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European Spotlight

Operated by: Trafalgar

14 Days from $3,326 per person

Countries Visited

France, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco ...more France, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco

Locations Visited

Paris, Geneva, Chexbres, Grasse, Nice, Florence, Monaco, Mestre, Venice, Rome ...more Paris, Geneva, Chexbres, Grasse, Nice, Florence, Monaco, Mestre, Venice, Rome
  1. Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

    Welcome to the vibrant British capital where you will spend the next two nights, enjoying the pomp and pageantry of a city that effortlessly combines old and new.

    hotel Park Plaza County Hall/Park Plaza Riverbank
  2. Day 2 London Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join a 'Local Specialist' this morning for a tour of the iconic and unexpected sites of London, including Big Ben, the imposing Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Spend a leisurely afternoon shopping on Carnaby Street, consider visiting one of London's museums or wander along the Thames watching ambitious Londoners pound the pavements.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 London – Paris (2 Nights)

    This morning, meet your Travel Director and bid farewell to England. Pass the tragic World War I battlefields of northern France bound for Paris, where you'll join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception, including dinner and drinks, followed by an orientation drive through the dazzling 'City of Lights'.

    meals Breakfast, Welcome Reception
    hotel Evergreen Laurel
  4. Day 4 Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

    Explore the iconic and unexpected sights of Paris with your 'Local Specialist', which will take you past the grand Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe, where we pay tribute to the brave men and women who fought for France. View Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your very own journey of discovery. Stroll along the Seine admiring the work of artists who have set up their easels next to the river, shop in the Marais district or find a cosy bistro with great views of the city. This evening, consider indulging in the colourful nightlife of Paris and attend a famous cabaret show.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Paris – Beaune – Geneva (2 Nights)

    A patchwork of colours provide a beautiful backdrop for our journey through France's rolling countryside to the Burgundy wine region. We visit the region's capital, Beaune, renowned for its 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu, to admire its colourful geometrically patterned Burgundy tiled roof. Next, we cross the border to Geneva where we will spend the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Warwick
  6. Day 6 Geneva Orientation and Scenic Excursion

    Explore the 'City of Peace' today - the dramatic Alps and scenic Lake Geneva provide the perfect backdrop for an enjoyable morning of sightseeing. Join your Travel Director on an orientation of this small city to view the Reformation Monument, and see the Old Town, United Nations Building and Red Cross headquarters. Continue along the picturesque shores of Lake Geneva, arriving in the celebrated Chexbres wine region where we will 'Connect With Locals' at a 'Be My Guest' lunch. Delve into Vaud traditions and generations of expert winemaking at the 15th-century vineyards of Cave Champ de Clos. Returning to Geneva, the rest of the day is at leisure. Wander through the Botanical Gardens and admire the gigantic outdoor flower clock made with colourful blooms that change seasonally.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  7. Day 7 Geneva – Grasse – Nice (2 Nights)

    The idyllic playground of southern France takes centre stage over the next two days as we journey to Nice, the jewel of the French Riviera. 'Dive Into Culture' and let the heady scents of French perfume infuse your senses during a visit to the Fragonard Perfumery in the village of Grasse. Here you'll gain a deeper understanding of the art of creating beautiful fragrances.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Holiday Inn
  8. Day 8 Nice Orientation and Free Time

    Soak up the sophistication of Nice, which for long has lured sun-worshipping aristocrats and tourists in search of a quiet seaside sojourn. Against the backdrop of colourful Italian and French façades, we drive along the Promenade des Anglais and see Place Massena during our orientation of the Bay of Angels. Spend the rest of the day discovering the Old Town. Consider a quiet coffee at one of the sidewalk cafés or dip your toes in the warm Mediterranean waters.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Nice – Monaco – Pisa – Florence

    Travel along the southern coastline of France, stopping at the Principality of Monaco to see the famous Prince's Palace of Monaco, built as a Genoese fortress and home to the Grimaldi family since the 13th century. Cross the border into Italy and visit Pisa and its Square of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower and Baptistery, said to be the largest in Italy. We arrive in the 'Cradle of the Renaissance' this evening where we will enjoy dinner at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Grand Mediterraneo
  10. Day 10 Florence Sightseeing – Venice (2 Nights)

    This morning, join a 'Local Specialist' who will reveal the story of the wealthy Medici family who influenced the art and architecture of what became one of the cultural centres of the world. You'll visit the Piazza della Signoria with its beautiful statues and palazzi and enjoy views of the magnificent marble Duomo and Ponte Vecchio on whose arches were built the shops of successful merchants over 670 years ago. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Then, drive across the Veneto plain to Venice, where you'll spend the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel NH Laguna Palace
  11. Day 11 Venice Orientation and Free Time

    Glide through the turquoise waters of the Venetian Lagoon by private launch to Giudecca Island. 'Dive Into Culture' and witness the centuries-old Venetian tradition of glassblowing. See the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge's Palace before spending the afternoon at leisure exploring the city's labyrinthine alleys and ornate bridges that span almost 150 canals. Enjoy an evening drink at a charming trattoria on the water, shop up a storm in the alleyways of Le Mercerie or consider an Optional Experience to the colourful fishing island of Burano for a delicious meal.

    meals Breakfast
  12. Day 12 Venice – Rome (2 Nights)

    Today we cross the picturesque Apennine Mountains and journey through the rolling gold and green landscape of Tuscany, past the hilltop towns of Orvieto and Orte, arriving later in Rome, the 'Eternal City'.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Barceló Aran Mantegna
  13. Day 13 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join a 'Local Specialist' to uncover the treasures of a city whose history spans millennia. Venture to St. Peter's Basilica to view Michelangelo's Pietà, hewn from the most 'perfect' block of Carrara marble, and travel across the Tiber River into Ancient Rome. Here you will see the Circus Maximus, which once played host to exhilarating chariot races, and view the Colosseum where brave gladiators and slaves met their fate. This evening we exchange stories about our epic journey through Europe with newfound friends and our Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  14. Day 14 Depart Rome

    For now it's a fond arrivederci to your Travel Director and travel companions at the end of a memorable holiday together. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
European Spotlight
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 13 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
  • Channel ferry cross from Dover to Calais
  • 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
  • Pick-up if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Beaune, Geneva, Monaco, Nice, Pisa and Venice
  • VISIT Fragonard Perfumery in Grasse and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • VIEW the White Cliffs of Dover, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the Royal Palace in Monaco, the ancient sites of Rome and the Leaning Tower and the Square of Miracles in Pisa
  • SEE the Somme Battlefields and the vineyards of Burgundy in France

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Optional Add-Ons

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.

Paris

Montparnasse and Seine Cruise

Take the fastest elevator in Europe to the Panoramic Observation Deck for unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower and all of the city’s iconic monuments. The highest rooftop terrace in Paris offers a breath-taking 360-degree view, with all of Paris at your feet! Then, we’ll enjoy a relaxing cruise on the River Seine, discovering the wonders of Paris as we go.
Adult Price: €43

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 film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!
Adult Price: €162

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

One of the oldest and most elegant revue theatres in Paris, Nouvelle Eve is a hidden gem, where you’ll meet the Director and two of the cast members before enjoying a four-course dinner with wine. You will then experience unparalleled Parisian entertainment – including the world-famous Can-Can.
Adult Price: €139

Lake Geneva

Cruise And Visit To Yvoire Village

We'll enjoy a steamer cruise on Lake Geneva crossing from Switzerland to France arriving at the enchanting Yvoire - considered one of France's most picturesque villages. You'll have time to explore the winding streets lined with old stone houses of former fisherman and dominated by the ancient chateau of the Count & Countess, before returning to Geneva through the fields of Savoy.
Adult Price: CHf46

Yvoire and Mt Saleve

A gorgeous drive through the French region of Savoie brings us to lakeside Yvoire, voted one of the country’s ten most picturesque villages. Winding cobbled streets and medieval stone houses are overlooked by a 14th-century chateau. Then, we'll visit the 'Balcony of Geneve', Mt Saleve, to experience stunning views of the city and surroundings.
Adult Price: €42

Cannes

St. Paul And Corniche Discovery with Lunch or Dinner

Join us on a drive inland towards the mountains to visit the historic, walled hilltop town of St. Paul - an artists’ paradise. We’ll continue along the Riviera, passing through glamorous Nice and travelling on the Corniche roads as you admire the spectacular views, before arriving at a characteristic restaurant for a delicious meal including drinks.
Adult Price: €82

Venice

Gondolas & the 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 magnificent palazzos and Rialto Bridge.
Adult Price: €70

Florence

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We visit 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. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €47

Venice

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

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.
Adult Price: €72

Hidden Venice & St. Mark's Basilica

Experience magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica and its glittering gold mosaics the best way possible - with VIP entrance and a Local Specialist! Then delve into the city’s labyrinth of back alleys and canals, bridges and secret squares - enchanting neighbourhoods that you would never find on your own, all explained and brought to life by a true Venetian!
Adult Price: €34

Rome

Roman Evening with Dinner

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.
Adult Price: €61

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: €81

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: €33

Reviews
Service
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Independent Reviews
Michael Orenick
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Service
My contact with Grand European Travel was always positive in getting me the best tour to meet my needs. Although there were some changes in flights before my trip commenced I was able to get those changes made to my satisfaction.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear our agent helped you find the perfect tour and supported you leading up to your trip. We're glad you enjoyed your European Spotlight guided vacation and we hope to see you on another tour soon!
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Vacation
The itinerary covered visits to most of the cities I always dreamed of visiting with adequate time spent in each given the length of the trip. There were a few issues with Trafalgar throughout the trip but overall it was a good value for the money and a trip of a lifetime.
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