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Read all about it: This is our most reviewed summer tour

Recently updated on August 13th, 2023 at 04:05 pm

Wondering where to travel in the summer? We’ve got you covered. Our 12-day European Whirl is our most-reviewed summer tour – and it does not disappoint. The tour whisks you around all the greatest summer travel destinations from Venice, Florence and Rome to Paris, Lucerne and Amsterdam. See the icons of Europe like the Swiss Alps and Vatican City. Dive into local cultures with experiences like a traditional glass-blowing demonstration in Venice and lunch with a local family at their home in Tuscany. Indulge in Europe’s greatest cuisine from cheese and chocolate in Switzerland to pizza and gelato in Italy to coffee and croissants in France. 

Trafalgar travel in the summer is already an extraordinary experience – but the European Whirl takes it to the next level. Want to know more about why this summer tour is the greatest way to get a taste of Europe? We’ve rounded up a bunch of top reviews from past Trafalgar guests. Here’s what they had to say… 

You’ll see the iconic highlights of Europe in just 12 days

The word ‘whirl’ doesn’t describe it enough. This is a fast tour…and I loved it! It was a tease, seeing just some highlights and, I won’t lie, planning on coming back. I have never been to Europe, so I wanted to see everything, and with the Whirl I did! Now I want to go back, dive deep, and be a part of each culture I saw. The fact everything is handled makes this trip perfect. I didn’t worry about anything! Brendan handled everything down to the minute, he was able to make time for all of us. I loved it.

– Trafalgar guest

We visited a number of cities over 12 days and saw much more than expected! Travelling on the bus was long however we were well entertained with movies and historical information about the areas we were passing to keep was engaged. Our Travel Director was teaching us the basics for each country so we could communicate with the locals which was extremely helpful.

– Trafalgar guest

The overall trip was amazing! Our Travel Director was very well organised and communication was excellent about each city we visited. The amount of cities seen was incredible for the number of days available. The days were filled and we made maximum time of the day… I can’t wait to go on my next Trafalgar trip. Highly recommend Trafalgar.

– Trafalgar guest

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buildings boats canal Amsterdam Netherlands

We take care of everything – so all you have to do is have a great time

It was the best trip ever. Looking forward to booking another one with you. If you want a good taste of Europe for a first trip there this is the one. I had an awesome time and saw more than I expected to. The whole trip was awesome. Everything was done for me and all I had to do is show up.

– Trafalgar guest

You really get to see it all. There is a lot packed into this itinerary, but all the main sites of interest are covered, and they make it really fun and informative. Exceptional service! I would recommend Trafalgar to anyone planning a trip. They go above and beyond and take all the hassle out of planning your trip (finding the best spots, knowing where to go and where to stand, navigating, mapping out driving routes, buying tickets, standing in line). They have everything already figured out for the best possible experience at every point.

– Trafalgar guest

I absolutely loved everything about my European Whirl Tour. Everything was handled, I didn’t have to worry about luggage, where to stay, how long to get from point A to B, what to do when I had free time. I loved it. Brendan took care of everything. He was organized, calm, and just absolutely wonderful!

– Trafalgar guest

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Eiffel Tower at sunset paris

The European Whirl is packed with bucket list experiences

The most memorable [experience] of this holiday was visiting Venice, being serenaded in a gondola, visiting the main sites and then travelling to our hotel via the canal by boat.

– Trafalgar guest

Best trip ever! This trip was perfect! Every day was planned seamlessly. Each day at pre-organized items as well as some free time/downtime to do your own thing. There were so many special experiences that I never would have seen or thought to do on my own. For example, we got to see a private glass-blowing demonstration while in Venice, Italy. It was just super relaxing and stress-free not having to worry about your experiences at restaurants or hotels because you knew they had already been vetted by Trafalgar. We arrived at each hotel and restaurant knowing that we were going to have a phenomenal time!! It was an amazing trip! If you’re looking to knock off a lot of places on your bucket list in one go, this is the trip for you!!

– Trafalgar guest

The visited sites were picture perfect and the bus ride through each country provided an excellent overview of the terrain and architecture. It was so well curated that in a very short period of time I got to see and experience all that I hoped for from my bucket list of things to do. I appreciated having a tour director that took care of everything so that I could relax and enjoy the trip.

– Trafalgar guest

GET INSPIRED BY: European Dream

traveller standing outside Colosseum Rome

It’s a stress-free experience – so you can travel without a worry in the world

Great travel trip to get a little bit of many different countries and cultures. Travelling with Trafalgar is a worry-free experience. This is our second time travelling with Trafalgar and we would recommend them to anybody that asks.

– Trafalgar guest

The tour is called European Whirl because it is just that – we had a taste of many countries in 12 days, and we will return to explore some of them again. Trafalgar and the guides (particularly ours on this trip) really do their very best to give their guests as much as they possibly can in the time that is given on the tour. The communication pre-trip, even before we arrived in London. The organisation and the knowledge of our tour guide Bernie. The courtesy of our bus driver Rudi. We did not have to worry about anything once we started.

– Trafalgar guest

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Austrian Alps

You’ll feel like a VIP on this amazing summer tour

If you’re looking for a trip that will keep you moving through Europe not missing a thing, this is it. I believe in the Trafalgar experience after taking the European Whirl from London to Paris. You felt like a VIP from the outset. Our Travel Director Graham was professional and made everyone feel special. His knowledge and attention to detail made all the difference!

– Trafalgar guest

GET INSPIRED BY: European Wonderland

You’ll get to skip the lines… So you can spend more time seeing the sights rather than standing in queues

This trip exceeded all expectations!! Travelling can be a hassle, but Trafalgar made the experience stress-free. Everything went smoothly, and we were able to sit back and enjoy every experience to the fullest knowing our tour guide, Bernie, and our bus driver, Rudy, had everything under control. We learned things and saw things that we never would have if we had tried to organize this trip on our own. We were able to cut massive lines because Trafalgar has partnerships with a lot of the tourist attractions, including the Vatican. I would recommend Trafalgar to anyone and everyone! There were people from every background, age group, and from all over the world on our trip. By the end of the experience, everyone knew each other and it really felt like one big group of friends. You will not be disappointed!!

– Trafalgar guest

Our tour guide was top-notch in every way. He made the trip very pleasurable and educational. Trafalgar made the trip a wonderful experience with visits to local farms etc. The fact that we were able to get into places without waiting in lines was a real plus too. An overall fantastic trip of a lifetime!

– Trafalgar guest

Great way to experience Europe. You’ll see most of the important places and won’t have to wait in line like ordinary tourists. It’s so wonderful having everything planned out perfectly for you.

– Trafalgar guest

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Vatican chapel Italy

You get a real bang for your buck on this summer tour

Great value for money. Everything was well planned. The Travel Director (Emile) was fantastic! The ‘whirl’ was just that, fast-paced in order to see and do everything on our list. Would highly recommend this tour to someone who has never been to Europe and wants to see the highlights in a relatively short period of time.

– Trafalgar guest

This tour offers you the chance to indulge in each country’s culture and to visit all the main sites, along with free time for some solo exploring. Recently returned from a trip with Trafalgar. European Whirl. I had never been on a tour before so I didn’t know what to expect. It was amazing! Our Travel Director was so organised and thorough that our trip was so fun and so smooth, with no glitches. I can’t believe everything we saw and did. You could go on optional outings or have more time for yourself. The tour was worth every penny. I will definitely go on a tour with Trafalgar again.

– Trafalgar guest

GET INSPIRED BY: Grand European

It’s “fast-paced but fabulous”

The tour was fast-paced but fabulous. We saw so much and experienced more than we expected. Our Travel Director MJ rocked! She kept us on time, ahead of other coaches and so knowledgeable. Our bus driver was professional and courteous. We will definitely do another tour with Trafalgar!!!

– Trafalgar guest

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building mountains Innsbruck Austria

Our summer travel tours are run by incredible Travel Director & Driver teams

We saw so much and had so many wonderful experiences. Graham was an awesome Travel Director and made the tour something that I will always treasure. Alec was wonderful as well – his driving skills were excellent.

– Trafalgar guest

It was a perfect experience all round. We thoroughly enjoyed the professionalism provided overall. The tour director was very informative and knowledgeable. He kept everyone on track and motivated to be where they should be at the correct times. The bus service was excellent – always on time and the driver was also professional and level-headed. The door to door service was brilliant. The hotels were fantastic.

– Trafalgar guest

Although we were in a group our Travel Director got to know us and catered to our needs as individuals. His knowledge of the areas we travelled through enabled us all to see and experience the sites and the history throughout our journey we simply would have missed had we been travelling on our own. Enlightening us on simple local customs and currency, washroom locations at rest stops and possible drink and meal suggestions made us confident and freed up time to interact as a group and enjoy our time together rather than stumbling around unsure of the process. I also have to say he was very patient and personable with everyone in our group and the people providing services to our group.

– Trafalgar guest
Heidelberg Germany

You’ll meet fantastic Local Specialists on this summer tour

 European Whirl was a Once In A Lifetime Experience. Worth the monetary investment! The trip was tremendous for the sites, but all due to our wonderful Travel Director MJ and driver Raf! They ensured we received the full benefit of the destinations, sites, and activities. The local specialists were experts for their areas, particularly Amelia in Rome and Patrick in Paris!

– Trafalgar guest

GET INSPIRED BY: Great European

We make everything run smoothly

Everything was well planned & ran very smoothly. Our Travel Director, Graham, was top notch & has such an excellent memory of dates, names & places. Remarkable. Very courteous & thoughtful of each & every one of us on tour. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Would consider using Trafalgar again & also highly recommend.

– Trafalgar guest

Deborah was outstanding as a Travel Director and Evan was an awesome driver. The tour ran very smoothly with everything completed as arranged. Really impressed! The quality of optional activities was outstanding and local experts were superb. I would highly recommend this tour.

– Trafalgar guest

My Dad and I had a wonderful time on our European Whirl tour. Our Travel Director Caroline elevated the experience. She is a true historian when it comes to Europe and helped us understand how the history of these places informs the cities and countries as we see them today. I personally heard her speak six different languages fluently. She rolled with the punches (bad weather, major traffic delays) and adjusted our schedule on the fly to make our days smoother and more enjoyable. She and our driver Rudy were a great team and did a wonderful job.

– Trafalgar guest

Outstanding team and adventure. The Travel Director and driver were exceptional. They anticipated our every need and were able to offset any anticipated problems. In communicating with us they were very supportive, crystal clear, professional and effective in dealing with everyone. I would highly recommend this team to anyone.

– Trafalgar guest

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colourful buildings Murano Island Venice

You’ll stay in excellent hotels on this summer tour

The Itinerary was well planned and adjusted when necessary by our very knowledgeable and professional Travel Director. Our coach was fairly new, very comfortable & cleaned everyday by the driver. The hotels were situated in very good locations to suit the itinerary and were of a very high standard. We were extremely happy with our time away with Trafalgar. Our Travel Director, Brek, was very approachable and led the tour very professionally. His knowledge of the locations and humour was awesome. His relationship with his driver and tour guides was very professional.

– Trafalgar guest

Wow! The trip was amazing. It’s everything I thought it would be. It was fun, educational and full of first time experiences. All the hotels were very nice, comfortable, safe and all 4 to 5 stars. The guidance and care that our Travel Director gave to all parties on this trip was outstanding. Our driver was great as well he is an excellent driver. The both of them made me feel very safe in their care. This is my second trip with Trafalgar and I’ll be back with an even larger group next time.

– Trafalgar guest

Driver was skilled and confident so I felt extremely safe. Itinerary was perfectly paced. Hotels lived up to their high ratings. All of my expectations were met. Appreciated knowledgeable directors leading to a very positive experience. Organized professional exceeded my expectations in customer service.

– Trafalgar guest

GET INSPIRED BY: European Supreme

rolling green hills Tuscany Italy

You’ll meet like-minded travellers and make new friends

Perfect for a first trip overseas and if you don’t have a long time. A lot of things are packed into the 12 days. Great Travel Director and bus driver made the trip fun and interesting. Accommodation was excellent, points of interest were perfect for the time frame of the tour. We had a happy group of fellow travellers who all got along well with each other. European Whirl tour was the perfect first time trip overseas to experience a bit of everything and to leave you wanting more.

– Trafalgar guest

A very well organised tour. Our Travel Director Vince is very knowledgeable and runs the tour very well. We really enjoy his commentary and tips during the trip. Our driver Rudy is a legend, he got us through motorway autobahn and cities with ease. Our tour party is also fantastic looking out for each other. We get to see a lot of places in our 11 days. Thank you.

– Trafalgar guest

The entire European Whirl ensured an amazing vacation. Safety first with the experience of our Travel Director. The hotels were perfect and loved how our baggage was transferred. Enjoyed the camaradery of the people in our group.

– Trafalgar guest

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sunset over Florence Italy

There’s something for everyone on this summer tour

We wanted to introduce our two 11-year-old Grandkids to Europe. This tour did a superb job in the itinerary, optional trips, hotels, and transportation … Trafalgar looked after all necessities. The spectacular Travel Director took the experience to a whole new level. We could not have been happier with, what the four of us unanimously felt, was our most enjoyable vacation ever.

– Trafalgar guest

A 45th wedding anniversary highlight. It was a fantastic experience. Trafalgar’s Travel Director Brendan Bush on our recent European Whirl trip along with our coach driver Jani was extremely professional and very good at their jobs. I would travel with them again and would not hesitate in recommending them.

– Trafalgar guest

To sum it all up…

Can not find fault in anything offered. Everything was covered…..all we had to do was enjoy!

– Trafalgar guest

One of the best, if not the best, travel experiences!

– Trafalgar guest

What is your favourite Trafalgar summer tour? Let us know in the comments below!

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