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The Best of Europe

Cosmos
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  • Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
    18 days
    From: $ 2,689 $ 149 / day
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    The Best of Europe

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    Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
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    Itinerary

    Day 1 : ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND.

    ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND. 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.

    Day 2 : LONDON.

    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 dinner followed by a leisurely cruise on the Thames River? (B)

    Day 3 : LONDON–BRUSSELS–AMSTERDAM A...

    LONDON–BRUSSELS–AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND. Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels with your Tour Director. Board your luxury motorcoach for the drive to the Amsterdam area. (B)

    Day 4 : AMSTERDAM AREA–WIESBADEN, G...

    AMSTERDAM AREA–WIESBADEN, 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 stop to watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER. This afternoon, continue your journey to Wiesbaden. (B)

    Day 5 : WIESBADEN–HEIDELBERG–LUCERN...

    WIESBADEN–HEIDELBERG–LUCERNE AREA, SWITZERLAND. Drive through the picturesque Rhineland and enjoy splendid scenery as you skirt the Rhine river. 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 6 : LUCERNE AREA.

    LUCERNE AREA. Lucerne is nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and graced by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. Your 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 7 : LUCERNE AREA–VERONA, ITALY–...

    LUCERNE AREA–VERONA, ITALY–VENICE AREA. More wonderful alpine scenery as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround the massive St. Gotthard Pass leading to the warmer and sunnier ambiance of Canton Ticino, 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 AREA.

    VENICE 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. Your included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by free 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 9 : VENICE AREA–ASSISI–ROME.

    VENICE 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 10 : ROME.

    ROME. The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and 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. (B)

    Day 11 : ROME–POMPEII–SORRENTO AREA.

    ROME–POMPEII–SORRENTO AREA. Travel 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 your included visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, see the luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Just a few more miles to reach the lively Sorrento Area. (B)

    Day 12 : SORRENTO AREA. EXCURSION TO...

    SORRENTO AREA. 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 13 : SORRENTO AREA–FLORENCE.

    SORRENTO AREA–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 shows the highlights. (B,D)

    Day 14 : FLORENCE–PISA–ÈZE, FRANCE–F...

    FLORENCE–PISA–ÈZE, FRANCE–FRENCH RIVIERA. Stop in Pisa where you hop on a mini train to see the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the famous Leaning Tower. Bypassing the great port of Genoa, drive northwest for glimpses of the Italian and French Rivieras. Visit a typical Provence PERFUME WORKSHOP in Èze and later reach the shores of the charming Côte d’Azur. (B)

    Day 15 : FRENCH RIVIERA–SAINT-ANDRÉ-...

    FRENCH RIVIERA–SAINT-ANDRÉ-LES-ALPES–ROUTE NAPOLEON–GRENOBLE. Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon as he escaped from exile in Elba. Following the Route Napoleon, and stop for some crispy fresh air in Saint André Les Alpes before reaching Grenoble—now an alpine sports mecca and site of the 1968 Winter Olympic Games. (B,D)

    Day 16 : GRENOBLE–BEAUNE–PARIS.

    GRENOBLE–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 northward to the exciting city of Paris, capital of France. (B)

    Day 17 : PARIS.

    PARIS. Paris is a world-class city with more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. This morning, see the main sights during the included city tour 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.

    PARIS. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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    154 Cosmos Travel Reviews & Ratings

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    Loved Leo. Entertaining and patient with those of us with canes. Took in many places had only read about. Great weather. Met new friends from around the world. Once again we all loved Leo
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    We Enjoyed All The Places We Visited Very Much.

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    We enjoyed visiting Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France and London. All the tours were excellent. Our tour guide was very nice. Breakfast were not the best. They served the same breakfast every day.
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    Amazing!!!!

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    This trip is not for the tired or weary. It is fast paces and exhausting schedule to ensure you see the most you can with the time invested. Cosmos packs the most they can into the time you have.
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    Very Good

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    The trip was excellent! Would love to do it all over again, with one exception: the visit to Florence, Italy should be a TWO night stay. It would give you more time to explore the city. We got there in the afternoon and early in the morning we were on our way to Pisa. I felt like we were rushed. I did not care for the visit to the leather shop. That was a waste of time when we could have been touring the city. Other than that, love it!!!
    One more thing I would like to bring up is the luggage situation. Your brochure states that you are allowed one suitcase and a personal item per person. That's what we did. But when we got there, there were people with more luggage than the allowed, which made it a hassle when trying to bring all those suitcases up to the hotel rooms in the very small elevators (lifts). It was an inconvenience. I believe if you say this is what is allowed per person, everybody should follow those instructions. Thank you very much, Evelyn O'Bryan.
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    Excellent Experience and Excellent Guide

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    I would highly recommend this company and some trips to Scandinavia and Baltic. The countries are amazing, the service and our guide Ausra Paukste was really the best ever. If you wish to visit this region consider Cosmos company.
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    Great Cosmos Value

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    I am a budget solo female traveler. I have traveled with COSMOS for about 20 years in the past, all over Europe, Switzerland, Turkey, etc. The best thing is that I never have to pay extra for single supplement when I room with someone. If Cosmos can not find a room mate for you, you end up having the whole room. Because of this feature, I was able to travel everywhere by my self with reasonable price. Cosmos always provides great value for the bucks. I would do it again. I highly recommend to you all.
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