European Impressions 2014

  • Duration: 18 Days
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  • Brochure: Costsaver 2014
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  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: Which will become your favorite European city during this impressive trip? Perhaps lively Amsterdam or extravagant Vienna. Maybe romantic Venice or the 'Eternal City' of Rome. Alpine Lucerne has medieval charm and Paris is always elegant. Take your pick once you've seen them all!
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART USA

    Overnight flight to London.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to London! Relax and unwind after check-in.

    Hotel: Hilton Olympia

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  • Day 3

    LONDON FREE TIME

    Spend the day exploring the sights and delights of this wonderful city on your own.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    LONDON – AMSTERDAM

    Greetings from your Travel Director! A scenic drive through Kent brings you to Dover. See the White Cliffs as you board the ferry and cross to Calais, France. Admire the countryside as you traverse Belgium and The Netherlands. In Amsterdam, one of Europe’s friendliest cities, marvel at the Mint Tower and Dam Square. Later, you might like to take a canal cruise in a glass covered boat – it’s a great way to see the city!


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Ibis Amsterdam Airport

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  • Day 5

    AMSTERDAM – COLOGNE – RHINE CRUISE – RHINELAND

    Pass Arnhem into Germany and view Cologne Cathedral, the city's most famous landmark. Continue past Bonn to Boppard, where you embark on a relaxing cruise along the River Rhine past ancient castles and vineyards. Disembark at St. Goar where you view the Lorelei Rock and hear the legend of the fabled siren! Dine tonight at your Rhineland hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Ramada Neustadt

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  • Day 6

    RHINELAND – FERN PASS – INNSBRUCK

    Head south into the region of Bavaria. Glimpse Neuschwanstein Castle built by Mad King Ludwig, before taking the scenic Fern Pass into Austria. In the Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck, see the sights during your orientation tour including the Golden Roof and St. Jakob's cathedral.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Alphotel

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  • Day 7

    INNSBRUCK – SALZBURG – VIENNA (2 NIGHTS)

    Explore the splendours of Salzburg and marvel at the sights associated with ‘the Sound of Music' and the city's most famous son, Mozart. Your scenic journey continues towards the River Danube, arriving later in the elegant city of Vienna.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Austria Trend Bosei

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  • Day 8

    VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Guide shows you the city's important landmarks including the Opera House, the Hofburg, Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards. Spend free time afterwards sightseeing or shop for souvenirs on the fashionable Kärtnerstrasse.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9

    VIENNA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Journey through the heart of the Austrian Alps past mountains and small picturesque towns to the Austrian Lake District. Cross the Italian border and arrive later in Venice, your home for the next two nights.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Best Western Quid

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  • Day 10

    VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Discover this stunning Byzantine city as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Admire the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge's Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 11

    VENICE – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Admire the scenery as you cross the fertile Po Valley and journey over the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Rome, the Eternal City. This evening you might like to explore the city's vibrant nightlife.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Barcelo Aran Park

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  • Day 12

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Guide takes you on a visit of St. Peter's Basilica, where you see Michelangelo's sculpture, the Pietà. Your sightseeing tour continues across the Tiber in ancient Rome for views of the Forum and the Colosseum. In your free time afterwards, visit the magnificent Sistine Chapel or relax at a sidewalk café on the Via Veneto and watch the world go by!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 13

    ROME – FLORENCE

    Drive through Tuscany's Chianti region to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Enjoy spectacular views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. In your free time, visit Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower. Don't forget to shop for high quality leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Demidoff/Grifone

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  • Day 14

    FLORENCE – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    North from Florence via Bologna and Milan and across the Swiss border, you travel through beautiful, ever-changing scenery. See picturesque Lake Lugano, then take the famous St. Gotthard route through the Alps to Lake Lucerne. Later, why not experience a Swiss folklore and fondue evening?


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Weinhof

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  • Day 15

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    See the highlights of Lucerne this morning on your orientation tour, including the medieval Old Town and a visit to the renowned Lion Monument. Spend free time afterwards relaxing or perhaps take an optional experience up a nearby mountain for breath-taking views!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 16

    LUCERNE – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel west across the French border, past Belfort and the remnants of the Maginot Line. Continue through the Burgundy wine region, with views of the vineyards. Arrive later in the capital, Paris.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Mercure La Defense 5 Courbevoie

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  • Day 17

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    The Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower – your Local Guide shows you all these amazing sights and more on your sightseeing tour. Explore on your own afterwards. Stroll along the banks of the Seine or visit the magnificent Palace and gardens of Versailles. Tonight, why not celebrate the end of your journey with a traditional Parisian cabaret?


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 18

    PARIS - USA

    This morning say ‘au revoir’ to Paris, you traveling companions and your Travel Director at the end of a remarkable vacation. Transfers provided to Charles de Gaulle airport. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • DoverSee the White Cliffs.
  • AmsterdamSee Dam Square and the Mint Tower.
  • CologneView the Gothic cathedral.
  • Rhine ValleyCruise the romantic Rhine.
  • InnsbruckView the Golden Roof, Hofburg Palace and Olympic ski-jump.
  • SalzburgVisit the Baroque town of Mozart's birth.
  • ViennaSightseeing with your Local Guide features the Opera House, Hofburg, Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards.
  • VeniceCruise by private boat to St. Marks Square. Visit a traditional glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca Island.
  • RomeMorning sightseeing with your Local Guide. Visit St. Peter's Basilica. View the Forum and Colosseum.
  • FlorencePanoramic city views from Piazzale Michelangelo. See Piazza Santa Croce.
  • LuganoSee this magnificent Swiss lake.
  • LucerneOrientation includes the Lion Monument and the old town.
  • ParisSightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower.

Dining

  • 14 buffet breakfasts
  • 2 full breakfasts
  • 5 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • Ferry from Dover to Calais.
  • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • 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 and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel booked through Trafalgar or from the London Reception Centre.
  • A London airport shuttle service is available. Conditions apply.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.

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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