European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

The tring tring of Dutch bicycles launch your Europe adventure, from picture-perfect Amsterdam and vine-clad hills along the Rhine with its medieval castles, to the magnificent open-air museum that is Rome.

Trafalgar Trip Highlights

  • 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. (Day 8)

  • Dive into Culture:  Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries. (Day 7)

  • Local Specialist:  For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence and Paris

Iconic Sightseeing Highlights 

  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in London, Rome, Florence and Paris

  • ORIENTATION of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne

  • VISIT St. Peter's Basilica in Rome

  • VIEW the canals in Amsterdam, the Golden Roof in Innsbruck, St. Mark's Square in Venice, the ancient sites in Rome, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne and the Eiffel Tower 

  • SEE the Lorelei Rock and the vineyards of Burgundy

  • SCENIC CRUISE along the canals of Amsterdam and the Rhine River

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 if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
  • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate 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

Location:

London, England, United Kingdom, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands, Florence, Tuscany, Italy, Lucerne, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland, Paris, France, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Venice, Veneto, Italy

15  Days | 13  nights
Call to book: 1-866-529-2079
Travelling as a group of 10 or more?  Request a group quote.

INCLUSIONS

  • Flight to London; Return flight from Paris (if flight and tour package option is chosen)
  • 13 nights of accommodation
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coaches
  • Porterage (1 piece of luggage per passenger)
  • 18 meals (13 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest Lunch and 4 dinners)
  • $50 CAD credit voucher for an Optional Experience as described in the itinerary below (1 voucher per person)
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • English-speaking travel director
  • Earn and redeem Aeroplan® Miles

ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart Canada

Fly to London.

European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 2

Welcome to London

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.

Accommodation:
(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 3

London Sightseeing

Join a 'Local Specialist' this morning for a tour of the iconic and unexpected sites of London. Your afternoon is at leisure to go shopping in Knightsbridge, visit one of the fascinating museums or wander along the Thames.

Meal(s) : Full breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 4

London - Eurostar - Brussels - Amsterdam

A brief interlude with the British capital this morning sees us meet our Travel Director before travelling to London's St. Pancras International where we will board the Eurostar™ for a high-speed train journey to Brussels and a luxury coach journey to Amsterdam. Enjoy an orientation of this historic Dutch capital centre before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception dinner cruise on its charming canals.

Meal(s) : Welcome Reception
Accommodation:
(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 5

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 past the vineyard-clad hills, fairy-tale medieval castles perched above charming riverside towns to St. Goar. Arriving in the Baroque city of Heidelberg, explore its magnificent sights before traveling to our Rhineland hotel.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 6

Rhineland - Munich - 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.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:

Tyrolean Evening With Dinner (67 EUR): 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.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 7

Innsbruck - Venice

Meandering through the emerald-green landscape along the Brenner Pass, we journey into Italy and across the Dolomite Mountains en route to the enchanting city of Venice. We cruise on the beautiful Venetian lagoon by private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square, viewing 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. We gain a fascinating Cultural Insight into 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.

 

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:

Gondolas & the Grand Canal (70 EUR): 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.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 8

Venice - 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 a 'Be My Guest' lunch and enjoy true Tuscan hospitality with a local family on their private estate in the Chanti countryside.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:

Roman Evening with Dinner (62 EUR): This easy-going evening in Rome begins with a beautiful drive to see amazing city sights. We arrive at one of our favourite restaurants, where you'll enjoy a warm welcome and delicious dinner of local cuisine with drinks and music.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast, Be My Guest lunch
Accommodation:
(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 9

Rome Sightseeing and free time

We venture to the Vatican City, visiting 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 savoring 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.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • Piazzas and Fountains of Rome (33 EUR): Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
  • Explore Ostia Antica (42 EUR): Join us on a journey along the Mediterranean coast and visit the excavations of Ancient Ostia, the former harbour of Rome. These ruins offer perhaps a more complete picture of Roman urban life than either Rome or Pompeii. See the remains of the baths, theatre, apartment houses, drinking room, mosaics and wall paintings at this beautiful site, mirrored by cypress trees and umbrella pines.
  • Inside The Vatican & Colosseum (84 EUR): 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.
  • Roman Delights with Dinner (51 EUR): Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We'll take you via coach where you'll have the chance to see some of the city's much-loved sights. Afterwards, you'll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialties, alongside local music and drinks.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 10

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 de' 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.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:

Michelangelo's David & the Accademia Gallery (47 EUR): 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.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 11

Florence - Lucerne

Drive via the scenic Italian Lakes District, across the Alps into beautiful Switzerland, where the next two nights are spent in Lucerne at one of Trafalgar’s Stays With Stories - the Grand Hotel Europe.

 

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 12

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 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.

 

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner (99 FR):  Tonight we’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join in a lively folklore show which includes yodelling, flag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two drinks are also included. Occasionally, this optional may be offered as a Lunch for CHF 68.00.
  • Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise (112 FR):  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 Countryside & Carriages (67 FR):  A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a farm where you’ll savour local drinks and snacks.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 13

Lucerne - Paris

Crossing the border into France this morning, we meander through the picturesque vineyards and quaint 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 cozy bistro for fine French cuisine or perhaps consider an Optional Experience to a colourful Parisian cabaret.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • Moulin Rouge Cabaret and Dinner (165 EUR): 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!
  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret and Dinner (139 EUR): 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.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 14

Paris Sightseeing and free time

Join a 'Local Specialist' today for a sightseeing tour of this romantic city. View the sophisticated Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and the 19th-century Arc de Triomphe, honouring those who fought for France, Notre Dame Cathedral, then enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Our European Whirl almost at its end, we spend the evening with fellow travellers and our Travel Director, enjoying a Farewell Dinner in a local bistro.

Optional Activities ($):
Optional Experiences:

Seine Cruise & Paris Illuminations (38 EUR): Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb City of Lights on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we'll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.

Versailles Palace & Gardens (68 EUR): 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 Experience is subject to availability.

Montparnasse and Napoleon's Tomb (49 EUR): Take the fastest elevator in Europe to the Panoramic Observation Deck for unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower and all of the city’s iconic monuments. The highest rooftop terrace in Paris offers a breath-taking 360-degree view, with all of Paris at your feet! We’ll also visit the Dôme des Invalides with our local specialist to see Napoleon’s final resting place.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast, Farewell dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 15

Paris - Return to Canada

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
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

ACCOMMODATIONS

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

LOCATION
HOTEL
London, England, United Kingdom
Hotel The Tower(or similar)
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Hotel Mercure City(or similar)
Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Sinsheim (or similar)
Innsbruck, Tyrol, AT
Innsbruck(or similar)
Venice, Veneto, Italy
Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana(or similar)
Rome, Lazio, Italy
A.Roma Lifestyle(or similar)
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Hilton Metropole(or similar)
Lucerne, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland
Hotel Grand Europe(or similar)
Paris, France
Hotel Evergreen Laurel(or similar)

Room Specifications

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.
Room occupancy: 2 adults travelling together or up to 2 adults of the same gender.
Single or Triple occupancy option: Solo travellers will share a room with another person from the group. Travellers who prefer to stay in a single occupancy or a triple occupancy room can call us book: 1 866 529-2079. Subject to availability.

IMPORTANT INFO

DEPARTURE DATES

2020 departure dates:

April 6*, 10*, 13*, 17, 20*, 24                                  
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29                                  
June 5, 12, 19, 26                                                
July 3, 17, 31                                           
August 7, 14                                                    
September 11, 25                                              
October 5, 9*, 12*, 16, 23*

*Non-definite departure dates

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your departure flight to arrive on or before the Tour Start Date.

ACTIVITIES

For an additional $147 CAD per person, travelers can pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver. Call us at 1 866 529-2079 to add this option to your reservation.

Prices listed in the itinerary are valid as of November 13, 2019 and are subject to change without notice.

TRANSPORTATION

Transfers can be expensive, particularly between the airport and your London hotel. Trafalgar has negotiated special group transfer rates from London's Heathrow Airport to the door of your Trafalgar London hotel. Guests will be picked up and dropped off in time to meet all flights booked to and from London's Heathrow Airport. Price: $77 CAD per person per trip to or from Heathrow Airport.

Pricing display

Prices take into account taxes and are rounded to the nearest full dollar. Full details on taxes and fees are on the booking page.