The Grand European with London 2021

The Grand European with London 2021


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

This extensive European tour stretches through Central Europe from London to Rome, then along the Mediterranean to Spain and France, then back to London. You’ll travel to some of Europe's most famous cities—London, Amsterdam, Lucerne, Venice, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, and Paris—and see some of its most famous landmarks. You'll also stay in some smaller but equally charming cities, including Nice, Carcassonne, and Poitiers in France; Wiesbaden in Germany; and Bilbao in Spain.This European tour is filled with historic sights. Italy is a country rich in natural and artistic treasures. In fact, Italy has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, some of which you’ll visit on this European tour: Assisi’s Basilica of St Francis and the historic city centers of Rome, Florence, Verona; Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli, Venice with its lagoon and the stunning Cinque Terre. In France, see the ancient battlements in the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne and admire the royal castle in Amboise. In Spain, see the Burgos beautiful gothic cathedral, begun in the 13th Century; in Barcelona, on your city tour, see Gaudi’s eccentric architectural masterpieces. This tour through Europe also features stunning scenery. On your travels from Germany into Switzerland, admire awe-inspiring alpine scenery. Spend time on the gorgeous French Riviera and enjoy a scenic journey along France’s Loire, with its rivers, and many castles. Drive through the scenic Rhineland and witness its picturesque countryside, historic castles, and charming villages. Marvel at the rolling hills, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages as you travel through Tuscany and Umbria. Discover the Cinque Terre region, with views that inspired artists and poets. Plus, enjoy some of France’s loveliest scenery—right out of a Van Gogh painting—in the Provence region.Return to London on the Eurostar train through the Channel Tunnel from France to the UK, where you’ll spend an additional overnight. This is the perfect vacation for value-minded travelers who want to see it all!

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.
Enjoy a full day with your choice of optional activities: take a panoramic tour of London’s landmarks, visit the Tower of London, or choose an excursion to Windsor Castle. Tonight, we recommend our optional Taste of London excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River. (B)

Day 3: LONDON–AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND.
Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels with your Tour Director. From here, travel on your luxury motorcoach to the Amsterdam area.
Today’s Distance: 323 mi/ 520 km (B)

Day 4: AMSTERDAM AREA–WIESBADEN, GERMANY.
Today, enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see Amsterdam from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER. Later, sightseeing with a Local Guide points out the city highlights. In the afternoon, travel southward to Wiesbaden.
Today’s Distance: 258 mi/ 415 km (B)

Day 5: WIESBADEN–HEIDELBERG–LUCERNE AREA, SWITZERLAND.
Drive through the scenic Rhineland and enjoy splendid scenery as you skirt the Rhine River. Continue into Germany’s oldest university town, Heidelberg, nicely located at the confluence of the Neckar and Rhine Rivers, for a short visit. Carry on to Switzerland for two overnights in the Lucerne area.
Today’s Distance: 270 mi/ 435 km (B)

Day 6: LUCERNE.
Lucerne is nestled amid snowcapped Alps, surrounded by Lake Lucerne, 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. Sign up for an optional cable-car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis. (B)

Day 7: LUCERNE AREA–VERONA, ITALY–VENICE AREA.
More wonderful alpine scenery as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround massive St. Gotthard Pass into the warmer and sunnier ambiance of Canton Ticino. Cross into Italy and drive across the Po Valley to Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Stroll around the picturesque market square (Piazza delle Erbe). Tonight, arrive in the Venice area.
Today’s Distance: 367 mi/ 590 km (B)

Day 8: VENICE.
Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, and palaces. Your included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by some time at leisure and a chance to visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip. (B,D)

Day 9: VENICE AREA–ASSISI–ROME
. Drive southward through the gentle Umbrian hills to Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.
Today’s Distance: 345 mi/ 555 km (B)

Day 10: ROME.
The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive, 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 The Last Judgment. (B)

Day 11: ROME–FLORENCE–MONTECATINI.
Journey to beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Florence, Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis to admire the city’s timeless beauty on the included walking tour with a Local Guide. Continue to Montecatini.
Today’s Distance: 202 mi/ 325 km (B)

Day 12: MONTECATINI–PISA–CINQUE TERRE–GENOVA.
Take a break in Pisa and take a mini train to see the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the amazing Leaning Tower. Then, hop aboard a TRAIN to discover some of the five spectacular Cinque Terre villages. Here, the beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired poet Lord Byron. From Levanto, head towards Genoa, birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus.
Today’s Distance: 149 mi/ 240 km (B,D)

Day 13: GENOVA–ITALIAN RIVIERA–ÈZE, FRANCE–FRENCH RIVIERA.
Today’s included guided tour is an excellent introduction to Genoa. A maze of squares and alleys, the city grew around the port, a natural inlet, and boasts the largest medieval historical center in Europe. Journey northwest, with views of the Italian Riviera. Continue to France for a visit to a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Èze before traveling along the celebrated Côte d’Azur. An optional Monte Carlo by Night excursion with dinner is available.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi/ 200 km (B)

Day 14: FRENCH RIVIERA–AVIGNON–CARCASSONNE.
Today’s journey on the way to Provence will take you through some of France’s loveliest scenery, sun-drenched landscapes right out of Van Gogh’s paintings. Stop for a visit in historic Avignon. Continue westwards to Carcassonne.
Today’s Distance: 336 mi/ 540 km (B,D)

Day 15: CARCASSONNE–BARCELONA, SPAIN.
Discover the medieval citadel of Carcassonne, an almost-untouched piece of fortified architecture, still standing in all its walled glory. See the drawbridges, towers, battlements, watch turrets and ramparts, used to defend the city from the enemy. Later, cross into Spain and arrive in Barcelona.
Today’s Distance: 211 mi/ 340 km (B)

Day 16: BARCELONA.
This morning’s sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of the port and city. The drive continues to the city center to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batlló and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included). (B)

Day 17: BARCELONA–SARAGOSSA–MADRID.
See more of Catalonia as you drive northwest, stopping in Saragossa through the very heart of New Castile for two overnights in Spain’s capital, Madrid.
Today’s Distance: 395 mi/ 635 km (B)

Day 18: MADRID.
Not only because it’s the capital of Spain, but also because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards say Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven. Enjoy the main highlights on the included sightseeing excursion, and take a fascinating optional trip to Toledo. The splendid setting is like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. (B,D)

Day 19: MADRID–BURGOS–BILBAO.
Stop in Burgos to visit the beautiful gothic cathedral. Continue through the Basque Country to Bilbao, famous for four contemporary architects: Norman Foster, Santiago Calatrava, Cesar Pelli, and Frank Gehry.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km (B,D)

Day 20: BILBAO–BORDEAUX, FRANCE–POITIERS.
A change of scenery as you travel into France across Gascony for an orientation of Bordeaux, the wine capital of France, and through the Cognac area to Poitiers, of Black Prince fame.
Today’s Distance: 379 mi/ 610 km (B,D)

Day 21: POITIERS–CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY–AMBOISE–PARIS.
Leave the “Town of a Hundred Bell Towers” for a scenic journey along the Loire. Stop in Amboise before reaching Paris in time to enjoy an optional excursion.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km (B)

Day 22: PARIS.
Enjoy a full day to explore the city that’s known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sights. Optional excursions are also available to discover more of this beautiful city. (B)

Day 23: PARIS–LONDON, ENGLAND.
Relax on your EUROSTAR train journey back to London.
Today’s Distance: 305 mi/ 492 km (B)

Day 24: LONDON.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

December 10 Departure – Christmas in Barcelona and New Year’s in Paris, including festive dinner

Local Host:
Host service in London

Sightseeing & Activities:

LONDON
Visit

AMSTERDAM
Canal cruise, guided sightseeing

LUCERNE
Visit

VERONA
Visit

VENICE
Canal boat ride, glassblowing workshop

ASSISI
Visit St. Francis Basilica

ROME
Guided sightseeing

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour

PISA
See the Leaning Tower

CINQUE TERRE
Visit

GENOA
Guided sightseeing

ÈZE
Visit a perfume workshop


AVIGNON & CARCASSONNE
Visit

BARCELONA & MADRID
Guided sightseeing

SARAGOSSA, BURGOS, BILBAO & AMBOISE
Visit

BORDEAUX
Orientation

PARIS
Guided sightseeingTouring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Eurostar train London-Brussels and Paris-London; Amsterdam canal cruise; canal boat in Venice; Pisa mini-train ride; Cinque Terre train ride

Meals:
Buffet breakfasts daily; 6 dinners


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Accommodations

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$890-$1,280

No triple room reduction.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

2021 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2020.

London: Novotel London West
Amsterdam: Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport
Amsterdam: Best Western Plus Amedia Amsterdam Airport
Wiesbaden: Novum City
Lucerne: Ibis Styles Luzerne City
Lucerne: Drei Koenige
Venice: Poppi
Venice: Ambasciatori at Mestre
Rome: Villa Maria Regina
Montecatini: Grand Hotel Ambasciatori
Genova: Starhotels President
Nice: Ibis Promenade des Anglais at Nice
Carcassonne: Des Trois Couronnes
Barcelona: Hotel Ibis Styles Barcelona City Bogatell
Madrid: Elba Madrid Alcala
Bilbao: NH La Avanzada
Poitiers: Ibis Poitiers Centre
Paris: Timohotel Berthier
London: Holiday Inn London- Kensington High Street

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many people per tour group?

Cosmos travels with an average of 38 to 44 guests.

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

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Ratings based off 21 reviews . Currently showing 5 reviews with comments only.
By Maria Cecilia E on Jun 28, 2017

Great bus and driver, very good tour director, accommodations in Spain and France were lacking: rooms extremely small and extremely hot.

By Lillian K on May 04, 2016

The included tour is very limitted. Without extra tours you do not get the full experience. For two people that's a extra two thousand dollars that we did not count on. Also amount of tip suggested is too high. Should be a suggested fee of three euros per day per couple. Most people complained. For us it was an extra four hundred euros.

By Michael R on Jun 18, 2014

Everything worked out great. Easy to find contact people and made a few new good friends.

By Jose S on Jun 10, 2013

Affordable Tours is the best! For a year, he worked with us patiently in helping us create a vacation of a lifetime. His valuable advise from money to bring, travel insurance, hotels accommodations, even what clothing to bring, was very useful. He followed up with us throughout the year and was extremely quick in answering any of our questions and reassuring us that we would have a fantastic trip! Thanks again to the agent. Their help made our vacation goe a lot smoother. I highly recommend them to anyone else that is planning a vacation. Our tour guide in Europe from Cosmos and our bus driver were awesome. They went out of their way to meet all our needs. They were very friendly, helpful and provided much added value with great advise and information about all the locations. They knew the affordable places to eat and visit. The parts of town to avoid and those to definite go to. They also provided a rich history of each location and the people that lived there. They were the best!

By Charles C on Jun 03, 2013

The COMMENT button does not work on my iPad, so my comment about the rooms refers primarily to our stops in Italy. All our rooms were quite small but those in Italy were too small. We carry large bags for a 23 day tour! There was little floor space for two people. Also, in this day and age, the operator should always negotiate Internet access for us and include it in the price. The prices the hotels wanted to charge us, where not included, seemed exorbitant. Especially with the exchange rate. Overall, a great trip, though.


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