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European Capitals with Budapest (476E)

17 Day Tour from Paris to Budapest

2020 Tour Details

As the name implies, this European tour features some of Europe’s capital cities. You’ll stay 2 nights in Paris, capital of France; Brussels, capital of Belgium; you’ll visit Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands; Berlin, capital of Germany; Prague, capital of the Czech Republic; and Vienna, capital of Austria. You’ll also spend one night in Bremerhaven, Germany, an important Hanseatic port city.

In each of the capitals, you’ll see the sights with a Local Guide, a knowledgeable local who will share with you history, culture, and ins and outs of the city. In Paris, among other landmarks, you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées, and Eiffel Tower in Paris; in Brussels, the Grand-Place, the central square surrounded by baroque guild houses and the gothic Town Hall; In Prague, the Astronomical Clock, built in 1410, and Charles Bridge, dating to 1357 and one of the oldest stone bridges in Europe; and in Vienna the State Opera House and Hofburg, the palatial complex in the heart of the city. In Amsterdam, you’ll see the city from water level on a canal cruise—the best way to see Amsterdam!

In addition to the capitals, this European tour also features visits of some of Europe’s smaller—but fascinating—cities. In Antwerp, see the world’s largest diamond district and the 14th-century Cathedral of Our Lady, which dominates the city center with its 400-foot-tall spire and artwork by Rubens. In Dresden, the lovely German city, your guided sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Zwinger Palace Glockenspiel, where 40 bells sound every quarter of an hour. In Bremerhaven, you’ll visit the new Emigration Center Museum, documenting the German migration to the United States in the last 300 years. In the Czech Republic, enjoy a stroll through the medieval old town in Tábor, founded in 1420 as a city where everyone is equal.

Travel by train from Vienna to extend on a Monograms 3-night stay in Budapest and enjoy an included guided sightseeing tour of the city and lots of free time to get to know the Hungarian capital.

For value-minded travelers, this is the perfect vacation to see some of Europe’s fascinating capitals!

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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

PARIS, BRUSSEL & ANTWERP
Guided sightseeing

AMSTERDAM
Canal cruise, guided sightseeing

GRONINGEN
Visit

BREMERHAVEN
Guided visit of the German Emigration Center Museum

BREMEN, BERLIN, DRESDEN & PRAGUE
Guided sightseeing

TABOR
Visit

VIENNA
Guided sightseeing

Transportation:

Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi, canal cruise in Amsterdam; High-speed train Vienna-Budapest

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners, including dinners at local restaurants in Brussels and Vienna

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE. Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the French capital with your CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2

PARIS. Paris is a world-class city with more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. This morning, see these sites during the included city tour with an expert Local Guide. In the afternoon, feel like a French aristocrat on an optional walking tour through the opulent Palace of Versailles. Tonight, consider joining an optional dinner at a typical French restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

PARIS–BRUSSELS, BELGIUM. Enjoy a leisurely morning in Paris before heading to Brussels, capital of Belgium and major center of European politics since WWII. Tonight, dinner is included at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 199 mi/ 320 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

BRUSSELS. Join your Local Guide this morning and explore this vibrant city, headquarters of the European Union. Along the way, hear about the ornate Grand Place and see the tiny yet world-famous Manneken Pis statue. The afternoon is free to make your own discoveries.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

BRUSSELS–ANTWERP–AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND. Start the day by getting to know the international port city of Antwerp with a Local Guide. See the centuries-old Diamond Quarter, the largest diamond district in the world; the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, founded in 1663; the 14th-century Cathedral of Our Lady with its triptychs by Rubens; and much more. Cross the border into South Holland and arrive in Amsterdam, vibrant capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi/ 220 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

AMSTERDAM AREA. Enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see Amsterdam from water level, then watch skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER. Continue the discovery with a Local Guide showing you the city’s highlights. Maybe get to know the beautiful Dutch countryside on an optional excursion.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 7

AMSTERDAM AREA–GRONINGEN–BREMERHAVEN, GERMANY. Depart Amsterdam and stop in Groningen, an important trade center in the 13th century, which today is hailed as the “World Cycling City". In the center of town, admire the Martini Tower with its 62-bell carillon, the Spanish Moorish synagogue, and much more. Reach Bremerhaven for a guided visit of the interactive GERMAN EMIGRATION CENTER MUSEUM, Europe’s largest museum about emigration, focusing on German emigration to the United States.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

BREMERHAVEN–BREMEN–BERLIN. Travel to the Hanseatic city of Bremen, which majestically straddles the Weser River. Attractions here include the opulent Town Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the massive, 15th-century statue of Roland, the city’s protector; the oldest wine cellar in Germany, the Ratskeller, whose wine list boasts more than 650 German wines; and the bronze sculpture of the Bremen Town Musicians from the Grimm Brothers’ famous fairytale. You’ll see the highlights on your included guided walking tour, then it’s on to Berlin!
Today’s Distance: 298 mi/ 480 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

BERLIN. On the included guided tour, learn how, since the fall of the wall, Berlin is no longer divided but every bit as fascinating. Once a city of stark contrasts, Berlin has developed into a harmonious blend of old and new. It has preserved the old buildings, such as the State Opera House and Brandenburg Gate; its neoclassic-style boulevards, such as the Kurfüstendamm and Unter den Linden; and it has created brand new buildings in the most daring, contemporary architectural styles. It is once again Germany’s capital and one of Europe’s liveliest cities.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

BERLIN–DRESDEN–PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC. Travel southwest toward the Czech border to Dresden, hailed as the “Jewel Box” city for its splendid baroque and rococo center. With four nature reserves and 63% of the city consisting of green areas and forests, Dresden is one of the greenest cities in all of Europe. On your included guided sightseeing tour, see the ZWINGER PALACE GLOCKENSPIEL with its bells made by the famous Meissen porcelain factory, as well as many other city highlights. Cross into the Czech Republic and head towards Prague. Tonight we offer an optional fun evening of traditional Czech music and entertainment.
Today’s Distance: 233 mi/ 375 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

PRAGUE. The wealth of gothic and baroque architecture in the “Golden City” of Prague inspired local composers Dvorak and Smetana. Prague will inspire you, too, during your included guided sightseeing tour. See the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square with its fantastic Astronomical Clock, and more.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 12

PRAGUE–TÁBOR–VIENNA, AUSTRIA. Visit Tábor this morning, founded in 1420 as an egalitarian peasant commune. Walk through the pretty Old Town with its narrow cobblestone streets to its main square. In the afternoon, cross the Austrian border to arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital.
Today’s Distance: 230 mi/ 370 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13

VIENNA. Once the seat of the mighty Habsburg Empire and home to Strauss, Brahms, Beethoven, Hadyn, and Mozart, Vienna blends ornate baroque architecture with an irresistible musical heritage. You can almost hear the classical music as you stroll its streets. There’s much to enthrall you today on your included guided sightseeing tour. Admire the fabulous State Opera House, Hofburg Palace, and Parliament. Later, maybe try some of Vienna’s heavenly Sachertorte at a traditional coffee house, but leave some space for tonight’s included dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 14

VIENNA–BUDAPEST, HUNGARY. Travel by high-speed train to Budapest. Your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your stay.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15

BUDAPEST. Morning guided sightseeing features impressive HEROES’ SQUARE, and a drive up to the Castle District with Matthias Coronation Church and Fishermen’s Bastion.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16

BUDAPEST. Your Local Host can recommend how best to spend your day at leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 17

BUDAPEST. 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.

BRAM VAN DIJK

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

"Being a tour guide to me is creating the most beautiful memories, a s memories are the most precious things we can own. It's an honor for me to show the prettiest places in Europe and explain the secrets and stories behind them. It's great to meet people from all over the world and to see people making lifelong friends. Every day there is a new highlight, a new memory and above all, a lot of fun. Hope to meet you in Europe!"

Tour Director -  BRAM VAN DIJK

 Accommodations

AMSTERDAM AREA Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport (ST) or Best Western Plus Amedia Amsterdam Airport (F)
BERLIN NH Berlin City West (ST) or Abba Berlin (F)
BREMERHAVEN Comfort Bremerhaven (F)
BRUSSELS Ramada La Woluwe (ST)
BUDAPEST Courtyard by Marriott City Center (F)
PARIS Hotel Ibis Styles Paris Porte D'Orleans (ST)
PRAGUE Mama Shelter Prague (F)
VIENNA Star Inn Schoenbrunn (ST) or Novum Kavalier (ST)

 Optional Excursions

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