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Europe's Highlights

Price per person
from £1,635

Price based on
London Gatwick
11th Mar 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 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.

Journey through the blissful, rural panoramas of Holland, Germany and Italy to the snow-capped Swiss Alps and picturesque France. Experience the iconic sights of Rome and enjoy free time to explore the city, wander the pretty cobbled old town of Lucerne in Switzerland and spend two nights discovering the delights of Paris on this unforgettable trip.

At a glance

Amsterdam Enjoy a relaxing cruise in Amsterdam's UNESCO-listed canal ring, then visit a diamond centre to see skilled craftspeople cut and polish these precious stones. Get to know the city with your local guide, and explore the surrounding countryside on an optional excursion.

Rome Follow your local guide to explore the key sights of Italy's cosmopolitan capital, including St Peter's Square, the Roman Forum and the iconic Colosseum.

Venice Explore the atmospheric city by boat, visit a glassblowing workshop and marvel at the skill of the craftspeople, then enjoy free time to wander the narrow cobbled streets and take an optional private gondola ride, complete with serenade.

Lucerne Make the most of the sweeping panoramas in this beautiful alpine location. Discover the pretty old town and take an optional excursion to a nearby summit for astonishing views across the mountains.

Paris Spend two nights in the 'City of Light', where your local guide will show you around the key sites. You'll have time to explore further, and discover why French cuisine is so world-renowned at an optional dinner in a local restaurant.

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
Price match guarantee

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.

Private home pick-up service

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.

Single Share available

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

Journey through the blissful, rural panoramas of Holland, Germany and Italy to the snow-capped Swiss Alps and picturesque France. Experience the iconic sights of Rome and enjoy free time to explore the city, wander the pretty cobbled old town of Lucerne in Switzerland and spend two nights discovering the delights of Paris on this unforgettable trip.

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners

UK - Amsterdam area

Day
1

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

This evening, meet your fellow travellers in the evening for dinner.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Amsterdam area

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 - Manheim area

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

Manheim Area - Neuschwanstein - Innsbruck area.

Day
4

Drive through Baden-Wüttenberg to the foot of the Alps to visit King Ludwig’s magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany’s fairy-tale castle. Carry on into the verdant Austrian Tyrol.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Innsbruck area - Venice area

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; the Roman Forum; Piazza Venezia, and Campidoglio.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome - Florence - Montecatini

Day
8

An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment. An easy drive on the Highway of the Sun to Florence. This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will help you enthralled for a whole day. Visitors can wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty, but 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 Baptistery, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Montecatini - Pisa - Milan - Lake Como

Day
9

Visit the Square of Miracles in Pisa and admire the curious Leaning Tower. Journey northwards through the Tuscan hills and across Apennines to Milan to see the majestic gothic Duomo. Continue to the shores of romantic Lake Como.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lake Como - Lugano - Lucerne area

Day
10

Leave beautiful Lake Como and cross the border into Switzerland for a stop in Lugano in Italian-speaking 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 - 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 best-known 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 tour ends today.

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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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

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