European Cavalcade - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

18 days

from R33150 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Jan 2016.
"The trip was an exciting adventure"
Marilyn , Jul 2014

This exquisitely designed journey shows you the picturesque villages and medieval castles of Germany, the lovely Lake Lucerne, Venice's enchanting canals, Renaissance Florence and forever-elegant Paris. Relax in sunny beachside city Nice to reflect on your wonderful experience.

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    Greetings from your Travel Director! See the White Cliffs of Dover as you board the ferry and cross to Calais, France. Continue by road through the Belgian and Dutch countryside to Amsterdam, one of Europe's friendliest cities.


    Ibis Amsterdam Airport

  • 2.


    Drive eastwards into Germany and follow the Rhine Valley southwards. Take a leisurely cruise along the River Rhine, past picturesque villages and vineyards. Later in the town of Heidelberg view the castle, a magnificent example of Renaissance architecture. Continue by road to your hotel, where you dine tonight.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Achat Premium Neustadt

  • 3.


    Journey via Freiburg through the beautiful Black Forest region. Stop at Schaffhausen to view the mighty Rhine Falls and arrive later at Lake Lucerne, your home for the next two nights.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner



  • 4.


    Visit the poignant Lion Monument and the old town during your orientation tour of Lucerne. Afterwards, in your free time, consider a scenic cruise on the lake, shop for Swiss watches and chocolates or take a cog railway up one of the nearby mountains to enjoy the amazing views!


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 5.


    Cross the Swiss border to Liechtenstein for a brief stop in the capital, Vaduz. Continue into Austria, via the Arlberg region, to Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Bon Alpina

  • 6.


    Marvel at Innsbruck's sights including the Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace. Travel through the Brenner Pass into Italy and view Juliet's balcony in Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Your day ends in the magical Byzantine city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Il Burchiello

  • 7.


    Evidence of Venice's former maritime power and wealth is everywhere you look as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Then spend free time exploring this fascinating city on your own.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8.


    Traverse the flat plains of Veneto and cross the dramatic Apennine hills. Admire splendid scenery as you drive through the rolling Tuscan countryside, arriving later in the capital, Rome.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Ergife Palace

  • 9.


    Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour which starts with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica. Continue to ancient Rome to view the Forum and Colosseum. Later enjoy your free time seeing the sights or shopping for souvenirs.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 10.


    Pass the Abbey of Monte Cassino en route to the Bay of Naples, where you might like to take an excursion to explore the excavations of Pompeii. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Grand Moon Valley

  • 11.


    Drive north to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Admire views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Later, check into your hotel.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Art Hotel Museo

  • 12.


    Enjoy a morning walking tour with your Local Specialist to see the magical buildings and statues of Florence. Enjoy time at leisure to immerse yourself in the sights - Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria - the list is endless!


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 13.


    View the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Continue past Genoa and view the famous casino of Monte Carlo. Arrive later in Nice, glittering capital of the Côte d'Azur.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Ibis Style Vieux Port

  • 14.


    Orientation includes the Promenade des Anglais and the Place Masséna. Spend the rest of the day relaxing.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 15.


    Admire the beautiful countryside around Aix-en-Provence, where Van Gogh liked to paint. In Avignon view the Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge. Continue through the Rhône Valley to Lyon.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Campanile Tassin

  • 16.


    The wine-producing region of Burgundy and the Forest of Fontainebleau provide picturesque backdrops for your drive to the elegant, romantic city of Paris. On arrival maybe take an excursion to visit the magnificent Palace of Versailles.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Mercure La Defense 5

  • 17.


    The Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower - see all these sights and more with superb commentary from your Local Specialist. During your free time why not visit a world famous museum. This evening maybe take the chance to see one of the famous Parisian cabaret shows?


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 18.


    Head north to Calais for your cross-Channel ferry to England. Continue to London where your exciting holiday ends!


    Buffet Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Amsterdam

    See Dam Square and the Mint Tower
  • Avignon

    View the Palace of the Popes and St. Bénezet Bridge
  • Black Forest

    Drive through Germany's famous forested region
  • Dover

    See the White Cliffs
  • Florence

    Panoramic view from Piazzale Michelangelo. See Piazza Santa Croce on your included morning sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist
  • Heidelberg

    View the castle
  • Innsbruck

    View the Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace
  • Liechtenstein

    Visit the capital, Vaduz
  • Lucerne

    Visit the Lion Monument and view the medieval old town
  • Lyon

    Orientation of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Monaco

    See the Monte Carlo Casino
  • Nice

    Drive along the Promenade des Anglais
  • Paris

    View the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower on your morning sightseeing with a Local Specialist
  • Pisa

    View the Leaning Tower
  • Rhine Valley

    Cruise the romantic Rhine
  • Rome

    Visit St. Peter's Basilica on your morning sightseeing with a Local Specialist. View the Forum and the Colosseum
  • Schaffhausen

    Stop to view the Rhine Falls
  • Venice

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

    View Juliet's balcony


  • 17 buffet breakfasts
    7 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
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included
  • 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


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.


  • 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.
  • 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 Cabrio 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 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.


  • 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.
  • Grand Alpine Tour

    Adult Price: €61.00 A scenic train ride through the Tyrolean Alps takes us to the glamorous ski-resort of Seefeld. Here we will enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through spectacular scenery, and taste some of the local schnapps. Later, we ascend the Olympic Ski Jump, to marvel at the landscape of the Inn Valley spread out below us.


  • 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.


  • 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 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.
  • 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.


  • Discover Pompeii

    Adult Price: €39.00 Join our expert on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in AD 79. You'll witness the devastating destruction it had at the time, as well as the opportunity to go back in time and get a glimpse of everyday Roman life, frozen for more than 2,000 years.
  • Experience The Scenic Amalfi Coast

    Adult Price: €42.00 Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.
  • Discover The Sorrentino Countryside

    Adult Price: €43.00 Enjoy a beautiful drive into the Sorrentino countryside, where you'll explore the gardens, mill and ancient wine cellar of an 18th-century olive oil mill. During a tour of its lemon, orange and olive groves, your hosts will show you how mozzarella and other cheeses of the region are made. And then you'll get to try cheeses, salamis and marinated vegetables, washed down with local wine and homemade bread.


  • 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.
  • Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

    Adult Price: €63.00 Come for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We'll stop off at a delightful restaurant set among the pines and cypress trees, where you’ll be served regional favourites alongside local music.
  • Tuscan Hills Dinner At Villa Machiavelli

    Adult Price: €63.00 A scenic drive into the Chianti hills, past vineyards and sunflower fields, brings us to a delightful hamlet overlooked by an imposing castle. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the great political theorist wrote his immortal work, ‘The Prince’. After a welcome drink and visit of the villa and its wine-cellars, we enjoy the best of Tuscan cuisine accompanied by great music and drinks, including of course, Chianti from the Villa’s own vines. This is the essence of all great things Tuscan, past and present, condensed into one memorable evening!


  • St. Paul, Corniche Drive And Dinner

    Adult Price: €82.00 First to the medieval hill top town of St. Paul to visit this artists’ paradise. We'll continue along the Riviera, travelling on the Basse, Moyenne and Grande corniche roads with their spectacular views, to a local restaurant, for a delicious meal including drinks.


  • 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.
  • 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 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!
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