Traditional Europe Eurostar™ Extension

Traditional Europe Eurostar™ Extension

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Traditional Europe Eurostar™ Extension

17 Days Starting in Amsterdam and ending in London

Visiting: Amsterdam, Cologne, Boppard, Sankt Goar, Rhineland-Palatinate, Heidelberg, Colmar, Engelberg, Lucerne, Vaduz, Innsbruck, Brenner Pass, Venice, Rome, Vatican City, Pompei, Sorrento, Capri, Assisi, Florence, Pisa, Monaco City, Nice, Saint Paul de Vence, Avignon, Lyon, Beaune, Paris

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

ETRAUZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Lose yourself in the history and romance of Traditional Europe. You’ll see all the iconic sights and some beautiful surprises along this 3-week European trip taking in the exquisite beauty of the Rhine Valley, the snow-capped Alps and the decadently warm waters of the French Riviera.

Highlights

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)

  • 16 Breakfast (B)

  • 6 Dinner (D)

  • 1 Lunch (L)

  • Cologne Cathedral: The towering Cathedral of Cologne is an impressive introduction to this riverside city.

  • Rhineland: Cruise beneath the semi-ruined castles and terraced vineyards. Sleepy villages slip by as you saunter upstream to the Lorelei Rock where the enchantress lured sailors to their doom.

  • Heidelberg: See the magnificent castle built in red sandstone, overlooking the Student Prince’s town.

  • Colmar: Stroll through the medieval streets of Colmar on a sightseeing orientation with your Travel Director.

  • Lucerne: During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the Lion Monument, Old Town Hall and Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.

  • Vaduz: Explore Vaduz and admire the Royal family's residence, Vaduz Castle, which overlooks the capital.

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Day 1: Welcome To Amsterdam

Location: Amsterdam

Accommodation: Leonardo Hotel Amsterdam Rembrandtpark

Meals Included: Welcome Reception

All the highlights of Europe lie ahead on this epic journey from the Netherlands to Austria, Italy to France. Spend the day exploring Amsterdam on foot, by bike or tram. Later, meet your Travel Director and travel companions and board a glass-topped boat for a Welcome Reception canal cruise, including a light dinner and welcome drink as you navigate the city’s labyrinthine canals lined with centuries-old gabled façades.

Day 2: Admire Cologne And Cruise In The Rhineland

Location: Amsterdam, Cologne, Boppard, Sankt Goar, Rhineland-Palatinate

Accommodation: Maritim Darmstadt

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel east, crossing the border into Germany bound for Cologne. Here, you’ll see the iconic twin spires of its imposing Cathedral, said to be the final resting place of the Three Wise Men. We cruise from Boppard to St. Goar along the mighty Rhine, lined with medieval villages and castles that cling to the hills. This evening, we stay in the Rhineland and enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Day 3: Enjoy Heidelberg Then Drive Into The Alps

Location: Rhineland-Palatinate, Heidelberg, Colmar, Engelberg

Accommodation: Schweizerhof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The imposing ruins of Heidelberg Castle feature on our drive through this vibrant university city en route to the quaint medieval town of Colmar. Here we will enjoy an orientation stroll and free time for lunch. Our journey continues through the picturesque vineyards of Alsace en route to our hotel in the stunning mountain retreat of Engelberg, with a free evening to enjoy the town.

Day 4: Uncover Lucerne’S Treasures

Location: Engelberg, Lucerne, Engelberg

Accommodation: Schweizerhof

Meals Included: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Lucerne. Pay tribute to the Swiss Guards who lost their lives defending Louise XVI during the French Revolution at the mournful Lion Monument, then admire the splendour of the flower-lined Chapel Bridge with its 17th-century paintings. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience up one of the nearby peaks for spectacular panoramic views before returning to Engelberg.

Day 5: Journey To Liechtenstein And Innsbruck

Location: Engelberg, Vaduz, Innsbruck

Accommodation: Grauer Bär

Meals Included: Breakfast

Admire rugged alpine scenery en route to the Principality of Liechtenstein, stopping in its capital, Vaduz. Cross the Austrian border and continue along the Arlberg route for a journey filled with pinch-me moments. Snow-capped mountains surround you as you travel through the Tyrol to Innsbruck. Visit the Old Town where you’ll see the famous Golden Roof completed in 1500 for Emperor Maximilian I to mark his wedding. Admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store.

Day 6: Onwards To Venice

Location: Innsbruck, Brenner Pass, Venice

Accommodation: Albergo Quattro Fontane Lido

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross the extraordinary Europa Bridge, rising almost 200 metres above the Wipp Valley, following the Brenner Pass past alpine pastures and pine-clad peaks into Italy and the magical island city of Venice. Spend this evening at leisure, gliding by gondola through the city's canals, enjoying a Campari spritz in a quiet piazza or watching the sun set over the romantic Grand Canal.

Day 7: Discover The Floating City Of Venice Make Travel Matter

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Albergo Quattro Fontane Lido

Meals Included: Breakfast

Witness the centuries-old tradition of Venetian glassmaking. This is a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience which helps to preserve the strong tradition of glassblowing for which Venice is justifiably famous. You’ll learn how the talented master craftsmen use the same techniques their forefathers did to create the delicate artworks which adorn homes worldwide, perhaps inspiring you to buy a souvenir to remind you of this special visit. Later, board a private launch for your journey through the canals of Venice to St. Mark's Square where you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the city's centuries-old history and view the ornate Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs. Spend the afternoon exploring Venice your way, which could mean finding a tucked away bacaro to soak up some of the local atmosphere, a cruise around the lagoon or zigzagging up the Le Mercerie shopping street.

Day 8: All Roads Lead To Rome

Location: Venice, Rome

Accommodation: Barceló Aran Mantegna

Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel over the green and golden landscapes of the Apennine hills through beautiful Tuscany and Umbria, arriving in Rome where you'll spend the next two nights. This evening is yours to embrace la dolce vita. Relax in the Piazza Navona with an espresso, sit on the Spanish Steps or savour a tasty gelato.

Day 9: Explore Ancient Rome And The Vatican City

Location: Rome, Vatican City, Rome

Accommodation: Barceló Aran Mantegna

Meals Included: Breakfast

Delve into the treasures of the Vatican with a Local Specialist who will take you on a sightseeing tour through St. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's sorrowful Pietà. Cross the Tiber into Ancient Rome to see the mighty Colosseum where brave gladiators once fought to the applause of exhilarated spectators, then enjoy views of Circus Maximus which once hosted chariot races. The rest of the day is yours to explore the sights and sounds of this remarkable city. Ramble through Rome's grand boulevards, shop up a storm on the Via Condotti or perhaps take an Optional Excursion to see Michelangelo's beautiful frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Day 10: The Ruins Of Pompeii With Sunny Sorrento

Location: Rome, Pompei, Sorrento

Accommodation: Johanna Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a scenic drive through the vineyards of Frascati into the Campania region where we'll meet a Local Specialist who will share the fascinating story of Pompeii, a city buried in ash and lost for centuries following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We arrive in the sophisticated seaside retreat of Sorrento this evening where we will spend the night.

Day 11: Sail To Capri Then Onwards To Assisi

Location: Sorrento, Capri, Assisi

Accommodation: Casa Leonori

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross the deep blue waters of the Bay of Naples to the beautiful Isle of Capri, ascending by funicular to Capri Town where we will join our Local Specialist for a walking tour. Travelling north, we view the restored Abbey of Monte Cassino, the site of a bloody World War II battle, arriving later in mystical Assisi to view the Basilica of St. Francis featuring spectacular frescoes by Giotto with a Local Specialist.

Day 12: Through Tuscany To Florence

Location: Assisi, Florence

Accommodation: Grand Mediterraneo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Beautiful Tuscan and Umbrian landscapes that have inspired painters and poets for centuries follow our journey to Florence, the 'Cradle of the Renaissance'. We join a Local Specialist on an included walking tour to see the city's spectacular heritage, architecture and open-air art, including views of the marble Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio. Visit the Piazza della Signoria, Florence’s political hub centuries ago, and learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft.

Day 13: Uncover Pisa, Monaco And The French Riviera

Location: Florence, Pisa, Monaco City, Nice

Accommodation: Novotel Aéroport Cap 3000

Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey to Pisa and its Square of Miracles to see the Leaning Tower and its imposing Baptistery. Leaving the sights, sounds and flavours of Italy behind, we visit the playground of Monaco and view the Royal Palace before arriving on the French Riviera.

Day 14: Discover Artistic Saint-Paul-De-Vence

Location: Nice, Saint Paul de Vence, Nice

Accommodation: Novotel Aéroport Cap 3000

Meals Included: Breakfast

Tread in the footsteps of famous French actors and artists who for centuries have regarded the medieval town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence as a haven. Spend the afternoon at leisure 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 15: Journey Through Papal Avignon To Lyon Make Travel Matter Connect With Locals

Location: Nice, Avignon, Lyon

Accommodation: Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit what was once the centre of Christendom in the Middle Ages, the papal city of Avignon. Here, you will see the Palais des Papes, the Cathedral and famous Pont d'Avignon, which have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn about the spiritual significance of this place. Connect With Locals next, where you’ll enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest lunch of original, regional dishes made with produce from local farmers and markets. You’ll travel next to the historically strategic city of Lyon on the Rhône where you’ll enjoy an orientation tour including views of Fourvière Hill, the 'hill that prays', and the impressive Place Bellecour before spending the evening your way. This is a city that lights up magically at night, so be sure to take to the streets and admire its beauty.

Day 16: Travel Through Burgundy To Paris

Location: Lyon, Beaune, Paris

Accommodation: Evergreen Laurel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Visit Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, before continuing north to Paris. Our epic European adventure near its end, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner this evening.

Day 17: Explore Magical Paris

Location: Paris

Accommodation: Evergreen Laurel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Join a Local Specialist to see the sights and sounds of Paris, including the grand Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower. View Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. After, why not consider joining a cruise along the famous river Seine or a trip to one of the city's most famous cabaret shows revealing French pageantry.

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

  • Eurostar high-speed train from Paris to London

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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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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