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European Splendour

Duration 11 days

Destinations visited :
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • France
  • UK

When have you ever had the opportunity to dine with an Italian count in Tuscany? That’s not all you’ll do on this exciting Rome to Paris trip, bringing you the bright lights of the Champs-Élysées, Leaning Tower of Pisa and epic skyline from Florence’s Piazzale Michelangelo.

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Arrive Rome (2 Nights)
Benvenuto a Roma – what was once the Capital of the World is today a vibrant city filled with Italian zest for life and centuries of celebrated history. Enjoy some free time to explore before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive to kick off your unforgettable European adventure.
Hotel: Cardinal St Peter
Meal: Welcome Reception


Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
We venture to the centre of Christianity and the great square that bears the name of the first ‘bishop of Rome’, St. Peter. Join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour that includes a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, where we will have an opportunity to see Michelangelo’s sorrowful Pietà hewn from the most perfect block of Carrara marble. We cross the Tiber River to see the ancient sites of Rome, including the mighty Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Imagine the thunderous roar of thousands of exhilarated spectators cheering their chosen chariots to victory. This afternoon we have time to explore the city on our terms. Perhaps toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your return to Rome or embark on an Optional Experience to visit the Colosseum and the Vatican.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast


Rome – Siena – Florence (2 Nights)
We travel into the scenic Tuscan hills to medieval Siena with its honey-stone façades. View the Piazza del Campo, where the exhilarating Palio horse race takes place, and see ornate medieval palaces and the 14th-century marble Duomo. Spend some free time seeking out your favourite hand-painted ceramics to take home as souvenirs. Continue to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance, where we will spend the next two nights. Tonight we ‘Connect With Locals’ during a special Be My Guest dinner at a magnificent Tuscan villa that once featured as a famous film location.
Hotel: Cosmopolitan Concept
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine


Florence Sightseeing and Free Time
The extraordinary art and architecture of Florence are celebrated during our guided walking tour with a Local Specialist. We’ll view the exquisite marble Duomo and visit Piazza della Signoria with its palazzi and magnificent art, including a replica of Michelangelo’s David statue. View the 674-year-old Ponte Vecchio bridge, the only bridge over the River Arno that the fleeing German army did not destroy during World War II, then admire panoramic views of the iconic cityscape from Piazzale Michelangelo. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city’s historic industries during demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Later, you’ll have time to explore the city on your own. Consider a visit to the Uffizi Gallery or wander through the Boboli Gardens of Pitti Palace – the choice is yours.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast


Florence – Pisa – Venice (2 Nights)
We travel to Pisa today and to the Square of Miracles to view the famous Leaning Tower and Italy’s largest Baptistery. Cross the Apennine hills and flat Veneto plains to the island city of Venice. The rest of the day is yours to relax and soak up the sights and sounds of the Queen of the Adriatic. Consider joining an Optional Experience and explore the labyrinthine canals of Venice by gondola before dinner at your hotel.
Hotel: NH Laguna Palace
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine


Venice Orientation and Free Time
‘Dive Into Culture’ and witness first-hand the centuries-old tradition of Venetian tradition glassmaking on Giudecca Island. Take to the water and cruise by private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark’s Square. Join your Travel Director to see the iconic and unexpected highlights of the city – the ornate Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Campanile with its five bells. The rest of the day is yours at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience to the island of Burano for a delicious traditional meal that would make any Italian mamma proud.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast


Venice – Lake Como – Lucerne (2 Nights)
We travel through the Italian Lake District bound for Switzerland this morning and enjoy some free time for lunch in the laidback lakeside town of Como, which for centuries has served as the crossroads between Central Europe and the Mediterranean. We continue through Alpine landscapes, past Lugano and through St. Gotthard tunnel into central Switzerland, where we’ll spend the next two nights in the medieval lakeside city of Lucerne in one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’ – the Grand Hotel Europe.
Hotel: Grand Europe
Meal: Buffet Breakfast


Lucerne Orientation and Free Time
Enjoy an orientation of Lucerne with your Travel Director. You’ll see the Lion Monument and pay tribute to the Swiss Guards who lost their lives during the French Revolution, before heading to the solid wooden Chapel Bridge, lined with pretty pink, white and purple blooms. Spend the rest of the day at leisure ambling past the beautifully painted façades in the Old Town. Shop for luxurious Swiss chocolate or consider joining an Optional Experience to one of the surrounding mountains to admire panoramic views.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights)
Cross the French border and what remains of the Maginot Line, journeying through the rolling vineyard-clad hills of Burgundy, one of France’s most prominent wine regions. Arriving in Paris later this afternoon, we have the evening at leisure to wander up grand boulevards and admire the vibrant cityscape of one of Europe’s most sophisticated cities.
Hotel: Melia La Defense
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 10

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a Local Specialist this morning for a guided tour along the grand Champs Élysé es and Place de la Concorde. Visit the 13th-century church of St. Severin and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. This evening, we join our fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner celebrating the end of our European adventure.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

DAY 11

Paris – London
Travel north through France past the tragic World War I battlefields of the Somme, then catch the ferry from Calais to Dover. Continue to London, the final stop in our epic exploration of Europe. Say farewell to newfound friends before preparing to return home.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR of Rome, Florence and Paris
  • ORIENTATION of Siena, Pisa, Venice and Lucerne
  • VISIT St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and St. Severin Church in Paris
  • VIEW the ancient sites of Rome, Piazza del Campo in Siena, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, scenic Lake Como, the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, spectacular Alpine scenery of Switzerland, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the White Cliffs of Dover
  • SEE the Colosseum in Rome, Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields in France

Dining Highlights

  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 5 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 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 a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details
  • Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or at the London Reception Centre
  • VIP entry to many sights
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European Splendour

When have you ever had the opportunity to dine with an Italian count in Tuscany? That’s not all you’ll do on this exciting Rome to Paris trip, bringing you the bright lights of the Champs-Élysées, Leaning Tower of Pisa and epic skyline from Florence’s Piazzale Michelangelo.