European Horizons - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

16 days

from R44600 pp

Trip available from Jul 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Trafalgar continues to be the best"
Susan , Jul 2014

Modern innovation meets classical scenery and artistic innovation – the heart of Europe is shown through the beauty and bounty of nine neighbouring countries.

It's Insider moments like… stepping into the scent-rich air of Fragonard's perfumery and meeting an expert perfumer, who gives you a unique insight into the techniques and traditions underpinning this family business.

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    Meet your Travel Director this morning and travel to Dover to board the ferry and cross the Channel to France! Continue over the Belgian border and see the canals and cobbled streets of medieval Bruges on your way to Brussels. On arrival your orientation includes views of the Atomium, the Royal Palaces and a walk through the Grand Place to see the Manneken Pis. This evening, get to know your companions and your Travel Director at a Welcome Reception including a light dinner and welcome drinks.


    Welcome Reception



  • 2.


    This morning travel into Germany. Cruise down the River Rhine from Boppard past medieval ruins and picturesque scenery to St. Goar. Hear the fable of the Lorelei Rock. Later, view Heidelberg Castle which is perched on the hillside above the River Neckar.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Renaissance Karlsruhe/Heidelberg Marriott

  • 3.


    Cross the Swabian Uplands to Munich. See the Olympic Stadium, Marienplatz and Hofbräuhaus during your orientation. In the Tyrol's capital, Innsbruck, view the centuries-old Golden Roof and St. Jakob's Cathedral. This evening, enjoy a Regional Meal with local specialities.


    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal



  • 4.


    Enjoy a spectacular alpine drive through the Brenner Pass into Italy. See the famous Olympic ski-jump at Cortina d'Ampezzo with free time for lunch in the dramatic Dolomites. Arrive later in the magical city of Venice – Queen of the Adriatic. You might start your two-night stay by opting for a romantic gondola ride!


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine


    NH Laguna Palace

  • 5.


    Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square and see the wonders of this unique floating city, including the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Spend free time exploring on your own – perhaps take a boat trip round the lagoon or wander through the narrow streets and shop for souvenirs.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 6.


    Head south across the forested Apennine Mountains to Rome, the Eternal City.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Courtyard By Marriott Rome Central Park

  • 7.


    Your Local Specialist gives an interesting account of Rome's rich history on your guided sightseeing this morning. Visit St. Peter's Basilica, one of the holiest sites in the Christian world. View the Forum, centre of daily life in ancient Rome, and the mighty Colosseum. Spend time seeing the sights of your choice or sit back and experience ‘la dolce vita'.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8.


    Drive north into beautiful Tuscan countryside to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Your Local Specialist brings the city's amazing history to life during your guided walking tour, which includes Piazza della Signoria, views of the Duomo, Baptistery and the Ponte Vecchio which is a feat of medieval engineering.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine



  • 9.


    See the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the world's most famous landmarks, which stands beside the Cathedral and Baptistery. Follow the coast across the border to the French Riviera. Visit the Principality of Monaco and see part of the Grand Prix circuit. Arrive later in Nice, your home for the next two nights.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Holiday Inn

  • 10.


    Explore St. Paul de Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera, and well-known for its art. Visit the Fragonard Perfumery to learn about this intricate art, and perhaps buy some for yourself! Spend the afternoon in Nice. Relax on the beach, shop in fashionable boutiques or stroll along the Promenade des Anglais.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 11.


    Travel back into Italy and through the Italian Lake Region before crossing the Swiss border. In Tasch, board electric minibuses to the renowned mountain resort of Zermatt.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Albana Real

  • 12.


    Enjoy a relaxing day exploring the town or consider joining an optional experience up the Matterhorn.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 13.


    This morning travel to lakeside Lucerne, admire the stunning Alpine scenery on your journey. Visit the Lion Monument and see the iconic Chapel Bridge. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation

  • 14.


    Cross into France and see the vineyards in the wine-producing region of Burgundy. Admire the Auxerrois vineyards and the changing terrain on your journey north to the glittering capital, Paris.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Evergreen Laurel

  • 15.


    Paris is a beautiful city with an abundance of famous sights! See the Place de la Concorde, the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe on your guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Marvel at the skyline from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Celebrate the end of your journey tonight with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner.


    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 16.


    Say ‘au revoir' as you leave Paris and cross northern France. Catch a glimpse of the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge on the way to Calais. Board a ferry to Dover and continue to London by coach, where your memorable holiday ends.


    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation

    Grand Hotel Europe in Lucerne is your traditionally Swiss accommodation, located next to a Lake and beautiful surrounding scenery.
  • Cultural Insights

    Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
    Visit Fragonard Perfumery on the French Riviera.
  • Local Specialists

    in Rome, Florence and Paris.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Rome, Florence and Paris
  • Cruise along the River Rhine
  • Orientation of Bruges, Brussels, Heidelberg, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice, Pisa, Monaco, Nice, Zermatt and Lucerne
  • See the Lorelei Rock, the Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover and the Olympic Ski Jump at Cortina
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, St. Paul de Vence, a French Perfumery and the Eiffel Tower in Paris


  • 15 hot buffet breakfasts.
    7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Regional Meal, 2 three course dinners with wine, 2 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Return ferry crossing across the Channel.
  • Glacier Express train ticket from Zermatt to Andermatt.
  • 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


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.


  • Klein Matterhorn Excursion

    Adult Price: Fr.99.00 A unique electric taxi service will drive us to the foot of Zermatt's highest and most spectacular mountain ride. You’ll enjoy stunning views as we ascend to Furi and Trockener Steg, before boarding Europe's highest cable car to 3779m (12400ft) and the magnificent snow-capped top of the world.
  • Fondue Dinner Experience

    Adult Price: Fr.85.00 You’ll discover the beautiful resort of Zermatt, then enjoy dinner in a typical chalet-style restaurant – and a chance to try fondue.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • World War II Swiss Bunkers

    Adult Price: Fr.44.00 A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit an original WWII Swiss Military Bunker. When Germany annexed Austria, Switzerland was surrounded by German Forces. It wasn't possible to defend all her borders, so the military built nearly 200 fortresses and bunkers in central Switzerland, mostly inside mountains. Our private tour of the Vitznau bunker, lets you experience this engineering wonder still in its original condition and working order.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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