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European Traveler

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,508 per person
Lucerne, Switzerland

Countries Visited

UK, France, Switzerland, Italy ...more UK, France, Switzerland, Italy

Locations Visited

London, Paris, Burgundy, Lucerne, St Gotthard Route, Venice, Florence, Rome ...more London, Paris, Burgundy, Lucerne, St Gotthard Route, Venice, Florence, Rome
  1. Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

    Welcome to the vibrant capital that is London, your home for the next two nights. Spend the day exploring 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

    Join a Local Specialist this morning for a tour of the iconic and unexpected highlights 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 Full Breakfast
  3. Day 3 London – Paris (2 Nights)

    Meet your Travel Director before saying cheerio London and hello sparkling White Cliffs of Dover, England's last hurrah before we cross the English Channel bound for Calais. We pass the tragic World War I battlefields of the Somme before arriving in Paris where we will enjoy a Welcome Reception with dinner to meet our fellow travellers and Travel Director. This evening the City of Lights provides an enchanting backdrop for an orientation drive that will showcase several of the sights which await us tomorrow.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Welcome Reception
    hotel Novotel Centre Bercy
  4. Day 4 Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

    Embark on a scenic sojourn along the grand Champs Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe, honouring those who fought for France. Enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. This afternoon, enjoy some leisure time to explore the treasures of Paris. Wander through Montmartre in search of beautiful art, view da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre or relax at a cosy French café and enjoy a glass of wine while watching the world go by.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Paris – Lucerne

    We wind our way through the sprawling vineyards of Auxerrois and Burgundy, journeying south past the 15th-century fortress of Châteauneuf and rolling green farmlands into Switzerland bound for Lucerne. Cross the famous wooden Chapel Bridge with its 17th-century paintings and view the mortally wounded lion hewn from rock, paying tribute to the hundreds of brave Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI. We stay in one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' tonight - the Grand Hotel Europe in Lucerne, promising the elegance of yesteryear and sweeping lake vistas.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Grand Europe
  6. Day 6 Lucerne – St. Gotthard – Venice

    Journey through the Alps today, travelling through St. Gotthard tunnel and the border at Chiasso into Italy. Catch a glimpse of Northern Italy's beautiful lakes, whose scenic retreats have attracted the aristocracy for centuries. Arrive in Venice later.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Mestre Castellana
  7. Day 7 Venice Orientation – Florence

    Take to the water and board a private motor launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square. View the Bridge of Sighs and ornate Doge's Palace, then 'Dive Into Culture' and witness the centuries-old craft of glassblowing at one of the oldest workshops on the islands. We'll have some time to explore the hidden calle and campi to fit in some shopping or soak up the sights and sounds of the Queen of the Adriatic before crossing the Apennine Mountains bound for Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Grand Mediterraneo/Nilhotel
  8. Day 8 Florence Sightseeing – Rome (2 Nights)

    The magnificent Renaissance Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and the Baptistery stand imposingly in the centre of Florence and are among the sights we will view during our guided walking tour with a Local Specialist. Delve into the city's rich cultural, artistic and architectural heritage, then learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Admire the 400-year-old Ponte Vecchio which spans the Arno River and marvel at the impressive palazzi and art in the Piazza della Signoria, the political hub of the city. Rome is our final stop today.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Barcelo Occidental Aurelia
  9. Day 9 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    Visit the Vatican for a memorable encounter with the centre of Christianity. A Local Specialist will take you on a tour of St. Peter's Basilica, the home of Michelangelo's Pietà, crafted from the most perfect block of Carrara marble. Consider an Optional Experience to see the magnificent frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, before travelling to Ancient Rome to view the Colosseum where brave gladiators and slaves fought to the death to the thunderous applause of thousands of spectators. This evening, we 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner and celebrate the Italian zest for life, food and good company.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. Day 10 Depart Rome

    Our adventure together has come to an end. We say a fond farewell to Rome and our travel companions at the end of our journey together. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi 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 Dover to Calais
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Pick-up if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre
  • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in London, Paris, Florence and Rome
  • ORIENTATION of Lucerne and Venice
  • VISIT St. Severin Church in Paris and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • VIEW the White Cliffs of Dover, the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice and the ancient sites of Rome
  • SEE the Somme Battlefields and the vineyards of Burgundy

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
Price Discount Availability Price
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

Lucerne

Mount Stanserhorn

We experience one of the greatest scenic highlights Europe has to offer! We climb to the top of Mt Stanserhorn by old-timer railway and the world's only Cabrio cable car. At the peak, there's time to enjoy glorious views of the central Alpine chain, explore the hiking trails or just relax at the panoramic terrace before descending.
Adult Price: CHf78

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

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

Florence

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

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 local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.
Adult Price: €65

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

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

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Trusted Customer
Saturday, June 29, 2019
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booking was no problem after our booking she was always available if we had questions or concern.
Vacation
we had a grand time our tour guide Gerry was awesome
Arnold King
Friday, June 28, 2019
Service
Alicia was very responsive to my needs-provided updates and information when requested and sought to inform me on various options available
Vacation
Well worth it! Very authentic.
Carmen Cadogan
Friday, June 28, 2019
Service
The customer service rep was courteous, attentive and very responsive to our questions. I would definitely recommend her and GET to my friends and colleagues.
Vacation
The selection of places to visit was superb. And while we had to depart early each day (a typical no-no on vacation), we all eventually understood the need to start early, so as to avoid the long line of tourists, as well as to facilitate maximizing seeing as many sights each day.
Trusted Customer
Friday, May 3, 2019
Service
Lauren V. was my travel specialist. She was very professional & knowledgeable with the entire booking experience. She was very assuring and customer-friendly, & very mindful and patient as I struggled with the many concerns and anxiety about the travel plans. Yes, I’d highly recommend her fantastic customer service to family & friends, and I’d seek her assistance for my future travels.
Vacation
The Travel Director John H. Was a very seasoned traveler and director. Throughout the travels, he was extremely organized & professional, he was knowledgeable of each locality and we were thoroughly informed and safe, enjoying each landmark with awe. He was able to maximize the entire trip to cover so many places in record time. Also, he was able to coordinate the sightseeing by making arrangements without prolonged waiting in long lines. Everything was superb!
Jeanny De La Fe
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Service
Well organized. Tour was hectic and ran on schedule. Tour guide Martin was professional and very knowledgeable.
Vacation
Trafalgar is a very good , organized and professional team. I will continue with them next year in my tour to Germany. Keep up the good work guys don’t ever change, unless improving! Thank you for everything!
Donna Jenkins
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Service
Although the tour was fast paced it covered a lot of areas which made me want to return to Europe. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and experienced. Everyone in the tour group expressed how much they enjoyed the tour and I would recommend the tour.
Vacation
I was able to enjoy the tour without feeling overcrowded by tourist.
Scott Edson
Thursday, April 4, 2019
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Cherie Crandall
Saturday, November 17, 2018
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Too fast of a pace. Debra was too hard to keep up with.I fell and that. made it harder to keep up
Vacation
The price of the trip was good.
Gregory Hopkins
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Service
Great customer service, answered all my concerns about the trip. I would definitely book my next trip with GE Tours and Trafalgar.
Response from Grand European Travel:
You can't get much better than that! We appreciate your business and couldn't be happier that the trip exceeded your expectations. Thank you!
Monday, November 12, 2018
Vacation
Great value. I would have definitely spent more money on the trip doing everything on my own.
Sandra Waters
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Service
They offered a lifetime experience for a super reasonable rate. Tour guide and local city guides were exceptional. The 3 dinners provided by the tour company were absolutely outstanding. Whenever I called GET before my trip with questions, an actual human being answered and they were always polite and helpful.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled you enjoyed your European Traveler tour and that we were able to answer all your questions beforehand. Thank you so much for your positive feedback. All the best!
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Vacation
Very reasonable price for an outstanding trip.
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