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THONG TRI HANH HUONG
Chuong trinh ngoan canh dac biet 8 nuoc Au chau (Duc, Dan Mach, Anh quoc, Hoa Lan, Bi, Phap, Thuy Si, Y Dai Loi)  trong 22 ngay.

 

Kinh goi quy dao huu Phat tu. 

Thoi gian tham thoat troi qua nhanh va moi day ma mua mot he nua lai sap den. Su vat va thoi gian duong nhu muon cuon nhanh tat ca nhung gi gia tam phu du trong cuoc doi. The gioi da thay doi nhieu trong thoi gian qua nhat qua la qua nhung tran chien tranh va tat benh. Trung dong thi cung tam yen con tinh hinh tai Trung quoc va A chau hien nay cung khong may phan sang sua boi con dich benh.

Quy phat tu than men.

Le ra theo nhu chung toi thong bao ve chuong trinh hanh huong tai Trung quoc vao mua he nam nay 2003, nhung cho den nay co ve nhu chac chan la chuong trinh nay khong the thuc hien duoc do benh Sars gay ra. Do do the theo nhan duyen cung nhu yeu cau cua mot so phat tu, chung toi nay xin thong bao huy bo chuong trinh hanh huong Trung quoc nam nay va thay vao do la chuong trinh di Au chau nhan dip le ky niem 25 nam thanh lap chua Vien Giac va le tan phong Tru tri cho Dai duc Thich Hanh Tan. Chuong trinh nay duoc tiep theo la di vieng tham mot so cac chua o Au chau cung nhu ngoan canh tai nhung thu do noi tieng cua Au chau nhu Duc, Dan Mach, Anh quoc, Hoa Lan, Bi, Phap, Thuy Si, Y Dai Loi.

Chuong trinh di Au chau ky nay xin duoc luu y den quy phat tu rang, viec di choi, ngoan canh la chinh yeu, con vieng chua la viec ben le nen chuyen di nay se mo rong tay cho tat ca moi nguoi tham du. Xin luu y rang chuyen di nay se thay the chuyen di Au chau vao thang 8 nam 2005 ma chung toi da thong bao trong to Dac san hanh huong so 2 vua qua.

Sau day la chuong trinh di tham quan Au chau mua he 2003:

 

CHUONG TRINH NGOAN CANH DAC BIET 8 NUOC AU CHAU, HE 2003

 

24/6     Khoi hanh tu Hoa Ky/San Francisco/LA/New York di Berlin (Duc quoc).

25/6.    Den Berlin. Xe dua ve khach san.

26/6.    Tham quan ngoan canh thanh pho Ba Linh, thu do cua nuoc Duc.

27/6     Khoi hanh di ve Hannover. Nghi lai khach san canh chua Vien Giac.

28/6     Tham du le ky niem 25 thanh lap chua Vien Giac va le tan phong Tru tri Dai duc Thich Hanh Tan.

29/6     Ngoan canh thanh pho Hannover.

30/6     Dung xe lua, xe bus hoac may bay sang Copenhagen, thu do vuong quoc Dan Mach. Nghi lai khach san.

1/7       Buoi chieu dap may bay sang Luan Don, thu do cua vuong quoc Anh.

2/7       Ngoan canh thanh pho Luan Don va vieng tham chua Linh Son.

3/7       Den ben cang va dap pha cao toc di sang Hoa Lan. Xe dua tiep ve Amsterdam, thu do cua Hoa Lan va nghi lai khach san.

4/7       Vieng tham chua Van Hanh va tham quan nhung thang canh trong thu do Amsterdam. Nghi lai khach san.

5/7       Khoi hanh di Brussels. Vieng tham nhung thang canh trong thu do. Nghi lai khach san.

6/7       Khoi hanh di Paris, thu do cua nuoc phap. Nghi lai khach san.

7/7       Vieng tham chua Khanh Anh va nhung thang canh noi tieng trong thanh pho.

8/7       Tham quan nhung thang canh con lai trong thu do Paris.

9/7       Khoi hanh di Geneva, Thuy Si. Nghi lai khach san.

10/7     Vieng tham thang canh trong thanh pho Geneva.

11/7     Khoi hanh di Venice. Nghi lai khach san.

12/7     Vieng tham thang canh trong thanh pho Venice.

13/7     Khoi hanh di Rome. Nghi lai khach san.

14/7     Chiem nguong cac thang canh trong thanh Rome.

15/7     Vieng tham cac den dai trong Vatican.

16/7     Dap may bay tro ve Hoa Ky.

 

 

  

Chuong trinh ngoan canh dac biet 8 nuoc Au chau (Duc, Dan Mach, Anh quoc, Hoa Lan, Bi, Phap, Thuy Si, Y Dai Loi)  trong 22 ngay.

 

Bao gom:

  • Vieng tham cac thu do cua 8 nuoc va cac thang canh bac nhat tai nhung noi nay.
  • Chiem bai cac chua vien Viet Nam tai cac quoc gia tren.
  • Chi phi ve may bay khu hoi tu Hoa Ky va trong Au chau.
  • Xe buyt may dieu hoa.
  • Cac khach san an o thuoc hang 3 sao den 5 sao trong suot cuoc hanh trinh. Khong co ngu tai chua.
  • Cac buoi an sang va toi. An trua tu tuc va co the dung man theo y thich.

 

Khong bao gom: Tien Visa neu co, bao hiem cac loai, thue phi truong, ve vao cua cac thang canh, tien boi, tip hoac khuan vac hanh ly.

 

Chi phi: US$ 3200/moi nguoi.

 

Thoi gian ghi danh: Boi vi chuyen di rat can ke, xin quy phat tu ghi danh cang som cang tot de chung toi lo ve va khach san. Chung toi se khoa so khi thay du so nguoi tham du.

Moi su ghi danh xin lien lac voi dao huu: 

1.      San Francisco.

Dao huu Dieu Huong.

3725 kerner.blvd. apt 2.

San Rafael. CA.94901.

Tel: 415-256-2485

            Email: adidaphat88@yahoo.com

 

2.      Nam Cali

Dao huu Thanh Hien.

27 sorbonne st, Westminster, CA 92683
Tel: (714) 890-5885

Email: thanhhien@aol.com

 

 

Luu y:

·        Khi ghi danh xin dong mot nua so tien. Phan con lai se dong 1 thang truoc ngay khoi hanh.

·        Copy Passport va goi ve dia chi ghi danh.

·        Goi cac chi tiet ve dia chi lien lac, so dien thoai, email va 2 hinh anh.

·        Tren duong di, moi nguoi tham du co the dung chay hoac man tuy y.

·        Chi tiet ve cac thang canh ma doan se vieng tham, xin xem ban dinh kem.

 

·        Do vi di Au chau nen phi truong khoi diem gan nhat la phi truong New York. Cac tieu bang khac se tra them ve den New York va tro ve tieu bang cua minh, (khoang 150 $)

·        Chi phi thong bao tren co the chi ap dung cho mot so phat tu ghi danh som nhat truoc ngay 31 thang 5. Ghi danh tu ngay 1 thang 6 den ngay khoi hanh 24 thang 6 chi phi chuyen di co the tang len 300 US$/ moi nguoi, do vi viec dat ve may bay va khach san vao thoi gian cao diem high season rat kho va gia mac.

·        Chuong trinh di Au chau da thong bao co the xe dich, thay doi doi chut vi van de thoi gian, phuong tien va noi chon. Tuy nhien chung toi se sap xep de chuyen di cua chung ta co duoc su thoai mai va tien nghi cao nhat.

Nay kinh thong bao.

Thich Hanh Nguyen.

hanhnguyen@dshanhhuong.com

 

NHUNG THANG CANH SE VIENG TAI 8 NUOC AU CHAU.

 

Germany-Berlin (2 days)

 

  • Linh Thuu Temple.

Müggelturm
Panoramic views over Berlin and surrounding countryside

Overview

In the late 19th century, district authorities erected a tower on top of the hill overlooking Müggelsee to provide inquisitive Berliners with a panoramic view over the city and the surrounding countryside. The original wooden tower was destroyed in a 1952 fire, and a replacement - this time made of steel - was immediately rebuilt. The new tower is not as attractive as its predecessor, but the splendid view remains the same.

The tower is popular with day-trippers and the café/restaurant on the ground floor still exudes that inimitable East German flair.

 

·          Breitscheidplatz
The heart of Western Berlin

Overview

Breitscheidplatz is the true heart of Western Berlin. The ruin of the Memorial Church which dominates the square serves as a potent reminder of the destructive forces of war. Tourists stream here from nearby Ku'damm to mingle with artists, street musicians and young skateboarders. Surrounded by outdated fifties architecture, the square gains a cosmopolitan touch around the Weltkugelbrunnen, one of Europe's most innovative modern fountains.

Plans are afoot to transform the square into a sculpture of light. Visitors will then be plunged into a haze of blue light, but thankfully only after dark.

·          Schloss Charlottenburg
Magnificent royal palace

Overview

This beautiful baroque palace was built in 1695 by King Friedrich Wilhelm I as a summer residence for his beloved wife, Queen Sophie Charlotte. Hidden away in the lush Royal Gardens are several smaller buildings: the ornate rococo Belvedere, containing an impressive collection of porcelain; the Schinkel Pavilion which houses drawings, paintings, sculptures, furniture and porcelain by Karl Friedrich Schinkel; and the neoclassical Mausoleum containing the tombs of Queen Louise, King Friedrich Wilhelm III, Emperor Wilhelm I and Empress Augusta. Admission: all-in-one ticket: EUR7; concessions EUR5

 

·          Schlossgarten Charlottenburg
Royal gardens

Schloss Charlottenburg's landscape gardens are a true feast for the eye. Now a popular destination for a relaxing Sunday afternoon stroll, the royal gardens were first designed in the 17th century and gradually added to over the ensuing years. Some parts of the garden display the original French style, while much of the rest of the park was relandscaped as an English garden in the early 19th century. Dotted with numerous small buildings and sculptures, the mausoleum (containing the tombs of Queen Luise and Friedrich Wilhelm III), the pond and the Belvedere tea house are particularly noteworthy. After exploring the gardens, visitors could have a coffee in the Orangerie or head off by boat to the other great royal palaces in Potsdam.


 

Hannover  (3 days)

  • Vien Giac Temple

Maschsee
Inner-city lake

Overview

An artificial lake built close to the city centre in 1936, Lake Maschsee is one of Hanover's most popular recreation areas. 78,000 square metres in size but no deeper than 2m, the lake is perfect for sailing, windsurfing, rowing, swimming and - when frozen during the winter - ice-skating. The bathing area includes a 300m-long beach and is admission-free (to get there, take the metro to Döhrener Turm on lines 1, 2 or 8). The summertime festival Maschseefest offers a host of entertainment for the whole family.

·          Herrenhäuser Gärten
A remarkable example of the traditional art of landscape gardening

Overview

The baroque garden ensemble, one of the biggest and most beautiful in Germany, was founded in 1666 by Duke Johann Friedrich of Calenberg. Its preservation and further development are mainly owed to a remarkable woman: Sophie, princess-elect of Hanover and mother of the first "Hanoveranian" on the English throne, was of English descent and needed a garden. And so the baroque ensemble was created, with trees, hedges, numerous special and model gardens, a great fountain with surrounding waterworks, mace garden, open air theatre, many statues and sculptures, cascades, a grotto and a palace (destroyed in 1943), gallery and orangery buildings. In 1936 the great garden was restored after being placed under Hanover's municipal administration.

Today, even without the palace, it is one of the city's most popular attractions, with its garden festivals, the baroque fireworks and theatre performances during the summer months.


 

DENMARK-COPENHAGEN

  • Den Lille Havfrue
    The Little Mermaid

Overview

Copenhagen's most famous tourist attraction, the Little Mermaid sits on a rock overlooking the harbour. Created by Edward Eriksen in 1913 who was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale, the model for the Mermaid was dancer Ellen Price. The statue's head was stolen in 1964 and although police hunted for several years, neither the perpetrator nor the head were found. The head has been replaced by a replica but jokers still occasionally try to saw it off.

 

  • Amaliehaven
    Royal gardens close to Amalienborg

Overview

Amaliehaven's royal gardens were donated to the city by the A.P. Møller Fund and Møller's wife Chastine McKinney Møller. When the gardens were laid out in 1983, they were strongly debated and criticised. By now the people of Copenhagen have accepted and grown to love the beautiful gardens, where you will find many exotic plants and trees. There is a magnificent view over the harbour and to Amalienborg Slotsplads with Saly's equestrian statue and the Marble Church. The gardens were designed by the Belgian Jean Delonge. The four bronze pillars and the two fountains were created by Italian sculptor Arnoldo Pormodoro.

  • Amalienborg
    Residence of the Danish royal family

Overview

Built by Frederik V to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the House of Oldenborg, Amalienborg consists of four palaces built around a square. These are Moltkes Palace (Christian VII's palace), Schackske Palace (Christians IX's palace and residence of Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik), Levetzaus Palace (Christian VIII's palace and residence of Crown Prince Frederik) and Brockdorfske Palace (Frederik VIII's palace). Architect Niels Eigtved was heavily influenced by the rococo style. Of the four palaces, Moltkes Palace is considered the most outstanding.

When Christiansborg burned down in 1794, the royal family moved to Amalienborg, since when it has been their official residence. The square is dominated by Saly's equestrian statue of Frederik V (1723-66) which, together with the palace buildings, forms a breathtaking architectural ensemble. Lovers of the royal family flock to the square once a year to celebrate Queen Margrethe's birthday.

  • Christiansborg
    The castle of the Parliament

Overview

Christiansborg Slot is home to the Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Prime Minister's Department; thus this is the centre of power in Denmark. Demonstrations against the proposals of the government always end up in front of Christiansborg, of which one part is open to the public.

This is where Bishop Absalon built his castle as far back as 1167. Later the Castle of Copenhagen was located here. In 1732 the building of a magnificent Baroque castle began at the request of Christian VI, but this castle burnt down in 1794. Under the rule of Christian VII, a new, Classical Christianborg was built, but also this castle burnt down, in 1880.

A third Christiansborg was built between 1907 and 1923 in Baroque style after the drawings by architect Thorvald Jørgensen. The façade is covered with granite from Bornholm. The spire is 104 metres tall, one of the tallest in the city. Behind the castle are beautiful riding grounds with stables; these parts of the castle still date from Christian VI's old Baroque building. On the riding grounds stands a statue of Christian IX made by Anne Marie Carl Nielsen. In the summer the riding grounds are used for theatre performances and concerts (jazz, rock and classical music).

On the square at Christiansborg stands a statue of Frederik V, made by French sculptor J.F. Saly. The sculpture, revealed in 1711, is considered by some to be one of the most beautiful of the city.

Tours of the castle take place at 10am, 11am and 1pm-4pm daily, every month except June.

  • Strøget
    Copenhagen's famous pedestrian street

Overview

Strøget is one of the longest pedestrian streets in the world. Buses, trams, cars and bicycles were permanently banned from the street in February 1964. Strøget stretches from Rådhuspladsen to Kongens Nytorv. You walk along the streets Frederiksberggade, Vimmelskaftet, Amager Torv and Østergade. Strøget has its "cheap" end at Rådhuspladsen, with simple bars, grill and burger joints. The "expensive" end is at Kongens Nytorv with the big fancy department stores Illum and Magasin du Nord, and stores like Gucci and Birger Christensen.

For Danes, taking a walk up and down Strøget has become something of an institution. Some people come here in order to do some shopping; others walk on Strøget to see people or to be seen. Walking down Strøget is always an experience, no matter what time of the year or day you go there. Here you will meet all kinds of people, from all layers of society; you see members of all races and nationalities. Denmark's national poet of the day, Klaus Rifbjerg, has written a wonderful poetic song called "Imagine walking down Strøget dressed in your light blue pyjamas". Listen to that song and you will understand...

  • Frederiksberg Slot
    Royal castle at Frederiksberg

Overview

Frederiksberg Slot and the attached Slotskirken church have an excellent location overlooking Frederiksberg park and the city of Copenhagen. Frederiksberg Castle is connected especially with the name of king Frederik VI, but the castle was built as early as 1699, during the reign of Frederik IV (under the supervision of J.C. Ernst). The side wings to the castle were built after drawings by Laurits von Thura.

Frederik VI used the beautiful yellow castle as his summer residence. Since 1869 the castle has contained Hærens Officerskole, the Army's Officer Training College. The castle can be visited by the public; call to inquire about opening hours.


 

ENGLAND-LONDON  (2 days)

·          British Museum
London's top tourist attraction

Overview

 

The British Museum is London's top tourist attraction as well as being a major scholarly resource. Its collection was bequeathed to the nation in 1753 and the Museum's distinctive Greek revivalist structure was built during the 19th century. The collection expanded massively during the heyday of the British Empire, leading to the museum's notoriety for plundering sources all over the globe and leaving it with over 6.5million objects to look after.

The displays cover about 14 acres and it is simply too tiring to tackle them all in one visit. The best way is to pick a collection or exhibition that interests you, explore that, and make return visits. And if you haven't got time for a proper visit, drop in for a coffee at the lovely Court Restaurant.

Admission: free, but charges may be made for temporary exhibitions.

·          Big Ben
Most famous clock in the world

Overview

"Big Ben" is the name of the clock inside this famous tower that also forms part of the Houses of Parliament. Its impressive mechanism weighs in at over 13.5 tons, and the pendulum, which beats once every two seconds, is 13 feet long and weighs 690 pounds. The clock was named "Big Ben" after the First Commissioner of Works, and since 1885 a light above it has been lit while the House of Commons is in session.

·          Tower Bridge
The most ornate bridge in London

Overview

Tower Bridge is famous the world over, and has to rank as one of the most visited bridges in history. It was designed by Sir Horace Jones, and opened in 1894. Due to the volume of river traffic at the time, Tower Bridge was designed to have twin bascules that could be raised. The idea was that if a ship too tall to pass under the bridge came by, the bascules could be raised and the bridge would, effectively, disappear. This still takes place several times a week - call for details.

This famous landmark also has fabulous views over the Tower of London and of river life on the Thames. Visitors can actually ascend by the North Tower and traverse the river protected from the erratic English elements in an enclosed walkway before descending by the South Tower. Also on offer is The Tower Bridge Experience, a fascinating exhibition situated inside the towers and engine rooms.

 


Holland  (2 days)

  • Van hanh Temple
  • Steegjes
    Typically Amsterdam

Overview
In the inner city of Amsterdam you'll find more than a hundred alleys. These alleys are all at right angles to the canals and the main streets.The alleys connected one street or canal with another. Some of them derive their name from one of the inhabitants and date from as early as 1500. One of them is the Heintjes Hoeksteeg (Corey Corner alley), named after Heyntge Hoec, an inhabitant who already in the city archives as early as 1382. The small alleys are full of architectural delights and an opportunity to taste old Amsterdam.

·          The Keukenhof Gardens
The largest flower garden in the world

Overview
The Netherlands is known for wooden shoes, windmills and...flowers! That's right - tulips to be more precise. So a trip to this fair country isn't complete before visiting the largest garden in the world. This "kitchen garden" is the former estate of a 15th-century countess. Today, over 7 million flowers are on display here, and during particularly cold winters, some 5,000 sq meters of greenhouses are built to house flowers indoors. And not only are there flowers to see, but there are several restaurants located on the grounds amidst the host of daffodils, hyacinths, narcissi and - of course - tulips.

 

·          Amsterdamse Bos
Playground, lake and woods...

Overview

Amsterdam's largest green areas are on the edge of town. The Amsterdamse Bos is easy to find, with boating lakes, an open-air theatre and large playground. While nature lovers may enjoy a beautiful walk through the woods, plane spotters can watch low-flying aircraft coming from Schiphol. The Amsterdamse Bos is also where you'll find the Bos Museum, which has maps of the park, including walking routes, and Geitenhouderij Ridammerhoeve (31 20 645 50 34; open 10am-5pm Mon, Wed-Sun), a goat farm with 120 goats and loads of adorable kids. It also sells bio-dynamic goat's milk, cheeses and ice-cream, and has a small recreation area and sandpit.

 

Belgium -Brussels (1 day)

·          Itinéraires sur les sentiers de l'histoire
Cultural city tours


Phap-Paris  (3 days)

  • Khanh Anh Temple.

Tour Eiffel
The Eiffel Tower

Overview

Paris just wouldn't be Paris without the Eiffel Tower. Designed by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World Fair, at 300m it was then the world's tallest building. Not everyone was happy when it was first built; many considered it an eyesore and wanted it pulled down, but today it is one of the world's most visited monuments. The first and second floors can be reached using the stairs, and lifts take visitors to the magnificent view at the top. Admission (elevator to the top): EUR9.90 Adults; EUR5.30 Children under 12.

·          La Seine
In the heart of the city

Overview

The main axis of the city - it is part of the layout of Paris. The right bank indicates the northern part of the capital, the left the southern side; it is west of this bank that the elegant Saint Germain-des-Prés district is to be found. The Seine is spanned by 36 bridges, one of the most beautiful being the Pont Alexandre III. It is also lined by the most prestigious buildings in Paris, including the Grand Palais and the Invalides. An original way of viewing these sites is to embark on one of the many pleasure boats stationed close to the Alma Bridge.

·          Canauxrama
Discover Paris and its region from the canals and the river

Overview

The Canal Saint-Martin in Paris and the Canal d'Ourcq, Canal de Chelles and Canal Saint-Denis just outside the city are among the best ways to see Paris and its agglomeration. Canauxrama ("Canals-o-Rama") offers cruises back and forth along the Canal Saint-Martin, which cuts through the northwestern half of the city, passing through historical and lively areas and crossing four double locks. Trips, which start every morning and afternoon from the Bassin de l'Arsenal and from the Bassin de la Villette, last around 3 hours.

Alternatively, the company can take you out into the countryside to the north along the Canal de l'Ourcq or to the west along the Canal de Chelles; the latter route takes you to the famous guinguettes, country watering holes along the Marne. These are just examples of a wide variety of cruises, some of which include on-board meals. Phone for further information.

·          Parc Montsouris (Le)
A perfect example of the gardens of the Second Empire

Overview

This park was originally called Moquesouris (mouse mockery), because the abandoned windmills where grain used to be stocked in the past attracted many mice. At the end of the 18th century, the park's subsoil inherited from the Montrouge mines was transformed into Catacombs, in which bones from former Parisian cemeteries were piled up. During the Second Empire, the park developed as a part of a plan thought by Napoléon III and Baron Haussmann to give the capital's green areas four cardinal points; but this plan was only achieved in 1878.

The plan of the park is a perfect example of the gardens of the Second Empire: it is divided by railway lines concealed in ravines bordered with trees and crossed by little bridges. The twisting paths winding up gentle slopes give an impression of vastness. The park includes 1400 trees (some of them are over one hundred years old), large lawns, several playgrounds and a puppet theatre. Visitors can also find the line of the Paris Observatory, the reference for the Paris meridian line, the meteorological observatory, and the restaurant - "Pavillon du Lac" bordering the ornamental lake. This park, which is an example of a symbiosis between the environment and greenery, is an ideal place to spend a Sunday afternoon if you wish to leave the crowd and the busy streets of Paris for a break.

 

·          Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
France's greatest cathedral

Overview

Climbing the 387 steps to the top of this masterpiece is well worth the effort for the spectacular view. Construction of the first great Gothic cathedral began in 1163 and was largely completed by 1212; the rebuilding of the two transept gates in 1270 marked its completion. The west face is adorned with three richly decorated doorways and crowned with two 69m towers. The cathedral is busy at the best of times; especially on Sundays, when much of the building is closed to visitors. Admission: (cathedral) free; (towers) around EUR6.

 

·          Place de la Concorde (La)
Between the Champs-Elysées and theTuileries

Overview

Originally known as place Louis-XV, this square was created between 1755 and 1775 by the architect, Gabriel. Renamed Place de la Révolution in 1792, a guillotine was installed and 2800 executions took place including that of King Louis XVI. Louis-Philippe christened it Place de la Concorde in 1830.

The Louqsor obelisk, a gift from the Viceroy of Egypt to King Charles X of France, has been standing in the centre of the square since 1840. The eight statues representing France's largest cities and the two fountains were also added at this time. The square is home to one of Paris' most prestigious hotels, the Hôtel Crillon.

 

·          France Miniature
Mini-monuments...

Overview

This three-dimensional map, spread over 3 hectares, gives you the opportunity of touring France in miniature! Reproduced one thirtieth of their real size, the country's finest and best-known monuments (over 150 of them) come complete with small-scale trains, boats, cars and planes. Themed shows take place every year: for example, the wonderful Féérie des Eaux water show was 1999's showpiece. In addition, two restaurants, a shop, a picnic area and free parking lot are available for visitors.


 

Switzeland-Geneva  (2 days)

 

·          Le Jet d'Eau
Geneva's most famous tourist attraction

Overview

Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York the Statue of Liberty and Geneva its Jet d'Eau. This majestic 140m water fountain, the tallest in the world, is the main emblem of the city, and one which cannot be missed. Its beauty dominates the lakefront and at night, when it is lit up, it is a breathtaking and romantic sight.

The fountain became a tourist attraction in 1891. It is on every day, from the beginning of March to mid-October, from 9.30am to 11.15pm, as long as it is not too windy. It projects 500 litres of water per second at the unbelievable speed of 200km/hr. You can walk along the jetty and get a closer look at the fountain, as long as you don't mind being sprayed.

 

·          Floralies Internationales
International flower show

Overview

Held concurrently with the Ideal Home Exhibition at Palexpo, this world-renowned flower show showcases floral design and culture from all over the world. Past events have invited exhibitors from Italy, Monaco, the United States and even Africa, and breathtaking arrangements are just the beginning: local food, art, dancing, music and tradition are all on display at the 60-odd booths. Geneva's best chefs are often gathered together to create the “Passion Cuisine,” a multi-course set meal served among the flowers. Admission: CHF13 Adults; CHF9 Students and Seniors; CHF4 Children 10-15.

 

·          Le Palais des Nations
The United Nations Organization

Overview

It was in 1919 that the American President Woodrow Wilson chose Geneva as the headquarters of the League of Nations - the predecessor of the United Nations Organization (founded in 1946). In 1936, the organization moved from the Palais Wilson to the grand Palais des Nations and its beautiful gardens overlooking the lake.

Peace, security, human rights, disarmament, humanitarian aid and economic and social development are the main issues the Organization is faced with daily. The UN is one of the most important international conference centres in the world and holds over 7000 sessions per year.

·          La Roseraie
Geneva's famous Rose Garden

Overview

If you visit Geneva in late spring-summer, don't miss the harmoniously designed Rose Garden in the beautiful setting of the Parc de la Grange with its breathtaking view of the left bank of the lake. Over 200 different varieties of exquisite roses can be admired. They are flamboyant yellow, deep red, salmon orange, wild purple, pale pink or delicate white - and many are named after celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin, Catherine Deneuve or Gina Lollobrigida, In mid-June the very special International Competition of New Roses is held at the upper end of the Parc de la Grange. Every year, some 100 new rose varieties are judged by an international jury.


 

 

Italy-Venice  (2 days)

·          Basilica di San Marco - Campanile
Panoramic view of the city

Overview
There is a splendid panoramic view from the tallest bell tower in Venice. It can be seen from the whole of the lagoon, and once you have reached the top, the whole lagoon can be seen from above. Even though today's tower was erected at the beginning of the 20th century, it is an exact replica of the 15th-century bell tower. In 1609, Galileo Galilei exhibited his telescope here, and during the carnival, the bell tower used to serve as a stage for the tight rope-walkers who entertained the doge with their acrobatics.

 

·          Ca' d'Oro
World-famous private house

Overview

The Ca' d'Oro is one of the most beautiful private houses on the Canale Grande. It's not open to the public but you can take a gondola or vaporetto and view it from the water. The house has been beautifully and expertly restored. The Franchetti gallery contains some real masterpieces, including Tiziano's Venus, Carpaccio's Annunciation and Mantegna's Saint Sebastian.

 

·          Il Carnevale
One of the most famous carnivals in the world

Overview

The carnival no longer lasts for six months as it did in the 18th century. The Biennale theatre project organisers and Scaparro started today's carnival. Other parties involved include the Compagnia di Calza I Antichi, founded by Paolo Zancopé. Every year this company holds an open-air festival of erotic poetry in Campo San Maurizio. They also hold semi-serious conferences on aspects of 16th-century life.

 

·          Piazza San Marco
World-famous piazza

Overview

Piazza San Marco, or St. Mark's Square, is Venice's most famous square. What appears to be a rectangle is actually a trapezium, and when you look up at the basilica, the piazza seems enormous, although it is only 175m long. On both sides of the piazza are the "Procuratie" buildings, which housed the procurators of San Marco. The oldest of these (probably built by Codussi) are on your left when you face the basilica; Longhena built the ones on the right later, in 1640. The most recent buildings, commissioned by Napoleon in 1810, lie behind.

·          San Polo
One of the most famous squares in Venice

Overview

San Polo and Santa Margherita are the largest piazzas in Venice. Coming from San Toma the church is barely visible and the bell tower, detached from the building, is visible from the other side of the 3m-wide street. In the oratory hangs 'Via Crucis' by Tiepolo.


 

ROME (3 DAYS)

·          Foro Romano
Famous Roman Forum

Overview
It was designed to be the centre of social, political and economic life in the city. The innumerable remains include the well-conserved triumphal arch of Emperor Septimius Severus, with reliefs depicting his victories and the base of the Temple of Saturn with its eight columns and their splendid Ionic capitals. The 'Rostrum' is the famous platform from which Mark Antony gave his oration in Shakespeare's play after Julius Caesar's assassination. The platform became the setting for many important events in Rome's history. It was named the 'rostrum' after the bows of the ships that form the decorative motif. The Temple of Vesta was the home of the Vestal Virgins, charged with keeping the sacred flame alight. The circular foundations still remain, near to a garden in which traces of the House of the Vestal Virgins can still be seen. The Basilica of Constantine and Massentius was used as the court, and the three remaining barrel-vaulted naves give an idea of its gigantic structure. The Arch of Titus celebrates victories in Judea, and in the reliefs you can see the spoils of war, including an altar and a seven-armed chandelier.

 

·          Palazzo del Quirinale
From the Pope to the President

Overview

Construction of the Palazzo del Quirinale began in the late 16th century, commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII, who chose the top of this hill as the location for the new papal residence. Various architects contributed to the design, including Carlo Maderno who devised the chapel, Bernini to whom one of the wings was entrusted, and Pietro da Cortona who decorated parts of the interior. It later became a royal palace, and is now the residence of the President of the Republic. The lovely garden is open to visitors.

 

·          Scalinata Trinità dei Monti
Rome's most popular meeting place

Overview

The Spanish Steps were designed by Alessandro Specchi and Francesco de Sanctis. They connect Piazza di Spagna to the French church of Trinità dei Monti. In spring the steps are decorated with hundreds of coloured azaleas. Being a beautiful, central and traffic-prohibited spot, the steps are a permanent meeting place for the young and for tourists.

 

·          Trinità dei Monti
In the background of the Roman panorama

Overview

One of the best-known churches in Rome, because it provides the backdrop to the famous piazza di Spagna.

The French built it at the end of the 15th century in a style that has Gothic touches, i.e. its two bell-towers at the sides. The chapels inside contain frescoes by Daniele Volterra, Perin del Vaga and Francesco da Volterra. The interior has only one nave and is divided into two parts by a gate. The scalinata di Trinità dei Monti bears the coats of arms both of Pope Innocent III and of the French, in memory of their presence on the hill.

 

·          Villa Doria Pamphili
The largest park in Rome

Overview

The largest park in Rome, with pines, paths, fountains and Italian gardens. The lake, where ducks, swans and turtles have made their homes, is very popular with children. There are also swings, slides, games, climbing frames, merry-go-rounds, an ice-rink and pony-hire offering rides around the park.

 

·          Colosseo
The symbol of Rome

Overview

No visit to Rome is complete without having seen its magnificent Colosseum, a vast amphitheatre with seating for 55,000 that was designed as a horse racing circuit and arena for animal fighting and gladiatorial battles. Upon its completion, spectacular 100-day celebrations were organized as part of the opening ceremony in 72 AD. Its name is believed to come from Nero's enormous statue of Colossus that stood close by. Admission: EUR19.36

 

·          Parco del Colle Oppio
A place to walk

Overview

Raffaele De Vico designed this park in the mid-19th c. with the aim of making the city centre more attractive in accordance with a plan begun during the Napoleonic era. Note the octagonal fountain embellished with terracotta amphoras known as Canestro's Fountain. In addition, there are nymphaea with tufa decorations, fountains dedicated to Nero and Trajan, and various statues.

 

·          Porta Maggiore
The entrance to Rome

Overview

The gate is one of the first examples of architectural recycling, in fact the two arches were not originally part of the city walls but belonged to an aqueduct that Emperor Claudius had built in 52 AD where Via Labincana and Via Prenestina met. Later, the two arches were incorporated into the city walls and were given the name Porta Prenestina. Only later did it become known as Porta Maggiore as a result of its proximity to the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Today the square in front of the gate has become a focal point of Roman traffic. Buses and trams stop here and the upper part of the gate is used as a railway bridge for trains on their way to and from Termini railway station.

 

·          Piazza San Pietro
Saint Peter's Square attracts the world

Overview

Enclosed by Bernini's magnificent colonnade, this square has the largest number of visitors in the world. Millions of tourists wait here either for the Pope's Sunday blessing or to enter the Basilica. More than a square, the colonnade gives it the atmosphere of a courtyard, inviting people to enter the church. In the Christmas period, a nativity scene and a Christmas tree are installed, and there is a remarkable atmosphere of celebration, with the majestic dome dominating the scene behind.

 

·          San Pietro
The home of Catholicism

Overview

People come by the millions each year to receive the Pope's blessing, traditionally given on Sundays at noon. St Peter's has undergone many transformations since the original Constantine basilica of AD320. The top of its majestic dome (designed by Michelangelo). provides the best vantage point from which to marvel at Bernini's magnificent colonnade surrounding the square, the gilded bronze canopy above the altar and Michelangelo's Pietà. Bramante, Pietro da Cortona and Canova are just a handful of the many other artists who worked together on this monumental basilica's decoration and design.

 

·          Sant'Anna dei Palafrenieri
Church in the Vatican

Overview

 

If you want to see Vignola's beautiful church, the masterpiece amongst his buildings on an elliptic plan, you need to enter the Vatican City through the gate of Saint Anna, to the right of which you will find the entrance to the Church of Sant'Anna dei Palafrenieri. The church was built for the confraternity of Palafrenieri during the second half of the 16th century, but was only finished after the death of the architect's son, Giacinto Barozzi. The interior is of modest dimensions, with two side chapels, and is much simpler than the baroque façade by Alessandro Specchi, which was added many years later.

 

·          Obelisco Vaticano
The Vatican obelisk

Overview

In the centre of St Peter's square, the Vatican obelisk stands between 2 enormous fountains and four cast-iron lamp posts. It stands on four bronze lions and was placed in the square by Domenico Fontana for Pope Sixtus V. It was brought to Rome from Alexandria in Egypt in 37 AD by Caligula who used it to decorate Nero's circus. Many legends arose around the enormous monolith. It is said that while it was being raised, in total silence, a certain Bresca (who realised the cords were breaking) prevented it falling by shouting the famous phrase, "Water on the cords". Even more famous is the story that the tip of the obelisk held the ashes of the cremated Julius Caesar in the bronze globe that is now to be seen in the Capitoline museums. Now the tip of the obelisk is crowned, 41 metres up, by a relic of the Holy Cross.

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