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The Grand European with London (52152018)

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Tour Length: 24 Days
Countries Visited: England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland
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Tour Category: Other Cosmos Tours
Tour Operator: Cosmos Tours
Tour Code: 5215-2018
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Title
The Grand European with Extended Stay in London

Vacation Overview
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 of the smaller—but equally fantastic—cities, including Nice, Carcassonne, and Poitiers in France; the Rhineland in Germany; and Bilbao in Spain.This European tour is filled with historic sights. Italy is a country rich in natural and artistic treasures—so much so that Italy has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 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, and Venice with its lagoon. See the ancient battlements in the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne. Admire the royal castle in Amboise and Burgos’ beautiful gothic cathedral, begun in the 13th century. In Barcelona, on your city tour, see Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces—Casa Mila, Casa Batlló, and the Sagrada Familia—which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 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. Plus, enjoy some of France’s loveliest scenery—right out of a Van Gogh painting—in the Provence region.Marvel at one of world’s greatest engineering works as you travel through the Channel Tunnel from France to the UK to return to London. This is the perfect vacation for value-minded travelers who want to see it all!

 

Guides
Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Amsterdam, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris; professional Tour Director while touring

Hotels


LONDON
Novotel London West (F)

AMSTERDAM AREA
Steigenberger (F) at Schiphol or NH Airport (F) at Schiphol

RHINELAND
Ramada (ST) at Bruehl

LUCERNE AREA
Ibis Styles (ST)

VENICE AREA
Poppi (ST) at Mira or Holiday Inn (ST) at Marghera

ROME
Villa Maria Regina (F) or Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST)

FLORENCE
Italiana Hotel Florence (ST)

FRENCH RIVIERA
Ibis Styles Airport (ST) at Nice or Park Inn Nice (ST) or Quality Mediterranee (ST) at Menton

CARCASSONNE
Des 3 Couronnes (ST)

BARCELONA
Catalonia Sagrada Familia (ST) or Ibis Styles City (ST)

MADRID
Rafaelhoteles Ventas (ST)

BILBAO
Novotel Exhibition Center (F)

POITIERS
Ibis Centre (ST)

PARIS
Ibis La Villette (ST) or Novotel 17 (F) or Forest Hill La Villette (ST)

Meals
Buffet breakfasts daily; 8 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Florence

Transportation
Transportation: Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; cross-Channel ferry; canal transfer boat in Venice; Eurostar train Paris-London

 
Day 1:
Arrive in London, England. Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, you may want to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2:
London. A full day to savor our rich program of optional activities: take a panoramic tour of London’s landmarks, visit the Tower of London, or choose an excursion to Windsor Castle. Tonight, how about a leisurely cruise on the Thames River? (B)

Day 3:
London–Amsterdam Area, Holland. Leave London in the early morning and head through the lush English countryside to the Channel port, where you embark on your FERRY for the Continent. Meet your Tour Director here and board your luxury coach for the drive to the Amsterdam area. (B)

Day 4:
Amsterdam Area–Rhineland, Germany. Today, enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the city from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER in Amsterdam. Later, sightseeing with a Local Guide points out the city highlights. In the afternoon, travel southward to the Rhineland area. (B,D)

Day 5:
Rhineland–Heidelberg–Lucerne Area, Switzerland. Drive through the scenic Rhineland or, alternatively, take the optional Rhine River cruise and enjoy splendid scenery, including the Lorelei rock. 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. (B,D)

Day 6:
Lucerne. One of Switzerland’s finest cities, Lucerne is nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake, 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. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a cruise on the fjord-like lake or a cable-car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis. (B)

Day 7:
Lucerne Area–Lugano–Verona, Italy–Venice Area. More wonderful alpine scenery as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround massive St. Gotthard into the warmer and sunnier ambiance of Canton Ticino. Stop in beautiful Lugano and take a stroll along the lakeside promenade. Then, cross into Italy and drive across the Po Valley to Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. See Juliet’s house and balcony, and stroll around the picturesque market square. Tonight, you are in the Venice area. (B)

Day 8:
Venice. Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, and palaces. The 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, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)

Day 9:
Venice Area–Assisi–Rome. An interesting 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. (B)

Day 10:
Rome. Rome, the “Eternal City,” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter’s Square, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and the mighty COLOSSEUM. (B)

Day 11:
Rome–Pisa–Florence. Vistas of rolling hills, rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Take a break in Pisa to see the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the amazing Leaning Tower, then on to Florence. (B)

Day 12:
Florence. This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled for a whole day. Vehicles are banned in part of the historic center, so visitors can wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty. 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 magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 13:
Florence–Italian Riviera–Èze, France–French Riviera. 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. (B)

Day 14:
French Riviera–Avignon–Carcassonne. Today’s journey will take you through some of France’s loveliest scenery, sun-drenched landscapes right out of Van Gogh’s paintings, on the way through Provence. Stop for a visit in historic Avignon. Continue westwards to the impressive walled city of Carcassonne. (B,D)

Day 15:
Carcassonne–Barcelona, Spain. Enjoy a visit of this almost-untouched piece of medieval fortified architecture, still standing in all its walled glory with drawbridges, towers, battlements, watch turrets, ramparts, and even arrow-slits to repel the enemy. Later, cross the border into Spain and arrive in Barcelona. (B)

Day 16:
Barcelona. This morning’s sightseeing 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). (B)

Day 17:
Barcelona–Madrid. See more of Catalonia as you drive northwest via Saragossa through the very heart of New Castile for two overnights in Spain’s capital, Madrid. (B)

Day 18:
Madrid. 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. The optional trip to Toledo is rewarding, too. The splendid setting is like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. (B,D)

Day 19:
Madrid–Burgos–Bilbao. Climb Somosierra Pass, the boundary between Old and New Castile, before stopping in Burgos to visit the beautiful gothic cathedral. On through Basque Country to Bilbao, now famous for four contemporary architects: Norman Foster, Santiago Calatrava, Cesar Pelli, and Frank Gehry. (B,D)

Day 20:
Bilbao–Bordeaux, France–Poitiers. A change of scenery as you travel into France across Gascony for an orientation of Bordeaux, the wine capital of France. On through the Cognac area to Poitiers, of Black Prince fame. (B,D)

Day 21:
Poitiers–Châteaux Country–Amboise–Paris. Leave the “Town of a Hundred Bell Towers” for a scenic journey along the Loire. Stop in Amboise and see its castle before reaching Paris in time to enjoy an optional excursion. (B)

Day 22:
Paris. One 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: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles. (B)

Day 23:
Paris–London, England. Relax on your EUROSTAR journey back to London. (B)

Day 24:
London. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 
         
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Documents
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

City Highlights
Individual headsetsSightseeing:Visits to Heidelberg, Lucerne, Lugano, Verona, Venice, Assisi, Pisa, Avignon, Carcassonne, Burgos, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Amboise. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Notes
NOTE:December 10 Departure – Christmas in Barcelona and New Year's in Paris

Scenic Highlights
Scenic Highlights: Rhineland, Swiss Alps, Italian Appennnines, French Riviera, Pyrenées, Costa Brava, Basque Country, Cognac region, Châteaux Country

 

Cosmos Disclaimer - Indicates that this departure and vacation is available for 2018 early booking. All tours will be open for 2018 bookings in the Fall of 2016. Vacation upgrades and/or additions will not be available for early booking, as well as, any extra pre- or post-night pricing until the Fall of 2017. With the exception of Journeys Club discounts, future travel promotions are not applicable and are not retroactive on early bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Applies to new 2018 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.

Price Details US
Prices based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $1246No triple room reduction.Extra nights per person in London:in single room $149-$204, in twin $91-$139, in triple $64-$1112018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2017.

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