Lisbon to Zurich

Duration

10 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Lisbon

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Lisbon; Fatima; Madrid; Zaragoza; Monasterio De Poblet, Tarragona Province; Barcelona; Girona - Gerona ; Mirmande; ; Geneva; Gruyeres; Gstaad; Grindelwald; Lucerne; Zurich

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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.    

Highlights-  Comprehensive tour of Lisbon. Night transfer to Restauradores Square.

09:00h. - Start of our  tour with a local guide . We visit traditional neighborhoods, which take in the Belem district, which is the birthplace of the great Portuguese navigators who sailed the oceans in the fifteen century.  We shall look round the Monument to the Discoveries, Belem Tower and to the beautiful Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 
The afternoon is free so that you can explore this great city independently.


18:00h.- At the end of the afternoon, we include transportation to  Restauradores Square  , full of atmosphere with its bars and cafes from where you can take the "Elevador da Gloria" (not included) that brings you to the Upper district and its viewpoint of San Pedro with beautiful views over Lisbon and the Bairro Alto. Return to hotel.

Total distance: 695 km.
 
Scenery:  F orests, small mountains, walled villages


Note:   There is an hour difference between Spain and Portugal. When in Portugal is 11 hrs in Spain is 12 hrs.

07:30 hrs. - Lisboa – departure. We Travel to the north of Portugal.
09:15 hrs. - Fátima  – Time to know this important Sanctuary. 
 
10:30 hrs. - Fátima – Departure. We will continue on our way through the Green lands of the centre, passing into Spain and over the grasslands we cross the north of Extremadura region.
Lunch included  en route in a regional food restaurant. Continuation to  MADRID. 

20.30 hrs.- Madrid,  arrival. We include  transportation to Plaza Mayo r where you can enjoy at some typical taverns. 

Highlights: Guided tour and stroll through Retiro Park. Visit to Las Ventas Bullring (admission included) and transfer to Plaza del Oriente.   

The day starts about 08.30 hrs with a comprehensive tour through the centre of Madrid including Paseo del Prado, Cibeles, Neptuno, the Gate of Alcalá,  Plaza de Colón and Plaza Mayor. 

Visit to Retiro Park , an oasis in the city centre, where we will see the lake and the Glass Palace. Admission to Las Ventas Bullring included . This is one of the most famous bullrings in the world where we will learn about the tradition of “corridas” in the Bullfighting Museum. 

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon.


At sunset we provide a transfer to Plaza de Oriente , opposite the Royal Palace, an elegant and bustling area with many restaurants serving different exquisite cuisines (Indian, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Spanish, International)  in which to enjoy a pleasant dinner. Return to hotel.

  Total distance: 640Km  
Scenery :  different landscapes on the Spanish plateau and fertile areas in Catalonia.    

07:30h Madrid – Departure. 
12:30h Zaragoza –  Arrival at this city, which stands on the banks of the river Ebro. The guide will join the group to  Basilica del Pilar . Free time to visit this impressive sanctuary and have lunch in the city centre. 

14:00 hrs. -Zaragoza.- Departure on our way to Catalunia.
16:30 hrs. – Monastery of Poblet.  Surrounded by walls in a beautiful setting, this is one of the best preserved medieval monasteries in the world  (entrance and guided tour included) .

17:30 hrs. – Monastery of Poblet.- Departure.- We cross rich agricultural regions of central Catalonia. We go to the beautiful scenery where the Benedictine abbey is located. We climb to the summit in small  rack train  to admire the fantastic landscapes

18:45 hrs. -Monasterio de Montserrat. - Arrival.- Time to admire the views and visit the sanctuary where the Virgin of Montserrat, patron saint of Catalonia, is located.

19:45 hrs. -Montserrat.- road exit. 
20:45 hrs. - Barcelona. - Arrival. 

Important note: In   the Winter months, from November to March (both included), due to the shorter days, the Monastery of Poblet will not be visited (so that we can reach Montserrat in the daylight).

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.

After breakfast, end of our services.


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