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European Impressions

Operated by: CostSaver

17 Days from $2,795 per person
Cologne, Germany and the Rhine River

Countries Visited

England, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, France ...more England, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, France

Locations Visited

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

    Welcome to London. Relax and unwind after check-in.

    hotel Hilton Olympia/Ibis Earls Court
  2. Day 2 London Free Time

    Spend the day exploring the sights and delights of this wonderful city on your own.

    meals Full Breakfast
  3. Day 3 London – Amsterdam

    This morning meet your Travel Director and travelling companions to board your CostSaver coach and set off from London. A scenic drive through Kent brings you to Dover. See the White Cliffs as you board the ferry and cross to Calais, France. Admire the countryside as you traverse Belgium and The Netherlands. In Amsterdam, one of Europe's friendliest cities, enjoy an orientation of the historic city centre. Later you might like to take a canal cruise in a glass covered boat - it's a great way to see the city.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Ibis Schiphol
  4. Day 4 Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhine Cruise – Rhineland

    We travel to Germany and view Cologne Cathedral, the city's most famous landmark. Continue to Boppard where you embark on a relaxing cruise along the River Rhine past ancient castles and vineyards. Disembark at St. Goar where you view the Lorelei Rock and hear the legend of the fabled siren. Dine tonight at your Rhineland hotel.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Achat Premium Neustadt Weinstrasse
  5. Day 5 Rhineland – Fern Pass – Innsbruck

    Head south into the region of Bavaria. Glimpse Neuschwanstein Castle built by King Ludwig II, before taking the scenic Fern Pass into Austria. In the Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck, see the sights including the Golden Roof and St. Jakob's cathedral.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Alphotel
  6. Day 6 Innsbruck – Salzburg – Vienna (2 Nights)

    Explore the splendours of Salzburg renowned for the city's most famous son Mozart and film location for 'The Sound of Music'. Your scenic journey continues towards the River Danube, arriving later in the elegant city of Vienna.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Senator
  7. Day 7 Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time

    Your Local Specialist shows you the city's important landmarks including the Opera House, the Hofburg, Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards. Spend free time afterwards sightseeing or shop for souvenirs on the fashionable Kärtnerstrasse.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Vienna – Venice (2 Nights)

    Journey through mountains and small picturesque towns to the Austrian Lake District. Cross the Italian border and arrive later in Venice, your home for the next two nights.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Best Western Plus Quid
  9. Day 9 Venice Orientation and Free Time

    Watch Venetian craftsmen at work creating local craft at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca island. Discover this Byzantine city as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Admire the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge's Palace.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  10. Day 10 Venice – Rome (2 Nights)

    Admire the scenery as you cross the fertile Po plain and journey over the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Rome, the Eternal City. This evening, you might like to explore the city's vibrant nightlife.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Pinewood
  11. Day 11 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    Your Local Specialist takes you on a visit of St. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's sculpture, the Pietà. Your sightseeing tour continues across the Tiber where you will view the Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. In your free time visit the magnificent Sistine Chapel or relax at a pavement café on Via Del Corso and watch the world go by.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  12. Day 12 Rome – Florence

    Drive through Tuscany's Chianti region to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Enjoy spectacular views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. In your free time visit Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Miro
  13. Day 13 Florence – Lucerne Region (2 Nights)

    North from Florence via Bologna and Milan and across the Swiss border, you travel through beautiful, ever-changing scenery. See picturesque Lake Lugano, then take the famous St. Gotthard route through the Alps to Lake Lucerne. Later, why not experience a Swiss folklore and fondue evening?

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Krone Giswil
  14. Day 14 Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

    See the highlights of Lucerne this morning on your orientation tour including the medieval Old Town and a visit to the renowned Lion Monument. Spend free time afterwards relaxing or perhaps take an Optional Experience up a nearby mountain for breathtaking views.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  15. Day 15 Lucerne Region – Paris (2 Nights)

    Travel west across the French border, past Belfort. Continue through the Burgundy wine region, with views of the vineyards. Arrive later in the capital Paris.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Mercure La Défense
  16. Day 16 Paris Orientation and Free Time

    This morning see the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and more on your orientation. Explore on your own afterwards. Stroll along the banks of the Seine or visit one of the city's world-class museums. Tonight why not celebrate the end of your journey with a traditional Parisian cabaret?

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  17. Day 17 Depart Paris

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

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Full breakfast
  • 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 a professional driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Costsaver recommended London hotel booked through Costsaver or from the London Reception Centre
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase, conditions apply. See link below for airport transfer page

Sightseeing Highlights

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

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
Price Discount Availability Price
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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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!
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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
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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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