Trafalgar European Whirl Summer 2019

12 days from London to London

Take off on this 12 day tour from London to London visiting UK, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France with Trafalgar.

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Length 12 Days
Code WWWHA114
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Overview

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.

Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Rome, Florence and Paris
  • ORIENTATION of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne
  • VISIT St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and Notre Dame Cathedral 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 and the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne and the Eiffel Tower
  • SEE the Lorelei Rock, the vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields

Prices

Pricing Information

"Guaranteed" refers to departures that are confirmed for departure. Pricing is Per Person.

Itinerary

  • Day 1
    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 city before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception dinner cruise on its canals. Welcome Reception

    Locations Visited
    • London

    Meals: Welcome Reception

    Accommodation: Mercure City

  • Day 2
    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. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

    Locations Visited
    • Amsterdam
    • Heidelberg

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

    Accommodation: Sinsheim

  • Day 3
    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. Buffet Breakfast

    Locations Visited
    • Munich

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast

    Accommodation: Innsbruck

  • Day 4
    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. Buffet Breakfast

    Locations Visited
    • Venice

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast

    Accommodation: Novotel Mestre Castellana

  • Day 5
    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. Buffet Breakfast

    Locations Visited
    • Rome

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast

    Accommodation: A.Roma Lifestyle

  • Day 6
    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. Buffet Breakfast

    Locations Visited
    • Vatican City
    • Rome

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast

  • Day 7
    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. This evening, 'Connect With Locals' and sample Tuscan hospitality as you enjoy a Be My Guest dinner with a local family at a property in the Chianti countryside.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

    Locations Visited
    • Tuscany
    • Florence

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

    Accommodation: Grand Mediterraneo

  • Day 8
    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. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

    Locations Visited
    • Lucerne

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

    Accommodation: Grand Europe

  • Day 9
    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. Buffet Breakfast

    Locations Visited
    • Chapel Bridge

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast

  • Day 10
    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. Buffet Breakfast

    Locations Visited
    • Burgundy
    • Paris

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast

    Accommodation: Evergreen Laurel

  • Day 11
    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 world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral 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.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

    Locations Visited
    • Paris

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

  • Day 12
    Paris – London

    Departing mainland Europe, we venture past poignant World War I battlefields to the coast where we board a ferry to Dover and travel by coach on to London where our adventure comes to an end. Buffet Breakfast

    Locations Visited
    • London

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Inclusions

Dining Highlights
  • 11 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 2 dinners
  • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine
First class travel Highlights
  • 11 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 2 dinners
  • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine
  • 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 Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a 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
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    **Approximate Price per person based on Double. For latest prices see Pricing Tab