European Whirl (Oct-Mar)

12 Day Winter Tour from London to London with Trafalgar

Read 10 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Trafalgar's 12 Day European Whirl (Oct-Mar). The tring tring of Dutch bicycles launch your European adventure, from picture-perfect Amsterdam and vine-clad hills along the Rhine with its medieval castles, to the more

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Guided Tour
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Scenic / Cultural
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Countries Explored:
Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, England, Holland
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4.6 out of 5
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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. (WR) Stay: Mercure City
2 Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg
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 hotel. (B/D) Stay: Leonardo Heidelberg
3 Heidelberg – Munich – Innsbruck
Crossing the Swabian Alps on the edge of the Black Forest, we arrive in the Bavarian capital of Munich. Our orientation takes us past the Olympic Stadium and neo-Gothic Town 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. (B) Stay: Grauer Bär
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. (B) Stay: Novotel Mestre Castellana
5 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. (B) Stay Two Nights: Villa Pamphili/Tiberio
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. (B)
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 on their private estate in the Chianti countryside. (B/BMG) Stay: Cosmopolitan Concept
8 Florence – Lucerne
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. (B/D) Stay Two Nights: Astoria
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. (B)
10 Lucerne – Paris
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. (B) Stay Two Nights: Renaissance La Defense
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. (B/FD)
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. (B)

Trafalgar Inclusions

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Journey 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
  • View the canals in Amsterdam, the Town Hall in Munich, 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
  • Scenic cruise along the canals of Amsterdam and the Rhine River
Trip Inclusions
  • 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
  • Channel ferry from Calais to Dover
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences (Additional Cost) and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and 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
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights
Included Meals
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included

Reviews (10)

12 Day European Whirl (Oct-Mar) reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Wonderful Winter Holiday”
- New Zealand Jan 2018

The trip was very fast paced and packed a lot of sights in. Jella the Tour Director was fantastic and there were no issues on the site. I am still amazed at how many sights we saw. We did most of the optional tours and loved them all. Moulin Rouge was exceptional and so was the Mountain Cable Car in Lucerne. We would recommend this trip to all. The weather was very, very good for that time of the year. All the hotels were excellent.

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“Sistine Chapel was the one to remember”
- NSW, Australia Mar 2017

This was the best trip I had due mainly to Tour Director, Driver and my fellow travellers. For travellers who want to see as much as possible in a short space of time this tour is the best there is. However, one needs to be pretty fit as it sets a grueling pace. All the places we visited had something memorable to offer but the Sistine Chapel was the one to remember for me. I am looking for a tour in Eastern Europe preferably with the same tour Director, he was excellent! So thank you Global more

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“European Whirl”
- Qld, Australia Mar 2017

Tour was most enjoyable, extremely well organised and efficiently carried out. The Tour Director was very easy to get along with and the Driver received spontaneous applause for his driving in Paris and Rome, where chaos reigned supreme on the roads! The one disappointment for us was the Hotel in Rome. A tiny room with a single bed with a trundler bed on the floor with a wafer thin mattress. It was not really suitable for a 72 year old, getting up and down. The air conditioning either did more

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“European Whirl”
- QLD, Australia Nov 2016

The trip was exactly as expected , a whirl through Europe. The tour was better than expected with many hidden delights along the way. The Tour director Kevin made the trip with his vast knowledge and keen sense of humour . There were many times he could quite easily have got frustrated with us but he kept his wit and charm. We now have a good understanding of where we will return to.

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“An amazing introduction to Europe”
- NSW, Australia Jan 2016 1 Helpful Vote

This trip was an amazing introduction for us to Europe. The trip was well organised and fun. My wife and I enjoyed it very much. The tour director was knowledgeable about the places we went to, organised, and very helpful - he displayed a conscious effort to help us get the most of our journey.

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