Tour of Europe w/ London -Cosmos Vacations

Cosmopolitan Europe with Extended Stay in London (5155)

18 Day Tour from London to London

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Europe—it’s a continent full of different cultures, architecture, art, scenery, and histories—and on this European tour, you’ll get to experience and see what many of the European countries have to offer. You’ll start in London, then sail across the Channel by ferry to reach France from the UK. Then spend two nights in Vienna, the Venice area, Rome, the Lucerne area, and Paris, and one overnight in Brussels, Würzburg, Prague, and Florence. You will return to London by train, crossing the Channel tunnel on the Eurostar.

On your sightseeing tours, learn about the fascinating histories as you see attractions such as Rome’s Colosseum, completed in the 1st century AD; Lucerne’s Lion Monument, commemorating the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution;; Prague’s Jewish Quarter, which houses some of the best-preserved and most important Jewish sights in Europe; and Vienna’s Hofburg, the palatial complex for the Habsburgs. You’ll also see examples of the local art and architecture, such as the glorious cathedral in Florence and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Magnificent scenery also awaits you on this European tour. Cherish time in spectacular Lake Lugano in Switzerland, where you can enjoy a stroll on the scenic promenade. Enjoy a beautiful Rhine cruise passing by castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, and the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of an enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. Take in the breathtaking alpine scenery as you travel across Austria to beautiful Lake Wörth, an alpine lake formed by glaciers, and as you travel to Lucerne, surrounded by its picturesque lake nestled amid the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps. Sit back and relax as you travel through the Tuscan countryside, with its rolling hills, olive grows, vineyards, and small towns.

Scenery, historic monuments, distinct art and architecture, and much more—it’s all available on this Cosmopolitan Europe tour planned for value-minded travelers.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Visits to Nuremberg, Velden, Venice, Assisi, Lugano, Lucerne. 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 Prague, Vienna, Rome, Florence, Paris; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Rhineland, Lake Wörth and Carinthia, Swiss Alps, Burgundy Wine Country

NOTES:
December 15 Departure – Christmas lunch in Rome
December 31 Departure – New Year's departure in London

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

  • Historic Centre of Vienna
  • Historic Centre of Prague
  • Assisi, the Basilica of St. Francis
  • Historic Centre of Florence

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; cross-Channel ferry; Rhine cruise; canal transfer boat in Venice; Eurostar train Paris-London

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Vienna

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

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

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, how about a leisurely cruise on the Thames River?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 London–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, meet your Tour Director and luxury coach and you’re off to Brussels.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Brussels–Rhine Cruise, Germany–Würzburg

Drive south to the shores of the mighty Rhine. Your included RHINE CRUISE reveals some legendary sites such as the Lorelei rock, ancient castles, and scenic vineyards. On to Würzburg, a baroque city known for its cathedral, bridges, palace, and gardens.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 5 Würzburg–Nuremberg–Prague, Czech Republic

En route to Prague, stop in Nuremberg, an ancient city still showing its medieval walls with rampart walks and an 11th-century castle. It is also famous for its 1945 trials of the Nazi leaders and war criminals. Continue to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic and historic capital of Bohemia.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Prague–Vienna, Austria

The wealth of gothic and baroque architecture perhaps inspired Dvorak and Smetana, both Prague composers. The included guided sightseeing features landmarks such as the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and the Old Town Square with its ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK. This afternoon, motor from Bohemia into Moravia and cross into Austria to spend two nights in its splendid capital, Vienna. This evening, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 7 Vienna

There’s so much to see on your included guided sightseeing tour: the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the Hofburg. In the afternoon, an optional trip to the Palace of Schönbrunn. This evening, enjoy an optional Viennese concert.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Vienna–Velden–Venice Area, Italy

Enjoy breathtaking alpine scenery as you travel across Austria to Velden and beautiful Lake Wörth for a short visit. Next, cross into Italy by way of Tarvisio, then descend to the Venice area for two overnights.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Venice Area

The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by free time to soak up the atmosphere of this unique city and a chance to visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola ride.

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Day 10 Venice Area–Assisi–Rome

Travel south across the Po Plain into the very heart of the Apennines, dotted with towns and villages perched on the mountain sides. Spend time in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous basilica with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto. Reach Rome in time to join the optional Rome by Night excursion.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 Rome

Rome, the “Eternal City,” is 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 Rome–Florence

This morning, drive north through the Tuscan countryside to reach Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” On the included walking tour with a Local Guide, discover most of the city highlights: 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.”

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 13 Florence–Lugano, Switzerland–Lucerne Area

Head north and cross into Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Canton Ticino. Stroll along Lugano’s picturesque lakeside promenade before immersing yourself in the alpine landscapes of Lucerne and its surroundings.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 14 Lucerne

One of Switzerland’s finest cities, Lucerne is nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and graced by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. Your visit takes in the impressive city walls, CHAPEL 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, there is time to shop for an authentic Swiss watch.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15 Lucerne Area–Paris, France

Enjoy vistas of green pastures and rustic chalets on the way to France. Travel past some of its famous vineyards as you approach the exciting capital, Paris. Arrive in time to enjoy the optional cabaret show.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16 Paris

Paris holds a special place in the imagination. It’s a city of many facets and famed for its culture, beauty, sophistication, and sparkle. By sitting with a glass of wine in a bistro or sidewalk café, you can absorb the essence of the city. The center has wide boulevards and impressive buildings. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sites: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid, 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 17 Paris–London, England

Relax on your EUROSTAR journey back to London.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 18 London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 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.

VITTORIA VACCARO

Years of Experience: 9

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.

Tour Director - VITTORIA VACCARO

 Accommodations

LONDON Novotel London West (F)
BRUSSELS Ibis St. Catherine (ST)
WÜRZBURG Ringhotel Wittelsbacher Höh (ST)
PRAGUE International (F)
VIENNA Star Inn Schönbrunn (ST)
VENICE AREA Poppi (ST) at Mira or Holiday Inn (ST) at Marghera
ROME Pineta Palace (F) or Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST)
FLORENCE Italiana Hotel Florence (ST)
LUCERNE AREA Ibis Styles (ST) or Ibis (ST) at Kriens
PARIS Ibis Tour Eiffel Cambronne (ST) or Forest Hill la Villette (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)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Brussels
Prague
Vienna
Venice
Rome
Lucerne
Paris
London

Brussels

Evening City Sightseeing
Evening City Sightseeing

Evening City Sightseeing

See the main sights of this city which has something for all tastes and interests.

Price Range: $

Prague

Czech Dinner
Czech Dinner

Czech Dinner

A typical Czech meal in a famous wine restaurant to experience the real Prague atmosphere.

Price Range: $$

Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

Visit magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Price Range: $

Classical Concert
Classical Concert

Classical Concert

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

Price Range: $$

Venice

Venetian Dinner
Venetian Dinner

Venetian Dinner

Experience an unforgettable evening in Venice.

Price Range: $$

Gondola
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

Discover the Venetian Lagoon

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

Price Range: $

Rome

Treasures of Rome by Night and Dinner
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: $$

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

A tour around the Vatican museums to admire the beautiful tapestry gallery and the Sistine Chapel with masterpieces by Botticelli and Signorelli. See the "Genesis" and Michelangelo's "Last Judgement".

Price Range: $$

Castelli Romani with Dinner
Castelli Romani with Dinner

Castelli Romani with Dinner

Drive through the ancient villages in the Alban Hills, a landscape of rare beauty, myths, legends and history to he Pope's summer residence, Castel Gandolfo, then to Frascati for a dinner in a tavern.

Price Range: $$

Lucerne

Engelberg Only
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

Scenic Lake Cruise

One hour cruise on lake Lucerne

Price Range: $

Mount Titlis
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: $$

Swiss Folklore Party and Dinner
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: $$

Paris

Cabaret Show
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

The Palace of Versailles

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

Price Range: $$

Farewell Dinner and Orientation
Farewell Dinner and Orientation

Farewell Dinner and Orientation

Enjoy a memorable four-course dinner plus a breathtaking orientation drive of the city.

Price Range: $$

London

Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath
Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath

Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath

Visit the Queen's favorite castle where over 900 years of royal history are waiting for you. See the sumptuous State Apartments and take in St George's Chapel, the burial place of British Sovereigns. Our next stop, Stonehenge dates back 5000 years and has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship. Come and unlock its secrets for yourself. Bath is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces and architecture. Following our short guided tour of the city, there will be plenty of time to explore on your own.

Price Range: $$$

London Eye
London Eye

London Eye

The London Eye is London's most popular attraction. Night or day the London Eye offers spectacular views of London from high above the River Thames. Famous landmarks to be seen include Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

Price Range: $

Stonehenge and Roman Baths in Bath
Stonehenge and Roman Baths in Bath

Stonehenge and Roman Baths in Bath

The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Next we head to Bath and arrive in time for lunch (not included). Following our scenic drive into the heart of the city, there will be plenty of time to explore at your leisure. Your ticket also includes entrance to the Roman Baths that were built nearly 2,000 years ago.

Price Range: $$

Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds

Visit the famous wax models of the rich and famous.

Price Range: $

The London Dungeon
The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon

Delve into the blood-curdling parts of history that your teachers never wanted to tell you. Live actors, scary rides, shows and special effects, transport you back to those black, bleak times. Are you brave enough?

Price Range: $

England in One Day
England in One Day

England in One Day

From mysterious Stonehenge and the Roman ruins of Bath to the iconic Cotswolds and Shakespeare¿s Stratford-upon-Avon, this guided full-day excursion is a fantastic introduction to many of England¿s most beloved and iconic sites.

Price Range: $$$

Lunch in the Cotswolds
Lunch in the Cotswolds

Lunch in the Cotswolds

A fully guided day in the Cotswolds includes lunch, and takes in some of the most beautiful English villages.

Price Range: $$$

Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace was once Princess Diana's home. Sir Christopher Wren lavishly improved the original house, turning it into a palace for William III and Mary II. It remained a royal home and was the birthplace of Queen Victoria. The splendid State Apartments and Court Dress Collection are on view to the public as well as special exhibitions.

Price Range: $

Harry Potter
Harry Potter

Harry Potter

This unique tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.

Price Range: $$

Sea Life London Aquarium
Sea Life London Aquarium

Sea Life London Aquarium

The London Aquarium is one of Europe's largest displays of aquatic life and home to up to 400 species in over 50 displays, from sharks, stingrays and clownfish, to moray eels, lionfish and sideways walking crabs.

Price Range: $

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

A visit to the home of the old and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, that includes both the museum and a guided tour.

Price Range: $

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms
Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Visit the underground center of Britain's war effort, which contains the world's only museum dedicated to Sir Winston Churchill.

Price Range: $

River Cruise Experience
River Cruise Experience

River Cruise Experience

Take a London Eye River Cruise and see London from a different perspective. Enjoy a unique 40 minute circular sightseeing cruise on the River Thames with fascinating live commentary that brings the city to life, presented by specialist guides. Highlights include Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

Price Range: $

Stonehenge Direct
Stonehenge Direct

Stonehenge Direct

Stonehenge is the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. Come and unlock its secrets.

Price Range: $$

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