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: 19 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • 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

    DEPART USA

    Overnight flight to London.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to London! Spend time exploring the delights of the city or simply relax after your journey and look forward to your amazing vacation!

    Hotel: Thistle Euston

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  • Day 3

    LONDON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See London’s biggest sights on your fantastic guided tour, including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey with a A Local Expert. Free time later is an opportunity to discover the places you've always dreamed of seeing!


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    LONDON – BRUGES – BRUSSELS

    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): (Full Breakfast / Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Renaissance Brussels

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  • Day 5

    BRUSSELS – RHINE CRUISE – HEIDELBERG – KARLSRUHE

    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

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  • Day 6

    KARLSRUHE – MUNICH – INNSBRUCK

    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

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  • Day 7

    INNSBRUCK – CORTINA D'AMPEZZO – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    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

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  • Day 8

    VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    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 9

    VENICE – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

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


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Barcelo Aran Mantegna

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  • Day 10

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    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 11

    ROME – FLORENCE

    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

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  • Day 12

    FLORENCE – PISA – MONACO – NICE (2 NIGHTS)

    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

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  • Day 13

    ST. PAUL DE VENCE AND FRAGONARD PERFUMERY

    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 14

    NICE – TASCH – ZERMATT (2 NIGHTS)

    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

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  • Day 15

    ZERMATT FREE TIME

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


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 16

    ZERMATT – GLACIER EXPRESS – LUCERNE

    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

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  • Day 17

    LUCERNE – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    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

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  • Day 18

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    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 19

    PARIS - USA

    Say ‘au revoir’ to Paris and your fellow travelers at the end of a remarkable vacation! Transfers are available. Conditions apply


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in London.
  • 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 London, 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.

Dining

  • 17 breakfasts (including 2 full breakfasts and 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

  • Ferry from Dover to Calais.
  • 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.

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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