8 Day European Dream (Oct-Apr)

Trafalgar Winter Tour starting in Rome and finishing in London

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Overview
Operator: Trafalgar
Type: Winter Tour (Premium)
Style: Winter
Max Group Size: 51
Duration: 8 Days
From: Rome to London
Tour Code: WROL
Visits: Italy, Switzerland, France, England
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Arrive Rome (2 Nights)
Ciao Roma! Welcome to the Eternal City - once home to gods and goddesses, emperors, senators and slaves. Explore the city's bustling boulevards and labyrinthine lanes before meeting your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception. This evening we meander through the streets of Rome during an orientation drive revealing some of the city's most celebrated treasures. (WR) Stay: Crowne Plaza St. Peter's
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Rome Sightseeing
The Holy See takes centre stage today as we join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour that will see us visit the 17th century St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City and witness Michelangelo's sorrowful Pietà, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture. We cross the Tiber into Ancient Rome to delve into what was once the largest empire in the world and view such ancient sites as the imposing Colosseum where brave gladiators and slaves duelled to their deaths. The afternoon is yours at leisure to explore the picturesque piazze of Rome. Sit on the Spanish Steps and shop up a storm on Via Condotti or perhaps join an Optional Experience to see the exquisite frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. (BB)
3
Rome - Florence Sightseeing
We travel north into the vineyard-clad hills of Tuscany and along the valley of the River Arno. Stopping for an authentic Be My Guest lunch at an unforgettable castle, we enjoy local wine, a delicious meal and olive oil flavours before venturing to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Join a Local Specialist for an enchanting encounter with one of the world's cultural centres, admiring the exquisite architecture and artistry around every turn. View the magnificent marble Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, the political hub of Florence before arriving at your hotel. (BB/BMGD) Stay: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
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Florence - Venice
The romantic island city of Venice is our destination today. We take to San Marco's waters, cruising the canals with views of the imposing St. Mark's Basilica and ornate Doge's Palace before experiencing a Cultural Insight into the fine, centuries-old art of Venetian glassblowing. The afternoon is yours to explore narrow calle in search of a cosy bacaro where you can enjoy delicious Venetian cuisine washed down with a Campari spritz or two. Or venture to the enchanting canal-side setting of St. Mark's Square - the sounds of talented buskers, seagulls and lapping water the perfect backdrop for a brilliant sun set over the Grand Canal. (BB) Stay: Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana
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Venice - Lucerne
We depart Venice, travelling across the lush green Veneto plains and north into the picturesque Italian and Swiss Lake Districts via Como and Lugano. Meandering through the spectacular alpine landscape along the winding St. Gotthard route, we arrive in Switzerland and the laidback lakeside city of Lucerne, most famous for its solid wooden Chapel Bridge and the poignant Lion Monument, a memorial to Swiss Guards who were massacred in Paris in 1792 while guarding Louis XVI. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, ambling through the cobblestone streets of Old Town lined with beautifully painted façades or perhaps join an Optional Experience ascending one of the surrounding mountain peaks for panoramic views of the surroundings. (BB) Stay: Astoria
6
Lucerne - Paris (2 Nights)
From Lucerne, we head into France and through the rolling vineyard-clad hills of Burgundy, one of the country's largest wine-producing areas, en route to Paris where we'll spend the next two nights. The City of Light is yours to explore this evening. Wander up grand boulevards and along the scenic Seine, stumble upon a cosy salon to grab a bite to eat and sip wine while watching the beautiful people of Paris, or consider attending one of the city's famous colourful cabaret shows. (BB) Stay: Novotel Tour Eiffel
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Paris Sightseeing
Join a Local Specialist today and ascend to the second level of the iconic Eiffel Tower to get a bird's-eye view of the golden dome of Les Invalides, the Tuileries gardens and the glinting tip of the Louvre Pyramid in the distance. See the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde, with its turbulent past spanning centuries before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a memorable Farewell Dinner. (BB/FD)
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Paris - London
Our last day together sees us pass the tragic Somme battlefields en route to Calais from where we set sail across the English Channel to Dover and travel through Kent to London. (BB)
Trafalgar Inclusions
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Sightseeing Highlights
  • Be My Guest The Pazzi and de Medici feud is brought to light in this visit to the 12 th century Castle of Trebbio where you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan buff et, explore the castle dungeons, and indulge in olive oil and wine tasting
  • Cultural Insight Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craft smen have perfected over the centuries
  • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence and Paris
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure
  • City tour in Rome, Florence and Paris
  • Orientation of Venice and Lucerne
  • See the Tuscan countryside, the Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefield in France
  • View the Colosseum and other ancient sites in Rome, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Trip Inclusions
  • 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 if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
  • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences (Additional Cost) 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
  • Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre
  • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details
  • VIP entry to many sights
Included Meals
  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 2 dinners with local wine
Trip Notes
  • Your London Hotel: This trip ends at our London Reception Centre or the Hilton Kensington, providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
  • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights: The 21 December 2018 departure will celebrate Christmas in Lucerne. The 28 December 2018 departure will toast New Year's Eve in Venice. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.
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Average Age: 45-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours & Small Group Tours
Max Group Size(s): 51
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Destinations: Africa, Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, South & Central America, UK & Ireland and USA
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Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on European Dream (Oct-Apr) with Trafalgar.
NSW, Australia
Dec 2018
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This Trafalgar tour is for those who are looking to see a lot in a short period. It’s like having a European road trip. Great sightseeing and fun add ons.
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