Grand European - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

24 days

from $6295 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Can't imagine a better experience"
Donna , Jul 2014

This grand adventure does all the ‘musts', but also does the unexpected, taking you off the beaten path to unfathomably tiny Liechtenstein and the pretty cobbles and canals of medieval Bruges.

It's Insider moments like… hearing the crashing water of Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, as you see people braving the famous Känzeli platform, which juts out from weathered rocks into the spray of Europe's biggest waterfall.

Trip type:
Discoveries
Trip code:
EGAR

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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 ancient city.

    Hotel

    Cumberland

  • 3.

    LONDON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See a host of sights including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace during your morning guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Finishing in central London, you have the rest of the day to discover the city's delights.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 4.

    LONDON – BRUGES

    Greetings from your Travel Director! Drive to Dover, cross to France by ferry and continue by road into Belgium. Explore the beautiful medieval town of Bruges with its cobbled streets and canals. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception including dinner and Welcome Drinks.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast
    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    NH Brugge Authentic Accommodations

  • 5.

    BRUGES – AMSTERDAM

    This morning travel through Belgium and into The Netherlands. Arrive in Amsterdam and enjoy an included cruise on the canals of the city. Visit a renowned diamond factory for a Cultural Insight into the cutting and polishing of these precious gemstones.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    WestCord Fashion/WestCord Art

  • 6.

    AMSTERDAM – RHINE CRUISE – HEIDELBERG – RHINELAND

    Travel through Arnhem into Germany. Embark on a Rhine cruise from Boppard past medieval ruins to St. Goar. Admire the magnificent sandstone castle at Heidelberg on the way to your Rhineland hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Mercure Mannheim am Rathaus/Sinsheim

  • 7.

    RHINELAND – BLACK FOREST – RHINE FALLS – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    Drive across the Black Forest in south-west Germany to the Swiss border. Marvel at the dramatic Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, the biggest waterfall in Europe.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Astoria

  • 8.

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    See the poignant Lion Monument and the 14th century wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the River Reuss during your orientation. In your free time, consider joining an exhilarating mountain optional experience. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

  • 9.

    LUCERNE – LIECHTENSTEIN – INNSBRUCK

    Visit Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. Cross into Austria and follow the Arlberg route through the Tyrol to Innsbruck, where you see the Golden Roof during your orientation tour.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Austria Trend Congress

  • 10.

    INNSBRUCK – SALZBURG – VIENNA (2 NIGHTS)

    In Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace, explore the city on a guided walking tour, with a Local Specialist, and see locations that featured in The Sound of Music. Arrive in Vienna, your home for the next two nights.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Hilton Vienna Danube

  • 11.

    VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of Vienna. View the State Opera House, the Hofburg, City Hall, Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards. This evening, you might like to experience a concert of Viennese music.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 12.

    VIENNA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    A scenic drive through the Austrian Lake District and across the Italian border brings you to the Byzantine city of Venice.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria Authentic Accommodation

  • 13.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square and see the delights of this magical city including the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Afterwards you are free to explore on your own. Consider a cruise to the Island of Burano for a delicious seafood meal.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 14.

    VENICE – ASSISI

    Travel south to Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. See the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and St. Francis' Basilica during your included walking tour with a Local Specialist. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Il Castello

  • 15.

    ASSISI – POMPEII – SORRENTO

    Pass Monte Cassino en route to the Bay of Naples. Your Local Specialist reveals the unique history of Pompeii during an included walking tour. Dine tonight at your hotel in Sorrento.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    La Residenza

  • 16.

    SORRENTO – ISLE OF CAPRI – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Take a ferry to the enchanting Isle of Capri and enjoy a guided walking tour with a Local Specialist of the main town. Spend free time exploring before sailing back to the mainland. Arrive later in Rome, the Eternal City.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Barcelo Aran Mantegna

  • 17.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Enjoy a spectacular guided sightseeing tour, with a Local Specialist, of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Experience a Cultural Insight when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architecture Donato Bramante. Marvel at St. Peter's Basilica, where you can see Michelangelo's sculpture of the Pietà. Across the Tiber in ancient Rome, view the Forum, the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus. Explore the sights of your choice during your free time.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 18.

    ROME – FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Travel to the Renaissance city of Florence. Your Local Specialist shows you views of the marble Duomo, the Baptistery and the picturesque Ponte Vecchio bridge, as well as visiting Piazza della Signoria during your included walking tour.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Nilhotel

  • 19.

    FLORENCE – PISA – MONACO – NICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Admire the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Cross the French border to the magnificent Riviera and stop in the Principality of Monaco. Enjoy an orientation drive along the Promenade des Anglais and see Place Massena upon your arrival in Nice.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Holiday Inn

  • 20.

    NICE – ST. PAUL DE VENCE EXCURSION

    Explore the medieval hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, a destination for artists. Visit a local perfumery before returning to Nice. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beach, shopping in fashionable boutiques or take a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 21.

    NICE – AVIGNON – BEAUNE

    Head north through scenic countryside to Avignon. Your orientation walk includes views of the Papal Palace and the famous Pont d'Avignon. Later, arrive in Beaune, one of the country's most important wine centres.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Mercure Centre/Novotel Centre

  • 22.

    BEAUNE – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    See Beaune's ancient walls and old town square before you make your way to Paris. Why not take the opportunity to experience a Cabaret tonight?

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Evergreen Laurel

  • 23.

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See the Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde during your sightseeing of the city with a Local Specialist. Marvel at the skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Later enjoy free time in this city. Celebrate the end of your trip with your companions at a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 24.

    PARIS – RETURN HOME

    Today bid farewell to your fellow travelers and Travel Director at the end of your vacation. An airport transfer is available. Conditions apply.

    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; and Grande Albergo Aussonia & Hungaria is a prestigious icon in Venice and has original period furnishings.
  • Cultural Insights

    Enjoy a visit to a diamond-polishing factory in Amsterdam
    Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
    Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public.
  • Local Specialists

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

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of London, Salzburg, Vienna, Assisi, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Florence and Paris
  • Cruise along the River Rhine, Canals of Amsterdam and to the Isle of Capri
  • Orientation of Bruges, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Venice, Pisa, Monaco, Nice and Avignon
  • See the Lorelei Rock and the Vineyards of Burgundy
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Visit the Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein, St. Paul de Vence, Beaune, the Sistine Chapel in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Dining

  • 22 breakfasts (including 2 full breakfasts and 20 hot buffets).
    8 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 4 three course dinners with wine, 2 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Ferry across the Channel from Dover to Calais.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.
  • Spectacular Rome

    Adult Price: €60.00 Join us on a guided visit inside Rome's most recognised landmark, the Colosseum – scene of gladiatorial combats and spectacles. After this, you’ll continue on to the Via Appia to visit the Catacombs, once used as tombs by the early Christians.

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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!

Amsterdam

  • 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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