Remarkable Journey

Duration

14 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

London

Available

April 2020 / November 2020

Cities to visit: London; Colchester, England; Ferry Colchester Volendam; Volendam; Amsterdam; Brussels; Bruges; Paris; Amboise, Centro Valle de Loira; Bordeaux; Lourdes; ; Carcassonne; Andorra; Barcelona; Peniscola; Valencia; Madrid

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

 WELCOME TO LONDON! 
Transfer from airport to hotel.  Later, our guide will give an overview of the tour or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area. 
 

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: The ferry used has a limited number of cabins. Sometimes, we might change the stage leaving London at 15.00 hrs and taking the railway tunnel under the English Channel and spending the night in Antwerp. 

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: 615 km.

Scenery :  Great cultivated plains. Highly populated cities en route.


07.30 hrs.- Amsterdam –We leave for Belgium.
10.00 hrs.- Brussels  arrival. We will have time to walk around the Grande Place and take a stop to photograph the emblematic monument Atomium.

12.15 hrs.- Bruselas –salida-.
13.45 hrs.- Bruges  –arrival. Time for lunch and a stroll through the ancient Hanseatic city with its romantic canals which were used to transport godos, and converted the city into an important commercial port. 

16.30 hrs- We leave Bruges to the French border.
20.45 hrs- Paris-  arrival to the hotel.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour in Paris. Boat ride along the Seine. Climb to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Evening transfer.

09:00h Comprehensive tour of Paris with a local guide, visiting the Champs Elysees, Arch of Triumph, Concorde Square, Latin Quarter, Luxembourg Palace, Garnier Opera House, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Town Hall of Paris, Eiffel Tower, etc. Includes admission to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in the lift.  

The visit is followed by a spectacular cruise on the river Seine which divides the north of Paris from the south. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore as you choose.

At sunset enjoy the evening transfer to “Quartier Latin ”, a very picturesque area of the historic centre where a wide variety of international cuisines await you. Return to hotel.

Note:  Because of the tourist attraction of the Tower, there may be important queues at the time of your access. In order to minimize the problem, in some occasions, the ascent to the Eiffel Tower can be given at another time of your stay in Paris.

Distance travelled: 230 km 
Landscape: the soothing Loire Valley hills. 

We will lstart the day by transporting you to the Louvre Museum area in the centre of Paris. Our guide will propose some activities to wrap up your Paris stay: boat trip along the Seine, visit to the Louvre Museum.. Alternatively, you can choose to explore the city at your own pace and leisure. 

16:30h We depart Paris and head to the Loire Valley. 
19:30h - Amboise , we arrive in the late evening to this river side town where Leonardo Da Vinci lived and died. Here we find a castle and a charming historic town centre with narrow alleyways.

Distance travelled: 670 km.

Landscape: pleasant central France. 

08:00 h We travel on along vineyard lands towards the south of France. 
12:00 h Bordeaux, time to grab lunch and take a stroll in this Unesco World Heritage city. We recommend you visit the Port of the Moon and Saint-André Cathedral. 

14:30 h We head south towards the Pyrenees. 
18:15 h Lourdes l ate evening arrival. Our guide will give you directions for this beautiful mountain town, world-renowned as a Catholic pilgrimage site and Sanctuary, where the Marian Apparitions took place. We recommend taking part in the Candle Light Procession which usually starts at 21:00h (until late October) and to visit the religious sites. Dinner at the hotel included for all our passengers.

Total distance: 465 km.
 
Countryside:  Pyrenees mountain range. Snow-covered high peaks through a large part of the year.      

08.30 hrs – Lourdes –Departure–. 
09:30 hrs - San Bertran de Cominges.  - A very pretty village at the foot of the Pyrenees, already existing in Roman times. Time to stroll and see its historic heritage.    

11.00 hrs - San Bertran de Cominges –Departure-. Passage through the metropolis of Toulouse. 
13:30hrs – Carcassonne  – Arrival at the “cité”, the mediaeval walled city. Time for lunch and to see this beautiful city.     

16.00 hrs – Carcassonne –Departure. –  We travel to Andorra,  a small independent country of the Pyrenees between Spain and France. Impressive high mountain scenery with summits often covered with snow.  
19.15 hrs – Andorra– Arrival. Free time.  Dinner included.  

Total distance: 225 km.
 
Countryside:  Pretty mountain scenery. Huge scenery around the monastery of Montserrat. WARNING:  Have your passport to hand, as there are sometimes border checks.    

Free morning in Andorra. You can visit this modern city amidst the mountains or go shopping in its large shopping centres with low taxes. - Time for lunch.   

14.00 hrs - Andorra –Departure-. Entry in Catalonia. We go to the beautiful area where the Benedictine Abbey stands. 
 16:15 hrs - Arrival at the foot of Montserrat Mountain. We get to the monastery on a  rack train (tickets included) , impressive views on the way up.  
16:45 hrs - Monastery of Montserrat  –Arrival-. Time to admire the views and visit the sanctuary of the Virgin of Montserrat, patron saint of Catalonia   

18:30 hrs - Montserrat –Departure- (by bus). 
19.30 hrs - Barcelona  –Arrival-. Accommodation.

Highlights: Barcelona Guided tour lasting 3 hours; visit to “Poble Espanyol”, with admission included; transfer to Plaza de Cataluña and the Ramblas. 

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.- Transfer  to Plaza de Cataluña and the Ramblas , the heart of the city, where there are many restaurants where you can dine. Return to hotel.

Total distance: 725 km.

Scenery: We follow the Mediterranean coast. Landscapes on the sea.


08:00 hrs -Barcelona -Departure. We travel to the Valencian Community.
10:45 hrs -Peñíscola. - Arrival. Dominating the sea with its powerful walls, its historic center with steep streets, white houses and medieval castle. History tells us about popes and pirates. Peñíscola is one of the most beautiful villages of the Spanish Mediterranean. Time to walk.

12:30 hrs -Peñíscola.- Departure.
14:30 hrs -Valencia.- Arrival.  Free time in the center for lunch. Why not trying an authentic Paella Valenciana?. We suggest visiting the Lonja and the Cathedral.

16:30 hrs -Valencia.- Departure. After passing through the avant-garde city of Arts and Sciences, we  continue through Castilla-La Mancha to Madrid.
21:00 hrs -Madrid.- Transfer to the Plaza Mayor - There may be small variations in the departure time according to the hotel where you stay. Our guide will accompany you to the area so that you know where the main inns are located. 

Note:  If the number of travellers from Valencia to Madrid is very small, the trip may be done by train or regular transport. 

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.

After breakfast, end of our services.


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