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European Whirl

Operated by: Trafalgar

14 Days from $4,995 per person
Oberammergau

Countries Visited

UK, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France ...more UK, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France

Locations Visited

London, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Amsterdam, Karlsruhe, Heidelberg, Oberammergau, Mestre, Venice, Rome, Trevi Fountain, Florence, Lucerne, Chapel Bridge, Paris, The Louvre ...more London, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Amsterdam, Karlsruhe, Heidelberg, Oberammergau, Mestre, Venice, Rome, Trevi Fountain, Florence, Lucerne, Chapel Bridge, Paris, The Louvre
  1. Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

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

    hotel The Tower
  2. Day 2 London Sightseeing

    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.

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

    This morning meet your Travel Director before travelling 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 centre before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception dinner cruise.

    meals Breakfast, Welcome Dinner
    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 – Oberammergau (Passion Play Performance)

    Journey to Oberammergau this morning for a Trafalgar Highlight and display of unwavering faith - the Oberammergau Passion Play, which will be performed today as it has every ten years since 1634. Take your premium seats for this poignant performance, witnessing first-hand the covenant that the villagers made with God to spare them from the ravages of the plague and compelled them to honour His grace and mercy. Dine at a local restaurant this evening before returning to your seat for the continuation of the captivating depiction of the life and death of Jesus Christ as night falls.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner, Hotel: See 'Trip Notes'
  6. Day 6 Oberammergau – Venice

    Drive along the Brenner Pass into Italy and across the Dolomite Mountains to Venice. Here you will cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square, viewing the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace along your journey. 'Dive into Culture' during a visit to a traditional glassblowing workshop, then spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the sights of your choice.

    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.

    meals Breakfast
    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. 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. 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. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel 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.

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

    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. 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

    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. Our European Whirl and spiritual interlude almost at its end, we spend the evening with our fellow travellers and Travel Director, enjoying a Farewell Dinner in a local bistro.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  14. Day 14 Depart Paris

    Today bid farewell to your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the end of your holiday. An airport transfer is available. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

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

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel
  • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • 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
  • Pick-up and Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre
  • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • PREMIUM TICKETS for the 2020 Passion Play in Oberammergau
  • City tour in Rome, Florence and Paris
  • ORIENTATION of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Venice and Lucerne
  • VISIT St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • VIEW the canals in Amsterdam, St. Mark's Square in Venice, the ancient sites in Rome and the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • SEE the Lorelei Rock, the vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields
  • SCENIC CRUISE along the canals of Amsterdam and the River Rhine

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
Price Discount Availability Price
Terms & Conditions

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
Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
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
Vacation
I not able to show you photo I will do it later
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
Mary Kovacik
Monday, June 10, 2019
Service
Yes I would buy from them again
Vacation
Every one on the bus got sick.At least 30 to 35 people.I got strep throat sinus infection and bronkidus.I am still recovering .I was sick at least 5 days while in Europe
Phyllis Chesko
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Service
Alyssa was very professional and helpful with all my questions I would use her again
Vacation
It was a beautiful trip very well planned itinerary and busy. it was worth every penny
Harry Massey
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Service
Mike from Trafalgar , one of the best Travel Director I met. Very organized, friendly, respectful, humble.
Vacation
Very exciting, entertaining, informational and lots and lots of fun.
boB
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Service
Lauren was great! and expected call backs were reliable...good service and patience with me as a customer with many questions....
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write. We will be sure to share your comments with Lauren and the rest of the team!
Monday, April 29, 2019
Vacation
we seen an amount of Europe way beyond the brochure. Great tour guide Peter Ansell
Germano Pereira
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Service
Easy, no hassle at all. Able to answer all questions. Very responsive.
Vacation
As stated above. Well organized, tour director very knowledgeable, little or no down time. Venues were ready upon our arrival.
Janice Hickey
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Service
Everyone every step of the way was terrific, especially Janice Pingo in the Lake Oswego office. She helped us get our documents a little early since we would be traveling prior to our trip departure.
Vacation
Whirl is the key word, as you really do whirl through this trip. There are a couple of 6+ hours on the bus, but that's reality when you are getting from London to all those many, many cities and countries in such a short time. Tour Director Emile W. Bruss was so much more than just a guide: he is a philosopher, an epicure, a bon vivant and most of all -- your Life Coach, transporting you gently out of your comfort zone and into a whole wonderful world of new (and yes, foreign) experiences. How you "do" life is often quite different from how others "do" life -- and Emile shows you how to appreciate this in a truly life-changing way.
William Johnson
Monday, October 22, 2018
Service
Patrick the tour guide was very helpful. He made travel interesting and comfortable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
How fabulous to hear you enjoyed your European Whirl! It's a great way to sample Europe and all it has to offer. Thank you for sending us your comments. We appreciate your feedback!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Vacation
I thought it was a great value.
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