Europe's Highlights - 2023

Europe's Highlights - 2023

Start: Amsterdam, Netherlands Finish: Paris, France

Visiting: Amsterdam, Karlsruhe, Innsbruck, Venice, Assisi, Rome, Pisa, Montecatini Terme, Florence, Lake Como, Lugano, Lucerne, Interlaken, Lausanne, Beaune, Paris


Duration: 13 Nights

Physical rating: Active pace

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour code: 514706

Tour operator: Cosmos

Age range: 5-99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

This 9-day European Panorama leads you from London to the fan favorites of France, Switzerland, and Italy. Breeze through history like never before as you dash from London to Paris on the high-speed Eurostar train, drive past the Fontainebleau Forest and the vineyards of châteaux-dotted Burgundy on your way to the Swiss Alps. Enjoy a funicular ride through the walled Italian town of Bergamo, feel the wind in your hair on a private water taxi through Venice’s Grand Canal, and cruise through the olive-clad Tuscan Hills on your way to Rome. Our engaging Tour Directors bring the history, art, and legends of each city to life with exceptional knowledge, unique perspectives, and seldom heard tales.

Highlights

  • iconPARIS guided sightseeing includes sights of the Opera, Arc de Triomphe, and a Seine cruise.
  • iconLUCERNE Walking tour includes the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge.
  • iconBERGAMO Funicular ride followed by orientation walk through Bergamo Alta, the Old Town on the hill.
  • iconVENICE Private Boat Ride.
  • iconROME Guided sightseeing includes the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum.

Places You'll See

Paris
Lucerne
Venice
Rome
Amsterdam
Pisa
Innsburck

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Arrive In The Amsterdam Area, Holland

Location: Amsterdam

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

Check into your hotel, and start exploring this exciting city with your CosmosGo app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

icon Day 2 : Amsterdam

Location: Amsterdam

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights, as well as an included canal cruise to see the town from water level. Then, watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a diamond center. Time in the afternoon to explore on your own or join an optional excursion.

icon Day 3 : Amsterdam Area–Karlsruhe, Germany

Location: Karlsruhe

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Achat Hotel Karlsruhe City (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Traveling 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 Karlsruhe.Today’s Distance: 336 mi/ 540 km

icon Day 4 : Karlsruhe–Innsbruck Area, Austria

Location: Karlsruhe, Innsbruck

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Rumerhof (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive through Baden-Wüttenberg to the foot of the Alps to visit King Ludwig’s magnificent Neuschwanstein castle, Germany’s fairytale castle. Carry on into the verdant Austrian Tyrol.Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km

icon Day 5 : Innsbruck Area–Venice Area, Italy

Location: Innsbruck, Venice

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Poppi (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.Today’s Distance: 242 mi/ 390 km

icon Day 6 : Venice Area–Assisi–Rome

Location: Venice, Assisi, Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Villa Maria Regina (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

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 St. Francis Basilica with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.Today’s Distance: 345 mi/ 555 km

icon Day 7 : Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Villa Maria Regina (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Start the included introduction to Rome’s landmarks from St. Peter’s Square with a Local Guide. Enjoy a drive along the iconic landmarks of the city: the Tiber River, the Caius Cestius Pyramid, the Aurelian Walls and the Caracalla Baths. Complete the experience with a walk back in time from the Circus Maximus to the Arch of Constantine and to the fascinating Colosseum, symbol of the Roman Empire. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the treasures of the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel on our optional excursion.

icon Day 8 : Rome–Pisa–Montecatini

Location: Pisa, Montecatini Terme

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Settentrionale Esplanade (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive on the Highway of the Sun to Pisa. Hop on a mini train to the Square of Miracles and admire the curious Leaning Tower, a world-favorite photographic subject. Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini.Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km

icon Day 9 : Montecatini–Florence–Lake Como

Location: Florence, Lake Como

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Lario Mezzegra (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Arrive in Florence. This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled for a whole day. 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 and Loggia dei Lanzi. To top it all, see Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificently carved East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Journey northward through the Tuscan hills and across the Apennines to the shores of romantic Lake Como.Today’s Distance: 252 mi/ 405 km

icon Day 10 : Lake Como–Lugano, Switzerland–Lucerne Area

Location: Lake Como, Lugano, Lucerne

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ibis Kriens (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Leave beautiful Lake Como and cross the border into Switzerland for a stop in the Italian-speaking town of Lugano. Continue north and, once through Gotthard Tunnel, see more magnificent alpine scenery as you descend to the shores of Lake Lucerne.Today’s Distance: 137 mi/ 220 km

icon Day 11 : Lucerne Area–Interlaken–Lausanne Area

Location: Lucerne, Interlaken, Lausanne

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Novotel Lausanne Bussigny (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

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.Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km

icon Day 12 : Lausanne Area–Beaune, France–Paris

Location: Lausanne, Beaune, Paris

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Ibis Styles Paris Porte D'orleans (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

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.Today’s Distance: 385 mi/ 620 km

icon Day 13 : Paris

Location: Paris

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Ibis Styles Paris Porte D'orleans (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Get to know the city of romance with a local expert and see many of the Parisian sites, such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysées. An optional excursion is available to the palace and gardens of Versailles.

icon Day 14 : Paris

Location: Paris

Meals: Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

What's Included

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    Meals

    13 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 6 dinners

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    Accommodation

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Fully Guided

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    International Travel

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