European Whirl

England • Netherlands • Belgium • Germany • Italy
• Austria • Switzerland • France

Day 1

FLIGHT TO LONDON:

Today, we are greeted by our Christian Tours Tour Director and are transported to the Charlotte Douglas Airport for our overnight flight to London.
Day 2

LONDON, ENGLAND:

We arrive in London to begin our seven-country European Whirl. Enjoy some free time to relax or spend some time exploring this exciting city. We spend the next two nights in London.
Day 3

LONDON SIGHTSEEING:

Many of the major sights of London are included on our morning sightseeing tour, such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey. Finishing in Central London, you have the rest of the day at leisure to discover more of the city’s delights. (B)
Day 4

LONDON • EUROSTAR • BRUSSELS • AMSTERDAM:

This morning we travel to London’s St. Pancras International to board the Eurostar for a high-speed train journey to Brussels. Upon our arrival we travel by luxury coach to Amsterdam. Our orientation of Amsterdam includes Dam Square and the Mint Tower. Early this evening, the views are splendid as we cruise along the city’s abundant canals aboard our glass-topped boat, enjoying our dinner cruise. (B, D)
Day 5

RHINE RIVER CRUISE • HEIDELBERG, GERMANY:

We travel via Arnhem along the Ruhr and Rhine Valleys. Enjoy picturesque scenery all the way to Boppard, where we enjoy a cruise on the romantic Rhine River. Our cruise takes us past vine-clad hills and crumbling medieval castles to St. Goar. We see the famous Lorelei Rock and later enjoy views of the ancient red sandstone castle towering above Heidelberg. (B, D)
Day 6

SWABIAN ALPS • MUNICH • INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA:

Have your cameras ready as we travel through the Swabian Alps on our way to Munich, the capital of Bavaria. Here we have an orientation drive including the Olympic Stadium and City Hall. We view the Glockenspiel on Marienplatz. A short drive through splendid scenery and across the Austrian border brings us to Innsbruck where we enjoy a walking tour through town. Admire the architecture including such sights as Hofburg and the Golden Roof. Be sure to shop for great Alpine souvenirs. This evening you may want to consider an optional evening of traditional Tyrolean entertainment. (B)
Day 7

VENICE, ITALY • CANAL CRUISE:

Enjoy spectacular scenery as we travel along the Brenner Pass into Italy and across the Dolomite Mountains on our way to Venice, Italy. Here we cruise by private motor launch to visit St. Mark’s Square, viewing the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace along the way. Next we visit a traditional glass blowing workshop, then spend the afternoon exploring the sights of your choice. (B)
Day 8

ROME:

We head south across the Veneto Plain. We pass by Bologna and over the dramatic Apennine Mountains, as we continue to the Lazio region to Rome, for a two night stay. B
Day 9

ROME SIGHTSEEING:

Our morning sightseeing tour begins with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica to view Michelangelo’s Pieta. Crossing the River Tiber to ancient Rome, we see the Forum and the Colosseum, as well as the enormous Circus Maximus, famous for chariot racing. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the sights of your choice on your own. You may want to take an excursion inside the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. (B)
Day 10

TUSCANY • FLORENCE:

From Lazio we travel north into Tuscany, through rolling countryside and along the valley of the River Arno to Florence, the birthplace of Renaissance. We discover the city’s rich artistic and medieval history with our expert local guide on our walking tour. We visit the Piazza Signoria with its impressive sculptures and stunning palazzi. Marvel at the Baptistery and the multi-marble Duomo, designed by Brunelleschi. We also view Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. This evening we have an included dinner with a local family on this private estate. (B, D)
Day 11

SCENIC DRIVE • LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND:

Today we take an incredible scenic drive passing picturesque Italian Lakes and across the Alps into Switzerland. We spend the next two nights in the beautiful lakeside town of Lucerne, Switzerland. (B, D)
Day 12

LUCERNE SIGHTSEEING:

Today our sightseeing tour includes the Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge and other major attractions of Lucerne before we have some free time to enjoy. (B)
Day 13

PARIS, FRANCE:

This morning we pass Basel and cross the border into France. In every direction, vineyards and picturesque villages provide a memorable backdrop for our journey. We overnight in Paris the next two nights. (B)
Day 14

PARIS SIGHTSEEING:

Today we tour the beautiful city of Paris. On our tour we see the Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Paris Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Later we enjoy a farewell dinner together with our tour director. (B, D)
Day 15

FLIGHT HOME:

Today we bid farewell to Paris and board our flight for home. (B)
European Whirl
Departure Dates
15 Days
Select a date to book a tour:
(Pricing Per Person)
Double Triple Quad Single
$3979 $N/A $N/A $4929
MEALS INCLUDED
Breakfasts: 13
Dinners: 5
AIRFARE
(from Charlotte, NC)
October 17 - $1325
Passport Required.
Passport Required.
NOTES
  • Ground Arrangements by Trafalgar
Activity Level: 5
Easy
Strenuous