Wonders of Europe Tours - Cosmos®

Wonders of Europe (5120)

15 Day Tour from London to Paris

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From London to Paris via Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, discover the many wonders on this memorable European tour. History buffs will delight in seeing many of Europe’s historic sights. In Rome, visit the Roman Forum, dating back to the 7th century BC, and the iconic Colosseum, completed in the 1st century AD. In Lucerne, see the Chapel Bridge, built in 1333 as part of the city’s fortifications and now the oldest-preserved wooden bridge in Europe. In Trier, Germany’s oldest city, a walking tour highlights the Roman remains, pleasant market squares, and Germany’s oldest Christian church. Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is a city that has retained its historic charm and is Europe at its most quintessential. On your walking tour here, see the gothic cathedral with its spires, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, and wander around the magical La Petite France district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, and a waterfront promenade.

If you’re more interested in art and architecture, you’ll enjoy the treasures offered on this Europe tour. Visit Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A highlight of Florence is Piazza Signoria, adorned with ornate and famous statues. Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower and the delicate floating city of Venice are other architectural wonders. Of course, no traveler to Europe should miss the distinct Parisian style, and you’ll have time to explore Paris’ famous sites.

Enjoy time in the French Riviera, visit a famous perfume factory in Èze, and the Provence region, known for its Mediterranean climate, vineyards, and gorgeous scenery. Stop in Aix-en-Provence, the birthplace of painter Cézanne and known for its fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés.

From the historic sights and architectural treasures to the beautiful scenery, this enriching, value-minded European tour offers something for everyone.
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 Tour Highlights

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Visits to Lucerne, Lugano, Venice, Assisi, Pisa, a perfume workshop in Èze, Aix-en-Provence, Beaune. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

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

Scenic Highlights:
Black Forest, Swiss Alps, Italian and French Rivieras, Burgundy Wine Country

NOTES:
December 19 Departure - New Year in Paris including reveillon dinner
January 2 and March 14 Departure – Complimentary Eiffel Tower Tour in Paris

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

  • Palace and Park of Versailles
  • Assisi, the Basilica of St. Francis
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications
  • Piazza del Duomo Pisa
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; cross-Channel ferry; canal transfer boat in Venice

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 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

The whole day is free to take advantage of our rich program of optional activities. How about a fascinating tour of London’s landmarks, a visit to the Tower of London with the lavish Crown Jewels, or an excursion to Windsor Castle? Tonight, a leisurely cruise on the Thames River would be fun!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 London–Brussels, Belgium

Depart London early this morning and head out into the lush countryside to the English Channel port, where you board a FERRY bound for the Continent. Upon arrival, your Tour Director and luxury motorcoach meet you, and you’re off across Belgium to Brussels.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Brussels–Trier, Germany–Strasbourg Area, France

Cross the German border and stop for an included walking tour in ancient Trier, founded by the Celts in the late 4th century BC. Cross into France to arrive in Strasbourg for an overnight.

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Day 5 Strasbourg Area–Lucerne Area, Switzerland

On your included walking tour in Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament, see the monumental gothic cathedral with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock; experience the unique Franco-German culture; and explore the city’s historic heart in the magical La Petite France district. Later, travel through the fabled Black Forest, known for its cuckoo clocks, wood carving, delectable Black Forest Cake, and traditional farmhouses with sweeping, half-hipped roofs. Enter Switzerland and head towards the majestic Alps before stopping in Lucerne. Visit the LION MONUMENT, a masterful stone sculpture honoring Louis XVI’s heroic Swiss Guard, and CHAPEL BRIDGE, Europe’s oldest covered bridge, dating back to 1333.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Lucerne Area–Lugano–Milan, Italy

More wonderful alpine scenery awaits as you drive into the mountains surrounding massive St. Gotthard. Pass through its great tunnel, then begin your scenic descent into the warmth and sunshine of Canton Ticino. Take a break in lovely Lugano and stroll along its lakeside promenade. On to vibrant Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.

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Day 7 Milan–Venice Area

Leave Milan and cross the flat Po River plain to the Venice area. Here, you’ll board your private MOTORBOAT for incredible views of the Bridge of Sighs, Doges’ Palace, and monumental ST. MARK’S SQUARE. Later, visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP to watch a skilled craftsman at work. Don’t miss out on an optional gondola serenade that glides through century-old canals.

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Day 8 Venice Area–Assisi–Rome

An interesting drive southward, 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Rome

Today’s sightseeing of the “Eternal City” with a Local Guide features St. Peter’s Square, and includes an inside visit of the COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Rome–Florence–Montecatini

Say “Arrivederci, Roma” as you drive northwards through lovely Tuscan countryside to reach Florence. On the included walking tour with a Local Guide, discover the landmarks of this Renaissance city, like Piazza Signoria with the Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo Vecchio, and the breathtaking cathedral on Piazza del Duomo. Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 Montecatini–Pisa–Èze, France–French Riviera

Stop in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower and the SQUARE OF MIRACLES. Bypassing the great port of Genoa, head northwest, getting glimpses of the Italian and French Rivieras. Visit one of the famous PERFUME FACTORIES in Èze before reaching your destination on the lovely French Riviera.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 French Riviera–Aix-Enprovence–Lyon Area

Leave the French Riviera this morning and head inland, crossing sun-drenched Provence. Take in the Mediterranean atmosphere of Aix-en-Provence, then travel through the famous wine-producing area of the Rhône Valley. Overnight in the Lyon area.

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Day 13 Lyon Area–Beaune–Paris

Enjoy vistas of famous Burgundy vineyards on the way to Beaune, famous for wines such as Chambertin and Nuits-Saint-Georges. Its Hôtel-Dieu with its colorful roof is one of the oldest hospitals in Europe. Head for the exciting city of Paris. Time to enjoy an optional cabaret show.

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Day 14 Paris

One full day to explore the city that’s known throughout the world for its fashion, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sites: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursion is also available to the Louvre and, to celebrate the success of your tour, a French farewell dinner might be just the ticket.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15 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 Novotel London West (F)
BRUSSELS Ramada La Woluwe (ST)
STRASBOURG Ibis Strasbourg Centre Ponts Couverts (ST)
LUCERNE BW Rothaus (ST) or Krone Sarnen (F)
MILAN Holiday Inn Garibaldi Station (SF)
VENICE Antony or Poppi (ST)
ROME Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST) or Fleming (F)
MONTECATINI Settentrionale Esplanade (F)
FRENCH RIVIERA Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port (ST) or Quality Mediterranee (MF)
LYON Hotel Lyon Ouest (F) or Parkest (ST)
PARIS Novotel Paris 17 (F) or Kyriad Paris Bercy Village (ST)

 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
Brussels
Lucerne
Venice
Rome
Montecatini
French Riviera
Paris

London

Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath

Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath

Do some serious time travel on this full-day excursion to thousand-year-old Windsor Castle, 5,000-year-old Stonehenge, and Bath, dating back to Roman times! Your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to all three sites, with fascinating insider information and time to explore on your own.

Price Range: $$$

London Eye

London Eye

At 135 metres, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel, with 40 kilometre panoramic views on a clear day. The gradual rotation in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules takes approximately 30 minutes offering spectacular views of London and its famous landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square.

Price Range: $

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: $$

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds

Walk the red carpet at the legendary Madame Tussauds London and meet the world's most famous stars from Hollywood to Bollywood, and The Royal Family to Rock Royalty.

Price Range: $

The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon

Delve into the blood-curdling parts of history that your teachers never wanted to tell you. Live actors, scary rides, shows and special effects, transport you back to those black, bleak times. Are you brave enough?

Price Range: $

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

From Henry VIII and "Bloody" Queen Mary to the ghostly Grey Lady and the puzzling hedge maze, you'll be positively captivated by rich history and infamous characters during your half-day visit of magnificent Hampton Court Palace.

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 and Greenwich

Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich

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: $$$

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace was once Princess Diana's home. Sir Christopher Wren lavishly improved the original house, turning it into a palace for William III and Mary II. It remained a royal home and was the birthplace of Queen Victoria. The splendid State Apartments and Court Dress Collection are on view to the public as well as special exhibitions.

Price Range: $

Sea Life London

Sea Life London

With 17 themed zones and over 600 species of marine life, SEA LIFE London Aquarium will take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing sea creatures, from sharks to rare Green Sea Turtles, from jellyfish to rays, from clownfish to blue tangs.

Price Range: $

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Visit the underground command station of Britain's war effort, which contains the world's only museum dedicated to Sir Winston Churchill.

Price Range: $

River Cruise Experience

River Cruise Experience

Take a London Eye River Cruise and see London from a different perspective. Enjoy a unique 40 minute circular sightseeing cruise on the River Thames with fascinating live commentary that brings the city to life, presented by specialist guides. Highlights include Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

Price Range: $

Stonehenge Direct

Stonehenge Direct

Stonehenge is the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. Come and unlock its secrets.

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: $

Brussels

Evening City Sightseeing

Evening City Sightseeing

See the main sights of this city which has something for all tastes and interests.

Price Range: $

Lucerne

Scenic Lake Cruise

Scenic Lake Cruise

One hour cruise on lake Lucerne

Price Range: $

Venice

Gondola

Gondola

Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas.

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 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: $$

Roman Fine Treasures

Roman Fine Treasures

A walking tour with a local guide to see some of the many treasures of Rome.

Price Range: $

Montecatini

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: $$

Paris

Cabaret Show

Cabaret Show

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

Price Range: $$

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: $

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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