Contrasts of Europe - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

15 days

from R48750 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Trip was magic, scenery stunning"
Tracy , Jun 2014

It's often said ‘it's not the destination that matters, it's the journey'. Both matter on this perfectly timetabled train holiday, as you travel by high-speed train into central Paris, Nice, Florence and Rome.

It's Insider moments like… the guilty pleasure of literally touching history at the Colosseum, as you imagine baying Roman crowds taking their seats for a gladiator battle – and skipping today's queues with our priority tickets.

Trip type:
Cruise Rail and Combos
Trip code:
ETGV

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to London! Spend your day relaxing or take a leisurely wander through the streets of this amazing city. This evening, meet and get to know your companions and your Travel Director at a Welcome Reception, which includes a traditional pub meal and a welcome drink.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Cumberland

  • 2.

    LONDON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning's sightseeing tour, with a Local Specialist, features the capital's most famous sights. See Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. You might like to explore Hyde Park, stroll through Kensington Gardens, visit the Natural History Museum or take a cruise on the River Thames to the Tower of London. Perhaps finish with a West End theatre show!

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 3.

    LONDON – PARIS (3 NIGHTS)

    Your trip on the ultra-modern high-speed Eurostar™ train from London's St. Pancras Station to Paris is exhilarating! Delight in the scenery through Kent and Northern France en route to the glamorous capital. On arrival in Paris we then admire the skyline in all its glory from the second level of the Eiffel Tower, before transferring to your hotel by coach.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Novotel Tour Eiffel

  • 4.

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See all the great sights of this magnificent city with your Local Specialist, including Place de la Concorde, the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Discover the city on your own this afternoon. You might like to try some French cuisine in a typical brasserie or perhaps enjoy a cabaret show at a famous Parisian venue this evening.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 5.

    PARIS – FREE TIME

    Today is yours to explore as you wish. The city is home to some of the greatest attractions in the world including museums, galleries and parks, as well as the Palace of Versailles and the River Seine with its popular cruises. Your Travel Director will be happy to suggest all available options.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 6.

    PARIS – NICE (2 NIGHTS)

    At Paris' Gare de Lyon, board the TGV Mediterranée, one of the French fleet's most modern trains. Admire the stunning scenery as you pass through the hills of Burgundy, along the Rhône Valley, past the villages of Provence and the Luberon to Nice on the French Riviera. See the Promenade des Anglais, Place Massena and the old town on your orientation tour of Nice. Join your companions for a wonderful Regional Meal of Niçois specialities in a local restaurant, then head to Monte Carlo for the chance to ‘break the bank' at one of the casinos!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

    Hotel

    B4 Plaza

  • 7.

    EXCURSION TO CANNES

    Spend today as you wish. You might like to relax on a beach, explore the elegant town of Nice or join your Travel Director for a morning excursion to Cannes, home of the annual Cannes Film Festival and one of the country's most glamorous destinations! After free time in Cannes, you might consider an optional experience to Eze, drive along the Riviera Corniches with spectacular views.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8.

    NICE – VENICE (3 NIGHTS)

    A scenic drive east along rugged coastline brings you into Italy. Cross the Veneto Plains and enter the magical city of Venice − Queen of the Adriatic and your home for the next three nights.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Continental

  • 9.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square is spectacular! See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Spend the afternoon discovering the delights of this very special city.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 10.

    VENICE WALKING TOUR AND FREE TIME

    The city is brought to life with superb historical insights from your Local Specialist during your included walking tour from St. Mark's Square to the ancient food market near Rialto Bridge. Later, see another dimension of this unique city by taking an optional experience to the island of Burano for a delicious seafood meal. Or you might decide to explore the narrow ‘calle', or shop on the Rialto Bridge.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 11.

    VENICE – FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING (2 NIGHTS)

    Admire the beautiful scenery on your high-speed train journey to the Renaissance city of Florence. Cross the forested Apennine Mountains and travel into stunning Tuscan landscapes featuring terraced olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees. Your walking tour of this magnificent city with a Local Specialist is fascinating! View the Ponte Vecchio bridge, a spectacular feat of engineering dating from the Middle Ages. Marvel at the statues and palaces on Piazza della Signoria, the multi coloured marble Duomo and Giotto's spectacular Bell Tower. Enjoy panoramic views across the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. This evening, experience a Regional Meal of local specialities in a Florentine trattoria.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

    Hotel

    Diplomat

  • 12.

    FLORENCE – FREE TIME

    Organise your day to suit your interests. You might like to visit one of numerous galleries and museums or shop for high quality leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery. Tonight, consider dining al fresco at one of Florence's many restaurants.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 13.

    FLORENCE – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    See the peaceful Umbrian countryside on your high-speed train journey to the ‘Eternal City'. In Rome, your Local Specialist takes you on an extensive sightseeing tour. Visit St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's ‘Pietà'. View the Forum and Circus Maximus, where chariot racing was held. Enjoy an included visit inside the Colosseum and learn about gladiatorial contests in ancient Rome.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Atlantico

  • 14.

    ROME – FREE TIME

    Your day is free to explore this incredible city. Consider an optional experience to the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's outstanding frescoed ceiling, or visit the ancient Catacombs. Shop on the Via Condotti, explore the streets of Trastevere or experience ‘la dolce vita' at a pavement café on the Via Veneto. Tonight, join your companions for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 15.

    DEPART ROME

    Say ‘arrivederci' to Rome and your Travel Director as this memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    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 London, Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of London, Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome
  • Orientation of Nice, Cannes and Monaco
  • View Buckingham Palace, the Cannes Film Festival Centre, the Casino in Monte Carlo, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice and the Duomo while in Florence
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, St. Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum in Rome

Dining

  • 14 breakfasts (including 2 Full English and 12 hot buffets).
    5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 2 Regional Meals, three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Eurostar high-speed train from London to Paris.
  • High-speed train journey from Venice to Florence.
  • High-speed train journey from Florence to Rome.
  • TGV Mediteranée from Paris to Nice.
  • 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
  • All rail service is reserved in standard class.
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • 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.

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.
  • The Louvre And Notre Dame

    Adult Price: €52.00 Enjoy an in-depth tour of one of the finest galleries in the world - the Louvre - home to the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Later, you’ll explore the beautiful Cathedral of Notre Dame, with its glorious Rose Windows. If the Louvre is unavailable, you’ll visit the artists' quarter of Montmartre.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €157.00 Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

Nice

  • The Corniches, Lunch Or Dinner

    Adult Price: €71.00 You’ll enjoy a scenic excursion along the Riviera corniche roads, with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe. An unforgettable experience, we’ll continue onwards to a local restaurant where you’ll enjoy a typical meal of specialities from the region, with drinks included.

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.

Florence

  • Pisa And The Arno Valley

    Adult Price: €42.00 Visit the historical city of Pisa where our Local Specialist will give you an insight into its leaning tower, medieval squares and markets. You'll have plenty of free time to shop and explore on your own, too.
  • 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.

Rome

  • Roman Evening With Dinner

    Adult Price: €60.00 Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll drive along the Via Veneto, a location made famous by the film 'La Dolce Vita', and which will give you a glimpse into how the Romans enjoy their city.
  • Discover Rome's Highlights And The Catacombs

    Adult Price: €72.00 You’ll admire the artistic masterpieces collected and commissioned by the Popes and displayed in the Vatican Museums. We’ll also see the famous Tapestry Gallery and Gallery of Maps, then wonder at the masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel. Later we’ll also visit the Pantheon and Piazza Navona
  • Roman Treasures

    Adult Price: €33.00 With our Local Specialist, you'll discover the many delights that Rome has to offer by wandering through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares. Developed over many centuries, they've created an amazing legacy for us today.
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