Europe’s Highlights with Extended Stay in London (5105)

16 Day Tour from London to London

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Experience Europe’s major highlights on this extraordinary vacation. Begin in London with two overnights and free time to discover the UK’s capital. Cross the English Channel and travel by motorcoach to Amsterdam for a guided sightseeing tour and canal cruise. Journey through the German Rhineland, passing castles and vineyards, then drive through the Tyrolean Alps from Innsbruck on the way to the floating city of Venice. On to Assisi, St. Francis’ town in the Apennine hills. Spend two nights in the “Eternal City” of Rome, visiting archaeological jewels such as the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Next up: Tuscany with a visit to Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance,” and a walking tour that features the Duomo and Signoria Square. On to Pisa with its famous Leaning Tower, then an overnight in fascinating Lake Como, a stop to discover the Swiss subtropical town of Lugano, and Lucerne with its medieval wooden bridge and surrounding mountains. Stop in Interlaken before reaching Lausanne on Lake Geneva, then drink in the beauty of the French vineyards in Burgundian Beaune. Enjoy guided sightseeing and two nights in fabulous Paris. Your vacation concludes when a Eurostar train returns you to London for an overnight and free time to explore on your own!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Venice, Assisi, Pisa, Milan, Lugano, Lucerne, Interlaken, Lausanne, Beaune

Scenic Highlights:
Rhineland, Tyrolean Alps, Brenner Pass, Lake Como, Swiss Alps, Lake Thun, Bernese Oberland, Burgundy Wine Country

NOTE:
March 20 Departure – Easter in Rome

Transportation:

Transportation:
Round-trip transportation between London and the Channel ports; on the Continent, private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach; cross-Channel ferry; canal transfer boat in Venice; Eurostar train Paris-London

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners

 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, maybe a leisurely cruise on the Thames River?

Breakfast

Day 3 London–Amsterdam Area, Holland

Leave London in the early morning and head through the lush English countryside to the Channel port, where you embark on your FERRY for the Continent. Meet your Tour Director and board your luxury coach for the drive to the Amsterdam area.

Breakfast

Day 4 Amsterdam Area–Rhineland, Germany

Today, enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the city from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER in Amsterdam. Later, sightseeing with a Local Guide points out the city highlights. In the afternoon, travel southward to the Rhineland area for an overnight.

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Dinner

Day 5 Rhineland–Innsbruck Area, Austria

A choice today of the included scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine or, even more thrilling, the optional Rhine cruise with vistas of the Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, half-timbered wine villages, and terraced vineyards. In the afternoon, ride along the Autobahn to Austria. Overnight in the Innsbruck area.

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Dinner

Day 6 Innsbruck Area–Venice Area, Italy

Early morning departure via the Tyrolean Alps to the unique floating city of Venice. This afternoon’s orientation includes a BOAT RIDE followed by a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.

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Dinner

Day 7 Venice Area–Assisi–Rome

An interesting drive southward, cutting across the Po Plains, then through the gentle Umbrian hills to Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.

Breakfast

Day 8 Rome

The “Eternal City”—a city 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

Day 9 Rome–Florence–Montecatini

An easy drive on the Highway of the Sun to Florence. This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled for a whole day. Traffic is banned in part of the historic center, so visitors can wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty in relative peace and quiet. 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.” Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini.

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Dinner

Day 10 Montecatini–Pisa–Milan–Lake Como

Start the morning by driving to Pisa to visit the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and to admire the Leaning Tower. Next, journey northwards through the Tuscan hills and across the Po Plains to Milan to admire the majestic gothic Duomo. Then, continue to the shores of romantic Lake Como.

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Dinner

Day 11 Lake Como–Lugano, Switzerland–Lucerne Area

Leave beautiful Lake Como and cross the border into Switzerland for a stop in Lugano in Italian-speaking Ticino. Continue north, and once through Gotthard Tunnel, see more magnificent Alpine scenery as you descend to the shores of Lake Lucerne for an overnight in this area.

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Day 12 Lucerne Area–Interlaken–Lausanne Area

This morning, spend some time in this beautiful town. Later, stop in Interlaken and follow the shoreline of Lake Thun. A few more miles to Lausanne, overlooking Lake Leman.

Breakfast

Day 13 Lausanne Area–Beaune, France–Paris

Enjoy vistas of famous vineyards on the way to Beaune. Visit the medieval Burgundian town, known all over the world for its wine production. Later, take the autoroute to Paris. Tonight, maybe an optional cabaret show?

Breakfast

Day 14 Paris

Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. An optional excursion to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles is available.

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Day 15 Paris–London, England

Relax on your EUROSTAR journey back to London.

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Day 16 London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 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.

 Accommodations

LONDON Novotel London West (F)
AMSTERDAM AREA Holiday Inn Express Arena (ST) or Dorint Airport (F) at Schiphol or NH Airport (F) at Schiphol, RHINELAND Ibis (ST) at Koblenz
INNSBRUCK AREA Rumerhof (ST) or Ramada Tivoli (ST)
VENICE AREA Poppi (ST) at Mira or Smart Hotel Holiday (F) at Mestre
ROME NH Villa Carpegna (F) or Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST)
MONTECATINI Settentrionale Esplanade (F) or Grand Hotel du Park et Regina (ST)
LAKE COMO Lario (ST) at Mezzegra
LUCERNE AREA Best Western Rothaus (ST) or Ibis (ST) at Kriens or Ibis Styles (ST)
LAUSANNE AREA Novotel (F) at Bussigny or Alpha Palmiers (F)
PARIS Timhotel Berthier (ST)
LONDON Kensington Close (ST) or Novotel London West (F)

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