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European Accent First Look 2019 - CostSaver tour

European Accent First Look 2019 - CostSaver

Trafalgar Premier
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
16 days
From: $ 2,595 $ 162 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Amsterdam
  • Avignon
  • Dover
  • Florence
  • Lucerne
  • Lyon
  • Monaco
  • Paris
  • Pisa
  • Rhine Valley
  • Rome
  • Swiss Alps
  • Venice

Short Description

The lush green countryside of Holland and Germany are your introduction to the highlights of Europe. Explore the fascinating cities of Venice, Paris and Rome, and Avignon, with its imposing Papal Palace.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City London
End City Paris
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive London (2 Nights)

After checking into your Trafalgar hotel, the rest of your day is at leisure.

Day 2: London Free Day

Today, explore the city at your own pace. See the sights, visit the museums, picnic in the parks or shop on the high streets - the list is endless and the choice is yours. Full Breakfast

Day 3: London – Amsterdam

This morning meet your Travel Director and traveling companions to board your Trafalgar coach and set off from London. See the famous White Cliffs of Dover as you cross by ferry to Calais, France. Continue by coach through Belgium to The Netherlands. In Amsterdam enjoy an orientation of the historic city centre. Tonight consider a canal cruise in a glass-topped boat – it's a great way to see the city. Buffet Breakfast

Day 4: Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Rhineland

Cross through The Netherlands and east into Germany. Cruise down the River Rhine past picturesque villages, steep vineyards and medieval castles. Arrive later at your Rhineland hotel. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Rhineland – Lake Lucerne

Follow the Rhine valley to the Swiss border near Basel and continue through central Switzerland to Lucerne. Your orientation includes the Old Town, the Chapel Bridge and the poignant Lion Monument, built in memory of Louis XVI's Swiss Guards. Don't forget to shop for Swiss chocolate and exquisite watches. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Lake Lucerne – Venice (2 Nights)

Enjoy splendid views of alpine scenery as you follow the St. Gotthard highway south to Chiasso at the border with Italy. Travel past Lake Como to the magical city of Venice. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Venice Orientation and Free Time

Cruise along Venice's Giudecca canal to St. Mark's Square. View the ornate Doge's Palace where the Venetian rulers once lived. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Buffet Breakfast

Day 8: Venice – Rome (2 Nights)

Cross the Veneto plains and drive over the Apennine Mountains. Continue through Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio to Rome - the Eternal City. Buffet Breakfast

Day 9: Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning consider an Optional Experience to the Sistine Chapel featuring Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling, considered to be his crowning achievement. Then your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour starting with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica. View the Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. Spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. Buffet Breakfast

Day 10: Rome – Florence

Travel north through the rolling hills of Umbria into Tuscany and the Renaissance city of Florence. Enjoy spectacular views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time visiting Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city’s historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Buffet Breakfast

Day 11: Florence – Pisa – Monaco – Cannes (2 Nights)

View the Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles. Follow the Italian coast to the stunning French Riviera and enjoy amazing views of the harbour and the palace in Monaco. Then continue to glittering Cannes, famed for its film festival. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Cannes Free Time

Enjoy free time in Cannes to explore or relax on the beach and consider a swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Buffet Breakfast

Day 13: Cannes – Avignon – Lyon

In the papal town of Avignon view the renowned broken bridge made famous in the song 'sur le pont d'Avignon' and the imposing Papal Palace. Continue to Lyon, the third-largest city in France located in the Rhône-Alpes region. Due to its historical and architectural landmarks this city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Buffet Breakfast

Day 14: Lyon – Versailles – Paris (2 Nights)

This morning travel north through scenic countryside. Stop in Versailles and consider a visit to the magnificent Palace and Gardens of Versailles before arriving in the elegant, romantic capital city of Paris. Buffet Breakfast

Day 15: Paris Orientation and Free Time

Your morning orientation includes views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Later consider an excursion to explore Notre Dame and the Latin Quarter. You might like to finish your evening with a cabaret show, for which Paris is famous. Buffet Breakfast

Day 16: Depart Paris

This morning after breakfast say farewell to your fellow travellers. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Buffet Breakfast

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European Accent First Look 2019 - CostSaver

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This was the first time we had taken a group road tour and I would have to say that it exceeded my expectations. Our guide Danilo was great, it is a difficult job managing people on this type of trip. Everything from the excursion to the dinners where completely organized and well done. We look forward to another trip with Trafalgar in the future. I would without a doubt definitely recommend this trip, it is a little fast pace but Danilo, made sure that we had options if there were needed.
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Best of China 2019

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The tour guide Hubert was wonderful, very detailed oriented and organized. And had such an extensive knowledge of all the cities and locations we went to. Truly excellent!

Personalized care and helpfulness was definitely offered throughout, very nice touch to the trip.

Overall a great trip, but some considerations below:

The hotel in Beijing – Novotel Peace and the hotel in Chengdu – Crowne Plaza were way below standard – maybe a rating of 2 stars. They were dirty, dark, stained and hot without air circulating in the rooms. After extensive days with waking up early and returning late, you just want to rest in a clean environment with cool air. I would never stay hotels like these.

This trip is not for people who cannot handle extensive walking and climbing. Trafalgar lists this as from 5 to 99 years old. Not possible. There were days we did 10 miles of walking, just a caution for anyone considering. We had someone in our tour that was 82 years old and we all took turns taking care of him.

Some aspects of the itinerary could be different, but think that is all based on personal preference; however my fellow travelers did feel the same way. The cruise down the Yangtze River was just ‘ok’, time could have been spent better elsewhere. Like Xian, truly amazing city but too short a time.

NOTE: Some were charged single supplement, others were not ... I paid for the single supplement and was none too happy about that!

Also note that you need to budget for the optional tours that are not included.
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Perfect choice when seeking local expertise

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Trafalgar is the perfect chose for when seeking local expertise and knowledge. They offer wonderful itineraries and incredible value.

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I've never had a travel group cancel a trip before. Trafalgar canceled my honeymoon we booked ages in advance my honeymoon. They didn't even have the decency to call. They sent an email as if this wasn't a stressful enough time for planning. As far as we can tell from their non-direct answers they canceled it due to underbooking. Their solution was to just change to a different trip. I'm not sure if they realize how trip planning or buying plane tickets work. we'll never book with them again.
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The part where Trafalgar sent us with a known sex offender for 2 weeks... [Link Removed]

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I lost all trust in all tour companies after Trafalgar sent us with a known sex offender on a 3 week tour. He is now jailed. I have contacted Trafalgar to at least get an apology, instead I received dismissive replies and now, radio silence. they had scrubbed this guide' social media to distance themselves AND they continue to manage his Facebook profile, changing his profile picture to pretend all is well. This is disgusting. We place our trust in tour companies mostly to be safe at destination. Think twice before using Trafalgar, they don't much care who works for them: https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/16094579.Man_jailed_after_destroying_computer_on_which_he_watched_dog_porn/
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Accomodations

  • Mercure Ivry Quai De Seine

Additional Information:

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at CostSaver'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
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase, conditions apply. See link below for airport transfer page
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the CostSaver recommended London hotel booked through CostSaver or from the London Reception Centre

Trip ID#:

trafalgar-EACCN113

Meals Included:

  • 13 Buffet breakfasts
  • 4 Three course dinners

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