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  • CITY TOUR in 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
The European Whirl trip starts and ends in London. The European Whirl trip is a sightseeing tour that takes 12 days. You will travel through Venice, Amsterdam, Heidelberg and 6 other destinations visiting Germany, Italy and 5 more countries. This is a guided group tour. The trip includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

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.
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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.
Meals
  • Welcome Reception
Location Visited
  • London
Accommodation
  • Mercure City
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
Location Visited
  • Amsterdam
  • Heidelberg
Accommodation
  • Sinsheim
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.
Meals
  • Buffet Breakfast
Location Visited
  • Munich
Accommodation
  • Innsbruck
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
  • Buffet Breakfast
Location Visited
  • Venice
Accommodation
  • Novotel Mestre Castellana
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.
Meals
  • Buffet Breakfast
Location Visited
  • Rome
Accommodation
  • A.Roma Lifestyle
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
  • Buffet Breakfast
Location Visited
  • Vatican City
  • Rome
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
Location Visited
  • Tuscany
  • Florence
Accommodation
  • Grand Mediterraneo
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
Location Visited
  • Lucerne
Accommodation
  • Grand Europe
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
  • Buffet Breakfast
Location Visited
  • Chapel Bridge
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
  • Buffet Breakfast
Location Visited
  • Burgundy
  • Paris
Accommodation
  • Evergreen Laurel
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
Location Visited
  • Paris
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.
Meals
  • Buffet Breakfast
Location Visited
  • London
what’s included
Accommodation
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Pick-up and Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre
Meals
  • 11 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (including Be My Guest)
  • 2 dinners with local wine
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Transport
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details
Others
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover
  • 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
  • Eurostar high-speed train from London to Brussels
  • VIP entry to many sights
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from London are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this European Whirl tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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A deposit of 1000 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 62 days before departure. For any departures within 24 October 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The European Whirl tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this European Whirl tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this European Whirl tour. You can cancel the tour up to 63 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 62 days of departure.
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