Europe's Highlights

Europe's Highlights

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Europe's Highlights

14 Days Starting in Amsterdam, Netherlands and ending in Paris, France

Visiting: Amsterdam, Rhineland, Neuschwanstein Castle, Innsbruck, Venice, Assisi, Rome, Pisa, Montecatini, Florence, Lake Como, Lugano, Lake Lucerne, Lucerne, Interlaken, Lausanne, Beaune, Paris

Tour operator:

Cosmos

Tour code:

4810-2024

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Cultural, History

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

From its exciting cities to its spectacular scenery, Europe has it all, and on this affordable European tour, you'll see the main highlights. Start in Amsterdam with a scenic canal cruise and end in Paris with a guided tour and time on your own. In between, you’ll discover Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. In Amsterdam, Rome, Florence, and Paris, local experts will bring the cities alive, and among other famous sights, you’ll see Amsterdam's canals; Piazza Signoria in Florence, renowned for its ornate and famous statues; and St. Peter’s Square in Rome, the heart of the Vatican. Other interesting experiences include a boat ride to Venice’s St. Mark’s Square; a visit to Assisi’s Basilica, burial site of St. Francis and home to frescoes by Giotto and see Neuschwanstein Castle, King Ludwig II’s fairy-tale castle nestled in the beautiful Bavarian Alps. It is not just the cities you’ll see on this European tour; you’ll also see some of Europe's beautiful scenery. A fascinating drive along the Rhine River features quaint towns, castles from the Middle Ages, and villages lining the countryside. Marvel at the gorgeous Swiss Alps. Enjoy the beautiful Tuscany countryside, with its rolling hills, and journey through France’s famous vineyards. Overnight in romantic Lake Como, regarded as one of Europe's most picturesque lakes; spend time in Lucerne, nestled between the Alps and the fjord-like lake; and stop in Interlaken, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and surrounded by three mighty mountains. Europe’s highlights—including historic monuments, must-see attractions, and scenery—are all available on this splendid, value-minded Europe tour!

Highlights

  • From its exciting cities to its spectacular scenery, Europe has it all, and on this affordable European tour.

  • Start in Amsterdam with a scenic canal cruise and end in Paris with a guided tour and time on your own.

  • In between, you’ll discover Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland.

  • Marvel at the gorgeous Swiss Alps.

  • Europe’s highlights—including historic monuments, must-see attractions, and scenery—are all available on this splendid, value-minded Europe tour!

Places You'll See

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Ibis Kriens

Ibis Styles Karlsruhe Ettlingen

Ibis Styles Roma Aurelia

Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport

Poppi

Settentrionale Esplanade

B&B Como City Center

Ibis Lausanne Crissier

Hotel Ibis Styles Paris Porte D'orleans

Delfino

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Location: Amsterdam

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport

Meals Included: Dinner

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

Day 2 : Amsterdam

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Location: Amsterdam

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights, as you discover the city from water level on an included canal cruise. 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.

Day 3 : Amsterdam - Rhineland, Germany

Location: Rhineland

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ibis Styles Karlsruhe Ettlingen

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.
Today’s Distance: 336 mi/ 540 km

Day 4 : Rhineland - Innsbruck Area, Austria

Location: Neuschwanstein Castle, Innsbruck

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Alphotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Day 5 : Innsbruck Area - Venice Area, Italy

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Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Poppi

Meals Included: 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

Day 6 : Venice Area - Assisi - Rome

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Location: Venice, Assisi, Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ibis Styles Roma Aurelia

Meals Included: 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 Basilicas with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.
Today’s Distance: 345 mi/ 555 km

Day 7 : Rome

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Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ibis Styles Roma Aurelia

Meals Included: 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.*

* For operational reasons, schedule changes for the Rome program cannot be excluded.

Day 8 : Rome - Pisa - Montecatini

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Location: Rome, Pisa, Montecatini

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Settentrionale Esplanade

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Say goodbye to Rome and 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-renowned photographic subject. Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini, recently added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km

Day 9 : Montecatini - Florence - Lake Como

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Location: Florence, Lake Como

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: B&B Como City Center

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 (belltower), 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

Day 10 : Lake Como - Lugano, Switzerland - Lucerne Area

Location: Lake Como, Lugano, Lake Lucerne

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ibis Kriens

Meals Included: 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

Day 11 : Lucerne Area - Interlaken - Lausanne

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Location: Lucerne, Interlaken, Lausanne

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ibis Lausanne Crissier

Meals Included: Breakfast

Spend some time in beautiful Lucerne. Stroll through the old town and see the distinctive covered wooden bridge (Kapellbrücke) crossing the river Reuss. Later, stop in idyllic Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland and then follow the shoreline of deep blue Lake Thun, continuing for a few more miles to Lausanne, overlooking Lake Geneva.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km

Day 12 : Lausanne - Beaune, France - Paris

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Location: Lausanne, Beaune, Paris

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Ibis Styles Paris Porte D'Orleans

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy vistas of the celebrated Burgundy vineyards on the way to Beaune. Visit the medieval town, known all over the world for its wine production. Take the autoroute to Paris.
Today’s Distance: 385 mi/ 620 km

Day 13 : Paris

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Location: Paris

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Ibis Styles Paris Porte D'Orleans

Meals Included: 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.

Day 14 : Paris

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Location: Paris

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Stay at a variety of comfortable and modern hotels including Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport, Ibis Styles Karlsruhe Ettlingen, Alphotel, Poppi, Delfino, Ibis Styles Roma Aurelia, Settentrionale Esplanade, B&B Como City Center, Ibis Kriens, Ibis Lausanne Crissier, and Hotel Ibis Styles Paris Porte D'Orleans.

  • Meals

    Buffet breakfasts daily and 4 dinners.

  • Fully Guided

    Enjoy guided tours in various cities including Amsterdam, Rome, Florence, and Paris.

  • Transport

    Travel through Europe in comfort with included scenic drives, canal cruises, and optional excursions. Enjoy the convenience of coach travel.

  • Sightseeing

    Included sightseeing tours in Amsterdam, Rome, Florence, and Paris, as well as visits to various UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

    Tipping and gratuities are not included.

  • International Travel

    International flights to and from Europe are not included.

  • Optional Excursions

    Optional excursions such as the Rhine cruise, gondola trip in Venice, and visit to the palace and gardens of Versailles are not included.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as souvenirs, additional meals, and drinks are not included.

UNESCO Sites

17th Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam|Assisi (the Basilica of San Francesco)|Historic Centre of Florence|Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City|Paris Banks of the Seine|Piazza del Duomo Pisa|The great Spa Towns of Europe - Montecatini|Vatican City|Venice and its Lagoon

Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

Accommodation

Stay at a variety of comfortable and modern hotels including Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport, Ibis Styles Karlsruhe Ettlingen, Alphotel, Poppi, Delfino, Ibis Styles Roma Aurelia, Settentrionale Esplanade, B&B Como City Center, Ibis Kriens, Ibis Lausanne Crissier, and Hotel Ibis Styles Paris Porte D'Orleans. Each hotel offers unique amenities and convenient locations.

Mode of Transport

Travel through Europe in comfort with included scenic drives, canal cruises, and optional excursions. Enjoy the convenience of coach travel, allowing you to relax and take in the beautiful landscapes and historic sites along the way.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the starting and ending point of the tour?

    The tour starts in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and ends in Paris, France.

  • Is international travel included in the tour package?

    No, international travel is not included in the tour package.

  • Are there any optional excursions available during the tour?

    Yes, there are optional excursions available, such as a Rhine cruise in Germany, a gondola trip in Venice, and a visit to the palace and gardens of Versailles in Paris.

  • What UNESCO World Heritage Sites will we visit on this tour?

    The tour includes visits to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the 17th Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam, the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi, the Historic Centre of Florence, the Historic Centre of Rome, the Vatican City, the Piazza del Duomo in Pisa, the great Spa Towns of Europe in Montecatini, and Venice and its Lagoon.

  • Are meals included in the tour package?

    Yes, the tour package includes daily buffet breakfasts and 4 dinners.

  • What type of transportation is included in the tour?

    The tour includes scenic drives, canal cruises, and optional excursions. Coach travel is provided for convenience, allowing you to relax and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and historic sites along the way.

  • Is tipping and gratuities included in the tour package?

    No, tipping and gratuities are not included in the tour package.

  • What are some of the highlights of the tour?

    Highlights include a scenic canal cruise in Amsterdam, a visit to King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein castle in Germany, a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square in Venice, a visit to the St. Francis Basilicas in Assisi, a walking tour in Florence, and sightseeing in Paris with a local expert.

  • What kind of accommodations can I expect during the tour?

    You will stay at a variety of comfortable and modern hotels, including Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport, Ibis Styles Karlsruhe Ettlingen, Alphotel, Poppi, Delfino, Ibis Styles Roma Aurelia, Settentrionale Esplanade, B&B Como City Center, Ibis Kriens, Ibis Lausanne Crissier, and Hotel Ibis Styles Paris Porte D'Orleans. Each hotel offers unique amenities and convenient locations.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1961

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Cosmos is committed to minimizing our impact on the environment and to reducing dependence on non-renewable resources. In this endeavor, we have implemented policies to support this mission and are working carefully to enhance our products with this mission and our values combined. We are committed to complying with all relevant legislation and/or regulations.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Travel documents, including any air tickets, itineraries, and other information, are available approximately two to three weeks prior to departure provided full payment has been received.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    All guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for travel through February, 2023. Beginning March 1, 2023, while we highly recommend vaccination, we will no longer require it. We ask all guests to comply with airline and destination requirements, which still may apply. To check your destination requirements for your travel dates, view the Latest Travel & Health Restrictions for Travel.

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