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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

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, you’ll see Amsterdam's canals; Piazza Signoria in Florence, renowned for its ornate and famous statues; and St. Peter’s Square in Rome, the heart of the Vatican. Other interesting 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 see 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. Marvel at 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!

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
    Check into your hotel, and start exploring this exciting city with your CosmosGo app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and travel companions. (D)
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    AMSTERDAM
    Enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights, as you discover the city from water level on an included canal cruise. 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. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    AMSTERDAM–RHINELAND, 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.
    Today’s Distance: 336 mi/ 540 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    RHINELAND–INNSBRUCK AREA, AUSTRIA
    Drive through Baden-Wüttenberg to the foot of the Alps to see King Ludwig’s magnificent Neuschwanstein castle, Germany’s fairytale castle. Carry on into the verdant Austrian Tyrol, where you will spend one night.
    Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. 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.
    Today’s Distance: 242 mi/ 390 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. 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 St. Francis Basilicas with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.
    Today’s Distance: 345 mi/ 555 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    ROME
    The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Start the included introduction to Rome’s landmarks from St. Peter’s Square with a Local Guide. Enjoy a drive along the iconic landmarks of the city: the Tiber River, the Caius Cestius Pyramid, the Aurelian Walls, and the Caracalla Baths. Complete the experience with a walk back in time from the Circus Maximus to the Arch of Constantine and to the fascinating Colosseum, symbol of the Roman Empire.* (B)

    * For operational reasons, schedule changes for the Rome program cannot be excluded.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    ROME–PISA–MONTECATINI
    Say goodbye to Rome and drive on the Highway of the Sun to Pisa. Hop on a mini train to the Square of Miracles and admire the curious Leaning Tower, a world-renowned photographic subject. Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini, recently added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
    Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    MONTECATINI–FLORENCE–LAKE COMO
    Arrive in 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 and Loggia dei Lanzi. To top it all, see Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile (belltower), and the magnificently carved East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Journey northward through the Tuscan hills and across the Apennines to the shores of romantic Lake Como.
    Today’s Distance: 252 mi/ 405 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    LAKE COMO–LUGANO, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE AREA
    Leave beautiful Lake Como and cross the border into Switzerland for a stop in the Italian-speaking town of Lugano. Continue north and, once through Gotthard Tunnel, see more magnificent alpine scenery as you descend to the shores of Lake Lucerne.
    Today’s Distance: 137 mi/ 220 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    LUCERNE AREA–INTERLAKEN–LAUSANNE
    Spend some time in beautiful Lucerne. Stroll through the old town and see the distinctive covered wooden bridge (Kapellbrücke) crossing the river Reuss. Later, stop in idyllic Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland and then follow the shoreline of deep blue Lake Thun, continuing for a few more miles to Lausanne, overlooking Lake Geneva.
    Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    LAUSANNE–BEAUNE, FRANCE–PARIS
    Enjoy vistas of the celebrated Burgundy vineyards on the way to Beaune. Visit the medieval town, known all over the world for its wine production. Take the autoroute to Paris.
    Today’s Distance: 385 mi/ 620 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  13. Day 13
    PARIS
    Get to know the city of romance with a local expert and see many of the Parisian sites. An optional excursion is available to the palace and gardens of Versailles.* (B)

    * Note: for operational reasons, changes to the Paris program cannot be excluded
    Meals:   Breakfast
  14. Day 14
    PARIS
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

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Accommodations

Amsterdam: Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport
Karlsruhe: Ibis Styles Karlsruhe Ettlingen
Innsbruck: Alphotel
Venice: Delfino
Venice: Poppi
Rome: Ibis Styles Roma Aurelia
Montecatini: Settentrionale Esplanade
Lake Como: B&B Como City Center
Lucerne: Ibis Kriens
Lausanne: Ibis Lausanne Crissier
Paris: Hotel Ibis Styles Paris Porte D'Orleans

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Questions & Answers

Question: Where can I find the optional excursions for this tour? Do I pay for optional excursions at the time of booking, or may I pay later after original booking?

Depending on the operator you decide to travel with, some allow you to pre-purchase optionals at time of booking the main tour with us, but all will allow you to book your optional while on tour. You would just pay your tour director directly. For more information on optional tours, please give us a call at 1-800-935-2620 and speak with a travel consultant.

Question: Does price include airfare?

Airfare is not included in the base price shown on our website. One of our travel consultants can quote you the lowest price for airfare available at the time by requesting a free quote online or calling us at 1-800-935-2620.

Question: Is there a lot of walking involved in this tour?

On days with included activities there will be roughly 1 to 2 hours of walking.

Question: Do we have daily buffet breakfast and some dinners?

Yes, included on this tour is buffet breakfast daily and 6 dinners.

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

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.5
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
3.9
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 43 reviews - currently showing 13 reviews with comments only

Great fast paced itineraries so we can see so more places, awesome trip!!

Britt was an excellent tour director and Renzo was a fabulous driver.

The driver and tour operator were superb! The cities chosen and the overall tour was one of my best life experiences! I would have preferred the hotel included dinners to include more regional food.

This was way too fast paced, it should have been explained how much we would NOT get to do or see, and it should have rated it as a tour for younger people as we were exhausted by the whole fast pace. The Hotels on this were not the 3 or 4 stars purported to be, they were less, and frankly I feel we overpaid for them. Also, the foods given in restaurants we prepaid in this tour, were lousy, we only had one or two meals in 2 weeks that we felt were ok. Honestly feel this was money spent and though we thought were going to get better accomodations, we feel we paid too much for the ones we got.

It was a wonderfully well planed and well executed tour. We got to see and experience so much and it delivered more than expected.

Hotels were located away from towns, ie Amsterdam hotel near airport, hotel in Venice was located in the 2nd Industrial Zone/cornfields, no shampoo, no tissues, nor body cream; pillows flat like pancakes.

They were a few problems for instance, the diner they offer at Lario Hotel in Switzerland was so disgusting. It looked like food they serve in prison. The view was spectacular. Paris schedule was hectic. We spent too much time one hour and 30 minutes at the souvenir place in the area where they were not nothing to see while we just have only 10 minutes at Eiffel tower to take photo then later during the tour we spent another one hour and 15 minutes in the same area pacing around. Paris schedule needs to organize more. Many of us visited paris just because of Eiffel tower and Le Louvre. The Companile hotel the room I was was not the best. I did not even had space to open one luggage. The room was so dark. The carpet in my room was so dirty. It was so dirty romm 608.

Some of the hotels could have been better. Locations of hotels also. Oils be closer to city center. Too many optional excursions and too few included ones.

There is a lot of time spent on the bus - especially the first 3 days when you leave London. I guess I wasn't really aware of this. The bus driver has to stop every 2 hours for 15-20 minute break and every 4 hours the bus has to be off for a 1 hour break due to Europe driving regulations. You will see Europe's Highlights though. One of the best things about this trip for us was the opportunity to meet new people on the tour. Some of the Hotels had small rooms and bathrooms, and most were far from city centers. We did enjoyed our trip

Triple occupancy for rooms during tour was more suitable for two adults and a child and not three adults. Pull out chairs (not even pull out sofas) and flimsy twin bed with flat pillow is not acceptable for getting rest, let alone a decent night's sleep, for an adult.

My tour of Europe with Cosmos was absolutely great. I visited so many countries in so little time, yet still saw enough of each place to get a sense of its essence. The Cosmos tour guide was very knowledgeable and the driver always made me feel safe. I would definitely travel with Cosmos in the future.

We had an excellent tour! The only thing I would change is to make sure all hotels have air conditioning when traveling in the summer. We had 2 hotels with no air conditioning and a couple where the air conditioning did not work well. We plan to book another tour next year and we will use affordable tours again

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