Great European

Great European

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Great European

27 Days Starting in London and ending in Amsterdam

Visiting: London, Calais, Dover, Paris, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Pamplona, Madrid, Barcelona, French Riviera, Monaco City, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Vatican City, Tuscany, Venice, Vienna, Bratislava, Prague, Regensburg, Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Heidelberg, Sankt Goar, Koblenz, Cologne, Amsterdam

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

EGREMZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

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Tour Overview

Buckle up for an unforgettable Great European tour, filled with local flavours, the scents of France and artistry of Gaudí and Michelangelo in Spain and Italy. Discover Bordeaux’s rich culinary heritage, learn about La Belle Époque in Biarritz, and count the 100 spires of Prague.

Highlights

  • : Discover Bordeaux, Biarritz, Pamplona, French Riviera, Monaco, Pisa, Passignano sul Trasimeno, Venice, Bratislava, Regensburg, Munich, Vaduz - the capital of Liechtenstein, Lucerne, Heidelberg, Cologne and Amsterdam

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

  • : View the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Château Amboise, the Leaning Tower in Pisa, the ancient sites of Rome, the Opera House and Hofburg Palace in Vienna, the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne and the ruins of Heidelberg Castle

  • : See the Somme Battlefields in France, the Lorelei Rock in Rhine Valley and Cologne Cathedral

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

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

  • Paris: Join a Local Specialist to discover the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris.

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

  • Madrid: See the highlights of the city with your Local Specialist. Visit the Old Town, travelling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the Cibeles fountain, Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace.

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Day 1: Cross The English Channel To Paris

Location: London, Calais, Dover, 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 and view the Eiffel Tower. View Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Perhaps take in the views from the top of Montparnasse, 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: Journey To Bordeaux

Location: Paris, Bordeaux

Accommodation: Mercure Centre Ville, Pullman Bordeaux Lac

Meals Included: Breakfast, Be My Guest

Journey through France’s Loire Valley, 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 Connect With Locals

Location: Bordeaux, Biarritz, Pamplona

Accommodation: Tres Reyes

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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. We continue to Pamplona, most famous for its annual Running of the Bulls Festival. Here you can choose to join an Optional walking tour with our Local Expert, tracing the steps of the 'running of the Bulls' and then savouring some Spanish Tapas and Sangria.

Day 5: Onwards To Madrid Dive Into Culture

Location: Pamplona, Madrid

Accommodation: Meliá Castilla

Meals Included: Breakfast

Head to the heart of Spain and its lofty capital, Madrid. Dive Into Culture and enjoy an included visit to the Prado Museum and admire the works of Rubens, Goya and El Greco. This afternoon join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the city's iconic landmarks. View the Royal Palace and the Cibeles Fountain.

Day 6: Discover Magical Madrid

Location: Madrid

Accommodation: Meliá Castilla

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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. Join your fellow travellers for dinner this evening.

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 Familia, 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 to 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 town 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 perhaps join 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, 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 enjoy a Regional Dinner with your fellow travellers.

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. After an afternoon of sightseeing on your terms, complement your day with an optional experience this evening.

Day 15: Onwards To Venice Connect With Locals

Location: Rome, Tuscany, Venice

Accommodation: Viktoria Palace Lido

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

We journey across the Tuscan countryside bound for Venice. The city’s canals and bridges beckon, but not before we Connect With Locals at lunch amidst the olive groves and vineyards of Tuscany for a Be My Guest experience that will linger long after you’ve left. Arriving in Venice, you’ll have to explore Lido Island your way. Go in search of a lively piazza where a refreshing Campari Spritz awaits.

Day 16: Cruise The Canals Of Venice Make Travel Matter

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Viktoria Palace Lido

Meals Included: Breakfast

Witness the centuries-old tradition of Venetian glassmaking during your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at one of the city’s last remaining studios. You’ll watch spellbound as the master craftsmen shape the molten glass the same way their forefathers once did to create the delicate works of art that adorn homes all over the world. Inspired by the talent and skill of these glassblowers, you’ll want to buy a souvenir to remind you of this very special experience. Next, 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. Cross the Rialto bridge, enjoy a sunset over the Grand Canal or ascend the Campanile for panoramic views.

Day 17: On The Road To Vienna

Location: Venice, Vienna

Accommodation: Renaissance Wien

Meals Included: Breakfast

A scenic drive from Italy to Austria takes us through the Carnic Alps to the imperial capital of Vienna, where we'll spend the next two nights exploring a city famous for its musical heritage and elegance.

Day 18: Explore Vibrant Vienna

Location: Vienna

Accommodation: Renaissance Wien

Meals Included: Breakfast

Join your Local Specialist this morning to explore the sights, including views of the famous Opera House, Stadtpark, Parliament, Imperial Boulevards and Hofburg Palace, once home to the powerful Habsburg Dynasty. Spend the rest of the day delving into Vienna's cosy coffee culture, perhaps visit the exquisite Schönbrunn Palace or discover the harmonies of the world's music capital, enjoying one of the city's many musical performances.

Day 19: Journey To Prague

Location: Vienna, Bratislava, Prague

Accommodation: Vienna House Andel's

Meals Included: Breakfast

Leave the song of Vienna behind, bound for Prague, the Golden City of a Hundred Spires. Traversing the lush landscapes of Slovakia, we arrive in the capital, Bratislava, with its eclectic Gothic, Baroque and Art Deco architecture. There’s time for an orientation with your Travel Director and lunch, perhaps an opportunity to sample the local bryndzové halušky potato dumplings. Arriving in Prague this afternoon, you’ll want to get right into the heart of this fairy-tale city.

Day 20: Discover Prague’S Sights

Location: Prague

Accommodation: Vienna House Andel's

Meals Included: Breakfast

Join your Local Specialist this morning to explore the jewels of Prague’s Castle District and Old Town. You’ll stroll around the Old Town Square and see the 15th-century Astronomical Clock with its mesmerising Walk of the Apostles. Spend your afternoon exploring Prague your way, tracking down the city’s quirky side, from its famous wall of peace to one of the world’s narrowest streets at just 50cm wide. Don’t forget to stop and sample a steaming street food favourite, Trdelník.

Day 21: Off To Munich

Location: Prague, Regensburg, Munich

Accommodation: Leonardo City Olympiapark

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

You may be tempted to stay in this enchanting city, but Munich promises its own adventures. First stop today however is the UNESCO-listed town of Regensburg with its beautifully preserved medieval centre. Spend some time getting lost in centuries of history, perhaps sampling some of the local Regensburger Wurst. Then it’s time to continue to the Bavarian capital of Munich, where we'll see the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz on an orientation with our Travel Director. The afternoon is free to explore before we have dinner at our hotel.

Day 22: Uncover Liechtenstein And Lucerne

Location: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne

Accommodation: Grand Europe

Meals Included: Breakfast

We leave Germany for Switzerland, stopping in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. We continue to Lucerne, our home for the next two nights.

Day 23: Uncover Lucerne’S Treasures

Location: Lucerne

Accommodation: Grand Europe

Meals Included: Breakfast

Pay tribute to the brave Swiss Guards who lost their lives defending King Louis XVI in the French Revolution and see the famous mournful Lion Monument. Walk along the wooden Chapel Bridge and marvel at its decorative ceilings. Then spend the rest of the day admiring the colourful façades of the Old Town or join an Optional Experience to one of the surrounding peaks.

Day 24: Enjoy A Scenic Cruise In The Rhineland

Location: Lucerne, Heidelberg, Sankt Goar, Koblenz

Accommodation: Diehls Hotel Koblenz

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

View the ruins of Heidelberg Castle perched above the Neckar River and board a relaxing cruise down the mighty Rhine from St. Goar to Boppard – fantasy castles and hillside vineyards line your scenic journey.

Day 25: Onwards To Cologne And Amsterdam

Location: Koblenz, Cologne, Amsterdam

Accommodation: Leonardo Hotel Amsterdam Rembrandtpark

Meals Included: Breakfast

Admire the tall twin Gothic spires of the Cologne Cathedral this morning, before crossing into the Netherlands and on to Amsterdam where we spend the next two nights. Sit under the leafy canopy at Leidseplein indulging in Dutch beer and kroketten, hire a bike and hit the city’s tree-lined streets or bask in the warm glow and gezelligheid of one of the city's renowned bruin cafés.

Day 26: Explore Amsterdam

Location: Amsterdam

Accommodation: Leonardo Hotel Amsterdam Rembrandtpark

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy an orientation of Amsterdam and spend the rest of the day exploring the city on foot, by bike or tram. Consider delving into the tragic story of Anne Frank, admire the works of Van Gogh or people-watch in Vondelpark. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your travel companions on board a glass-top boat. Cruise through the city's canals looking up at the centuries-old gabled façades for which Amsterdam is so famous.

Day 27: Farewell Amsterdam

Location: Amsterdam

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, it’s time to say a fond farewell to your fellow travellers and Travel Director as you return home with wonderful memories.

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)

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • Ferry across the Channel from Dover to Calais

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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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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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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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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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