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14 Day Tour from Amsterdam to Paris

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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, they’ll show you 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 fun 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. Take an exciting drive through the Gotthard Tunnel, which leads straight through 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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 Tour Highlights

AMSTERDAM
Canal cruise, guided sightseeing
RHINELAND
Scenic drive
NEUSCHWANSTEIN
Visit King Ludwig’s castle
VENICE
Canal boat ride
ASSISI
Visit St. Francis Basilica
ROME
Guided sightseeing
FLORENCE
Guided walking tour
MONTECATINI
Visit
PISA
See the Leaning Tower
MILAN, LUGANO, LUCERNE & BEAUNE
Visit
PARIS
Guided sightseeing

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

Departure April 15 Easter in Rome
Departure December 20 New Year’s in Paris, including festive dinner

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

  • 17th Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam
  • Assisi ( the Basilica of San Francesco)
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City
  • Piazza del Duomo Pisa

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; canal transfer boat in Venice, Pisa mini-train ride

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 6 dinners

 Itinerary

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

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.

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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.

Breakfast Breakfast

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 8 ROME–FLORENCE–MONTECATINI

Drive on the Highway of the Sun to 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; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, 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.” Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini.

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Day 9 MONTECATINI–PISA–MILAN–LAKE COMO

Hop on a mini train to the SQUARE OF MIRACLES in Pisa and admire the curious Leaning Tower. Journey northward through the Tuscan hills and across the Apennines to Milan to see the majestic gothic Duomo. Continue to the shores of romantic Lake Como.

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Day 10 LAKE COMO–LUGANO, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE AREA

Leave beautiful Lake Como and cross the border into Switzerland for a stop in Lugano in Italian-speaking Canton Ticino. Continue north and, once through Gotthard Tunnel, see more magnificent alpine scenery as you descend to the shores of Lake Lucerne.

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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.

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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. Tonight, maybe an exciting optional cabaret show?

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Day 13 PARIS

Get to know the 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.

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Day 14 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.

VITTORIA VACCARO

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

I love guiding travelers through Europe and turning their travel dreams into reality! It's extremely rewarding to work toward the mutual understanding and respect of cultures and peoples. I put all my energy into what I do, and I feel utmost gratitude when guests leave me with tears of happiness in their eyes and the promise to come back.

Tour Director - VITTORIA VACCARO

 Accommodations

Amsterdam
Mannheim
Innsbruck
Venice
Rome
Montecatini
Lake Como
Lucerne
Lausanne
Paris

 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). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Amsterdam
Rhineland
Venice
Rome
Lucerne
Paris

Amsterdam

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: $

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: $$

Rhineland

Lorelei and its Castles

Lorelei and its Castles

Discover the magic of the Rhine river with its historic villages, beautiful castles and the legendary Lorelei Rock.

Price Range: $

Venice

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: $

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 Museums & Sistine Chapel

Vatican Museums & 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 Judgment".

Price Range: $$

Lucerne

Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus

Grab your camera and prepare for indescribable panoramic views on this thrilling ascent up Mount Pilatus.

Price Range: $$

Scenic Lake Cruise

Scenic Lake Cruise

One hour cruise on lake Lucerne

Price Range: $

Paris

Cabaret Show

Cabaret Show

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

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: $$

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: $$

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