Europe’s Highlights

Description

Days: 14

Description: Holland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Frnace

Vacation Overview

From its exciting cities to its spectacular scenery, Europe has it all, and 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, they’ll show you the Eiffel Tower in Paris; Piazza Signoria in Florence, renowned for its ornate and famous statues; and St. Peter’s Square in Rome, the heart of the Vatican. Other fun 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 beautiful scenery. A fascinating drive along the Rhine River features quaint towns, castles from the Middle Ages, and villages lining the countryside. Take an exciting drive through the Gotthard Tunnel, which leads straight through 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, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by three mighty mountains.

Europe’s highlights—including historic monuments, must-see attractions, and scenery—are all available on this splendid, value-minded Europe tour!

Itinerary

Day 1 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.

Dinner

Day 2 AMSTERDAM

Enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights, as well as a 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.

Breakfast

Day 3 AMSTERDAM AREA–MANNHEIM AREA, 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 the Mannheim area.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 4 MANNHEIM AREA–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.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 5 INNSBRUCK AREA–VENICE AREA, ITALY

Cross 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.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 6 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 BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.

Breakfast

Day 7 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

Day 8 ROME–FLORENCE–MONTECATINI

Drive on the Highway of the Sun to 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; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificently carved East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 9 MONTECATINI–PISA–MILAN–LAKE COMO

Hop on a mini train to the SQUARE OF MIRACLES in Pisa and admire the curious Leaning Tower. Journey northward through the Tuscan hills and across the Apennines to Milan to see the majestic gothic Duomo. Continue to the shores of romantic Lake Como.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 10 LAKE COMO–LUGANO, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE AREA

Leave beautiful Lake Como and cross the border into Switzerland for a stop in Lugano in Italian-speaking Canton Ticino. Continue north and, once through Gotthard Tunnel, see more magnificent alpine scenery as you descend to the shores of Lake Lucerne.

Breakfast

Day 11 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.

Breakfast

Day 12 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. Tonight, maybe an exciting optional cabaret show?

Breakfast

Day 13   PARIS

Get to know the city with a local expert and see many of the best-known Parisian sites, such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysées. An optional excursion is available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles, King Louis XIV’s residence.

Breakfast

Day 14 PARIS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

Vacation Highlights

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 Tower

MILAN, LUGANO, LUCERNE & BEAUNE

Visit

PARIS

Guided sightseeing

Headsets throughout the tour.

Departure April 15 Easter in Rome

Departure December 20 New Year’s in Paris, including festive dinner

Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 6 dinners

Hotels

Amsterdam

Best Western Plus Amedia Amsterdam Airport

Best Wester Plus Amedia Amsterdam Airport is an airport hotel located 35 minutes from the center of Amsterdam. It’s easy to get to the city center by taking our free shuttle to the airport, and then the train to Central Station. The village of Aalsmeer with the world famous flower auction is reachable by foot in

Corendon Village

The Corendon Village Amsterdam is a truly unique hospitality concept.With three hotel wings, the hotel will feature approximately 600 rooms. The modern 4-star hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Amsterdam’s metropolitan area.

Mannheim

Achat Premium Neustadt Weinstrasse

The ACHAT Premium Neustadt/Weinstraße is located in the centre of Neustadt and, at the same time, it is good accessible by car or train.The hotel disposes of 123 guest rooms, including seven junior suites,the restaurant „No13″, a hotel bar, two conference rooms for up to 140 persons, a sauna and fitness area with balconies and an in-house underground garage with 40 parking spaces.

Innsbruck

Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli

Newly built in 2011, this hotel is one of the tallest buildings in Innsbruck with 12 floors and 159 modern rooms.

Rumerhof

We are a traditionally managed 4-star house in Rum, near to Innsbruck.

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

Villa Maria Regina

Villa Maria Regina is a four star hotel situated in Via della Camilluccia in one of the most exclusive residential districts in Rome.

Montecatini

Settentrionale Esplanade

In the heart of Montecatini Terme offering hospitality and courtesy. The centrally located hotel has always been managed by the owners and is one of the cornerstones of the traditional hotels of Montecatini Terme.Restaurant, outdoors pool.

Lake Como

Lario Mezzegra

Hotel Lario is an excellent three star hotel, situated in the so called “Tremezzina”, an international place famous for its historical villas and gardens and for the traditional hotel hospitality, facing Lake Como. TV room,elegant restaurant with the new and bright veranda.

Lucerne

Ibis Kriens

Hotel Ibis Kriens is located in Kriens at the foot of the Mount Pilatus. By train you are in 5 minutes in Lucerne city center.

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.

Lausanne

Novotel Bussigny Lausanne

The Novotel Lausanne Bussigny with 141 guest rooms. Enjoy the welcoming and contemporary atmosphere, the hotel features a terrace overlooking a leafy park and a natural swimming pool.

Paris

Timohotel Berthier

The Timhotel Berthier Paris 17, with its renovated common areas, enjoys a strategic location and an easy access to Porte de Clichy.

Hotel Ibis Styles Paris Porte D’Orleans

The hotel is located in Montrouge, in the south of Paris, close to the business districts, Montparnasse train station and Arcueil. The hotel has 115 colorful, soundproofed and air-conditioned rooms with free WIFI access, a children’s play area, an interior garden and a snack bar.

Pricing

Tour
Start Date
Return
Date
Land/Cruise
Price Only
3/11/2019 3/24/2019 $1,999
3/25/2019 4/7/2019 $2,099
4/8/2019 4/21/2019 $2,189
4/22/2019 5/5/2019 $2,189
5/6/2019 5/19/2019 $2,249
5/20/2019 6/2/2019 $2,249
5/27/2019 6/9/2019 $2,249
6/3/2019 6/16/2019 $2,249
6/10/2019 6/23/2019 $2,249
6/17/2019 6/30/2019 $2,249
6/24/2019 7/7/2019 $2,249
7/8/2019 7/21/2019 $2,159
7/8/2019 7/21/2019 $2,159
7/22/2019 8/4/2019 $2,159
8/5/2019 8/18/2019 $2,159
8/19/2019 9/1/2019 $2,159
9/2/2019 9/15/2019 $2,249
9/9/2019 9/22/2019 $2,249
9/16/2019 9/29/2019 $2,249
9/23/2019 10/6/2019 $2,249
9/30/2019 10/13/2019 $2,249
10/7/2019 10/20/2019 $2,159
10/14/2019 10/27/2019 $2,159
10/21/2019 11/3/2019 $2,099
12/20/2019 1/2/2020 $2,159
3/9/2020 3/22/2020 $2,059

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