European Spotlight - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

15 days

from $3596 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"The vacation of our life"
Jeffrey , Jul 2014

This spotlight on Europe has one foot in the past, from sinking Venice to Rome's ancient Colosseum, and the other firmly in the future – with a trip to revolutionary CERN in Switzerland.

It's Insider moments like… being in the company of the planet's leading scientists at CERN – the world's most famous physics laboratory – who are tasked with answering the age-old question: 'how did life begin?'.

Trip type:
Discoveries
Trip code:
EELE

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    DEPART HOME

    Overnight flight to London.

  • 2.

    ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to London! Relax after your journey or explore this fascinating city!

    Hotel

    Park Plaza County Hall

  • 3.

    LONDON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    London's historic landmarks are brought to life on your morning tour of all the city's major sights, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace with a Local Specialist. This afternoon visit the sights of your choice or perhaps shop in the fashionable West End.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 4.

    LONDON – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers and see the White Cliffs of Dover on your channel ferry crossing to France. Pass the battlefields of northern France before arriving in Paris. This evening, join your companions for a Welcome Reception including dinner and drinks. Afterwards enjoy a wonderful evening drive through the city, which will introduce some of the sights of this magical city to you.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast
    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Evergreen Laurel

  • 5.

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    View the city's landmarks during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist, including the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Appreciate the beautiful skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Explore on your own this afternoon, or take an optional experience to the famous Louvre Museum. During your free time you could visit a world famous museum, stroll through gardens, shop for souvenirs or simply relax. You could also shop for souvenirs or simply relax. Why not enjoy a famous cabaret this evening?

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 6.

    PARIS – BEAUNE – GENEVA (2 NIGHTS)

    Journey south through rolling countryside into the Burgundy wine region. Visit the medieval town of Beaune and later cross the Swiss border to Geneva − enjoying the magnificent scenery.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Cornavin

  • 7.

    GENEVA ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    See the Reformation Monument, the Old Town, the United Nations Building and the Red Cross headquarters during your orientation with your Travel Director. This afternoon, take time to explore on your own or perhaps join your Travel Director and visit CERN in Geneva – famous for the long-sought Higgs boson. See the permanent exhibition “Universe of Particles” for a Cultural Insight into science.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8.

    GENEVA – CANNES - MONACO – NICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Enjoy a scenic drive south through France before arriving in the beautiful resort of Cannes, home of the renowned annual Film Festival. This evening travel to the Principality of Monaco and enjoy an orientation and Regional Meal before returning to your hotel in Nice.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

    Hotel

    B4 Plaza

  • 9.

    NICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Nice is one of the jewels in the French Riviera, and has always been a favourite with the rich and famous! Drive along the Promenade des Anglais and see Place Massena during your orientation of the ‘Bay of the Angels'. In your free time, discover the Old Town, shop in hip boutiques or simply relax on the beach.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 10.

    NICE – PISA – FLORENCE

    This morning visit the Fragonard Perfumery in the village of Eze. Travel along the scenic coastline into Italy. In Pisa, view the amazing Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles. Then arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

  • 11.

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning your Local Specialist takes you on an informative walking tour of the city, which includes a visit to Piazza della Signoria and views of the Duomo. View the Ponte Vecchio, a spectacular galleried bridge dating from the Middle Ages. Drive across the Veneto plain into Venice, a magical city with a rich maritime and artistic heritage.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    NH Laguna Palace

  • 12.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square and see the 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 as you wish. Consider an optional experience across the lagoon to the island of Burano for a delicious meal.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 13.

    VENICE – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Across the picturesque Apennine Mountains, through the vibrant landscape of Tuscany and past the hilltop towns of Orvieto and Orte in Umbria you later arrive in Rome, the Eternal City.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Barcelo Aran Mantegna

  • 14.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Visit St. Peter's Basilica and view Michelangelo's Pietà with your Local Specialist. See the Forum in ancient Rome and the Circus Maximus where chariot racing was staged. View the Colosseum, site of public events. Celebrate the end of the trip tonight with your companions at a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 15.

    ROME – RETURN HOME

    Say ‘arrivederci' to your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of this memorable European vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Cultural Insights

    Visit CERN in Geneva famous for the long-sought Higgs boson. See the permanent exhibition “Universe of Particles”.
    Visit the renowned Fragonard Perfumery.
    Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Local Specialists

    in Paris, Florence and Rome.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of London, Paris, Florence and Rome
  • Orientation of Beaune, Geneva, Monaco, Nice, Cannes, Pisa and Venice
  • See the Somme Battlefields and the Vineyards of Burgundy in France
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover, the Festival Hall in Cannes and The Royal Palace in Monaco and the Leaning Tower and Square of Miracles in Pisa
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Fragonard Perfumery in Eze and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome

Dining

  • 13 breakfasts (including 2 full breakfasts and 11 hot buffets).
    5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Regional Meal, 2 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Return ferry tickets across the Channel.
  • 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
  • Pick-up and Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre.
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • London airport shuttle service available. 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.

Lake Geneva

  • Swiss Riviera - Dinner And Wine Tasting

    Adult Price: Fr.102.00 We’ll drive along the scenic shoreline of Lake Geneva to a small village at the foot of the Jura mountains, where you’ll discover wine cellars 300 years old. Invited inside, you’ll enjoy a delicious fondue-bourguignonne dinner, and taste the wines and the food of 'La Cote' - a famous landscape in the French speaking Swiss Riviera.
  • Cruise And Visit To Yvoire

    Adult Price: Fr.54.00 We’ll enjoy a steamer cruise past palatial mansions, stopping at picturesque villages before arriving at our enchanting French destination - Yvoire. You’ll explore its winding streets, lined with the old stone houses of former fishermen and dominated by the ancient chateau of the Count and Countess, before returning through the fields of the Savoy.

Paris

  • Le Grand Louvre

    Adult Price: €45.00 The Louvre, the biggest and best known museum in the world, was once the palace of kings. You’ll follow your Local Specialist through the sumptuous maze of galleries to see the main attractions including Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece - the 'Mona Lisa' - and the State Apartments, decorated in the style of Emperor Napoleon III.
  • 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.
  • 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!

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.

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.

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.

Rome

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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