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European Discoverer

Duration 28 days

Destinations visited :
  • France
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  • Spain
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  • Italy
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  • Monaco
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  • Greece
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  • Turkey
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  • Austria
    ,
  • Liechtenstein
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  • Switzerland
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  • Germany
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  • Netherlands
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  • UK
    ,

This A to Z of Europe will reveal a feast of flavours, culture and history, from medieval monuments, myths, legends and ancient history to the glittering capitals of Paris, Athens, Rome and Madrid. You’ll come full circle on this 28-day extravaganza across the continent – 12 countries on one bucket-list trip.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

London – Paris (2 Nights)
Greetings from your Travel Director this morning before you travel through Kent to the port of Dover. See the White Cliffs as you board the ferry to Calais in France. Travel past the poignant battlefields of the Somme and arrive later in Paris.
Hotel: Novotel Pont de Sevres
Meal:

DAY 2

Paris Orientation and Free Time
Admire the sights on your sightseeing including views of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Élysées. The rest of your day is free to explore the city or visit one of the museums or attractions. This evening consider a night out at a Parisian Cabaret.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 3

Paris – Tours – Bordeaux
Drive through the vineyards of the Loire Valley and stop in the lovely city of Tours for free time. Later travel to the picturesque city of Bordeaux where you will dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Ibis Centre Meriadeck
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 4

Bordeaux – Biarritz – Pamplona
This morning travel to the glamorous seaside resort of Biarritz. Take in views of the ocean from the promenade before heading for the Spanish border. Pass through the verdant hills of Navarra to Pamplona, famous for its annual bull run.
Hotel: Abba Reino de Navarra
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 5

Pamplona – Madrid Sightseeing (2 Nights)
Traverse the splendid landscape through Rioja to the capital, Madrid, where this afternoon your Local Specialist shows you all the sights including the Royal Palace and Plaza de España.
Hotel: Meliá Avenida América
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 6

Madrid Free Time
Today is free to explore on your own or perhaps consider joining an Optional Experience to Toledo. This vibrant city has much to offer – from fine museums to excellent shopping – there is something for everyone.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 7

Madrid – Barcelona Sightseeing (2 Nights)
Cross the Spanish Meseta and pass Catalonia’s sprawling vineyards en route to Barcelona. On arrival your Local Specialist shows you the sights including the Ramblas and the Sagrada Familia.
Hotel: Exe Barcelona Gate
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 8

Barcelona Free Time
Enjoy a full free day to explore the city or perhaps join an Optional Experience to nearby Montserrat to see the mystical Black Madonna.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 9

Barcelona – Arles – French Riviera (2 Nights)
Head back into France and through Provence. Stop in Arles, where Vincent Van Gogh, found inspiration for so many paintings. Travel on to the French Riviera where you will enjoy a two-night stay.
Hotel: Amarante Cannes
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 10

French Riviera Free Time
Enjoy a full day of relaxation on one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 11

French Riviera – Monaco – Pisa – Florence
Explore Monaco’s Old Town this morning before following the spectacular coastline into Italy. In Pisa view the famous Leaning Tower before arriving later at your hotel near Florence.
Hotel: Miro
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 12

Florence – Rome (2 Nights)
Experience the sights and delights of Renaissance Florence this morning. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city’s historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Enjoy an orientation of this city as well as free time to explore before leaving and travelling to Rome.
Hotel: Ergife Palace
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 13

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
Admire the landmarks with your Local Specialist including the Colosseum and the ancient sites of Rome. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica. Afterwards shop or perhaps explore the Sistine Chapel.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 14

Rome – Bay Of Naples
Drive south from Rome to the scenic Bay of Naples. Don’t miss an Optional Experience to the spectacular Amalfi Coast. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Grand La Panoramica/Pompei Resort
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 15

Bay Of Naples – Ancona – At Sea
This morning you may consider joining our expert for an Optional Experience to the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Later travel across Italy to the port of Ancona to board your overnight ferry to Greece.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 16

At Sea – Patras – Athens (4 Nights)
Arrive in the port of Patras in Greece and continue by road to Athens.
Hotel: Novotel/Zafolia
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 17

Embark Piraeus – Mykonos
Board your ship in Piraeus harbour and cruise to stylish Mykonos. Enjoy a few hours here before the cruise continues. (Breakfast is included at the hotel.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

DAY 18

Kusadasi – Patmos
Arrive early this morning at Kusadasi and enjoy an included Shore Experience to the incredible ruins of Ephesus. Sail to Patmos with time to perhaps visit the Fortress Monastery of St. John.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

DAY 19

Heraklion – Santorini
We arrive in Heraklion this morning, you will have a complimentary Shore Experience to explore Crete’s Minoan culture and heritage at the Palace of Knossos. Later, on the island of Santorini, consider an optional Shore Experience to the sun-kissed cliff-top village of Oia.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

DAY 20

Return Athens (Piraeus)
Disembark early this morning and rejoin the trip. Admire the sights with your Local Specialist including a visit to the Parthenon, Acropolis as well as the Temple of Zeus. In Patra board your ship for overnight cruise to Ancona.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 21

At Sea – Ancona – Bologna
Arrive in Ancona and travel to Bologna. Enjoy lunch aboard your Adriatic ferry.
Hotel: Best Western Plus Tower
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 22

Bologna – Venice
Head north through the Emilia Romagna region to magical Venice. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. Enjoy a glassblowing demonstration at a traditional workshop. Spend time afterwards exploring.
Hotel: Best Western Airvenice
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 23

Venice – Innsbruck
Travel through scenic mountainous landscapes including the majestic Brenner Pass into Austria before arriving in Innsbruck. Your orientation includes views of the Golden Roof and Hofburg Palace.
Hotel: Bon Alpina
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 24

Innsbruck – Vaduz – Lake Lucerne (2 Nights)
Visit Vaduz, capital of Liechtenstein, then drive through scenic alpine landscapes to lovely Lake Lucerne.
Hotel: SwissEver
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 25

Lucerne Orientation and Free Time
Travel into the heart of Lucerne where your orientation will reveal the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument. Afterwards consider taking an Optional Experience up Mount Pilatus for spectacular views over the Alps. This evening dine at your hotel.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 26

Lake Lucerne – Heidelberg – Rhineland
Marvel at the mighty Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen before crossing the border over into Germany. Pass through the Black Forest and make your way to the university town of Heidelberg. View the imposing red sandstone castle towering above the city before making your way to the hotel.
Hotel: NH Bingen
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 27

Rhineland – Rhine Cruise – Amsterdam
This morning relax aboard your cruise through the Rhine Valley. See the famous Lorelei Rock and see medieval castles and vineyards. Then continue to the Dutch border and make your way to lively Amsterdam.
Hotel: Ibis Schiphol
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 28

Amsterdam – London
Drive back into France to Calais where you board your ferry back to Dover. Arrive later in London and bid farewell to your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of this memorable European Discoverer.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Dover See the White Cliffs
  • Paris City tour with views of the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Champs Élysées
  • Tours View the cathedral
  • Biarritz Visit the seaside resort
  • Pamplona Orientation of this famous city
  • Madrid City tour with a Local Specialist. See Plaza de España
  • Barcelona City tour with a Local Specialist. See Sagrada Familia Cathedral
  • South of France Drive through Provence
  • Monaco View the Old Town
  • Pisa View the Leaning Tower
  • Florence Visit the Renaissance city
  • Rome City tour with a Local Specialist. View St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum and the ancient sites
  • Athens City tour with a Local Specialist. Visit the ancient Acropolis, Parthenon and see the Temple of Zeus
  • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark’s Square. Visit a glassblowing workshop
  • Innsbruck See the Golden Roof and Hofburg Palace
  • Liechtenstein Visit the capital, Vaduz
  • Lucerne Visit the Lion Monument
  • Schaffhausen Stop to view the Rhine Falls
  • Black Forest See this beautiful forested region
  • Heidelberg View the castle
  • Rhine Valley Cruise the romantic Rhine
  • Amsterdam See the historic city centre

Dining Highlights

  • 27 Buffet breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches on-board cruise
  • 3 Dinners on-board cruise

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Overnight mini cruise – Ancona to Patras and Patras to Ancona
  • The services of a Local Host if you stay at Costsaver’s recommended 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 separate 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
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European Discoverer

This A to Z of Europe will reveal a feast of flavours, culture and history, from medieval monuments, myths, legends and ancient history to the glittering capitals of Paris, Athens, Rome and Madrid. You’ll come full circle on this 28-day extravaganza across the continent – 12 countries on one bucket-list trip.