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European Highlights

9 Days 6 Countries 9 Cities

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

"A little of everything"

Christine from Canada

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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: WHIL

8 Nights

accommodation

9 Meals
  • 6 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 3 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Day 1

Arrive London (2 Nights)

Day 2

London Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 3

London - Amsterdam

Heidelberg, Germany

Day 4

Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg

Rhine Falls, Switzerland

Day 5

Heidelberg – Schaffhausen – Lucerne (2 Nights)

Lion Monument, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 6

Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

Paris, France

Day 7

Lucerne – Burgundy Wine Region – Paris (2 Nights)

Day 8

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

Paris, France

Day 9

Depart Paris

Day 1

Arrive London (2 Nights)

After checking into your Trafalgar hotel, the rest of your day is free to relax or start to explore this exciting capital city.

Hotel

Cumberland

Meals

Day 1

Day 2

London Sightseeing and Free Time

Many major sights are included on your morning guided sightseeing tour, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace with a Local Specialist. Your sightseeing tour will finish in central London, so the rest of the day is yours to discover more of the city, or perhaps make time for some last minute shopping.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

London - Amsterdam

Meet your Travel Director this morning before leaving London. 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

  • Full Breakfast
  • Welcome Reception

Day 3

Day 4

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

Achat Premium Walldorf/Reilingen

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4

Day 5

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

Astoria

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 5

Day 6

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

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

Mount Rigi And Lake Cruise

Come with us as we ascend to the summit of Mount Rigi by cable car, where you’ll have time to explore and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Later we'll descend by cable car once more, before enjoying a cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne.

Adult Price: Fr.112.00

Day 6

Day 7

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

Renaissance La Defense

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

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

Day 7

Day 8

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

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

Mount Rigi And Lake Cruise

Come with us as we ascend to the summit of Mount Rigi by cable car, where you’ll have time to explore and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Later we'll descend by cable car once more, before enjoying a cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne.

Adult Price: Fr.112.00

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 8

Day 9

Depart Paris

Today it's time to say ‘au revoir’ to your fellow travelers and Travel Director. An airport transfer is available. Conditions apply.

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

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

Day 9

The Trafalgar Difference

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 or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • 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

    • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply

    • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel booked through Trafalgar or from the London Reception Centre

    • Ferry from Dover to Calais

    • Ferry from Calais to Dover

    • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals


    Airport Transfers

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


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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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"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 10 Reviews

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    Service rating : Five star!Product : Every tour we have taken has been memorable, there is always some minor thing such as maybe we should have skipped Amsterdam and spent more time in Germany. You always think of your likes and not the likes of other fellow passengers. Of course in this

  • Trip:

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    I received excellent care on this trip. Our tour director was thoughtful and knowledgable. He took care of all of us.

  • Trip:

    Service:

    I left my Insulin in Paris and Trafalgar sent a cab to retrieve it and took it to another tour group to be delivered to my Hotel in London by the next day. Definitely going beyond what was expected. Thank you so much. The Tour and tour guide was awesome.

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : The service was very good. Trafalgar takes care of all of the details. I especially enjoyed having the Trafalgar desk right in our Cumberland Hotel in London. I think Trafalgar may want to re-visit the ACHAT hotel in/ near Heidelberg. It did not meet my expetations from

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    Service rating : Fantastic service throughout the Europe Trip. I really enjoyed all aspects and can't wait to go on another. Our Tour Director, Kevin Sykes, was very informative and created a great atmosphere on the coach.Product : I was very happy with the itinerary and wouldn't change

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    • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights: The 21 December 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Lucerne. The 28 December 2016 departure will toast New Year's Eve in Heidelberg. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.
    • Your London Hotel: This trip starts and ends at our London Reception Centre or the Cumberland hotel, providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.
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