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European Whirl 2014

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Hofburg PalaceArc De TriompheEiffel TowerNotre Dame CathedralCologne CathedralHeidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, GermanyRiver RhineChapel Bridge in Lucerne, SwitzerlandChillon CastleFlorence, ItalyThe ColosseumSt Peter's BasilicaThe ForumCeilings within Vatican City, ItalyGrand CanaleSt Mark's Square
Hofburg Palace
Arc De Triomphe
Eiffel Tower
Notre Dame Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral
Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, Germany
River Rhine
Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Chillon Castle
Florence, Italy
The Colosseum
St Peter's Basilica
The Forum
Ceilings within Vatican City, Italy
Grand Canale
St Mark's Square
  • Duration: 15 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: A bestseller for a reason, this journey around Europe's most popular countries and cities brings together the best of its history, scenery, legends, locals and experiences. It's Insider moments like… staying at the historic Grand Europe Lucerne in an exclusive lakeside town in Switzerland. Built more than 140 years ago, to cash in on the arrival of the Gotthard Railway station which never arrived, you step inside and get an authentic taste of life in 19th century Lucerne. You feel a similar whirl of history as you walk over the town's 14th century Chapel Bridge or stand in front of the Lion Monument – and when you eat real Swiss chocolate, first created in the 17th century but now a timeless tradition.
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Optionals

On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance your experience should you so choose. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited these can be paid with cash or credit card.


A reduction of 25% of the cost of the Optional Excursions is offered to all children under the age of 16 years at the time of travel. Please Note: This discount to does not apply to North America optionals, as they are already discounted.

  • LUCERNE

    • + Folklore Evening And Dinner Tonight we shall enjoy a tasty Swiss meal (one of the courses will be the famous Swiss cheese fondue) in a typical restaurant. Whilst you enjoy dinner, join in the fun of a lively folklore show which includes yodelling, flag-throwing, Alpine horn-blowing and many other customary Swiss entertainment. Two drinks are included.

    • + Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise A series of cable cars will take us gradually up through the fields and forests to the summit of Lucerne's most well-known mountain. Here you have time to explore, admire the many sweeping views, and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Then we board the cog-wheel train to the base of the mountain. (On certain departures the ascent and descent will be by cable car only.) On our return trip we enjoy a scenic lake cruise. (On certain departures this optional may be operated in reverse, with the cruise first.)

    • + Swiss Heritage 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.

  • ROME

    • + Introduction To Rome And Piazza Navona Cameras at the ready for the many magnificent sights awaiting us as we 'do as the Romans do' and take an evening 'passegiata', or evening stroll. With our licensed 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 many centuries, creating an amazing legacy for us today like the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona, with its lively cafes.

    • + Ostia Antica Drive to the Mediterranean coast and visit the excavations of Ancient Ostia, the former harbour of Rome. These ruins offer perhaps a more complete picture of Roman urban life than either Rome or Pompeii. See the remains of the baths, theatre, apartment houses, drinking room, mosaics and wall paintings at this beautiful site, mirrored by cypress trees and umbrella pines.

    • + Roman Dinner With Live Musical Entertainment An evening of great entertainment and fun. A delicious Italian meal, including wine and soft drinks, is served while you are treated to a wonderful music in a unique setting.

    • + Vatican Museums And Colosseum 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

    • + Michelangelos David 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.

  • PARIS

    • + Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner Dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world famous Moulin Rouge - the original Paris cabaret - immortalized by the homonymous award-winning film and featuring 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

    • + Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner 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 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 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.)

  • INNSBRUCK

    • + Tyrolean Evening With Dinner Enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Tyrolean cuisine, followed by a lively folklore show. Singers, dancers and musicians dressed in national costume providing an evening of entertainment and fun. Drinks are included.

  • VENICE

    • + Venetian Magic 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.

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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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