The Best of Europe

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The Best of Europe

Revel in the best of Europe, from sapphire blue Swiss lakes and vibrant Amsterdam to Italy's medieval marvels and the beautiful French countryside.

16 days from


per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 15/10/2017 from London Hammersmith

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  • St Peter's Basilica, Rome St Peter's Basilica, Rome
  • Notre Dame, Paris Notre Dame, Paris
  • The Louvre, Paris The Louvre, Paris
  • Eiffel Tower, Paris Eiffel Tower, Paris
  • Sacré Coeur, Paris Sacré Coeur, Paris
  • Arc de Triomphe, Paris Arc de Triomphe, Paris
  • Lake Lucerne, Switzerland Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Lake Lugano Lake Lugano
  • Gondolas and San Giorgio Island, Venice Gondolas and San Giorgio Island, Venice
  • Gondolas and San Giorgio Island, Venice Gondolas and San Giorgio Island, Venice
  • Church of Santa Maria della Salute, Venice Church of Santa Maria della Salute, Venice
  • Rialto Bridge, Venice Rialto Bridge, Venice
  • The Colosseum, Rome The Colosseum, Rome
  • Assisi Assisi
  • Castelvecchio Bridge, Verona, Italy Castelvecchio Bridge, Verona, Italy
  • Juliets balcony, Verona Juliets balcony, Verona
  • Piazza del Signoria, Florence Piazza del Signoria, Florence
  • Duomo, Florence Duomo, Florence
  • Leaning Tower, Pisa Leaning Tower, Pisa
  • Amsterdam canal Amsterdam canal

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Amsterdam area.

Travel by coach to Calais where you will be transferred to your hotel in the Amsterdam area for one night.

DAY 2 : Amsterdam area - Rhineland.

This morning, explore the delightful city of Amsterdam on an included visit to a diamond factory, a sightseeing drive with a local guide, and a canal cruise to see the city's highlights from the water. This afternoon, head southeast to Germany for an overnight in the Rhineland area. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 : Rhineland - Heidelberg - Lucerne area.

Start today with a scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine to see charming villages, hilltop castles and terraced vineyards. Next, head to Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town and home to a sprawling red sandstone castle that dominates the skyline. Later, continue to Lucerne for two nights. Includes Breakfast

DAY 4 : Lucerne area.

Nestled amid snow-capped Alps and dominated by its clear blue lake, Lucerne is one of Switzerland's finest cities. See the city's highlights, such as Chapel Bridge and the magnificent Lion Monument. Includes Breakfast

DAY 5 : Lucerne area - Lugano - Verona - Venice area.

Admire breathtaking panoramas on a journey through lush Alpine scenery to the subtropical climes of the Ticino region. Enjoy a stop in beautiful Lugano to stroll along its lakeside promenade before crossing the border into Italy, past Milan and across the Po valley to Verona to see the legendary Juliet's balcony. Later, continue to the Venice area for two nights. Includes Breakfast

DAY 6 : Venice area.

With its criss-crossing canals, arched bridges and piazzas, Venice is an unforgettable city. Enjoy an included canal boat-ride to the heart of the city, see the Bridge of Sighs and St Marks Square before visiting a Venetian glass blowing workshop. why not enjoy an optional Gondola canal ride this evening? Includes Breakfast

DAY 7 : Venice area - Assisi - Rome.

Drive across the Po Delta and cross the Apennines en route to Umbria. Stop in historic Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis, where you can enjoy sights such as the magnificent Basilica. Later continue your journey to Rome. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 : Rome.

The 'Eternal City', Rome is a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive and absolutely unique. Today's included sightseeing trip with a local guide starts in St Peter's Square, followed by a visit to the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum. Includes Breakfast

DAY 9 : Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento.

This morning, enjoy views of mighty Mount Vesuvius, the only live volcano on the European mainland, before heading to Pompeii, an incredible ancient city preserved for centuries under lava ashes from the volcano. Enjoy an included site seeing tour with a local guide before continuing to the Neapolitan Riviera for two nights. Includes Breakfast

DAY 10 : Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento.

Cruise across the Bay of Sorrento to the lovely island of Capri today, an isle dotted with rose-tinted rocks and beautiful coves of translucent blue-green waters. This afternoon why not join an optional excursion to further explore Capri? Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 : Sorrento - Florence.

Drive through central Italy, passing olive groves, Chianti vineyards and the beautiful medieval towns of the Tuscany region to Florence. On the included walking sightseeing tour with a local guide, discover the landmarks of this magnificent Renaissance city. Enjoy a visit to one of Florence's fashionable leather shops. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 : Florence - Pisa - French Riviera.

Journey to Pisa and stop to admire the legendary Leaning Tower and the Square of Miracles. Carry on through the flower growing region of Liguria getting glimpses of the Italian Riviera. Cross into France to the blue shores of the Cote d'Azur. Includes Breakfast

DAY 13 : French Riviera - Route Napoleon - Grenoble.

Sit back and relax today as you are driven through the gorgeous landscapes of the French Riviera. Next, follow in the footsteps of Napoleon and trace the route he followed as he escaped from exile in Elba - now best known as the Route Napoleon. Next, visit a perfume shop in Grasse before arriving in your destination for the evening, Grenoble. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14 : Grenoble - Beaune - Paris.

This morning leave the mountains behind and marvel at the beauty of the Burgundy region as you pass rich vineyards and meadows en route to Beaune. Stop awhile in this medieval town, renowned for its wine production, and see the 'Hotel Dieu,' former hospital building before heading to Paris for two nights. This evening, why not attend the optional cabaret show? Includes Breakfast

DAY 15 : Paris.

Enjoy a day to get a feel for this magnificent city - renowned throughout the world for its fashion, delicious food, art and museums. Today's included sightseeing trip with a local guide takes in many of the best-known Parisian sights. Why not take an optional excursion this afternoon? Includes Breakfast

DAY 16 : Paris - UK.

We depart for the Eurostar service back to the UK. Includes Breakfast

Hotels on Tour

  • Florence:Villa Gabriele D'Annunzio (4*)
  • French Riviera:Park Inn Nice Airport (4*) or Ibis Styles (3*)
  • Grenoble:Europole (3*)
  • Paris:Forest Hill La Villette (4*)
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard
  • Amsterdam area:Holiday Inn Express Arena (3*)
  • Rhineland:Leonardo Royal at Cologne or Ramada at Bruehl (4*)
  • Lake Lucerne:Drei Koenige at Lucerne (3*)
  • Venice area:Poppi at Mira (4*)
  • Rome:Fleming (4*)
  • Sorrento:Ascot (4*)

What's Included

  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Ferry Crossing
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Meals on tour - 14 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage (for one suitcase per person)
  • Individual Audio System You will be given headphones and a receiver so you can clearly hear the tour director/local guide during your visits.
  • Single share option - see page 13

All this included

  • Amsterdam Canal cruise
  • Venice Canal Boat ride
  • Rome City sightseeing
  • Pompeii Archaeological site
  • French Riviera
  • Paris City sightseeing
  • Rhineland Scenic drive
  • Heidelberg Visit
  • Lucerne Visit
  • Lugano Visit
  • Verona Juliet's balcony
  • Pompeii Archaeological site
  • Boat trip to Capri
  • Florence Walking city sightseeing
  • Pisa Square of Miracles
  • Route Napoleon Scenic drive
  • Beaune Visit

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

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Too many important highlights were 'optional extras' and thus the holiday appeared to be far better value than it actually was

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The Best of Europe

Sarah Ward 20/08/2015

I returned to London on 16 August after finishing the wonderful Best of Europe tour. This was my 4th tour with Cosmos/Archers and it did not disappoint. I had been to most of the places before but traveled this time with a relative who had not. I liked the pace of this tour with many 2 night stops. Yes, it is still busy, but you can manage your time by taking as many or as few optional excursions as you wish. As always, I chose to do most of the optional excursions and enjoyed every one of them - especially the dinner or entertainment evenings. The highlight of the tour for me was the optional tour of the Isle of Capri - especially the chairlift which was like climbing to heaven! 

Alongside of the wonderful sights this tour was made exceptional by our wonderful tour director Mariella Spissu. She is a real asset to the company and we were blessed to have her. Nothing was too much trouble and she displayed incredible patience (especially in dealing with one extremely difficult passenger) and she remained professional at all times. She is an extremely kind and caring person and it was a sad day having to say goodbye on Sunday. I can't say enough to praise the job that she does!!!

I look forward to booking my next tour with Cosmos/Archers


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