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European Experience

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14 Days from $2,552 per person
APR - OCT 2022
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Countries Visited

United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France ...more United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France

Locations Visited

London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Rhineland, Innsbruck, Venice, Rome, Florence, Lucerne, Paris ...more London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Rhineland, Innsbruck, Venice, Rome, Florence, Lucerne, Paris
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  1. Day 1 Arrive London

    "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.' wrote author and poet Samuel Johnson in 1738. You'll come to discover this yourself as you enjoy a free day to take in all of London's delights. Begin your journey in this multicultural capital, which truly is all things to all people. Expect a bit of pomp and ceremony, from high tea and pageantry to popular young royals and cutting-edge fashion. London provides a rich introduction to Europe and sets the tone for the rest of your memorable trip.

    hotel Hilton Olympia
  2. Day 2 London free day

    Dive right into London's busy streets on your full free day dedicated to discovering the city's many surprises. Head to Trafalgar Square watching people and pigeons mingling under the gaze of Lord Nelson. Take time out for a pint and some fish and chips in one of the city's locals or watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. You could choose to board the London Eye for a 360-degree view of the city and London's lifeblood – the Thames.

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  3. Day 3 London – Amsterdam (1 Night)

    Sit back, relax and take in the sights as you begin your journey to one of Europe's friendliest city, Amsterdam. Catch a glimpse of the famous White Cliffs of Dover when you board your ferry to Calais, then drive through the landscapes of Belgium and the Netherlands keeping a keen eye out for the characteristic Dutch windmills which extend their massive sails in what seems to be a warm embrace. There's no better way to see the capital than from its waterways, so choose an Optional Experience in a glass-topped boat winding through Amsterdam's historic canal ring.

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    hotel Ibis Schiphol/Corendon Village
  4. Day 4 Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhineland (1 Night)

    Your first stop today is the main cultural centre of the Rhineland and home to the impressive Cologne Cathedral which looms high above the city’s skyline. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and one of the country’s most-visited landmarks. Suitably inspired by its spires, you’ll board a lazy river cruise down the Rhine past terraced vineyards and fairy-tale castles.

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    hotel Achat Premium Walldorf/Rellingen
  5. Day 5 Rhineland – Innsbruck (1 Night)

    Continue along the Inn Valley to the Austrian Tyrol and its capital, Innsbruck, where you can ‘ooh and aah' at the impressive ski jump and view the famed Golden Roof, constructed from 2,657 copper tiles. Admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store. This evening, an Optional Experience could see you enjoy a lively evening of entertainment during a traditional Tyrolean evening.

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    hotel Bon Alpina
  6. Day 6 Innsbruck – Venice (Marghera)

    Journey through alpine landscapes crossing the Brenner Pass into Italy. Venice bewitches in all her Byzantine glory, softening even the hardest of hearts with her opulence. Highlights include a cruise on a private launch to St. Mark’s Square and views of the magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge's Palace. The talents of master craftsmen are the star of the show later as you visit their glassblowing workshop, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. There’s even time for an optional Gondola and Grand Canal cruise – grand palazzi, churches and ornate bridges line your journey.

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    hotel Best Western Airvenice/Palladio
  7. Day 7 Venice – Rome (2 Nights)

    Cross the Veneto plain into Tuscany, travelling through Umbria to Lazio and eventually the 'Eternal City'. If Rome was a person, she would be confident, alluring and complex. You’ll get to know her, and her quirks, over the next two days as you continue to explore Italy. You’ll find reminders of an ancient world, a holy empire and the Renaissance around every turn. You could choose to join a Local Specialist for an optional guided stroll through Rome’s piazzas. Linger in your favourite square, or perhaps enjoy a scoop or three of the local gelato and soak up the effervescent energy of a city that knows how to enjoy life.

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    hotel Raganelli/Ergife Palace
  8. Day 8 Rome sightseeing and free time

    You could spend a lifetime exploring Rome and just scratch the surface, but with your Local Specialist on hand you’ll dive right into the city’s heart and soul. Head to Vatican City to watch the pigeons and people tread on holy ground, then visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s priceless 'Pietà'. Skip the long queues and choose an Optional Experience to the Vatican Museums. Continue your tour across the Tiber to the Colosseum and other ancient sites, following in the footsteps of Julius Caesar. The rest of the day is yours to explore Rome your way. Consider an optional local dinner followed by a scenic tour of the city by night.

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  9. Day 9 Rome – Florence (1 Night)

    Life mimics art in the idyllic Umbrian and Tuscan landscapes you’ve seen in countless films, photographs and works of art. Experience it yourself as your journey heads north to the Renaissance city of Florence. Soak up every detail as you admire the city skyline from Piazzale Michelangelo. There’s time to explore Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower or shop for the bespoke Italian leather goods and fine gold jewellery for which Florence is justifiably famous. You could choose instead to join an Optional Experience revealing the Renaissance heritage of a city which attracted artists, physicists, astronomers and philosophers like Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo.

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    hotel Miro
  10. Day 10 Florence – Lucerne Region (2 Nights)

    There’s no better backdrop than the Apennines as you wind your way north past Milan and the Swiss border. Press your nose to the window, drinking in the beauty of the St. Gotthard Pass in the Swiss Alps, then continue to Lake Lucerne. You’ll want to put the 'heart' of Switzerland in your pocket and take its history, culture and epic landscapes with you, but for now be contented with an Optional Experience that will see you dive into Swiss folklore and food – fondue anyone?

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    hotel Ibis Kriens
  11. Day 11 Lucerne orientation and free time

    Turn the page to a land of fairy-tale landscapes and medieval history. You have a full day to see the sights and explore Lucerne, starting with a morning orientation including the Chapel Bridge and the Jesuit Church. No visit to Lucerne is complete without a visit to the Lion Monument, built to commemorate the brave Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. You may be tempted to do some souvenir shopping, but an Optional Experience into the mountains will be hard to resist. Ascend Mount Pilatus by a cog-wheel railway then embark on a scenic lake cruise.

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  12. Day 12 Lucerne Region – Paris (2 Nights)

    It doesn’t get more idyllic than the French countryside and you’ll soak it all up as you continue through the vineyards of celebrated wine regions before arriving in Paris. The 'City of Lights' shines brightly this evening and it will sparkle even more should you choose to join an Optional Experience to cruise down the Seine, seeing the glittering skyline from the water.

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    hotel Hampton by Hilton Clichy
  13. Day 13 Paris sightseeing and free time

    Audrey Hepburn described it best when she said: 'Paris is always a good idea.' We’re sure you’ll agree. Hit its grand boulevards on a city sightseeing tour with your Travel Director. See the Arc de Triomphe and Champs ��lysées 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 and visit 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 considering a real highlight this evening – an optional dinner and cabaret performance.

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  14. Day 14 Depart Paris

    Say farewell to your Travel Director and travelling companions at the end of an amazing 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.

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European Experience End Paris
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 13 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners

First class travel Highlights

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Amsterdam See the historic city centre
  • Cologne View the Gothic cathedral
  • Dover See the White Cliffs
  • Florence Enjoy panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo and see Piazza Santa Croce
  • Innsbruck View the famous Golden Roof and see the ski jump
  • 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
  • Rhine Valley Cruise the romantic Rhine
  • Rome Visit St. Peter's Basilica, view the Colosseum and see the ancient sites during the sightseeing with your Local Specialist
  • Swiss Alps Picture-book scenery
  • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop

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Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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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 3

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

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 colourful 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

Rome

Available on Day 7

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

Available on Day 8

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

Roman Evening with Dinner

Take your tour to the next level as you embrace the Italian way of living la dolce vita, with a light-hearted evening out in the mesmerising city of Rome. Relax and savor delectable Italian dishes such as the iconic Spaghetti Carbonara and Roman-Style Pizza as you enjoy the delights of Roman music in one of our favorite restaurants in the city.
Adult Price: € 62

Florence

Available on Day 9

Florence's Renaissance Treasures

This tour is all about exploring the jewel in Florence’s crown: its Renaissance heritage. Alongside your Local Specialist, you’ll wander the enchanting streets of the city and soak in must-visit sights including Ponte Vecchio, Mercato del Porcellino and Piazza della Signoria. Take in the Duomo, Florence’s spectacularly designed cathedral, before topping off the day with an Italian treat – gelato!
Adult Price: € 42

Lucerne

Available on Day 11

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

Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise

Embrace the great outdoors as we travel to Mount Pilatus, ascending to the towering summit by a thrilling cog-wheel train. Soak in the spectacular views and breathe in pure air, marveling at the magic of the Swiss scenery. Then, we’ll descend by cable car before taking a scenic lake cruise. It doesn’t get much better than this!
Adult Price: 113 CHF

Paris

Available on Day 12

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

Available on Day 13

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 neighbourhood.
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

Moulin Rouge Cabaret and Dinner

No tour of Paris is complete until you’ve enjoyed dinner and cabaret at the world-famous Moulin Rouge! The original Parisian cabaret, immortalized in film by Baz Luhrmann, boasts 60 dancers and entertainers, with more than 1000 costumes to admire as you take in the spectacular show. With wine and champagne included, you’ll toast to an unforgettable evening in Paris.
Adult Price: € 165

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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Mary Nenno
Sunday, September 22, 2019
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We thought the booking was handled in a professional manner and everything went very smoothly. All our questions/concerns were answered a prompt manner as well.
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Overall we really enjoyed our vacation. Our only comment is that we felt there should be a few more "rest stops" in between destinations. Maybe just 15-20 minutes to get out of the bus and stretch or walk around a bit.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your suggestions and will certainly pass them along to our operators. Thank you!
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Karen Mccartney
Sunday, September 15, 2019
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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.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019
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Very helpful. Would definitely recommend them.
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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
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Alyssa Rucker was so helpful, very professional and was making follow up on any question or issue I have.
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It was filled with unforgettable moments and new experiences with lasting friendships.
Michelle Mcfadden
Saturday, July 13, 2019
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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.
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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
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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
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Very good value. Well planned itinerary
Trusted Customer
Friday, October 26, 2018
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Transportation was great and on time, Our guide and driver were friendly and courteous.
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Some hotel were substandard, no shower curtain or door, super tight design for midgets.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, October 4, 2018
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Had everything arranged with no problems even with optional experiences. Pretty much hassle free.
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Had no problems with this
Melany
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
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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.
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Great Value. Well Worth it.
Nicholas Nivert
Thursday, September 20, 2018
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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
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great time world do it agan
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