TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to Europe!!!. On arrival at the airport we shall be waiting to transfer you to the hotel. You can enjoy free time until your tour starts, information about the meeting place and start time can be found on the information boards in the hotel reception area.
IMPORTANT - IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.
NB: The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.
Total distance covered: 115 km
NB: Sometimes this day’s accommodation may be given in Barcelona. In this case, a stop will be made on Wednesday in Gerona before going on our way to France.
In the morning at 09.00 hrs the tour starts with our guide or a local guide the tour of the city including the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluña, Paseo de Gracia, Diagonal, Sagrada Familia, Montjuic with its Olympic facilities, Plaza de España. A stop will be made for a few minutes near the Sagrada Familia to have a chance to see this monument. The visit ends in the Ramblas area for participants to walk around the historic centre and Gothic quarter. Free time for lunch and to continue strolling.
18.00hrs -Barcelona –Departure-. We travel towards the north of Catalonia.
19.30 hrs - GIRONA – Arrival in this small Catalan capital with its very beautiful historic centre where the cathedral stands out with its great staircase. The city is also magnificently lit up and has many small restaurants.
NB: If your hotel should be in the outskirts of Gerona, we will take to the centre by bus to leave you there for time before going to the hotel.
Girona- Arles- Carrieres de Lumiere- Chambery.-
Total distance: 650 km
Scenery: Pleasant green and Mediterranean landscapes, mountain passes in the Pyrenees and at the end of the day.
NB: Please have your passport in hand, as we are going into France and sometimes there are border checks requiring documentation.
08.00 hrs - Girona –Departure-; we going to France and cross the region of Provence.
12.00 hrs -ARLES -Arrival-. Time in this city, a small World Heritage city where we will remember Van Gogh, and where we can see its Roman theatre and small Romanesque churches. Time for a stroll and to grab lunch.
14:30 hrs - Arles –Departure to continue to enjoy Provence-.
15.15 hrs- Carrières de Lumière. Entrance included to an impressive show of art, image and sound underground, in these more than 20 millions year former quarries.
16.30 hrs.- Carrières de Lumières - Departure.
20.30 hrs- Chambery- arrival and accommodation.
Note: If, due to crowds or a change of programme, it is not possible to obtain tickets for the Carrieres de Lumière show, a transfer to the Roman aqueduct at the Pont du Gard will be provided as an alternative.
Chambery- Geneva- Gruyere- Chillon- Leysin.-
Total distance covered: 290 km
Scenery: Very beautiful scenery on Lake Leman. Great lakes, tall snow-covered summits in the distance. In the afternoon, we have a trip through the mountains passing through beautiful villages with wooden houses.
NB: Please have your passport in hand, as we are going into Switzerland and sometimes there are border controls asking for documentation.
08.00 hrs.- Chambery- A stroll through this charming capital of Savoy, medieval style city with beautiful historic center and great castle.
09.00 hrs.- Chambery- Departure to Switzerland.
10.30 hrs.- Geneva –Arrival. - The capital of the French-speaking region of Switzerland. A city on Lake Leman which houses the European United Nations headquarters, the offices of the International Labour Organisation, of the Red Cross and numerous other headquarters of international entities. With our guide, we will go to the Palace of Nations (the United Nations headquarters in Europe) and the pretty English Garden with its flower clock, and can admire the “Jet d´Eau”, the tallest fountain in Europe.
12:00 hrs - Geneva-. Our road follows Lake Leman amidst magnificent vineyard scenery (an area declared UNESCO world Heritage).
13.30 hrs- Gruyere. – The area where the famous cheese is produced, Gruyere is a very picturesque walled touristic village. Time for lunch. Near Gruyere there are some of the main Swiss chocolate manufacturers (NESTLÉ among others), and we visit the Cailler factory, with a tasting included!
16.00 hrs - Gruyere. Departure amidst mountains and very picturesque Swiss villages.
16.45 hrs - Chillon Castle, arrival at this fantastic medieval castle built on the waters of the lake. Tickets included.
17.45 hrs - Chillon Castle –Departure-. Magnificent mountain scenery, we cross areas with scenic villages with wooden architecture.
16.30 hrs - Leysin, arrival in this beautiful holiday village with spectacular views of the Rhône plain and Mont Blanc, known for its winter sports resort or its hiking possibilities. Dinner included.
Leysin- Glacier 3000- Interlaken- Lucerne- Zurich.-
Total distance covered: 230 km
Scenery: Probably the most spectacular part of our route in the Alps; High summits where snow remains all year round; Lakes.
Note: Wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes. It is also recommended some waterproof clothing (especially for the waterfalls´ visit). Please also be advised to use sun protection during the sunny days while visiting the high mountains.
Notes: Due to weather conditions (strong wind) or maintenance the cable car may not operate on certain dates.
08.30 hrs.- Leysin -Departure-. High mountain landscapes of great beauty surround us and you will be able to see ice and snow during most of the year.
09.00 hrs.- We will take the cable car up to the Glacier 3000 mountain station, one of the most spectacular points in Switzerland where, from its terraces, you will be able to see different panoramic views of the alpine landscapes. You can walk on the suspension bridge over the gap between two mountain peaks, enter the Ice Cathedral or "play" in the Fun Park.
11.30 hrs- Departure to Interlaken through beautiful mountain and lake scenery.
13.30 hrs - Interlaken, a small town situated between two lakes and dominated by an impressive mountain scenery. Time for lunch.
15.00 hrs - Interlaken - departure.
16.15 hrs- Lucerne –Arrival-. This is one of the most beautiful cities of Switzerland. Time to stroll over its wooden bridges crossing the lake.
18.00 hrs.- Lucerne -departure-.
19.00 hrs.- - Zurich –Arrival-. We will take a stroll in the largest city in Switzerland and its economic centre, before going to a hotel.
Zurich - Lugano- Morcote - Milan.-
Total distance covered: 295 km
Scenery: Spectacular alpine landscapes, quaint villages and lakes. Do not forget to bring your camera!
Notes: Please carry your passport in hand as it might be requested when crossing into Italy.
08.00 hrs. - Zurich – We will leave Zurich early in the morning and cut across the Alps in order to reach the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Along the route we will get to see beautiful lakes and snow-capped mountains.
11.00 hrs.- LUGANO. Arrival in the capital of Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton of Switzerland and an elegant cosmopolitan city, built on the shores of Lake Lugano. Free time to explore this quaint city and to have lunch.
13.30 hrs. Lugano. Departure.
14.00 hrs – Morcote. Arrival in this very picturesque village by Lake Lugano, famous for its flowery stone houses.
15.00 h. Morcote – Departure. We will travel towards the Italian border.
16.30 h. Milan – The guide will take us to the impressive Duomo Square. There will be time to dine at Porta Venecia (Port of Venice) where an outstanding variety of restaurants can be found to suit all tastes. From restaurants serving Swiss and Italian food to French, Chinese and international cuisines. Transfer to the hotel at about 20.00 hrs.
Milan - Pisa - Rome.-
Total distance: 640 km
Scenery: surprising scenery along the coast of Liguria and the Tuscan Apennines.
08.00 hrs- We leave the Italian financial capital towards Pisa.
11.30 hrs- Pisa –On a little touristic 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.
13.30 hrs- Pisa – Departure for Rome, passing through ancient Etruscan regions.
20:15 h. Rome - Arrival.
Note: This stage may have a different schedule (arriving somewhat later to Pisa and Rome) for the meeting en route of travelers coming from Nice.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour of Rome. Roman Coliseum (admission price included) and Vatican City. Evening transfer to the Trastevere area.
In the morning, we have a scenic tour of the city, which will be a great introduction to “The Eternal city”. We enter the tiny state of the Vatican. The Vatican City is a principal centre of Christianity in the world. You will be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. And we have also included admission to the Roman Coliseum, the principal symbol of Rome. This impressive construction dates back 2,000 years and will transport us in time so that we can learn about ancient society in the Roman Empire.
In the evening we provide a transfer to Trastevere area. A stroll in the narrow cobbled streets of the Trastevere district reveals hidden treasures to us, such as some modest mediaeval churches, small shops with the most peculiar of 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.
Rome - Florence.-
Total distance: 320km
Scenery: Apennine Mountains and Tuscan vineyards.
Note: We recommend you wear comfortable shoes as the tour of Florence involves walking.
08:00h Rome – Departure, passing through the Tiber Valley.
12:15h Florence – Our first contact with the Renaissance city is Piazzale Michelangelo, a viewpoint with marvellous views of the city. Don’t forget to take your camera!
Walking tour with local guide, lasting two and a half hours. We visit the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vechio, Straw Market, Piazza Republica, Palacio Vecchio. Free afternoon to explore and visit the city’s historical markets and museums.
The city has many restaurants that offer a wide variety of local and international food, where you can dine. Return to hotel.
Florence - Venice.-
Total distance: 310km
Scenery: we cross the Apennines and the Po Valley.
08.15h Florencia – Departure, passing through mountain scenery.
12:00 h Venice – Arrival at Tronchetto Gate where we take the boat and cross the Giudecca to the Island of Venice. Comprehensive tour with a local guide to St. Mark’s Square and the interior of St. Mark’s Basilica (admission included). Visit to the Murano Glass Factory where we will see a demonstration of how this ancient glass is made. Free afternoon.
19:00h Return to firm land and transfer to hotel. Accommodation in the Mestre district.
Venice - Innsbruck- Kitzbuhel.-
Total distance: 480 km
TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: Breathtaking alpine landscapes. Dinner included.
08.00 hrs. Venice – Departure, crossing the Po Valley travelling to Austria.
13.00 hrs.- Innsbruck.- Time to stroll in the historic city centre of Innsbruck.
15.30 hrs.- Departure after lunch. We travel along a very beautiful scenic road between the mountains.
17.00 hrs- KITZBÜHEL – Arrival and time to see this picturesque little village, a famous ski resort where we can enjoy the snow for most of the year! Free time. Transfer to the hotel and dinner included (vegetarian option available).
Kitzbuhel- Salzburg - St. Wolfgang- Traunsee Lake- Vienna.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Cable car to the high mountains. Salzburg, the city of Mozart. Fantastic scenery. Cruise on a lake.
Total Distance: 420 km
Note: We recommend you to take warm clothes to enjoy on the deck during the boat ride. The schedules in winter time might be modified in order to take advantage of sunlight.
08.00 hrs- Kitzbühel- Departure in the morning, we include a cable car ride up to the high mountains in the Kitbuhel region, with snow 9 months a year with a fantastic scenery. The great landscapes on the platform in the void and the exhibition of dinosaurs will leave us unforgettable memories.
10.00 hrs- Steinplatte departure. We continue to explore Austria between the mountains.
11.00 hrs.- Salzburg- Arrival. Our guide accompanies us to the most beautiful streets of the historic centre of this city declared a World Heritage site and have lunch.
13.30 hrs.- Salzburg- Departure. We then go on our way between lakes and mountains. A very beautiful scenic stage in the Alps.
14.30 hrs.- St. Wolfgang. A famous place by a lake of pilgrimage in Austria.
15.15 hrs- St. Wolfgang- Departure.-
15.30 hrs- Traunkirchen. Time to stroll in this beautiful city with its nice churches and streets along with the very beautiful Traunsee lake, where at around 16.30 hrs, we include a cruise on the lake to see four castles on the mountains and disembarking in Gmunden.
17.30.- Gmunden- Departure and continuation to the capital of Austria.
20.45 hrs.- Vienna- Arrival.
Highlights: City tour of Vienna. Vienna gardens of the immense Schönbrunn Palace. Evening transfer.
09.00 hrs.- Vienna- start with a scenic sightseeing tour of Vienna to know the most important places of interest including the Opera , the Museum of Fine Arts and Natural History , Parliament , the Royal Theatre , City Hall and the University. Passing by the Church of San Carlos, we arrive to the Belvedere Palace where we will walk through the gardens from where we are offered a fabulous view of the city. (If the English-speaking group has fewer than fifteen people, the tour can be conducted in both English and Spanish).
Directly afterwards, we head the Schönbrunn Palace where visitors can stroll around and enjoy its beautiful gardens.
In the evening we go to the City Hall Square to enjoy the lighting and the nightlife in the neighbouring streets, and where we will have dinner with cuisines from around the world (including Austrian, Chinese , Indian and Italian). Return to hotel.-
Vienna - Budapest.
Total distance: 245km
Scenery: We travel through the beautiful Pannonian Basin to the Hungarian capital.
Note: We remind you that the currency of Hungary is the Forint. It is advisable to pay in local currency during your stay. If the number of passengers in very small, the journey can be made by train.
08:30 h. Vienna – Departure following the course of the Danube to Hungary. We have a little under a 3-hours- trip to Budapest.
11:30 h. Budapest – Arrival. Relax and discover the city on a boat tour along the Danube river; the views of the city and parliament are impressive. Time for lunch after the tour.
14.30 hrs- Guided tour of the “Queen of the Danube” lasting three hours. Visit to the two areas of the city that are separated by the Danube: with historic "Buda" on one side and cosmopolitan "Pest" on the opposite bank. We will know the elegant Pest quarter, the city’s administrative, commercial and leisure district and Heroes’ Square, the Parliament, the Opera House and the elegant boulevards; and the historical Hill of Buda with St. Matthew’s Cathedral, the Fisherman’s Bastion and Habsburg Palace. Leisure time after the tour.
At sunset, there will be time at the end of the day in the lively area of VACI UTCA, where there are lots of little restaurants with food from different countries (Indian, Chinese, Hungarian, Italian). Return to hotel .
Budapest - Bratislava - Prague.-
Total distance: 530 km.
08.00 hrs- Departure from Budapest.
10.30 hrs- Bratislava. We will get to the capital of Slovakia and a city alongside the Danube with an attractive historic centre. Time to see the city and have lunch.
13.30 hrs.- We well leave Bratislava to continue on our way to the Czech Republic.
18.30 hrs- Prague, Arrival in the evening and transfer to the Old Town Square. This central location is full of energy and touristic activities. It’s a marvellous place to acquaint ourselves with Prague. Several restaurants offering cuisines from around the world will be waiting to delight your taste buds, including Czech, Chinese, Indian and Italian. Return to hotel.
Today’s highlights: city tour of Prague. Visit to Castle. Boat tour along the river Vltava. Evening transfer.
Note: We recommend you wear comfortable shoes during the walking tour.
07.45 h. Comprehensive tour. Lasting three hours and a half The tour starts off from the “Castel Quarter” (admission included), the political, religious and monumental centre of the capital, and the cathedral, the palaces and viewpoints over the “city of the 100 towers” and explains the history of the country. We then continue our walk through the “Small City” or “Malastrana Quarter”, the city’s Baroque jewel, to the famous “Charles Bridge”.
The city tour is followed by a monumental cruise on the river Vltava.
Free afternoon to continue exploring the city.
In the evening, we enjoy time in the historic city centre and there will be an opportunity for you to enjoy cuisines from around the world. Return to hotel.
Prague - Pilsen- Rothemburg - Frankfurt.-
Total Distance: 555 Km.
Scenery: Forests and hills of the Czech Republic. Pleasant landscapes of Germany.
07.30 hrs.- Prague -departure.
09.00 hrs. Pilsen- Arrival-. We will have some time to visit this city located in the region of Western Bohemia which is renowned for its beers. Time for a walk through its historic center where we find the Great Square, the cathedral, the Plague Column and a Renaissance-era town hall or to sit at one of its many breweries.
10.00 hrs- Pilsen. Departure. We will travel to Germany to explore a section of the "Romantic Road".
13.30 hrs- Rothenburg- Arrival in this fairytale-like city, considered one of the most beautiful towns in the country - Time to have a stroll through its medieval old town and to have lunch.
15.30 hrs- Rothenburg, departure.
18.00 hrs - Frankfurt -Arrival-. This is considered the financial capital of not only Germany but, also, the EU. Free time in the historic city center where there is a wide variety of restaurants to choose from (from Indian cuisine to Oriental, Italian, international and so on). Transfer to the hotel.
Frankfurt - Cruise on the Rhine - Cologne - Amsterdam.-
Total distance: 480km by road and 30 additional by boat.
Scenery: Fertile and picturesque Rhine basin,
Note: Bring some warm clothing to enjoy the deck on the boat!
08.00 hrs.- Frankfurt –Departure-.
09.15 hrs.- Rudesheim –Arrival-. A stroll through this very picturesque village near the Rhine known for all its taverns. We embark on a cruise that last about an hour and forty-five minutes. We discover what it is considered the most beautiful area of the Rhine Valley, drawing medieval villages, castles, vineyards, hills, small churches. Expected departure of the cruise at 10.15 (schedule can be modified)
11.55 hrs.- St. Goar –Arrival and continuation of our route-
14.00 hrs.- Cologne – Free time to have lunch and to stroll through the city center with its huge Gothic cathedral and its elegant bridges over the Rhine.
16.30 hrs.- Cologne –Departure for Amsterdam through great planes.
20.15 hrs.- Amsterdam –Arrival-.
Amsterdam - Zaanse Schans - Volendam- Marken- Amsterdam.-
Total distance: 75 km Landscapes: Beautiful dutch landscapes with small houses, canals and mills, Boat trip on the Jsselmeer lake to Marken. City tour of Amsterdam-.
08.00 hrs.- Amsterdam –Departure-.
08.45 hrs.- Zaanse Schans . Arrival to this open-air park of iconic traditional windmills typical from the Dutch landscape, that together with its warehouses and workshops show us what life was like in the 18th century. Time to take some photos of their mills and their typical houses.
09.45 hrs.- Zaanse Schans. Departure.
10.15 hrs- Volendam – Arrival to this very picturesque fishing village. Time to walk.
11.15 hrs.- Volendam –departure-. From Volendam, on a short boat trip on the Jsselmeer lake we will go to Marken.
12.00 hrs.- MARKEN- arrival to this island that was united to the mainland by a fixed dike, their houses were built on stilts. Time for a stroll.
12.45 hrs.- Marken departure. Return to Amsterdam.
13.30 hrs.- Amsterdam – Arrival and time to have lunch in the centre before starting a comprehensive tour with a local guide, lasting for two hours. Coach trip that passes through Dam Square with the Town Hall and Royal Palace, the canals and their marvellous bridges, the river Amstel and the floating houses.
The tour ends in the Museum Quarter, in one of the famous workshops where we will see a diamond-cutting exhibition.
18:30 h. Transfer to the Red Light District, with its liberal values and its many restaurants from all corners of the world. It is very likely that you have heard about this neighborhood. Free time to find somewhere to dine. Return to hotel about 22 hrs.
Amsterdam - Brussels - Bruges - Paris.-
Total distance: 615 km.
Scenery: Great cultivated plains. Highly populated cities en route.
07.30 hrs.- Amsterdam –We leave for Belgium.
10.00 hrs.- Brussels arrival. We will have time to walk around the Grande Place and take a stop to photograph the emblematic monument Atomium.
12.15 hrs.- Bruselas –salida-.
13.45 hrs.- Bruges –arrival. Time for lunch and a stroll through the ancient Hanseatic city with its romantic canals which were used to transport godos, and converted the city into an important commercial port.
16.30 hrs- We leave Bruges to the French border.
20.45 hrs- Paris- arrival.
Recommendation: If you start or end your trip in Paris, we advise you to book an extra day or two in this city. In this way, you will be able to get to know Euro Disney, Versailles and other places of interest.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Transfer to Versailles Palace. Funicular ride included to 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 lunch time where we provide a transfer to the Montmartre district. We will ascend by funicular to the hill and admire the spectacular view of Paris from the top. Thisneighbourhood 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 the breathtaking monuments of Paris will take place. Return to hotel.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Eiffel Tower and boat cruise in the City of Lights.
We go to the centre of Paris, starting by the Eiffel Tower area. You will have the opportunity to climb 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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