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European Capitals (4760)

14 Day Tour from Paris to Vienna

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As the name implies, this European tour features some of Europe’s capital cities. You’ll spend two nights in Paris, capital of France; Brussels, capital of Belgium; the Amsterdam area, capital of the Netherlands; Berlin, capital of Germany; Prague, capital of the Czech Republic; and Vienna, capital of Austria. You’ll also spend one night in Bremerhaven, Germany, an important Hanseatic port city.

In each of the capitals, you’ll see the sights with a Local Guide, a knowledgeable local who will share with you history, culture, and ins and outs of the city. Sightseeing highlights include seeing the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées, and Eiffel Tower in Paris; the Grand’Place—the central square surrounded by baroque guild houses and the gothic Town Hall—in Brussels; Prague’s Astronomical Clock, built in 1410, and Charles Bridge, dating to 1357 and one of the oldest stone bridges in Europe; and Vienna’s State Opera House and Hofburg, the palatial complex at the heart of Vienna. In Amsterdam, you’ll also see the city on a canal cruise—the best way to see Amsterdam!

In addition to the capitals, this European tour also features stops in some of Europe’s smaller—but fascinating—cities. In Antwerp, see the world’s largest diamond district and the 14th-century Cathedral of Our Lady, which dominates the city center with its 400-foot-tall spire and artwork by Rubens. In Dresden, the German city that suffered tremendous damage during the air bombings in February 1945, your guided sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Zwinger Palace Glockenspiel, where 40 bells sound every quarter of an hour. In the Czech Republic, enjoy walking through the medieval old town in Tábor, founded in 1420 as a city where everyone is equal.

For value-minded travelers, this is the perfect vacation to see some of Europe’s fascinating capitals!
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 Tour Highlights

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Visits to Rotterdam, Groningen, Bremerhaven, guided visit of the interactive German Emigration Center Museum, Tábor. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Paris, Brussels, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Bremen, Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna; professional Tour Director while touring

NOTE:
December 27 Departure-New Year in Amsterdam including reveillon dinner

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

  • Historic Centre of Vienna
  • Grand Place

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners, including a dinner at local restaurant in Brussels

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the French capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 Paris

Paris is a world-class city that probably has more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. This morning, see these sites during the included city tour. In the company of an expert Local Guide, view the famous Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, and much more. In the afternoon, feel like a French aristocrat on the optional walking tour through the opulent Palace of Versailles. Tonight, consider joining the optional dinner at a typical restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Paris–Brussels, Belgium

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Paris before heading to Brussels, capital of Belgium and major center for international politics since WWII. Tonight, enjoy a traditional dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 4 Brussels

Join your Local Guide this morning and explore this vibrant city that is headquarters of the European Union. Along the way, hear about the ornate Grand’Place and see the tiny yet world-famous Manneken Pis statue. The afternoon is free to make your own discoveries.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Brussels–Antwerp–Rotterdam, Holland–Amsterdam Area

Start the day by getting to know the international port city of Antwerp. See the centuries-old Diamond Quarter, the largest diamond district in the world; the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, founded in 1663; the 14th-century Cathedral of Our Lady with its triptychs by Rubens; and much more. Cross the border into South Holland and stop in Rotterdam, the “Gateway to the World,” for an introduction to Europe’s busiest port, boasting an eclectic tapestry of architectural styles. Later, arrive in Amsterdam, vibrant capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Amsterdam Area

Today, enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the city from water level, then watch skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER. Continue the discovery with a Local Guide showing you the city highlights. Maybe get to know the beautiful Dutch countryside on an optional excursion.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Amsterdam Area–Groningen–Bremerhaven, Germany

Depart Amsterdam and stop in Groningen, an important trade center in the 13th century that today is hailed as the “World Cycling City.” In the center of town, admire the Martini Tower with its 62-bell carillon, the Spanish Moorish synagogue, and much more. Reach Bremerhaven for a guided visit of the interactive GERMAN EMIGRATION CENTER, Europe’s largest museum about emigration, particularly German emigration to the United States.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 8 Bremerhaven–Bremen–Berlin

Travel to the Hanseatic city of Bremen, which majestically straddles the Weser River. Attractions here include the opulent Town Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the massive, 15th-century statue of Roland, the city’s protector; the oldest wine cellar in Germany, the Ratskeller, whose wine list boasts more than 650 German wines; and the bronze sculpture of the Bremen Town Musicians from the Grimm Brothers’ famous fairytale. You’ll see the highlights on your included guided walking tour, then it’s on to the city of Berlin!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Berlin

On the included guided tour, learn how Berlin is no longer divided but every bit as fascinating. Once a city of stark contrasts, since the fall of the wall, Berlin has developed into a harmonious blend of old and new. It has preserved the old buildings, such as the State Opera House and Brandenburg Gate; its neoclassic-style boulevards, such as the Kurfüstendamm and Unter den Linden; and it has created brand new buildings in the most daring, up-to-date architectural styles. It is once again Germany’s capital and one of Europe’s most lively cities. This afternoon, maybe join an optional excursion.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Berlin–Dresden–Prague, Czech Republic

Travel southwest toward the Czech border to Dresden, hailed as the “Jewel Box” city for its splendid baroque and rococo center. With four nature reserves and 63% of the city consisting of green areas and forests, Dresden is one of the greenest cities in all of Europe. On your included guided sightseeing tour, see the ZWINGER PALACE GLOCKENSPIEL with its bells made by the famous Meissen porcelain factory, as well as many other city highlights. Cross into the Czech Republic and head towards Prague.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 11 Prague

The wealth of gothic and baroque architecture in the “Golden City” of Prague inspired local composers Dvorak and Smetana—and will inspire you, too, today during your included guided sightseeing tour. See the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square with its fantastic Astronomical Clock, and more. Your Tour Director can suggest optional excursions, including a fun evening of traditional Czech music and entertainment.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 Prague–Tabor–Vienna, Austria

Visit Tábor this morning, founded in 1420 as an egalitarian peasant commune. Walk through the pretty Old Town with its narrow cobblestone streets to its main square. In the afternoon, cross the Austrian border to arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 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—you can almost hear the classical music as you stroll its streets. There’s much to enthrall you today on the included guided sightseeing tour. Admire the fabulous State Opera House, Hofburg Palace, and Parliament. Later, maybe try some of Vienna’s heavenly Sachertorte at a traditional coffee house, or you could join the optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. This evening, how about an optional classical concert?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14 Vienna

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.

BRAM VAN DIJK

Years of Experience: 5

Being a tour guide to me is creating the most beautiful memories, a s memories are the most precious things we can own. It's an honor for me to show the prettiest places in Europe and explain the secrets and stories behind them. It's great to meet people from all over the world and to see people making lifelong friends. Every day there is a new highlight, a new memory and above all, a lot of fun. Hope to meet you in Europe!

Tour Director - BRAM VAN DIJK

 Accommodations

BRUSSELS Ramada La Woluwe (ST)
AMSTERDAM Crowne Plaza Amsterdam - Schiphol (F)
AMSTERDAM Holiday Inn Express Arena Towers (ST)
BREMERHAVEN Comfort Bremerhaven (F)
BERLIN Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre (ST)
BERLIN Abba Berlin (F)
PRAGUE Clarion Congress Hotel (F)
PRAGUE Ibis Wenceslas Square
VIENNA Star Inn Schoenbrunn (ST)
VIENNA Kavalier (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)


Paris
Brussels
Amsterdam
Berlin
Prague
Vienna

Paris

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: $$

The Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles

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

Price Range: $$

Brussels

Excursion to Bruges

Excursion to Bruges

Visit one of the latest top destination in Europe in this half day excursion featuring a guided sightseeing.

Price Range: $

Amsterdam

Dutch Dinner and Drive

Dutch Dinner and Drive

Enjoy a typical hearty Dutch meal in an authentic 16th century establishment.

Price Range: $$

 Volendam and Zaanse Schans

Volendam and Zaanse Schans

After a short stop in Volendam you will continue to Zaanse Schans, a working open-air museum that demonstrates what life was like in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Price Range: $

Berlin

An Insight into World War II and Cold War

An Insight into World War II and Cold War

Enrich your Berlin experience with an insight into the recent historical events of WWII.

Price Range: $

Ziko's Grill Dinner

Ziko's Grill Dinner

A fun evening at a local restaurant with good food, joyful atmosphere and musical entertainment.

Price Range: $

Prague

The Best of Medieval Prague

The Best of Medieval Prague

An afternoon full of history and architectural beauty in this intensive visit of the entire Castle District.

Price Range: $

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

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: $$

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