European Wonderland - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

11 days

from US$3135 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Sep 2015.
"A wonderful way to travel"
Cathy , Jun 2014

It's all about food on this family road trip from Rome to London. Swiss chocolate. Italian gelato. Even the history's served up differently, with lashings of lion fights and chariot racing.

It's Insider moments like… spinning fresh pizza dough with an expert Italian chef in Rome, scattering hand-picked toppings and sliding it into the traditional oven before your family tastes the authentic pizza you made together.

Trip type:
Family Experiences
Trip code:
FSPL

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey. In the evening enjoy an orientation drive where you see some of the major sites before enjoying a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director.

    Meal(s)

    Kick-Off Party

    Hotel

    Crowne Plaza St Peters

  • 2.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist starts with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica where you see Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber to ancient Rome and view the Roman Forum, the famous Colosseum and the Circus Maximus, where chariot racing was held. Later, gain a Cultural Insight during an Italian pizza cooking demonstration. Roll the dough, scatter your ingredients on top and bake in a traditional pizza oven before eating. Delicious!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

  • 3.

    ROME – SIENA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)

    Head north through the picturesque Chianti wine-producing region. In the beautiful medieval town of Siena, stroll through cobbled streets to the magnificent Piazza del Campo where the colourful Palio bareback horse race takes place every year. Join your companions this evening for a special Italian Regional Meal.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

    Hotel

    Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

  • 4.

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to many artistic masterpieces. View the marble Duomo and visit Piazza della Signoria during your walking tour of the city with a Local Specialist. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own. Later, admire amazing city views from Piazzale Michelangelo and taste a delicious mouth-watering gelato!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 5.

    FLORENCE – BOLOGNA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the Apennine Mountains to the city of Bologna. Here your Local Specialist will show you the Kissing Towers and Neptune's Fountain before enjoying free time to sample typical Italian cuisine for your lunch.  Later arrive in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

  • 6.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    See the marvellous Byzantine architecture as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, ornate Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and the Campanile. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Learn about the great Venetian tradition of Carnival masks from a Local Specialist, with the chance to paint and decorate a mask of your very own! In your free time, perhaps cruise across the lagoon to Burano Island for a fresh seafood meal.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 7.

    VENICE – VERONA – ENGELBERG (2 NIGHTS)

    Drive west across the Veneto plains and stop in Shakespeare's Verona to see the Roman Arena and Juliet's balcony. Your journey continues past the commercial centre of Milan and north via Como and Lugano to the Swiss Lake District. Traverse the scenic Alpine St. Gotthard route into central Switzerland and arrive at the winter sports resort of Engelberg.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ramada Regina Titlis

  • 8.

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Your orientation tour of historic Lucerne includes the Lion Monument, built to commemorate the heroism of the Swiss guards during the French Revolution. Walk across the 14th century wooden Chapel Bridge and see beautiful swans gliding on the lake. Don't miss the opportunity to take an exciting optional mountain experience with breathtaking views! Later, there is time to shop for Swiss souvenirs including watches and chocolate.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

  • 9.

    ENGELBERG – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    From Switzerland, cross the River Rhine and the French border. Travel through the famous Burgundy wine region and view the sprawling vineyards. Later, in the glittering capital Paris, you have the chance to sample the delights that await you tomorrow!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Novotel Tour Eiffel

  • 10.

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Specialist provides fascinating commentary during your guided sightseeing tour, which includes a drive along the Champs Élysées with views of the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. From the second level of the Eiffel Tower, see the city laid out before you in all its glory! Tonight, celebrate with your companions and Travel Director at a special Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 11.

    PARIS – LONDON

    See the First World War battlefields on the way to Calais. Cross by ferry to Dover and see the famous White Cliffs. Arrive later in London where your spectacular holiday ends!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Cultural Insights

    in Rome, learn how to make authentic pizza and then get to eat it too!
    Visit a traditional glassblowing factory in Venice.
    In Venice, paint and decorate your own Carnival Mask.
  • Local Specialists

    in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Paris.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Rome, Florence, Bologna and Paris
  • Orientation of Siena, Venice and Lucerne
  • See the Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields
  • View Juliet's Balcony in Verona, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, the spectacular Alpine scenery of Switzerland and the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Dining

  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts.
    6 dinners (including Kick-off Party, Regional Meal, three course dinner, three course dinner with wine, Rome Pizza demonstration and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • 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 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.

Lucerne

  • 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 Titlis Excursion

    Adult Price: Fr.97.00 With guaranteed snow, two different types of cable car ride and the opportunity to walk inside a glacier, this is Switzerland's most exciting mountain trip. Make sure you wrap up warm, for a wonderful winter experience whatever the weather.
  • Lake Lucerne Cruise

    Adult Price: Fr.39.00 Widely considered to be the loveliest of the mountain lakes, much of the shoreline of Lake Lucerne can only be fully appreciated from the water. As we cruise gently by, you'll admire the spectacular homes of the fortunate few privileged to live on its scenic shores.
  • Traditional Folklore Show With Lunch

    Adult Price: Fr.67.00 Enjoy a delicious lunch (including cheese fondue and one drink) as you listen to yodelling and Alpine horn-blowing, during a lively folklore show of typical Swiss entertainment.

Rome

  • Experience Magnificent Rome

    Adult Price: €33.00 Join our Local Specialist and discover the many delights of Rome. You'll wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares which have developed over more than 2000 years, creating an amazing legacy. The Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain are just two of the fine monuments en route.
  • 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

  • Pisa And The Arno Valley With Tuscan Dinner

    Adult Price: €89.00 Visit the historical city of Pisa with our Local Specialist who will give you an insight into its leaning tower, medieval squares and markets. You'll have free time to shop, followed by locally-loved food and music in an authentic Fattoria (working farm house) in the Tuscan countryside.
  • 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.

Paris

  • 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.
  • Montmartre Village And Artists' Square

    Adult Price: €36.00 Dominated by the soaring Sacre Coeur Basilica, you’ll join your Local Specialist to explore Monmartre’s winding streets, unusual galleries and world famous Artist’s Square - once home to the works of Toulouse Lautrec and Picasso. You’ll have time to browse, barter for original art and taste local cuisine, for a real flavour of Montmartre life.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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