SPAIN, FRANCE AND SWITZERLAND TOUR

Madrid - Barcelona - Paris - Lyon - Zurich

validity

valid until March 2023

duration

12 days / 11 nights

HIGH SEASON

USD2,320

MID SEASON

USD2,280

LOW SEASON

USD2,145

TOUR PHOTOS

from USD2,145 / person

PLANNED HOTELS



Madrid: Praga
Barcelona: Fira Congress
Paris: Novotel P. D ́Italie, Ibis Paris 17 Clichy Batignolles
Lyon: Campanile Centre Lyon Berges Du Rhone, Appartcity Confort Lyon Cite
Zurich: Ibis Geneve Centre Gare, Harrys Home Schweiz

DEPARTURE DATES


2022
Jan 04, 11, 18, 25
Feb 01, 08, 15, 22
Mar 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
Apr 05, 12, 19, 26
May 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
Jun 07, 14, 21, 28
Jul 05, 12, 19, 26
Aug 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
Sep 06, 13, 20, 27
Oct 04, 11, 18, 25
Nov 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
Dec 06, 13, 20, 27


2023
Jan 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
Feb 07, 14, 21, 28
Mar 07, 14, 21, 28

INCLUSIONS

  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Travel by bus with English speaking guide
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Arrival and departure transfer
  • City tour in: MADRID, Poblet, BARCELONA, PARIS
  • Boat: River Seine in Paris, Zurich lake
  • Evening transfer: Debod Temple and Plaza de Espana/Gran Via in Madrid, Plaza de Oriente in Madrid , Ramblas and Plaza de Catalunya in Barcelona , Quartier Latin in Paris
  • Ticket admission: Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Poblet Monastery , Poble Espanyol in Barcelona , 2nd Floor Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Train: Montserrat, Rapperswil / Zurich
  • Funicular: Lyon, Cable Car to Grindelwald First
  • High speed train: Barcelona to Paris
  • 1 Lunch Included in: LUCERNE

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - MADRID

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Transfer to the hotel. Evening transport to the Gran Vía district.


Welcome to Madrid! Upon arriving at the airport we will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. You can enjoy free time until your tour starts. Please, check the informative posters placed at the hotel reception area which have all the information about the welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travellers. Towards the end of the day, we provide transfers to the Egyptian Debod Temple, Plaza de Es­paña and Gran Via; a vibrant district where you can dine at your preferred restaurant: Indian, Chinese, Spanish and Middle Eastern are some of the options available.

DAY 2 - MADRID

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Madrid city tour. Stroll through the Retiro Park. Visit to the Las Ventas bullring. Evening transfer.


The morning starts with a comprehensive tour through the centre of Madrid including the Paseo del Prado, Cibeles, Neptuno, the Gate of Alcalá, Plaza de Colón and Plaza Mayor. We then will visit Retiro Park, an oasis in the city centre, where we will see the lake and the Glass Palace. A visit to Las Ventas Bullring (admission included) is next. This is one of the most famous bullrings in the world where we will learn about the tradition of the “corridas” at the Bullfighting Museum. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure. At sunset we will provide a transfer to Plaza de Oriente, opposite the Royal Palace, an elegant and bustling area with many restaurants serving different cuisines, such as local Spanish food, international and Chinese. Enjoy a pleasant dinner of your choice. At the end of the evening we will return to the hotel together.

DAY 3 - MADRID - ZARAGOZA - POBLET - MONTSERRAT - BARCELONA

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Monastery of Poblet, rack train to Montserrat.


In the morning we leave for Aragón over the lands of Castile. In ZARAGOZA we stop briefly to see the Pilar Basilica. We continue to the Monastery of Poblet, surrounded by its walls in a beautiful site that is one of the best-preserved medieval monasteries in the world (entrance and guided tour included). We then proceed to the Monastery of Montserrat where you will go up the mountain on a rack train to see its fantastic scenery. Following this we will continue to BARCELONA, arriving in the late- afternoon. Note: In the winter months, from November to March, due to the shorter days, we will not visit the Monastery of Poblet in order to reach Montserrat in the daylight.

DAY 4 - BARCELONA

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Barcelona city tour. “Spanish Village” visit and evening transfer to Las Ramblas district.


Today we will explore Barcelona, an impressive city right on the Medi­terranean Sea. Starting by an informative city tour with a local expert (note: If the group has fewer than fifteen people, explanations can be given by our guide.) We will also visit the city’s historic central area with its Gothic neigh­bourhood dating back to the Middle Ages. We will visit the area where the Olympic Games took place. We will also get the chance to see La Sagrada Fa­milia Basilica, the masterpiece designed by the architect Gaudí. Following this, we include the entry ticket to visit ‘Poble Espanyol’ (meaning ‘Spanish Village’). This open-air architectural museum is situated in one of the most emblematic areas of Barcelona. Enjoy the Spanish craftsmanship and discover the architectural styles, traditions and folklore of the different regions that make up Spain. You will then have some free time to explore the city at your own leisure. In the evening we provide a transfer to Las Ramblas and the Plaza Cata­lunya area for dinner, where you can choose from a wide variety of restaurants. We will return to the hotel in the late evening.

DAY 5 - BARCELONA - PARIS

TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: We will travel on a high-speed train. Evening transfer to Montmartre in Paris.


After breakfast we will transfer you to the train station to catch the high-speed train to Paris. The train is comfortable and the journey takes you through wonderful landscapes. The train journey takes 6 hours 30 minutes. After arriving in Paris we will transfer to the hotel. In the evening, we will go to the Montmartre dis­trict. This neighbourhood is known for its painters, artists, and its cab­arets. Choose from one of the many restaurants and sit down to a relaxing dinner. We ascend to the top of the hill by cable car to admire the spectacular views of Paris. After this we will return to hotel. Note: The guide will only travel on the train if the group is over 15 passengers.

DAY 6 - PARIS

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


Today we will take you on a guided tour in which you will discover the history, main boulevards and the breathtaking monuments of the city of Paris. We will stop at the Eiffel Tower where you will have the opportunity to climb up to the second floor of this remarkable wrought-iron monument (ticket admission included). The tour will end with a boat cruise along the River Seine, which divides north and south Paris. Enjoy an afternoon at your own leisure to explore and relax! At sunset you can grab dinner in the Latin Quarter, a very picturesque and historic area where a wide variety of international cuisines await you. We will then return to hotel. Note: There might be very long lines to climb the Eiffel Tower. For operational reasons, if deemed appropriate, the climb can be made at a different time of the day (or on Monday).

DAY 7 - PARIS

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Time at leisure.


We will start the day by going to the centre of Paris, to the area of the Louvre Museum. Enjoy some leisure time to explore. If you wish, we can accompany you to Benlux, one of the most complete and best-known perfumeries in Paris. Note: For those who are interested, an optional excursion to Disneyland Paris is available.

DAY 8 - PARIS - NOYERS - BEAUNE - LYON

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Vineyards in Beaune and Bourgogne region. Funicular climb in Lyon.


Today we travel to the centre of France, to the Bourgogne region, famous for its wines. Making a stop in SEMUR EN AUXOIS, a small medieval town listed surronded by impressive walls. After this we will visit BEAUNE, located in the centre of the Bourgogne region, with its streets full of flowers, hospice and wine museum all points of interest. Time for lunch. Continuing on, we will arrive to LYON in the mid-afternoon, the capital of Roman Gallia on the banks of the Rhône (its historic centre has been declared a World Heritage site). We include a funicular climb to Notre Dame de Fourviere where we have a great view of the city. Enjoy some leisure time to walk around. Note: Sometimes, for events or congresses, accommodation may be providad in a city near Lyon (normally Chambery).

DAY 9 - LYON - GENEVA - ZURICH

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Swiss Landscapes. Centre of Geneva


Next, we have a beautiful stage of our journey as we travel to Switzerland. In GENEVA, with our guide, we will go to the Palais des Nations (the United Nations headquarters in Europe) and then to the beautiful Jardin Anglais (English Garden) with its famous flower clock. You can also admire the Jet d’Eau, the tallest fountain in Europe. After lunch, we will continue through Switzerland passing the beautiful Leman Lake (Lake Geneva) and Neuchatel Lake. We will arrive to ZURICH in the late afternoon. Note: Depending on the number of travellers from Geneva to Zürich, this trip might be done by train.

DAY 10 - ZURICH

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Boat trip across Zurich lake. Journey by train.


We start the day with a stroll in the most populated city of Switzerland, Zurich, the financial and cultural capital of the country. Zurich has twice been declared the city with the best quality of life in the world. After this we will board a boat for a trip on Zurich lake, this will last about two hours. The boat makes brief stops, allowing us to admire the villages along the way. We get off in RAPPERSWIL, a small and highly picturesque village overlooked by its medieval castle. We return to Zurich by train and will see the efficiency and punctuality of the Swiss Railways. Enjoy an evening in the historic centre next to the lake, here you can dine at one of the many restaurants offering a wide range of different cuisines.

DAY 11 - ZURICH - LUCERNE - ZURICH

TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: Admire the fantastic landscapes. Cable car included to Grindelwald first. Lunch included.


Today´s journey has beautiful landscapes with high mountains and lakes. Breathtaking scenery in the region of Interlaken. We will stop in GRINDELWALD where we will have time for a coffee before taking the cable car up to mountain. We will walk along the winding path which will lead us to the “footbridge over the empty”. Dare to walk along the bridge amongst the fantastic scenery enjoying glaciers all around us. We will take lunch up the mountain (included) before heading back down. We continue to LUCERNE, one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. In the evening we have time to stroll around, enjoying the city and taking dinner before we return to the hotel in Zurich.

DAY 12 - ZURICH

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