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European Dream (Winter 2013/2014)

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White Cliffs of Dover, EnglandThe Arc de Triomphe at night in Paris, FranceParis, FranceChapel Bridge in Lucerne, SwitzerlandThe Roman Forum in Rome, ItalyVenice, Italy
White Cliffs of Dover, England
The Arc de Triomphe at night in Paris, France
Paris, France
Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Style: European Discoveries
  • Description: Tuscany's sweeping vineyards and the majestic Swiss Alps provide picturesque backdrops for this dreamy Europe tour. Explore Italy's ancient Rome and discover the romance of Venice. Visit Lucerne, a city surrounded by beautiful lakes and mountains before ending your Europe trip in Paris to experience the famous charm, elegance and style of the French capital.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    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: Grand Hotel Tiberio

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  • Day 2

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide 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

    ROME – VENICE

    Travel north to the Veneto region and upon arrival in Venice, cruise the Giudecca Canal. View the imposing Basilica and the ornate Doges 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. Arrive later at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

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  • Day 4

    VENICE – VERONA – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    View the Roman Amphitheatre and Juliet’s balcony in Verona, the setting of Shakespeare’s most famous play. Cross the border to Switzerland and through dramatic countryside en-route to scenic Lucerne, situated on the banks of a vast Alpine Lake. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Astoria

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  • Day 5

    LUCERNE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Visit the Lion Monument, a memorial to Swiss Guards massacred in Paris in 1792 while guarding Louis XVI. Explore the old town and cross the Chapel Bridge, one of Lucerne’s most famous landmarks, dating from the 14th century. Consider taking an invigorating mountain excursion or shop for famous Swiss chocolate.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    LUCERNE – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    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: Evergreen Laurel

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  • Day 7

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Guide 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. Plan your afternoon. Perhaps take an excursion 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

    PARIS – LONDON

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • RomeSightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum, the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pietà.
  • VeniceView St Marks Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.
  • VeronaView the Roman Arena and Juliet’s balcony.
  • St. GotthardEnjoy breathtaking Alpine scenery en route to Switzerland.
  • LucerneView the Lion Monument and see the ancient Chapel Bridge.
  • ParisView Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views from an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower.
  • DoverSee the White Cliffs.

Dining

  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 3 evening meals including:
    • Welcome Reception with light snacks and Welcome Drinks and an orientation drive with your Travel Director in Rome.
    • 1 three-course dinner.
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Paris.
  • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights:

    • The 23 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate Christmas in Venice. Enjoy a delicious festive meal with all the trimmings – a truly memorable Christmas in this spectacular city!
    • The 30 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Rome. Enjoy an authentic Italian meal with your newfound friends and then later a glass of ‘spumante’ to toast the year ahead.

      Each of these specially arranged Festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover.
  • 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.
  • Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or the London Reception Centre.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.

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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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