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European Highlights

7 Days 6 Countries 10 Cities

This trip compares France and Germany to smaller neighbours Switzerland and Holland.

"A little of everything"

Christine from Canada

About this trip

Discovering six countries, this introduction to Europe compares its big players, France and Germany, and their smaller neighbours, Switzerland and The Netherlands.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… smelling sawdust in the air as German clockmakers craft cuckoo clocks in front of you, in a fairy tale Black Forest setting that feels like it's straight from a Hansel and Gretel pop-up book.


Trip type: Discovery

Trip code: EHIG

6 Nights

accommodation

9 Meals
  • 6 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 3 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

European Highlights

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

London – Amsterdam

Heidelberg, Germany

Day 2

Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg

Rhine Falls, Switzerland

Day 3

Heidelberg – Schaffhausen – Lucerne (2 Nights)

Lion Monument, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 4

Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

Bordeaux Vinyards, France

Day 5

Lucerne – Burgundy Wine Region – Paris (2 Nights)

Day 6

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 7

Paris – London

Day 1

London – Amsterdam

See the White Cliffs of Dover as you board your ferry to Calais. Travel through Belgium and later arrive in Amsterdam. Enjoy an orientation of the historic city centre followed by a Welcome Reception on a scenic canal cruise including a light dinner and welcome drinks.

Hotel

Mercure City

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg

Travel across the German border to the Rhine Valley. Relax as you cruise along the River Rhine past terraced vineyards and medieval castles to St. Goar. Pass the famous Lorelei Rock, named after a mermaid who lured fishermen to their deaths with her mesmerising song. In Heidelberg view the red sandstone castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, which towers above Germany's oldest university town.

Hotel

Marriott

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner
Heidelberg, Germany

Day 2

Day 3

Heidelberg – Schaffhausen – Lucerne (2 Nights)

Drive into the enchanting Black Forest and stop for a Cultural Insight cuckoo clock making demonstration. Visit the dramatic Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, the largest waterfall in Europe. Arrive later in Switzerland with its alpine scenery and enjoy magnificent views across Lake Lucerne.

Hotel

Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

Tonight we’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join in a lively folklore show which includes yodelling, flag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two drinks are also included.

Adult Price: Fr.99.00

Rhine Falls, Switzerland

Day 3

Day 4

Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

Walk across the 14th century Chapel Bridge on your morning orientation. Visit the solemn Lion Monument, commemorating the massacre of Swiss Guards in 1792. Spend the afternoon shopping in the old town for Swiss souvenirs and chocolates. Consider an Optional Experience up a local mountain for panoramic views and enjoy the fresh Alpine air by taking a leisurely walk beside the beautiful lake.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise

We’ll ascend through fields and forests to Mount Pilatus’ summit, where you’ll have time to explore, admire the views, and breathe the pure air. We’ll ascend by cog-wheel train, to enjoy a scenic lake cruise. (On certain departures ascent and descent will be by cable car only. Optional may be operated in reverse, with cruise first.)

Adult Price: Fr.112.00

Alpine Farm & Carriage Ride

A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a working farm where you’ll savour local drinks and snacks.

Adult Price: Fr.67.00

Lion Monument, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 4

Day 5

Lucerne – Burgundy Wine Region – Paris (2 Nights)

See the changing landscape as you travel into France through Alsace and across the Maginot Line. Continue through the Burgundy countryside − one of the country's main wine producing regions, famous for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varieties. This evening you may decide to take an Optional Experience to see a famous Parisian Cabaret.

Hotel

Evergreen Laurel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

Adult Price: €162.00

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

Join us for dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town, where you’ll watch an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment – including the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night you’ll never forget.

Adult Price: €139.00

Bordeaux Vinyards, France

Day 5

Day 6

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

Your Local Specialist shows you the sights including views of the Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the magnificent Opera House, designed by Charles Garnier and opened in 1875. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower by elevator and view the city in all its glory. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to visit the Palace of Versailles. Celebrate in the evening with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Notre Dame And Latin Quarter

A guided drive through Paris' bohemian Left Bank with our Local Specialist brings us to amazing Notre Dame to discover one of the world's most famous Cathedrals and exemplar of Gothic architecture. Afterward, take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways where you'll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares.

Adult Price: €32.00

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'city of light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we’ll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.

Adult Price: €36.00

Versailles Palace And Gardens

Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler. Your Local Specialist will take you through the State apartments and famous Hall of Mirrors, with free time to stroll the symmetrical tree-lined gardens. Please note: this optional is subject to availability.

Adult Price: €65.00

Day 6

Day 7

Paris – London

After breakfast say ‘au revoir' to Paris. Cross the infamous Somme battlefields and catch a glimpse of the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge. In Calais board a ferry to Dover, continuing to London by coach where your wonderful European holiday comes to an end.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 7

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Paris.

  • Cultural Insights
    Enjoy a cuckoo clock making demonstration in the Black Forest.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Grand Hotel Europe, Lucerne, Switzerland Taking you straight back to Switzerland's elegant past, the appropriately named Grand Hotel Europe is a landmark in Lucerne. Situated by the lake, it is our Authentic Accommodation on trips we take to this historic town.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.


What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Paris

    • Orientation of Amsterdam, Heidelberg and Lucerne

    • Visit the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen, the Lion Monument in Lucerne and the Eiffel Tower in Paris

    • Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam and the River Rhine

    • View the White Cliffs of Dover, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne and the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Opera House in Paris

    • See the Lorelei Rock, Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields


What's Included

Dining

    • 6 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 3 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Ferry from Dover to Calais.

    • Ferry from Calais to Dover.


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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Enjoy

Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Love... Travel

"Is simply the best way to position what our guests love to experience and what we love to deliver" - Gavin Tollman CEO


Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


Unwind

Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 41 Reviews

  • Trip:

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    Service rating : Excellent experience. Lots of information. Little local treats.Product : Highlights of visit for me was to mount Pilates, Eiffel Tower. Great job by guide in doing video for us of tour highlights

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Awesome....Product : Awesome, fantastic, Fun, great, fabulous, Howard did a fantastic Job. He us a nice guys. Same as the driver Steve....... Only need yo improve Bus windscreen has heaps of chips and look very dirty. .....

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : All the places that we visited were wonderful and kept us looking forward to the next surprise and we were never disappointed Our leader Lynda Pearce- Abel was extremely knowledgeable and very professional and very caring for all in the busProduct : Enjoyed the trip emenseley

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    Service:

    Service rating : - all the little extras were very much appreciatedProduct : Great tour, lots of little extras. We appreciated our guide!

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    Service:

    Fantastic tour! Stephen is a great tour director.

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    • Your London Hotel: This trip starts and ends at our London Reception Centre or the Park Plaza Riverbank hotel, providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.
    • Departures from 22 October 2017 to 08 April 2018 are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2017. Festive Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for departures 22 December, 29 December and 31 December 2017. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season. Alternative London Hotel: Departures from 22 October 2017 to 08 April 2018 start at our London Reception Centre or the Cumberland.
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