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 their fairy-tale medieval castles, to the magnificent open-air museum that is Rome. Mountains and monuments dot your route as you meander through the heart of Europe against the mesmerizing backdrop of the Alps and tranquil lakeside settings en route to Paris.

When travelling with Trafalgar, you will receive the perks of Insider Experiences, Sightseeing, First Class Highlights:

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest: Join a local family who will host you at their private estate on the outskirts of Florence. Enjoy warm Italian hospitality and delicious homemade dishes prepared from local produce
  • Authentic Accommodations: Enjoy the elegance of yesteryear and sweeping lake vistas at the Grand Hotel Europe in Lucerne, where warm Swiss hospitality and a grand past spanning over a century guarantee an unforgettable stay
  • 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 Experiences

  • 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 the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam and the River Rhine
  • View the canals in Amsterdam, the Golden Roof in Innsbruck, St. Mark's Square in Venice, the ancient sites in Rome and the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • See the Lorelei Rock and the vineyards of Burgundy

First Class Highlights

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • 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
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel

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 and 5 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
  • Audio headsets for flexible sight-seeing

ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart Canada

Fly to London.

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(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 2

Arrive London

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

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European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 3

London Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist this morning for a tour of the iconic sites of London, including Big Ben, the imposing Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. 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
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(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 4

London - Eurostar - Brussels - Amsterdam

Meet your Travel Director before traveling to London's St. Pancras International where we will board the EurostarTM for a high-speed train journey to Brussels and a luxury coach journey to Amsterdam. Enjoy an orientation of this historic Dutch capital center before joining your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception dinner cruise on its charming canals.

Meal(s) : Full breakfast and Welcome Reception dinner
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(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
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(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 6

Rhineland - Munich - Innsbruck

Crossing the Swabian Alps on the edge of the Black Forest, we arrive in the Bavarian capital of Munich. Our orientation drive takes us past the Olympic Stadium and neo-Gothic City Hall, which dominates the Marienplatz. Driving across the Austrian border, we arrive 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 perhaps consider an evening of traditional Tyrolean entertainment to soak up the sights and sounds of this region.

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 & Grand Canal (69 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 taxis 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

Traveling south across the Veneto Plain, we pass by Bologna and the dramatic Apennine Mountains, continuing through the green and golden fields of Lazio before reaching Rome, the Eternal City.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:

Roman Evening with Dinner (61 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
Accommodation:
(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 9

Rome Sightseeing

We venture to the Vatican City, visiting St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist to view Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. We journey 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.

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 (79 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 (47 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. This evening, enjoy true Tuscan hospitality with a local family on their private estate on the outskirts of Florence.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:

Michelangelo's David & the Accademia Gallery (40 GBP): 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 and Be My Guest dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 11

Florence - Lucerne

Drive via the picturesque Italian Lakes District, across the snow-capped Alps into beautiful Switzerland where we'll spend the next two nights in the beautiful medieval lakeside city of Lucerne.

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 breath-taking 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 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.
  • Mount Pilatus and Lake Cruise (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.
  • Alpine Farm & Carriage Ride (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 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 (162 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
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    (1 night)
    European Whirl - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    Day 14

    Paris Sightseeing

    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
    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
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    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)
    To be advised(or similar)
    Innsbruck, Tyrol, AT
    To be advised(or similar)
    Venice, Veneto, Italy
    Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana(or similar)
    Rome, Lazio, Italy
    A.Roma Lifestyle(or similar)
    Florence, Tuscany, Italy
    Hotel Grand Mediterraneo(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

    October 11 & 18, 2019        

    2020 departure dates:

    April 6*, 10*, 13*, 17*, 20*, 24                                  
    May 1, 8*, 11*, 15*, 22*, 29*                                   
    June 5*, 12*, 19, 26*                                                 
    July 3*, 10*, 17*, 31*                                            
    August 7*, 14*                                                     
    September 11*, 25*                                               
    October 2*, 5*, 9*, 12*, 16*, 19*, 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 $146 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 August 21, 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 policies for this hotel

    Non-Refundable

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    Free Cancellation

    This room includes the option of free cancellation before check-in. Refunds are not possible if you do not check in or if you check out early. Full details on the cancellation policy are displayed on the booking page.

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