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European Impressions

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15 Days from $2,426 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Vienna city center in the daytime, Austria

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

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

    The perfect introduction to Europe is none other than Amsterdam, the historic, yet edgy Dutch capital. There’s time for a quick orientation through its UNESCO-listed historic centre, characterised by concentric belts of canals or Grachtengordel. Take to the waterways and join an Optional Experience canal cruise in a glass-topped boat. This is a mesmerising way to see this old-world capital and its iconic sights.

    hotel Holiday Inn Express - North Riverside
  2. Day 2 Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhine Cruise – Rhineland (1 Night)

    You’ll see the towering spires of Cologne Cathedral above the rest of the city skyline when you journey east into Germany. This imposing Gothic church is one of the largest in the world and is said to house the Shrine of the Three Kings. Head to Boppard next where you’ll board your river cruise down the Rhine. Watch the soul-stirring scenery of the Rhine Valley unfold – quaint villages, terraced vineyards and medieval castles line your route. Arrive later at your hotel in the Rhineland where you’ll join your travel companions for dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Achat Neustadt an der Weinstraße
  3. Day 3 Rhineland – Innsbruck (1 Night)

    Ascend to the heavens, crossing the Fern Pass in the Tyrolean Alps. The scenery defies imagination and you’ll arrive in Innsbruck in time to explore the city on your own. Wander through the Old Town and see the Hofburg Palace, St. Jakob’s Cathedral and the Golden Roof, covered with over 2,657 fire-gilded tiles in the 16th century by Emperor Maximilian to mark his wedding. Admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Alphotel
  4. Day 4 Innsbruck – Salzburg – Vienna (2 Nights)

    Hit all the right notes today as you visit two cities whose heritage are inextricably linked to music. Take a stroll through Salzburg’s Mirabell Gardens, where the von Trapp children once sang ‘Do-Re-Mi’ in ‘The Sound of Music’. See sights that featured in the life of Mozart then head to Vienna, where famous composers rose to musical fame. Don’t resist the urge to join an optional Viennese concert of classical music and feel as inspired as the great masters of music once were to share their genius.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Senator
  5. Day 5 Vienna sightseeing and free time

    A free morning could see you discover why the streets of Vienna are paved with culture or consider a guided visit to Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburgs, whose lasting legacy can be seen across their dynastic capital. Your Local Specialist will reveal all the sights of this imperial city later today. View the Parliament, the Vienna Opera House, the Hofburg and City Hall before enjoying some time on your own. You’ll need no excuse to embrace the locals’ love of the good life as you indulge in the city’s kafee culture with a heavenly slice of Sachertorte to tame your chocoholic tendencies.

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  6. Day 6 Vienna – Venice (Mestre) (2 Nights)

    From one elegant city to another, you’ll continue through the Austrian Lake District and into Italy. Your final destination today is Venice, once a maritime powerhouse and republic, whose influences can be seen across the Eastern Mediterranean. The Winged Lion of St. Mark stands watch over the city and you’ll see this enduring symbol of Venice over the next few days. You’ll arrive just in time for an optional Gondola and Grand Canal cruise – grand palazzi, churches and ornate bridges lining your journey.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Best Western Plus Quid
  7. Day 7 Venice orientation and free time

    Board your private launch and cruise 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 witness the talents of master craftsmen during a visit to their glassblowing workshop, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Maybe join an Optional Experience to the vibrant rainbow-coloured façades of Burano Island, which beckon to resident fishermen seeking a safe beacon for their return journey home through the lagoon's thick fog.

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

    Tread in the footsteps of ancient Romans as you cross the fertile Po Plain and cross the Apennine mountains to Rome. The 'Eternal City' has captivated travellers for centuries and you’ll not be disappointed. There’s time to join an optional sightseeing tour of Rome’s famous piazzas and fountains, including such highlights as Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Later make your way back to your favourite square and follow your nose for the best pasta in town.

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

    There’s no better way to see Rome than to dive right in, which is what you’ll do when you meet your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour that begins in Vatican City. The dome of St. Peter’s Basilica looms over the expansive St. Peter’s Square – the impressive backdrop for time spent learning about the world’s smallest country. See Michelangelo’s mournful Pietà up close and consider an Optional Experience that will reveal the artistry and heritage of the famous Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. Continue to Ancient Rome, to view the mighty Colosseum, followed by some time to explore on your own. Later tonight, consider joining an optional dinner in a favourite local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast
  10. Day 10 Rome – Florence (1 Night)

    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. For the best panoramic shots of the city’s skyline, head to Piazzale Michelangelo, then spend some time exploring on your own, squeezing in some of the landmarks that make Florence a Renaissance beauty. Perhaps, see Ponte Vecchio, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery. This evening, there’s a choice of Optional Experiences featuring traditional cuisine in exquisite Tuscan surrounds.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Gate
  11. Day 11 Florence – Lucerne Region (2 Nights)

    Skirt the Italian Lake District, heading north this morning into Switzerland. You won’t be able to tear your eyes from the soul-stirring scenery as you pass Lake Lugano and head over the snow-capped mountains that fringe the St. Gotthard route. This is the land of cowbells, cheese, chocolate and cable cars and you’ll arrive in the Lucerne region just in time to experience it first-hand if you join an optional folklore and fondue evening.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Stans Süd
  12. Day 12 Lucerne orientation and free time

    Take a step back in time when you join your Travel Director for an orientation tour, exploring the Old Town, the ancient wooden Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument. The mournful, mortally wounded lion hewn from rock commemorates the sacrifice made by the Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. You’ll have some time to explore the city your way, perhaps with some retail therapy. You could choose to ascend to the alpine heavens instead, joining an optional scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne, then travel by railway and cable car into the mountains for exhilarating views.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  13. Day 13 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 and see the glittering skyline from the water.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Mercure La Défense
  14. Day 14 Paris sightseeing and free time

    Hit Paris's 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 Can-Can cabaret performance.

    meals Breakfast
  15. Day 15 Depart Paris

    After breakfast say farewell to your fellow travellers. Find out more about your free airport transfer at costsavertour.com/freetransfers. Your coach returns for Paris to London, you are welcome to use this complimentary transfer.

    meals Breakfast
European Impressions End Paris
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 14 Breakfasts
  • 4 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 See Piazza Santa Croce and enjoy panoramic city views from Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Innsbruck View the Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace
  • Lucerne Orientation includes the Lion Monument and the Old Town
  • Lugano See this magnificent Swiss lake
  • Paris View the Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower on your sightseeing tour
  • Rhine Valley Cruise the romantic Rhine
  • Rome Visit St. Peter's Basilica, view the Colosseum and see the ancient sites with your Local Specialist
  • Salzburg Visit this charming city, the birthplace of Mozart
  • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square and visit a traditional glassblowing workshop
  • Vienna See the Opera House, Hofburg, Parliament and Imperial Boulevards with your Local Specialist

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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

Innsbruck

Available on Day 3

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

Vienna

Available on Day 4

Dinner And Viennese Concert

Embrace the enchanting culture of Vienna as you enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of classical music including the works of Johan Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. With ‘A Class’ tickets and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or juice to enjoy during the intermission, you’ll love this unique travel experience in the Austrian capital. Please note: on occasion, a small gift will be offered in place of a glass of sparkling wine.
Adult Price: € 103

Viennese Concert

Take in the classical sounds of Austria with a wonderful Viennese concert, where you'll enjoy the most famous works of Strauss and Mozart, performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. With ‘A Class’ tickets and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine during the interval, this elegant evening in Vienna will become a favourite travel memory.
Adult Price: € 59

Available on Day 5

Schönbrunn Palace And Gardens

Immerse yourself in the striking palatial rooms and gardens of the Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn, with a Local Specialist to bring the historic residence to life. Offering an amazing journey through the centuries-old Hapsburg rule, the palace is perfectly preserved and richly decorated with remarkable treasures to behold.
Adult Price: € 47

Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

As the cultural capital of Austria, Vienna is the home of unique travel experiences. Take your tour to the next level with dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, enjoying Austrian dishes and drinks as you take in the melodic charms of traditional musical entertainment. A unique experience in one of Europe’s most enchanting cities, this elegant evening is a must.
Adult Price: € 63

Venice

Available on Day 6

Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking 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

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 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

Roman Dinner in the Eternal City

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 as you enjoy the delights of Roman music.
Adult Price: € 62

Florence

Available on Day 10

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

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

Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

Through the Chianti hills, we'll drive past vineyards to a delightful hamlet. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the great political theorist wrote his immortal work, ‘The Prince.' After a welcome drink and a visit of the villa and its wine-cellars, we'll enjoy the best of Tuscan cuisine accompanied by great music and drinks, including of course, Chianti from the Villa's own vines.
Adult Price: € 68

Lucerne

Available on Day 11

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

Available on Day 12

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 13

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. Afterwards, 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 14

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

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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Georgia Richards
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Service
Our European Impressions trip was excellent and our travel director and driver the best we have ever had. Every daily plan was explained and followed. And we received so much information and history along with it. This was our kind of trip!
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This trip is worth the price we paid. We wasted no time waiting in lines, and our seats for events were near the front!
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Thank you for reviewing your recent trip. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your European Impressions tour and learnt some interesting history, too!
Monday, October 30, 2017
Trusted Customer
Sunday, June 18, 2017
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All documents were sent to me in plenty of time and all questions were answered when I called.
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Trafalgar lived up to its reputation of being a superb tour company.
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