BELGIUM, HOLLAND, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, ITALY and FRANCE
European tour… should include the most popular and exciting cities,
the must-see sights, picturesque scenery, and a mix of culture,
history, and just plain fun. On this Best of Europe tour, you’ll
experience all of this and more.
You will start with visiting London, the British capital, where you
could join one of our optional excursions or just enjoy time at leisure
discovering the city on your own. From there, you’ll take the Eurostar
train to Brussels and then carry on your journey by coach to discover
many interesting destinations. On guided sightseeing tours, you’ll
visit the must-see sights—including those that will delight history
fans—such as Amsterdam’s canals; Rome’s St Peter Square and the
Colosseum; Florence’s renaissance old city center with a replica of the
“David” by Michelangelo, Pompeii, where you’ll see what life was like
during the Roman Empire before Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD; Paris’s
most famous landmarks and much more.
On this comprehensive European tour, you’ll also enjoy spectacular
scenery. You’ll drive through the picturesque Rhineland with its scenic
countryside, historic castles, and charming villages, and you’ll enjoy
breathtaking views of the Italian and French Riviera’s. Sit back and
relax as you drive past the Burgundy vineyards in France and through
gorgeous alpine scenery from Switzerland to Italy. Marvel at the beauty
of Tuscany with its rural villages, rolling hills, vineyards, rows of
cypress trees, and olive groves. You’ll stand in awe as you witness the
blue sea and amazing views on the Sorrento coast and on the legendary
island of Capri, and you’ll love the green hills and valleys as you
travel through Umbria to visit Assisi.
All of this and more await you on this dream European vacation designed
for value-minded travelers!
LONDON Visit LONDON-BRUSSELS
by Eurostar train AMSTERDAM Canal
cruise, guided sightseeing HEIDELBERG Visit LUCERNE Visit VERONA See
Juliet’s balcony VENICE Canal
boat ride ASSISI Visit
St. Francis Basilica ROME Guided
Archaeological site guided visit CAPRI Excursion
by boat SORRENTO Visit FLORENCE Guided
walking tour PISA See the
Leaning Tower ÈZE
Visit a Perfume workshop BEAUNE Visit PARIS Guided
Inside visits and
special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in
the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
NOTES December 16
Departure – Christmas lunch in Rome and New Year’s in Paris, including
Choice of optional excursions at reasonable prices to customize your
own experience. Please find a detailed list in your travel documents
throughout the tour
LONDON Novotel London West (F)
AMSTERDAM Holiday Inn
Express Arena (ST) or Best Western Plus Amedia Amsterdam Airport (F)
WIESBADEN Novum City (ST)
LUCERNE Drei Könige (ST)
VENICE Poppi (ST)
ROME Grand Fleming Hotel (F) SORRENTO Panorama Palace (F)
FLORENCE Hotel Nil (ST)
NICE Park Inn Nice
(MF) GRENOBLE Mercure Alpotel (F)
PARIS Timohotel Berthier (ST)
(SF) Superior First-Class (F) First-Class (MF) Moderate First Class
(ST) Superior Tourist Class
(T) Tourist Class
breakfasts daily; 4 dinners
TRANSPORTATION Touring by private, first-class,
air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Eurostar train
London-Brussels and Paris-London
Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Amsterdam,
Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Paris; professional Tour Director while touring
AIRPORT TRANSFERS Airport transfers
may be included when you make your flight arrangements.
Day 1 Arrive in London,
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.
Day2LondonA 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 a leisurely cruise on the Thames River?
Day 3 London–Brussels–Amsterdam
Area, HollandTransfer to the railway station and
board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels with your Tour Director.Board your
luxury coach for the drive to the Amsterdam area.
Area–Wiesbaden, GermanyToday, 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.
Day 5 Wiesbaden–Heidelberg–Lucerne Area,
SwitzerlandDrive 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.
Day6Lucerne AreaLucerne 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.
Day 7 Lucerne Area–Verona,
Italy–Venice AreaMore 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.
Day8Venice AreaVenice 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. The
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.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 9 Venice
Area–Assisi–RomeAn 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.
Day10RomeThe “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.
Day 11 Rome–Pompeii–Sorrento AreaTravel 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
Excursion to CapriCross 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.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 13 Sorrento Area–FlorenceAn 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.
Breakfast | Dinner
RivieraStop 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
Day 15 French
Napoleon–GrenobleFollow 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.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day16Grenoble–Beaune–ParisEnjoy 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 northwards to the exciting
city of Paris, capital of France.
Day 17 ParisParis is a world-class city that
probably has more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the
world. This morning, see the main ones 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
Day18ParisYour vacation ends with breakfast this
Best of Europe
18 Day Tour
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than three decades ago Cosmos
pioneered the idea of quality value
to Europe. Since then we've developed and refined the concept of
packages. Over a million people have come back to us for a second or
repeat business is the best testimony to the incredible value and
If you've never
taken a package vacation, consider this: Traveling with Cosmos is less
expensive, more comfortable, and far easier than going it alone. Our
contracting for hotels and services provides you with travel at
prices. A Cosmos package is carefully planned to make the best possible
use of your time.
Our team of
experts has refined our itineraries to combine the must-see sights with
significant time on your own, offering more choice and flexibility. You
can travel relaxed and hassle-free, knowing that we've taken care of
the details. Once you've
discovered the special advantages of traveling with Cosmos, you'll
want to travel any other way again. Cosmos is "A Smart Way To Go."
the heart of every great Cosmos tour are the friendly, knowledgeable
folks who show you around and help you maximize your free time. We go
to incredible lengths to find the most professional Tour Directors and
Local Guides. They deliver commentary in English, but are multilingual
so they can navigate Europe with ease and give you the richest
For all guided visits and included sightseeing in Europe, Cosmos will
provide personal audio headsets. See tour itinerary for details.
The Right Balance
No one enjoys a vacation where every second is spent on a schedule. We
build free time into every Cosmos vacation, so you can eat, shop, and
explore the way you want. Your Tour Director and Local Guides can offer
suggestions for things to see and do-or you can join one of our many
intriguing optional excursions.
Our packages include guided sightseeing and scenic highlights that
reveal the best of Europe, North America, and South America. Enjoy
inside visits of the must-see sites with knowledgeable Local Guides who
will bring each destination to life. Inside visits and special features
are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description. See individual
itinerary pages to learn what is included in your vacation.
Vacation with MyCosmos
Cosmos lets you enhance your tour with optional excursions that are
meaningful to you. Whether you enjoy art, music, food, wine, history,
or whatever, we give you the freedom to truly personalize your trip.
Best of all, you can make your selections-and even pre-pay-in advance
online at Cosmos.com/MyCosmos.
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you stay makes all the difference. After a day's
traveling you want to relax at a comfortable, clean, and attractive
We have chosen hotels with the best rooms, service, and food for the
Of course, they vary as different countries have different standards.
we ensure that everywhere you get the best available in cleanliness and
are always located in good neighborhoods, some more centrally and
in residential areas. Especially in large cities we sometimes prefer
hotels in residential areas on the outskirts to less desirable or
Rooms at all
our hotels include private facilities: private bath or shower and a
are usually no larger than twin rooms and the third bed is often a
bed put into a twin-bedded room just for the night.
your hotels Our hotels
are mainly superior tourist-class (ST) and tourist-class (T)
but we also feature some first-class (F) hotels. Cosmos hotel ratings
standards set by the independent Official Hotel Guide (OHG) or by
tourist boards. The specific rating for each contract hotel is
by our quality controllers.
the right to substitute hotels listed on the tour pages with hotels of
equivalent standard. With your Cosmos travel documents you'll receive a
list of hotel addresses, telephone numbers, and fax numbers for your
Vacation Dollars Value-packed
vacations at bargain prices. With Cosmos,
a company that specializes in package travel arrangements, you'll visit
the world without spending a fortune. Because all our buying power is
to package travel, our clout with suppliers is powerfully concentrated
-- and we pass the savings on to you with affordable vacation packages
for every budget.
with "guaranteed share" rates More than one-third
of all people traveling with Cosmos are traveling independently. We
accept reservations on a "guaranteed share" basis. We charge singles
basic price and match up singles of the same gender in twin-bedded
For mutual comfort we adopt a no-smoking rule in shared rooms.
shares" are not available for extra nights before or after your tour,
tours with overnight trains, or on train or cruise extensions. If we cannot
find a roommate for a traveler who has booked on a "guaranteed share"
we'll absorb the single room supplement, and that traveler will be
in a single room at no extra charge. Of course we
do offer single rooms when available to those who prefer to travel solo
and pay the single supplement.
reduction Cosmos grants
a reduction to three people who travel together and share the same
Triple room reductions, when available, are listed in the Dates and
box on the tour page.
A word of caution:
Triple rooms usually are no larger than twin rooms, and the third bed,
if there is one, is often a rollaway bed put in a twin-bedded room for
young tour members Cosmos grants
a 10 percent discount on the land tour price to travelers who are under
18 years old on the tour departure date, provided they are accompanied
by an adult. We do not accept children under eight on our tours because
we have found that they are too young to enjoy these vacations.
Offer Flexibility Joining late and
Many Cosmos land arrangements start and end in London. If you have
already spent time in the British capital, you may want to skip one or
more of the included London nights or even join at the first overnight
hotel on the Continent. Call your Travel Agent for any reductions that
apply to your vacation for joining late or leaving early. Vacations
with these reductions are sold on a land-only basis.
professional team takes care of you in London
For any help or information you might require during your London stay,
please contact the Cosmos hospitality desk at your hotel. Our
knowledgeable staff will serve you with a smile; give you guidance on
what to do and where to go; and arrange excursions, evening
entertainment, and theater outings for you.
If you'd like more hotel nights than we've provided at the start or end
of your tour, we can make reservations for you at the rates quoted
below, provided you request them at the time you book your vacation.
Rates are per person, per night, and include room with private bath,
breakfast, service charges, and taxes.
Extra nights are only available immediately prior to or after your
tour. Extra pre-tour nights in London are not available if you join
your tour later than Day 2.
Every effort is made to reserve extra nights at the hotel where your
tour stays. If space at the tour hotel is not available, alternative
accommodation will be reserved at a hotel of equivalent standard. When
this is the case, the transfer to and from the tour hotel is at our
As hotel space is limited, we cannot reserve more than two extra nights
before and/or after a tour, unless they are needed to bridge the gap
between two Cosmos vacations. During particularly busy periods, hotel
space in certain cities can become so tight that we may be unable to
sell extra nights.
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and The Globus
More than 75
years ago, Antonio Mantegazza bought a rowboat to transport commercial
goods across Lake Lugano in Switzerland. Who could know that rowboat
would launch the world's leading escorted travel company? Today Globus
is a global, family-owned company reaching every corner of the world.
Globus is now the first choice among individuals looking for vacations
with both domestic and international travel in a variety of styles to
six continents and hundreds of itineraries to choose from (see Globus History video right).
frequent trips across the scenic lake led him to
consider opportunities in a different market - tourism. His
entrepreneurial instinct pushed him to gradually acquire some
motorcoaches to transport tourists around the Lake Lugano area. In
1928, Antonio opened a company specializing in motorcoach touring
called Globus Viaggi. The company began with a fleet of 12 coaches
which operated local excursions for European tourists in Switzerland.
1950, Globus Viaggi had grown to a fleet of 33 coaches
and featured overnight excursions to Rome, Venice, the Dolomites and
the French Riviera. Gradually, these became regularly scheduled tours
and grew longer to cover more ground. Later that decade, under the
leadership of Werner Albek, Antonio's business partner, Globus
pioneered the concept of Grand European Touring by offering first-class
European tours to North Americans. By 1961, the company launched its
Cosmos arm, which featured affordable, value-priced European touring
for the cost-conscious British traveler.
coach tours were so successful that Cosmos soon
introduced another form of travel for the British market: air holiday
packages to the sunny destinations of southern Europe. By 1968, Cosmos
air holidays became so popular the company formed its own airline,
Monarch Airlines. Monarch Airlines started out modestly with two used
Britannia aircraft and eventually blossomed into one of the most
successful European charter companies with a large fleet of modern jets
and its own engineering division.
the flagship of Sergio Mantegazza, current president
and son of Antonio, Globus began expanding its markets beyond Great
Britain and North America. Since 1974, travel packages have been sold
in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most recently in Southeast Asia.
Starting in the 70s, the company also aggressively expanded its
offerings, introducing travelers to more countries than any other tour
operator with packages to Africa, South and North America, Europe, the
South Pacific and Asia.
the Globus family of brands is marketed and operated
by a network of more than 32 independent tourism and aviation
businesses, serviced by a group of more than 5,000 professionals
worldwide. Combined, Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms carry over 500,000
passengers a year, making the organization the leading operator of
guided vacations worldwide. Globus attributes its success to the ideals
of founder Antonio Mantegazza. For three generations, his vision, hard
work, love for travel, and commitment have guided the company. These
values are the cornerstone on which Globus was built and will continue
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