Vibrant Europe

Duration

18 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Prague

Available

April 2024 / March 2025

Cities to visit: Prague; Pilsen; Rothenburg; Frankfurt; Rhine Cruise; Cologne; Amsterdam; Bruges; Paris; Burgundy; Beaune, Burgundy; Lyon, Ródano Alpes; Geneva; Zurich; Lucerne; Lugano; Morcote, Ticino; Milan; Pisa, Tuscany; Rome; Florence; Venice, Véneto

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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: 555 Km.
Scenery: Forests and hills of the Czech Republic. Pleasant landscapes of Germany.
07.30 hrs.- Prague -departure.
09.00 hrs. Pilsen - Arrival-. We will have some time to visit this city located in the region of Western Bohemia which is renowned for its beers. Time for a walk through its historic center where we find the Great Square, the cathedral, the Plague Column and a Renaissance-era town hall or to sit at one of its many breweries.
10.00 hrs- Pilsen. Departure. We will travel to Germany to explore a section of the "Romantic Road".
13.30 hrs- Rothenburg - Arrival in this fairytale-like city, considered one of the most beautiful towns in the country - Time to have a stroll through its medieval old town and to have lunch.
15.30 hrs- Rothenburg, departure.
18.00 hrs - Frankfurt -Arrival-. This is considered the financial capital of not only Germany but, also, the EU. Free time in the historic city center, where there is a wide variety of restaurants to choose from (from Indian cuisine to Oriental, Italian, international and so on). Transfer to the hotel.
Total distance: 480km by road and 30 additional by boat.
Scenery: Fertile and picturesque Rhine basin ,
Note: Bring some warm clothing to enjoy the deck on the boat!
08.00 hrs.- Frankfurt –Departure-.
09.15 hrs.- Rudesheim –Arrival -. A stroll through this very picturesque village near the Rhine known for all its taverns. We embark on a cruise that last about an hour and forty-five minutes. We discover what it is considered the most beautiful area of the Rhine Valley, drawing medieval villages, castles, vineyards, hills, small churches. Expected departure of the cruise at 10.15 (schedule can be modified)
11.55 hrs.- St. Goar – Arrival and continuation of our route
14.00 hrs.- Cologne – Free time to have lunch and to stroll through the city center with its huge Gothic cathedral and its elegant bridges over the Rhine.
16.30 hrs.- Cologne –Departure for Amsterdam through great planes.
20.15 hrs.- Amsterdam –Arrival-.
Total distance: 75 km Landscapes: Beautiful dutch landscapes with small houses, canals and mills, Boat trip on the Jsselmeer lake to Marken. City tour of Amsterdam-.
08.00 hrs.- Amsterdam –Departure-.
08.45 hrs.- Zaanse Schans . Arrival to this open-air park of iconic traditional windmills typical from the Dutch landscape, that together with its warehouses and workshops show us what life was like in the 18th century. Time to take some photos of their mills and their typical houses.
09.45 hrs.- Zaanse Schans. Departure.
10.15 hrs- Volendam – Arrival to this very picturesque fishing village. Time to walk.
11.15 hrs.- Volendam –departure-. From Volendam, on a s hort boat trip on the Jsselmeer lake we will go to Marken.
12.00 hrs.- MARKEN- arrival to this island that was united to the mainland by a fixed dike, their houses were built on stilts. Time for a stroll.
12.45 hrs.- Marken departure. Return to Amsterdam.
13.30 hrs.- Amsterdam – Arrival and time to have lunch in the centre before starting a comprehensive tour with a local guide , lasting for two hours. Coach trip that passes through Dam Square with the Town Hall and Royal Palace, the canals and their marvellous bridges, the river Amstel and the floating houses.
The tour ends in the Museum Quarter, in one of the famous workshops where we will see a diamond-cutting exhibition.

In the evening a transfer to the area of Rembrandplein , next to the Red Light District , with many restaurants from all corners of the world. Free time to have a dinner of your taste. Return to hotel.
Total distance: 550 km.

Scenery : Great cultivated plains. Highly populated cities en route.
08.30 hrs.- Amsterdam – We leave for Belgium.
11.45 hrs.- Bruges - arrival to the charming medieval city known as the "Venice of the North" due to its picturesque canals. Its atmosphere is magical with cobblestone streets, historic buildings and romantic bridges. You can, if you wish, climb the Belfort, with its impressive views. Shall we try Belgian chocolate? Or do you prefer your typical craft beer?
16.00 hrs. - Bruges – departure. We continue to France.
20.15 hrs. - Paris- arrival.
Total distance covered: 80 km
07:45 hrs. - Paris – departure.
08:30 hrs. - Versailles – Arrival to the Palace of Versailles (admission not included, long waits for tickets due to influx on some occasions). Immense Palace that belonged to the French kings; a good way to get acquainted with the culture and history of France.
11:30 hrs. - Versailles – departure - (the departure might be later in case of a long wait to enter the palace). Upon returning to Paris we head to Montmartre and taking a small cable car (included) we go up to this bohemian artists´ neighborhood to see the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and take a walk through its square and alleys.
15:00 hrs. - With a local guide we will begin the city tour of Paris lasting 2 and a half hours. During the visit you will be able to see the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées, Madelaine, Place de la Concorde, Opera, Louvre Museum, Tower St. Jacques, town hall, Ile de la Cite with the Notre Dame cathedral, Latin quarter, Pantheon, Sorbonne, Luxembourg gardens, Invalides, Military School, Champ de Mars-Eiffel Tower, banks of the Seine. We will make brief stops near the Invalides and the Champ de Mars. At the end of the city tour, we will return to the hotel, making a stop in the city center, so that people who still want to take advantage of their free time in Paris can get off the bus.
In the end of this very complete day, optionally, the guide will suggest you attend a cabaret or variety show in the evening, the Moulin Rouge or the Paradis Latin.
Note: due to the tourist complexity of Paris, the order of the services offered in the city may vary.
Note: if your trip coincides in Paris with the first Sunday of the month, in Versailles, only the gardens will be visited.
08.30 hrs.- Departure from the hotel. We go to the EIFFEL TOWER , we include the ticket to go up to the second floor of this impressive metal monument ( in some cases there are long waits to gain access due to massive influx ). The second floor is considered to be the one with the best view, due to the optimal altitude in relation to the buildings below (on the third floor, they are less visible) and the general perspective (obviously more limited on the first floor). When the weather permits, it is estimated that it is possible to see up to 70 km away.
After descending the tower we include a boat trip along the Seine River . Magnificent views of the main monuments and bridges of Paris on the majestic river. Journey of approximately an hour and a quarter.
Free time later.
Note: in some cases the waits to go up the Eiffel Tower are long. Thus the climb may take place at a different time (or on Sunday), if it is considered convenient for organizational reasons.
Total distance: 470 km.

Scenery: Pleasant landscapes in the center of France; Picturesque villages. Cable car 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.
12.15 hrs.- Beaune - Charming small village in the middle of the wine region of Bourgogne; Its streets full of flowers, its hospice, its wine museum. Free time.
14.30 hrs.- Beaune – departure.
16.30 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 cable car climb to Notre Dame de Fourvière , where we have a great view of the city. Free time.
Note: in some cases a part of the group will be accommodated in Chambery, a nearby city, we will leave Lyon at 19.00 hrs arriving in Chambery around 20.30 hrs. The next day, early in the morning, we will have time to take a walk through the beautiful historic center of Savoy.
Total Distance: 425 km
Scenery: Mountains and lakes.
Notes: Remember to bring your camera along! Also, please carry your passport in hand as it might be requested when crossing into Switzerland.
08.00 hrs- Lyon- Departure. A beautiful stage awaits us as we set off for Switzerland.
10.00 hrs- Geneva, capital of French-speaking Switzerland, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva. The guide will take us to the Palais des Nations (the European headquarters of the United Nations), the beautiful “Jardin Anglais” (with its quaint flower clock), and the “Jet d´Eau”, the tallest fountain in Europe.
13.00 hrs- After lunch, we will continue travelling through Switzerland by the beautiful Leman and Neuchatel lakes.
14.30 hrs- Neuchatel- We will stop in this town with a rich cultural and architectural past. Here you can go on a walk by the lake, the historic town centre or visit its beautiful, 10th century castle.
16.00 hrs- Neuchatel departure. We will pass by the beautiful Lake Biel .
18.15 hrs- Zurich – Arrival. We will have time to explore the city center.
Note: depending on the number of passengers travelling from Geneva to Zürich, this part of the trip might be done by train - in which case, there will be no stop in Neuchatel.
Total distance covered by train: 42 km
Note : Our stage today is different; we travel across Lake Zurich by boat and return by train. The transfers from the hotel to the center may also be done on public transport (depending on the total number of participants). The indicated timetables of the boat we use may change (the itinerary may be adapted accordingly).
09.00 hrs.- We will leave the hotel on this peaceful day. With our guide, we will take a walk around the most populated city of Switzerland, which is also the country’s financial and cultural capital. The city of banks as been twice declared the city with the best quality of life in the world.
10.30 hrs.- We start our almost two-hour cruise on Lake Zurich. The boat makes brief stops to allow us to admire the villages along the way.
12.30 hrs.- RAPPERSWIL, a small, picturesque village overlooked by its mediaeval castle. Time for a stroll and lunch.
15.00 hrs.- Rapperswil, We return to Zurich by train , and will see the efficiency and punctuality of the Swiss railways. We will reach Zurich in a little under 35 minutes. Free time afterwards.
Note: Depending on the number of travelers, the transfers to and from the center might be carried out by public transport.
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.
17.30 h. - Lucerne, departure to Zurich.
18.30 h. -Zurich - arrival at the shores of Lake Zurich and free time to explore the monumental city center before going 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.
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.
Total distance: 320km
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.
Total distance: 310km
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. Sightseeing tour with a local guide to St. Mark’s Square. Visit to the Murano Glass Factory where we will see a demonstration of how this ancient glass is made. Free afternoon.

19:30h Return to firm land and transfer to hotel. Accommodation in the Mestre district.
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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