European Memories

Duration

22 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Paris

Available

April 2023 / February 2024

Cities to visit: Paris; Rouen; English Channel; Canterbury; London; Colchester, England; Ferry Colchester Volendam; Volendam; Amsterdam; Hamelin; Berlin; Dresden; Prague; Munich; Innsbruck; Zurich; Lucerne; Lugano; Morcote, Ticino; Milan; Pisa, Tuscany; Rome; Madrid; Zaragoza; Monasterio De Poblet, Tarragona Province; Barcelona

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

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.

Day
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.
WELCOME TO PARIS!
Transfer f rom airport to hotel and free time to explore before meeting your guide and fellow travellers. 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.
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.
Total Distance: 140 km
Scenery: Extensive plains of northen France. Rouen.
08.30 hrs.- 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.
Note: Sometimes queues to climb the Eiffel Tower are long. For organizational reasons, if deemed appropriate, the climb can be made at a different moment of the day.
17.00 hrs.- Paris –we will leave for Rouen.-
19.15 hrs.- Rouen –Arrival to this beautiful city museum with its houses with half-timbered walls, narrow streets and gothic churches. Accommodation in the city.
Total Distance: 360 Km.
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.
Rouen. After breakfast, we have free time to take a stroll in the centre of Rouen to admire its magnificent cathedral and photograph the ancient streets of the historic centre (transfer at 08.15 hrs if the hotel is not located near the centre).
10.00 hrs- Rouen. Departure, we travel to the north of France.
13.00 h. Arrival to the port of Calai s 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...).
14.45 h. (15.45 hrs in France): Dover –On arrival, we disembark and then set out for Canterbury.
15.30 hrs- Canterbury- arrival. Free time to stroll around the religious capital of England with a very attractive historic centre.
17.00 hrs- Continuation to London.
18:30 h. London- On arrival in London, before going to the hotel, there will be time around Tower Bridge t o see it lip up, to see the modern buildings of the city and have dinner in one of the restaurants of the area.
20.30 hrs- Transfer to the hotel.
Highlights: Guided tour, changing of the guards. Transfer to Soho.
In the early morning, comprehensive tour with local guide, lasting two hours and a half. We will see the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Trafalgar Sq., Picadilly Sqare, Oxford Street, Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace and the famous Changing of the Guard (depending on the time of year).
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.
Total road distance: 170 km
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).

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- 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 Antwerp with a short stroll through the city) or, for reservations made less in advance, by train or plane to Amsterdam, including the transfers.
Total road distance: 130 km
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, time for lunch and comprehensive tour with a local guide, visiting the canal bridges, cathedral and the Royal Palace, the Flower Market and the Museum Quarter. Visit to a diamond-cutting workshop.

At night time for dinner in Rembrandplein with its many restaurants from all corners of the world 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.
Total distance: 701 km
Scenery: Fertile lowlands of the Netherlands and German forests and landscapes.
07:30 h. Amsterdam – We will depart and travel to Germany.
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 story written by The Grimm Brothers. Time for a walk and to have lunch.
14:30 h. Hamelin departure.
16.30 h. - Marienborn- We will visit the Historic border crossing museum dedicated to the wall that once stood between West and East Germany.
17.15 h- Marienborn- Departure.
19.30 h. Berlin – evening arrival.
Highlights: Guided tour, Holocaust Memorial, Berlin Wall Museum.
08:00 h. Comprehensive tour of the most modern city in Europe, and visit to the Museum Island, Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, the Reichstag, Potsdamerplatz and the Zoo. We leave the coach to visit the Holocaust Memorial and Berlin Wall Museum. Berlin bore witness to many significant events of the 20th century.
Free afternoon to explore the city. We recommend you to take a boat trip.
Enjoy an evening in the lively area of Kantstrasse , a district that offers different types of ethnic restaurants to dine in. Return to hotel.
Total distance: 360km
Scenery: Elbe Valley in Saxony and mountain forests of Bohemia
Note: We remind you that the currency of the Czech Republic is the Koruna. It is advisable to pay in local currency during your stay.

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. At the end of the afternoon, we provide transport 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 hotel.
Today’s highlights: c ity 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 “ Caste l 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.
Total distance: 540km
Forest scenery: valleys with grazing cattle in Bavaria and the Tyrol.
07:30 h. Prague – Departure for Munich, capital of the German region of Bavaria.
12.30 h. Munich – Free time to stroll through the monumental centre and have lunch at one of the famous traditional beerhouses, accompanied by popular music.
15:00 h. Departure for the Tyrol and Innsbruck
17:15 h. Innsbruck. We will have time to stroll and for dinner in the Golden Roof area at the Old Town where there are many local and international restaurants (Indian, Chinese, Oriental, Italian, etc.) in which to dine. Transfer to hotel.
Total distance: 330km.
Scenery: Vi sit to Swarovski Museum. Alpine landscape in Austria, forests and plains.
09:00 h. We leave the hotel
09.30hrs- Swarovski Crystal Museum, we will visit the headquarters of the well-known firm, where we will visit the Gardens and the Museum and see how this crystal is made.
11.15hrs- Swarovski Crystal Museum departure.
11.45 hrs- Innsbruck- Time to stroll in the historic centre of Innsbruck.
15.30hrs- Innsbruck departure. We take an enjoyable journey through wonderful Tyrolean sceneries towards Switzerland.
19.30hrs- ZURICH, 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.).
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 bring your camera.
Note: Due to weather conditions (strong wind) or maintenance reasons, the cable car may not operate at certain times. If this happens, we will provide an alternative transportation to another similar place.
07.30 hrs- Zurich- departure to a spectacular stage with beautiful landscapes with high mountains and lakes.
10.00 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) in which we will have the opportunity to walk on the suspended bridge over breathtaking alpine landscapes, enjoying the glaciers that surround us; Lunch included for all passengers (vegetarian option available).
13.45 hrs- Grindelwald departure. We continue to Lucerne.
15.30 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 for a stroll to enjoy the city.
17.30 h. Return to Zurich.
18.30 h. -Zurich - arrival and time for a walk in the city before boing to the hotel.
Note: The guide will offer you the possibility of a full day optional visit, leaving in the morning and, after some free time to discover Lucerne, we take a rotating cable car to reach the top of Mount Titlis. At the alpine summit, at over 3000m above sea level, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the glacier and the Alps.
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.
Total distance: 640 km Scenery: surprising scenery along the coast of Liguria and the Tuscan Apennines.
08.30 hrs- We leave the Italian financial capital towards Pisa.
12.00 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.
15.00 hrs- Pisa – Departure for Rome, passing through ancient Etruscan regions.
20:30 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. Imperial Forums (admission price included) and Vatican City. Evening transfer to the Trastevere area.
08.30hrs- 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. We continue visiting the Imperial Forums (entrance included) , an impressive architectural ensemble formed by buildings and monumental squares center of the political activity of the moment.

18.30hrs- 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. 20.30hrs- Return to hotel.
Note: on many occasions during the low season, as well as in some specific dates of the rest of the year, instead of the entrance to the Imperial Forums, we will enter the Roman Colosseum, symbol of Rome.
At the time your guide says, we will make a transfer to the airport to catch a domestic flight includedin your trip. On arrival at destination we will give you another hotel transfer . Your guide will contact you at the end of the afternoon or you can consult the information in your hotel reception. NB: remember that on domestic flights, the luggage normally allowed is one suitcase of up to 20 kg in the hold. Passengers must pay for all excess luggage directly to the airline
Highlights: Guided tour and stroll through Retiro Park. Visit to Las Ventas Bullring (admission included) and transfer to Plaza del Oriente.
The day starts about 08.30 hrs with a comprehensive tour through the centre of Madrid including Paseo del Prado, Cibeles, Neptuno, the Gate of Alcalá, Plaza de Colón and Plaza Mayor.
Visit to Retiro Park , an oasis in the city centre, where we will see the lake and the Glass Palace. Admission to Las Ventas Bullring included . This is one of the most famous bullrings in the world where we will learn about the tradition of “corridas” in the Bullfighting Museum.
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon.
At sunset we provide a transfer to Plaza de Oriente , opposite the Royal Palace, an elegant and bustling area with many restaurants serving different exquisite cuisines (Indian, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Spanish, International) in which to enjoy a pleasant dinner. Return to hotel.
Total distance: 640Km
Scenery : different landscapes on the Spanish plateau and fertile areas in Catalonia.
07:30h Madrid – Departure.
12:30h Zaragoza – Arrival at this city, which stands on the banks of the river Ebro. The guide will join the group to Basilica del Pilar . Free time to visit this impressive sanctuary and have lunch in the city centre.
14:00 hrs. -Zaragoza.- Departure on our way to Catalunia.
16:30 hrs. – Monastery of Poblet. Surrounded by walls in a beautiful setting, this is one of the best preserved medieval monasteries in the world (entrance included) .
17:30 hrs. – Monastery of Poblet.- Departure.- We cross rich agricultural regions of central Catalonia. We go to the beautiful scenery where the Benedictine abbey is located. We climb to the summit in small rack train to admire the fantastic landscapes
18:45 hrs. -Monasterio de Montserrat. - Arrival.- Time to admire the views and visit the sanctuary where the Virgin of Montserrat, patron saint of Catalonia, is located (entrance not included).
19:45 hrs. -Montserrat.- road exit.
20:45 hrs. - Barcelona. - Arrival.
Note: In some cases, depending on the timetable of the rack railway, the ascent to Montserrat can be done in our coach.
Note: From November to March, due to the shorter duration of the days, we will neither be ascending nor stopping in Montserrat.
Highlights: Barcelona Guided tour lasting 3 hours; visit to “Poble Espanyol”, with admission included and evening transfer to the Magic Fountain of Montjuich.
09:00h.- Tour of the city with a local guide (note: if the group has fewer than fifteen people, explanations can be given by our guide) who will tell us about this exciting city on the shores of the Mediterranean. We will visit the city’s historic central area with its Gothic neighborhood dating back to the Middle Ages. We will visit the area where the Olympic Games took place. It will be possible to see and photograph La Sagrada Familia basilica; the masterpiece designed by the architect Gaudí.
Subsequently, we include the entry ticket to “Poble Espanyol” ( meaning, Spanish Village), an open-air museum that combines the art, traditions, architecture, arts and crafts and folklore of each of the Spanish regions. Time for lunch. Free afternoon.
18:30h.- In the evening, we include transportation and will attend the show of the Magic fountain of Montjuïch , with its combination of lights, colors, water and music. You will have time to dine in this area.
Note: in case of having the transfer to the Magic Fountain a day that for maintenance or any other reason the show is not performed, the night transfer will be given to the Maremagnum, avant-garde leisure center with restaurants by the sea and to the Plaza Colón.
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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