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Grand Tour of Europe

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Grand Tour of Europe

Originally a rite of passage for the young elite of the 17th Century, a grand tour of Europe would be undertaken over a course of years, covering half the continent in search of art, culture and the roots of the western civilisation. Relive this golden age of travel with Trailfinders Grand Tour, visiting some of Europe’s most iconic cultural centres; from the Dutch canals to historic Moorish palaces, explore modern wonders and ancient masterpieces of architecture.    

  • Style: Multi Centre Holiday
  • Duration: 21 days/20 nights
  • Starts in: Paris
Guide Price £1619
per person (based on 2 adults sharing a room)
Highlights:
  • Paris
  • Amsterdam
  • Florence
  • Tuscany
  • Venice
  • Barcelona
  • Seville
  • Lisbon
Itinerary:

Day 1 London to Paris, France  
Depart in comfort with the Eurostar from St Pancras bound for Paris. Once you’ve checked in to your hotel, why not make your way to the Champs-Élysées to visit the imposing Arc de Triomphe. Finish your first day in style with a romantic Bateaux dinner cruise on the Seine.    

Day 2 Paris  
Rise early and spend a full day exploring the French capital. Start off at the city’s ultimate icon – the Eiffel Tower. From here follow the river to historic Pont Alexandre III Bridge, crossing over to spend the afternoon at the Louvre.  

Day 3 Paris to Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This morning you will take the train to Amsterdam, home of UNESCO World Heritage Listed canals connected by cobbled streets and amazing markets. Spend the afternoon at lively Dam Square and the 17th Century Royal Palace before heading to Damrak, a street lined with historic buildings and traditional architecture.    

Day 4 Amsterdam
Today start with a tranquil canal cruise, or perhaps a visit to the celebrated Van Gogh Museum. This afternoon seek a taste of authentic Amsterdam with a visit to the Jordaan Neighbourhood. Here the labyrinth of narrow alleyways is dotted with local shops and cafés with cosy courtyard gardens.    

Day 5 Amsterdam to Florence, Italy  
Say goodbye to the lowlands as you fly to Florence, the breathtaking heart of the Italian Renaissance.  

Day 6 Florence  
Towering over the city skyline, the terracotta dome of Il Duomo di Firenze is easily the city’s most iconic landmark. Today, explore the heart of this beautiful city with your included Florence Duomo skip the line entry ticket.    

Day 7 Florence to Tuscany  
Collect your car and head off into the gorgeous Tuscan countryside. Picture postcard views and rolling vineyards stretch out ahead of you as you make your way towards Pisa. Stop for lunch and visit the famous tower before making your way to your hotel in rural Tuscany.    

Days 8-9 Tuscany  
You have two full days to explore the historic wonders of Tuscany. Pay a visit to charming San Gimignano and Lucca, explore a rural Chianti vineyard or simply enjoy hiking the stunning countryside.    

Day 10 Tuscany to Venice
This morning drive back to Florence to drop off your car before jumping on the train to the romantic city of Venice.  

Days 11-12 Venice
Enjoy the next two days exploring the spectacular sights of this picturesque city. With beautiful views around every corner, get off the tourist trail with your guided Grand Canal boat tour for a glimpse of local life.    

Day 13 Venice to Barcelona, Spain  
Fly to vibrant Barcelona and start exploring straight away with your included three day Barcelona Card. This evening dine like a local on your delicious Barcelona tapas experience tour.    

Days 14-15 Barcelona  
Infused with Gaudí’s artistic influence, Barcelona is an architectural delight. Enjoy two days visiting the iconic sights of the city, take the open top sightseeing bus, stroll down Las Ramblas and wander the Gothic Quarter.    

Day 16 Barcelona to Seville  
Today you have a long train journey through the heart of Spain to the atmospheric streets of Seville. On arrival you’ll instantly notice the architectural differences clearly reflecting the region’s unique past.    

Day 17 Seville  
A full day in Seville gives you a chance to get under the skin of Andalucían culture. Marvel at outstanding Moorish palaces just steps away from imposing Gothic churches. Be sure to catch a flamenco show to witness the true passion of this gorgeous city.    

Day 18 Seville to Lisbon, Portugal  
A short flight takes you from the grandeur of Seville to the vibrant Portuguese capital, Lisbon. Spend the afternoon wandering the cobbled streets of this hilly city, stop off for a pastel de nata – the city’s famous delicacy.    

Days 19-20 Lisbon  
With two full days, you’ll fall in love with colourful Lisbon. Ride the iconic trams and dine on fresh seafood. Your included Lisbon and Sintra Experience tour will introduce you to the varied delights of this fashionable city before whisking you along the coast to the fairytale palaces and villas of regal Sintra.    

Day 21 Lisbon  
Enjoy a final coffee in one of Lisbon’s delightful squares before your adventure ends with your flight home.    

Prices
Guide Price £1619
per person (based on 2 adults sharing a room)
Inclusions
  • 4 days Alamo Compact car hire in Florence including 24 hour roadside assistance
  • Eurostar standard class London to Paris
  • Second class train travel from Paris to Amsterdam
  • Florence to Venice and Barcelona to Seville
  • 20 nights 3star to 4star accommodation
  • Paris Bateaux Dinner Cruise
  • Florence Duomo Tour Skip the Line
  • Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour
  • 3 Day Barcelona Card
  • Barcelona Tapas Experience
  • Lisbon & Sintra Experience
Not Included
  • International flights
Please Note:
We have put together our Grand Tour Holiday to offer a fascinating mix of historic and cultural experiences across Europe. If you’d like to create your own unique Grand Tour just speak to your Trailfinders travel consultant who can help you plan your personalised trip.
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The tour itinerary, inclusions and departures are based on travel from 30/08/2019 to 31/12/2020. Guide prices are based on twn/dbl share, are subject to availability and may vary by departure date. For travel outside of these dates, the itinerary and inclusions may vary to that shown above - please ask for details.
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