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European Experience

Operated by: CostSaver

12 Days from $2,075 per person
MAY - DEC 2021
Bavaria beer gardens with waitress, Munich, Germany

Countries Visited

Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland, France ...more Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland, France

Locations Visited

Amsterdam, Cologne, Rhineland, Innsbruck, Munich, Venice, Rome, Vatican City, Lucerne, Florence, Paris ...more Amsterdam, Cologne, Rhineland, Innsbruck, Munich, Venice, Rome, Vatican City, Lucerne, Florence, Paris
  1. Day 1 Arrive Amsterdam (1 Night)

    Your experience of a lifetime begins in the free-thinking capital of the Netherlands. Immerse yourself in Amsterdam's gezelligheid as you soak up the buzz of the city's canals, gabled houses and festive squares. 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.

    hotel Corendon Village
  2. Day 2 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Achat Premium Walldorf Reilingen
  3. Day 3 Rhineland – Munich – Innsbruck (1 Night)

    Your first stop today is Munich where you can admire the Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz and the Hofbräuhaus. 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Bon Alpina
  4. Day 4 Innsbruck – Venice (1 Night)

    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 to see them craft the most exquisite works of art. There's even time for an optional Gondola and Grand Canal cruise - grand palazzi, churches and ornate bridges line your journey.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Palladio
  5. Day 5 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 piazze. 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Raganelli
  6. Day 6 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.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Miro
  8. Day 8 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Krone Sarnen/Ibis Kriens
  9. Day 9 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  10. Day 10 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hampton by Hilton Clichy
  11. Day 11 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 when you'll see the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, 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 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.

    meals Breakfast
  12. Day 12 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.

    meals Breakfast
European Experience End Paris
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 11 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
  • 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
  • Cologne View the Gothic cathedral
  • 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
  • Munich See the Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz and the Hofbräuhaus
  • 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.


A Taste of Amsterdam & Holland

Taking a drive through the Dutch countryside with our Local Specialist, we'll arrive at a century-old farm to see Gouda cheese being made by hand, using traditional methods. We'll enjoy a taste of the farm's distinct cheeses and also have the opportunity to see wooden shoes being handcrafted in the traditional Dutch fashion. Returning to the city, we'll take a private cruise by glass-roofed boat through the historic canal ring, where we'll discover imposing warehouses, stately merchant homes, houseboats and bridges. It's absolutely the best way to see Amsterdam’s wonderful sights!
Adult Price: € 38


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


Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking 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


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

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for a tour with our Local Specialist 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: € 87

Roman Evening with Dinner

On this easy-going evening in Rome, we visit 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


Florence's Renaissance Treasures

This trip is all about exploring the jewel in Florence's crown: its Renaissance heritage. With your Local Specialist, wander the cities enchanting streets and soak up the not-to-miss sites, Ponte Vecchio, Mercato del Porcellino, Piazza della Signoria and more. Uncover the fascinating history and experience first-hand the spectacular design of the Duomo. Top off your sightseeing with a cup of Italy’s favorite frozen treat – Gelato!
Adult Price: € 42


Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise

We’ll ascend by cog-wheel train to Mount Pilatus’s summit, where you’ll have time to explore, admire the views, and breathe the pure air. Then, we’ll descend by cable-car to enjoy a scenic lake cruise. On certain departures, this optional may be operated in reverse.
Adult Price: CHF 113

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


Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Paris at night is a city transformed. We'll enjoy this superb 'City of Light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterward, driving through this amazing city with our Local Specialist, you'll see some of the fascinating sights this beautiful city has to offer. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.
Adult Price: € 38

French Culinary Discovery

Today we'll explore the Montorgueil neighborhood on a foodie walking tour with our knowledgeable guide. We'll sample some of the city's finest bread, charcuterie, cheese and pastries; meeting local vendors and artisans along the way.
Adult Price: € 50

Montmartre Village And Artists' Square

Dominated by the soaring Sacre Coeur Basilica, you’ll join your Local Specialist to explore Montmartre’s winding streets, unusual galleries and world-famous Artist’s Square - once home to the works of Toulouse Lautrec and Picasso. You’ll have time to browse, barter for original art and taste local cuisine, for a real flavor of Montmartre life.
Adult Price: € 37

Montparnasse and Latin Quarter

With our Local Specialist, we'll take the fastest elevator in Europe to the Panoramic Observation Deck for unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower and all of the city’s iconic monuments. The highest rooftop terrace in Paris offers a breath-taking 360-degree view, with all of Paris at your feet! Then we’ll take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways where you'll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares.
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 1,000 costumes!
Adult Price: € 165

Independent Reviews
Mary Nenno
Sunday, September 22, 2019
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.
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
Rob made it easy and was able to answer all our questions, since was our first visit to Europe.
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
Very helpful. Would definitely recommend them.
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.
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Alyssa Rucker was so helpful, very professional and was making follow up on any question or issue I have.
It was filled with unforgettable moments and new experiences with lasting friendships.
Michelle Mcfadden
Saturday, July 13, 2019
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.
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
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
Very good value. Well planned itinerary
Trusted Customer
Friday, October 26, 2018
Transportation was great and on time, Our guide and driver were friendly and courteous.
Some hotel were substandard, no shower curtain or door, super tight design for midgets.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Had everything arranged with no problems even with optional experiences. Pretty much hassle free.
Had no problems with this
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
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.
Great Value. Well Worth it.
Nicholas Nivert
Thursday, September 20, 2018
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
great time world do it agan
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