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European Whirl with Trafalgar

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12 days
25 Sep 24 to 06 Oct 24
Book by 30 Jun 24
The delightful chime of bicycle bells marks the beginning of your European adventure. Relax as you glide along the canals of Amsterdam and Venice, soak in the serene lakeside landscapes of Lucerne, and savor the tranquility among the picturesque Tuscan hills near Florence. Let the flavors of Italian Chianti set the stage for a truly memorable journey.

Includes

  • 12 Day Trafalgar Guided Holiday
  • 11 Nights in cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Optional Experiences at an additional cost during your free time
  • Sightseeing Highlights
  • Explore Rome, Florence and Paris with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne
  • Visit a glassblowing factory in Venice and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • Scenic Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam, the Rhine River and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice and much more!

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Arrival/ departure transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Spending money and items of a personal nature

Extras

  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised
  • Optional Experiences available at an additional cost
  • Not all departure dates are definite at time of loading, please enquire with one of our agents

Highlights

  • 11 Nights in cherry-picked hotels
  • 16 Meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

Itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam

Enjoy an orientation of this historic Dutch city before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a dinner cruise on its canals. Accommodation: Mercure Amsterdam City Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Journey to the Rhineland and a Scenic Cruise

Driving through the lush landscapes of The Netherlands and Germany, we arrive in Boppard where we board a cruise along the Rhine to St. Goar, passing vineyard-clad hills and medieval castles perched above riverside towns. Arriving in the Baroque city of Heidelberg, we explore its unexpected highlights before travelling to your hotel. Accommodation: Hotel Sinsheim Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Off to Innsbruck

Crossing the Swabian Alps on the edge of the Black Forest, we arrive in the Bavarian capital of Munich. Our orientation takes us past the Hofbrauhaus, reputedly the most famous Beerhall in the world, and the neo-Gothic Town Hall which dominates the Marienplatz. We cross the Austrian border next, arriving in Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps. Admire the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture of the Old Town, including Emperor Maximilian's famous Golden Roof with its ornate façade and consider an evening of traditional Tyrolean entertainment. Accommodation: Tivoli Hotel Innsbruck Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Onwards to the Canals of Venice

Journey through the emerald-green landscape along the Brenner Pass into Italy and across the Dolomite Mountains to Venice. We cruise the beautiful Venetian lagoon by private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square. View the ornate Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, so named for the sound made by condemned prisoners as they took one last longing look at their beautiful city before meeting their fate. Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience where you’ll witness the centuries-old craft of Venetian glassblowing. You’ll learn how the master craftsmen shape the molten glass to make the exquisite and delicate works of art that adorn homes all over the world and perhaps be inspired to buy your own souvenir as a reminder of this special visit. There’s time later to enjoy the city your way. Get lost in Venice, cross bridges and discover hidden campi where locals share their daily stories over a glass of Venetian Spritz. Accommodation: Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana Venice Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: All Roads Lead to Rome

Travel south across the Veneto Plain, passing Bologna and the dramatic Apennine Mountains as well as the green and golden fields of Lazio before reaching Rome, the 'Eternal City'. En route, we Connect With Locals over lunch at a Be My Guest experience and enjoy true Tuscan hospitality with a local family on their private estate in the Chianti countryside. Accommodation: A.Roma Lifestyle Hotel Rome Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Discover Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

Our first stop today sees us discover the divine beauty of the Vatican City. We'll visit St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist to view Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. We continue to Ancient Rome to view Roman Forum, the walls of the iconic Colosseum and Circus Maximus, once the site of exhilarating chariot races centuries ago. The afternoon is yours to explore the city on your terms. Sit on the Spanish Steps savouring a tasty gelato, shop up a storm on the trendy Via Condotti or perhaps join an Optional Experience to see the magnificent frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Accommodation: A.Roma Lifestyle Hotel Rome Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Continue to Renaissance Florence

From Rome, we travel north through the rolling countryside of Tuscany and along the Arno valley to the 'Cradle of the Renaissance', Florence. Delve into the rich Medici heritage of this beautiful medieval city with your Local Specialist. Visit the political hub of the city, Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and stunning palazzi. View the imposing Duomo, crowned by Brunelleschi’s dome, and the Baptistery, renowned for its sculptured bronze doors. Your hotel will be dependent on your departure date Accommodation: Hilton Florence Metropole Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Across the Alps to Lucerne

Drive via the scenic Italian Lakes District, across the Alps into beautiful Switzerland, where we'll spend the next two nights in the medieval lakeside city of Lucerne. View the mournful, mortally wounded lion hewn from rock to commemorate the Swiss Guards who lost their lives defending Louis XVI. Walk along the flower-lined 14th-century covered Chapel Bridge, crossing the river Reuss. Accommodation: Grand Hotel Europe Lucerne Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Explore Lucerne

This morning join an exciting Optional Experience to one of the surrounding peaks for breath taking views of the Swiss countryside. We have some time later to discover the best Swiss chocolates in town. Accommodation: Grand Hotel Europe Lucerne Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: On to Captivating Paris

Crossing the border into France this morning, we travel past the picturesque vineyards and country towns of Burgundy en route to the 'City of Lights'. Spend some time this evening strolling along the Seine and grand boulevards in search of a cosy bistro for fine French cuisine or consider an Optional Experience to a colourful Parisian cabaret. Accommodation: Evergreen Laurel Hotel Paris Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Discover the Sights of Paris

Join a Local Specialist today for a sightseeing tour of this romantic city. View the sophisticated Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, the 19th-century Arc de Triomphe, honouring those who fought for France, and Notre Dame Cathedral, then enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Our European Whirl is almost at its end, we spend the evening with fellow travellers and our Travel Director, enjoying a Farewell Dinner in a local bistro. Accommodation: Evergreen Laurel Hotel Paris Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Farewell Paris

Today bid adieu to your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the end of your memorable experience. Departure Transfer: Arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport at 08:00 Included Meals: Breakfast

Terms & conditions

Prices are per person twin share, include discounts, and are subject to availability and rate of exchange changes. Offers above are a guide only and will vary depending on departure date, our guide price is based on the cheapest departure within the stipulated season and availability is correct at time of loading. Visas may be necessary and insurance is essential. Pentravel and Tour Operator terms and conditions apply, and can be requested. Excludes flights, transfers, visas, travel insurance and anything not mentioned. Savings are not valid on all itineraries and/or departure dates, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn/changed at any time without notice. High season supplements and block out dates may apply, pricing varies pending departure date. Package excludes flights. You can do optional free-time add-on experiences in your free time and pay for them as you travel (additional costs apply). Trafalgar reserves the right to withdraw promotional offers and adjust savings anytime. All savings / discounts mentioned have already been included in the advertised price. Pentravel and Tour Operator reserves the right to withdraw or amend promotional offers at any time. Other conditions may apply. Advertised price is based on 25 September 2024 departure. At time of loading this is a non-definite departure. These packages are based on CASH price. E&OE;.

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Valid on 25 Sep 2024
Stay
12 days
Dates
25 Sep 24 to 06 Oct 24
Book by
30 June 24
Experience ID
181
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