Headsets throughout the tourSightseeing:Visits to Luxembourg, Lucerne, Vaduz, Innsbruck Golden Roof, Venice, Assisi, Pisa, a perfume factory in Èze, Beaune
Scenic Highlights: Swiss Alps, Inn Valley, Europa Bridge, Italian and French Rivieras, Burgundy wine country
Host service in London. Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Paris. Professional Tour Director while touring
- December 18 Departure - Christmas lunch in Rome
- December 19 Departure - New Year in Paris including "Reveillon" dinner
Day 1Arrive in London, England
Check into your hotel. In the afternoon you may want to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.
A full day to savor our rich program of optional activities: take a panoramic tour of London’s landmarks, visit the Tower of London, or choose an excursion to Windsor Castle. Tonight, maybe a leisurely cruise on the River Thames? (B)
Day 3London–Brussels, Belgium
Leave London in the early morning and head through the lush English countryside to the Channel port, where you board your ferry for the Continent. Here, your Tour Director and luxury coach meet you and you’re off across Belgium to Brussels. (B)
Day 4Brussels–Luxembourg–Lucerne, Switzerland
Extraordinary vistas on the drive south today! Take a break in Luxembourg, capital of the world's only sovereign Grand Dutchy, then drive through the wine-growing farmland of Alsace before crossing the border into Switzerland. Finally, approach the Swiss Alps before arriving in Lucerne. (B)
Day 5Lucerne–Liechtenstein–Innsbruck, Austria
This morning, take advantage of the Lucerne visit and maybe join the optional excursion to the top of one of the famous mountains. Later, head for Vaduz in the tiny but very wealthy Principality of Liechtenstein. To the east are the picture-perfect villages of Austria’s Vorarlberg and, once you’re through the Arlberg Tunnel, the scenic splendor of the Inn Valley. Overnight in Innsbruck, with time for a walk in the city center and to see the Golden Roof. (B)
Day 6Innsbruck–Venice Area, Italy
Enjoy vistas of the Tyrolean Alps and the foothills of the Dolomites while crossing Brenner Pass into Italy. Reach Venice by private motorboat to view the Bridge of Sighs and Doges' Palace plus St. Mark's Square before the visit to a glassblowing factory. Don't miss out on the optional gondola serenade, gliding through century-old canals. (B,D)
Day 7Venice Area–Assisi–Rome
An interesting drive southward, cutting across the Po plain, then through the gentle Umbrian hills to Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous basilica with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome. (B)
Today's sightseeing of the “Eternal City” with a Local Guide features St. Peter’s Square, and includes an inside visit of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. (B)
Say "Arrivederci, Roma" this morning as you drive northwards through lovely Tuscan countryside to reach Florence in the afternoon. On the included walking tour with a Local Guide, discover the landmarks of this Renaissance city, like Piazza Signoria with the Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo Vecchio, and the breathtaking cathedral on Piazza del Duomo. Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini. (B)
Day 10Montecatini–Pisa–Èze, France–French Riviera
Stop in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower and the Square of Miracles. Bypassing the great port of Genoa, head northwest, getting glimpses of the Italian and French Rivieras. Visit one of the famous perfume workshops in Èze before reaching your overnight destination on the lovely French Riviera. (B)
Day 11French Riviera–Lyon Area
Leave the French Riviera this morning and head inland, crossing sun-drenched Provence into the vineyards of the Rhône Valley. Overnight in the Lyon area. (B,D)
Day 12Lyon Area–Beaune–Paris
Vistas of famous vineyards on the way to Beaune, famous for wines such as Chambertin and Nuits-Saint-Georges. Its Hôtel-Dieu is one of the oldest hospitals in Europe. Head for the final excitement of Paris, the most sparkling city in the world. Time to enjoy an optional cabaret show. (B)
One full day to explore the city that’s known throughout the world for its fashion, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles and, to celebrate the success of your tour, a French farewell dinner might be just the ticket. (B)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Transportation: Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in London and Paris if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Transportation between London and the Channel ports; on the Continent, private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Cross-Channel ferry; canal transfer boat in Venice.
Buffet breakfasts; 2 dinners
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Years of Experience: 11 years
Travel through Europe offers a taste of different cultures. What is an Ausfahrt? No, it's not Aussie flatulence. Have you ever played music with a saw? The Austrians and Swiss do. Come to Europe with a healthy appetite and light suitcases. You're sure to return home with a bit of extra weight (bags AND tummy). I look forward to sharing this travel experience together and seeing Europe through your eyes!