European Impressions - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

15 days

from US$2532 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Jan 2016.
"The experience was superb"
Alton , Jun 2014

Which will become your favorite European city during this impressive trip? Perhaps friendly Amsterdam, extravagant Vienna, maybe romantic Venice or the 'Eternal City' of Rome. Alpine Lucerne has medieval charm and Paris is always elegant. Take your pick once you've seen them all!

Trip type:
CostSaver
Trip code:
EIMP

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    LONDON – AMSTERDAM

    Greetings from your Travel Director! A scenic drive through Kent brings you to Dover. See the White Cliffs as you board the ferry and cross to Calais, France. Admire the countryside as you traverse Belgium and The Netherlands. In Amsterdam, one of Europe's friendliest cities, enjoy an orientation of the historic city centre. Later, you might like to take a canal cruise in a glass covered boat – it's a great way to see the city!

    Hotel

    Ibis Amsterdam Airport

  • 2.

    AMSTERDAM – COLOGNE – RHINE CRUISE – RHINELAND

    Pass Arnhem into Germany and view Cologne Cathedral, the city's most famous landmark. Continue past Bonn to Boppard, where you embark on a relaxing cruise along the River Rhine past ancient castles and vineyards. Disembark at St. Goar where you view the Lorelei Rock and hear the legend of the fabled siren! Dine tonight at your Rhineland hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Achat Premium Neustadt

  • 3.

    RHINELAND – FERN PASS – INNSBRUCK

    Head south into the region of Bavaria. Glimpse Neuschwanstein Castle built by Mad King Ludwig, before taking the scenic Fern Pass into Austria. In the Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck, see the sights during your orientation tour including the Golden Roof and St. Jakob's cathedral.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Alphotel

  • 4.

    INNSBRUCK – SALZBURG – VIENNA (2 NIGHTS)

    Explore the splendours of Salzburg and marvel at the sights associated with ‘the Sound of Music' and the city's most famous son, Mozart. Your scenic journey continues towards the River Danube, arriving later in the elegant city of Vienna.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Austria Trend Schloss Wilhelminenberg

  • 5.

    VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Specialist shows you the city's important landmarks including the Opera House, the Hofburg, Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards. Spend free time afterwards sightseeing or shop for souvenirs on the fashionable Kärtnerstrasse.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 6.

    VIENNA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Journey through the heart of the Austrian Alps past mountains and small picturesque towns to the Austrian Lake District. Cross the Italian border and arrive later in Venice, your home for the next two nights.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Best Western Plus Quid

  • 7.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Discover this stunning Byzantine city as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Admire the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge's Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca island.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8.

    VENICE – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Admire the scenery as you cross the fertile Po Valley and journey over the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Rome, the Eternal City. This evening you might like to explore the city's vibrant nightlife.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Barcelo Aran Park

  • 9.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Specialist takes you on a visit of St. Peter's Basilica, where you see Michelangelo's sculpture, the Pietà. Your sightseeing tour continues across the Tiber in ancient Rome for views of the Forum and the Colosseum. In your free time afterwards, visit the magnificent Sistine Chapel or relax at a sidewalk café on the Via Veneto and watch the world go by!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 10.

    ROME – FLORENCE

    Drive through Tuscany's Chianti region to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Enjoy spectacular views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. In your free time, visit Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower. Don't forget to shop for high quality leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Demidoff

  • 11.

    FLORENCE – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    North from Florence via Bologna and Milan and across the Swiss border, you travel through beautiful, ever-changing scenery. See picturesque Lake Lugano, then take the famous St. Gotthard route through the Alps to Lake Lucerne. Later, why not experience a Swiss folklore and fondue evening?

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Weinhof

  • 12.

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    See the highlights of Lucerne this morning on your orientation tour, including the medieval Old Town and a visit to the renowned Lion Monument. Spend free time afterwards relaxing or perhaps take an optional experience up a nearby mountain for breath-taking views!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

  • 13.

    LUCERNE – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel west across the French border, past Belfort and the remnants of the Maginot Line. Continue through the Burgundy wine region, with views of the vineyards. Arrive later in the capital, Paris.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Mercure La Defense 5

  • 14.

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    The Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower – your Local Specialist shows you all these amazing sights and more on your sightseeing tour. Explore on your own afterwards. Stroll along the banks of the Seine or visit one of the city's world class museums. Tonight, why not celebrate the end of your journey with a traditional Parisian cabaret?

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 15.

    PARIS – LONDON

    This morning, say ‘au revoir' to Paris. Cross northern France and the Somme battlefields and pass the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge. In Calais, board your ferry to Dover and continue by coach to London, where you bid farewell to your Travel Director and travelling companions.

    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

    Panoramic city views from Piazzale Michelangelo. See Piazza Santa Croce
  • Innsbruck

    View the Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace
  • Lucerne

    Orientation includes the Lion Monument and the old town
  • Lugano

    See this magnificent Swiss lake
  • Paris

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

    Cruise the romantic Rhine
  • Rome

    Morning sightseeing with your Local Specialist. Visit St. Peter's Basilica. View the Forum and Colosseum
  • Salzburg

    Visit the Baroque town of Mozart's birth
  • Venice

    Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
  • Vienna

    Sightseeing with your Local Specialist features the Opera House, Hofburg, Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards

Dining

  • 14 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
  • London airport shuttle service available to purchase, conditions apply.
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your trip
  • 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 Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

    Adult Price: Fr.112.00 Take a scenic cruise with us across Lake Lucerne to Stans, and one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. Travelling by railway and Cabri cable car, we'll reach 1900m (6300ft), where you’ll have free time to admire the stunning Alpine scenery and enjoy some refreshments. (On certain departures Optional may be operated in reverse, ending with the cruise.)

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.

Innsbruck

  • Traditional Tyrolean Evening

    Adult Price: €42.00 You’ll enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment, as singers, dancers, and musicians dressed in national costume provide a colourful show of folklore and fun. Includes two drinks.

Vienna

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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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