European Horizons

18 Days 5 Countries 12 Cities

Modern innovation meets classical scenery on this European tour covering France, Germany, Italy and more.

"Trafalgar continues to be the best"


About this trip

Enjoy a stately sojourn through some of Europe's most captivating capitals - the exquisite Grand Place of Brussels, imposing Arc de Triomphe and Rome's St. Peter's Basilica stand nobly over equally impressive. Explore the floating city of Venice, cruise down the Rhine past medieval ruins and admire Alpine scenery as you travel through Florence, Zermatt and Monaco en route to Paris.

Trip type: Discovery

Trip code: EHORB

17 Nights


23 Meals
  • 17 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 6 dinners

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

European Horizons

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive London (2 Nights)

Welcome to London. Spend time exploring the delights of the city or simply relax after your journey and look forward to your amazing vacation.

Thistle Euston

2. London Sightseeing

See London's biggest sights on your fantastic guided tour, including Big Ben, Buckinham Palace and Westminster Abbey with a Local Specialist. Free time later is an opportunity to discover the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

Full Breakfast

3. London – Bruges – Brussels

Meet your Travel Director this morning and travel to Dover to board the ferry and cross the Channel to France. Continue over the Belgian border and see the canals and cobbled streets of medieval Bruges on your way to Brussels. On arrival your orientation includes views of the Atomium, the Royal Palace and a walk through the Grand Place to see the Manneken Pis. This evening get to know your companions and your Travel Director at a Welcome Reception including a light dinner and welcome drinks.

Full Breakfast
Welcome Reception

4. Brussels – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg – Rhineland

This morning travel into Germany. Cruise down the River Rhine from Boppard past medieval ruins and picturesque scenery to St. Goar. Hear the fable of the Lorelei Rock. Later view Heidelberg Castle which is perched on the hillside above the River Neckar.

Buffet Breakfast
Achat Plaza Karlsruhe

5. Rhineland – Munich – Innsbruck

Cross the Swabian Uplands to Munich. See the Olympic Stadium, Marienplatz and Hofbräuhaus during your orientation. In the Tyrol's capital, Innsbruck, view the centuries-old Golden Roof and St. Jakob's Cathedral. This evening enjoy a Regional Meal with local specialities.

Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

Optional Experiences

Traditional Tyrolean Evening

You’ll enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment, as singers, dancers, and musicians dressed in national costume provide a colourful show of folklore and fun. Includes two drinks.

Adult Price: €43.00

6. Innsbruck – Cortina d’Ampezzo – Venice (2 Nights)

Enjoy a spectacular alpine drive through the Brenner Pass into Italy. See the famous Olympic ski-jump at Cortina d'Ampezzo with free time for lunch in the dramatic Dolomites. Arrive later in the magical city of Venice - Queen of the Adriatic. You might start your two-night stay by opting for a romantic gondola ride.

Buffet Breakfast
Le Boulevard

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

7. Venice Orientation

Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square and see the wonders of this unique floating city including the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Spend free time exploring on your own - perhaps take a boat trip round the lagoon or wander through the narrow streets and shop for souvenirs.

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: €70.00

8. Venice – Rome (2 Nights)

Head south across the forested Apennine Mountains to Rome, the Eternal City.

Buffet Breakfast
Courtyard by Marriott Central Park

Optional Experiences

Roman Evening with Dinner

This easy-going evening in Rome begins with a beautiful drive to see amazing city sights. We arrive at one of our favourite restaurants, where you'll enjoy a warm welcome and delicious dinner of local cuisine with drinks and music.

Adult Price: €61.00

9. Rome Sightseeing

Your Local Specialist gives an interesting account of Rome's rich history on your guided sightseeing this morning. Visit St. Peter's Basilica, one of the holiest sites in the Christian world. View the ancient sites of Rome including the mighty Colosseum. Spend time seeing the sights of your choice or sit back and experience 'la dolce vita'.

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

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

Roman Delights With Dinner

Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialities, alongside local music and drinks.

Adult Price: €47.00

10. Rome – Florence Sightseeing

Drive north into beautiful Tuscan countryside to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Your Local Specialist brings the city's amazing history to life during your guided walking tour which includes Piazza della Signoria, views of the Duomo, Baptistery and the Ponte Vecchio which is a feat of medieval engineering.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences

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

11. Florence – Pisa – Monaco – Nice (2 Nights)

See the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the world's most famous landmarks, which stands beside the Cathedral and Baptistery. Follow the coast across the border to the French Riviera. Visit the Principality of Monaco and see part of the Grand Prix circuit. Arrive later in Nice, your home for the next two nights.

Buffet Breakfast

12. Fragonard Perfumery and St. Paul De Vence

Visit the Fragonard Perfumery to learn about this intricate art, and perhaps buy some for yourself. Later explore St. Paul de Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera, and well-known for its art. Spend the afternoon in Nice. Relax on the beach, shop in fashionable boutiques or stroll along the Promenade des Anglais.

Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Corniche Coastline Drive with Meal

You’ll enjoy a scenic excursion along the Riviera corniche roads, with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe. An unforgettable experience, we’ll continue onwards to a local restaurant where you’ll enjoy a typical meal of specialities from the region, with drinks included.

Adult Price: €72.00

13. Nice – Tasch – Zermatt (2 Nights)

Travel back into Italy and through the Italian Lake Region before crossing the Swiss border. In Tasch, board electric minibuses to the renowned mountain resort of Zermatt.

Buffet Breakfast

14. Zermatt

Enjoy a relaxing day exploring the town or consider joining an Optional Experience up the Matterhorn.

Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Fondue Dinner Experience

You’ll discover the beautiful resort of Zermatt, then enjoy dinner in a typical chalet-style restaurant – and a chance to try fondue.

Adult Price: Fr.86.00

Klein Matterhorn Excursion

A unique electric taxi service will drive us to the foot of Zermatt's highest and most spectacular mountain ride. You’ll enjoy stunning views as we ascend to Furi and Trockener Steg, before boarding Europe's highest cable car to 3779m (12400ft) and the magnificent snow-capped top of the world.

Adult Price: Fr.112.00

15. Zermatt – Lucerne

This morning travel to lakeside Lucerne, admire the stunning alpine scenery on your journey. Visit the Lion Monument and see the iconic Chapel Bridge. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Buffet Breakfast
Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation

Optional Experiences

Lake Lucerne Cruise

Widely considered to be the loveliest of the mountain lakes, much of the shoreline of Lake Lucerne can only be fully appreciated from the water. As we cruise gently by, you'll admire the spectacular homes of the fortunate few privileged to live on its scenic shores.

Adult Price: Fr.40.00

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

Secret Swiss Bunkers

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit an original WWII Swiss Military Bunker. When Germany annexed Austria, Switzerland was surrounded by German Forces. It wasn't possible to defend all her borders, so the military built nearly 200 fortresses and bunkers in central Switzerland, mostly inside mountains. Our private tour of the Vitznau bunker, lets you experience this engineering wonder still in its original condition and working order.

Adult Price: Fr.46.00

16. Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights)

Cross into France and see the vineyards in the wine-producing region of Burgundy. Admire the Auxerrois vineyards and the changing terrain on your journey north to the glittering capital, Paris.

Buffet Breakfast
Evergreen Laurel

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

17. Paris Sightseeing

Paris is a beautiful city with an abundance of famous sights. See the Place de la Concorde, the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe on your guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Marvel at the skyline from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Celebrate the end of your journey tonight with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner.

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

18. Depart Paris

Say 'au revoir' to Paris and your fellow travellers at the end of a remarkable holiday. An airport transfer is available. Conditions apply.

Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Enjoy the elegance of yesteryear and sweeping lake vistas at the Grand Hotel Europe in Lucerne, where warm Swiss hospitality and a grand past spanning over a century guarantee an unforgettable stay

  • 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 Specialist
    For included sightseeing in London, Rome, Florence and Paris

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in London, Rome, Florence and Paris

    • Cruise along the River Rhine

    • Orientation of Bruges, Brussels, Heidelberg, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice, Pisa, Monaco, Nice, Zermatt and Lucerne

    • See the Lorelei Rock and the Vineyards of Burgundy

    • View the White Cliffs of Dover, the Olympic Ski Jump at Cortina and the ancient sites of Rome

    • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, St. Paul de Vence, a French Perfumery and the Eiffel Tower in Paris

What's Included


    • 17 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 6 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 at your London hotel

    • Ferry across the Channel from Dover to Calais

    • 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

    • VIP entry to many sights

    Airport Transfers

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

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The Trafalgar Experience

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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 5 Reviews

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    Service rating : This was our first tour and we were a little nervous! Kevin Marshall our tour director was absolutely awesome! His knowledge (geography, history etc) is incredible and he was constantly doing his best to make the trip great for everyone on board. Just a great guy! We did this

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    Service rating : Gerry baines was a great travel dirrector. My husband and I couldn't have asked for anyone better! Great first experience with TRAFALGAR. It will be hard to beat!Product : In London and in Paris we would have liked are hotel to be more centrally located. Loved receiving a map

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    Service rating : We did so much with a lot of extra places put in by our director Gerry.We were given so much of his knowledge of the areas one of the places was a town called St Paul so beautiful.venice was astounding loved walking around those beautiful coloured buildings on BurranoThe only

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    Service rating : We were well "looked after" by our travel director and coach driver. The meals and rooms were excellent.Product : This excellent trip was a remarkable journey to places that would have been impossible to accomplish in the 19n days without the knowledge of our director and coach

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    Service rating : The tour director was very helpful and friendly.Product : Tour director had a wealth of knowledge of the history in the different areas. Also gave us information that made visiting these places easier and less stressful eg how things work in lunch stops.

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