Crossing Europe

Duration

19 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Dublin

Available

April 2020 / November 2020

Cities to visit: Dublin; Caernarfon, Wales; Liverpool; Stratford; Oxford, Inglaterra; London; Paris; Semur-En-Auxois; Beaune, Burgundy; Lyon, Ródano Alpes; Geneva; Zurich; Lucerne; Burglen; Lugano; Morcote, Ticino; Milan; Pisa, Tuscany; Rome; Florence; Venice, Véneto

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day

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.    

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:  Dublin sightseeing. 

Sightseeing tour of DUBLIN , Ireland’s peaceful capital city. We will enjoy a stroll on the banks of River Liffey, visiting its parks, its old university and its lively downtown streets. We will stroll around Trinity College (depending on the duration of sunlight, this visit may take place the afternoon before, upon arrival in Dublin). Free afternoon.
 
Note:   depending on the duration of sunlight, this visit may take place the afternoon before, upon arrival in Dublin .

Total distance covered: 200 Km.   
Scenery: We pass through Wales: beautiful maritime landscapes along the Irish Sea. Remember to have your passport to hand; it may be required to enter the United Kingdom.   


06.45 hrs  Departure from the hotel to board the modern ferry that departs at 08.05 hrs. Crossing of approximately 3 1/2 hrs (occasionally, due to technical reasons or because of bad weather, we may take a different ferry). 
11.30 hrs Disembark in Holyhead, a port situated on an island in north Wales.  
12.15 hrs Caernarfon .- After crossing the Britannia bridge, we arrive at this town, which is a World Heritage Site situated on the seashore, with its spectacular castle that dominates the bay and its medieval streets. This is where those who are in line for the throne have been crowned since the Fourteenth Century ("the Prince of Wales"). Time to walk around and have lunch.  
13:45 hrs Caernarfon –Departure-. We follow the coast towards England.  
16:45 hrs Liverpool  –Arrival at hotel.- We suggest a visit to the Beatles Museum (admission not included) so that you can discover this fascinating place and the Albert Dock.  

Total distance covered : 400 km.
   
Scenery: Picturesque hilly countryside.    

07:45 hrs- Liverpool  –Departure-. Brief bus tour round this World Heritage Site, taking in some of the iconic sites in the city. Travel towards the heart of England. 
11:00 hrs- Stratford Upon Avon .- The small town where Shakespeare was born, with its beautiful gardens and Tudor houses. Time, if you wish, to visit the house where Shakespeare was born (admission not included), to stroll around and have lunch. 
13:00 hrs - Stratford –Departure-. We cross beautiful landscapes of the Cotswolds, with its hills and cottages with thatched roofs. 
14:30 hrs- Oxford  –Arrival-. Free time in this prestigious University city and to visit one of its spectacular main colleges. Time to stroll around.  
16:30 hrs - Oxford –Departure-. 
18:00 hrs - London  –Arrival-.          

A c omprehensive tour of London i s 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 and explore and discover memorable places. 

Distance travelled by road: 505 km 
Landscape: England’s rolling hills and the great plains of northern France. 
Important: Please, have your passport at hand as we will be going through the UK/French frontier. Remember to turn your clocks back one hour once you get to France ( 11h in the UK is 12h in France.)

07:30 h - London – We leave the large metropolis of London and head south-east. 
09:30 h - Canterbury - Arrival- Free time in what is the religious Capital of England. We recommend you explore this beautiful city full of life and traditional architecture, and its important cathedral. 

11:15 h - Canterbury- departure- 
11:45 h - Folkestone - arrival - After clearing Immigration our coach will board a Eurotunnel train, a feat of engineering which links England to the continent in about 35 mins and the longest underwater tunnel in the world. Expected departure time is 12:30 but this may vary. 

14:00 h (13:00 h UK time) - Coquelles (France)- We exit the train and continue by road. Time to have lunch at a service station. 
16:45 h - Amiens - We arrive at this city famous for its Gothic cathedral. Time to visit its lively alleys, floating gardens and Jules Verne’s home at your own pace. 

18:30 h - Amiens - departure. 
21:00 h - PARIS - arrival.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour in Paris. Boat ride along the Seine. Climb to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Evening transfer.

09:00h Comprehensive tour of Paris with a local guide, visiting the Champs Elysees, Arch of Triumph, Concorde Square, Latin Quarter, Luxembourg Palace, Garnier Opera House, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Town Hall of Paris, Eiffel Tower, etc. Includes admission to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in the lift.  

The visit is followed by a spectacular cruise on the river Seine which divides the north of Paris from the south. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore as you choose.

At sunset enjoy the evening transfer to “Quartier Latin ”, a very picturesque area of the historic centre where a wide variety of international cuisines await you. Return to hotel.

Note:  Because of the tourist attraction of the Tower, there may be important queues at the time of your access. In order to minimize the problem, in some occasions, the ascent to the Eiffel Tower can be given at another time of your stay in Paris.

TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: free time in the city of lights.


08.30 hrs.- We go to the centre of Paris , the area of the Louvre Museum.  

Free time to stroll in the city. If you wish, we can accompany you to Benlux, one of the most complete and best-known perfumeries in Paris.
Rest of the day free.

It will be offered for travelers who are interested, an  optional excursion to enjoy in Eurodisney . 

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. Time to walk and have lunch.    

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.    

Note: Sometimes, for events or congresses, accommodation may be provided in a city near Lyon (normally Chambery).

Total Distance:  425 km
Landscapes: Mountain and lakes.
Notes : Remember to your camera. Also carry your passport as sometimes it can be requested by entering Switzerland.

08.oo hrs- Lyon- Departure. We have a beautiful stage.  We travel to Switzerland. 
 
10.00 hrs- GENEVA,  arrival to this active city on the shores of Lake Geneva, the capital of French-speaking Switzerland.  With our guide, we go to the Palais des Nations (the United Nations headquarters in Europe) and then to the beautiful “Jardin Anglais” with its flower clock, and admire the “Jet d,Eau”, the tallest fountain in Europe.

13.00 hrs- After lunch, we will continue through Switzerland passing the beautiful Leman and Neuchatel Lakes ( note: d epending on the number of travellers from Geneva to Zürich, this trip might be done by train). 


17.00 hrs- ZURICH – Arrival. We will be able to stroll in the city center and enjoy a dinner in one of its nice restaurants. 

Road distance:  40 km
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Boat trip across Zurich lake. Journey by train.
Notes :  bring your camera.

08.30 hrs- With our guide, we will stroll in the most populated city of Switzerland, the financial and cultural capital of the country. The city of banks has twice been declared the city with the best quality of life in the world. 
10.30 hrs- After this we will board a boat for a trip lasting almost two hours on Zurich lake . The boat makes brief stops, allowing us to admire the villages on the way. 

12.30 hrs - We get off in RAPPERSWILL, a small and highly picturesque village overlooked by its mediaeval castle. Time to walk and have lunch.

15.00 hrs- We return to Zurich by train , and will see the efficiency and punctuality of the Swiss Railways. 

16.30 hrs- Enjoy an evening in the historic centre, next to the lake, where you can dine at your favorite restaurant (Indian, Oriental, Italian, International, Swiss, etc.). 


Note: From the end of October, due to the decrease of boat departures, the stage will be reversed going first by train from Zurich to Rapperswill and then by boat from Rapperswill to Zurich. 



Total distance: 280 km
TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: Admire the fantastic landscapes. Cable car included to Grildelwald first. Lunch included
Note: Wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes to walk and your camera.
Note: Due to weather conditions (strong wind) or maintenance reasons, the cable car may not operate at any time. If this happens, we will provide an alternative lift to another similar place.


08.00 hrs-  Zurich- departure to a spectacular stage with beautiful landscapes with high mountains and lakes. 

10.30 hrs.- Grindelwald.  Time to have a coffee in this mountain resort in the Bernese Alps before taking the cable car to Grindelwald First (ticket included), the largest ski center in the region. We will walk along the path (30 minutes) i n which we will have the opportunity in breathtaking alpine landscapes to take the "footbridge over the emptiness" enjoying the glaciers that surround us; Lunch included f or all passengers (vegetarian option available).

13.15 hrs- Grindelwald  departure.  We continue to Lucerne.
15.00 hrs- Lucerne - arrival in time to explore one of the most interesting Swiss cities and see the KapellBrück, covered bridge over the river Reuss, the Town Hall and Square with its Clock Tower and its pedestrian streets and elegant shops. Time to stroll, enjoy the city and dine before returning to the hotel in Zurich.

19:00 h. Return to Zurich.
20.00 h. -Zurich - Zurich.



Total distance: 310 km   
Scenery:  beautiful Alpine landscapes of mountains and lakes. Take the camera by hand. 
Notes:  Bring your passport. There may be border controls when entering Italy      

08.00 hrs. - Zurich – Departure.  Crossing the Swiss Plateau. 
09.15 hrs.- Burglen .- Arrival to the tiny village where William Tell was born. We shall see the chapel of the XVI century with paintings illustrating his life.   

10.00 hrs.- Burglen- Departure.- Spectacular landscapes crossing the Alps by motorway. We enter the Italian-speaking Switzerland. 
12.00 hrs – Morcote. Arrival to this very picturesque village by Lake Lugarno, with its stone houses covered with flowers.       

13.00 h. Morcote – Departure for the Italian border.   
13.45 hrs.- Como- on the shores of its lake, a bustling Italian town with an outstanding Gothic cathedral and life on the shore. Time to have a stroll and for lunch.      

15.45 hrs.- Como, departure.  
16.45 h. Milan  – Arrival, our guide will take us to the impressive Duomo Square. There will be time to dine at the Porta Venecia (Port of Venice) where an outstanding variety of restaurants can be found to delight your palate. From restaurants serving Swiss and Italian food, to French, Chinese and international food. Transfer to hotel.   Transfer to hotel about 20.00 hrs.      

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.

Highlights: city tour of Rome. Roman Coliseum (admission price included) and Vatican City.

The morning starts with an early interesting city tour of the “Eternal City”, in which we will visit the Caracalla Baths, Venice Square, Circo Massimo, the Capitoline Hill and St. John Lateran. 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.   Admission to the Coliseum included . This building, which dates from the first century, was built for the purpose of organising entertainment for the Romans, such as gladiator combats. We have the chance to learn about the ancient society of the Roman Empire.

18:30 h. Transfer to Via Cavour , which has many local restaurants and others that serve international cuisine, including Indian and Chinese. Return to hotel.

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.

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.

After breakfast, end of our services.


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