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European Interlude

Duration 16 days

Destinations visited :
  • UK
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  • Belgium
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  • Netherlands
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  • Germany
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  • Austria
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  • Italy
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  • Switzerland
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  • France
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Embark on a creative pilgrimage through Europe – from Amsterdam’s gabled canal houses and the Cologne Cathedral to Vienna’s Opera House and the Doge’s Palace in Venice.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

London – Eurostar™ – Amsterdam
Set forth on an unforgettable journey capturing the highlights of Europe from Amsterdam to Vienna, Paris to Rome. This morning we meet our Travel Director before boarding the Eurostar™ high-speed train to Brussels. We journey through the lush Belgian and Dutch countryside to Amsterdam where we will spend tonight. This evening get to know the historic centre of this beautiful city, joining your new travel companions and Travel Director on a glass-topped boat, gliding through the canals as you enjoy a light dinner and welcome drink.
Hotel: Mercure City
Meal: Welcome Reception

DAY 2

Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhine Cruise – Rhineland
We travel to Germany this morning to visit one of Europe’s most important places of pilgrimage and the final resting place of the Three Wise Men, Cologne Cathedral. Winding our way down the Rhine River from Boppard to St. Goar, we pass hilltop castles, medieval towns and vineyard-clad hills. We spend tonight in the Rhineland and dine at our hotel.
Hotel: Mercure Am Rathaus
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 3

Rhineland – Munich – Innsbruck
Travel through the Swabian Alps to the Bavarian capital of Munich where we will enjoy an orientation of the city to view the Olympic Stadium and Marienplatz, the heart of the city since the 12th century. Watch the bright sunlight glint on Innsbruck’s Golden Roof and marvel at the 18th-century Baroque Cathedral of St. Jakob’s before you ‘Connect With Locals’ and join the Albert family on their farm near Innsbruck for a Be My Guest dinner prepared by former world champion chef Gottfried.
Hotel: Grauer Bär
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

DAY 4

Innsbruck – Salzburg – Vienna (2 Nights)
Explore Baroque splendour on your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist who will share the sights and sounds of this truly beautiful city. View the Opera House, Stadtpark, Parliament and the Hofburg, once the centre of the powerful Habsburg Empire. This afternoon is yours to soak up the elegant coffee culture of Vienna. Indulge in a slice of delicious sachertorte and coffee served with cream, shop on the trendy Kärntnerstrasse or delve into the fascinating musical heritage of a city that was once home to such greats as Beethoven, Brahms and Haydn. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the opulent Schönbrunn Palace before spending your evening at leisure.
Hotel: NH Danube City
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 5

Vienna Sightseeing Free Time
Explore Baroque splendour on your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist who will share the sights and sounds of this truly beautiful city. View the Opera House, Stadtpark, Parliament and the Hofburg, once the centre of the powerful Habsburg Empire. This afternoon is yours to soak up the elegant coffee culture of Vienna. Indulge in a slice of delicious sachertorte and coffee served with cream, shop on the trendy Kärntnerstrasse or delve into the fascinating musical heritage of a city that was once home to such greats as Beethoven, Brahms and Haydn. Perhaps consider joining an Optional Experience to the opulent Schönbrunn Palace before spending your evening at leisure.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 6

Vienna – Venice (2 Nights)
Journey to the heart of the magnificent Austrian Alps, past the Austrian Lake District and over the Italian border into the fertile Veneto Plains. We arrive in the romantic island city of Venice later where we’ll have some free time this evening. Consider exploring the canals of Venice from the comfort of a traditional gondola.
Hotel: Novotel Mestre Castellana
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

DAY 7

Venice Orientation and Free Time
We travel to Giudecca Island where we’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’ and witness the centuries-old craft of Venetian glassblowing. Take to the city’s waters for an exploration of its rich heritage. Admire the beautiful Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs before enjoying time at leisure to soak up the romantic atmosphere of the “Queen of the Adriatic”.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 8

Venice – Rome (2 Nights)
We leave Venice, travelling through the Po Valley and over the Apennines to the Eternal City of Rome, where we will spend the next two nights. Enjoy an evening discovering the effervescent spirit of a city that never sleeps and embrace la dolce vita around every turn.
Hotel: Cardinal St Peter
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 9

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
Venture to the centre of Christianity this morning and join your Local Specialist to see Michelangelo’s Pietà. Cross the Tiber River to Ancient Rome to see the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or consider an Optional Experience to view the spectacular frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 10

Rome – Florence Sightseeing
The scenic beauty of Tuscany is our constant companion as we journey north to the beautiful city of Florence. Here we’ll explore Renaissance heritage, art and architecture on a guided walking tour with a Local Specialist. View the exquisite marble Duomo and Baptistery, with its famous bronze doors, and visit the Piazza della Signoria, once the political hub of this once ‘Free Republic’. View the Ponte Vecchio bridge with its centuries-old shopfronts before spending the afternoon at leisure. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city’s historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. You’ll have some free time later to perhaps visit the Boboli Gardens or see great works by great masters at the Uffizi Gallery.
Hotel: Nilhotel
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 11

Florence – Lucerne (2 Nights)
Drive north past Lake Lugano, we wind our way along the scenic St. Gotthard through the snow-capped Alps to Lucerne. The evening is yours to enjoy the laidback lakeside atmosphere or perhaps savour in the rich buttery flavours of cheese fondue during a traditional Swiss folklore evening.
Hotel: Astoria
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 12

Lucerne Orientation and Free Time
Visit the mournful mortally wounded lion hewn from rock to commemorate the sacrifice made by the Swiss Guard during the French Revolution and the flower- lined wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the Reuss. Spend the rest of your day admiring the colourful façades of Old Town Lucerne or enjoy an Optional Experience to one of the surrounding peaks for panoramic views.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 13

Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights)
From Lucerne, we cross into France and journey through the rolling vineyards of Burgundy before arriving in Paris. The City of Light shines brightly this evening and is yours to explore at leisure. Maybe watch the pageantry of a traditional Parisian Cabaret, stroll along the Seine admiring the city’s exquisite architecture or relax at a bistro enjoying the city’s delicious gourmet scene.
Hotel: Pullman La Defense
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 14

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a Local Specialist for a morning sightseeing tour to see the iconic sights of Paris, including the Place de la Concorde, Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower. Visit the 13th-century church of St. Severin and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, we celebrate a memorable holiday with our newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

DAY 15

Paris – London
Transfers provided to Paris Gare du Nord station where you board the Eurostar™ train to London. The journey time to London St. Pancras International is 2 hours and 15 minutes. On arrival in London you are transferred to your hotel.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 16

Depart London
Enjoy an English breakfast at the end of your trip.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Salzburg, Vienna, Rome, Florence and Paris
  • ORIENTATION of Amsterdam, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne
  • VISIT Cologne Cathedral, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and St. Severin Church in Paris
  • CRUISE along the Rhine River
  • VIEW the castles of the Rhine Valley, the ancient sites of Rome, the Swiss Alps, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the White Cliffs of Dover
  • SEE the Lorelei Rock, Lake Lugano, the Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields

Dining Highlights

  • 17 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • 4 dinners with wine (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 Calais to Dover
  • 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 professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Eurostar high-speed train tickets from London to Brussels
  • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details
  • VIP entry to many sights
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European Interlude

Embark on a creative pilgrimage through Europe – from Amsterdam’s gabled canal houses and the Cologne Cathedral to Vienna’s Opera House and the Doge’s Palace in Venice.