From St. Paul's to St. Peter's (5900)

12 Day Tour from London to Rome

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From London to Rome, travel to Western Europe’s most famous cities on this affordable European tour. Along the way, visit celebrated cities as well as picturesque towns, and witness beautiful scenery. After visiting the British capital, you’ll experience an engineering marvel, the Cross-Channel Tunnel, as you take the Eurostar train from London to Paris.

In Paris, Florence, and Rome, enjoy a sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, a knowledgeable expert who intimately knows the cities. See the must-see sights, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Champs Elysées in Paris; the renaissance historic center in Florence; and Rome’s elegant streets and St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, the most important architectural landmark in the world. In Venice, enjoy a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square. In pretty Lucerne, see the Lion Monument, a stone sculpture erected to honor the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution, and the wooden Chapel Bridge, Europe’s oldest covered bridge dating back to 1333.

Marvel at Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower, the Cathedral and the Baptistery on the Piazza dei Miracoli. But that’s not all…on this Europe tour you’ll also witness amazing scenery. Enjoy views of Burgundy, the French most famous wine-growing area, prosperous farms, and half-timbered villages as you travel between Paris and picture-perfect Lucerne, as well as views of the rolling hills in Tuscany, and the lungolago of Lugano, a pleasant lakeside promenade.

If you desire to see some of Europe’s most picturesque scenery and famous cities, this value-minded Europe tour is the perfect vacation!

Small-Group Discovery

Select Cosmos 2021 Europe tours are limited to an average of just 24 guests per tour. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos European tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Europe vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Headsets throughout the tour.
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 Photo Highlights

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

  • City of Verona
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City
  • Paris Banks of the Seine
  • Piazza del Duomo Pisa
  • Venice and its Lagoon

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 2 dinners

 Itinerary

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 at the hotel 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, we recommend our optional Taste of London excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 LONDON–PARIS, FRANCE

Board the Eurostar train to Paris with your Tour Director. Spend two nights in Paris.
Today’s Distance: 305 mi/ 492 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 PARIS

Paris is a world-class city with more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. This morning, see some of these sites during the included city tour with a Local Guide. Sign up for the optional excursions available to complete your Paris experience.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 PARIS–LUCERNE AREA, SWITZERLAND

Fascinating, ever-changing scenery greets you today. Enjoy views of Fontainebleau Forest, the wine-growing area of Burgundy, prosperous farms, and tidy, half-timbered villages as you head through the alpine heart of Switzerland to the picture-book Lucerne area.
Today’s Distance: 423 mi/ 680 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 LUCERNE AREA

One of Switzerland’s finest cities, Lucerne is nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and graced by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. The orientation includes the Lion monument, erected in memory of the 800 Swiss Guards who defended Louis XVI and his wife. Also admire the famous wooden Chapel bridge with its splendid frescoes. A 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 7 LUCERNE AREA–VERONA, ITALY–VENICE AREA

More wonderful alpine scenery awaits as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround the massive St. Gotthard Pass. Once through its great tunnel, start your scenic descent into the warmer and sunnier ambiance of Canton Ticino, then cross into Italy and drive through the Lombardy plains to Romeo and Juliet’s Verona, known as “Little Rome” for its splendid arena still standing in its former glory. Overnight in the Venice area.
Today’s Distance: 342 mi/ 550 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 VENICE AREA

Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and busy little piazzas (plazas). Your orientation starts with a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by a chance to watch Venetian glassblowers fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. A range of optional excursions are available.

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Day 9 VENICE AREA–FLORENCE–MONTECATINI

Travel south across the Apennines into the gentle and hilly countryside of Tuscany. Enjoy a guided walk through Florence to discover its Renaissance treasures, then continue to Montecatini.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi/ 280 km

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Day 10 MONTECATINI–PISA–ROME

This morning in Pisa, hop on a mini-train and reach the famed Square of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower. Then, journey south to Rome. Tonight, consider an optional excursion to discover the city by night—a floodlit spectacular of shimmering fountains, magnificent churches, and piazzas—followed by dinner.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 ROME

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Start the included introduction to Rome’s landmarks from St. Peter’s Square with a Local Guide. Enjoy a drive along the iconic landmarks of the city: the Tiber River, the Caius Cestius Pyramid, the Aurelian Walls and the Caracalla Baths. Complete the experience with a walk back in time from the Circus Maximus to the Arch of Constantine and to the fascinating Colosseum, symbol of the Roman Empire. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the treasures of the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel on our optional excursion.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 ROME

Arrivederci, Roma. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast


Transportation:

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

 Tour Director

With COSMOS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

SUZANNE SEVENSTERN

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

As a Tour Director I get to call worldwide famous monuments, breath-taking sceneries and hidden gems of Europe my "office". My job is to make sure your travel experience will be as stress-free, memorable and fun as possible. I'll give you tips and tricks on how to make the most of your trip. What is the best local delicacy? What I love most is being able to play a role in creating wonderful memories, goose-bump moments and tears of happiness!

Tour Director - SUZANNE SEVENSTERN

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

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)


London
Paris
Lucerne Area
Venice Area
Rome

London

Stonehenge and Bath with Roman Baths entrance

Stonehenge and Bath with Roman Baths entrance

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: $$$

England in One Day

England in One Day

From mysterious Stonehenge and the Roman ruins of Bath to the picturesque Cotswolds and Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, this guided full-day excursion is a fantastic introduction to many of England's most beloved sites.

Price Range: $$$

Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover, Greenwich & Thames River Cruise

Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover, Greenwich & Thames River Cruise

Visit Leeds Castle, for a private tour, then drive to Dover and see the famous white cliffs. Stop in the famous ancient city of Canterbury and see its magnificent cathedral. After a stroll through Greenwich enjoy a cruise on the River Thames back to London.

Price Range: $$$

Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's Stratford, Oxford, and the Cotswolds

Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's Stratford, Oxford, and the Cotswolds

From the "City of Dreaming Spires" to the birthplace of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"...and from charming thatch-roofed cottages to mighty thousand-year-old castles, this exciting full-day excursion to Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, and the magical Cotswolds has it all.

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: $

Paris

City of Light Orientation and Dinner

City of Light Orientation and Dinner

Enjoy a memorable 4-course dinner with wine and a nighttime orientation drive around the glimmering City of Light-the perfect way to experience Paris!

Price Range: $$

Mona Lisa's Smile & the Louvre Museum

Mona Lisa's Smile & the Louvre Museum

Once a royal palace and now a museum housing one of the most famous art collections in the world, the Louvre is yours on a guided tour.

Price Range: $$

Seine River Cruise and Montmartre Discovery

Seine River Cruise and Montmartre Discovery

Get a whole new perspective of the City of Light on this exciting half-day excursion featuring a Seine River cruise and time to explore the stunning hilltop artist district of Montmartre.

Price Range: $

Lucerne Area

Lake Lucerne Cruise

Lake Lucerne Cruise

Experience the hypnotic beauty of sparkling Lake Lucerne on this enjoyable 1-hour sightseeing cruise.

Price Range: $

Mount Titlis

Mount Titlis

Ride the world's first revolving aerial cableway to the Mount Titlis summit station, where you can lunch, shop, explore the Glacier Cave, cross Europe's highest suspension footbridge, or just marvel at the enchanting alpine views!

Price Range: $$$

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: $$

Venice Area

Venetian Dinner

Venetian Dinner

The magic of Venice comes to life as you enjoy an unforgettable evening at one of the city's most celebrated local 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: $$

Venetian Lagoon Cruise with Burano Visit

Venetian Lagoon Cruise with Burano Visit

Experience the floating city from the water as you cruise along the lagoon to charming Burano Island for free time to explore on your own.

Price Range: $

Rome

Treasures of Rome and Dinner

Treasures of Rome and Dinner

Enjoy a tour of Rome and relax over a 3-course dinner with dessert, local wine, and authentic Roman atmosphere!

Price Range: $$

Castelli Romani Hill Towns with Dinner

Castelli Romani Hill Towns with Dinner

Travel into the volcanic Alban Hills to experience the ancient Castelli Romani hill towns, including the popes' summer retreat at Castel Gandolfo and Frascato for dinner at a rustic tavern!

Price Range: $$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Cosmos European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Cosmos tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience. For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party. Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $2,850*
18 guests in a party: $569*

Contact Cosmos or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Cosmos Private Touring.

*Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2021 travel year. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.


The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include International airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Cosmos).

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