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European Whirl

12 Days 8 Countries 14 Cities

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

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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

11 Nights

accommodation

16 Meals
  • 11 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 5 dinners.

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European Whirl

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Day 1

London – Eurostar™ – Brussels – Amsterdam

Heidelberg, Germany

Day 2

Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg – Rhineland

Innsbruck Golden Roof, Austria

Day 3

Rhineland – Munich – Innsbruck

Day 4

Innsbruck – Venice

Day 5

Venice – Rome (2 Nights)

Day 6

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Piazza Del Duomo, Florence, Italy

Day 7

Rome – Florence Sightseeing

Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 8

Florence – Gotthard Drive – Lucerne (2 Nights)

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 9

Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

Paris, France

Day 10

Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights)

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Day 11

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 12

Paris – London

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

Hotel

Mercure City

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

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 2

Day 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 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
Innsbruck Golden Roof, Austria

Day 3

Day 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.

Hotel

Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 4

Day 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.

Hotel

A.Roma Lifestyle/The Church Palace

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 5

Day 6

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

Day 6

Day 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 a local restaurant.

Hotel

Grand Mediterraneo

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine
Piazza Del Duomo, Florence, Italy

Day 7

Day 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.

Hotel

Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner
Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 8

Day 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 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
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 9

Day 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.

Hotel

Evergreen Laurel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Paris, France

Day 10

Day 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Day 11

Day 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 12

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in 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 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, the Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields


What's Included

Dining

    • 11 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 if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended 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.


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    Service rating : It was not much in London when we started the trip. Fortunately on day 3, we had Stephen Pearce as our travel director. He was naturally friendly and keen to serve every group member. He explained and reminded us as much as he could to make sure we were careful about our

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    Service rating : excellent tour. Very good, knowledgeable and friendly Travel Director and Driver.Product : no complaints with itinerary although a bit surprised by the optional extras. I suggest travel agents and participants understand the extra costs involved before committing as these

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    Service rating : Great service , no waiting in line to see attraction!Product : Great way to see a lot of countries in s short amount of time !

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    • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights: The 18 December 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Lucerne. The 20 December 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Rome. Departure 23 December 2016 will celebrate Christmas in Innsbruck and New Year's Eve in Lucerne. Departure 26 December 2016 will toast New Year's Eve in Rome. The 30 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.
    • Your London Hotel: This trip starts and ends at our London Reception Centre or the Cumberland hotel, providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.
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