Cosmos

Europe’s Highlights (5100) - 2014 / 2015

15 Day Tour from London to Paris


Europe’s Highlights
The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel
The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel
Lake Como
Enjoy the lovely canals of Amsterdam
Visit the ancient Roman Forum
Marvel at the architecture of the infamous Big Ben in London
Vineyard in Beaune, France
Pomp-and-ceremony in London
Roman Forum
Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

Experience Europe’s major highlights on this extraordinary vacation. Begin in London with two overnights and free time to discover the UK’s capital. Cross the English Channel and travel by motorcoach to Amsterdam for guided sightseeing and a canal cruise. Journey through the German Rhineland, passing castles and vineyards, then drive through the Tyrolean Alps from Innsbruck to the floating city of Venice. On to Assisi, St. Francis’ town in the Apennine hills. Spend two nights in the “Eternal City” of Rome, visiting archaeological jewels such as the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Next up: Tuscany with a visit to Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance,” and a walking tour that features the Duomo and Signoria Square. On to Pisa with its famous Leaning Tower, then an overnight in fascinating Lake Como, a stop to discover the Swiss subtropical town of Lugano, and Lucerne with its medieval wooden bridge and surrounding mountains. Stop in Interlaken before reaching Lausanne on Lake Geneva, then drink in the beauty of the French vineyards in Beaune. Your adventure concludes in fabulous Paris with two overnights and included guided sightseeing.

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Save $100 per person on select 2014 vacations.*

Save $100 per person on select 2014 vacations.*

*Book a select 2014 Globus, Monograms or Cosmos vacation to receive the $100 per person discount on the land-only portion. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between October 7 and November 11, 2014 for travel at select times. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler discount and current air offer. Applies to new 2014 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Offer may be withdrawn at any time.


    View Offers

    Save $100 per person on select 2014 vacations.*

    Save $100 per person on select 2014 vacations.*

    *Book a select 2014 Globus, Monograms or Cosmos vacation to receive the $100 per person discount on the land-only portion. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between October 7 and November 11, 2014 for travel at select times. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler discount and current air offer. Applies to new 2014 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Offer may be withdrawn at any time.


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      Headsets throughout the tour

      Sightseeing:
      Visits to Venice, Assisi, Pisa, Milan, Lugano, Lucerne, Interlaken, Lausanne, Beaune

      Scenic Highlights:
      Rhineland, Tyrolean Alps, Lake Como, Swiss Alps, Lake Thun, Bernese Oberland, Burgundy wine country

      Guides:

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

      NOTE:

      • April 13 Departure - Easter in Rome


      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 embark on your ferry for the Continent. Meet your Tour Director and board your luxury coach for the drive to the Amsterdam area. (B)

      Day 4Amsterdam Area–Rhineland, Germany

      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. In the afternoon, travel southward to the Rhineland area for an overnight. (B,D)

      Day 5Rhineland–Innsbruck, Austria

      A choice today of the included scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine or, even more thrilling, the optional Rhine cruise with vistas of the Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, half-timbered wine villages, and terraced vineyards. In the afternoon, ride along the Autobahn to Austria. Overnight in Innsbruck. (B,D)

      Day 6Innsbruck–Venice Area, Italy

      Early morning departure via the Tyrolean Alps to the unique floating city of Venice. This afternoon’s orientation includes a boat ride followed by a chance to watch Venetian glassblowers fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (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)

      Day 8Rome

      The “Eternal City”—a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter’s Square, followed by a visit to the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum. (B)

      Day 9Rome–Florence–Montecatini

      An easy drive on the Highway of the Sun to Florence. This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled for a whole 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.” Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini. (B,D)

      Day 10Montecatini–Pisa–Milan–Lake Como

      Start the morning by driving to Pisa to visit the Square of Miracles and to admire the Leaning Tower. Next, journey northwards through the Tuscan hills and across the Po plain to Milan to admire the majestic gothic Duomo. Then, continue to the shores of romantic Lake Como. (B,D)

      Day 11Lake Como–Lugano, Switzerland–Lucerne

      Leave beautiful Lake Como to cross the border into Switzerland. Stop in Lugano, in the Italian-speaking Ticino, then continue to Lucerne, one of Switzerland's finest cities, nestled amid its Alps, surrounded by its lake, and embellished by the clean waters of the River Reuss. Why not take an optional excursion to the top of one of the surrounding mountains? (B)

      Day 12Lucerne–Interlaken–Lausanne

      This morning, spend some time in this beautiful town. Later, stop in Interlaken and follow the shoreline of Lake Thun. A few more miles to Lausanne, overlooking Lake Leman. (B)

      Day 13Lausanne–Beaune, France–Paris

      Vistas of famous vineyards on the way to Beaune. Visit the medieval Burgundian town, known the world over for its wine production. Later, take the autoroute to Paris. Tonight, maybe an optional cabaret show? (B)

      Day 14Paris

      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. An optional excursion to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles is available. (B)

      Day 15Paris

      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 Ramada Apollo (F)
      RHINELAND Ramada (F) at Bruehl or Zum Anker (ST) at Andernach
      INNSBRUCK Rumerhof (F)
      VENICE AREA Poppi (F) at Mira
      ROME NH Villa Carpegna (F)
      MONTECATINI Grand Hotel Plaza & Locanda Maggiore (F) or Bellavista Palace (F)
      LAKE COMO Lario (ST) at Mezzegra or Grand Hotel Como (F)
      LUCERNE Drei Könige (ST) or Luzernerhof (F)
      LAUSANNE Novotel (F) at Bussigny
      PARIS Timhotel Berthier (ST)

      Buffet breakfasts; 5 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.

      VITTORIA VACCARO

      Years of Experience: 7 years

      I love guiding travelers through Europe and turning their travel dreams into reality! It's extremely rewarding to work toward the mutual understanding and respect of cultures and peoples. I put all my energy into what I do, and I feel utmost gratitude when guests leave me with tears of happiness in their eyes and the promise to come back.

      View Offers

      Save $100 per person on select 2014 vacations.*

      Save $100 per person on select 2014 vacations.*

      *Book a select 2014 Globus, Monograms or Cosmos vacation to receive the $100 per person discount on the land-only portion. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between October 7 and November 11, 2014 for travel at select times. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler discount and current air offer. Applies to new 2014 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Offer may be withdrawn at any time.




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