European Whirl - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

12 days

from US$2835 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Apr 2016.
"Saw everything we wanted and more!"
Joseph , Jul 2014

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… 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:
Discoveries
Trip code:
EWHI

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    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, Enjoy an orientation of the historic city centre before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception dinner cruise.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Mercure Amsterdam City

  • 2.

    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. Later enjoy views of the red sandstone castle towering above Heidelberg.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Sinsheim

  • 3.

    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 including the Hofburg and the Golden Roof. You might consider experiencing traditional Tyrolean entertainment this evening.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Hilton

  • 4.

    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. Finish an eventful day with dinner at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

  • 5.

    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

    The Church Palace

  • 6.

    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 Specialist. 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

  • 7.

    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 your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

  • 8.

    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

    Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation

  • 9.

    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 mountain excursion with breathtaking views. Later there is time to shop for Swiss souvenirs including watches and chocolates.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 10.

    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

    Evergreen Laurel

  • 11.

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 12.

    PARIS – LONDON

    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

The Trafalgar Difference

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Rome, Florence and Paris
  • Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam and the River Rhine
  • Orientation of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne
  • See the Lorelei Rock, the Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields in France
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Dining

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

Travel Highlights

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Pick-up and Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre.
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • London airport shuttle service is available to purchase. Conditions apply.
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Lucerne

  • Swiss Heritage Experience

    Adult Price: Fr.66.00 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.
  • Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

    Adult Price: Fr.98.00 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.
  • Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise

    Adult Price: Fr.111.00 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. Then we’ll descend 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.)

Innsbruck

  • Tyrolean Evening With Dinner

    Adult Price: €65.00 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.

Venice

  • Discover The Magic Of Venice

    Adult Price: €69.00 Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzos, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.

Rome

  • An Introduction To Rome

    Adult Price: €33.00 As you meander slowly through Rome's labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares, our Local Specialist will tell you stories of how each area has developed over centuries, creating an amazing legacy for us today. During the tour, you'll view the Pantheon and experience Piazza Navona, loved for its lively cafes.
  • Roman Dining With Live Entertainment

    Adult Price: €60.00 We’ll show you an evening of great entertainment and fun at one of our favourite local restaurants. You'll be served wine and soft drinks, alongside some wonderful musical performances.
  • Inside The Vatican And The Colosseum

    Adult Price: €78.00 Join us for an extension to your included sightseeing tour, which gives you a chance to see the artistic masterpieces collected and commissioned by the Popes. You’ll visit the Tapestry Gallery, Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo spent 11 years preparing the vault and altar wall, and we give you plenty of time to admire just how much painstaking work went into his creations. Your experience will be rounded off with a visit to Rome's iconic Colosseum.
  • Explore Ostia Antica

    Adult Price: €41.00 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.

Florence

  • Visit Michelangelo's David

    Adult Price: €37.00 Enjoy an insight into the world of artistic genius Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. You'll get VIP entry to the Academy of Fine Arts, where you'll learn all about the artist's life and his world-famous sculpture.

Paris

  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €133.00 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.
  • Notre Dame And Latin Quarter Exploration

    Adult Price: €30.00 Discover the history of Notre Dame. Built in 1163, this magnificent cathedral is the cornerstone of Gothic architecture in France. Afterwards you’ll explore the Latin Quarter with your Local Specialist and enjoy free time to have a bite to eat, or perhaps try Berthillon ice-cream - the best in France.
  • Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

    Adult Price: €34.00 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.
  • Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €157.00 Dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret – immortalized by the homonymous award-winning film and featuring 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!
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