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European Traveler

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,295 per person
OCT 2021 - APR 2022
Lucerne Bridge from behind, Switzerland

Countries Visited

France, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City ...more France, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City

Locations Visited

Paris, Lucerne, Mestre, Venice, Florence, Rome, Vatican City ...more Paris, Lucerne, Mestre, Venice, Florence, Rome, Vatican City
  1. Day 1 Welcome to London

    Spend the day exploring the pomp and pageantry of a city that effortlessly combines old and new.

    hotel Hilton Kensington
  2. Day 2 Discover Historic London

    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 Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Cross the English Channel to Paris

    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 Breakfast, Welcome Reception
    hotel Evergreen Laurel
  4. Day 4 Explore the Sights of Paris

    Embark on a scenic sojourn, with your Local Specialist, along the grand Champs Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe, honouring those who fought for France. View Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. This afternoon, you'll have some leisure time to explore the treasures of Paris. Perhaps enjoy breath-taking views from the highest rooftop terrace in Paris or relax at a cosy French café and enjoy a glass of wine while watching the world go by.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Onwards to Explore 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Astoria
  6. Day 6 Journey to the Floating City of Venice

    Journey through the Alps today, travelling through the 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 Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Mestre Castellana
  7. Day 7 On to 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 Breakfast
    hotel Grand Mediterraneo
  8. Day 8 Journey to Rome

    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 Ponte Vecchio which has spanned the Arno River for almost 700 years. 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 Breakfast
    hotel A.Roma Lifestyle
  9. Day 9 Uncover Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

    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, at our Farewell Dinner, we Connect With Locals at a Be My Guest experience and celebrate the Italian zest for life, food and good company.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  10. Day 10 Farewell 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. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
European Traveler
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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 if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
  • Ferry across the Channel 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
  • 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.
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Paris, Florence and Rome with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Lucerne and Venice
  • Visit a glassblowing factory in Venice and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the 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 in France
  • Explore London, Paris, Florence and Rome with a Local Specialist
  • Connect with Locals Travel to Isola Tiberina for an evening with Fabio and his family. Enjoy a drinks reception at their apartment before our Be My Guest dinner in a unique setting amongst Roman excavations. (Day 7)
  • Dive into Culture Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries. (Day 5)
  • Connect with Locals Travel to Isola Tiberina for an evening with Fabio and his family. Enjoy a drinks reception at their apartment before our Be My Guest dinner in a unique setting amongst Roman excavations. (Day 9)
  • Dive into Culture Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries. (Day 7)

Dates & Prices

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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

With our Local Specialist, we'll take the fastest elevator in Europe to the Panoramic Observation Deck of Montparnasse Tower for unbeatable views of all of the city’s iconic monuments, including the Eiffel Tower. 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

It’s world-famous for a reason, and this is your chance to see the real-life inspiration behind the award-winning movie. This Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers with over 1,000 costumes to create a dazzling spectacle. You'll enjoy wine, dinner and Champagne during this unforgettable soirée at the original Parisian Cabaret!
Adult Price: € 165

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: CHF 78

Venice

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice's dreamy, narrow waterways.
Adult Price: € 70

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

This afternoon, discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You'll enjoy a delicious meal, with a selection of drinks, on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-colored houses - a photographer's paradise.
Adult Price: € 72

Florence

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

This evening we'll take a scenic drive to experience a fun and relaxed evening at a friendly, family restaurant in the Tuscan countryside. After a welcome drink in the historic courtyard, the renowned local chef will delight your senses with regional dishes, made with traditional ingredients from the nearby produce markets. The excellent wines come from the Saraceni family vineyards and there's live music and song to complete the atmosphere. In short, a Tuscan dream come true in an authentic setting.
Adult Price: € 65

Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

Through the Chianti hills, we'll drive past vineyards to a delightful hamlet. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the great political theorist wrote his immortal work, ‘The Prince.' After a welcome drink and a visit to the villa and its wine-cellars, we'll enjoy the best of Tuscan cuisine accompanied by great music and drinks, including of course, Chianti from the Villa's own vines.
Adult Price: € 65

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We'll 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 is subject to availability and involves reservations and entrance prepayments. Should 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. Afterward, we’ll enjoy a drive and provide a glimpse into how Romans enjoy their city.
Adult Price: € 62

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic center, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: € 33

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for a tour with our Local Specialist 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 gladiatorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.
Adult Price: € 87

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Trusted Customer
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Service
They explain every small detail and allowed us to ask as many questions as we needed until we had a complete understanding of our situation. Also, booking out next trip to Spain/Portugal 2020 was even better and easier to book because we caught the special of only paying $99 deposit and then making our payments. PERHAPS THE COMPANY SHOULD ADOPT THAT SPECIAL PERMANENTLY! I'm sure it would continue to attract more and more people to travel with only this company. And of course, I have already recommended this travel company and we are already booked for our next trip which will be in Spain/Portugal in September 2020 and some of us are already starting to discuss possible trips for 2021 while the $99 special last, if possible before it ends the first of February. However, many folks receive an "income tax return check" in April thru June, so if you could extend this special, it would definitely be helpful! Yippee!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your comments and suggestions. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your trip and were able to take advantage of our $99 deposit to book your next adventure. We appreciate your business and the time you took to reply.
Monday, January 13, 2020
Vacation
First, I have no photos because I only have a "flip phone", LOL; however other than my luggage getting severely damaged during the "on & off" transition from the buss to one of the hotels during the trip, it was a wonderfully plan trip! I would, however like to make just one recommendation that can only be made and verified by a person who has travelled several times with your company. THE TRAVEL COMPANION SHOULD CLEARLY TELL EVERYONE ON THE BUS 30 MINUTES BEFORE ARRIVAL TO EACH HOTEL & EMPHASIZE ALL OF THE AMENITIES, I.E. POOL, SPA, & EXERCISE ROOM/FACILITY WITHIN THE HOTEL, VERSUS WE FIND SOME OF THOSE THINGS IN EACH HOTEL ACCIDENTALLY! IT'S A PLUS FOR THE TYPE AND STYLE OF EACH HOTEL, AND IF MORE PEOPLE WERE INFORMED OF THESE ADDITIONAL PERKS, THEY WOULD USE THEM! OF COURSE, I GO AND SEEK-THESE THINGS IN EACH AND EVERY HOTEL, ALWAYS! LOL
Roseann Yencer
Monday, November 11, 2019
Service
We were very happy with the trip and with GET. The one negative we have is when our flight was being scheduled with Delta. "Tom" was used for my husband instead of "Thomas" (which is what is on his passport). When we arrived at the airport, we were sent to another line where the name change had to take place. We were actually charged $50 by the airlines to make this change. At no time did GET asked us what were the names on our passports when making the airline reservations for us.
Vacation
Almost all of the hotels' bathrooms (specifically the showers) had mold around the tub. Also, breakfast for two days in Paris was a disaster. The trip, travel director, driver, people, experiences, places, sites, extras were ALL fabulous. Loved it!
Jose Orta
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Service
They made our 40th. wedding anniversary super special as they put us in a gondola in Venice and serenate us with beautiful music
Response from Grand European Travel:
What an amazing way to celebrate your anniversary! Thank you for letting us be a part of making it extra special for you.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Vacation
More than expected. beautiful views
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Service
Efficient booking and follow up. Knowledgeable staff.
Vacation
Excellent travel director and driver, and local guides.
Kevin Murray
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Service
Our contact at GET was Kaitlin Fitzpatrick. She was fantastic, quick responses, helpful hints and details. She made the booking very easy both on the phone and by email.
Vacation
Price was reasonable and we took advantage of all the optional excursions offered. Every day was jam-packed in a perfectly organized way. It also allowed for free time on our own, which allowed us to explore.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Service
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!
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