European Adventures

Innsbruck, Austria
16 Days

Embark on a grand adventure through Europe to the charming Dutch city of Amsterdam, historic Prague and the labyrinthine canals of Venice – your highlight will be a Rhine river cruise past hilltop castles, fairytale villages and vineyard-clad hills.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Relax after check-in or take a leisurely stroll through this fascinating city.
    hotel:Ibis Earls Court
  3. The day is yours to explore the delights of London. See the sights, visit a museum or go shopping – the list is endless and the choice is yours.
  4. This morning meet your Travel Director and traveling companions to board your Trafalgar coach and set off from London. Drive through Kent's scenic countryside to Dover. Admire the famous White Cliffs as you sail across the Channel to Calais, France. Continue by road through Belgium to The Netherlands, home of clogs and windmills. Perhaps take a canal cruise in a glass-topped boat and see the city from a unique perspective.
    hotel:Steigenberger Airport
  5. This morning in Amsterdam enjoy an orientation of the historic city center. Afterwards you will have free time to take in one of the fantastic museums that the city has to offer.
  6. Drive into Germany and marvel at Cologne Cathedral. At Boppard embark on a relaxing cruise along the River Rhine past medieval hilltop castles and steep vineyards. Continue to your hotel where you dine this evening.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Vacation Inn Frankfurt Airport
  7. Stop in Nuremberg this morning, a historic city where little has changed since the Middle Ages. Drive east across the border into the Czech Republic and arrive later in the capital, Prague.
  8. Your Local Specialist brings the history of this city to life during your sightseeing tour. Sights include Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle complex in Europe, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, views of Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square.
  9. Cross back into Germany stopping in Regensburg on the River Danube. In Munich, capital of Bavaria, your orientation includes Ludwigstrasse and the Marienplatz, renowned for its musical Glockenspiel. You might like to visit a bierkeller and sample the local beer, for which the city is famous.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Park Inn by Radisson East
  10. Head south towards the mountains and through Austria. Stop at Innsbruck, a popular ski area, to view the Golden Roof and the Hofburg. Continue across the Brenner Pass, one of the principal alpine highways, into Italy and south to Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Tonight dine in your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Il Burchiello
  11. Evidence of Venice's glorious Byzantine history is all around as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Admire the magnificent Doge's Palace, former home of Venice's ruling elite. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialties at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Afterwards you have time to explore amazing narrow alleyways, historic bridges and canals. Later perhaps take the opportunity to cruise to Burano Island, the most picturesque island in the lagoon, for a delicious meal.
  12. Traverse the plains of northern Italy and cross the border into Switzerland. Continue along the St. Gotthard route, with its spectacular views. See the chalets dotting the steep hillsides as you approach Lake Lucerne in the heart of central Switzerland. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
  13. Your orientation tour of Lucerne includes the medieval wooden Chapel Bridge and the poignant Lion Monument, built to commemorate the Swiss Guards who bravely defended Louis XVl during the French Revolution. There is time afterwards to shop for delicious chocolates and watches, relax or stroll beside the lake. Consider an optional trip up a mountain peak by cable car to admire the magnificent views. Later you might like to join in the fun at a Swiss Folklore Show.
    meal(s):BB, D
  14. Travel north-west through Basel into France, skirting the edge of the Vosges Mountains. Admire charming villages and castles as you pass through the vineyards of Burgundy, France’s most famous wine region. Arrive later in the glittering capital, Paris. This evening perhaps take a tour through this dazzling city to see the magnificent illuminations or consider a Seine cruise.
    hotel:Mercure La Villette
  15. Paris probably has more recognisable landmarks than any other city in the world. See all the major sights during your sightseeing tour including the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. The rest of the day is yours to explore. This evening you might like to celebrate the end of your vacation with a famous Parisian cabaret show.
  16. After breakfast say farewell to your fellow travelers at the end of your vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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Meal Summary

2 full breakfasts, 12 buffet breakfasts, 5 three course dinners.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • See the White Cliffs
  • See the historic city center
  • View the cathedral
  • Cruise the romantic Rhine
  • See the medieval town
  • Walking tour with your Local Specialist includes views of Prague Castle and views of the Charles Bridge
  • View the Olympic Stadium & Marienplatz
  • View the Golden Roof and Hofburg
  • Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
  • Drive this scenic alpine route
  • Visit the Lion Monument and view the Chapel Bridge
  • Sightseeing includes views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
13 Apr 17 28 Apr 17 $2,195pp
$2,195 pp
20 Apr 17 5 May 17 $2,225pp
$2,225 pp
27 Apr 17 12 May 17 $2,225pp
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4 May 17 19 May 17 checkmark $2,225pp
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11 May 17 26 May 17 $2,225pp
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18 May 17 2 Jun 17 $2,225pp
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25 May 17 9 Jun 17 $2,225pp
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1 Jun 17 16 Jun 17 $2,225pp
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8 Jun 17 23 Jun 17 $2,225pp
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15 Jun 17 30 Jun 17 checkmark $2,225pp
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22 Jun 17 7 Jul 17 $2,225pp
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29 Jun 17 14 Jul 17 checkmark $2,225pp
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6 Jul 17 21 Jul 17 $2,195pp
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13 Jul 17 28 Jul 17 $2,195pp
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20 Jul 17 4 Aug 17 $2,195pp
$2,195 pp
27 Jul 17 11 Aug 17 $2,195pp
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3 Aug 17 18 Aug 17 checkmark $2,195pp
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10 Aug 17 25 Aug 17 $2,195pp
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17 Aug 17 1 Sep 17 $2,195pp
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24 Aug 17 8 Sep 17 checkmark $2,225pp
$2,225 pp
31 Aug 17 15 Sep 17 checkmark $2,225pp
$2,225 pp
7 Sep 17 22 Sep 17 $2,225pp
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14 Sep 17 29 Sep 17 $2,225pp
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21 Sep 17 6 Oct 17 $2,225pp
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28 Sep 17 13 Oct 17 checkmark $2,225pp
$2,225 pp

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $570

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $93 p.p.

Airport Transfers: A return transfer on the last day will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8:00 am.

Complimentary London Return: Guests are welcome to return to London by Trafalgar motor coach at no extra cost. Additional accommodations will be required as arrival in London will be late afternoon/early evening.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Europe must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering countries in the Schengen Area, the UK, Ireland, or Croatia.

  • The currency for most countries you will visit in Europe is the Euro (€).  Several exceptions apply including the Pound (£) in Great Britain and Northern Ireland; the Swiss Franc (CHF) in Switzerland and the Czech Koruna (CZK) in the Czech Republic.

    While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • English specialties include fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast. 

    Traditional German cuisine is rich and delicious.  Try specialties including a variety of bratwurst with sauerkraut, cold cuts, spätzle and potato dumplings.  For dessert you cannot miss the world famous Black Forest Gateau.   Beer is a big part of German culture; sample a variety of German offerings including pilsner, Kölsch and sour beers.  In Frankfurt, try the local cider (Apfelwein).   Wine is also popular throughout Germany, and world-class whites are produced in the Rhine and Mosel regions. 

    Dutch cuisine is simple and rustic.  You might like to try specialties such as rookworst (smoked sausage), kibbeling (fried fish), and pannenkoeken (Dutch pancakes).  And, if you’re feeling adventurous you can try local raw herring prepared with onions and gherkins.  For something sweet, try stroopwafels, a delicious chewy cookie made with two thin layers of waffle and sticky syrup filling.

    The French have an ongoing love affair with food and wine. Meals are lovingly prepared and consumed leisurely through a bevy of appetizers and main courses, usually accompanied by a number of wines. Boeuf bourgignon (beef stew with wine, herbs and vegetables), coq au vin (chicken cooked with bacon in a white wine and herb sauce) and bouillabaisse (fish stew) are featured on many menus. Cheese lovers will not be disappointed with hundreds of varieties to choose from.  And no visit would be complete without a visit to a pâtisserie, with its delicate pastries you will definitely be tempted.

    While Italy is most famous for pizza and pasta, few travelers are aware of just how varied the country’s culinary offering actually are. Traditionally, lunch (pranzo) is the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then frutta (fresh fruit). Finish with espresso and maybe a limoncello or grappa.  Wine is usually served with the meal, accompanied by mineral water.

    Swiss cuisine is a flavorful blend of German, Italian, and French influences and a wide variety of regional offerings.  Specialty dishes include fondue and raclette (cheese dipping dishes), sausages and rösti (fried potato), bündnerfleisch (air-dried beef) and fondue bourguigon (cubes of steak with various sauces). Swiss pastries and desserts are excellent. There are also spirits made from fruit; the most popular are Kirsch, Pflümli and Williamine. And don’t miss out on the world-class selection of Swiss chocolate.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. A few important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping through-out Europe is less common or generous than it is in the United States.  Some countries will add a service charge of up to 15%, so be sure to check your bill before leaving extra.  In most places it is appropriate to leave a few euros or between 5% and 10% for exceptional service.  Keep in mind you will likely want to leave cash on the table to ensure your server receives it. 

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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