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If you want to see Western Europe’s main highlights but don’t have a lot of time, this is the vacation for you! Visit England, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France. Sample France’s celebrated cuisine—from fresh baguettes and pastries to fine wines. See London’s famous museums, shop at its famous stores on Bond Street and Knightsbridge, or kick back and stroll through lovely Hyde Park. Highlight of your trip include Brussel, home of the European Union, a scenic cruise on the Rhine River, Germany’s Romantic Road, a trade route during the Middle Ages. Once you cross into Austria, head south into Italy to visit the unique floating city of Venice as well as Romeo & Juliet’s Verona. Another feature of your holiday is your stay in Lucerne, one of Switzerland’s finest cities, situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Lucerne and nestled within the snowcapped Swiss Alps. Your vacation continues with an overnight in Paris and Eurostar train ride back to London for an additional overnight stay. In a shorter period of time, this affordable European vacation offers it all—historical sites, gastronomic delights, quaint towns, and scenic beauty.
Destinations & Sightseeing
Individual headsetsInside visits and special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing: Brussels orientation drive; Rhine cruise; visits to Rothenburg, Venice, Verona, LucerneGuides:
Host service in London; Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris; professional Tour Director while touring
Scenic Highlights:Rhineland, Romantic Road, Tyrolean Alps, Brenner Pass
NOTE:December 31 Departure-New Years in London
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Transportation:Round-trip transportation between London and the Channel ports; on the Continent, private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach; cross-Channel ferry; Rhine cruise; canal transfer boat in Venice; Eurostar train Paris-London
Meals & Itinerary
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners, including a special dinner at a local restaurant in Dijon
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Day 1 Arrive in London, England
Check into your hotel. 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?
Day 3 London–Brussels, Belgium
Leave in the early morning and head through the lush English countryside to the Channel port, where you board your FERRY for the Continent. Here, your Tour Director and comfortable coach wait to take you to Brussels for an orientation drive and an overnight.
Day 4 Brussels–Rhine Cruise, Germany–Frankfurt Area
Today, journey into Germany to the shores of the mighty Rhine to enjoy the afternoon CRUISE. Then, on to the Frankfurt area for an overnight.
Day 5 Frankfurt Area–Romantic Road–Innsbruck Area, Austria
Today's highlight is undoubtedly a drive along the Romantic Road, through towns and villages protected by medieval towered gates and battlements, with squares of half-timbered houses and richly decorated fountains. Enjoy a fine example of this architecture in the center of Rothenburg before heading to the Innsbruck area for an overnight.
Day 6 Innsbruck Area–Brenner Pass–Venice Area, Italy
Journey south into Italy by way of the majestic Europa Bridge and Brenner Pass. Arrive in Venice, where the included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE along the Giudecca Canal to Piazza San Marco. Time at leisure to soak up the magical atmosphere of this unique city. Also visit a typical Venetian GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP.
Day 7 Venice Area–Verona–Lucerne Area, Switzerland
Stop in Verona to see Juliet's legendary balcony. Over the Swiss border, begin the climb to the St. Gotthard Tunnel and descend to the breathtaking beauty of Lake Lucerne.
Day 8 Lucerne Area–Dijon, France
Your visit this morning focuses on the main highlights of Lucerne. Also, there's time for an optional excursion to the Stanserhorn. In the afternoon, journey into France for an overnight in the charming town of Dijon. This evening, dine at a local restaurant.
Day 9 Dijon–Paris
This morning, leave Dijon and travel via the autoroute to Paris. An afternoon’s included SIGHTSEEING with a local expert shows you many of the best-known Parisian sights.
Day 10 Paris–London, England
Relax on your EUROSTAR journey back to London.
Day 11 London
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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.
Years of Experience: 11
“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.”
LONDON Novotel London West (F)BRUSSELS Park Inn (ST) or Ramada La Woluwe (ST)FRANKFURT AREA Mercure (ST) at Friedrichsdorf or Leonardo Royal Hotel Frankfurt (F)INNSBRUCK AREA Bon Alpina (ST) at Igls or Alpinpark (F) or Alphotel (F)VENICE AREA Holiday Inn (ST) at Marghera or Poppi (ST) at Mira or Antony Palace (F) at MarconLUCERNE AREA Drei Könige (ST) or Ibis (ST) at KriensDIJON Ibis Styles Dijon Central (ST)PARIS Timhotel Berthier (ST) or Ibis La Villette (ST)LONDON Kensington Close (ST) or Novotel London West (F)
The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. 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.
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 Thames River.
Approximate value: 101 EUR per person
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: £74 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: £49 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: £57 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: £46 GBP per person
Sunday 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, Buckingham Palace, and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held.
Approximate value: £41 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: £46 GBP per person
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
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
Unforgettable is a ride with the worlds first CabriO® - a double-decker cable car with an open top. The journey is a combination of an old-time funicular, which has romantic 100-year-old carriages (1893) and the modern cable car. Once on the summit you will have an enchanting view of 100 kilometers of the Alpine chain and a view of 10 Swiss lakes. There is a sun terrace with a fabulous panorama and a relaxation area. Get captured by the friendliness and Swissness of your hosts at Mount Stanserhorn, they're looking forward to welcome you.
Approximate value: 70 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
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
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