Setting off on a grand European adventure is on everyone’s wish list and now you can tick off all the must-see sights at an unbeatable price.
The dream of seeing the continent’s architectural icons, strolling elegant boulevards and shopping on world–famous streets has long fired the imagination of far flung Australians. That epic, multiple-country tour of Europe has been a rite of passage for generations and it’s now more accessible than ever.
But most people believe that to see the ancient ruins of Athens, walk the beach at Anzac Cove or people-watch over a bellini in Venice will leave a large hole in the hip pocket. To do it ‘properly’ – to stay at centrally located, good hotels, to eat well and be able to enjoy iconic experiences – costs a lot, right?
Wrong. Now you can see and do everything on your wish list thanks to a new collection of value trips that will help you make the most of your time and money.
CostSaver, operated by Trafalgar, offers guests the benefits of travelling with the world’s leading holiday operator at unbeatable prices. With CostSaver you can turn your European dream in to a reality from as little as $129 a day.
The cost per day of travelling Europe with CostSaver would be impossible to match yourself if you tried to organise the same quality transport, high standard of hotels, dining and sightseeing experiences as an independent traveller.
You can experience the England and Scotland 8-day Heritage tour from $203 per person per day or the 7-day Glimpse of Europe tour from $227 per person per day. Or go for broke and sign up for the 28-day European Discoverer tour starting in London and taking in France, Italy, Greece, Austria, Germany and Holland from just $195 per person, per day.
Whether you choose a 4-day highlights tour or take the plunge on an immersive 28-day epic, multi-nation adventure, there is an array of important things that are always included, leaving you to focus on having fun and making memories.
Saving money doesn’t mean you’ll have to compromise on any of the important elements of your European adventure. You’ll stay in quality hotels, enjoy included meals for up to half your trip, get sight-seeing tours in every major city and have a Travel Director with you to help 24/7.
Travel Directors draw on their wealth of inside knowledge in each destination to advise you on where to eat and play during your free hours, whether you are in major cities or the countryside.
In Istanbul, for example, your Travel Director can help first-time visitors with everything from pointing you to a great rooftop bar to arming you with tips for your independent adventure in the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar.
In the shopping heavens of Florence and Rome, they can give you insider tips on where locals like to head for a fashion hit away from the major tourist areas. Or let you in on how to find that little square with a great al fresco pizza restaurant tucked away from the crowds.
In the gourmand’s playground of French Provence, wander the treasure-trove of antique shops in Isle sur la Sorgue on your way to a macaroon boutique known only by locals.
And when your free time is done, all the arrangements for transport to the next stop on your continental journey will have been made, with hotel check-ins, tips, tolls and porterage also taken care of for you. In short, you’ll have the best of both independence and security.
From the Greek Islands to Russia, and all the nations in between, CostSaver also gives you access to Local Specialists including historians, artists, and chefs who are on hand to enrich your experiences beyond just seeing the sights.
Hear royal tales of intrigue from a specialist as you stroll around a centuries-old Scottish castle, soak up the historic grandeur of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican or learn more about Gaudi’s incomplete masterpiece in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia church.
On a walking tour of the walled city of York, your Local Specialist will lead you through the famous narrow laneways to the Gothic spectacle of York Minster, sharing local shopping and dining secrets along the way.
Beyond the standard inclusions in every tour, you can choose from a thoughtful and exciting array of optional experiences, opening the door to some of the world’s most famous cultural traditions at affordable prices, giving you the freedom to customise your holiday.
Examples of optional experiences include seeing a Spanish Flamenco show in Seville, taking a gondola ride on the canals of Venice or joining the late night revellers at the Paris Moulin Rouge.
Famous sights and free time – with the comfort of knowing there is a hotel booked every step of the way – is a perfect combination for people with an adventurous spirit who also like to be looked after when far from home.
Don’t let costs stop you from discovering all that Europe has to offer – start planning your value- without-compromise dream trip today.