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Glimpse of Europe

Operated by: CostSaver

8 Days from $1,475 per person
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Countries Visited

UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France

Locations Visited

London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Boppard, Neustadt, Schaffhausen, Gisw… more London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Boppard, Neustadt, Schaffhausen, Giswil, Lake Lucerne, Lucerne, Paris
  1. Day 1 Arrive London

    After checking in to your Costsaver hotel, the rest of your day is at leisure. See the sights, visit a museum or go shopping - the list is endless and the choice is yours.

    hotel Ibis Earls Court
  2. Day 2 London – Amsterdam

    This morning meet your Travel Director and fellow traveling companions to board your Costsaver coach and set off from London. See the White Cliffs of Dover as you cross the channel to continental Europe. Travel through Belgium and into The Netherlands where you will pass by windmills en route to the lively city of Amsterdam. Perhaps take the opportunity to explore the city further on a canal cruise in a glass-covered boat to enjoy views of the historic gabled houses.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Ibis Schiphol
  3. Day 3 Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhine Cruise – Rhineland

    This morning travel through the Dutch countryside before crossing into Germany. Stop to view the spectacular Gothic Cathedral in Cologne before arriving in the picturesque Rhine Valley. Here you embark on a cruise at Boppard which glides past medieval castles and steeply terraced vineyards which produce the well-known high-quality Rhine wines. Learn about the legends associated with this stretch of the river including that of the famous Lorelei Rock near St. Goar. Continue to your hotel where you dine tonight.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Achat Premium Neustadt Weinstrasse
  4. Day 4 Rhineland – Black Forest – Rhine Falls – Lucerne Region (2 Nights)

    Continue south through the Black Forest region which is bordered by the Rhine Valley to the west and south. This beautiful area is renowned for wood carving, the creation of the original cuckoo clock, and speciality cuisine which includes delicacies such as smoked ham and Black Forest cake. Cross the border into Switzerland before stopping to admire the impressive Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen. Travel to central Switzerland and enter the scenic region of Lake Lucerne, your home for the next two nights. This evening, consider an Optional Experience to a Swiss folklore show which will highlight many Swiss traditions including yodelling and alpine horn playing.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Krone Giswil
  5. Day 5 Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

    This morning, your orientation tour around this medieval city highlights the poignant Lion Monument, built in memory of Louis XVI's courageous Swiss Guards who tried to defend the Palace of the Tuileries in Paris during the French Revolution. Cross the wooden Chapel Bridge over the River Reuss and view the onion-domed Jesuit Church. Later there is a chance to enjoy an exhilarating excursion to the top of one of the surrounding mountains or explore the squares and towers of the quaint old city. Alternatively, there is plenty of opportunity for shopping, whether it be Swiss watches, jewellery or the wide range of deliciously flavoured chocolate.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day 6 Lucerne Region – Paris (2 Nights)

    Today head north and cross the Rhine River for the final time in the city of Basel as you leave Switzerland and enter France. Then cross through part of the renowned wine producing Burgundy region with views of the extensive vineyards. Continue past the rolling farmland of the Auxerre region before arriving in Paris. Tonight, perhaps take the opportunity to get to know the city on a stunning tour of Paris by Night Optional Experience.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Pont de Sevres
  7. Day 7 Paris Orientation and Free Time

    This morning your orientation introduces you to this exquisitely planned city with views of the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. This evening why not sample Parisian nightlife at a cabaret show?

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Depart Paris

    After breakfast say farewell to your fellow travellers at the end of your holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 Buffet breakfasts
  • 2 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
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase, conditions apply. See link below for airport transfer page

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Dover See the White Cliffs
  • Amsterdam Orientation includes the historic city centre
  • Rhine Valley Cruise the romantic Rhine
  • Cologne View the Gothic Cathedral
  • Black Forest See this picturesque region
  • Schaffhausen View the mighty Rhine Falls
  • Lucerne Orientation including of the the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge
  • Paris View the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower on your sightseeing tour

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

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 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


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


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

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Monday, April 22, 2019
Would absolutely recommend again! James Payne is tour guide extraordinaire! Could go on and on about The amazing job you did with our recent trip to Europe. Suffice it to say, if I could ever choose someone to visit a foreign country/city with, it would be him Every time. Our family had a wonderful time. Thank you!
Response from Grand European Travel:
You can't get much better than that! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Many thanks to James and Trafalgar!!
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, April 21, 2019
I didn’t book this, my mom did
James was the best tour guide
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Monday, September 24, 2018
This was a trip where too much was done in too little time. It was okay for someone who had never seen the areas and didn't have a lot of time (or money).
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest feedback. This trip does cover quite a bit of ground in a limited time and some days could feel a bit rushed. We do offer more leisurely paced trips that only visit one country or region which may be more to your liking.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
It was not one of the best trips we have been on. Partly our fault to expecting too much in too little time.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
We loved our tour. It truly exceeded our expectations. Our booking experience with GET was great. I spoke with our agent a couple of times on the phone. She promptly followed up & answered all our questions before booking. The flights worked out great. Our tour was absolutely fantastic. We had NO dissappointments. The 8 days of perfect weather certainly helped, but our total itinerary came off without a single glitch due to the efforts of our Trafalgar tour guide Jackie Starke. She was the perfect host, coordinator. We honestly have nothing but praise for Jackie. Nor did we hear any from our "traveling buddies". It felt like we were traveling with family. In retrospect, we are amazed how everything went so smoothly. The hotels were fine, functional, about what we expected. The tour meals were enjoyable. The tours and optional activities were fantastic, a wonderful value and the coordination was outstanding. We are also grateful for Rudy, our driver. We felt perfectly safe and secure on the roads at all times. Jackie is a superstar. I don't know how she handled everything so smoothly. It will be a couple years before we plan our next European trip. If there is anyway we can book a tour with Jackie - sign us up. Thanks again to Jackie, Rudy, Trafagar & GET.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled to see your review and couldn't be happier that your trip exceeded your expectations. We hope to be able to help plan your next adventure. Thank you so much!
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Although we ended up exceeding our planned budget, we definitely got our moneys worth.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Great tour guide, so knowledgeable and courteous and able to keep our group involved throughout six countries. Our driver was the best and very helpful to all.
Would like to have spent more time at each location
Lennox Forbes
Travel date: Monday, September 3, 2018
They have delivered on their promise. Yes
The sights chosen were spectacular. The activities were awesome.
Judy Crothers
Travel date: Monday, July 31, 2017
This was a once in a lifetime trip for the 4 of us. The vacation was amazing. I were able to experience a lot in a very short amount of time. The tour guide went above and beyond to give us a great experience. I would strongly recommend Grand European travels to all. I a hoping to use their services in the future
The prices were reasonable and they give you an opportunity to add to your trip with extras. My family and I went on almost all of the extras available
Carol King
Travel date: Friday, July 21, 2017
Had great time. Due to type of trip purchased "cost saver", understood some of the choices made for lodging. Bus trip was well planned and provided exactly what I thought I would see and experience. Tour guide was friendly and knowledgable.
Had a great time. No issue with lodging or service received.
Swagata Dev
Travel date: Friday, May 19, 2017
The trip was very well organized.I selected the package "Glimpse of Europe". The tour director was great.He had a good knowledge of the places we were visiting.Rhine River cruise,Eiffel tower,Notre Dam,Amsterdam canal cruise were awesome. We stayed at the country side in Switzerland,The beauty of the place (Giswil) was beyond any comparison
Money well spent.Will use Grand European travels again
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