Welcome to the Globus family

You are being redirected to Archer's sister brand Cosmos.

Europe's Highlights

Offer

Price per person
from £1,669

Price based on
London Gatwick
25th Mar 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book any 2019 departure on this tour between 5 February and 31 March and you’ll pay just £49pp deposit.

See full offer details
  • 14 days

  • Europe

  • Active pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

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, they’ll show you the Eiffel Tower in Paris; Piazza Signoria in Florence, renowned for its ornate and famous statues; and St. Peter’s Square in Rome, the heart of the Vatican. Other fun experiences include a boat ride to Venice’s St. Mark’s Square; a visit to Assisi’s Basilica, the burial site of St. Francis and home to frescoes by Giotto and a visit to 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. Take an exciting drive through the Gotthard Tunnel, which leads straight through 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!

At a glance

Amsterdam Canal cruise, guided sightseeing

Rhineland Scenic drive

Neuschwanstein Visit King Ludwig’s castle

Venice Canal boat ride

Assisi Visit St. Francis Basilica

Rome Guided sightseeing

Florence Guided walking tour

Montecatini Visit

Pisa See the Leaning Tower

Milan, Lugano, Lucerne & Beaune Visit

Paris Guided sightseeing

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


Overview

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, they’ll show you the Eiffel Tower in Paris; Piazza Signoria in Florence, renowned for its ornate and famous statues; and St. Peter’s Square in Rome, the heart of the Vatican. Other fun experiences include a boat ride to Venice’s St. Mark’s Square; a visit to Assisi’s Basilica, the burial site of St. Francis and home to frescoes by Giotto and a visit to 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. Take an exciting drive through the Gotthard Tunnel, which leads straight through 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!

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners

UK - Amsterdam area, Holland

Day
1

Fly to Amsterdam where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Check into your hotel, and start exploring this exciting city with your CosmosGo app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Amsterdam

Day
2

Enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights, as well as a CANAL CRUISE to see the town from water level. Then, watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTRE. Time in the afternoon to explore on your own or join an optional excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Amsterdam area - Mannheim area, Germany

Day
3

Travelling 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. Spend the night in the Mannheim area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Mannheim area - Innsbruck area, Austria

Day
4

Drive through Baden-Wüttenberg to the foot of the Alps to visit King Ludwig’s magnificent NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, Germany’s fairytale castle. Carry on into the verdant Austrian Tyrol.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Innsbruck area - Venice area, Italy

Day
5

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Venice area - Assisi - Rome

Day
6

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 BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome

Day
7

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 amphitheatre ever built and Circus Maximus.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome - Florence - Montecatini

Day
8

Drive on the Highway of the Sun to 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; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificently carved East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Montecatini - Pisa - Milan - Lake Como

Day
9

Hop on a mini train to the SQUARE OF MIRACLES in Pisa and admire the curious Leaning Tower. Journey northward through the Tuscan hills and across the Apennines to Milan to see the majestic gothic Duomo. Continue to the shores of romantic Lake Como.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lake Como - Lugano, Switzerland - Lucerne area

Day
10

Leave beautiful Lake Como and cross the border into Switzerland for a stop in Lugano in Italian-speaking Canton Ticino. Continue north and, once through Gotthard Tunnel, see more magnificent alpine scenery as you descend to the shores of Lake Lucerne.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lucerne area - Interlaken - Lausanne area

Day
11

Spend some time in beautiful Lucerne. Later, stop in idyllic Interlaken and follow the shoreline of Lake Thun. A few more miles to Lausanne, overlooking Lake Geneva.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lausanne area - Beaune, France - Paris

Day
12

Enjoy vistas of famous vineyards on the way to Beaune. Visit the medieval Burgundian town, known all over the world for its wine production. Take the autoroute to Paris. Tonight, maybe an exciting optional cabaret show?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Paris

Day
13

Get to know the city with a local expert and see many of the bestknown Parisian sites, such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysées. An optional excursion is available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles, King Louis XIV’s residence.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Paris - UK

Day
14

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Say farewell to Paris and head to the station to join the Eurostar service to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
Print itinerary

Things to note

Special Departures:

Easter in Rome: 15 April 2019 

New Years in Paris including Festive Dinner: 20th December 2019

 

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Amsterdam - Best Western Plus Amedia Amsterdam Airport

Best Western Plus Amedia Amsterdam Airport is an airport hotel located 35 minutes from the centre of Amsterdam. It's easy to get to the city centre 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.

  • Location

    Boeingavenue 333, Schiphol Rijk, Netherlands

  • Facilities

    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Mannheim - Achat Premium Neustadt Weinstrasse

The ACHAT Premium Neustadt/Weinstraße is located in the centre of Neustadt and, at the same time, it is easily accessible by car or train. The hotel has 123 guest rooms, including seven junior suites, the restaurant "No13", a hotel bar, two conference rooms for up to 140 persons, a sauna and fitness area with balconies and an in-house underground garage with 40 parking spaces.

  • Location

    Exterstraße 2, Neustadt, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer

Innsbruck - Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli

Newly built in 2011, this hotel is one of the tallest buildings in Innsbruck with 12 floors and 159 modern rooms.

  • Location

    Olympiastrasse 41, Innsbruck, Austria

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

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.

  • Location

    Via Romea ,80, Venezia-Gambarare Mira, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Rome - Villa Maria Regina

Villa Maria Regina is a four star hotel situated in Via della Camilluccia in one of the most exclusive residential districts in Rome.

  • Location

    Via della Camilluccia 687, Rome, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Montecatini - Settentrionale Esplanade

In the heart of Montecatini Terme offering hospitality and courtesy. The centrally located hotel has always been managed by the owners and is one of the cornerstones of the traditional hotels of Montecatini Terme. Features include a restaurant and outdoor pool.

  • Location

    Viale Grocco 2/4 Montecatini Terme-Pt, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Lake Como - Lario Mezzegra

Hotel Lario is an excellent three star hotel, situated in the so called "Tremezzina", an international place famous for its historic villas and gardens and for the traditional hotel hospitality, facing Lake Como. TV room, elegant restaurant with the new and bright veranda.

  • Location

    Via Statale Regina 48, Azzano Di Mezzegra-Co, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Lucerne - Ibis Kriens

Hotel Ibis Kriens is located in Kriens at the foot of the Mount Pilatus. By train, in 5 minutes you are in Lucerne city centre.

  • Location

    Industriestr. 13, Kriens, Luzern, Switzerland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Lausanne - Novotel Bussigny Lausanne

The Novotel Lausanne Bussigny with 141 guest rooms. Enjoy the welcoming and contemporary atmosphere, the hotel features a terrace overlooking a leafy park and a natural swimming pool.

  • Location

    35, Route De Condemine, Bussigny-Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Paris - Timhotel Berthier

The Timhotel Berthier Paris 17, with its renovated common areas, enjoys a strategic location and an easy access to Porte de Clichy.

  • Location

    2/4 Blvd. Berthier, Paris 17, France

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Why book with us?