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European Whirl 2014

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Golden Roof in Innsbruck, AustriaThe Eiffel TowerFlorenceColosseum in Rome, Italy
Golden Roof in Innsbruck, Austria
The Eiffel Tower
Colosseum in Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: A bestseller for a reason, this journey around Europe's most popular countries and cities brings together the best of its history, scenery, legends, locals and experiences. It's Insider moments like… staying at the historic Grand Europe Lucerne in an exclusive lakeside town in Switzerland. Built more than 140 years ago, to cash in on the arrival of the Gotthard Railway station which never arrived, you step inside and get an authentic taste of life in 19th century Lucerne. You feel a similar whirl of history as you walk over the town's 14th century Chapel Bridge or stand in front of the Lion Monument – and when you eat real Swiss chocolate, first created in the 17th century but now a timeless tradition.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    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 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

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    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: Mercure am Rathaus

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    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: Hilton Innsbruck

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    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 Venezia Mestre

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    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: The Church Palace (Domus Mariae Palazzo Carpegna)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    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 7


    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 this evening at the hotel.

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

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    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: Grand Hotel Europe

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    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 10


    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: Evergreen Laurel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    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. This evening, celebrate with your Travel Director and travelling companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local bistro.

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

  • Day 12


    Cross the Somme and pass the First World War battlefields at Vimy Ridge as you drive towards the coast. In Calais board a ferry to Dover and travel on to London by coach where your journey of discovery ends.

    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 glass-blowing 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 River Rhine and the canals of Amsterdam.
  • See the Lorelei Rock, the Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields.


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

Travel Highlights

  • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • 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.
  • London airport shuttle service is available to purchase. Conditions apply.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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  • * 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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