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Lucerne, Switzerland
Tour Style: First Class
11 Days from $2,525 per person

Explore the tradition and elegance of Europe's most romantic capital cities – the majestic Arc de Triomphe, Bridge of Sighs and Sistine Chapel your gateways to an unforgettable journey. Enjoy radiant Paris and the Renaissance romance of Florence, dramatic Alpine landscapes and the Eternal City of Rome where you'll toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your swift return.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Relax or spend the afternoon exploring this magical capital city.
    hotel:Park Plaza County Hall
  3. See a host of sights including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace during your morning guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Finish in central London and spend the rest of the day discovering the city's delights.
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  4. This morning meet your Travel Director, leave London and travel to the White Cliffs of Dover before crossing the Channel to Calais. Pass by the First World War battlefields of the Somme and arrive in the beautiful city of Paris. Enjoy a Welcome Reception with dinner in the evening with your fellow travelers and Travel Director. Later an orientation drive will show you some of the sights which await you - a perfect introduction to your magical vacation.
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    hotel:Pullman La Defense/Novotel Center Tour Eiffel
  5. Drive along the famous Champs Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe, beneath which lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a trip up the Eiffel Tower to the second level for breathtaking views of the city. Spend the afternoon visiting the sights of your choice.
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  6. See the sprawling vineyards of Auxerrois and Burgundy as you journey south, passing the medieval castle of Châteauneuf. Cross the border into Switzerland where the scenery is a kaleidoscope of color. View the famous wooden Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument in Lucerne, built to commemorate the Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI.
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  7. Travel the scenic St. Gotthard Region through the Alps and cross the border at Chiasso into Italy. Catch a glimpse of the Italian Lake Region, a popular retreat for aristocrats since Roman times. Pass Verona and arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.
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    hotel:Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana
  8. Your private motor launch takes you to St. Mark's Square to view the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace. Witness a Cultural Insight during a glassblowing demonstration, then spend your free time discovering Venice's hidden gems. Afterwards, cross the Apennine Mountains to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and your home for the night.

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    hotel:Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
  9. Your Local Specialist reveals a wealth of fascinating insights during your guided walk around Florence, a city with a rich Renaissance history. View the marble Duomo engineered by Brunelleschi and the magnificent doors of the Baptistery. Admire the Ponte Vecchio which spans the River Arno and marvel at the impressive palazzi when you visit Piazza della Signoria. Shop for 18-carat gold jewelry and the finest Italian leather goods before heading to Rome, the last stop on your trip.
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    hotel:Cardinal St. Peter/Executive Style
  10. Your Local Specialist takes you on a tour of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, one of the largest and most significant churches in the Christian world. Here you will view Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. Perhaps consider an Optional Experience to the Sistine Chapel. View the ancient sites of Rome including the Colosseum, site of ancient gladiatorial contests and public events. Spend time this afternoon visiting the sights of your choice. This evening join your traveling companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.
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  11. Say ‘arrivederci' to Rome and your traveling companions at the end of your vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

9 nights, 9 hot buffet breakfasts, 3 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Authentic Accommodations

  • Enjoy the elegance of yesteryear and sweeping lake vistas at the Grand Hotel Europe in Lucerne, where warm Swiss hospitality and a grand past spanning over a century guarantee an unforgettable stay

Cultural Insight

  • Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in London, Paris, Florence and Rome

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in London, Paris, Florence, Rome
  • Orientation of Lucerne, Venice
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover, the Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the ancient sites of Rome
  • See the Somme Battlefields, the vineyards of Burgundy
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These departures are subject to change price, discount and hotel. The London hotel for these departures is the Hilton Kensington. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2017.

undefinedFestival Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.

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 $480 p.p.

Triple Discount: from $10 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $57 per person.

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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, or the Republic of Ireland.

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

    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.

    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 have 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.

Reviews

Thursday, November 3, 2016
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Service rating : This was our first trip with Grand European and we couldn't have asked for a better organized trip. Our director, Julie, and our driver, Antonio, were professional and fun, as well. Kudos to Julie for taking care of every small detail and for ensuring our timeliness and easy access into sights.
Vacation : We had a whirlwind tour of Europe and were on the go from day 1. This is exactly what we expected as we chose to get only a small sampling of several countries. Every experience was fantastic and the tours were interesting and informative. We would highly recommend this trip, especially for Europe first time visitors.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
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Service rating : Booked trip early, everyone great to work with especially Josh. Any questions always got a quick, friendly & professional response. Great group of folks, most knowledgeable. Our 1st trip to Europe & we are thankful to book through Gr Euro. p.s. Not to over shadow above but did have issues with 1st day in London. NOT picked up as expected. Gal from GLOBUS assisted us along with another Trafalgar couple took several hours even after 3 calls to local office. TriStar driver finally picked us up. Hotel did NOT advise Trafalgar rep in/coming to lobby. After we entertained ourselves returned to hotel, asked desk if they knew when our tour was to start/meet in a.m. was handed a package from Trafalgar with comment we MISSED rep informal meeting. Real disconnect until our actual Tour Director joined us. U.S. tours set meet/greet with Tour Director 1st Evening, suggestion. We intend to write to Trafalgar directly about this but thought we should share.
Vacation : Got to see and do so much. First trip to Europe saw many things we were familiar with but the treat/surprise were the unknown or little known things. OUR wow moments were: Pantheon & Colosseum in Rome (saw Pope too), I loved ALPS, Venice amazing and climbing Eiffel Tower so cool. Thank you
Friday, October 21, 2016
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Service rating : pleasant trip, good to excellent tour director,too bad everything is extra
Vacation : Good
Sunday, October 9, 2016
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Service rating : Travel arrangements were completed very easily. It was a pleasant experience.
Vacation : Fabulous trip especially Paris at night.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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Service rating : The service was very good
Vacation : The service was very good
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
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Service rating : Very well organized and Trip Director was well versed in the history of places to visit as well as a good sense of humor when plans changed along the way.
Vacation : Enjoyed introducing a member of my family to Europe and enjoying all the sites along the way.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
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Service rating : The trip was one of a lifetime. But over way too quickly. It was so much put into so little time. I felt like I was in a whirl wind. The tour guide and accommodations were the best. I would like to go at a slower pace if we do another trip, as we are older. We took our grandson who had graduated from college and for him it was a memory of a life time. I am glad we did it when we could.
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Friday, June 3, 2016
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Service rating : Stephen Pearce our travel director treated us like VIPs We got into venues very quickly no waiting. Stephen had hidden treasures that he shared with us. Our bus driver Enzo was excellent,I felt very safe he was always able to find the perfect parking spots.
Vacation : I had been to Italy 3 times, but this tour was the best.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
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Service rating : The travel guide was informative, courteous, and safety conscious.We also had an excellent driver.We also had excellent tour guides in France and Italy.
Vacation : The tour was great, however it is very fast paced. I was glad I got to see so much of Europe in the length of time we had to spend.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Service rating : The trip was amazing! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and got us into places without having to wait in line like other travelers. I would certainly use this organization again in the future.
Vacation : It was the vacation of a lifetime!

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.

Florence

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Adult Price: € 64

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.

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Adult Price: € 40

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to 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 reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Lucerne

Mount Stanserhorn

Adult Price: 78 CHF

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.

Paris

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

Adult Price: € 139

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.

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

Adult Price: € 162

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!

Notre Dame And Latin Quarter

Adult Price: € 33

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.

Rome

Roman Evening with Dinner

Adult Price: € 61

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.

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Adult Price: € 33

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!

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

Adult Price: € 79

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.

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

Venice

Gondolas & Grand Canal

Adult Price: € 69

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.

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Adult Price: € 70

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.

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