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European Cavalcade

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18 Days from $2,895 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Two women walking at the base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Countries Visited

Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Monaco ...more Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Monaco

Locations Visited

Amsterdam, Cologne, Rhineland, Colmar, Lucerne, Vaduz, Innsbruck, Verona, Venice, Rome, Bay of Naples, Florence, Pisa, Monaco, French Riviera, Avignon, Beaune, Versailles, Paris ...more Amsterdam, Cologne, Rhineland, Colmar, Lucerne, Vaduz, Innsbruck, Verona, Venice, Rome, Bay of Naples, Florence, Pisa, Monaco, French Riviera, Avignon, Beaune, Versailles, Paris
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  1. Day 1 Arrive Amsterdam (1 Night)

    We kick off our adventure in historic, yet trendy Amsterdam. Soak up the buzz of bicycles and boats as you explore the old-world capital at night your way. That could mean spending the evening in a cosy bruin café or consider joining an optional cruise along its tree-lined canals in a glass-topped boat.

    hotel Ibis Schiphol
  2. Day 2 Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhine Cruise – Rhineland (1 Night)

    The natural beauty of the Rhinelands takes centre stage today as you head east through the lush landscapes of Germany bound for Cologne. Stop briefly to view the Gothic spires of Cologne Cathedral before boarding your cruise down the Rhine, passing a multitude of medieval villages, steep vineyards and storybook castles that line your scenic river route. Arrive later at your hotel in the Rhineland.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Achat Neustadt an der Weinstraße
  3. Day 3 Rhineland – Colmar – Lucerne Region (2 Nights)

    History comes to life as you journey through the vineyards of Alsace to Colmar, which looks like it belongs in a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Its half-timbered houses and cobbled alleyways could tell their own captivating stories. Enjoy time in this living postcard before continuing through the mountains near Lake Lucerne where you’ll spend the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Ski Lodge Engelberg
  4. Day 4 Lucerne orientation and free time

    Your Travel Director will take you on an orientation tour through Lucerne’s Old Town. Walk along the ancient wooden Chapel Bridge and visit the Lion Monument, which Mark Twain described as the 'most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world'. Let the 'heart' of Switzerland capture yours as you immerse yourself in its history and epic scenery. With a full afternoon to explore this pretty lakeside setting on your own, you may decide to spend it shopping for watches, Swiss army knives or chocolate. You could choose instead to ascend to the alpine heavens, joining an optional scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne to Stans, then travelling by railway and cable car up into the mountains for exhilarating mountain views.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Lucerne Region – Liechtenstein – Innsbruck (1 Night)

    Big things come in small packages as you’ll come to discover when you visit the Principality of Liechtenstein. You can almost imagine the resident Prince surveying his kingdom when you visit its tiny capital, Vaduz. Earn your bragging rights by visiting one of the world’s smallest countries before continuing to Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol. Here you’ll admire the Hofburg Palace and Golden Roof, gilded in the 16th century by Emperor Maximilian to mark his wedding. Marvel at the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Bon Alpina
  6. Day 6 Innsbruck – Verona – Venice (Oriago) (2 Nights)

    From Roman ruins to Romeo and Juliet, Verona certainly is the stuff of legends. Stop today in the city that served as a backdrop for Shakespeare’s famous love story. View the very balcony where the fictional Juliet once called for her Romeo and admire the Roman Arena where gripping performances are held to this day. Continue to Venice, once a maritime powerhouse and republic whose influences can be seen across the Eastern Mediterranean. You’ll arrive just in time for an optional Gondola and Grand Canal cruise – grand palazzi, churches and ornate bridges lining your journey. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Il Burchiello
  7. Day 7 Venice orientation and free time

    Take to the waters of the canal and cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square, the gateway to the city. Admire the ornate Doge's Palace, the Basilica of St. Mark and the Bridge of Sighs, whose bittersweet views once elicited sighs from prisoners who were unlikely to see their beloved city ever again. There's time on your own to explore the city before we visit master craftsmen at a glassblowing workshop, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the vibrant rainbow-coloured façades of Burano Island.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Venice – Rome (2 Nights)

    Italy’s capital city lies ahead and with it the promise of a journey into an ancient world, a holy empire and remnants of the Renaissance around every turn. Cross the Veneto plains and Apennine hills, admiring the Tuscan countryside as you travel south to Rome. You’ll have some time later to explore the city on your own or join the group for an Optional Experience to see some of the city’s sights, followed by a dinner of Italian specialties.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ergife Palace
  9. Day 9 Rome sightseeing and free time

    With so much to see and do, you could explore Rome for an eternity without getting bored. Get to grips with the city’s main attractions, joining a Local Specialist in the Vatican City, the world’s smallest country. Stand in St. Peter’s Square, sharing your space with devoted pilgrims. Visit St. Peter's Basilica and view Michelangelo's greatest work, the sorrowful Pietà. Then, maybe enjoy an Optional Experience to Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. Cross the Tiber to view the mighty Colosseum and the countless other ancient sites which featured prominently in the days of the powerful Roman Empire.

    meals Breakfast
  10. Day 10 Rome – Bay of Naples (1 Night)

    The Bay of Naples beckons and you’ll head south past the Abbey of Monte Cassino, the site of fierce battles during World War II, to Sorrento. Arrive just in time to perhaps spend the afternoon taking an optional drive along the picture-perfect Amalfi Coast, with a visit to the artist hub of Positano and its pastel-hued houses that seem to tumble into the Tyrrhenian Sea.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel La Panoramica
  11. Day 11 Bay Of Naples – Florence (2 Nights)

    Don’t miss the opportunity to join an Optional Experience to see the excavations of Pompeii in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Buried under ash when Vesuvius blew her top, Pompeii remains frozen in time and your Local Specialist will reveal what life was like as one of its former residents. Continue to Florence and check in to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Starhotels Vespucci
  12. Day 12 Florence sightseeing and free time

    No expense was spared to exalt the glory of Florence through art and architecture and you’ll see first-hand how this city paved its way to a modern age. Join a Local Specialist this morning for an enthralling account of the city’s history during a walking tour of its historic centre, including views of Ponte Vecchio, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery. Visit Piazza della Signoria, the city’s main square where many of the political and artistic treasures of the city can be seen. Admire panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo then learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. For a taste of Tuscany, consider joining an Optional Experience in the Tuscan hills with regional favourites, live music and a glass or two of crisp Chianti.

    meals Breakfast
  13. Day 13 Florence – Pisa – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights)

    Don’t resist peer pressure and snap a few strategic photos featuring you and the extraordinary Leaning Tower of Pisa. Admire the Pisan Romanesque Square of Miracles in all its striped marble glory. Its structures are said to symbolise the three main stages of human life – the Baptistery (birth), the Cathedral (life) and the Camposanto (death). Your journey west stretches out to the shimmering Mediterranean coast, where the Principality of Monaco awaits. Keep your cameras at the ready in this home of the rich and famous and attempt to capture the sophistication that seems to ooze from every corner. Next stop, the glamorous French Riviera.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Apogia Nice
  14. Day 14 French Riviera free time

    There’s no shame in spending the day sprawled out on a sun lounger with a cocktail, but if you can pull yourself away from the pool, you’ll want to join your fellow travellers for an optional exploration of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Life is rather idyllic in this enchanting walled hill-town and, like some of its famous residents, you’ll want to linger here a little longer, but the sun-kissed promenades of Nice beckon. You never know who you might spot seated in those sleek Ferraris and private yachts that dot the French Riviera.

    meals Breakfast
  15. Day 15 French Riviera – Avignon – Beaune (1 Night)

    A brief brush with the Papacy in the 14th century has gifted Avignon with some of the world’s most incredible religious architectural legacies. The heart of Provence may no longer hold the importance that the Vatican does today, but views of its Palace of the Popes and St. Bénezet Bridge are no less inspiring. Continue to the historic walled town of Beaune, in the heart of the Burgundy wine region and surrounded by the sprawling vineyards of Côte d’Or. You’ll have an evening to get lost in its cobbled streets and sample the region’s famous reds your way.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ibis La Ferme Aux Vins
  16. Day 16 Beaune – Versailles – Paris (2 Nights)

    From Beaune, we’ll head north to the opulence of Versailles – its splendour and beauty created to reflect the self-proclaimed majesty of King Louis XIV, the 'Sun King'. An Optional Experience could see you visit the exquisite sprawling gardens, the Hall of Mirrors with its impressive chandeliers and glinting mirrors. Carry on to Paris where you could join an Optional Experience, including a scenic drive stopping at all the best photo spots.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Pont de Sèvres
  17. Day 17 Paris sightseeing and free time

    The Parisians know a thing or two about beauty, elegance and a life well lived which your full day in Paris will deliver in abundance. Hit its grand boulevards on a city sightseeing tour with your Travel Director. See the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées then spend the rest of the day discovering the city on your terms. Don’t resist the urge to tread in the footsteps of Picasso and Dalí during an optional visit to Montmartre this afternoon, exploring its maze of streets and Artist’s Square. There’s time to shop for artwork and savour some local specialties before a real highlight this evening – an optional dinner and cabaret performance.

    meals Breakfast
  18. Day 18 Depart Paris

    Say a fond farewell to newfound friends at the end of your holiday. Find out more about your free airport transfer at costsavertour.com/freetransfers. Your coach returns from Paris to London, you are welcome to use this complimentary transfer.

    meals Breakfast
European Cavalcade End Paris
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Dining Highlights

  • 17 Breakfasts
  • 6 Dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Amsterdam See the historic city centre
  • Avignon View the Palace of the Popes and the Pont d'Avignon
  • Beaune Explore the heart of the Burgundy winemaking region
  • Colmar Visit the magnificent medieval town
  • Cologne View the Gothic Cathedral
  • Florence See Piazza Santa Croce and enjoy panoramic city views from Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Innsbruck View the Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace
  • Liechtenstein Visit the capital, Vaduz
  • Lucerne Visit the Lion Monument and view the Chapel Bridge
  • Monaco Visit the Principality
  • Paris View the Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower
  • Pisa Visit the Square of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower
  • Rhine Valley Cruise the romantic Rhine
  • Rome Visit St. Peter's Basilica, view the Colosseum and see the ancient sites with your Local Specialist
  • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square and visit a traditional glassblowing workshop
  • Verona View the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Amsterdam

Available on Day 1

A Taste of Amsterdam & Holland

Experience the picturesque countryside of Holland and the charming atmosphere of vibrant Amsterdam on an immersive tour led by our Local Specialist. Visit a centuries-old farm to taste traditionally made Gouda cheese and see how local artisans create handcrafted wooden shoes. Returning to the city, enjoy a private cruise by glass-roofed boat through the historic canal to soak in the iconic sights of Amsterdam.
Adult Price: € 38

Lucerne

Available on Day 3

Swiss Countryside & Carriages

Travel through the rolling green hills of Switzerland in style, as you meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse-drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a rural community, en route to a working farm where you’ll savor local refreshments and uncover the charms of country life.
Adult Price: 67 CHF

Available on Day 4

Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

Enjoy a scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne, making your way to the picturesque town of Stans before exploring the towering Mount Stanserhorn. Traveling by one of Switzerland’s oldest mountain railways and Cabrio cable cars, we'll reach impressive heights at 1900m (6300ft), where you’ll have free time to admire the stunning Alpine scenery.
Adult Price: 113 CHF

Swiss Dinner by the Lake

Tonight, we'll enjoy a delicious Swiss meal that includes the famous Swiss cheese fondue in a typical local restaurant. Its lakeside location and well-placed terrace will ensure a relaxing evening enjoying the hearty Swiss menu. Two drinks are included.
Adult Price: 95 CHF

Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

Tonight we’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join in a lively folklore show which includes yodeling, flag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two drinks are also included.
Adult Price: 99 CHF

Innsbruck

Available on Day 5

Traditional Tyrolean Evening

Immerse yourself in local culture with a lively evening of traditional Tyrolean entertainment in Innsbruck. Singers, dancers and musicians dressed in national costume will dazzle you with a colorful show of folklore and fun, as you enjoy two included drinks and take in the spectacular show.
Adult Price: € 45

Venice

Available on Day 6

Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breath-taking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal, catching glimpses of impressive sights such as the Palazzi Barbaro, Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square. Later on, you’ll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways, discovering the irresistible charm of the world-famous canals.
Adult Price: € 76

Available on Day 7

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat, traveling to the heritage-listed fisherman’s island of Burano. Known for its picturesque, technicolor houses and restaurants serving up fresh seafood, this tour is a must for food lovers and photography buffs alike. Enjoy a delicious meal before cruising back to Venice, taking in magic views of the famous city as we return.
Adult Price: € 72

Rome

Available on Day 8

Roman Dinner in the Eternal City

Embrace the Italian way of living la dolce vita with a light-hearted evening out in the mesmerizing city of Rome. Relax and savor delectable Italian dishes as you enjoy the delights of Roman music.
Adult Price: € 62

Available on Day 9

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for an enlightening tour led by our Local Specialist, which shows not just the remarkable works of art collected and commissioned over the history of the Papacy, but also Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Later, we'll hear tales of gladiatorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.
Adult Price: € 87

Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas of the city as you explore quintessential Italian piazzas and fountains with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares in Rome’s historic center, stopping to marvel at highlights such as the Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon and hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: € 33

Sorrento

Available on Day 10

Amalfi Coast and Positano

Join us for an unforgettable drive along the picturesque Amalfi Coast, the jewel of Italy's southern coastline. Visit the world-famous paradise of Positano, with eye-catching colorful homes scattered along the cliffside village and rows of striking beach umbrellas set up alongside vivid blue waters. This is the Mediterranean encounter you've been dreaming of.
Adult Price: € 56

Available on Day 11

Discover Pompeii

Join our Local Specialist on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii - the perfectly preserved Roman town that was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in 79 A.D. This is an opportunity to travel back in time and catch a glimpse of ancient Roman life and architecture, frozen for almost 2,000 years.
Adult Price: € 49

Florence

Available on Day 12

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Embrace the relaxed lifestyle of Tuscany as we take a scenic drive to a family-run restaurant in the countryside. Enjoy welcome drinks in the historic courtyard before the renowned chef serves up regional dishes, made with fresh ingredients from a nearby market. Sampling spectacular wines from the Saraceni family vineyards and enjoying live music as you dine, this authentic experience is a Tuscan dream come true.
Adult Price: € 65

Tuscan Tasting Tour

Today, with our local specialist foodie, we'll explore the glories of Florence's cuisine, through market tastings and visits to select shops and cafés. On this unforgettable tour, we'll sample traditional fare: lampredotto, schiacciata, olive oils, cheeses, pane toscano, pastries, hams and salamis. For each tasting, we'll learn about the cultural and historical significance of the food's origins.
Adult Price: € 60

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We'll visit the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you'll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.
Adult Price: € 47

Nice

Available on Day 14

St Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

We’ll kick things off with a visit to the artist’s paradise of St. Paul, to explore the medieval hilltop town in all its quirky glory. Continuing along the Riviera, we’ll travel on the Corniche Roads to take in their spectacular views as we make way for a Perfumery Tour. Later, we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and included drinks at a local restaurant.
Adult Price: € 83

St Paul de Vence and Corniche Coastline Drive

Take the art-lovers tour of Nice as we travel to the medieval hilltop town of St Paul de Vence. Known for modern museums and galleries, the charming French town is a renowned artist’s paradise. Later, we’ll continue along the scenic Riviera, traveling on the Basse, Moyenne and Grande Corniche Roads to experience unbeatable views. Cameras at the ready, this is one for the travel album.
Adult Price: € 29

Paris

Available on Day 16

Seine Cruise and Paris Illuminations

To truly see Paris in all its glory, you need to see it from the Seine. Enjoy a cruise along this famous river and take in unmatched views of the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Afterward, we’ll drive through the City of Lights to see some of the fascinating sights this beautiful city has to offer. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.
Adult Price: € 38

Versailles Palace And Gardens

Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler. Uncover the opulence of the palace as your Local Specialist takes you through the State Apartments and famous Hall of Mirrors, with free time to stroll the symmetrical tree-lined gardens.
Adult Price: € 73

Available on Day 17

Montmartre Village and Artists' Square

Many people go to Paris, but only a few are lucky enough to experience what it’s really all about. Join us for a stroll with our Local Specialist through Montmartre – an artists’ village once home to Picasso and Toulouse Lautrec – tucked away from the modern city. The paint will still be wet on the canvasses, as we watch apprentices work before our eyes in the famous Artist’s Square. Mingle, barter, and stand in awe of Sacré Coeur Basilica in this historic, bohemian neighborhood.
Adult Price: € 37

Montparnasse and Latin Quarter

Led by a Local Specialist, you’ll see the 'City of Light' from a new perspective on the Panoramic Observation Deck. You’ll have all of Paris at your feet on the terrace, with unbeatable 360-degree views of the most iconic monuments. Later, you’ll visit the Latin Quarter to stroll through the medieval maze of cobblestone alleyways, with sidewalks bistros, boutiques and hidden squares to explore.
Adult Price: € 38

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

Ooh, la LA! Get swept away by Can-Can dancers and other dazzling acts at one of Paris’s oldest and most authentic cabaret houses. We’ll dine, pop a few bottles of champagne, and enjoy fun, music and la joie de vivre! Truly a night you’ll never forget.
Adult Price: € 139

Paris Fashion Tour

Experience the ‘Mode’ in Paris through a picturesque walking tour of the city's hippest haunts, introduced to you by a chic Parisian Fashion Expert. Stroll through the Palais Royal and the "glass tunnels" that run through Parisian buildings, bordered by typical Parisian shops and textile workshops. We'll also stop by Galerie Vivienne, a 19th-century covered passage full of shops.
Adult Price: € 68

French Culinary Discovery

Make your Parisian travel dreams a reality, as you explore the famous Montorgueil neighborhood on a foodie walking tour. Led by a knowledgeable guide, you’ll sample some of the city’s finest pastries, bread, charcuterie and cheese – meeting local vendors and artisans along the way! Exploring a beautiful historic neighborhood and sampling authentic French cuisine; this is the life.
Adult Price: € 73

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