The Grand European (5210)

23 Day Tour from London to Paris

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This extensive European tour stretches through Central Europe from London to Rome, then along the Mediterranean coast to Spain and France. 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 of the smaller—but equally fantastic—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—so much so that Italy has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 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, and Venice with its lagoon. See the ancient battlements in the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne. Admire the royal castle in Amboise and Burgos’ beautiful gothic cathedral, begun in the 13th century. In Barcelona, on your city tour, see Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces, which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 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.

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

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 Tour Highlights

LONDON
Visit
LONDON-BRUSSELS
by Eurostar train
AMSTERDAM
Canal cruise, guided sightseeing
LUCERNE
Visit
VERONA
See Juliet’s balcony
VENICE
Canal boat ride
ASSISI
Visit St. Francis Basilica
ROME
Guided sightseeing
FLORENCE
Guided walking tour
PISA
See the Leaning Tower
CINQUE TERRE
Visit
GENOVA
Guided sightseeing
ÈZE
Visit a Perfume workshop
AVIGNON & CARCASSONE
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

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)
  • Burgos Cathedral
  • Cinque Terre
  • City of Verona
  • Genoa old city and Palazzi dei Rolli
  • Historic centre of Avignon
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City
  • Historic city of Toledo
  • Historic fortified City of Carcassonne
  • Palace and Park of Versailles
  • Piazza del Duomo Pisa
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • Works of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Eurostar train London-Brussels and Paris-London

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 7 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

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 dinner followed by a leisurely 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 AMSTERDAM AREA–WIESBADEN, GERMANY

Today, enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the city from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER in Amsterdam. Later, sightseeing with a Local Guide points out the city highlights. In the afternoon, travel southward to Wiesbaden.

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.

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Day 6 LUCERNE

Lucerne is nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake, 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. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a cruise on the fjord-like lake or a 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, 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, arrive in the Venice area.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 VENICE

Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing 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

An interesting 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.

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, admire the city’s timeless beauty on the included walking tour with a Local Guide that features most of the city highlights. Then on to Montecatini.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 MONTECATINI–PISA–CINQUE TERRE–GENOVA

Take a break in Pisa where you hop on 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.

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

Today’s included guided tour is an excellent introduction to Genova. 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14 FRENCH RIVIERA–AVIGNON–CARCASSONNE

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

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Day 15 CARCASSONNE–BARCELONA, SPAIN

Enjoy a visit of this almost-untouched piece of medieval fortified architecture, still standing in all its walled glory with drawbridges, towers, battlements, watch turrets, ramparts, and even arrow-slits to repel the enemy. Later, cross the border into Spain and arrive in Barcelona.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16 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. 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.

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. The optional trip to Toledo is rewarding, too. 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. On through Basque Country to Bilbao, now famous for four contemporary architects: Norman Foster, Santiago Calatrava, Cesar Pelli, and Frank Gehry.

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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. On through the Cognac area to Poitiers, of Black Prince fame.

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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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 22 PARIS

One 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 the Palace and Gardens of Versailles.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 23 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.

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
Amsterdam
Wiesbaden
Lucerne
Venice
Rome
Montecatini
Genova
Nice
Carcassonne
Barcelona
Madrid
Bilbao
Poitiers
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)


London
Lucerne
Venice
Rome
Florence
French Riviera
Barcelona
Madrid
Paris

London

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: $$$

Lucerne

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: $

Scenic Lake Cruise

Scenic Lake Cruise

One hour cruise on lake Lucerne

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: $$

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 with regional dishes prepared using the finest local ingredients.

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: $$

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: $$

Discover Montserrat

Discover Montserrat

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

Price Range: $

Madrid

Madrid by Night and Tapas

Madrid by Night and Tapas

An authentic Spanish food experience in a tapas restaurant situated in the centre of the capital. After dinner, an orientation drive of Madrid.

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

Montparnasse Tower and Cruise

Montparnasse Tower and Cruise

Your guided one-hour "La Promenade" Seine cruise starts from the Port de la Bourdonnais. Before or after the cruise, you will ascend the Montparnasse Tower by taking the fastest lift in Europe to enjoy a 360° panoramic view of the city.

Price Range: $

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: $$

Farewell Dinner and Orientation

Farewell Dinner and Orientation

Enjoy a memorable four-course dinner plus a breathtaking orientation drive of the city.

Price Range: $$

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