April 2024 / October 2024
Detailed day by day description
This tour is part of our flexible coach touring range, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people. Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.
This tour is guided in English only. Please note if English speaking attendance numbers are low, the tour can become bilingual either accompanied by two tour leaders, one for each language, or a single tour leader providing explanations in both languages.
The tour offers flexibility, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. By clicking 'Quote or Book,' you will have the choice to select your desired start and end dates and destinations within the tour's defined parameters. Given this flexibility, it's important to note that the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.
- Remember that hotels check-in time is usually at 14:00 hrs. If you require more hours of room availability, consider booking an additional night at the beginning of your trip.
- IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS upon arrival at the hotel, you would have your room booked, but your trip guide would normally contact you at the beginning of the included activities. At the reception you can also find an informative sign, indicating the telephone number and hours of assistance of our staff. YOUR TIME THEREFORE BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS FREE. The hotel staff can help you with all the information you need.
Note: The schedules that you will find in this itinerary are indicative. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the trip, may adjust the schedules.
07:45 hrs. - Paris – departure.
08:30 hrs. - Versailles – Arrival to the Palace of Versailles (admission not included, long waits for tickets due to influx on some occasions). Immense Palace that belonged to the French kings; a good way to get acquainted with the culture and history of France.
11:30 hrs. - Versailles – departure - (the departure might be later in case of a long wait to enter the palace). Upon returning to Paris we head to Montmartre and taking a small cable car (included) we go up to this bohemian artists´ neighborhood to see the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and take a walk through its square and alleys.
15:00 hrs. - With a local guide we will begin the city tour of Paris lasting 2 and a half hours. During the visit you will be able to see the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées, Madelaine, Place de la Concorde, Opera, Louvre Museum, Tower St. Jacques, town hall, Ile de la Cite with the Notre Dame cathedral, Latin quarter, Pantheon, Sorbonne, Luxembourg gardens, Invalides, Military School, Champ de Mars-Eiffel Tower, banks of the Seine. We will make brief stops near the Invalides and the Champ de Mars. At the end of the city tour, we will return to the hotel, making a stop in the city center, so that people who still want to take advantage of their free time in Paris can get off the bus.
In the end of this very complete day, optionally, the guide will suggest you attend a cabaret or variety show in the evening, the Moulin Rouge or the Paradis Latin.
Note: due to the tourist complexity of Paris, the order of the services offered in the city may vary.
Note: if your trip coincides in Paris with the first Sunday of the month, in Versailles, only the gardens will be visited.
Scenery: Extensive plains of northen France. Rouen.
08.30 hrs.- Departure from the hotel. We go to the EIFFEL TOWER , we include the ticket to go up to the second floor of this impressive metal monument (sometimes there are long waits to gain access due to massive influx). The second floor is considered to be the one with the best view, due to the optimal altitude in relation to the buildings below (on the third floor, they are less visible) and the general perspective (obviously more limited on the first floor). When the weather permits, it is estimated that it is possible to see up to 70 km away. After descending the tower we include a boat trip along the Seine River . Magnificent views of the main monuments and bridges of Paris on the majestic river. Journey of approximately an hour and a quarter.Free time later.
16.00 hrs.- Paris –we will leave for Rouen.-
18.15 hrs.- Rouen – Arrival and free time to walk and have dinner in the historic center of the capital of Normandy, an active city, whose origins date back to Roman times, with charming medieval architecture and an impressive Gothic cathedral.
20:45 hrs.- Transfer to the hotel and accommodation.
Note: Sometimes the waits to climb the Eiffel Tower are long, the climb may take place at a different time (or on Sunday), if it is considered convenient for organizational reasons.
Scenery: interesting ferry crossing, green hills in England. Stroll alongside Tower Bridge.
Note: Remember to have your Passport ready, you will need it to cross the British border. -We recommend wearing warm clothing during the crossing. -It is necessary to set your watch back one hour when entering the UK. - The UK currency is the Pound; we recommend you change your currency on the ferry.
08.00 hrs- Rouen. Departure, we travel to the north of France.
11.00 h. Arrival to the port of Calais where we take the ferry to the UK followed by customs and border formalities. The ferry crossing takes one hour and a half. The ferry is modern and equipped with all commodities (restaurants, bars, areas in which to relax, games rooms, foreign exchange facilitles, shops).
13.30 h. (14.30 hrs. in France): Dover – arrival (approximate schedule due to availability of ferries), we disembark and set out for Canterbury.
14.15 hrs- Canterbury- arrival. Free time to stroll around the religious capital of England with a very attractive historic centre.
15.45 hrs- Continuation to London.
17:15 hrs. - London- On arrival in London, before going to the hotel, there will be time around Tower Bridge to see it lip up, to see the modern buildings of the city and have dinner in one of the restaurants of the area.
18.30 hrs. - Transfer to the hotel and accommodation.
Afternoon at leisure.
18.30 h . In the evening, a stroll through Leicester Square, China Town and Soho , with its atmosphere, its theaters and its entertainment. Sit down for dinner at your preferred restaurant (Indian, Chinese, Thai, international, and so on) in the lively district. Return to hotel.
Scenery: Picturesque countryside with hills and woods.
07:30 hrs - London –Departure-. We cross the city and travel towards the north of England. Attractive countryside in the English countryside.
10:00 hrs - Cambridge –Arrival-. We have time to admire the beautiful main colleges and have lunch.
12:30 hrs - Cambridge –Departure-. We continue our journey towards the north, with views over agricultural fields and Sherwood Forest, former home of the legendary Robin Hood.
15:30 hrs - York –Arrival-. Passing along the walls that date to Roman times, we walk towards the cathedral. Time to stroll around its lively shopping streets.
17:30 hrs - York -Departure- We continue our journey northwards.
19:30 hrs - Durham –Arrival-. Impressive medieval city. Time to stroll around its cobbled streets in the centre and to discover its cathedral and castle, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Accommodation.
Scenery: Cross into Scotland. Castles, views over the sea.
08:30 hrs - Durham –Departure-. We travel north through England, and pass by the edge of the city of Newcastle.
09:45 hrs - Alnwick .- Medieval town dominated by its large castle. Attractive gardens. This was one of the backdrops for the Harry Potter film. Time to visit the castle (admission not included) or to stroll around. Note: the castle will be shut during the winter months (01 October-31 March).
11:15 hrs - Alnwick –Departure-. Cross into Scotland.
13:15 hrs - Edinburgh –Arrival-. We are now in the capital of Scotland, in one of the liveliest cities in the north of Europe, whose spectacular centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle dominates the city centre, with its cobbled streets and parks. In the summer, the Edinburgh Festival is held, and the city brims with life and its many shows. Free time.
17:30 hrs -Scenic visit round the city with a local guide (occasionally, this could be earlier, being undertaken on our arrival in the city). Later on, we provide a transfer to return to the hotel.
Scenery: Long journey with magnificent countryside of high mountains whose summits are often cloaked in snow, and deep lakes. Keep your camera handy.
Notes: We recommend keeping some warm clothing with you, as this is often necessary to be able to enjoy the boat trip. The timetables for this section can be prone to change depending on the time specified for crossing Loch Ness. At times it may not be possible to take the boat trip, due to adverse weather conditions.
07:30 hrs - Edinburgh –Departure-. We travel towards the high lands in the north of Scotland. We cross over the Forth road bridge. We travel between mountains where we shall see the unique Highland cattle.
09.30 hrs.- Pitlochry- Time for a walk and a coffee, a charming victorian village.
10.00 hrs.- Pitlochry- departure. Later we cross the eastern Highlands. Beautiful landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park. Travel through the city of Inverness.
13:45 hrs - Brachla (Clansman Harbour). "Nessy" (Loch Ness Monster) souvenirs! Time for taking photographs.
Around 14:00 hrs. - we take a boat trip (included) on Loch Ness .- Arrival at Urquhart castle. Ruins of an imposing medieval castle which dominates the lake ( entrance included) .
15:00 hrs - We continue our route and we will cross Fort August and Fort William, the beautiful tourist town at the foot of the Benn Nevis in the highest lands of the United Kingdom. We can also enjoy beautiful views across Glencoe . The last lake we will see will be Lake Lomond.
20:00 hrs - Glasgow –Arrival-. We recommend a walk round the centre of this highly atmospheric city.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:
Groups arriving in Edinburgh from November 15 until the end of February, due to the short duration of the days and frequent snow problems on the roads, will have the following stage:
08:00 hrs. - Departure from Edinburgh to PITLOCHRY (09.45 hrs/ 11.15 hrs), a picturesque city in the center of the Scottish region, where the majority of whiskey is produced. We will visit a traditional whiskey distillery in the area (entrance included). We continue towards STIRLING (12.30/ 15.30 hrs), with an impressive historic center dominated by the great castle (entrance included), one of the most important in Scotland having witnessed numerous historical events, including not only historical battles, but also the coronation of several of its kings. Reservation and tickets included. Time for lunch. After that we will make a stop to photograph The Kelpies, enormous sculptures of two horses with water heads from Scottish mythology. We continue to GLASGOW, arrival at 17.00 hrs., time to walk through the city center and accommodation.
Scenery: Seaside, hills, woods.
Notes: Remember to keep your passport; it will be requested at the point of embarkation. It is helpful if you can travel with some Scottish bank notes. Scotland mint their own notes, as does the North of Ireland. These Scottish or Northern Irish bank notes can be used easily in Scotland and Ireland respectively, but they may not be accepted in England and they are not valid in international banks. That is, if you have any Scottish or Irish notes left over, you will not be able to exchange them outside the United Kingdom. We recommend that you make sure you don´t have any Scottish bank notes left over on leaving Scotland and especially after our crossing to Belfast.
The schedules for this whole stage may vary depending on the boat.
08.00 hrs -Glasgow - Brief tour on the coach while leaving the city and then we travel toward the east coast of Scotland.
In Cairnryan we board a modern ferry to Ireland . Normally the boat leaves at 11.30 hrs. Crossing. The boats are very modern; you can shop in its stores or have lunch in its bars.
13.45 hrs - We get off the boat in Belfast. Arrival in this city of Victorian architecture which reminds us of the difficult coexistence between Protestants and Catholics in this area.- After a look round the Catholic and Protestant neighbourhoods that remind us of their troubled past, we visit the famous murals. Free time in the city centre.
16:30 hrs - Belfast –Departure-. We continue to the Republic of Ireland (Eire).
18:30 hrs - Dublin –Arrival at hotel-.
(Note: Occasionally, depending on our time of arrival in Dublin, the sightseeing tour of the city may be made on the previous afternoon).
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 and a half 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.
13:30 hrs Caernarfon –Departure-. We follow the coast towards England.
16:30 hrs Liverpool –Arrival and short bus ride through the city, a World Heritage Site and the second port of the United Kingdom.- We suggest a visit to the Beatles Museum (admission not included) so that you can discover this fascinating place and the Albert Dock.
Scenery: Picturesque hilly countryside.
08.00 hrs- Liverpool –Departure-. 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-.
Scenery: Pleasant hill scenery. Ferry crossing.
Notes: Remember to have your Passport ready, you may need it to leave the UK. -When entering in the Netherlands set your watch forward one hour (if it’s 11 ‘clock in London, it will be 12 o’clock in the Netherlands). Notes: we have a night crossing, put whatever you will need on the ferry in a carry-on suitcase.
After breakfast, we will go to the British Museum, one of the main and oldest museums in the world where we can see relics from cultures all around the globe. Free time.
At lunch time we provide transfer to Camden , a district famous for having one of the most varied and extravagant street markets in London where we can see relics from cultures all around the globe. Free time for lunch.
16.00 hrs- London - Departure.
18.45 hrs- Colchester - arrival the city known as the most ancient of England. Time to stroll.
20.45 hrs- Colchester. Departure, we will leave to Harwich.
21.30 hrs- Harwich- We will board a modern ferry with all the conditions of a cruise in Harwich, and take a night voyage in cabins with bathroom. Departure of the ferry scheduled at 23.00h. Night crossing to Netherlands.
Important note: Due to the fact that the ferry used has a limited number of cabins, sometimes the stage may undergo modifications and it might go from London to Amsterdam either by a day ferry (leaving around 17.00 hrs and spending the night in Antwerpen with a short stroll through the city) or, for reservations made less in advance, by train or plane to Amsterdam, including the transfers.
Scenery: Dutch landscapes, plains, canals, mills. Picturesque typical village of Volendam. Visit to Amsterdam. Transfer to Rembrandtplein .
08.30 hrs.- Hoek Van Holland- Arrival and continuation of route.
10.00 hrs.- Volendam – We arrive in this charming fisherman’s village on the Southern Sea.
12.00 hrs.- Volendam – We head to Amsterdam.
12.30 hrs.- Amsterdam – Arrival, free time for lunch. After that we include the city tour with a local guide of approximately two hours. We will begin the visit by stopping in front of the mill and statue of Rembrandt, one of the most attractive mills in Holland. We will continue through the Rai convention center, crossing the south of the city, the most exclusive part of Amsterdam. Next we will stop at the Museum Square to learn about the diamond cutting technique at the Diamond Museum. Later we will go towards the Amstel River, entering the old Jewish quarter with its Holocaust monument and the Portuguese Synagogue, passing later through the old port and the maritime museum. Finally we will head towards the central station, where we will leave the bus and having a pleasant walk, we will reach the church of San Nicolas, the heart of the city, where we will finish the visit.
Free time. In the evening we include a transfer to Rembrandplein with its many restaurants from all corners of the world, where you can dine at your pleasure, and near the red light district, with its liberal values. It is very likely that you will have heard about this neighborhood. Return to hotel.
Scenery: Large plains.
07:30 h. Amsterdam – We will depart and travel to Germany. We make a stop on our way.
12:15 h. HAMELIN , arrival in this picturesque German town whose streets and shops bring us into legend of The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a children´s fairy tale written by The Grimm Brothers. Time for a walk and to have lunch.
14:30 h. Hamelin departure. We continue our route towards the capital of Germany passing through Marienborn, the old border that until 1990 separated eastern from western Germany.
19.30 h. Berlin – arrival in the evening.
Free time in the afternoon to explore the city. We recommend you to take a boat trip.
In the evening we include a transfer to the lively area of Kantstrasse , a district that offers different types of ethnic restaurants to dine in. Return to hotel.
Scenery: Elbe Valley in Saxony and mountain forests of Bohemia
08:00 h. Berlin – We leave for the Elbe Valley, passing through attractive woodland scenery.
10:45 h. Dresden – Time to visit this important cultural city of enormous historical importance. It was rebuilt following the serious damage it suffered after being bombed in 1945. We recommend having lunch at one of the pleasant international restaurants near the river Elbe.
14:00 h. Dresden – Departure. The river Elbe accompanies us along part of the way.
16:15 h. Prague. Arrival. We include a to take you 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 your hotel.
The city tour is followed by a cruise along the river Vltava.
Free time in the afternoon to continue exploring the city.
In the evening, we enjoy time in the historic city center and there will be an opportunity for you to enjoy cuisines from around the world. Return to hotel.
Note: Remember that hotels 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.