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European Whirl with Oberammergau (Summer 2020)

14 Days from $4,504 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 to your final stops in Paris and London, with a drive past to the infamous WWI battlefields in France en route.

Trafalgar has secured premium tickets for you to attend the once in a decade performance of the Passion Play in the picturesque Bavarian town of Oberammergau.

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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 to your final stops in Paris and London, with a drive past to the infamous WWI battlefields in France en route.

Trafalgar has secured premium tickets for you to attend the once in a decade performance of the Passion Play in the picturesque Bavarian town of Oberammergau.

  1. Relax after your journey or spend time exploring this exciting city.
  2. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  3. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Welcome Reception
  4. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  5. This morning travel to the picturesque town of Oberammergau where the Passion Play will be performed. This afternoon take your premium seats for this unique and moving performance. Dine at a local restaurant this evening before experiencing the captivating second half of this unique event as night falls.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  6. 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 demonstration, then spend the afternoon exploring the sights of your choice.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  7. South across the Veneto plain you pass by Bologna and through the dramatic Apennine Mountains, continuing into the Lazio region to Rome, the Eternal City.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  8. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  9. 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. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest experience in the Tuscan hills with a local family.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest meal
  10. Drive via picturesque Italian Lakes and across the Alps into Switzerland. Spend the next two nights in the beautiful lakeside town of Lucerne.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  11. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  12. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  13. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  14. Today bid farewell to your fellow travelers and Travel Director at the end of your vacation. An airport transfer is available. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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  • Oberammergau 2020 - Trafalgar Preview

    Oberammergau 2020 Passion Play Preview allows guests to book onto a confirmed 2020 trip and departure date for itineraries featuring the Passion Play in Oberammergau. Accommodation and tickets to this special event which only takes place once every 10 years are always in great demand and often sell out years in advance. Trafalgar has been operating trips to Oberammergau for decades and has sourced first class tickets (best category) for the performances, has excellent local connections and is well versed in all the logistical aspects to make this a wonderfully seamless experience. By booking an Oberammergau preview trip, it does not guarantee that the itinerary will operate as per the 2017, 2018 or 2019 itinerary.

  • Payment conditions

    For bookings before September 30, 2019, on reservation an initial $350 per person, non-refundable deposit is due. On September 30, 2019, an additional $225 is due to confirm Passion Play ticket. For bookings from October 1, 2019 onwards, a non-refundable deposit of $575 per person is due on reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings made within 90 days of departure must be paid in full when booking. No Early Payment Discounts, nor any other discounts, are applicable to the Oberammergau portion of the trip. Any fuel surcharges and/or government tax increases will still be payable by the guest.

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  • Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
18 May 20 31 May 20 checkmark $4,995$4,545pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
1 Jun 20 14 Jun 20 checkmark $4,995$4,545pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
29 Jun 20 12 Jul 20 checkmark $4,950$4,504pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
6 Jul 20 19 Jul 20 checkmark $4,950$4,504pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
31 Aug 20 13 Sep 20 checkmark $4,995$4,545pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
7 Sep 20 20 Sep 20 checkmark $4,995$4,545pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room and is subject to change. Final pricing will be available August 31, 2019.

Single supplement: from $1,020 p.p.

Single and triple rooms are not available for the Oberammergau stay. Solo travelers and triple share guests will be matched and accommodated in a twin room with a fellow solo traveler (of the same gender) for the duration of the stay.

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Accommodation: Hotel accommodation has been secured either in Oberammergau or close by in the picturesque villages of the Bavarian Alps. Please note that single and triple rooms are not available for the Oberammergau stay. Solo travelers and triple share guests will be accommodated in a twin room with a fellow solo traveler (of the same gender) for the duration of the stay.

Itineraries: Itinerary details such as hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, and price are subject to change.

Payment conditions: For bookings before September 30, 2019, on reservation an initial $350 per person, non-refundable deposit is due. On September 30, 2019, an additional $225 is due to confirm Passion Play ticket. For bookings from October 1, 2019 onwards, a non-refundable deposit of $575 per person is due on reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings made within 90 days of departure must be paid in full when booking. No Early Payment Discounts, nor any other discounts, are applicable to the Oberammergau portion of the trip. Any fuel surcharges and/or government tax increases will still be payable by the guest.

Please note indicative prices are available on our website and final prices will be confirmed by 31 August 2019. If the overall Oberammergau & Trip price increases more than 15%, guests are eligible to cancel without penalty; if the price decreases, guests are entitled to the lower trip price.

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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

19 meals: 13 buffet breakfasts, 6 dinners.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy delicious Tuscan cuisine with a local family on an estate in the hills outside of Florence

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, 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, St. Mark's Square in Venice, the ancient sites in Rome, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • See the Lorelei Rock, the vineyards of Burgundy
  • Premium Tickets for the 2020 Passion Play in Oberammergau
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  • Oberammergau 2020 - Trafalgar Preview

    Oberammergau 2020 Passion Play Preview allows guests to book onto a confirmed 2020 trip and departure date for itineraries featuring the Passion Play in Oberammergau. Accommodation and tickets to this special event which only takes place once every 10 years are always in great demand and often sell out years in advance. Trafalgar has been operating trips to Oberammergau for decades and has sourced first class tickets (best category) for the performances, has excellent local connections and is well versed in all the logistical aspects to make this a wonderfully seamless experience. By booking an Oberammergau preview trip, it does not guarantee that the itinerary will operate as per the 2017, 2018 or 2019 itinerary.

  • Payment conditions

    For bookings before September 30, 2019, on reservation an initial $350 per person, non-refundable deposit is due. On September 30, 2019, an additional $225 is due to confirm Passion Play ticket. For bookings from October 1, 2019 onwards, a non-refundable deposit of $575 per person is due on reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings made within 90 days of departure must be paid in full when booking. No Early Payment Discounts, nor any other discounts, are applicable to the Oberammergau portion of the trip. Any fuel surcharges and/or government tax increases will still be payable by the guest.

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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
Trusted Customer
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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
Trusted Customer
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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
Trusted Customer
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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
Trusted Customer
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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
Trusted Customer
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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
Trusted Customer
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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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  • Oberammergau 2020 - Trafalgar Preview

    Oberammergau 2020 Passion Play Preview allows guests to book onto a confirmed 2020 trip and departure date for itineraries featuring the Passion Play in Oberammergau. Accommodation and tickets to this special event which only takes place once every 10 years are always in great demand and often sell out years in advance. Trafalgar has been operating trips to Oberammergau for decades and has sourced first class tickets (best category) for the performances, has excellent local connections and is well versed in all the logistical aspects to make this a wonderfully seamless experience. By booking an Oberammergau preview trip, it does not guarantee that the itinerary will operate as per the 2017, 2018 or 2019 itinerary.

  • Payment conditions

    For bookings before September 30, 2019, on reservation an initial $350 per person, non-refundable deposit is due. On September 30, 2019, an additional $225 is due to confirm Passion Play ticket. For bookings from October 1, 2019 onwards, a non-refundable deposit of $575 per person is due on reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings made within 90 days of departure must be paid in full when booking. No Early Payment Discounts, nor any other discounts, are applicable to the Oberammergau portion of the trip. Any fuel surcharges and/or government tax increases will still be payable by the guest.

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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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  • Oberammergau 2020 - Trafalgar Preview

    Oberammergau 2020 Passion Play Preview allows guests to book onto a confirmed 2020 trip and departure date for itineraries featuring the Passion Play in Oberammergau. Accommodation and tickets to this special event which only takes place once every 10 years are always in great demand and often sell out years in advance. Trafalgar has been operating trips to Oberammergau for decades and has sourced first class tickets (best category) for the performances, has excellent local connections and is well versed in all the logistical aspects to make this a wonderfully seamless experience. By booking an Oberammergau preview trip, it does not guarantee that the itinerary will operate as per the 2017, 2018 or 2019 itinerary.

  • Payment conditions

    For bookings before September 30, 2019, on reservation an initial $350 per person, non-refundable deposit is due. On September 30, 2019, an additional $225 is due to confirm Passion Play ticket. For bookings from October 1, 2019 onwards, a non-refundable deposit of $575 per person is due on reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings made within 90 days of departure must be paid in full when booking. No Early Payment Discounts, nor any other discounts, are applicable to the Oberammergau portion of the trip. Any fuel surcharges and/or government tax increases will still be payable by the guest.

Accommodation: Hotel accommodation has been secured either in Oberammergau or close by in the picturesque villages of the Bavarian Alps. Please note that single and triple rooms are not available for the Oberammergau stay. Solo travelers and triple share guests will be accommodated in a twin room with a fellow solo traveler (of the same gender) for the duration of the stay.

Itineraries: Itinerary details such as hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, and price are subject to change.

Payment conditions: For bookings before September 30, 2019, on reservation an initial $350 per person, non-refundable deposit is due. On September 30, 2019, an additional $225 is due to confirm Passion Play ticket. For bookings from October 1, 2019 onwards, a non-refundable deposit of $575 per person is due on reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings made within 90 days of departure must be paid in full when booking. No Early Payment Discounts, nor any other discounts, are applicable to the Oberammergau portion of the trip. Any fuel surcharges and/or government tax increases will still be payable by the guest.

Please note indicative prices are available on our website and final prices will be confirmed by August 31, 2019. If the overall Oberammergau & Trip price increases more than 15%, guests are eligible to cancel without penalty; if the price decreases, guests are entitled to the lower trip price.

Oberammergau Booking Conditions & Other Important Information

Guided Vacation

Reservations on or before 9/30/2019

Initial Deposit Interim Deposit
$350 (to hold booking) $225 (due 9/30/2019 to confirm Passion Play ticket)

Reservations after 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment
$575 due 90 days before departure
No. of Days Penalty
170 days and over Deposit
169-120 days $350
119-46 days $575
45-22 days 100% of Oberammergau supplement + 25% of land-only price excl. Oberammergau
21-8 days 100% of Oberammergau supplement + 30% of land-only price excl. Oberammergau
7-1 days 100% of Oberammergau supplement + 50% of land-only price excl. Oberammergau
Departure Day/No show 100% of Oberammergau supplement + 100% of land-only price excl. Oberammergau

Air Tickets

Reservations on or before 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment
As per airline policy As per airline policy

Reservations after 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment (before departure)
As per airline policy As per airline policy
No. of Days Penalty
170 days and over $75 + airline charges
169-120 days $75 + airline charges
119-46 days $75 + airline charges
45-22 days $75 + airline charges
21-8 days $75 + airline charges
7-1 days $75 + airline charges
Departure Day/No show $75 + airline charges

Extra Accommodations

Reservations on or before 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment
No additional deposit required No additional deposit required

Reservations after 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment (before departure)
No additional deposit required In accordance with guided vacation
No. of Days Penalty
170 days and over $35
169-120 days $35
119-46 days $35
45-22 days $35 or 25% of accommodation price, whichever is higher
21-8 days $35 or 25% of accommodation price, whichever is higher
7-1 days 100% of accommodation price
Departure Day/No show 100% of accommodation price

Chargable Transfers

Reservations on or before 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment
No additional deposit required No additional deposit required

Reservations after 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment (before departure)
No additional deposit required In accordance with guided vacation
No. of Days Penalty
170 days and over $35
169-120 days $35
119-46 days $35
45-22 days $35 or 25% of accommodation price, whichever is higher
21-8 days $35 or 25% of accommodation price, whichever is higher
7-1 days 100% of transfer price
Departure Day/No show 100% of transfer price
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  • Oberammergau 2020 - Trafalgar Preview

    Oberammergau 2020 Passion Play Preview allows guests to book onto a confirmed 2020 trip and departure date for itineraries featuring the Passion Play in Oberammergau. Accommodation and tickets to this special event which only takes place once every 10 years are always in great demand and often sell out years in advance. Trafalgar has been operating trips to Oberammergau for decades and has sourced first class tickets (best category) for the performances, has excellent local connections and is well versed in all the logistical aspects to make this a wonderfully seamless experience. By booking an Oberammergau preview trip, it does not guarantee that the itinerary will operate as per the 2017, 2018 or 2019 itinerary.

  • Payment conditions

    For bookings before September 30, 2019, on reservation an initial $350 per person, non-refundable deposit is due. On September 30, 2019, an additional $225 is due to confirm Passion Play ticket. For bookings from October 1, 2019 onwards, a non-refundable deposit of $575 per person is due on reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings made within 90 days of departure must be paid in full when booking. No Early Payment Discounts, nor any other discounts, are applicable to the Oberammergau portion of the trip. Any fuel surcharges and/or government tax increases will still be payable by the guest.

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