Trafalgar Tours ~ European Whirl (2019)


Tour Name Duration Region Date(s) Price From Description
European Whirl (2019) 14 Days UK, Germany, Italy, France Sep 8, 2019 $3279

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.

Included:

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
CRUISE along the canals of Amsterdam and the Rhine River
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 and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
SEE the Lorelei Rock and the vineyards of Burgundy
 
Dining:
13 hot buffet breakfasts
1 lunch (including Be My Guest)
2 dinners with local wine

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
Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Hand-picked Trip Highlights
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

Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights) (flight not included)
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

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.
Meal: Full Breakfast

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: Full Breakfast, Welcome Reception
Hotel: Mercure City

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: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Sinsheim

Day 5 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. 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.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast
Hotel: Innsbruck

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.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast
Hotel: Novotel Mestre Castellana

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.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast
Hotel: A.Roma Lifestyle

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.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

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. Please note: Trips departing London on a Tuesday will enjoy a Be My Guest dinner, rather than lunch, in Florence.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Grand Mediterraneo

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 in one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - the Grand Hotel Europe, with its century-old history.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Grand Europe

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.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

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.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast
Hotel: Evergreen Laurel

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: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

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.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast