European Masterpiece with London (5275)

30 Day Tour from London to London

2018 Tour Details

This comprehensive European tour takes in the best of Western, Central, and Southern Europe—their vibrant cities, historic sights, stunning scenery, and architectural masterpieces. Start in London with leisure time and end in Amsterdam with sightseeing and a canal cruise. Along the way, visit many of Europe’s main cities (Paris, Rome, Barcelona, and Vienna), enjoy a ferry crossing to Greece to visit Olympia and Athens, as well as some other smaller treasures, including, Florence, Innsbruck, Arles, Bordeaux, Venice, Salzburg and Lucerne.

Your historical journey will cover ancient Greece with the visit of the Parthenon as part of your city tour of Athens, then continues with the visit of Rome’s Colosseum, completed in the 1st century AD, and Roman Forum, dating back to the 7th century BC;; Pompeii, where you’ll see what life was like during the Roman Empire before Mount Vesuvius destroyed and preserved the town in 79 AD; Carcassonne, perhaps Europe’s best-preserved medieval fortified town; Lucerne’s Chapel Bridge, built in the 14th century as part of the city’s fortifications and now Europe’s oldest-preserved wooden bridge; Pisa’s Leaning Tower completed during the same period; Innsbruck’s Golden Roof, built for Emperor Maximilian in the 15th century;; its contemporary architectural wonder, Florence’s Duomo; Venice’s baroque extravaganza, and more.

Those who love spectacular scenery will also be delighted on this Europe tour. In France, travel along the Loire River past the castles of Amboise and Chaumont; marvel at the vineyards in Bordeaux; and enjoy the bright colors in Provence. Sit back and relax on an included Rhine cruise, admiring its scenic countryside, historic castles, and charming villages. Overnight in the French Riviera, set between the mountains and the deep-blue Mediterranean Sea, and drive along the picturesque French and Italian Rivieras. Marvel at the Bay of Naples and, in Sorrento, explore the cobblestone streets, delight in the amazing views, and watch the sunset dip into the sea. But that’s not all…wait until you see the alpine scenery in Switzerland and Austria with their towering peaks and the rugged coast of sunny Greece.

This European tour is a comprehensive masterpiece for value-minded vacationers! Just be sure to bring your camera to capture all of the memories!
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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

Visits to Tours, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Arles, Nice, Pisa, Sorrento, Olympia, San Marino, Venice, Velden, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Liechtenstein, Lucerne; Rhine cruise

Guides:

Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Paris, Barcelona, Florence, Pompeii, Rome, Athens, Vienna, Amsterdam; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:

Châteaux Country, Bordeaux Wine Country, French and Italian Rivieras, Bay of Naples, Peloponnese, Lake Wörth, Carinthia, Tyrolean Alps, Swiss Alps, Rhineland

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Notes:

Security cruise regulations require first and last name, date of birth, gender, nationality, and passport number at time of booking.
December 28 Departure - New Year's in Paris including Reveillon dinner

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

  • Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
  • Historic Centre of Vienna
  • Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments
  • Historic fortified City of Carcassonne
  • Acropolis Athens
  • Archaelogical Site of Olympia
  • Archaeological Site of Pompeii
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Pyrenées
  • Piazza del Duomo Pisa
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; two-berth cabins with private shower and toilet on overnight ferries Italy-Greece-Italy; canal transfer boat in Venice; Rhine cruise; canal cruise in Amsterdam; Eurostar London-Paris and Brussels-London

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 11 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Vienna

 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

Enjoy free time for independent activities: take a panoramic tour of London’s famous landmarks, consider Madame Tussauds, or a ride on the London Eye. Your local host will be on hand to assist.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 LONDON–PARIS, FRANCE

Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Paris with your Tour Director. Transfer to your overnight hotel.

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Day 4 PARIS

Paris is an exciting cosmopolitan city, home to the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysées. Get to know the main highlights with a local expert.

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Day 5 PARIS–CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY–TOURS–BORDEAUX

Travel along the Loire River past the castles of Chaumont and Amboise to stop in Tours. Continue to Poitiers, beautifully situated on a rocky plateau, then south through the Grande Champagne wine-growing area, to Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne.

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Day 6 BORDEAUX–CARCASSONNE–BARCELONA, SPAIN

From the vineyards of the Gironde and the Garonne, travel to Carcassonne in the foothills of the Pyrenées. Stop and admire what is perhaps the best-preserved medieval fortified town in Europe. Later, reach the Spanish border and carry on through Catalonia. Once across the Ter River, you’ll soon be in Barcelona.

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Day 7 BARCELONA

This morning’s sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city center to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batlló and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included).

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Day 8 BARCELONA–ARLES, FRANCE–FRENCH RIVIERA

Return to France, then into the vine-covered region of the Herault for a stop in Provencial Arles. Head across the Rhône towards the Mediterranean shores to the French Riviera.

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Day 9 FRENCH RIVIERA–ÈZE–PISA, ITALY–FLORENCE

Today, travel along the high coastal road to visit a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Èze. The day is highlighted by the drive along the French and Italian Rivieras and into hilly Tuscany. Visit Pisa to see the Leaning Tower and the SQUARE OF MIRACLES.

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Day 10 FLORENCE–NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA

Don’t miss the guided walking tour of Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance,” featuring the city highlights. Leave Florence, and travel south on the Autostrada del Sole through the sunlit valleys of Tuscany to the Neapolitan Riviera.

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Day 11 NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA

Enjoy a day at leisure, or an optional excursion to the legendary island of Capri. The island is surrounded by a rocky coastline, where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set.

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Day 12 NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA–POMPEII–ROME

Today, travel north, with the Vesuvius volcano in the distance. Then, to Pompeii, where time stopped in 79 AD, when the Vesuvius eruption totally destroyed it. On the included visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Later, head towards Rome, Italy’s capital.

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Day 13 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.

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Day 14 ROME–OVERNIGHT FERRY CROSSING TO PATRAS, GREECE

Leave Rome and drive across the verdant Apennine Hills towards the coast to embark on the OVERNIGHT FERRY to Greece.

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Day 15 PATRAS–OLYMPIA

Enjoy some daylight cruising towards the Greek coast before reaching Patras. Then, drive to legendary Olympia in the Peloponnese.

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Day 16 OLYMPIA–ATHENS

Today, join the optional sightseeing tour and learn more about the history of the original Olympic Games, when athletes competed with each other to honor the king of deities. Then, motor into the mountains of Arcadia and over the Corinth Canal to Athens, capital of Greece. Time later for an evening in the lively Plaka area.

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Day 17 ATHENS

A full day to explore the shops and museums at leisure or to join the optional full-day cruise to discover some of the incredible Aegean islands.

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Day 18 ATHENS–PATRAS–OVERNIGHT FERRY CROSSING TO ITALY

Enjoy guided morning sightseeing of Athens, which features the highlights of this ancient capital and a visit to the fascinating ACROPOLIS. Later, leave Athens and journey to Patras to embark on the FERRY for the Ionian Sea crossing back to Italy.

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Day 19 SAN MARINO

Disembark, then proceed north for an overnight in San Marino, one of the world’s smallest and most ancient states, perched on Monte Titano.

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Day 20 SAN MARINO–VENICE AREA

Take a short walk through the main gate and up to Government House in the very heart of this tiny ancient republic. Later, travel along the Adriatic coastline through the Po Delta towards the Venice area.

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Day 21 VENICE AREA

The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by some time at leisure to absorb the atmosphere of this unique city. Then, visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Don’t miss the optional gondola trip.

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Day 22 VENICE AREA–VELDEN, AUSTRIA–VIENNA

Leave the flat and fertile plains and journey into Austria’s grand mountain and lake scenery. Stop in Velden on Lake Wörth, then northwards through the Styrian landscape to Vienna. This evening, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 23 VIENNA

There’s so much to see on your included sightseeing tour: the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the majestic Hofburg, former residence of the Habsburg royal family.

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Day 24 VIENNA–SALZBURG–INNSBRUCK AREA

Travel along the Danube, and on to the alpine landscapes to Mozart’s Salzburg. Stroll down the charming Getreidegasse, the town’s elegant main shopping street. Views of mountain peaks and alpine villages bring you into the very heart of the Tyrol to its capital, Innsbruck.

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Day 25 INNSBRUCK AREA–LIECHTENSTEIN–LUCERNE AREA, SWITZERLAND

Get acquainted with Innsbruck on the orientation tour that includes the famous GOLDEN ROOF. Later, drive through the valleys and villages of the mountainous Tyrol to the Arlberg tunnel into Switzerland. Stop briefly in Vaduz, Liechtenstein’s capital, before heading for the Lucerne area.

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Day 26 LUCERNE

Sightseeing in one of Switzerland’s finest cities takes in the impressive city walls, CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT. A selection of optional activities completes the day: a cruise on the fjord-like lake or an excursion to the top of one of the most beautiful mountains.

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Day 27 LUCERNE AREA–RHINE CRUISE–RHINELAND, GERMANY

More of Switzerland and its quaint little villages, farms, and chalets before crossing into Germany to the shores of the Rhine. Today’s highlight is the included RHINE CRUISE past the legendary Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, terraced vineyards, and half-timbered villages. Overnight in the Rhineland.

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Day 28 RHINELAND–AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND

North today, first through the industrial Ruhr and then into the canal criss-crossed countryside of Holland to Amsterdam. Enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the city from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a famous DIAMOND CENTER. Later, sightseeing includes an orientation drive with a Local Guide.

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Day 29 AMSTERDAM–BRUSSELS–LONDON, ENGLAND

Drive to Brussels and board the EUROSTAR train to London.

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Day 30 LONDON

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 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.

TRUUS HUIZINGA

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

I enjoy sharing my stories about each country and city, and seeing travelers' reactions as they savor new cultures and experiences every day. Few other things in life make such a major impact in such a short time. It's so wonderful to meet a group of people who start the vacation as strangers but then often come away as lifetime friends. This gives me the passion to do what I do!

Tour Director - TRUUS HUIZINGA

 Accommodations

London
Paris
Bordeaux
Barcelona
French Riviera
Neapolitan Riviera
Rome
Olympia
Athens
San Marino
Venice
Vienna
Innsbruck
Lucerne
Rhineland
Amsterdam

 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)
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$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


London
Paris
Barcelona
French Riviera
Sorrento
Rome
Olympia
Athens
Venice
Vienna
Salzburg
Innsbruck
Lucerne
Amsterdam

London

A Taste of London

A Taste of London

A traditional dining experience followed by a nighttime cruise along the Thames River, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights.

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: $$

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Visit Buckingham Palace's impressive Royal Mews to see the Royal Family's magnificent Gold State Coach, then step inside the palace itself to explore more than 20 of its grandest rooms.

Price Range: $$

Morning City Sightseeing

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. The highlight is a visit to ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL, Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708.

Price Range: $

Paris

Cabaret Show

Cabaret Show

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

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: $$

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: $$

Barcelona

Discover Montserrat

Discover Montserrat

Experience the magical beauty surrounding Barcelona on this memorable guided excursion to the soaring mountains of Montserrat.

Price Range: $

Flamenco

Flamenco

Experience the passion and spirit of Spain's most traditional music and dance at this delightful evening of traditional Spanish Flamenco entertainment.

Price Range: $$

French Riviera

Monte Carlo by Night with Dinner

Monte Carlo by Night with Dinner

A beautiful drive along the French Riviera - arriving in the Principality of Monaco, where you will have a delicious French dinner followed by a drink to enjoy the Monaco jet-set atmosphere.

Price Range: $$

Sorrento

Dinner in Sorrento

Dinner in Sorrento

Spend a remarkable evening, enjoying fine food from the Campania region as you bask in the delightful atmosphere at one of Sorrento's most beloved historical restaurants.

Price Range: $

Island of Capri

Island of Capri

Discover the jewel of the Mediterranean on this wonderful excursion to the legendary isle of Capri!

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: $$

Castelli Romani with Dinner

Castelli Romani with Dinner

Drive through the ancient villages in the Alban Hills, a landscape of rare beauty, myths, legends and history to he Pope's summer residence, Castel Gandolfo, then to Frascati for a dinner in a tavern.

Price Range: $$

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

A tour around the Vatican museums to admire the beautiful tapestry gallery and the Sistine Chapel with masterpieces by Botticelli and Signorelli. See the "Genesis" and Michelangelo's "Last Judgement".

Price Range: $$

Olympia

Archaeological Site

Archaeological Site

This ancient site is the most famous of Greek sanctuaries, where Zeus was worshiped and where his ivory and gold statue was counted among the Seven Wonders of the World.

Price Range: $

Athens

Greek Dinner & Culture

Greek Dinner & Culture

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of authentic Greek food, culture, dancing, and music at this fun interactive dining experience.

Price Range: $$

Saronic Islands Cruise

Saronic Islands Cruise

Visit three Greek islands and enjoy lunch on board your modern cruise ship.

Price Range: $$$

Venice

Venetian Dinner

Venetian Dinner

The magic of Venice comes to life as you enjoy an unforgettable evening of gourmet specialties at one of the city's most celebrated restaurants.

Price Range: $$

Gondola

Gondola

When in Rome, do as the Romans -- and when in Venice, head right for the gondolas! Hop aboard a traditional gondola for a ride through the magical Venetian canals

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: $

Vienna

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: $$

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: $$

Salzburg

Mini City Tour

Mini City Tour

Walking tour takes in some of the famous landmarks of the old town.

Price Range: $

Innsbruck

Tyrolean Folklore Evening

Tyrolean Folklore Evening

A lively folklore show with yodeling and schuhplattln (folk dancing and singing), zither playing and alp horn blowing.

Price Range: $

Lucerne

Swiss Folklore

Swiss Folklore

Raise a glass and toast an unforgettable evening of traditional entertainment during this excursion featuring a 3-course feast of local specialties, alphorns, yodeling, and festive Swiss music and dancing.

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: $$$

Engelberg Only

Engelberg Only

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

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: $$

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