From London to Paris via Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, discover the many wonders on this memorable European tour. History buffs will delight in seeing many of Europe’s historic sights. In Rome, see the iconic Colosseum, completed in the 1st century AD. In Lucerne, walk on the Chapel Bridge, built in 1333 as part of the city’s fortifications and now the oldest-preserved wooden bridge in Europe. In Trier, Germany’s oldest city, a walking tour highlights the Roman heritage, pleasant market squares, and Germany’s oldest Christian church. Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is a city that has retained its historic charm and is Europe at its most quintessential. On your walking tour here, see the gothic cathedral with its spires, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, and wander around the magical La Petite France district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, and a waterfront promenade.
If you’re more interested in art and architecture, you’ll enjoy the treasures offered on this Europe tour. Visit Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with the Piazza Signoria, adorned with ornate and famous statues. Stand in awe in front of Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower and explore the delicate floating city of Venice, both unique architectural wonders. Of course, no traveler to Europe should miss the distinct Parisian style, and you’ll have time to explore Paris’ famous sites.
Enjoy some time in the French Riviera, visit a famous perfume factory in Èze, and discover the Provence region, known for its Mediterranean climate, vineyards, and gorgeous scenery. Visit Aix-en-Provence, the birthplace of painter Cézanne and known for its fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés.
From the historic sights and architectural treasures to the beautiful scenery, this enriching, value-minded European tour offers something for everyone.
Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Round trip airfare from Vancouver to London and return from Paris
- 14 nights in Superior Tourist Class accommodation below or similar
- 15 day guided vacation coach tour with headsets throughout the tour
- professional Tour Director while touring; Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Paris;
- Meals: 14 Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners
- Round trip transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport
- LONDON – Visit
- LONDON-BRUSSELS – by Eurostar train
- TRIER & STRASBOURG – Guided sightseeing
- LUCERNE – Visit
- VENICE – Canal boat ride, visit
- ASSISI – Visit St. Francis Basilica
- ROME & FLORENCE – Guided sightseeing
- PISA – See the Leaning Tower
- ÈZE – Visit a Perfume workshop
- AIX EN PROVENCE & BEAUNE – Visit
- PARIS – Guided sightseeing
2020 Departure: Book by October 22 and save $50
|October 7, 2019||March 16, 2020|
|Vancouver||$3699 + $506 tax||$3499 + $506 tax|
|*Kelowna, Victoria||from $400 more|
|Calgary, Edmonton||from $300 more|
|Single Room Supplement||add $964|
(Tour Director & Driver)
|add $165 per person|
*Kelowna & Victoria return flight will require an overnight hotel in Vancouver at passengers own cost.
Note: Cosmos requires passport and emergency contact information with final payment.
*Single Share Program: Cosmos accept reservations on a “guaranteed share” basis. They charge the basic price and match up singles of the same gender in twin-bedded rooms. For mutual comfort, they adopt a no-smoking rule in shared rooms. If no other traveler has booked on “guaranteed share” basis, they’ll absorb the single room supplement, and that traveler will be accommodated in a single room at no extra charge.
2019 Itinerary (2020 subject to change – confirmed in September)
Day 1 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.
Accommodation: Novotel London West (or similar)
Day 2 LONDON
The whole day is free to take advantage of our rich program of optional activities. How about a fascinating tour of London’s landmarks, a visit to the Tower of London with the lavish Crown Jewels, or an excursion to Windsor Castle? Tonight, dinner followed by a leisurely cruise on the Thames River would be fun!
Day 3 LONDON–BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels. Here, board your comfortable motorcoach to your overnight hotel.
Accommodation: Ramada La Woluwe (or similar)
Day 4 BRUSSELS–TRIER, GERMANY–STRASBOURG AREA, FRANCE
Cross the German border and stop for an included guided walking tour of ancient Trier, founded by the Celts in the late 4th century BC. Later, travel through the fabled Black Forest, known for its cuckoo clocks, wood carving, delectable Black Forest Cake, and traditional farmhouses with sweeping, half-hipped roofs. Cross into France to arrive in Strasbourg for an overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Ibis Strasbourg Centre Historique (or similar)
Day 5 STRASBOURG AREA–LUCERNE AREA, SWITZERLAND
On your included guided walking tour in Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament, see the monumental gothic cathedral with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock; experience the unique Franco-German culture; and explore the city’s historic heart, the magical La Petite France district. Later, enter Switzerland and head towards the majestic Alps to Lucerne. Visit the LION MONUMENT, a masterful stone sculpture honoring Louis XVI’s heroic Swiss Guard; and CHAPEL BRIDGE, Europe’s oldest covered bridge, dating back to 1333.
Accommodation: Ibis Kriens (or similar)
Day 6 LUCERNE AREA–MILAN, ITALY
More wonderful alpine scenery awaits as you drive to the mountains surrounding massive St. Gotthard. Pass through its great tunnel, then begin your scenic descent into the warmth and sunshine of Canton Ticino, then on to vibrant Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Starhotels Business Palace (or similar)
Day 7 MILAN–VENICE AREA
Leave Milan and cross the Po River plain to the Venice area. Here, you’ll board your private MOTORBOAT to St. Mark’s Square. Take time to enjoy the Bridge of Sighs, Doges’ Palace, and monumental ST. MARK’S SQUARE. Visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP to watch a skilled craftsman at work. Don’t miss out on an optional gondola serenade that glides through century-old canals.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Ambasciatori at Mestre (or similar)
Day 8 VENICE AREA–ASSISI–ROME
An interesting drive southward, 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.
Accommodation: Park Hotel Dei Massimi (or similar)
Day 9 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. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment.
Day 10 ROME–FLORENCE–MONTECATINI
Say “Arrivederci, Roma” as you drive northward to reach Florence. On the included walking tour with a Local Guide, discover the landmarks of this Renaissance city, like Piazza Signoria with the Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo Vecchio, and the breathtaking cathedral on Piazza del Duomo. Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini.
Accommodation: Grand Hotel Ambasciatori (or similar)
Day 11 MONTECATINI–PISA–ÈZE, FRANCE–FRENCH RIVIERA
Stop in Pisa where a mini train ride takes you to see the Leaning Tower and the SQUARE OF MIRACLES. Bypassing the great port of Genoa, head northwest for glimpses of the Italian and French Rivieras. Visit one of the famous PERFUME FACTORIES in lovely Èze before reaching your destination on the glamorous French Riviera.
Accommodation: Ibis Styles Nice Airport
Day 12 FRENCH RIVIERA–AIX-EN-PROVENCE–LYON AREA
Leave the French Riviera this morning and head inland, crossing sun-drenched Provence. Take in the Mediterranean atmosphere of Aix-en-Provence, then travel through the famous wine-producing area of the Rhône Valley. Overnight in the Lyon area.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Lyon Ouest (or similar)
Day 13 LYON AREA–BEAUNE–PARIS
Enjoy vistas of famous Burgundy vineyards on the way to Beaune, famous for wines such as Chambertin and Nuits-Saint-Georges. Its Hôtel-Dieu with its colorful roof was one of the oldest hospitals in Europe. Head for the exciting city of Paris with time to enjoy an optional cabaret show.
Accommodation: Ibis Paris Cambronne Tour Eiffel (or similar)
Day 14 PARIS
One full day to explore the city that’s known throughout the world for its fashion, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sites. Tonight, consider joining the optional farewell dinner in a typical French restaurant.
Day 15 PARIS
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.