April 2022 / March 2023
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.
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.
Landscapes: Very beautiful landscapes on lake Leman. Great lakes, hight snowed peaks in the distance. In the afternoon, jouney 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.- 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.
12:00 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 we 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.
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.
08.30 hrs.- Leysin -Departure-. Beautiful Alpine scenery where you will be able to see ice and snow during most of the year.
09.00 hrs.- We will take the cable car to go up to the Glacier 3000 mountain station , one of the most spectacular spots in Switzerland. Walk around freely enjoying the stunning views, experience the suspension bridge into the void, an ideal place to be seduced by the Swiss Alpine scenery surrounded by its glaciers and peaks, enter the Ice Cathedral or "play" in the Fun Park.
11.30 hrs- Departure to Interlaken through beautiful landscapes of mountains and lakes.
13.30 hrs- Interlaken , small town located between two lakes and dominated by an impressive mountain scenery. Time for lunch.
15.00 hrs - Interlaken - departure.
16.15 hrs- Lucerne –Arrival-. This is one of the most beautiful cities of Switzerland. Time to stroll over its wooden bridges crossing the lake.
18.00 hrs.- Lucerne -departure-.
19.00 hrs.- - Zurich –Arrival-. We will take a stroll in the largest city in Switzerland, its economic centre, before going to a hotel.
Scenery: Spectacular alpine landscapes, quaint villages and lakes. Do not forget to bring your camera!
Notes: Do carry your passport with you 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 the 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 cuisine. Transfer to the hotel at 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.
price included) and Vatican City. Evening transfer to the Trastevere area.
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. And we have also included admission to the Roman Coliseum , the principal symbol of Rome.
This impressive construction dates back 2,000 years and will transport us in
time so that we can learn about ancient society in the Roman Empire.
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. Return
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.
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.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Breathtaking alpin landscapes. Dinner included.
08.00 hrs. Venice – Departure, crossing the Po Valley travelling to Austria.
13.00 hrs.- Innsbruck.- Time to stroll in the historic centre of Innsbruck.
15.30 hrs.- Departure after lunch. We travel along a very pretty scenic road between the mountains.
17.00 hrs- KITZBÜHEL – Arrival and time to see this picturesque little village, a famous ski resort where we can enjoy the snow for a large part of the year! Free time. Transfer to the hotel and dinner included (vegetarian option possible).
Total Distance: 420 km
Note : We recommend you to take warm clothes to enjoy on the deck during the boat ride. The schedules in winter time might be modified in order to take advantage of sunlight.
08.00 hrs- Kitzbühel- Departure in the morning, we include a cable car ride up to the high mountains that surround Kitbuhel, with snow 9 months a year with a fantastic scenery. In summer, those who whish may visit the "alpine flower garden".
NB- On some occasions, the ascent to Kitzbühel by cable car will be done on Thursday afternoon upon arrival in the village.
10.00 hrs- Kitbühel, departure. We continue to explore Austria between the mountains.
11.45 hrs.- Salzburg- Arrival. Our guide accompanies us to the most beautiful streets of the historic centre of this city declared a World Heritage site and have lunch.
13.30 hrs.- Salzburg- Departure. We then go on our way between lakes and mountains. A very beautiful scenic stage in the Alps.
14.30 hrs.- St. Wolfgang. A famous place by a lake of pilgrimage in Austria.
15.15 hrs- St. Wolfgang- Departure.
15.30 hrs- Traunkirchen. Time to stroll in this beautiful city with its nice churches and streets along with the very beautiful Traunsee lake, where at around 16.30 hrs, we include a cruise on the lake to see four castles on the mountains and disembarking in Gmunden.
17.30.- Gmunden- Departure and continuation to the capital of Austria.
20.45 hrs.- Vienna- Arrival.
09.00 hrs.- Vienna - start with a scenic sightseeing tour of Vienna to know the most important places of interest including the Opera , the Museum of Fine Arts and Natural History , Parliament , the Royal Theatre , City Hall and the University. Passing by the Church of San Carlos, we arrive to the Belvedere Palace where we will walk through the gardens from where we are offered a fabulous view of the city. ( If the English-speaking group has fewer than fifteen people, the tour can be conducted in both English and Spanis h).
Directly afterwards, we head the Schönbrunn Palace where visitors can stroll around and enjoy its beautiful gardens.
In the evening we go to the City Hall Square to enjoy the lighting and the nightlife in the neighbouring streets, and where we will have dinner with cuisines from around the world (including Austrian, Chinese , Indian and Italian). Return to hotel.-
Scenery: We travel through the beautiful Pannonian Basin to the Hungarian capital.
Note: We remind you that the currency of Hungary is the Forint. It is advisable to pay in local currency during your stay. If the number of passengers in very small, the journey can be made by train.
08:30 h. Vienna – Departure following the course of the Danube to Hungary. We have a little under a 3-hours- trip to Budapest.
11:30 h. Budapest – Arrival. Relax and discover the city on a boat tour along the Danube river; the views of the city and parliament are impressive. Time for lunch after the tour.
14.30 hrs- Guided tour of the “Queen of the Danube” lasting three hours. Visit to the two areas of the city that are separated by the Danube: with historic "Buda" on one side and cosmopolitan "Pest" on the opposite bank. We will know the elegant Pest quarter, the city’s administrative, commercial and leisure district and Heroes’ Square, the Parliament, the Opera House and the elegant boulevards; and the historical Hill of Buda with St. Matthew’s Cathedral, the Fisherman’s Bastion and Habsburg Palace. Leisure time after the tour.
At sunset, there will be time at the end of the day in the lively area of VACI UTCA , where there are lots of little restaurants with food from different countries (Indian, Chinese, Hungarian, Italian). Return to hotel .