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From its exciting cities to its spectacular scenery, Europe has it all. On this affordable European tour, you'll see the main highlights. Start in Amsterdam with a scenic canal cruise and end in Paris with a guided tour and time on your own. In between, you’ll discover Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. In Amsterdam, Rome, Florence, and Paris, local experts will bring the cities alive, and among other famous sights, you’ll see the Eiffel Tower in Paris; Piazza Signoria in Florence, and St. Peter’s Square in the heart of the Vatican. Other interesting experiences include a boat ride to Venice’s St. Mark’s Square; a visit to Assisi’s Basilica, burial site of St. Francis and home to frescoes by Giotto, and a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, King Ludwig II’s fairy-tale castle nestled in the beautiful Bavarian Alps. It is not just the cities you’ll see on this European tour; you’ll also see some of Europe's most beautiful scenery. A fascinating drive along the Rhine River features quaint towns, castles from the Middle Ages, and villages lining the countryside. Marvel at the gorgeous Swiss Alps. Enjoy the beautiful Tuscany countryside, with its rolling hills, and journey through France’s famous vineyards. Overnight in romantic Lake Como, regarded as one of Europe's most picturesque lakes; spend time in Lucerne, nestled between the Alps and the fjord-like lake; and stop in Interlaken, shimmering next to Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by mighty mountains. Europe’s highlights—including historic monuments, must-see attractions, and scenery—are all available on this splendid, value-minded Europe tour!
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AMSTERDAM Canal cruise, guided sightseeing RHINELAND Scenic drive NEUSCHWANSTEIN Visit King Ludwig’s castle VENICE Canal boat ride ASSISI Visit St. Francis Basilica ROME Guided sightseeing FLORENCE Guided walking tour MONTECATINI Visit PISA See the Leaning TowerMILAN, LUGANO, LUCERNE & BEAUNE Visit PARIS Guided sightseeingGuides:
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Amsterdam, Rome, Florence, ParisNotes:
Departure December 20 New Year’s in Paris, including festive dinner
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; canal transfer boat in Venice, Pisa mini-train ride
Buffet breakfasts daily; 6 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
ARRIVE IN THE AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND Check into your hotel, and start exploring this exciting city with your CosmosGo app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
AMSTERDAM Enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights, as well as an included canal cruise to see the town from water level. Then, watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a diamond center. Time in the afternoon to explore on your own or join an optional excursion.
AMSTERDAM AREA–KARLSRUHE, GERMANY Traveling through Germany, choose an included scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine or, even more thrilling, the optional Rhine cruise with vistas of the Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, half-timbered wine villages, and terraced vineyards. Spend the night in Karlsruhe. Today’s Distance: 336 mi/ 540 km
KARLSRUHE–INNSBRUCK AREA, AUSTRIA Drive through Baden-Wüttenberg to the foot of the Alps to visit King Ludwig’s magnificent Neuschwanstein castle, Germany’s fairytale castle. Carry on into the verdant Austrian Tyrol. Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km
INNSBRUCK AREA–VENICE AREA, ITALYCross the border into Italy to the unique floating city of Venice. This afternoon’s orientation includes a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, followed by a visit to a traditional glassblowing workshop. Don’t miss out on the romantic optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. Today’s Distance: 242 mi/ 390 km
VENICE AREA–ASSISI–ROME An interesting drive southward, cutting across the Po Delta, then through the gentle Umbrian hills to medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous St. Francis Basilica with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome. Today’s Distance: 317 mi/ 510 km
ROME The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Start the included introduction to Rome’s landmarks from St. Peter’s Square with a Local Guide. Enjoy a drive along the iconic landmarks of the city: the Tiber River, the Caius Cestius Pyramid, the Aurelian Walls and the Caracalla Baths. Complete the experience with a walk back in time from the Circus Maximus to the Arch of Constantine and to the fascinating Colosseum, symbol of the Roman Empire.
ROME–PISA–MONTECATINI This morning, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Vatican city and to join our optional excursion visiting the Vatican Museum and with the spectacular Sistine Chapel. Say goodbye to Rome and drive on the Highway of the Sun to Pisa. Hop on a mini train to the Square of Miracles and admire the curious Leaning Tower, a world-favorite photographic subject. Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini, recently added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km
MONTECATINI–FLORENCE–LAKE COMO Arrive in Florence. This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled for a whole day. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide that features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and Loggia dei Lanzi. To top it all, see Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile (belltower), and the magnificently carved East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Journey northward through the Tuscan hills and across the Apennines to the shores of romantic Lake Como.Today’s Distance: 270 mi/ 435 km
LAKE COMO–LUGANO, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE AREA Leave beautiful Lake Como and cross the border into Switzerland for a stop in the Italian-speaking town of Lugano. Continue north and, once through Gotthard Tunnel, see more magnificent alpine scenery as you descend to the shores of Lake Lucerne. Today’s Distance: 127 mi/ 205 km
LUCERNE AREA–INTERLAKEN–LAUSANNE AREA Spend some time in beautiful Lucerne. Later, stop in idyllic Interlaken and follow the shoreline of Lake Thun. A few more miles to Lausanne, overlooking Lake Geneva. Today’s Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km
LAUSANNE AREA–BEAUNE, FRANCE–PARIS Enjoy vistas of famous vineyards on the way to Beaune. Visit the medieval Burgundian town, known all over the world for its wine production. Take the autoroute to Paris. Today’s Distance: 326 mi/ 525 km
PARIS Get to know the city of romance with a local expert and see many of the Parisian sites, such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysées. An optional excursion is available to the palace and gardens of Versailles.
PARIS Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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.
Escorting tours for more than 10 years
"I love guiding travelers through Europe and turning their travel dreams into reality! It's extremely rewarding to work toward the mutual understanding and respect of cultures and peoples. I put all my energy into what I do, and I feel utmost gratitude when guests leave me with tears of happiness in their eyes and the promise to come back."
Escorting tours for more than 10 years
"As a Tour Director I get to call worldwide famous monuments, breath-taking sceneries and hidden gems of Europe my "office". My job is to make sure your travel experience will be as stress-free, memorable and fun as possible. I'll give you tips and tricks on how to make the most of your trip. What is the best local delicacy? What I love most is being able to play a role in creating wonderful memories, goose-bump moments and tears of happiness!"
Escorting tours for more than 5 years
"I grew up in former Czechoslovakia as a Hungarian, during the communist era in a multicultural enviroment. During those times to see the the rest of the world was just a childhood dream, now it is a reality. Before I settled down in Hungary, I lived in Vienna, Berlin and Sydney - just to mention few. Through those years, I gain lots of experience and learnt a lot about the world, and myself. I hope I will have the chance to share my passion about Europe and show you the best of it."