European Cavalcade

20 days

from $148 pppd

Trip available from Sep 2017 to Dec 2017.
"The trip was an exciting adventure"
Marilyn , Jul 2014

Explore the romantic landscapes, charming medieval villages and stately capitals of Europe in this epic voyage past Amsterdam, Paris and Rome, with a stay in the Bay of Naples and visits to Lyon, Monaco and Nice along the way.

Trip type:
CostSaver
Trip code:
ECAV

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS)

    Relax after check-in or take a leisurely stroll through this fascinating city.

    Hotel

    Copthorne Tara

  • 2.

    LONDON FREE TIME

    The whole day is free to explore London's famous sights. See the sights, visit a museum or go shopping – the list is endless and the choice is yours.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 3.

    LONDON – AMSTERDAM

    This morning meet your Travel Director and traveling companions to board your Trafalgar coach and set off from London. 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ibis Airport

  • 4.

    AMSTERDAM – RHINE CRUISE – HEIDELBERG – RHINELAND

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Achat Premium Neustadt

  • 5.

    RHINELAND – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Krone Giswil

  • 6.

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 7.

    LUCERNE – LIECHTENSTEIN – INNSBRUCK

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Bon Alpina

  • 8.

    INNSBRUCK – VERONA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Il Burchiello

  • 9.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 10.

    VENICE – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ergife Palace

  • 11.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 12.

    ROME – BAY OF NAPLES

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Costa

  • 13.

    BAY OF NAPLES – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Art Museo

  • 14.

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    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 and Piazza della Signoria.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 15.

    FLORENCE – PISA – MONACO – FRENCH RIVIERA (2 NIGHTS)

    View the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Continue past Genoa and in Monaco enjoy views of the harbour and the palace. Travel past picturesque coastal towns to your hotel on the French Riviera.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Amarante

  • 16.

    FRENCH RIVIERA FREE TIME

    Enjoy a full day of relaxation on one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 17.

    FRENCH RIVIERA – AVIGNON – LYON

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Campanile Centre Berge Du Rhone

  • 18.

    LYON – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    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 perhaps take an excursion to visit the magnificent Palace of Versailles.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Kyriad Prestige Ouest Boulogne

  • 19.

    PARIS ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    This morning see the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and more on your orientation. 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?

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 20.

    DEPART PARIS

    Say goodbye to your Travel Director and travelling companions this morning as your magical trip comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Amsterdam

    See the historic city centre
  • Avignon

    View the Palace of the Popes and St. Bénezet Bridge
  • Black Forest

    Drive through Germany's famous forested region
  • Dover

    See the White Cliffs
  • Florence

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

    View the castle
  • Innsbruck

    View the Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace
  • Liechtenstein

    Visit the capital, Vaduz
  • Lucerne

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

    Orientation of this UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Monaco

    Visit the Principality
  • Paris

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

    View the Leaning Tower
  • Rhine Valley

    Cruise the romantic Rhine
  • Rome

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

    Stop to view the Rhine Falls
  • Venice

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

    View Juliet's balcony

Dining

  • 17 buffet breakfasts

  • 7 three course dinners

  • 2 full breakfasts

Unbeatable Features

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
  • Return ferry from Dover to Calais
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • 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. See airport transfer page link below
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel

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.

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!

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 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.)
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

Rome

  • 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!

Sorrento

  • 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.
  • 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.

Florence

  • 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.

Nice

  • 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.

Paris

  • 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.
  • 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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