The Best of Europe (5160)

18 Day Tour from London to Paris

2018 Tour Details

A European tour… should include the most popular and exciting cities, the must-see sights, picturesque scenery, and a mix of culture, history, and just plain fun. On this Best of Europe tour, you’ll experience all of this and more.

On guided sightseeing tours, you’ll visit the must-see sights—including those that will delight history fans—such as Amsterdam’s canals, Lucerne’s Chapel Bridge, built in the 14th century as part of the city’s fortifications and now Europe’s oldest-preserved wooden bridge; Rome’s Colosseum and Roman Forum, dating back to the Roman Empire; Florence’s renaissance old city center with a replica of the “David” by Michelangelo, Pompeii, where you’ll see what life was like during the Roman Empire before Mount Vesuvius destroyed and preserved the town in 79 AD; Paris’s most famous landmarks and much more.

On this comprehensive European tour, you’ll also enjoy spectacular scenery. You’ll drive through the picturesque Rhineland with its scenic countryside, historic castles, and charming villages, and you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Italian and French Rivieras. Sit back and relax as you drive past the Burgundy vineyards in France and through gorgeous alpine scenery from Switzerland to Italy. Marvel at the beauty in Tuscany with its rural villages, rolling hills, vineyards, rows of cypress trees, and olive groves. You’ll stand in awe as you witness the blue sea and amazing views on the Sorrento coast and on the legendary island of Capri, and you’ll love the green hills and valleys as you travel through Umbria to visit Assisi.

All of this and more await you on this dream European vacation designed for value-minded travelers!
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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

Visits to Heidelberg, Lucerne, Lugano, Verona, Venice canal boat ride, Assisi’s St. Francis Basilica, Neapolitan Riviera, Capri boat trip, Pisa Square of Miracles, Beaune

Guides:

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

Scenic Highlights:

Rhineland, Swiss Alps, Sorrento coast, Italian & French Rivieras, Route Napoleon

Individual headsets

Notes:

March 23 & March 30 Departures – Easter
December 16 Departure – Christmas lunch in Rome and New Year's in Paris including reveillon dinner

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

  • Palace and Park of Versailles
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  • Archaeological Site of Pompeii
  • Assisi, the Basilica of St. Francis
  • City of Verona
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • 17th Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City
  • Piazza del Duomo Pisa

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal cruise in Amsterdam; canal transfer boat in Venice; boat transfer to Capri

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 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–BRUSSELS–AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND

Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels with your Tour Director.Board your luxury coach for the drive to the Amsterdam area.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 AMSTERDAM AREA–RHINELAND, GERMANY

Today, enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights, followed by a CANAL CRUISE to see the city from water level, then stop to watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER. This afternoon, continue your journey to the scenic Rhineland.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 5 RHINELAND–HEIDELBERG–LUCERNE AREA, SWITZERLAND

Drive through the picturesque Rhineland or, alternatively, take the optional Rhine River cruise and enjoy splendid scenery including the Lorelei rock. Next, drive into Germany’s oldest university town, Heidelberg, nicely located at the confluence of the Neckar and Rhine Rivers, for a short visit. Continue to the Lucerne area.

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, and the wooden CHAPEL BRIDGE. 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 7 LUCERNE AREA–LUGANO–VERONA, ITALY–VENICE AREA

More wonderful alpine scenery as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround the massive St. Gotthard leading to the warmer and sunnier ambiance of Canton Ticino. Stop in beautiful Lugano and take a stroll along the lakeside promenade. Then, cross into Italy and drive across the Po Valley to Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. See Juliet’s house and balcony, and stroll around the picturesque market square. Tonight, you are in the Venice area.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 VENICE AREA

Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and busy little piazzas. The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by free time to soak up the city’s unique atmosphere and a chance to visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 9 VENICE AREA–ASSISI–ROME

An interesting drive southward, crossing the rolling Apennines. Stop in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182, and visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto. Then, head for Rome.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 ROME–POMPEII–NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA

An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment. South all the way today, with the Vesuvius volcano in the distance. Visit Pompeii, where time stopped in 79 AD when the Vesuvius eruption totally buried it. On the included visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, see the luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Just a few more miles to reach the lively Neapolitan Riviera.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA. EXCURSION TO CAPRI

Cross the blue sea for a full-day excursion to the legendary island of Capri. Surrounded by rose-tinted rocks, Capri has incredibly beautiful coves of translucent blues and greens. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. An optional tour takes you around the island with its steep roads and panoramic views.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 13 NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA–FLORENCE

An early journey north to Florence. Vistas of rolling hills, austere rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Arrive in Florence in the afternoon in time to enjoy its magnificent architectural and artistic treasures; the included walking tour with a Local Guide will take in the highlights.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 14 FLORENCE–PISA–FRENCH RIVIERA, FRANCE

Stop in Pisa to see the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the famous Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and no less than 12 feet out of the perpendicular. Bypassing the great port of Genoa, drive northwest, getting glimpses of the Italian and French Rivieras. Reach the shores of the charming Côte d’Azur.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15 FRENCH RIVIERA–ROUTE NAPOLEON–GRENOBLE

Start the day with a visit to a typical Provence PERFUME WORKSHOP in Grasse, then follow in the footsteps of Napoleon as he escaped from exile in Elbe. Once he landed on the shores of the Côte d’Azur, he made his way to Paris via Grasse. Following the Route Napoleon, reach Grenoble, now an alpine sports mecca and site of the 1968 Winter Olympic Games.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 16 GRENOBLE–BEAUNE–PARIS

Enjoy the very heart of the Burgundy wine-growing region, making a stop in lovely Beaune, surrounded by some of the world’s finest vineyards. Continue northwards to the exciting city of Paris, capital of France.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 17 PARIS

Paris is a world-class city that probably has more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. This morning, see the main ones during the included city tour with a Local Guide. In the afternoon, a chance to feel like a French aristocrat as you join the optional walking tour through the immense Palace of Versailles. This evening, why not join an optional farewell dinner?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 18 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.

CLARISSE TERRONI

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

Travel through Europe offers a taste of different cultures. What is an Ausfahrt? No, it's not Aussie flatulence. Have you ever played music with a saw? The Austrians and Swiss do. Come to Europe with a healthy appetite and light suitcases. You're sure to return home with a bit of extra weight (bags AND tummy). I look forward to sharing this travel experience together and seeing Europe through your eyes!

Tour Director - CLARISSE TERRONI

 Accommodations

LONDON Novotel London West (F) (Hotel as shown or similar)
AMSTERDAM Holiday Inn Express Arena Towers (ST) or Best Western Plus Amedia Amsterdam Airport (F)
RHINELAND H+ Hotel Koeln Bruehl (F)
LUCERNE Drei Koenige (ST) or Ibis Kriens (TC) (Hotel as shown or similar)
VENICE Holiday Inn Venezia (ST) or Poppi (ST)
ROME Fleming (F)
NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA Central Park (TC) (Hotel as shown or similar)
FLORENCE Italiana Hotel and Resort (F)
FRENCH RIVIERA Park Inn (MF) or Quality Mediterranee (MF) (Hotel as shown or similar)
GRENOBLE Europole (ST)
PARIS Novotel Paris La Defense (F) or Timohotel Berthier (ST) (Hotel as shown or similar)

Good accommodations are vital to your enjoyment on tour, so we pre-screen before selecting. Hotels are as shown, although it may be necessary to substitute with an alternate hotel of equivalent standard.

 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
Rhineland
Lucerne
Venice
Rome
Neapolitan Riviera
French Riviera
Paris

London

A Taste of London

A Taste of London

Combine a dinner outing at a traditional London pub with a relaxed, nighttime cruise along the Thames River, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights.

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: $

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: $$

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: $

Lucerne

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: $

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

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: $

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: $$

Neapolitan Riviera

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

See the wonders of Capri from the water on this full-day boat excursion around the legendary island. You¿ll even have free time to take a dip in the sparkling blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea!

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: $$

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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