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28 Day Discover Europe plus Aegean Cruise

This A to Z of Europe will reveal a feast of flavours, culture and history, from medieval monuments, myths and legends and ancient history to the glittering capitals of Paris, Athens, Rome and Madrid – 14 countries on one bucket-list trip.




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Tour Highlights

  • Amsterdam; see the historic city centre,
  • Athens city tour with a Local Specialist and visit the ancient Acropolis, Parthenon and see the Temple of Zeus.
  • Barcelona city tour with a local specialist
  • Biarritz; visit the seaside resort
  • See this beautiful forested region of the Black Forest.
  • Madrid city tour with a local specialist.
  • Florence; visit the Renaissance city
  • Innsbruck; see the Golden Roof and Hofburg Palace
  • Visit the Lion Monument in Lucerne and see Plaza de España in Monaco
  • Orientation of this famous city Pamplona
  • Paris city tour with views of the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Champs Élysées
  • View the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Rhine Valley Cruise and stop to view the Rhine Falls.
  • Rome city tour with a Local Specialist and view the Colosseum and the ancient sites, Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square.
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

London and Paris

Day 2

Paris Orientation and Free Time

Day 3

Paris, Tours and Bordeaux

Day 4

Bordeaux, Biarritz and Pamplona

Day 5

Pamplona and Madrid Sightseeing

Day 6

Madrid Free Time

Day 7

Madrid and Barcelona Sightseeing

Day 8

Barcelona free Time

Day 9

Barcelona and French Riviera

Day 10

French Riviera Free Time

Day 11

French Riviera, Monaco, Pisa and Florence

Day 12

, Florence and Rome

Day 13

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 14

Rome and Bay of Naples

Day 15

Bay of Naples, Brindisi And At Sea

Day 16

At Sea, Patras and Athens

Day 17

Athens

Day 18

Athens

Day 19

Athens

Day 20

Athens Sightseeing And At Sea

Day 21

At Sea, Ancona and Bologna

Day 22

Bologna and Venice

Day 23

Venice and Innsbruck

Day 24

Innsbruck, Vaduz and Lake Lucerne

Day 25

Lucerne Orientation and free Time

Day 26

Lake Lucerne, Heidelberg and Rhineland

Day 27

Rhineland, Rhine Cruise and Amsterdam

Day 28

Amsterdam and London

Day 1

Greetings from your Travel Director this morning before you travel through Kent to the port of Dover. See the White Cliffs as you board the ferry to Calais in France.
Travel past the poignant battlefields of the Somme and arrive later in Paris.

Hotel :    Novotel Pont de Sevres

Day 2

Admire the sights on your sightseeing including views of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Élysées. The rest of your day is free to explore the city or visit one of the
museums or attractions. This evening consider a night out at a Parisian Cabaret.

Includes Buffett Breakfast.

Hotel :    Novotel Pont de Sevres

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations
Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb ‘city of light’ on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we’ll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.

Notre Dame And Latin Quarter
A guided drive through Paris’ bohemian Left Bank with our Local Specialist brings us to amazing Notre Dame to discover one of the world’s most famous Cathedrals and the epitome of Gothic architecture. Afterwards, take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways where you’ll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares.

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner
Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalised by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner
Join us for dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town, where you’ll watch an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment – including the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night you’ll never forget.

Day 3

Drive through the vineyards of the Loire Valley and stop in the lovely city of Tours for free time. Later travel to the picturesque city of Bordeaux where you will dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel:   Ibis Centre Meriadeck

Includes Buffet Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 4

This morning travel to the glamorous seaside resort of Biarritz. Take in views of the ocean from the promenade before heading for the Spanish border. Pass through the verdant hills of Navarra to Pamplona, famous for its annual bull run.

Includes Buffet Breakfast and Dinner.

Hotel:  Abba Reino De Navarra

 

Pamplona Discovery With Tapas And Sangria
Enjoy a walking tour of charming Pamplona with our Local Specialist. See the ancient walls, views over the city, the beautiful old town and the Cathedral before retracing the steps of the famous ‘Running of the Bulls’. Then savour tapas and sangria at Hemingway’s favourite watering hole, the most beautiful and historic café in town!

Day 5

Traverse the splendid landscape through Rioja to the capital, Madrid, where this afternoon your Local Specialist shows you all the sights including the Royal Palace and Plaza de España.

Includes Buffet Breakfast.

Hotel:  uVe Alcobendas

Day 6

Today is free to explore on your own or perhaps consider joining an Optional Experience to Toledo. This vibrant city has much to offer – from fine museums to excellent shopping – there is something for everyone.

Includes Buffet Breakfast.

Hotel:  uVe Alcobendas

Spectacular Toledo: Spain’s Ancient Capital
Visit the ancient capital of Spain, which sits above the River Tagus and is home to the nation’s principal cathedral and El Greco’s famous views. Learn about Moorish and Jewish cultures, and how the area is famed for the production of Damascene work: intricate inlaid gold jewellery and craft-work.

Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid
This evening you’ll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid’s new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.

Day 7

Cross the Spanish Meseta and pass Catalonia’s sprawling vineyards en route to Barcelona. On arrival your Local Specialist shows you the sights including the Ramblas and the Sagrada Familia.

Includes Buffet Breakfast

Hotel:   Novotel Sant Joan D Espi

Flamenco Spectacular With Dinner
Come and experience the passion and spirit of Spain at a spectacular flamenco evening. This modern interpretation of Spain’s most famous entertainment is one of the best shows in town, and we’ve even included dinner and drinks.

Day 8

Enjoy a full free day to explore the city or perhaps join an Optional Experience to nearby Montserrat to see the mystical Black Madonna.

Includes Buffet Breakfast.

Hotel:   Novotel Sant Joan D Espi

Mystical Montserrat
Join an Optional Experience to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. There we will visit the Benedictine monastery where the Black Madonna can be seen.

Day 9

Head back into France and through Provence towards the French Riviera. Drive along the coast to the celebrity hotspot Cannes which is famous for its annual film festival and where you will have a two night stay.

Includes Buffet Breakfast.

Hotel:   Amarante Cannes

Day 10

Enjoy a full day of relaxation on one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe.

Includes Buffet Breakfast.

Hotel:   Amarante Cannes

St. Paul And Corniche Discovery with Lunch or Dinner
Join us on a drive inland towards the mountains to visit the historic, walled hilltop town of St. Paul – an artists’ paradise. We’ll continue along the Riviera, passing through glamorous Nice and travelling on the Corniche roads as you admire the spectacular views, before arriving at a characteristic restaurant for a delicious meal including drinks.

St Paul de Vence and Nice
A lovely drive into the Esteral Heights bring us to the quaint walled hilltown of St Paul de Vence. Our walk through the village’s winding streets with a Local Specialist reveals elegant fountains,vine-covered ramparts and interesting galleries. Then, because no visit to the Riviera is complete without it, we continue to glorious Nice to enjoy the city, its old town and colourful provençale markets.

Day 11

Explore Monaco’s Old Town this morning before following the spectacular coastline into Italy. In Pisa view the famous Leaning Tower before arriving later at your hotel near Florence.

Includes Buffet Breakfast and Dinner.

Hotel:    Miro

Taste of Tuscany
Escape to the delightful rolling hills of Tuscany! We take you to a rustic farmhouse, snuggled between vineyards and olive groves, where our host gives you a tour of the grounds and cantina. Enjoy delicious local, farm-produced snacks, accompanied by music and drinks. Plus, those interested will enjoy a guided wine tasting of six vintages!

Day 12

Experience the sights and delights of Renaissance Florence this morning. Enjoy an orientation of this city as well as free time to explore before leaving and travelling to Rome.

Includes Buffet Breakfast.

Hotel:   Ergife Palace

Day 13

Admire the landmarks with your Local Specialist including the Colosseum and the ancient sites of Rome. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica. Afterwards shop or perhaps explore the Sistine Chapel.

Includes Buffet Breakfast.

Hotel:   Ergife Palace

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome
Starting with a lovely drive and continuing on foot, you’ll discover hidden backstreets, piazzas and fountains of the ‘Eternal City’ with a Local Specialist. Along the Way you’ll marvel at the timeless Pantheon, the best-preserved Roman temple in the world. Many additional highlights are revealed on this relaxed tour that also offers free time in a gorgeous Baroque square with street artists, trattorias and gelaterias!

Inside The Vatican and Colosseum
We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for this tour that shows not just remarkable works of art collected and commissioned over the history of the Papacy, but also Michelangelo’s amazing ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Later we hear fascinating tales of gladitorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.

Roman Evening with Dinner
Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a drive and provide a glimpse into how Romans enjoy their city.

Day 14

Drive south from Rome to the scenic Bay of Naples. Don’t miss an Optional Experience to the spectacular Amalfi Coast. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Includes Buffet Breakfast and Dinner.

Hotel:   Stabia

Day 15

This morning you may consider joining our expert for an Optional Experience to the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in AD 79. Later travel east across Italy via Puglia to the port of Brindisi to board your overnight ferry to Greece.

Includes Buffet Breakfast and Dinner.

Amalfi Coast With Countryside Lunch
Join us on a tour of a local farm with lemon groves, an olive mill and a wine cellar. We’ll see fresh mozzarella being made before our eyes and enjoy a lunch of authentic Neapolitan specialities, including pizza! Then it’s off to the Amalfi coast, where we’ll take in amazing views of pastel-coloured villages and see dramatic cliffs rising from the sparkling Mediterranean – all en route to the chic beach resort of Positano for free time.

Discover Pompeii
Join our expert on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in AD 79. You’ll witness the devastating destruction it had at the time, as well as the opportunity to go back in time and get a glimpse of everyday Roman life, frozen for almost 2,000 years.

Day 16

Arrive in the port of Patras in Greece and continue by road to Athens.

Includes Buffet Breakfast.

Hotel:   Novotel/Zafolia/President

Day 17

Your Travel Director will be on hand to give you advice on how best to spend your time in Athens. Why not join our 3-day Aegean Cruise?

Includes Buffet Breakfast.

Day 18

Soak in the atmosphere of the city or join an Optional Experience to Delphi.

Includes Buffet Breakfast.

Traditional Greek Taverna Meal With Entertainment
This is an evening excursion to a taverna in the centre of Athens. Excellent traditional Greek food in a lively atmosphere, entertained through dances and music from all parts of the country. Wine, beer and soft drinks are also included. Although the venue does have an official ending time, clients are more than welcome to stay on in the taverna, to join in with the local residents! (Casual dress)

Day 19

Enjoy your final day exploring this fascinating capital and do last-minute souvenir shopping in the Plaka district.

Includes Buffet Breakfast.

Day 20

Admire the sights with your Local Specialist including a visit to the Parthenon, Acropolis as well as seeing the Temple of Zeus. In Patras board your ship for an overnight cruise to Ancona.

Includes Buffet Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 21

Arrive at Ancona and travel to Bologna. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Includes Buffet Breakfast and Dinner.

Hotel:   Best Western Plus Tower

Day 22

Head north through the Emilia Romagna region to magical Venice. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. Enjoy a glassblowing demonstration at a traditional workshop. Spend time afterwards exploring.

Includes Buffet Breakfast.

Hotel:   Best Western Airvenice

Experience Venice By Gondola
Glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways; full of character and colour. While your gondolier navigates the canals, you can take in the city’s elegant architecture. And they may even serenade you with an Italian classic.

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks
Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen’s island of Burano; famous for its multi-coloured houses – a real photographer’s paradise.

Day 23

Travel through scenic mountainous landscapes including the majestic Brenner Pass into Austria before arriving in Innsbruck. Your orientation includes views of the Golden Roof and Hofburg Palace.

Includes Buffet Breakfast and Dinner.

Hotel:   Bon Alpina

Day 24

Visit Vaduz, capital of Liechtenstein, then drive through scenic alpine landscapes to lovely Lake Lucerne. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Includes Buffet Breakfast and Dinner.

Hotel:    SwissEver

Alpine Farm and Carriage Ride
A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a working farm where you’ll savour local drinks and snacks.

Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner
Tonight we’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join in a lively folklore show which includes yodelling, flag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two drinks are also included.

Day 25

Travel into the heart of Lucerne where your orientation will reveal the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument. Afterwards consider taking an Optional Experience up Mount Pilatus for spectacular views over the Alps.

Includes Buffet Breakfast.

Hotel:    SwissEver

Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise
We’ll ascend by cog-wheel train to Mount Pilatus’ summit, where you’ll have time to explore, admire the views, and breathe the pure air. Then, we’ll descent by cable-car to enjoy a scenic lake cruise. On certain departures this Optional may be operated in reverse.

Day 26

Marvel at the mighty Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen before crossing the border over into Germany. Pass through the Black Forest and make your way to the university town of Heidelberg. View the imposing red sandstone castle towering above the city before making your way to the hotel.

Hotel:   NH Bingen

Includes Buffet Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 27

This morning relax aboard your cruise through the Rhine Valley. See the famous Lorelei Rock and see medieval castles and vineyards. Then continue to the Dutch border and make your way to lively Amsterdam.

Includes Buffet Breakfast

Hotel:   Ibis Schiphol

Dinner In A Historic Dutch House And Canal Cruise
Join us for a delicious meal of Dutch specialities, including drinks, in the elegant surroundings of this historic house. Later you’ll board our private boat and glide gently along the canals, under picturesque bridges and past elegant town-houses built on the water’s edge.

Day 28

Drive back into France to Calais where you board your ferry back to Dover. Arrive later in London and bid farewell to your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of this memorable European Discoverer.

Includes Buffet Breakfast.


Dining Highlights

  • 27 Buffet Breakfasts
  • 10 Three Course Dinners

Important Information

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach.
  • Overnight mini cruise – Bari or Brindisi to Patras and Patras to Ancona.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar’s recommended London hotel.
  • Return ferry from Dover to Calais.
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.
  • Variety of Optional Experiences.
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes.
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the recommended London hotel booked through us or from the London Reception Centre.
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase, conditions apply.


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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Why stop there?


The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

Our Most Popular Essential Trips

There are so many and we cater for everyone so it may be a case of a leisurely out of London trip to Stonehenge or you may want the buzz and excitement of a theatre tour of London – all the glitz and glamour is there. Out of London, we offer all sorts of adventures: Roman Baths, Shakespeare country, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton – you name it. Same with London – we don’t just do the round London tours – we can take you to Kew Gardens or we can take you on an expedition on the roof of the O2 Dome to the platform at the top offering spectacular views.

So we offer Out of London, Around London, Theatre and Hotels and then there are the spectacular Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tours – what a way to celebrate the fun season.