Overview

12 day discovery tour through Madrid, Zaragoza, Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Poblet and 10 other destinations in 4 different countries

Starting in Madrid and ending in Amsterdam! With the discovery tour Modern Europe (from Madrid to Amsterdam), you have a 12 day tour package taking you through Madrid, Spain and 12 other destinations in Europe. Modern Europe (from Madrid to Amsterdam) includes 4 Star accommodation, Deluxe Motor Coach Transportation and is fully escorted.

11 Nights 12 Days 02 Apr, 09 Apr, 16 Apr, and more
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, and breakfast buffet.
  • Includes arrival transfer
  • Boat: Boat Trip along River Seine.
  • City tour in Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, London.
  • Evening Transfer: Debod Temple and Plaza de Espana/Gran Via, Plaza de Oriente, Ramblas and Plaza de Cataluna, Latin Quartier, Soho District, Camden Area, Rembrandtplein en Amsterdam.
  • Ticket admission: Plaza de Toros de las Ventas, Poblet Monastery, Poble Espanyol, 2nd Floor Eiffel Tower, Bunker Eperlecques, Traditional Afternoon Tea, Diamond Cutting Workshop.
  • Train: Montserrat.
  • Ferry: Ferry France to the UK, From UK to the Netherlands.
     

Expected Hotels:

Madrid: PRAGA (****);

Barcelona: FRONT AIR CONGRESS (****);

Paris: COURTYARD MARRIOT PARIS ST DENIS (****);

Rouen: KYRIAD ROUEN CENTRE (**);

London: HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LONDON WIMBLEDON SOUTH (***);

Amsterdam: PARK PLAZA AMSTERDAM AIRPORT (****);

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Meals and Tours Not Listed
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • International Flights
Highlights
What makes this tour special

Starting in Madrid and ending in Amsterdam! With the discovery tour Modern Europe (from Madrid to Amsterdam), you have a 12 day tour package taking you through Madrid, Spain and 12 other destinations in Europe. Modern Europe (from Madrid to Amsterdam) includes 4 Star accommodation, Deluxe Motor Coach Transportation and is fully escorted.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: (Tuesday) Madrid - Arrival

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. Check the informative panels in the hotel reception area for the welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travellers to receive information about the circuit. 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: (Wednesday) Madrid

Today's Highlights: Madrid city tour. Stroll through the Retiro Park. Visit the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas bullring. Night transfer.
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, Gran Via, Plaza de Colón and Plaza Mayor. Visit 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 the hotel.

Day 3: (Thursday) Madrid - Zaragoza - Poblet - Montserrat - Barcelona

Today's Highlights: Basílica del Pilar. Visit a 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. Afterwards, the group will have free time to visit this impressive sanctuary and enjoy 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 (both 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: (Friday) Barcelona

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 the hotel.

Day 5: (Saturday) 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 the hotel.

Day 6: (Sunday) Paris

Today's Highlights: City tour in Paris. Climb to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.  A boat ride along the Seine. Evening transfer.           
A scenic guided tour to discover the history, main boulevards and the breathtaking 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 (ticket admission included). 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.             
Note: Sometimes queues to climb the Eiffel Tower are long. For organizational reasons, if deemed appropriate, the climb can be made at a different moment of the day (or Monday).      
At sunset transfer to the “Quartier Latin”, a very picturesque area of the historic centre where you can enjoy dinner with a wide variety of international cuisines. Return to the hotel.

Day 7: (Monday) Paris - Rouen

Today's Highlights: Rouen 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 17:30 hrs we will leave Paris for ROUEN,  city museum with its houses with half-timbered walls, narrow streets and gothic churches.  Accommodation in the city.   

Day 8: (Tuesday) Rouen - Eperlecques - Canterbury - London

Today's Highlights: World War II bunker. Ferry crossing to United King­dom. Evening transfer to Camden district.   
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; 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 9: (Wednesday) London

Today's Highlights: Visit London.  English Teatime. Transfer to Soho.
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). If you wish, later on, we recommend that you go to the “London Eye” Ferris wheel. In the afternoon, at 5 pm, after a period of free time, we invite all our travellers to a traditional Afternoon Tea. In the evening, a stroll through Leicester Square, China Town and Soho, with its atmosphere, its theatres and its entertainment. Sit down for dinner at your preferred restaurant (Indian, Chinese, Thai, in­ternational, and so on) in the lively district.

Day 10: (Thursday) London - Colchester - Ferry

After breakfast, we will 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. 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: (Friday) Volendam - Amsterdam

Today's Highlights: A Picturesque typical village of Volendam. Visit 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 Rembrandtplein with its many restaurants from all corners of the World, near the red light district, with its liberal values. It is very likely that you will have heard about this neighbourhood.

Day 12: (Saturday)  Amsterdam

After breakfast, end of our services.