12-Day Southern + Western Europe Holiday: Madrid to Zurich
Product Code: 3760-320140
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Discover Madrid and Barcelona
  • • AVE high-speed train from Barcelona to Paris
  • • Take a cruise along the romantic River Seine
  • • Visit the medieval villages of Burgundy
  • • Discover UNESCO-listed Lyon
  • • City tours of Geneva and Zurich
  • • Day trip to the Swiss Alps
Tour Code
3760-320140
Duration
12 days
Departure City
Madrid
End City
Zurich
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: UNESCO

Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Easy

Perfect for any fitness level

Quality: Budget, Standard

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries; Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Accessibility: Not accessible

Tour does not have wheelchair accessible vehicles/attractions or allow service dogs

Itinerary
Day 01
Madrid

Madrid

Hotel: Praga or similar

Welcome to Madrid! 

Upon entering the arrivals hall at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, a driver will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Our guide will be ready to welcome you and will provide the necessary information.

In the evening we'll head to Plaza de Espana and Gran Via, a vibrant district where you can dine at your preferred restaurant (own expense).

Day 02
Madrid

Madrid

Hotel: Praga or similar

This morning, experience the city on a guided tour, showcasing the beautiful Plaza Mayor (Main Square), the city's broad and magnificent avenues, and myriad fountains.

We'll also take an interior tour of the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, a gorgeous building that showcases the city's magnificent architecture. Here we'll learn about the tradition of corridas (running with the bulls) in the musem. Next, we'll take a walking tour of beautiful Retiro Park, enhanced by the lake and Crystal Palace.

Afterwards you'll be free to explore on your own. If you wish, there is an optional visit to the Royal Palace (admission not included).

At sunset we'll head to Plaza de Oriente in the historic center of Madrid, where you may enjoy dinner (own expense).

Day 03
Barcelona

Madrid - Zaragoza - Montserrat - Barcelona

Hotel: Front Air Congress or similar

We'll depart early in the morning from Madrid and head towards the stunning region of Aragon, stopping in the city of Zaragoza. Here we'll visit the magnificent Basilica del Pilar and then enjoy some free time in the city center.

Later, we'll make our way to Catalunya and admire impressive rocky landscapes, making a special side trip to Montserrat Monastery. Then we'll arrive at today's destination: Barcelona!

We'll head to the Plaza de Colon and Maremagnum, a vibrant area right next to the sea. This is where the most innovative spirit of the city blends with its complex historic character. Classic Spanish food can be found alongside Indian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern food (own expense).

Tips:
From April to October we'll also visit the Poblet Monastery (admission and guided tour included).
Day 04
Barcelona

Barcelona

Hotel: Front Air Congress or similar

Today we'll get to know Barcelona, an impressive city right on the Mediterranean. Our visit includes an informative city tour with a local expert, to the historic center with its Gothic quarter dating back to the Middle Ages. Then we'll visit the area where the Olympic Games took place, and La Sagrada Familia, the magnificent basilica designed by architect Gaudi (admission not included).

Afterwards, we'll head to Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village). This open air architectural museum is situated in one of the most emblematic areas of Barcelona. Be delighted by the best Spanish craftsmanship and discover the architectural styles, traditions and folklore of the different communities in Spain.

Day 05
Paris

Barcelona - Paris

Hotel: Courtyard Marriot Paris St Denis / Campanile Paris Est - Porte De Bagnolet or similar

After breakfast we'll arrange an included transfer to the train station, where you will travel by high-speed rail to Paris. The train is quite comfortable - a pleasant 6.5 hour ride through wonderful landscapes. On several occasions the train will reach speeds of around 300km/h.

We'll then arrive in Paris and transfer to the hotel.

In the the evening we'll drive you to the Montmartre district, known for its painters, artists, and cabarets. We'll ascend by funicular to the hill to admire the spectacular view of Paris from the top.

Tips:
A guide will only travel on the train if there are more than 20 passengers in the tour group.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Paris

Paris

Hotel: Courtyard Marriot Paris St Denis / Campanile Paris Est - Porte De Bagnolet or similar

Today we'll take a scenic guided tour to discover the history, main boulevards and the breathtaking monuments of Paris, including the famous Eiffel Tower. You will have the opportunity to climb up to the second floor of this remarkable monument and enjoy a stunning panorama of the city.

Next, we'll take a boat cruise along the River Seine, which divides Paris between right and left, north and south. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city at your leisure.

At sunset we'll take you to the seductive Latin Quarter for dinner (own expense).

Day 07
Paris

Paris

Hotel: Courtyard Marriot Paris St Denis / Campanile Paris Est - Porte De Bagnolet or similar

On Day 7 we will take you to the center of Paris, near the Louvre Museum. The day is yours to explore Paris at your leisure. You may also opt to join us for a tour of Benlux, one of the most prestigious perfumeries in Paris (own expense).

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
Lyon

Paris - Noyers - Beaune - Lyon

Hotel: Novotel Lyon Gerland / Campanile Centre Lyon Berges du Rhone or similar

We'll travel through the Burgundy region of France, famous for its fine wines, making a stop in medieval Noyers. After that we'll travel to Beaune for a quick tour and free time for lunch (own expense). In the mid-afternoon we'll arrive in Lyon, the capital of Roman Gaul on the banks of the Rhone River.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
Zurich

Lyon - Geneva - Zurich

Hotel: Hotel Ibis Zurich Messe Airport or similar

Next up: Switzerland, starting with a guided tour of Geneva, including the UN headquarters, the flower clock, and Jet d'Eau, the tallest fountain in Europe. After lunch (own expense), we'll continue our journey through Switzerland, passing lakes Leman and Neuchatel, ultimately arriving in Zurich.

Tips:
The trip from Geneva to Zurich may be done by train, depending on the number of passengers.
Day 10
Zurich

Zurich - Rapperswil - Zurich

Hotel: Hotel Ibis Zurich Messe Airport or similar

We'll take a guided stroll through the financial and cultural capital of the country, twice declared the city with the best quality of life in the world. After this we'll embark on a 2-hour boat trip across Lake Zurich. The boat makes brief stops, allowing us to admire the lakeside villages including Rapperswil and its medieval castle. After free time in Rapperswil we'll return to Zurich by train. Enjoy an evening in the historic center next to the lake, where you can dine at the restaurant of your choice (own expense).

Visiting Attractions

Day 11
Lucerne

Zurich - Interlaken - Grindelwald - Lucerne - Zurich

Hotel: Hotel IBIS Zurich Messe Airport or similar

Prepare to be mesmerized by beautiful landscapes defined by pristine lakes and soaring mountain peaks. Take a stroll through Interlaken with ample time for a coffee break before we take the cable car (ticket included) up to Grindelwald-First.

There we'll take a 30-minute walk among fantastic scenery with glaciers all around us.

After that we'll continue to Lucerne, one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. Once back in Zurich, we'll take you to enjoy an evening at the city’s most popular restaurants (own expense).

Tips:
Lunch is included (vegetarian option available).
Day 12

Zurich

The tour service ends after breakfast at the hotel.

Tips:
Airport drop-off service is not included in the display price. Post extensions and private transfers may be purchased separately on the checkout page.
Pick-up Details/Transfers
A driver will be waiting in the arrivals hall at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) to transport you to your hotel.

Please contact the local operator prior to the departure to double confirm transfer details.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) pick-up service
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Travel by motorcoach
  • 11-night hotel accommodations
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • AVE train fare Barcelona - Paris (economy class)
  • River Seine cruise in Paris
  • Lake Zurich cruise
  • City tours of Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris
  • Admission to Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Poble Espanyol in Barcelona, Poblet Monastery (Apr-Oct), and Eiffel Tower Second Floor
  • Grindelwald-First cable car fare
  • Montserrat rack railway fare
  • Basic travel insurance

Package Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Airport drop-off at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Additional meals and beverages
  • Own-expense activities
Special Notes
  • Airport pick-up details will be confirmed after placing a booking. We strongly recommend booking your flight after the tour has been confirmed.
  • Alternatively, you may join the tour at the hotel on Day 1.
  • The tour leader will not be present during evening transfers to commercial districts in major cities. These transfers are included in your package, and give you the opportunity to dine in restaurants that cater to your dietary preferences, as well as the chance to explore the city further. You will be given about an hour of free time, after which the driver will take you back to the hotel for the evening. Please note that the driver may not be able to offer suggestions on where to find vegetarian or ethnic meals.
  • Each passenger is allowed a maximum of 30 kg for luggage. The local operator may refuse to accept excessively bulky luggage.
  • Please bring all valuable items with you at all times. Do not leave valuable items on the bus or at the hotel, attraction, or restaurant. Tours4Fun, local operators, drivers, and tour guides are not responsible for any loss or theft at any location.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Adult: 16 and older
* Child: 3-15 years of age (minimum one adult per child).
* Children below the age of 3 pay 20% of the double room rate. Please leave a note if you are traveling with an infant so that customer service can make the necessary adjustments.
* Prices for Single Occupancy apply when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
* Prices for Double/Triple Occupancy apply when two/three people stay in one standard hotel room respectively.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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