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European Experience

Operated by: CostSaver

14 Days from $2,325 per person
Bavarian Beer Garden, Munich, Germany

Countries Visited

UK, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France ...more UK, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France

Locations Visited

London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Cologne Cathedral, Goldeen Roof, Innsbruck, St Marks Square, Doges Palace, Tuscany, Rome, Umbria, St Peters Basilica, Florence, Florence Cathedral, Lucerne, Lake Lucerne, Chapel Bridge, Burgundy, Paris ...more London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Cologne Cathedral, Goldeen Roof, Innsbruck, St Marks Square, Doges Palace, Tuscany, Rome, Umbria, St Peters Basilica, Florence, Florence Cathedral, Lucerne, Lake Lucerne, Chapel Bridge, Burgundy, Paris
  1. Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

    Relax after check-in or take a leisurely stroll through this fascinating city.

    hotel Hilton Olympia/Ibis Earls Court
  2. Day 2 London Free Time

    The day is yours to explore the delights of London. See the sights, visit a museum or go shopping - the list is endless and the choice is yours.

    meals Full Breakfast
  3. Day 3 London – Amsterdam

    This morning meet your Travel Director and travelling companions to board your coach and set off from London. Admire the famous White Cliffs in Dover where you board a ferry for the short Channel crossing to Calais in France. Drive through Belgium's Flanders fields into the Netherlands, renowned for tulips, clogs and windmills. Later arrive in Amsterdam, one of Europe's friendliest cities.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Corendon Village/Ibis Schiphol
  4. Day 4 Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhineland

    Cross into Germany and view Cologne Cathedral, the tallest Roman Catholic cathedral in the World. In Boppard embark on a scenic cruise down the River Rhine past terraced vineyards and towering castles. Finish the day at your hotel in the Rhineland.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Achat Premium Walldorf Reilingen
  5. Day 5 Rhineland – Munich – Innsbruck

    In Munich admire the Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz and the Hofbräuhaus. Continue along the Inn Valley to the Austrian Tyrol and on to Innsbruck, a picturesque town where you view the sights including the Golden Roof and see the ski-jump.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Bon Alpina
  6. Day 6 Innsbruck – Venice

    Enjoy an exhilarating journey through the Brenner Pass - one of the principal alpine highways - to Italy. In the Byzantine city of Venice cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Marvel at St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop and see a demonstration, then spend time discovering the delights of Venice. You might like to take a romantic ride in a gondola.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Villa Giulietta
  7. Day 7 Venice – Rome (2 Nights)

    Traverse the Veneto plain via Bologna and cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains into Tuscany. Continue through Umbria to Lazio and the capital, Rome. This evening take the opportunity to explore the city's beautiful squares and fountains and perhaps savour the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Raganelli
  8. Day 8 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    Your Local Specialist brings Rome's rich history to life during your wonderful sightseeing tour. Visit St. Peter's Basilica, featuring magnificent works of art. Your tour continues across the Tiber to view the Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. From the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums to the incredible fountains in Piazza Navona, Rome is full of wonderful, unmissable sights.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Rome – Florence

    Drive north through Umbria into the rolling countryside of Tuscany. In the Renaissance city of Florence enjoy spectacular views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Afterwards there is time to explore the Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Novotel Firenze Nord
  10. Day 10 Florence – Lucerne Region (2 Nights)

    Cross the Apennines to the great northern plain and pass the city of Milan. Continue north to the Swiss border and follow the scenic St. Gotthard route to Lake Lucerne in the heart of Switzerland. The landscape is breathtaking.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Ibis Kriens/Krone Sarnen
  11. Day 11 Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

    Admire the sights of Lucerne during your morning orientation tour including views of the Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church and a visit to the Lion Monument, built to commemorate the Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Spend free time shopping for Swiss chocolate or perhaps take an Optional Experience up a mountain peak.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  12. Day 12 Lucerne Region – Paris (2 Nights)

    Journey into France and pass the Vosges Mountains. See the vineyards as you travel through the great wine region of Burgundy. Arrive later in the elegant capital, Paris. This evening you might like to take a tour of the city and see the dazzling illuminations.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Mercure Ivry Quai De Seine
  13. Day 13 Paris Orientation and Free Time

    Paris is a beautiful city, and probably has more familiar landmarks than any other capital in the world. See most of them during your orientation with views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Afterwards there is time for you to explore on your own. Tonight is the last evening of your holiday so you might consider a delicious dinner at a cosy bistro. Also, no trip to Paris is complete without seeing a famous cabaret show featuring the can-can.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  14. Day 14 Depart Paris

    Say farewell to your Travel Director and travelling companions at the end of an amazing holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 12 Buffet breakfasts
  • 4 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • The services of a Local Host at your London hotel
  • Return ferry from Dover to Calais
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase, conditions apply. See link below for airport transfer page

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Dover See the White Cliffs
  • Amsterdam See the historic city centre
  • Cologne View the Gothic cathedral
  • Rhine Valley Cruise the romantic Rhine
  • Munich See the Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz and the Hofbräuhaus
  • Innsbruck View the famous Golden Roof and see the ski-jump
  • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop
  • Rome Sightseeing with your Local Specialist. Visit St. Peter's Basilica. View the Colosseum and see the ancient sites
  • Florence Enjoy panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. See Piazza Santa Croce
  • Swiss Alps Picture-book scenery
  • Lucerne Visit the Lion Monument and see the medieval Old Town
  • Paris Sightseeing includes views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
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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

Amsterdam Discovery And Canal Cruise

Absolutely the best way to see Amsterdam’s wonderful sights! A private cruise by glass-roofed boat travels the historic canal ring, showing imposing warehouses, stately merchant homes, houseboats & bridges. Then, on foot with our Local Specialist, explore the heart of the city, including the not-to-be-missed coffeehouses and shop-windows of the Red Light District!
Adult Price: €39

Dutch Farms, Volendam and Windmill

On this trip to the reclaimed polderlands around the former Zuider Zee, we start by visiting a cheese farm and wooden shoe-maker. Our next highlight is visiting a working windmill, with a tour by the miller himself! We continue to Volendam for free time in the lovely fishing village with its old harbor, wooden houses and locals dressed in traditional costume.
Adult Price: €30

Innsbruck

Traditional Tyrolean Evening

You’ll enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment, as singers, dancers, and musicians dressed in national costume provide a colorful show of folklore and fun. Includes two drinks.
Adult Price: €45

Venice

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.
Adult Price: €70

Rome

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic center, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: €33

Explore Ostia Antica

Join us on a journey along the Mediterranean coast and visit the excavations of Ancient Ostia, the former harbor of Rome. These ruins offer perhaps a more complete picture of Roman urban life than either Rome or Pompeii. See the remains of the baths, theatre, apartment houses, drinking room, mosaics and wall paintings at this beautiful site, mirrored by cypress trees and umbrella pines.
Adult Price: €42

Roman Evening with Dinner

This easy-going evening in Rome begins with a beautiful drive to see amazing city sights. We arrive at one of our favorite restaurants, where you'll enjoy a warm welcome and delicious dinner of local cuisine with drinks and music.
Adult Price: €62

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for this tour that shows not just remarkable works of art collected and commissioned over the history of the Papacy, but also Michelangelo’s amazing ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Later we hear fascinating tales of gladiatorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.
Adult Price: €81

Florence

Florence's Renaissance Treasures

This trip is all about exploring the jewel in Florence's crown: its Renaissance heritage. You'll visit the Santa Croce church, burial place of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. You’ll also see the Duomo and experience first-hand its spectacular design. Signoria Square, the political center of Florence and the original setting of Michelangelo's David, will also be visited.
Adult Price: €37

Lucerne

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. Occasionally, this optional may be offered as a Lunch for CHF68.
Adult Price: CHF.99

Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise

We’ll ascend by cog-wheel train to Mount Pilatus’ summit, where you’ll have time to explore, admire the views, and breathe the pure air. Then, we’ll descent by cable-car to enjoy a scenic lake cruise. On certain departures, this Optional may be operated in reverse.
Adult Price: CHF.112

Swiss Countryside & Carriages

A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse-drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a working farm where you’ll savor local drinks and snacks.
Adult Price: CHF.67

Paris

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'City of Light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterward, as we drive through this amazing city, we’ll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.
Adult Price: €38

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge—the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!
Adult Price: €162

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

One of the oldest and most elegant revue theatres in Paris, Nouvelle Eve is a hidden gem, where you’ll meet the Director and two of the cast members before enjoying a four-course dinner with wine. You will then experience unparalleled Parisian entertainment—including the world-famous Can-Can.
Adult Price: €139

Reviews
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Vacation
Independent Reviews
Karen Mccartney
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Service
Rob made it easy and was able to answer all our questions, since was our first visit to Europe.
Vacation
It was a great value. I believe we saw all the major highlights of each city we visited. Our travel director, Howard Hazekamp was extremely knowledgeable. I learned a great deal from his narratives of each site.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Service
Very helpful. Would definitely recommend them.
Vacation
Wonderful. Our tour director, Howard Hazekamp, was amazing and born for this job. Extremely helpful, congenial, entertaining, and an unbelievable depth of knowledge that makes your vacation so much more enjoyable. He has set a bar I believe would be hard to beat by any other TD.
Maria
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Service
Alyssa Rucker was so helpful, very professional and was making follow up on any question or issue I have.
Vacation
It was filled with unforgettable moments and new experiences with lasting friendships.
Michelle Mcfadden
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Service
What a wonderfully planned itinerary. Our travel agent Rebecca K. Was so kind and friendly. Always willing to answer our questions in a timely manner. Cost savers European tour was unbelievably well organized and our tour guide Bernie and driver Erich were the best we had ever had!!! Accommodation were better than expected as well as the food. No hiccups. So happy with the whole process.
Vacation
Trip of a lifetime!!! Comfortably paced even with seeing 7 countries in 14 days. Traveled with husband and 3 teenage boys. The tour guide Bernie was so impressive with his knowledge and kept our interest throughout the whole trip. It’s a great way to get a taste of Europe!!! Food and accommodations did not disappoint!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled to see how much you and your family enjoyed The European Experience. Thank you for taking the time to share your memories about your trip of a lifetime!
Monday, July 15, 2019
Thomas Fielding
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Service
Tour guide was excellent. Coach driver was very professional, excellent driver. Very good experience. Will use get again on our next adventure.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your comments. We are thrilled you had a great time exploring Europe. We look forward to helping you plan and book your next tour!
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Vacation
Very good value. Well planned itinerary
Trusted Customer
Friday, October 26, 2018
Service
Transportation was great and on time, Our guide and driver were friendly and courteous.
Vacation
Some hotel were substandard, no shower curtain or door, super tight design for midgets.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Service
Had everything arranged with no problems even with optional experiences. Pretty much hassle free.
Vacation
Had no problems with this
Melany
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Service
European Experience Tour was Great. Able to visit a few countries and learn different cultures. It’s an amazing experience. Our Tour Director Jess and Professional Driver Ludwig are absolutely fabulous. Everyone on the Tour were great. Very Active Tour. No Down Time. Best Vacation Ever.
Vacation
Great Value. Well Worth it.
Nicholas Nivert
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Service
We were connected to Travalgar Travels Director Brent Cooper. He was excellent in conveying a lot of information throughout the entire trip! We had an excellent time and yes, we will consider traveling with you again for our next trips!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're glad to hear that you had such a wonderful time and that Brent Cooper helped to make the trip extra special for you. It's our passion to find you the best itinerary for your travel style, give us a call when you know where to next!
Monday, September 24, 2018
Vacation
great time world do it agan
Christopher Smith
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Service
Had a great trip! Very well organized and packed in SO much! Totally worth every penny!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your reply. We are so glad to see that you enjoyed your European Experience.
Monday, July 30, 2018
Vacation
This was a great way to see so many different countries. It gave us an idea of places we would like to go see again.
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