European Whirl

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 mesmerising backdrop of the Alps and tranquil lakeside settings en route to Paris.

 

Price Includes

12 nights in hand selected hotels
16 meals -  11 hot buffet breakfasts, 2 dinners, 3 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine
On-trip transport - an expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
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 ACCOMMODATION
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 Rome, Florence and Paris

Travel Dates
02 Jul – 30 Jul, 04, 06, 11, 13, 18 and 20 Aug 2019

Bonus

Early Payment Discount save up to 10%* per person

Helloworld Exclusive
Save up to $100* per person

Room/Cabin information
4-5 Star accommodation
Offer Ends

25 Oct 18,

unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

Product itinerary

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 highspeed train journey to Brussels and a luxury coach journey to Amsterdam. Enjoy an orientation of this historic Dutch capital centre before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception dinner cruise on its charming canals. (WR) 
Hotel: Mercure City

DAY 2 Amsterdam ▶ Rhine Cruise▶ Heidelberg ▶ Rhineland
We arrive in Boppard where we board a cruise along the Rhine past the vineyard-clad hills, fairytale medieval castles perched above charming
riverside towns to St. Goar. Arriving in the Baroque city of Heidelberg, explore its magnificent sights before travelling to our Rhineland hotel. (BB, D)
Hotel: 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. Driving across the Austrian border, we arrive in Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps. Admire 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. (BB) 
Hotel: Innsbruck

DAY 4 Innsbruck ▶ Venice d
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. 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. (BB) 
Hotel: Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

DAY 5 Venice ▶ Rome (2 Nights)
Travelling 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. (BB) 
Hotel: A.Roma Lifestyle

DAY 6 Rome Sightseeing e d
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. (BB)

DAY 7 Rome ▶ Florence Sightseeing d
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. (BB, BG) 
Hotel: Grand Mediterraneo

DAY 8 Florence ▶ Lucerne (2 Nights) 
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. (BB, D) 
Hotel: Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation

DAY 9 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. (BB)

DAY 10 Lucerne ▶ Paris (2 Nights)
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 cosy bistro for fine French cuisine or perhaps consider an Optional Experience to a colourful Parisian cabaret. (BB)
Hotel: Evergreen Laurel

DAY 11 Paris Sightseeing 
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. We’ll ascend to the
second level of the Eiffel Tower for panoramic views of the city - the Seine, gardens and symmetrical streets stretching out below. Our European Whirl almost at its end, we spend the evening with our travel companions and Travel Director enjoying a delicious Farewell Dinner in a local bistro. (BB, FD)

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. (BB)

BB = Buffet Breakfast
FD = Farewell Dinner
D = Dinner
BG =  Be my Guest
WR = Welcome Reception

 

Helloworld Terms & Conditions

*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 14 Sep 2018 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge.  Airfare not included. All savings are included in the advertised price. Early Payment Discount is on the land-only portion of selected holidays and can be combined with other brochure discounts where applicable, does not apply to extra nights' accommodation, optional extensions, airfares, flight supplements and surcharges, taxes and fees and airport transfers. A deposit is required on booking and the full amount must be paid by 31 Jan 2019 or no later than 45 days prior to departure from Australia for land only guided holidays (whichever comes first) to qualify for the 10% Europe and Britain Early Payment Discount. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Trafalgar and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.