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European Splendour 2014

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Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament at night in London, EnglandChamps ÉlyséesSt Mark's Square
Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament at night in London, England
Champs Élysées
St Mark's Square
  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: This full path through Europe, with a focus on Italy, covers all the essentials – Paris, Venice, Florence, Rome and Pisa – but takes you off track to see hidden history in Siena. It's Insider moments like… taking a walk with a local Italian who knows Florence's cobbled streets like the back of their hand. Pointing out their favourite haunts, they unveil the story of the Medici family, who found fame and fortune in Florence. Ask for a restaurant recommendation and they'll proudly tell you about the city's countless culinary classics. Cold Italian meats, unsalted bread, 'fiorentina', also known as bistecca (or T-bone steak), it's lucky you have free time for dinner before leaving for Pisa and Venice the next day.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Rome! Relax after your journey. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Afterwards, enjoy an orientation of the city including views of St. Peter's and the Tiber.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Barcelo Aran Mantegna

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica. Here you will see the Pietà sculpture, one of Michelangelo's masterpieces. View the Forum, which was the centre of daily life in ancient Rome, and see the mighty Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Later, spend time exploring on your own.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    Drive north into Tuscany. Explore Siena, a beautiful medieval town with ancient cobbled streets. View the Piazza del Campo, where the Palio horse race is held each year, and the cathedral. Shop for souvenirs including attractive pottery. Later, arrive in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, where you stay for the next two nights. This evening enjoy a Regional Meal at a Florentine trattoria.

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

    Hotel: Cosmopolitan Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Your Local Expert provides excellent historical commentary during your guided walking tour, which includes views of the marble Duomo and a visit to Piazza della Signoria. View the Ponte Vecchio bridge, a spectacular feat of engineering dating from the Middle Ages. Admire panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time exploring museums or shop for high quality leather and gold.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 5


    This morning travel to Pisa to view the remarkable Leaning Tower. Later, cross the Veneto plains to Venice, a Byzantine city constructed in a lagoon, with an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening, you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it's the perfect introduction to this magical city! Dine tonight at your hotel.

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

    Hotel: NH Laguna Palace

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Venice is a magnificent city. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square, with commentary from your Travel Director. View the Palladian Churches of the Redeemer and St. George, the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and part of the Grand Canal. Admire the Basilica and the Campanile. Watch Venetian craftsmen at work creating a Local Speciality at a unique glass blowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Enjoy free time or take an optional experience cruise across the lagoon to the island of Burano where you will enjoy a delicious seafood meal.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7


    West across the Veneto plains, view the Roman arena and Juliet's balcony in Verona, the setting of Shakespeare's most famous play. Pass the commercial centre, Milan, and journey 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 in Weggis near Lucerne.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Post Hotel Weggis

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Visit the poignant Lion Monument, commemorating the heroism of the Swiss Guards during the French Revolution. See the wooden Chapel Bridge on your orientation of Lucerne. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Don't miss the opportunity to take an exciting mountain optional experience with breathtaking views. Later, there is time to shop for Swiss souvenirs including watches and chocolate.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 9


    Cross the French border past Belfort and the remains of the Maginot Line. Enjoy the scenery as you travel through the heart of the Burgundy wine-producing region on the way to Paris. This evening, consider going to one of the city's most famous cabaret shows!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Pullman La Defense

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 10


    Admire the city sights with your Local Expert during your morning guided tour. Drive along the Champs Élysées and see the Place de la Concorde. Enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful Paris skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. This evening, celebrate the end of your European adventure with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner.

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

  • Day 11


    Travel north through France past World War I battlefields to Calais. Cross the Channel to Dover and see the famous White Cliffs. Say goodbye to your companions and Travel Director in London at the end of a memorable holiday.

    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.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Rome, Florence and Paris.
  • Orientation of Siena, Venice and Lucerne.
  • Visit St. Peter's in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • View the Piazza del Campo in Siena, Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Lion Monument in Lucerne, spectacular Alpine scenery of Switzerland, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne and the White Cliffs of Dover.
  • See the Colosseum in Rome, Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields in France.


  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 5 dinners (included Welcome Reception, Regional Meal, three-course dinner, three-course dinner with wine 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 at the London Reception Centre.
  • London airport shuttle service available. Conditions apply.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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