Contrasts of Europe Preview 2014

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Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament at night in London, EnglandThe Eiffel TowerFlorence, Italy
Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament at night in London, England
The Eiffel Tower
Florence, Italy
  • Duration: 16 Days
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  • Style: European Discoveries Train Trips
  • Description: Experience a high-speed adventure through Europe aboard comfortable trains with leisurely sightseeing in all the top cities! Admire world-famous monuments in London and the glittering sights of Paris. See the trendy Côte d’Azur and cruise the waterways of Venice. Witness Renaissance art in Florence and the ancient history of Rome!
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART USA

    Overnight flight to London.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to London! Spend your day relaxing or take a leisurely wander through the streets of this amazing city. This evening, meet and get to know your companions and your Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a traditional pub meal and a welcome drink.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

  • Day 3

    LONDON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning’s sightseeing tour features the capital’s most famous sights. See Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. You might like to explore Hyde Park, stroll through Kensington Gardens, visit the Natural History Museum or take a cruise on the River Thames to the Tower of London. Perhaps finish with a West End theatre show!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    LONDON - PARIS (3 NIGHTS)

    Your trip on the ultra-modern high-speed Eurostar train from London’s St. Pancras Station to Paris is exhilarating! Delight in the scenery through Kent and Northern France en route to the glamorous capital. On arrival in Paris we then admire the skyline in all its glory from the second level of the Eiffel Tower, before transfering to your hotel by coach.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 5

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See all the great sights of this magnificent city with your Local Guide, including Place de la Concorde, the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Discover the city on your own this afternoon. You might like to try some French cuisine in a typical brasserie or perhaps enjoy a cabaret show at a famous Parisian venue this evening.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    PARIS - FREE TIME

    Today is yours to explore as you wish. The city is home to some of the greatest attractions in the world including museums, galleries and parks, as well as the Palace of Versailles and the River Seine with its popular cruises. Your Travel Director will be happy to suggest all available options.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    PARIS - NICE (2 NIGHTS)

    At Paris’ Gare de Lyon, board the TGV Mediterranée, one of the French fleet’s most modern trains. Admire the stunning scenery as you pass through the hills of Burgundy, along the Rhône Valley, past the villages of Provence and the Luberon to Nice on the French Riviera. See Promenade des Anglais, Place Massena and the old town on your orientation tour of Nice. Tonight, join your companions for a wonderful Highlight Dinner of Niçois specialities in a local restaurant, then head to Monte Carlo for the chance to ‘break the bank’ at one of the casinos!


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

  • Day 8

    DAY EXCURSION TO CANNES

    Spend today as you wish. You might like to relax on a beach, explore the elegant town of Nice or join your Travel Director for a morning excursion to Cannes, home of the annual Cannes Film Festival and one of the country’s most glamorous destinations! After free time in Cannes, you might consider an optional excursion to St. Paul de Vence.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9

    NICE - VENICE (3 NIGHTS)

    A scenic drive east along rugged coastline brings you into Italy. Cross the Veneto Plains and enter the magical city of Venice − Queen of the Adriatic and your home for the next three nights.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 10

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square is spectacular! See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop. Spend the afternoon discovering the delights of this very special city.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 11

    VENICE WALKING TOUR AND FREE TIME

    The city is brought to life with superb historical insights from your Local Guide during your included walking tour from St. Mark’s Square to the ancient fish market near Rialto Bridge. Later, see another dimension of this unique city by taking an optional excursion to the islands in the lagoon for a delicious seafood lunch. Or you might decide to explore the narrow ‘calle’, or shop on the Rialto Bridge.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 12

    VENICE - FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)

    Admire the beautiful scenery on your high-speed train journey to the Renaissance city of Florence. Cross the forested Apennine Mountains and travel into stunning Tuscan landscapes featuring terraced olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees. Your walking tour of this magnificent city with a Local Guide is fascinating! View the Ponte Vecchio bridge, a spectacular feat of engineering dating from the Middle Ages. Marvel at the statues and palaces on Piazza Signoria, the multi marble Duomo and Giotto’s spectacular Bell Tower. Enjoy panoramic views across the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. This evening, experience a Highlight Dinner of local specialities in a Florentine trattoria.


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

  • Day 13

    FLORENCE - FREE TIME

    Organise your day to suit your interests. You might like to visit one of numerous galleries and museums or shop for high quality leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery. Tonight, consider dining al fresco at one of Florence’s many restaurants.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 14

    FLORENCE - ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    See the peaceful Umbrian countryside on your high-speed train journey to the ‘Eternal City’. In Rome, your Local Guide takes you on an extensive sightseeing tour. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’. View the Forum and Circus Maximus, where chariot racing was held. Enjoy an included visit inside the Colosseum and learn about gladiatorial contests in ancient Rome.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 15

    ROME - FREE TIME

    Your day is free to explore this incredible city. Consider an optional excursion to the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s outstanding frescoed ceiling, or visit the ancient Catacombs. Shop on the Via Condotti, explore the streets of Trastevere or experience ‘la dolce vita’ at a pavement café on the Via Veneto. Tonight, join your companions for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.


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

  • Day 16

    ROME - USA

    Say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome and your Travel Director as this memorable vacation comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Specialty Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Local Guide in London, Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • LondonSightseeing includes views of Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.
  • 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.
  • NiceOrientation includes Promenade des Anglais, Place Massena and the old town.
  • Monte CarloEvening excursion to view the famous casino.
  • VeniceEnjoy a canal cruise by private motor launch. Visit St. Mark’s Square and view the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark’s Basilica. Included guided walking tour of Secret Venice to the Rialto Bridge and the famous fish markets.
  • FlorenceAdmire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica.
  • RomeSightseeing tour includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and view Michelangelo’s Pieta. Enjoy an included visit to the impressive Roman Colosseum.
  • LondonSightseeing includes views of Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.
  • 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.
  • NiceOrientation includes Promenade des Anglais, Place Massena and the old town.
  • Monte CarloEvening excursion to view the famous casino.
  • VeniceEnjoy a canal cruise by private motor launch. Visit St. Mark’s Square and view the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark’s Basilica. Included guided walking tour of Secret Venice to the Rialto Bridge and the famous fish markets.
  • FlorenceAdmire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica.
  • RomeSightseeing tour includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and view Michelangelo’s Pieta. Enjoy an included visit to the impressive Roman Colosseum.

Dining

  • 14 buffet breakfasts.

  • 5 evening meals including:

  • Welcome Pub Reception in London, which includes traditional British pub fare and a welcome drink with your Travel Director.
  • 1 three-course dinner with local wine.
  • Highlight Dinner with wine on the French Riviera.
  • Highlight Dinner with wine in Florence.
  • Farewell Dinner with wine in Rome.

Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities.
  • Airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip. Conditions apply.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your Trafalgar London hotel.
  • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • Use of Trafalgar’s London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Audio HeadsetsProvided throughout your tour to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.
  • Eurostar high-speed train from London to Paris.
  • TGV Mediteranée from Paris to Nice.
  • High-speed train journey from Venice to Florence.
  • High-speed train journey from Florence to Rome
  • All rail service is reserved in standard class.
  • Porterage is included at train stations.

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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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