Grand European End Paris

Grand European End Paris

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Grand European End Paris

21 Days Starting in London and ending in Paris

Visiting: London, Dover, Calais, Bruges, Amsterdam, Boppard, Sankt Goar, Heidelberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Lucerne, Vaduz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna, Venice, Assisi, Pompei, Sorrento, Capri, Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Pisa, Monaco City, French Riviera, Saint Paul de Vence, Avignon, Beaune, Paris

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

EGARZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 54

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English

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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • : Explore Salzburg, Vienna, Assisi, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Florence and Paris with a Local Specialist

  • : Discover Bruges, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Venice, Pisa, Monaco, Nice and Avignon

  • : View the ancient sites of Rome, the Leaning Tower in Pisa, the Papal Palace and Pont d' Avignon in Avignon and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

  • : Scenic Cruise through Amsterdam's canals, by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice, the Rhine River and to the Isle of Capri

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Journey To Bruges Stays With Stories
Location: London, Dover, Calais, Bruges
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: NH Brugge
Meals Included: No Meals

Leave the White Cliffs of Dover behind for the golden fields of France and Belgium, travelling to medieval Bruges. Meet your Local Specialist to 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.

Day 2 : Discover Amsterdam’S Canals Connect With Locals
Location: Bruges, Amsterdam
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Leonardo Royal
Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey through the Dutch countryside to captivating Amsterdam, see the city's iconic sights from the comfort of a canal boat. At this evening's dinner, we’ll Connect With Locals during a Be My Guest experience at the Pauw family dairy farm.

Day 3 : Enjoy A Scenic Cruise In The Rhineland
Location: Amsterdam, Boppard, Sankt Goar, Heidelberg, Rhineland-Palatinate
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Mercure Mannheim am Rathaus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 4 : Admire The Black Forest Then On To Lucerne
Location: Rhineland-Palatinate, Lucerne
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Astoria Radisson Blu
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 5 : Explore Lucerne
Location: Lucerne
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Astoria Radisson Blu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

See Lucerne's poignant Lion Monument this morning. The mournful mortally wounded lion hewn from sandstone provides a sombre 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 colourful façades or consider an exhilarating mountain and cruise Optional Experience. This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Day 6 : Uncover Liechtenstein And Innsbruck
Location: Lucerne, Vaduz, Innsbruck
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Austria Trend Congress Grauer Bär
Meals Included: Breakfast

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. Admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store.

Day 7 : Take In Salzburg Then On To Vienna
Location: Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Mercure Raphael
Meals Included: Breakfast

Salzburg's extraordinary natural beauty has inspired musical greats and epic films. Join a Local Specialist on a 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.

Day 8 : Explore Vienna’S Sights
Location: Vienna
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Mercure Raphael
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 9 : Onwards To Venice
Location: Vienna, Venice
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Le Boulevard Lido
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 10 : Discover The Floating City Of Venice Make Travel Matter
Location: Venice
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Le Boulevard Lido
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, embark on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience where you’ll Dive Into Culture and witness the centuries-old Venetian tradition of glassblowing, which has been handed down through the generations. The master craftsmen will share how they use the same techniques their forefathers did to create the delicate art adorning homes all around the world. You may be tempted to buy one of the works for your own hope, recognising that through your visit you’ve had a hand in helping preserve this important cultural heritage of the city. 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 Venice Spritz in town, watch the sun set over the Grand Canal or consider a cruise to the Island of Burano for a delicious meal.

Day 11 : : Journey To Assisi
Location: Venice, Assisi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Casa Leonori
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 12 : Explore Pompeii’S Ruins On The Way To Sorrento
Location: Assisi, Pompei, Sorrento
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Grand Parco del Sole
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 13 : On To The Isle Of Capri And Rome
Location: Sorrento, Capri, Rome
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Villa Pamphili
Meals Included: Breakfast

Cross the enchanting blue water of the Bay of Naples to the Isle of Capri and ascend to Capri 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.

Day 14 : Uncover Ancient Rome And The Vatican Museums Dive Into Culture
Location: Rome, Vatican City, Rome
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Villa Pamphili
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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, then enjoy an exclusive after-hours al fresco dinner against the backdrop of St. Peter's.

Day 15 : Off To Explore Florence
Location: Rome, Florence
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Cosmopolitan Concept Villa Neroli
Meals Included: Breakfast

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, climbing the stone steps to Piazzale Michelangelo for iconic views, or relaxing in the Boboli Gardens.

Day 16 : Enjoy Pisa, Monaco And The French Riviera
Location: Florence, Pisa, Monaco City, French Riviera
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Nice Novotel Centre Vieux
Meals Included: Breakfast

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 the French Riviera, 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.

Day 17 : Discover Artistic Saint-Paul-De-Vence
Location: French Riviera, Saint Paul de Vence, French Riviera
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Nice Novotel Centre Vieux
Meals Included: Breakfast

Rub shoulders with artists and actors in the medieval hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence before enjoying an afternoon at leisure in the French Riviera to indulge in the laid-back 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 the French Riviera's fashionable boutiques or relax on the beach watching the sun set. Or perhaps join an Optional Experience to see spectacular views of one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe and pay an aromatic visit to the historic Fragonard perfumery to learn how French fragrances are crafted before trying some specialities from the region at a local restaurant.

Day 18 : Journey Through Papal Avignon To Burgundy
Location: French Riviera, Avignon, Beaune
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Mercure Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast

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 the Old Town, see its characteristic geometrically coloured tiled roofs.

Day 19 : Onwards To Paris
Location: Beaune, Paris
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Evergreen Laurel
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 20 : Explore The Sights Of Paris
Location: Paris
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Evergreen Laurel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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. View Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Spend a free afternoon exploring the city before celebrating an unforgettable experience at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 21 : Farewell Paris
Location: Paris
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, bid farewell to your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the end of your holiday. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • 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

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Ferry across the Channel from Dover to Calais

  • Optional Experiences and free time

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What's Not Included

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  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Trafalgar guests benefit from complimentary arrival and departure transfers, by shuttle coach, on the first and last day of their guided holiday. Any guests whose flight times do not coincide with the shuttle coach transfer timings may choose to purchase a private transfer.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 5 years or above

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    An average of 40 to 45 guests

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • 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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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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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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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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