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European Traveller 2014

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The Arc de Triomphe at night in Paris, FranceWater TowerSt Peter's Basilica
The Arc de Triomphe at night in Paris, France
Water Tower
St Peter's Basilica
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: A taste of the world's most romantic cities, this eight day encounter with Europe isn't just for couples; it shows unseen sides of iconic emblems like the Eiffel Tower and Venetian canals. It's Insider moments like… hearing your echoing footsteps, and perhaps even Italian choral voices, as you enter the cool cavernous basilica in the Vatican City. Standing before Michelangelo's Pietà, the goose bumps could be coming from the chill of the setting or from sensing you're standing by a sculpture which is more than 500 years old. Hearing why it's the only work its Renaissance creator ever signed, our friend in the Vatican can also share the ins and outs of this strange secret country – the smallest nation in the world.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    This morning leave London and travel to the White Cliffs of Dover before crossing the Channel to Calais. Pass by the First World War battlefields of the Somme and arrive in the beautiful city of Paris. Enjoy a Welcome Reception with dinner in the evening with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. Later an orientation drive will show you some of the sights which await you - a perfect introduction to your magical holiday!

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Pullman La Defense/Radisson Boulogne

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Drive along the famous Champs Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe, beneath which lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert includes a trip up the Eiffel Tower to the second level for breathtaking views of the city. Spend the afternoon visiting the sights of your choice.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    See the sprawling vineyards of Auxerrois and Burgundy as you journey south, passing the medieval castle of Châteauneuf. Cross the border into Switzerland where the scenery is a kaleidoscope of colour. Admire the beautiful Lake Lucerne. Walk across the 14th century wooden Chapel Bridge and view the emotive Lion of Lucerne during your afternoon orientation.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Grand Europe

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Travel the scenic St. Gotthard Region through the Alps and cross the border at Chiasso into Italy. Catch a glimpse of the Italian Lake Region, a popular retreat for aristocrats since Roman times. Pass Verona and arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Novotel Venezia Mestre

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Your private motor launch takes you to St. Mark's Square to view the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace. Witness a Local Speciality glass-blowing demonstration at one of the oldest workshops on the island, then spend your free time discovering Venice's hidden gems. Afterwards, cross the Apennine Mountains to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and your home for the night.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grand Mediterraneo

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Your Local Expert reveals a wealth of fascinating insights during your guided walk around Florence, a city with a rich Renaissance history. View the marble Duomo engineered by Brunelleschi and the magnificent doors of the Baptistery. Admire the Ponte Vecchio which spans the River Arno and marvel at the impressive sculptures and stunning palazzi in the city. Shop for 18-carat gold jewellery and the finest Italian leather goods before heading to Rome, the last stop on your trip.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Executive Style/The Church Palace (Domus Mariae Palazzo Carpegna)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Your Local Expert takes you on a tour of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, one of the largest and most significant churches in the Christian world. Here you will view Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. Perhaps consider an optional experience to the Sistine Chapel. View the Roman Forum and see the Colosseum, site of ancient gladiatorial contests and public events. Spend time this afternoon visiting the sights of your choice. Make sure to capture a magic moment as you toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain. This evening, join your travelling companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

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

  • Day 8


    Say 'arrivederci' to Rome and your travelling companions, and return home with memories you will cherish for years to come. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in Paris, Florence and Rome.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit a traditional glass-blowing factory in Venice.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Paris, Florence and Rome.
  • Orientation of Lucerne and Venice.
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover, the Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice.
  • See the Somme Battlefields and the Vineyards of Burgundy.


  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, three course dinner with wine, three course dinner and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • 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.
  • Ferry across the Channel from Dover to Calais.
  • Pick-up if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre.
  • London airport shuttle service is available to purchase. Conditions apply.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

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  • 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.

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