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Grand European

Operated by: Trafalgar

23 Days from $6,425 per person
APR - OCT 2022
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, Rhineland, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Vaduz, Vienna, Salzburg, Venice, Assisi, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Nice, Monaco, Eze, Avignon, Beaune, Versailles, Paris, Calais, Dover ...more London, Bruges, Amsterdam, Boppard, Mannheim, Rhineland, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Vaduz, Vienna, Salzburg, Venice, Assisi, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Nice, Monaco, Eze, Avignon, Beaune, Versailles, Paris, Calais, Dover
  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 Mannheim 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 Mercure Raphael
  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

    Today, embark on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience where you’ll Dive Into Culture and witness the centuries-old Venetian tradition of glassmaking, which has been handed down through the generations. The master craftsmen will share how they use the same techniques their forefathers did to create the delicate art adorning homes all around the world. You may be tempted to buy one of the works for your own hope, recognising that through your visit you’ve had a hand in helping preserve this important cultural heritage of the city. 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 Venice 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 Grand Parco del Sole
  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 Villa Pamphili
  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 Nice
  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 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. Your coach returns from Paris to London, you are welcome to use this complimentary transfer.

    meals Breakfast
Grand European End Paris
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Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Regional Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 22 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar
  • Eurostar high-speed train from Paris to London
  • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover
  • Ferry across the Channel from Dover to Calais
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Pick-up when you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host when you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • Discover Bruges, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Venice, Pisa, Monaco, Nice and Avignon
  • Explore London, Salzburg, Vienna, Assisi, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Florence and Paris with a Local Specialist
  • 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, the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Cassino and the vineyards of Burgundy
  • 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.
  • Stays with Stories A former monastery from the 17th century, the NH Brugge has historical features such as stained-glass windows and exposed beams.
  • Dive into Culture Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries.
  • Dive into Culture Enjoy a private visit inside the Vatican where you will tour the Museo Gregoriano Profano featuring Roman and Ancient Greek antiquities before an exclusive private dinner.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Learn about the history and ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing, playing your role in ensuring the survival of this traditional craft through your visit.

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