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European Whirl Winter 2014/2015

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Golden Roof in Innsbruck, AustriaThe Eiffel TowerParis, FranceHeidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, GermanyAmsterdam, NetherlandsChapel Bridge in Lucerne, SwitzerlandFlorence, ItalyFlorenceColosseum in Rome, ItalyThe Trevi Fountain by night in Rome, ItalyCeilings within Vatican City, ItalyVenice, Italy
Golden Roof in Innsbruck, Austria
The Eiffel Tower
Paris, France
Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, Germany
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Florence, Italy
Florence
Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain by night in Rome, Italy
Ceilings within Vatican City, Italy
Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 15 Days
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  • Brochure: Autumn, Winter & Spring 2014/2015
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  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: A bestseller all year round, this journey into Europe‘s most popular countries and cities brings together the best of its history, scenery, legends, locals and experiences. It‘s Insider moments like… watching the expert artisans at a Venetian glassblowing centre as they create their fragile and world-renowned glassware – and hearing about this ancient tradition for which Venice is famous. Seeing the delicate art form emerging in the unlikely setting of chaotic heat and energy, is a reminder of the contradictions seen around this magical city – like the carefree lifestyles of locals despite their city slowly sinking to the incredible art and culture which emerged in such a hard-to-reach location.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART HOME

    Overnight flight to London.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE LONDON (2 Nights)

    Relax after your journey or spend time exploring this exciting city.

    Hotel: Cumberland

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  • Day 3

    LONDON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See a host of sights including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace during your morning guided sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. Finishing in central London, you have the rest of the day to discover the city's delights.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    LONDON – EUROSTAR – BRUSSELS – AMSTERDAM

    This morning, meet your Travel Director before travelling to London‘s St. Pancras International to board the Eurostar for a high-speed train journey to Brussels. Continue by luxury coach to Amsterdam. During your orientation of Amsterdam, see the Dam Square and the Mint Tower before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception dinner cruise. Enjoy splendid views from your glass-topped boat as you cruise along the city‘s canals.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Mercure Amsterdam City

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  • Day 5

    AMSTERDAM – RHINE CRUISE – HEIDELBERG – RHINELAND

    Travel via Arnhem along the Ruhr and Rhine valleys. Enjoy picturesque scenery all the way to Boppard, where an included cruise takes you past vine-clad hills and crumbling medieval castles to St. Goar. See the famous Lorelei Rock, named after a siren who lured fishermen to their deaths with spellbinding songs. Later enjoy views of the red sandstone castle towering above Heidelberg.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: NH Mannheim Viernheim

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  • Day 6

    RHINELAND – MUNICH – INNSBRUCK

    Crossing the Swabian Alps arrive in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, for an orientation drive including the Olympic Stadium and City Hall. View the Glockenspiel on Marienplatz. A short drive through splendid scenery and across the Austrian border brings you to Innsbruck where you will enjoy a walk through the town. Admire the architecture including the Hofburg and the Golden Roof and shop for Alpine souvenirs. You might consider experiencing traditional Tyrolean entertainment this evening.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grauer Bär

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  • Day 7

    INNSBRUCK – VENICE

    Drive along the Brenner Pass into Italy and across the Dolomite Mountains. Arrive in the enchanting city of Venice. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark‘s Square, viewing the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge‘s Palace along the way. Visit a traditional glass-blowing workshop for a Local Speciality demonstration, then spend the afternoon exploring the sights of your choice. Finish an eventful day with dinner at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Novotel Mestre Castellana

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  • Day 8

    VENICE – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    South across the Veneto plain, you pass by Bologna and over the dramatic Apennine Mountains, continuing into the Lazio region to Rome, the Eternal City.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Executive Style

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  • Day 9

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your sightseeing begins with a visit to St. Peter‘s Basilica − the most significant Christian church in the world − to view Michelangelo‘s Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. In ancient Rome, view the Forum and see the Colosseum with your Local Expert. Spend the rest of the day exploring or perhaps take an optional experience to see the Sistine Chapel inside the Vatican Museums.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 10

    ROME – FLORENCE

    From Rome travel north into Tuscany, through rolling countryside and along the valley of the River Arno to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Discover the city‘s rich artistic and medieval history with your Local Expert. Visit the Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and stunning palazzi. Marvel at the Baptistery and the multimarble Duomo, with its dome designed by Brunelleschi. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Cosmopolitan Concept

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  • Day 11

    FLORENCE – GOTTHARD DRIVE – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    Drive via picturesque Italian Lakes and across the Alps into Switzerland. Spend the next two nights in the beautiful lakeside town of Lucerne.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Astoria

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  • Day 12

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    View the Lion Monument during your morning orientation. Created to commemorate the heroism of Swiss Guards who defended Louis XVI in Paris in 1792, Mark Twain described it as ‘the most moving piece of stone in the world‘. Walk along the 14th-century covered Chapel Bridge, crossing the River Reuss. Don‘t miss the opportunity to take an exciting mountain excursion with breathtaking views. Later there is time to shop for Swiss souvenirs including watches and chocolates.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 13

    LUCERNE – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    Pass Basel and cross the border into France this morning. In every direction, vineyards and picturesque villages provide a memorable backdrop for your journey. Consider an optional experience this evening to a famous Parisian Cabaret.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Renaissance La Defense

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  • Day 14

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See all the famous sights during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. View the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for a breathtaking view of the city. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights that interest you. Perhaps take an optional experience to the Palace of Versailles, the Chateau built by Louis XIV the Sun King of France. Spend the evening with your Travel Director and travelling companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local bistro.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 15

    PARIS - RETURN HOME

    Today time to say ‘au revoir’ to your fellow travelers and Travel Director. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in Rome, Florence and Paris.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop in Venice.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Rome, Florence and Paris.
  • Orientation of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne.
  • Visit St. Peter‘s Basilica in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne and St. Mark‘s Basilica in Venice.
  • Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam and the River Rhine.

Dining

  • 13 breakfasts (including 2 full breakfasts and 11 hot buffets).
  • 6 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 2 three course dinners with wine, 2 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • Eurostar high-speed train from London to Brussels.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Pick-up and Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar‘s recommended London hotel.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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