Usually the countries considered to be Central European are Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland; in the broader sense Romania too, occasionally also Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
Central European architecture has been shaped by major European styles including but not limited to: Brick Gothic, Rococo, Secession (art) and Modern architecture. Four Central European countries are amongst those countries with higher numbers of World Heritage Sites.
Central European cuisine has evolved through centuries due to social and political change. Most countries share many dishes. The most popular dishes typical to Central Europe are sausages and cheeses, where the earliest evidence of cheesemaking in the archaeological record dates back to 5,500 BCE (Kujawy, Poland). Other foods widely associated with Central Europe are goulash and beer.
Singapore Changi Airport
Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 2 Dinners, 3 Meals on Board
Embark on a guided city tour of London and take in the sights of
• Big Ben,
• the Houses of Parliament,
• Buckingham Palace,
• the Prime Minister’s Office at 10 Downing Street,
• Trafalgar Square,
• London Bridge and many other London attractions.
Enjoy an authentic fish and chips meal for dinner before retiring for the night.
• Proceed to Dover, a major ferry port situated on the straits of Dover, to board a ferry that will take you to Calais in France.
• Along the way, admire the striking façade of the majestic White Cli€s along the English coastline, a spectacular natural feature that owes its unique colour to a rare, pure form of limestone that is similar to chalk.
• Once you arrive, make your way to Paris to rest and recharge for tomorrow’s adventure.
Begin your Paris adventure with a guided tour of the city –
• take in the sights of Champs-Élysées,
• Place de la Concorde,
• Louvre Museum and its iconic Louvre Pyramid,
• and the Palais Garnier Paris Opera House.
• Stop at the Arc de Triomphe for a photo with the famed monument erected in honour of the soldiers who fought in the Napoleonic Wars.
• To view the cultural icon of Paris – the Eiffel Tower,
• and head over to the Galeries Lafayette – the biggest department store in Paris for some souvenir shopping (subject to store’s operating hours).
End your day with a Seine River Cruise for a scenic view of Paris’s famous monuments.
Note: The Galeries Lafayette is closed on Sundays and on Christmas Day.
• Make your way to the picturesque city of Colmar, situated in the heart of the idyllic Alsace region in northeast France. This quaint town is akin to a scene out of a storybook with its half-timbered houses, rustic canals and lush flora and fauna.
• Climb aboard an adorable mini train which will take you on an orientation tour along the narrow winding streets of the historic Old Town, littered with medieval houses dating back to the 16th and 17th century.
• Don’t miss a visit to the Petite Venice, as it offers one of the best photography spots in Colmar. It has the most eye-cathing and unique half-timbered Alsatian houses that cling to the edge of the river Lauch as it winds through the city’s old fishmonger district.
*Note: The availability of the Colmar mini train tour is subject to weather conditions.
• Cross over to Germany and head to Lake Titisee in Black Forest, where you’ll attend a cuckoo clock making demonstration in Titisee-Neustadt.
• Sample some ice wine along with their special delicacies German Pork Knuckle and Black Forest Cake for lunch,
before heading to Lucerne Lake for your night’s stay at one of their popular lakeside hotels.
Start the day with an orientation tour of Lucerne, where your first stop will be
• the Old Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden bridge in Switzerland decorated with old paintings under its roof.
• Enjoy a stroll through the Old Town with its unspoiled buildings covered with colourful murals.
• Here, you will also find Bucherer, the largest duty-free store in Switzerland.
• Later, drop round to see the Lion Monument – a gift from France to Switzerland to commemorate the valour of the Swiss mercenary soldiers who lost their lives while serving King Louis XVI during the French Revolution.
• After which, head to Engelberg for an exciting excursion up to the peak of Mt. Titlis via the Rotair, where you will be treated to a 360-degree panoramic view of steep rock faces, deep crevasses and distant snow covered mountain peaks as the gondola rotates its way up the summit.
• Delight in a gratifying lunch among crystal clear glacier views atop Mt. Titlis,
before descending and proceeding towards Milan to retire for the night.
Follow a local tour guide to the first stop of your Milan tour –
• the Sforza Castle, a majestic fortress where noble lords of Milan used to reside.
• Drop by the grandiose Milan Cathedral for some shots of the elaborate Gothic exterior façade.
• Next, take a leisure stroll through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II for some brief shopping,
• which will then lead you to Piazza della Scala – where a statue monument of Leonardo da Vinci is located.
• Stop by the lavish La Scala Opera House for some pictures before we move on to Sirmione, a pretty historical town perched on the shores of Lake Garda in northern Italy.
• Commence on an orientation tour of the historical centre of Sirmione, see the renowned fairytale castle Rocca Scaligera, which is defended by a herd of swans and ducks patrolling in its moat.
As night falls, head to romantic city of Venice to stay for the night.
• Make your way to Venice’s city centre via a private water taxi, a unique yet effective mode of transport for a city built on water.
• Then, set off on a guided tour around St.Mark’s Square and
• to the famous cathedral church St.Mark’s Basilica – nicknamed the ‘church of gold’ due to its opulent design and gold ground mosaics.
• Swing by the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, two of Venice’s main landmarks, for some breath-taking pictures to bring back as mementos.
• Lastly, visit a glass blowing factory to learn more about the art of Murano glassmaking, an elite trade unique to Venice.
• Thereafter, stop by the Barberino Designer Outlet, where you will find everything from clothes and cosmetics to appliances and shoes at prices of up to 70% discount from prominent brands such as Prada, D&G, Furla, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Laurent and Calvin Klein.
Journey to Pisa for a visit to
• the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, as well as the Baptistery and the Cathedral; the famous trio attractions situated in Piazza dei Miracoli, one of the finest architectural complexes in the world.
• Thereafter, travel to the centre of Italian Renaissance, the city of Florence.
• Here, you can pay a visit to the Baptistery of St. John, renowned for its three sets of large bronze doors with depictions of art.
• Then, drop by the Piazza della Signoria to check out their exquisite sculptures and spend some time dawdling on the Ponte Vecchio, an old arch bridge that not only has excellent views over the river but also glittering jewellery shops along its length for your enjoyment.
Proceed on to Rome for your overnight stay.
• Kick off the day with a trip to the Vatican City – a walled enclave within Rome and feast your eyes upon St. Peter’s Basilica, a Catholic shrine renowned for its Renaissance architecture.
• Later, be awed by the magnificent sight of the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built that has a capacity of up to 80,000.
• Pass by the Roman Forum, the heart of ancient Rome, with its archaic buildings and shrines including the ancient former royal residence.
• Piazza Venezia is located a short walk away, where a massive monument dedicated to the first King of Italy dominates.
• Then, marvel at the masterpiece of Trevi Fountain, the city’s largest Baroque fountain.
Indulge in a hearty meal of Chinese cuisine before you transfer to the airport for your flight home.