Trafalgar Tours

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Tour Name (click name for details) Duration Region Date(s) Price From Description
Best of France (2019) 13 Days France 14 Apr, 2019 $2969

Journey from Carcassonne with its enchanting city walls to Biarritz and through the Loire Valley. Marvel at Avignon's famous bridge, see the D-Day Landing beaches in Normandy and visit Claude Monet's home in Giverny.

Included:

Sightseeing Highlights

WALKING TOUR in Paris and Carcassonne with a Local Specialist

ORIENTATION of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Nice, Arles, Lourdes and Bordeaux

VISIT the Hospices de Beaune, Chateau Villandry, D-Day Museum, Claude Monet's home at Giverny and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

VIEW the Papal Palace in Avignon, the Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena in Nice, St Bernadette's Grotto in Lourdes, Esplanade des Quinconces in Bordeaux, the Abbey of Mont St. Michel and the D-Day Beach of Omaha in Normandy

SEE the Roman Amphitheatre and the Cathedral in Arles

SCENIC DRIVE through Dordogne and Loire Valley


Dining
12 hot buffet breakfasts
7 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine

Travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights

Day 1 Arrive Paris (flight not included)
All the flavours of France come to life on this unforgettable journey that kicks off in Paris, the City of Light. Spend your day strolling past its iconic landmarks in search of hidden treasures, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and an orientation drive through the city.
Hotel Mercure 17 Batignolles
Meal Welcome Reception

Day 2 Paris – Beaune – Lyon
We travel south to Burgundy, past the Côte d'Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. The colourful geometric roof tiles of the 15th century Hospices are a sight to behold as we arrive in the medieval town of Beaune before continuing to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France. Consider spending your evening delving into the epicurean delights for which Lyon is justifiably famous. Why not wander up the city's narrow lanes lined with pastel pink and yellow façades in search of a cosy bouchon for a tasty dinner with newfound friends?
Hotel Novotel 
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 Lyon – Avignon – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights)
We stop in the heart of Provence and the city of Avignon, what was once the Papal Seat in the 13th century and today remains as an important place of pilgrimage. See the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song - sur le pont d'Avignon. Journeying through the fields of Provence, immortalised in the great works of such artists as Van Gogh and Cézanne, we arrive in the sophisticated Principality of Monaco, where we will view the cathedral where Prince Ranier and Princess Grace were married. This evening we enjoy a Regional Meal in Monaco before arriving at our hotel.
Hotel Best Western Plus Massena/Montaigne & Spa
Meals Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 4 French Riviera Free Day
The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Amble along Nice's elegant Promenade des Anglais, treading in the footsteps of the aristocrats of yesteryear or relax on the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers. Consider a visit to the hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a popular haunt for actors seeking a relaxing retreat. In your free time, soak up the fresh sea air and perhaps indulge in delicious Salade Niçoise overlooking the beautiful Bay of Angels.
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 5 French Riviera – Arles – Carcassonne
Visit Arles with its honey-coloured façades, Roman ruins and Camargue culture, and enjoy some time at leisure to explore this beautiful city. Alternatively, choose an Optional Experience to gain a deeper understanding of Vincent Van Gogh and local history with our resident expert before winding your way to the fortified city of Carcassonne. Join a Local Specialist to explore this exquisite ancient town, view the Cité, and see the double ring of ramparts and 52 towers.
Hotel Mercure Porte De La Cité
Meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 6 Carcassonne – Lourdes – Biarritz
We drive toward the Pyrénées this morning and arrive in Lourdes, the global centre of the Marian pilgrimage. You will have an opportunity to see the Basilica perched atop St. Bernadette's Grotto where the young girl is said to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary. Then, travel west to the Basque Coast, where we spend the night.
Hotel Radisson Blu
Meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 7 Biarritz – Bordeaux (2 Nights)
Journeying through Les Landes, we arrive in the wine capital of Bordeaux whose stunning Garonne riverfront and age of Enlightenment history and architecture have made it one of France's most visited cities. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the bi-annual wine fair attracts buyers from all over the world. Spend some time seeing the sights during your orientation of the city, including the magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces.
Hotel Novotel/Mercure Château Chartrons
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 8 Dordogne Excursion
The lush green valleys and hills of the Dordogne take centre stage today during a scenic half-day included excursion. We drive to Saint-Émilion, whose wine heritage dates back to Roman times and return to Bordeaux this evening for some free time to explore the city. Maybe, tease your taste-buds with delicious Bordelaise cuisine or stroll through the city's historical centre admiring its beautiful architecture by night.The lush green valleys and hills of the Dordogne take centre stage today during a scenic half-day included excursion. We drive to St. Emilion, whose wine heritage dates back to Roman times and return to Bordeaux this evening for some free time to explore the city at leisure. See the glittering reflection of the Place de la Bourse in the Garonne River, tease your taste-buds with delicious Bordelaise cuisine or meander through the city's historical centre admiring its beautiful architecture by night.
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 9 Bordeaux – Loire Valley
We journey through the Garden of France, before we 'Connect With Locals' for a delicious Be My Guest lunch. Carry on to visit the remarkable gardens at Château Villandry before we arrive at our special hotel for the night - one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories'.
Hotel Château de Beauvois
Meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

Day 10 Loire Valley – Mont St. Michel – Normandy Beaches
We travel through the patchwork landscapes of Brittany to the island settlement of Mont St. Michel on the Normandy coast, where we visit the island town and view its impressive Norman Benedictine Abbey. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô and on to Omaha Beach. Reflect on the bravery of the young men who sacrificed their lives for freedom and visit the D-Day Landing Zone to learn how the operation was planned and executed. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight.
Hotel Mercure Omaha Beach
Meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 11 Normandy Beaches – Giverny – Paris (2 Nights)
We travel west towards Paris, stopping at Giverny to see the house and gardens that once inspired Claude Monet's exquisite Impressionist works of art. This evening, consider a trip to one of the city's renowned cabarets.
Hotel Mercure 17 Batignolles
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 12 Paris Sightseeing and Free Time
Join your Local Specialist on a journey through the historic neighbourhoods of Paris to see where the locals live and shop. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral and hear about the lives of the day-to-day local Parisian. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights on your terms. See the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo at the Louvre, enjoy a leisurely café au lait in quiet surrounds or consider an Optional Experience to the opulent Palace of Versailles. This evening, we celebrate an epic adventure with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.
Meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 13 Depart Paris
For now it's time to bid a fond au revoir to the Best of France and your fellow travellers at the end of a magical and memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Highlights of France and Barcelona (2019) 10 Days France & Spain Apr 26, 2019 $2345

From Van Gogh to Gaudi, Renaissance to Gothic - visit the cities, valleys and coastlines of France and Spain that inspired great artists to create masterpieces as remarkable as the destinations you will visit.

Included:

Sightseeing Highlights
WALKING TOUR in Paris and Carcassonne with a Local Specialist
CITY TOUR in Lyon and Barcelona
ORIENTATION of Paris, Avignon, Nice, Monaco and Arles
VISIT Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley and the Dalí Theatre and Museum in Figueres
VIEW the Eiffel Tower, Chartres Cathedral, Château de Chambord, the Papal Palace of Avignon, the Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna in Nice, Monaco's Royal Palace and Cathedral, the Roman Amphitheatre of Arles, La Sagrada Família and Columbus Monument in Barcelona
SCENIC DRIVE through the Loire Valley

Dining
9 hot buffet breakfasts
5 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine

Travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights


Day 1 Arrive Paris (2 Nights) (flight not included)
Bienvenue à Paris, your launchpad for an epic adventure through the highlights of France and magnificent Barcelona. Spend your first day in the City of Light exploring the art, architecture and culture of this romantic city. Meander through the cobbled lanes of Montmartre, visit the Mona Lisa in the Louvre or relax in the manicured gardens watching the world go by. This evening, join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of the city's most impressive sights, including the grand Champs Elysées and Arc de Triomphe.
Hotel Pullman La Defense
Meal Welcome Reception

Day 2 Paris Sightseeing
Spend the morning in the company of a Local Specialist who will share with you the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris, revealing how real Parisians live and shop. Later we ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, peering down through its magnificent wrought iron lattice work to the grand boulevards and meandering Seine below. The rest of your day is yours to explore the city sights at your leisure. Walk along the Seine and admire the talents of street artists and performers, amble through the scenic hilltop village of Montmartre or relax with a café au lait watching the world go by. This evening, consider soaking up the pageantry of Paris with an Optional Experience to a popular Parisian cabaret.
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 Paris – Chartres – Chenonceau – Loire Valley
Visit Chartres, an important place of pilgrimage on The Way of Saint James, with its inspiring French Gothic Art cathedral, renowned for its stained glass windows and two contrasting spires. We journey through the picturesque rolling landscape of the Loire Valley, past beautiful villages and fairy-tale castles. View the impressive Château de Chambord, a marvel of French Renaissance architecture. Visit the picturesque Château de Chenonceau, which straddles the River Cher, before joining your travel companions and the de Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Château de Villandry for a traditional three-course Be My Guest Tourangelle dinner accompanied by local wines.
Hotel Mercure Tours Nord
Meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 4 Loire Valley – Lyon
Travelling through the heart of France, we arrive in the gastronomic capital of Lyon where we'll join a Local Specialist for a tour of the old city revealing its rich cultural heritage. Wander through the quaint traboules of France's largest Renaissance city and marvel at the inspiring cityscape from Fourvière hill. We dine at our hotel this evening, with the rest of the night yours to explore the city. See the glittering Renaissance façades lit up at night, attend a world-famous opera or amble along the river - a peaceful end to a busy day.
Hotel Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette
Meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 5 Lyon – Avignon – Nice (2 Nights)
From Lyon, we drive to Avignon, a Papal Seat in the 14th century and today a place of pilgrimage. See the Papal Palace, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe, and the famous bridge immortalised in the French song - sur le pont d'Avignon. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into local wine production and indulge in a glass of the local vintage on a Provençal terrace with beautiful views. This afternoon we arrive in the seaside retreat of Nice where an orientation tour will introduce you to this coastal city which has been a favourite among aristocrats for centuries. Amble along the famous Promenade des Anglais and through the checker-board pavement of Place Masséna, before spending the rest of the evening at leisure.
Hotel Ellington/Holiday Inn
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 6 French Riviera Free Time – Excursion To Monaco
Relax on the sun-kissed shores of the Côte d'Azur today. Retreat to the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers, relax at a café overlooking the Bay of Angels or take a stroll along the promenade. You could choose instead to embark on an optional excursion to the medieval hill-top village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Later, we'll enjoy an excursion through splendid seaside scenery to Monaco where you'll view the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married.
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 7 French Riviera – Arles – Carcassonne
We travel west to the Camargue centre of Arles, with its colourful façades and Roman ruins, before continuing through the landscapes of Provence immortalised in the works of Cezanne and Van Gogh. Arriving in the fortified city of Carcassonne, we join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the Cité which spans some 3km and features 52 towers.
Hotel Best Western Le Donjon
Meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 8 Carcassonne – Figueres – Barcelona Sightseeing (2 Nights)
Driving past the foothills of the Pyrénées, we stop in Figueres to visit the Dali Theatre and Museum where we will gain a Cultural Insight into the fascinating world of Salvador Dali and see his work in this impressive and inspiring building. We arrive in beguiling Barcelona this afternoon and enjoy an included sightseeing tour where we will see the Columbus Monument and Antoni Gaudi's unfinished Sagrada Familia with a Local Specialist. The evening is yours to explore this Mediterranean gem. Consider an Optional Experience to enjoy traditional Spanish cuisine and entertainment, or enjoy a delicious tapas feast at one of the city's fine restaurants.
Hotel NH Collection Tower
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 9 Barcelona Free Day
Spend the day soaking up the vibrant spirit of Barcelona. Ramble up Las Ramblas and people-watch in the Plaça de Catalunya, explore the whimsical architecture of Gaudi dotted across the city or consider an Optional Experience to Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. A further option is a meander up to Montserrat to visit its Benedictine monastery and see the mysterious Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner with wine at a traditional Spanish restaurant.
Meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 10 Depart Barcelona
It's time to close the curtain on an unforgettable holiday in France and Barcelona. Say adios to the bustling streets of Barcelona and your travel companions. Return airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Rome Explorer (2019) 8 Days Italy 24 Mar, 2019 $1499

Enjoy a taste of la dolce vita and explore the larger-than-life verve of an ancient city that has influenced the world's heritage, art, culture and religion.

Included:

Sightseeing Highlights
City tour in Rome
View the Spanish Steps, Bernini's Fountain of Four Rivers and the ancient sites of Rome including Circus Maximus
Visit the Roman Catacombs, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, St. Peter's Basilica, The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and Tivoli Gardens at Villa d'Este

Dining
7 hot buffet breakfasts
1 lunch
3 dinners with local wine

Travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights

Day 1 Arrive Rome (7 Nights) (flight not included)
Celebrate a masterpiece that spans millennia. Delve into the fascinating culture and ancient heritage of the Eternal City of Rome - its great squares, meandering alleys and ancient treasures are yours to explore At Leisure before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception at a traditional Pizzeria.
Hotel: Cicerone
Meal: Welcome Reception

Day 2 Rome Market Visit – Cooking Experience and Ancient Rome Sightseeing
Jostle with the locals to get your pick of the best fruits and vegetables at a local food market this morning, where you'll join your insider host for a Cultural Insight into Rome's vibrant gourmet scene. Ramble through the Jewish Quarter and sample delicious specialities in the neighbourhood bakeries, before arriving at Fooxia for a cooking course with a professional chef. Learn the art of making authentic Italian pasta like only Mamma can and sample your successes afterwards. Our appetite appeased, we venture to Ancient Rome with a Local Specialist this afternoon to visit the impressive Colosseum and see Circus Maximus which was once the site for exciting chariot races.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 Rome City Highlights Walking tour and Catacombs Visit
Set your watch to Italian time, enjoying a leisurely start to your day before joining a walking tour with a Local Specialist through the quaint cobblestone streets of Rome. Visit the Baroque-styled Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, tossing a coin to secure your speedy return to Rome. We venture into Ancient Rome for a visit to the breathtaking Pantheon, the best preserved building in the city, wander through charming piazze and admire the city's imposing monuments, including Bernini's Fountain of Four Rivers. Spend time relaxing with the locals before leaving the city centre to visit the ancient catacombs in the company of a Local Specialist who will reveal fascinating insights into the city's Christian history.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 4 Rome At Leisure
Spend the day at leisure, sauntering past the sights or relaxing with a coffee and cornetti to soak up the authentic atmosphere of Rome. Make this free day in Rome count, venture up the Palatine Hill for spectacular views of Ancient Rome, meander along Via Veneto to do some shopping, or relax in the serene gardens of Villa Borghese. Your Travel Director will be able to suggest activities such as museums, shopping or sightseeing in the city. Get a real taste of the city with Trafalgar's exclusive Eatwith Optional Experiences. Share delicious traditional flavours with a local family in their home.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 5 Rome – Vatican and Sistine Chapel Visit
The morning is yours to continue your leisurely exploration of the glories of Rome before venturing to St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City. This afternoon, we gain priority access to The Vatican Museums where a Local Specialist will take us on a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and more peaceful. Tonight enjoy a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 6 Rome At Leisure or Optional Experience to Pompeii
Trace the footsteps of ancient philosophers, senators and emperors as you enjoy a free day to explore Rome on your terms. Your Travel Director will give you suggestions on how to spend your day. Alternatively, you may wish to take an Optional Experience to visit the tragic remains of Pompeii, the victim of a devastating volcanic eruption in 79 AD.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 7 Tivoli Villa d'Este Gardens Visit and Roman Farewell Dinner
We travel to the historic hill-town of Tivoli today, joining our Local Specialist for a guided tour of the enchanting and serene UNESCO World Heritage Italian gardens of Villa d'Este. This Roman retreat with spectacular fountains, pools and exquisite architectural elements had an enormous influence on European landscape design. This evening, we meet for a unique Cultural Insight into local living, joining our hosts who will prepare a delicious and memorable meal for you to enjoy with your fellow travel companions.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 8 Depart Rome
After breakfast, say farewell to Rome and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable At Leisure sojourn in one of the world's greatest cities. Transfers to Rome Fiumicino Airport are available. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Paris Explorer (2019) 8 Days France Mar 10, 2019 $1579

See the City of Light on this At Leisure holiday as it has never been seen before - the hidden courtyards and charming arrondissements, each with their own distinct personality.

Included:

Sightseeing Highlights
Insider walking tour in Paris with a Local Specialist
Orientation tour in Paris
View the Champs Élysées, Paris Opera House, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Notre Dame Cathedral
Visit the Royal Estate of Versailles including the Royal Palace, Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette's Hamlet "Le Petit Hameau", ascend to second floor of the Eiffel Tower, the "village" of Montmartre, the Latin Quarter and the shopping district of Paris

Dining
7 hot buffet breakfasts
1 Regional Meal lunch
1 Parisian Brasserie voucher
2 dinners with local wine

Travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights

Day 1 Arrive Paris (7 Nights) (flight not included)
Embrace the romance of one of the world's most visited cities. Paris is well deserving of its title - the City of Light - and it is yours to explore At Leisure in depth over the next few days. Check-in to your centrally located hotel and spend the afternoon getting to know your picturesque surrounds. Wander through the leafy boulevards and winding cobblestone lanes of the French capital, stopping for a leisurely café au lait while watching sophisticated Parisians go by their day-to-day. This evening join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a quintessentially Parisian Welcome Reception.
Hotel: Novotel Tour Eiffel
Meal: Welcome Reception

Day 2 Paris Sightseeing and At Leisure
Join your Travel Director this morning for a fascinating tour of this mesmerising city. View the grand Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and Arc de Triomphe, built by Napoleon in the 19th century. Delve into its hidden squares and secret passages, visiting one of Paris' most historic neighbourhoods and a favourite local haunt that remains a secret to outsiders. Gaze from the second level of the Eiffel Tower to the boulevards below - the Seine snakes its way through the city centre lined with such icons as the Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the Louvre. Spend the evening at leisure, or take an Optional Experience to the Latin Quarter for a visit inside the medieval Notre-Dame and a scenic cruise down the River Seine.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 Paris At Leisure or Optional D-Day Beach Experience
Spend the day soaking up the sights and sounds of this elegant European capital. Admire the great works of the Impressionists at Musée d'Orsay, shop for designer brands on Rue Saint-Honoré or saunter through the charming streets of the Marais - your Travel Director will suggest activities and attractions that will ensure a memorable day spent discovering Paris. You may wish to experience a full-day Optional Experience on the northern coast of France to uncover the poignant history of the D-Day Landing and remember the brave souls who lost their lives in the fight to free Europe. Spend your evening at leisure exploring the city's glittering sights at night or use your Parisian Brasserie voucher to indulge in delicious French flavours at one of the nearby brasseries.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 4 Full-Day Excursion to the Palace and Royal Estate of Versailles
Tread in the footsteps of French nobility and explore the opulence and splendour of Versailles - its majestic palace once the site of lavish parties and home to the Sun King, Louis XIV. Join a Local Specialist as you wander through the palace's extraordinary Hall of Mirrors and Battles Gallery. Meander through the picturesque Royal Gardens and visit Petit Trianon to see first-hand how the French Royal Family lived in private before discovering Marie Antoinette's rustic retreat, a fantasy hamlet where she could escape from the formality of court. Get a real taste of the city with Trafalgar's exclusive Eatwith Optional Experiences. Share delicious traditional flavours with a local family in their home.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 5 Walking Tour in the Marais and French Cuisine Experience
Explore the beautiful Marais district on a walking tour. See the mansions and courtyards of this delightful corner of Paris. Then, enjoy a Cultural Insight savouring the exquisite flavours of French cuisine as you meet a real Parisian chef for an unforgettable gourmet lunch experience, delving into local culinary secrets, delicious flavours and aromas that you will have an opportunity to create yourself and enjoy afterwards. Spend the rest of the day at leisure stretching your legs along the picturesque Seine or fitting in some last-minute shopping in the heart of Paris. This evening perhaps discover the pageantry and French flair of a traditional cabaret performance at the world-famous Moulin Rouge.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 6 Visit Montmartre and the Louvre
A leisurely start to our morning sees us take a private street trolley car back in time to the colourful hillside "village" of Montmartre and home to the picturesque Sacré-Coeur. Join your Local Specialist and tread in the footsteps of Picasso, Dali and Van Gogh as you meander through hidden squares, artists' haunts and romantic hideaways. Spend the rest of the day at leisure embracing your inner bon vivant before embarking on a special evening experience at the renowned Louvre museum. Enjoy the quiet atmopshere of the museum during this Small Group Sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist to see some of the world's most extraordinary masterpieces, including da Vinci's Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 7 Paris Morning At Leisure, Walking Tour and Farewell Dinner
Today is your last chance for last-minute souvenir shopping or alternatively participate on an Optional Experience to visit the Musée d'Orsay. During the festive season, visit the Christmas markets that are held all over the capital: in Montparnasse, on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and in La Défense. Or visit the Nativity scenes in Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, the Madeleine church, and Basilique Sacré-Cœur. Whether they be traditional, baroque or modern, these veritable works of art welcome a large number of visitors. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour to a part of Paris where you will discover how the French Revolution began. Join your Travel Director and companions for a Farewell Dinner at an iconic Parisian restaurant dating back to 1686.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 8 Depart Paris
After breakfast, it's time to bid Paris au revoir as you prepare to return home after a memorable At Leisure break in one of the world's greatest cities. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Great Italian Cities 2019 10 Days Italy Mar 15, 2019 $1865

Tread up the stone steps and down the grand boulevards of Italy's capitals - the pavement café culture, enchanting Renaissance frescoes and incredible feats of classic architecture all must-see highlights of this leisurely jaunt through the cities of Rome, Florence and Venice.

Included:

Sightseeing Highlights
City tour in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice
Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
Orientation of Pisa
See the ancient sites of Rome
View Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum in Rome and St. Francis' Basilica in Assisi

Dining
9 hot buffet breakfasts
4 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine

Travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights 

Day 1 Arrive Rome (3 Nights) (flight not included)
You're in for a bellissimo journey through the spectacular capitals of Italy, which kicks off in the Eternal City of Rome. Spend the day on a leisurely exploration of Capital of the World before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a memorable Welcome Reception. Your introduction to la dolce vita begins with an orientation drive to view the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica.
Hotel: Victoria
Meal: Welcome Reception

Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and At Leisure
We embark today on an included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist at the Vatican Museums, enjoying a Cultural Insight into the great men whose astonishing works were said to have been inspired by the divine. See Bramante's smooth and step-less spiral staircase, the magnificent frescoed ceiling painted by Michelangelo in the serene Sistine Chapel and his sorrowful Pietà during our visit to St. Peter's Basilica. We tread in the footsteps of gladiators, slaves, merchants and royalty, crossing the Tiber River into Imperial Rome to visit the ancient Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire. Imagine crowds of enthusiastic onlookers cheering their chariot racers to victory at the Circus Maximus before the rest of the afternoon spent at leisure discovering more of the city or relaxing at a pavement café and watching the frenetic pace of Rome.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 Rome At Leisure
The cobblestone streets and charming piazze of Rome are yours to explore today. Ask your Travel Director for tips on what to see and do, or consider an Optional Experience to the fascinating excavations at the tragic city of Pompeii, near the Bay of Naples.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 4 Rome – Assisi – Florence (3 Nights)
Today we meander north to the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Join your Local Specialist for a visit to the Basilica, the final resting place of this famous saint. Our final stop in Assisi is Giotto's enchanting frescoes before continuing our journey through the scenic Tuscan countryside to the picturesque Renaissance city of Florence.
Hotel: Ambasciatori
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 5 Florence Sightseeing and At Leisure
Enjoy a leisurely encounter with the artistic and architectural marvels of Florence during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit the striking Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and palazzi. Amble through the charming cobblestone lanes to the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, before admiring the scenic view of the Ponte Vecchio straddling the Arno River. Spend the rest of the afternoon sauntering through the historic centre of Florence, shopping for high-quality leather for which the city is famous, or admiring the artistic contribution of the de' Medicis at every turn.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 6 Florence – Excursion to Pisa
After free time in Florence cross the fertile Arno Valley to Pisa and join a Local Specialist to visit the Square of Miracles, home to the incredible Leaning Tower and beautifully sculpted marble Cathedral. See the ornate Baptistery and the Camposanto, built on sacred soil brought back from the Holy Land during the Crusades. Our unforgettable encounter with Tuscany continues this evening during a special Be My Guest dinner at a Tuscan organic olive oil estate.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 7 Florence – Bologna – Venice (3 Nights)
Travelling north, through the Apennines, we arrive in the medieval city of Bologna, perhaps best known for the delicious spaghetti sauce that bears its name. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the Kissing Towers which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Then it's off to the romantic island city of Venice with its rich cultural and artistic heritage which you will have an opportunity to explore on your own terms this evening. Glide along its enchanting canals in a gondola or wander through the city's labyrinthine lanes, over bridges and into quiet campi before dining tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Boscolo Bellini
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 8 Venice – Canal Cruise and Orientation
Savour the unforgettable sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square to admire the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Encounter the delicate Venetian art of glassblowing during a Cultural Insight on Giudecca Island before spending the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Visit the Fine Arts Academy, relax at a café on St. Mark's Square or consider a boat trip to the colourful fishing island of Burano for a delicious meal.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 9 Secret Venice Walking Tour and visit to the Rialto Food Market
Sites made famous in poetry, song and prose are explored today during a leisurely stroll from our hotel along the canals to the famous Rialto Bridge where we will join a guided Small Group Sightseeing walking tour, which will bring all the flavours of Italy to life at a centuries-old food market. Ambling through the narrow calle of Venice, we admire the beautiful architecture, including walking over the Rialto Bridge before spending the rest of the day to visit the sights of your choice. Our love affair with Italy's capitals comes to an end this evening as we enjoy a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 10 Depart Venice
For now it's time to say a fond arrivederci to Italy and newfound friends who have shared in the memorable sights, sounds and flavours. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Spain Morocco and Portugal (2019) 16 Days Spain, Morocco & Portugal Mar 23, 2019 $2309

Ornate architectural wonders, the scent of spice markets and warm Mediterranean sun are yours to explore. Travel to the seafaring city of Lisbon, Fatima, the site of religious miracles, and cross in to Spain to admire the rare beauty of Salamanca.

Included:

Sightseeing Highlights
City tour in Madrid, Toledo, Fez, Marrakesh, Seville and Lisbon
Orientation of Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Fátima and Salamanca
View Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Royal Palace in Rabat, Belém Tower in Lisbon and the Shrine at Fátima
Visit the Synagogue and Santo Tomé in Toledo, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Bahia Palace in Marrakesh, Cathedral in Seville, Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon and Plaza Mayor in Salamanca

Dining
15 hot buffet breakfasts
1 lunch (Be My Guest)
3 dinners
3 dinners with local wine

Travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Return ferry crossings between Spain and Morocco.
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights

Day 1 Arrive Madrid (2 Nights) (flight not included)
Colour outside the lines on this unforgettable encounter with the intoxicating lands of Spain, Portugal and Morocco, kicking off your unforgettable journey in the fiery Spanish capital of Madrid. Explore the city's vibrant streets before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of the city's most iconic sites.
Hotel: AC Cuzco
Meal: Welcome Reception

Day 2 Madrid Sightseeing
Join a Local Specialist on this day of discovery, including views of the iconic Cibeles Fountain, the bustling Gran Vía, Paseo de la Castellana and Puerta del Sol, Madrid's most famous square. At Plaza de España, we admire the monument to Cervantes and his beloved characters of Don Quixote before spending the rest of the day at leisure indulging in la buena vida. Consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO World Heritage city of Segovia or encounter the greatest collection of Spanish art in the world at El Prado.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 Madrid – Toledo – Granada
Witness the influence of Christians, Muslims and Jews that has spanned centuries in the imperial city of Toledo. Join your Local Specialist for a walking tour that will take you to visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings - The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Celebrate the tradition of steel manufacturing and moulding during a Cultural Insight at a local steel factory before meandering through the breathtaking Andalusian landscape to Granada where we'll spend tonight.
Hotel: Allegro
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 4 Granada – Costa del Sol
Tread in the footsteps of Spain's last emirs and admire the impressive palatial city of the Alhambra, a 14th century fortress that is said to have been inspired by poetry and reflects the description of paradise found in Islamic verse. Join a Local Specialist for a guided visit exploring its intricate designs, tranquil gardens and colossal walls. We leave this "Paradise on earth" behind and continue to the famous Costa del Sol and sophisticated Marbella where we will spend tonight.
Hotel: Meliá
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 5 Costa del Sol – Fez (2 Nights)
We travel along the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean and cross to North Africa by ferry. A memorable drive past the Rif Mountains brings us to the Imperial city of Fez, with its ancient walled city - our home for the next two nights.
Hotel: Marriott Jnan Palace
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Fez Sightseeing
Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour through the cultural and spiritual centre of Morocco. Meander through the fascinating Medina of Fez, view its fortifications and Royal Palace, and admire traditional Moroccan handiwork during a visit to a carpet cooperative. Spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure visiting the madrasa, zaouia and palaces of this fascinating city, or consider a visit to the Imperial city of Meknes, with its medieval medina and harmonious Islamic and European styles.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 7 Fez – Marrakesh (2 Nights)
Departing Fez, we journey west through the green and golden landscape which turns to rusty red en route to the vibrant city of Marrakesh. Embrace the unrivalled energy of a city that is said to have been the favourite holiday haunt of Sir Winston Churchill. Relax after your journey or spend the evening enjoying an authentic Moroccan show.
Hotel: Le Méridien N'Fis
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 8 Marrakesh Sightseeing
Visit the Bahia Palace during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. See Djemaa el-Fna Square in the old quarter with its palm-readers, acrobats and snake charmers. Visit a traditional Moroccan pharmacy for a Cultural Insight into the blending of creams and cosmetics from regional ingredients. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Don't miss the chance to shop for bargains in the souks and bazaars or maybe visit a local Berber village. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 Marrakesh – Casablanca – Rabat – Tangier
We journey north to enchanting Casablanca to experience first-hand the intrigue and romance of this city immortalised by Hollywood. We meander along the city's picturesque Corniche and enjoy views of the Hassan II Mosque with the world's tallest minaret before venturing to the Moroccan capital, Rabat. Here we will view the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and 19th century Royal Palace, the residence of the Moroccan Royal Family. We arrive in Tangier later this evening where we will dine in our hotel.
Hotel: El Minzah
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 Tangier – Seville (2 Nights)
Crossing the Straits of Gibraltar by ferry, we arrive in Spain and journey through the region of Jerez, most famous for being the home of Spanish sherry. We drive through Andalucía and arrive in the beguiling city of Seville - our home for the next two nights. Where better to experience the passion of flamenco than this vibrant city? Embrace the intoxicating sights of colourful twirling skirts and the clapping sounds of castanets as you watch a traditional performance this evening.
Hotel: Meliá Lebreros
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 11 Seville Sightseeing
Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour that will take you past the iconic Giralda Tower. Admire the tiled fountains and pavilions in the Maria Luisa Park, the showcase for the Ibero-American Exhibition in 1929, and visit the imposing Plaza de España. See Christopher Columbus' ornate tomb in the Cathedral, the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, and enjoy a walk through the lovely historic Jewish Quarter.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 12 Seville – Lisbon (2 Nights)
Your panoramic journey continues through the province of Huelva, famous for Jabugo jamón and the Riotinto mines. We cross into the golden fields of the Alentejo region, the gastronomic soul of Portugal. Enjoy a memorable Be My Guest lunch at a local stud farm where Lusitano horses have been reared since the 18th century before arriving in Lisbon this afternoon.
Hotel: Olissippo Marquês de Sá
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 13 Lisbon Sightseeing
Explore the centuries-old seafaring heritage of the Portuguese, paying tribute to the great explorers who bravely set off from Portugal's shores to discover the new world. See the gleaming Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, Belém Tower and the quaint Alfama district, home to the melancholic fado. Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery before spending free time exploring the city's quaint bairros or perhaps consider an Optional Experience to discover Portugal's Golden Triangle of Queluz, Cascais and Estoril.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 14 Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca
We trace the path of pilgrims who for decades have ventured north to the celebrated shrine at Fátima to pray to the Virgin Mary and see the site of celebrated religious miracles. Departing Portugal, we arrive in the historic university city of Salamanca - La Dorada, so named for its sun-kissed golden, orange and pink façades which we will have an opportunity to see in the magnificent Plaza Mayor - voted by the locals as the most beautiful of all squares in Spain.
Hotel: Gran Corona Sol
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 15 Salamanca – Madrid
Traversing the dramatic Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains we arrive in Madrid, Europe's highest capital city. Spend this afternoon exploring the sights. Indulge in some last-minute shopping on Gran Vía or relax in one of the plazas and people watch. This evening we join our travel companions and Travel Director for a memorable Farewell Dinner with wine.
Hotel: Rafael Atocha
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 16 Depart Madrid
Our epic journey through Spain, Morocco and Portugal comes to an end this morning. All that's left is to say a fond farewell to your newfound friends and an unforgettable experience shared. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

European Whirl (2019) 14 Days UK, Germany, Italy, France 24 Mar, 2019 $2575

The tring tring of Dutch bicycles launch your Europe adventure, from picture-perfect Amsterdam and vine-clad hills along the Rhine with their fairy-tale medieval castles, to the magnificent open-air museum that is Rome.

Included:

Sightseeing Highlights:
City tour in London, Rome, Florence and Paris
Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam and the River Rhine
Orientation of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne
See the Lorelei Rock and the vineyards of Burgundy
View the canals in Amsterdam, the Golden Roof in Innsbruck, St. Mark's Square in Venice, the ancient sites in Rome and the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris
 
Dining:
13 hot buffet breakfasts
3 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine
2 dinners

Travel Highlights:
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel
Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Eurostar high-speed train from London to Brussels
Pick-up and Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre
VIP entry to many sights

Day 1 Arrive London (flight not included)
Relax after your journey or spend time exploring this exciting city.
Hotel: The Tower

Day 2 London Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a Local Specialist this morning for a tour of the iconic sites of London, including Big Ben, the imposing Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Your afternoon is at leisure to go shopping in Knightsbridge, visit one of the fascinating museums or wander along the Thames.
Meal: Full Breakfast

Day 3 London – Eurostar™ – Brussels – Amsterdam
A brief interlude with the British capital this morning sees us meet our Travel Director before travelling to London's St. Pancras International where we will board the Eurostar™ for a high-speed train journey to Brussels and a luxury coach journey to Amsterdam. Enjoy an orientation of this historic Dutch capital centre before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception dinner cruise on its charming canals.
Hotel: Mercure City
Meal: Welcome Reception

Day 4 Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg – Rhineland
Driving through the lush landscapes of The Netherlands and Germany, we arrive in Boppard where we board a cruise along the Rhine past the vineyard-clad hills, fairy-tale medieval castles perched above charming riverside towns to St. Goar. Arriving in the Baroque city of Heidelberg, explore its magnificent sights before travelling to our Rhineland hotel.
Hotel: Achat Premium Walldorf/Reilingen
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Rhineland – Munich – Innsbruck
Crossing the Swabian Alps on the edge of the Black Forest, we arrive in the Bavarian capital of Munich. Our orientation drive takes us past the Olympic Stadium and neo-Gothic City Hall, which dominates the Marienplatz. Driving across the Austrian border, we arrive 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 perhaps consider an evening of traditional Tyrolean entertainment to soak up the sights and sounds of this region.
Hotel: Grauer Bär
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 6 Innsbruck – Venice
Meandering through the emerald-green landscape along the Brenner Pass, we journey into Italy and across the Dolomite Mountains en route to the enchanting city of Venice. We cruise on the beautiful Venetian lagoon by private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square, viewing the ornate Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, so named for the sound made by condemned prisoners as they look one last longing look at their beautiful city before meeting their fate. We gain a fascinating Cultural Insight into the centuries-old craft of Venetian glassblowing before spending the afternoon at leisure to soak up the romantic atmosphere. Get lost in Venice, cross bridges and discover hidden campi where locals share their daily stories over a glass of Venetian Spritz.
Hotel: Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 7 Venice – Rome (2 Nights)
Travelling south across the Veneto Plain, we pass by Bologna and the dramatic Apennine Mountains, continuing through the green and golden fields of Lazio before reaching Rome, the Eternal City.
Hotel: Occidental Aurelia by Barcelo
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 8 Rome Sightseeing
We venture to the Vatican City, visiting St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist to view Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. We journey to Ancient Rome to view 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 Corso or perhaps join an Optional Experience to see the magnificent frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 9 Rome – Florence Sightseeing
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 de' Medici heritage of this beautiful medieval city with your Local Specialist. Visit what was once the political hub of the city, Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and stunning palazzi. View the imposing Duomo with its Brunelleschi dome and Baptistery renowned for its bronze doors filled with relief sculptures. This evening, enjoy true Tuscan hospitality with a local family on their private estate on the outskirts of Florence.
Hotel: Cosmopolitan Concept
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 10 Florence – Lucerne (2 Nights)
Drive via the picturesque Italian Lakes District, across the snow-capped Alps into beautiful Switzerland where we'll spend the next two nights in the beautiful medieval lakeside city of Lucerne.
Hotel: Astoria
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 Lucerne Orientation
This morning, 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 Reuss. Or 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.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 12 Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights)
Crossing the border into France this morning, we travel past the picturesque vineyards and quaint country towns of Burgundy en route to the City of Light. Spend some time this evening strolling along the Seine and grand boulevards in search of a cosy bistro for fine French cuisine or perhaps consider an Optional Experience to a colourful Parisian cabaret.
Hotel: Renaissance La Defense
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 13 Paris Sightseeing
See all the famous sights during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. View the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for a breathtaking view of the city. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights that interest you. This evening celebrate with your Travel Director and travelling companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local bistro.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 14 Depart Paris
Today bid farewell to your fellow travelers and Travel Director at the end of your vacation. An airport transfer is available. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Highlights of Spain and Portugal (2019) 13 Days Spain & Portugal Mar 10, 2019 $1845

Kick off your Iberian adventure in Madrid before heading to the hanging houses in Cuenca and devouring delicious paella in Valencia. See the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix, the 14th century Alhambra Palace and passionate Flamenco in Seville before heading to Portugal's Algarve, its hilly capital, Lisbon, and Fatima, site of celebrated religious miracles.

Included:

Sightseeing Highlights
City tour in Córdoba, Seville, Lisbon, Toledo and Madrid
Orientation of Valencia, Cadiz, the Algarve Region and Salamanca
View the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, the City of Arts and Sciences complex designed by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia and The Cave Houses of Guadix
Visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Cathedral Mosque in Córdoba, Seville Cathedral, the Hieronomyte Monastery in Lisbon, the Shrine at Fátima, Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Santo Tomé and Synagogue in Toledo

Dining
12 hot buffet breakfasts
5 dinners with local wine
1 lunch (Be My Guest)

Travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights

Day 1 Arrive Madrid (flight not included)
The fiery Spanish capital of Madrid paves the way for an unforgettable journey through centuries of history and fascinating cultural highlights across the Iberian Peninsula. Embrace la buena vida and soak up the passionate atmosphere of Madrid's vibrant streets before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation of the city's glorious sights as the sun sets on the capital.
Hotel: Ayre Gran
Meal: Welcome Reception

Day 2 Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia
Witness the dramatic honey-coloured clifftop hanging houses of Cuenca during our first stop today before we journey to Valencia, renowned for its modern verve and spirit of innovation. An orientation drive will include views of the 15th century Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. This evening perhaps indulge in the fragrant flavours and aromas of paella for which Valencia is famous.
Hotel: Silken Puerta
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 Valencia – Guadix – Granada
Meandering through the sierra of Spain, we arrive in Guadix to view the troglodyte cave dwellings that blend effortlessly into the surrounding ochre landscape. Witness how generations of Guadix locals have carved cosy abodes into their rocky surrounds, then travel through the jagged Mora Pass to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors in Europe. This evening, sample the hearty flavours of Andalusia during a special Regional Meal at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Occidental
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 4 Granada – Córdoba – Seville (3 Nights)
Tread in the footsteps of Spain's last emirs, joining your Local Specialist for a visit to the incredible Alhambra and its amazing palaces, gardens and fountains. Inspired by poetry, the architecture is said to be a reflection of paradise as described in Islamic verse. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere in quiet courtyards, follow its colossal ancient walls and admire the ornate stone carvings. We leave Granada behind for Córdoba where we'll join a Local Specialist to visit the mesmerising Cathedral of Córdoba, the former mosque of the caliphs and a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Our final stop for the day is beguiling Seville, our home for the next three nights.
Hotel: Meliá Sevilla
Meals" Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 5 Seville Sightseeing
Seville takes centre stage today as we spend the day exploring this charismatic city. We'll see the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower in the company of a Local Specialist, then visit the Maria Luisa Park, the centrepiece of the 1929 Exposition, built in a Moorish style and featuring half a mile of fountains, ponds, pavilions and lush plantings. We'll walk through the imposing Plaza de España and visit the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, where the explorer Christopher Columbus is entombed. Perhaps witness the twirling of colourful skirts and rhythmic clapping of castanets this evening at a fiery flamenco performance.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 6 Seville – Jerez and Cadiz Excursion
We indulge in the aromatic flavours of Jerez today as we gain a Cultural Insight into the centuries-old tradition of Spanish sherry production. The leafy boulevards and quiet plazas of romantic Cádiz are our next stop. Tread in the footsteps of Columbus, who used this historic port city as his launchpad to the new world, and see the exotic plants and trees dotted throughout the city that are said to have been brought here by him upon his return.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 7 Seville – Algarve Region
We journey from Spain to the sun-kissed shores of southern Portugal's Algarve, a retreat for sun-worshippers with its spectacular natural landscapes and fascinating heritage. Enjoy the delicious flavours of piri piri chicken and grilled sardines against the picture-perfect backdrop of the Atlantic, relax on its golden beaches or perhaps join an Optional Experience.
Hotel: Agua Riverside
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 8 Algarve – Lisbon Sightseeing (2 Nights)
Travel north to the Serra de Arrábida mountains and the golden landscapes of the Alentejo where you'll enjoy a delicious Be My Guest lunch at a traditional Stud Ranch where Lusitano horses have been reared since the 18th century. We arrive in the seafaring Portuguese capital of Lisbon this afternoon where we'll join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the spectacular 16th century Hieronymite Monastery, and Belém Tower, built as a tribute to Vasco da Gama's journey of discovery. Consider an evening in the quaint hillside bairro of Alfama enjoying traditional Portuguese flavours amidst the melancholic tunes of the fado.
Hotel: Olissippo Marques De Sa
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 9 Lisbon
Meander through the cobblestone lanes of old town Lisbon and the grand shopping boulevards that stretch from the shores of the Tagus and Lisbon Baixa to Rossio. Today is yours to embrace the charm of the Portuguese capital. Relax at a sidewalk café with a creamy pasteis de nata, venture to the Castle of São Jorge and admire the sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues that clad Lisbon's seven hills or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Queluz.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 10 Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca
Follow the road taken by pilgrims over the last 100 years to the Shrine at Fátima, site of celebrated religious miracles. We leave Portugal, travelling to the historic Spanish city of Salamanca with its golden-hued façades and ancient university heritage where we will view its 18th century Plaza Mayor during our orientation tour.
Hotel: Gran Corona Sol
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 11 Salamanca – Toledo – Madrid (2 Nights)
See the walled city of Ávila, the town of stones and saints, so named for its vast collection of Romanesque and Gothic churches. We arrive in the clifftop city of Toledo where we'll visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings - The Burial of Count Orgaz. Join a Local Specialist for a guided walk through the quaint streets and see the oldest synagogue building still standing in Europe. Later enjoy a Cultural Insight into the historical steel industry while watching local craftsmen at work. We arrive in Madrid this evening, our home for the next two nights.
Hotel: Rafael Atocha
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 12 Madrid Sightseeing
This morning we join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Madrid where you will see the Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol and the Cervantes Monument with its stone representations of Don Quixote's "true love". Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the city on your terms. Admire the world's finest collection of Spanish art at the Prado Museum, indulge in some last-minute shopping on Gran Vía or perhaps consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO World Heritage City of Segovia. This evening marks the end of our memorable journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Join your fellow companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 13 Depart Madrid
For now it's time to say a fond adios to our travelling companions, your Travel Director and the beauty of Spain and Portugal at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Enchanting Emerald Isle (2019) 8 days Ireland 11 Mar, 2019 $1555

Centuries of Irish heritage and culture are revealed on this adventure across the windswept valleys of Ireland, from Dublin's Georgian Squares to the Anglo-Norman Kilkenny Castle on the Nore River.

Included:

Sightseeing Highlights

WALKING TOUR in Killarney National Park

CITY TOUR in Dublin and walking tour in Westport

ORIENTATION of Galway and Killarney

VISIT EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum, Strokestown Park House, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle and Trinity College

SCENIC CRUISE across the Shannon Estuary

VIEW St. Patrick's Cathedral, Galway Cathedral, the mountains of the Connemara and Torc Waterfall

SEE Dublin's Georgian Squares

SCENIC DRIVE along the Ring of Kerry

Dining

7 FULL BREAKFASTS

5 DINNERS(including Be My Guest)

Travel Highlights

Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

Ferry across the Shannon estuary

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Hand-picked Trip Highlights

Optional Experiences and free time

All porterage and restaurant gratuities

Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

Services of a professional Travel Director

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

VIP entry to many sights

Day 1 ARRIVE DUBLIN – AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING (flights not included)

A warm welcome to Dublin, a modern multi-cultural city that embraces its past and exudes an enduring sense of fun. Meet your Local Specialist this afternoon for a guided city tour to view the elegant Georgian Squares and St. Patrick's Cathedral. A special Welcome Reception this evening sees you visiting EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum.

MEAL(S) Welcome Reception

HOTEL Roganstown

Day 2 DUBLIN – STROKESTOWN – ENNISCRONE

Journey through the lush green countryside before your first stop at Strokestown where we will 'Dive Into Culture' at the Irish Famine Museum, delving into the stories of the 1840s famine. See the haunting pleas of starving tenants on the estate and the response they received, before continuing to Enniscrone.

MEAL(S) Full Breakfast, Dinner

HOTEL Ocean Sands

Day 3 ENNISCRONE – WESTPORT – GALWAY

Travel to Westport and meet your Local Specialist for a walking tour during which you'll learn about the town's heritage - from its settlement 5,000 years ago to modern-day times. Visit the Benedictine monastery of Kylemore Abbey, set against the striking backdrop of Lake Kylemore, and stroll through its walled Victorian gardens. We continue to Galway, the 'City of Tribes', where we'll view Galway Cathedral and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

MEAL(S) Full Breakfast

HOTEL Connacht

Day 4 GALWAY – CLIFFS OF MOHER – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS)

The sheer Cliffs of Moher plunge dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean, providing endless ocean views which we'll have an opportunity to admire during a morning visit. Later, we cross the Shannon estuary by ferry to Killarney, our home for the next two nights. Spend a free evening soaking up some unforgettable Irish craic or delve into the town's centuries-old history.

MEAL(S) Full Breakfast

HOTEL Killarney Towers

Day 5 RING OF KERRY EXCURSION

Dramatic vistas are ours to enjoy as we circle the achingly beautiful Ring of Kerry - one of the most scenic drives on the Emerald Isle. See a soul-stirring landscape that has inspired poets, artists and writers for centuries, before returning to Killarney where you have the rest of the afternoon free to explore on your terms. Consider a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall with a Local Specialist taking you along the lakeshore and past the farmlands of the 19th-century Muckross Estate. Please Note: This leisurely paced walk meanders over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. Walkers should wear good walking shoes for a stroll through picturesque surrounds.

MEAL(S) Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 KILLARNEY – BLARNEY – KILKENNY

Kiss the famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle and receive the 'gift of the gab'. Travel to County Kilkenny to discover the 12th-century town of Newtown Jerpoint and hear about the saint buried there, who inspired the legend of Santa Claus. Later, we meet local farmers Joe and Maeve O'Connell at their home, Belmore House, to 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest dinner and hear the tale of the 'lost' town.

MEAL(S) Full Breakfast, Dinner with wine

HOTEL Kilkenny

Day 7 KILKENNY – DUBLIN

Visit Kilkenny Castle, an Anglo-Norman stone castle that sits majestically over the Nore River. In the castle basement, you'll find the Butler Gallery, one of Ireland's most important art galleries outside of Dublin. Returning to the Irish capital, visit Trinity College and enjoy priority access to see the Book of Kells, said to be the world's most famous medieval manuscript. All that's left to say is a rousing sláinte or two while you indulge in a memorable Farewell Dinner, enjoying a fun night out at a classic public house in the city. Admire the authentic Victorian bar and walk up the original staircase from Trinity College, which was featured in the Michael Caine film 'Educating Rita'.

MEAL(S) Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

HOTEL Ballsbridge

Day 8 DEPART DUBLIN

It's time to close the chapter on an unforgettable Irish holiday. We bid our newfound friends and Travel Director a fond farewell. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

MEAL(S) Full Breakfast

Best of Switzerland (2019) 9 Days Switzerland Apr 13, 2019 $2309

Switzerland's indigo lakes and imposing Alpine backdrop seem to go on forever as you explore sophisticated cities, an ancient castle and the shores of Montreux.

Included:

Sightseeing Highlights
ORIENTATION of Zurich and Lucerne
VISIT Berne, Chillon Castle, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Interlaken and Brienz
VIEW the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne, the Jungfrauand Matterhorn mountains (weather permitting), Lake Maggiore and Lake Como

Dining
8 hot buffet breakfasts
1 lunch (Be My Guest)
3 dinners

Travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Hand-picked Trip Highlights
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights

Day 1 Arrive Zurich (flight not included)
Welcome to the sophisticated Swiss city of Zurich - a flawless blend of fascinating heritage and modern spirit. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and orientation in this beautiful lakeside setting.
Hotel: Radisson Blu
Meal: Welcome Reception

Day 2 Zurich – Berne – Lake Geneva (Montreux)
We leave the bright lights of Zurich behind and stop in Berne with its Old Town, admiring its medieval streets, ornate fountains and arcaded walkways. Journeying to Lake Geneva, we arrive in the resort town of Montreux, set against the pristine backdrop of snow-covered peaks and vineyards. After lunch, consider joining an Optional Experience to cruise Lake Geneva, including a visit to the Charlie Chaplin museum in his former estate, Manoir de Ban.
Hotel: Eurotel Riviera
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 Lake Geneva (Montreux) – Chillon – Zermatt (2 Nights)
This morning, we visit Chillon Castle, immortalised by Lord Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon'. For nearly four centuries, this water fortress was the residence of the Counts of Savoy and an important stop for traders. Our next stop is the 15th-century vineyards of Cave Champ de Clos in Chexbres, where we'll 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest lunch. Continue your journey to the resort town of Zermatt, set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Matterhorn.
Hotel: Mirabeau Alpine Residence/Ambassador
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 Zermatt Free Day
Spend the day soaking up the crisp mountain air and panoramic Alpine vistas. You have a full day on your own to explore the town, or simply relax in beautiful surrounds. Consider an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn for the most spectacular mountain views or explore the heritage of what was once a remote mountain village.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 5 Zermatt – Baveno Free Time
Departing Switzerland, we travel to the lakeside town of Baveno on Italy's Lake Maggiore. Spend the rest of the day indulging in the laidback lakeside atmosphere or consider joining an Optional Experience to Isola Bella, one of the lake's Borromean islands, with its palazzo and exquisite gardens.
Hotel: Simplon/Grand Dino
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 6 Baveno – St. Moritz
We travel through the scenic Italian countryside, crossing the Swiss border into the scenic Upper Engadine Valley. We stop in the fortified town of Tirano, where we will board our train and wind our way through scenic landscapes en route to the stylish resort town of St. Moritz. This evening, we dine at our hotel.
Hotel: Reine Victoria
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 St. Moritz – Lucerne Orientation and Free Time (2 Nights)
Journeying through lush green landscapes, past Lake Zurich, we arrive in lakeside Lucerne. Pay tribute to the brave Swiss Guards, who lost their lives defending King Louis XVI at the Lion Monument, and cross the iconic wooden Chapel Bridge before strolling past the city's colourful façades. Consider joining a cruise on the tranquil lake waters and then ride the world's first Cabrio cable car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn. Tonight, we stay at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - the Grand Hotel Europe, promising the elegance of yesteryear and sweeping lake vistas.
Hotel: Grand Europe
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 8 Brienz and Interlaken Excursion
We travel to Interlaken at the heart of Switzerland, which lies in the shadows of the Jungfrau Mountain, stopping in the village of Brienz where we'll 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into the centuries-old tradition of wood carving for which this village is so famous. Spend some time on your own and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland. This evening, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with our fellow travellers and Travel Director toasting the highlights of Switzerland we've enjoyed along the way.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 9 Lucerne – Depart Zurich
As our journey through the Best of Switzerland comes to an end, we bid our newfound friends a fond farewell. Transfers are available to Zurich airport. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Best of Holland (2019) 7 Days Netherlands 07 Apr, 2019 $1865

You're in for a 'gezellig' time in the land of all things orange. But there's far more to this little country with a lot of heart for you to enjoy. Trace the steps of the Dutch Masters, ramble through rainbow fields and explore centuries-old maritime heritage, ending your Dutch discovery with Dignie and Gina in their Groningen farmhouse.

Included:

Sightseeing Highlights:

CITY TOUR in Zwolle

TICKETS for Keukenhof Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (end March until mid-May)

ORIENTATION of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and guided bicycle tour in Groningen

VISIT the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Aalsmeer or Keukenhof (when open), Royal Delft Pottery, a trip up Euromast Tower in Rotterdam, Airborne Museum in Arnhem, Hoge Veluwe Park, Kröller-Müller Museum in Zutphen and Volendam

CRUISE of Rotterdam Harbour

VIEW the John Frost Bridge in Arnhem

SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING in Amsterdam, enjoy a guided visit to the Rijksmuseum with a group size of no more than 25 guests

Dining:
6 hot buffet breakfasts
3 dinners (including Be My Guest)

Travel Highlights:
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights

Day 1 Arrive Amsterdam (2 Nights) (flight not included)
What better place to start your jaunt through Holland than in its picture-perfect capital, Amsterdam? Spend your day meandering through the quaint cobblestone streets and tree-lined canals, stopping for a coffee and speculaas along the way. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening on a scenic canal cruise, including a light meal and welcome drinks, admiring the centuries-old façades along the way.
Hotel Bilderberg Garden
Meal Welcome Reception

Day 2 Amsterdam Sightseeing
Delve into the Golden Age and its extraordinary art, architecture and history traversing the city's inner labyrinth of canals and narrow streets along which hundreds of sturdy Dutch bicycles rattle day and night. Enjoy an orientation drive of the city's historic centre, including a Small Group Sightseeing tour of the Rijksmuseum - the works of great Dutch masters, including Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch' you will have an opportunity to view before visiting a historic diamond polishing factory for a fascinating Cultural Insight into Amsterdam's centuries-old diamond cutting traditions.
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 Amsterdam – Aalsmeer/Keukenhof – The Hague – Delft – Rotterdam
We rise with the birds this morning, taking a trip to Aalsmeer to visit the vibrant flower auction and see the vividly hued blooms for which Holland is so famous. Alternatively, during the flowering season (end March until mid-May), we'll enjoy an included visit to the tulip fields of Keukenhof - the mesmerising sight of several million flowering bulbs planted across 32 hectares will leave you in absolute awe. This afternoon, we travel through The Hague to the historic town of Delft and 'Dive Into Culture' at the Royal Delft Pottery workshop where we'll gain insights into the manufacturing of this delicate hand-painted blue and white porcelain. We continue to edgy Rotterdam, where we'll have an opportunity to 'Dive Into Culture' twice in one city this afternoon. Board a Spido boat cruise along the most important river port in Europe and ascend the iconic Euromast Tower for panoramic views of the city. This evening, we stay on board the SS Rotterdam - one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' and a former flagship of the Holland America line.
Hotel SS Rotterdam
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 4 ROTTERDAM – ARNHEM – OOSTERBEEK
Explore the tragic history of Operation Market Garden, as we travel north to Arnhem to see John Frost Bridge, so named to pay tribute to the commander of the British forces that held the bridge for four days with a mere 750 soldiers, during the World War II Battle of Arnhem. We stop for a visit of the Airborne Museum to learn about the Battle of Arnhem. This afternoon, we'll also visit the Hoge Veluwe Park and the Kröller-Müller Museum, featuring the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world.
Hotel De Bilderberg
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 5 Oosterbeek – Zwolle – Groningen
We head north to the beautiful Hanseatic city of Zwolle, where we'll join our Local Specialist for a walking tour through its Medieval centre. Ending our day in Groningen, we'll join Dignie and Gina on their farm for a hearty Be My Guest dinner and meet-and-greet with their neighbour's cows just in time to see them being milked. 
Hotel Apollo Groningen
Meals Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 6 Groningen – Volendam – Amsterdam
'Dive Into Culture' and saddle up to explore the university city of Groningen during a guided bicycle tour of its medieval centre. Ramble along the city's ring of canals like a local, before enjoying a stunning drive through the mesmerising Frisian Lake District en route to Volendam, a former fishing port on the edge of IJsselmeer. 'Dive Into Culture' learn about the craft of wooden clog making and Dutch cheese, followed by a celebratory Farewell Dinner.
Hotel Mercure City
Meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 7 Depart Amsterdam
For now we say a fond tot ziens to Amsterdam and our newfound friends, closing the door on a memorable Dutch experience. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meal Buffet Breakfast

European Interlude (2019) 17 Days Europe 05 Apr, 2019 $4049

The birthplaces of arts, culture and history are on show in this discovery of Europe, from Amsterdam's charming canal houses with their gabled façades and the imposing Cologne Cathedral to Vienna's Opera House and the exquisite Doge's Palace in Venice. Medieval castles, Baroque palaces and Renaissance masterpieces are yours to explore along this creative pilgrimage.

Included:

Sightseeing Highlights

CITY TOUR in London, Salzburg, Vienna, Rome, Florence and Paris

ORIENTATION of Amsterdam, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne

VISIT Cologne Cathedral, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

CRUISE along the Rhine River

VIEW the castles of the Rhine Valley, the ancient sites of Rome, the Swiss Alps, the Eiffel Tower and the White Cliffs of Dover

See the Lorelei Rock, Lake Lugano and the Vineyards of Burgundy

Dining
16 hot buffet breakfasts
1 dinner
4 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine

Travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel
Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Eurostar high-speed train tickets from London to Brussels
London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply.
VIP entry to many sights

Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights) (flight not included)
Welcome to London. Relax after your journey or start to explore this fascinating city.
Hotel Cumberland/Hard Rock

Day 2 London Sightseeing
London's historic landmarks are brought to life on your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist, including views of Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Spend free time this afternoon strolling through the city's Royal Parks, shopping up a storm in Knightsbridge or visiting one of the world-class museums..
Meal Full Breakfast

Day 3 London – Eurostar™ – Amsterdam
Set forth on an unforgettable journey capturing the highlights of Europe from Amsterdam to Vienna, Paris to Rome. This morning we meet our Travel Director before boarding the Eurostar™ high-speed train to Brussels. We journey through the lush Belgian and Dutch countryside to Amsterdam where we will spend tonight. This evening get to know the historic centre of this beautiful city, joining your new travel companions and Travel Director on a glass-topped boat, gliding through the canals as you enjoy a light dinner and welcome drink.
Hotel Mercure City
Meals Full Breakfast, Welcome Reception

Day 4 AMSTERDAM – COLOGNE – RHINE CRUISE – RHINELAND
We travel to Germany this morning to see one of Europe's most important places of pilgrimage and the final resting place of the Three Wise Men, Cologne Cathedral. Winding our way down the picturesque Rhine River from Boppard to St. Goar, we pass fairy-tale castles, charming medieval towns and vineyard-clad hills. We spend tonight in the Rhineland and dine at our hotel.
Hotel Mercure am Rathaus
Meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 RHINELAND – MUNICH – INNSBRUCK
Travel through the Swabian Alps to the Bavarian capital of Munich where we will enjoy an orientation of the city to view the Olympic Stadium and Marienplatz, the heart of the city since the 12th century. Watch the bright sunlight glint on Innsbruck's Golden Roof and marvel at the 18th-century Baroque Cathedral of St. Jakob's before you 'Connect With Locals' and join the Albert family on their farm near Innsbruck for a Be My Guest dinner prepared by former world champion chef Gottfried.
Hotel Grauer Bär
Meals Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 6 Innsbruck – Salzburg – Vienna (2 Nights)
Explore Baroque splendour on your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist who will share the sights and sounds of this truly beautiful city. View the Opera House, Stadtpark, Parliament and the Hofburg, once the centre of the powerful Habsburg Empire. This afternoon is yours to soak up the elegant coffee culture of Vienna. Indulge in a slice of delicious sachertorte and coffee served with cream, shop on the trendy Kärntnerstrasse or delve into the fascinating musical heritage of a city that was once home to such greats as Beethoven, Brahms and Haydn. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the opulent Schönbrunn Palace before spending your evening at leisure.
Hotel NH Danube City
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 7 Vienna Sightseeing
Explore Baroque splendour on your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist who will share the sights and sounds of this truly beautiful city. View the Opera House, Stadtpark, Parliament and the Hofburg, once the centre of the powerful Habsburg Empire. This afternoon is yours to soak up the elegant coffee culture of Vienna. Indulge in a slice of delicious Sacher-Torte and coffee served with cream, shop on the trendy Kärtnerstrasse or delve into the fascinating musical heritage of a city that was once home to such greats as Beethoven, Brahms and Haydn. Perhaps consider joining an Optional Experience to the opulent Schönbrunn Palace before spending your evening at leisure.
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 8 Vienna – Venice (2 Nights)
Journey to the heart of the magnificent Austrian Alps, past the picturesque Austrian Lake District, over the Italian border through the fertile Veneto Plains. We arrive in the romantic island city of Venice later where we'll have some free time this evening. Consider exploring the canals of Venice from the comfort of a traditional gondola.

Hotel Novotel Mestre Castellana

Meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 9 VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

We travel to Giudecca Island where we'll 'Dive Into Culture' and witness the centuries-old craft of Venetian glassblowing. Take to the city's waters for an exploration of its rich heritage. Admire the beautiful Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs before enjoying time at leisure to soak up the romantic atmosphere of the "Queen of the Adriatic".

Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 10 Venice – Rome (2 Nights)
We leave Venice, travelling through the Po Valley and over the Apennines to the Eternal City of Rome, where we will spend the next two nights. Enjoy an evening discovering the effervescent spirit of a city that never sleeps and embrace la dolce vita around every turn.
Hotel Cardinal St Peter
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 11 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Venture to the centre of Christianity this morning and join your Local Specialist to see Michelangelo's Pietà. Cross the Tiber River to Ancient Rome to see the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or consider an Optional Experience to view the spectacular frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 12 Rome – Florence Sightseeing
The scenic beauty of Tuscany is our constant companion as we journey north to the beautiful city of Florence, whose Renaissance heritage, art and architecture we will explore on a guided walking tour with a Local Specialist. View the exquisite marble Duomo and Baptistery, with its famous bronze doors, and visit the Piazza della Signoria, what was the political hub of this once 'Free Republic' and is today home to such treasures as the Palazzo Vecchio and a veritable open-air sculpture gallery. We have an opportunity to view the 400-year-old Ponte Vecchio bridge with its centuries-old shopfronts before spending the afternoon at leisure. Visit the charming Boboli Gardens or see to great works by great masters at the Uffizi Gallery.
Hotel Nilhotel
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 13 Florence – Lucerne (2 Nights)
Drive north past Lake Lugano, over St. Gotthard Past and through the snow-capped Alps to Lucerne. The evening is yours to enjoy the laidback lakeside atmosphere or perhaps savour in the rich buttery flavours of cheese fondue during a traditional Swiss folklore evening.
Hotel Astoria
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 14 LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME
Visit the mournful mortally wounded lion hewn from rock to commemorate the sacrifice made by the Swiss Guard during the French Revolution and the flower-lined wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the Reuss. Spend the rest of your day at leisure meandering through the cobblestone streets of Old Town Lucerne lined with ornate painted façades or enjoy an Optional Experience to one of the surrounding peaks for breath-taking panoramic views.
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 15 Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights)
From Lucerne, we cross into France and journey through the rolling vineyards of Burgundy before arriving in Paris. The City of Light shines bright this evening and is yours to explore at leisure. Watch the pageantry of a traditional Parisian Cabaret, amble along the Seine admiring the city's exquisite architecture or relax at a bistro enjoying the delicious gourmet scene for which France is famous.
Hotel Pullman La Defense
Meal Buffet Breakfast

Day 16 PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Join a Local Specialist for a morning sightseeing tour to see the iconic sights of Paris, including the Place de la Concorde, Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower. Visit the world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, we celebrate a memorable holiday with our newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.
Meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 17 Depart Paris
Today bid adieu to your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the end of your memorable holiday. An airport transfer is available. Conditions apply.
Meal Buffet Breakfast