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Grand European

Duration 21 days

Destinations visited :
  • UK
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  • Belgium
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  • Netherlands
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  • Germany
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  • Switzerland
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  • Liechtenstein
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  • Austria
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  • Italy
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  • Monaco
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  • France
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This Grand European trip has all the ‘musts’, but also takes you off the beaten path. Discover the gourmet talents of France, the heart of the Black Forest and the moreish delights of Sachertorte in classical Vienna, leaving with a song in your heart and a polka in your step.

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

DAY 1

London – Bruges
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.
Hotel: NH Brugge
Meal: Welcome Reception

DAY 2

Bruges – Amsterdam
Journey through the Dutch countryside to captivating Amsterdam. See the city’s iconic sights from the comfort of a canal boat and ‘Dive Into Culture’ during a visit to the renowned diamond factory. This evening, we’ll ‘Connect With Locals’ during a Be My Guest dinner at the Pauw family dairy farm.
Hotel: WestCord Fashion
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

DAY 3

Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg – 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.
Hotel: Mercure Am Rathaus
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 4

Rhineland – Black Forest – Rhine Falls – Lucerne (2 Nights)
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.
Hotel: Astoria
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 5

Lucerne Orientation and Free Time
See Lucerne’s poignant Lion Monument this morning. The mournful mortally wounded lion hewn from sandstone provides a poignant 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 colorful façades or consider an exhilarating mountain and cruise Optional Experience. This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 6

Lucerne – Liechtenstein – 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.
Hotel: Austria Trend Congress
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 7

Innsbruck – Salzburg – Vienna (2 Nights)
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.
Hotel: Austria Trend Lassalle/Austria Trend Ananas
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 8

Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time
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.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 9

Vienna – Venice (2 Nights)
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.
Hotel: NH Laguna Palace
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 10

Venice Orientation and Free Time
‘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.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 11

Venice – 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.
Hotel: Casa Leonori
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

DAY 12

Assisi – Pompeii – 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.
Hotel: La Residenza
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

DAY 13

Sorrento – Isle of Capri – Rome (2 Nights)
Cross the enchanting blue water of the Bay of Naples to the Isle of Capri and ascend to Capri Town 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.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza St. Peter’s
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 14

Rome – Vatican Experience
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 when it is less crowded, then enjoy an exclusive after hour’s al fresco dinner against the backdrop of St Peter’s.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

DAY 15

Rome – Florence Sightseeing
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, meandering up the stone steps to Piazzale Michelangelo for iconic views of the city skyline, or relaxing in the picturesque Boboli Gardens.
Hotel: Nilhotel
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 16

Florence – Pisa – Monaco – Nice (2 Nights)
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 Nice, 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.
Hotel: Holiday Inn
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 17

Nice – Saint-Paul de Vence Excursion
Rub shoulders with artists and actors in the medieval hilltop town of Saint-Paul de Vence, before you ‘Dive Into Culture’ and savour the heady scents of French perfume at the Fragonard Perfumery. Learn how they create delicate fragrances before returning to Nice to indulge in the laidback 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 Nice’s fashionable boutiques or relax on the beach watching the sun set over the Riviera.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 18

Nice – Avignon – Beaune
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 Old Town, see its characteristic geometrically coloured tiled roofs.
Hotel: Mercure Centre
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 19

Beaune – Paris (2 Nights)
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.
Hotel: Evergreen Laurel
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 20

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time
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. Visit the 13th-century church of St. Severin 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.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

DAY 21

Paris – London
Say au revoir to Paris as you travel to the coast. Sail from Calais to Dover watching the famous White Cliffs approach as you cross the English Channel. Arrive later in London and bid farewell to your fellow travellers at the end of a memorable holiday.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
  • CITY TOUR in Salzburg, Vienna, Assisi, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Florence and Paris
  • ORIENTATION of Bruges, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Venice, Pisa, Monaco, Nice and Avignon
  • VISIT the Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, Vaduz – the capital of Liechtenstein, the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Saint-Paul de Vence, Beaune and St. Severin Church in Paris
  • CRUISE the Canals of Amsterdam, the Rhine River and to the Isle of Capri
  • VIEW the ancient sites of Rome, the Papal Palace, 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

Dining Highlights

  • 20 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine
  • 2 dinners

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
  • Return ferry across the Channel from Dover to Calais.
  • 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
  • VIP entry to many sights
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Grand European

This Grand European trip has all the ‘musts’, but also takes you off the beaten path. Discover the gourmet talents of France, the heart of the Black Forest and the moreish delights of Sachertorte in classical Vienna, leaving with a song in your heart and a polka in your step.