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A European tour… should include the most popular and exciting cities, the must-see sights, picturesque scenery, and a mix of culture, history, and just plain fun. On this Best of Europe tour, you’ll experience all of this and more.
You will start with visiting London, the British capital, where you could join one of our optional excursions or just spend time at leisure discovering the city on your own. From there, you’ll take the Eurostar train to Brussels and then carry on your journey by coach to discover many interesting continental destinations.
On guided sightseeing tours, you’ll visit the must-see sights—including those that will delight history fans—such as Amsterdam’s canals; Rome’s St Peter Square; Florence’s renaissance old city center with a replica of the “David” by Michelangelo, Pompeii, where you’ll see what life was like during the Roman Empire before Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD; Paris’s most famous landmarks and much more.
On this comprehensive European tour, you’ll also enjoy spectacular scenery. You’ll drive through the picturesque Rhineland with its scenic countryside, historic castles, and charming villages, and you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Italian and French Riviera’s. Sit back and relax as you drive past the Burgundy vineyards in France and through gorgeous alpine scenery from Switzerland to Italy. Marvel at the beauty of Tuscany with its rural villages, rolling hills, vineyards, rows of cypress trees, and olive groves. You’ll stand in awe as you witness the blue sea and amazing views on the Sorrento coast and on the legendary island of Capri, and you’ll love the green hills and valleys as you travel through Umbria to visit Assisi.
At the end of this tour of the Old Continent, you’ll take the Eurostar train back to London crossing the Channel Tunnel for one more night in the capital city of the United Kingdom.
All of this and more await you on this dream European vacation designed for value-minded travelers!
Please note: 2021 itinerary is based on 2020 and is subject to change, but by booking today you will lock in your price. Full details will be confirmed in September 2020.
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
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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.
A full day to savor a variety 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.
Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels with your Tour Director. Take a seat on your luxury motorcoach for the drive to the Amsterdam area.
Today’s Distance: 323 mi/ 520 km
Today, enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights, followed by a CANAL CRUISE to see the city from water level, then stop to watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER. This afternoon, continue your journey to Wiesbaden.
Today’s Distance: 258 mi/ 415 km
Drive through the picturesque Rhineland and enjoy splendid scenery as you skirt the Rhine river. Next, drive into Germany’s oldest university town, Heidelberg, nicely located at the confluence of the Neckar and Rhine Rivers, for a short visit. Continue to the Lucerne area.
Today’s Distance: 270 mi/ 435 km
Lucerne is nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and graced by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. Your orientation includes the LION MONUMENT, erected in memory of the 800 Swiss Guards who defended Louis XVI and his wife; and the wooden CHAPEL BRIDGE. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a cable-car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis; a cruise on the fjord-like lake; and, of course, time to shop for an authentic Swiss watch.
More wonderful alpine scenery as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround the massive St. Gotthard Pass. Continue to the warmer and sunnier ambiance of Canton Ticino, then 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, overnight in the Venice area.
Today’s Distance: 367 mi/ 590 km
Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and busy little piazzas. Your included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by free time to soak up the city’s unique atmosphere and a chance to visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.
An interesting drive southward, crossing the rolling Apennines. Stop in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182, and visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto. Then, head for Rome.
Today’s Distance: 345 mi/ 555 km
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 amphitheater ever built, and Circus Maximus.
Travel south all the way today, with the Vesuvius volcano in the distance. Visit Pompeii, where time stopped in 79 AD when the Vesuvius eruption totally buried it. On your included visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, see the luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Just a few more miles to reach the lively Sorrento area.
Today’s Distance: 205 mi/ 330 km
Cross the blue sea for a full-day excursion to the legendary island of Capri. Surrounded by rose-tinted rocks, Capri has incredibly beautiful coves of translucent blues and greens. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. An optional tour takes you around the island with its steep roads and panoramic views.
An early journey north to Florence. Vistas of rolling hills, austere rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Arrive in Florence in the afternoon in time to enjoy its magnificent architectural and artistic treasures; the included walking tour with a Local Guide shows the highlights.
Today’s Distance: 320 mi/ 515 km
Stop in Pisa, where you hop on a mini train to see the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the famous Leaning Tower. Bypassing the great port of Genoa, drive northwest for glimpses of the Italian and French Rivieras. Visit a typical Provence PERFUME WORKSHOP in Èze and later reach the shores of the charming Côte d’Azur.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km
Taking the Route Napoleon, follow in the footsteps of the French leader as he escaped from exile in Elba. Stop for some crispy fresh air in Saint André Les Alpes before reaching Grenoble—an alpine sports mecca and site of the 1968 Winter Olympic Games.
Today’s Distance: 277 mi/ 445 km
Enjoy the very heart of the Burgundy wine-growing region, making a stop in lovely Beaune, surrounded by some of the world’s finest vineyards. Continue northward to the exciting city of Paris, capital of France.
Today’s Distance: 385 mi/ 620 km
Paris is a world-class city with more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. This morning, see the main sights during the included city tour with a Local Guide. In the afternoon, a chance to feel like a French aristocrat as you join the optional walking tour through the immense Palace of Versailles. This evening, why not join an optional dinner?
Relax on your EUROSTAR journey back to London.
Today’s Distance: 305 mi/ 492 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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Best Wester Plus Amedia Amsterdam Airport is an airport hotel located 35 minutes from the center of Amsterdam. It's easy to get to the city center 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.
Brand new 4-star Holiday Inn hotel located in the most dynamic business and entertainment area of Amsterdam.
Novum Hotel Wiesbaden City is located in central Wiesbaden, just a 5-minute walk from the Hessian State Theatre. It offers air-conditioned rooms, a 24-hour bar, and a large breakfast buffet.
Hotel Ibis Kriens is located in Kriens at the foot of the Mount Pilatus. By train you are in 5 minutes in Lucerne city center.
The Garni Hotel Drei Koenige is situated in the heart of Lucerne and offers comfortable and spacious rooms with all the amenities of a three star hotel. The quiet location as well as the uniqueness of the art nouveau building makes your stay to a special experience. Many sightseeing places, the train station and the old town are close by. Besides, for the best start into the day a rich breakfast buffet is expecting you.
The Hotel Il Burchiello is located in a very strategic position out of the town of Mira, just a few steps away from the beautiful Palladian Villas, and it is well connected to Venice and Padua by public transports. It features 63 comfortable guestrooms with satellite TV and air conditioning. Free Wi-Fi access and free parking is also provided.
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.
Modern hotel offering popular amenities and comforts, restaurant and bar is located 40 km from FCO Airport; staff is multilingual.
The Panorama Palace Hotel is situated on the cliffs above the sea, a few minutes from the beach of Meta di Sorrento, the first of the towns which form the Sorrentine Peninsula, and a few kilometres from the principal tourist centres Sorrento, Capri, Ischia, Procida, the Amalfi Coast, Pompei Herculaneum, Naples, Cserta and Mt. Vesuvius. Given its position, the hotel boasts an incredible panoramic view of the winding Sorrentine coast. The hotel is managed by a local family who strive to provide an environment of informal elegance and assistance. The hotel offers all comforts and a restaurant facing the the blue Gulf of Naples and the Sorrentine Coast as well as a local restaurant and a swimming pool.
The hotel is located in one of the most beautiful and enchanting corners of Massalubrense and the Sorrento Peninsula. It's surrounded by a green oasis of citrus and orange groves and overlooks the magnificent bay of Naples with a view of the islands of Capri and Ischia. All rooms, equipped with a TV and a desk, are air-conditioned and they have a private bathroom with free toiletries. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, free parking, a restaurant, and an outdoor swimming pool.
NILHOTEL is the ideal place for travelers who want quiet and comfort yet remaining in the city.
This 128-room hotel is located on the famous Promenade des Anglais near the airport and a few kilometers away from Nice's old town and the flower market. The famous beach of the Baies des Anges is located at 600 meters. It offers a restaurant with typical cooking of Nice and seasonal products and also a bar open 24 hours a day.
In the centre of Grenoble close to the Paul mistral Park, this 88-room mid-scale hotel offers comfortable guest rooms with modern design and Free Wi-Fi access. Traditional French cuisine and drinks are served in the café style restaurant Monday to Friday.
The Timhotel Berthier Paris 17, with its renovated common areas, enjoys a strategic location and an easy access to Porte de Clichy.
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.
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