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Golden Roof in Innsbruck, Austria
The Eiffel Tower
Florence
Colosseum in Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 12 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe Preview 2014
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  • Style: European Discoveries
  • Description: Embrace Europe’s most important cities in one epic journey! From friendly Amsterdam and the relaxing Rhine Valley to scenic Alpine passes, Renaissance Italy and the passion of Paris, discover the continent’s unique cultural landmarks on this unmissable adventure!
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    LONDON - EUROSTAR - BRUSSELS - AMSTERDAM

    This morning, meet your Travel Director before travelling to London’s St. Pancras International to board the Eurostar for a high-speed train journey to Brussels. Continue by luxury coach to Amsterdam. During your orientation of Amsterdam, see Dam Square and the Mint Tower before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception dinner cruise. Enjoy splendid views from your glass-topped boat as you cruise along the city’s canals.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

  • Day 2

    AMSTERDAM - RHINE CRUISE - HEIDELBERG - RHINELAND

    Travel via Arnhem along the Ruhr and Rhine valleys. Enjoy picturesque scenery all the way to Boppard, where an included cruise takes you past vine-clad hills and crumbling medieval castles to St. Goar. See the famous Lorelei Rock, named after a siren who lured fishermen to their deaths with spellbinding songs. Later enjoy views of the red sandstone castle towering above Heidelberg.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 3

    RHINELAND - MUNICH - INNSBRUCK

    Crossing the Swabian Alps arrive in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, for an orientation drive including the Olympic Stadium and City Hall. View the Glockenspiel on Marienplatz. A short drive through splendid scenery and across the Austrian border brings you to Innsbruck where you will enjoy a walk through the town. Admire the architecture including the Hofburg and the Golden Roof and shop for Alpine souvenirs. You might consider experiencing traditional Tyrolean entertainment this evening.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    INNSBRUCK - VENICE

    Drive along the Brenner Pass into Italy and across the Dolomite Mountains. Arrive in the enchanting city of Venice. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square, viewing the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace along the way. Visit a traditional glass-blowing workshop then spend the afternoon exploring the sights of your choice. Finish an eventful day with dinner at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 5

    VENICE - ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    South across the Veneto plain, you pass by Bologna and over the dramatic Apennine Mountains, continuing into the Lazio region to Rome, the Eternal City.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your sightseeing begins with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica − the most significant Christian church in the world − to view Michelangelo’s Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. In ancient Rome, view the Forum and see the Colosseum with your Local Guide. Spend the rest of the day exploring or perhaps take an excursion inside the Vatican Museums to see the Sistine Chapel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    ROME - FLORENCE

    From Lazio travel north into Tuscany, through rolling countryside and along the valley of the River Arno to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Discover the city’s rich artistic and medieval history with your Local Guide. Visit the Piazza Signoria with its impressive sculptures and stunning palazzi. Marvel at the Baptistery and the multi- marble Duomo, designed by Brunelleschi. Join your companions this evening for dinner at the hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 8

    FLORENCE - GOTTHARD DRIVE - LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    Drive via picturesque Italian Lakes and across the Alps into Switzerland. Spend the next two nights in the beautiful lakeside town of Lucerne.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Visit the Lion Monument during your morning orientation. Created to commemorate the heroism of Swiss Guards who defended Louis XVI in Paris in 1792, Mark Twain described it as ‘the most moving piece of stone in the world’. Walk along the 14th-century covered Chapel Bridge, crossing the River Reuss. Consider an exhilarating mountain excursion or shop for Swiss chocolate and Swiss watches.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 10

    LUCERNE - PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    Pass Basel and cross the border into France this morning. In every direction, vineyards and picturesque villages provide a memorable backdrop for your journey. Consider an excursion this evening to a famous Parisian Cabaret.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 11

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See all the famous sights during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. View the Champs Élysées, Notre Dame Cathedral, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for a breathtaking view of the city. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights that interest you. Perhaps take an excursion to the Palace of Versailles, the Chateau built by Louis XIV the Sun King of France. This evening, celebrate with your Travel Director and travelling companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local bistro.


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

  • Day 12

    PARIS - LONDON

    Cross the Somme and pass First World War battlefields at Vimy Ridge as you drive towards the coast. In Calais board a ferry to Dover and travel on to London by coach where your journey of discovery ends.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • AmsterdamOrientation includes the Mint Tower, Tower of Tears, Dam Square, and ‘Skinny Bridge’.
  • RhineValley Cruise the Romantic Rhine.
  • HeidelbergView the ancient Castle.
  • MunichView the Olympic Stadium, City Hall and Marienplatz.
  • InnsbruckMarvel at the Golden Roof.
  • VeniceEnjoy a canal cruise by private motor launch. Visit St. Mark’s Square and view the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark’s Basilica.
  • RomeSightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes a walk through the ancient Roman Forum and views of the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pieta.
  • FlorenceView Signoria Square, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery and Santa Croce Basilica with your Local Guide.
  • LucerneView the ancient Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument.
  • ParisView Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views from an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower.
  • DoverSee the White Cliffs.

Dining

  • 11 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 6 evening meals including:

  • Welcome Reception and dinner on a canal cruise with your Travel Director in Amsterdam.
  • 2 three-course dinners.
  • 2 three-course dinners with local wine.
  • Farewell Dinner with wine in Paris.

Travel Highlights

  • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover.
  • Pick-up and Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre.
  • London airport shuttle service available. Conditions apply.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • Eurostar high-speed train from London to Brussels.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar’s recommended London hotel.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday 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.
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Notes
  • * 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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