European Impressions - 2014

5 out of 5 stars

18 days

from $2999 pp

Trip available from Oct to Jan 2015.
"The experience was superb"

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    DEPART USA

    Overnight flight to London.

  • 2.

    ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS)

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

    Hotel

    Hilton Olympia

  • 3.

    LONDON FREE TIME

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

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Amsterdam

    See Dam Square and the Mint Tower.
  • Cologne

    View the Gothic cathedral.
  • Dover

    See the White Cliffs.
  • Florence

    Panoramic city views from Piazzale Michelangelo. See Piazza Santa Croce.
  • Innsbruck

    View the Golden Roof, Hofburg Palace and Olympic ski-jump.
  • Lucerne

    Orientation includes the Lion Monument and the old town.
  • Lugano

    See this magnificent Swiss lake.
  • Paris

    Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower.
  • Rhine Valley

    Cruise the romantic Rhine.
  • Rome

    Morning sightseeing with your Local Guide. Visit St. Peter's Basilica. View the Forum and Colosseum.
  • Salzburg

    Visit the Baroque town of Mozart's birth.
  • Venice

    Cruise by private boat to St. Marks Square. Visit a traditional glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca Island.
  • Vienna

    Sightseeing with your Local Guide features the Opera House, Hofburg, Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards.

Dining

  • 14 buffet breakfasts

  • 2 full breakfasts

  • 5 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map.
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • 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.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.
  • Ferry from Dover to Calais.

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Paris

  • Dinner And Hidden Gems Of Paris

    Adult Price: €66.00

    Spend an evening discovering one of the areas of Paris made famous by artists, writers and students over the centuries, followed by a memorable dinner in typical Parisian style with drinks included.

  • Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €157.00

    Dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret – immortalized by the homonymous award-winning film and featuring 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €133.00

    Dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town! Enjoy an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment - including, of course, the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night that you will never forget!

  • Seine Cruise And Paris By Night

    Adult Price: €34.00

    Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'city of light' as we take a leisurely cruise on the popular river boats under the bridges of Paris, admiring the wonderful buildings which adorn the banks of the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we stop at some vantage points for you to capture these fascinating sights on camera. (In summer, this trip may take place before sunset).

  • Versailles - The Palace And Gardens

    Adult Price: €64.00

    We leave the bustle of the city for the splendour of Versailles. Created by the “Sun King” Louis XIV, the palace became the envy of every other European ruler. Our guide takes us through the State apartments, including the famous Hall of Mirrors. Afterwards, take a stroll through the symmetrical tree-lined gardens. (N.B.:This optional is subject to availability.)

Vienna

  • Dinner And Viennese Concert

    Adult Price: €99.00

    We will enjoy a delicious meal of Viennese specialities with drinks, followed by a wonderful concert of Viennese classical music including some of the most famous works of Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. We provide you with 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of local champagne during the interval.

  • Schonbrunn Palace And Gardens

    Adult Price: €37.00

    We enjoy a guided visit to the Palace of Schönbrunn, with its magnificently preserved state rooms and exquisite gardens. You will have time for a walk through the park, perhaps as far as the Gloriette pavilion with its magnificent views.N.B.: This optional experience begins at an early hour, to ensure VIP access to the Palace.

  • Viennese Concert

    Adult Price: €52.00

    A wonderful concert of Viennese classical music including some of the most famous works of Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. We provide you with 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of local champagne during the interval.

Lucerne

  • Folklore Evening And Dinner

    Adult Price: Fr.98.00

    Tonight we shall enjoy a tasty Swiss meal (one of the courses will be the famous Swiss cheese fondue) in a typical restaurant. Whilst you enjoy dinner, join in the fun of a lively folklore show which includes yodelling, flag-throwing, Alpine horn-blowing and many other customary Swiss entertainment. Two drinks are included.

  • Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

    Adult Price: Fr.112.00

    We begin with a scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne to the village of Stans, terminal of one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. We climb to the top by old-timer railway and exciting new CabriO® cable car to reach 1900 m (6300 feet), an excellent vantage from which to view the breathtaking scenery of Alpine Switzerland. Free time to take in the air and perhaps some refreshments before we descend to rejoin our coach. (On certain departures this optional may be operated in reverse, ending with the cruise.)

  • Swiss Heritage

    Adult Price: Fr.66.00

    A chance to meet the Swiss, as local farmers take us on a delightful countryside tour in horse drawn carriages. Enjoy stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a working farm where local drinks and snacks will be served.

Rome

  • Introduction To Rome And Piazza Navona

    Adult Price: €33.00

    Cameras at the ready for the many magnificent sights awaiting us as we 'do as the Romans do' and take an evening 'passegiata', or evening stroll. With our licensed Local Guide we will discover the many delights that Rome has to offer. These can only be truly appreciated by wandering slowly through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares which have developed over many centuries, creating an amazing legacy for us today like the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona, with its lively cafes.

  • Roman Dinner With Live Musical Entertainment

    Adult Price: €60.00

    An evening of great entertainment and fun. A delicious Italian meal, including wine and soft drinks, is served while you are treated to a wonderful music in a unique setting.

  • Vatican Museums And Colosseum

    Adult Price: €76.00

    An extension to the included sightseeing tour which allows us to admire the artistic masterpieces collected and commissioned by the Popes and displayed in the Vatican Museums. See the famous Tapestry Gallery and Gallery of Maps then finally wonder at the masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel. Take your time - Michelangelo spent 11 years in the preparation of the vault and altar wall!  Later we will enjoy an  interior visit of the Colosseum, scene of many gladiatorial combats.

Venice

  • Lagoon Cruise With Lunch or Dinner

    Adult Price: €69.00

    Take some time off the beaten track! We are taken by private boat to the nearby islands in the lagoon of Venice. See the island of Murano where the glass blowers live. Lunch or dinner is taken at the picturesque ‘Island of the fishermen’, Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise. Drinks are also included.

  • Venetian Magic

    Adult Price: €69.00

    An unforgettable introduction to this unique and magical city! We cruise along the Grand Canal by private water taxi, admiring the magnificent and elegant palazzos. We see the Rialto Bridge and then reach 'the most beautiful outdoor drawing room in the world', St Mark's Square. Later during your Gondola Ride, you will glide along the picturesque smaller canals while a duo of musicians entertains.

Florence

  • Michelangelo s David And Renaissance Highlight

    Adult Price: €41.00

    Our guided tour begins with the Academy of Fine Arts with its Michelangelo collection including the world famous statue of David. The statue established its creator as the leading sculptor of his day and ensured continued patronage for him by the Medici rulers of the city republic. We continue to the Duomo with its dome by Brunelleschi, Bell Tower by Giotto and the Paradise Doors of the Baptistry by Ghiberti. Finally we arrive in the political centre of Florence, Signoria Square.

Innsbruck

  • Tyrolean Evening

    Adult Price: €42.00

    Enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment. Singers, dancers, and musicians dressed in national costume provide a colourful show of folklore and fun. (N.B.:includes two drinks.)

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