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Scenic Europe with Eurostar 2014

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Manneken PisRoyal Palace BrusselsBig BenBuckingham PalaceYorkshire DalesPromenade des AnglaisArc De TriompheEiffel TowerNotre Dame CathedralCologne CathedralHeidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, GermanyRiver RhineChillon CastleChianti VineyardsThe Leaning TowerThe ColosseumSt Peter's BasilicaThe ForumGrand CanaleSt Mark's Square
Manneken Pis
Royal Palace Brussels
Big Ben
Buckingham Palace
Yorkshire Dales
Promenade des Anglais
Arc De Triomphe
Eiffel Tower
Notre Dame Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral
Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, Germany
River Rhine
Chillon Castle
Chianti Vineyards
The Leaning Tower
The Colosseum
St Peter's Basilica
The Forum
Grand Canale
St Mark's Square
  • Duration: 13 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: This visual masterpiece doesn't just take in places to see, like the scenic Swiss mountains, River Rhine and Burgundy vineyards, it also takes in the place to be seen – the French Riviera. It's Insider moments like… experiencing the 'vie de luxe' lifestyle in glitzy Monaco and Nice. Sitting back in the swanky cafes or stepping into the chic shops, it's being part of the scene that draws in the film world's elite and the Formula One set. You even travel on part of the most dramatic Formula One Grand Prix circuit. Fitting in a swim in the Med beforehand, you climb aboard the TGV for an F1-speed train to Paris, where you can ask our local, who you meet the next day, to point out boutiques to rival those you splashed out in Monaco.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    LONDON – BRUSSELS

    This morning, see the famous White Cliffs of Dover as you take the cross-channel ferry to continental Europe. On arrival in Brussels, your orientation includes views of the Atomium, the Royal Palaces and a walk through the Grand Place to view the Manneken Pis. This evening, get to know your travel companions and your Travel Director at a Welcome Reception with a light meal.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Thon Hotel EU

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  • Day 2

    BRUSSELS – RHINE CRUISE – HEIDELBERG – KARLSRUHE

    This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise which takes you past castle ruins and steep vineyards to St. Goar, site of the Lorelei Rock. Later, view Heidelberg Castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps on the way to your Rhineland hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Renaissance Karlsruhe

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  • Day 3

    KARLSRUHE – LUCERNE

    Experience a scenic drive south into Switzerland to the lakeside resort of Lucerne. Visit the Lion Monument and famous wooden Chapel Bridge during your orientation of Lucerne. Afterwards, you might like to enjoy an exhilarating mountain optional experience for panoramic views. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Europe

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  • Day 4

    LUCERNE – VENICE

    This morning cross the splendid Alps as you head south to Italy and the Byzantine city of Venice. Take in the sights of the city during your included canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. View the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge's Palace. Watch a Local Speciality demonstration of the ancient art of glass-blowing at one of the oldest workshops on the island.


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

    Hotel: NH Laguna Palace

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  • Day 5

    VENICE – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the fertile Po Valley and pass by Bologna, and then enjoy views of the dramatic Apennine Mountains. Pass the scenic hill top towns of Orvieto and Orte and later arrive in the eternal city of Rome.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Crowne Plaza St Peters

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  • Day 6

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Visit St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican city with your Local Expert. Admire Michelangelo's Pietà, a Renaissance masterpiece, and St. Peter's Square. View the Forum, centre of daily life in ancient Rome, and the mighty Colosseum. See the Circus Maximus, set in a valley between the Aventine and Palatine Hills, where chariot races were held. Spend time afterwards seeing the sights of your choice and perhaps consider an optional experience to the Sistine Chapel to see the magnificent ceiling.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    ROME – FLORENCE

    Travel north through picturesque Umbria into the scenic Tuscany region, arrive in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Your Local Expert takes you on a walking tour to view the Duomo, Baptistery and Piazza della Signoria, full of statues and palaces. View the Ponte Vecchio bridge, a spectacular feat of engineering dating from the Middle Ages. This evening consider an optional experience with a drive through the Tuscan countryside to a restaurant serving traditional cuisine.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Nil Hotel

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  • Day 8

    FLORENCE – PISA – MONACO – NICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel north through picturesque Umbria into the scenic Tuscany region, arrive in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Your Local Expert takes you on a walking tour to view the Duomo, Baptistery and Piazza della Signoria, full of statues and palaces. View the Ponte Vecchio bridge, a spectacular feat of engineering dating from the Middle Ages. This evening consider an optional experience with a drive through the Tuscan countryside to a restaurant serving traditional cuisine.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: NH Nice

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  • Day 9

    NICE – FREE TIME

    Your day is free to enjoy the unique ambience of the Côte d'Azur. Why not swim in the Mediterranean? Shop in the fashionable boutiques, or consider an optional experience to the medieval town of St. Paul de Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera and home to the rich and famous!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 10

    NICE – AVIGNON – TGV TRAIN – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    A scenic drive brings you to Avignon, where you board the rapid and supremely comfortable TGV train. See Burgundy's fertile vineyards as you head north to the fascinating city of Paris, your home for the next two nights. This evening you might like to round off your trip at a famous Parisian cabaret!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Pullman Paris Bercy

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  • Day 11

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See all the famous landmarks during your sightseeing tour of Paris. Your Local Expert brings the city to life, showing you views of the Place de la Concorde, the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Admire the panorama from the second level of the Eiffel Tower and see the Pont Alexandre III. Spend free time exploring the sights you've always dreamed of seeing! Shop in smart boutiques, visit museums and galleries or relax and watch the world go by. Tonight, celebrate the end of your holiday at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.


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

  • Day 12

    PARIS – EUROSTAR – LONDON

    You are transferred to Paris Gare du Nord station where you board the Eurostar train to London. The journey time to London St. Pancras International is 2 hours and 15 minutes. On arrival in London you are transferred to your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: The Cumberland

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  • Day 13

    DEPART LONDON

    Enjoy an English breakfast at the end of your holiday.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Rome, Florence and Paris.
  • Orientation of Brussels, Heidelberg, Lucerne, Venice, Pisa, Monaco, Nice and Avignon.
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover, the Swiss Alps, St. Mark's Basilica, the Chapel Bridge.
  • Cruise along the River Rhine.
  • See the Lorelei Rock, Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields in France.

Dining

  • 12 breakfasts (including 11 hot buffet breakfasts and 1 full breakfast).
  • 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, three course dinner with wine, 2 three course dinners 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 from Dover to Calais.
  • High-speed TGV train from Avignon to Paris.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.
  • 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 is available to purchase. Conditions apply.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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  • * 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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