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Europe's Highlights

Europe's Highlights

14 Day Tour from Amsterdam to Paris

Vacation overview

From its exciting cities to its spectacular scenery, Europe has it all, and on this affordable European tour, you'll see the main highlights. Start in Amsterdam with a scenic canal cruise and end in Paris with a guided tour and time on your own. In between, you’ll discover Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland.

In Amsterdam, Rome, Florence, and Paris, local experts will bring the cities alive, and among other famous sights, you’ll see the Eiffel Tower in Paris; Piazza Signoria in Florence, renowned for its ornate and famous statues; and St. Peter’s Square in Rome, the heart of the Vatican. Other interesting experiences include a boat ride to Venice’s St. Mark’s Square; a visit to Assisi’s Basilica, burial site of St. Francis and home to frescoes by Giotto and a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, King Ludwig II’s fairy-tale castle nestled in the beautiful Bavarian Alps.

It is not just the cities you’ll see on this European tour; you’ll also see some of Europe's beautiful scenery. A fascinating drive along the Rhine River features quaint towns, castles from the Middle Ages, and villages lining the countryside. Marvel at the gorgeous Swiss Alps. Enjoy the beautiful Tuscany countryside, with its rolling hills, and journey through France’s famous vineyards. Overnight in romantic Lake Como, regarded as one of Europe's most picturesque lakes; spend time in Lucerne, nestled between the Alps and the fjord-like lake; and stop in Interlaken, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by three mighty mountains.

Europe’s highlights—including historic monuments, must-see attractions, and scenery—are all available on this splendid, value-minded Europe tour!

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Itinerary

 

Day 1   ARRIVE IN THE AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND

Check into your hotel, and start exploring this exciting city with your CosmosGo app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2   AMSTERDAM

Enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights, as well as a CANAL CRUISE to see 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 join an optional excursion.

Day 3   AMSTERDAM AREA–MANNHEIM AREA, GERMANY

Traveling through Germany, choose an 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. Spend the night in the Mannheim area.
Today’s Distance: 336 mi/ 540 km

Day 4   MANNHEIM AREA–INNSBRUCK AREA, AUSTRIA

Drive through Baden-Wüttenberg to the foot of the Alps to visit King Ludwig’s magnificent NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, Germany’s fairytale castle. Carry on into the verdant Austrian Tyrol.
Today’s Distance: 311 mi/ 500 km

Day 5   INNSBRUCK AREA–VENICE AREA, ITALY

Cross the border into Italy to the unique floating city of Venice. This afternoon’s orientation includes a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square, followed by a visit to a traditional GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Don’t miss out on the romantic optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.
Today’s Distance: 242 mi/ 390 km

Day 6   VENICE AREA–ASSISI–ROME

An interesting drive southward, cutting across the Po Delta, then through the gentle Umbrian hills to medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.
Today’s Distance: 345 mi/ 555 km

Day 7   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, and Circus Maximus.

Day 8   ROME–PISA–MONTECATINI

Drive on the Highway of the Sun to Pisa. Hop on a mini train to the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and admire the curious Leaning Tower, a world-favorite photographic subject. Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km

Day 9   MONTECATINI–FLORENCE–LAKE COMO

Arrive in Florence. This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled for a whole 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 and Loggia dei Lanzi. To top it all, see Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificently carved East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Journey northward through the Tuscan hills and across the Apennines to the shores of romantic Lake Como.
Today’s Distance: 252 mi/ 405 km

Day 10   LAKE COMO–LUGANO, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE AREA

Leave beautiful Lake Como and cross the border into Switzerland for a stop in the Italian-speaking town of Lugano. Continue north and, once through Gotthard Tunnel, see more magnificent alpine scenery as you descend to the shores of Lake Lucerne.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi/ 220 km

Day 11   LUCERNE AREA–INTERLAKEN–LAUSANNE AREA

Spend some time in beautiful Lucerne. Later, stop in idyllic Interlaken and follow the shoreline of Lake Thun. A few more miles to Lausanne, overlooking Lake Geneva.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km

Day 12   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. Take the autoroute to Paris.
Today’s Distance: 385 mi/ 620 km

Day 13   PARIS

Get to know the romantic city with a local expert and see many of the best-known Parisian sites, such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysées. An optional excursion is available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles, King Louis XIV’s residence.

Day 14   PARIS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Vacation Highlights

AMSTERDAM
Canal cruise, guided sightseeing

RHINELAND
Scenic drive

NEUSCHWANSTEIN
Visit King Ludwig’s castle

VENICE
Canal boat ride, glassblowing workshop

ASSISI
Visit St. Francis Basilica

ROME
Guided sightseeing

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour

MONTECATINI
Visit

PISA
See the Leaning Tower

FLORENCE
Guided Walking tour

LAKE COMO

LUGANO, LUCERNE & BEAUNE
Visit

PARIS
Guided sightseeing

Headsets throughout the tour.

Departure April 06 Easter in Rome
Departure December 20 New Year’s in Paris, including festive dinner

Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 6 dinners

No Excursions are available at this time.


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