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European Wonderland 2014

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White Cliffs of DoverArc De TriompheFlorence, Italy
White Cliffs of Dover
Arc De Triomphe
Florence, Italy
  • Duration: 11 Days
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  • Brochure: Family Experiences 2014
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  • Style: Family Experiences
  • Description: It's all about food on this family road trip from Rome to London. Swiss chocolate. Italian gelato. Even the history's served up differently, with lashings of lion fights and chariot racing. It's Insider moments like… spinning fresh pizza dough with an expert Italian chef in Rome. Stretching the base, scattering hand-picked toppings and sliding it into the traditional oven, the buzz turns to silence as the family tucks in to hot slices of authentic Italian pizza. Dessert arrives in Florence when a gelateria owner invites you in for a gelato-tasting of candy-coloured velvety ice cream. In Venice, food makes way for creativity as your family learns to make carnival masks.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome! Relax and unwind after your journey. This evening, meet for a Kick-off Party with your Travel Director and fellow companions.


    Meal(s): (Kick-Off Party)

    Hotel: Crowne Plaza St Peters

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  • Day 2

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert starts with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica where you see Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber to ancient Rome and view the Roman Forum, the famous Colosseum and the Circus Maximus, where chariot racing was held. Later enjoy a Local Speciality when you learn how to make a authentic Italian pizza! Roll the dough, scatter your ingredients on top and bake in a traditional pizza oven before eating. Delicious!


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

  • Day 3

    ROME – SIENA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)

    Head north through the picturesque Chianti wine-producing region. In the beautiful medieval town of Siena, stroll through cobbled streets to the magnificent Piazza del Campo where the colourful Palio bareback horse race takes place every year. Join your companions this evening for a special Italian Regional Meal.


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

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

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  • Day 4

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to many artistic masterpieces. See the marble Cathedral and Piazza della Signoria Square during your walking tour of the city with a Local Expert. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own. Later, admire amazing city views from Piazzale Michelangelo and taste a Local Speciality mouth-watering gelato!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 5

    FLORENCE – BOLOGNA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the Apennine Mountains to the city of Bologna. Here your Local Expert will show the Kissing Towers and Neptune's Fountain before enjoying free time to sample typical Italian cuisine for your lunch. Later arrive in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.


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

    Hotel: Novotel Venezia Mestre

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  • Day 6

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    See the marvellous Byzantine architecture as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, ornate Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and the Campanile. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop. Learn about the great Venetian tradition of Carnival masks, a Local Speciality, with the chance to paint and decorate a mask of your very own! In your free time, perhaps cruise across the lagoon to Burano Island for a fresh seafood meal.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    VENICE – VERONA – ENGELBERG (2 NIGHTS)

    Drive west across the Veneto plains and stop in Shakespeare's Verona to see the Roman Arena and Juliet's balcony. Your journey continues past the commercial centre of Milan and north via Como and Lugano to the Swiss Lake District. Traverse the scenic Alpine St. Gotthard route into central Switzerland and arrive at the winter sports resort of Engelberg.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Ramada Hotel Regina Titlis

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  • Day 8

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Your orientation tour of historic Lucerne includes the Lion Monument, built to commemorate the heroism of the Swiss guards during the French Revolution. Walk across the 14th century wooden Chapel Bridge and see beautiful swans gliding on the lake. Don't miss the opportunity to take an exciting optional mountain experience with breath-taking views! Later, there is time to shop for Swiss souvenirs including watches and chocolate.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 9

    ENGELBERG – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    From Switzerland, cross the River Rhine and the French border. Travel through the famous Burgundy wine region and view the sprawling vineyards. Later, in the glittering capital Paris, you have the chance to sample the delights that await you tomorrow!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Novotel Tour Eiffel

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  • Day 10

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Expert provides fascinating commentary during your guided sightseeing tour, which includes a drive along the Champs Élysées with views of Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre Museum. From the top of the Eiffel Tower, see the city laid out before you in all its glory! Tonight, celebrate with your companions and Travel Director at a special Farewell Dinner.


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

  • Day 11

    PARIS – LONDON

    See the World War I battlefields on the way to Calais. Cross by ferry to Dover and see the famous White Cliffs. Arrive later in London where your spectacular holiday ends!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in Rome, Florence, Bologna 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 a traditional glass-blowing factory in Venice.
  • Local Speciality in Venice, paint and decorate your own Carnival Mask.
  • Local Speciality in Rome, learn how to make authentic pizza and then get to eat it too!
  • Local Speciality Florence, enjoy a gelato tasting in a local gelateria to sample this delicious and refreshing local speciality.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Rome, Florence, Bologna and Paris.
  • Orientation of Siena, Venice and Lucerne.
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • View Juliet's Balcony in Verona, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, the spectacular Alpine scenery of Switzerland and the White Cliffs of Dover.
  • See the Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields.

Dining

  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 6 dinners (including Kick-off Party, Regional Meal, three course dinner, three course dinner with wine, Rome Pizza demonstration 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.
  • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.
  • London airport shuttle service available. Conditions apply.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.

Airport Transfers

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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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