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European Impressions

Operated by: CostSaver

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

Countries Visited

UK, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France ...more UK, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France

Locations Visited

London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Cologne Cathedral, St Goar, Goldeen Roof, Vienna, Vienna State Opera House, Hofburg Palace, Venice, Giudecca Island, St Marks Square, Rome, St Peters Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Florence, Florence Cathedral, Lake Lugano, Lake Lucerne, Lucerne, Lion Monument, Burgundy, Paris, Notre Dame de Paris ...more London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Cologne Cathedral, St Goar, Goldeen Roof, Vienna, Vienna State Opera House, Hofburg Palace, Venice, Giudecca Island, St Marks Square, Rome, St Peters Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Florence, Florence Cathedral, Lake Lugano, Lake Lucerne, Lucerne, Lion Monument, Burgundy, Paris, Notre Dame de 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
European Impressions
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
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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
Service
All documents were sent to me in plenty of time and all questions were answered when I called.
Vacation
Trafalgar lived up to its reputation of being a superb tour company.
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