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Day 1 : (SPAIN) Madrid : TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Evening transport to the Gran Vía district. Welcome to Madrid! Upon arrival at the airport, we shall be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Our guide will be ready to welcome you and will provide the necessary information. 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.
Day 2 : (SPAIN) : TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Madrid city tour. Visit to the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas bullring. Stroll through the Retiro Park. This morning, experience the city on a guided tour, which showcases the city's vibrant centre, the beautiful Plaza Mayor (Main Square), its broad and magnificent avenues and its many fountains. Our tour includes a visit to see inside the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas, a fine-looking building. Here we learn about the tradition of 'corridas' in the Bullfighting Museum. Also the day includes a walking tour of the beautiful Retiro Park, enhanced by the lake and Crystal Palace. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon. At sunset we provide transfer to the Plaza de Oriente in the historic centre of Madrid, opposite the Royal Palace. In this area there are many restaurants serving different exquisite cuisines (Indian, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Spanish, International). Return to hotel.
Day 3 : (SPAIN) Madrid /Zaragoza (saragossa) /Poblet /Montserrat /Barcelona : TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Basílica del Pilar, visit to medieval monastery. Ride on a rack train. We depart early in the morning from Madrid. Heading towards Aragón, we pause our journey in ZARAGOZA. Our guide will join the group to Basílica del Pilar. Directly afterwards, the group will have free time to visit this impressive sanctuary and enjoy free time in the city centre. Later, we make our way to Cataluña to the 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). We then go on to the Monastery of Montserrat where we include a ride on the rack train for the fantastic views this gives. Continuation to BARCELONA, arrival in the late afternoon. Important note: in the winter months, from November to March (included), due to the shorter days, the Monastery of Poblet will not be visited (so that we can reach Montserrat in the daylight).
Day 4 : (SPAIN) : TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Barcelona city tour. 'Spanish Village' visit and evening transfer to Las Ramblas district. Today we will get to know Barcelona, an impressive city right on the Mediterranean Sea. Our visit includes 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 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. It will be possible to see and photograph La Sagrada Familia basilica; the masterpiece designed by the architect Gaudí. Subsequently, we include the entry ticket to 'Poble Espanyol' (meaning '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. Free time to explore the city on your own. In the evening we provide transfer to Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya area, where you can select from a great variety of restaurants (including Indian, Chinese, Halal, International and regional Spanish cuisine). Return to hotel.
Day 5 : (SPAIN-FRANCE) Barcelona /Paris : TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: We will travel on a high-speed train.After breakfast we arrange a transfer (included) to the train station. We travel on a high-speed train. (Note: A guide will only travel on the train ride if the group is over 15 passengers.) The train is quite comfortable and it is an enjoyable trip through wonderful landscapes. On several occasions our train will reach speeds of around 300 km/h (186 m/h). The train journey takes 6½ hours. Arrival in Paris and transfer to the hotel. At the end of the evening, we provide transfer to the Montmartre district. This neighbourhood is known for its painters, artists, and its cabarets' Sit down to dinner and enjoy a magical night. You can choose between Indian, Chinese, French and American cuisines. We will ascend by cable car to the hill and admire the spectacular view of Paris from the top. Return to hotel.
Day 6 : (FRANCE) : TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour in Paris. Boat ride along the Seine. Climb to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Evening transfer. A scenic guided tour to discover the history, main boulevards and the breath-taking monuments of Paris. We end the visit at the Eiffel Tower area. You will have the opportunity to climb up to the second floor of this remarkable metal monument. End your visit with a boat cruise along the River Seine, which divides the north of Paris from the south. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore as you choose. At sunset enjoy dinner in 'Quartier Latin', a very picturesque area of the historic centre where a wide variety of international cuisines await you. Return to hotel. Note: Because of the tourist attraction of the Tower, there may be important queues at the time of your access. In order to minimize the problem, in some occasions, the ascent to the Eiffel Tower can be given at another time of your stay in Paris.
Day 7 : (FRANCE) Paris /Amiens : TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Amiens Historic Centre. We go to the centre of Paris, to the area of the Louvre Museum. Free time. If you wish we can accompany you to Benlux, one of the most complete and best-known perfumeries in Paris. At around 5:30 PM we will leave Paris for AMIENS, with the highest Cathedral and beautiful historic centre alongside the river. Accommodation in the city.
Day 8 : (FRANCE-ENGLAND) Amiens /Eperlecques /Canterbury /London : TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: World War II bunker. Ferry crossing to United Kingdom. Evening transfer to Soho. We set off to the north of France. In Eperlecques we visit a huge bunker in the middle of the forest (admission included). From this point, V1 and V2 missiles were fired to the UK. Next, we leave on a ferry across the English Channel to reach CANTERBURY, the religious capital of England with a very attractive historic centre. Continuation to London. Tonight sit down for dinner at your preferred restaurant (Indian, Chinese, Thai, International, and so on) in the lively Soho district.
Day 9 : (ENGLAND) : TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Visit London. Changing of the guard. British Museum. English Teatime. Transfer to Camden Town. Get to know LONDON on a locally guided tour featuring style, culture and history. See the Houses of Parliament, the River Thames, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, where we shall be able to watch the famous 'Changing of the Guard' (depending on the season). Afterwards, we go to the British Museum, one of the main and oldest museums in the world, where we can see relics from cultures all around the globe. In the afternoon, at 5pm, after a period of free time, we invite all our travellers to a traditional Afternoon Tea. Afterwards, we provide transfer to Camden, a district famous for having one of the most varied and extravagant street markets in London. Time for dinner in this area with numerous ethnic restaurants (Indian, Thai, Chinese, International, and so on).
Day 10 : (ENGLAND) London /Colchester /Ferry Colchester Volendam : After breakfast we will go to Bond Street, the famous London street of the Mayfair district, venerated throughout the world for its lines of elegant shops, exclusive brands, design fashion, luxury items, exquisite jewels, art and antiques. Free time. At around 4 PM, we will leave for COLCHESTER, known as the most ancient city of England. Time to stroll. We will then board a modern ferry in Harwich, and take a night voyage in cabins with bathroom. Important note: The ferry used has a limited number of cabins. Sometimes we might change the stage, leaving London at 3 PM and taking the railway tunnel under the English Channel, and spending the night in Antwerp.
Day 11 : (ENGLAND-HOLLAND) Ferry Colchester Volendam /Volendam /Amsterdam : TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Picturesque typical village of Volendam. Visit to Amsterdam. At around eight in the morning we reach Holland (Hoek Van Holland) and we visit VOLENDAM, a very picturesque fishing village. After this, we travel to AMSTERDAM where we include a panoramic visit of the city to see its narrow canals, the Dam Platz, its official buildings and parks. We will also see the technique of cutting diamonds. Transfer to the red light district, with its liberal values and its many restaurants from all corners of the world. It is very likely that you will have heard about this neighbourhood.
Day 12 : (HOLLAND-GERMANY) Amsterdam /Hamelin /Berlin : TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Visit the village that was made famous through the Pied Piper of Hamelin children's story. We leave Amsterdam for Germany. En route, we stop at HAMELIN, a picturesque German town. Here, many shops and streets remind us of the town's legend: The Pied Piper of Hamelin, written by The Brothers Grimm. We continue toward BERLIN, arriving at the end of the afternoon. There is time to explore the Jewish quarter, an area that is full of life and which has many restaurants. You can choose your favourite food (Indian, Oriental, Middle Eastern, Turkish, German, and so on).
Day 13 : (GERMANY) : TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour of Berlin. We visit the Holocaust Memorial and the Berlin Wall Museum. Ease your way into the local culture with a guided visit of Germany's incredible capital, Berlin. We shall visit the historic centre, Museum Island, the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gates and the city's magnificent parks. We continue our visit by stopping at the Holocaust Memorial and the Berlin Wall Museum. This visit helps us to understand the difficult situation the city experienced during the Twentieth Century. Time to explore the city. Enjoy an evening in the lively area of Kantstrasse, a district that offers different types of ethnic restaurants to dine in (Indian, Oriental, Italian, German, and so on).
Day 14 : (GERMANY) Berlin : After breakfast, end of our services.