Scenic Europe - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

15 days

from $4125 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Oct 2015.
"We love travelling with Trafalgar"
Bradley , Jun 2014

This visual masterpiece doesn't just take in places to see, like the scenic Swiss mountains, River Rhine and Burgundy vineyards, it also takes in the place to be seen – the French Riviera.

It's Insider moments like... experiencing the ‘vie de luxe' lifestyle in glitzy Monaco and Cannes: siting back in swanky cafes, stepping into chic boutiques, and even travelling on part of the Formula One Grand Prix circuit.

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    Overnight flight to London.

  • 2.


    Welcome to London! Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through this unique city!


    Park Plaza County Hall

  • 3.


    See a host of sights including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace during your morning guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Finishing in central London, you have the rest of the day to discover the city's delights.


    Full Breakfast

  • 4.


    This morning, see the famous White Cliffs of Dover as you take the cross-channel ferry to continental Europe. On arrival in Brussels, your orientation includes views of the Atomium, the Royal Palaces and a walk through the Grand Place to view the Manneken Pis. This evening, get to know your travel companions and your Travel Director at a Welcome Reception with a light meal.


    Full Breakfast
    Welcome Reception


    Thon EU

  • 5.


    Enjoy a scenic cruise which takes you past castle ruins and steep vineyards to St. Goar, site of the Lorelei Rock. Later, view Heidelberg Castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps on the way to your Rhineland hotel.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Renaissance Karlsruhe/Heidelberg Marriott

  • 6.


    This morning take a scenic drive south into Switzerland to the lakeside resort of Lucerne. Visit the Lion Monument and famous wooden Chapel Bridge during your orientation of Lucerne. Afterwards, you might like to enjoy an exhilarating mountain optional experience for panoramic views. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation

  • 7.


    This morning cross the splendid Alps as you head south to Italy and the Byzantine city of Venice. Take in the sights of the city during your included canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. View the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge's Palace. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making at one of the oldest workshops on the island.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine


    NH Laguna Palace

  • 8.


    Cross the fertile Po Valley and pass by Bologna, and then enjoy views of the dramatic Apennine Mountains. Pass the scenic hill top towns of Orvieto and Orte and later arrive in the eternal city of Rome.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Crowne Plaza St Peters

  • 9.


    Visit St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican city with your Local Specialist. Admire Michelangelo's Pietà, a Renaissance masterpiece, and St. Peter's Square. View the Forum, centre of daily life in ancient Rome, and the mighty Colosseum. See the Circus Maximus, set in a valley between the Aventine and Palatine Hills, where chariot races were held. Spend time afterwards seeing the sights of your choice and perhaps consider an optional experience to the Sistine Chapel to see the magnificent ceiling.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 10.


    Travel north through picturesque Umbria into the scenic Tuscany region, arrive in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour to view the Duomo and Baptistery, and then visit Piazza della Signoria, full of statues and palaces. View the Ponte Vecchio bridge, a spectacular feat of engineering dating from the Middle Ages. This evening consider an optional experience with a drive through the Tuscan countryside to a restaurant serving traditional cuisine.


    Buffet Breakfast



  • 11.


    The Leaning Tower of Pisa in the Square of Miracles is the first magical stop today! Pass the Carrara quarries renowned for high quality marble on the way to the French border. Visit the Principality of Monaco where you view the Monte Carlo casinos and travel on part of the Formula 1 motor racing track. Later arrive in the sophisticated coastal town of Cannes.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Montaigne & Spa

  • 12.


    Your day is free to enjoy the unique ambience of the Côte d'Azur. Why not swim in the Mediterranean? Shop in the fashionable boutiques, or consider an optional experience to the medieval town of St. Paul de Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera and home to the rich and famous!


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 13.


    A scenic drive brings you to Avignon, where you board the rapid and supremely comfortable TGV train. See Burgundy's fertile vineyards as you head north to the fascinating city of Paris, your home for the next two nights. This evening you might like to round off your trip at a famous Parisian cabaret!


    Buffet Breakfast


    Novotel Tour Eiffel

  • 14.


    See all the famous landmarks during your sightseeing tour of Paris. Your Local Specialist brings the city to life, showing you views of the Place de la Concorde, the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Admire the panorama from the second level of the Eiffel Tower and see the Pont Alexander III. Spend free time exploring the sights you've always dreamed of seeing! Shop in smart boutiques, visit museums and galleries or relax and watch the world go by. Tonight, celebrate the end of your holiday at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.


    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 15.


    Today bid farewell to your fellow travelers and Travel Director at the end of your vacation. An airport transfer is available. Conditions apply.


    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

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What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of London, Rome, Florence and Paris
  • Cruise along the River Rhine
  • Orientation of Brussels, Heidelberg, Lucerne, Venice, Pisa, Monaco, Cannes and Avignon
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover, the Swiss Alps, St. Mark's Basilica, the Chapel Bridge
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • See the Lorelei Rock and the Vineyards of Burgundy


  • 13 breakfasts (including 2 full breakfasts and 11 hot buffet breakfasts).
    5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, three course dinner with wine, 2 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Return cross-channel ferry.
  • High-speed TGV train from Avignon to Paris.
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Pick-up and Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre.
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • London airport shuttle service is available to purchase. Conditions apply.
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences


Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


  • Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

    Adult Price: Fr.112.00 Take a scenic cruise with us across Lake Lucerne to Stans, and one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. Travelling by railway and Cabrio cable car, we'll reach 1900m (6300ft), where you’ll have free time to admire the stunning Alpine scenery and enjoy some refreshments. (On certain departures Optional may be operated in reverse, ending with the cruise.)


  • Discover The Magic Of Venice

    Adult Price: €69.00 Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzos, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.


  • An Introduction To Rome

    Adult Price: €33.00 As you meander slowly through Rome's labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares, our Local Specialist will tell you stories of how each area has developed over centuries, creating an amazing legacy for us today. During the tour, you'll view the Pantheon and experience Piazza Navona, loved for its lively cafes.
  • Roman Dining With Live Entertainment

    Adult Price: €60.00 We’ll show you an evening of great entertainment and fun at one of our favourite local restaurants. You'll be served wine and soft drinks, alongside some wonderful musical performances.
  • Inside The Vatican And The Colosseum

    Adult Price: €78.00 Join us for an extension to your included sightseeing tour, which gives you a chance to see the artistic masterpieces collected and commissioned by the Popes. You’ll visit the Tapestry Gallery, Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo spent 11 years preparing the vault and altar wall, and we give you plenty of time to admire just how much painstaking work went into his creations. Your experience will be rounded off with a visit to Rome's iconic Colosseum.


  • Visit Michelangelo's David

    Adult Price: €37.00 Enjoy an insight into the world of artistic genius Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. You'll get VIP entry to the Academy of Fine Arts, where you'll learn all about the artist's life and his world-famous sculpture.
  • Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

    Adult Price: €63.00 Come for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We'll stop off at a delightful restaurant set among the pines and cypress trees, where you’ll be served regional favourites alongside local music.
  • Tuscan Hills Dinner At Villa Machiavelli

    Adult Price: €63.00 A scenic drive into the Chianti hills, past vineyards and sunflower fields, brings us to a delightful hamlet overlooked by an imposing castle. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the great political theorist wrote his immortal work, ‘The Prince’. After a welcome drink and visit of the villa and its wine-cellars, we enjoy the best of Tuscan cuisine accompanied by great music and drinks, including of course, Chianti from the Villa’s own vines. This is the essence of all great things Tuscan, past and present, condensed into one memorable evening!


  • St. Paul, Corniche Drive And Dinner

    Adult Price: €82.00 First to the medieval hill top town of St. Paul to visit this artists’ paradise. We'll continue along the Riviera, travelling on the Basse, Moyenne and Grande corniche roads with their spectacular views, to a local restaurant, for a delicious meal including drinks.


  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €133.00 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.
  • Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

    Adult Price: €34.00 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.
  • Versailles Palace And Gardens

    Adult Price: €64.00 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.
  • Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €157.00 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!
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