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Glimpse of Europe

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8 Days from $1,360 per person
Amsterdam canal and flowers, Netherlands

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Lucerne, Paris ...more London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Lucerne, Paris
  1. Day 1 Arrive London (1 Night)

    Well hello there London! Diverse, proud and eager to exceed your expectations, the British capital is the perfect starting point to prime you for an exhilarating exploration of Europe. After check-in you'll have the rest of the day to explore this multicultural city your way. Delve into the stories that have shaped this great city, once the capital of a mighty empire that influenced many parts of the world and today is still influenced by these.

    hotel Ibis Earls Court/Hilton Olympia
  2. Day 2 London – Amsterdam (1 Night)

    This morning meet your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions to board your coach and set off from London. It's time to say goodbye to 'Old Blighty' and hello to the free-thinking capital of the Netherlands. Your journey to the continent begins with a drive through the lush Kent countryside. You'll board your ferry in Dover next and cross to Calais, travelling north through the endless plains of Belgium and the Netherlands to Amsterdam. If you can tear your eyes from its scenic canals, you'll be staring at the city's teetering gabled homes that proclaim their birth year with pride on their colourful façades. There's no better way to immerse yourself fully in Amsterdam's gezelligheid than taking an optional canal cruise in a glass-topped boat this evening.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ibis Schiphol
  3. Day 3 Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhine Cruise – Rhineland (1 Night)

    From Amsterdam's leafy canals to the towering spires of Cologne, your morning will be jam-packed with sights you'll want to capture on camera as you head east into the lush landscapes of Germany. View the imposing Gothic Cologne Cathedral then head to Boppard where you'll board your river cruise down the Rhine. Pass medieval villages, terraced vineyards and medieval castles where feuding lords must have surveyed their lands once upon a time. Watch the soul-stirring scenery of the Rhine Valley unfold as you kick back and watch the world go by. 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
  4. Day 4 Rhineland – Black Forest – Rhine Falls – Lucerne Region (2 Nights)

    Straight out of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Germany's Black Forest is the perfect backdrop for this morning's scenic drive. You'll see why its enchanting landscapes have inspired myths and fables throughout the centuries before crossing into Switzerland. A quick stop in Schaffhausen means there's time to capture the cascading waters of Rhine Falls, Europe's biggest waterfall, before you arrive in the scenic region of Lake Lucerne. This evening, consider an Optional Experience to a Swiss folklore show which will highlight many Swiss traditions including yodelling and alpine horn playing.

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

    Join your Travel Director for an orientation through the Old Town and to the ancient Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument. See the mournful, mortally wounded lion hewn from rock to commemorate the sacrifice made by the Swiss Guard who died defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution, then enjoy some time on your own. You'll then have the full day to discover why Lucerne earned its place on the 'Grand Tour' of Europe. You could choose to ascend to the alpine heavens, joining an optional scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne to Stans, then travelling by railway and cable car into the mountains for exhilarating mountain views.

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

    Enjoy a brief second encounter with the Rhine River when you head north, passing Basel en route to France. Admire the scenic views of the Burgundy wine region that follow your journey north to the French capital. Get a head start on your sightseeing and delve into Paris's grand past, dynamic present and exciting future on your own this evening. Why not join an Optional Experience, including a scenic river cruise and an illuminations drive, stopping at all the best photo spots?

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

    Embrace elegance today with a full day to get under the skin of the City of Lights. Your Travel Director will deliver an excellent introduction during your sightseeing tour which includes views of the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Champs Élysées. There's time to see the sights on your own this afternoon. You could choose to hit the shops or tread in the footsteps of Picasso and Dalí in Montmartre, exploring its maze of streets and Artist's Square. Tonight, the frills and flounces of the Can-Can girls at a cabaret promise an entertaining evening should you wish to join this Optional Experience.

    meals 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 Breakfast
Glimpse of Europe
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 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 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 Orientation includes the historic city centre
  • Black Forest See this picturesque region
  • Cologne View the Gothic Cathedral
  • Dover See the White Cliffs
  • 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
  • Rhine Valley Cruise the romantic Rhine
  • Schaffhausen View the mighty Rhine Falls

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request Trip prices are based on double occupancy; single supplement discounts are available on select departures, call us at 1-877-622-9109 for more info
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Start Date: Sun, Sep 6, 2020
Return Date: Sun, Sep 13, 2020
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Start Date: Sun, Sep 13, 2020
Return Date: Sun, Sep 20, 2020
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Start Date: Sun, Sep 20, 2020
Return Date: Sun, Sep 27, 2020
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Start Date: Sun, Oct 4, 2020
Return Date: Sun, Oct 11, 2020
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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 with our Local Specialist by glass-roofed boat travels the historic canal ring, showing imposing warehouses, stately merchant homes, houseboats & bridges.
Adult Price: € 28


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 68 CHF.
Adult Price: 99 CHF

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: 112 CHF

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: 67 CHF


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

Montmartre Village And Artists' Square

Dominated by the soaring Sacre Coeur Basilica, you’ll join your Local Specialist to explore Montmartre’s winding streets, unusual galleries and world-famous Artist’s Square – once home to the works of Toulouse Lautrec and Picasso. You’ll have time to browse, barter for original art and taste local cuisine, for a real flavor of Montmartre life.
Adult Price: € 37

Montparnasse and Latin Quarter

Take the fastest elevator in Europe to the Panoramic Observation Deck for unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower and all of the city’s iconic monuments. The highest rooftop terrace in Paris offers a breath-taking 360-degree view, with all of Paris at your feet! Then we’ll take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways where you'll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares.
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
Myra Ramos
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Alicia Quezada is so helpful and very accommodating.She listens to us and always there to answer our questions .She helped us to get the best deals.That's why in our next trip we will look again for her.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to share your comments. We will be sure to share them with Alicia. WE appreciate your business and look forward to hearing from you again soon for that next trip.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
we enjoyed so much on this trip
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Prompt replies to all questions and explored many flight options for us.
Wrong bedding at first hotel. Otherwise very good and our travel director was the best.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 6, 2019
So easy and thorough! Always helpful! Answered all inquiries very promptly!
Loved our trip to Europe! Great itinerary, amazing sights, wonderful hotels and meals! Comfortable travel! Best part was our travel director- great knowledge and very entertaining and always helpful!!
Lola Spataro
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Daniel Pelltier was most helpful and made the booking process very easy. He made me less anxious about going on the Glimpse of Europe trip.
The Travel Director, Alaine Pirot, is excellent. The 7-day trip was a whirlwind and Alaine made sure that we got our money's worth.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, September 28, 2019
provided the info we needed to make a decision
tour guide made the trip unique
Mary Sizemore
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
The travel specialist did a great job arranging our travel. The flights from Phoenix to London and back were excellent for the price - he saved us a lot of money and frustration!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Just one of the benefits of booking with GET is that we can take care of all those details for you. Thank you for trusting in us! We're so happy that you had a wonderful time.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
The excursions were great and our tour guide and driver were wonderful. The hotels were great. Great trip and great value for the money.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Great experience.Well organized trip and the tour director was knowledgeable and experienced. The weather was hot and the hotels did not had have air condition.
Good for the value. It was a very short trip. Felt that I have spent more time in the bus
Judith Keplinger
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Yes and Yes! The process for booking was very easy and the agent was knowledgeable, courteous, and thorough from start to finish.
Our tour director was extremely knowledgeable about everything Europe! She shared her knowledge with us along the way with stories about every country we visited. She explained why she was having us up and on the road very early on several occasions, and we never regretted it, was always worth it.
Richard Keplinger
Sunday, September 1, 2019
I found out about a tour similar to the one we were on. Our daughter-in-law is very familiar with travel so she said she would look into it. She came up with our GET tour indicating that it will be less expensive; however, we would have a very similar experience. Our tour way fantastic and our tour director, MJ was more than we could ask for or expected. We would go with GET again if we travel and we would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.
Because we had a great time. We were excited every day. Our tour director, MJ was extremely knowledgable and shared with us stories along the way. We had fun the entire tripp.
Jordan Hopson
Sunday, September 1, 2019
It was an amazing experience! MJ was exceptional from her knowledge to how she treated us. I loved every minute of the trip. I would definitely recommend to everyone I know.
Different experience from than just me and my family planning it and I loved it.
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