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European Experience summer 2017


tour code: EEXP
European Experience summer 2017

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Mountains and monuments dot your route from London to Rome. Admire Munich's musical Glockenspiel in Marienplatz, take an exhilarating journey through an Alpine highway and marvel at St. Mark's Square in Venice, with stops in Rome, Lucerne and Paris.

12 Days from £1,350 per passenger

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Day 1 : London – Amsterdam

This morning meet your Travel Director and travelling companions to board your 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.

Accommodation : Ibis Airport

Day 2 : Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhineland

Cross into Germany and view Cologne Cathedral, the tallest Roman Catholic Cathedral in the world. 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.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation : Achat Premium Walldorf/Reilingen

Day 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.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation : Bon Alpina

Day 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.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation : Alexander

Day 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.Buffet Breakfast

Accommodation : Raganelli

Day 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 to view the 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.Buffet Breakfast

Day 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. Don't forget to shop for leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation : Novotel Firenze Nord

Day 8 : Florence – Lucerne Region (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.Buffet Breakfast

Accommodation : Krone Giswil/Krone Sarnen

Day 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.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 : Lucerne Region – 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.Buffet Breakfast

Accommodation : Mercure Ivry Quai De Seine

Day 11 : Paris Orientation 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 orientation 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.Buffet Breakfast

Day 12 : Paris – London

Head north from Paris across WWI 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.Buffet Breakfast


Dining Highlights

  • 11 buffet breakfasts
  • 5 three course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • 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
  • 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
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase, conditions apply. See link below for airport transfer page
  • Pick-up if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London Hotel booked through Trafalgar or from the London Reception Centre

To complement your itinerary, we have pleasure in offering you a list of Optional Experiences. A selection of those listed below will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some details may be subject to change, depending on the time you are travelling or local circumstances including weather and days of the week. Further information will be provided by your Travel Director. The majority of optional experiences will be priced in the local currency but please read through the details of individual optional experiences below for specic information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each optional experience, but in many cases cash, Visa, Mastercard and American Express are all accepted. Please be sure to advise your credit card provider that you will be travelling in Europe, before you leave home. Children 17 and under are entitled to a 25% discount on all European-operated Optional Experiences (some Eastern Mediterranean trips excluded).

AMSTERDAM AMSTERDAM DISCOVERY AND CANAL CRUISE

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!

Adult Price: EUR 30.00 Code: AMS0001

VENICE 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 magni cent palazzos and Rialto Bridge.

Adult Price: EUR 69.00 Code: VEN0010

ROME PIAZZAS AND FOUNTAINS OF ROME 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!

Adult Price: EUR 33.00 Code: ROM0005

ROME EXPLORE OSTIA ANTICA
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.

Adult Price: EUR 42.00 Code: ROM0007

ROME 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: EUR 79.00 Code: ROM0022

ROME 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: EUR 61.00 Code: ROM0012

Florence's Renaissance Treasures optional experience will not be available on trips departing London on a Tuesday.

FLORENCE FLORENCE'S RENAISSANCE TREASURES

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 rst-hand its spectacular design. The trip ends in Signoria Square, the political centre of Florence.

Adult Price: EUR 42.00 Code: FLO0005

LUCERNE SWISS FOLKLORE EVENING AND DINNER

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, ag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two drinks are also included.

Adult Price: CHF 99.00 Code: LUC0001 

LUCERNE 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: CHF 67.00 Code: LUC0013

LUCERNE MOUNT PILATUS AND LAKE CRUISE We'll ascend by cog-wheel train to Mount Pilatus' summit, where you'll have time to explore, admire the views, and breathe the pure air. Then, we'll descent by cable-car to enjoy a scenic lake cruise. On certain departures this Optional may be operated in reverse.

Adult Price: CHF 112.00 Code: LUC0007

PARIS 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: EUR 38.00 Code: PAR0028

PARIS 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 the epitome of Gothic architecture. Afterwards, 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: EUR 33.00 Code: PAR0021

You will be offered one of the following two optional experiences depending on availability:

PARIS 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 lm of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

Adult Price: EUR 162.00 Code: PAR0018

PARIS 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: EUR 139.00 Code: PAR0023

*This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers. Occasionally these experiences involve outdoor activities and/or can be physically demanding. You should make your own decisions about these experiences and only participate in activities that you feel are suited to your own physical ability. We recommend you check that the insurance you have taken out also includes your participation in any adventure activities you may/will undertake during your overall trip.