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European Splendour

11 Days 4 Countries 6 Cities

This enchanting escape will spellbind you with some of the most celebrated masterpieces Italy, Switzerland and France have to offer.

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    • Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided holiday in Europe.
    • Your London Hotel: This trip ends at our London Reception Centre or the Park Plaza County Hall hotel, providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.
    • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
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    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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      • Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided holiday in Europe.
      • Your London Hotel: This trip ends at our London Reception Centre or the Park Plaza County Hall hotel, providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      From Michelangelo to Shakespeare, Europe's greatest works are on display as you trace the footsteps of illustrious visionaries. Marvel at the Pietà and sweep your eyes over panoramic views from la tour Eiffel. Explore the highlights of Rome, Florence, Venice, Lucerne and Paris with a few masterpieces in between.


      Trip type: Discovery

      Trip code: ESPL

      10 Nights

      accommodation

      15 Meals
      • 10 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine

      • 1 dinner

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour of Rome, Florence and Paris

        • Orientation of Siena, Pisa, Venice and Lucerne

        • See the Colosseum in Rome, Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields in France

        • View the ancient sites of Rome, Piazza del Campo in Siena, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, scenic Lake Como, the Lion Monument in Lucerne, spectacular Alpine scenery of Switzerland, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne and the White Cliffs of Dover

        • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 10 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 4 dinners
          (including Be My Guest) with local wine

        • 1 dinner


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

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

        • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details

        • Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or at the London Reception Centre

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

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


       

      European Splendour

      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

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      Rome Sightseeing

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      Rome – Siena – Florence (2 Nights)

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      Florence Sightseeing

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      Florence – Pisa – Venice (2 Nights)

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      Venice Orientation

      Lucerne, Switzerland

      Day 7

      Venice – Lake Como – Lucerne (2 Nights)

      Lucerne, Switzerland

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      Lucerne Orientation

      Paris, France

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      Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights)

      Paris, France

      Day 10

      Paris Sightseeing

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      Paris – London

      Day 1

      Arrive Rome (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

      Benvenuto a Roma - what was once the Capital of the World is today a vibrant capital filled with Italian zest for life and centuries of celebrated history. Soak up the sights and sounds of this magnificent city before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive through the exciting cityscape to kick off your unforgettable European adventure.

      Hotel

      Cardinal St Peter

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Cardinal St Peter

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Rome Sightseeing Day 2 - Rome Sightseeing

      We venture to the Centre of Christianity and the great square that bears the name of the first 'bishop of Rome', St. Peter. Join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour that includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, where we will have an opportunity to see Michelangelo's sorrowful Pietà hewn from the most perfect block of Carrara marble. We cross the Tiber River to see the ancient sites of Rome, including the mighty Colosseum and Circus Maximus - imagining the thunderous roar of thousands of exhilarated spectators cheering their chosen chariots to victory. This afternoon we have time to explore the city on our terms. Perhaps toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your return to Rome or embark on an Optional Experience to visit the Colosseum and the Vatican.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Rome – Siena – Florence (2 Nights) Day 3 - Rome – Siena – Florence (2 Nights)

      We travel into the scenic Tuscan hills to medieval Siena with its honey-stone façades and cobblestone streets. View the Piazza del Campo where the biannual Palio horse race takes place, ornate medieval palaces and 14th century marble Duomo before meandering through the city centre in search of hand-painted ceramics to take home as souvenirs. Then join your companions for an authentic Be My Guest meal in the picturesque Chianti countryside. This evening, we arrive in Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance, where we will spend the next two nights.

      Hotel

      Cosmopolitan Concept

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Cosmopolitan Concept

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

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      Day 4

      Florence Sightseeing Day 4 - Florence Sightseeing

      The extraordinary art and architecture of Florence is celebrated during our guided walking tour in the company of a Local Specialist who will share the tales of the de'Medici family and their quest to create one of the world's cultural capitals. We'll view the exquisite marble Duomo and visit Piazza della Signoria with its palazzi and magnificent art, including a replica of Michelangelo's David statue. View the 400-year-old Ponte Vecchio bridge, the only bridge over the River Arno that the fleeing German army did not destroy, and admire Piazzale Michelangelo from panoramic views of the iconic cityscape. This afternoon is yours to explore the city on your terms. Visit the Uffizi Gallery to see the masterpieces of Michelangelo, da Vinci and Botticelli, wander through the Boboli Gardens of Pitti Palace or shop for high-quality leather and gold for which the city is famous.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 5

      Florence – Pisa – Venice (2 Nights) Day 5 - Florence – Pisa – Venice (2 Nights)

      We travel to Pisa today and to the Square of Miracles to view the famous Leaning Tower and Italy's largest Baptistery, before crossing the Apennine hills and the flat Veneto plains to the island city of Venice. The rest of the day is yours to relax and soak up the sights and sounds of Italy. Consider joining an Optional Experience and meander through the labyrinthine canals of Venice by gondola before dinner at your hotel.

      Hotel

      NH Laguna Palace

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      NH Laguna Palace

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 5

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      Venice Orientation Day 6 - Venice Orientation

      Take to the water and cruise by private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square - the winged lions of Venice are never far as you join your Travel Director in an exploration of the city sights, including the ornate Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs. Stand in the bustling square admiring St. Mark's Basilica and the Campanile with its five bells that all have a special purpose. Enjoy a fascinating Cultural Insight into fine centuries-old tradition of Venetian tradition glassmaking on Giudecca Island, before spending the rest of the day getting lost in Venice or joining an Optional Experience to the island of Burano for a delicious traditional meal that would make any Italian mamma proud.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 7

      Venice – Lake Como – Lucerne (2 Nights) Day 7 - Venice – Lake Como – Lucerne (2 Nights)

      En route to Switzerland this morning, we travel through the picturesque Italian Lake District and enjoy some free time for lunch in the laidback lakeside town of Como, which for centuries has served as the crossing point between Central Europe and the Mediterranean. Journeying through the picturesque alpine scenery, we pass Lugano and meander along the winding St. Gotthard route into central Switzerland, arriving in legendary Lucerne.

      Hotel

      Post Weggis

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Post Weggis

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 8

      Lucerne Orientation Day 8 - Lucerne Orientation

      Enjoy an orientation of Lucerne to see the poignant Lion Monument, commemorating the heroism of the Swiss Guards during the French Revolution and the solid wooden Chapel Bridge, lined with pretty pink, white and purple blooms. Spend the rest of the day at leisure ambling past the beautifully painted façades in the Old Town, shopping for luxurious Swiss chocolate or joining an Optional Experience to one of the surrounding mountains to admire panoramic views of this region.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights) Day 9 - Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights)

      We cross the French border and what remains of the Maginot Line, journeying through the rolling vineyard-clad hills of Burgundy, one of France's most prominent wine regions. Arriving in Paris later this afternoon, we have the evening at leisure to wander up grand boulevards and admire the vibrant cityscape of one of Europe's most sophisticated cities.

      Hotel

      Melia La Defense

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Melia La Defense

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 10

      Paris Sightseeing Day 10 - Paris Sightseeing

      Join a Local Specialist this morning for a guided tour along the grand Champs Élysées and Place de la Concorde. Enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful Paris skyline from the second level of the iconic Eiffel Tower from where you'll view the golden dome of Les Invalides, landscaped Tuileries Gardens and grand boulevards stretching out symmetrically in all directions. This evening, we join our fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner celebrating the end of our European adventure.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 10

      Day 11

      Paris – London Day 11 - Paris – London

      Travelling north through France past the tragic World War I battlefields of the Somme, we catch our ferry from Calais to Dover, watching as we approach the famous White Cliffs that bear the town's name. We continue to London, the final stop in our epic exploration of Europe, and say farewell to newfound friends before preparing to return home.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 11

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      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/gsa/tours/european-splendour?p=1 for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Eight generations and plenty of stories to tell. Enjoy a traditional dinner with the Landi family at their home near Florence, set within a garden of oak trees against the backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves

      • Cultural Insights
        Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence and Paris

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour of Rome, Florence and Paris

        • Orientation of Siena, Pisa, Venice and Lucerne

        • See the Colosseum in Rome, Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields in France

        • View the ancient sites of Rome, Piazza del Campo in Siena, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, scenic Lake Como, the Lion Monument in Lucerne, spectacular Alpine scenery of Switzerland, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne and the White Cliffs of Dover

        • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 10 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 4 dinners
          (including Be My Guest) with local wine

        • 1 dinner


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

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

        • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details

        • Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or at the London Reception Centre

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

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


      Why Trafalgar?

      The Trafalgar Experience

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      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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      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.


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      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.


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      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 161 Reviews

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        Service rating : Outstanding service from the tour director, Vince and the bus driver, Fabio.I enjoyed my trip because I didn’t have to worry about anything since it was all done for me. So convenient and worry-free! Highly recommend Trafalgar!Product : Itinerary was fantastic and I got to see

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        The spoiler to this vacation was how my daughter was unfairly treated by the Trafalgar representative at the airport. She arrived 7 minutes past 330 pm at the meeting point because her flight was delayed due to engine trouble and was told to get a shuttle and paid 40 euros (updated info from her)

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        Service:

        The tour and the travel director Vince are both excellent. We tried to book into the more compact scheduled tour type but only this one has vacancies at the time of our travelling, it turns out the slower pace tour suits better for us.

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        Service:

        Service rating : Would buy again. Everything went very well until we reached London. The quality went down hill. The main center really dropped the ball.Product : Great until London........

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        I was impressed with the tour director, very efficient and well organized. There was enough excursions to see a lot of the cities we visited without being totally overloaded.

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