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European Masterpiece (5270) - 2015 / 2014

29 Day Tour from London to Amsterdam


European Masterpiece
Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome
Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome
Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire
Marvel at the architecture of the infamous Big Ben in London
Take in the beautiful sites of the French Riviera
Pomp-and-ceremony in London
The Museum of Natural History in Vienna is one of the important museums of the world
The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel
Vienna
Pompeii is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

This comprehensive vacation takes in the best of Western, Central, and Southern Europe. Start in London and cross the English Channel by Eurostar train bound for Paris (except where specified). Among the highlights: see the Champs-Elysées in Paris, French Châteaux Country, Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona, the glamorous French Riviera, Pisa’s Leaning Tower, Renaissance Florence’s Duomo, the Colosseum in Rome, and the Pompeii archaeological site. Enjoy an overnight ferry crossing to Greece and a visit to Athens’ Acropolis and Olympia. Return to Italy by ferry, first to the oldest state in the world, San Marino, then to romantic Venice with St. Mark’s Basilica and Square. Enjoy Vienna’s imperial city center, the majestic Swiss Alps, and Germany’s Rhineland. The vacation ends amidst the remarkable canals of Amsterdam.

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*Book a select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Valid on Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms vacations of six nights or more. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and December 2, 2014 for travel in 2015. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus, Cosmos or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit, Cosmos $50 coupon and Cosmos Single Supplement promotion. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.

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Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

*Book a select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Valid on Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms vacations of six nights or more. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and December 2, 2014 for travel in 2015. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus, Cosmos or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit, Cosmos $50 coupon and Cosmos Single Supplement promotion. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.

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Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Tours, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Arles, Nice, Pisa, Sorrento, Olympia, San Marino, Venice, Velden, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Liechtenstein, Lucerne; Rhine cruise

Scenic Highlights:
Châteaux Country, Bordeaux Wine Country, French and Italian Rivieras, Bay of Naples, Peloponese, Lake Wörth, Carinthia, Tyrolean Alps, Swiss Alps, Rhineland

Guides:

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

NOTES:

  • December 13 Departure – Christmas lunch in Rome
  • December 28 Departure – New Year's Eve in Paris including "Reveillon" dinner
  • Security cruise regulations require first and last name, date of birth, gender, nationality, and passport number at time of booking.


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

Enjoy free time for independent activities: take a panoramic tour of London’s famous landmarks; consider Madame Tussauds or a ride on the London Eye. Your local host will be on hand to assist. (B)

Day 3London–Paris, France

Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Paris. Here, you’ll be met by your Tour Director and transfer to your overnight hotel. (B)

Day 4Paris

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. (B)

Day 5Paris–Châteaux Country–Tours–Bordeaux

Start the day by motoring south to Blois and then parallel to the Loire River past the castles of Chaumont and Amboise for a short stop in Tours. Take the comfortable Autoroute L’Aquitaine as far as Poitiers, beautifully situated on a rocky plateau. South again to Saintes, then the Grand Champagne wine-growing area. Another 60 miles and you’ll be in Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne. (B,D)

Day 6Bordeaux–Carcassonne–Barcelona, Spain

From the vineyards of the Gironde and the Garonne, travel eastwards, bypassing Toulouse to Carcassonne in the foothills of the Pyrenées. Stop and admire what is perhaps the best-preserved medieval fortified town in Europe. Later, reach the Spanish border and motor through Catalonia. Once across the Ter River, you’ll soon be in Barcelona. (B,D)

Day 7Barcelona

This morning’s sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of the port and city. The drive continues to the city center to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batlló and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included). (B)

Day 8Barcelona–Arles, France–French Riviera

Retrace your drive to the French border, then into the vine-covered region of the Herault for a stop in Arles. Later, motor east across the Rhône towards the Mediterranean shores for an overnight on the French Riviera. (B)

Day 9French Riviera–Èze–Pisa, Italy–Florence

Today, travel along the high coastal road to visit a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Èze. The day is highlighted by the drive along the French and Italian Rivieras and into hilly Tuscany for a visit to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower and the SQUARE OF MIRACLES. (B,D)

Day 10Florence–Sorrento

This morning, don’t miss the included walking tour of Florence with a Local Guide, featuring most of the city highlights. Leave Florence, and travel south on the Autostrada del Sole through the sunlit valleys of Chianti Country to Sorrento. (B)

Day 11Sorrento

An optional excursion today to the legendary island of Capri. The island is surrounded by a rocky coastline, where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and smart restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. Return to Sorrento. (B,D)

Day 12Sorrento–Pompeii–Rome

Today, travel north, with the Vesuvius volcano in the distance. Then to POMPEII, where time stopped in 79 AD, when the Vesuvius eruption totally destroyed it. On the included visit you can see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Later, head towards Rome for two overnights. (B)

Day 13Rome

The “Eternal City,” Rome is 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. (B)

Day 14Rome–Overnight Ferry Crossing To Patras, Greece

Drive across the rugged Apennine Hills towards the coast for embarkation on the OVERNIGHT FERRY to Greece. (B)

Day 15Patras–Olympia

Enjoy some daylight cruising towards the Greek coast before reaching Patras. Then, drive to Olympia for an overnight in the Peloponnese. (B,D)

Day 16Olympia–Tripolis–Athens

Today, join the optional sightseeing tour and learn more about the history of the original Olympic Games, when athletes competed with each other to honor the king of deities. Then, motor into the mountains of Arcadia by way of Tripolis and over the Corinth Canal to Athens. Time later for an evening in the lively Plaka area. (B)

Day 17Athens

Take advantage of the included morning sightseeing, which features the highlights of this ancient capital and a visit to the fascinating ACROPOLIS. Later, enjoy one of the optional excursions or explore the shops and museums. (B)

Day 18Athens–Patras–Overnight Ferry Crossing to Italy

Leave Athens and journey to Patras for embarkation on the FERRY for the Ionian Sea crossing back to Italy. (B)

Day 19San Marino

Disembark, then proceed north for an overnight in San Marino, one of the world’s smallest and most ancient states, perched on Monte Titano. (B,D)

Day 20San Marino–Venice Area

Take a short walk through the main gate and up to Government House in the very heart of this tiny ancient republic. Later this morning, travel along the Adriatic coastline through the Po Delta towards the Venice area. (B)

Day 21Venice Area

The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE and is followed by some time at leisure to absorb the atmosphere of this unique city, and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS. Don’t miss the optional gondola trip. (B,D)

Day 22Venice Area–Velden, Austria–Vienna

Today, leave the flat and fertile plains of Venetia and journey by way of Tarvisio Pass into the grand mountain and lakeland scenery of Austria for a stop in Velden on Lake Wörth. Northwards through the Styrian landscape to Vienna. This evening, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 23Vienna

There’s so much to see on your included sightseeing tour: the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the Hofburg. (B)

Day 24Vienna–Salzburg–Innsbruck Area

Westwards, almost parallel with the Danube, to Mozart’s Salzburg. Time for a stroll down the charming Getreidegasse, the town’s elegant main shopping street. The last leg of today’s drive takes you into the very heart of the Tyrol to its capital, Innsbruck. (B,D)

Day 25Innsbruck Area–Liechtenstein–Lucerne Area, Switzerland

Time this morning to get acquainted with Innsbruck. The orientation tour includes the famous GOLDEN ROOF. Later, drive through the valleys and villages of the mountainous Tyrol to the Arlberg tunnel, descending into Switzerland. Stop briefly in Vaduz, Liechtenstein’s capital, before heading for the Lucerne area. (B)

Day 26Lucerne

Sightseeing in one of Switzerland’s finest cities takes in the impressive city walls, CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT. A selection of optional activities completes the day: a cruise on the fjord-like lake or an excursion to the top of one of the most beautiful mountains. (B,D)

Day 27Lucerne Area–Rhine Cruise–Rhineland, Germany

More of Switzerland and its quaint little villages, farms, and chalets before crossing into Germany to use its Autobahn on the journey northwards to the shores of the Rhine. Today’s highlight is the included RHINE CRUISE past the legendary Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, terraced vineyards, and half-timbered villages. Overnight in the Rhineland. (B,D)

Day 28Rhineland–Amsterdam Area, Holland

North today, first through the industrial Ruhr and then into the green, canal criss-crossed countryside of Holland to the Amsterdam area. Enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the town from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a famous DIAMOND CENTER. Later, sightseeing includes an orientation drive with a Local Guide. (B)

Day 29Amsterdam

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in London and Amsterdam if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Eurostar London-Paris. On the Continent, private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Two-berth cabins with private shower and toilet on overnight ferries Italy-Greece-Italy. Canal transfer boat in Venice; Rhine cruise


LONDON Kensington Close (ST) or Novotel London West (F)
PARIS Campanile Porte d'Italie (ST) or Courtyard Arcueil (F) or Timhotel Berthier, (ST)
BORDEAUX Mercure Bordeaux Centre (ST) or Kyriad Prestige Merignac (ST)
BARCELONA Catalonia Atenas (ST) or Confortel Auditori (ST) or Tryp Condal Mar (F)
FRENCH RIVIERA Campanile Nice Airport (ST)
FLORENCE Grifone (ST) or Meridiana (ST)
SORRENTO Ascot (ST) or Grand Hotel Vesuvio (F)
ROME NH Villa Carpegna (F) or Residenza Parco Tirreno (ST) or Pineta Palace (ST)
OLYMPIA Olympia Palace (F)
ATHENS Acropolis Select (F) or Golden Age (F)
SAN MARINO Titano (ST)
VENICE AREA Holiday Inn (ST) at Marghera or Poppi (ST) at Mira
VIENNA Star Inn Schönbrunn (ST) or Ramada Encore (ST) or Bellevue (F)
INNSBRUCK AREA Bon Alpina (ST) at Igls or Ramada Tivoli (ST) or Rumerhof (F) at Rum
LUCERNE AREA Ibis Styles (ST) or Luzernerhof (ST) or Ibis Kriens (ST)
RHINELAND Leonardo Hotel Köln-Bonn Airport (F) or Leonardo Hotel Royal Am Stadtwald (F) at Cologne or Mercure Köln Airport (ST) or Ramada (F) at Bruehl
AMSTERDAM AREA NH Airport (F) at Schiphol or Holiday Inn Express Arena Towers (ST) or Hampton Inn Schiphol (ST) or Grand (F) at Amstelveen

Buffet breakfasts; 11 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Vienna

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Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

*Book a select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Valid on Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms vacations of six nights or more. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and December 2, 2014 for travel in 2015. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus, Cosmos or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit, Cosmos $50 coupon and Cosmos Single Supplement promotion. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.



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