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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

About this trip

This full path through Europe, with a focus on Italy, covers all the essentials – Rome, Pisa, Florence, Venice and Paris – as well as taking you off track Siena's hidden history.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… strolling with a local who knows Florence's cobbled streets inside-out, and points out their favourite places as they unveil the story of the Medici family, who found fame and fortune here.


Trip type: Discoveries i

Trip code: ESPLA

10 Nights

accommodation

15 Meals
  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 5 dinners.

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Day 1

Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Day 2

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Florence, Italy

Day 3

Rome – Siena – Florence (2 Nights)

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Day 4

Florence Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 5

Florence – Pisa – Venice (2 Nights)

Day 6

Venice Orientation and Free Time

Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 7

Venice – Verona – Lucerne (2 Nights)

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 8

Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

Paris, France

Day 9

Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights)

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Day 10

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 11

Paris – London

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

VOI Cicerone / Aran Mantegna

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

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. Please note: Due to religious celebrations throughout the Holy Year of Mercy the Rome included sightseeing may be modified.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 2

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. At Pisa view the Leaning Tower. 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
Florence, Italy

Day 3

Day 4

Florence Sightseeing and Free Time

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
Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Day 4

Day 5

Florence – Pisa – Venice (2 Nights)

Start your day with a visit to Pisa where you will view the Leaning Tower. 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

Day 5

Day 6

Venice Orientation and Free Time

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

Day 6

Day 7

Venice – Verona – Lucerne (2 Nights)

West across the Veneto plains view the Roman arena and Juliet's balcony in Verona, the setting of Shakespeare's most famous play. Pass the commercial centre Milan, and journey north to the Italian and Swiss Lake Districts via Como and Lugano. Marvel at the picturesque alpine scenery along the St. Gotthard route into central Switzerland, arriving later in Lucerne.

Hotel

Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 7

Day 8

Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

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
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 8

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

Pullman La Defense

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Paris, France

Day 9

Day 10

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

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
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Day 10

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

Day 11

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence and Paris.

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

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Grand Hotel Europe, Lucerne, Switzerland Taking you straight back to Switzerland's elegant past, this historic hotel is a landmark in Lucerne. Situated by the lake's glittering shores, you'll gain an insight into the city's history during a stay at this Authentic Accommodation.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour of Rome, Florence and Paris

    • Orientation of Siena, Pisa, Venice and Lucerne

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

    • View the ancient sites of Rome, Piazza del Campo in Siena, Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Lion Monument in Lucerne, spectacular Alpine scenery of Switzerland, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne and the White Cliffs of Dover

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 5 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • 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

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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

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

    • London airport shuttle service available. Conditions apply


    Airport Transfers

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


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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Enjoy

Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


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    Service rating : Excellent service, above and beyond expectations. The Tour Director on this tour was fabulous, made my tour seamless and trouble free. His local knowledge was second to none and apart from history etc he gave us tips on best way to get to certain sites, where to shop, where to

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    Service rating : Always courteous & professional.Product : A very enjoyable your and would suggest this is the only way to travel.

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    Service rating : Every part of our trip went seamlessly. The tour director was fantastic in giving information and sorting out small problems. Hotel check in's and out's was easy.Product : As a first time traveller to Europe, we were very pleased with all the destinations involved in our

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    Service rating : We had our first tour cancelled on us four weeks before we left to go on tour, we were pretty gutted, as this cost us our good seats on the plane (as we had booked and paid for trip 10 months before leaving.) This cost us $900 to change with no special offers from Trafalgar for

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    Service rating : both Carlos the driver and Sophia the tour director were awesomeProduct : I loved the trip, but I would love it even more if you told us prior to purchasing the tour about the optional experience and the cost I would of love paying for everything prior to my trip instead of get

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Rome, Italy

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