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Great European 2014

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The Sound of Music ChurchSalzburg CathedralHofburg PalaceWhite Cliffs of DoverArc De TriompheEiffel TowerNotre Dame CathedralCologne CathedralHeidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, GermanyPrado MuseumThe Leaning TowerThe ColosseumSt Peter's BasilicaThe ForumSorrentoGrand CanaleSt Mark's Square
The Sound of Music Church
Salzburg Cathedral
Hofburg Palace
White Cliffs of Dover
Arc De Triomphe
Eiffel Tower
Notre Dame Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral
Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, Germany
Prado Museum
The Leaning Tower
The Colosseum
St Peter's Basilica
The Forum
Sorrento
Grand Canale
St Mark's Square
  • Duration: 27 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: From the spiritual hubs of the Vatican and Lourdes to celebrity-rich Cannes, famous for its annual A-list invasion, see it all on a journey into the contrasts of Europe. It's Insider moments like… encountering Europe's cities with the locals who live in them. Passionate about the traditions of their countries and cultures, each is ready to share their unforgettable insights. Whether it's the stylish cities of Paris, Madrid and Barcelona. The historic settings of Assisi, Florence, Pompeii and Rome. Or the musical centres of Vienna and Salzburg. It's following the journeys they've often taken and hearing their takes on the 'hip', the history and the music.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    LONDON – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    A warm welcome from your Travel Director! By ferry from Dover to Calais and across World War I battlefields, catch a glimpse of the Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge before arriving in Paris. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception including dinner and Welcome Drinks. Afterwards, enjoy an orientation drive of the city including views of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Champs Élysées.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Renaissance La Defense

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  • Day 2

    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 your Local Expert. Discover the delights of the city on your own this afternoon or perhaps take an optional experience to the Louvre.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3

    PARIS – CHARTRES – BORDEAUX

    Visit Chartres Cathedral, renowned for its stained glass windows. Journey through Orleans and Tours to the wine-region of Bordeaux, where you spend the night.


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

    Hotel: Mercure Bordeaux Chateau Chartrons

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  • Day 4

    BORDEAUX – BIARITZ – LOURDES

    Visit Biarritz, the elegant surfing resort. Marvel at the Basilica and visit St. Bernadette's grotto.


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

    Hotel: Mercure Lourdes Imperial

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  • Day 5

    LOURDES – MADRID (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the Somosierra Pass to Madrid, the highest capital in Europe.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Ayre Gran Colon

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  • Day 6

    MADRID SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Marvel at the city's most important landmarks on your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Expert including views of the Royal Palace and Plaza de España. Enjoy an included visit to the Prado Museum with its vast collection. Later, consider an optional experience to the fascinating city of Toledo.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    MADRID – BARCELONA (2 NIGHTS)

    Pass Guadalajara, the Gorges of Jalon and Aragon en route to Barcelona.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Abba Sants

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  • Day 8

    BARCELONA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Expert features a visit to the old cathedral and views of Gaudi's Art Nouveau fantasies. Tonight, why not experience a fiery flamenco show and a delicious Spanish buffet.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9

    BARCELONA – CANNES (2 NIGHTS)

    Pass by mountains and spectacular coastlines to Cannes. This picturesque town is home to the annual Cannes Film Festival.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Montaigne & Spa

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  • Day 10

    CANNES AND PERFUMERY EXCURSION

    Free time in Cannes this morning before your visit to the Fragonard Perfumery.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 11

    CANNES – MONACO – PISA – FLORENCE

    See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the cathedral where Princess Grace is buried. Pass Genoa Columbus' birthplace to Pisa where you view the incredible Leaning Tower. Spend the night in the Renaissance city of Florence.


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

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

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  • Day 12

    FLORENCE – ASSISI

    Admire the many wonders of Florence on your guided walking tour, including views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio. Enjoy an included visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo's statue of David, with a Local Expert. Later travel to Assisi.


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

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Roseo

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  • Day 13

    ASSISI – POMPEII – SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning with a Local Expert, visit the Basilica of St. Francis and the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Assisi. Then travel south towards Naples and stop in Pompeii to enjoy a walking tour with a Local Expert of the excavations before arriving in Sorrento.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Parco del Sole

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  • Day 14

    EXCURSION TO THE ISLE OF CAPRI

    Explore the enchanting Isle of Capri on your guided walking tour with a Local Expert. See the Piazzetta and the Faraglioni rocks. Cruise back to Sorrento and enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening with your companions.


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

  • Day 15

    SORRENTO – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    See the sights of Sorrento before heading north to Rome, the Eternal City.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Ateneo Garden Palace/Barcelo Aran Mantegna

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  • Day 16

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Visit the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, with a Local Expert. Enjoy views of the Forum, the mighty Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Spend free time exploring – don't forget to try the delicious gelato!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 17

    ROME – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Drive over the scenic Apennine Mountains, past Bologna and Padua to the magical city of Venice! Stay at your superb hotel tonight on Lido Island.


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

    Hotel: Viktoria Palace Hotel

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  • Day 18

    VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Appreciate this Byzantine city during your private canal cruise. See St. Marks Square. View the Bridge of Sighs. Visit a glass-blowing workshop for a Local Speciality demonstration, then explore on your own.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 19

    VENICE – VIENNA (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the Carnic Alps into Austria en route to Vienna.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton Vienna Danube

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  • Day 20

    VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Expert shows you the sights, including views of the famous Opera House, Hofburg Palace, Stadtpark, Parliament and Imperial Boulevards. The rest of the day is yours to explore.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 21

    VIENNA – SALZBURG – MUNICH

    Hear marvellous tales of the Von Trapp family during your sightseeing tour of Salzburg. After sightseeing in Munich see the Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Angelo Munich Westpark

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  • Day 22

    MUNICH – LIECHTENSTEIN – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit Vaduz in Liechtenstein. Arrive later in Lucerne, surrounded by mountains and standing at the edge of a lake − a spectacular sight to behold!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Astoria

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  • Day 23

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Visit the famous Lion Monument and walk over the Chapel Bridge. The rest of the day is yours to shop, relax or take a mountain experience!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 24

    LUCERNE – HEIDELBERG – RHINE CRUISE – BOPPARD

    View the impressive Heidelberg Castle. Enjoy the scenery as you cruise down the Rhine to Boppard.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Best Western Premier Bellevue Rheinhotel

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  • Day 25

    BOPPARD – COLOGNE – AMSTERDAM (2 NIGHTS)

    See the impressive Gothic Cathedral of Cologne before crossing into the Netherlands and on to Amsterdam, your home for the next two nights.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City

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  • Day 26

    AMSTERDAM SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Cruise through Amsterdam's canals in a glass-topped boat. See Dam Square and the Mint Tower. Tonight, join your travelling companions for a delicious Farewell Dinner.


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

  • Day 27

    AMSTERDAM – LONDON

    Drive through Belgium and France to Calais and cross to England by ferry. See the famous White Cliffs of Dover on the way to London, where your memorable holiday ends.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii, Rome, Vienna and Salzburg.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit Fragonard Perfumery.
  • Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Authentic Accommodation Best Western Premier Bellevue Rheinhotel, Boppard, Germany – On the banks of the Rhine, our A Authentic Accommodation in Boppard has been in one family for five generations. Built in 1887, when often stay at Best Western Premier Bellevue Rheinhotel so you can enjoy its Art Nouveau style.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Assisi, Isle of Capri, Pompeii, Rome, Vienna and Salzburg.
  • Orientation of Bordeaux, Biarritz, Cannes, Monaco, Pisa, Sorrento, Venice, Munich, Lucerne, Heidelberg and Amsterdam.
  • Visit Chartres Cathedral, St. Bernadette's Grotto in Lourdes, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein.
  • Cruise along the River Rhine and to the Isle of Capri.
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover.
  • See the Somme Battlefields and the Loreli Rock.

Dining

  • 26 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 11 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 6 three course dinners with wine, 3 three course dinners 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.
  • Return cross-channel ferry.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.
  • London airport shuttle service is available to purchase. Conditions apply.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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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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