site).  We include a funicular climb to Notre Dame de Fourvière, where we have a great view of the city.  Enjoy some leisure time to walk around.  Note: Sometimes, due to events or congresses, accommodation may be provided in a city near Lyon (normally Chambery).

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Day 5 Wed Jun 21 2023 LYON - GENEVA - ZURICH  (B)

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Scenic tour around the lakes and vineyards of Switzerland. 

A beautiful stage awaits us as we set off for Switzerland.  Arrival in GENEVA.  The guide will take us to the Palais des Nations (the European headquarters of the United Nations), the beautiful "Jardin Anglais" (with its quaint flower clock), and the "Jet d'Eau," the tallest fountain in Europe.  After lunch, we will continue traveling through Switzerland by the beautiful Leman, Neuchatel, and Biel lakes.  We will drive the scenic road alongside the three large lakes, with their magnificent vineyards overlooking the mountains.  We will stop in NEUCHATEL, where you can walk by the lake and the historic town center or visit its beautiful 10th-century castle.  We will then head to ZURICH.  Arrival in the late afternoon.Note: depending on the number of passengers traveling from Geneva to Zürich, this part of the trip might be done by train - in which case, there will be no stop in Neuchatel.

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Day 6 Thu 22 Jun 2023 ZURICH  (B)

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Boat trip across Zurich lake.  Journey by train.  We start the day with a stroll in the most populated city of Switzerland, Zurich, the financial and cultural capital of the country.  Zurich has twice been declared the city with the best quality of life in the world.  After this, we will board a boat for a trip to Zurich lake, which will last about two hours.  The boat makes brief stops, allowing us to admire the villages along the way.  We get off in RAPPERSWIL, a small and highly picturesque village overlooked by its medieval castle.  We return to Zurich by train and will see the efficiency and punctuality of the Swiss Railways.  Enjoy an evening in the historic center next to the lake; here, you can dine at one of the many restaurants offering a wide range of cuisines.

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Day 7 Fri 23 Jun 2023 ZURICH - LUCERNE - ZURICH  (B, L)

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Admire the fantastic landscapes.  Cable car included to Grindelwald.  Lunch included.  Today's journey has beautiful landscapes with high mountains and lakes.  Breathtaking scenery in the region of Interlaken.  We will stop in GRINDELWALD, where we will have time for a coffee before taking the cable car up to the mountain.  We will walk along the winding path to the "footbridge over the empty." Dare to walk along the bridge amongst the fantastic scenery enjoying glaciers all around us.  We will take lunch up the mountain (included) before returning.  We continue to LUCERNE, one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland.  In the evening, we have time to stroll around, enjoy the city and have dinner before returning to the Zurich hotel.

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Day 8 Sat 24 Jun 2023 ZURICH - LUGANO - MORCOTE - MILAN  (B)

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Spectacular alpine landscapes, quaint villages, and lakes.  We will leave Zurich early in the morning and cut across the Alps to reach the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland.  Alongside the route, we will see beautiful lakes and snow-capped mountains.  LUGANO.  Arrival in the cosmopolitan capital of Italian Switzerland, built next to its beautiful lake.  Time to have a stroll and grab lunch.  Next, we will reach the enchanting little town of MORCOTE, famous for its flowery stone houses.  We will then travel to Italy.  Arrival in MILAN, where the guide will take us to the impressive Duomo Square.  Here you will find various local and international restaurants to have dinner at. Transfer to the hotel.

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Day 9 Sun 25 Jun 2023 MILAN - PISA - ROME  (B)

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Coast of Liguria, Leaning Tower of Pisa. 

Today we continue our journey toward PISA.  On a little tourist train, we will travel to the Piazza Dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), where there will be time to admire one of the most alluring and beautiful art complexes in Italy, including the well-known Leaning Tower of Pisa.  Then, we continue to ROME, arriving at the end of the day.

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Day 10 Mon Jun 26 2023 ROME  (B)

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour of Rome.  Roman Coliseum (admission price included).  Evening transfer to the Trastevere area.  We have a scenic tour in the morning, which will be a great introduction to "The Eternal city." We will visit the tiny state of the Vatican, the epicenter of Christianity in the world.  You will be able to visit St. Peter's Basilica.  We have included admission to the Roman Coliseum, the symbol of Rome.  This impressive con­struction dates back 2,000 years and will transport us in time to learn about ancient society in the Roman Empire.  At the end of the evening, we arrange a transfer to the Trastevere area for a stroll in the district's narrow cobbled streets with hidden treasures, such as some modest medieval churches and small shops with the most peculiar objects or scenes of daily life.  Many trattorias (informal Italian eating establishments) and osterias (inns) imbued with the Italian spirit will be ready to serve you local dishes.  Other restaurants serving Indian, Chinese, and international food can be found in this area.  Return to hotel.

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Day 11 Tue Jun 27 2023 ROME - FLORENCE  (B)

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Tour with a local expert from Florence.  View from Piazzale Michelangelo.

Today we will leave Rome, heading north.  This route has beautiful landscapes.  Arriving in FLORENCE, we head straight to the impressive Piazzale Michelangelo.  In the evening, we take a tour with a local expert, walking through the historic center and taking in places such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, and Plaza Della Signoria.  This city is truly an outdoor museum.  Enjoy some leisure time to explore.  In the evening, you will have time for dinner, as, in this district, you can find many restaurants serving international cuisine.

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Day 12 Wed Jun 28 2023 FLORENCE - VENICE  (B)

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Boat on Venice's Canal.  Visit and admission to St. Mark's Basilica.  Admire the technique of crafting Murano Glass. 

Today we enjoy stunning mountain landscapes while crossing the Apennine Mountains.  We will arrive in VENICE, take the boat, and cross the Giudecca to the Island of Venice.  We will visit the marvelous St. Mark's Square with a local guide and enter the Basilica (entrance included).  Afterward, we will visit the Murano Glass Factory.  It is fascinating to see the technique of how this ancient glass is made.  Enjoy some time at leisure to explore—accommodations in the Mestre district.

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Day 13 Thu 29 Jun 2023 VENICE - INNSBRUCK - KITZBUHEL  (B, D)

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Breathtaking landscapes.  Dinner included.  We will depart from Venice, travelling to Austria!  Arrive in INNSBRUCK, stroll the historic city center, and have lunch.  After this, we travel along a beautiful scenic road between the mountains to KITZBÜHEL – Arrival and time to see this picturesque little village, a famous ski resort where we can enjoy the snow most of the year!  Free time.  Dinner included (vegetarian option available).

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Day 14 Fri 30 Jun 2023 KITZBUHEL - SALZBURG - VIENNA

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Alpine cable car.  Salzburg, the city of Mozart.  Fantastic scenery.  Cruise on a lake. 

Departing in the morning, we include a cable car ride up to the high mountains in the Kitzbuhel region, with snow nine (9) months a year and fantastic scenery.  The great landscapes on the platform in the void and the exhibition of dinosaurs will leave us with unforgettable memories.  We will continue to explore Austria, traveling between the mountains and arriving in SALZBURG.  Our guide will accompany us through the beautiful streets of this city's historic center, declared a World Heritage site.  We make our way between lakes and mountains in the next stage.  Our next stop is in ST. WOLFGANG is a famous place of pilgrimage in Austria.  We continue to TRAUNKIRCHEN with its beautiful Traunsee Lake, where we cruise to see four castles, disembarking in GMUNDEN.  After this, we continue to VIENNA, arriving in the evening.

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Day 15 Sat Jul 01 2023 VIENNA  (B)

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Vienna city tour.  Gardens of the immense Schön­brunn Palace.  Today we take a scenic visit around this impressive city with a local expert.  Here we experience its majestic avenues, palaces, and vibrant city center.  Then we head directly to Schönbrunn Palace, where visitors can stroll around and enjoy its beautiful gardens.  After lunch, enjoy an afternoon of leisure in the city center.  In the evening, we will go to the City Hall Square to enjoy the nightlife in the neighboring streets.  Here you will get the opportunity to take dinner.

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Day 16 Sun 02 Jul 2023 VIENNA - MANILA  (B)

After breakfast, end of the Tour Director's services.  Free time until hotel pick-up for transfer to the airport.

Day 17 Mon 03 Jul 2023 MANILA

Enjoy the flight amenities provided by the airline for your flight back to Manila.  HOME, SWEET HOME!

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​INCLUSIONS:

 

  • Roundtrip Int'l flight

  • Bag Check-in: Onwards, 25 kg, Return,30 kg

  • 15 Nights' hotel accommodation (Tourist Class - 3/4*)

  • Daily buffet breakfast

  • 1 Lunch Included in LUCERNE

  • 1 Dinner Included in KITZBUHEL

  • Travel by bus with an English-speaking guide

  • Round-trip airport arrival and departure transfer

  • City tour in PARIS, ROME, FLORENCE, VENICE, VIENNA

  • Boat Rides: 

    • River Seine in Paris

    • Zurich lake

    • To the island of Venice

    • Traunsee lake in Traunkirchen

  • Evening transfers: 

    • Trastevere in Rome

    • City Hall Square in Vienna

  • Tour Transfers:

    • Montmartre District in Paris

    • Versailles Palace in Paris (entrance not included)

    • Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence

  • Ticket admissions:

    • 2nd floor Eiffel Tower in Paris

    • Coliseum of Rome

    • Saint Mark's Basilica

    • Murano Glass Factory in Venice

  • Train: Rapperswil / Zurich, Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa

  • Funicular: To Montmartre district in Paris, Lyon , Cable Car to Grindelwald First , Kitzbuhel

  • Visa Assistance - Filing of Visa Application and Appointment, Travel & Flight Itinerary, and Hotel Bookings

 

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Visa Fee and Biometrics Fee

  • Appointment Fee and Courier Fee

  • Airline and Airport Fees and Taxes - US$ 160/pax

  • Philippine Travel Tax - US$ 32/pax

  • Travel Insurance - US$ 50/pax

  • Meals and drinks are not mentioned in the inclusions

  • European City Taxes (if applicable)

  • RT-PCR test, all ports (if applicable)

  • Tipping to Guide & Driver - NOT MANDATORY

  • All others not mentioned in the inclusions

 

TERMS of PAYMENT:   Note: Lack of payment will cancel the booking.

$ 500 – NON-Refundable deposit per person upon confirmation of the reservation.

100% – balance payment required after visa approval.

 

CANCELLATION FEES:

  • 50% cancellation fee is to be charged on or 90 days before arrival

  • 75% cancellation fee is to be charged on or 60 days before arrival

  • 100% cancellation fee is to be charged 45 days before arrival, including no show

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTES/REMINDERS

  • Some tours are operated in bilingual languages (Spanish and English)                                                                                           

  • Kindly be informed that this tour is budget-friendly based on SIC (seat in coach) Package.

  • All hotels are mostly budgeted and located outside the city center. 

  • All transfers are included (Airport - Hotel - Airport)

  • Breakfast is included in the package.  No other meals unless stated in the meals portion of inclusions.

  • No HOTEL PORTERS

  • Tips are not mandatory but encouraged. Standard tipping: Tour Director - US$ 5 per person per day / Driver - US$ 3 per person per day

  • Standard check-in time is between 1400-1600 HOURS (2 to 4 pm), and check-out time is 1200 NOON (depending on the hotel's policy).

  • The passenger can carry only one (1)  baggage with a maximum of 30 kg, and a small handbag as space under the bus is limited.  Don't have any supplements for those passengers carrying extra luggage. If all the luggage does not fit on the bus, please be aware that the extra bags will be sent to the next overnight destination by a shipping company, and the client must pay and afford the shipping cost.

  • For a land arrangement package with flight included the maximum allowed luggage is 20kg, depending on the flight fare and conditions.  The passenger must pay for exceeded luggage.

 

 

PAYMENT PROCESS:

(1) Payment shall be made in either a bank deposit or cash payment.  

      We accept Credit Card payments (a 4% add-on rate is required for Bank Charges)

 

(2) EMAIL copy of deposit slip (with the name of the payer) together with bio-page passport copy & 2x2 colored photo

      (a scanned copy is acceptable).  

       Email Address: travelbookings@1gazelle.com 

 

(3) Once payment is confirmed, we will email the visa application form and the acknowledgment Receipt. 

 

(4) Airline tickets, tour and hotel vouchers, and tour kits will be released two (2) weeks before departure, during the   

     pre-departure briefing.

 

 

For Booking Confirmation:

> Deposit payment through:

- BDO US Dollar Account #: 1062 5027 0794

- Account Name: GAZELLE TRAVEL AND TOURS

- Branch: SM East Ortigas

 

> Email a copy of the deposit slip to travelbookings@1gazelle.com

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