European Wonderland - 2014

5 out of 5 stars

11 days

"A wonderful way to travel"

It's all about food on this family road trip from Rome to London. Swiss chocolate. Italian gelato. Even the history's served up differently, with lashings of lion fights and chariot racing. It's Insider moments like… spinning fresh pizza dough with an expert Italian chef in Rome. Stretching the base, scattering hand-picked toppings and sliding it into the traditional oven, the buzz turns to silence as the family tucks in to hot slices of authentic Italian pizza. Dessert arrives in Florence when a gelateria owner invites you in for a gelato-tasting of candy-coloured velvety ice cream. In Venice, food makes way for creativity as your family learns to make carnival masks.

Trip type:
Family Experiences
Trip code:
FSPL

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome! Relax and unwind after your journey. This evening, meet for a Kick-off Party with your Travel Director and fellow companions.

    Meal(s)

    Kick-Off Party

    Hotel

    Crowne Plaza St Peters

  • 2.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert starts with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica where you see Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber to ancient Rome and view the Roman Forum, the famous Colosseum and the Circus Maximus, where chariot racing was held. Later enjoy a Local Speciality when you learn how to make a authentic Italian pizza! Roll the dough, scatter your ingredients on top and bake in a traditional pizza oven before eating. Delicious!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

  • 3.

    ROME – SIENA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)

    Head north through the picturesque Chianti wine-producing region. In the beautiful medieval town of Siena, stroll through cobbled streets to the magnificent Piazza del Campo where the colourful Palio bareback horse race takes place every year. Join your companions this evening for a special Italian Regional Meal.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

    Hotel

    Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

  • 4.

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to many artistic masterpieces. See the marble Cathedral and Piazza della Signoria Square during your walking tour of the city with a Local Expert. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own. Later, admire amazing city views from Piazzale Michelangelo and taste a Local Speciality mouth-watering gelato!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 5.

    FLORENCE – BOLOGNA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the Apennine Mountains to the city of Bologna. Here your Local Expert will show the Kissing Towers and Neptune's Fountain before enjoying free time to sample typical Italian cuisine for your lunch. Later arrive in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Novotel Venezia Mestre

  • 6.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    See the marvellous Byzantine architecture as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, ornate Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and the Campanile. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop. Learn about the great Venetian tradition of Carnival masks, a Local Speciality, with the chance to paint and decorate a mask of your very own! In your free time, perhaps cruise across the lagoon to Burano Island for a fresh seafood meal.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 7.

    VENICE – VERONA – ENGELBERG (2 NIGHTS)

    Drive west across the Veneto plains and stop in Shakespeare's Verona to see the Roman Arena and Juliet's balcony. Your journey continues past the commercial centre of Milan and north via Como and Lugano to the Swiss Lake District. Traverse the scenic Alpine St. Gotthard route into central Switzerland and arrive at the winter sports resort of Engelberg.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ramada Hotel Regina Titlis

  • 8.

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Your orientation tour of historic Lucerne includes the Lion Monument, built to commemorate the heroism of the Swiss guards during the French Revolution. Walk across the 14th century wooden Chapel Bridge and see beautiful swans gliding on the lake. Don't miss the opportunity to take an exciting optional mountain experience with breath-taking views! Later, there is time to shop for Swiss souvenirs including watches and chocolate.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

  • 9.

    ENGELBERG – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    From Switzerland, cross the River Rhine and the French border. Travel through the famous Burgundy wine region and view the sprawling vineyards. Later, in the glittering capital Paris, you have the chance to sample the delights that await you tomorrow!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Novotel Tour Eiffel

  • 10.

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Expert provides fascinating commentary during your guided sightseeing tour, which includes a drive along the Champs Élysées with views of Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre Museum. From the top of the Eiffel Tower, see the city laid out before you in all its glory! Tonight, celebrate with your companions and Travel Director at a special Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 11.

    PARIS – LONDON

    See the World War I battlefields on the way to Calais. Cross by ferry to Dover and see the famous White Cliffs. Arrive later in London where your spectacular holiday ends!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • 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.
    in Venice, paint and decorate your own Carnival Mask.
    in Rome, learn how to make authentic pizza and then get to eat it too!
    Florence, enjoy a gelato tasting in a local gelateria to sample this delicious and refreshing local speciality.
  • Local Expert

    in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Paris.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation of Siena, Venice and Lucerne.
  • See the Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields.
  • View Juliet's Balcony in Verona, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, the spectacular Alpine scenery of Switzerland and the White Cliffs of Dover.
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • City tour of Rome, Florence, Bologna and Paris.

Dining

  • 6 dinners

    (including Kick-off Party, Regional Meal, three course dinner, three course dinner with wine, Rome Pizza demonstration and Farewell Dinner).
  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.
  • London airport shuttle service available. Conditions apply.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Rome

  • Magnificent Rome

    Adult Price: €33.00

    Cameras at the ready for the magnificent sights awaiting us. With our Local Guide we will discover the many delights that Rome has to offer. These can only be truly appreciated by wandering slowly through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares which have developed over more than 2000 years, creating an amazing legacy for us today. The Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain are just two of the fine monuments en route.

  • Vatican Museums And Colosseum

    Adult Price: €76.00

    An extension to the included sightseeing tour which allows us to admire the artistic masterpieces collected and commissioned by the Popes and displayed in the Vatican Museums. See the famous Tapestry Gallery and Gallery of Maps then finally wonder at the masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel. Take your time - Michelangelo spent 11 years in the preparation of the vault and altar wall! Later we will enjoy an interior visit of the Colosseum, scene of many gladiatorial combats.

Florence

  • Pisa And The Arno Valley With Tuscan Dinner

    Adult Price: €89.00

    Visit the historical city of Pisa with its leaning tower, medieval squares and markets. Your expert Local Guide will tell you about this delightful and surprising city. You will have free time to shop, followed by a fabulous dinner party with live music and drinks in an authentic Fattoria (working farm house) in the Tuscan country side. Fun under the Tuscan Sun.

  • Michelangelos David

    Adult Price: €36.00

    A guided insight into the world of genius Michelangelo and his masterpiece "David". We enter the Academy of Fine Arts by a preferential reserved entrance and our visit focuses on Michelangelo and his groundbreaking and beautiful sculpture.

Venice

  • Venetian Magic

    Adult Price: €69.00

    An unforgettable introduction to this unique and magical city! We cruise along the Grand Canal by private water taxi, admiring the magnificent and elegant palazzos. We see the Rialto Bridge and then reach 'the most beautiful outdoor drawing room in the world', St Mark's Square. Later during your Gondola Ride, you will glide along the picturesque smaller canals while a duo of musicians entertains.

  • Lagoon Cruise With Lunch or Dinner

    Adult Price: €69.00

    Take some time off the beaten track! We are taken by private boat to the nearby islands in the lagoon of Venice. See the island of Murano where the glass blowers live. Lunch or dinner is taken at the picturesque Island of the fishermen, Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise. Drinks are also included.

Lucerne

  • Swiss Heritage

    Adult Price: Fr.66.00

    A chance to meet the Swiss, as local farmers take us on a delightful countryside tour in horse drawn carriages. Enjoy stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a working farm where local drinks and snacks will be served.

  • Mount Titlis Excursion

    Adult Price: Fr.97.00

    With guaranteed snow, two different types of cable car ride and the opportunity to walk inside a glacier, this is Switzerland's most exciting mountain trip. Wrap up warm for a wonderful winter experience whatever the weather.

  • Lake Cruise

    Adult Price: Fr.39.00

    Widely considered to be the loveliest of the mountain lakes, much of the shoreline of Lake Lucerne can only be fully appreciated from the water. Admire the spectacular homes of the fortunate few, privileged to live on its scenic shores, as we cruise gently by.

  • Folklore Show With Lunch

    Adult Price: Fr.67.00

    Join in the fun of a lively folklore show with typical Swiss entertainment. Enjoy a delicious lunch (including cheese fondue) and one drink as we listen to yodelling and Alpine horn-blowing.

Paris

  • Dinner And Hidden Gems Of Paris

    Adult Price: €66.00

    Spend an evening discovering one of the areas of Paris made famous by artists, writers and students over the centuries, followed by a memorable dinner in typical Parisian style with drinks included.

  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €133.00

    Dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town! Enjoy an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment - including, of course, the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night that you will never forget!

  • Seine Cruise And Paris By Night

    Adult Price: €34.00

    Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'city of light' as we take a leisurely cruise on the popular river boats under the bridges of Paris, admiring the wonderful buildings which adorn the banks of the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we stop at some vantage points for you to capture these fascinating sights on camera. (In summer, this trip may take place before sunset).

  • Versailles - The Palace And Gardens

    Adult Price: €64.00

    We leave the bustle of the city for the splendour of Versailles. Created by the Sun King Louis XIV, the palace became the envy of every other European ruler. Our guide takes us through the State apartments, including the famous Hall of Mirrors. Afterwards, take a stroll through the symmetrical tree-lined gardens. (N.B.:This optional is subject to availability.)

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