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European Whirl

Operated by: Trafalgar

14 Days from $4,005 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Italy Venice Rialto Bridge

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Heidelberg, Rhineland, Innsbruck, Venice, Florence, Rome, Vatican City, Lucerne, Paris, Versailles, Calais, Dover ...more London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Heidelberg, Rhineland, Innsbruck, Venice, Florence, Rome, Vatican City, Lucerne, Paris, Versailles, Calais, Dover
  1. Day 1 Welcome to London

    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
  2. Day 2 Discover Historic London

    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.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Eurostar to Brussels and on to Amsterdam

    This morning we 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 Breakfast, Welcome Reception
    hotel Mercure City
  4. Day 4 Journey to the Rhineland and a Scenic Cruise

    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 Off to 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 Rumer Hof
  6. Day 6 Onwards to the Canals of 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 enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience where you’ll witness the centuries-old craft of Venetian glassblowing. You’ll learn how the master craftsmen shape the molten glass to make the exquisite and delicate works of art that adorn homes all over the world and perhaps be inspired to buy your own souvenir as a reminder of this special visit. There’s time later to enjoy the city your way. Get lost in Venice, cross bridges and discover hidden campi where locals share their daily stories over a glass of Venetian Spritz.

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    hotel Novotel Mestre Castellana
  7. Day 7 All Roads Lead to Rome

    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 lunch at a Be My Guest experience and enjoy true Tuscan hospitality with a local family on their private estate in the Chianti countryside.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel A. Roma Lifestyle
  8. Day 8 Discover Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

    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 Continue to Renaissance Florence

    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, crowned by Brunelleschi’s dome, and the Baptistery, renowned for its sculptured bronze doors.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Metropole
  10. Day 10 Across the Alps to Lucerne

    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. Tonight, why not consider an optional Swiss Folklore Show?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grand Europe
  11. Day 11 Explore Lucerne

    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 river 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, Dinner
  12. Day 12 On to Captivating Paris

    Crossing the border into France this morning, we travel past the picturesque vineyards and country towns of Burgundy en route to the 'City of Lights'. 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 Discover the Sights of Paris

    Join a Local Specialist today for a sightseeing tour of this romantic city. View the sophisticated Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, the 19th-century Arc de Triomphe, honouring those who fought for France, and 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 Farewell Paris

    Today bid adieu to your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the end of your memorable experience. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers. Your coach returns from Paris to London, you are welcome to use this complimentary transfer.

    meals Breakfast
European Whirl End Paris
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 13 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar
  • Eurostar high-speed train from London to Brussels
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host when you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore London, Rome, Florence and Paris with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne
  • Visit a glassblowing factory in Venice and 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, the Rhine River and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • Connect With Locals Eight generations of history with plenty of stories to tell. Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest lunch 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.
  • Dive into Culture Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Learn about the history and ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing, playing your role in ensuring the survival of this traditional craft through your visit.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Service
They walked me through the process and explained every thing very well.
Vacation
The things we saw and experienced were wonderful. Victorio, our travel director was great and worked hard to make sure we had a good time. It was just too much time spent on the bus and packing and unpacking.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest reply. This trip certainly does cover quite a bit of Europe. We are glad that you enjoyed it overall.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
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
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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
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EXCELENT IN EVERY WAY LOVED EVERYTHING.
Donna Freeman
Sunday, September 22, 2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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My experience with GET was very positive. My agent was helpful and courteous and was able to answer all questions.
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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
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It was good but it was not very clear on my questions
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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
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It was great, no problems
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