April 2021 / March 2022
Detailed day by day description
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.
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.
09:00h. - Start of our tour with a local guide . We visit traditional neighborhoods, which take in the Belem district, which is the birthplace of the great Portuguese navigators who sailed the oceans in the fifteen century. We shall look round the Monument to the Discoveries, Belem Tower and to the beautiful Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The afternoon is free so that you can explore this great city independently.
18:00h.- At the end of the afternoon, we include transportation to Restauradores Square , full of atmosphere with its bars and cafes from where you can take the "Elevador da Gloria" (not included) that brings you to the Upper district and its viewpoint of San Pedro with beautiful views over Lisbon and the Bairro Alto. Return to hotel.
Scenery: F orests, small mountains, walled villages
Note: There is an hour difference between Spain and Portugal. When in Portugal is 11 hrs in Spain is 12 hrs.
07:30 hrs. - Lisboa – departure. We Travel to the north of Portugal.
09:15 hrs. - Fátima – Time to know this important Sanctuary.
10:30 hrs. - Fátima – Departure. We will continue on our way through the Green lands of the centre, passing into Spain and over the grasslands we cross the north of Extremadura region.
Lunch included en route in a regional food restaurant. Continuation to MADRID.
20.30 hrs.- Madrid, arrival. We include transportation to Plaza Mayo r where you can enjoy at some typical taverns.
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.
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 and guided tour 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.
19:45 hrs. -Montserrat.- road exit.
20:45 hrs. - Barcelona. - Arrival.
Important note: In the Winter months, from November to March (both included), due to the shorter days, the Monastery of Poblet will not be visited (so that we can reach Montserrat in the daylight).
NB: Sometimes this day’s accommodation may be given in Barcelona. In this case, a stop will be made on Wednesday in Gerona before going on our way to France.
In the morning at 09.00 hrs the tour starts with our guide or a local guide the tour of the city including the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluña, Paseo de Gracia, Diagonal, Sagrada Familia, Montjuic with its Olympic facilities, Plaza de España. A stop will be made for a few minutes near the Sagrada Familia to have a chance to see this monument. The visit ends in the Ramblas area for participants to walk around the historic centre and Gothic quarter. Free time for lunch and to continue strolling.
18.00hrs -Barcelona –Departure-. We travel towards the north of Catalonia.
19.30 hrs - GIRONA – Arrival in this small Catalan capital with its very beautiful historic centre where the cathedral stands out with its great staircase. The city is also magnificently lit up and has many small restaurants.
NB: If your hotel should be in the outskirts of Gerona, we will take to the centre by bus to leave you there for time before going to the hotel.
NB: It is best to have your passport with you, we are going into France and sometimes there are border checks requiring documentation. -
08.00 hrs - Girona –Departure-; we going to France and cross the region of Provence.
12.00 hrs -ARLES -Arrival-. Time in this city, a small World Heritage city where we will remember Van Gogh, and where we can see its Roman theatre and small Romanesque churches. Time for a stroll and lunch
14:30 hrs - Arles –Departure to continue to enjoy Provence-.
15.15 hrs- Carrières de Lumière . Entrance included to an impressive show of art, image and sound underground, in these more than 20millions year former quarries.
16.30 hrs.- Carrières de Lumières - Departure.
20.30 hrs- Chambery- arrival and accommodation.
Note: If, due to crowds or a change of programme, it is not possible to obtain tickets for the Carrieres de Lumière show, a transfer to the Roman aqueduct at the Pont du Gard will be provided as an alternative.
NB: Have your passport with you, we are going into Switzerland and sometimes there are border controls asking for documentation. -
08.00 hrs.- Chambery- A stroll through this charming capital of Savoy, medieval style city with beautiful historic center and great castle.
09.00 hrs.- Chambery- Departure to Switzerland.
10.30 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.
12:30 hrs - Geneva –departure after lunch-. Our road follows Lake Leman. Amidst magnificent vineyard scenery (area declared UNESCO world Heritage).
14.00 hrs - Chillon Castle, arrival at this fantastic mediaeval castle built on the waters of the lake. Tickets included.
15.00 hrs - Chillon Castle –Departure-. Magnificent mountain scenery, we cross areas with pretty villages with wooden architecture.
15:45 hrs- Gruyere. – In the centre of the area where the famous cheese is produced, Gruyere is a very picturesque walled tourist village. Very near to Gruyere are some of the main Swiss chocolate manufacturers (NESTLÉ among others), and we visit the Cailler factory. Sweet tasting included!
18:15 hrs - Gruyere. Departure amidst mountains and very pretty Swiss villages.
19:30 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.
Countryside: A spectacular stage in terms of scenery: high peaks where the snow stays all year round, typical little villages, lakes.
Suggestion: Wear warm clothing and comfortable footwear, we will be in the high mountains where you can walk on hanging walkways! Some waterproof clothing is also recommendable. Remember too that if it is a sunny day in the mountains, it is best to use solar protection.
NB: For reasons of weather (strong winds) or maintenance, the cable car may not be running at some time. If this happens, we will try to find an alternative client to another scenic point.
08.00 hrs - Gstaad –Departure-. Very beautiful mountain and lake scenery. We cross the region of Interlaken with its beautiful lakes.
09:45 hrs - Grindelwald. - time for a coffee in a Bernese Alpine Mountain resort before taking the cable car (tickets included) to Grindelwald First, the largest skiing resort in the region. We will do a route on foot (30 minutes) where amidst impressive Alpine scenery, we will have the chance to take the “step into the void” while enjoying the glaciers surrounding us; lunch included for passengers.
13:45 hrs - Grindelwald First. - Departure.
15.30 hrs - Lucerne – Arrival-. This is one of the most beautiful cities of Switzerland. Time to stroll over its wooden bridges crossing the lake.
17.30 hrs - Lucerne –Departure-.
18.30 hrs - ZURICH –Arrival-. We will take a stroll in the largest city in Switzerland, its economic centre, before going to a hotel.
08.00 hrs. - Zurich – early departure in the morning, take the motorway across the Alps and arrive into Italian-speaking Switzerland. Very beautiful lakes and mountains with snow-capped peaks line our route.
11.00 hrs.- LUGANO . Arrival at the capital of Ticino, the Italian canton of Switzerland an elegant cosmopolitan city on the shores of Lake Lugano. Free time to explore this quiet city and have lunch.
13.30 hrs. Lugano. Departure.
14.00 hrs – Morcote. Arrival to this very picturesque village by Lake Lugarno, with its stone houses covered with flowers.
15.00 h. Morcote – Departure for the Italian border.
16.30 h. Milan – 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.
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.
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.