Trekking Through the Continent

Duration

12 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

London

Available

2020 / 2021

Cities to visit: London; Colchester, England; Ferry Colchester Volendam; Volendam; Amsterdam; Brussels; Bruges; Paris; Semur-En-Auxois; Beaune, Burgundy; Lyon, Ródano Alpes; Geneva; Zurich; Lucerne

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.

TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: free time in the city of lights.


08.30 hrs.- We go to the centre of Paris , the area of the Louvre Museum.  

Free time to stroll in the city. If you wish, we can accompany you to Benlux, one of the most complete and best-known perfumeries in Paris.
Rest of the day free.

It will be offered for travelers who are interested, an  optional excursion to enjoy in Eurodisney . 

Total distance: 500 km.
 
Today’s highlights:   Vineyards in Beaune and Bourgogne region.
Landscapes:  Pleasant landscapes in the center of France; Picturesque villages. Funicular climb in Lyon.   

08.00 hrs.- París –departure-. We travel to the center of France. We cross the region of Bourgogne, an area known for its wines.   
11.15 hrs.- Semur en Auxois  –Arrival-. A walk and a coffee in this small medieval village surrounded by impressive walls.     
12.00 hrs.- Semur –departure-.  

13.30 hrs.- Beaune. - Charming small village in the middle of the wine region of Bourgogne; Its streets full of flowers, its hospice, its wine museum. Time to walk and have lunch.    

15.00 hrs.- Beaune –departure to Lyon-.  
17.00 hrs.- Lyon –Arrival-. On the banks of the Rhône River, the third city of France that once was the capital of  the Roman Gallia. The historic centre of this lively City has been declared a World Heritage site. We include a funicular climb to Notre Dame de Fourvière where we have a great view of the city. Free time.    

Note: Sometimes, for events or congresses, accommodation may be provided in a city near Lyon (normally Chambery).

Total Distance:  425 km
Landscapes: Mountain and lakes.
Notes : Remember to your camera. Also carry your passport as sometimes it can be requested by entering Switzerland.

08.oo hrs- Lyon- Departure. We have a beautiful stage.  We travel to Switzerland. 
 
10.00 hrs- GENEVA,  arrival to this active city on the shores of Lake Geneva, the capital of French-speaking Switzerland.  With our guide, we go to the Palais des Nations (the United Nations headquarters in Europe) and then to the beautiful “Jardin Anglais” with its flower clock, and admire the “Jet d,Eau”, the tallest fountain in Europe.

13.00 hrs- After lunch, we will continue through Switzerland passing the beautiful Leman and Neuchatel Lakes ( note: d epending on the number of travellers from Geneva to Zürich, this trip might be done by train). 


17.00 hrs- ZURICH – Arrival. We will be able to stroll in the city center and enjoy a dinner in one of its nice restaurants. 

Road distance:  40 km
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Boat trip across Zurich lake. Journey by train.
Notes :  bring your camera.

08.30 hrs- With our guide, we will stroll in the most populated city of Switzerland, the financial and cultural capital of the country. The city of banks has twice been declared the city with the best quality of life in the world. 
10.30 hrs- After this we will board a boat for a trip lasting almost two hours on Zurich lake . The boat makes brief stops, allowing us to admire the villages on the way. 

12.30 hrs - We get off in RAPPERSWILL, a small and highly picturesque village overlooked by its mediaeval castle. Time to walk and have lunch.

15.00 hrs- We return to Zurich by train , and will see the efficiency and punctuality of the Swiss Railways. 

16.30 hrs- 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.). 


Note: From the end of October, due to the decrease of boat departures, the stage will be reversed going first by train from Zurich to Rapperswill and then by boat from Rapperswill to Zurich. 



Total distance: 280 km
TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: Admire the fantastic landscapes. Cable car included to Grildelwald first. Lunch included
Note: Wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes to walk and your camera.
Note: Due to weather conditions (strong wind) or maintenance reasons, the cable car may not operate at any time. If this happens, we will provide an alternative lift to another similar place.


08.00 hrs-  Zurich- departure to a spectacular stage with beautiful landscapes with high mountains and lakes. 

10.30 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) i n 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 f or all passengers (vegetarian option available).

13.15 hrs- Grindelwald  departure.  We continue to Lucerne.
15.00 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 to stroll, enjoy the city and dine before returning to the hotel in Zurich.

19:00 h. Return to Zurich.
20.00 h. -Zurich - Zurich.



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