France and Swiss Alps - ENGMARKET

Duration

11 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Paris

Available

April 2022 / November 2022

Cities to visit: Paris; Semur-En-Auxois; Beaune, Burgundy; Lyon, Ródano Alpes; Geneva; Chillon Castle; Gruyeres; Gstaad; Grindelwald; Meiringen; Chiasso; Lugano; Burglen; Lucerne; Einsiedeln; Vaduz; Feldkirch; Saint Gallen; Constance, Baden-Wurttemberg; Stein Am Rhein; ; Zurich

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
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. 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.
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.
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 covered: 350 km
Landscapes: Very beautiful landscapes on Lake Leman. Great lakes, high snowed peaks in the distance. In the afternoon, journey between mountains crossing beautiful wooden villages.
NB: Have your passport with you, we are going into Switzerland and sometimes there are border controls asking for documentation.
08.00 hrs.- Departure to Switzerland.
10.15 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 bodies. 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 (area declared UNESCO world Heritage).
13.30 hrs- Gruyere. – In the centre of the area where the famous cheese is produced, Gruyere is a very picturesque walled tourist village. Time for lunch. Very near to Gruyere are some of the main Swiss chocolate manufacturers (NESTLÉ among others), and w e visit the Cailler factory. Sweet tasting included!
16.00 hrs - Gruyere. Departure amidst mountains and very pretty Swiss villages.
16.45 hrs - Chillon Castle, arrival at this fantastic mediaeval castle built on the waters of the lake. Tickets included.
17.45 hrs - Chillon Castle –Departure-. Magnificent mountain scenery, we cross areas with pretty villages with wooden architecture.
16.30 hrs - Leysin, arrival in this pretty holiday village with spectacular views of the Rhône plain and Mont Blanc, known for its winter sports resort or its hiking possibilities. Dinner included.
Total distance: 360 km
Landscapes: Probably the most spectacular stage of our route in the Alps; High summits where snow remains all year round; Lakes.
Note: Wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable also some waterproof (especially for the visit of the waterfalls). Remember also that if the day is sunny in the high mountains it is advisable to use sun protection.
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 where 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 contemplate 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.
15.30 hrs - Meringen - Arrival. After a coffee stop in the town we include the entrance to the Aareslucht Gorges, an impressive path into the gorge.
17.00 hrs - Aareslucht – We leave with the bus taking one of the most spectacular mountain roads to the region of Switzerland where the official language is Italian.
19.30 hrs- Accommodation in Chiasso , a Swiss city on the Italian border.
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.
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 Feldkirck and tomorrow in Mainau.
08:30 hrs.- Lucerne, departure. We surround the lake of the four cantons.
09:45 hrs - Einsiedeln .- Its immense baroque abbey is the main point of pilgrimage in Switzerland. You can visit it and walk around the city.
11:00hrs. - Einsiedeln.- Departure. We continue towards the East of Switzerland to the border of Liechtenstein and Austria.
12:15hrs - Mainfeld. -The village which inspired Heidi’s story that perhaps you know by the popular cartoons. A walk in its historic center after which we will be visiting Heidi’s House (Ticket not included. Entry to the facility is free), a picturesque place with beautiful landscapes that we will reach through a pedestrian path.
13:45hrs. Mainfeld, departure. We enter into the small independent country of LIECHTENSTEIN.
14:15 hrs. - Vaduz- With its castle that rises on a steep hill in the middle of the city. Time to walk and have lunch.
16:30hrs. - Vaduz. Departure.
17:00 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.
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 i nclude 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.
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.

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