Europe Tour with Paris, Lucerne & More - Cosmos® Tours

A Taste of Europe (5080)

10 Day Tour from London to Paris

2017 Tour Details

On this European tour, get a “Taste of Europe” and sample some of Western Europe’s best-loved areas, including England, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, and France. You’ll visit the main cities—London, Amsterdam, Lucerne, and Paris—and you’ll behold fascinating scenery and cruise scenic waterways.

In Amsterdam, hear about its 165 canals with a total length of 62 miles (100 kms). As such an integral part of the city, you’ll enjoy a canal cruise to appreciate Amsterdam from the waterways. Sit back and admire the picturesque German countryside, historic castles, and charming villages on the included Rhine Cruise; you will see the Lorelei rock and hear its legend about a distraught maiden who sat on the rock combing her long golden hair and luring passing navigators to their death.

Dip into the Swiss Alps and discover Lucerne, one of Switzerland’s finest cities nestled amid the snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its beautiful lake, and embellished by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. Here, visit the Chapel Bridge, a picturesque wooden bridge with the iconic water tower, and the stone Lion Monument, built to honor the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution. More scenery awaits on the drive to Paris, passing some of France’s most famous vineyards. In Paris, see the most the famous sights, such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysées with a Local Guide who will give you an insight on culture, arts and history.

On most days during this European tour, you’ll have the opportunity to venture out on your own and try local cuisine. Sample a pint of bitter in a local British pub, savor French wines in the Parisian cafés, and taste the local beer in Germany. It’s the perfect European vacation for value-minded travelers.
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 Tour Highlights

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Rhine cruise; visit Lucerne. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Amsterdam and Paris; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Rhineland, Swiss Alps

NOTES:
April 13 Departure - Easter
December 24 Departure – New Year in Paris including Reveillon dinner
January 2 March 16 and 23 Departures – Complimentary Eiffel Tower Tour in Paris

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

  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  • 17th Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; cross-Channel ferry; Rhine cruise

 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–Amsterdam Area, Holland

Leave London 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 coach wait to take you to the Amsterdam area.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Amsterdam

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.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 5 Amsterdam Area–Rhineland, Germany

Spend the morning in Amsterdam, doing as you please, or discover the beautiful Dutch countryside on an optional excursion. Later, cross into Germany’s lovely Rhine region, where you will spend one night.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 6 Rhineland–Rhine Cruise–Lucerne Area, Switzerland

Start the day with an included RHINE CRUISE to see some legendary sites, including the Lorelei rock. Continue the journey southwards to the Swiss border at Basel. The scenery becomes more and more fascinating as you approach the Lucerne area for two overnights.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 7 Lucerne Area

One of Switzerland’s finest cities, Lucerne is nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and embellished by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. Your visit takes in the impressive city walls, the famous CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT—a masterful stone sculpture in honor of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis XVI. A grand 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 8 Lucerne Area–Paris, France

Enjoy vistas of green pastures and chalets with rustic timbering and luxuriant flowers. Then, head into France, past some of its most famous vineyards, to Paris. Tonight, consider the optional cabaret show.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Paris

The whole day is devoted to the city known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sites: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Celebrate the success of your tour with an optional French farewell dinner.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Paris

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.

LEO ZAAL

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

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.

Tour Director - LEO ZAAL

 Accommodations

LONDON Novotel London West (F)
AMSTERDAM NH Schiphol (F) or Holiday Inn Express Arena Towers (ST)
RHINELAND H+ Hotel Koeln Bruehl (F) or Leonardo Koeln Airport (F)
LUCERNE Ibis Styles Luzerne City (ST) or Royal Luzern (ST)
PARIS Forest Hill La Villette (ST) or Ibis La Villette (ST)

 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)


London
Amsterdam
Lucerne
Paris

London

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: $

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 are on view to the public.

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: $$

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: $

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: $

Stonehenge Direct

Stonehenge Direct

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

Price Range: $$

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: $$$

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: $

Jack The Ripper

Jack The Ripper

This evening excursion takes you through the dark side of London, where you hear about the murderous activities of the infamous Jack the Ripper and other notorious, dark characters.

Price Range: $

Open Top Vintage Bus Tour and Cruise

Open Top Vintage Bus Tour and Cruise

What better way to enjoy the highlights of London than from on board a classic 1950s Route master Bus with a live professional guide?

Price Range: $

Amsterdam

Amsterdam at Night

Amsterdam at Night

Enjoy a ride through the nightlife center, see the pretty illuminated canals during a stroll through the red-light district !

Price Range: $

 Volendam and Zaanse Schans

Volendam and Zaanse Schans

After a short stop in Volendam you will continue to Zaanse Schans, a working open-air museum that demonstrates what life was like in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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: $$$

Paris

Cabaret Show

Cabaret Show

A trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to a typical cabaret show!

Price Range: $$

The Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles

Admire the historic Versailles, the beautiful, restored palace of Louis XIV, the Sun King.

Price Range: $$

Farewell Dinner and Orientation

Farewell Dinner and Orientation

Enjoy a memorable four-course dinner plus a breathtaking orientation drive of the city.

Price Range: $$

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