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European Whirl

Operated by: Trafalgar

14 Days from $2,779 per person
Innsbruck, Austria

Countries Visited

Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France ...more Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France

Locations Visited

Heidelberg, Boppard, Innsbruck, Venice, Mestre, Rome, Florence, Lucerne, Lake Lucerne, Paris, Versailles ...more Heidelberg, Boppard, Innsbruck, Venice, Mestre, Rome, Florence, Lucerne, Lake 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
  2. Day 2 London Sightseeing

    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 London – Eurostar™ – Brussels – Amsterdam

    Meet your 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.

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

    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 hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Leonardo Heidelberg
  5. Day 5 Heidelberg – Munich – Innsbruck

    Crossing the Swabian Alps on the edge of the Black Forest, we arrive in the Bavarian capital of Munich. Our orientation takes us past the Olympic Stadium and neo-Gothic Town Hall, which dominates the Marienplatz. 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 and consider an evening of traditional Tyrolean entertainment.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grauer Bär
  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 look 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, 'Connect with Locals' and sample Tuscan hospitality as you enjoy a Be My Guest dinner with a local family on their private estate in the Chanti coutryside.’

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Villa Pamphili/Tiberio
  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 Cosmopolitan Concept
  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 Astoria
  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 Renaissance La Defense
  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. Visit the 13th-century church of St. Severin and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Our European Whirl almost at its end, we spend the evening with 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
  • 5 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of 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
  • Channel ferry from Calais to Dover
  • 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 link below for details
  • Pick-up and Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in London, Rome, Florence and Paris
  • ORIENTATION of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne
  • VISIT St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and St. Severin Church in Paris
  • 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, 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

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

Florence

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Adult Price: € 40

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.

This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Innsbruck

Tyrolean Evening With Dinner

Adult Price: € 67

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.

Lucerne

Alpine Farm & Carriage Ride

Adult Price: 67 CHF

A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse-drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a working farm where you’ll savor local drinks and snacks.

Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise

Adult Price: 112 CHF

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.

Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

Adult Price: 99 CHF

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 yodeling, flag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two drinks are also included.

Paris

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

Adult Price: € 139

Join us for dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town, where you’ll watch an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment – including the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night you’ll never forget.

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

Adult Price: € 162

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!

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Adult Price: € 38

Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'City of Light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterward, 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.

Versailles Palace And Gardens

Adult Price: € 65

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.

Rome

Roman Evening with Dinner

Adult Price: € 61

This easy-going evening in Rome begins with a beautiful drive to see amazing city sights. We arrive at one of our favorite restaurants, where you'll enjoy a warm welcome and delicious dinner of local cuisine with drinks and music.

Explore Ostia Antica

Adult Price: € 42

Join us on a journey along the Mediterranean coast and visit the excavations of Ancient Ostia, the former harbor 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.

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Adult Price: € 33

Starting with a lovely drive and continuing on foot, you'll discover hidden backstreets, piazzas and fountains of the 'Eternal City' with a Local Specialist. Along the way, you'll marvel at the timeless Pantheon, the best-preserved Roman temple in the world. Many additional highlights are revealed on this relaxed tour that also offers free time in a gorgeous Baroque square with street artists, trattorias and gelaterias!

Roman Delights With Dinner

Adult Price: € 47

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. Afterward, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialties, alongside local music and drinks.

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

Adult Price: € 79

We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for this tour that shows not just remarkable works of art collected and commissioned over the history of the Papacy, but also Michelangelo’s amazing ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Later we hear fascinating tales of gladiatorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.

This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Venice

Gondolas & Grand Canal

Adult Price: € 69

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.

Reviews
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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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