European Interlude - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

15 days

from $4161 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Dec 2015.
"Another great vacation with Trafalgar"
Carol , Jun 2014

The different angle of Europe's most celebrated cities comes from the locals sharing their own perspectives on their home countries, locals you meet between your travels by train, boat and luxury coach.

It's Insider moments like… gliding down Europe's waterways, with a cruise on Amsterdam's canals before tasting Dutch delicacies; a voyage along the Rhine, past vineyards and castles; and a private sailing on Venice's canals.

Trip type:
Discoveries
Trip code:
EINT

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    LONDON – EUROSTAR™ – AMSTERDAM

    This morning, meet your Travel Director before travelling to London's St. Pancras International to board the Eurostar™ for a high-speed train journey to Brussels. Continue by luxury coach to Amsterdam. Enjoy an orientation of the historic city centre, then get to know your fellow travellers and Travel Director on a glass-topped boat as you enjoy a sightseeing cruise Welcome Reception along the city's canals which includes a light supper and welcome drink.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Mercure Amsterdam City

  • 2.

    AMSTERDAM – COLOGNE – RHINE CRUISE – MANNHEIM

    This morning travel to Germany where you have the opportunity to visit Cologne Cathedral. Embark on a relaxing Rhine cruise at Boppard. Pass medieval castles and vineyards on the way to St. Goar, site of the Lorelei Rock. Dine at your Rhineland hotel this evening.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Mercure am Rathaus

  • 3.

    MANNHEIM – MUNICH – INNSBRUCK

    Drive through the Swabian Uplands to Munich and view the Olympic Stadium and Marienplatz during your orientation. Marvel at the Golden Roof and St. Jakob's Cathedral across the border in the Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck. This evening enjoy a Regional Meal with local specialities.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

    Hotel

    Grauer Bär

  • 4.

    INNSBRUCK – SALZBURG – VIENNA (2 NIGHTS)

    Admire the splendours of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. View the city's major landmarks during a walking tour with your Local Specialist, including many locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music'. A scenic journey takes you towards the Danube River and the Baroque elegance of Vienna.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Falkensteiner Wien Margareten

  • 5.

    VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Wonderful views of Vienna's sights include the Opera House, the Hofburg, Stadtpark, Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards on your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit the sights of your choice during free time this afternoon. Shop on the fashionable Kärntnerstrasse or simply relax in a typical Viennese café. Perhaps consider taking an optional experience to Schönbrunn Palace.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 6.

    VIENNA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Journey into the heart of the Austrian Alps, past the Austrian Lake District, over the Italian border to the fertile plains of the Veneto. Cross into the magical city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, your home for the next two nights. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

  • 7.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Discover the rich heritage of this Byzantine city during your private canal cruise to St. Mark's Square. Admire the Bridge of Sighs and the beautiful Doge's Palace. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Spend free time afterwards exploring or shopping. Consider an optional experience to the island of Burano, famous for its colourful houses.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8.

    VENICE – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the Po valley and journey over the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Rome, the Eternal City. This evening, you might like to discover Rome's vibrant nightlife.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Executive Style Hotel

  • 9.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Visit St. Peter's Basilica, home of Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece the Pietà with a Local Specialist. In ancient Rome, view the Forum and the mighty Colosseum. See the Circus Maximus set in a valley below the Aventine and Palatine Hills. Consider an optional experience to the magnificent Sistine Chapel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 10.

    ROME – FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Admire the Tuscan landscape en route to Florence. Learn about the city's Renaissance history from your Local Specialist, who shows you the Duomo, the Baptistery and a visit to Piazza della Signoria during your guided walking tour. View the majestic Ponte Vecchio bridge. Shop for high quality leather and gold.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    NH Anglo American

  • 11.

    FLORENCE – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    Drive north and see beautiful Lake Lugano. Through the Ticino region, take the scenic St. Gotthard route through the Alps to the picturesque town of Lucerne. This evening, consider a night out at a traditional Swiss folklore evening with cheese fondue.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Renaissance

  • 12.

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Admire the sights of this medieval town on your morning orientation. Visit the poignant Lion Monument and the wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the River Reuss. Don't miss the opportunity to take an exciting mountain optional experience with breathtaking view. Later, there is time to shop for Swiss souvenirs including watches and chocolates.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 13.

    LUCERNE – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    From Lucerne, over the French border and past Belfort, see the vineyards in the wine–producing Burgundy region. Arrive later in Paris, where you might like to visit a world–famous Parisian Cabaret tonight.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Pullman La Defense

  • 14.

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    The Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde – see all these sights and more on your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Admire stunning views across the city from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Celebrate the end of a wonderful trip this evening with your companions at a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 15.

    PARIS – LONDON

    Drive across Northern France, past the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge on the Somme battlefields. Sail from Calais to Dover and continue to London by coach, where your splendid European holiday comes to an end.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Cultural Insights

    Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Local Specialists

    in Salzburg, Vienna, Rome, Florence and Paris.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Salzburg, Vienna, Rome, Florence and Paris
  • Cruise along the River Rhine
  • Orientation of Amsterdam, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne
  • See the Lorelei Rock, Lake Lugano, the Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields
  • View the Castles of the Rhine Valley, the Swiss Alps and the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Visit Cologne Cathedral, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Dining

  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.
    6 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Regional Meal, 2 three course dinners with wine, three course dinner, Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover.
  • In addition, Eurostar high-speed train tickets from London to Brussels.
  • 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
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • 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

  • 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 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.

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

  • 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.

Paris

  • 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 By Night

    Adult Price: €34.00 Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'city of light' as we take a leisurely river boat 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.
  • 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!
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