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Great European

27 Days 10 Countries 36 Cities

This exploration of Europe takes in the best of France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.

"We saw so much of Europe"

Simon from New Zealand

About this trip

From the spiritual hubs of the Vatican and Lourdes to celebrity-rich Cannes, famous for its annual A-list invasion, see it all on a journey into the contrasts of Europe.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… visiting the sacred shrine of Lourdes, while pilgrims absorb the healing powers of the spring water which bursts from the sacred grotto of this religious site.


Trip type: Discoveries i

Trip code: EGRE

26 Nights

accommodation

36 Meals
  • 26 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 10 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

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Paris, France

Day 1

London – Paris (2 Nights)

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

Day 2

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

Bordeaux Vinyards, France

Day 3

Paris – Chartres – Bordeaux

Bernadettes Grotto, Lourdes, France

Day 4

Bordeaux – Biarritz – Lourdes

Day 5

Lourdes – Madrid (2 Nights)

Day 6

Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 7

Madrid – Barcelona (2 Nights)

Day 8

Barcelona Sightseeing and Free Time

Cannes, France

Day 9

Barcelona – Cannes (2 Nights)

Day 10

Cannes and Perfumery Excursion

Day 11

Cannes – Monaco – Pisa – Florence

St Francis Basilica, Assissi, Italy

Day 12

Florence Sightseeing – Assisi Sightseeing

Day 13

Assisi – Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights)

Faraglioni, Rocks Capri, Italy

Day 14

Excursion to the Isle Of Capri

Day 15

Sorrento – Rome (2 Nights)

Day 16

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Apennine Mountains, Italy

Day 17

Rome – Venice (2 Nights)

Day 18

Venice Orientation and Free Time

Vienna, Austria

Day 19

Venice – Vienna (2 Nights)

Day 20

Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time

Munich, Germany

Day 21

Vienna – Salzburg – Munich

Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 22

Munich – Liechtenstein – Lucerne (2 Nights)

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 23

Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

Day 24

Lucerne – Heidelberg – Rhine Cruise – Boppard

Cologne Cathedral, Germany

Day 25

Boppard – Cologne – Amsterdam (2 Nights)

Day 26

Amsterdam Orientation and Free Time

Day 27

Amsterdam – London

Day 1

London – Paris (2 Nights)

A warm welcome from your Travel Director. Travel by ferry from Dover to Calais and across World War I battlefields, catch a glimpse of the Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge before arriving in Paris. This evening get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception including dinner and drinks. Afterwards enjoy a wonderful evening drive which will introduce some of the sights of this magical city to you.

Hotel

Renaissance La Defense

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
Paris, France

Day 1

Day 2

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

Admire panoramic views of the city from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Drive along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Discover the delights of the city on your own this afternoon.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

Day 2

Day 3

Paris – Chartres – Bordeaux

Visit Chartres Cathedral, renowned for its stained glass windows. Journey south to the wine-region of Bordeaux where you spend the night.

Hotel

Novotel Centre Meriadeck

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine
Bordeaux Vinyards, France

Day 3

Day 4

Bordeaux – Biarritz – Lourdes

Visit Biarritz, the elegant surfing resort. Enjoy the scenery en route to Lourdes in the Pyrénées. Marvel at the Rosary Basilica and visit St. Bernadette's grotto.

Hotel

La Solitude

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine
Bernadettes Grotto, Lourdes, France

Day 4

Day 5

Lourdes – Madrid (2 Nights)

Cross the Somosierra Pass to Madrid, the highest capital in Europe.

Hotel

Melia Castilla

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 5

Day 6

Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time

Marvel at the city's most important landmarks on your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist including views of the Royal Palace and Plaza de España. Enjoy an included visit to the Prado Museum with its vast collection. Later consider an Optional Experience to the fascinating city of Toledo.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 6

Day 7

Madrid – Barcelona (2 Nights)

Pass Guadalajara, the Gorges of Jalon and Aragon en route to Barcelona.

Hotel

Abba Sants

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 7

Day 8

Barcelona Sightseeing and Free Time

Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist features a visit to the old cathedral and views of Gaudi's Art Nouveau fantasies. Tonight why not experience a fiery flamenco show and a delicious Spanish buffet?

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 8

Day 9

Barcelona – Cannes (2 Nights)

Pass by mountains and spectacular coastlines to Cannes. This picturesque town is home to the annual Cannes Film Festival.

Hotel

Montaignes & Spa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Cannes, France

Day 9

Day 10

Cannes and Perfumery Excursion

Free time in Cannes this morning before your visit to the Fragonard Perfumery.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 10

Day 11

Cannes – Monaco – Pisa – Florence

See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the cathedral where Princess Grace is buried. Pass Genoa, Columbus' birthplace, to Pisa where you view the incredible Leaning Tower. Spend the night in the Renaissance city of Florence.

Hotel

Grand Mediterraneo

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 11

Day 12

Florence Sightseeing – Assisi Sightseeing

Admire the many wonders of Florence on your guided walking tour including views of the Duomo, Baptistery and Ponte Vecchio bridge. Visit Piazza della Signoria and later enjoy an included visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo's statue of David with a Local Specialist. Later travel to Assisi where you visit the Basilica of St. Francis with a Local Specialist.

Hotel

Casa Leonori

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine
St Francis Basilica, Assissi, Italy

Day 12

Day 13

Assisi – Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights)

This morning travel south towards Naples and stop in Pompeii to enjoy a walking tour with a Local Specialist of the excavations before arriving in Sorrento.

Hotel

La Residenza

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 13

Day 14

Excursion to the Isle Of Capri

Explore the enchanting Isle of Capri on your guided walking tour with a Local Specialist. See the Piazzetta and the Faraglioni rocks. Cruise back to Sorrento and enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening with your companions.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine
Faraglioni, Rocks Capri, Italy

Day 14

Day 15

Sorrento – Rome (2 Nights)

See the sights of Sorrento before heading north to Rome, the Eternal City.

Hotel

Ateneo Garden Palace

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 15

Day 16

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Visit the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican with a Local Specialist. Enjoy views of the ancient sites including the mighty Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Spend free time exploring – don't forget to try the delicious gelato. Please note: Due to religious celebrations throughout the Holy Year of Mercy the Rome included sightseeing may be modified.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 16

Day 17

Rome – Venice (2 Nights)

Drive over the scenic Apennine Mountains, past Bologna and Padua to the magical city of Venice. Stay at your superb hotel tonight on Lido Island.

Hotel

Viktoria Palace

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine
Apennine Mountains, Italy

Day 17

Day 18

Venice Orientation and Free Time

Appreciate this Byzantine city during your private canal cruise. See St. Marks Square. View the Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island and then explore on your own.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 18

Day 19

Venice – Vienna (2 Nights)

Cross the Carnic Alps into Austria en route to Vienna.

Hotel

Hilton Danube

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Vienna, Austria

Day 19

Day 20

Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time

Your Local Specialist shows you the sights including views of the famous Opera House, Hofburg Palace, Stadtpark, Parliament and Imperial Boulevards. The rest of the day is yours to explore.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 20

Day 21

Vienna – Salzburg – Munich

Hear marvellous tales of the Von Trapp family during your sightseeing tour of Salzburg with a Local Specialist. Later travel to the Bavarian capital Munich.

Hotel

angelo by Vienna House Munich Westpark

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner
Munich, Germany

Day 21

Day 22

Munich – Liechtenstein – Lucerne (2 Nights)

This morning enjoy an orientation of Munich including views of the Glockenspiel in Marienplatz before travelling to Vaduz in Liechtenstein. Arrive later in Lucerne surrounded by mountains and standing at the edge of a lake − a spectacular sight to behold.

Hotel

Astoria

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 22

Day 23

Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

Visit the famous Lion Monument and walk over the Chapel Bridge. The rest of the day is yours to shop, relax or take a mountain experience.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 23

Day 24

Lucerne – Heidelberg – Rhine Cruise – Boppard

View the impressive Heidelberg Castle. Enjoy the scenery as you cruise down the Rhine to Boppard.

Hotel

Best Western Premier Bellevue Rheinhotel Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 24

Day 25

Boppard – Cologne – Amsterdam (2 Nights)

See the impressive Gothic Cathedral of Cologne before crossing into the Netherlands and on to Amsterdam, your home for the next two nights.

Hotel

Coronden Vitality Hotel & Spa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Cologne Cathedral, Germany

Day 25

Day 26

Amsterdam Orientation and Free Time

Enjoy an orientation of Amsterdam and free time to explore the many museums and attractions. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your travelling companions, on board a glass-top boat cruising through the city's canals.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 26

Day 27

Amsterdam – London

Drive through Belgium and France to Calais and cross to England by ferry. See the famous White Cliffs of Dover on the way to London, where your memorable holiday ends.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 27

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Vienna and Salzburg.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit Fragonard Perfumery.

  • 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
    Best Western Premier Bellevue Rheinhotel, Boppard, Germany Situated on the banks of the Rhine, our Authentic Accommodation in Boppard has been in one family for five generations. Built in 1887, you'll gain an insight into the family's artistic history and flair through the hotel's stunning Art Nouveau style.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Vienna and Salzburg

    • Orientation of Bordeaux, Biarritz, Lourdes, Cannes, Monaco, Pisa, Sorrento, Venice, Munich, Lucerne, Heidelberg and Amsterdam

    • Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Chartres Cathedral, St. Bernadette's Grotto in Lourdes, the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein

    • Cruise to the Isle of Capri and along the River Rhine

    • View the ancient sites of Rome

    • See the Somme Battlefields, Benedictine Abbey in Monte Valley and the Lorelei Rock in Rhine Valley


What's Included

Dining

    • 26 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 10 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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

    • Return ferry across the Channel from Dover to Calais.

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


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The Trafalgar Experience

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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 : GoodProduct : It was good but found it a little too long and the long days sitting in a bus where not much fun at all you could probably provide maybe a few films to watch during the very long journeys the constant commentary was to much to handle at times

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    Service rating : Excellent service, Tour Director and Driver kept us on time to avoid lines and we got to see everything on our itinerary.Product : The trip kept us on our toes and we loved all of it. The optional excursions were wonderful.

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    Service rating : Very professional tour, well looked after and a great tour director Julie ( Jules ) and a top Bus DriverEduardo (Mr Smoothie ). Safety issues were paramount and we all looked out for each other.There were also a few treats which were great and unexpected. We also had a great

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    Service rating : we were extremely happy with the service that Trafalgar offered and the little hidden treasures were interesting, we knew well in advance what was happening for that day, where we were going and a time frame. This was repeated a couple of times during the day and our Tour

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