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European Whirl

Operated by: Trafalgar

14 Days from $3,443 per person

Countries Visited

Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France ...more Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France

Locations Visited

Amsterdam, London, Brussels, Boppard, Heidelberg, Innsbruck, Venice, Mestre, Florence, Rome, Lucerne, Paris, Versailles ...more Amsterdam, London, Brussels, Boppard, Heidelberg, Innsbruck, Venice, Mestre, Florence, Rome, Lucerne, Paris, Versailles
  1. Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

    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.

    hotel The Tower/Hilton Kensington
  2. Day 2 London Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join a 'Local Specialist' this morning for a tour of the iconic and unexpected sites of London.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 London – Eurostar™ – Brussels – Amsterdam

    A brief interlude with the British capital this morning sees us meet our Travel Director before travelling 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 travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception dinner cruise on its canals.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Mercure City
  4. Day 4 Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg – Rhineland

    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 travelling to our Rhineland hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Sinsheim
  5. Day 5 Rhineland – Innsbruck

    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. Admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store and consider an evening of traditional Tyrolean entertainment.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Innsbruck
  6. Day 6 Innsbruck – Venice

    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 took 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Mestre Castellana
  7. Day 7 Venice – Rome (2 Nights)

    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. En route, we 'Connect with Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' lunch and enjoy true Tuscan hospitality with a local family on their private estate in the Chanti countryside.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel A.Roma Lifestyle
  8. Day 8 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    Our first stop today sees us discover the divine beauty of the Vatican City. We'll visit St. Peter's Basilica 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 savouring 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.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Rome – Florence Sightseeing

    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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Metropole
  10. Day 10 Florence – Lucerne (2 Nights)

    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 one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - the Grand Hotel Europe, with its century-old history.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Grand Europe
  11. Day 11 Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

    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.

    meals Breakfast
  12. Day 12 Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights)

    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 cosy bistro for fine French cuisine or consider an Optional Experience to a colourful Parisian cabaret.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Evergreen Laurel
  13. Day 13 Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

    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, honouring those who fought for France, Notre Dame Cathedral, then enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Our European Whirl almost at its end, we spend the evening with fellow travellers and our Travel Director, enjoying a Farewell Dinner in a local bistro.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  14. Day 14 Depart Paris

    After breakfast, we say a fond au revoir to your fellow travellers and Travel Director. An airport transfer is available. Conditions apply.

    Complimentary London Return - guests are welcome to return to London by Trafalgar motor coach at no extra cost. Additional accommodation will be required as arrival in London will be late afternoon/early evening. Please speak to your Travel Agent about this at time of booking.

    meals Breakfast
European Whirl
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 13 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 4 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Eurostar high-speed train from London to Brussels
  • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page for details
  • Pick-up if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne
  • VISIT St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • 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 and the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • SEE the Lorelei Rock and the vineyards of Burgundy
  • SCENIC CRUISE along the canals of Amsterdam and the Rhine River

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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.

Innsbruck

Tyrolean Evening With Dinner

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.
Adult Price: €67

Venice

Gondolas & the Grand Canal

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.
Adult Price: €70

Rome

Roman Evening with Dinner

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.
Adult Price: €62

Explore Ostia Antica

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.
Adult Price: €42

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

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.
Adult Price: €81

Roman Delights With Dinner

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.
Adult Price: €51

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

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!
Adult Price: €33

Florence

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We visit 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 reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €47

Lucerne

Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise

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.
Adult Price: CHf112

Swiss Countryside & Carriages

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 farm where you’ll savour local drinks and snacks.
Adult Price: CHf67

Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

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. Occasionally, this optional may be offered as a Lunch for CHF68.00.
Adult Price: CHf99

Paris

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

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!
Adult Price: €162

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

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.
Adult Price: €139

Versailles Palace And Gardens

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 and involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: €65

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

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.
Adult Price: €38

Reviews
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Laurie Mikulski
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Service
It was easy booking our trip. Lauren was helpful and knowledgeable.
Vacation
Our vacation was fantastic! It truely was a whirl however so it is not for someone who wants to relax. We saw so much for the short time we stayed in each country. Our travel guide, Brendon gave us so much information and history. We were able to absorb the different cultures, and see so many more things that we would have missed had we not booked with Grand European Travel. Loved it and would highly recommend! Thank you!
Response from Grand European Travel:
This trip definitely has a lot packed in to it and we're thrilled to see that you enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you for sharing your comments.
Friday, November 1, 2019
Dora Darleen Berkey
Friday, October 18, 2019
Service
They were very helpful. And answered all our questions.
Vacation
We were able to see a lot in a short length of time. Our travel director and driver were very organized and knowledgeable. We would travel with Debora Wiggins again in a heart beat.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is fantastic to hear and we thank you for your business.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Connie Kilts
Monday, October 14, 2019
Service
My travel specialist was always on top of all arrangements......she was accessible every time I called her.
Vacation
It was great not to have to worry about anything...our host, Vince O Donovan was wonderful. Very knowledgeable .
Response from Grand European Travel:
Just one of the many benefits if booking and traveling with GET is not having to worry about the details. We'll make sure they are all covered! Thank you for your comments and your business.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Cheryl Golden
Thursday, September 26, 2019
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I WILL NEVER FORGET MY TRIP AND THE WAY IT WAS DONE BY ALL PARTIES. THE BEST TRIP I EVER HAD AND THE TOUR DIRECTOR AMANDA WAS THE BEST EVER.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It's hard to top the best trip you ever had. We are so glad we could play a part in making that happen for you.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Vacation
EXCELENT IN EVERY WAY LOVED EVERYTHING.
Donna Freeman
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Service
Daniel Pelietier was great, He answer all questions and made sure that I had the correct information to make my trip a success.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much. It means a lot to hear that our team is doing a great job.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Vacation
Amanda Trafalgar was fantastic, her energy, friendliness, knowledge gave a trip a boost. You can tell that she was born to this.. She gave a presentation before we will go to another country about the language. She would give us the country phrases. Also she informed us regarding the W/S. How much it would cost and guide us to W/S. The trip information was great. I had opportunity to meet other people from different countries and backgrounds. My hat off to Amanda, who made the trip very interesting, lasting memories, enjoyable but it was also, educated me regarding the old world.Europe.
Jean Rath
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Service
Graham Smith was absolutely the best travel director ever! He kept track of everyone, and every bag! His "history lessons" on each city were so informative! Perfect vacation!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Well you can't get much better than the best vacation ever! Thank you so much for sharing your comments and memories.
Friday, September 13, 2019
Vacation
Our travel director, Graham Smith, made this whirlwind vacation the best experience ever! The sites were wonderful - the hotels the best! Graham's "history lessons" on each city were informative and amusing. He kept everyone moving and on time.
Joan Rath
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Service
My experience with GET was very positive. My agent was helpful and courteous and was able to answer all questions.
Vacation
We visited nine countries in two weeks. The trip was fast-paced to be sure, but we visited all the highlights. The Tour Director was terrific and help make the trip memorable.
Malabika Dalal
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Service
It was good but it was not very clear on my questions
Vacation
Very happy with the guide tour and coach driver. Very informative and interesting person and has answered all my questions
Yves Midy
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Service
It was great, no problems
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Trusted Customer
Friday, June 14, 2019
Service
The tour director Breck and the bus driver Ben were both excellent. Answered all our questions and took great care of us. Accommodations were exceptional. And the Be Our Guest luncheon we had was outstanding.
Vacation
All the sites we saw and the accommodations we had were wonderful. All the Including breakfasts provided good choices.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That's so great to hear. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback!
Friday, June 14, 2019
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