Great European - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

27 days

from $6201 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Sep 2015.
"The trip was an exciting adventure"
Marilyn , Jul 2014

From the spiritual hubs of the Vatican and Lourdes to celebrity-rich Cannes, famous for its annual A-list invasion, see it all on a journey into the contrasts of Europe.

It's Insider moments like… visiting the sacred shrine of Lourdes, while pilgrims absorb the healing powers of the spring water which bursts from the sacred grotto of this religious site.

Trip type:
Discoveries
Trip code:
EGRE

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    LONDON – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    A warm welcome from your Travel Director! Travel by ferry from Dover to Calais and across World War I battlefields, catch a glimpse of the Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge before arriving in Paris. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception including dinner and Welcome Drinks. Afterwards, enjoy a wonderful evening drive which will introduce some of the sights of this magical city to you.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Renaissance La Defense

  • 2.

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Admire panoramic views of the city from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Drive along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Discover the delights of the city on your own this afternoon or perhaps take an optional experience to the Louvre.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.

    PARIS – CHARTRES – BORDEAUX

    Visit Chartres Cathedral, renowned for its stained glass windows. Journey through south to the wine-region of Bordeaux, where you spend the night.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Novotel Centre Meriadeck

  • 4.

    BORDEAUX – BIARITZ – LOURDES

    Visit Biarritz, the elegant surfing resort. Enjoy the scenery en route to Lourdes in the Pyrénées. Marvel at the Basilica and visit St. Bernadette's grotto.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    La Solitude

  • 5.

    LOURDES – MADRID (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the Somosierra Pass to Madrid, the highest capital in Europe.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ayre Gran Colon

  • 6.

    MADRID SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Marvel at the city's most important landmarks on your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist including views of the Royal Palace and Plaza de España. Enjoy an included visit to the Prado Museum with its vast collection. Later, consider an optional experience to the fascinating city of Toledo.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 7.

    MADRID – BARCELONA (2 NIGHTS)

    Pass Guadalajara, the Gorges of Jalon and Aragon en route to Barcelona.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Abba Sants

  • 8.

    BARCELONA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist features a visit to the old cathedral and views of Gaudi's Art Nouveau fantasies. Tonight, why not experience a fiery flamenco show and a delicious Spanish buffet.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 9.

    BARCELONA – CANNES (2 NIGHTS)

    Pass by mountains and spectacular coastlines to Cannes. This picturesque town is home to the annual Cannes Film Festival.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Montaigne & Spa

  • 10.

    CANNES AND PERFUMERY EXCURSION

    Free time in Cannes this morning before your visit to the Fragonard Perfumery.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 11.

    CANNES – MONACO – PISA – FLORENCE

    See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the cathedral where Princess Grace is buried. Pass Genoa, Columbus' birthplace, to Pisa where you view the incredible Leaning Tower. Spend the night in the Renaissance city of Florence.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

  • 12.

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING – ASSISI SIGHTSEEING

    Admire the many wonders of Florence on your guided walking tour, including views of the Duomo, Baptistery and Ponte Vecchio bridge. Visit Piazza della Signoria and later enjoy an included visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo's statue of David, with a Local Specialist. Later travel to Assisi where you visit the Basilica of St. Francis with a Local Specialist.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Il Castello

  • 13.

    ASSISI – POMPEII – SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning travel south towards Naples and stop in Pompeii to enjoy a walking tour with a Local Specialist of the excavations before arriving in Sorrento.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    La Residenza

  • 14.

    EXCURSION TO THE ISLE OF CAPRI

    Explore the enchanting Isle of Capri on your guided walking tour with a Local Specialist. See the Piazzetta and the Faraglioni rocks. Cruise back to Sorrento and enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening with your companions.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

  • 15.

    SORRENTO – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    See the sights of Sorrento before heading north to Rome, the Eternal City.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ateneo Garden Palace

  • 16.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Visit the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, with a Local Specialist. Enjoy views of the Forum, the mighty Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Spend free time exploring – don't forget to try the delicious gelato!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 17.

    ROME – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Drive over the scenic Apennine Mountains, past Bologna and Padua to the magical city of Venice! Stay at your superb hotel tonight on Lido Island.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Viktoria Palace

  • 18.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Appreciate this Byzantine city during your private canal cruise. See St. Marks Square. View the Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island and then explore on your own.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 19.

    VENICE – VIENNA (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the Carnic Alps into Austria en route to Vienna.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Hilton Vienna Danube

  • 20.

    VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Specialist shows you the sights, including views of the famous Opera House, Hofburg Palace, Stadtpark, Parliament and Imperial Boulevards. The rest of the day is yours to explore.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 21.

    VIENNA – SALZBURG – MUNICH

    Hear marvellous tales of the Von Trapp family during your sightseeing tour of Salzburg with a Local Specialist. Later travel to the Bavarian capital Munich.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Angelo Munich Westpark

  • 22.

    MUNICH – LIECHTENSTEIN – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning enjoy an orientation of Munich including views of the Glockenspiel in Marienplatz before travelling to Vaduz in Liechtenstein. Arrive later in Lucerne, surrounded by mountains and standing at the edge of a lake − a spectacular sight to behold!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Astoria

  • 23.

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Visit the famous Lion Monument and walk over the Chapel Bridge. The rest of the day is yours to shop, relax or take a mountain experience!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 24.

    LUCERNE – HEIDELBERG – RHINE CRUISE – BOPPARD

    View the impressive Heidelberg Castle. Enjoy the scenery as you cruise down the Rhine to Boppard.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Best Western Premier Bellevue Rheinhotel Authentic Accommodation

  • 25.

    BOPPARD – COLOGNE – AMSTERDAM (2 NIGHTS)

    See the impressive Gothic Cathedral of Cologne before crossing into the Netherlands and on to Amsterdam, your home for the next two nights.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Mercure Amsterdam City

  • 26.

    AMSTERDAM ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Enjoy an orientation of Amsterdam and free time to explore the many museums and attractions. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your travelling companions, on board a glass-top boat cruising through the city’s canals.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 27.

    AMSTERDAM – LONDON

    Drive through Belgium and France to Calais and cross to England by ferry. See the famous White Cliffs of Dover on the way to London, where your memorable holiday ends.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation

    Built in 1887, we stay at Best Western Premier Bellevue Rheinhotel in Boppard, Germany, this property has remained in the same family for five generations.
  • Cultural Insights

    Visit Fragonard Perfumery.
    Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Local Specialists

    in Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii, Rome, Vienna and Salzburg.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Vienna and Salzburg
  • Cruise along the River Rhine and to the Isle of Capri
  • Orientation of Bordeaux, Biarritz, Cannes, Monaco, Pisa, Sorrento, Venice, Munich, Lucerne, Heidelberg and Amsterdam
  • See the Somme Battlefields and the Lorelei Rock
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Visit Chartres Cathedral, St. Bernadette's Grotto in Lourdes, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein

Dining

  • 26 hot buffet breakfast.
    11 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 6 three course dinners with wine, 3 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Return cross-channel ferry.
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • London airport shuttle service is available to purchase. Conditions apply.
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Lucerne

  • Swiss Heritage Experience

    Adult Price: Fr.66.00 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.
  • Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

    Adult Price: Fr.98.00 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.
  • Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise

    Adult Price: Fr.111.00 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. Then we’ll descend 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.)

Paris

  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €133.00 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.
  • Notre Dame, Latin Quarter And Seine Cruise

    Adult Price: €35.00 Come with us to explore the magnificent cathedral at the heart of Paris, Notre Dame. With your Local Specialist, you’ll also enjoy discover theLatin Quarterand have free time for a bite to eat or to try the famous Berthillon ice-cream. Then relax on our River Seine cruise, the perfect way to discover the city - don't forget your camera.
  • Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €157.00 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!

Madrid

  • Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

    Adult Price: €60.00 This evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.
  • Discover Toledo: the Ancient Capital of Spain

    Adult Price: €42.00 Visit the ancient capital of Spain, which sits above the River Tagus and is home to the nation's principal cathedral and El Greco's famous views. Learn about Moorish and Jewish cultures, and how the area is famed for the production of Damascene work: intricate inlaid gold jewellery and craftwork.

Barcelona

  • Dinner And Night Time City Panorama

    Adult Price: €57.00 Your evening in buzzing Barcelona begins with a delicious Catalonian-style dinner, complemented by drinks and good company. After dinner, we’ll take you up to Montjuic for spectacular night-time views of the city.
  • Flamenco Spectacular With Dinner

    Adult Price: €85.00 Come and experience the passion and spirit of Spain at a spectacular flamenco evening. This modern interpretation of Spain's most famous entertainment is one of the best shows in town, and we’ve even included dinner and drinks.
  • Montserrat

    Adult Price: €39.00 Join us for a trip out of Barcelona as we head for the sacred mountain of Catalonia. You’ll ascend this staggering rock formation for a chance to admire its spectacular panoramic views. Arrive at the Basilica Real where newlyweds come to pledge their vows to the mystical Black Virgin.

Cannes

  • St. Paul And Corniche Dinner And Discovery

    Adult Price: €82.00 Join us on a drive inland towards the mountains to visit the historic, walled hilltop town of St. Paul - an artists’ paradise. We’ll continue along the Riviera, passing through glamorous Nice and travelling on the Corniche roads as you admire the spectacular views, before arriving at a characteristic restaurant for a delicious meal including drinks.

Sorrento

  • Traditional Neapolitan Evening

    Adult Price: €48.00 A scenic drive takes you through the Sorrentino countryside to an 18th century Olive Oil mill. You’ll enjoy a guided visit of the gardens, mill and wine cellar, followed by a simple meal of traditional pizza and wine. And there'll also be the chance to see how mozzarella and pizza are made.
  • Experience The Scenic Amalfi Coast

    Adult Price: €42.00 Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.
  • Glimpse Of Capri

    Adult Price: €39.00 Spectacular cliffs and the famous turquoise-coloured waters are best experienced with a relaxing cruise around the island to view the beautiful white grotto and unique coastline. Our cruise ends in Capri town, with picture postcard views. Enjoy a lemon granita, a specialty of the island. (This optional is weather-dependent, and may be replaced with a mini bus tour of the island to Anacapri, and a visit of the Villa of Axel Munthe.)

Rome

  • Roman Treasures

    Adult Price: €33.00 With our Local Specialist, you'll discover the many delights that Rome has to offer by wandering through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares. Developed over many centuries, they've created an amazing legacy for us today.
  • Roman Dining With Live Entertainment

    Adult Price: €60.00 We’ll show you an evening of great entertainment and fun at one of our favourite local restaurants. You'll be served wine and soft drinks, alongside some wonderful musical performances.
  • Inside The Vatican And The Colosseum

    Adult Price: €78.00 Join us for an extension to your included sightseeing tour, which gives you a chance to see the artistic masterpieces collected and commissioned by the Popes. You’ll visit the Tapestry Gallery, Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo spent 11 years preparing the vault and altar wall, and we give you plenty of time to admire just how much painstaking work went into his creations. Your experience will be rounded off with a visit to Rome's iconic Colosseum.
  • Roman Evening With Dinner

    Adult Price: €60.00 Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll drive along the Via Veneto, a location made famous by the film 'La Dolce Vita', and which will give you a glimpse into how the Romans enjoy their city.
  • Explore Ostia Antica

    Adult Price: €41.00 Join us on a journey along the Mediterranean coast and visit the excavations of Ancient Ostia, the former harbour of Rome. These ruins offer perhaps a more complete picture of Roman urban life than either Rome or Pompeii. See the remains of the baths, theatre, apartment houses, drinking room, mosaics and wall paintings at this beautiful site, mirrored by cypress trees and umbrella pines.

Venice

  • Discover The Magic Of Venice

    Adult Price: €69.00 Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzos, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.
  • Lagoon Discovery Cruise With Food And Drinks

    Adult Price: €69.00 Come with us on a private boat trip to the lagoon in Venice and you’ll see the island of Murano, where the renowned glassblowers live. You’ll enjoy lunch or dinner with drinks at the nearby ‘Island of the Fishermen’, Burano, which is famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise.

Vienna

  • Dinner With Traditional Musical Entertainment In A Local Restaurant

    Adult Price: €59.00 Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included.
  • Dinner And Viennese Concert

    Adult Price: €99.00 A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! Enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music Works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed and your 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of local champagne or juice during the interval will only enhance the experience.
  • Viennese Concert

    Adult Price: €52.00 You’ll enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese classical music including some of the most famous works of Strauss and Mozart, performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. You’ll receive 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of local champagne during the interval.
  • Schönbrunn Palace And Gardens

    Adult Price: €37.00 Enjoy a guided visit to the Palace of Schönbrunn, with its magnificently preserved state rooms and exquisite gardens. You’ll also have time for a walk through the park, perhaps as far as the Gloriette pavilion with its magnificent views.

Salzburg

  • Eagle’s Nest Tour And Bavarian Alps

    Adult Price: €51.00 Driving deep into the National Park past farmhouses and picturesque villages, we’ll arrive at the ruins of Obersalzburg. Here you’ll transfer to special coaches for the scenic mountain climb to the notorious Eagle’s Nest, with splendid views of the Hohen and snow-capped peaks. This optional is weather dependent, and may not be available on all departures.

Amsterdam

  • Dutch Villages And Farms

    Adult Price: €27.00 Come with us on a trip to the reclaimed polderlands around the former Zuider Zee. You’ll experience a visit to a cheese farm and wooden shoe maker, then continue on to the picturesque fishing village of Volendam with its wooden houses, locals dressed in traditional costume and old harbour.
  • Monnickendam Dinner

    Adult Price: €59.00 Spend an evening in historic Monnickendam, a small fishing village that was formerly a major Dutch port. You’ll enjoy a delicious three-course dinner with wine or beer in the village’s former weigh-house.
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