European Jewels (4600) - 2016 / 2015

12 Day Tour from London to Paris

European Jewels
The Lion Monument or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland
The Lion Monument or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland
Visit stunning Florence and the Ponte Vecchio
London’s Tower Bridge over the River Thames
Lake Lucerne
The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel
Enjoy the lovely canals of Amsterdam
Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world
The Ponte Vecchio at night
Pomp-and-ceremony in London

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

A Taste of London A unique chance to combine a traditional London pub experience with a relaxed, night-time river cruise, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights. Enjoy a three-course dinner with several local menu choices, including fish and chips and steak and ale pie at an historic London pub in the City of London. Following dinner you will enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your private cruiser. Highlights include Tower Bridge, St. Paul's and the Houses of Parliament, with commentary from your guide as you cruise along the River Thames.

Approximate value: £67 GBP per person

Afternoon Excursion to Windsor Castle Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. One of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II the castle is still used regularly for ceremonial and state occasions. Visit the magnificent State Apartments furnished with priceless works of art by Holbein, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. See wonderful St. George's Chapel the burial place of ten monarchs including Henry VIII and Charles I.

Approximate value: £48 GBP per person

Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. During August and September when the Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland, the Palace's state rooms are open to visitors. These are the heart of the Palace, lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection which are used for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. Before entry to the Palace you will visit the Royal Mews, one of the finest working stables still in existence. See the State vehicles, both horse-drawn carriages and cars, used for coronations, royal weddings and State Visits, including the magnificent Gold State Coach which has been used for every coronation since 1821 and was last used for The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Approximate value: £56 GBP per person

Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms The Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms are dedicated to the life of the 'greatest Briton', Sir Winston Churchill, and the secret underground headquarters that were the nerve center of Britain's war effort. The first London museum of its kind, the Churchill Museum covers all ninety years of Winston Churchill's life, divided into five chapters: his early years as British Prime Minister starting May 1940; his later years; his childhood; his early political career and the period famously known as the 'Gathering Storm'.

Approximate value: £16.35 GBP per person

Hampton Court Palace Henry VIII's magnificent Tudor palace was updated with Baroque additions by Sir Christopher Wren for William III and Mary II. Henry VIII and the palace's subsequent royal occupants have ensured the palace has fabulous furnishings, tapestries and paintings. The Palace is set in extensive gardens and parkland on the banks of the River Thames.

Approximate value: £17.50 GBP per person

Kensington Palace Generations of royal women have shaped this stylish palace and elegant gardens from Queen Mary to Victoria, and more recently Princess Diana who made Kensington Palace her 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. Most recently, Prince William and Princess Kate confirmed that Kensington Palace would become their London home. The splendid State Apartments and Court Dress Collection are on view to the public as well as special exhibitions.

Approximate value: £15.90 GBP per person

London Zoo Set in leafy Regent's Park, London Zoo is the perfect day out for the whole family. Visit the exhibit 'Into Africa' where you will come eye to eye with some of Africa's most unusual animals including giraffes, zebras and African hunting dogs. You can 'Meet the Monkeys'; an exciting monkey walk-through experience, or enter Butterfly Paradise, where you'll have the chance to enjoy the beauty of butterflies as they fly around you.

Approximate value: £22.50 GBP per person

Madame Tussauds Experience the glittering world of fame for a day at Madame Tussauds. Brave the paparazzi and mingle with Brad, Angelina and all the other stars in your own A-list party before visiting the chamber of horrors. Then address the world alongside Barack Obama before accepting your music award on stage with One Direction and Justin Timberlake.

Approximate value: £26.20 GBP per person

Medieval Banquet A four course feast awaits you with unlimited beer and wine in King Henry's Banqueting Halls. The regal banquet takes place in the atmospheric vaulted cellars of Ivory House, just a stone's throw from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Accompanying King Henry VIII are fighting knights, strolling players and dancing wenches, providing a magical medieval pageant for your delight. After the show, there is music and dancing, after which, you could take a two minute walk to Tower Bridge and enjoy a panoramic view of London by night.

Approximate value: £50 GBP per person

Morning City Sightseeing Morning Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister's Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held.

Approximate value: £33 GBP per person

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.

Approximate value: £13.25 GBP per person

Sea Life London Aquarium The mysterious experience starts in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the journey, a stunning glass tunnel walkway offers guests an unforgettable experience by strolling underneath a tropical ocean.  There is plenty of interaction along the way, from feeding the rays and watching diving displays to touch pools and discovery zones. Other stars of the show include green turtles, seahorses, octopus, zebra sharks and the ever popular clown fish. The true highlight however, commences as guests complete their journey in the deeper darker zone of the Pacific Ocean - take a walk on the wild side and watch 6 species of shark swim beneath your feet from a floating glass platform.

Approximate value: £19 GBP per person

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Explore the remarkable story of the Globe theatre, which brings Shakespeare's world to life. As a visitor to the exhibition you'll discover how shows were produced in the theatres during Shakespeare's time, from writing and rehearsals to music, dance and performance. Then enjoy a guided tour of the theatre where guide-storytellers take you on a fascinating half-hour tour of the auditorium and on a journey through time to Elizabethan London.

Approximate value: £13.50 GBP per person

The London Dungeon Delve into the blood-curdling parts of history that your teachers never taught you - learn the torturous methods used by unscrupulous characters to the grisly details of our most prolific killers. In the dark and dingy underbelly of the capital the London Dungeon dwells; waiting to scare the life out of you and any willing visitors brave enough to cross the threshold. Confront your fears, face your worst nightmares and uncover the gory truth behind some of history's most horrific events! The Dungeon offers visitors a thrill like no other attraction.

Approximate value: £20.50 GBP per person

The London Eye (Fast Track) The London Eye offers breathtaking views of London from high above the River Thames. See Big Ben towering above the Houses of Parliament, follow St. James Park as it sweeps down to Buckingham Palace. Is the Queen at home? You'll spot the flag flying if she is. A flight on the London Eye lasts for approximately 30 minutes, the time it takes for the London Eye to revolve completely. Relax in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules and enjoy the London skyline at your leisure. At weekends, during Bank Holidays and during school holidays the London Eye is at its most popular. Fast Track tickets for the London Eye allow you to skip the queue, and check in just 15 minutes before your flight. Fast Track tickets are ideal for individuals, couples and groups who want to make the most of their day.

Approximate value: £29.50 GBP per person

The London Eye (Standard) The London Eye offers breathtaking views of London from high above the River Thames. See Big Ben towering above the Houses of Parliament, follow St. James Park as it sweeps down to Buckingham Palace. Is the Queen at home? You'll spot the flag flying if she is. A flight on the London Eye lasts for approximately 30 minutes, the time it takes for the London Eye to revolve completely. Relax in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules and enjoy the London skyline at your leisure.

Approximate value: £20.70 GBP per person

Tower of London and Crown Jewels The Tower of London is one of the most famous historic buildings in the world. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066-1067, it has been guarded by Yeoman Warders (popularly known as the Beefeaters) since the 14th century. It has been a fortress, a royal palace, a prison, a place of execution, and an armory. It is most famously known as the home to the priceless Crown Jewels, including the solid gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Imperial State Crown and Sovereigns Sceptre, the incredible Cullinan diamonds, and the Koh-i-Noor.

Approximate value: £45 GBP per person

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Tour An opportunity to experience the traditions, triumphs and emotions of this unique sporting institution. On your guided tour gain access to areas normally closed to the public, including No 1 Court, the press interview room and television studio. The Wimbledon Tennis Museum includes interactive displays, guided tours, fashion, photography exhibitions and a unique cinema. Experience Wimbledon past and present with interactive touch screen consoles and an archive of classic championship matches. An innovative cinema at the museum features a unique 200 degree screen, allowing viewers to become immersed in a film about the science of tennis.

Approximate value: £24 GBP per person

Lorelei and Its Castles The Rhine is one of the longest and most important rivers in Europe, running for over 1,232 kms. and flowing through 6 countries. The Rhine cruise we offer lasts approx. 1 and a half hours and is in the Rhine gorge - a steep sided valley filled with vineyards and castles overlooking the river. Pass the legendary Lorelei Rock, which soars some 120 meters above the waterline, and is also the name of a feminine water spirit. One drink per person is included during the cruise.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person

By Night and Caffe Florian On this evening excursion in Venice you will be accompanied by the tour director and first will be taken aboard your private motorboat to glide along the impressive Giudecca Canal passing by Giudecca Island. See a variety of important palaces all built by the Venetian gentry between the 12th and 13th centuries. Upon disembarkation you will continue with a stroll through some of the romantic streets of Venice finishing up in St. Mark's Square. Here you can sit back and enjoy the particular atmosphere of the Square at the famous and historical "Caffe Florian" where you will be served two items of your choice - cappuccino or coffee or soft drink or glass of wine or ice cream or tea or Venetian cookies. A five piece band will entertain you with popular, easy listening and classical music. (Note that this live music is not available all the year round). At the end of this romantic evening rejoin the motorboat for the first part of your journey back to the hotel.

Approximate value: €50 EUR per person

Excursion to Pisa The celebrated Leaning Tower of Pisa is no doubt well-known all over Europe and there is no better way to actually get close up to it than on this half day excursion to Pisa when you are staying in the Florence area. The medieval walls of Pisa and the riversides are landmarks that make it easy to take bearings in the extraordinary variety of Pisa's artistic, architectural, historical and cultural heritage. After departing from the hotel you will travel through the fertile and picturesque Tuscan countryside with the tour director giving you a commentary on the cities by-passed, to the historic university city of Pisa. After a panoramic view of the beautiful riverside you will be taken on foot to the Piazza dei Cavalieri, where one of the most famous universities in the world - Scuola Normale Superiore - can be seen. The visit of Pisa then proceeds to the "Square of Miracles" which is partly paved and partly grassed and is dominated by four great religious edifices - The "Duomo", the "Campanile", the "Baptistry" and the "Camposanto". In 1987 the whole square was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will have plenty of time on your own to wander around and also for shopping before returning back to Florence area.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

Gondola Serenade One of the highlights of a trip to Europe and something not to be missed during your visit  to Venice is a gondola serenade.   The gondola ride either takes place in the morning or the afternoon and lasts approximately 30 minutes when during this time you can relax whilst cruising not only on the Grand Canal but also down many small canals to see Venice from the water.  During the gondola ride a local musician will serenade you with the traditional romantic music of Italy. Note: the gondola is to be shared  with other Cosmos guests (maximum 6 participants on each gondola). There will be one musician on board of one of the gondola boats in your fleet.

Approximate value: €40 EUR per person

Tuscan Dinner Enjoy a lovely evening out in the Tuscan countryside in a restaurant which is situated on the land of an ancient farm. The farm was completely renewed and the production of the wine and olive oil are open to visitors with traditional Tuscan hospitality. During the winter season the old wine cellar becomes a warm and welcoming dining room. In spring and autumn, weather permitting, one can dine outside and enjoy the warmth of the first or last sunbeams whilst in the summer the ancient surrounding trees offer a cool shelter and the outside lamps create a magical setting. You can sample a good selection of local Tuscan dishes together with a tasting of locally produced wines plus mineral water, coffee and Italian liqueur.

Approximate value: €50 EUR per person

Dinner & Swiss Folklore Contrary to belief, not all Swiss can yodel or blow the alp horn, but those you will see are real experts. At the Stadtkeller Restaurant, located in the old town of Lucerne, they will entertain you with merry melodies on the accordion and traditional dances whilst you enjoy a delicious meal and sample the Swiss Cheese Fondue.

Approximate value: €75 EUR per person

Scenic Lake Cruise An hour's guided cruise on the most beautiful lake in Switzerland gives you an introduction to this lovely city from a completely different aspect. With its many bays, it offers superb panoramas of the surrounding landscape. The cruise is operated on a comfortable private covered boat and a commentary will be given by one of the crew staff who will explain the history of all the enchanting villages and you will learn some interesting stories of the Swiss History.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

Cabaret Show A trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to one of the famous Parisian Cabaret to enjoy an enchanting night. Whilst you see a colorful costume and decor show of music and dances, you will be served a glass of champagne to fully enjoy your evening. This excursion is not operated as a private charter which means you may join others on the same tour which may require picking up and dropping off at several hotels.

Approximate value: €75 EUR per person

Farewell Dinner & Orientation Tonight you will have the opportunity to taste some delicious specialties of the French cuisine. In a Parisian restaurant with a fascinating atmosphere you will enjoy a four-course dinner with an aperitif and wine. Some music will enliven the evening. An orientation drive of Paris will also be part of this special night

Approximate value: €60 EUR per person

The Louvre & Its Masterpieces Once a royal palace and now a museum housing one of the most famous art collections in the world, the Louvre is yours on a guided tour. The Louvre Museum is open every day except Tuesdays and bank holidays. The Louvre is one of the most famous museums in the world with 8.8 millions visitors every year and it is an unique experience to admire the Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece "Mona Lisa"

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person

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