Grand European with Eurostar 2014

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The Sound of Music ChurchSalzburg CathedralHofburg PalaceRoyal Palace BrusselsWhite Cliffs of DoverPapal PalaceEiffel TowerNotre Dame CathedralBlack ForestCologne CathedralHeidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, GermanyThe Old City WallsRiver RhineVaduz CastleChillon CastleThe Leaning TowerThe ColosseumSt Peter's BasilicaThe ForumGrand CanaleSt Mark's Square
The Sound of Music Church
Salzburg Cathedral
Hofburg Palace
Royal Palace Brussels
White Cliffs of Dover
Papal Palace
Eiffel Tower
Notre Dame Cathedral
Black Forest
Cologne Cathedral
Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, Germany
The Old City Walls
River Rhine
Vaduz Castle
Chillon Castle
The Leaning Tower
The Colosseum
St Peter's Basilica
The Forum
Grand Canale
St Mark's Square
  • Duration: 25 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: This grand adventure does all the 'musts', but also does the unexpected, taking you off the beaten path to unfathomably tiny Liechtenstein and the pretty cobbles and canals of medieval Bruges. It's Insider moments like… hearing the crashing water of the Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, as you marvel at the visitors standing perilously close to the waters on the famous Känzeli platform – which juts out from the weathered rocks into the spray of Europe's biggest waterfall. This dramatic stop interrupts the calm of the previous day's stunning and relaxed Rhine Cruise, today's scenic drive through the dramatic Black Forest, and this evening's tranquil overnight stay at the lakeside escape of Lucerne.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART USA

    Overnight flight to London.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to London! Relax after your journey or explore this ancient city.

    Hotel: Cumberland

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  • Day 3

    LONDON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See a host of major sights during your morning guided tour including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey with a Local Expert. Spend the rest of the day as you wish seeing famous London landmarks or shopping in the West End.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    LONDON – BRUGES

    Greetings from your Travel Director! Drive to Dover, cross to France by ferry and continue by road into Belgium. Explore the beautiful medieval town of Bruges with its cobbled streets and canals. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception including dinner and Welcome Drinks.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: NH Brugge

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  • Day 5

    BRUGES – AMSTERDAM

    This morning travel through Belgium and into The Netherlands. Arrive in Amsterdam and enjoy an included cruise on the canals of the city. Visit a renowned diamond factory for an Unique Insight into the cutting and polishing of these precious gemstones.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Westcord Fashion Hotel

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  • Day 6

    AMSTERDAM – RHINE CRUISE – HEIDELBERG – RHINELAND

    Travel through Arnhem into Germany. Embark on a Rhine cruise from Boppard past medieval ruins to St. Goar. Admire the magnificent sandstone castle at Heidelberg on the way to your Rhineland hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Mercure Am Rathaus

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  • Day 7

    RHINELAND – BLACK FOREST – RHINE FALLS – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    Drive across the Black Forest in south-west Germany to the Swiss border. Marvel at the dramatic Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, the biggest waterfall in Europe.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Astoria

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  • Day 8

    LUCERNE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See the poignant Lion Monument and the 14th century wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the River Reuss during your orientation. In your free time, consider joining an exhilarating mountain optional experience. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 9

    LUCERNE – LIECHTENSTEIN – INNSBRUCK

    Visit Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. Cross into Austria and follow the Arlberg route through the Tyrol to Innsbruck, where you see the Golden Roof during your orientation tour.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Austria Trend Hotel Congress

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  • Day 10

    INNSBRUCK – SALZBURG – VIENNA (2 NIGHTS)

    In Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace, explore the city on a guided walking tour, with a Local Expert, and see locations that featured in The Sound of Music. Arrive in Vienna, your home for the next two nights.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton Vienna Danube

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  • Day 11

    VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of Vienna. View the State Opera House, the Hofburg, City Hall, Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards. This evening, you might like to experience a concert of Viennese music.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 12

    VIENNA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    A scenic drive through the Austrian Lake District and across the Italian border brings you to the Byzantine city of Venice.


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

    Hotel: Le Boulevard

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  • Day 13

    VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square and see the delights of this magical city including the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop. Afterwards you are free to explore on your own. Consider a cruise to the Island of Burano for a delicious seafood meal.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 14

    VENICE – ASSISI

    Travel south to Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. See the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and St. Francis' Basilica during your included walking tour with a Local Expert. Dine tonight at your hotel.


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

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Roseo

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  • Day 15

    ASSISI – POMPEII – SORRENTO

    Pass Monte Cassino en route to the Bay of Naples. Your Local Expert reveals the unique history of Pompeii during an included walking tour. Dine tonight at your hotel in Sorrento.


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

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Parco del Sole

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  • Day 16

    SORRENTO – ISLE OF CAPRI – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Take a ferry to the enchanting Isle of Capri and enjoy a guided walking tour of the main town. Spend free time exploring before sailing back to the mainland. Arrive later in Rome, the Eternal City.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Barcelo Aran Mantegna

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  • Day 17

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Enjoy a spectacular guided sightseeing tour, with a Local Expert, of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Marvel at St. Peter's Basilica, where you can see Michelangelo's sculpture of the Pietà. Across the Tiber in ancient Rome, view the Forum, the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus. Explore the sights of your choice during your free time.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 18

    ROME – FLORENCE

    Travel to the Renaissance city of Florence. Your Local Expert shows you views of the marble Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria, the Baptistery and the picturesque Ponte Vecchio bridge during your included walking tour.


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

    Hotel: Nil Hotel

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  • Day 19

    FLORENCE – PISA – MONACO – NICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Admire the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Cross the French border to the magnificent Riviera and stop in the Principality of Monaco. Enjoy an orientation drive along the Promenade des Anglais and see Place Massena upon your arrival in Nice.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Nice

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  • Day 20

    NICE – ST. PAUL DE VENCE EXCURSION

    Explore the medieval hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, a destination for artists. Visit a local perfumery before returning to Nice. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beach, shopping in fashionable boutiques or take a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 21

    NICE – AVIGNON – BEAUNE

    Head north through scenic countryside to Avignon. Your orientation walk includes views of the Papal Palace and the famous Pont d'Avignon. Later, arrive in Beaune, one of the country's most important wine centres.


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

    Hotel: Mercure Beaune Centre

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  • Day 22

    BEAUNE – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    See Beaune's ancient walls and old town square before you make your way to Paris. Why not take the opportunity to experience a Cabaret tonight?


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Evergreen Laurel

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  • Day 23

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See the Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde during your sightseeing of the city with a Local Expert. Marvel at the skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Later enjoy free time in this city. Celebrate the end of your trip with your companions at a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.


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

  • Day 24

    PARIS – EUROSTAR – LONDON

    You are transferred to Paris Gare du Nord station where you board the Eurostar train to London. The journey time to London St. Pancras International is 2 hours and 15 minutes. On arrival in London you are transferred to your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: The Cumberland

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  • Day 25

    LONDON - USA

    Enjoy an English breakfast at the end of your vacation.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in London.
  • Local Expert in Salzburg, Vienna, Assisi, Pompeii, Rome, Florence and Paris.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public.
  • Local Speciality Enjoy a visit to a diamond-polishing factory in Amsterdam
  • Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Authentic Accommodation NH Brugge, Bruges, Belgium – In medieval Bruges, a 17th century monastery is our home on some trips. The NH Brugge’s stained glass windows, exposed beams, and cosy bar (stocked with Belgium’s famous beer), is Authentic Accommodation with a modern edge.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of London, Salzburg, Vienna, Assisi, Pompeii, Rome, Florence and Paris.
  • Orientation of Bruges, Brussels, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Venice, Capri, Pisa, Nice and Monaco.
  • Visit the Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein, St. Paul de Vence, Beaune, the Sistine Chapel in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • Cruise along the River Rhine, Canals of Amsterdam and to the Isle of Capri.
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover.
  • See the Lorelei Rock, the Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields in France.

Dining

  • 23 breakfasts (including 3 full breakfasts and 20 hot buffet breakfasts).
  • 9 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 5 three course dinners with wine, 2 three course dinners 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.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Ferry across the Channel from Dover to Calais.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.
  • London airport shuttle service is available to purchase. Conditions apply.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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  • * 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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