Wonders of Europe

Description

Days: 15

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

Vacation Overview

From London to Paris via Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, discover the many wonders on this memorable European tour. History buffs will delight in seeing many of Europe’s historic sights. In Rome, see the iconic Colosseum, completed in the 1st century AD. In Lucerne, walk on the Chapel Bridge, built in 1333 as part of the city’s fortifications and now the oldest-preserved wooden bridge in Europe. In Trier, Germany’s oldest city, a walking tour highlights the Roman heritage, pleasant market squares, and Germany’s oldest Christian church. Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is a city that has retained its historic charm and is Europe at its most quintessential. On your walking tour here, see the gothic cathedral with its spires, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, and wander around the magical La Petite France district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, and a waterfront promenade.

If you’re more interested in art and architecture, you’ll enjoy the treasures offered on this Europe tour. Visit Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with the Piazza Signoria, adorned with ornate and famous statues. Stand in awe in front of Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower and explore the delicate floating city of Venice, both unique architectural wonders. Of course, no traveler to Europe should miss the distinct Parisian style, and you’ll have time to explore Paris’ famous sites.

Enjoy some time in the French Riviera, visit a famous perfume factory in Èze, and discover the Provence region, known for its Mediterranean climate, vineyards, and gorgeous scenery. Visit Aix-en-Provence, the birthplace of painter Cézanne and known for its fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés.

From the historic sights and architectural treasures to the beautiful scenery, this enriching, value-minded European tour offers something for everyone.

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

The whole day is free to take advantage of our rich program of optional activities. How about a fascinating tour of London’s landmarks, a visit to the Tower of London with the lavish Crown Jewels, or an excursion to Windsor Castle? Tonight, dinner followed by a leisurely cruise on the Thames River would be fun!

Breakfast

Day 3 LONDON–BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels. Here, board your comfortable motorcoach to your overnight hotel.

Breakfast

Day 4 BRUSSELS–TRIER, GERMANY–STRASBOURG AREA, FRANCE

Cross the German border and stop for an included guided walking tour of ancient Trier, founded by the Celts in the late 4th century BC. Later, travel through the fabled Black Forest, known for its cuckoo clocks, wood carving, delectable Black Forest Cake, and traditional farmhouses with sweeping, half-hipped roofs. Cross into France to arrive in Strasbourg for an overnight.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 5 STRASBOURG AREA–LUCERNE AREA, SWITZERLAND

On your included guided walking tour in Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament, see the monumental gothic cathedral with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock; experience the unique Franco-German culture; and explore the city’s historic heart, the magical La Petite France district. Later, enter Switzerland and head towards the majestic Alps to Lucerne. Visit the LION MONUMENT, a masterful stone sculpture honoring Louis XVI’s heroic Swiss Guard; and CHAPEL BRIDGE, Europe’s oldest covered bridge, dating back to 1333.

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Day 6 LUCERNE AREA–MILAN, ITALY

More wonderful alpine scenery awaits as you drive to the mountains surrounding massive St. Gotthard. Pass through its great tunnel, then begin your scenic descent into the warmth and sunshine of Canton Ticino, then on to vibrant Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 7 MILAN–VENICE AREA

Leave Milan and cross the Po River plain to the Venice area. Here, you’ll board your private MOTORBOAT to St. Mark’s Square. Take time to enjoy the Bridge of Sighs, Doges’ Palace, and monumental ST. MARK’S SQUARE. Visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP to watch a skilled craftsman at work. Don’t miss out on an optional gondola serenade that glides through century-old canals.

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Day 8 VENICE AREA–ASSISI–ROME

An interesting drive southward, 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.

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Day 9 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 10 ROME–FLORENCE–MONTECATINI

Say “Arrivederci, Roma” as you drive northward to reach Florence. On the included walking tour with a Local Guide, discover the landmarks of this Renaissance city, like Piazza Signoria with the Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo Vecchio, and the breathtaking cathedral on Piazza del Duomo. Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini.

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Day 11 MONTECATINI–PISA–ÈZE, FRANCE–FRENCH RIVIERA

Stop in Pisa where a mini train ride takes you to see the Leaning Tower and the SQUARE OF MIRACLES. Bypassing the great port of Genoa, head northwest for glimpses of the Italian and French Rivieras. Visit one of the famous PERFUME FACTORIES in lovely Èze before reaching your destination on the glamorous French Riviera.

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Day 12 FRENCH RIVIERA–AIX-EN-PROVENCE–LYON AREA

Leave the French Riviera this morning and head inland, crossing sun-drenched Provence. Take in the Mediterranean atmosphere of Aix-en-Provence, then travel through the famous wine-producing area of the Rhône Valley. Overnight in the Lyon area.

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Day 13 LYON AREA–BEAUNE–PARIS

Enjoy vistas of famous Burgundy vineyards on the way to Beaune, famous for wines such as Chambertin and Nuits-Saint-Georges. Its Hôtel-Dieu with its colorful roof was one of the oldest hospitals in Europe. Head for the exciting city of Paris with time to enjoy an optional cabaret show.

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Day 14 PARIS

One full day to explore the city that’s known throughout the world for its fashion, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sites. Tonight, consider joining the optional farewell dinner in a typical French restaurant.

Breakfast

Day 15 PARIS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

Vacation Highlights

LONDON

Visit

LONDON-BRUSSELS

by Eurostar train

TRIER & STRASBOURG

Guided sightseeing

LUCERNE

Visit

VENICE

Canal boat ride, visit

ASSISI

Visit St. Francis Basilica

ROME & FLORENCE

Guided sightseeing

PISA

See the Leaning Tower

ÈZE

Visit a Perfume workshop

AIX EN PROVENCE & BEAUNE

Visit

PARIS

Guided sightseeing

Headsets throughout the tour.

Guides:

Host service in London

December 19 Departure – 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.

Holiday Inn London- Kensington High Street

This elegant hotel boasts an ideal location near the renowned shops on High Street Kensington. The hotel includes 550 rooms equipped with ensuite shower or bath, satellite TV, coffee maker, and state-of-the-art in-room entertainment system. It also provides 24-hour in room dining and one-day laundry and dry cleaning service. The hotels Blue Smoke restaurant is an American-style steakhouse, and the Lions Sports Bar shows all the action and excitement of live sporting events from around the world.

Brussels

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.

Strasbourg

Ibis Strasbourg Centre Historique

“With its monumental cathedral featuring carvings as delicate as any piece of lacework, Strasbourg is one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Thanks to the richness and sheer density of its heritage sites, the entire town center has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Strasbourg is definitely well worth a visit, to discover its history, its cuisine and its unique atmosphere. Ibis Centre Ponts Couverts is ideally located in a quiet area ¿the Petite France¿, the historical area of the town (5 minutes walk). The city center and the cathedral are only 15 minutes walk from the hotel, a tram station is just in front of the hotel.”

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.

Milan

Starhotels Business Palace

An icon of industry transformed into a landmark of luxury. This 247-room hotel is set inside a converted early 1900s factory and facilities include a fully-equipped fitness room which boasts a panoramic view of the city, two verdant internal courtyards and a lounge bar with a billiards table. A rich menu and a wide selection of wines featuring intriguing labels from Italian vineyards can be enjoyed in the restaurant and Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.

Holiday Inn Garibaldi Station

The hotel is located 2 minutes from Corso Como and from the fashion district. It is only 5 minutes on foot from the Porta Garibaldi train and underground station (300 m away) where the passerby railway begins.

Venice

Ambasciatori at Mestre

Positioned on the mainland in the town of Mestre, facing the Venetian cluster of islands, a short walk from Mestre train station and town center. Facilities in this mid-range 93-room property include a fitness room, à la carte restaurant, pleasant lounge bar and Free Wi-Fi access.

Rome

Park Hotel Dei Massimi

Hotel offers a warm ambience and modern comforts; overlooking the city, situated a short distance from the Vatican.

Montecatini

Grand Hotel Ambasciatori

Hotel Ambasciatori, thanks to its geographical position, offers guests the most beautiful panoramic view over Montecatini Terme, Montecatini Alto , as well as the surrounding Tuscan hills. Built to encompass a contemporary style, the hotel provides modern and comfortable areas, as well as a cosy and suggestive rooftop terrace with swimming pool and sunbeds. The terrace is also served by the in-house bars and restaurants and can be used for a relaxing dinner. Situated along one of the town’s most elegant avenues, the hotel is close to the spa baths, the park, the train station and to the town centre. The Grand Hotel Ambasciatori welcomes guests under a new management while very proud of maintaining the Italian tradition of hospitality through friendliness and comfort.

Nice

Ibis Styles Nice Airport

This hotel is located in the heart of the Nice Arenas business district, 15 mn from Nice City center, 30km from Monaco and the Italian border.

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.

Lyon

Hotel Lyon Ouest

Nestled in a haven of greenery, the Hotel Lyon ouest is situated in a soothing setting along the banks of the river Saone, in the heart of an up-and-coming area with muliple restaurants and a cineam, just 10 minutes by car/15 minutes by public transport from the city centre.

Parkest

The new 3-star Hotel ParKest is strategically located a few minutes from Lyon’s international Saint-Exupéry airport, major highways and the new stadium “des Lumières”. It offers 105 spacious and soundproof rooms, all equipped with the highest standard of comfort, and provides a vast range of facilities including a bar, a wellness center (sauna, hammam, cardio-training room), a restaurant of homemade Italian specialties. Free wiFi, private parking and shuttle service.

Paris

Ibis Paris Cambronne Tour Eiffel

Located in the heart of Paris and just a few minutes from the Eiffel Tower, this hotel with its warm and friendly atmosphere is the ideal base for your trip to the capital. Discover its Parisian neo-brasserie with fresh dishes cooked on-site, a champagne bar, wine bar, tea room, street food bar and even a concept store, all in a easy-living environment.

Pricing

Tour
Start Date
Return
Date
Land/Cruise
Price Only
1/2/2019 1/16/2019 $2,239
3/19/2019 4/2/2019 $2,339
4/2/2019 4/16/2019 $2,499
4/16/2019 4/30/2019 $2,539
4/30/2019 5/14/2019 $2,539
5/7/2019 5/21/2019 $2,539
5/21/2019 6/4/2019 $2,539
5/28/2019 6/11/2019 $2,539
6/4/2019 6/18/2019 $2,539
6/18/2019 7/2/2019 $2,539
7/2/2019 7/16/2019 $2,539
7/16/2019 7/30/2019 $2,469
7/30/2019 8/13/2019 $2,469
8/13/2019 8/27/2019 $2,469
8/27/2019 9/10/2019 $2,529
9/3/2019 9/17/2019 $2,529
9/10/2019 9/24/2019 $2,599
9/17/2019 10/1/2019 $2,599
9/24/2019 10/8/2019 $2,599
10/1/2019 10/15/2019 $2,529
10/8/2019 10/22/2019 $2,529
12/19/2019 1/2/2020 $2,479

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