The Grand European with London (5215)

24 Day Tour from London to London

2020 Tour Details

This extensive European tour stretches through Central Europe from London to Rome, then along the Mediterranean to Spain and France, then back to London. You’ll travel to some of Europe's most famous cities—London, Amsterdam, Lucerne, Venice, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, and Paris—and see some of its most famous landmarks. You'll also stay in some smaller but equally charming cities, including Nice, Carcassonne, and Poitiers in France; Wiesbaden in Germany; and Bilbao in Spain.

This European tour is filled with historic sights. Italy is a country rich in natural and artistic treasures. In fact, Italy has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, some of which you’ll visit on this European tour: Assisi’s Basilica of St Francis and the historic city centers of Rome, Florence, Verona; Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli, Venice with its lagoon and the stunning Cinque Terre. In France, see the ancient battlements in the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne and admire the royal castle in Amboise. In Spain, see the Burgos beautiful gothic cathedral, begun in the 13th Century; in Barcelona, on your city tour, see Gaudi’s eccentric architectural masterpieces.

This tour through Europe also features stunning scenery. On your travels from Germany into Switzerland, admire awe-inspiring alpine scenery. Spend time on the gorgeous French Riviera and enjoy a scenic journey along France’s Loire, with its rivers, and many castles. Drive through the scenic Rhineland and witness its picturesque countryside, historic castles, and charming villages. Marvel at the rolling hills, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages as you travel through Tuscany and Umbria. Discover the Cinque Terre region, with views that inspired artists and poets. Plus, enjoy some of France’s loveliest scenery—right out of a Van Gogh painting—in the Provence region.
Return to London on the Eurostar train through the Channel Tunnel from France to the UK, where you’ll spend an additional overnight.

This is the perfect vacation for value-minded travelers who want to see it all!
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 Tour Highlights

LONDON
Visit
AMSTERDAM
Canal cruise, guided sightseeing
LUCERNE
Visit
VERONA
Visit
VENICE
Canal boat ride, glassblowing workshop
ASSISI
Visit St. Francis Basilica
ROME
Guided sightseeing
FLORENCE
Guided walking tour
PISA
See the Leaning Tower
CINQUE TERRE
Visit
GENOA
Guided sightseeing
ÈZE
Visit a perfume workshop
AVIGNON & CARCASSONNE
Visit
BARCELONA & MADRID
Guided sightseeing
SARAGOSSA, BURGOS, BILBAO & AMBOISE
Visit
BORDEAUX
Orientation
PARIS
Guided sightseeing

Guides:

Host service in London

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

December 10 Departure – Christmas in Barcelona and New Year’s in Paris, including festive dinner

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

  • Assisi (the Basilica of San Francesco)
  • Burgos Cathedral
  • City of Verona
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City
  • Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne
  • Paris Banks of the Seine
  • Piazza del Duomo Pisa
  • Pyrenées

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Eurostar train London-Brussels and Paris-London; Amsterdam canal cruise; canal boat in Venice; Pisa mini-train ride; Cinque Terre 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 LONDON, ENGLAND

Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, you may want to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts and the CosmosGO app are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2 LONDON

Enjoy a full day with your choice 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–AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND

Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels with your Tour Director. From here, travel on your luxury motorcoach to the Amsterdam area.
Today’s Distance: 323 mi/ 520 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 AMSTERDAM AREA–WIESBADEN, GERMANY

Today, enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see Amsterdam from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER. Later, sightseeing with a Local Guide points out the city highlights. In the afternoon, travel southward to Wiesbaden.
Today’s Distance: 258 mi/ 415 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 WIESBADEN–HEIDELBERG–LUCERNE AREA, SWITZERLAND

Drive through the scenic Rhineland and enjoy splendid scenery as you skirt the Rhine River. Continue into Germany’s oldest university town, Heidelberg, nicely located at the confluence of the Neckar and Rhine Rivers, for a short visit. Carry on to Switzerland for two overnights in the Lucerne area.
Today’s Distance: 270 mi/ 435 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 LUCERNE

Lucerne is nestled amid snowcapped Alps, surrounded by Lake Lucerne, and graced by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. Your visit takes in the impressive city walls, CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT—a masterful stone sculpture in honor of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis XVI. Sign up for an optional cable-car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 LUCERNE AREA–VERONA, ITALY–VENICE AREA

More wonderful alpine scenery as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround massive St. Gotthard Pass into the warmer and sunnier ambiance of Canton Ticino. Cross into Italy and drive across the Po Valley to Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Stroll around the picturesque market square (Piazza delle Erbe). Tonight, arrive in the Venice area.
Today’s Distance: 367 mi/ 590 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 VENICE

Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, and palaces. Your included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by some time at leisure and a chance to visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip.

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Day 9 VENICE AREA–ASSISI–ROME

Drive southward through the gentle Umbrian hills to Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.
Today’s Distance: 345 mi/ 555 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 ROME

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive, 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. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 ROME–FLORENCE–MONTECATINI

Journey to beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Florence, Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis to admire the city’s timeless beauty on the included walking tour with a Local Guide. Continue to Montecatini.
Today’s Distance: 202 mi/ 325 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 MONTECATINI–PISA–CINQUE TERRE–GENOVA

Take a break in Pisa and take a mini train to see the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the amazing Leaning Tower. Then, hop aboard a TRAIN to discover some of the five spectacular Cinque Terre villages. Here, the beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired poet Lord Byron. From Levanto, head towards Genoa, birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus.
Today’s Distance: 149 mi/ 240 km

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Day 13 GENOVA–ITALIAN RIVIERA–ÈZE, FRANCE–FRENCH RIVIERA

Today’s included guided tour is an excellent introduction to Genoa. A maze of squares and alleys, the city grew around the port, a natural inlet, and boasts the largest medieval historical center in Europe. Journey northwest, with views of the Italian Riviera. Continue to France for a visit to a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Èze before traveling along the celebrated Côte d’Azur. An optional Monte Carlo by Night excursion with dinner is available.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi/ 200 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14 FRENCH RIVIERA–AVIGNON–CARCASSONNE

Today’s journey on the way to Provence will take you through some of France’s loveliest scenery, sun-drenched landscapes right out of Van Gogh’s paintings. Stop for a visit in historic Avignon. Continue westwards to Carcassonne.
Today’s Distance: 336 mi/ 540 km

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Day 15 CARCASSONNE–BARCELONA, SPAIN

Discover the medieval citadel of Carcassonne, an almost-untouched piece of fortified architecture, still standing in all its walled glory. See the drawbridges, towers, battlements, watch turrets and ramparts, used to defend the city from the enemy. Later, cross into Spain and arrive in Barcelona.
Today’s Distance: 211 mi/ 340 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16 BARCELONA

This morning’s sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of the port and city. The drive continues 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).

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 17 BARCELONA–SARAGOSSA–MADRID

See more of Catalonia as you drive northwest, stopping in Saragossa through the very heart of New Castile for two overnights in Spain’s capital, Madrid.
Today’s Distance: 395 mi/ 635 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 18 MADRID

Not only because it’s the capital of Spain, but also because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards say Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven. Enjoy the main highlights on the included sightseeing excursion, and take a fascinating optional trip to Toledo. The splendid setting is like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art.

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Day 19 MADRID–BURGOS–BILBAO

Stop in Burgos to visit the beautiful gothic cathedral. Continue through the Basque Country to Bilbao, famous for four contemporary architects: Norman Foster, Santiago Calatrava, Cesar Pelli, and Frank Gehry.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km

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Day 20 BILBAO–BORDEAUX, FRANCE–POITIERS

A change of scenery as you travel into France across Gascony for an orientation of Bordeaux, the wine capital of France, and through the Cognac area to Poitiers, of Black Prince fame.
Today’s Distance: 379 mi/ 610 km

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Day 21 POITIERS–CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY–AMBOISE–PARIS

Leave the “Town of a Hundred Bell Towers” for a scenic journey along the Loire. Stop in Amboise before reaching Paris in time to enjoy an optional excursion.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 22 PARIS

Enjoy a full day to explore the city that’s known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sights. Optional excursions are also available to discover more of this beautiful city.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 23 PARIS–LONDON, ENGLAND

Relax on your EUROSTAR train journey back to London.
Today’s Distance: 305 mi/ 492 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 24 LONDON

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 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.

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

 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
Lucerne
Venice
Rome
Florence
French Riviera
Barcelona
Madrid
Paris

London

Stonehenge and Roman Baths in Bath

Stonehenge and Roman Baths in Bath

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: $$$

Lucerne

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: $$

Lake Lucerne Cruise

Lake Lucerne Cruise

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

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: $

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: $$

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: $$

Florence

Tuscan Dinner

Tuscan Dinner

Enjoy a wonderful dinner in the delightful Tuscan countryside, featuring authentic traditional dishes using the finest local ingredients.

Price Range: $$

French Riviera

Monte Carlo by Night with Dinner

Monte Carlo by Night with Dinner

Drive along the exquisite French Riviera to dazzling Monte Carlo for a delicious French dinner, drinks with the jet set at a famous café, and free time to gamble or explore as you like!

Price Range: $$

Barcelona

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: $$

Beautiful Barcelona

Beautiful Barcelona

The treasures of Barcelona await your discovery on this 2-hour sightseeing excursion!

Price Range: $

Madrid

Panoramic Drive & Dinner

Panoramic Drive & Dinner

Drive through the capital's boulevards, passing beautiful buildings and fountains and dine Spanish style!

Price Range: $$

Discover Toledo

Discover Toledo

Discover majestic Toledo, an incredible melting pot of Jewish, Islamic, and Christian influence over the centuries, making it one of Europe's most interesting and unique walled medieval cities!

Price Range: $$

Paris

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: $

Pure Paris Magic: An Evening of Champagne & Cabaret

Pure Paris Magic: An Evening of Champagne & Cabaret

Enjoy a magical evening at one of Paris¿ legendary cabaret shows!

Price Range: $$

Versailles, Palace of the Sun King

Versailles, Palace of the Sun King

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: $$

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: $$

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