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Night Lighting View of Eiffel Tower, France

French and Swiss Spirit

Europamundo Vacations
3.5 . Average
58%
Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 1,098 $ 137 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Admire the fantastic landscapes. Cable car included to Grindenwald first
  • Explore Lucerne of the most interesting Swiss cities and see the KapellBrück
  • Enjoy an evening in the historic centre, next to the lake
  • See the Lake Geneva, the capital of French-speaking Switzerland

Short Description

Experience historic sightseeing travelling French and Swiss Spirit, discover the history, main boulevards and the breath-taking monuments of Paris and get an opportunity to visit Massive Switzerland , enjoy the beautiful landscapes with high mountains and lakes.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Paris
End City Zurich

Trip Includes

  • Terms of Europamundo: Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, and breakfast buffet.
  • Includes arrival transfer
  • City tour in: PARIS
  • Boat: Boat Trip along River Seine in PARIS, Lake Zurich in ZURICH
  • Evening transfer: Montmartre Dictrict in PARIS, Quartier Latin in PARIS
  • Ticket admission: Funicular in Montmartre in PARIS, 2nd Floor Eiffel Tower in PARIS, Cable Car to Grindelwald First in ZURICH
  • Train: Rapperswil / Zurich in ZURICH
  • 1 Lunch Included in: Louver

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Itinerary

Day 1: Paris - Arrival

Today’s Highlights: Night-time transfer to the Montmartre neighbourhood. Funicular ride (included

Welcome to Paris! 

Transfer from airport to hotel, where our local guide will be waiting with all the tour information.

18.30 hrs (approximately) Transfer to the Montmartre quarter, a Bohemian district known for its artists. The visit includes a ride in the funicular railway to the top of the hill which has wonderful views of Paris. Relax and enjoy a delicious dinner in a magical and romantic setting.

Return to hotel about 22 hrs.

Day 2: Paris

Today’s Highlights: City tour in Paris. Boat ride along the Seine. Climb to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Evening transfer.

09:00h Comprehensive tour of Paris with a local guide, visiting the Champs Elysees, Arch of Triumph, Concorde Square, Latin Quarter, Luxembourg Palace, Garnier Opera House, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Town Hall of Paris, Eiffel Tower, etc. Includes admission to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in the lift.

The visit is followed by a spectacular cruise on the river Seine which divides the north of Paris from the south. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore as you choose.

At sunset enjoy the evening transfer to “Quartier Latin”, a very picturesque area of the historic centre where a wide variety of international cuisines await you.

22.30.- 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 3: Paris

08.30 hrs.- We go to the centre of Paris, the area of the Louvre Museum. 

Free time to stroll in the city. If you wish, we can accompany you to Benlux, one of the most complete and best-known perfumeries in Paris.

Rest of the day free.

Day 4: Paris - Noyers - Beaune - Lyon.

Total distance: 490 km.

Today’s highlights:  Vineyards in Beaune and Bourgogne region.

Scenery:  Pleasant landscapes in the center of France; Picturesque villages.

 

08.00 hrs.- París –departure-. We travel to the center of France. We cross the region of Bourgogne, an area known for its wines.

10.45 hrs.- NOYERS –Arrival-. A walk and a coffee in this small medieval village one of  "the most beautiful villages of France".

11.45 hrs.- Noyers –departure-.

13.15 hrs.- BEAUNE.- Charming small village in the middle of the wine region of Bourgogne; Its streets full of flowers, its hospice, its wine museum. Time to walk.

15.00 hrs.- Beaune –departure to Lyon-.

17.00 hrs.- LYON –Arrival-. On the banks of the Rhône River, the third city of France that once was the capital of  the Roman Gallia. The historic centre of this lively City has been declared a World Heritage site. Free time to stroll

Day 5: Lyon - Geneva - Zurich

Total Distance:  425 km

Landscapes: Mountain and lakes.

Notes: Remember to your camera. Also carry your passport as sometimes it can be requested by entering Switzerland.

08.oo hrs- Lyon- Departure. We have a beautiful stage.  We travel to Switzerland.

 10.00 hrs- GENEVA,  arrival to this active city on the shores of Lake Geneva, the capital of French-speaking Switzerland.  With our guide, we go to the Palais des Nations (the United Nations headquarters in Europe) and then to the beautiful “Jardin Anglais” with its flower clock, and admire the “Jet d,Eau”, the tallest fountain in Europe.

13.00 hrs- After lunch, we will continue through Switzerland passing the beautiful Leman and Neuchatel Lakes (note: depending on the number of travellers from Geneva to Zürich, this trip might be done by train).

17.00 hrs- ZURICH – Arrival. We will be able to stroll in the city center and enjoy a dinner in one of its nice restaurants.

Day 6: Zurich - Rapperswil - Zurich

Road distance:  40 km

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Boat trip across Zurich lake. Journey by train.

Notes:  bring your camera.

 

08.30 hrs- With our guide, we will stroll in the most populated city of Switzerland, the financial and cultural capital of the country. The city of banks has twice been declared the city with the best quality of life in the world.

10.30 hrs- After this we will board a boat for a trip lasting almost two hours on Zurich lake. The boat makes brief stops, allowing us to admire the villages on the way.

12.30 hrs- We get off in RAPPERSWILL, a small and highly picturesque village overlooked by its mediaeval castle. Time to walk and have lunch.

15.00 hrs- We return to Zurich by train, and will see the efficiency and punctuality of the Swiss Railways.

16.30 hrs- Enjoy an evening in the historic centre, next to the lake, where you can dine at your favourite restaurant (Indian, Oriental, Italian, International, Swiss, etc.).

Note: From the end of October, due to the decrease of boat departures, the stage will be reversed going first by train from Zurich to Rapperswill and then by boat from Rapperswill to Zurich.

Day 7: Zurich - Interlaken - Grindelwald - Lucerne - Zurich

Total distance: 280 km

TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: Admire the fantastic landscapes. Cable car included to Grindenwald first. Lunch included

Note: Wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes to walk and your camera.

Note: Due to weather conditions (strong wind) or maintenance reasons, the cable car may not operate at any time. If this happens, we will provide an alternative lift to another similar place.

07.30 hrs-  Zurich- departure to a spectacular stage with beautiful landscapes with high mountains and lakes.

09.00 hrs.- Interlaken-  Take a stroll trough Interlaken, a city that  by the beginning of the 19th century   had already become renowned for its impressive mountain scenery.

10.00 hrs.- Follow to Grindenwald.

10.30 hrs.- Grindenwald.  Time to have a coffee in this mountain resort in the Bernese Alps before taking the cable car to Grindenwald First (ticket included), the largest ski center in the region. We will walk along the path (30 minutes) in which we will have the opportunity in breathtaking alpine landscapes to take the "footbridge over the emptiness" enjoying the glaciers that surround us; Lunch included for all passengers (vegetarian option available).

13.15 hrs- Grndenwald  departure.  We continue to Lucerne.

15.00 hrs- Lucerne- arrival in time to explore one of the most interesting Swiss cities and see the KapellBrück, covered bridge over the river Reuss, the Town Hall and Square with its Clock Tower and its pedestrian streets and elegant shops.

 

18:00 h. Return to Zurich.

18.45 h. -Zurich - Dinner in the restaurant of your choice. Transfer to hotel about 22.00 hrs.

Day 8:

After breakfast, end of our services

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Never again with Europamondo

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Our tour was from Paris, to Normandy, to Brodeaux and back to Paris. The hotels were terrible. Dirty, cheap, broken beds, toilets and showers did not work. The included breakfast meals were disgusting. Instant egg mush and stale danish. Half of the coffee machines didn't work. The staffs were less than friendly. We had 2 different drivers: one was good, the other was all over the road. We had 3 different tour guides; 2 were OK but the 3rd was terrible (just kept reading out loud from of tour book). The tour was supposed to be in both Spanish and English, but they only spoke Spanish. None of the attraction tickets were included with the tour. Most of the tour was a drive-by experience as they did not allow time for you to do anything but use the restroom and eat quickly. A few times your meal had to come from a truck stop along the way (eat there or go hungry). During the tour they would try to up-sell you there evening side excursions. We tried one of them and it turned out to be a rip off. If you're looking for a great tour and good value for your money, go elsewhere.
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This company and tour was horrific

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I would like to say , this company said 1 thing and then asked for more money to get it done.. they said pickup was included then asked extra funds for pickup.. the group was supposed to be multilingual and guide was unwilling to speak in english . The wake up time were horrific. Times spent at certain locations were not worth stopping in the first place.. had to force to make a stop which was planned in itinerary because of a little rain. Some stops were not stop at all. Felt like a drive by at times . feeling company just went through the motions with no regards of the travelers.. they gave bad explanations for things that went wrong on the journey .. overall though some of the stop were very nice, the group and company who sold me the package (tourradar) , were not an ideal company to travel with .. i would not recommend anyone to travel with europamundo or book through touradar..
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Horrible horrible horrible

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The tours left you in horrible hotels. 2 stars at best. Dirty bathrooms and carpets. In the middle of nowhere! At one hotel we were at an industrial suburb next to what looked like a truck Depo. 30 mins from Florence! The ubers didn't get there. Nowhere to eat. Tour guides recommended shitty restaurants with 2/5 stars on Google. At one place they recommended japenese food... In Italy!!! Because there was little else.

The food on tour was sub par... At one place served out of giant metal vats/tubs! When there were so many amazing restaurants nearby in Capri!!


Avoid at all cost!!!!!! This was the worst experience. Did not feel like a holiday.
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Buyer beware PJR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL "Europamundo" South Europe Tour.

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If your considering Europe, than it behooves you to not use Europamundo. Poorly organized. Rude bus guides and bus drivers (not all of them). Unreasonable bus rules: no drinking, eating, or use of onboard bus bathrooms (thought its called vacation). One of the bus did allow use of their bathrooms (but be prepared to pay, your bus tour does not include bathroom privileges). Traveling from Portugal to Athens, we spent up to 3 hours at a time before stopping at a rest stop. We spent an extended period of time at rest areas (apparently this is where your expected to dine). We commonly drove into new destinations i.e., Madrid, Barcelona, Fatima, Rome late night. No restaurants available or closing within 30 minutes upon our arrival. Paid our tour 3 months in advance to our departure date and couldn't get our itinerary until 3 days prior. Hotels were not specified on the itinerary (list of hotels: at US standards 2 stars mostly, maybe a generous rating of 3 stars for three hotels). Tour guides from competitor companies had hearing devices for their groups, not this company. This tour was purchased through PJR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL in Miami, FL.
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We have just returned from an amazing 10 days Holiday at Europe!

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Big Thanks to Antonio Toti, We have just returned from an amazing 10 days Holiday at Europe! This was a special holiday for us. From the minute we arrived, we were looked after by the most amazing Person Antonio Toti our Tour guide, He was a wonderful tour guide with great character and sense of humour. He knew each fact about Europe that made our tour more interesting. Antonio suggested great places to eat and asked us our preferences and could also explain the food we had never tried or even heard of before.
Big thanks to Antonio
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

Trip ID#:

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Meals Included:

7 Lunches

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