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Grand European

Operated by: Trafalgar

23 Days from $5,396 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Austria Countryside Mountains And Flowers Riverside

Countries Visited

United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy, Vatican City, France, Monaco ...more United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy, Vatican City, France, Monaco

Locations Visited

London, Bruges, Amsterdam, Boppard, Mannheim, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Vaduz, Salzburg, Vienna, Venice, Assisi, Pompeii, Sorrento, Rome, Capri, Vatican City, Florence, Nice, Monaco, Eze, Beaune, Paris ...more London, Bruges, Amsterdam, Boppard, Mannheim, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Vaduz, Salzburg, Vienna, Venice, Assisi, Pompeii, Sorrento, Rome, Capri, Vatican City, Florence, Nice, Monaco, Eze, Beaune, Paris
  1. Day 1 Welcome to London

    The bright lights of London are your launchpad to a grand adventure through Europe. Broaden your horizons and explore the culture and heritage of the British capital or spend your day relaxing after your journey.

    hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Angel Kings Cross
  2. Day 2 Explore Historic London

    Join a Local Specialist this morning to see the iconic sights of London. From Big Ben and the imposing Houses of Parliament that stand alongside the Thames, to regal Buckingham Palace at the end of the grand Mall. Spend the day exploring London's bustling city streets, relax in one of the beautiful Royal Parks or visit one of the captivating museums and galleries for which the city is so famous.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Journey to Bruges

    Meet your Travel Director before departing London for mainland Europe. Leave the White Cliffs of Dover behind for the golden fields of France and Belgium, travelling to medieval Bruges. Explore its canals, lined with centuries-old gabled houses before joining your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception including dinner and drinks in beautiful surrounds. We stay overnight in one of Trafalgar's Stays with Stories - a former 17th-century monastery with historical features.

    meals Breakfast, Welcome Reception
    hotel NH Brugge
  4. Day 4 Discover Amsterdam’s Canals

    Journey through the Dutch countryside to captivating Amsterdam, see the city's iconic sights from the comfort of a canal boat. At this evening's dinner, we'll Connect With Locals during a Be My Guest experience at the Pauw family dairy farm.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Leonardo Royal
  5. Day 5 Enjoy a Scenic Cruise in the Rhineland

    We travel to Germany, arriving at Boppard where we board a Rhine cruise past hilltop castles. Admire the magnificent ruined sandstone castle in Heidelberg overlooking the Neckar River en route to your Rhineland hotel where you'll dine this evening.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Mercure am Rathaus
  6. Day 6 Admire the Black Forest then on to Lucerne

    Journey through romantic Black Forest landscapes today - tales of the Brothers Grimm are your constant companion as you continue through southwest Germany to the Swiss border. See the mighty Rhine Falls plunging dramatically near the town of Schaffhausen before arriving in the medieval city of Lucerne, your home for the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Astoria
  7. Day 7 Explore Lucerne

    See Lucerne's poignant Lion Monument this morning. The mournful mortally wounded lion hewn from sandstone provides a sombre reminder of the brave Swiss Guards who lost their lives defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Venture to the flower-lined 14th-century wooden Chapel Bridge, explore Old Town's colourful façades or consider an exhilarating mountain and cruise Optional Experience. This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8 Uncover Liechtenstein and Innsbruck

    Our love affair with the Rhine continues today as we travel to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein and see its capital, Vaduz, before crossing into Austria. We follow the scenic Arlberg Pass through the Tyrol to Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps where we will see the ornate Golden Roof during an orientation tour. Admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Austria Trend Congress
  9. Day 9 Take in Salzburg then on to Vienna

    Salzburg's extraordinary natural beauty has inspired musical greats and epic films. Join a Local Specialist on guided walking tour of the city that gave birth to Mozart, featuring locations that music and movie lovers will remember from the famous film, 'The Sound of Music' . This evening, we arrive in the beautiful Baroque city of Vienna, our home for the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Azimut
  10. Day 10 Explore Vienna’s Sights

    Join a Local Specialist on a sightseeing tour of one of Europe's most elegant capitals. View the State Opera House, the City Hall, Parliament, the Imperial Boulevards and the Hofburg, the former imperial palace for the Habsburg dynasty. Spend the evening soaking up the melodic charm of what has become the world's music capital, celebrating the talents of old masters and modern icons at open-air concerts, palaces and expansive stages.

    meals Breakfast
  11. Day 11 Onwards to Venice

    Driving through the scenic Austrian Lake District, we cross the Italian border and journey through the Veneto Plains to the Byzantine city of Venice where we'll spend the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Le Boulevard Lido
  12. Day 12 Discover the Floating City of Venice

    Dive Into Culture and witness the centuries-old Venetian tradition of glassmaking. Navigate the bustling waterways by private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square where we tread in the footsteps of Casanova and Marco Polo and admire the sights and sounds of the 'Queen of the Adriatic'. See the ornate Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. This afternoon is yours to get lost in Venice. Explore the labyrinthine calle in search of the best Campari Spritz in town, watch the sun set over the Grand Canal or consider a cruise to the Island of Burano for a delicious meal.

    meals Breakfast
  13. Day 13 Journey to Assisi

    Journey south to the mystical town of Assisi, where St. Francis was born and laid to rest. Here you'll stroll through the city's streets in the company of a Local Specialist and have an opportunity to visit the Basilica of St. Francis. See the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Casa Leonori
  14. Day 14 Explore Pompeii’s Ruins on the way to Sorrento

    Pass the site of the bloody World War II battle of Monte Cassino en route to the Bay of Naples and the lost city of Pompeii where you'll join a Local Specialist who will share the story of this remarkable ancient Roman settlement that was buried in ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We continue to the coast and the beautiful seaside resort of Sorrento where we will stay the night and dine in our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel La Residenza
  15. Day 15 On to the Isle of Capri and Rome

    Cross the enchanting blue water of the Bay of Naples to the Isle of Capri and ascend to Capri by funicular railway where you will join a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour of the town. Spend a leisurely afternoon soaking up la dolce vita in the piazza before sailing back to the mainland. This evening we arrive in Rome, the 'Eternal City', where we will spend the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza St. Peter's
  16. Day 16 Uncover Ancient Rome and the Vatican Museums

    Delve into the treasures of the Vatican City with a Local Specialist who will take you on a sightseeing tour through St. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pietà. Cross the Tiber into Ancient Rome to see the mighty Colosseum and enjoy views of Circus Maximus. Then Dive Into Culture and gain priority access to the Vatican Museums for a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling, then enjoy an exclusive after hour's al fresco dinner against the backdrop of St Peter's.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  17. Day 17 Off to Explore Florence

    Journey north to Florence where you'll join a Local Specialist for an included walking tour to the Piazza della Signoria, the political hub of this once free republic that became a recognised centre for art, architecture and culture. See the beautiful marble Duomo and Baptistery with its famous bronze doors, and the picturesque Ponte Vecchio which straddles the Arno. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure admiring the work of great masters in the Uffizi Gallery, climbing the stone steps to Piazzale Michelangelo for iconic views, or relaxing in the Boboli Gardens.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Cosmopolitan Concept
  18. Day 18 Enjoy Pisa, Monaco and the French Riviera

    We drive to the city of Pisa and its Square of Miracles to see the famous Leaning Tower which bears this city's name. From Italy to the sun-kissed landscapes of the French Riviera, we stop in the sophisticated Principality of Monaco before continuing to the French Riviera, our home for the next two nights. Enjoy an orientation drive along the scenic Promenade des Anglais, which for centuries has attracted sun-worshipping aristocrats to its shores, and see Place Massena before spending the evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Holiday Inn
  19. Day 19 Discover Artistic Saint-Paul-de-Vence

    Rub shoulders with artists and actors in the medieval hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence before enjoying an afternoon at leisure in the French Riviera to indulge in the laid-back seaside atmosphere. Wander along the scenic promenade and embrace café culture on the tranquil shores of the Mediterranean, stroll through the chic city streets shopping at the French Riviera's fashionable boutiques or relax on the beach watching the sun set. Or perhaps join an Optional Experience to see spectacular views of one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe and pay an aromatic visit to the historic Fragonard perfumery to learn how French fragrances are crafted before trying some specialities from the region at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast
  20. Day 20 Journey through Papal Avignon to Burgundy

    We travel north to the Papal city of Avignon, an important pilgrimage site. We stop for views of the magnificent Papal Palace and famous Pont d'Avignon before arriving in the capital of the Burgundy wine-producing region, Beaune. Explore the ancient walls and the Old Town, see its characteristic geometrically coloured tiled roofs.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Mercure Centre
  21. Day 21 Onwards to Paris

    We travel north through the vineyards of Burgundy to Paris, our home for the next two nights. The 'City of Lights' shines brightly as you explore its grand boulevards, amble along the Seine or embrace the pageantry of a traditional Parisian cabaret.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Evergreen Laurel
  22. Day 22 Explore the Sights of Paris

    Join a Local Specialist soaking up the sights and sounds of one of the world's most romantic cities. See the Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower. View Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Spend a free afternoon exploring the city before celebrating an unforgettable experience at a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  23. Day 23 Farewell Paris

    Today bid farewell to your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the end of your holiday. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Grand European End Paris
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 22 breakfasts
  • 8 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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
  • Return 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
  • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page for details.
  • Handcrafted Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore London, Salzburg, Vienna, Assisi, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Florence and Paris with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Bruges, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Venice, Pisa, Monaco, Nice and Avignon
  • Visit the Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, Vaduz - the capital of Liechtenstein, a glassblowing factory in Venice, excavations in Pompeii and the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Beaune
  • View the ancient sites of Rome, the Leaning Tower in Pisa, the Papal Palace and Pont d' Avignon in Avignon and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • See the Lorelei Rock in Rhine Valley, Benedictine Abbey at Monte Cassino, the vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields
  • Scenic Cruise through Amsterdam's canals, by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice, the Rhine River and to the Isle of Capri
  • Connect with Locals Go Dutch and share a gezellig Be My Guest dinner, savouring delicious local cheeses, with the Pauw family on their dairy farm near Amsterdam. (Day 4)
  • Dive into Culture Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries. (Day 12) Enjoy an after hours visit inside the Vatican where you will tour the Museo Gregoriano Profano featuring Roman and Ancient Greek antiquities before dinner. Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo at the Vatican Museums. (Day 16)
  • Stays with Stories A former monastery from the 17th century, the NH Brugge has historical features such as stained-glass windows and exposed beams. (Day 3)

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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.

Lucerne

Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

Take a scenic cruise with us across Lake Lucerne to Stans, and one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. traveling by railway and Cabrio cable car, we'll reach 6,300 feet, where you’ll have free time to admire the stunning Alpine scenery. On certain departures, this optional may be operated in reverse, ending with the cruise. It may also be operated without the cruise for CHF 78.
Adult Price: CHF 113

Swiss Countryside & Carriages

A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse-drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a farm where you’ll savor local drinks and snacks. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Adult Price: CHF 67

Innsbruck

Tyrolean Evening With Dinner

You’ll enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Tyrolean cuisine before a lively folklore show, where singers, dancers and musicians dressed in national costume provide an evening of entertainment and fun. Drinks are included.
Adult Price: € 67

Vienna

Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe’s most elegant cities.
Adult Price: € 63

Schönbrunn Palace And Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Habsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly decorated with treasures from around the globe. Each room has a story to tell, so of course, you’ll have a Local Specialist to bring it to life and to make the most of your time. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. Should you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 47

Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! Enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. With your 'A Class' tickets, you will experience works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed in a classic, sumptuous setting. Should you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 103

Viennese Concert

You’ll enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese classical music including some of the most famous works of Strauss and Mozart, performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. You’ll receive 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine during the interval. Please note: on occasion, a small gift will be offered in place of a glass of sparkling wine. Should you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 58

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 taxis 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

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

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 neighborhoods that you would never find on your own, all explained and brought to life by a true Venetian!
Adult Price: € 34

Sorrento

Amalfi Coast and Positano

Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: € 56

Rome

Roman Delights With Dinner

Tonight, relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine, soaking up Rome's unique atmosphere in a characteristic trattoria with drinks and music.
Adult Price: € 51

Roman Evening with Dinner

Tonight, spend a lively evening with us in Rome. After a short drive, we'll arrive at a characteristic trattoria to relax and enjoy a typical Italian meal, soaking up The Eternal City's unique atmosphere all the while.
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 Colosseum

With VIP entrance and a Local Specialist at your side, tour the most famous monument to have survived from the classical world, the Colosseum. A symbol of both Imperial might and architectural ingenuity, this amazing structure offers a unique insight into Rome’s tumultuous history, revealing tales of Gladiatorial combat and more. Please note: This optional is subject to availability and involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 53

Florence

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

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

Nice

Corniche Coastline Drive with Perfumery Visit and Meal

You’ll enjoy a scenic excursion along the Riviera corniche roads, with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe. You will also have time to visit the famous Fragonard Perfumery, before traveling onward to a local restaurant; where you’ll enjoy a typical meal of specialties from the region. Drinks included.
Adult Price: € 72

Paris

Versailles Palace And Gardens

Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler, but loathed by the French commoners, which lead to the French Revolution. Step inside the opulent world of Versailles and our Local Specialist will take you through the palace’s Hall of Mirrors and State apartments. Then, enjoy free time to wander the symmetrical, tree-lined gardens. Please note: this optional is subject to availability and involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: € 73

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

Le Grand Louvre

The biggest and best-known museum in the world, The Louvre was once palace to the kings of France. You’ll follow your Local Specialist through the sumptuous maze of galleries to view masterpieces such as Leonardo da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa' and Winged Victory, one of the most celebrated sculptures in the world. This optional is subject to availability and involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: € 55

Montparnasse and Napoleon's Tomb

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! We’ll also visit the Dôme des Invalides with our Local Specialist to see Napoleon’s final resting place.
Adult Price: € 51

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Paris at night is a city transformed. We'll enjoy this superb 'City of Light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterward, driving through this amazing city with our Local Specialist, you'll see some of the fascinating sights this beautiful city has to offer. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.
Adult Price: € 38

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