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Duration: 29 days | Departures Fridays | For travel between 02 January to 30 December 2015
Location: Starts London | France, Spain, Italy, Greece, San Marino, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands
Price: From $5,159* pp twin share (Single travellers can pay the same with a “Guaranteed Share” ask us)
  • cosmos-toursStart in London and cross the English Channel by Eurostar train bound for Paris (except where specified).

    Among the highlights: see the Champs-Elysées in Paris, French Châteaux Country, Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona, the glamorous French Riviera, Pisa’s Leaning Tower, Renaissance Florence’s Duomo, the Colosseum in Rome, and the Pompeii archaeological site.

    Enjoy an overnight ferry crossing to Greece and a visit to Athens’ Acropolis and Olympia. Return to Italy by ferry, first to the oldest state in the world, San Marino, then to romantic Venice with St. Mark’s Basilica and Square.

    Enjoy Vienna’s imperial city center, the majestic Swiss Alps, and Germany’s Rhineland. The holiday ends amidst the remarkable canals of Amsterdam.

    • 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 are available to help you make the most of your stay.
    • Day 2 – LONDON

      Enjoy free time for independent activities: take a panoramic tour of London’s famous landmarks; consider Madame Tussauds or a ride on the London Eye. Your local host will be on hand to assist. (B)
    • Day 3 – LONDON – PARIS, FRANCE

      Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Paris. Here you’ll be met by your Tour Director and fellow travellers.
    • Day 4 – PARIS

      Included sightseeing with a local expert shows of many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysees. (B)
    • Day 5 – PARIS – CHATEAUX COUNTRY – TOURS – BORDEAUX

      Start the day by motoring south to Blois and then parallel to the River Loire past the castles of Chaumont and Amboise for a short stop in Tours. Take the comfortable Autoroute L’Aquitaine as far as Poitiers, beautifully situated on a rocky plateau. South again to Saintes, then the Grand Champagne wine-growing area. Another 97 kilometres and you’ll be in Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne. (B,D)
    • Day 6 – BORDEAUX – CARCASSONNE – BARCELONA, SPAIN

      From the vineyards of the Gironde and the Garonne, travel eastwards, bypassing Toulouse to Carcassonne in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Stop and admire what is perhaps the best-preserved medieval fortified town in Europe. Later, reach the Spanish border and motor through Catalonia. Once across the River Ter, you’ll soon be in Barcelona. (B,D)
    • Day 7 – BARCELONA

      This morning’s sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of the port and city. The drive continues to the city centre to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batllo and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included). (B)
    • Day 8 – BARCELONA – ARLES , FRANCE – FRENCH RIVIERA

      Retrace your drive to the French border, then into the vine-covered region of the Herault for a stop in Arles. Later, motor westwards across the Rhone towards the Mediterranean shores for an overnight on the French Riviera. (B)
    • Day 9 – FRENCH RIVIERA – EZE – PISA, ITALY – FLORENCE

      Today, travel along the high coastal road to visit a perfume workshop in Eze. The day is highlighted by the drive along the French and Italian Rivieras and into hilly Tuscany for a visit to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower and the Square of Miracles. Don’t miss the included walking tour of Florence with a Local Guide, featuring most of the city highlights. (B,D)
    • Day 10 – FLORENCE – SORRENTO

      Leave Florence this morning, and travel south on the Autostrada del Sole through the sunlit valleys of Chianti country south to Sorrento. (B)
    • Day 11 – SORRENTO

      An optional excursion today to the legendary island of Capri. The island is surrounded by a rocky coastline, where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and smart restaurants is a mecca for the jet set. Return to Sorrento. (B,D)
    • Day 12 – SORRENTO – POMPEII-ROME

      Today travel north, with the Vesuvius volcano in the distance. Then to Pompeii, where time stopped in 79 AD, when the Vesuvius eruption totally destroyed it. On the included visit you can see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theatre, and forum. Later, head towards Rome for overnight. (B)
    • Day 13 – ROME

      The “Eternal City”, Rome is a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter’s Square, followed by a visit to the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum. (B)
    • Day 14 – ROME – OVERNIGHT FERRY CROSSING TO PATRAS,GREECE

      Drive across the rugged Apennine Hills towards the coast for embarkation on the overnight ferry to Greece. The modern ferries offer all comforts, including boutique, duty-free shop, two restaurants, three bars, discotheque, casino, and swimming pool. (B)
    • Day 15 – PATRAS – OLYMPIA

      Enjoy some daylight cruising towards the Greek coast before reaching Patras. Then, drive to Olympia for an overnight in the Peloponnese. (B,D)
    • Day 16 – OLYMPIA – TRIPOLIS – ATHENS

      This morning, join the optional sightseeing tour and learn more about the history of the original Olympic Games, when athletes competed with each other to honour the King of Deities. Then, motor into the mountains of Arcadia by way of Tripolis and over the Corinth Canal to Athens. Time later for an evening in the lively Plaka area. (B)
    • Day 17 – ATHENS

      Today, take advantage of the included morning sightseeing, which features the highlights of this ancient capital and a visit to the fascinating Acropolis. Later, enjoy one of the optional excursions or explore the shops and museums. (B)
    • Day 18 -ATHENS – PATRAS – OVERNIGHT FERRY CROSSING TO ITALY

      Leave Athens and journey to Patras for embarkation on the ferry for the Ionian Sea crossing back to Italy. Departure is in the early evening. (B)
    • Day 19 – SAN MARINO

      Disembark in the late morning. Then, proceed north for an overnight in San Marino, one of the world’s smallest and most ancient states, perched on Monte Titano. (B,D)
    • Day 20 – SAN MARINO – VENICE AREA

      Take a short walk through the main gate and up to Government House in the very heart of this tiny ancient republic. Later this morning, travel along the Adriatic coastline through the Po Delta towards the Venice area. (B)
    • Day 21 – VENICE AREA

      The included orientation starts with a boat ride and is followed by some time at leisure to absorb the atmosphere of this unique city, and a chance to watch Venetian glassblowers. Don’t miss the optional gondola trip. (B,D)
    • Day 22 – VENICE AREA – VELDEN, AUSTRIA – VIENNA

      Today, leave the flat and fertile plains of Venetia and journey by way of Tarvisio Pass into the grand mountain and lakeland scenery of Austria for a stop in Velden on Lake Worth. Northwards through the Styrian landscape to Vienna. (B,D)
    • Day 23 – VIENNA

      There’s so much to see on your included sightseeing tour: the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the Hofburg. (B)
    • Day 24 – VIENNA – SALZBURG – INNSBRUCK

      Westwards, almost parallel with the Danube, to Mozart’s Salzburg. Time for a stroll down the charming Getreidegasse, the town’s elegant main shopping street. The last leg of today’s drive takes you into the very heart of the Tyrol to its capital, Innsbruck. (B,D)
    • Day 25 – INNSBRUCK – LIECHTENSTEIN – LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND

      Time this morning to get acquainted with Innsbruck. The orientation tour includes the famous Golden Roof. Later, drive through the valleys and villages of the mountainous Tyrol to the Arlberg tunnel, descending into Switzerland. Stop briefly in Vaduz, Liechtenstein’s capital, before heading for Lucerne. (B)
    • Day 26 – LUCERNE

      Sightseeing in one of Switzerland’s finest cities takes in the impressive city walls, a wooden bridge, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the Lion Monument. A selection of optional activities completes the day: a cruise on the fjord-like lake or an excursion to the top of one of the most beautiful mountains. (B,D)
    • Day 27 – LUCERNE – RHINE CRUISE – RHINELAND, GERMANY

      More of Switzerland and its quaint little villages, farms, and chalets before crossing into Germany to use its Autobahn on the journey northwards to the shores of the Rhine. Today’s highlight is the included Rhine cruise past the legendary Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, terraced vineyards, and half-timbered villages. Overnight in the Rhineland. (B,D)
    • Day 28 – RHINELAND – AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND

      North today at first through the industrial Ruhr and then into the green, canal criss-crossed countryside of Holland to the Amsterdam area. Enjoy a canal cruise to see the town from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a famous diamond centre. Later sightseeing includes an orientation drive with a Local Guide. (B)
    • Day 29 – AMSTERDAM

      Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
  • Tour 2015

    European Masterpiece Escorted Coach Tour

  • Tour 2015

    Breakfast- 26
    Lunch- 0
    Dinner- 11

    • Individual Headsets
    • Sightseeing: Visits to Tours, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Arles, Nice, Pisa, Sorrento, Olympia, San Marino, Venice, Velden, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Liechtenstein, Lucerne; Rhine cruise
    • Scenic Highlights: Chateaux country, Bordeaux wine country, French and Italian Rivieras, Bay of Naples, Peloponese, Lake Worth, Carinthia, Tyrolean Alps, Swiss Alps, Rhineland
    • Guides: Host service in London. Local Guides for city sightseeing in Paris, Barcelona, Florence, Pompeii, Rome, Athens, Vienna, Amsterdam. Professional Tour Director while touring
    • Transportation: Eurostar London-Paris. On the Continent, private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Cross-Channel ferry; two-berth cabins with private shower and toilet on overnight ferries Italy-Greece-Italy. Canal transfer boat in Venice; Rhine cruise
    • Hotels:  Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges
    • Optionals: Choice of optional excursions available at reasonable prices to customise your own experience.

 

  • *TERMS & CONDITIONS

    Cosmos guarantees most Europe departures that are still in operation 35 days prior to the published departure date, UK departures 45 days prior, and USA & Canada departures 30 days prior. Throughout our European peak periods, from 1 May to 15 October, Cosmos guarantees most UK departures that are still in operation 60 days prior to departure. Throughout our American peak periods, from 15 May to 15 October, Cosmos guarantees most USA & Canada departures that are still in operation 60 days prior to departure.

    PLEASE NOTE: This guarantee does not apply in any situation where the safety of clients is at potential risk or in the case of global health warnings; or when the operation of a tour is not possible for reasons beyond our control (such as industrial action/strikes and operational restrictions); or in the case of multiple coach departures (i.e. “A” coach) or late cancellation of group parties; or a Force Majeure event.

    A Force Majeure event is an inevitable or unpredictable event including fire, flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane (or other natural disaster), act of war, invasion, act of foreign enemies, hostilities (regardless of whether war is declared), civil war, rebellion, revolution, insurrection, military or usurped power or confiscation, terrorist activities, nationalisation, government sanction, political unrest, blockage, embargo, labour dispute or strike.

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