Departure Date: 12/04/2020
Discover the best of Europe on this Costsaver trip, taking in Prague, Amsterdam, Lucerne and more... Embark on a grand adventure through Europe to the charming Dutch city of Amsterdam, historic Prague and the labyrinthine canals of Venice - your highlight will be a Rhine river cruise past hilltop castles, fairy-tale villages and vineyard-clad hills.
Discover the best of Europe on this Costsaver trip, taking in Prague, Amsterdam, Lucerne and more
Day 1. London – Amsterdam (2 Nights)
This morning meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Drive through Kent's scenic countryside to Dover. Admire the famous White Cliffs as you sail across the Channel to Calais, France. Continue by road through Belgium to the Netherlands, home of clogs and windmills. This evening consider taking a canal cruise in a glass-topped boat and see the city from a unique perspective.
Hotel Corendon Village
Day 2. Amsterdam orientation and free time
This morning in Amsterdam enjoy an orientation of the historic city centre. Afterwards you will have free time to take in one of the fantastic museums that the city has to offer.
Day 3. Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhineland
Drive into Germany and marvel at Cologne Cathedral. At Boppard embark on a relaxing cruise along the River Rhine past medieval hilltop castles and steep vineyards. Continue to your hotel where you dine this evening. Hotel Leonardo Frankfurt City South. Buffet Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 4. Rhineland – Nuremberg – Prague (2 nights)
Stop in Nuremberg this morning, a historic city where little has changed since the Middle Ages. Drive east across the border into the Czech Republic and arrive in the capital, Prague. Hotel International.
Day 5. Prague Sightseeing and free time
Your Local Specialist brings the history of this city to life during your sightseeing tour. Sights include views of Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle complex in Europe, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, views of Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square. Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast.
Day 6. Prague – Regensburg – Munich
Cross back into Germany stopping in Regensburg on the River Danube. In Munich, capital of Bavaria, your orientation includes the Marienplatz, renowned for its musical Glockenspiel. You might like to visit a bierkeller and sample the local brew, for which the city is famous. Hotel Holiday Inn Express - City East. Buffet Breakfast.
Day 7. Munich – Innsbruck – Venice (2 nights)
Head south towards the mountains and through Austria. Stop in Innsbruck to view the Golden Roof and the Hofburg. Continue across the Brenner Pass, one of the principal alpine highways, into Italy and south to Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Tonight dine at your hotel. Hotel Il Burchiello. Buffet Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 8. Venice Orientation and free time
Watch Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Evidence of Venice's glorious Byzantine history is all around as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Admire the magnificent Doge's Palace, former home of Venice's ruling elite. Afterwards, you have time to explore amazing narrow alleyways, historic bridges and canals. Later perhaps take the opportunity to cruise to Burano Island, the most picturesque island in the lagoon, for a delicious meal. Buffet Breakfast.
Day 9. Venice – Lucerne region (2 nights)
Traverse the plains of northern Italy and cross the border into Switzerland. Continue along the St. Gotthard route, with spectacular views of waterfalls and mountain peaks. See the chalets dotting the steep hillsides as you approach Lake Lucerne in the heart of central Switzerland. Dine tonight at your hotel. Hotel Jugendstil Paxmontana. Buffet Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 10. Lucerne Orientation and free time
Your orientation tour of Lucerne includes the medieval wooden Chapel Bridge and the poignant Lion Monument, built to commemorate the Swiss Guards who bravely defended Louis XVI during the French Revolution. There is time afterwards to shop for delicious chocolates and watches, relax or stroll beside the lake. Consider an optional trip up a mountain peak by cable car to admire the magnificent views. Later you might like to join in the fun at a Swiss Folklore Show. Buffet Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 11. Lucerne Region – Paris (2 nights)
Travel north-west through Basel into France, skirting the edge of the Vosges Mountains. Admire charming villages as you pass through the vineyards of Burgundy, France's most famous wine region. Arrive later in the glittering capital, Paris. This evening perhaps take a tour through this dazzling city or consider a Seine cruise.
Buffet Breakfast. Hotel Novotel 14 Porte d'Orléans.
Day 12. Paris Orientation and free time
See the major sights of Paris during your orientation including the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. The rest of the day is yours to explore. This evening you might like to celebrate the end of your holiday with a famous Parisian cabaret show.
Day 13. Paris – London
Journey north from Paris across WWI battlefields. Board the ferry at Calais and cross to Dover. Continue by coach to London, where it is time to bid farewell to your Travel Director and travelling companions at the end of your splendid European holiday.
Return airport transfers on first and last day of the trip*, 12 nights’ hotel accommodation, 12 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 Three-course dinners, Sightseeing tour included in each major city including the main sites and icons, Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach, Services of a professional Travel Director, All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes, Choice of Optional Experiences, Free time included.
12 Nights from R29,200 pps
Valid for travel: 12 April 2020 - 27 September 2020. Valid for Sale until 3 October 2019. *For a limited time only. Costsaver’s 2020 Europe & Britain Pre-sale pricing is available on select itineraries identified as "Pre-sale 2020" only, and is valid for bookings until 3 October 2019. A non-refundable deposit of R3000 per person is required per standard booking conditions to lock in this price. If the holiday price is higher once the main brochure is released in early October, Costsaver will honour the lower Pre-sale rate; if it is lower, Costsaver will refund the difference. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure. The 5% VIT discount is combinable and final payment for VIT discount is due by 2 December 2019. Not combinable with Trafalgar, custom groups or any other offers. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Please note additional products such as (but not limited to) extra nights, pre-paid gratuities or transfers cannot be added to the booking until the 2020 itineraries are on sale in early October. Note that itineraries, hotels and prices are subject to change until the release of the 2020 Europe brochures. Where there are any major itinerary changes (number of days, cities visited or number of overnight stays in each city location) Costsaver will advise you accordingly. Flights, visas, travel insurance, spending money and items of a personal nature. These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Packages are subject to availability, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements, and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE.