Amsterdam & Paris Tour - Cosmos® Affordable Tours

European Kaleidoscope (4800)

12 Day Tour from Amsterdam to Paris

2017 Tour Details

A kaleidoscope is a mixture of many different views and colors, and that is what this European tour is…a mixture of different countries, vibrant cities, distinct cultures, historic towns, beautiful scenery, and more. You’ll start in Amsterdam with a canal cruise; travel through the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland; and end in Paris with sightseeing and time on your own. You’ll have a chance to see some of Europe’s must-see attractions, such as the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, dating back to the 14th century; Marienplatz, the beautiful main square in Munich; Piazza Signoria in Florence, the center of the city's political life since the 14th century; and Utrecht’s town center, founded by the Romans in 48 AD.

A highlight of this Europe tour is time spent in Germany’s Rhineland. Enjoy a scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine River (or you can opt for a Rhine cruise). Drive along the Romantic Road, with its old-world charm, scenic countryside, and quaint villages and towns such as picturesque Rothenburg, with medieval towered gates and half-timbered houses.. Spend time in Lugano on the shores of Switzerland’s Lake Lugano and in Innsbruck, home of the famous Golden Roof, the balcony built for Emperor Maximilian in the early 15th century.

From the rolling hills in the Tuscan countryside to the majestic peaks and rustic chalets in Switzerland’s alpine region, you’ll witness stunning—and varied—scenery on this European tour. In most of the cities, you’ll have time on your own to explore and to try the local specialties. Don’t forget to sample a beer in Germany! There’s no better way to celebrate this wonderful, value-minded European vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Visits to Utrecht, Rothenburg, Innsbruck, Venice, Montecatini, Lugano, Lucerne. 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 Amsterdam, Munich, Florence, Paris; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Rhineland, Romantic Road, Italian Dolomites

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

  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • Seventeenth-Century canal ring of Amsterdam

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal transfer boat in Venice

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland

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

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Day 2 Amsterdam

Today, enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam, with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights. Later, a CANAL CRUISE shows you the town from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER. Time in the afternoon to explore on your own or to join an optional excursion.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Amsterdam–Utrecht–Rhineland, Germany

Leaving Amsterdam, stop for a walk in Utrecht’s town center. Founded in 48 AD by the Romans, this is a great city to roam around in. Its centerpiece is the Dom church, towering above the city. Cross into Germany to reach the Rhineland area.

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Day 4 Rhineland–Romantic Road–Rothenburg–Munich

Start the day with a scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine or opt for a Rhine cruise. Admire the pretty villages, the castles perched high above the river, and countless terraced vineyards. Next, drive along the Romantic Road, through towns and villages with medieval towered gates and battlements, squares of half-timbered houses, and richly decorated fountains. Stop awhile in the center of Rothenburg for a fine example of this architecture. Overnight in Munich.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Munich

With a Local Guide, take advantage of the included sightseeing tour of the city known as Germany’s “secret capital.” Time to admire the beautiful main square, MARIENPLATZ, do some shopping, and sample its most famous product—beer!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Munich–Innsbruck, Austria–Venice Area, Italy

Travel from Munich to Austria for a stop in the capital of Tyrol, Innsbruck. In the afternoon, drive over Brenner Pass into the Italian Alps to admire this unique natural wonder before descending into the Adige Valley to the Venice area.

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Day 7 Venice Area–Montecatini

The included orientation tour starts with a BOAT RIDE and is followed by a visit to a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Then, southwards into the hilly Tuscan countryside to reach Montecatini for two overnights.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Montecatini. Excursion to Florence

Florence, a Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis, will keep you enthralled all day. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide that features most of the city highlights. You will see 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.” Later, join the optional excursion to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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Day 9 Montecatini–Lugano, Switzerland–Lucerne Area

Cross the Lombardy plains this morning to Canton Ticino’s subtropical resort of Lugano. Here, take a break to stroll along the lakeside promenade before continuing to the German-speaking side of Switzerland, then descend into the gentle landscape around the Lucerne area.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Lucerne Area–Paris, France

Visit the LION MONUMENT and CHAPEL BRIDGE before joining an optional boat trip. Then, enjoy vistas of green pastures and attractive chalets with rustic timbering and luxuriant flowers. Enter France, past some of its most famous vineyards, to Paris. Arrive in time to enjoy an optional cabaret show.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 Paris

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 modern glass Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions are also available to visit some of the highlights. To celebrate the success of your tour, a French farewell dinner might be just the ticket.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 Paris

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.

LEO ZAAL

Years of Experience: 12

I've lived in several countries, so it's my pleasure to introduce you to "My Europe." You'll become familiar with the diversity of breathtaking scenery, as well as the fascinating culture, history, architecture, and cuisine. It's my aim to provide you an enjoyable, informative, hassle-free, memorable, and satisfying travel experience.

Tour Director - LEO ZAAL

 Accommodations

AMSTERDAM AREA Dorint Airport (F) at Schiphol or NH Airport (F) at Schiphol or Holiday Inn Express Arena (ST)RHINELAND Ramada (ST) at Bruehl or Leonardo Koln-Bonn Airport (F) or Leonardo Royal Am Stadtwald (F)
MUNICH Holiday Inn Express Airport (ST) or Ibis Parkstadt (ST)
VENICE AREA Poppi (ST) at Mira or Holiday Inn Marghera (ST)
MONTECATINI Settentrionale Esplanade (F)
LUCERNE AREA Ibis (ST) at Kriens or Drei Könige (ST)
PARIS Ibis La Villette (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)


Amsterdam
Rhineland
Munich
Venice
Montecatini
Florence
Lucerne
Paris

Amsterdam

 Volendam and Zaans Schans

Volendam and Zaans 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: $

Keukenhof Flower Exhibition

Keukenhof Flower Exhibition

Historical Keukenhof with over 7 million tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and all the other spring bulbs, is a must. The floral displays in the park and the flower shows in the various pavilions are a glorious visual feast.

Price Range: $

Dutch Dinner and Drive

Dutch Dinner and Drive

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

Price Range: $

Rhineland

Lorelei and its Castles

Lorelei and its Castles

Discover the magic of the Rhine river with its historic villages, beautiful castles and the legendary Lorelei Rock.

Price Range: $

Munich

Dachau

Dachau

Visit the former concentration camp of Dachau and look around the memorial site and the museum and also see a documentary film.

Price Range: $

Bavarian Evening and Dinner

Bavarian Evening and Dinner

Enjoy a typical Bavarian evening in a popular beer house.

Price Range: $

Venice

By Night and Caffe Florian

By Night and Caffe Florian

Enjoy a motorboat ride along the impressive Giudecca Canal with a commentary of the most important sights, then you will be taken to the historical Caffe Florian with its orchestra playing Italian and international old favourites.

Price Range: $$

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: $

Montecatini

Tuscan Dinner

Tuscan Dinner

Enjoy a wonderful dinner with regional dishes prepared using the finest local ingredients.

Price Range: $$

Florence

Excursion to Pisa

Excursion to Pisa

Travel through picturesque Tuscan countryside to the city of Pisa.

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: $$

Scenic Lake Cruise

Scenic Lake Cruise

One hour cruise on lake Lucerne

Price Range: $

Paris

Cabaret Show

Cabaret Show

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

Price Range: $$

Mona Lisa's Smile and the Louvre Museum

Mona Lisa's Smile and the Louvre Museum

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.

Price Range: $$

Farewell Dinner and Orientation

Farewell Dinner and Orientation

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

Price Range: $$

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