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European Whirl

14 Days 8 Countries 12 Cities

Explore Europe's countries and cities while experiencing the best of its history on this Discoveries trip.

"We had a fantastic experience"

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About this trip

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.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… tasting history as you walk over Lucerne's 14th century Chapel Bridge, stand in front of the Lion Monument, and eat real Swiss chocolate, first created in the 17th century but now a timeless tradition.


Trip type: Discovery

Trip code: EWHI

13 Nights

accommodation

18 Meals
  • 13 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 5 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

European Whirl

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive London (2 Nights)

Day 2

London Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 3

London – Eurostar™ – Brussels – Amsterdam

Heidelberg, Germany

Day 4

Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg – Rhineland

Innsbruck Golden Roof, Austria

Day 5

Rhineland – Munich – Innsbruck

Day 6

Innsbruck – Venice

Day 7

Venice – Rome (2 Nights)

Day 8

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Piazza Del Duomo, Florence, Italy

Day 9

Rome – Florence Sightseeing

Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 10

Florence – Gotthard Drive – Lucerne (2 Nights)

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 11

Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

Paris, France

Day 12

Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights)

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Day 13

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

Paris, France

Day 14

Depart Paris

Day 1

Arrive London (2 Nights)

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

Hotel

Thistle Euston

Meals

Day 1

Day 2

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 Specialist. Finishing in central London, you have the rest of the day to discover the city's delights.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

London – Eurostar™ – Brussels – Amsterdam

This morning meet your Travel Director before traveling to London's St. Pancras International to board the Eurostar™ for a high-speed train journey to Brussels. Continue by luxury coach to Amsterdam. Enjoy an orientation of the historic city center before joining your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception dinner cruise.

Hotel

Mercure City

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Welcome Reception

Day 3

Day 4

Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg – Rhineland

Cross the border into Germany, 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. Later enjoy views of the red sandstone castle towering above Heidelberg.

Hotel

Sinsheim

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner
Heidelberg, Germany

Day 4

Day 5

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. Admire the architecture of the Old Town including the Emperor Maximilian's famous Golden Roof. You might consider experiencing traditional Tyrolean entertainment this evening.

Hotel

Hilton/Grauer Bär

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Tyrolean Evening With Dinner

You’ll enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Tyrolean cuisine before a lively folklore show, where singers, dancers and musicians dressed in national costume provide an evening of entertainment and fun. Drinks are included.

Adult Price: €66.00

Innsbruck Golden Roof, Austria

Day 5

Day 6

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 glassblowing workshop for a Cultural Insight demonstration, then spend the afternoon exploring the sights of your choice.

Hotel

Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Gondolas & Grand Canal

On arrival in Venice, a private boat will be waiting to take you to St Mark's Square, where you’ll enjoy a gondola ride while being serenaded by local musicians. Later, private water taxi's will take you along Venice's Grand Canal, where you’ll admire the magnificent palazzos and Rialto Bridge.

Adult Price: €69.00

Day 6

Day 7

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.

Hotel

A.Roma Lifestyle/The Church Palace

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Roman Evening with Dinner

This easy-going evening in Rome begins with a beautiful drive to see amazing city sights. We arrive at one of our favourite restaurants, where you'll enjoy a warm welcome and delicious dinner of local cuisine with drinks and music.

Adult Price: €61.00

Day 7

Day 8

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Today's sightseeing includes 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 see sites including the Colosseum with your Local Specialist. Spend the rest of the day exploring or perhaps take an Optional Experience to see the Sistine Chapel inside the Vatican Museums. Please note: Due to religious celebrations throughout the Holy Year of Mercy the Rome included sightseeing may be modified. Please note: Due to religious celebrations throughout the Holy Year of Mercy the Rome included sightseeing may be modified.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.

Adult Price: €33.00

Explore Ostia Antica

Join us on a journey along the Mediterranean coast and visit the excavations of Ancient Ostia, the former harbour of Rome. These ruins offer perhaps a more complete picture of Roman urban life than either Rome or Pompeii. See the remains of the baths, theatre, apartment houses, drinking room, mosaics and wall paintings at this beautiful site, mirrored by cypress trees and umbrella pines.

Adult Price: €42.00

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for this tour that shows not just remarkable works of art collected and commissioned over the history of the Papacy, but also Michelangelo’s amazing ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Later we hear fascinating tales of gladitorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.

Adult Price: €79.00

Roman Delights With Dinner

Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialities, alongside local music and drinks.

Adult Price: €47.00

Day 8

Day 9

Rome – Florence Sightseeing

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 Specialist. 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. Dine tonight at a local restaurant.

Hotel

Grand Mediterraneo

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.

Adult Price: €40.00

Piazza Del Duomo, Florence, Italy

Day 9

Day 10

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.

Hotel

Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner
Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 10

Day 11

Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

View the poignant Lion Monument during your morning orientation. Walk along the 14th century covered Chapel Bridge, crossing the River Reuss. Don't miss the opportunity to take an exciting Optional Experience to one of the surrounding mountains with breathtaking views. Later there is time to shop for Swiss souvenirs including watches and chocolates.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

Tonight we’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join in a lively folklore show which includes yodelling, flag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two drinks are also included.

Adult Price: Fr.99.00

Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise

We’ll ascend through fields and forests to Mount Pilatus’ summit, where you’ll have time to explore, admire the views, and breathe the pure air. We’ll ascend by cog-wheel train, to enjoy a scenic lake cruise. (On certain departures ascent and descent will be by cable car only. Optional may be operated in reverse, with cruise first.)

Adult Price: Fr.112.00

Alpine Farm & Carriage Ride

A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a working farm where you’ll savour local drinks and snacks.

Adult Price: Fr.67.00

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 11

Day 12

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.

Hotel

Evergreen Laurel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

Adult Price: €162.00

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

Join us for dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town, where you’ll watch an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment – including the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night you’ll never forget.

Adult Price: €139.00

Paris, France

Day 12

Day 13

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

See all the famous sights during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. 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. This evening celebrate with your Travel Director and travelling companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local bistro.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Notre Dame And Latin Quarter

A guided drive through Paris' bohemian Left Bank with our Local Specialist brings us to amazing Notre Dame to discover one of the world's most famous Cathedrals and exemplar of Gothic architecture. Afterward, take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways where you'll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares.

Adult Price: €32.00

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'city of light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we’ll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.

Adult Price: €36.00

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Day 13

Day 14

Depart Paris

Today bid farewell to your fellow travelers and Travel Director at the end of your vacation. An airport transfer is available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Paris, France

Day 14

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialist
    For included sightseeing in London, Rome, Florence and Paris.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop in Venice.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Grand Hotel Europe, Lucerne;

    Taking you straight back to Switzerland’s elegant past, this historic hotel is a landmark in Lucerne. Situated by the lake’s glittering shores, you’ll gain an insight into the city’s history during a stay at this Authentic Accommodation.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.


What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in London, 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 canals in Amsterdam, the Golden Roof in Innsbruck, St. Mark's Square in Venice, the ancient sites in Rome and the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

    • Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam and the River Rhine

    • See the Lorelei Rock and the Vineyards of Burgundy


What's Included

Dining

    • 13 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 5 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Eurostar high-speed train from London to Brussels.

    • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover.

    • Use of Trafalgar’s London Reception Center offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions.

    • London airport shuttle service is available to purchase. Conditions apply.

    • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel.


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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Enjoy

Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Love... Travel

"Is simply the best way to position what our guests love to experience and what we love to deliver" - Gavin Tollman CEO


Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


Unwind

Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 147 Reviews

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : The tour was very good. Some of the hotels did not meet the 4-5 star rating and the Trafalgar rep in London was not very good.Product : Met all of my expectations. Tour Director, Peter Ancil's commentaries and experience enhanced the itinerary.

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Very well organized. Luggage taken care of. Great director and driver. Felt safe, saw lots with no worries.Product : Enjoy excursions and hidden treasures. However, the gondola ride in Venice was expensive and not of could value. I would not recommend this to friends.

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Efficient, Organized, and Fun, & Very FriendlyProduct : Seeing Europe a dream come true

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Service, organization and tour director, Brendon, were all excellent.Product : Saw some beautiful places.

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Excellent

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    • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights: The 16 December 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Lucerne. The 18 December 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Rome. Departure 21 December 2016 will celebrate Christmas in Innsbruck and New Year's Eve in Lucerne. Departure 24 December 2016 will toast New Year's Eve in Rome. The 28 December 2016 will toast New Year's Eve in the Rhineland. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.
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