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European Whirl

15 Days from $3,895 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

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 as you meander through the heart of Europe against the mesmerising backdrop of the Alps and tranquil lakeside settings en route to Paris.

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

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Overview

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 as you meander through the heart of Europe against the mesmerising backdrop of the Alps and tranquil lakeside settings en route to Paris.

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

  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Relax after your journey or spend time exploring this exciting city.
    hotel:The Tower
  3. Join a Local Specialist this morning for a tour of the iconic sites of London, including Big Ben, the imposing Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
    meal(s):FB
  4. 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 capital center before joining your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception dinner cruise on its charming canals.
    meal(s):FB, WR
    hotel:Mercure City
  5. We arrive in Boppard where we board a cruise along the Rhine past the vineyard-clad hills, fairy-tale medieval castles perched above charming riverside towns to St. Goar. Arriving in the Baroque city of Heidelberg, explore its magnificent sights before traveling to our Rhineland hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Sinsheim
  6. 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. Driving across the Austrian border, we arrive in Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps. Admire Emperor Maximilian's famous Golden Roof with its ornate façade and perhaps consider an evening of traditional Tyrolean entertainment to soak up the sights and sounds of this region.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Innsbruck
  7. Meandering through the emerald-green landscape along the Brenner Pass, we journey into Italy and across the Dolomite Mountains en route to the enchanting city of Venice. We cruise on the beautiful Venetian Lagoon by private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square, viewing the ornate Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. We gain a fascinating Cultural Insight into 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):BB
    hotel:Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana
  8. Traveling south across the Veneto Plain, we pass by Bologna and the dramatic Apennine Mountains, continuing through the green and golden fields of Lazio before reaching Rome, the Eternal City.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:A.Roma Lifestyle
  9. We venture to the Vatican City, visiting St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist to view Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. We journey 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.
    meal(s):BB
  10. 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 de' 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, enjoy true Tuscan hospitality with a local family on their private estate on the outskirts of Florence.
    meal(s):BB, BG
    hotel:Grand Mediterraneo
  11. Drive via the picturesque Italian Lakes District, across the snow-capped Alps into beautiful Switzerland where we'll spend the next two nights in the beautiful medieval lakeside city of Lucerne.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation
  12. 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 breath-taking views of the Swiss countryside. We have some time later to discover the best Swiss chocolates in town.
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  13. Crossing the border into France this morning, we travel past the picturesque vineyards and quaint 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 perhaps consider an Optional Experience to a colorful Parisian cabaret.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Evergreen Laurel
  14. 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. We'll ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for panoramic views of the city - the Seine, gardens and symmetrical streets stretching out below. Our European Whirl almost at its end, we spend the evening with our travel companions and Travel Director enjoying a delicious Farewell Dinner in a local bistro.
    meal(s):BB, FD
  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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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 $780 p.p.

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.

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 8:00 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: 13 Buffet Breakfasts, 5 Dinners, all with tea or coffee. 

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Join a local family who will host you at their private estate on the outskirts of Florence. Enjoy warm Italian hospitality and delicious homemade dishes prepared from local produce

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, 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
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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.

  • Add air to your reservation

    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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Reviews

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.
Response from Grand European Travel:
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
Response from Grand European Travel:
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:
Thank you for sharing your experience! The travel directors certainly know how to make a trip extra special and we're so glad to know you had a wonderful time. Happy travels!
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
Monday, October 9, 2017
Martin Schirber Iii
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Service rating : They thought of everything - had all of the bases covered on the whole trip.
Vacation : This was a fast-paced tour of Europe, everything it promised it would be. We saw a lot, did a lot, and could not be happier with the experience. We had the best tour guide ever, the best bus driver ever, and the best group of tourists you could wish for. Plan on doing all of the "Optional" events. You will not want to miss any of it. It is a wonderful way to get an overview of a lot of Europe and the "go-to" destinations. No wasted time, no waiting in lines, go, go, go, fun -filled days,every day.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Carol Schirber
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Service rating : Our tour was everything we thought it would be and more. We had an excellent tour director, a very skilled and courteous coach driver and wonderful experiences. The hotels were very nice, too. One of the great things about the tour was having everything arranged for us including the may tours we went on - and never having to wait in long lines to get in anywhere.
Vacation : Everything was provided: transfers to and from airports, our luggage was brought up to our hotel rooms and collected in the morning, the coach took us to all our destinations, all breakfasts and some dinners, and many wonderful tours We even had a surprise lunch at a castle in Tuscany!
Monday, October 2, 2017
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Service rating : Very informative up front, but we're not as good just before the trip. Had to call several times to find out more information.
Vacation : Had a wonderful time. Saw & did so many awesome things in a short period of time.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Colin Stevens
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Service rating : From the beginning, Daniel, our travel specialist, took care to ensure that all our requirements were met. He coordinated our travel plans from Florida with our daughter's plans from Seattle, Washington creating a stress free arrangement. We received travel documents in a timely manor that were accurate and comprehensive. The Travel Assistant at the Thistle Euston, London was helpful with information, maps and advice. Our Travel Director, Peter Ansell was excellent. He had years of travel experience and an extensive history background that increased our travel experience. We were in great hands. Our Driver, Dirk was excellent. We were completely safe in his hands. We would recommend GET/Trafalgar Travel Services to our family and friends anytime.
Vacation : The European Whirl Tour was excellent value for money. We couldn't believe we saw so many countries and sites on one trip.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
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Service rating : It is the most relaxing and stress free way to travel - they have everything arranged for you - you just have to be there. The Tour Guide, Peter Rosenthal was fantastic, knowledgeable and kept the tour interesting. I definitely would use Grand European Travel services again. Thanks for a memorable trip.
Vacation : A whirl through Europe - fantastic!
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Mary Zdrojewski
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Service rating : Peter was very knowledgeable and made the trip fun. We definitely would book another trip. Have recommended you to several people.
Vacation : Great value. Saw and did more than we expected. Especially the hidden treasures.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
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Service rating : Switch a few hotels. Make a few more stops on the European Whirl. Great tour director: Peter Rosenthal Great bus driver: Felipe
Vacation : Good trip but too much bus travel.
Sunday, September 3, 2017
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Service rating : Their response was quick whenever I had a question about the trip.
Vacation : The trip was well planned but we felt that some of the optional excursions should have been part of the tour. These excursions added so much to our final cost.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
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Service rating : London accommodation was very bad. City tour was also bad. The local tour guide cannot answer simple questions. Optional tours were over priced.
Vacation : Trafalgar should look the customers pocket not just theirs.
Monday, August 28, 2017
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Service rating : I loved the European Whirl tour! The Tour Director, Brendon Bush, made all the difference in the world. What started out as a little shaky (no one to meet us at the airport in London, resulting in $25 worth of international cars to get transportation to the hotel), turned out to be amazing. Brendon was funny, humorous, knowledgeable of the many areas we visited (having lived in several of them), and always ensured everyone on the trip was having a good time--he took time to personally talk with and visit with everyone, including my 9-year old son. He also took special care of my mother, who had to use a wheelchair, and even arranged for us to borrow a wheelchair when the one we brought to Europe was broken in an accident. Brendon even had us laughing and happy after we had a disaster where the bus' air conditioning malfunctioned. We stopped and were transferred to a second bus, and everyone was shocked when the air conditioning failed on that bus. Luckily, our bus driver, Dirk, had fixed our first bus, and caught up with us a short while later. We were back on our original bus, with our original driver, with a slight inconvenience. We didn't miss anything! For the entire trip, we saw amazing sights, had fun, met incredible people, and had a great time. My son fell in love with Venice. My niece fell in love with Amsterdam. My parents loved England. I loved Rome. We all had a blast! And, my son and I are already planning our next adventure with Grand European Travel!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this thorough review.  It's a great example of how an expert Travel Director can turn a negative into a positive and keep the trip on track.  We'll be sure to send your comments about Brendon to our operations team.  We look forward to seeing you again on your next GET vacation!
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Vacation : The European Whirl was a great tour for the price. My family went to so many different places and saw so many different things - and did so many different things. This was the trip of a lifetime, and very much worth the price (to include all of the optional tours we took, and we took them all!)
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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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  • 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.

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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