Majestic Europe and Magical Spain

Duration

13 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Prague

Available

April 2024 / February 2025

Cities to visit: 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
Welcome to Prague! At your airport of arrival, we shall be waiting with transport to take you to your hotel . Free time. 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.
18.00 hrs. - In the evening we provide transport to take you to the Old Town Square . This central location is full of energy and touristic activities. It’s a marvelous 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.
IMPORTANT: - 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 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. Then we 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 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.
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: Visit 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 center 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
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 in breathtaking alpine landscapes, to take the
"footbridge over the emptiness" 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 and dine before returning to the hotel in Zurich.
19.00 h. - Lucerne, departure to Zurich.
20.00 h. -Zurich - arrival 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 3000 m 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.
Note: due to the works that are currently being carried out on the road and the temporary limitation of passage for heavy vehicles, we will provisionally make the stop in Como instead of in Morcote.
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.
08.30 hrs. - In the morning, we have the city tour , which will be a great introduction to “The Eternal city”. We enter the tiny state of the Vatican. The Vatican City is a principal center 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.
18.30 hrs. - 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 medieval churches, small shops with the most peculiar 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.
20.30 hrs. - Return to the hotel.
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
The day starts around 08.30 hrs with a city tour through the centre of Madrid, including Paseo del Prado, Cibeles, Neptuno, the Gate of Alcalá, Plaza de Colón and Plaza Mayor.
We will visit Retiro Park , an oasis in the city centre, where we will see the lake and the Glass Palace. Entrance to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, the football stadium of Real Madrid. We get to know the areas reserved for the players as well as the public areas and the small museum about this team, considered by some as the best in the world.
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon.
At the end of the evening, we will return to the hotel.
Total distance: 640Km
Scenery : Varied. Abrupt in some sections, very arid in others, Mediterranean at the end.
07:30h Madrid – Departure. We will make a brief stop on our way.
12:30h Zaragoza – Arrival. Our guide provides with the orientative information about the city of Zaragoza, leaving you next to the Pilar Square to visit the basilica and have lunch.
14:30 hrs. -Zaragoza - Departure.
17:00 hrs. – Monastery of Poblet (entrance included) . We will make a stop to see this beautiful medieval monastery, which, surrounded by its walls in a beautiful setting, is one of the best-preserved medieval monasteries in the world.
18:15 hrs. – Monastery of Poblet - Departure.- We cross rich agricultural regions of central Catalonia.
20:00 hrs. - Barcelona - Arrival.

09:00 h. - City tour with our guide or the local guide of Barcelona, famous for Gaudí and its modernist architecture. We will see the Columbus monument, Plaza de Cataluña, Paseo de Gracia, Diagonal, Sagrada Familia, Montjuich with the Olympic facilities and Plaza de España. We finish at the Ramblas area. You can have a walk in the historic center - Gothic quarter. After the city tour our guide will offer you optionally the visit to the Gaudí´s masterpiece and emblem of the city, the Sagrada Familia. Free time in the afternoon.
18.30 hrs- In the evening we include a transfer to the Maremagnum , a modern leisure center and restaurants facing the sea, next to Plaza Colón, where you can stroll through this lively area and dine.
20.30 hrs- Return to hotel.
After breakfast, end of our services.
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.

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