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European Experience 2014

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Costsaver 2014
  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: From vibrant Amsterdam to ancient Rome and the beauty of Paris, this trip also takes the Rhine Valley and the Olympic city of Innsbruck before exploring the canals of Venice and the piazzas of Florence as well as the breathtaking beauty of Lake Lucerne.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Overnight flight to London.

  • Day 2


    Relax after check-in or take a leisurely stroll through this fascinating city.

    Hotel: Hilton Olympia

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    The day is yours to explore the delights of London! See the sights, visit a museum or go shopping – the list is endless and the choice is yours!

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    Greetings from your Travel Director! Admire the famous White Cliffs as you approach Dover, where you board a ferry for the short Channel crossing to Calais in France. Drive through Belgium’s Flanders fields into The Netherlands, renowned for tulips, clogs and windmills! Arrive later in Amsterdam, one of Europe’s friendliest cities, and see Dam Square and the Mint Tower.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Golden Tulip Amsterdam West

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Cross into Germany and view Cologne Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in Europe. In Boppard, embark on a scenic cruise down the River Rhine past terraced vineyards and towering castles. Finish the day at your hotel in the Rhineland.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Best Western Ludwigshafen

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    In Munich, admire the Olympic Stadium, the Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz and the Hofbräuhaus. Continue along the Inn Valley to the Austrian Tyrol and on to Innsbruck, a picturesque town where you view the sights, including the Golden Roof and the ski-jump.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Bon Alpina

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Enjoy an exhilarating journey through the Brenner Pass – one of the principal Alpine highways – to Italy. In the Byzantine city of Venice cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Marvel at St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Visit a traditional glass-blowing workshop and see a demonstration, then spend time discovering the delights of Venice. You might like to take a romantic ride in a gondola!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Apogia Sirio

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Traverse the Veneto plain via Bologna and cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains into Tuscany. Continue through Umbria to Lazio and the capital, Rome. This evening, take the opportunity to explore the city's beautiful squares and fountains, and perhaps savour the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Raganelli

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Your Local Guide brings Rome's rich history to life during your wonderful sightseeing tour! Visit St. Peter's Basilica, featuring magnificent works of art. Your tour continues across the Tiber in ancient Rome with views of the Forum and Colosseum. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. From the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums to the incredible fountains in Piazza Navona, Rome is full of wonderful, unmissable sights!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 10


    Drive north through Umbria into the rolling countryside of Tuscany. In the Renaissance city of Florence, enjoy spectacular views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Afterwards, there is time to explore the Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower, and don't forget to shop for leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Demidoff/Grifone

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    Cross the Apennines to the great northern plain and pass the city of Milan. Continue north to the Swiss border, and follow the scenic St. Gotthard route to Lake Lucerne in the heart of Switzerland. The landscape is breathtaking!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Stanserhof

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 12


    Admire the sights of Lucerne during your morning orientation tour, including views of the Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church and a visit to the Lion Monument, built to commemorate the Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Spend free time shopping for Swiss chocolate or perhaps take an experience up a mountain peak!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 13


    Journey into France and pass the Vosges Mountains. See the vineyards as you travel through the great wine region of Burgundy. Arrive later in the elegant capital, Paris. This evening, you might like to take a tour of the city and see the dazzling illuminations!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Mercure La Defense 5 Courbevoie

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 14


    Paris is a beautiful city, and probably has more familiar landmarks than any other capital in the world. Your Local Guide shows you most of them during your sightseeing tour, with views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Afterwards there is time for you to explore on your own. Tonight is the last evening of your holiday, so you might consider a delicious dinner at a cosy bistro. Also, no trip to Paris is complete without seeing a famous cabaret show featuring the can-can!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 15


    Say farewell to your Travel Director and traveling companions at the end of an amazing vacation! Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • DoverSee the White Cliffs.
  • AmsterdamSee Dam Square and the Mint Tower.
  • CologneView the Gothic cathedral.
  • Rhine ValleyCruise the romantic Rhine.
  • MunichSee the Olympic Stadium, the Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz and the Hofbräuhaus.
  • InnsbruckView the famous Golden Roof and the ski-jump.
  • VeniceCruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glass-blowing workshop.
  • RomeSightseeing with your Local Guide. Visit St. Peter's Basilica. View the Forum and the Colosseum.
  • FlorenceEnjoy panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Admire Florentine leatherwork.
  • Swiss AlpsPicture-book scenery.
  • LucerneVisit the Lion Monument and see the medieval old town.
  • ParisSightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.


  • 11 buffet breakfasts
  • 2 full breakfasts
  • 5 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • Ferry from Dover to Calais.
  • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • Ferry from Dover to Calais and return.
  • 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.
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London Hotel booked through Trafalgar or from the London Reception Centre.
  • A London airport shuttle service is available. Conditions apply.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.

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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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