European Traveller - 8 days land only
|Package Validity||Set departure dates between: 04 MAY 2018 - 21 OCT 2018. *** Book & pay by 29 JAN 2018 & SAVE R2970 per person - discount already included in the price. ***|
- Return airport/hotel transfers at selected times
- Ferry from Dover to Calais
- 7 nights 4* & 5* hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily & 3 dinners
- Touring by by luxury air-conditioned coach with free WiFi
- Assistance of a professional Travel Director
- All hotel service charges & tips, baggage handling fees & local taxes
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences, must see sightseeing & VIP entry & Optional Experiences & free time
- VISIT: London, Paris, Lucerne, Venice, Florence & Rome
THE TRAFALGAR DIFFERENCE:
- CULTURAL INSIGHTS
Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries
- HIDDEN TREASURES
Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure
- LOCAL SPECIALISTS
For included sightseeing in Paris, Florence & Rome
London - Paris (2 nights)
Cheerio London and hello sparkling White Cliffs of Dover, England's last hurrah before we cross the English Channel bound for Calais. We pass the tragic World War I battlefields of the Somme before arriving in the beautiful city of Paris where we will enjoy a Welcome Reception with dinner to meet our fellow travellers and Travel Director. This evening the City of Light creates an enchanting backdrop for an orientation drive that will showcase several of the sights which will await us tomorrow.
Enjoy a scenic sojourn along the grand boulevard of the Champs Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe, honouring those who fought for France. We join our Local Specialist for a guided sightseeing tour that ascends to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, the cultural icon of France, for spectacular views of the city. This afternoon, we enjoy time at leisure to explore the treasures of Paris. Wander through the quaint cobblestone lanes of Montmartre in search of beautiful art, consider viewing da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre or relax at a cosy French café and enjoy a glass or two of wine watching the world go by.
Paris - Lucerne
We wind our way through the sprawling vineyards of Auxerrois and Burgundy, journeying south past the 15th century fortress of Châteauneuf and rolling green farmlands into Switzerland en route to Lucerne where we will spend the night. Cross the famous wooden Chapel Bridge with its 17th century paintings and visit the mortally wounded lion hewn from rock, paying tribute to the hundreds of brave Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI.
Lucerne - St. Gotthard - Venice
We meander through the imposing Alps today through the winding St. Gotthard region and across the border at Chiasso into Italy. Catch a glimpse of its beautiful lakes, which have attracted aristocrats in search of a scenic retreat for centuries, before arriving later in Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic.
Venice orientation - Florence
Take to the water and board a private motor launch to the gateway to Venice, St. Mark's Square, view the Bridge of Sighs and ornate Doge's Palace. Witness a Cultural Insight into the fine, centuries-old craft of glassblowing at one of the oldest workshops on the island. We'll have some time to explore the hidden calle and campi fitting in some last-minute shopping or soaking up the old-world charm of this island city. This afternoon we cross the striking Apennine Mountains to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance and our home for the night.
Florencesightseeing - Rome (2 nights)
The magnificent Renaissance Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and the Baptistery stand imposingly in the centre of Florence and are among the sights we will view during our guided walking tour in the company of a Local Specialist who will share with us the rich cultural, artistic and architectural treasures of this fascinating city. Admire the 400-year-old Ponte Vecchio which spans the Arno and marvel at the impressive palazzi and art in the Piazza della Signoria, the political hub of the city, before travelling to Rome, the last stop on your trip.
Cross the Tiber to The Vatican City for a fascinating encounter with the Centre of Christianity. A Local Specialist will take us on a tour of St. Peter's Basilica, the home of Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà, crafted from the most perfect block of Carrara marble. Consider an Optional Experience to see the magnificent frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, before travelling to Ancient Rome to view the Colosseum where brave gladiators and slaves fought to the death to the thunderous applause of thousands of spectators. This evening we join our travel companions and Travel Director for a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner celebrating the Italian's zest for life, food and good company.