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 Trip Length
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 Trip Starts
London
 Trip Finishes
Paris
21 Day Grand European Itinerary (Trafalgar)
Countries Explored: England Belgium Holland Germany Switzerland Liechtenstein Austria Italy Vatican City Monaco France
Accommodation
4 Star
Max. Group Size
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Trip Style
Discoveries
Trip Code
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Overview

Read 27 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Trafalgar's 21 Day Grand European. This Grand European trip has all the 'musts', but also takes you off the beaten path. Discover the gourmet talents of France, the heart of the Black Forest and the moreish delights of Sachertorte in classical Vienna, leaving with a song in your heart and a polka in your step.

Itinerary

Leave the White Cliffs of Dover behind for the golden fields of France and Belgium, travelling to medieval Bruges. Explore its canals, lined with centuries-old gabled houses before joining your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception including dinner and drinks in beautiful surrounds. We stay overnight in one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories – a former 17th-century monastery with historical features. (WR) Stay: NH Brugge

Journey through the Dutch countryside to captivating Amsterdam, see the city's iconic sights from the comfort of a canal boat. At this evening's dinner, we'll Connect With Locals during a Be My Guest experience at the Pauw family dairy farm. (B/BMG) Stay: Leonardo Royal

We travel to Germany, arriving at Boppard where we board a Rhine cruise past hilltop castles. Admire the magnificent ruined sandstone castle in Heidelberg overlooking the Neckar River en route to your Rhineland hotel where you'll dine this evening. (B/D) Stay: Mercure Mannheim am Rathaus

Journey through romantic Black Forest landscapes today – tales of the Brothers Grimm are your constant companion as you continue through southwest Germany to the Swiss border. See the mighty Rhine Falls plunging dramatically near the town of Schaffhausen before arriving in the medieval city of Lucerne, your home for the next two nights. (B) Stay: Astoria, Radisson Blu

See Lucerne's poignant Lion Monument this morning. The mournful mortally wounded lion hewn from sandstone provides a sombre reminder of the brave Swiss Guards who lost their lives defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Venture to the flower-lined 14th-century wooden Chapel Bridge, explore Old Town's colourful façades or consider an exhilarating mountain and cruise Optional Experience. This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel. (B/D)

Our love affair with the Rhine continues today as we travel to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein and see its capital, Vaduz, before crossing into Austria. We follow the scenic Arlberg Pass through the Tyrol to Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps where we will see the ornate Golden Roof during an orientation tour. Admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store. (B) Stay: Austria Trend Congress, Grauer Bär

Salzburg's extraordinary natural beauty has inspired musical greats and epic films. Join a Local Specialist on a guided walking tour of the city that gave birth to Mozart, featuring locations that music and movie lovers will remember from the famous film, 'The Sound of Music'. This evening, we arrive in the beautiful Baroque city of Vienna, our home for the next two nights. (B) Stay: Mercure Raphael

Join a Local Specialist on a sightseeing tour of one of Europe's most elegant capitals. View the State Opera House, the City Hall, Parliament, the Imperial Boulevards and the Hofburg, the former imperial palace for the Habsburg dynasty. Spend the evening soaking up the melodic charm of what has become the world's music capital, celebrating the talents of old masters and modern icons at open-air concerts, palaces and expansive stages. (B)

Driving through the scenic Austrian Lake District, we cross the Italian border and journey through the Veneto Plains to the Byzantine city of Venice where we'll spend the next two nights. (B) Stay: Le Boulevard Lido

Today, embark on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience where you'll Dive Into Culture and witness the centuries-old Venetian tradition of glassblowing, which has been handed down through the generations. The master craftsmen will share how they use the same techniques their forefathers did to create the delicate art adorning homes all around the world. You may be tempted to buy one of the works for your own hope, recognising that through your visit you've had a hand in helping preserve this important cultural heritage of the city.

Navigate the bustling waterways by private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square where we tread in the footsteps of Casanova and Marco Polo and admire the sights and sounds of the 'Queen of the Adriatic'. See the ornate Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. This afternoon is yours to get lost in Venice. Explore the labyrinthine calle in search of the best Venice Spritz in town, watch the sun set over the Grand Canal or consider a cruise to the Island of Burano for a delicious meal. (B)

Journey south to the mystical town of Assisi, where St. Francis was born and laid to rest. Here you'll stroll through the city's streets in the company of a Local Specialist and have an opportunity to visit the Basilica of St. Francis. See the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight. (B/D) Stay: Casa Leonori

Pass the site of the bloody World War II battle of Monte Cassino en route to the Bay of Naples and the lost city of Pompeii where you'll join a Local Specialist who will share the story of this remarkable ancient Roman settlement that was buried in ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We continue to the coast and the beautiful seaside resort of Sorrento where we will stay the night and dine in our hotel. (B/D) Stay: Grand Parco del Sole

Cross the enchanting blue water of the Bay of Naples to the Isle of Capri and ascend to Capri by funicular railway where you will join a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour of the town. Spend a leisurely afternoon soaking up la dolce vita in the piazza before sailing back to the mainland. This evening we arrive in Rome, the 'Eternal City', where we will spend the next two nights. (B) Stay: Villa Pamphili

Delve into the treasures of the Vatican City with a Local Specialist who will take you on a sightseeing tour through St. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pietà. Cross the Tiber into Ancient Rome to see the mighty Colosseum and enjoy views of Circus Maximus. Then Dive Into Culture and gain priority access to the Vatican Museums for a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling, then enjoy an exclusive after-hours al fresco dinner against the backdrop of St. Peter's. (B/RD)

Journey north to Florence where you'll join a Local Specialist for an included walking tour to the Piazza della Signoria, the political hub of this once free republic that became a recognised centre for art, architecture and culture. See the beautiful marble Duomo and Baptistery with its famous bronze doors, and the picturesque Ponte Vecchio which straddles the Arno.

Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure admiring the work of great masters in the Uffizi Gallery, climbing the stone steps to Piazzale Michelangelo for iconic views, or relaxing in the Boboli Gardens. (B) Stay: Cosmopolitan Concept, Villa Neroli

We drive to the city of Pisa and its Square of Miracles to see the famous Leaning Tower which bears this city's name. From Italy to the sun-kissed landscapes of the French Riviera, we stop in the sophisticated Principality of Monaco before continuing to the French Riviera, our home for the next two nights. Enjoy an orientation drive along the scenic Promenade des Anglais, which for centuries has attracted sun-worshipping aristocrats to its shores, and see Place Massena before spending the evening at leisure. (B) Stay: Holiday Inn Nice, Novotel Centre Vieux

Rub shoulders with artists and actors in the medieval hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence before enjoying an afternoon at leisure in the French Riviera to indulge in the laid-back seaside atmosphere. Wander along the scenic promenade and embrace café culture on the tranquil shores of the Mediterranean, stroll through the chic city streets shopping at the French Riviera's fashionable boutiques or relax on the beach watching the sun set.

Or perhaps join an Optional Experience to see spectacular views of one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe and pay an aromatic visit to the historic Fragonard perfumery to learn how French fragrances are crafted before trying some specialities from the region at a local restaurant. (B)

We travel north to the Papal city of Avignon, an important pilgrimage site. We stop for views of the magnificent Papal Palace and famous Pont d'Avignon before arriving in the capital of the Burgundy wine-producing region, Beaune. Explore the ancient walls and the Old Town, see its characteristic geometrically coloured tiled roofs. (B) Stay: Mercure Centre

We travel north through the vineyards of Burgundy to Paris, our home for the next two nights. The 'City of Lights' shines brightly as you explore its grand boulevards, amble along the Seine or embrace the pageantry of a traditional Parisian cabaret. (B) Stay: Evergreen Laurel

Join a Local Specialist soaking up the sights and sounds of one of the world's most romantic cities. See the Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower. View Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Spend a free afternoon exploring the city before celebrating an unforgettable experience at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (B/FD)

Today, bid farewell to your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the end of your holiday. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • Explore Salzburg, Vienna, Assisi, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Florence and Paris with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Bruges, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Venice, Pisa, Monaco, Nice and Avignon
  • Visit the Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, Vaduz - the capital of Liechtenstein, a glassblowing factory in Venice, excavations in Pompeii and the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Beaune
  • View the ancient sites of Rome, the Leaning Tower in Pisa, the Papal Palace and Pont d' Avignon in Avignon and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • See the Lorelei Rock in Rhine Valley, the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Cassino and the vineyards of Burgundy
  • Scenic cruise through Amsterdam's canals, by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice, the Rhine River and to the Isle of Capri
  • Bruges: A former monastery from the 17th century, the NH Brugge has historical features such as stained-glass windows and exposed beams.
  • Amsterdam: Go Dutch and share a gezellig Be My Guest dinner, savouring delicious local cheeses, with the Pauw family on their dairy farm near Amsterdam.
  • Amsterdam: Cruise along the old waterways with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Discover the architectural gems of the old city, including mansions dating from the Golden Age of the 17th Century.
  • Rhineland: Cruise beneath the semi-ruined castles and terraced vineyards. Sleepy villages slip by as you saunter upstream to the Lorelei Rock where the enchantress lured sailors to their doom.
  • Heidelberg: See the magnificent castle built in red sandstone, overlooking the Student Prince's town.
  • Rhine Falls: See these spectacular falls.
  • Lucerne: During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the Lion Monument, Old Town Hall and Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.
  • Vaduz: Explore Vaduz and admire the Royal family's residence, Vaduz Castle, which overlooks the capital.
  • Innsbruck: Nestled amidst majestic mountains, Innsbruck is a beautiful city offering a unique combination of nature, history, and culture. Stroll the streets of the picturesque Old Town and learn about its history with your Travel Director.
  • Salzburg: Join your Local Specialist to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square - both locations used in 'The Sound of Music.' See the imposing fortress, the immense cathedral and Mozart's birthplace on the lively Getreidegasse.
  • Vienna: Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Specialist reveals the historic core of the city. Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building and Karlskirche.
  • Venice: Discover Venice with a Local Specialist. The construction of this fascinating city started in the 5th century after the fall of the Roman Empire. Also known as “The City of Canals”, Venice is one of Italy's most picturesque and intriguing destinations, with a beautiful surprise around every corner.
  • Assisi: With a Local Specialist, find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered to be one of the crowning artisitic achievements of 13th-century Europe.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Specialist through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.
  • Capri: Join a Local Specialist on a walk through elegant Capri to gain insight into the island's local culture and historic landmarks.
  • Vatican: Visit Vatican City and tour St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist. Witness the early genius of Michelangelo as you take in the Pietà.
  • Rome: Experience Rome through the eyes of a local, as a passionate Roman guides you past the city's most iconic sites.
  • Florence: Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the political heart of the city, Signoria Square.
  • Florence: See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods, and witness a gold and leatherwork demonstration.
  • Pisa: During an orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery, cathedral and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • Monaco City: See the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married.
  • Nice: Enjoy exploring the beautiful coastal city of Nice on the French Riviera.
  • Saint-Paul-de-Vence: Discover the beauty of this hilltop town and gain insight into why it became a refuge for artists.
  • Avignon: View the Pont d'Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.
  • Beaune: Marvel at Beaune's famous renaissance roofing style during an orientation of this wine capital.
  • Paris: Join a Local Specialist to discover the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris.
  • Venice: Learn about the history and ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing, playing your role in ensuring the survival of this traditional craft through your visit.
  • Rome: Enjoy a private visit inside the Vatican where you will tour the Museo Gregoriano Profano featuring Roman and Ancient Greek antiquities before an exclusive private dinner.

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Ferry across the Channel from Dover to Calais
  • Optional Experiences (Additional Cost) and free time
  • London: The services of a Trafalgar Local Host when you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
  • Eurostar high-speed train from Paris to London

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included

Trip Reviews (27) View All Most Recent 'Grand European' Reviews

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Amazing adventure! 10 , New Zealand, Aug 2018
This was the trip of a lifetime! I loved this trip, although the trip was busy it was jam packed with all the best of Europe. The people I met on the tour were amazing and I appreciated the knowledge and expertise of our tour director. Accommodation was good, the optional experiences were unique and some of the best experiences on the trip. Trafalgar ...read more were great to deal with and are clearly experts in what they do. Thank you for the most amazing trip, I'll plan my next one soon.
Fabulous 21 Grand Tour of Europe 10 , New Zealand, May 2018
We had a wonderful 21 days travelling through Europe. Our Tour Director Jacqui Stark was fantastic, her organisation and in-depth knowledge of each and every destination was outstanding. The days were busy and we felt we got a wonderful ‘taste’ of each place we visited. We would highly recommend booking a Trafalgar Tour through Global Journeys as ...read more Leanne made the whole process seamless.
Amazing trip 7 , QLD, Australia, Apr 2018
Really lovely holiday, we absolutely enjoyed it! Our tour director, Patrick Sidney, was the best he was so knowledgeable and organized to make our trip worry-free. We had great experiences with highlights including dinner in Vatican, Vienna concert, Moulin Rouge show in Paris etc. We love Paris, Rome, Venice, Assisi, Nice and all other beautiful places! ...read more We will recommend all the optional activities as they are very enjoyable and often we can get into places before the public or in the best timing. The only thing that we fell not quite perfect is probably some of the hotels we stayed in not quite 4-star standard and a couple of the dinners in hotels were less desirable.

Global Journeys and our consultant Madeline was great throughout the booking process, and they have the most competitive price too!
Intensive trip through Western Europe 0 , VIC, Australia, Sep 2017
Trafalgar is good value for money and offers a wide range of travel itineraries to suit every whim and taste.
Perfect intro to Europe 3 , New Zealand, Sep 2017
Our tour director Patrick was extremely knowledgeable, highly organised and great fun to travel with. We were a bit worried that 21 days was too long to spend on a coach tour but it flew by and was heaps of fun. Yes it was on the go but there was no other way we could have seen or experienced so much in the timeframe. The Grand European ticked so many ...read more boxes and was the perfect introduction to Europe for first timers like ourselves.
Trip of a Lifetime!   14 , NSW, Australia, Aug 2017
What a fantastic trip , so well organised by Trafalgar and a big thanks to Georgie Walpole for organising it. Everything worked like clockwork with Trafalgar.

he accommodation was very good, meals were good, breakfast every morning was amazing! Wifi at every place we stayed at as well, so at the end of the day we could all stay in touch with our ...read more family and upload all our photos to Facebook etc

I made some fantastic friends on this trip who I hope to catch up with very soon. Our tour guide Peter Ansell was amazing and had our best interest at heart all the time, especially security and making us check every morning before we left to check our bags for wallets, cameras and most of all our passports. Our coach was beautiful, it was only 4 months old and also had Wifi. Our driver Marco, who was italian (& spoke very little English) was an amazing driver and a real gentlemen.

I personally found that this trip was long enough, as it is extremely fast paced, not for the person who wants to sleep in every morning, but rather for those who wants to lot's to see and do. I am very glad I did not choose a shorter tour though, as I would have missed so much, and I probably won't get to do it again. I added 3 days in London at the start of my trip and 2 days at the end to take in the London sights, which was all organised for me by Georgie. Some people flew in the day before and were suffering jet lag at the beginning of the trip, which was a really bad start to their holiday.

Over all this trip was amazing , and now I look back at my photos , I can almost feel myself standing up in the Eiffel Tower, or in the alps in Switzerland, or sipping champagne at Sorrento as the sun goes down. Thank you Trafalgar!
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