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Wonders of Europe 2014

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Tower Bridge at night in London, EnglandParis, FranceChapel Bridge in Lucerne, SwitzerlandThe Roman Forum in Rome, ItalyVenice, Italy
Tower Bridge at night in London, England
Paris, France
Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 17 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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    At Leisure 2014
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  • Style: At Leisure
  • Description: Big Ben in London, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Vatican in Rome: this is the way to see Europe's iconic cities – and their world-famous sights, all at an enjoyable pace. It's insider moments like… arriving in the medieval city of Beaune in Burgundy, anticipating the delights that will be served when you dine at the Michelin-starred restaurant later on. Walking over Lucerne's 14th century Chapel Bridge – the oldest covered wooden bridge in the world. Watching skilled glassblowers create pieces of art on Guidecca Island in Venice. And making a mental note of the amazing insights you hear about London, Paris, Verona, Florence and Rome, as insiders tell you what it is that makes their cities great.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS)

    After checking in at your hotel, why not explore the city of London? Whether you stroll through one of the Royal Parks, shop in the vibrant West End or visit one of the world famous historical attractions, London has plenty to keep you entertained. Later, meet with your Travel Director and fellow companions for a traditional English pub Welcome Reception.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Cumberland

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  • Day 2

    LONDON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning's sightseeing tour with a Local Expert features the capital's most famous sights. See Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. You might like to explore Hyde Park, stroll through Kensington Gardens, visit the Natural History Museum or take a cruise on the River Thames to the Tower of London. Perhaps finish with a West End theatre show!


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 3

    LONDON – EUROSTAR – PARIS (3 NIGHTS)

    Your trip on the ultra-modern high-speed Eurostar train from London's St. Pancras Station to Paris is exhilarating! Delight in the scenery through Kent and Northern France en route to the glamorous capital. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director with dinner at your hotel.


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

    Hotel: Novotel Tour Eiffel

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  • Day 4

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Admire panoramic views of the city from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Drive along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe on your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. Discover the delights of the city on your own this afternoon or perhaps enjoy an optional experience to Versailles. This evening consider a night at the most famous cabaret in the world!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 5

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Another opportunity to explore the city and take in some of the most incredible museums in the world. Otherwise, you may consider taking an optional experience to Giverney, to visit Monet's House and discover the beautiful gardens which inspired him to paint his famous impressionist paintings. This evening you might like to try some French cuisine in a typical Parisian brasserie.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    PARIS – BEAUNE

    Drive south towards the capital of the Burgundy wine country, past the Côte d'Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. Arrive in the medieval town of Beaune and enjoy free time to explore the central 'old town' within the walled city. Tonight enjoy a magnificent dinner in a Michelin starred restaurant with wine.


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

    Hotel: Hostellerie Le Cedre

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  • Day 7

    BEAUNE – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the border into Switzerland where the alpine scenery is simply breathtaking. See beautiful Lake Lucerne and walk across the 14th century wooden Chapel Bridge. View the emotive Lion of Lucerne during your afternoon orientation.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Europe

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  • Day 8

    LUCERNE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Today is yours to shop, relax or take a mountain optional experience up spectacular Mount Pilatus!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9

    LUCERNE – VENICE (3 NIGHTS)

    Travel the scenic St. Gotthard Region through the Alps and cross the border at Chiasso into Italy. Catch a glimpse of the Italian Lake Region, a popular retreat for aristocrats since Roman times. Arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Enjoy a relaxed dinner at your hotel this evening.


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

    Hotel: Excelsior

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  • Day 10

    VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, Grand Canal, St Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 11

    VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Free time is an opportunity to visit the Fine Arts Academy, simply relax at a café on St. Mark's Square or consider a boat trip to the Island of Burano for a delicious seafood meal.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 12

    VENICE – VERONA – FLORENCE (3 NIGHTS)

    This morning visit the fair city of Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers for a walking tour with a Local Expert. Enjoy views of the Roman arena and savour the bustle of this picturesque city. Travel on to the city which is home to the Renaissance movement – Florence for a three night stay.


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

    Hotel: Starhotels Michelangelo

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  • Day 13

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Learn about Florence's artistic heritage during a walking tour with your Local Expert. See the multi coloured Duomo and the Piazza della Signoria. View Ponte Vecchio, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time shopping for high quality leather and gold and consider an optional experience to the Fine Arts Academy to see Michelangelo's 'David'.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 14

    FLORENCE – INCLUDED VISIT TO PISA

    Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa, a former maritime city on the Ligurian Sea. In the Square of Miracles, home to some of the city's most famous sights, see the incredible Leaning Tower and the beautifully sculpted marble Cathedral. See the Baptistery and the cemetery, built on soil brought from Calvary in the Holy Land. Later return to Florence and spend free time shopping for souvenirs. This evening consider enjoying a meal at a nearby villa.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 15

    FLORENCE – SAN GIMIGNANO – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning drive a short distance to San Gimignano - the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage town with medieval walls and towers in the province of Siena. Enjoy some free time to wander the winding streets and shop for local pottery. Later arrive in the eternal city of Rome.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Barcelo Aran Mantegna

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  • Day 16

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Here you will view Michelangelo’s Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. View the Roman Forum and see the Colosseum, site of ancient gladiatorial contests and public events. Spend time this afternoon visiting the sights of your choice. This evening, join your travelling companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.


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

  • Day 17

    DEPART ROME

    Say 'arrivederci' to Rome and your travelling companions, and return home with memories you will cherish for years to come. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in London, Paris, Verona, Florence and Rome.
  • 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.
  • Authentic Accommodation Grand Hotel Europe, Lucerne, Switzerland - 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.
  • Authentic Accommodation Hostellerie Le Cedre, Beaune, France - An elegant French home in central Beaune, complete with shuttered windows, perfect gardens and the obligatory wine cellar, the five star Hostellerie Le Cedre is often our Authentic Accommodation and even has a Michelin star restaurant where you will dine.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tours in London, Paris, Verona, Florence and Rome.
  • Orientations of Beaune, Lucerne, Venice, Pisa and San Gimignano.
  • Visit the second level of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
  • See the Roman Arena in Verona, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Colosseum in Rome.

Dining

  • 16 breakfasts (including 2 full and 14 hot buffets).
  • 7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, three course dinner, 3 three course dinners with wine, Gourmet Dinner with wine in Beaune at 'Le Clos du Cedre' which holds 1 Michelin star 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.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.
  • London airport shuttle service available. Conditions apply.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.
  • One way Eurostar high speed train journey.

Airport Transfers

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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. 
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