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European Dream

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,498 per person
Woman sitting on bench with large Pinocchio doll, Florence, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom ...more Italy, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom

Locations Visited

Rome, Florence, Mestre, Venice, Lucerne, Paris, Calais, Dover, London ...more Rome, Florence, Mestre, Venice, Lucerne, Paris, Calais, Dover, London
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

    Ciao Roma! Welcome to the 'Eternal City' - once home to gods and goddesses, emperors, senators and slaves. Explore the city's bustling boulevards and labyrinthine lanes before meeting your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception. This evening, we embark on an orientation drive revealing some of the city's most celebrated sights.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Grand Tiberio
  2. Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    The Holy See takes centre stage today as we join a 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour that will see us visit the 17th-century St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City and witness Michelangelo's sorrowful Pietà, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture. We cross the Tiber into Ancient Rome to delve into what was once the largest empire in the world and view such ancient sites as the imposing Colosseum where brave gladiators and slaves duelled to their deaths. Later, enjoy some free time to explore the picturesque piazze of Rome. Sit on the Spanish Steps and shop up a storm on Via Condotti or perhaps join an Optional Experience to see the exquisite frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Rome – Florence Sightseeing

    We travel north into the vineyard-clad hills of Tuscany and along the Arno River Valley. 'Connect With Locals' in their castle during a 'Be My Guest' lunch, before continuing to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Then, join a 'Local Specialist' for an enchanting encounter with one of the world's cultural centres, admiring the exquisite architecture and artistry around every turn. View the marble Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, the political hub of Florence before arriving at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Grand Mediterraneo
  4. Day 4 Florence – Venice

    The romantic island city of Venice is our final destination today. We take to San Marco's waters, cruising the canals and admiring views of the imposing St. Mark's Basilica and ornate Doge's Palace. We'll 'Dive Into Culture' next and witness the centuries-old art of Venetian glassblowing before enjoying an afternoon at leisure to explore narrow calle in search of a cosy bacaro where you can enjoy delicious Venetian cuisine washed down with an Aperol Spritz or two. If you have time, venture to the enchanting canal-side setting of St. Mark's Square - the sounds of talented musicians, seagulls and lapping water provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable sunset over the Grand Canal.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Mestre Castellana
  5. Day 5 Venice – Lucerne

    We depart Venice, travelling north into the picturesque Italian and Swiss Lake Districts via Como and Lugano. Slicing through the Alps, we arrive in Switzerland and the laid-back lakeside city of Lucerne. The city is perhaps most famous for its solid wooden Chapel Bridge and poignant Lion Monument, a memorial to Swiss Guards. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, amble through the Old Town or consider joining an Optional Experience and ascend one of the surrounding mountain peaks for panoramic views. Tonight, we stay at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - the Grand Hotel Europe, promising sweeping lake vistas.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Grand Europe
  6. Day 6 Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights)

    From Lucerne, we head into France and through the rolling vineyard-clad hills of Burgundy, one of the country's largest wine-producing areas. Arriving in Paris, we enjoy a free evening. Wander up grand boulevards and along the scenic Seine, grab a bite to eat and sip wine at a cosy bistro or consider attending one of the city's famous colourful cabaret shows.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Renaissance La Défense
  7. Day 7 Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join a 'Local Specialist' today and see the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. View Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Paris – London (2 Nights)

    Pass the tragic Somme battlefields en route to Calais from where we set sail across the English Channel to Dover and travel through Kent to London.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Kensington
  9. Day 9 London Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join a 'Local Specialist' today to see the sights of London. View Big Ben, the imposing Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, after which you have an afternoon at leisure to soak up the dynamic atmosphere of this capital city that combines centuries-old heritage with modern verve. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a memorable Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. Day 10 Depart London

    It's time to bid farewell to London and your fellow travellers as your memorable European holiday comes to an end. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
European Dream
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 3 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel
  • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Venice and Lucerne
  • VISIT St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • VIEW the Colosseum and other ancient sites in Rome, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, the Champs Élysées, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the White Cliffs of Dover, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament in London
  • SEE the Tuscan countryside, the vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefield in France

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Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Giovanni Valdivia
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Service
It was great!! My agent always responded to my emails and questions. They were able to set everything up and leave me with no stress.
Vacation
The trip was once in a lifetime and you get to see huge attractions that make up Europe. When it says active be ready to take over 12,000 steps a day. You will be tired but you will never forget the experience.
Siew Wong
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Service
Trip was very well planned to allow us to see the most places at a pace that was just right. Our tour director, Lucian Reed-Drake, deserves special recognition for his efforts to make the trip more informative and on schedule. We ran into major protest in Paris and Lucian went out of his way to make sure we get to our destinations on time despite all the havoc on the roads. He actually got out of the tour bus to manually remove road debris and brocades so our bus can pass through. Kudos to Lucian! Overall, a phenomenal touring experience!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your European Dream vacation and that your tour director was able to get you where you needed to be on time during the protests. Thank you so much for your positive feedback.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Vacation
Tour pricing is reasonable but need to budget for a lot of optional trips that could bump up the total cost substantially.
David Trabilsy
Monday, September 3, 2018
Service
This was our second trip with GET. Both were wonderful. Last year we went to Ireland. This year it was Europe and we recruited another couple to go with us. Everything was perfect. The tour guides could not have been better. They were knowledgeable, fun to be with, and highly organized. It's amazing how they were able to beautifully orchestrate everything we did. This is by far the best tour company we've ever had and we look forward to many more trips with GET in the future.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for writing. We appreciate your business and are so pleased that your second trip was just as amazing as your first. We look forward to helping you plan trip number three!
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Vacation
I don't have much more to add to what I've already stated. Graham was outstanding in all ways. Everything was perfectly arranged. It's amazing how well prepared he was, and how he was able to plan everything so efficiently. Informative, friendly, created a positive atmosphere for everyone, it's hard to imagine how he managed to do so much in such a short time. We saw so much, It was an incredible, memorable experience. I would recommend GET over every other tour company I know.
Laura Holland
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Service
Our trip could not have been better thanks to our guide Bern. She was beyond perfect. We will def use this service again and I have already reccomended.
Vacation
Bern made us feel like we saw all the important highlights from each city. It was a little fast paced but that was expected. It was stress free and having the vip access enabling us to skip lines helped you make the most of every second.
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