European Highlights end London

9 Days 4 Countries 4 Cities

This trip compares France and Germany to smaller neighbours Switzerland and Holland.

"A little of everything"

Christine from Canada

About this trip

Discovering six countries, this introduction to Europe compares its big players, France and Germany, and their smaller neighbours, Switzerland and The Netherlands.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… smelling sawdust in the air as German clockmakers craft cuckoo clocks in front of you, in a fairy tale Black Forest setting that feels like it's straight from a Hansel and Gretel pop-up book.

Trip type: Discovery

Trip code: EHIG

8 Nights


11 Meals
  • 8 breakfasts: (2 full breakfasts and 6 hot buffets).

  • 3 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Your Itinerary

1. Arrive London (2 Nights)

After checking into your Trafalgar hotel, the rest of your day is free to relax or start to explore this exciting capital city.


2. London Sightseeing and Free Time

Many major sights are included on your morning guided sightseeing tour, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace with a Local Specialist. Your sightseeing tour will finish in central London, so the rest of the day is yours to discover more of the city, or perhaps make time for some last minute shopping.

Full Breakfast

3. London – Amsterdam

See the White Cliffs of Dover as you board your ferry to Calais. Travel through Belgium and later arrive in Amsterdam. Enjoy an orientation of the historic city center followed by a Welcome Reception on a scenic canal cruise including a light dinner and welcome drinks.

Full Breakfast
Welcome Reception
Mercure Amsterdam City

4. Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg

Travel across the German border to the Rhine Valley. Relax as you cruise along the River Rhine past terraced vineyards and medieval castles to St. Goar. Pass the famous Lorelei Rock, named after a mermaid who lured fishermen to their deaths with her mesmerising song. In Heidelberg view the red sandstone castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, which towers above Germany's oldest university town.

Buffet Breakfast
Achat Premium Walldorf/Reilingen

5. Heidelberg – Schaffhausen – Lucerne (2 Nights)

Drive into the enchanting Black Forest and stop for a Cultural Insight cuckoo clock making demonstration. Visit the dramatic Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, the largest waterfall in Europe. Arrive later in Switzerland with its alpine scenery and enjoy magnificent views across Lake Lucerne.

Buffet Breakfast

6. Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

Walk across the 14th century Chapel Bridge on your morning orientation. Visit the solemn Lion Monument, commemorating the massacre of Swiss Guards in 1792. Spend the afternoon shopping in the old town for Swiss souvenirs and chocolates. Consider an Optional Experience up a local mountain for panoramic views and enjoy the fresh alpine air by taking a leisurely walk beside the beautiful lake.

Buffet Breakfast

7. Lucerne – Burgundy Wine Region – Paris (2 Nights)

See the changing landscape as you travel into France through Alsace and across the Maginot Line. Continue through the Burgundy countryside − one of the country's main wine producing regions, famous for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varieties. This evening you may decide to take an Optional Experience to see a famous Parisian Cabaret.

Buffet Breakfast
Renaissance La Defense

8. Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

Your Local Specialist shows you the sights including views of the Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the magnificent Opera House, designed by Charles Garnier and opened in 1875. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower by elevator and view the city in all its glory. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to visit the Palace of Versailles. Celebrate in the evening with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

9. Paris – London

After breakfast say ‘au revoir' to Paris. Cross the infamous Somme Battlefields and catch a glimpse of the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge. In Calais board a ferry to Dover, continuing to London by coach where your wonderful European holiday comes to an end.

Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

Lucerne, Switzerland
    • City tour in Paris

    • Orientation of Amsterdam, Heidelberg and Lucerne

    • Visit the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen, the Lion Monument in Lucerne and the Eiffel Tower in Paris

    • Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam and the River Rhine

    • View the White Cliffs of Dover, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne and the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Opera House in Paris

    • See the Lorelei Rock and vineyards of Burgundy

    • City tour in London and Paris

What's Included


    • 8 breakfasts: (2 full breakfasts and 6 hot buffets).

    • 3 dinners.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • 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

    • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply

    • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel booked through Trafalgar or from the London Reception Centre

    • Ferry from Dover to Calais

    • Ferry from Calais to Dover

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

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

    Airport Transfers

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

Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience


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 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.


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.


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.

Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 41 Reviews

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    Service rating : Excellent service, excellent communication, we were very well cared for from start to finish.Product : Excellent value for money. We saw so much of the Countries we visited and learned about the people, the culture and history.

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    everything was just perfect. thank you

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    Service rating : We had a great time on the trip. Wish we had a little more free time and also more wifi time on the bus as some of the trips were very long. I would have liked to had German sausage at the dinner in Heidelberg to give me a feeling of a real German meal. I was also disappointed

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    Service rating : everything went as smoothly as clockwork. There were no snags or hitches and the tour leader sorted out the queries some passengers had.Product : we found the distance between the cities quite long although there were comfort stops along the way, we found a lot of sitting.

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    Service rating : Tour Director was Customer service oriented, extremely knowledgeable, organized and friendly.Product : Diverse. Meaningful to the locale we were visiting.

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    Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights: The 18 December 2015 departure will celebrate Christmas in Paris. Enjoy a delicious festive meal with all the trimmings. The 25 December 2015 departure will celebrate New Year's Eve in Paris. Enjoy a delicious dinner with a glass of sparkling wine to toast your travel companions as you see in the New Year. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

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