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Traditional Europe

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18 Day Traditional Europe Itinerary (Trafalgar)
Countries Explored: England Holland Belgium Germany Switzerland Austria Liechtenstein Italy France Monaco
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Read 19 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Trafalgar's 18 Day Traditional Europe. Lose yourself in the history and romance of Traditional Europe. You'll see all the iconic sights and some beautiful surprises along this 3-week Europe trip taking in the exquisite beauty of the Rhine Valley, the snow-capped Alps and the decadently warm waters of the French Riviera.


All the highlights of Europe lie ahead on this epic journey from England to Austria, Italy to France. Meet your Travel Director this morning before boarding the Eurostar™ for a high-speed train journey to Brussels. Drive through the lush Belgian and Dutch countryside to Amsterdam. Board a glass-topped boat for a Welcome Reception canal cruise, including a light dinner and welcome drink as you navigate the city's labyrinthine canals lined with centuries-old gabled façades. (WR) Stay: Corendon City

Travel east, crossing the border into Germany bound for Cologne. Here, you'll see the iconic twin spires of its imposing Cathedral, said to be the final resting place of the Three Wise Men. We cruise from Boppard and St. Goar along the mighty Rhine, lined with medieval villages and castles that cling to the hills. This evening, we stay in the Rhineland and enjoy dinner at our hotel. (B/D) Stay: Maritim Darmstadt

The imposing ruins of Heidelberg Castle feature on our drive through this vibrant university city en route to the quaint medieval town of Colmar where we will enjoy an orientation before continuing our journey through the picturesque vineyards of Alsace. Our home the next two nights is the stunning mountain retreat of Engelberg where we will dine in our hotel tonight before continuing our journey through Switzerland tomorrow. (B/D) Stay: Schweizerhof

Spend the day exploring Lucerne. Pay tribute to the Swiss Guard who lost their lives defending Louise XVI during the French Revolution at the mournful Lion Monument, then admire the splendour of the flower-lined Chapel Bridge with its 17th-century paintings. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience up one of the nearby peaks for spectacular panoramic views before returning to Engelberg. (B)

Admire rugged alpine scenery en route to the Principality of Liechtenstein, stopping in its capital, Vaduz. Cross the Austrian border and continue along the Arlberg route for a journey filled with pinch-me moments. Snow-capped mountains surround you as you travel through the Tyrol to Innsbruck. Visit the Old Town where you'll see the famous Golden Roof completed in 1500 for Emperor Maximilian I to mark his wedding. Admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store. (B) Stay: Grauer Bär

Cross the extraordinary Europa Bridge, rising almost 200 metres above the Wipp Valley, following the Brenner Pass past alpine pastures and pine-clad peaks into Italy and the magical island city of Venice. Spend this evening at leisure, gliding by gondola through the city's canals, enjoying a Campari spritz in a quiet piazza or watching the sun set over the romantic Grand Canal. (B/D) Stay: Albergo Quattro Fontane Lido

Dive Into Culture and witness the centuries-old tradition of Venetian glassmaking. Board a private launch for your journey through the canals of Venice to St. Mark's Square. Here, we'll gain a deeper understanding of the city's centuries-old history and view the ornate Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs. Spend the afternoon getting lost in Venice. Consider a cruise around the lagoon, zigzag up the le Mercerie shopping street or admire the city's Renaissance architecture. (B)

Travel over the green and golden landscapes of the Apennine hills through beautiful Tuscany and Umbria, arriving in Rome where you'll spend the next two nights. This evening is yours to embrace la dolce vita. Relax in the Piazza Navona with an espresso, sit on the Spanish Steps or savour a tasty gelato. (B)

Delve into the treasures of the Vatican with a Local Specialist who will take you on a sightseeing tour through St. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's sorrowful Pietà. Cross the Tiber into Ancient Rome to see the mighty Colosseum where brave gladiators once fought to the applause of exhilarated spectators, then enjoy views of Circus Maximus which once hosted chariot races. The rest of the day is yours to explore the sights and sounds of the capital of the world. Ramble through Rome's grand boulevards, shop up a storm on the Via del Corso or perhaps take an Optional Excursion to see Michelangelo's beautiful frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. (B)

Enjoy a scenic drive through the vineyards of Frascati into the Campania region where we'll meet a Local Specialist who will share the fascinating story of Pompeii, a city buried in ash and lost for centuries following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We arrive in the sophisticated seaside retreat of Sorrento this evening where we will spend the night. (B/D) Stay: Cardinal St. Peter

Cross the deep blue waters of the Bay of Naples to the beautiful Isle of Capri, ascending by funiculare to Capri Town where we will join our Local Specialist for a walking tour. Travelling north, we view the restored Abbey of Monte Cassino, the site of a bloody World War II battle, arriving later in mystical Assisi to view the Basilica of St. Francis featuring spectacular frescoes by Giotto with a Local Specialist. (B/D) Stay: Casa Leonori

Beautiful Tuscan and Umbrian landscapes that have inspired painters and poets for centuries follow our journey to Florence, the 'Cradle of the Renaissance'. We join a Local Specialist on an included walking tour to see the city's spectacular heritage, architecture and open-air art, including views of the marble Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio. Visit the Piazza della Signoria, Florence's political hub centuries ago, and learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. (B) Stay: Grand Mediterraneo

Journey to Pisa and its Square of Miracles to see the Leaning Tower and its imposing Baptistery. Leaving the sights, sounds and flavours of Italy behind, we visit the playground of Monaco and see Monte Carlo Casino before arriving on the French Riviera. (B) Stay: Novotel Aéroport Cap 3000

Tread in the footsteps of famous French actors and artists who for centuries have regarded the medieval town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence as a haven. Spend the afternoon at leisure 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)

Visit what was once the centre of Christendom in the Middle Ages, the papal city of Avignon. Here, you will see the Palais des Papes, the Cathedral and famous Pont d'Avignon, which have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Connect With Locals next, joining Poppy Salinger on the banks of the Sorgue for a Provençal Be My Guest experience. Hear stories about her famous husband before travelling to the historically strategic city of Lyon on the Rhône. Enjoy an orientation tour including views of Fourvière Hill, the 'hill that prays', and the impressive Place Bellecour before spending the evening at leisure. (B/BMG) Stay: Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette

Visit Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, before continuing north to Paris. The evening is yours to indulge in the sophistication and splendour of the 'City of Lights'. Enjoy a dinner cruise along the magical Seine, stroll through Montmartre or consider a trip to one of the city's most famous cabaret shows revealing French pageantry. (B) Stay: Evergreen Laurel

Join a Local Specialist to see the sights and sounds of Paris, including the grand Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower. View Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Our epic European adventure near its end, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner this evening. (B/FD)

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

Trip Inclusions

  • Explore Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi, Florence and Paris with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Colmar, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Venice, Sorrento, Pisa, Monaco, Nice, Avignon and Lyon
  • Visit Vaduz - the capital of Liechtenstein, a glassblowing factory in Venice, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the excavations in Pompeii, Monaco, Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Beaune
  • See the Lorelei Rock in Rhine Valley, the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Cassino and the vineyards of Burgundy
  • Scenic Cruise through Amsterdam's canals, along the Rhine River and to the Isle of Capri
  • View the Cologne Cathedral, the ancient sites in Rome, the Lion Monument in Lucerne, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the White Cliffs of Dover

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi 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
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences (Additional Cost) and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Eurostar high-speed train from London to Brussels
  • Handcrafted Highlights

  • 17 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 7 dinners

  • 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 (19) View All Most Recent 'Traditional Europe' Reviews

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Disappointing Trafalgar Traditional Europe Tour over Christmas 4 , QLD, Australia, Dec 2019
Booking process and communications with Global Journeys was seamless and very easy and my consultant (Jemma) was always available and very helpful. Would not hesitate to recommend Global Journeys and book with them again in the future. The Trafalgar Traditional Europe Tour was fast paced and reasonably disappointing overall with little consideration ...read more made in relation to lunches, which had to be purchased mainly at roadside Autogrills in the midst of pushing and shoving through massive queues of tourists and others travelling for the Christmas holiday break. The toilets at these stops were filthy and again having to line up in endless queues left little time to enjoy the break and the meal. The majority of hotels along the way left much to be desired and were located quite a distance from the town centres and one hotel in particular was very dirty. After travelling most of the day on a bus and checking into your hotel after 6pm on most days, it would be better to offer hotel accommodation in the town so that travellers had some dinner options. The most disappointing thing was that we were touring over Christmas and the New Year and the itinerary claimed to have organised special activities and meals for those days when the truth is nothing was arranged for us and the Tour Guide simply advised us that this was because everything was closed on Christmas Day so we spent 8 hours on the bus! NYE in Paris was the same with nothing having been organised by Trafalgar and our Hotel having been booked out for private functions so there was nowhere to go for dinner or to toast the NY. My travel companions were great and thanks to them the tour was bearable but the Trafalgar Tour Director and Driver were absolutely dreadful. They spoke amongst themselves in Italian about the travellers on board and banished some of the travellers who had walking difficulties to the back of the bus so that they didn’t have to assist them! Unfortunately for the Trafalgar employees, some of the travellers spoke Italian and understood everything they said. The cities visited were beautiful but again due the time of year and traffic on the highways about 1/3 of the planned activities were cancelled.
Fantastic 18 Day Traditional Europe 1 , WA, Australia, Jul 2019
Had a fantastic time on this tour, it is pretty rushed but that was to be expected trying to see so much within the 18 days. Tour guide (Howard) was very knowledgeable and well organised. Think it was an added bonus that there were only 27 people on the tour as there is sometimes up to 48 people, we had more room on the bus and I think you get to know ...read more the other people on the tour better with a smaller number. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the main sites of Europe.
Exploring Europe 3 , QLD, Australia, Aug 2018
What an action packed 18 day tour we experienced travelling through Europe with Trafalgar. We loved everywhere we visited and learnt so much from our extremely knowledgeable tour guide. All the optional extras (which included many dinners) were wonderful & worth the extra we paid for them. These also gave us the opportunity to get to know our fellow ...read more coach travellers and we all had such fun and have made some great memories and friendships. Some of our accommodation was not what we expected to be Trafalgar standard, but overall pretty good. Booking this trip through Georgie at Global Journeys was as always easy & great. The few hiccups we had were quickly sorted with Georgie’s help, and she was always helpful and prompt with my many questions. I would highly recommend Georgie and Global Journeys & look forward to many more trips to come.
Amazing   8 , NSW, Australia, Oct 2017
I can not recommend this trip enough. As a single traveller I was initially a bit apprehensive as it was my first major overseas trip and my first on my own.....but there was nothing to be apprehensive about. Our tour director, Kevin, was amazing and made everyone feel welcome and part of the group. My fellow travellers, awesome and I have made some ...read more life long friends. The tour itinerary overall was amazing and the optional extras an absolute must. Accommodation was, in some cases good, in other cases excellent and whilst breakfasts were always substantial and very good, some dinners in the hotel left a little to be desired. Whilst there was the occasional hiccup that was beyond the control of anyone, overall I would not hesitate in recommending this tour to anyone. Beautiful countries, incredible scenery , so much fun and memories that I will cherish forever. And if you're thinking of doing it alone but a bit worried......go for it, you won't be disappointed. As for Global Journeys....thank you Georgie for everything. An absolute seamless process, was always on hand to answer my questions and I will not hesitate to book through Georgie at Global Journeys for my next trip......travelling single again and not worried at all.....to Canada and Alaska!
Amazing trip 0 , VIC, Australia, Jul 2017
Trafalgar's Traditional Europe is a fabulous experience. You do travel a lot of kilometres in the coach but the opportunity to see so many extraordinary sights is well worth it.
Terrific Traditional European Tour 0 , VIC, Australia, Sep 2016
From the day Yvonne from Global Journeys contacted me with details of the trip the organisation and information provided couldn't have been better. The trip was fantastic, well organised, with very good hotels and connecting services. Optional extras on the tour were very good and we were in a position to miss highlights that we'd visited on a prior ...read more European trip. Overall we were very happy with our experience.
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