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White Cliffs of Dover, EnglandThe Arc de Triomphe at night in Paris, FranceParis, FranceChapel Bridge in Lucerne, SwitzerlandWater TowerFlorence, ItalyColosseum in Rome, ItalySt Peter's BasilicaVenice, Italy
White Cliffs of Dover, England
The Arc de Triomphe at night in Paris, France
Paris, France
Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Water Tower
Florence, Italy
Colosseum in Rome, Italy
St Peter's Basilica
Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2013-2014
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  • Style: European Discoveries
  • Description: Europe sightseeing will come alive for you on this fantastic Europe tour. From the elegant Parisian boulevards and beautiful lakeside Lucerne to romantic Florence, Venice and Rome in Italy. Be inspired as you visit Rome's Colosseum and are transported to Roman times. These historic European cities are bursting with ancient monuments and breath-taking attractions available for you to explore.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    LONDON – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    From the White Cliffs of Dover, cross the Channel to Calais. Pass the Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge before continuing via the Somme First World War battlefields to Paris. Enjoy a Welcome Reception with Welcome Drinks and dinner in the evening with your fellow companions and Travel Director. Later an orientation drive will show you some of the sights which await you - a perfect introduction to your magical holiday!


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Evergreen Laurel

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  • Day 2

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Drive along the famous Champs Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe, beneath which lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes a trip up the Eiffel Tower to the second level for a breathtaking views of the city. Spend the afternoon visiting the sights of your choice. Perhaps take an excursion to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3

    PARIS – LUCERNE

    See the sprawling vineyards of Auxerrois and Burgundy as you journey south, passing the medieval castle of Châteauneuf. Cross the border into Switzerland where the scenery is a kaleidoscope of colour. View the beautiful Lake Lucerne. Walk across the 14th century wooden Chapel Bridge and view the emotive Lion of Lucerne during your afternoon orientation.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Astoria

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  • Day 4

    LUCERNE – ST. GOTTHARD – VENICE

    Travel the scenic St. Gotthard Region through the Alps and cross the border at Chiasso into Italy. Catch a glimpse of the Italian Lake Region, a popular retreat for aristocrats since Roman times. Pass Verona and arrive in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

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  • Day 5

    VENICE ORIENTATION – FLORENCE

    Your private motor launch takes you to St. Mark’s Square to view the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace. Witness a Local Speciality glass-blowing demonstration at one of the oldest workshops on the island, then spend your free time discovering Venice’s hidden gems. Afterwards, cross the Apennine Mountains to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and your home for the night.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

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  • Day 6

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Your Local Guide reveals a wealth of fascinating insights during your guided walk around Florence, a city with a rich Renaissance history. View the marble Duomo engineered by Brunelleschi and the magnificent doors of the Baptistery. Admire the Ponte Vecchio which spans the River Arno and marvel at the impressive sculptures and stunning palazzi in the city. Shop for 18-carat gold jewellery and the finest Italian leather goods before heading to Rome, the last stop on your trip.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Barcelo Aran Mantegna

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  • Day 7

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Guide takes you on a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City, one of the largest and most significant churches in the Christian world. Here you will view Michelangelo’s Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. Perhaps consider an excursion to the Sistine Chapel. View the Roman Forum and see the Colosseum, site of ancient gladiatorial contests and public events. Spend time this afternoon visiting the sights of your choice. Make sure to capture a magic moment as you toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain. This evening, join your travelling companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.


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

  • Day 8

    DEPART ROME

    Say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome and your travelling companions, and return home with memories you will cherish for years to come. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • DoverSee the famous white cliffs.
  • 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.
  • LucerneView the Lion Monument and see the Chapel Bridge.
  • VeniceCanal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Byzantine Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.
  • FlorenceView Signoria Square, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery and Santa Croce Basilica with your Local Guide.
  • 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.

Dining

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

    • The 22 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate Christmas in magical Venice. Enjoy a delicious festive meal with all the trimmings – and savour the magical atmosphere that is Christmas in Italy!
    • The 29 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate New Year’s Eve in picturesque lakeside Lucerne. Enjoy a delicious meal with your travel companions surrounded by stunning scenery – a truly memorable New Year’s Eve in Switzerland!

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

Travel Highlights

  • Private Door-to-Door airport transfers in the UK.
  • 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 Dover to Calais.
  • 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.
  • Pick-up if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from 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.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
Disclaimer
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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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