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European Dream 2014

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White Cliffs of DoverThe Eiffel TowerSt Mark's SquareVerona Arena in Verona, Italy
White Cliffs of Dover
The Eiffel Tower
St Mark's Square
Verona Arena in Verona, Italy
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: Local traditions and national heritage come into focus on this fast-paced jaunt, as Europe's 'celebrity' cities of Rome, Venice and Paris join the lesser known highlights of Lucerne. It's Insider moments like… the heat of the roaring furnace as the golden glow of molten glass expands under the power of an artisan's lungs in a Venetian glass factory. Finding out the science behind the beauty, you learn which chemical reactions can be seen in the vibrant swirls of reds, golds and greens in the glass. And you witness the deft movements of the craftsman; his speed a testament to his skill, as the delicate fragility of his finished work cools before your eyes.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey. In the evening enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow companions and Travel Director. Later, relax on an orientation drive which will whet your appetite for the sights which await you.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Crowne Plaza St Peters

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert takes you to visit St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, one of the largest and most significant churches in the Christian world. Witness Michelangelo's Pietà, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture. View the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, site of ancient gladiatorial contests. Spend time on your own experiencing the wonders of the Eternal City. Later, in your free time, perhaps visit the Sistine Chapel or make a wish and throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    Cross the Apennine Mountains to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Enjoy stories and views of the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria during your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. Arrive later at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Upon arrival in Venice, cruise the Grand Canal. View the imposing Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace before exploring this incredible city. Enjoy a Local Speciality glass blowing demonstration. Sample dinner in one of the many restaurants or sip coffee 'al fresco' while listening to the orchestras in St. Mark's Square.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Novotel Venezia Mestre

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Leave Venice and travel across the Veneto plains, then north to the Italian and Swiss Lake Districts via Como and Lugano. Marvel at the picturesque alpine scenery along the St. Gotthard route into central Switzerland, arriving later at Lucerne. Visit the Lion Monument, a memorial to Swiss Guards massacred in Paris in 1792 while guarding Louis XVI. Explore the old town and perhaps join an excursion to one of the surrounding mountain peaks. Dine at your hotel tonight.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Lucerne

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    From Lucerne, head northwest past Basel into France. See the extensive vineyards of Burgundy, one of the country's biggest wine producing areas. Arrive in the City of Light for a two night stay.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Renaissance La Defense

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Your Local Expert takes you on a morning tour of the city's sights. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower by elevator and get a bird's eye view of the golden dome of Les Invalides. See the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. Perhaps take an optional experience to visit Versailles, lavishly designed for Louis XIV. Tonight dine with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner.

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

  • Day 8


    Say 'au revoir' as you pass the Somme battlefields en route to Calais. Sail across the Channel to Dover, continuing by coach through Kent to London, your final destination.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in Rome, Florence and Paris.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit a traditional glass-blowing workshop in Venice.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Rome, Florence and Paris.
  • Orientation of Venice and Lucerne.
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
  • View the Colosseum in Rome, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the White Cliffs of Dover.
  • See the Somme Battlefields and the Vineyards of Burgundy in France and the Tuscan countryside.


  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 3 dinners (including Welcome Reception, three course dinner 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 across the Channel from Calais to Dover.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.
  • Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre.
  • London airport shuttle service is available to purchase. Conditions apply.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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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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