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Wonders of Europe (5120) - 2014 / 2015

14 Day Tour from London to Paris


Wonders of Europe
The iconic Chapel Bridge in Lucerne is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe
The iconic Chapel Bridge in Lucerne is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe
Marvel at the architecture of the infamous Big Ben in London
Vineyard in Beaune, France
Pomp-and-ceremony in London
Visit the great Colosseum in Rome
The beautiful Austrian landscape
Roman Forum
A church on an Austrian mountaintop
Visit stunning Florence and the Ponte Vecchio
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Vacation Overview

From London to Paris via Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, and Italy, discover many of Europe’s highlights on this memorable vacation. In Rome, visit the Roman Forum, dating back to the 7th century BC, and the Colosseum, completed in the 1st century AD. In Lucerne, see the 14th-century Chapel Bridge, the oldest preserved wooden bridge in Europe. Or how about the medieval houses and Golden Roof in Innsbruck, built around 1500 for Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I? Visit Florence, often referred to as the art capital of Italy. A highlight is the magnificent east door of the Baptistry—the gilded bronze Gates of Paradise doors depicting scenes from the Old Testament. Of course, no traveler to Europe should miss the distinct architecture of Paris, and on this tour, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city’s famous architectural sites. This enriching tour offers something for everyone.

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Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:
Visits to Luxembourg, Lucerne, Vaduz, Innsbruck's 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

Guides:

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

NOTES:

  • 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.

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 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,D)

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)

Day 8Rome

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)

Day 9Rome–Florence–Montecatini

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)

Day 13Paris

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)

Day 14Paris

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)
BRUSSELS Golden Tulip Brussels Airport (F) at Diegem or Park Inn (ST)
LUCERNE Drei Könige (ST) or Luzernerhof (F) or Ibis Styles (ST) or Waldstätterhof (ST)
INNSBRUCK Ramada Tivoli (ST)
VENICE AREA Poppi (F) at Mira or Antony Palace (F) at Marcon
ROME Fleming (F)
MONTECATINI Grand Hotel Plaza & Locanda Maggiore (F) or Bellavista Palace (F)
FRENCH RIVIERA Park Inn (F) at Nice or NH (F) at Nice or Campanile Nice Airport (ST)
LYON AREA Park Inn (ST) at Mâcon or Park Inn (ST) or Des Congres (ST) at Lyon
PARIS Kyriad (ST) at Bercy or Campanile Porte d'Italie (ST) or Forest Hill 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.

CLARISSE TERRONI

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!

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