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The Best of Europe - GSA (5161)

16 days from London to London

2019 Tour Details

A European tour…it should include the most popular and exciting cities, the must-see sights, picturesque scenery, and a mix of culture, history, and just plain fun. On this Best of Europe tour, you’ll experience all of this and more. You’ll stay overnight in the Amsterdam area, Germany’s Rhineland, the Lucerne area, the Venice area, Rome, the Neapolitan Riviera (with one of Europe’s most breathtaking stretches of coastline), Florence, the French Riviera, Grenoble, and Paris.

On guided sightseeing tours, you’ll visit the must-see sights—including those that will delight history fans—such as Lucerne’s Chapel Bridge, built in the 14th century as part of the city’s fortifications and now Europe’s oldest-preserved wooden bridge; Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower; Rome’s Colosseum and Roman Forum, dating back to the Roman Empire; Assisi’s Basilica, dating to the 1200s; Pompeii, where you’ll see what life was like during the Roman Empire before Mount Vesuvius destroyed and preserved the town in 79 AD; and much more.

On this comprehensive European tour, you’ll also enjoy spectacular scenery. You’ll drive through the picturesque Rhineland with its scenic countryside, historic castles, and charming villages, and you’ll enjoy breathtaking drives and time in the Italian Riviera and French Riviera. Sit back and relax as you drive past the Burgundy vineyards in France and through gorgeous alpine scenery from Switzerland to Italy. Marvel at the beauty in Tuscany with its rural villages, rolling hills, vineyards, rows of cypress trees, and olive groves. You’ll stand in awe as you witness the blue sea and amazing views on the legendary island of Capri, and you’ll get a different perspective of Amsterdam as you cruise on its canals.

All of this and more await you on this dream European vacation designed for value-minded travelers!

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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

LONDON-BRUSSELS
by Eurostar train

AMSTERDAM
Canal cruise, guided sightseeing

HEIDELBERG
Visit

LUCERNE
Visit

VERONA
See Juliet’s balcony

VENICE
Canal boat ride

ASSISI
Visit St. Francis Basilica

ROME
Guided sightseeing

POMPEII
Archaeological site guided visit

CAPRI
Excursion by boat

SORRENTO
Visit

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour

PISA
See the Leaning Tower

ÈZE
Visit a Perfume workshop

BEAUNE
Visit

PARIS
Guided sightseeing

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Amsterdam, Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Paris

Notes:

December 16 Departure – Christmas lunch in Rome and New Year in Paris including reveillon dinner

Transportation:

Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Eurostar train London–Brussels and Paris–London; canal cruise in Amsterdam; canal transfer boat in Venice; boat transfer to Capri

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

 Itinerary

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

Day 1

LONDON, ENGLAND–BRUSSELS–AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND. Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels with your Tour Director. Board your luxury coach for the drive to the Amsterdam area.

Day 2

AMSTERDAM AREA–WIESBADEN, GERMANY. Today, enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights, followed by a CANAL CRUISE to see the city from water level, then stop to watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER. This afternoon, continue your journey to Wiesbaden.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

WIESBADEN–HEIDELBERG–LUCERNE AREA, SWITZERLAND. Drive through the picturesque Rhineland and enjoy splendid scenery as you skirt the Rhine river. Next, drive into Germany’s oldest university town, Heidelberg, nicely located at the confluence of the Neckar and Rhine Rivers, for a short visit. Continue to the Lucerne area.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

LUCERNE AREA. Lucerne is nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and graced by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. Your orientation includes the LION MONUMENT, erected in memory of the 800 Swiss Guards who defended Louis XVI and his wife; and the wooden CHAPEL BRIDGE. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a cable-car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis; a cruise on the fjord-like lake; and, of course, time to shop for an authentic Swiss watch.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

LUCERNE AREA–VERONA, ITALY–VENICE AREA. More wonderful alpine scenery as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround the massive St. Gotthard Pass leading to 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, you are in the Venice area.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

VENICE AREA. Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and busy little piazzas. Your included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by free time to soak up the city’s unique atmosphere and a chance to visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 7

VENICE AREA–ASSISI–ROME. An interesting drive southward, crossing the rolling Apennines. Stop in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182, and visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto. Then, head for Rome.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

ROME. The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

ROME–POMPEII–NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA. South all the way today, with the Vesuvius volcano in the distance. Visit Pompeii, where time stopped in 79 AD when the Vesuvius eruption totally buried it. On the included visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, see the luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Just a few more miles to reach the lively Neapolitan Riviera.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

SORRENTO AREA. EXCURSION TO CAPRI. Cross the blue sea for a full-day excursion to the legendary island of Capri. Surrounded by rose-tinted rocks, Capri has incredibly beautiful coves of translucent blues and greens. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. An optional tour takes you around the island with its steep roads and panoramic views.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 11

SORRENTO AREA–FLORENCE. An early journey north to Florence. Vistas of rolling hills, austere rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Arrive in Florence in the afternoon in time to enjoy its magnificent architectural and artistic treasures; the included walking tour with a Local Guide shows the highlights.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 12

FLORENCE–PISA–ÈZE, FRANCE–FRENCH RIVIERA. Stop in Pisa where you hop on a mini train to see the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the famous Leaning Tower. Bypassing the great port of Genoa, drive northwest for glimpses of the Italian and French Rivieras. Visit a typical Provence PERFUME WORKSHOP in Èze and later reach the shores of the charming Côte d’Azur.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13

FRENCH RIVIERA–SAINT-ANDRÉ-LES-ALPES–ROUTE NAPOLEON–GRENOBLE. Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon as he escaped from exile in Elba. Following the Route Napoleon, and stop for some crispy fresh air in Saint André Les Alpes before reaching Grenoble—now an alpine sports mecca and site of the 1968 Winter Olympic Games.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 14

GRENOBLE–BEAUNE–PARIS. Enjoy the very heart of the Burgundy wine-growing region, making a stop in lovely Beaune, surrounded by some of the world’s finest vineyards. Continue northward to the exciting city of Paris, capital of France.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15

PARIS. Paris is a world-class city with more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. This morning, see the main sights during the included city tour with a Local Guide. In the afternoon, a chance to feel like a French aristocrat as you join the optional walking tour through the immense Palace of Versailles. This evening, why not join an optional farewell dinner?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16

PARIS–LONDON, ENGLAND. Relax on your EUROSTAR journey back to London, where your holiday ends.
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.

CLARISSE TERRONI

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

"Travel through Europe offers a taste of different cultures. What is an Ausfahrt? No, it's not Aussie flatulence. Have you ever played music with a saw? The Austrians and Swiss do. Come to Europe with a healthy appetite and light suitcases. You're sure to return home with a bit of extra weight (bags AND tummy). I look forward to sharing this travel experience together and seeing Europe through your eyes!"

Tour Director -  CLARISSE TERRONI

 Accommodations

AMSTERDAM Best Western Plus Amedia Amsterdam Airport (F) or Holiday Inn Express Arena Towers (ST)
FLORENCE Italiana Hotel and Resort (F) or Hotel Nil (ST) or B&B Hotel City Center (ST)
FRENCH RIVIERA Quality Mediterranee (MF)
GRENOBLE Europole (ST) or Mercure Alpotel (F)
LUCERNE Drei Koenige (ST) or Ibis Kriens (TC)
NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA Central Park (TC)
NICE Park Inn by Radisson Nice Airport (MF) or Ibis Aéroport Promenade (ST)
PARIS Novotel Paris La Defense (F) or Timohotel Berthier (ST)
RHINELAND H+ Hotel Koeln Bruehl (F)
ROME Grand Fleming Hotel (F)
SORRENTO Panorama Palace (F)
VENICE Holiday Inn Venezia (ST) or Poppi (ST)
WIESBADEN Novum City (ST)

 Optional Excursions

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