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European Spotlight 2014

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White Cliffs of Dover
Promenade des Anglais
  • Duration: 15 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: This spotlight on Europe has one foot in the past, from sinking Venice to Rome's ancient Colosseum, and the other firmly in the future – with a trip to revolutionary CERN in Switzerland. It's Insider moments like… being in the company of the planet's leading scientists at CERN – the world's most famous physics laboratory. It's knowing these white-coated physicists are tasked with answering the age-old question: 'how did life begin?' And then it's heading to Rome to see how the Vatican City answers the same question in a very different way. From the futuristic to the traditional, it's experiencing the eternal battle between science and religion first hand – and hearing our local friend in Rome share their perspective.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Overnight flight to London.

  • Day 2


    Welcome to London! Relax after your journey or explore this fascinating city!

    Hotel: Park Plaza County Hall

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    London’s historic landmarks are brought to life on your morning tour of all the city’s major sights, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace with a Local Expert. This afternoon visit the sights of your choice or perhaps shop in the fashionable West End.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    This morning, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers and see the White Cliffs of Dover on your channel ferry crossing to France. Pass the battlefields of northern France before arriving in Paris. This evening, join your companions for a Welcome Reception including dinner and drinks. Afterwards enjoy a wonderful evening drive through the city to see the Eiffel Tower and the Alexander III Bridge.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Evergreen Laurel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    View the city's landmarks during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Expert, including the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Appreciate the beautiful skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Explore on your own this afternoon, or take an optional experience to the famous Louvre Museum. You could also shop for souvenirs or simply relax. Why not enjoy a famous cabaret this evening?

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6


    Journey south through rolling countryside into the Burgundy wine region. Visit the medieval town of Beaune and later cross the Swiss border to Geneva − enjoying the magnificent scenery.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hotel Cornavin

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    See the Reformation Monument, the Old Town, the United Nations Building and the Red Cross headquarters during your orientation with your Travel Director. This afternoon, take time to explore on your own or perhaps join your Travel Director and visit CERN in Geneva – famous for the long-sought Higgs boson. See the permanent exhibition "Universe of Particles" for a Unique Insight into science.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 8


    Nice is one of the jewels in the French Riviera, and has always been a favourite with the rich and famous! Drive along the Promenade des Anglais and see Place Massena during your orientation of the 'Bay of the Angels'. This evening travel to the Principality of Monaco and enjoy an orientation and Regional Meal before returning to your hotel in Nice.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Regional Meal)

    Hotel: Boscolo Plaza

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Admire the beautiful resort of Cannes, home of the renowned annual Film Festival. Explore the Fragonard Perfumery, established in 1782 before returning to Nice. Discover the Old Town, shop in hip boutiques or simply relax on the beach.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 10


    This morning travel along the scenic coastline into Itlay. In Pisa, view the amazing Leaning Tower in the Field of Miracles. Then arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Dine tonight at your hotel.

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

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    This morning your Local Expert takes you on an informative walking tour of the city, which includes Piazza della Signoria and the Duomo. View the Ponte Vecchio, a spectacular galleried bridge dating from the Middle Ages. Drive across the Veneto plain into Venice, a magical city with a rich maritime and artistic heritage.

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

    Hotel: NH Laguna Palace

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 12


    Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square and see the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge's Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Consider an optional experience across the lagoon to the island of Burano for a delicious meal.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 13


    Across the picturesque Apennine Mountains, through the vibrant landscape of Tuscany and past the hilltop towns of Orvieto and Orte in Umbria you later arrive in Rome, the Eternal City.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Barcelo Aran Mantegna

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 14


    Visit St. Peter's Basilica and view Michelangelo's Pietà with your Local Expert. See the Forum in ancient Rome and the Circus Maximus where chariot racing was staged. View the Colosseum, site of public events. Celebrate the end of the trip tonight with your companions at a Farewell Dinner.

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

  • Day 15


    Say ‘arrivederci’ to your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of this memorable European vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in London.
  • Local Expert in Paris, Florence and Rome.
  • Unique Insight Visit CERN in Geneva famous for the long-sought Higgs boson. See the permanent exhibition “Universe of Particles”.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Local Speciality Visit the renowned Fragonard Perfumery.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of London, Paris, Florence and Rome.
  • Orientation of Beaune, Geneva, Monaco, Nice, Cannes, Pisa and Venice.
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover, the Festival Hall in Cannes and The Royal Palace in Monaco.
  • See the Somme Battlefields and the Vineyards of Burgundy in France.


  • 13 breakfasts (including 2 full breakfasts and 11 hot buffet breakfasts).
  • 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Regional Meal, 2 three course dinners with wine 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.
  • 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 available. Conditions apply.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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