European Experience

12 days

from €143 pppd

Trip available from Oct 2016 to Dec 2016.
"Everything was first rate"
Evert , Jul 2014

From vibrant Amsterdam to ancient Rome and the beauty of Paris, this trip also takes the Rhine Valley and the Olympic city of Innsbruck before exploring the canals of Venice and the piazzas of Florence as well as the breathtaking beauty of Lake Lucerne.

Trip type:
CostSaver
Trip code:
EEXP

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    LONDON – AMSTERDAM

    This morning meet your Travel Director and travelling companions to board you Trafalgar coach and set off from London. Admire the famous White Cliffs as you approach Dover where you board a ferry for the short Channel crossing to Calais in France. Drive through Belgium's Flanders fields into The Netherlands, renowned for tulips, clogs and windmills. Later arrive in Amsterdam, one of Europe's friendliest cities.

    Hotel

    Best Western Premier Couture

  • 2.

    AMSTERDAM – COLOGNE – RHINELAND

    Cross into Germany and view Cologne Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in Europe. In Boppard embark on a scenic cruise down the River Rhine past terraced vineyards and towering castles. Finish the day at your hotel in the Rhineland.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Achat Premium Walldorf/Reilingen

  • 3.

    RHINELAND – MUNICH – INNSBRUCK

    In Munich admire the Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz and the Hofbräuhaus. Continue along the Inn Valley to the Austrian Tyrol and on to Innsbruck, a picturesque town where you view the sights including the Golden Roof and see the ski-jump.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Bon Alpina

  • 4.

    INNSBRUCK – VENICE

    Enjoy an exhilarating journey through the Brenner Pass – one of the principal Alpine highways – to Italy. In the Byzantine city of Venice cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Marvel at St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop and see a demonstration then spend time discovering the delights of Venice. You might like to take a romantic ride in a gondola.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Delfino Mestre

  • 5.

    VENICE – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Traverse the Veneto plain via Bologna and cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains into Tuscany. Continue through Umbria to Lazio and the capital, Rome. This evening take the opportunity to explore the city's beautiful squares and fountains and perhaps savour the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Raganelli

  • 6.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Specialist brings Rome's rich history to life during your wonderful sightseeing tour. Visit St. Peter's Basilica, featuring magnificent works of art. Your tour continues across the Tiber views Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. From the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums to the incredible fountains in Piazza Navona, Rome is full of wonderful, unmissable sights. Please note: Due to religious celebrations throughout the Holy Year of Mercy the Rome included sightseeing may be modified.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 7.

    ROME – FLORENCE

    Drive north through Umbria into the rolling countryside of Tuscany. In the Renaissance city of Florence enjoy spectacular views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Afterwards there is time to explore the Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower, and don't forget to shop for leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Novotel Florence Nord Airport

  • 8.

    FLORENCE – LAKE LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the Apennines to the great northern plain and pass the city of Milan. Continue north to the Swiss border and follow the scenic St. Gotthard route to Lake Lucerne in the heart of Switzerland. The landscape is breathtaking.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Krone Sarnen/Weinhof

  • 9.

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Admire the sights of Lucerne during your morning orientation tour including views of the Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church and a visit to the Lion Monument, built to commemorate the Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Spend free time shopping for Swiss chocolate or perhaps take an Optional Experience up a mountain peak.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

  • 10.

    LAKE LUCERNE – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    Journey into France and pass the Vosges Mountains. See the vineyards as you travel through the great wine region of Burgundy. Arrive later in the elegant capital, Paris. This evening you might like to take a tour of the city and see the dazzling illuminations.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Mercure La Defense 5

  • 11.

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Paris is a beautiful city, and probably has more familiar landmarks than any other capital in the world. See most of them during your sightseeing tour with views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Afterwards there is time for you to explore on your own. Tonight is the last evening of your holiday so you might consider a delicious dinner at a cosy bistro. Also, no trip to Paris is complete without seeing a famous cabaret show featuring the can-can.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 12.

    PARIS – LONDON

    Head north from Paris across First World War battlefields of the Somme to Calais and take the ferry to Dover. Arrive shortly afterwards in London, where you say farewell to your Travel Director and travelling companions at the end of an amazing holiday.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Dover

    See the White Cliffs
  • Amsterdam

    See the historic city centre
  • Cologne

    View the Gothic cathedral
  • Rhine Valley

    Cruise the romantic Rhine
  • Munich

    See the Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz and the Hofbräuhaus
  • Innsbruck

    View the famous Golden Roof and see the ski-jump
  • Venice

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

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

    Enjoy panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Admire Florentine leatherwork
  • Swiss Alps

    Picture-book scenery
  • Lucerne

    Visit the Lion Monument and see the medieval old town
  • Paris

    Sightseeing includes views of Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower

Dining

  • 11 buffet breakfasts

  • 5 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 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

Notes

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.

Venice

  • 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.

Rome

  • 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.
  • Roman Evening with Dinner

    Adult Price: €61.00 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.
  • 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!
  • Explore Ostia Antica

    Adult Price: €42.00 Join us on a journey along the Mediterranean coast and visit the excavations of Ancient Ostia, the former harbour of Rome. These ruins offer perhaps a more complete picture of Roman urban life than either Rome or Pompeii. See the remains of the baths, theatre, apartment houses, drinking room, mosaics and wall paintings at this beautiful site, mirrored by cypress trees and umbrella pines.

Florence

  • Florence's Renaissance Treasures

    Adult Price: €42.00 This trip is all about exploring the jewel in Florence's crown: its Renaissance heritage. First, you'll get to view the Michelangelo collection, including the statue of David at the Academy of Fine Arts. You’ll continue to the Duomo where you’ll see first-hand its spectacular design. The trip ends in Signoria Square, the political centre of Florence.

Lucerne

  • Alpine Farm & Carriage Ride

    Adult Price: Fr.67.00 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.
  • Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise

    Adult Price: Fr.112.00 We’ll ascend through fields and forests to Mount Pilatus’ summit, where you’ll have time to explore, admire the views, and breathe the pure air. We’ll ascend by cog-wheel train, to enjoy a scenic lake cruise. (On certain departures ascent and descent will be by cable car only. Optional may be operated in reverse, with cruise first.)
  • 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.

Paris

  • 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.

Amsterdam

  • 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!
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