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European Experience

Operated by: CostSaver

14 Days from $3,295 per person
Oberammergau

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Oberammergau, Innsbruck, Venice, Rome, Florence (OR), Lucerne, Paris ...more London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Oberammergau, Innsbruck, Venice, Rome, Florence (OR), Lucerne, Paris
  1. Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

    '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 Holiday Inn Kensington Forum
  2. Day 2 London Free Time

    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.

    meals Breakfast
  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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Achat Premium Walldorf/Reilingen
  5. Day 5 Rhineland – Oberammergau (Passion Play Performance) (1 Night)

    This morning travel to the picturesque town of Oberammergau where the Passion Play will be performed. This afternoon, take your premium seats for this unique and moving performance. Dine at a local restaurant this evening before experiencing the captivating second half of this unique event as night falls.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel See 'Trip Notes'
  6. Day 6 Oberammergau – Innsbruck – Venice (1 Night)

    Enjoy an exhilarating journey via Innsbruck and 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 Breakfast
    hotel 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 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/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 and Pontius Pilate. The rest of the day is yours to explore Rome your way. Become an antiquities hunter for the day on an Optional Experience to the Ancient Ostia ruins then consider an optional local dinner followed by a scenic tour of the city by night.

    meals Breakfast
  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.

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

    There's no better backdrop than the Apennines as you wind your way north to 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?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ibis Kriens/Stans Süd
  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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Mercure Ivry Quai De Seine
  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 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 specialities before considering a real highlight this evening – an optional dinner and cabaret performance.

    meals 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 Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 13 Breakfasts
  • 4 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • The services of a Costsaver Local Host if you stay at Costsaver's recommended London hotel
  • Ferry from Dover to Calais
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase, conditions apply. See link for airport transfer page
  • Pick-up if you stay at the Costsaver recommended London Hotel booked through Costsaver or from the London Reception Centre
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

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. Admire Florentine leatherwork
  • Lucerne Visit the Lion Monument and see the medieval Old Town
  • Oberammergau Premium tickets for the 2020 Passion Play
  • Paris Sightseeing includes views of Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower
  • Rhine Valley Cruise the romantic Rhine
  • Rome Sightseeing with your Local Specialist. Visit St. Peter's Basilica. View the Colosseum and see the ancient sites
  • Swiss Alps Picture-book scenery
  • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop

Dates & Prices
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Terms & Conditions

Accommodation: Hotel accommodation has been secured either in Oberammergau or close by in the picturesque villages of the Bavarian Alps. Please note that single and triple rooms are not available for the Oberammergau stay. Solo travelers and triple share guests will be accommodated in a twin room with a fellow solo traveler (of the same gender) for the duration of the stay.

Itineraries: Itinerary details such as hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, and price are subject to change.

Payment conditions: For bookings before September 30, 2019, on reservation an initial $350 per person, non-refundable deposit is due. On September 30, 2019, an additional $225 is due to confirm Passion Play ticket. For bookings from October 1, 2019 onwards, a non-refundable deposit of $575 per person is due on reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings made within 90 days of departure must be paid in full when booking. No Early Payment Discounts, nor any other discounts, are applicable to the Oberammergau portion of the trip. Any fuel surcharges and/or government tax increases will still be payable by the guest.

Please note indicative prices are available on our website and final prices will be confirmed by August 31, 2019. If the overall Oberammergau & Trip price increases more than 15%, guests are eligible to cancel without penalty; if the price decreases, guests are entitled to the lower trip price.

Oberammergau Booking Conditions & Other Important Information

Guided Vacation

Reservations on or before 9/30/2019

Initial Deposit Interim Deposit
$350 (to hold booking) $225 (due 9/30/2019 to confirm Passion Play ticket)

Reservations after 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment
$575 due 90 days before departure
No. of Days Penalty
170 days and over Deposit
169-120 days $350
119-46 days $575
45-22 days 100% of Oberammergau supplement + 25% of land-only price excl. Oberammergau
21-8 days 100% of Oberammergau supplement + 30% of land-only price excl. Oberammergau
7-1 days 100% of Oberammergau supplement + 50% of land-only price excl. Oberammergau
Departure Day/No show 100% of Oberammergau supplement + 100% of land-only price excl. Oberammergau

Air Tickets

Reservations on or before 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment
As per airline policy As per airline policy

Reservations after 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment (before departure)
As per airline policy As per airline policy
No. of Days Penalty
170 days and over $75 + airline charges
169-120 days $75 + airline charges
119-46 days $75 + airline charges
45-22 days $75 + airline charges
21-8 days $75 + airline charges
7-1 days $75 + airline charges
Departure Day/No show $75 + airline charges

Extra Accommodations

Reservations on or before 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment
No additional deposit required No additional deposit required

Reservations after 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment (before departure)
No additional deposit required In accordance with guided vacation
No. of Days Penalty
170 days and over $35
169-120 days $35
119-46 days $35
45-22 days $35 or 25% of accommodation price, whichever is higher
21-8 days $35 or 25% of accommodation price, whichever is higher
7-1 days 100% of accommodation price
Departure Day/No show 100% of accommodation price

Chargable Transfers

Reservations on or before 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment
No additional deposit required No additional deposit required

Reservations after 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment (before departure)
No additional deposit required In accordance with guided vacation
No. of Days Penalty
170 days and over $35
169-120 days $35
119-46 days $35
45-22 days $35 or 25% of accommodation price, whichever is higher
21-8 days $35 or 25% of accommodation price, whichever is higher
7-1 days 100% of transfer price
Departure Day/No show 100% of transfer price
Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Mary Nenno
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Service
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.
Vacation
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
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
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