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Europe's Highlights

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Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Europe

  • Active pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

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, they’ll show you the Eiffel Tower in Paris; Piazza Signoria in Florence, renowned for its ornate and famous statues; and St. Peter’s Square in Rome, the heart of the Vatican. Other fun experiences include a boat ride to Venice’s St. Mark’s Square; a visit to Assisi’s Basilica, the burial site of St. Francis and home to frescoes by Giotto and a visit to 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. Take an exciting drive through the Gotthard Tunnel, which leads straight through 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!

At a glance

Amsterdam Canal cruise, guided sightseeing

Rhineland Scenic drive

Neuschwanstein Visit King Ludwig’s castle

Venice Canal boat ride

Assisi Visit St. Francis Basilica

Rome Guided sightseeing

Florence Guided walking tour

Montecatini Visit

Pisa See the Leaning Tower

Milan, Lugano, Lucerne & Beaune Visit

Paris Guided sightseeing

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

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, they’ll show you the Eiffel Tower in Paris; Piazza Signoria in Florence, renowned for its ornate and famous statues; and St. Peter’s Square in Rome, the heart of the Vatican. Other fun experiences include a boat ride to Venice’s St. Mark’s Square; a visit to Assisi’s Basilica, the burial site of St. Francis and home to frescoes by Giotto and a visit to 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. Take an exciting drive through the Gotthard Tunnel, which leads straight through 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!

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners

UK - Amsterdam area, Holland

Day
1

Fly to Amsterdam where you will be transferred to your hotel.

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

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Amsterdam

Day
2

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Amsterdam area - Mannheim area, Germany

Day
3

Travelling 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 the Mannheim area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Mannheim area - Innsbruck area, Austria

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Innsbruck area - Venice area, Italy

Day
5

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Venice area - Assisi - Rome

Day
6

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 BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome

Day
7

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 amphitheatre ever built and Circus Maximus.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome - Florence - Montecatini

Day
8

Drive on the Highway of the Sun to 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; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, 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.” Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Montecatini - Pisa - Milan - Lake Como

Day
9

Hop on a mini train to the SQUARE OF MIRACLES in Pisa and admire the curious Leaning Tower. Journey northward through the Tuscan hills and across the Apennines to Milan to see the majestic gothic Duomo. Continue to the shores of romantic Lake Como.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lake Como - Lugano, Switzerland - Lucerne area

Day
10

Leave beautiful Lake Como and cross the border into Switzerland for a stop in Lugano in Italian-speaking Canton Ticino. Continue north and, once through Gotthard Tunnel, see more magnificent alpine scenery as you descend to the shores of Lake Lucerne.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lucerne area - Interlaken - Lausanne area

Day
11

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lausanne area - Beaune, France - Paris

Day
12

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. Tonight, maybe an exciting optional cabaret show?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Paris

Day
13

Get to know the city with a local expert and see many of the bestknown Parisian sites, such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysées. An optional excursion is available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles, King Louis XIV’s residence.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Paris - UK

Day
14

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Say farewell to Paris and head to the station to join the Eurostar service to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departures:

Easter in Rome: 15 April 2019 

New Years in Paris including Festive Dinner: 20th December 2019

 

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


Amsterdam area Best Western Plus Amedia Airport or Corendon Village

Mannheim area Achat Premium at Neustadt Weinstrasse

Innsbruck area Rumerhof or Ramada Tivoli

Venice area Poppi at Mira

Rome Villa Maria Regina

Montecatini Settentrionale Esplanade

Lake Como Lario at Mezzegra

Lucerne area Ibis at Kriens or Ibis Styles

Lausanne area Novotel Bussigny

Paris Ibis Styles Paris Porte D’Orléans or Timhotel Berthier

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