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Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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Check into your hotel and spend free time strolling around Paris. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Drive first to the historical capital city of Normandy, Rouen—one of the most prosperous cities of medieval Europe. Walk through its center, rich in Gothic architecture. Next, visit lovely Honfleur, known for its picturesque port and houses with slate-covered facades. Continue to Caen.
Today’s Distance: 211 mi/ 340 km
Time to see Caen before visiting the legendary beaches where Allied troops landed more than 75 years ago. Experience the most moving sites at Arromanches, St. Laurent, and the American Cemetery at Omaha. Next, journey to Bayeux, home to the famous tapestry depicting William the Conqueror’s epic battle in 1066 (entrance fee extra). Then, on to the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island accessed via a causeway.
Today’s Distance: 162 mi/ 260 km
Time to enjoy a visit of Mont St. Michel before departing for Angers to visit its cathedral. Then, travel along the banks of the Loire River to reach the enchanting Chateaux Country. This evening, join an optional dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi/ 380 km
Spend the day at leisure or take an optional excursion to see some of the most spectacular castles of the Loire, steeped in the history of noblemen and kings since the 11th century. Gothic spires, medieval turrets, great fortresses, and beautiful châteaux make for splendid panoramas.
This morning spend some time in the picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated on the Atlantic coast, then enjoy a scenic drive through the Bordeaux wine region. Stop for a wine tasting session at one of the celebrated cellars. Next, enjoy an orientation walk of the city center of Bordeaux.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi/ 310 km
Discover one of France’s most scenic regions, the Dordogne. Stop in the dramatically located medieval town of Rocamadour, perched high upon a cliff. Continue southwards to Toulouse.
Today’s Distance: 298 mi/ 480 km
Travel to Carcassonne for a walk in this well-preserved medieval town. Then, make a picture stop at the famous Pont du Gard before reaching Avignon.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi/ 350 km
Visit Arles, known all over the world for the paintings of Van Gogh. Admire the famous Roman amphitheater, then continue to Aix-en-Provence with its main street, the Cours Mirabeau, lined with plane trees in the French tradition. See the 17th-century palace, houses, and fountains. Finally, head to the French Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Today’s Distance: 205 mi/ 330 km
Take time to enjoy all the amenities of the French Riviera at your own leisure. Tonight, maybe join the optional Monte Carlo by Night excursion to see the Principality of Monaco.
First to Grasse to visit a traditional Perfume workshop. See more of Provence and follow one of France’s great panoramic routes, which Napoleon took on his return from his exile in Elba in 1815. From Grenoble, join the expressway to the Lyon area.
Today’s Distance: 298 mi/ 480 km
Travel through the picturesque vineyards and fields of Burgundy to medieval Beaune, the region’s wine capital since Roman times. Visit the famous Hôtel-Dieu. Return to the French capital of Paris.
Today’s Distance: 304 mi/ 490 km
Discover the glorious ville lumières (City of Lights) with its many boulevards and monumental buildings. On your included sightseeing tour, a local expert will guide you through Parisian history, tradition, and modern living. Optional excursions are also available to complete your experience.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
The 4-star Novotel Paris 17 hotel is situated on the doorstep of the 17th arrondissement, close to the Champs Elysées and the Porte Maillot convention center. The hotel has free Wi-Fi, 140 rooms, a restaurant, a cozy and modern bar, a fitness room, private car park and 8 modular meeting rooms. The center of Paris, the Opera, the main department stores and Montmartre can all be reached within 15 minutes on the metro. Make the most of this rich and dynamic capital at Novotel.
The hotel is located in Montrouge, in the south of Paris, close to the business districts, Montparnasse train station and Arcueil. The hotel has 115 colorful, soundproofed and air-conditioned rooms with free WIFI access, a children's play area, an interior garden and a snack bar.
This 91-room property is located not far from the city center of Caen, its in-house restaurant serves regional cuisine and there is a friendly all day bar for drinks.
Hotel Vert offers all comfort and services to make easier you to stay at Mont-Saint-Michel: a staff that listens to you, reception open all day, and some spacious and comfortable rooms. You'll be charmed by the good value for money of this 2-star hotel.
The Novotel Amboise hotel is located in the heart of the Pays de la Loire with its nearby castles (including Chenonceaux, Chambord and Cheverny). Built on a hill overlooking Amboise and its castle, this 4-star hotel has 121 air-conditioned rooms.
This charming 84-room hotel is housed in a classic limestone 19th-century building located in the heart of the pedestrian zone, close to the Grand Théâtre as well as the city's main shopping street, Rue Ste.-Catherine where many shops, boutiques and restaurants can be found. Colorful, modern guestrooms include a minibar, safe, Nespresso coffee machine, and free Wi-Fi.
This 104-room modern budget hotel is located on the bank of the Canal du Midi, near the Palais des Congrès, an ideal location from which to discover the monuments of the pink city. Free Wi-Fi access is offered throughout, there is a traditional restaurant serving fresh colorful lunch and dinner menus as well as a relaxed 24-hour bar with terrace.
Located opposite to the city walls, just a short walk from the city centre and the famous "Pope Palce" and "Pont d'Avignon" as well as its conference centre. Free public car parks nearby. Easy access: 437 yards (400 m) from the central train station and 10 minutes by train shuttle to the TGV train station.
The hotel has 114 spacious, air-conditioned and fully renovated rooms and a paying enclosed car park.
A polished contemporary 133-room hotel located in the St. Priest area with a surrounding park and views of the Alps and Lyon Hills. The Spacious, modern rooms beautifully combine a warm-heated décor with functional amenities such as Free Wi-Fi, ecological individual air-conditioning, adjustable bedside table, work area and LED TV screen. Amenities include a fitness centre and a restaurant serving eco-friendly, authentic cuisine using local produce and fruits and vegetables from the hotel's own garden.
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