Magical Europe

Duration

14 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Barcelona

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Barcelona; Girona - Gerona ; Mirmande; ; Geneva; Gruyeres; Gstaad; Grindelwald; Lucerne; Zurich; Burglen; Lugano; Morcote, Ticino; Milan; Pisa, Tuscany; Rome; Florence; Venice, Véneto; Innsbruck; Kitzbuhel; Salzburg; Vienna

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

Dear Traveler: thank you for choosing us to perform this Tour! We hope you enjoy your trip.

Here we give you a guidance on their tour with the information that we believe may be of your interest. The information is indicative, may exist variations on designated hours.

TRANSFER from the airport, if you have it included or purchasing. Our transfer will be waiting for you with a poster on behalf of Europamundo or its name to the output of the custom (after collecting your luggage)..

Remember to inform us by phone if you lost your connection flight or expected delay of their arrival, in your VOUCHER figure the phone of the transfer.

IMPORTANT: If you had additional nights upon arrival the hotel will have your reservation, but his travel guide normally will not be until the night before the start of the tour.

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 


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.  

Distance travelled: 630 km 
Landscape: soothing green and Mediterranean landscapes. 

08:00 h - Girona - departure - We enter France, travelling along the region of Provence. 
12:00 h - Arles - Small city part of Unesco World Heritage where we can visit its roman anfitheatre, the best preserved in the whole of France, and its small Provencal Romanesque churches. Here you will be reminded of the Dutch painter Van Gogh who, during his most prolific years, captured the vividness of the south of France. Time to have a walk and eat lunch. 

14:30 h - Arles - departure - the gentle landscapes of provence go by outside our window. 
15:15 h - Carrieres de Lumières (The Cathedral of Images). Not far from Arles, we encounter this set of 20,000 year old quarries, where you can walk between its cold and dark walls, only to be surrounded by pictures and music. The included show is an immersive experience as giant pictures are projected on walls, ceiling and floor, while music echoes all around. 

16:30 h - Carrieres de Lumière - departure. 
18:00 h - La Garde Adhemar - We make a stop at this typical Provencal village, carefully preserved and with amazing views over the Rhône Valley.

18:45 h - La Garde Adhemar - departure.
21:45 h - Chambery . Arrival and accommodation.

Important: There might be times when it may not be possible to get tickets for the Carrieres de Lumière, in which case we will provide an alternative transfer to the Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard.

Total distance covered: 285 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 -Chambery –A stroll in Chambery before leaving, the charming capital of Savoie, a medieval city with a beautiful old town and great castle. 

09.00- Chambery- Departure-. We travel to Switzerland. 
10:30 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.

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. Comprehensive tour with a local guide to St. Mark’s Square and the interior of St. Mark’s Basilica (admission included). Visit to the Murano Glass Factory where we will see a demonstration of how this ancient glass is made. Free afternoon.
 
19:00h Return to firm land and transfer to hotel. Accommodation in the Mestre district.

Total distance: 480 km  
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Breathtaking alpin landscapes. Dinner included.  

08.00 hrs. Venice – Departure, crossing the Po Valley travelling to Austria. 
13.00 hrs.- Innsbruck.-  Time to stroll in the historic centre of Innsbruck.   

15.30 hrs.- Departure after lunch. We travel along a very pretty scenic road between the mountains.   
17.00 hrs-  KITZBÜHEL – Arrival and time to see this picturesque little village, a famous ski resort where we can enjoy the snow for a large part of the year! Free time. Transfer to the hotel and dinner included (vegetarian option possible). 

Note:  In case of few travellers on the trip, the journey from Venice to Innsbruck may be done by a train. 

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Alpine cable car. Salzburg, the city of Mozart. Fantastic scenery. Cruise on a lake. 
Total distance: 420 km.

NB: We recommend you to take comfortable shoes and warm clothes to enjoy on the deck during the boat ride. The schedules in winter time might be modified in order to take advantage of sunlight. 

08.00 hrs.- Kitzbuhel - Departing in the morning, we include a cable car ride up to the high mountains that surround Kitbuhel, with snow 9 months a year, fantastic scenery; in summer, those who wish may visit the “alpine flower garden”. 
NB- On some occasions the ascent to Kitzbühel by cable car will be done on Thursday afternoon upon arrival in the village. 


10.00 hrs- Kitzbuhel- Departure. We travel between mountains. 
11.45 hrs Salzburg -Arrival. Our guide accompanies us to the most beautiful streets of the historic centre of this city declared a World Heritage site and have lunch. 

13.30 hrs. Salzburg – Departure. We then go on our way between lakes and mountains. A very beautiful scenic stage in the Alps. 
14.30 hrs .- St. Wolfgang. a famous place by a lake of pilgrimage in Austria. 

15.15 hrs St. Wolfgang –Departure-. 
15:30 hrs.- Traunkirchen – Time to stroll in this beautiful city with its nice churches and streets along with the very beautiful Traunsee lake, where, at around 16.30 hrs, we include a cruise on the lake to see four castles on the mountains and disembarking in Gmunden. 

17.30 hrs.- Gmunden, departure and continuation to the capital of Austria. 
20.45 hrs.- Vienna –Arrival-.

Highlights: City tour of Vienna. Vienna gardens of the immense Schönbrunn Palace. Evening transfer. 

09.00 hrs.- Vienna - start with a  scenic sightseeing  tour of Vienna to know the most important places of interest including the Opera , the Museum of Fine Arts and Natural History , Parliament , the Royal Theatre , City Hall and the University. Passing by the Church of San Carlos, we arrive to the Belvedere Palace where we will walk through the gardens from where we are offered a fabulous view of the city. ( If the English-speaking group has fewer than fifteen people, the tour can be conducted in both English and Spanis h).  

Directly afterwards, we head the  Schönbrunn Palace  where visitors can stroll around and enjoy its beautiful gardens. 

In the evening we go to the  City Hall Square  to enjoy the lighting and the nightlife in the neighbouring streets, and where we will have dinner with cuisines from around the world (including Austrian,  Chinese , Indian and Italian). Return to hotel.- 

After breakfast, end of our services.


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