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Cosmos The Best of Europe (5160)

18 days from London to Paris 
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.

On guided sightseeing tours, you’ll visit the must-see sights—including those that will delight history fans—such as Amsterdam’s canals, Lucerne’s Chapel Bridge, built in the 14th century as part of the city’s fortifications and now Europe’s oldest-preserved wooden bridge; Rome’s Colosseum and Roman Forum, dating back to the Roman Empire; 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 destroyed and preserved the town 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 Rivieras. 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 in 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.

All of this and more await you on this dream European vacation designed for value-minded travelers!

Cosmos Promotions & Special Offers

  • Book early and save $50 per person on 2018 Cosmos vacations (excluding Cuba).*
    Must be booked between 06/21/17 and 10/17/17 - for Travel Dates between 01/01/18 and 12/31/18
  • Save $150pp on select January-May 2018 air-inclusive Globus and Cosmos Europe vacations on United Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Arlines and Brussels Airlines.*
    Must be booked between 06/21/17 and 09/12/17 - for Travel Dates between 01/01/18 and 05/31/18
  • Save $150pp on select January-May 2018 air-inclusive Globus and Cosmos Europe vacations on United Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Arlines and Brussels Airlines.*
    Must be booked between 06/21/17 and 09/12/17 - for Travel Dates between 01/01/18 and 05/31/18
Restrictions May Apply

Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Visits to Heidelberg, Lucerne, Lugano, Verona, Venice canal boat ride, Assisi’s St. Francis Basilica, Neapolitan Riviera, Capri boat trip, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Beaune. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Cosmos Hotels

LONDON Novotel London West (F)
AMSTERDAM AREA Holiday Inn Express Arena (ST) or Grand Hotel Amstelveen (F) or Dorint Airport (F) at Schiphol
RHINELAND Leonardo Royal Am Stadtwald (F) or Ramada (ST) at Bruehl
LUCERNE AREA Drei Könige (ST) or Ibis (ST) at Kriens
VENICE AREA Poppi (ST) at Mira
ROME Fleming (ST)
NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA Ascot (ST) or Central Park (F) at Massalubrense
FLORENCE Villa Gabriele D’Annunzio (ST) or Italiana Hotel Florence (ST)
FRENCH RIVIERA Park Inn Nice (ST) or Quality Mediterranee (ST) at Menton
GRENOBLE Europole (ST)
PARIS Forest Hill La Villette (ST) or Kyriad Bercy (ST)

Itinerary (2017)

Day 1Arrive 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 2London.
 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 3London–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 4Amsterdam Area–Rhineland, Germany.
 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 watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER. This afternoon, continue your journey to the scenic Rhineland. (B,D)
Day 5Rhineland–Heidelberg–Lucerne Area, Switzerland.
 Drive through the picturesque Rhineland this morning or, alternatively, take the optional Rhine River cruise and enjoy splendid scenery including the Lorelei rock. 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. (B)
Day 6Lucerne Area.
 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. The 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. (B)
Day 7Lucerne Area–Lugano–Verona, Italy–Venice Area.
 More wonderful alpine scenery as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround the massive St. Gotthard and to 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 8Venice Area.
 Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and busy little piazzas. The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by some 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. (B,D)
Day 9Venice Area–Assisi–Rome.
 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. (B)
Day 10Rome.
 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, heart of the Vatican, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and the mighty COLOSSEUM. (B)
Day 11Rome–Pompeii–Neapolitan Riviera.
 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 the included visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, see the luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Just a few more miles to reach the lively Neapolitan Riviera. (B)
Day 12Neapolitan Riviera. Excursion to Capri.
 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. (B,D)
Day 13Neapolitan Riviera–Florence.
 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 will take in most of the highlights. (B,D)
Day 14Florence–Pisa–French Riviera, France.
 Stop in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower in the SQUARE OF MIRACLES. Bypassing the great port of Genoa, drive northwest, getting glimpses of the Italian and French Rivieras. Reach the shores of the charming Côte d’Azur. (B)
Day 15French Riviera–Route Napoleon–Grenoble.
 Start the day with a visit to a typical Provence PERFUME WORKSHOP in Grasse, then follow in the footsteps of Napoleon as he escaped from exile in Elbe. Once he landed on the shores of the Côte d’Azur, he made his way to Paris via Grasse. Following the Route Napoleon, drive in Grenoble, now an alpine sports mecca and site of the 1968 Winter Olympic Games. (B,D)
Day 16Grenoble–Beaune–Paris.
 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 northwards to the exciting city of Paris, capital of France. (B)
Day 17Paris.
 Paris is a world-class city that probably has more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. This morning, see them during the included city tour. View the famous Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, and much more 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 farewell dinner? (B)
Day 18
 Paris. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Cosmos Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners

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Cosmos Pricing Details

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:

No triple room reduction.

Extra nights per person in London:
in single room $149-$204, in twin $91-$139, in triple $64-$111

Extra nights per person in Paris:
in single room $113-$192, in twin $63-$102, in triple $55-$94

2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2017.

Cosmos Notes

April 7 & 14 Departures – Easter
December 16 Departure – Christmas lunch in Rome and New Year in Paris including reveillon dinner
January 2 Departure – Complimentary Eiffel Tower Tour in Paris

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Cosmos Tour Dates

Guaranteed Departure  indicates Guaranteed Departure
*Tour Land StartCosmos RetailRequest Quote
Guaranteed Departure 12/16/2017 $2,769.00
01/02/2018 $2,728.00
03/23/2018 $2,770.00
03/30/2018 $2,842.00
04/06/2018 $2,844.00
04/13/2018 $2,924.00
04/20/2018 $2,924.00
04/27/2018 $2,964.00
05/04/2018 $2,964.00
05/11/2018 $2,964.00
05/18/2018 $2,964.00
05/25/2018 $2,964.00
06/01/2018 $2,964.00
06/08/2018 $2,964.00
06/15/2018 $2,964.00
06/22/2018 $2,964.00
06/29/2018 $2,914.00
07/06/2018 $2,914.00
07/20/2018 $2,914.00
08/03/2018 $2,914.00
08/17/2018 $2,914.00
08/31/2018 $2,964.00
09/07/2018 $2,964.00
09/14/2018 $2,964.00
09/21/2018 $2,964.00
09/28/2018 $2,874.00
10/05/2018 $2,874.00
10/12/2018 $2,874.00
11/09/2018 $2,814.00
12/16/2018 $2,854.00
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