Enchanting Europe

Enchanting Europe

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Enchanting Europe

15 Days Starting in London and ending in Rome

Visiting: London, Dover, Calais, Paris, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Pamplona, Madrid, Barcelona, French Riviera, Monaco City, Pisa, Florence, Passignano sul Trasimeno, Rome, Vatican City

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

EGRSMZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

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Tour Overview

All the travel highlights and flavours of France, Spain and Italy feature on this enchanting Europe trip. The beauty of the Loire Valley and foodie heaven in Bordeaux will be tough to beat, but living life the Italian way is just that dash of issimo that makes this journey extra special.

Highlights

  • : Explore Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence and Rome with a Local Specialist

  • : Discover Bordeaux, Biarritz, Pamplona, French Riviera, Monaco, Pisa and Passignano sul Trasimeno

  • : Visit the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Fragonard Perfumery in Grasse and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome

  • : See the Somme Battlefields in France

  • : View the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Château Amboise, the Leaning Tower in Pisa and the ancient sites of Rome

  • Paris: Explore the iconic sights and streets of Paris on an orientation drive this evening.

  • Amboise: See the Royal Château beside the Loire River.

  • Biarritz: Appreciate the prestigious history of Biarritz as you explore the city's charming streets.

  • Pamplona: Spend time exploring this city, known for its annual Running with the Bulls festival.

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Cross The English Channel To Paris
Location: London, Dover, Calais, Paris
Accommodation: Evergreen Laurel
Meals Included: Welcome Reception

Leaving the bright city lights of London behind us, we cross the English Channel by ferry from Dover to Calais, travelling across the World War I battlefields where so many brave souls lost their lives. We catch a glimpse of the Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge before arriving in Paris. Later, we join our Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception including dinner and drinks and an evening drive to embrace the energy of this vibrant city.

Day 2: Explore Paris’S Sights
Location: Paris
Accommodation: Evergreen Laurel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Join a Local Specialist for a drive along the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. View the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Perhaps stroll along the Seine admiring the exquisite work of street artists or consider attending one of the city's famous colourful cabaret shows.

Day 3: Onwards To Bordeaux
Location: Paris, Bordeaux
Accommodation: Mercure Centre Ville, Pullman Bordeaux Lac
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Journey through France's Loire Valley stopping stopping near Château de Villandry for a Be My Guest experience. Continue south through one of France's most renowned wine regions, arriving in Bordeaux, celebrated for its centuries-old trading heritage and extraordinary architecture. Spend the evening exploring its historical centre or amble along the Garonne and watch how the 18th-century Place de la Bourse glitters across the river at night.

Day 4: Admire Elegant Biarritz And On To Pamplona
Location: Bordeaux, Biarritz, Pamplona
Accommodation: Tres Reyes
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, we delve into the heady days of La Belle Époque in the glitzy seaside resort of Biarritz, an elegant retreat for aristocrats for centuries. Later head to Pamplona, perhaps most famous for its annual Running of the Bulls Festival.

Day 5: On To The Capital, Madrid Dive Into Culture
Location: Pamplona, Madrid
Accommodation: Meliá Castilla
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Head to the heart of Spain this morning and its lofty capital, Madrid. Upon arrival, Dive Into Culture and enjoy an included visit to the Prado Museum and admire the incredible works of Rubens, Goya and El Greco. Spend the afternoon joining a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the city's iconic and unexpected landmarks. View the Royal Palace and the Cibeles Fountain before joining your fellow travellers for dinner at your hotel.

Day 6: Discover Magical Madrid
Location: Madrid
Accommodation: Meliá Castilla
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, perhaps take to the waters of Retiro Park, visit the Mercado de San Miguel to indulge in the delicious flavours of Spain, or join an Optional Experience to the imperial city of Toledo. Enjoy free time this afternoon in the city that King Charles III sought to 'beautify' so that it could justifiably claim its place as one of Europe's most gracious capitals.

Day 7: Off To Barcelona
Location: Madrid, Barcelona
Accommodation: Apolo affiliated by Meliá
Meals Included: Breakfast

Driving towards Catalonia and the shores of the Mediterranean, we pass Guadalajara and the Gorges of Jalón and Aragón en route to vibrant Barcelona, where we will spend the next two nights delving into the intoxicating charm of this cultural and artistic powerhouse.

Day 8: Uncover Colourful Barcelona
Location: Barcelona
Accommodation: Apolo affiliated by Meliá
Meals Included: Breakfast

Join a Local Specialist today and delight in the whimsical world of Gaudí, whose characteristic Art Nouveau architecture is dotted throughout the city. See his unfinished masterpiece La Sagrada Família, before spending the rest of the day embracing the energy of Barcelona. Pay tribute to Columbus and his brave exploration of the New World, wander down to La Barceloneta for some tasty tapas treats, or ramble up Las Ramblas watching street performers entertain crowds. This evening, you could choose to witness Spanish passion, power and drama unfold at an unforgettable foot-stomping flamenco evening including a delicious Spanish buffet.

Day 9: Journey Along The French Riviera Dive Into Culture
Location: Barcelona, French Riviera
Accommodation: Indigo Cagnes-sur-Mer
Meals Included: Breakfast

From the rugged Costa Brava to the stylish shores of the French Riviera, we travel through the South of France, stopping to Dive Into Culture during a guided visit of Fragonard Perfumery where we'll learn how fragrances are crafted. Later, we arrive in the glamorous French Riviera, home to the famous Cannes Film Festival.

Day 10: Enjoy French Riviera Your Way
Location: French Riviera
Accommodation: Indigo Cagnes-sur-Mer
Meals Included: Breakfast

Tread in the footsteps of showbiz royalty, savouring a full day at leisure in the French Riviera. Admire the irresistible backdrop of the Mediterranean and Estérel Hills or consider joining an Optional Experience to the medieval hilltop village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, renowned for its museums and galleries.

Day 11: Explore Monaco And Pisa On The Way To Florence
Location: French Riviera, Monaco City, Pisa, Florence
Accommodation: Grand Mediterraneo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel along the sophisticated Cote d'Azur to the Principality of Monaco, where you'll see the Royal Palace and the cathedral where Princess Grace is buried. Cross into Italy and pass Genoa, the birthplace of Columbus, before arriving in Pisa to admire its Leaning Tower and Baptistery, the largest in Italy. This evening we arrive in the Renaissance city of Florence.

Day 12: Discover Florence
Location: Florence
Accommodation: Grand Mediterraneo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Join a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour of one of the cultural capitals of the world. Enjoy views of the marble Duomo, the Baptistery with its famous bronze doors, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Visit Piazza della Signoria, once the political hub of the city, and in your free time consider joining an Optional Experience to the Tuscan hilltop town of San Gimignano, known as Italy’s Medieval Manhattan. You’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore Florence your way, but you’ll be tempted to head up to Piazzale Michelangelo for the best views of the cityscape as the sun begins to set over magical Florence.

Day 13: All Roads Lead To Rome
Location: Florence, Passignano sul Trasimeno, Rome
Accommodation: Barceló Aran Mantegna
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Italy’s ‘Eternal City’ beckons and we head south to Rome stopping in Passignano Sul Trasimeno to admire its beautifully preserved centre tucked within a circuit of medieval walls. Arriving in Rome you’ll have an evening to explore the city your way. After an afternoon of sightseeing on your terms, you’ll join your fellow travellers for memorable Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 14: Uncover Ancient Rome And The Vatican City
Location: Rome, Vatican City, Rome
Accommodation: Barceló Aran Mantegna
Meals Included: Breakfast

Join a Local Specialist to delve into the centre of Christianity - the Vatican City. Visit St. Peter's Basilica, then cross the Tiber for views of the mighty Colosseum and Circus Maximus, once home to exhilarating chariot races. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city's history and culture that span almost two millennia. Admire the Spanish Steps, shop up a storm on the Via del Corso or toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your speedy return to Rome. You could choose to spend your evening on a favourite Optional Experience, including a dinner of Italian specialties with drinks and music, followed by a drive providing a glimpse of how the locals enjoy their own city.

Day 15: Journey Home
Location: Rome
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you’ll say farewell to your fellow travellers and Travel Director as your memorable journey across Europe comes to an end. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

What's Included

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • 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)

  • Optional Experiences and free time

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Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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Renato Arrieta  

Best tour I joined so far

14-Jan-2023

My first time with Trafalgar and I see no reason why I should not join them again.

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King Ng, Lafayette, California  

Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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Trusted Customer  

Best of Egypt

14-Jan-2023

We really did see the best of Egypt and beyond. Our tour guide, Mohammad, guided us through the rich history and the urban and rural life of such a unique and delightful country. We felt very safe and pampered.

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Marshal Daguio  

Wonderful Best Of Turkey

06-Nov-2021

It was my first time with Trafalgar Tour and I had a wonderful trip from day 1 till the last day. The Tour Director, Yocel Atik is very knowledgeable and Excellent. The health director and coach driver are helpful and supportive as well. The hotels selected were comfortable especially Rixos Hotel and Movenpick Hotel. The Best of Turkey is better than I expected.

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Barbara, Canada  

Irish Experience

09-Nov-2021

I am single and travel alone. I always feel secure and well-looked after when I travel with Trafalgar

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