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12 Day Tour from London to Rome

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From London to Rome, travel to Western Europe’s most famous cities on this European tour. Along the way, visit celebrated cities as well as picturesque towns and witness beautiful scenery.

In Paris, Florence, and Rome, enjoy sightseeing with a Local Guide, a knowledgeable expert who intimately knows the cities. See the must-see sights, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Champs Elysées in Paris; the historic center in Florence; and Rome’s Colosseum—where the deadly gladiatorial fights were held during the Roman Empire—and the Roman Forum, dating back to the 7th century BC. Also visit St. Peter’s Square, an architectural and religious landmark. . Your orientation in Venice includes a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, one of the most famous squares in the world. In Lucerne, see the Lion Monument, a stone sculpture erected to honor the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution, and Chapel Bridge, Europe’s oldest covered bridge dating back to 1333.

You’ll experience an engineering marvel, the Cross-Channel Tunnel, as you take the Eurostar train from London to Paris. Another marvel is Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower, which you’ll see on this Europe tour. But that’s not all…you’ll also witness amazing scenery throughout this Europe tour. Enjoy views of Burgundy, the French most famous wine-growing area, prosperous farms, and half-timbered villages as you travel between Paris and picture-perfect Lucerne. Nestled amid the Alps and surrounded by its stunning lake, Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s finest towns. Also enjoy a stroll along the promenade of picturesque Lake Lugano as well as views of the rolling hills in Tuscany.

If you desire to see some of Europe’s most picturesque scenery and famous cities, this value-minded Europe tour is the perfect vacation!
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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

Visits to Lucerne, Lugano, Verona, Venice, Montecatini, Pisa

Guides:

Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Paris, Florence, Rome; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:

Burgundy Wine Country, Swiss Alps

Individual headsets

Notes:

December 15 Departure – Christmas in Rome

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

  • Palace and Park of Versailles
  • City of Verona
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • Piazza del Duomo Pisa
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners

 Itinerary

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

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, how about a leisurely cruise on the Thames River?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 LONDON–PARIS, FRANCE

Board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Paris with your Tour Director. Spend two nights in Paris.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 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 with a Local Guide. This evening, why not join an optional Parisian dinner?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 PARIS–LUCERNE AREA, SWITZERLAND

Fascinating, ever-changing scenery greets you today. Enjoy views of Fontainebleau Forest, the wine-growing area of Burgundy, prosperous farms, and tidy, half-timbered villages as you head through the alpine heart of Switzerland to the picture-book Lucerne area.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 6 LUCERNE AREA

One of Switzerland’s finest cities, Lucerne is nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and graced by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. The orientation includes the LION MONUMENT, erected in memory of the 800 Swiss Guards who defended Louis XVI and his wife. Also admire the famous wooden CHAPEL BRIDGE with its splendid frescoes. A selection of optional activities completes the day: a cable-car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis; a cruise on the fjord-like lake; and, of course, time to shop for an authentic Swiss watch.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 LUCERNE AREA–LUGANO–VERONA, ITALY–VENICE AREA

More wonderful alpine scenery awaits as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround the massive St. Gotthard. Once through its great tunnel, start your scenic descent into the warmer and sunnier ambiance of Canton Ticino. Stop in beautiful Lugano and take a stroll along the lakeside promenade. Later, cross into Italy and drive through the Lombardy plains to Romeo and Juliet’s Verona, known as “Little Rome” for its splendid amphitheater still standing in its former glory. Overnight in the Venice area.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 VENICE AREA

Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and busy little piazzas. The orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square and is 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.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 9 VENICE AREA–FLORENCE–MONTECATINI

Travel south across the Apennines into the gentle and hilly countryside of Tuscany. Enjoy a guided walk through Florence to discover its Renaissance treasures, then continue to Montecatini for an overnight.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 10 MONTECATINI–PISA–ROME

This morning, stop in Pisa to see the famed SQUARE OF MIRACLES and to view the Leaning Tower. Then, journey south to Rome. Tonight, consider an optional evening drive through the city—a floodlit spectacular of shimmering fountains, magnificent churches, and piazzas—followed by dinner.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 ROME

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built; the Roman Forum; Piazza Venezia, and Campidoglio. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 ROME

Arrivederci, Roma—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

LONDON Novotel London West (F) or Holiday Inn London -- Kensington (ST)
PARIS Courtyard By Marriott Arcueil (ST) or Forest Hill La Villette (ST)
LUCERNE Ibis Kriens (TC) or Ibis Styles Luzerne City (ST)
VENICE Poppi (ST)
MONTECATINI Settentrionale Esplanade (F) or Grand Hotel du Park et Regina (F)
ROME Park Hotel Dei Massimi (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
Venice
Rome
London

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: $$

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

Engelberg Only

Engelberg Only

Spend a few hours in this panoramic village at the foot of Mount Titlis.

Price Range: $

Scenic Lake Cruise

Scenic Lake Cruise

One hour cruise on lake Lucerne

Price Range: $

Mount Titlis

Mount Titlis

Drive to Alpine Engelberg to take the Titlis-Rotair, the world's first revolving cable car, up to 10,000 feet where eternal snow resists even the summer sun.

Price Range: $$$

Venice

Venetian Dinner

Venetian Dinner

Experience an unforgettable evening in Venice.

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: $

Discover the Venetian Lagoon

Discover the Venetian Lagoon

By private boat cross the lagoon to the picturesque fishing island of Burano with its gaily painted houses.

Price Range: $

Rome

Treasures of Rome by Night and Dinner

Treasures of Rome by Night and Dinner

An evening tour including some of the city's fountains and majestic squares and a meal in a typical Roman restaurant.

Price Range: $$

London

Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath

Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath

Do some serious time travel on this full-day excursion to thousand-year-old Windsor Castle, 5,000-year-old Stonehenge, and Bath, dating back to Roman times! Your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to all three sites, with fascinating insider information and time to explore on your own.

Price Range: $$$

London Eye

London Eye

At 135 metres, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel, with 40 kilometre panoramic views on a clear day. The gradual rotation in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules takes approximately 30 minutes offering spectacular views of London and its famous landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square.

Price Range: $

Stonehenge and Roman Baths in Bath

Stonehenge and Roman Baths in Bath

The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Next we head to Bath and arrive in time for lunch (not included). Following our scenic drive into the heart of the city, there will be plenty of time to explore at your leisure. Your ticket also includes entrance to the Roman Baths that were built nearly 2,000 years ago.

Price Range: $$

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds

Walk the red carpet at the legendary Madame Tussauds London and meet the world's most famous stars from Hollywood to Bollywood, and The Royal Family to Rock Royalty.

Price Range: $

The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon

Delve into the blood-curdling parts of history that your teachers never wanted to tell you. Live actors, scary rides, shows and special effects, transport you back to those black, bleak times. Are you brave enough?

Price Range: $

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

From Henry VIII and "Bloody" Queen Mary to the ghostly Grey Lady and the puzzling hedge maze, you'll be positively captivated by rich history and infamous characters during your half-day visit of magnificent Hampton Court Palace.

Price Range: $

England in One Day

England in One Day

From mysterious Stonehenge and the Roman ruins of Bath to the picturesque Cotswolds and Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, this guided full-day excursion is a fantastic introduction to many of England's most beloved sites.

Price Range: $$$

Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich

Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich

Visit Leeds Castle, for a private tour, then drive to Dover and see the famous white cliffs. Stop in the famous ancient city of Canterbury and see its magnificent cathedral. After a stroll through Greenwich enjoy a cruise on the River Thames back to London.

Price Range: $$$

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace was once Princess Diana's 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. The splendid State Apartments and Court Dress Collection are on view to the public as well as special exhibitions.

Price Range: $

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter

This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.

Price Range: $$

Warwick, Stratford, Oxford, and the Cotswolds

Warwick, Stratford, Oxford, and the Cotswolds

From the "City of Dreaming Spires" to the birthplace of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"...and from charming thatch-roofed cottages to mighty thousand-year-old castles, this exciting full-day excursion to Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, and the magical Cotswolds has it all.

Price Range: $$$

Sea Life London

Sea Life London

With 17 themed zones and over 600 species of marine life, SEA LIFE London Aquarium will take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing sea creatures, from sharks to rare Green Sea Turtles, from jellyfish to rays, from clownfish to blue tangs.

Price Range: $

River Cruise Experience

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.

Price Range: $

Stonehenge Direct

Stonehenge Direct

Stonehenge is the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. Come and unlock its secrets.

Price Range: $$

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Visit the underground command station of Britain's war effort, which contains the world's only museum dedicated to Sir Winston Churchill.

Price Range: $

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

A thousand years of royal history await at Windsor Castle on this fascinating peek behind the scenes at the Queen's favorite castle.

Price Range: $$

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