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This extensive European tour stretches through Central Europe from London to Rome, then along the Mediterranean to Spain and France, then back to London. You’ll travel to some of Europe's most famous cities—London, Amsterdam, Lucerne, Venice, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, and Paris—and see some of its most famous landmarks. You'll also stay in some smaller but equally charming cities, including Nice, Carcassonne, and Poitiers in France; Wiesbaden in Germany; and Bilbao in Spain.
This European tour is filled with historic sights. Italy is a country rich in natural and artistic treasures. In fact, Italy has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, some of which you’ll visit on this European tour: Assisi’s Basilica of St Francis and the historic city centers of Rome, Florence, Verona; Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli, Venice with its lagoon and the stunning Cinque Terre. In France, see the ancient battlements in the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne and admire the royal castle in Amboise. In Spain, see the Burgos beautiful gothic cathedral, begun in the 13th Century; in Barcelona, on your city tour, see Gaudi’s eccentric architectural masterpieces.
This tour through Europe also features stunning scenery. On your travels from Germany into Switzerland, admire awe-inspiring alpine scenery. Spend time on the gorgeous French Riviera and enjoy a scenic journey along France’s Loire, with its rivers, and many castles. Drive through the scenic Rhineland and witness its picturesque countryside, historic castles, and charming villages. Marvel at the rolling hills, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages as you travel through Tuscany and Umbria. Discover the Cinque Terre region, with views that inspired artists and poets. Plus, enjoy some of France’s loveliest scenery—right out of a Van Gogh painting—in the Provence region.
Return to London on the Eurostar train through the Channel Tunnel from France to the UK, where you’ll spend an additional overnight.
This is the perfect vacation for value-minded travelers who want to see it all!
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.
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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.
Enjoy a full day with your choice 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. From here, travel on your luxury motorcoach to the Amsterdam area.
Today’s Distance: 323 mi/ 520 km
Today, enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see Amsterdam from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER. Later, sightseeing with a Local Guide points out the city highlights. In the afternoon, travel southward to Wiesbaden.
Today’s Distance: 258 mi/ 415 km
Drive through the scenic Rhineland and enjoy splendid scenery as you skirt the Rhine River. Continue into Germany’s oldest university town, Heidelberg, nicely located at the confluence of the Neckar and Rhine Rivers, for a short visit. Carry on to Switzerland for two overnights in the Lucerne area.
Today’s Distance: 270 mi/ 435 km
Lucerne is nestled amid snowcapped Alps, surrounded by Lake Lucerne, and graced by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. Your visit takes in the impressive city walls, CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT—a masterful stone sculpture in honor of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis XVI. Sign up for an optional cable-car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis.
More wonderful alpine scenery as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround massive St. Gotthard Pass into the warmer and sunnier ambiance of Canton Ticino. 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, arrive 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, and palaces. Your included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by some time at leisure and a chance to visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip.
. Drive southward through the gentle Umbrian hills to Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. 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, 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. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment.
Journey to beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Florence, Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis to admire the city’s timeless beauty on the included walking tour with a Local Guide. Continue to Montecatini.
Today’s Distance: 202 mi/ 325 km
Take a break in Pisa and take a mini train to see the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the amazing Leaning Tower. Then, hop aboard a TRAIN to discover some of the five spectacular Cinque Terre villages. Here, the beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired poet Lord Byron. From Levanto, head towards Genoa, birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus.
Today’s Distance: 149 mi/ 240 km
Today’s included guided tour is an excellent introduction to Genoa. A maze of squares and alleys, the city grew around the port, a natural inlet, and boasts the largest medieval historical center in Europe. Journey northwest, with views of the Italian Riviera. Continue to France for a visit to a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Èze before traveling along the celebrated Côte d’Azur. An optional Monte Carlo by Night excursion with dinner is available.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi/ 200 km
Today’s journey on the way to Provence will take you through some of France’s loveliest scenery, sun-drenched landscapes right out of Van Gogh’s paintings. Stop for a visit in historic Avignon. Continue westwards to Carcassonne.
Today’s Distance: 336 mi/ 540 km
Discover the medieval citadel of Carcassonne, an almost-untouched piece of fortified architecture, still standing in all its walled glory. See the drawbridges, towers, battlements, watch turrets and ramparts, used to defend the city from the enemy. Later, cross into Spain and arrive in Barcelona.
Today’s Distance: 211 mi/ 340 km
This morning’s sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of the port and city. The drive continues to the city center to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batlló and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included).
See more of Catalonia as you drive northwest, stopping in Saragossa through the very heart of New Castile for two overnights in Spain’s capital, Madrid.
Today’s Distance: 395 mi/ 635 km
Not only because it’s the capital of Spain, but also because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards say Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven. Enjoy the main highlights on the included sightseeing excursion, and take a fascinating optional trip to Toledo. The splendid setting is like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art.
Stop in Burgos to visit the beautiful gothic cathedral. Continue through the Basque Country to Bilbao, famous for four contemporary architects: Norman Foster, Santiago Calatrava, Cesar Pelli, and Frank Gehry.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km
A change of scenery as you travel into France across Gascony for an orientation of Bordeaux, the wine capital of France, and through the Cognac area to Poitiers, of Black Prince fame.
Today’s Distance: 379 mi/ 610 km
Leave the “Town of a Hundred Bell Towers” for a scenic journey along the Loire. Stop in Amboise before reaching Paris in time to enjoy an optional excursion.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km
Enjoy a full day to explore the city that’s known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sights. Optional excursions are also available to discover more of this beautiful city.
Relax on your EUROSTAR train journey back to London.
Today’s Distance: 305 mi/ 492 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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Concrete and brick commercial hotel in modern nine-story complex located at Hammersmith, 1/4 mile from train station.
This elegant hotel boasts an ideal location near the renowned shops on High Street Kensington. The hotel includes 550 rooms equipped with ensuite shower or bath, satellite TV, coffee maker, and state-of-the-art in-room entertainment system. It also provides 24-hour in room dining and one-day laundry and dry cleaning service. The hotels Blue Smoke restaurant is an American-style steakhouse, and the Lions Sports Bar shows all the action and excitement of live sporting events from around the world.
Whether it's just for a stop-over or for a longer stay, you are very welcome at Tulip Inn Amsterdam Airport. We are only a stone's throw away from Schiphol airport.What you should know about us: our hotel is a green oasis, both in terms of the interior --with which we quasi get the nature tot he inside- as well as in ecological and social responsible entrepreneurship.
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.
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.
The hotel is located in the historic center of the city of Lucerne, The Rigi, Pliatus and Titlis mountains are perfect for day trips. The hotel boasts a restaurant as well as seminar rooms.
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.
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.
Positioned on the mainland in the town of Mestre, facing the Venetian cluster of islands, a short walk from Mestre train station and town center. Facilities in this mid-range 93-room property include a fitness room, à la carte restaurant, pleasant lounge bar and Free Wi-Fi access.
Villa Maria Regina is a four star hotel situated in Via della Camilluccia in one of the most exclusive residential districts in Rome.
Hotel Ambasciatori, thanks to its geographical position, offers guests the most beautiful panoramic view over Montecatini Terme, Montecatini Alto , as well as the surrounding Tuscan hills. Built to encompass a contemporary style, the hotel provides modern and comfortable areas, as well as a cosy and suggestive rooftop terrace with swimming pool and sunbeds. The terrace is also served by the in-house bars and restaurants and can be used for a relaxing dinner. Situated along one of the town's most elegant avenues, the hotel is close to the spa baths, the park, the train station and to the town centre. The Grand Hotel Ambasciatori welcomes guests under a new management while very proud of maintaining the Italian tradition of hospitality through friendliness and comfort.
The Starhotels President is located in the heart of Genoa, a short walk away from the Fiera Fairgrounds and Brignole train station. The Corte Lambruschini Business Center can be found near the centre of the shopping street.
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.
Contemporary 5-story Hotel situated on the banks of the river Aude, overlooking the medieval city.
The Ibis Styles Barcelona City hotel is designed to enjoy an outstanding experience in the heart of Barcelona.
" Located within easy reach of the main attractions and just a 15-minute metro ride away from the city center, this contemporary 261-room property is the perfect choice for sightseeing and shopping. Its spacious rooms are all air-conditioned and offer free Wi-Fi access. Other amenities include a fitness center, a bar, and a restaurant. " .
We've a selection of function rooms for meetings big and small, and a terrace that makes a great space for wedding reception cocktails. The hotel provides modern rooms with plenty of natural light and top-floor rooms benefit from a great view Diners can feast on delicious Basque dishes in our restaurant. Garage parking available.
Facilities include a bar serving snacks 24 hours a day, free WIFI access, a meeting room and a private paying car park.
The Timhotel Berthier Paris 17, with its renovated common areas, enjoys a strategic location and an easy access to Porte de Clichy.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.