The splendours never cease during this breathtaking tour of Italy and Switzerland. The dignified statues and cathedrals of Rome and Florence, the romantic backwaters of Venice contrasts beautifully with Switzerland's captivating Zurich and Lucerne.
Hotel Holiday Inn Express Zurich Airport or similar
Novotel Malpensa airport or similar
B&B Padova or similar
Park Hotel Arezzo or similar
Meditur Hotel Pomezia or similar
Tips for Travellers
Come.... discover the treasures around the world on our Duniya Dekho Tours. Please find below a few of Cox and Kings suggestions and advice to make your holiday simply perfect.
Picture Postcard Sightseeing !
To fit in all the must see sights, we structure our sightseeing tours to suit the itinerary. They are panoramic tours, orientation tours or visits, to give you a proper overview of any city.
Note: Panoramic city tour
A view from your coach of the sights / monuments as you drive past, with a few photo stops.
Orientation city tour
Walk and see the sights at close quarters but from outside.
Enter the site / monument and spend time in the place.
Shop Till You Drop !
A treasure trove awaits savvy shoppers. See first hand where some of the world's most exclusive products are made. Great gifts and souvenirs like Paprus, Carpets, Ceramics, Handicrafts, Perfume, Crystals, Venetian Glass, Spices, Gold are yours at great prices.
We request you to kindly co-operate with your Tour Managers and abide by their instructions, for a successful and a memorable tour.
There's no substitute for a little local flavour, so we employ local guides who provide insights in specific cities, thereby complementing your Tour Manager.
Baggage On Coach
Please note that porterage is not included in the tour price. It is often difficult to get porters to assist as hotels may or may not provide this service and it is therefore advisable to use bags with wheels. Coaches have limited space for luggage.
For the foregoing reasons, we permit only one suitcase and one handbag per person in the coach. The suitcase should be of a size of 158 cms. (width + length + height).
Since most of your travel in different tours around the world will be by road, for your comfort we have carefully chosen airconditioned modern coaches for travel. However the only exception is the UK where air-cooled coaches are used.
There are long drives from one city to another and we provide frequent convenience stops to ensure that you have an opportunity to smoke, stretch your legs, or use the rest rooms facilities.
In the USA on certain days the journeys are 4 to 5 hours and in Europe, the average traveling time by coach is approximately 8 to 10 hours or more.
Some of the motor coaches are equipped with in-built emergency washroom facilities. The word emergency is stressed upon because these facilities are not designed to
be used as regular washrooms. Kindly use the convenience stops provided at regular intervals.
We regret that in the interest of your fellow passengers, eating, smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages is strictly not permitted on the coach. It is in your interest to keep the coach neat and clean, so that you and your fellow passengers can be comfortable during your holiday.
Check-in and check-out timings differ from country to country and range between 1400 hrs – 1600 hrs for check-in and between 1100 hrs – 1200 hrs for check-out
While checking into the hotel, please follow the instructions of the Tour Manager. Sometimes due to high occupancy, hotel rooms might not be ready, in which case we request you to wait patiently. You have the option of reserving a room from the previous day, though at an extra cost.
Hotels rooms around the world have facilities like a mini-bar, pay television channels, which have to be paid for as per usage. Some hotels offer safe deposit lockers. We would recommend that you make use of them.
Unlike other countries, most hotels across Europe do not have air-conditioners / fans due to climatic conditions.
We request you to occupy the designated areas for group dining - if any.
Please note any damage to your room will be charged to you directly by the hotel.
Rooms / Cabins
We will try our best to provide you with adjacent / interconnecting rooms/cabins, however there is no guarantee and is subject to availability. Unlike other countries where the rooms are fairly spacious, European hotel rooms are small and can accommodate a maximum of three people. Triple rooms are not much bigger than a twin room, so it is advisable to get a separate bed for an accompanying minor.
In some destinations, a triple room consists of one queen size double bed and one single bed. Certain hotels for example in Genting do not offer triple rooms. Likewise the sleeper trains from Cairo to Aswan/Luxor and viceversa do not offer triple accommodation. In case of requests for triple sharing, an extra room will be provided for the third person at an extra cost, unless specified otherwise.
Every Cox and Kings tour comes with a few optional exclusives, just for you. The price of the optional tours includes the cost of transportation to and from the sightseeing place; the services of a local representative; administrative and communication charges for booking and our professional charges in addition to the entrance fees. Reservations and payments for optional tours can be made in India prior to departure. You can also pay on arrival on day one of your tour, in Euros in Europe, USD in USA, AUD in Australia, NZD in New Zealand, to the Cox and Kings Tour Manager. No credit card or Traveller's Cheques payments will be accepted.
Stopover Packages / Additional Tour
Check out our exciting pre and post tour packages with terrific value at attractive prices. We also feature several exciting extension packages you can choose from, according to your budget and taste. You may also purchase an additional tour. For example USA with Europe, Kenya with South Africa etc. In this case, you will be responsible for arranging your own airport / hotel transfers.
Complimentary Travel Kit
A travel bag per family is a complimentary gift with your Cox and Kings Tour.
Your Personal Tour Expenses
You need to carry money for your shopping and personal expenses like tips, mineral water (although tap water is safe for drinking), a la carte meals, alcoholic beverages, tea / coffee, soft drinks, telephone calls, laundry, mini-bars, pay channels on T.V., paid toilets, porterage, room service, excess baggage charge, etc. as they are not included unless specifically mentioned as included in the Brochure or Price Grid.
If you avail any service which is not included in the tour package, then the payment for the same will have to be cleared by you directly.
The drivers are bound by restrictions concerning maximum driving hours per day and per week, and the itineraries are planned with regard to the same. It is therefore essential that the itineraries, schedules and timings are strictly adhered to by you so as to ensure that all the services can be duly provided. If you or any of your co-passengers miss any service due to unpunctuality, there would be no refund for the same. This shall be applicable even on occasion when you are affected by your copassenger's lack of punctuality.
Tipping is a way of life everywhere. Since your coach driver spends a large part of the day driving you safely, loads and unloads your luggage onto the coach; it is customary to tip him. It is mandatory that you tip Euro 2/- in Europe and USD 2/- for the rest of the world per person per suitcase per day to the coach driver / porterage of hotel if required. Euro 2/- in Europe or USD 2/- in the rest of the world per person to each local guide. As a guideline please see the following recommendation.
Per piece of Luggage in Hotels / Airport
Baggage On Airline
Airlines have restrictions on the kind of baggage, number and weight of baggage that you can carry and you will need to carefully read and understand the rules and regulations of the airline, in this regard.
Typically, weight restrictions on baggage for Economy Class is 20 kg, for Business Class 30 kg and for First Class is 40 kg and one hand bag (cabin luggage) not exceeding 7 kg per person except for flights to USA and Canada, where the passengers are permitted to carry two pieces of checked-in baggage and one hand bag. In the case of low cost carriers, the permitted baggage allowance may be lower than what is mentioned above.
Please note that the weight restrictions noted may not be accurate or updated. You are requested to please refer to the baggage rules of the individual airlines, as the same get updated from time to time.
Things To Carry On Tour
In general, carry 4 to 5 pairs of casual clothing like jeans, trousers, shorts, T-shirts, shirts, Punjabi dresses, sarees, swimwear, comfortable walking shoes and a formal attire for occasions like a Gala Evening Dinner, Captain's Dinner, Casino visit. In Europe, Australia and New Zealand you will need to additionally carry thermal wear / warm clothing like woolen sweaters / pullovers, shawls, warm socks, warm jacket, stockings, gloves and a wind cheater. In USA, Buffalo & San Francisco can be comparatively cooler than other cities. Carry some woolen pullovers / shawls.
Please travel light as porters are not always available. Bags with wheels are advised as you need to carry your bags at the airports, from /to the coach, hotels, etc. Expect to pay upto Euros 2/- or USD 2/- per suitcase per way to porters.
For USA, your tour price includes porterage of one bag per person at hotels for the duration of the tour. Your check-in baggage should be locked (not on flights within the USA) and clearly labeled for easy identification both inside and outside.
Never accept any parcel / bags from any strangers / co-passengers. Be alert while loading / unloading your luggage lest you be robbed.
We recommend an overnight bag with the bare essentials for the overnight stays in some hotels.
Hand Baggage / Essential / Personal Items
Your hand baggage should include toiletries, sun glasses, extra set of prescription glasses, torch, umbrella, sweater / shawl, camera / video (batteries to be removed and kept in the check-in baggage), film rolls or video cassettes, universal electric plug pin, international roaming cellular phone, SIM card and charger if necessary and a set of clothes. Valuables should not be put in the check-in baggage and should be kept in hand baggage only, along with medicines with doctor's prescriptions.
Medicines need prescriptions, with a drug generic name listed, as the brand name differs across countries.
Airline rules regarding baggage keep changing. All your baggage will be screened and possibly hand-searched as part of the security measures.
Travellers may carry limited quantities of liquids, gels or pastes in containers not exceeding 3 oz or 90 ml. The containers must be carried in a separate clear plastic, zip-top or re-sealable bag that does not exceed 20cm x 20cm. At the airport, the plastic bag must be removed from the cabin bag and be x-ray separately.
You should carry your Cox and Kings service vouchers, hotel contact list, airline tickets, your passport, passport-sized photographs, overseas travel insurance policy, emergency contact numbers, travellers cheques / foreign exchange pre-paid card, etc. with you.
Please carry a photocopy of all the documents listed above including valid visa pages, which are to be kept separately from the original. Example: photocopy in your suitcase and the original passport with your on your person.
Keep one set of these documents with your family / relatives
Carry one set with you on the tour in your handbag.
Carry one set with you on the tour in your suitcase / check-in baggage.
This is necessary should you lose or misplace any of the aforementioned documents whilst on tour.
If you are carrying Travellers Cheques, please keep the purchase receipt in a safe place, away from the original Travellers Cheques. Your passport is required as identification to encash your travellers cheques. Most credit cards and US Dollar traveller's cheques are accepted widely.
It shall be solely your responsibility to hold valid travel documents and statutory clearances, to enable you to travel on the Tour such as passports, visas, confirmed air-tickets, insurance and medical insurance certificate and other statutory certificates including immigration clearance. In any case, your Passport must be valid for atleast six months subsequent to the scheduled departure date of the tour. If cancellation of the tour is done by you due to non-availability of the passport or rejection of visas of any of the the tour participants, cancellation charges would be payable by you. In any case, Cox and Kings will not be responsible for the same.
As granting or rejecting visas and immigration clearance is the sole prerogative of the concerned sovereign governments, the Company shall neither be responsible in case of non-granting of such documents nor liable for any denial or other related act/omission or for any loss, expense, damage or cost resulting there from.
In the event that a client is unable to travel on the tour originally booked by him, due to rejection of visas by the concerned embassy, the Company may at its discretion offer such client an option to postpone his tour to other available date or transfer his booking to any other tour. In such case the transfer fee for the transfer of the tour shall apply and the cancellation schedule shall apply if applicable.
What do you mean by "HONEST PRICES"?
In our 250 years of experience in the service of discerning customers like you, we at Cox and Kings firmly believe that every tour package we offer is always the best value in the market and that you – the customer, should be able to 'Make A Choice' rather than 'Accept Unconditionally'.
As a result, we have this unique system where we enable you to build your itinerary according to your needs. This allows you to add an exciting and sometimes exclusive optional to your tour and skip the other optionals. The advantage is that you can choose an optional that best suits your inclination and budget.
In tours which have an 'all-inclusive' tag, customers are compelled to participate in all the sightseeing. However at Cox and Kings we let you decide. For example, if in an itinerary there are five mountains that you can visit, you could take as many as five mountains or none at all. A family of four would have to pay almost Euros 2000 for five mountains.
It is important that you feel empowered to pick and choose your optional rather than be forced to pay a huge all-inclusive price.
With our policy of transparency you can decide how you would want your time and money to be spent. That's 'Honest Prices' from Cox and Kings at work for you.