European Capitals with Budapest (476E)

17 Day Tour from Paris to Budapest

2019 Tour Details

Your 17-day affordable European tour features some of the most dynamic and historic capitals on the continent. From Paris to Vienna, and major points in between, you’ll become familiar with legendary cities such as Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, and Budapest.

You’ll sightsee with a knowledgeable local guide who will share the history, culture, and local nuances in each city. You’ll see the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées, and Eiffel Tower in Paris; the Grand Place in Brussels; Prague’s 1410 Astronomical Clock and the 1357 Charles Bridge; as well as Vienna’s State Opera in “The City of Music” where the masterpieces of Mozart, Beethoven Brahms, and Strauss are heard. You’ll see Amsterdam from a canal cruise – the best way to see this unique city!

Enjoy visiting some of Europe’s smaller – but fascinating – cities. See the world’s largest diamond district in Antwerp, and the historic streets of Dresden to hear the bells of the Zwinger Palace Glockenspiel. You’ll also walk through Tábor’s medieval Old Town in the Czech Republic.

At the end of your European Capitals tour, you’ll enjoy a Monograms vacation in Budapest. Traveling by high-speed train from Vienna to the bustling Hungarian capital to enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and plenty free time to explore independently. You’ll spend three fascinating days in Budapest to experience a guided sightseeing tour of the main highlights of the city. .

With so many once-in-a-lifetime experiences to discover during your affordable European vacation, you’ll treasure the priceless memories all the more.

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 Tour Highlights

PARIS, BRUSSEL & ANTWERP
Guided sightseeing
AMSTERDAM
Canal cruise, guided sightseeing
GRONINGEN
Visit
BREMERHAVEN
Guided visit of the German Emigration Center
BREMEN, BERLIN, DRESDEN & PRAGUE
Guided sightseeing
TABOR
Visit
VIENNA
Guided sightseeing

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

December 27 Departure – New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam, including festive dinner

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi, canal cruise in Amsterdam

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners, including dinners at local restaurants in Brussels and Vienna

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the French capital with your CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 PARIS

Paris is a world-class city with more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. This morning, see these sites during the included city tour with an expert Local Guide. In the afternoon, feel like a French aristocrat on an optional walking tour through the opulent Palace of Versailles. Tonight, consider joining an optional dinner at a typical French restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 PARIS–BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Paris before heading to Brussels, capital of Belgium and major center for international politics since WWII. Tonight, dinner is included at a local restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 4 BRUSSELS

Join your Local Guide this morning and explore this vibrant city, headquarters of the European Union. Along the way, hear about the ornate Grand Place and see the tiny yet world-famous Manneken Pis statue. The afternoon is free to make your own discoveries.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 BRUSSELS–ANTWERP–AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND

Start the day by getting to know the international port city of Antwerp with a Local Guide. See the centuries-old Diamond Quarter, the largest diamond district in the world; the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, founded in 1663; the 14th-century Cathedral of Our Lady with its triptychs by Rubens; and much more. Cross the border into South Holland and arrive in Amsterdam, vibrant capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 AMSTERDAM AREA

Enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the city from water level, then watch skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER. Continue the discovery with a Local Guide showing you the city’s highlights. Maybe get to know the beautiful Dutch countryside on an optional excursion.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 AMSTERDAM AREA–GRONINGEN–BREMERHAVEN, GERMANY

Depart Amsterdam and stop in Groningen, an important trade center in the13th century, which today is hailed as the “World Cycling City.” In the center of town, admire the Martini Tower with its 62-bell carillon, the Spanish Moorish synagogue, and much more. Reach Bremerhaven for a guided visit of the interactive GERMAN EMIGRATION CENTER, Europe’s largest museum about emigration, particularly German emigration to the United States.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 8 BREMERHAVEN–BREMEN–BERLIN

Travel to the Hanseatic city of Bremen, which majestically straddles the Weser River. Attractions here include the opulent Town Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the massive, 15th-century statue of Roland, the city’s protector; the oldest wine cellar in Germany, the Ratskeller, whose wine list boasts more than 650 German wines; and the bronze sculpture of the Bremen Town Musicians from the Grimm Brothers’ famous fairytale. You’ll see the highlights on your included guided walking tour, then it’s on to Berlin!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 BERLIN

On the included guided tour, learn how, since the fall of the wall, Berlin is no longer divided but every bit as fascinating. Once a city of stark contrasts, Berlin has developed into a harmonious blend of old and new. It has preserved the old buildings, such as the State Opera House and Brandenburg Gate; its neoclassic-style boulevards, such as the Kurfüstendamm and Unter den Linden; and it has created brand new buildings in the most daring, contemporary architectural styles. It is once again Germany’s capital and one of Europe’s most lively cities. This afternoon, maybe join an optional excursion.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 BERLIN–DRESDEN–PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

Travel southwest toward the Czech border to Dresden, hailed as the “Jewel Box” city for its splendid baroque and rococo center. With four nature reserves and 63% of the city consisting of green areas and forests, Dresden is one of the greenest cities in all of Europe. On your included guided sightseeing tour, see the ZWINGER PALACE GLOCKENSPIEL with its bells made by the famous Meissen porcelain factory, as well as many other city highlights. Cross into the Czech Republic and head towards Prague.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 PRAGUE

The wealth of gothic and baroque architecture in the “Golden City” of Prague inspired local composers Dvorak and Smetana. Prague will inspire you, too, during your included guided sightseeing tour. See the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square with its fantastic Astronomical Clock, and more. Your Tour Director can suggest optional excursions, including a fun evening of traditional Czech music and entertainment.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 12 PRAGUE–TÁBOR–VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Visit Tábor this morning, founded in 1420 as an egalitarian peasant commune. Walk through the pretty Old Town with its narrow cobblestone streets to its main square. In the afternoon, cross the Austrian border to arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital. This evening, how about an optional classical music concert?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 VIENNA

Once the seat of the mighty Habsburg Empire and home to Strauss, Brahms, Beethoven, Hadyn, and Mozart, Vienna blends ornate baroque architecture with an irresistible musical heritage. You can almost hear the classical music as you stroll its streets. There’s much to enthrall you today on your included guided sightseeing tour. Admire the fabulous State Opera House, Hofburg Palace, and Parliament. Later, maybe try some of Vienna’s heavenly Sachertorte at a traditional coffee house, or join the optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. This evening, the included Viennese farewell dinner might be just the ticket!

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 14 VIENNA–BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Travel by high-speed train to Budapest. Your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your stay.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15 BUDAPEST

Morning guided sightseeing features impressive HEROES’ SQUARE, and a drive up to the Castle District with Matthias Coronation Church and Fishermen’s Bastion.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16 BUDAPEST

Your Local Host can recommend how best to spend your day at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 17 BUDAPEST

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

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

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

Paris
Brussels
Amsterdam
Bremerhaven
Berlin
Prague
Vienna
Budapest

 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
Brussels
Amsterdam
Berlin
Prague
Vienna
Budapest

Paris

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: $$

Palace of Versailles Visit

Palace of Versailles Visit

Spend part of your day like a French aristocrat, strolling through the halls and gardens of Louis XIV's opulent Palace of Versailles.

Price Range: $$

Brussels

Discover Bruges

Discover Bruges

Discover the stunning Venice of the North on this incredible guided excursion to Bruges.

Price Range: $

Amsterdam

Traditional Dutch Dinner

Traditional Dutch Dinner

Bask in the timeless setting of an authentic 16th-century establishment as you savor a hearty 3-course dinner of Dutch specialties in the heart of Amsterdam.

Price Range: $$

Discover Volendam & Zaanse Schans

Discover Volendam & Zaanse Schans

Experience the history, culture, and symbols of Holland on this fascinating excursion to unforgettable Volendam and Zaanse Schans!

Price Range: $

Berlin

WWII and Cold War Icons in Berlin

WWII and Cold War Icons in Berlin

Get fascinating insight into the WWII and Cold War historical events that shaped Berlin as you visit the Wannsee Conference site, Allied Museum, and Glienicke Bridge, the infamous Bridge of Spies!

Price Range: $

Ziko's Grill Dinner

Ziko's Grill Dinner

Enjoy a night of delectable food and lively atmosphere during this memorable dinner experience in the heart of Berlin.

Price Range: $

Prague

Czech Dinner

Czech Dinner

A typical Czech meal in a famous wine restaurant to experience the real Prague atmosphere.

Price Range: $$

The Best of Medieval Prague

The Best of Medieval Prague

An afternoon full of history and architectural beauty in this intensive visit of the entire Castle District.

Price Range: $

Vienna

Classical Concert

Classical Concert

Enjoy a spellbinding evening of classical works by Mozart and Johann Strauss, performed brilliantly by professional Salon Orchestra Alt-Wien musicians in one of Europe's prettiest venues.

Price Range: $$

Schönbrunn Palace, Crown Jewel of Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace, Crown Jewel of Vienna

Visit magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former summer residence of the Habsburg imperial family.

Price Range: $$

Budapest

Hungarian Parliament Tour

Hungarian Parliament Tour

Discover one of Europe's premier landmarks on this behind-the-scenes guided tour of Budapest's epic Hungarian Parliament Building.

Price Range: $

Etyek Wine Discovery

Etyek Wine Discovery

Travel into the beautiful Hungarian countryside for an enriching half-day discovery of the Etyek wine region, including a visit to a family winery with wine tasting.

Price Range: $$$$

Bites & Highlights of Budapest

Bites & Highlights of Budapest

Experience some of Budapest's most famous sights and most delectable foods on this unique guided foodie tour at the city's famed Central Market Hall!

Price Range: $$

Budapest's Jewish Heritage

Budapest's Jewish Heritage

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Eastern Europe's largest Jewish community on this captivating guided tour through Budapest's former Jewish ghetto.

Price Range: $$

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