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European Impressions

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17 Days from $2,495 per person

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna, Venice, Rome, Florence, Lucerne, Paris ...more London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna, Venice, Rome, Florence, Lucerne, Paris
  1. Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

    The landmarks just keep coming when you visit London, the launch pad for your exhilarating journey through Europe. After check-in, recover from your journey or dive right into this multicultural capital, ticking off all the main sights. Watch as Big Ben strikes the hour, enjoy panoramic views from the London Eye or take a leisurely stroll along the Thames - the choice is yours.

    hotel Holiday Inn Kensington Forum/Ibis Earls Court
  2. Day 2 London Free Day

    Don't waste a second of your full free day to explore London your way. That could mean a busy agenda incorporating all the top museums and galleries or rubbing shoulders with the sun-worshipping locals in one of the Royal Parks. Diverse, proud and eager to exceed your expectations, London delivers on your every whim as you'll come to discover crisscrossing what was once the capital of a mighty empire and today wears the remnants of its past through its incredible diversity.

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  3. Day 3 London – Amsterdam (1 Night)

    This morning meet your Travel Director and fellow travel companions. The continent beckons and you'll say goodbye to Old Blighty, making your way across the pretty Kent countryside bound for the White Cliffs of Dover, whose chalky faces plunge into the English Channel. Cross by ferry to Calais, then continue by coach through Belgium to the Netherlands and its historic, yet edgy 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.

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    hotel Ibis Schiphol
  4. Day 4 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 Premium Neustadt Weinstrasse
  5. Day 5 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
  6. Day 6 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 musical genius.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Senator
  7. Day 7 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 chocaholic tendencies. This evening, the melodies of a musical Vienna are the order of the day as you perhaps join an optional dinner followed by a concert of Strauss and Mozart masterpieces.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Vienna – Venice (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
  9. Day 9 Venice Orientation and Free Time

    Witness the talents of the master craftsmen during a visit to their glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Board your private launch next, cruising 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 for a final exploration of the city or to 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
  10. Day 10 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 piazze 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 Pinewood
  11. Day 11 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
  12. Day 12 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
  13. Day 13 Florence – Lucerne Region (2 Nights)

    Skirt the Italian Lake District, heading north this morning on a course that will take you 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 Krone Giswil
  14. Day 14 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 to Stans, then travelling by railway and cable car up into the mountains for exhilarating mountain views.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  15. Day 15 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
  16. Day 16 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 Dali 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.

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  17. Day 17 Depart Paris

    After breakfast say farewell to your fellow travellers. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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European Impressions
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 16 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 professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase, conditions apply. See airport transfer page.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Amsterdam See the historic city centre
  • Cologne View the Gothic cathedral
  • Dover See the White Cliffs
  • Florence Panoramic city views from Piazzale Michelangelo. See Piazza Santa Croce
  • 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 Sightseeing includes views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower
  • Rhine Valley Cruise the romantic Rhine
  • Rome Morning sightseeing with your Local Specialist. Visit St. Peter's Basilica. View the Colosseum and see the ancient sites
  • Salzburg Visit the Baroque town of Mozart's birth
  • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
  • Vienna Sightseeing with your Local Specialist features the Opera House, Hofburg, Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards

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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

Vienna

Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! Enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. Works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed and your 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or juice during the interval will only enhance the experience.
Adult Price: €103

Viennese Concert

You’ll enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese classical music including some of the most famous works of Strauss and Mozart, performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. You’ll receive 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine during the interval.
Adult Price: €58

Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe’s most elegant cities.
Adult Price: €62

Schönbrunn Palace And Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Hapsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly decorated with treasures from around the globe. Each room has a story to tell, so of course, you’ll have a Local Specialist to bring it to life and to make the most of your time. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. Should you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
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

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-colored houses—a real photographer's paradise.
Adult Price: €71

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

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

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favorites is served, accompanied by a selection of local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.
Adult Price: €65

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

Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

A scenic drive into the Chianti hills, past vineyards, brings us to a delightful hamlet overlooked by an imposing castle. 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 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. This is the essence of all great things Tuscan, past and present, condensed into one memorable evening!
Adult Price: €65

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

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

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Independent Reviews
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!
Vacation
This trip is worth the price we paid. We wasted no time waiting in lines, and our seats for events were near the front!
Response from Grand European Travel:
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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