TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Reception. Transfer to hotel and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels 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.
A comprehensive tour of London is included today. Our visit begins in the early morning. The contents vary, depending on local guides, traffic and the weather. We will visit Hyde Park, Oxford St, the City, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, the Thames, Piccadilly Circus, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. During the visit we will stop at Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard (it is not always possible to see this ceremony). The visit ends in the central part of the city. Free afternoon. Our guide will offer you an optional outing to Windsor Castle.
18:00 h. In the evening, we will meet at a a meeting point in Piccadilly Circus where our guide will accompany you to Leicester Square, China Town and Soho with its amazing atmosphere, its theaters and bustle . Time for dinner in this area with numerous ethnic restaurants (Indian, Thai, Chinese, international, and so on).
20.30 h. return to the hotel from Piccadilly.
Note: In some cases, this evening event will be organised the previous day, when we arrive in London.
Free day. You can enjoy the charm of this city. Free time to explore and discover memorable places.
London- Bruges- Paris.-
Distance traveled by road: 535 km
Landscape: Green hills of England and the great plains of northern France.
Notes: Keep your passport at hand for when we cross the border between the UK and France.
Remember France is 1 hour ahead of the UK (while in the UK is 11:00, in France is 12:00)
07.30 hrs - London - We will leave the great metropolis of London and head south-east.
09.30 hrs- Dover. -Arrival at the port. We board a ferry to cross the English Channel. Departure scheduled at 10.45 hrs. The ships that make the crossing are very modern and have exchange offices, restaurants, shops and large rooms. Enjoy the crossing! Duration of the crossing 1h15. Arrival at the port of Calais and continuation to Belgium.
14.30 hrs- Bruges- Arrival and free time for lunch and stroll through this charming Flemish city of canals. Your guide will guide you on how to spend your time in Bruges, the so-called "Venice of the North".
17.00 hrs- Bruges- Departure. We travel to France.
21.15 hrs.- Paris, arrival.
Note: Due to border and customs issues that currently exist between the UK and France, there are significant delays. In this case, the time available in Bruges may be very limited.
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 (entrance not included). 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. This neighbourhood 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. At the end of this busy day, the guide will offer the optional visit to a typical Cabaret or a variety show such as the Moulin Rouge or the Paradis Latin.
Note: Due to the tourism complexity of Paris, the order of services offered in the city may vary.
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.
Paris - Semur - Beaune - Lyon.-
Total distance: 500 km.
Today’s highlights: Vineyards in Beaune and Bourgogne region.
Landscapes: Pleasant landscapes in the center of France; Picturesque villages. Funicular climb in Lyon.
08.00 hrs.- París –departure-. We travel to the center of France. We cross the region of Bourgogne, an area known for its wines.
11.15 hrs.- Semur en Auxois –Arrival-. A walk and a coffee in this small medieval village surrounded by impressive walls.
12.00 hrs.- Semur –departure-.
13.30 hrs.- Beaune.- Charming small village in the middle of the wine region of Bourgogne; Its streets full of flowers, its hospice, its wine museum. Free time.
15.00 hrs.- Beaune –departure to Lyon-.
17.00 hrs.- Lyon –Arrival-. On the banks of the Rhône River, the third city of France that once was the capital of the Roman Gallia. The historic centre of this lively City 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. Free time.
In the event that your group is staying in Chambery, a nearby city, we will leave Lyon at 19.30 hrs arriving in Chambery around 21.00 hrs. After breakfast, early on Wednesday, we will have time to take a walk through the beautiful historic center of Chambery.
Lyon -Geneva- Chillon Castle- Gruyere- Leysin.-
Total distance covered: 350 km
Scenery: Very beautiful scenery on Lake Leman. Great lakes, with tall snow-covered summits in the distance. In the afternoon, we have a trip through the mountains alongside beautiful villages with wooden houses.
NB: Please have your passport in hand, as are going into Switzerland and sometimes there are border controls asking for documentation.
08.00 hrs.- Departure to Switzerland.
10.00 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.
12:45 hrs - Geneva- Departure. Our road follows Lake Leman. Amidst magnificent vineyard scenery (area declared UNESCO world Heritage).
14.15 hrs- Chillon Castle, arrival at this fantastic medieval castle built on the waters of the lake. Tickets included.
15.15 hrs - Chillon Castle –Departure-. On our route we go by the cosmopolitan city of Montreux.
16.00 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!
17:45 hrs - Gruyere, departure. Magnificent mountain scenery, we cross areas with scenic villages with wooden architecture.
18.45 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.
Note: sometimes accommodation will be in a nearby alternative city (usually Matigny).
Leysin- Glacier 3000- Interlaken- Aareslucht- Chiasso.-
Total distance: 340 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.
13.15 hrs - Interlaken, a small town situated between two lakes and dominated by an impressive mountain scenery. Time for lunch.
15.00 hrs - Interlaken - departure.
15.45 hrs.- Aareslucht- we include the entrance to the impressive gorges of Aareslucht and we will walk along the path inside the gorge.
16.45 hrs.- Aareslucht -departure-. We take the Sustenpass, one of the most beautiful roads in Switzerland that passes between glaciers and takes us to Italian-speaking Switzerland.
19.45 hrs- Accommodation in Chiasso, a Swiss city on the Italian border.
Note: Occasionally, due to weather conditions such as rain or strong winds, the cable car to Glacier 3000 may not operate.The ascent is not authorized for children under 2 years old.
Note: The Sustenpass road is normally closed until the end of May and since mid-October. In this case the journey will be made by alternative roads.
Chiasso - Lugano - Burglen - Altdorf - Lucerne.-
Total distance: 220 km
Scenery: Beautiful landscapes on our motorway. Lakes and mountains.
08.00 hrs.- Chiasso –Departure-.
08.30 hrs.- Lugano – arrival to the cosmopolitan capital of the Italian Switzerland with its beautiful lake. Time to stroll.
10.00 hrs.- Lugano – We continue on the highway, crossing the mountains to get back to German-speaking Switzerland.-
12.00 hrs.- Bürglen.- Time to stroll in the tiny village where William Tell was born, we shall see the chapel of the XVI century with paintings illustrating his life. If you want, you can also visit the museum of William Tell.
12.45 hrs.- Burglen –departure.-
13.00 hrs.- Altdorf – Arrival to this nice city. In its central square you will also find traces of the history of William Tell. Time for a walk and lunch.-
14.30 hrs.- Altdorf –departure.-
15.15 hrs.- Lucern – free time to explore this beautiful city by the lake that bears its name. We will suggest, optionally, to take the cruise on the Lake of the Four Cantons, considered one of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland.
Lucerne - Einsiedeln- Heididorf - Vaduz - Feldkirch.
Total distance: 190 km.
Scenery: Beautiful Swiss landscapes.
Note: Wear comfortable walking shoes in the meadows of Heidi village.
Note: Tonight we stay in Feldkirch, a small town located in Austria next to the Swiss border. Don´t forget to bring Euros, you will need them in Feldkirch.
08:30 hrs.- Lucerne, departure. We surround the lake of the four cantons.
09:30 hrs - Einsiedeln .- Its immense baroque abbey is the main point of pilgrimage in Switzerland. You can visit it and walk around the city.
10:30 hrs. - Einsiedeln.- Departure. We continue towards the East of Switzerland. Beautiful landscapes of hills and lakes. We cross with the bus the picturesque village of Mainfeld, where the novel/story of Heidi, very popular due to its cartoon, was inspired.
12.00 hrs- Heididorf- stop at the place where the "Heidi´s House" is located (ticket not included. Entry to the facility is free), a picturesque place with beautiful landscapes that we will reach through a pedestrian path.
12:45hrs. Heididorf- departure. We enter into the small independent country of LIECHTENSTEIN.
13:15 hrs. - Vaduz- With its castle that rises on a steep hill in the middle of the city. Time to walk and have lunch.
15:45 hrs. - Vaduz. Departure.
16:15 hrs. - Feldkirch. In Austria, in the border with Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany; Charming walled town with beautiful medieval old town and castle. Free time and accommodation.
Feldkirch - St. Gallen - Constance - Stein am Rhein - Rhine Waterfalls - Zurich.
Total distance: 215 km
Scenery: Picturesque all day; Lakes, charming villages.
Note: The island of Mainau is in Germany, you may need some euro.-
08:15hrs.- Feldkirch,- Departure. We enter to Switzerland again.
09:00 hrs. - St Gallen. whose center is part of the World Heritage List by UNESCO with a wonderful cathedral and its historic center.
10:00hrs. St. Gallen- Departure. We follow Lake Constance, between Germany and Switzerland.
11:15hrs. - Constance - Time to stroll through this elegant city.
12:45hrs. - Constance - departure.
13:15 hrs. - Island of Mainau.- Access by pedestrian bridge. We include the entrance to know its beautiful botanical garden. Time for lunch.
15:30hrs. - Island of Mainau - departure.
16:15hrs. - Stein Am Rhein.-a typical village on the Rhein River with precious houses with painted walls.
17:15hrs.- Stein Am Rhein,- Departure.
17:45 hrs. - Rhein Waterfalls (entry included), the waterfalls with the most abundant flow in Europe.
18:45hrs. - Rhein Waterfalls - departure. We continue to Zurich.
19:30 hrs. - Zurich.
Zurich- Rapperswill- Zurich.-
Total distance covered by train: 42 km
Note: Our stage today is different; we travel across Lake Zurich by boat and return by train. The transfers from the hotel to the centre may also be done on public transport (depending on the total number of participants). The indicated timetables of the boat we use may change (the itinerary may be adapted accordingly).
09.00 hrs.- We will leave the hotel on this peaceful day. With our guide, we will take a walk around the most populated city of Switzerland, which is also the country’s financial and cultural capital. The city of banks as been twice declared the city with the best quality of life in the world.
10.30 hrs.- We start our almost two-hour cruise on Lake Zurich. The boat makes brief stops to allow us to admire the villages along the way.
12.30 hrs.- RAPPERSWILL, a small, picturesque village overlooked by its mediaeval castle. Time for a stroll and lunch.
15.00 hrs.- Rapperswill, We return to Zürich by train, and will see the efficiency and punctuality of the Swiss railways. We will reach Zürich in a little under 35 minutes.- Rest of the afternoon free.
Note: Depending on the number of travellers, on this stage, the transfers to the centre and from the station may be made on public transport.
After breakfast, end of our services.
Note: Remember that check-out time is usually at 10.00 hrs. In most cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception at check-out time so you can enjoy the city and pick it up at the time you require that same day. If you need more time to use your room, please consider booking an additional night at the end of your tour.
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