Traditional Europe - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

18 days

from $5275 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Dec 2015.
"We were treated to a fabulous vacation"
Kevin , Jul 2014

Beyond the big cities, like Paris and Rome, are this trip's other highlights: cliff-hanging Sorrento, cool Cologne and ancient Colmar may be smaller in tourist numbers, but they're big on personality.

It's Insider moments like… digging beneath the obvious at Pompeii, as you walk around the excavations with our expert, who reveals the stories behind the ‘objects' they found centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

Trip type:
Discoveries
Trip code:
ETRA

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    LONDON – EUROSTAR™ – BRUSSELS – AMSTERDAM

    This morning, meet your Travel Director before travelling to London's St. Pancras International to board the Eurostar™ for a high-speed train journey to Brussels. Continue by luxury coach to Amsterdam. Get to know your fellow travellers and Travel Director on a glass-topped boat as you enjoy a Welcome Reception sightseeing cruise along the city's canals, which includes a light dinner and welcome drink.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Westcord Fashion

  • 2.

    AMSTERDAM – COLOGNE – RHINE CRUISE – RHINELAND

    Cross into Germany and stop to view Cologne Cathedral. Embark on a wonderful Rhine cruise from Boppard, past magical castles and steep vineyards to St. Goar, site of the Lorelei Rock. Arrive later at your Rhineland hotel where you dine tonight.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Maritim Rhein-Main

  • 3.

    RHINELAND – HEIDELBERG – COLMAR – ENGELBERG (2 NIGHTS)

    View the impressive Heidelberg Castle overlooking the scenic River Neckar. Enjoy an orientation of Colmar before continuing your journey through the Alsace vineyards and across the Swiss border at Basel to Engelberg. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Schweizerhof

  • 4.

    LUCERNE EXCURSION

    View the Lion Monument in Lucerne, built to commemorate the Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI, and the famous wooden Chapel Bridge. Spend free time shopping for delicious chocolates before returning to scenic Engelberg.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 5.

    ENGELBERG – LIECHTENSTEIN – INNSBRUCK

    Admire splendid Alpine scenery en route to the Principality of Liechtenstein, stopping in the capital, Vaduz. Cross the border into Austria and follow the Arlberg route through the Tyrol to Innsbruck. View the famous Golden Roof during your orientation of this beautiful town.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Grauer Bär

  • 6.

    INNSBRUCK – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the 620-foot high Europa Bridge, follow the Brenner Pass into Italy through the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains to the magical city of Venice. This evening, consider taking a gondola ride along the city's romantic network of canals while listening to Italian melodies!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Quattro Fontane

  • 7.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square and hear the unique history of this beautiful Byzantine city. View the famous Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge's Palace. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own. You might like to take a cruise around the lagoon or shop for souvenirs in the ‘calle'.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8.

    VENICE – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    From Venice, across the Veneto and over the Apennine hills, through Tuscany and Umbria, arrive in Rome, the Eternal City. Tonight, why not experience ‘la dolce vita' at a pavement café?

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Executive Style

  • 9.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Discover the treasures of St. Peter's Basilica including Michelangelo's Pietà with your Local Specialist. Cross the Tiber to see the Forum, centre of daily life in ancient Rome. See the mighty Colosseum and enjoy views of the Circus Maximus, former site of chariot racing. Perhaps visit the Sistine Chapel in your free time or shop for the latest fashions on the Via del Corso.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 10.

    ROME – POMPEII – SORRENTO

    Enjoy a scenic drive through the vineyards of Frascati into the Campania region. This afternoon your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour of the excavations at Pompeii. Later arrive in Sorrento.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Corallo Authentic Accommodation

  • 11.

    SORRENTO – CAPRI – ASSISI

    Take the ferry across the sea to the beautiful Isle of Capri. A funicular railway brings you to Capri town, where you discover the sights during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. View the restored Abbey of Monte Cassino, perched high on a rocky hill. Arrive later in Assisi, where you view St. Francis' Basilica featuring spectacular frescoes by Giotto during your morning orientation.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Il Castello

  • 12.

    ASSISI – FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING

    Travel through Umbria and Tuscany to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Your Local Specialist shows you the sights including views of the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio bridge, as well as visiting Piazza della Signoria during your included walking tour.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

  • 13.

    FLORENCE – PISA – MONACO – NICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Admire the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the oldest structures in the Square of Miracles. Visit Monaco and see the famous Monte Carlo Casino.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    NH Nice

  • 14.

    NICE – ST. PAUL DE VENCE EXCURSION

    Explore St. Paul de Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns in the French Riviera which attracts many artists. Visit a historic perfumery nearby before returning to Nice.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 15.

    NICE – AVIGNON – LYON

    See the papal city of Avignon on the River Rhône. Admire the broken bridge − the famous Pont d'Avignon − and the magnificent Papal Palace. Enjoy an orientation tour of Lyon, including views of Fourvière Hill and Place Bellecour.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Mercure Saxe Lafayette

  • 16.

    LYON – BEAUNE – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the beautiful Rhône Valley. Visit the charming village of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy and home to one of the key wines of France. This evening in Paris, consider a trip to one of the city's most famous cabaret shows.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Pullman La Defense

  • 17.

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. Admire the skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower with an included visit. Celebrate with your companions and Travel Director this evening at a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 18.

    PARIS – LONDON

    Say ‘au revoir' to Paris as you travel to Calais. Board your ferry to Dover. See the famous White Cliffs before returning to London at the end of this memorable holiday.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation

    Corallo, in Sorrento, has a unique past as a ‘patrician house' where intellectuals and artists met in the late 1920s.
  • Cultural Insights

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

    in Rome, Pompeii, Florence and Paris.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Florence and Paris
  • Cruise along the River Rhine and to the Isle of Capri
  • Orientation of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Colmar, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Venice, Sorrento, Assisi, Pisa, Monaco, Nice, Avignon and Lyon
  • See the Lorelei Rock, the Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields in France
  • View Cologne Cathedral, Lion Monument in Lucerne, Monte Cassino Abbey and the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Visit Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein, St. Paul de Vence, Beaune, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Dining

  • 17 hot buffet breakfasts.
    8 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 4 three course dinners with wine, 2 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Calais-Dover by ferry across the Channel.
  • In addition, Eurostar high-speed train from London to Brussels.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Traditional Folklore Show With Lunch

    Adult Price: Fr.67.00 Enjoy a delicious lunch (including cheese fondue and one drink) as you listen to yodelling and Alpine horn-blowing, during a lively folklore show of typical Swiss entertainment.

Innsbruck

  • Alpine Horse And Carriage Ride

    Adult Price: €37.00 A spectacular drive leads us to a typical mountain village where you’ll experience a horse drawn carriage ride through the magnificent alpine scenery. You’ll also enjoy an included drink at a traditional Tyrolean Gasthof before our return to Innsbruck.
  • Tyrolean Evening With Dinner

    Adult Price: €65.00 You’ll enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Tyrolean cuisine before a lively folklore show, where singers, dancers and musicians dressed in national costume provide an evening of entertainment and fun. Drinks are included.

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.
  • Venice Past And Present

    Adult Price: €35.00 Accompanied by our Local Specialist, you'll experience the magnificent Doge's Palace, home to the rulers of the Venetian republic. You’ll see the palace highlights and its elegant courtyards, followed by a guided tour through streets and across medieval bridges to see what life is like for today’s Venetian citizens.

Rome

  • An Introduction To Rome

    Adult Price: €33.00 As you meander slowly through Rome's labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares, our Local Specialist will tell you stories of how each area has developed over centuries, creating an amazing legacy for us today. During the tour, you'll view the Pantheon and experience Piazza Navona, loved for its lively cafes.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Sorrento

  • 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.)

Florence

  • Visit Michelangelo's David

    Adult Price: €37.00 Enjoy an insight into the world of artistic genius Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. You'll get VIP entry to the Academy of Fine Arts, where you'll learn all about the artist's life and his world-famous sculpture.
  • Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

    Adult Price: €63.00 Come for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We'll stop off at a delightful restaurant set among the pines and cypress trees, where you’ll be served regional favourites alongside local music.
  • Tuscan Hills Dinner At Villa Machiavelli

    Adult Price: €63.00 A scenic drive into the Chianti hills, past vineyards and sunflower fields, brings us to a delightful hamlet overlooked by an imposing castle. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the great political theorist wrote his immortal work, ‘The Prince’. After a welcome drink and visit of the villa and its wine-cellars, we enjoy the best of Tuscan cuisine accompanied by great music and drinks, including of course, Chianti from the Villa’s own vines. This is the essence of all great things Tuscan, past and present, condensed into one memorable evening!

Nice

  • The Corniches, Lunch Or Dinner

    Adult Price: €71.00 You’ll enjoy a scenic excursion along the Riviera corniche roads, with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe. An unforgettable experience, we’ll continue onwards to a local restaurant where you’ll enjoy a typical meal of specialities from the region, with drinks included.

Paris

  • Versailles Palace And Gardens

    Adult Price: €64.00 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.
  • 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.
  • Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

    Adult Price: €34.00 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.
  • 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!
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