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All About Europe with Extended Stay in London (5295)

32 Day Tour from London to London

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What do you want from your European tour—historic treasures, amazing architecture, scenic beauty, and exciting cities? Whatever it is, this European vacation offers it to you! You’ve heard about gladiator contests in ancient Rome—now’s your chance to visit the Colosseum where the contests took place. You’ve seen photos of the Leaning Tower in Pisa—now’s your chance to take a photo of yourself pushing back at it. You’ve heard of the French Riviera—now’s your chance to drive along both the French and Italian Rivieras. You’ve watched the Olympics—now’s your chance to visit the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Greece. You’ve heard how gorgeous the Swiss Alps are—now’s your time to see them in person. You’ve heard how the former communist countries in Eastern Europe have transformed into wonderful vacation destinations—now’s your time to visit Budapest, Bratislava, Sofia, and Belgrade to see for yourself.

All of this and much more are included on this European tour that starts and ends in London, and travels through France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Spend time in the French Riviera and France’s beautiful wine region. Experience lively Barcelona and visit some of the world’s oldest sights, including Athens’ Acropolis, dating back to the 5th century BC; the towers, cobblestones, and turrets in Carcassonne, perhaps Europe’s best-preserved medieval fortified town; Lucerne’s Chapel Bridge, built in 1333 as part of the city’s fortifications and now Europe’s oldest-preserved wooden bridge; Niš in Serbia, one of the oldest cities in the Balkans; and much more.

But that’s not all…you’ll also witness gorgeous scenery throughout this Europe tour—from the rolling hills in Tuscany to the majestic Swiss Alps, Greece’s Peloponnese coast and the Danube valley. It’s a dream vacation for value-minded travelers!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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Sightseeing:
Visits to Tours, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Arles, Nice, Venice canal boat ride, Olympia, Tripoli, Leonidas Monument in Thermopylae, Niš fortress, Szeged, Györ, Bratislava, Salzburg, Munich, Lucerne Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument, Strasbourg. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Paris, Barcelona, Florence, Rome, Athens, Delphi archaeological site, Sofia, Budapest, Vienna, Amsterdam; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Châteaux Country, Bordeaux Wine Country, French and Italian Flower Rivieras, Peloponnese, Lake Wörth, Carinthia, Swiss Alps

NOTES:
Security cruise regulations require first and last name, date of birth, gender, nationality, and passport number at time of booking.
December15 Departure-Christmas in Venice and New Year in Athens
December 22 Departure-Christmas in Paris and New Year in Venice including reveillon dinner
December 31Departure-New Year in London

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
  • Historic Centre of Vienna
  • Historic fortified City of Carcassonne
  • Acropolis Athens
  • Archaeolgical Site of Delphi
  • Archaelogical Site of Olympia
  • Budapest, banks of the Danube
  • Pyrenées

Transportation:

Transportation:
Eurostar London-Paris and Brussels-London; private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; two-berth cabins with private shower and toilet on overnight ferry Italy-Greece; canal transfer boat in Venice

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

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

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Arrive 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 2 London

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

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 London–Paris, France

Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to scintillating Paris. Here, you’ll be met by your Tour Director and transferred to your hotel.

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Day 4 Paris

A local expert will point out many of the best-known Parisian sites: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the modern glass Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and the Champs Elysées, and will give you insight on the beautiful French capital.

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Day 5 Paris–Châteaux Country–Tours–Bordeaux

Travel south to Blois and along the Loire Valley, stopping in Tours to see the well-preserved historic center with Place Plumereau. Continue to Poitiers, beautifully situated on a rocky plateau. South again to Saintes, then the Grande Champagne wine-growing area. Spend the night in Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne.

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Day 6 Bordeaux–Carcassonne–Barcelona, Spain

From the vineyards of the Gironde and the Garonne, travel eastwards to Carcassonne in the foothills of the Pyrenées. Spend some time to admire what is perhaps the best-preserved medieval fortified town in Europe. Later, cross the Spanish border and travel through Catalonia. You’ll soon be in Barcelona.

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Day 7 Barcelona

The guided city tour 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).

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Day 8 Barcelona–Arles, France–French Riviera

Recross the French border and head into the vineyard-covered region of the Hérault for a stop in Arles. This is where Vincent van Gogh lived from 1888-1889, and produced more than 300 paintings and drawings. Continue skirting the stunning shoreline of the Mediterranean to arrive in the heart of the world-famous French Riviera.

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Day 9 French Riviera

A full day at leisure allows you to take advantage of everything the splendid Côte d’Azur has to offer. You might like to explore the Old Town, climb up Castle Hill for incredible panoramic views of Nice and the breathtaking azure sea, or spend some time in the Marc Chagall National Museum. Tonight, consider joining our optional Monte Carlo by Night excursion to the nearby Principality of Monaco.

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Day 10 French Riviera–Venice Area, Italy

Enjoy a scenic drive along the French and Italian Flower Rivieras. Then, cross the fertile Po River plains to the shores of the Adriatic to reach the Venice area.

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Day 11 Venice Area

Your day begins with a fascinating included orientation featuring a BOAT RIDE that transports you to monumental St. Mark’s Square. Time at leisure here enables you to explore and absorb the unique atmosphere of this unforgettable city built on water. Watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER at work. How about a romantic optional gondola trip?

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Day 12 Venice Area–Florence

Today, cross the verdant Apennine hills into Italy’s most popular region—Tuscany! Arrive in Florence, one of Europe’s wealthiest cities during the Middle Ages and the renowned “Cradle of the Renaissance.” An included walking tour with a Local Guide features: Piazza Santa Croce with its impressive basilica, Piazza della Signoria and its many statues, Palazzo Vecchio, the stately archways of the Loggia dei Lanzi, and Piazza del Duomo with its cathedral and showpiece bell tower by Giotto. Also see the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry—the famed “Gate of Paradise.”

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Day 13 Florence–Pisa–Rome

On the way to Rome, stop in Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower, part of the Square of Miracles and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.

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Day 14 Rome

Steeped in history, Rome is vibrantly alive and absolutely unique. Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter’s Square and is followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM, site of military processions, elections, trials, and the overall center of Roman public life for centuries; and the mighty COLOSSEUM, the largest amphitheater ever built. Then, enjoy some free time to explore as you please.

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Day 15 Rome–Ancona (Embarkation)–Overnight Ferry Crossing to Patras, Greece

A day of scenic beauty awaits as you travel through the rugged Apennines past quaint, Old World villages on your way to Ancona on the Adriatic Sea. This afternoon, embark an overnight FERRY for your sea crossing to Greece.

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Day 16 Patras (Disembarkation)–Olympia

Awaken surrounded by fresh sea air this morning as you cross the Mediterranean. This afternoon, disembark in Patras and make your way south for a visit to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, first held in 776 BC. An optional guided visit to the archaeological site unveils the sacred precinct of Zeus, whose temple once housed a statue of the god that was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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Day 17 Olympia–Tripoli–Athnes

This morning, travel through the mountains of Arcadia into the heart of the Peloponnese peninsula. Stop in Tripoli, one of the main targets of Greek insurgents during the Greek War of Independence, then cross the mighty Corinth Canal. Continue to Athens, capital of Greece and one of the world’s oldest cities. This evening, bask in the lively atmosphere of the old Plaka district with its welcoming tavernas and festive bouzouki music, or you could choose to join an optional Greek dinner.

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Day 18 Athens

Cradle of Western civilization and birthplace of democracy, Athens offers so much to see and experience. Included city sightseeing this morning features the highlights and a visit to the ACROPOLIS with the Parthenon. Later, explore the shops and museums or spend the afternoon swimming on the coast.

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Day 19 Athens–Delphi–Thermopylae–Thessalonika

On the way to Delphi, your Tour Director will tell you all about the area’s fascinating history rooted in Greek mythology. Arrive in the dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus and enjoy a guided tour of Delphi’s ancient SANCTUARY, dedicated to the god Apollo. Hear about the mystical Oracle and tour the excavation site, then visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary bronze statue dating back to the 5th century BC. Next is Thermopylae, the cavernous entrance to Hades in Greek mythology and site of the famous battle between the Spartans and Xerxes’ overwhelming Persian forces in 480 BC. See the LEONIDAS MONUMENT, which commemorates the Spartan king. Travel along the coast to Thessalonika for an overnight.

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Day 20 Thessalonika–Sofia, Bulgaria

Cross the Bulgarian border and head north through the Struma River Valley, Spartacus’ mountainous homeland. In Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, join your Local Guide for sightseeing that includes the Parliament building, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the National Theater, and St. Sophia Church.

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Day 21 Sofia–Niš, Serbia–Belgrade

On to Serbia. In Niš, one of the oldest cities in the Balkans and an important center for the electronics, textiles, and tobacco industries, visit the well-preserved 18th-century Ottoman FORTRESS. Continue to Belgrade, capital of Serbia.

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Day 22 Belgrade–Szeged, Hungary–Budapest

Enter the autonomous Serbian province of Vojvodina and cross into Hungary. Stop at the border town of Szeged, with fabled ties to Attila the Hun and the ancient home of paprika. Later, arrive in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

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Day 23 Budapest

Included sightseeing with a Local Guide today features Buda Castle, which dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube River. See Heroes’ Square with its iconic monument and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as the Royal Castle, the awe-inspiring Hungarian Parliament, Margaret Island, Fishermen’s Bastion, and Matthias Coronation Church. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 24 Budapest–Györ–Bratislava, Slovakia–Vienna, Austria

Head toward the Austrian border today and along the way, stop in colorful Györ with its narrow lanes, characteristic corner balconies, and baroque town center. Stop in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, where medieval towers, fortifications, St. Michael’s Gate, and gothic St. Martin’s Church await your discovery. Cross into Austria and arrive in its dazzling capital—Vienna.

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Day 25 Vienna

Once the seat of the mighty Habsburg Empire and home to Strauss, Brahms, Beethoven, Hadyn, and Mozart, Vienna blends ornate baroque architecture with an irresistible musical heritage. There’s much to enthrall you today on the included guided sightseeing tour. Admire the fabulous State Opera House and Parliament, and stroll through Heroes’ Square for views of splendid Hofburg Palace. In your free time later, be sure to pop into one of the traditional coffee houses for a slice of heavenly Sachertorte, or you can join one of our exciting optional excursions!

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Day 26 Vienna–Salzburg–Munich, Germany

Travel along the Danube to Mozart’s splendid Salzburg. There’s time here to stroll through the charming Getreidegasse, the town’s elegant main shopping street. On to Germany through green Bavarian landscapes to arrive in Munich.

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Day 27 Munich–Bregenz, Austria–Lucerne, Switzerland

Your day begins with an orientation drive of Germany’s “Secret Capital,” Munich. See its beautiful main square, Marienplatz, and marvel at the world-famous Glockenspiel. Later, stop in Bregenz before skirting Lake Constance, then cross into Switzerland and head for Lucerne.

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Day 28 Lucerne

Sightseeing this morning introduces you to one of Switzerland’s finest cities. See the impressive city walls; CHAPEL BRIDGE, Europe’s oldest covered bridge, dating back to 1333; ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets; and the LION MONUMENT, a masterful stone sculpture honoring Louis XVI’s heroic Swiss Guard. A selection of optional activities is available to round out your day.

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Day 29 Lucerne–Strasbourg, France–Trier, Germany

Cross into France today and spend some time at leisure in magical Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament. See the monumental gothic cathedral with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock; taste the unique Franco-German cuisine; or explore the city’s historic heart in the magical La Petite France district. Return to Germany and head to ancient Trier for an overnight.

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Day 30 Trier–Amsterdam Area, Holland

Through the industrial Ruhr and then into the canal criss-crossed countryside of Holland to Amsterdam, vibrant capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. On the included CANAL CRUISE, experience the city from water level, then stop to watch skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER. Discover the main sites with a Local Guide and spend some time at leisure

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Day 31 Amsterdam Area–Brussels–London, England

Drive to Brussels and board the EUROSTAR train to London.

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Day 32 London, England

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

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.

MICHAEL COULSTOCK

Years of Experience: 12

I'm British, but I work in Europe. It is my office, my back yard, my home away from home. I love to introduce people to this continent and see their reactions to its wonderful sights.

Tour Director - MICHAEL COULSTOCK

 Accommodations

LONDON Novotel London West (F)
PARIS Forest Hill La Villette (ST)
BORDEAUX Kyriad Prestige Ouest Merignac (F) or Mercure Centre Meriadeck (ST)
BARCELONA Porta Fira (F) or Ibis Styles City (ST)
FRENCH RIVIERA Ibis Styles Vieux Port (ST) or Quality Mediterranee (ST) at Menton
VENICE AREA Holiday Inn (ST) at Marghera or Poppi (ST) at Mira
FLORENCE Italiana Hotel Florence (ST) or Villa Gabriele d’Annunzio (ST)
ROME Oly Hotel (F) or Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST)
OLYMPIA Olympia Palace (F)
ATHENS Coral (ST)
THESSALONIKA Astoria (ST)
SOFIA Ramada (F)
BELGRADE Best Western Hotel M (F)
BUDAPEST Aquincum (F)
VIENNA Leonardo (ST)
MUNICH NH Messe (F) or Achat Premium South (ST)
LUCERNE AREA Rothaus (ST) or Ibis Styles (ST)
TRIER Ibis Styles (ST)
AMSTERDAM AREA Dorint Airport (F) or Holiday Inn Express Arena (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
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$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Paris
Barcelona
French Riviera
Venice
Rome
Olympia
Athens
Budapest
Vienna
Munich
Lucerne
London

Paris

Cabaret Show

Cabaret Show

A trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to a typical cabaret show!

Price Range: $$

The Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles

Admire the historic Versailles, the beautiful, restored palace of Louis XIV, the Sun King.

Price Range: $$

Welcome Dinner and Orientation

Welcome Dinner and Orientation

The evening consists of a memorable four-course dinner plus a breathtaking orientation drive of the city.

Price Range: $$

Barcelona

Flamenco

Flamenco

Experience the excitement of a flamenco show, a genuine Spanish art expressing passion and intensity. A must-see by anyone visiting Spain!

Price Range: $$

FrenchRiviera

Dinner on the French Riviera

Dinner on the French Riviera

Enjoy a pleasant dinner in a typical French restaurant where you try out local dishes and regional wine.

Price Range: $

Excursion to St. Paul de Vence

Excursion to St. Paul de Vence

Enjoy the serene setting of this picturesque spot made famous by artists such as Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, and Miro.

Price Range: $

Montecarlo by Night with Dinner

Montecarlo by Night with Dinner

A beautiful drive along the French Riviera - arriving in the Principality of Monaco, where you will have a delicious French dinner followed by a drink to enjoy the Monaco jet-set atmosphere.

Price Range: $$

Venice

Gondola

Gondola

Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas.

Price Range: $

Discover the Venetian Lagoon

Discover the Venetian Lagoon

By private boat cross the lagoon to the picturesque fishing island of Burano with its gaily painted houses.

Price Range: $

Venetian Dinner

Venetian Dinner

Experience an unforgettable evening in Venice.

Price Range: $$

Rome

Treasures of Rome by Night and Dinner

Treasures of Rome by Night and Dinner

An evening tour including some of the city's fountains and majestic squares and a meal in a typical Roman restaurant.

Price Range: $$

Roman Fine Treasures

Roman Fine Treasures

A walking tour with a local guide to see some of the many treasures of Rome.

Price Range: $

Olympia

Archaeological Site

Archaeological Site

This ancient site is the most famous of Greek sanctuaries, where Zeus was worshiped and where his ivory and gold statue was counted among the Seven Wonders of the World.

Price Range: $

Athens

A Greek Evening

A Greek Evening

Enjoy a true Greek evening with good quality food, live entertainment with dancing and all the traditions a Greek evening must include.

Price Range: $$

Budapest

Evening on a Boat

Evening on a Boat

Cruise along the River Danube admiring the beauty of the twin cities Buda and Pest whilst dining on Hungarian and international dishes.

Price Range: $$

Excursion to Szentendre

Excursion to Szentendre

Visit the picturesque village of Szentendre, the home of many famous Hungarian artists at the turn of the century.

Price Range: $

Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

Visit magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Price Range: $$

Classical Concert

Classical Concert

Enjoy an unforgettable concert in one of the city's elegant concert halls.

Price Range: $$

Munich

Bavarian Evening and Dinner

Bavarian Evening and Dinner

Enjoy a typical Bavarian evening in a popular beer house.

Price Range: $

Lucerne

Swiss Folklore Party and Dinner

Swiss Folklore Party and Dinner

Toast your Swiss evening while experiencing a traditional show with alphorns and yodeling.

Price Range: $$

Engelberg Only

Engelberg Only

Spend a few hours in this panoramic village at the foot of Mount Titlis.

Price Range: $

Scenic Lake Cruise

Scenic Lake Cruise

One hour cruise on lake Lucerne

Price Range: $

Mount Titlis

Mount Titlis

Drive to Alpine Engelberg to take the Titlis-Rotair, the world's first revolving cable car, up to 10,000 feet where eternal snow resists even the summer sun.

Price Range: $$

London

A Taste of London

A Taste of London

Combine a dinner outing at a traditional London pub with a relaxed, nighttime cruise along the Thames River, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights.

Price Range: $$

Morning City Sightseeing

Morning City Sightseeing

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister's Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. The highlight is a visit to ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL, Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708.

Price Range: $

Tower of London & Crown Jewels

Tower of London & Crown Jewels

From the opulent Crown Jewels to the uniformed Beefeaters and infamous ravens, this fascinating excursion introduces you to the Tower of London, one of the country's most famous castle fortresses.

Price Range: $$

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