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European Whirl

14 Days from $3,506 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

The tring tring of Dutch bicycles launches your Europe adventure, from picture-perfect Amsterdam and vine-clad hills along the Rhine with its medieval castles, to the magnificent open-air museum that is Rome.

European Whirl also has winter departures; click here to see the Winter Season version of this tour!

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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The tring tring of Dutch bicycles launches your Europe adventure, from picture-perfect Amsterdam and vine-clad hills along the Rhine with its medieval castles, to the magnificent open-air museum that is Rome.

European Whirl also has winter departures; click here to see the Winter Season version of this tour!

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Welcome to the vibrant British capital where you will spend the next two nights, enjoying the pomp and pageantry of a city that effortlessly combines old and new.

    *Local Host is with you during your stay in London. Your Travel Director will join you on Day 3.

    hotel:The Tower
  2. Join a Local Specialist this morning for a tour of the iconic and unexpected sites of London, including Big Ben, the imposing Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Spend a leisurely afternoon shopping on Carnaby Street, consider visiting one of London's museums or wander along the Thames watching ambitious Londoners pound the pavements.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  3. Meet your Travel Director before traveling to London's St. Pancras International where we will board the Eurostar™ for a high-speed train journey to Brussels and a luxury coach journey to Amsterdam. Enjoy an orientation of this historic Dutch city before joining your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception dinner cruise.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Welcome Reception
    hotel:Mercure City
  4. Driving through the lush landscapes of the Netherlands and Germany, we arrive in Boppard where we board a cruise along the Rhine to St. Goar, passing vineyard-clad hills and medieval castles perched above riverside towns. Arriving in the Baroque city of Heidelberg, we explore its iconic and unexpected highlights before traveling to our Rhineland hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Sinsheim
  5. Crossing the Swabian Alps on the edge of the Black Forest, we arrive in the Bavarian capital of Munich. Our orientation drive takes us past the Olympic Stadium and neo-Gothic City Hall, which dominates the Marienplatz. We cross the Austrian border next, arriving in Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps. Admire the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture of the Old Town, including Emperor Maximilian's famous Golden Roof with its ornate façade and consider an evening of traditional Tyrolean entertainment.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Innsbruck
  6. Journey through the emerald-green landscape along the Brenner Pass into Italy and across the Dolomite Mountains to Venice. We cruise the beautiful Venetian lagoon by private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square. View the ornate Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, so named for the sound made by condemned prisoners as they look one last longing look at their beautiful city before meeting their fate. Then, dive into culture and witness the centuries-old craft of Venetian glassblowing before spending the afternoon at leisure to soak up the romantic atmosphere. Get lost in Venice, cross bridges and discover hidden campi where locals share their daily stories over a glass of Venetian Spritz.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Novotel Mestre Castellana
  7. Travel south across the Veneto Plain, passing Bologna and the dramatic Apennine Mountains as well as the green and golden fields of Lazio before reaching Rome, the Eternal City.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:A.Roma Lifestyle
  8. Our first stop today sees us discover the divine beauty of the Vatican City. We'll visit the Basilica of St. Peter with a Local Specialist to view Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. We continue to ancient Rome to view the iconic Colosseum and Circus Maximus, once the site of exhilarating chariot races centuries ago. The afternoon is yours to explore the city on your terms. Sit on the Spanish Steps savoring a tasty gelato, shop up a storm on the trendy Via Corso or perhaps join an Optional Experience to see the magnificent frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  9. From Rome, we travel north through the rolling countryside of Tuscany and along the Arno valley to the Cradle of the Renaissance, Florence. Delve into the rich Medici heritage of this beautiful medieval city with your Local Specialist. Visit what was once the political hub of the city, Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and stunning palazzi. View the imposing Duomo with its Brunelleschi dome and Baptistery renowned for its bronze doors filled with relief sculptures. This evening, connect with locals and sample Tuscan hospitality as you enjoy a Be My Guest dinner with a local family at a property in the Chianti countryside.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Grand Mediterraneo
  10. Drive via the scenic Italian Lakes District, across the Alps into beautiful Switzerland, where we'll spend the next two nights in the medieval lakeside city of Lucerne in the Grand Hotel Europe, with its century-old history.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Grand Europe
  11. This morning, view the mournful, mortally wounded lion hewn from rock to commemorate the Swiss Guards who lost their lives defending Louis XVI. Walk along the flower-lined 14th-century covered Chapel Bridge, crossing the Reuss. Or join an exciting Optional Experience to one of the surrounding peaks for breathtaking views of the Swiss countryside. We have some time later to discover the best Swiss chocolates in town.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  12. Crossing the border into France this morning, we travel past the picturesque vineyards and country towns of Burgundy en route to the City of Light. Spend some time this evening strolling along the Seine and grand boulevards in search of a cozy bistro for fine French cuisine or consider an Optional Experience to a colorful Parisian cabaret.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Evergreen Laurel
  13. Join a Local Specialist today for a sightseeing tour of this romantic city. View the sophisticated Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and the 19th-century Arc de Triomphe, honoring those who fought for France. Our European Whirl almost at its end, we spend the evening with fellow travelers and Travel Director, enjoying a Farewell Dinner in a local bistro.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  14. Today bid farewell to your fellow travelers and Travel Director at the end of your vacation. Airport transfers arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8 am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $920 per person

Triple Room Discount: $30 per person

Optional Eurostar Extension: From $395 per person on a double share basis. Includes one-way Eurostar train ticket from Paris to London Standard Class, London accommodations at The Tower and station transfers. Eurostar Extension Single Supplement from $110 per person.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $117 per person.

Airport Transfers: A return transfer on the last day will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8 am.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

Meal Summary

18 meals: 2 Full Breakfasts, 11 Hot Buffet Breakfasts, 2 Dinners, 3 Dinners with local wine. 

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

  • Eight generations of history with plenty of stories to tell. Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest dinner with the Landi family at their home near Florence, set within a garden of oak trees against the backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves

Stays with Stories

  • Enjoy the elegance of yesteryear and sweeping lake vistas at the Grand Hotel Europe in Lucerne, where warm Swiss hospitality and a grand past spanning over a century guarantee an unforgettable stay

Dive into Culture

  • Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in London, Rome, Florence, Paris

Local Host

  • The services of a Local Host at your London hotel

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in London, Rome, Florence, Paris
  • Orientation of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice, Lucerne
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam, the River Rhine
  • View the canals in Amsterdam, the Golden Roof in Innsbruck, St. Mark's Square in Venice, the ancient sites in Rome, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • See the Lorelei Rock, the vineyards of Burgundy
  • EurostarTM high-speed train from London to Brussels
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Reviews

Monday, October 15, 2018
Margaret Federspiel
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Service rating : I was impressed by everyone from the sales person and his promises through to the travel director. We received excellent service.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We so appreciate hearing that. Thank you for sharing your feedback!
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Vacation : We wanted an introduction to Europe as this was our first time in Europe. The European Whirl was everything that we hoped for. The tour director and the local specialists exceeded our expectations. We loved every minute of it.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Patricia O'Malley
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Service rating : Tour Guide was outstanding. He was well informed, interesting, and seemingly every detail was taken care of. Everything went so smoothly! The local tour guides were also very well informed and interesting. Hotels were good, meals were good.
Vacation : The tour was aptly named. It was so well planned, and we were able to see most of the major attractions in each country. It was exactly what I had wanted when I purchased the tour.
Sunday, October 7, 2018
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Service rating : Everything was well organized. Time was well planned.
Vacation : Well organized and well planned activities.
Thursday, October 4, 2018
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Service rating : Booking this trip was easy and any questions we had were answered promptly - thank you Alyssa Rucker! Our tour guide, Brent Cooper, was very Knowledgeable about all of the locations we visited!
Vacation : Covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time - exactly as described in the brochure. Accommodations in two locations were less than ideal - either out of the town we were visiting or very cramped. Included breakfasts were generally good - only two locations were lacking. We were told to bring Euros but we also needed pounds, would have been nice to know this prior to the trip. Our guide arranged for us to have laundry done if we wanted to in one location (about mid way through the trip), it would have been nice to know this in advance so we could have packed fewer items.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Daniel Arend
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Service rating : from begining to end the process was beyond my expeditations trafalgar and graham smith our tour guide where the best
Vacation : our GET travel agent Daniel kept us informed as to what was next thnk you
Sunday, August 26, 2018
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Service rating : They were easy to work with. I was hesitant to book because it was my first group trip. GET made the process painless
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We're glad you trusted us and that your trip went so well. We hope to see you again very soon!
Monday, August 27, 2018
Vacation : The trip was outstanding!
Saturday, August 25, 2018
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Service rating : This tour was awesome. Everything in the brochure was covered. Our tour guide Lynda Pierce was awesome, very knowledgeable. Driver Ben was great, safe, punctual, gracious. Would recommend this tour to single travelers, the guide and group are very welcoming.
Vacation : Trip can be paid for in insts
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Maria Rocha
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Service rating : The travel director Peter Ansell did a fantastic job of taking us everywhere above and beyond through Trafalgar.
Vacation : Awesome trip and experience from 9 countries.
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Sandra Gillam
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Service rating : Our trip was a dream come true! We enjoyed every moment. Our Travel Director was so knowledgeable and we learned so much about the history of the places we visited. Highly recommend this trip.
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We love making dreams come true! Thank you for sharing your experience and your recommendations.
Monday, July 30, 2018
Vacation : This trip was just what we were looking for...we were able to experience so many places. We loved this trip!
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Michael Geimer
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Service rating : Hotels were great. Tour director was awesome!
Vacation : Everything was well planned!
Friday, June 29, 2018
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Service rating : Excelleservice from Barbara on all our travel reservations and great flight arrangements. Graham was a great tour director
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for sharing your travel experience. Barbara is an asset to our team and we'll be sure to pass your comments along to her. Thank you, as well, for allowing us to be part of your journey. Happy travels!
Friday, June 29, 2018
Vacation : Barbara did outstanding with all pre travel reservations. Graham smith was the best as tour director
Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Service rating : Wonderful experience - would highly recommend this trip.
Vacation : It was wonderful in every way!
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Ian Mccall
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Service rating : The trip, tour, staff, and every element of this trip was beyond comprehension. It was an incredible opportunity for me and my family, and I have been telling everyone who will listen about my experience and how Trafalgar and GET made it possible. My only grievance was upon landing in London in the beginning of the trip as our chauffer wasn't there, and after many phone calls at my expense the person that arrived only had availability for 1/3 of my family. We lost a few hours because of this only to find that our hotel wasn't prepared to receive us upon arrival. I am aware of obvious constraints, but after flying the red eye and losing precious time that could have been recuperating or exploring it was a bit frustrating. The rest of the trip more than made up for this however I just wanted to raise awareness for future travers (myself included when I return). Thank you again!
Vacation : The amount of content covered in this trip, and the value of the precious time spent specifically in each location covering as much as we had at the price point offered was an insane value. This has raised the ears of everyone I have told about my trip, and all of my friends are interested in having their own experiences with this company as a result!
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Thomas Donohue
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Service rating : Trafalgar did and outstanding job. Great tour
Vacation : Great tour director and bus driver
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Helen Smolich
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Service rating : The trip was great, we took all the extra tours and saw a lot. We enjoyed every minute of it. Andee was a great tour director.
Vacation : I saw a lot of Europe and enjoyed the trip.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Joan Hogaboam
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Service rating : Very good service
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Thanks for sharing your experience, so glad you had a wonderful time on your European Vacation!
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Vacation : We had an awesome time. Very busy Vince was a great guide. So knowledgeable and helpful
Friday, June 8, 2018
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Service rating : We had a great time! It was very well organized and a ton of fun!!
Vacation : We covered more territory than we ever could on our own!
Thursday, June 7, 2018
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Service rating : The travel director was so amazing. Very knowledgeable on almost everything. So that you feel exciting in every place you pass by,and stayed for a day or sometimes Two days. Too perfect in short. Love those hidden gems that he shared with us. In fact I’ve started sharing it with my friends and relatives if they will travel go to Trafalgar European whirl.
Response from Grand European Travel:
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Friday, June 8, 2018
Vacation : Just okay. I guess no problem encountered so far. Well enough in short.
Monday, June 4, 2018
Irene Kinard
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Service rating : Most of the information received was accurate except the currency in London.
Vacation : Excellent trip for the money
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Karen Davis
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Service rating : Wonderful information about everywhere we went. Special group bookings to get the group in before the crowds and terrific hidden treasures. Our guides were very entertaining and thoughtful. Hotels were excellent and meals were wonderful. The optional experiences made the trip a dream come true.
Vacation : Great value for the entire trip. I added up the costs if we did it alone. I came to much more than your price.
Friday, April 6, 2018
Diane Cadenhead
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Service rating : As for GET, they were great in servicing me, answering ALL my many questions I had and never sounded like I was a bother with the questions. THANKS!!! As for Tafalgar, I think they did a great job of keeping us on track and being able to see EVERYTHING and then some on our tour. I was disappointed in Lucerne, Switz.'s excursion of Mt. Pilatus when we didn't get to do the Cog Train Ride and had paid the big bucks for it. It should have been mentioned BEFORE we purchased it that the train was not available because the cost of the excursion for a cable car ride ONLY was far TOO MUCH money. Again OVERALL, the trip/tour was fantastic, Cold but still fantastic!
Vacation : The price was probably as fair as it could be including the air fair.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Jaan Sturgis
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Service rating : The European Whirl was amazing except for a couple things. I traveled with a friend who came from Nashville/Atlanta. I came from Moline/Chicago. We were told we could meet in arrivals, except we were not told we would arrive at different terminals. Unfortunately, my cell phone was not working. I finally was able to contact my friend at the hotel, the Cumberland, and we agreed to meet in the lobby. Once again there was a problem because we were housed in the annex and there were two lobbies. Additionally, there was no one to meet/advise us when we arrived. This was problematic as we did not know what to do and where to go. On the positive side in London, the local specialist, a Mr. Grynberg, did a wonderful job and was able to make suggestions for our free afternoon (Monday). The rest of the tour was quite outstanding! Tour director Graham Smith was beyond outstanding! He proved knowledgeable and informed about every city we went to. He even made sure I was OK when I was having a diabetic low. What a caring person Graham is! Additionally, I would like to add my kudos to Christina, our local specialist in Rome. Her knowledge was voluminous. Additionally, unfortunately, I had a diabetic low and she stayed with me making sure that I got a Coke, even asking am Italian guard where their break room was all to ensure I was alright. I will always be grateful to her. Grand European Travel and Trafalgar certainly offer their customers a wonderful value for a special vacation experience!
Vacation : Strong value for what we received.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Donna Berner
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Service rating : Everything was very well organized and I had a wonderful time.
Vacation : I thought it was a very reasonable price for all that we did.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Clifton Ransom Jr
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Service rating : Generally things were good. London could have been more comprehensive.
Vacation : I enjoyed it, but I didn't expect so much walking.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Joseph Gollotto
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Service rating : Our trip was a real whirlwind as titled but our tour director made sure we were okay. All hotels were nice additional excursions were great
Vacation : Well worth the cost accommodations were very nice tour director was great because we were on a whirl and he made sure everyone and everything was fine. Not an easy task when you have 40 something people to hustle around
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Europe must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering countries in the Schengen Area or the UK.

  • The currency for most countries you will visit in Europe is the Euro (€).  Several exceptions apply including the Pound (£) in Great Britain, Scotland and Northern Ireland and the Swiss Franc (CHF) in Switzerland.

    While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • English specialties include fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast. 

    Dutch cuisine is simple and rustic.  You might like to try specialties such as rookworst (smoked sausage), kibbeling (fried fish), and pannenkoeken (Dutch pancakes).  And, if you’re feeling adventurous you can try local raw herring prepared with onions and gherkins.  For something sweet, try stroopwafels, a delicious chewy cookie made with two thin layers of waffle and sticky syrup filling.

    Traditional German cuisine is rich and delicious.  Try specialties including a variety of bratwurst with sauerkraut, cold cuts, spätzle and potato dumplings.  For dessert you cannot miss the world famous Black Forest Gateau.   Beer is a big part of German culture; sample a variety of German offerings including pilsner, Kölsch and sour beers.  In Frankfurt, try the local cider (Apfelwein).   Wine is also popular throughout Germany, and world-class whites are produced in the Rhine and Mosel regions. 

    In Austria you’ll find hearty cuisine, but nothing beats the desserts. Try delicious treats like Viennese Sachertorte (dense chocolate cake) and apple strudel.

    While Italy is most famous for pizza and pasta, few travelers are aware of just how varied the country’s culinary offering actually are. Traditionally, lunch (pranzo) is the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then frutta (fresh fruit). Finish with espresso and maybe a limoncello or grappa.  Wine is usually served with the meal, accompanied by mineral water.

    Swiss cuisine is a flavorful blend of German, Italian, and French influences and a wide variety of regional offerings.  Specialty dishes include fondue and raclette (cheese dipping dishes), sausages and rösti (fried potato), bündnerfleisch (air-dried beef) and fondue bourguigon (cubes of steak with various sauces). Swiss pastries and desserts are excellent. There are also spirits made from fruit; the most popular are Kirsch, Pflümli and Williamine. And don’t miss out on the world-class selection of Swiss chocolate.

    The French have an ongoing love affair with food and wine. Meals are lovingly prepared and consumed leisurely through a bevy of appetizers and main courses, usually accompanied by a number of wines. Boeuf bourgignon (beef stew with wine, herbs and vegetables), coq au vin (chicken cooked with bacon in a white wine and herb sauce) and bouillabaisse (fish stew) are featured on many menus. Cheese lovers will not be disappointed with hundreds of varieties to choose from.  And no visit would be complete without a visit to a pâtisserie, with its delicate pastries you will definitely be tempted.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. A few important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping through-out Europe is less common or generous than it is in the United States.  Some countries will add a service charge of up to 15%, so be sure to check your bill before leaving extra.  In most places it is appropriate to leave a few euros or between 5% and 10% for exceptional service.  Keep in mind you will likely want to leave cash on the table to ensure your server receives it.  

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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.

Innsbruck

Tyrolean Evening With Dinner

Adult Price: €67.00

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

Gondolas & Grand Canal

Adult Price: €70.00

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.

Rome

Explore Ostia Antica

Adult Price: €42.00

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.

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

Adult Price: €81.00

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 gladiatorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.

Roman Delights With Dinner

Adult Price: €51.00

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.

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Adult Price: €33.00

Starting with a lovely drive and continuing on foot, you'll discover hidden backstreets, piazzas and fountains of the 'Eternal City' with a Local Specialist. Along the way, you'll marvel at the timeless Pantheon, the best-preserved Roman temple in the world. Many additional highlights are revealed on this relaxed tour that also offers free time in a gorgeous Baroque square with street artists, trattorias and gelaterias!

Roman Evening with Dinner

Adult Price: €61.00

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.

Florence

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Adult Price: €41.00

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.

Lucerne

Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

Adult Price: CHf99.00 | Child Price: €44.00

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: CHf112.00 | Child Price: €44.00

We’ll ascend by cog-wheel train to Mount Pilatus’ summit, where you’ll have time to explore, admire the views, and breathe the pure air. Then, we’ll descent by cable-car to enjoy a scenic lake cruise. On certain departures this Optional may be operated in reverse.

Alpine Farm & Carriage Ride

Adult Price: CHf67.00 | Child Price: €44.00

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.

Paris

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Adult Price: €38.00

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: €162.00

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!

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

Adult Price: €139.00

One of the oldest and most elegant revue theatres in Paris, Nouvelle Eve is a hidden gem, where you’ll meet the Director and two of the cast members before enjoying a four-course dinner with wine. You will then experience unparalleled Parisian entertainment – including the world-famous Can-Can.

Notre Dame And Latin Quarter

Adult Price: €33.00

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 the epitome of Gothic architecture. Afterwards, 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.

Versailles Palace And Gardens

Adult Price: €65.00

Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler. Your Local Specialist will take you through the State apartments and famous Hall of Mirrors, with free time to stroll the symmetrical tree-lined gardens. Please note: this optional is subject to availability.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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