A New Light: European Travel Itineraries

Experience the Old Continent’s most iconic cities in fresh ways.

Dinner at a castle in the Tuscan Hills

Photo: Trafalgar

What comes to mind when you think of a perfect journey through Europe? Maybe it’s strolling the boulevards of Paris with a Local Specialist who recounts the history of Notre Dame’s awe-inspiring architecture and leads you to Berthillon for the city’s best ice cream. Perhaps you picture yourself in Italy, visiting an ancient castle in the hills of Chianti and dining on Tuscan fare paired with the region’s renowned wine or watching glass blowers create colorful pieces of art on a Venetian island.

These types of unique experiences in Europe become treasured memories, which is the aim of Trafalgar’s “European Traveler,” a guided vacation with a European travel itinerary crafted with enchanting off-the-beaten path moments for first-time visitors and seasoned Europhiles alike. Throughout the journey, Travel Directors provide tips on getting the most out of each destination and add at least one surprise Hidden Treasure in each stop. Explore Paris, Florence and Rome in greater depth with Local Specialists—residents who are experts on their cities’ history and culture. Foodies and social butterflies can enjoy opportunities to break bread and swap stories with locals. Stays in centrally located hotels indulge your inner luxury lover. In Lucerne, experience the lavish Grand Hotel Europe, which sits next to sparkling Lake Lucerne and is surrounded by the snow-capped Swiss Alps.

This European travel itinerary starts in London, where you’ll explore the city and see Big Ben and other iconic landmarks. You’ll cross the channel to Calais, and then it’s on to Paris, where a Local Specialist takes you to the must-see sites and up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower for spectacular views of the City of Light.

The Moulin Rouge in Paris

Photo: eStock

Next, the journey crosses the vineyards of Burgundy and heads past fairy tale villages en route to Lucerne, Switzerland. In Venice, you’ll see St. Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace by private motorboat. A local expert on the Renaissance escorts you on a walk through Florence, bringing to life the rich history that led to the building of the marble Duomo di Firenze. In Rome, your Local Specialist takes you to St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum and other unforgettable sites in the Eternal City.

Optional experiences add to the romance of this European travel itinerary. Take in dinner and a show at Moulin Rouge in Paris. See firsthand how the Romans savor la dolce vita with a typical Italian dinner with music followed by a drive along the Via Veneto.

See Even More of Europe

Two Trafalgar European travel itineraries offer full immersion into three of Europe’s most beloved countries.

“Britain and Ireland Highlights” explores the iconic cities of London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin and journeys to the countryside to villages of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. It also stops at Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as ancient Stonehenge and the Waterford Crystal showroom.

“Best of Italy” covers Lo Stivale—a nickname for the Italian Peninsula meaning “the boot”—from enchanting Lake Como and Milan in the north to magical Sorrento, the chic Isle of Capri and the fascinating Roman ruins of Pompeii in the south. Optional excursions and guided sightseeing tours are offered in Venice, Florence and Rome, and they offer the services of Travel Directors and the deep insights of Local Specialists that are Trafalgar hallmarks.

AAA Travel offers a variety of trips to Europe. Call 877-396-7159 or contact a AAA Travel Counselor to plan your vacation today.

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Marco Ruiz, AAA Travel Counselor, Monterey, Calif.

I love to suggest Italy and Spain because of the culture and the flair of the people–their fashions, language and way of life. They take time to enjoy life's pleasures. When you're there, you feel it, too.

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