Cosmopolitan Europe

Description

Days: 17

Description: England, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France

Vacation Overview

Europe—it’s a continent full of different cultures, architecture, art, scenery, and histories—and on this European tour, you’ll get to experience and see what many of the European countries have to offer. You’ll start in London, then take a comfortable ride on the Eurostar train to reach France from the UK. Spend two nights in Vienna, the Venice area, Rome, the Lucerne area, and Paris, and one overnight in Brussels, Würzburg, Prague, and Florence.

On your sightseeing tours, learn about the fascinating histories as you see attractions such as Rome’s Colosseum, completed in the 1st century AD; Lucerne’s Lion Monument, commemorating the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution; Prague’s Jewish Quarter, which houses some of the best-preserved and most important Jewish sights in Europe; and Vienna’s Hofburg, the palatial complex for the Habsburgs. You’ll also see examples of the local art and architecture, such as the glorious cathedral in Florence and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Magnificent scenery also awaits you on this European tour. Cherish time in spectacular Lake Lugano in Switzerland, where you can enjoy a stroll on the scenic promenade. Enjoy a beautiful Rhine cruise passing by castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, and the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of an enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. Take in the breathtaking alpine scenery as you travel across Austria to beautiful Lake Wörth, an alpine lake formed by glaciers, and as you travel to Lucerne, surrounded by its picturesque lake nestled amid the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps. Sit back and relax as you travel through the Tuscan countryside, with its rolling hills, olive grows, vineyards, and small towns. Scenery, historic monuments, distinct art and architecture, and much more—it’s all available on this Cosmopolitan Europe tour planned for value-minded travelers

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND

Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, you might 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

Day 3 LONDON–BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels. Here, your Tour Director and comfortable motorcoach will take you to your overnight hotel.

Breakfast

Day 4 BRUSSELS–RHINE CRUISE, GERMANY–WÜRZBURG

Drive south to the shores of the mighty Rhine. Your included RHINE CRUISE reveals some legendary sites such as the Lorelei rock, ancient castles, and scenic vineyards. On to Würzburg, a baroque city known for high quality of life, green spaces, thermal springs, and local wines.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 5 WÜRZBURG–NUREMBERG–PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

En route to Prague, stop in Nuremberg, an ancient city still bearing its medieval walls with rampart walks and an 11th-century castle. It is also famous for its 1945 trials of Nazi leaders and war criminals. Continue to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic and historic capital of Bohemia.

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Day 6 PRAGUE–VIENNA, AUSTRIA

The wealth of gothic and baroque architecture perhaps inspired Dvorak and Smetana, both Prague composers. Included guided sightseeing features landmarks such as the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and the Old Town Square with its ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK. This afternoon, motor from Bohemia into Moravia and cross into Austria to spend two nights in its splendid capital, Vienna.

Breakfast

Day 7 VIENNA

There’s so much to see on your included guided sightseeing tour: the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the Hofburg Palace. In the afternoon, an optional trip to the Palace of Schönbrunn. This evening, enjoy an optional Viennese concert.

Breakfast

Day 8 VIENNA–VELDEN–VENICE AREA, ITALY

Enjoy breathtaking alpine scenery as you travel across Austria to Velden and beautiful Lake Wörth for a short visit. Next, cross into Italy by way of Tarvisio, then descend to the Venice area for two overnights.

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Day 9 VENICE AREA

The discovery starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by free time to soak up the atmosphere of this unique city. Enjoy a chance to visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola ride.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 10   VENICE AREA–ASSISI–ROME

Travel south across the Po Plain into the very heart of the Apennines, dotted with towns and villages perched on the mountainsides. Spend time in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto. Reach Rome in time to join the optional Rome-by-Night excursion.

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Day 11 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. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment.

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Day 12   ROME–FLORENCE

The next destination is Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Join an included walking tour with your Local Guide to discover the city highlights: Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio; Loggia dei Lanzi. Top off the day with Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.”

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Day 13   FLORENCE–LUGANO, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE AREA

Head north and cross into Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Canton Ticino. Stroll along Lugano’s picturesque lakeside promenade before immersing yourself in the alpine landscapes of Lucerne and its surroundings.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 14   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 cable-car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis; a cruise on the fjord-like lake; and, of course, there is time to shop for an authentic Swiss watch.

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Day 15   LUCERNE AREA–PARIS, FRANCE

Enjoy vistas of green pastures and rustic chalets on the way to France. Travel past some of its famous vineyards as you approach the exciting capital, Paris. Tonight enjoy an optional cabaret show.

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Day 16   PARIS

Paris holds a special place in the imagination. It’s a city of many facets and famed for its culture, beauty, sophistication, and lights. By sitting with a glass of wine in a bistro or sidewalk café, you can absorb the essence of the city. The center has wide boulevards and impressive buildings. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sites. Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles and, to celebrate the success of your tour, a French farewell dinner might be just the ticket.

Breakfast

Day 17 PARIS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

Vacation Highlights

LONDON

Visit

LONDON-BRUSSELS

by Eurostar train

RHINE CRUISE NUREMBERG

Visit

PRAGUE & VIENNA

Guided sightseeing

VELDEN & LAKE WORTH

Visit

VENICE

Canal boat ride

ASSISI

Visit St. Francis Basilica

ROME

Guided sightseeing

FLORENCE

Guided walking tour

LUGANO & LUCERNE

Visit

PARIS

Guided sightseeing

Headsets throughout the tour.

Guides:

Host service in London

December 31 Departure – New Year in London

Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

Hotels

London

Novotel London West

Concrete and brick commercial hotel in modern nine-story complex located at Hammersmith, 1/4 mile from train station.

Brussels

Ibis Centre Gare du Midi Hotel

Ibis Centre Gare Midi, newly renovated, is located just a few steps from the railway station, not far from the famous Grand Place and the Brussels city center. 225 spacious air conditioned rooms feature several amenities such as a restaurant, a bar with snacks available 24hrs, pay parking and a meeting room for conferences.

Ramada La Woluwe

161 Business Rooms and Executive Stylish Rooms, all equipped with today’s modern comfort. Enjoy the hospitality of a reflecting bright and spacious look.

Wurzburg

Wittelsbacher Hoeh

Hotel Wittelsbacher Höh is located in a suburb of Würzburg, about 2,5km distance to the city center. The buses are not running so often. The costs for a taxi is about €14,00 one-way

Prague

Clarion Congress Hotel

The Hotel offers variable conference rooms with high-tech equipment in all spaces and guest rooms. It also offers various restaurants, bars, a wellness and fitness center and a shopping mall right next to the Hotel.

Vienna

Star Inn Schoenbrunn

The Star Inn Hotel “Wien Schönbrunn” is conveniently situated near the west gateway of Vienna. The underground lines U4 and U6 can be accessed in the direct vicinity of the hotel. It will only take you 7 minutes to travel to Vienna’s city centre and just 5 minutes to get to the world-renowned “Schloss Schönbrunn”.

Venice

Poppi

Situated on the Riviera del Brenta and founded in 1965,the hotel is still family run. hotel Poppi offers 100 rooms and a renowned restaurant.

Rome

Pineta Palace

The Hotel Pineta Palace is a 4-star hotel in Rome, located not far from Vatican City.

Florence

Italiana Hotel and Resort

Contemporary four stars hotel located 10 minutes far from downtown and just 1 mile from exit Florence South of highway A1.

Lucerne

Ibis Styles Luzerne City

The hotel is located in the historic center of the city of Lucerne, The Rigi, Pliatus and Titlis mountains are perfect for day trips. The hotel boasts a restaurant as well as seminar rooms.

Paris

Courtyard By Marriott Arcueil

A new-generation hotel in Arcueil, is designed for the comfort of today’s traveler, with spacious hotel rooms, modern furniture, fantastic beds, in-room air conditioning, mini-fridges, safes and broadband Internet access.

Kyriad Paris Bercy Village

In the east of Paris, the hotel Kyriad Bercy boasts an ideal location for exploring The City of Lights.

Pricing

Tour
Start Date
Return
Date
Land/Cruise
Price Only
4/5/2019 4/21/2019 $2,719
4/19/2019 5/5/2019 $2,779
5/3/2019 5/19/2019 $2,779
5/17/2019 6/2/2019 $2,839
5/31/2019 6/16/2019 $2,839
6/14/2019 6/30/2019 $2,839
6/28/2019 7/14/2019 $2,719
7/12/2019 7/28/2019 $2,719
7/26/2019 8/11/2019 $2,719
8/9/2019 8/25/2019 $2,719
8/23/2019 9/8/2019 $2,759
9/6/2019 9/22/2019 $2,839
9/20/2019 10/6/2019 $2,839
10/4/2019 10/20/2019 $2,769
10/18/2019 11/3/2019 $2,709
11/8/2019 11/24/2019 $2,449
12/31/2019 1/16/2020 $2,399

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