The best of Europe

Description

Days: 18

Description: England, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France

Vacation Overview

A European tour… 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 will start with visiting London, the British capital, where you could join one of our optional excursions or just enjoy time at leisure discovering the city on your own. From there, you’ll take the Eurostar train to Brussels and then carry on your journey by coach to discover many interesting destinations. On guided sightseeing tours, you’ll visit the must-see sights—including those that will delight history fans—such as Amsterdam’s canals; Rome’s St Peter Square and the Colosseum; Florence’s renaissance old city center with a replica of the “David” by Michelangelo, Pompeii, where you’ll see what life was like during the Roman Empire before Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD; Paris’s most famous landmarks 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 views of the Italian and French Riviera’s. 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 of 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 Sorrento coast and on the legendary island of Capri, and you’ll love the green hills and valleys as you travel through Umbria to visit Assisi.

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

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND

Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, you may want to 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–AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND

Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels with your Tour Director. Board your luxury motorcoach for the drive to the Amsterdam area.

Breakfast

Day 4 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.

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Day 5 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.

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Day 6 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.

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Day 7 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.

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Day 8 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             Dinner

Day 9 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.

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Day 10 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.

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Day 11 ROME–POMPEII–SORRENTO AREA

Travel 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 your included visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, see the luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Just a few more miles to reach the lively Sorrento Area.

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Day 12 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.

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Day 13   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.

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Day 14   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.

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Day 15   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.

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Day 16 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.

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Day 17   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?

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Day 18   PARIS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Vacation Highlights

LONDON

Visit

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

Headsets throughout the tour.

Guides:

Host service in London

December 16 Departure – Christmas lunch in Rome and New Year’s in Paris, including festive dinner

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.

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 15 minutes.

Holiday Inn Express Arena Towers

Brand new 4-star Holiday Inn hotel located in the most dynamic business and entertainment area of Amsterdam.

Wiesbaden

Novum City

Novum Hotel Wiesbaden City is located in central Wiesbaden, just a 5-minute walk from the Hessian State Theatre. It offers air-conditioned rooms, a 24-hour bar, and a large breakfast buffet.

Lucerne

Drei Koenige

The Garni Hotel Drei Koenige is situated in the heart of Lucerne and offers comfortable and spacious rooms with all the amenities of a three star hotel. The quiet location as well as the uniqueness of the art nouveau building makes your stay to a special experience. Many sightseeing places, the train station and the old town are close by. Besides, for the best start into the day a rich breakfast buffet is expecting you.

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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.

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

Fleming

Modern hotel offering popular amenities and comforts, restaurant and bar is located 40 km from FCO Airport; staff is multilingual.

Sorrento

Panorama Palace

The Panorama Palace Hotel is situated on the cliffs above the sea, a few minutes from the beach of Meta di Sorrento, the first of the towns which form the Sorrentine Peninsula, and a few kilometres from the principal tourist centres Sorrento, Capri, Ischia, Procida, the Amalfi Coast, Pompei Herculaneum, Naples, Cserta and Mt. Vesuvius. Given its position, the hotel boasts an incredible panoramic view of the winding Sorrentine coast. The hotel is managed by a local family who strive to provide an environment of informal elegance and assistance. The hotel offers all comforts and a restaurant facing the the blue Gulf of Naples and the Sorrentine Coast as well as a local restaurant and a swimming pool.

Florence

Hotel Nil

NILHOTEL is the ideal place for travelers who want quiet and comfort yet remaining in the city.

B&B Hotel City Center

Nice

Park Inn by Radisson Nice Airport

This hotel in Nice offers both an ideal location and a premier guest experience. Enjoy 151 chic, modern guest rooms offering a stylish retreat close to beaches and shopping.

Ibis Aéroport Promenade

This 128-room hotel is located on the famous Promenade des Anglais near the airport and a few kilometers away from Nice’s old town and the flower market. The famous beach of the Baies des Anges is located at 600 meters. It offers a restaurant with typical cooking of Nice and seasonal products and also a bar open 24 hours a day.

Grenoble

Mercure Alpotel

In the centre of Grenoble close to the Paul mistral Park, this 88-room mid-scale hotel offers comfortable guest rooms with modern design and Free Wi-Fi access. Traditional French cuisine and drinks are served in the café style restaurant Monday to Friday.

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.

Pricing: 

Tour
Start Date
Return
Date
Land/Cruise
Price Only
1/2/2019 1/19/2019 $2,659
3/22/2019 4/8/2019 $2,639
3/29/2019 4/15/2019 $2,779
4/5/2019 4/22/2019 $2,869
4/12/2019 4/29/2019 $2,949
4/26/2019 5/13/2019 $2,949
5/3/2019 5/20/2019 $3,049
5/10/2019 5/27/2019 $3,049
5/17/2019 6/3/2019 $3,049
6/7/2019 6/24/2019 $2,969
6/21/2019 7/8/2019 $2,969
7/5/2019 7/22/2019 $2,899
7/19/2019 8/5/2019 $2,899
8/2/2019 8/19/2019 $2,899
8/16/2019 9/2/2019 $2,929
9/6/2019 9/23/2019 $3,049
9/13/2019 9/30/2019 $3,049
9/20/2019 10/7/2019 $3,049
9/27/2019 10/14/2019 $2,949
10/4/2019 10/21/2019 $2,899
11/8/2019 11/25/2019 $2,689
12/16/2019 1/2/2020 $2,769
1/2/2020 1/19/2020 $2,739

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