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Glimpse of Europe 2014

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Arc De TriompheHeidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, GermanyAmsterdam, NetherlandsChillon Castle
Arc De Triomphe
Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, Germany
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Chillon Castle
  • Duration: 7 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe Costsaver 2014
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  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: Get acquainted with the elegant landmarks and picturesque scenery of Amsterdam, the Rhine Valley, Lucerne and Paris. Discover fun and friendly Amsterdam with its beautiful canals. Admire the scenic Black forest as you travel through to the spectacular Rhine Falls. Stroll through Lucerne's medieval old town nestled in the Swiss Alps. As your tour comes to an end, see the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe before you leave.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    LONDON – AMSTERDAM

    This morning see the White Cliffs of Dover as you cross the channel to continental Europe. Travel through Belgium and into The Netherlands where you will pass by windmills en-route to the lively city of Amsterdam. During your orientation see the Mint Tower and Dam Square. Perhaps take the opportunity to explore the city further on a canal cruise in a glass-covered boat to enjoy views of the historic gabled houses.

    Hotel: Ibis Amsterdam Airport

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  • Day 2

    AMSTERDAM – RHINE CRUISE – HEIDELBERG - RHINELAND

    This morning, after breakfast, travel eastwards through the Dutch countryside passing by Utrecht, both a provincial capital and the largest university city of The Netherlands, and Arnhem, renowned for the battle fought here during the Second World War which was recounted in the film ‘A Bridge Too Far’. Then cross into Germany and travel via Bonn, the former capital of West Germany when the country was divided, to the picturesque Rhine Valley. Here you embark on a cruise at Boppard which glides past medieval castles and steeply terraced vineyards which produce the well-known high quality Rhine wines. You disembark at St. Goar and then have views of the Lorelei Rock and learn about the legends associated with this stretch of the river. Continue to Heidelberg, the oldest university city in Germany. Learn about the riotous life of past students and enjoy views of the sandstone castle from the charming Old Town. Finally continue southwards to your hotel where you dine tonight.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Ramada Neustadt

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  • Day 3

    RHINELAND – BLACK FOREST – RHINE FALLS – LUCERNE REGION (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel south, through the Black Forest region which is bordered by the Rhine Valley to the west and south. This beautiful area is renowned for wood carving, the creation of the original cuckoo clock, and speciality cuisine which includes delicacies such as smoked ham and Black Forest Cake. Cross the border into Switzerland before stopping to admire the impressive Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen. Travel to central Switzerland and enter the scenic region of Lake Lucerne, your home for the next two nights.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Paxmontana Jugendstil/Postillon Buochs

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  • Day 4

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    This morning your orientation tour around this medieval city highlights the poignant Lion Monument, built in memory of Louis XVI's courageous Swiss Guards who tried to defend the Palace of the Tuileries in Paris during the French Revolution, the wooden Chapel Bridge across the River Reuss and the onion domed Jesuit Church. Later, perhaps enjoy an exhilarating excursion to the top of one of the surrounding mountains or explore the squares and towers of the quaint old city? Alternatively, there is plenty of opportunity for shopping, whether it be Swiss watches, jewellery or the wide range of deliciously flavoured chocolate.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 5

    LUCERNE REGION – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    Today head north and cross the Rhine River for the final time in the city of Basel as you leave Switzerland and enter France. Pass by Belfort and the remains of the Maginot Line, a vast fortification built after the First World War, which ended in 1918, to protect the French – German border. Then cross through part of the renowned wine producing Burgundy region with views of the extensive vineyards. Continue past the rolling fertile farmland of the Auxerre region before the approach to the capital city of Paris. Gradually the excitement mounts as you begin to enter the outskirts of this splendid city. Tonight perhaps take the opportunity to get to know Paris on a stunning tour of Paris by Night optional experience?


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Courtyard Marriott Arcueil

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  • Day 6

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning, your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide introduces you to this exquisitely planned city with views of the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Later there is time to maybe visit the vast Louvre Museum and this evening, why not sample Paris nightlife at a cabaret show?


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    PARIS – LONDON

    Traverse northern France past World War I battlefields.  Cross the English Channel to Dover and continue your journey to London where you say goodbye to your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the end of a memorable holiday.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • DoverSee the white cliffs.
  • AmsterdamOrientation includes the Mint Tower and Dam Square.
  • Rhine ValleyCruise the Romantic Rhine.
  • HeidelbergEnjoy views of the castle from the old town.
  • Black ForestSee this picturesque region.
  • SchaffhausenView the mighty Rhine Falls.
  • LucerneOrientation including a visit to the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge.
  • ParisView the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower on your sightseeing tour with your Local Guide.

Dining

  • 6 buffet breakfasts
  • 3 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • Return 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.
  • Pick-up in London 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.
  • 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.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.

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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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