European Experience - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

12 days

from €1648 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Jan 2016.
"Everything was first rate"
Evert , Jul 2014

From vibrant Amsterdam to ancient Rome and the beauty of Paris, this trip also takes the Rhine Valley and the Olympic city of Innsbruck before exploring the canals of Venice and the piazzas of Florence as well as the breathtaking beauty of Lake Lucerne.

Trip type:
CostSaver
Trip code:
EEXP

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    LONDON – AMSTERDAM

    Greetings from your Travel Director! Admire the famous White Cliffs as you approach Dover, where you board a ferry for the short Channel crossing to Calais in France. Drive through Belgium's Flanders fields into The Netherlands, renowned for tulips, clogs and windmills! Arrive later in Amsterdam, one of Europe's friendliest cities.

    Hotel

    Golden Tulip Amsterdam West

  • 2.

    AMSTERDAM – COLOGNE – RHINELAND

    Cross into Germany and view Cologne Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in Europe. In Boppard, embark on a scenic cruise down the River Rhine past terraced vineyards and towering castles. Finish the day at your hotel in the Rhineland.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Best Western Leoso Ludwigshafen

  • 3.

    RHINELAND – MUNICH – INNSBRUCK

    In Munich, admire the Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz and the Hofbräuhaus. Continue along the Inn Valley to the Austrian Tyrol and on to Innsbruck, a picturesque town where you view the sights, including the Golden Roof and see the ski-jump.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Bon Alpina

  • 4.

    INNSBRUCK – VENICE

    Enjoy an exhilarating journey through the Brenner Pass – one of the principal Alpine highways – to Italy. In the Byzantine city of Venice cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Marvel at St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop and see a demonstration, then spend time discovering the delights of Venice. You might like to take a romantic ride in a gondola!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Apogia Sirio

  • 5.

    VENICE – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Traverse the Veneto plain via Bologna and cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains into Tuscany. Continue through Umbria to Lazio and the capital, Rome. This evening, take the opportunity to explore the city's beautiful squares and fountains, and perhaps savour the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Raganelli

  • 6.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Specialist brings Rome's rich history to life during your wonderful sightseeing tour! Visit St. Peter's Basilica, featuring magnificent works of art. Your tour continues across the Tiber in ancient Rome with views of the Forum and Colosseum. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. From the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums to the incredible fountains in Piazza Navona, Rome is full of wonderful, unmissable sights!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 7.

    ROME – FLORENCE

    Drive north through Umbria into the rolling countryside of Tuscany. In the Renaissance city of Florence, enjoy spectacular views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Afterwards, there is time to explore the Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower, and don't forget to shop for leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Demidoff/Novotel Firenze Nord

  • 8.

    FLORENCE – LAKE LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the Apennines to the great northern plain and pass the city of Milan. Continue north to the Swiss border, and follow the scenic St. Gotthard route to Lake Lucerne in the heart of Switzerland. The landscape is breathtaking!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Weinhof/Stanserhof

  • 9.

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Admire the sights of Lucerne during your morning orientation tour, including views of the Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church and a visit to the Lion Monument, built to commemorate the Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Spend free time shopping for Swiss chocolate or perhaps take an optional experience up a mountain peak!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

  • 10.

    LAKE LUCERNE – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    Journey into France and pass the Vosges Mountains. See the vineyards as you travel through the great wine region of Burgundy. Arrive later in the elegant capital, Paris. This evening, you might like to take a tour of the city and see the dazzling illuminations!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Mercure La Defense 5

  • 11.

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Paris is a beautiful city, and probably has more familiar landmarks than any other capital in the world. Your Local Specialist shows you most of them during your sightseeing tour, with views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Afterwards there is time for you to explore on your own. Tonight is the last evening of your holiday, so you might consider a delicious dinner at a cosy bistro. Also, no trip to Paris is complete without seeing a famous cabaret show featuring the can-can!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 12.

    PARIS – LONDON

    Head north from Paris across the First World War battlefields of the Somme to Calais and take the ferry to Dover. Arrive shortly afterwards in London, where you say farewell to your Travel Director and travelling companions at the end of an amazing holiday!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Amsterdam

    See Dam Square and the Mint Tower
  • Cologne

    View the Gothic cathedral
  • Dover

    See the White Cliffs
  • Florence

    Enjoy panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Admire Florentine leatherwork
  • Innsbruck

    View the famous Golden Roof and see the ski-jump
  • Lucerne

    Visit the Lion Monument and see the medieval old town
  • Munich

    See the Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz and the Hofbräuhaus
  • Paris

    Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower
  • Rhine Valley

    Cruise the romantic Rhine
  • Rome

    Sightseeing with your Local Specialist. Visit St. Peter's Basilica. View the Forum and the Colosseum
  • Swiss Alps

    Picture-book scenery
  • Venice

    Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop

Dining

  • 11 buffet breakfasts
    5 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • Return ferry from Dover to Calais
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London Hotel booked through Trafalgar or from the London Reception Centre
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your trip
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel

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.)

Amsterdam

  • Amsterdam Discovery And Canal Cruise

    Adult Price: €28.00 The best way to see Amsterdam, you’ll enjoy a private canal cruise in our glass roofed boat, to see the areas our coach can’t reach. With our Local Specialist you'll view the great merchant houses and historical churches and explore the colourful Red Light District, with its famous coffee houses and notorious window shopping.

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Florence

  • Florence's Renaissance Treasures

    Adult Price: €41.00 This trip is all about exploring the jewel in Florence's crown: its Renaissance heritage. First, you'll get to view the Michelangelo collection, including the statue of David at the Academy of Fine Arts. You’ll continue to the Duomo where you’ll see first-hand its spectacular design. The trip ends in Signoria Square, the political centre of Florence.

Paris

  • 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.
  • Dinner And Hidden Gems Of Paris

    Adult Price: €66.00 Spend an evening discovering one of the loveliest areas of Paris, made famous by artists, writers and students over the centuries. Then enjoy a taste of local cuisine, at a memorable dinner in typical Parisian style with drinks included.
  • Notre Dame And Latin Quarter Exploration

    Adult Price: €30.00 Discover the history of Notre Dame. Built in 1163, this magnificent cathedral is the cornerstone of Gothic architecture in France. Afterwards you’ll explore the Latin Quarter with your Local Specialist and enjoy free time to have a bite to eat, or perhaps try Berthillon ice-cream - the best in France.
  • 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!
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