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European Whirl

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
15 Days from $3,075 per person

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

Mountains and monuments dot your route to your final stops in Paris and London, with a visit to the infamous WWI battlefields in France en route.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Relax after your journey or spend time exploring this exciting city.
    hotel:Thistle Euston
  3. 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.
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  4. 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.
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    hotel:Mercure City
  5. 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.
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    hotel:Sinsheim
  6. 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. Consider experiencing traditional Tyrolean entertainment this evening.
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    hotel:Hilton/Grauer Bär
  7. 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.
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    hotel:Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana
  8. 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.
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    hotel:A Roma Lifestyle/Courtyard by Marriott Central Park
  9. 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.
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  10. 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 and enjoy a Regional Meal with your traveling companions.
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    hotel:Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
  11. Drive via picturesque Italian Lakes and across the Alps into Switzerland. Spend the next two nights in the beautiful lakeside town of Lucerne.
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    hotel:Grand Europe Authentic Accommodations
  12. 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.
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  13. 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.
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    hotel:Evergreen Laurel
  14. 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 traveling companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local bistro.
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  15. Today bid farewell to your fellow travelers and Travel Director at the end of your vacation. An airport transfer is available. Conditions apply.
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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
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Meal Summary

13 nights, 13 hot buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Authentic Accommodations

  • 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

Cultural Insight

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

Local Specialist

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

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in London, Rome, Florence, Paris
  • Orientation of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice, Lucerne
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Eiffel Tower 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
  • See the Lorelei Rock, the vineyards of Burgundy

Optional Add-Ons

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.

Florence

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Adult Price: € 40

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.

This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Innsbruck

Tyrolean Evening With Dinner

Adult Price: € 67

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.

Lucerne

Alpine Farm & Carriage Ride

Adult Price: 67 CHF

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.

Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise

Adult Price: 112 CHF

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.

Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

Adult Price: 99 CHF

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.

Paris

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

Adult Price: € 139

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.

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

Adult Price: € 162

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!

Notre Dame And Latin Quarter

Adult Price: € 33

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.

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Adult Price: € 38

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.

Versailles Palace And Gardens

Adult Price: € 65

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.

Rome

Roman Evening with Dinner

Adult Price: € 61

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.

Explore Ostia Antica

Adult Price: € 42

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.

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Adult Price: € 33

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 Delights With Dinner

Adult Price: € 47

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.

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

Adult Price: € 79

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.

This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Venice

Gondolas & Grand Canal

Adult Price: € 69

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.

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These departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotels. The London hotel for these departures is the Cumberland. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2017.

Festive Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.

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 $700 p.p.

Triple Discount: $30 p.p.

Optional Eurostar Extension: From $390 p.p. on a double share basis. Includes one-way Eurostar train ticket from Paris to London Standard Class, London accommodations at the Thistle Euston (or Cumberland during winter departures) and station transfers.

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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 48 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.

Reviews

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
European Whirl
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Service rating : It was the perfect trip for a first timer to come to Europe. We got a look at many places and sites. We now know where we want to focus on our next tour!
Vacation : Amanda and Chris were wonderful. I would go to the ends of the earth with them!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much! We're so pleased you enjoyed your first trip to Europe! Here's to many more ahead!

Grand European Travel
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
European Whirl
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Service rating : We understand the Grand European Tours and Trafalgar relationships. However, it seemed Trafalgar was the dominant brand and Grand European an afterthought.
Vacation : Most enjoyable and fast paced. Pleasantly exhausting! We mixed self-guided adventures with several optional guided tours; all completed with great satisfaction.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
European Whirl
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Service rating : Excellent organization, structure, and attention to details. Some (limited) hotel accomodations were subpar for level of trip (some were, however, outstanding).
Vacation : Excellent
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
European Whirl
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Service rating : We got lost from the group once , maybe if the host will do head count every time they move from one area to another , probably the host will realized somebody is missing. They realized we were lost until I called the travel director.
Vacation : I just didn't realized there would be a lot of walking
Thursday, September 22, 2016
European Whirl
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Service rating : They took care of everything, and always kept us informed.
Vacation : Excellent
Friday, August 12, 2016
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Service rating : The service was excellent and I recommend using them, but make your own air reservations.
Vacation : It was a trip of a lifetime, and everything was first class. It was simply the best.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
European Whirl
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Service rating : Problem with airline travel booked by GET through Heathrow, a know problem airport
Vacation : Excellent
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry you had a problem with your flights. Our air department always tries to book the most direct schedule available at the time of your reservation. However, we cannot control flight delays or changes made by the airlines themselves. We hope your delay was not too great and are glad to see you made it home safely.

Grand European Travel
Monday, July 11, 2016
Sunday, June 19, 2016
European Whirl
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Service rating : I really enjoy the trip
Vacation : Everything was great!
Thursday, June 16, 2016
European Whirl
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Service rating : Grand European Travel was excellent in their communications in booking this trip and by outsourcing the execution of it to Trafalgar ensured that it would be a success. Trafalgar is A-1 in the quality of the services they provide, the Tour Directors they hire etc.
Vacation : The Europeant Whirl EXACTLY met (and exceeded) our expectations in that it allowed us to experience a "little" of a LOT of countries and cities (rather than the other way around) with the idea of identifying destinations for a return trip in more depth. It was an exhausting pace, no doubt, but we expected that.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love to hear when we exceed expectations and that you had a wonderful trip. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments.

Grand European Travel
Friday, June 17, 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
European Whirl
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Service rating : The itinerary for the trip is well done
Vacation : The Travel Director is the key person who made the trip experiences memorable. His working organizational skills put all the aspects of the tour in order that makes every minute of the travel enjoyable. Kyle Olsen made the places we visited meaningful. He possess vast knowledge of History. I do learn a lot from him.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
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Service rating : The only issue we have is that we were not picked up at the London airport for transfer to the hotel as promised
Vacation : Greatest vacation we ever had, first class travel director, hotels, dinners and best group of people to travel with. Highest recommendation.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
European Whirl
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Service rating : Everything was first class.
Vacation : Saw a lot in a short time. Extra excursions were a bit pricey.
Monday, June 6, 2016
European Whirl
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Service rating : Above and beyond what we expected. It was amazing and Trafalgar was so accommodating. Their Tour Director, Deborah Wiggins, was wonderful. She was so knowledgeable, pleasant, patient, helpful...I could go on and on about her.
Vacation : We saw so much and learned so much. It was fast-paced but well-worth it. We can't believe how much we got for our money. We would highly recommend this trip and these two companies to anyone (Grand European and Trafalgar).
Response from Grand European Travel:
This is a "Whirl" of a trip but we're so happy to see you enjoyed it. We appreciate your comments and recommendations. Thank you!

Grand European Travel
Monday, June 13, 2016
Saturday, June 4, 2016
European Whirl
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Service rating : I attended a Grand European Travel presentation prior to going on the tour and from that I felt I was ready for the fast pace and lots of walking required on this tour. It was a "sample" tour and just what I wanted - hit all the highlights I was looking for in Europe.
Vacation : Emile, our Trafalgar Travel Director, was excellent - knowledgeable, personable, and funny besides well organized and able to shift events around based on weather, traffic, etc. Kris, our motor coach driver, was phenomenal - navigating all those narrow, heavily traveled streets. Taking us over Gotthard Pass in the Alps into Lucerne was worth the price of the tour. Also seeing the Lion Monument in Lucerne - by far the best monument in Europe. I enjoyed it all and it did wet my appetite for future travel - just as intended.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so pleased that you enjoyed your first trip with us and we were able to whet your appetite for more travel. We'll be standing by to help you plan your next vacation. Thank you so much for writing.

Grand European Travel
Monday, June 13, 2016
Thursday, June 2, 2016
European Whirl
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Service rating : Was fantastic and we saw and experienced so so Much.
Vacation : Was a bit tiring on the feet due to all the walking but that was due to the cobblestone streets. Loved every minute. With a tour group is the only way to go, otherwise you stand in long long lines and we had priority entrance everywhere. Way to go.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Welcome home! Thank you for your valuable feedback. You are so right that traveling with our groups is the best way to go. We do try to create a stress free vacation. So happy you enjoyed it.

Grand European Travel
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Friday, May 6, 2016
European Whirl
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Service rating : Our tour director Brendon Bush from Trafalgar was fabulous. He took excellent car of us, and the tour itself was everything we had hoped for. Our accommodations were very nice, meals good, and overall very nice.
Vacation : This is a fast paced tour, but it hit all the highlights we were looking to see. We did stay an extra day in Paris, to see more sights, and I'm glad we did. If any place I would not want to see again, it would be Amsterdam. I would have preferred.an extra day in London or Germany. I thought Amsterdam a total waste of time.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Yes, this is definitely a "Whirl" of a trip, but hitting so many wonderful sites and cities. We're very pleased that you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you again soon.

Grand European Travel
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
European Whirl
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Service rating : The guide was exceptional good. Very informed, full of knowledge, great to deal with and knew how to deal with any little problems that came up Driver was perfect!
Vacation : Very good value for what was paid. Although we were on the go a lot we saw what would take most people much more time. We hit the highlights which is just what we wanted. One of our very best vacations. Thanks Grand European Travel.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We take alot of pride in our Travel Directors and Drivers. We're so pleased that appreciated their experience and expertise! Thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you again soon.

Grand European Travel
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
European Whirl
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Service rating : The tour director, coach driver, and local guides were excellent. The tour director provided a lot of historical information about each area & was very friendly & helpful. The coach driver was always ready to offer his assistance. Optional tours were also very good. We were happy we chose all of them.
Vacation : An overall excellent experience which we would recommend to everyone.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate that recommendation. Thank you so much for your business!

Grand European Travel
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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