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Six Countries, Venice & Paris with Extended Stay in London (4425) - 2014 / 2015

11 Day Tour from London to London


Six Countries, Venice & Paris with Extended Stay in London
The beautiful Austrian landscape
The beautiful Austrian landscape
Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world
Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy
The Lion Monument or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland
Venice is world-famous for its canals
London’s Tower Bridge over the River Thames
Venice Canal
The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel
View the magnificent Gothic and Baroque architecture on the Grand Place in Brussels
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

If you want to see Western Europe’s main highlights but don’t have a lot of time, this is the vacation for you! Visit England, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France. Sample France’s celebrated cuisine and fine wines. See London’s famous museums, shop at its famous stores on Bond Street and Knightsbridge, or stroll through lovely Hyde Park. A highlight of your trip is Germany’s Romantic Road—a trade route during the Middle Ages. Step back in time as you encounter its charming walled cities, cobblestone streets, and scenic countryside. A stop in Rothenburg really introduces you to the character and appeal of the Romantic Road. Once you cross into Austria, head south into Italy to visit the unique floating city of Venice as well as Romeo and Juliet’s Verona. Another highlight is your stay in Lucerne, situated on the shores of Lake Lucerne and nestled within the snowcapped Swiss Alps. Marvel at its famous Chapel Bridge, the oldest preserved wooden bridge in Europe, and don’t miss the 14th-century Water Tower, which has served as a treasury, a jail, and a torture chamber. Your vacation concludes with an overnight in Paris and a Channel ferry back to London.

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Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:
Brussels orientation drive; Rhine cruise; visits to Rothenburg, Venice, Verona, Lucerne

Scenic Highlights:
Rhineland, Romantic Road, Tyrolean Alps, Brenner Pass

Guides:

Host service in London. Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris. Professional Tour Director while touring

NOTE:

  • April 16 Departure - Easter Week


Day 1Arrive in London, England

Check into your hotel. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2London

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 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 comfortable coach wait to take you to Brussels for an orientation drive and an overnight. (B)

Day 4Brussels–Rhine Cruise, Germany–Frankfurt Area

Today, journey into Germany to the shores of the mighty Rhine to enjoy the afternoon cruise. Then, on to the Frankfurt area for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 5Frankfurt Area–Romantic Road–Innsbruck, Austria

The Romantic Road is undoubtedly today’s highlight. See picturesque Rothenburg before heading towards Innsbruck for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 6Innsbruck–Brenner Pass–Venice Area, Italy

Journey south into Italy by way of the majestic “Europa Bridge” and Brenner Pass. Arrive in Venice, where the included orientation starts with a boat ride along the Giudecca Canal to Piazza San Marco. Time at leisure to soak up the magic atmosphere of this unique city. Also visit a typical Venetian glassblowing workshop. (B,D)

Day 7Venice Area–Verona–Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Stop in Verona to see Juliet's legendary balcony. Over the Swiss border, begin the climb to the St. Gotthard Tunnel and descend to the breathtaking beauty of Lake Lucerne. (B)

Day 8Lucerne–Dijon, France

Your visit this morning focuses on the main highlights of Lucerne. Also time for an optional excursion to the Stanserhorn. In the afternoon, journey into France for an overnight in the charming town of Dijon. This evening, dine at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 9Dijon–Paris

This morning, leave Dijon and travel via the autoroute to Paris. An afternoon’s included sightseeing with a local expert shows you many of the best-known Parisian sights. (B)

Day 10Paris–London, England

Relax and let the countryside whiz by on the road north to the coast, where you board your Channel ferry. Through Kent, return to London for an evening arrival. (B)

Day 11London

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. Round-trip transportation between London and the Channel ports; on the Continent, private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Cross-Channel ferry; Rhine cruise; canal transfer boat in Venice


LONDON Novotel London West (F)
BRUSSELS Park Inn (ST) or Ramada la Woluwe (F)
FRANKFURT AREA Mercure (ST) at Friedrichsdorf or Holiday Inn (F) at Frankfurt,
INNSBRUCK Alpinpark (F) or Bon Alpina (ST) at Igls
VENICE AREA Holiday Inn (F) at Marghera or Poppi (F) at Mira or Antony Palace (F) at Marcon
LUCERNE Luzernerhof (F) or Ibis Styles (ST)
DIJON Kyriad Gare (ST)
PARIS Timhotel Berthier (ST) or Holiday Inn Express La Villette (ST) or Kyriad Bercy (ST)

Buffet breakfasts; 4 dinners, including a special dinner at a local restaurant in Dijon


With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LEO ZAAL

Years of Experience: 9 years

I've lived in several countries, so it's my pleasure to introduce you to "My Europe." You'll become familiar with the diversity of breathtaking scenery, as well as the fascinating culture, history, architecture, and cuisine. It's my aim to provide you an enjoyable, informative, hassle-free, memorable, and satisfying travel experience.

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