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Traditional Europe 2014

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Royal Palace BrusselsPapal PalaceArc De TriompheEiffel TowerNotre Dame CathedralCologne CathedralHeidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, GermanyRiver RhineMonte Carlo CasinoChillon CastleCampania PompeiiFaraglioni RocksThe Leaning TowerThe ColosseumSt Peter's BasilicaThe ForumSorrentoGrand CanaleSt Mark's Square
Royal Palace Brussels
Papal Palace
Arc De Triomphe
Eiffel Tower
Notre Dame Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral
Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, Germany
River Rhine
Monte Carlo Casino
Chillon Castle
Campania Pompeii
Faraglioni Rocks
The Leaning Tower
The Colosseum
St Peter's Basilica
The Forum
Sorrento
Grand Canale
St Mark's Square
  • Duration: 18 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: Beyond the big cities, like Paris and Rome, are this trip's other highlights: cliff-hanging Sorrento, cool Cologne and ancient Colmar may be smaller in tourist numbers, but they're big on personality. It's Insider moments like… digging beneath the obvious at Pompeii, as you hear about the people behind the objects on show. Walking around the excavations, you're shown more than just the 'things' and 'places' they found centuries after Mount Vesuvius swallowed them whole in 79 AD. And it's this insight into local lives and lifestyles which are also shared by three other Italians we know – Italians whose homes are in Rome, Capri and Florence. Each proudly showing their native land, they give a human twist to the famous sights.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    LONDON – EUROSTAR – BRUSSELS – AMSTERDAM

    This morning, meet your Travel Director before travelling to London's St. Pancras International to board the Eurostar for a high-speed train journey to Brussels. Continue by luxury coach to Amsterdam. Get to know your fellow travellers and Travel Director on a glass-topped boat as you enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the city's canals en route to your Welcome Reception, which includes a light dinner and welcome drink.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City

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  • Day 2

    AMSTERDAM – COLOGNE – RHINE CRUISE – RHINELAND

    Cross into Germany and stop to view Cologne Cathedral. Embark on a wonderful Rhine cruise from Boppard, past magical castles and steep vineyards to St. Goar, site of the Lorelei Rock. Arrive later at your Rhineland hotel where you dine tonight.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Maritim Darmstadt

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  • Day 3

    RHINELAND – HEIDELBERG – COLMAR – ENGELBERG (2 NIGHTS)

    View the impressive Heidelberg Castle overlooking the scenic River Neckar. Enjoy an orientation of Colmar before continuing your journey through the Alsace vineyards and across the Swiss border at Basel to Engelberg. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Schweizerhof

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  • Day 4

    LUCERNE EXCURSION

    See the Lion Monument in Lucerne, built to commemorate the Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI, and the famous wooden Chapel Bridge. Spend free time shopping for delicious chocolates before returning to scenic Engelberg.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 5

    ENGELBERG – LIECHTENSTEIN – INNSBRUCK

    Admire splendid Alpine scenery en route to the Principality of Liechtenstein, stopping in the capital, Vaduz. Cross the border into Austria and follow the Arlberg route through the Tyrol to Innsbruck. View the famous Golden Roof during your orientation of this beautiful town.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grauer Bär

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  • Day 6

    INNSBRUCK – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the 620-foot high Europa Bridge, follow the Brenner Pass into Italy through the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains to the magical city of Venice. This evening, consider taking a gondola ride along the city's romantic network of canals while listening to Italian melodies!


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

    Hotel: Quattro Fontane

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  • Day 7

    VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square and hear the unique history of this beautiful Byzantine city. View the famous Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge's Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own. You might like to take a cruise around the lagoon or shop for souvenirs in the 'calle'.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 8

    VENICE – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    From Venice, across the Veneto and over the Apennine hills, through Tuscany and Umbria, arrive in Rome, the Eternal City. Tonight, why not experience 'la dolce vita' at a pavement café?


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Executive Style Hotel

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  • Day 9

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Discover the treasures of St. Peter's Basilica including Michelangelo's Pietà with your Local Expert. Cross the Tiber to see the Forum, centre of daily life in ancient Rome. See the mighty Colosseum and enjoy views of the Circus Maximus, former site of chariot racing. Perhaps visit the Sistine Chapel in your free time or shop for the latest fashions on the Via del Corso.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 10

    ROME – ISLE OF CAPRI – SORRENTO

    Enjoy a scenic drive through the vineyards of Frascati into the Campania region. Take the ferry across the sea to the beautiful Isle of Capri. A funicular railway brings you to Capri town, where you discover the sights during your walking orientation. Sail to the clifftop summer resort of Sorrento for the night.


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

    Hotel: Corallo

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  • Day 11

    SORRENTO – POMPEII – ASSISI

    Your Local Expert takes you on a walking tour of the excavations at Pompeii. View the restored Abbey of Monte Cassino, perched high on a rocky hill. Arrive later in Assisi, the town of St. Francis in the Umbrian hills.


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

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Roseo

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  • Day 12

    ASSISI – FLORENCE

    View St. Francis' Basilica featuring spectacular frescoes by Giotto during your morning orientation. Later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, your Local Expert shows you the sights including views of the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio bridge.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

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  • Day 13

    FLORENCE – PISA – MONACO – NICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Admire the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the oldest structures in the Field of Miracles. Visit Monaco and see the famous Monte Carlo Casino.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: NH Nice

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  • Day 14

    NICE – ST. PAUL DE VENCE EXCURSION

    Explore St. Paul de Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns in the French Riviera which attracts many artists. Visit a historic perfumery nearby before returning to Nice.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 15

    NICE – AVIGNON – LYON

    See the papal city of Avignon on the River Rhône. Admire the broken bridge − the famous Pont d'Avignon − and the magnificent Papal Palace. Enjoy an orientation tour of Lyon, including Fourvière Hill and Place Bellecour.


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

    Hotel: Mercure Lyon Saxe Lafayette

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  • Day 16

    LYON – BEAUNE – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the beautiful Rhône Valley. Visit the charming village of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy and home to one of the key wines of France. This evening in Paris, consider a trip to one of the city's most famous cabaret shows.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Pullman La Defense

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  • Day 17

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your sightseeing with a Local Expert includes the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. Admire the skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower with an included visit. Celebrate with your companions and Travel Director this evening at a Farewell Dinner.


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

  • Day 18

    PARIS – LONDON

    Say 'au revoir' to Paris as you travel to Calais. Board your ferry to Dover. See the famous White Cliffs before returning to London at the end of this memorable holiday.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in Rome, Pompeii, 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 Fragonard Perfumery on the French Riviera.
  • Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Authentic Accommodation Hotel Corallo, Sorrento, Italy – Just as you’d picture a Sorrento hotel, the Authentic Accommodation we often use is set high on a dramatic cliff. Hotel Corallo has a unique past, as a ‘patrician house’ where intellectuals and artists met in the late 1920s.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Rome, Pompeii, Florence and Paris.
  • Orientation of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Colmar, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Venice, Sorrento, Assisi, Pisa, Monaco, Nice, Avignon and Lyon.
  • Visit Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein, St. Paul de Vence, Beaune, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • Cruise along the River Rhine and to the Isle of Capri.
  • View Cologne Cathedral, Monte Cassino Abbey and the White Cliffs of Dover.
  • See the Lorelei Rock, the Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields in France.

Dining

  • 17 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 8 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 4 three course dinners with wine, 2 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Calais-Dover by ferry across the Channel.
  • 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.
  • In addition, Eurostar high-speed train from London to Brussels.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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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. 
  • ^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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