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Traditional Europe with Eurostar

19 Days 9 Countries 23 Cities

Delve beneath the obvious in Italy, Germany, France and Austria on this Discoveries trip.

"The best holiday we have ever taken"

Janine

About this trip

Beyond the big cities, like Paris and Rome, are this trip's other highlights: cliff-hanging Sorrento, ancient Colmar and cool Cologne may be smaller in tourist numbers, but they're big on personality.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… digging beneath the obvious at Pompeii, as you walk around the excavations with our expert, who reveals the stories behind the ‘objects' they found centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.


Trip type: Discovery

Trip code: ETRA

18 Nights

accommodation

25 Meals
  • 17 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 8 dinners

On-trip Transport

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Traditional Europe with Eurostar

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Bruges, Belgium

Day 1

London – Eurostar™ – Brussels – Amsterdam

Cologne Cathedral, Germany

Day 2

Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhine Cruise – Rhineland

Engelberg, Switzerland

Day 3

Rhineland – Heidelberg – Colmar – Engelberg (2 Nights)

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 4

Lucerne Excursion

Innsbruck Golden Roof, Austria

Day 5

Engelberg – Liechtenstein – Innsbruck

Day 6

Innsbruck – Venice (2 Nights)

Day 7

Venice Orientation and Free Time

Day 8

Venice – Rome (2 Nights)

Day 9

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 10

Rome – Pompeii – Sorrento

Capri, Campania, Italy

Day 11

Sorrento – Capri – Assisi

Piazza Della Signoria, Florence, Italy

Day 12

Assisi – Florence Sightseeing

Monte Carlo Harbour, Monaco, France

Day 13

Florence – Pisa – Monaco – Nice (2 Nights)

Day 14

Nice – St. Paul De Vence Excursion

Lyon, France

Day 15

Nice – Avignon – Lyon

Bordeaux Vinyards, France

Day 16

Lyon – Beaune – Paris (2 Nights)

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Day 17

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 18

Paris – London

Day 19

DEPART LONDON

Day 1

London – Eurostar™ – Brussels – Amsterdam

This morning meet your Travel Director before travelling to London's St. Pancras International to board the Eurostar™ for a high-speed train journey to Brussels. Continue by luxury coach to Amsterdam. Get to know your fellow travellers and Travel Director on a glass-topped boat as you enjoy a Welcome Reception sightseeing cruise along the city's canals which includes a light dinner and welcome drink.

Hotel

Westcord Fashion

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
Bruges, Belgium

Day 1

Day 2

Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhine Cruise – Rhineland

Cross into Germany and stop to view Cologne Cathedral. Embark on a wonderful Rhine cruise from Boppard, past magical castles and steep vineyards to St. Goar, site of the Lorelei Rock. Arrive later at your Rhineland hotel where you dine tonight.

Hotel

Maritim Rhein-Main Darmstadt

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner
Cologne Cathedral, Germany

Day 2

Day 3

Rhineland – Heidelberg – Colmar – Engelberg (2 Nights)

View the impressive Heidelberg Castle overlooking the scenic River Neckar. Enjoy an orientation of Colmar before continuing your journey through the Alsace vineyards and across the Swiss border at Basel to Engelberg. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Schweizerhof

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner
Engelberg, Switzerland

Day 3

Day 4

Lucerne Excursion

View the Lion Monument in Lucerne, built to commemorate the Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI, and the famous wooden Chapel Bridge. Spend free time shopping for delicious chocolates before returning to scenic Engelberg.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 4

Day 5

Engelberg – Liechtenstein – Innsbruck

Admire splendid Alpine scenery en route to the Principality of Liechtenstein stopping in the capital, Vaduz. Cross the border into Austria and follow the Arlberg route through the Tyrol to Innsbruck. View the famous Golden Roof during your orientation of this beautiful town.

Hotel

Grauer Bär

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Innsbruck Golden Roof, Austria

Day 5

Day 6

Innsbruck – Venice (2 Nights)

Cross the 190m/620-foot high Europa Bridge, follow the Brenner Pass into Italy through the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains to the magical city of Venice. This evening consider taking a gondola ride along the city's romantic network of canals while listening to Italian melodies.

Hotel

Quattro Fontane

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 6

Day 7

Venice Orientation and Free Time

Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square and hear the unique history of this beautiful Byzantine city. View the famous Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge's Palace. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own. You might like to take a cruise around the lagoon or shop for souvenirs in the ‘calle'.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 7

Day 8

Venice – Rome (2 Nights)

From Venice across the Veneto and over the Apennine hills, through Tuscany and Umbria, arrive in Rome, the Eternal City. Tonight, why not experience ‘la dolce vita' at a pavement café?

Hotel

Executive Style

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 8

Day 9

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Discover the treasures of St. Peter's Basilica including Michelangelo's Pietà with your Local Specialist. Cross the Tiber to see the ancient sites of Rome. See the mighty Colosseum. Enjoy views of the Circus Maximus, former site of chariot racing. Perhaps visit the Sistine Chapel in your free time or shop for the latest fashions on the Via del Corso. Please note: Due to religious celebrations throughout the Holy Year of Mercy the Rome included sightseeing may be modified.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 9

Day 10

Rome – Pompeii – Sorrento

Enjoy a scenic drive through the vineyards of Frascati into the Campania region. Meet your Local Specialist for a walking tour of the excavations at Pompeii. Later arrive in Sorrento.

Hotel

Johanna Park

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 10

Day 11

Sorrento – Capri – Assisi

Take the ferry across the sea to the beautiful Isle of Capri. A funicular railway brings you to Capri town where you discover the sights during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. View the restored Abbey of Monte Cassino, perched high on a rocky hill. Arrive later in Assisi where you view St. Francis' Basilica featuring spectacular frescoes by Giotto during your orientation.

Hotel

Casa Leonori

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine
Capri, Campania, Italy

Day 11

Day 12

Assisi – Florence Sightseeing

Travel through Umbria and Tuscany to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Your Local Specialist shows you the sights including views of the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio bridge as well as visiting Piazza della Signoria during your included walking tour.

Hotel

Grand Mediterraneo

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Piazza Della Signoria, Florence, Italy

Day 12

Day 13

Florence – Pisa – Monaco – Nice (2 Nights)

Admire the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the oldest structures in the Square of Miracles. Visit Monaco and see the famous Monte Carlo Casino.

Hotel

NH Nice/AC Marriott Juan Les Pins

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Monte Carlo Harbour, Monaco, France

Day 13

Day 14

Nice – St. Paul De Vence Excursion

Explore St. Paul de Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns in the French Riviera which attracts many artists. Visit a historic perfumery nearby before returning to Nice.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 14

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Nice – Avignon – Lyon

See the papal city of Avignon on the River Rhône. Admire the broken bridge − the famous Pont d'Avignon − and the magnificent Papal Palace. Enjoy an orientation tour of Lyon including views of Fourvière Hill and Place Bellecour.

Hotel

Mercure Saxe Lafayette

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine
Lyon, France

Day 15

Day 16

Lyon – Beaune – Paris (2 Nights)

Cross the beautiful Rhône Valley. Visit the charming village of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy and home to one of the key wines of France. This evening in Paris consider a trip to one of the city's most famous cabaret shows.

Hotel

Pullman La Defense

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Bordeaux Vinyards, France

Day 16

Day 17

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

Your sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. Admire the skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower with an included visit. Celebrate with your companions and Travel Director this evening at a Farewell Dinner.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Day 17

Day 18

Paris – London

Transfers provided to Paris Gare du Nord station where you board the Eurostar™ train to London. The journey time to London St. Pancras International is 2 hours and 15 minutes. On arrival in London you are transferred to your hotel.

Hotel

Thistle Euston

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 18

Day 19

DEPART LONDON

Enjoy an English breakfast at the end of your holiday.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 19

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Cultural Insights
    Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries. The scents of France are yours to enjoy at Fragonard, a famous French perfumery that has been creating perfumes since the 1920s

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

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

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Florence and Paris

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

    • Orientation of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Colmar, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Venice, Sorrento, Assisi, Pisa, Monaco, Nice, Avignon and Lyon

    • See the Lorelei Rock in Rhine Valley, Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino, the Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields

    • View Cologne Cathedral, the ancient sites in Rome and Lion Monument in Lucerne and the White Cliffs of Dover

    • Visit Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, St. Paul de Vence, Beaune and the Eiffel Tower in Paris


What's Included

Dining

    • 17 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 8 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

    • In addition, Eurostar high-speed train from London to Brussels

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

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

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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.


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