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European Splendour

11 Days 4 Countries 15 Cities

This Discoveries trip unravels the stories and local treasures of Europe's finest cities, including Rome and Paris.

"An amazing, and unique experience"

Michael from Australia

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About this trip

From Michelangelo to Shakespeare, Europe's greatest works are on display as you trace the footsteps of illustrious visionaries. Shed a tear for Juliet in Verona, marvel at the Pietà and sweep your eyes over panoramic views from 'la tour Eiffel' as you explore the highlights of Rome, Florence, Venice, Lucerne and Paris with a few masterpieces in between.


Trip type: Discovery

Trip code: ESPLA

10 Nights

accommodation

15 Meals
  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 5 dinners

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour of Rome, Florence and Paris

    • Orientation of Siena, Pisa, Venice and Lucerne

    • See the Colosseum in Rome, Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields in France

    • View the ancient sites of Rome, Piazza del Campo in Siena, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, scenic Lake Como, the Lion Monument in Lucerne, spectacular Alpine scenery of Switzerland, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne and the White Cliffs of Dover

    • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel

    • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details

    • Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or at the London Reception Centre

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


European Splendour

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Day 2

Rome Sightseeing

Florence, Italy

Day 3

Rome – Siena – Florence (2 Nights)

Day 4

Florence Sightseeing

Day 5

Florence – Pisa – Venice (2 Nights)

Island of Burano, Italy

Day 6

Venice Orientation

Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 7

Venice – Lake Como – Lucerne (2 Nights)

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 8

Lucerne Orientation

Paris, France

Day 9

Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights)

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Day 10

Paris Sightseeing

Day 11

Paris – London

Day 1

Arrive Rome (2 Nights) Day 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.

Hotel

Executive Style

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Executive Style

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Rome Sightseeing Day 2 - Rome Sightseeing

Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica. Here you will see the Pietà sculpture, one of Michelangelo's masterpieces. View the ancient sites in Rome including the mighty Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Later spend time exploring on your own.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.

Adult Price: €33.00

Roman Evening with Dinner

Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a drive and provide a glimpse into how Romans enjoy their city.

Adult Price: €61.00

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for this tour that shows not just remarkable works of art collected and commissioned over the history of the Papacy, but also Michelangelo’s amazing ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Later we hear fascinating tales of gladitorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.

Adult Price: €79.00

Day 2

Day 3

Rome – Siena – Florence (2 Nights) Day 3 - Rome – Siena – Florence (2 Nights)

Drive north into Tuscany. Explore Siena, a beautiful medieval town with ancient cobbled streets. View the Piazza del Campo, where the Palio horse race is held each year, and the cathedral. Shop for souvenirs including attractive pottery. Later arrive in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, where you stay for the next two nights. This evening enjoy a Regional Meal at a Florentine trattoria.

Hotel

Cosmopolitan Concept

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

Cosmopolitan Concept

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 3

Day 4

Florence Sightseeing Day 4 - Florence Sightseeing

Your Local Specialist provides excellent historical commentary during your guided walking tour, which includes views of the marble Duomo and a visit to Piazza della Signoria. View the Ponte Vecchio bridge, a spectacular feat of engineering dating from the Middle Ages. Admire panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time exploring museums or shop for high quality leather and gold.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favourites is served, accompanied by a selection of the local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.

Adult Price: €64.00

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.

Adult Price: €40.00

Day 4

Day 5

Florence – Pisa – Venice (2 Nights) Day 5 - Florence – Pisa – Venice (2 Nights)

Start your day with a visit to Pisa where you will view the Leaning Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cross the Apennine hills and the flat plains of the Veneto region to Venice, a Byzantine city constructed in a lagoon, with an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it's the perfect introduction to this magical city. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

NH Laguna Palace

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

NH Laguna Palace

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences

Gondolas & Grand Canal

On arrival in Venice, a private boat will be waiting to take you to St Mark's Square, where you’ll enjoy a gondola ride while being serenaded by local musicians. Later, private water taxi's will take you along Venice's Grand Canal, where you’ll admire the magnificent palazzos and Rialto Bridge.

Adult Price: €69.00

Day 5

Day 6

Venice Orientation Day 6 - Venice Orientation

Venice is a magnificent city. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square with commentary from your Travel Director. View the Palladian Churches of the Redeemer and St. George, the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Admire the Basilica and the Campanile. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Enjoy free time or take an Optional Experience cruise across the lagoon to the island of Burano where you will enjoy a delicious traditional meal.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Hidden Venice & St. Mark's Basilica

Experience magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica and its glittering gold mosaics the best way possible - with VIP entrance and a Local Specialist! Then delve into the city’s labyrinth of back alleys and canals, bridges and secret squares - enchanting neighbourhoods that you would never find on your own, all explained and brought to life by a true Venetian!

Adult Price: €34.00

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses - a real photographer's paradise.

Adult Price:

Day 6

Day 7

Venice – Lake Como – Lucerne (2 Nights) Day 7 - Venice – Lake Como – Lucerne (2 Nights)

This morning travel across the Veneto plains to the picturesque Italian Lake District. Stop in Como and enjoy free time for lunch. Marvel at the picturesque alpine scenery as you pass Lugano and travel along the St. Gotthard route into central Switzerland, arriving later in Lucerne.

Hotel

Kastanienbaum Swiss Quality Seehotel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Kastanienbaum Swiss Quality Seehotel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

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.

Adult Price: Fr.99.00

Day 7

Day 8

Lucerne Orientation Day 8 - Lucerne Orientation

Visit the poignant Lion Monument, commemorating the heroism of the Swiss Guards during the French Revolution. See the wooden Chapel Bridge on your orientation of Lucerne. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Don't miss the opportunity to take an exciting Optional Experience to one of the surrounding mountains with breathtaking views. Later there is time to shop for Swiss souvenirs including watches and chocolate.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise

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. We’ll ascend 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.)

Adult Price: Fr.112.00

Alpine Farm & Carriage Ride

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.

Adult Price: Fr.67.00

Day 8

Day 9

Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights) Day 9 - Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights)

Cross the French border past Belfort and the remains of the Maginot Line. Enjoy the scenery as you travel through the heart of the Burgundy wine producing region on the way to Paris. This evening consider going to one of the city's most famous cabaret shows.

Hotel

Melia La Defense

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Melia La Defense

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

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!

Adult Price: €162.00

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

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.

Adult Price: €139.00

Day 9

Day 10

Paris Sightseeing Day 10 - Paris Sightseeing

Admire the city sights with your Local Specialist during your morning guided tour. Drive along the Champs Élysées and see the Place de la Concorde. Enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful Paris skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. This evening celebrate the end of your European adventure with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Notre Dame And Latin Quarter

A guided drive through Paris' bohemian Left Bank with our Local Specialist brings us to amazing Notre Dame to discover one of the world's most famous Cathedrals and exemplar of Gothic architecture. Afterward, take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways where you'll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares.

Adult Price: €32.00

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

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.

Adult Price: €36.00

Versailles Palace And Gardens

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.

Adult Price: €65.00

Day 10

Day 11

Paris – London Day 11 - Paris – London

Travel north through France past the First World War battlefields to Calais. Cross the Channel to Dover and see the famous White Cliffs. Say goodbye to your companions and Travel Director in London at the end of a memorable holiday.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 11

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour of Rome, Florence and Paris

    • Orientation of Siena, Pisa, Venice and Lucerne

    • See the Colosseum in Rome, Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields in France

    • View the ancient sites of Rome, Piazza del Campo in Siena, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, scenic Lake Como, the Lion Monument in Lucerne, spectacular Alpine scenery of Switzerland, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne and the White Cliffs of Dover

    • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel

    • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details

    • Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or at the London Reception Centre

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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