European Variety Tour - Cosmos® Affordable Travel

European Variety (4710)

10 Day Tour from Paris to Milan

2017 Tour Details

As the name implies, this European tour gives you a variety of sights that Europe has to offer—vibrant big cites, charming and picturesque towns, and stunning mountain scenery. You’ll stay one night in the Beaune area and two nights in Paris, Interlaken, the Lucerne area, and Milan.

The highlight of this tour is a ride aboard the spectacular Jungfraujoch train, an unforgettable rack railway trip to the "Top of Europe." The train ride across 13,020-foot Eiger and 13,474-foot Mönch is a unique alpine experience. From the amazing Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station at 11,332 feet, witness a panoramic view overlooking the glaciers and extending over France, Germany, and Italy. It's a remarkable experience! Also enjoy breathtaking scenery in Lausanne, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva; the alpine mountain ranges that surround massive St. Gotthard; Lake Lucerne, nestled between the snowcapped Alps; and Entlebuch, Lucerne’s most picturesque region and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Here, absorb the views of wild mountain streams, green pastures, and unspoiled moors dotted with wildflowers and dark spruce forests.

On this European tour, also enjoy guided sightseeing with a Local Guide—a local expert in the city who will share with you the city’s history, treasures, and culture—in Paris, Bern, and Milan. You’ll see the must-see sights, such as the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower in Paris; the Old Town in Bern, with its medieval architecture and astronomical clock built in 1530; and the famous Duomo in Milan, the gothic cathedral that is one of the largest cathedrals in the world. In Lucerne, visit the Chapel Bridge, a picturesque wooden bridge with the iconic water tower, and stone Lion Monument, built to honor the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution.

All of this and more—including time in picturesque Lugano, some shopping time and the visit of a sheep farm in the mountains—are included on this affordable Europe tour offering a variety of experiences.
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 Tour Highlights

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Visit Beaune’s Hôtel-Dieu, Lausanne, Interlaken, Jungfraujoch train ride, Entlebuch sheep farm visit, Lucerne Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument, Lugano. 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, Bern, Milan; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Lake Geneva, Swiss Alps

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Jungfraujoch train

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 2 dinners

 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Paris–Beaune Area

Travel to Beaune, the region’s wine capital since Roman times. A walled city, about half of Beaune’s battlements, ramparts, and the moat have survived, providing a true sense of what it was like here in medieval times. Visit the famed HÔTEL-DIEU charity hospital, founded in 1443 to treat destitute plague victims. Marvel at the multi-colored tile rooftop, half-timber architecture, and splendid panel paintings. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 4 Beaune Area–Lausanne, Switzerland–Bern–Interlaken

Cross the border into Switzerland for a visit to the French-speaking city of Lausanne. Situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, this has been recognized as the “Olympic Capital” and hosts more than 55 international sport associations. Enjoy a scenic drive around the lake before heading towards Bern, Switzerland’s charming 12th-century capital. Here, with the explanation of a Local Guide, see the Old Town, a showcase of medieval architecture, arcaded shops, artistic fountains, and the landmark Zytglogge (clock tower), a whimsical animated astronomical clock built in 1530. Travel on, skirting the shores of Lake Thun, and arrive in the idyllic resort of Interlaken.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Interlaken. Excursion to Jungfraujoch

Travel to the lovely village of Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland for an unforgettable day of alpine scenery. At Grindelwald, board the Jungfraujoch train and travel to the “Top of Europe.” The highest railway station in Europe is located 11,332 feet (3,454 meters) above sea level. The train ride across 13,020-foot Eiger and 13,474-foot Mönch is an unforgettable experience. From the viewing platforms on Aletsch Glacier or in the Ice Palace, admire the panoramic wonderland of ice, snow, and rock. Return to Grindelwald to board the coach back to Interlaken.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Interlaken–Entlebuch–Lucerne Area

Enter Entlebuch at the foot of the Alps, Canton Lucerne’s largest and most picturesque region. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2001, it is home to rugged karst formations, wild mountain streams, green pastures, and unspoiled moors dotted with wildflowers and dark spruce forests. Listen closely and you may just hear the dulcet tones of distant cowbells! While here, visit a SHEEP FARM and taste the local produce. Continue to Lucerne and visit the world-famous CHAPEL BRIDGE and poignant LION MONUMENT.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Lucerne Area

Nestled between snowcapped Alps, its lake, and the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River, Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s finest cities—and the whole day is free to explore on your own. Consider shopping for that quintessential Swiss watch, or maybe join one of the optional activities, including Mount Stanserhorn or a cruise on the fjord-like lake!

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 8 Lucerne Area–Lugano–Milan, Italy

More wonderful alpine scenery awaits as you travel into the mountain ranges that surround massive St. Gotthard. Into the warmth and sunshine of Canton Ticino. Stop in beautiful Lugano and stroll along the lakeside promenade. Before leaving Switzerland, there is time to visit a luxury shopping outlet on the way to Milan, hub of Italy’s economic miracle and the capital of fashion.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Milan

During your included visit of this dynamic city, marvel at the awe-inspiring Duomo. One of the largest cathedrals in the world, this gothic structure took nearly 500 years to complete. You also may like to take a stroll around Milan’s famous fashion district to catch up on the latest designs!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Milan

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

PARIS Timohotel Berthier (ST)
PARIS Novotel Paris La Defense (F)
BEAUNE Ibis Centre Beaune (ST)
INTERLAKEN Carlton - Europe (ST)
LUCERNE Ibis Kriens (TC)
LUCERNE Krone Sarnen (F)
MILAN Leonardo Milan Center (F)

 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
Lucerne
Milan

Paris

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: $$

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: $

Mount Stanserhorn

Mount Stanserhorn

A trip up the Stanserhorn mountain for breathtaking views is an experience not to be missed.

Price Range: $$

Milan

Milan Farewell Dinner

Milan Farewell Dinner

Enjoy a typical dinner few steps from the mighty Duomo.

Price Range: $$

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