Spain, Switzerland and Rome

Duration

9 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Barcelona

Available

April 2021 / March 2022

Cities to visit: Barcelona; Girona - Gerona ; CAREERS OF LIGHT; Chambery; Geneva; Gruyeres; Gstaad; Grindelwald; Lucerne; Zurich; Burglen; Lugano; Morcote, Ticino; Milan; Pisa, Tuscany; Rome

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

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:   Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
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.    

Total distance covered: 115 km 
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.  

Total distance covered: 545 km 
Countryside:  Pleasant green and Mediterranean scenery, mountain passes in the Pyrenees and at the end of the day. 
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 - NIMES  -Arrival-.  Time in this city which was an important centre in the Roman Empire and where concerts and bullfighting are still held in its ancient amphitheatre after almost 2000 years. Time to have a stroll and for lunch.  

14:15 hrs - Nimes –Departure-. Very near the city, we will continue to see the Roman heritage in Provence  
14:45 hrs - PONT DU GARD . An impressive Roman aqueduct amidst pretty scenery.  

15:45 hrs - Pont du Gard -Departure-. 
17:15 hrs -MIRMANDE-   a stop for a coffee and a stroll in this typical magnificently preserved Provencal village, with great views of the Rhône Valley.  

18:15 hrs - Mirmande –Departure-.  We leave the Rhône Valley and the province region to go into the Alps. 
20.00hrs - GRENOBLE.  - 

NB:  the hotel used for this stage is in a pleasant scenic area outside the city and no time is provided on this trip to visit Grenoble.

Total distance covered: 360 km 
Countryside:  Very pretty scenery at Lake Leman. Large lakes, high snowy mountains in the distance. In the afternoon, a trip between the mountains passing through beautiful villages of wooden houses.         
NB:  Have your passport with you, we are going into Switzerland and sometimes there are border controls asking for documentation. - 

08.00 hrs -Grenoble –Departure-. We travel 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.     

12:30 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 - Gstaad,  Arrival in this pretty little village with its wooden houses.  Accommodation in the area of Gstaad- Saanenland.   

Total distance covered: 240 km   
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. 

13:15 hrs - Grindelwald First. - Departure. 
15.00 hrs - Lucerne – Arrival-. This is one of the most beautiful cities of Switzerland. Time to stroll over its wooden bridges crossing the lake.   

17.00 hrs - Lucerne –Departure-. 
18.00 hrs - ZURICH  –Arrival-. We will take a stroll in the largest city in Switzerland, its economic centre, before going to a hotel.

Total distance: 310 km   
Scenery:  beautiful Alpine landscapes of mountains and lakes. Take the camera by hand. 
Notes:  Bring your passport. There may be border controls when entering Italy      

08.00 hrs. - Zurich – Departure.  Crossing the Swiss Plateau. 
09.15 hrs.- Burglen .- Arrival to the tiny village where William Tell was born. We shall see the chapel of the XVI century with paintings illustrating his life.   

10.00 hrs.- Burglen- Departure.- Spectacular landscapes crossing the Alps by motorway. We enter the Italian-speaking Switzerland. 
12.00 hrs – Morcote. Arrival to this very picturesque village by Lake Lugarno, with its stone houses covered with flowers.       

13.00 h. Morcote – Departure for the Italian border.   
13.45 hrs.- Como- on the shores of its lake, a bustling Italian town with an outstanding Gothic cathedral and life on the shore. Time to have a stroll and for lunch.      

15.45 hrs.- Como, departure.  
16.45 h. Milan  – Arrival, 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.      

Total distance: 640 km
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.

Highlights: city tour of Rome. Roman Coliseum (admission price included) and Vatican City.

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.

After breakfast, end of our services.


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