The Best Of Europe 2019

The Best Of Europe 2019


Why Pay Retail? Call us or click for a quick quote and save money!

Why Pay Retail? Call us or click for a quick quote and save money!

Overview

Dates & Prices

*Departure Dates in bold denote Guaranteed Departures
Start DateEnd DateOffersBrochure
Land Price
Our PriceQuote
From
Fri, Nov 08, 2019
To
Mon, Nov 25, 2019
Deals$2,689Get Lower PriceGet Quote
From
Mon, Dec 16, 2019
To
Thu, Jan 02, 2020
Deals$2,769Get Lower PriceGet Quote
* Departure Dates in bold denote Guaranteed Departures

Promotions

LOW UNPUBLISHED PRICES ON COSMOS TOURS

Why pay full price? Call us or click above for a quick quote and save money on Cosmos Tours.

Young Travelers Save 10%

Mention Promo Code: PT5031
Promotion Image

Young Travelers Save 10%

Young Travelers Save 10%

Promotion Details
Young travelers ages 8-17 receive a 10% discount on the land only portion of their vacation, plus as always receive our AffordableTours.com extra savings.
Must Book By Tue, Dec 31, 2019
View Promotion Terms & Conditions ›

To receive the Young Traveler discount, the age of the traveler must qualify at start date of the vacation. Does not apply to custom groups. Discount is applicable to any accommodation. Additional restrictions may apply.

Up to $500 Welcome Back Credit for Repeat Travelers

Mention Promo Code: PT7212
Promotion Image

Up to $500 Welcome Back Credit for Repeat Travelers

Up to $500 Welcome Back Credit for Repeat Travelers

Promotion Details
Each time you travel on a Globus family of brands vacation (Cosmos, Globus, Avalon or Monograms) from 2019 onward you can earn up to $250 per person ($500 per couple) Welcome Back Credit to use towards your next vacation, plus as always our AffordableTours.com additional savings. There will be some select exceptions to the credit, including Escapes by Globus, Oberammergau, Monograms City Get-a-ways, Private Touring and any heavily discounted programs like Avalon Suite Rewards. Please see the list below for your potential credit amount listed per person.

  • Spend $2499 or less and receive $100 credit
  • Spend $2500 - $3499 and receive $150 credit
  • Spend $3500 - $4499 and receive $200 credit
  • Spend $4500 & Over and receive $250 credit
Combinable with all applicable consumer promotions except those with any Globus family of brands special discount programs of the vacation price.
Must Book By Tue, Dec 31, 2019
View Promotion Terms & Conditions ›

The Welcome Back Credit will be awarded upon completion in 2019 onward of Globus family of brands vacations. Credit amount can only be applied to the land/cruise or cruise only portion of a new Globus family of brands vacation (excluding Escapes by Globus, 2020 Oberammergau, select Cosmos tours, Monograms City Getaways, and Custom/Charter vacations). Credit amount is per person and must be redeemed for a future vacation with a deposit within 2 years from date of credit issue. Bookings can be made by contacting your preferred travel agent. Passenger name or past invoice number is required to redeem the credit. Combinable with all applicable consumer promotions except those with any Globus family of brands special discount programs of the vacation price. Credit is not redeemable for cash, non-refundable deposit, airfare, transfers, travel insurance, prepaid gratuities, pre/post nights, or optional excursions and is non-transferrable. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Valid for all participating Globus family of brands offices. Additional restrictions may apply.

Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

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!

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? (B)

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. (B)

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. (B)

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. (B)

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. (B)

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. (B)

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. (B,D)

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. (B)

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. (B)

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. (B)

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. (B,D)

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. (B,D)

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. (B)

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. (B,D)

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. (B)

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? (B)

Day 18: PARIS.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

OR Call Us For a Free Quote 1-800-935-2620

Inclusions

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

Local Host:
Host service in London

Sightseeing & Activities:

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 sightseeingTouring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

Meals:
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners


OR Call Us For a Free Quote 1-800-935-2620

Accommodations

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$780, $880 (departures May 10 & September 13)

No triple room reduction.

Extra nights per person in London:
in single room $147-$208, in twin $90-$137, in triple $64-$113

Extra nights per person in Paris:
in single room $116-$176, in twin $64-$94, in triple $81-$121

2020 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2019.

London: Novotel London West
Amsterdam: Best Western Plus Amedia Amsterdam Airport
Amsterdam: Holiday Inn Express Arena Towers
Wiesbaden: Novum City
Lucerne: Drei Koenige
Lucerne: Ibis Kriens
Venice: Poppi
Rome: Grand Fleming Hotel
Sorrento: Panorama Palace
Florence: Hotel Nil
Florence: B&B Hotel City Center
Nice: Park Inn by Radisson Nice Airport
Nice: Ibis Promenade des Anglais at Nice
Grenoble: Mercure Alpotel
Paris: Timohotel Berthier

OR Call Us For a Free Quote 1-800-935-2620

Questions & Answers

Question: What About the Visa charges is it inclusive?

You will be responsible for your own visas.

Question: Do you offer airfare to be added on?

Yes- we can find airfare for you as well when you book a tour or cruise with us.

Question: How about Airport pick up and drop off?

Our travel consultants can arrange that for you.

Question: on this tour can they accomodate a senior person with a walker?

Yes, but there is a fair amount of walking involved. It may be more comfortable to use a wheel chair. Please call us and speak with one of our certified travel consultants to figure out what will be best.

Question: On this tour do you get to walk around these locations or are we just seeing them by boats, driving?

You will have several walking tours and excursions included on this trip. Also, anything listed in ALL CAPS on the itinerary is an included excursion with a visit.

Question: Are the prices in American funds?

All prices on our website are in US dollars.

Question: how many breakfast and dinner are for the entire trip?

Included on this Cosmos trip are daily buffet breakfasts and 4 dinners.

Question: Are the hotel accomodations included

Yes- all hotel accommodations are included.

Question: What is the format for the postal code when requesting a quote from New Zealand. I can't seem to get past this point on your form.

For our international clients, you can use "00000" as your zip code to request a quote from us. Alternatively, you can email [email protected]

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Accommodations
Itinerary
Professional Staff
Repeat with Operator
Value for Money

Ratings based off 32 reviews . Currently showing 7 reviews with comments only.
By Daniel L on Mar 29, 2019

I would upgrade the internet bandwith on the bus. It only lasted about an hour with 31 people using it. For sure use another hotel in Sorrento, this place was very bad in so many areas, I would never send anyone there again. Days can be a bit long. Getting back to the hotel by 5pm should be a goal. Every hotel should have a list of churches, and places to eat available on paper, not on an app. There needs to be some thought given on how to get our laundry done. On a 18 day trip, we should not have to keep asking when can we do it, and where. There does not seem to be important, but it was to use. For group dinners during Lent, there should be options for the main course instead of fish. I was not able to eat on those nights due to meat only being served. I did not think to mention this when we were being asked about food, but there should always be an option than just meat. Guests should not have to drag their bags to their rooms and back. Only use hotels that offer this service. It's silly that its a company rule that our guide and driver can not eat meals with us. We miss out on asking questions and gaining knowledge about the places we have seen and will see. Never sure if we should have been tipping our local guides. I know the book said our guide would advise us on this, but never did, so I did not. The bus was very comfortable, but the seat rotation was a mess from day 2. Mostly due to guests who can not keep it straight, but moving two seats was a bit confusing. Not sure really what happened on the day we spent trapped in a snow storm leaving Switzerland. Communications and planning has to be improved on so this can not happen again. There should also be water and some snacks on the bus in case of emergency's like the one we had. I know its difficult to park a large bus, but if there is anyway to miss going to these large travel stations for breaks please look into it. These were crazy and not a good way to experience the countries we were seeing. The stop to see the diamonds and leather shops were a total waste of time, either skip these or find real crafts that we can appreciate.

By Mary T on Oct 05, 2018

I Loved my taste of Europe vacation. Our guide and driver were exeptional. I will defientley be interested in future travels with Cosmos.

By Amelia B on Apr 13, 2018

I had a wonderful experience meeting the people in the tour. seen so many beautiful places very happy. but the best was meeting Iris the director of our tour, she was exceptional great, she took great care of everybody. She made sure everybody was in the bus before we move to another place, took care of our luggage with such a care as if it was hers. Great wonderful person.

By Vickie N on Mar 23, 2018

Bobby was extremely responsive and helpful. Tour director Amila was amazing and bus driver Stefano very professional and excellent driver. The trip was good. Some rooms not so good, very warm and slept with windows open except when hardware had been removed. Some stains on floor and sometimes location at airports or in major construction and close to city center or not always close to transportation so optional excursions were more attractive. Overall, good trip and experience. Great teamwork and anticipation by Amila for a very diverse group regarding culture, health needs. Enjoyed our trip.

By Jacquelin P on Apr 21, 2017

Although we saw a lot, this tour was very busy. We were up early everyday and were on the go until late at night. We knew it would be this way with all the towns we were going to. I would recommend that those taking the tour do the optional Rome night out and Venice night out. But not to do all optional excursions because it leaves you with no free time.

By Joseph V on Aug 02, 2012

The experience was priceless, I recommend this to everyone.

By Anil T on Aug 02, 2012

The tour was well organised but for two weeks tour a more comfortable coach would be much appreciated.The tour according to me everyday should end at least by 4p.m so that elderly people would have some time to relax at our hotels and enjoy its facilities. Finally i can say the tour was "Value for Money" 


AffordableTours.com® does not itself offer, service or administer the Travel Packages, and the ultimate terms and conditions of any Travel Package made available via the Site Offerings (including the prices quoted in connection with same) will be determined by the applicable Third-Party Travel Service Provider. AffordableTours.com® does not represent or warrant that the Price Quotes are accurate, up-to-date or free of error, or that same will be honored by the applicable Third-Party Travel Service Providers. All Price Quotes, Travel Package availability, Travel Package details/itinerary and other Content are subject to change without notice. All travel details published by and through the Site Offerings should be confirmed directly with the applicable Third-Party Travel Service Provider prior to making any travel plans. Reliance on any information made available to you by and through the Site Offerings is solely at your own risk.

Call Us Now 1-800-935-2620


Better Business Bureau

AffordableTours.com is a proud recipient of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) awards 2006-2017.

It Pays To Refer! Earn Up To $200!

It's simple: Sign up your friends, family, and anyone to us and when they book you will receive an American Express gift card worth up to $200 in the mail for simply referring.

Read More

Get discounts by Email!