Cosmos

European Jewels (4600) - 2014 / 2015

12 Day Tour from London to Paris


European Jewels
Lake Lucerne
Lake Lucerne
Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands
The Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age
The Ponte Vecchio at night
Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands
Visit stunning Florence and the Ponte Vecchio
Boats along the beautiful canals of Amsterdam
Lucerne, Switzerland
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

See some of Europe’s most precious gems on this magnificent mosaic of European culture. Begin in London with two overnights and free time to discover the UK’s capital. Cross the English Channel by ferry and board your motorcoach to Amsterdam, where guided sightseeing and a canal cruise await. In Germany, travel along the castle-dotted Rhine River and join the Romantic Road as it passes by medieval towns with fairytale-looking, half-timbered houses. Overnight in Munich and continue south through the majestic Dolomites on your way to Venice. A boat ride along one of the main canals takes you to St. Mark’s Square, with time to admire the famous Venetian landmarks. On to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance,” for a guided walking tour that features Palazzo Vecchio, sculpture-filled Signoria Square, the Duomo, and more. Heading north, cross the Lombardy plain into Switzerland’s Canton Ticino for a stop in lovely subtropical Lugano before climbing toward St. Gotthard Tunnel and then descending to Lake Lucerne. Your vacation ends in Paris, the inimitable “City of Light.”

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Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:
Visits to Rothenburg, Innsbruck, Venice, Montecatini, Lugano, Lucerne

Scenic Highlights:
Rhineland, Romantic Road, Italian Dolomites

Guides:

Host service in London. Local Guides for city sightseeing in Amsterdam, Florence, Paris. Professional Tour Director while touring

NOTES:

  • April 16 Departure - Easter week
  • December 10 Departure - Christmas Markets
  • December 18 Departure - Christmas lunch in Florence


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–Amsterdam Area, Holland

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, you meet your Tour Director and join your luxury coach for the drive to the Amsterdam area. (B)

Day 4Amsterdam Area–Rhineland, Germany

Today, enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam, with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights. Later, a canal cruise to see the town from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a diamond center. In the afternoon, travel southwards to reach the Rhineland for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 5Rhineland–Romantic Road–Rothenburg–Munich

Start the day with a scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine or opt for a Rhine cruise. Admire the pretty villages, the castles perched high above the river, and the numerous terraced vineyards. Next, a drive along the Romantic Road, through towns and villages protected by medieval towergates and battlements, with squares of half-timbered houses and richly decorated fountains. A fine example of this architecture is the center of Rothenburg, where you stop awhile. Overnight in Munich. (B,D)

Day 6Munich–Innsbruck, Austria–Venice Area, Italy

Travel from Munich to Austria for a stop in the capital of the Tyrol, Innsbruck. In the afternoon, drive over Brenner Pass into the Dolomites to admire this unique natural wonder before the descent into the Piave Valley to the Venice area. (B,D)

Day 7Venice–Montecatini

The included orientation tour starts with a boat ride and is followed by a chance to watch Venetian glassblowers fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Then, southwards into the hilly Tuscan countryside to reach Montecatini for two overnights. (B)

Day 8Montecatini

Florence, a Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis, will keep you enthralled all day. Traffic is banned in part of the historic center, so visitors can wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty in relative peace and quiet. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide that features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Later, join the optional excursion to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. (B,D)

Day 9Montecatini–Lugano, Switzerland–Lake Lucerne

Across the Lombardy plains this morning to Canton Ticino’s subtropical resort of Lugano. Here you take a break to stroll along the lakeside promenade before your motorcoach climbs towards the St. Gotthard Tunnel. Emerge on the German-speaking side of Switzerland, then descend into the gentle landscape around Lake Lucerne. (B)

Day 10Lake Lucerne–Paris, France

This morning, visit the Lion Monument and the wooden bridge before joining an optional boat trip. Then, vistas of green pastures and attractive chalets with rustic timbering and luxuriant flowers. Enter France via the comfortable highway, past some of its most famous vineyards, to Paris. Arrive in time to enjoy an optional cabaret show. (B)

Day 11Paris

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 visit some of the highlights and, to celebrate the success of your tour, a French farewell dinner might be just the ticket. (B)

Day 12Paris

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; canal transfer boat in Venice


LONDON Novotel London West (F)
AMSTERDAM AREA NH Airport (F) at Schiphol or Crowne Plaza (F) at Hofdoorp
RHINELAND Dorint Köln (F) at Junkersdorf or Zum Anker (ST) at Andernach or Ramada (F) at Bruehl
MUNICH Tryp (F) or Rivoli (ST)
VENICE AREA Mercure (ST) at Marghera or Poppi (F) at Mira or Antony Palace (F) at Marcon
MONTECATINI Bellavista Palace (F)
LAKE LUCERNE Luzernerhof (F)
PARIS Kyriad Prestige Boulogne (F) or Holiday Inn Express La Villette (ST)

Buffet breakfasts; 4 dinners


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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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