European Cavalcade

18 days

from €110 pppd

Trip available from Nov 2016 to Dec 2016.
"The trip was an exciting adventure"
Marilyn , Jul 2014

This exquisitely designed journey shows you the picturesque villages and medieval castles of Germany, the lovely Lake Lucerne, Venice's enchanting canals, Renaissance Florence and forever-elegant Paris. Relax in sunny beachside city Nice to reflect on your wonderful experience.

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    Greetings from your Travel Director. See the White Cliffs of Dover as you board the ferry and cross to Calais, France. Continue by road through the Belgian and Dutch countryside to Amsterdam, one of Europe's friendliest cities.


    Ibis Airport

  • 2.


    Drive eastwards into Germany and follow the Rhine Valley southwards. Take a leisurely cruise along the River Rhine, past picturesque villages and vineyards. Later in the town of Heidelberg view the castle, a magnificent example of Renaissance architecture. Continue by road to your hotel where you dine tonight.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Achat Premium Neustadt

  • 3.


    Journey via Freiburg through the beautiful Black Forest region. Stop at Schaffhausen to view the mighty Rhine Falls and arrive later in Lucerne, your home for the next two nights.


    Buffet Breakfast



  • 4.


    Visit the poignant Lion Monument and the old town during your orientation tour of Lucerne. Afterwards in your free time consider a scenic cruise on the lake, shop for Swiss watches and chocolates or take a cog railway up one of the nearby mountains to enjoy the amazing views.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 5.


    Cross the Swiss border to Liechtenstein for a brief stop in the capital, Vaduz. Continue into Austria via the Arlberg region to Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol. Marvel at Innsbruck's sights including the Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Bon Alpina

  • 6.


    Travel through the Brenner Pass into Italy and view Juliet's balcony in Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Your day ends in the magical Byzantine city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Il Burchiello

  • 7.


    Evidence of Venice's former maritime power and wealth is everywhere you look as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Then spend free time exploring this fascinating city on your own.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8.


    Traverse the flat plains of Veneto and cross the dramatic Apennine hills. Admire splendid scenery as you drive through the rolling Tuscan countryside, arriving later in the capital, Rome.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Ergife Palace

  • 9.


    Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour which starts with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica. Continue to ancient Rome to view Colosseum and see the ancient sites. Later enjoy your free time seeing the sights or shopping for souvenirs. Please note: Due to religious celebrations throughout the Holy Year of Mercy the Rome included sightseeing may be modified.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 10.


    Travel South to the Bay of Naples. Enjoy free time in the coastal town of Sorrento or consider an Optional Experience to the picturesque countryside including a farmhouse lunch. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Pompei Resort

  • 11.


    This morning, why not join an Optional Experience to the excavations at Pompeii? See the Abbey of Monte Cassino en route to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Art Museo

  • 12.


    Enjoy a morning walking tour with your Local Specialist to see the magical buildings and statues of Florence. Admire panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo and enjoy time at leisure to immerse yourself in the sights; Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria - the list is endless.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 13.


    View the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Continue past Genoa and in Monaco enjoy views of the harbour and the palace. Arrive later in Nice, the glittering capital of the Côte d’Azur


    Buffet Breakfast


    Ibis Styles Vieux Port

  • 14.


    Orientation includes the Promenade des Anglais and the Place Masséna. Spend the rest of the day relaxing.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 15.


    Admire the beautiful countryside around Aix-en-Provence where Van Gogh liked to paint. In Avignon view the Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge. Continue through the Rhône Valley to Lyon.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Campanile Berges Du Rhone

  • 16.


    The wine-producing region of Burgundy and the Forest of Fontainebleau provide picturesque backdrops for your drive to the elegant, romantic city of Paris. On arrival maybe take an excursion to visit the magnificent Palace of Versailles.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Mercure La Defense 5

  • 17.


    This morning see the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and more on your sightseeing tour. During your free time why not visit a world famous museum. This evening maybe take the chance to see one of the famous Parisian cabaret shows?


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 18.


    Head north to Calais for your cross-Channel ferry to England. Continue to London where your exciting holiday ends.


    Buffet Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Dover

    See the White Cliffs
  • Amsterdam

    See the historic city centre
  • Rhine Valley

    Cruise the romantic Rhine
  • Heidelberg

    View the castle
  • Black Forest

    Drive through Germany's famous forested region
  • Schaffhausen

    Stop to view the Rhine Falls
  • Lucerne

    Visit the Lion Monument and view the medieval Old Town
  • Liechtenstein

    Visit the capital, Vaduz
  • Innsbruck

    View the Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace
  • Verona

    View Juliet's balcony
  • Venice

    Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
  • Rome

    Visit St. Peter's Basilica on your morning sightseeing with a Local Specialist. View the Colosseum and see the ancient sites
  • Florence

    See Piazza Santa Croce on your included morning sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Panoramic view from Piazzale Michelangelo.
  • Pisa

    View the Leaning Tower
  • Monaco

    See the Monte Carlo Casino
  • Nice

    Drive along the Promenade des Anglais
  • Avignon

    View the Palace of the Popes and St. Bénezet Bridge
  • Lyon

    Orientation of this UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Paris

    View the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower on your morning sightseeing


  • 17 buffet breakfasts

  • 7 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • Return ferry from Dover to Calais
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Hand-picked 3 and 4 star accommodation
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel booked through Trafalgar or from the London Reception Centre
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase, conditions apply.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

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.


  • Amsterdam Discovery And Canal Cruise

    Adult Price: €30.00 Absolutely the best way to see Amsterdam’s wonderful sights! A private cruise by glass-roofed boat travels the historic canal ring, showing imposing warehouses, stately merchant homes, houseboats & bridges. Then, on foot with our Local Specialist, explore the heart of the city, including the not-to-be-missed coffeehouses and shop-windows of the Red Light District!


  • Mount Rigi And Lake Cruise

    Adult Price: Fr.112.00 Come with us as we ascend to the summit of Mount Rigi by cable car, where you’ll have time to explore and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Later we'll descend by cable car once more, before enjoying a cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne.
  • Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

    Adult Price: Fr.99.00 Tonight we’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join in a lively folklore show which includes yodelling, flag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two drinks are also included.


  • Traditional Tyrolean Evening

    Adult Price: €43.00 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.


  • Gondolas & Grand Canal

    Adult Price: €69.00 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.
  • Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

    Adult Price: €70.00 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.


  • Roman Evening with Dinner

    Adult Price: €61.00 Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a drive and provide a glimpse into how Romans enjoy their city.
  • Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

    Adult Price: €79.00 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.
  • Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

    Adult Price: €33.00 Starting with a lovely drive and continuing on foot, you'll discover hidden backstreets, piazzas and fountains of the 'Eternal City' with a Local Specialist. Along the Way you'll marvel at the timeless Pantheon, the best-preserved Roman temple in the world. Many additional highlights are revealed on this relaxed tour that also offers free time in a gorgeous Baroque square with street artists, trattorias and gelaterias!


  • Amalfi Coast and Positano

    Adult Price: €43.00 Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.
  • Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

    Adult Price: €44.00 Enjoy a beautiful drive into the Sorrentino countryside, where you'll explore the gardens, mill and ancient wine cellar of an 18th-century olive oil mill. During a tour of its lemon, orange and olive groves, your hosts will show you how mozzarella and other cheeses of the region are made. And then you'll get to try cheeses, salamis and marinated vegetables, washed down with local wine and homemade bread.
  • Discover Pompeii

    Adult Price: €40.00 Join our expert on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in AD 79. You'll witness the devastating destruction it had at the time, as well as the opportunity to go back in time and get a glimpse of everyday Roman life, frozen for more than 2,000 years.


  • Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

    Adult Price: €40.00 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.
  • Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

    Adult Price: €64.00 Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favourites is served, accompanied by a selection of the local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.


  • St. Paul, Coastline Drive and Provençale Dinner

    Adult Price: €83.00 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.


  • Versailles Palace And Gardens

    Adult Price: €65.00 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.
  • Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

    Adult Price: €36.00 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.
  • Notre Dame And Latin Quarter

    Adult Price: €32.00 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.
  • Dinner And Hidden Gems Of Paris

    Adult Price: €67.00 Spend an evening discovering one of the loveliest areas of Paris, made famous by artists, writers and students over the centuries. Then enjoy a taste of local cuisine, at a memorable dinner in typical Parisian style with drinks included.
  • Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €162.00 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!
  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €139.00 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.
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