Departure Date: 03/05/2020
Book your 2020 holiday at 2019 prices PLUS save an extra 10%. Enjoy radiant Paris and the Renaissance romance of Florence, dramatic Alpine landscapes and the Eternal City of Rome where you'll toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your swift return.
Take in the World's most romantic cities on this discoveries trip across Europe, and visit Paris, Rome and more.
Enjoy radiant Paris and the Renaissance romance of Florence, dramatic Alpine landscapes and the Eternal City of Rome where you'll toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your swift return.
DAY 1. 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 Paris where we will enjoy a Welcome Reception with dinner to meet our fellow travellers and Travel Director. This evening the City of Lights provides an enchanting backdrop for an orientation drive that will showcase several of the sights which await us tomorrow. Hotel - Novotel Centre Bercy. Included Meals - Welcome Reception.
DAY 2. PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Embark on a scenic sojourn along the grand Champs Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe, honouring those who fought for France. Enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. This afternoon, enjoy some leisure time to explore the treasures of Paris. Wander through Montmartre in search of beautiful art, view da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre or relax at a cosy French café and enjoy a glass of wine while watching the world go by. Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast.
DAY 3. 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 bound for Lucerne. Cross the famous wooden Chapel Bridge with its 17th-century paintings and view the mortally wounded lion hewn from rock, paying tribute to the hundreds of brave Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI. We stay in one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' tonight - the Grand Hotel Europe in Lucerne, promising the elegance of yesteryear and sweeping lake vistas. Hotel - Grand Europe. Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast, Dinner.
DAY 4. LUCERNE – ST. GOTTHARD – VENICE
Journey through the Alps today, travelling through St. Gotthard tunnel and the border at Chiasso into Italy. Catch a glimpse of Northern Italy's beautiful lakes, whose scenic retreats have attracted the aristocracy for centuries. Arrive in Venice later. Hotel - Novotel Mestre Castellana. Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast.
DAY 5. VENICE ORIENTATION – FLORENCE
Take to the water and board a private motor launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square. View the Bridge of Sighs and ornate Doge's Palace, then 'Dive Into Culture' and witness the centuries-old craft of glassblowing at one of the oldest workshops on the islands. We'll have some time to explore the hidden calle and campi to fit in some shopping or soak up the sights and sounds of the Queen of the Adriatic before crossing the Apennine Mountains bound for Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance. Hotel - Grand Mediterraneo/Nilhotel. Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast.
DAY 6. FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING – 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 with a Local Specialist. Delve into the city's rich cultural, artistic and architectural heritage, then learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Admire the 400-year-old Ponte Vecchio which spans the Arno River and marvel at the impressive palazzi and art in the Piazza della Signoria, the political hub of the city. Rome is our final stop today. Hotel - Barcelo Occidental Aurelia. Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast.
DAY 7. ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Visit the Vatican for a memorable encounter with the centre of Christianity. A Local Specialist will take you on a tour of St. Peter's Basilica, the home of Michelangelo's 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 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner and celebrate the Italian zest for life, food and good company. Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner.
DAY 8. DEPART ROME
Our adventure together has come to an end. We say a fond farewell to Rome and our travel companions at the end of our journey together. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast.
Return airport transfers on first and last day of the trip*, 7 nights’ 4 and 5*hotel accommodation, 7 hot buffet breakfasts 3 dinners (including Be My Guest), sightseeing tour included in each major city, travel by luxury air-conditioned coach, services of a professional Travel Director, all hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes, must-see sights with VIP entry and queue jump, unique insider experiences, free time included.
7 Nights from R27,900 pps
Valid for travel: Selected departures between 3 May 2020 and 3 July 2020. Valid for sale until: 3 October 2019. *For a limited time only. Trafalgar’s 2020 Europe & Britain Pre-sale pricing is available on select itineraries identified as "Pre-sale 2020" only, and is valid for bookings until 3 October 2019. A non-refundable deposit of R3000 per person is required per standard booking conditions to lock in this price. If the holiday price is higher once the main brochure is released in early October, Trafalgar will honour the lower Pre-sale rate; if it is lower, Trafalgar will refund the difference. Final payment for early payment discounts will be 18 December 2019. The 5% VIT discount is combinable, final payment for VIT discount will be 2 December 2019. Not combinable with Costsaver, custom groups or any other offers. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Please note additional products such as (but not limited to) extra nights, pre-paid gratuities or transfers cannot be added to the booking until the 2020 itineraries are on sale in early October. Note that itineraries, hotels and prices are subject to change until the release of the 2020 Europe brochures. Where there are any major itinerary changes (number of days, cities visited or number of overnight stays in each city location) Trafalgar will advise you accordingly. Excl. Flights, visas, travel insurance, spending money and items of a personal nature. These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Packages are subject to availability, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements, increases and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE.