Are you in the USA?   Click to switch to Trafalgar's USA website

European Highlights 2014

Map and routeZoom In

River RhineAmsterdam, NetherlandsChapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
River Rhine
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: Discovering six countries in seven days, this intimate introduction to Europe compares its big players, France and Germany, and their smaller neighbours, Switzerland and The Netherlands. It's Insider moments like… smelling sawdust in the air as German clockmakers craft cuckoo clocks in front of you. A storybook setting in the Black Forest, the drive feels like it's straight from the pages of a Hansel and Gretel pop-up book. And Bavarian stories are played out in the carvings of the clocks made in front of you – with their mechanisms, moving parts and musical cuckoo bellows. Often designed to look little Swiss chalets, it's apt you're sleeping in the Alpine town of Lucerne that night.

Guest Experiences

Find Out More

Hear it from the people that matter the most – our guests. Read trip reviews, ask questions, view photo galleries and connect with others on your trip before you go. Already been? Write your own review here!

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    See the White Cliffs of Dover as you board your ferry to Calais. Travel through Belgium and later arrive in Amsterdam. During your orientation see Dam Square and the Mint Tower followed by a Welcome Reception on a scenic canal cruise including light dinner and welcome drinks.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Mercure Amsterdam City

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Travel across the German border to the Rhine Valley. Relax as you cruise along the River Rhine past terraced vineyards and medieval castles to St Goar. Pass the famous Lorelei Rock, named after a mermaid who lured fishermen to their deaths with her mesmerising song. In Heidelberg, view the red sandstone castle, one of the most important architectural structures north of the Alps, which towers above Germany's oldest university town.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Marriott Heidelberg

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Drive into the enchanting Black Forest and stop for a Local Speciality cuckoo clock making demonstration. Visit the dramatic Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, which is the largest waterfall in Europe. Arrive later in Switzerland with its alpine scenery and enjoy magnificent views across Lake Lucerne.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grand Europe

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Walk across the 14th century Chapel Bridge on your morning orientation. Visit the solemn Lion Monument, commemorating the massacre of Swiss Guards in 1792. Spend the afternoon shopping in the old town for Swiss chocolates. Consider an optional experience up a local mountain for panoramic views, and enjoy the fresh Alpine air by taking a leisurely walk beside the beautiful lake.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 5


    See the changing landscape as you travel into France, through Alsace and across the Maginot Line. Continue through the Burgundy countryside − one of the country's main wine producing regions, famous for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varieties. This evening you may decide to take an optional experience to see a famous Parisian Cabaret.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Evergreen Laurel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Your Local Expert shows you the sights, including views of the Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the magnificent Opera House, designed by Charles Garnier and opened in 1875. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower by elevator and view the city in all its glory. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Perhaps take an optional experience to visit the Palace of Versailles. Celebrate in the evening with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 7


    After breakfast say 'au revoir' to Paris. Cross the infamous Somme battlefields and catch a glimpse of the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge. In Calais board a ferry to Dover, continuing to London by coach where your wonderful European holiday comes to an end.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in Paris.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Enjoy a cuckoo clock making demonstration in the Black Forest.
  • Authentic Accommodation Grand Hotel Europe, Lucerne, Switzerland – Taking you straight back to Switzerland’s elegant past, the appropriately named Grand Hotel Europe is a landmark in Lucerne. By the lake, it is our Authentic Accommodation on many of the trips we take to this historic town.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Paris.
  • Orientation of Amsterdam, Heidelberg and Lucerne.
  • Visit the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen, the Lion Monument in Lucerne and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • Cruise along the River Rhine and the canals of Amsterdam.
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover, the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Opera House in Paris and the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.
  • See the Lorelei Rock, Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields in France.


  • 6 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 3 dinners (includes Welcome Reception, three-course dinner and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Ferry from Calais to Dover.
  • Ferry from Dover to Calais.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
  • These prices are LAND-ONLY and are correct at the time of the website going live, however prices are subject to confirmation at the time
    of booking.
  • All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however prices and itineraries are subject to change, please confirm all details and final cost at time of booking.
  • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Conditions page. Conditions can be found in the footer under Information.
  • Early Payment Discounts are not available on all Trafalgar trips and some trips may be excluded.  Book early to avoid disappointment as the number of seats available at discount prices are limited.  The Early Payment Discount icon will be indicated on the Pricing and Availability page of the selected trips where this Early Payment Discount is applicable. 
  • It is important that you book your Trafalgar trip from your own country/region. For reasons why, please click here.
  • Hotels are subject to change.
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

Join the Conversation