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A Taste of Europe (5080) - 2014 / 2015

10 Day Tour from London to Paris


A Taste of Europe
The beautiful Rhine Valley
The beautiful Rhine Valley
The Lion Monument or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland
London’s Tower Bridge over the River Thames
Lucerne, Switzerland at night
The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel
Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands
Enjoy the lovely canals of Amsterdam
Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age
Boats along the beautiful canals of Amsterdam
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

On this vacation, get a “Taste of Europe” and sample some of Western Europe’s best-loved areas, including England, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, and France. You’ll visit the main cities—London, Amsterdam, Lucerne, and Paris—and you’ll also behold fascinating scenery and cruise scenic waterways. Experience the wonder of a cruise on the Rhine—with its scenic countryside, historical castles, and charming villages. See the Lorelei rock and hear its mesmerizing legend about a distraught maiden who lured passing navigators to their death. In Amsterdam, hear about its 165 canals and enjoy a canal cruise to appreciate Amsterdam from the waterways. Most days, you’ll have the opportunity to venture out and try local cuisine. Sample a pint in a local British pub, savor French wines in the Parisian cafés, and taste local beers in Germany.

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Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:
Rhine cruise; visit Lucerne

Scenic Highlights:
Rhineland

Guides:

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

NOTES:

  • April 17 Departure - Easter Week
  • December 24 Departure - New Year in Paris


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.

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, your Tour Director and coach wait to take you to the Amsterdam area. (B)

Day 4Amsterdam

Today, enjoy a canal cruise to see the town from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a diamond center in Amsterdam. Later, sightseeing with a Local Guide points out the city highlights. (B,D)

Day 5Amsterdam Area–Rhineland, Germany

Another morning in Amsterdam to do as you please, or to discover the beautiful Dutch countryside on an optional excursion. Later, travel southwards into the lovely landscape of the Rhine, where you will spend one night. (B,D)

Day 6Rhineland–Rhine Cruise–Lucerne, Switzerland

Start the day with an included Rhine steamer cruise with some legendary sights, including the Lorelei rock. Rejoin the coach for a comfortable drive southwards to the Swiss border at Basel. The scenery becomes more and more fascinating as you approach Lucerne for two overnights. (B,D)

Day 7Lucerne

One of Switzerland’s finest cities nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and embellished by the clear mountain waters of the River Reuss. Your visit takes in the impressive city walls, a covered wooden bridge, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the Lion Monument—a masterful stone sculpture in honor of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis XVI. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a cable-car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis; a cruise on the fjord-like lake; and, of course, time to shop for that very Swiss watch. (B)

Day 8Lucerne–Paris, France

Enjoy vistas of green pastures and attractive chalets with rustic timbering and luxuriant flowers. Then, into France on the fast highway, past some of its most famous vineyards, to Paris. Arrive in time to enjoy the optional cabaret show. (B)

Day 9Paris

One full day to explore the city that’s known throughout the world for its fashions, 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. Celebrate the success of your tour with an optional French farewell dinner. (B)

Day 10Paris

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


LONDON Jurys Inn Chelsea (F)
AMSTERDAM AREA NH Airport (F) at Schiphol or Grandhotel (F) at Amstelveen
RHINELAND Dorint Köln (F) at Junkersdorf or Holiday Inn Zum Anker (ST) at Andernach or Ramada (F) at Bruehl
LUCERNE
Ibis Styles (ST) or Drei Könige (ST) or Luzernerhof (F) or Waldstätterhof (ST)
PARIS Quality Porte d'Orleans (F) or Holiday Inn Express La Villette (ST)

Buffet breakfasts; 3 dinners


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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