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European Horizons 2014

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Golden Roof in Innsbruck, AustriaThe Arc de Triomphe at night in Paris, FranceMunich, Germany
Golden Roof in Innsbruck, Austria
The Arc de Triomphe at night in Paris, France
Munich, Germany
  • Duration: 16 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: Modern innovation meets classical scenery and artistic innovation – the heart of Europe is shown through the beauty and bounty of nine neighbouring countries. It's Insider moments like… stepping into the calm scent-rich air of Fragonard's perfumery, its ochre walls hidden below the little hilltop town of Eze, near Nice. The aromas of the tranquil garden pale in comparison to the lush perfume you inhale as you follow an expert perfumer, who explains the process and techniques behind some of France's finest scents. As you test your nose against the masters, finding out why the best perfumers are almost always men, you get a unique insight into the traditions underpinning this family business.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Meet your Travel Director this morning and travel to Dover to board the ferry and cross the Channel to France! Continue over the Belgian border and see the canals and cobbled streets of medieval Bruges on your way to Brussels. On arrival your orientation includes views of the Atomium, the Royal Palaces and a walk through the Grand Place to see the Manneken Pis. This evening, get to know your companions and your Travel Director at a Welcome Reception including a light dinner and welcome drinks.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Renaissance Brussels

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    This morning travel into Germany. Cruise down the River Rhine from Boppard past medieval ruins and picturesque scenery to St. Goar. Hear the fable of the Lorelei Rock. Later, view Heidelberg Castle which is perched on the hillside above the River Neckar.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Renaissance Karlsruhe

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Cross the Swabian Uplands to Munich. See the Olympic Stadium, Marienplatz and Hofbräuhaus during your orientation. In the Tyrol's capital, Innsbruck, view the centuries-old Golden Roof and St. Jakob's Cathedral. This evening, enjoy a Regional Meal with local specialities.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Regional Meal)

    Hotel: Hilton Innsbruck

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Enjoy a spectacular alpine drive through the Brenner Pass into Italy. See the famous Olympic ski-jump at Cortina d'Ampezzo with free time for lunch in the dramatic Dolomites. Arrive later in the magical city of Venice – Queen of the Adriatic. You might start your two-night stay by opting for a romantic gondola ride!

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

    Hotel: NH Laguna Palace

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square and see the wonders of this unique floating city, including the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop. Spend free time exploring on your own – perhaps take a boat trip round the lagoon or wander through the narrow streets and shop for souvenirs.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6


    Head south across the forested Apennine Mountains to Rome, the Eternal City.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Barcelo Aran Mantegna

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Your Local Expert gives an interesting account of Rome's rich history on your guided sightseeing this morning. Visit St. Peter's Basilica, one of the holiest sites in the Christian world. View the Forum, centre of daily life in ancient Rome, and the mighty Colosseum. Spend time seeing the sights of your choice or sit back and experience 'la dolce vita'.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 8


    Drive north into beautiful Tuscan countryside to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Your Local Expert brings the city's amazing history to life during your guided walking tour, which includes views of the Cathedral, Baptistery and Piazza della Signoria. See the Ponte Vecchio, a feat of medieval engineering.

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

    Hotel: Nil Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    See the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the world's most famous landmarks, which stands beside the Cathedral and Baptistery. Follow the coast across the border to the French Riviera. Visit the Principality of Monaco and see part of the Grand Prix circuit. Arrive later in Nice, your home for the next two nights.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Nice

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 10


    Explore St. Paul de Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera, and well-known for its art. Visit the Fragonard Perfumery to learn about this intricate art, and perhaps buy some for yourself! Spend the afternoon in Nice. Relax on the beach, shop in fashionable boutiques or stroll along the Promenade des Anglais.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 11


    Travel back into Italy and through the Italian Lake Region before crossing the Swiss border. In Tasch, board electric minibuses to the renowned mountain resort of Zermatt.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Albana Real

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 12


    Enjoy a relaxing day exploring the town or consider joining an optional experience up the Matterhorn.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 13


    The Glacier Express is one of the most famous trains in the world and takes you through stunning Alpine scenery from Zermatt to Andermatt. Re-join your luxury coach and continue to lakeside Lucerne. Visit the Lion Monument and see the iconic Chapel Bridge. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Europe Lucerne

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 14


    Cross into France and see the vineyards in the wine-producing region of Burgundy. Admire the Auxerrois vineyards and the changing terrain on your journey north to the glittering capital, Paris.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Evergreen Laurel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 15


    Paris is a beautiful city with an abundance of famous sights! See the Place de la Concorde, the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe on your guided sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. Marvel at the skyline from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Celebrate the end of your journey tonight with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner.

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

  • Day 16


    Say 'au revoir' as you leave Paris and cross northern France. Catch a glimpse of the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge on the way to Calais. Board a ferry to Dover and continue to London by coach, where your memorable holiday ends.

    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 Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Local Speciality Visit Fragonard Perfumery on the French Riviera.
  • Authentic Accommodation Grand Hotel Europe, Lucerne - Taking you straight back to Switzerland's elegant past, the appropriately named Grand Hotel Europe is a landmark in Lucerne. By the lake, it is our Authentic Accommodation on many of the trips we take to this historic town.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Rome, Florence and Paris.
  • Orientation of Bruges, Brussels, Heidelberg, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice, Pisa, Monaco, Nice, Zermatt and Lucerne.
  • Cruise along the River Rhine.
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, St. Paul de Vence, a French Perfumery and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover and the Olympic Ski Jump at Cortina.
  • See the Lorelei Rock, the Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields.


  • 15 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Regional Meal, 2 three course dinners with wine, 2 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Return ferry crossing 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.
  • Glacier Express train ticket from Zermatt to Andermatt.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.
  • London airport shuttle service available. Conditions apply.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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