BELGIUM, HOLLAND, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, ITALY, FRANCE and SPAIN
extensive European tour stretches through Central Europe from London to
Rome, then along the Mediterranean coast to Spain and France. You’ll
travel to some of Europe's most famous cities—London, Amsterdam,
Lucerne, Venice, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, and Paris—and see
some of its most famous landmarks. You'll also stay in some of the
smaller—but equally fantastic—cities, including Nice, Carcassonne, and
Poitiers in France; the Rhineland in Germany; and Bilbao in Spain.
This European tour is filled with historic sights. Italy is a country
rich in natural and artistic treasures—so much so that Italy has the
highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, some of which you’ll
visit on this European tour: Assisi’s Basilica of St Francis and the
historic city centers of Rome, Florence, Verona; Pisa’s Piazza dei
Miracoli, and Venice with its lagoon. See the ancient battlements in
the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne. Admire the
royal castle in Amboise and Burgos’ beautiful gothic cathedral, begun
in the 13th century. In Barcelona, on your city tour, see Gaudi’s
architectural masterpieces—Casa Mila, Casa Batlló, and the
Sagrada Familia—which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
This tour through Europe also features stunning scenery. On your
travels from Germany into Switzerland, admire awe-inspiring alpine
scenery. Spend time on the gorgeous French Riviera and enjoy a scenic
journey along France’s Loire, with its rivers, and many castles. Drive
through the scenic Rhineland and witness its picturesque countryside,
historic castles, and charming villages. Marvel at the rolling hills,
terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages as you travel
through Tuscany and Umbria. Plus, enjoy some of France’s loveliest
scenery—right out of a Van Gogh painting—in the Provence region.
This is the perfect vacation for value-minded travelers who want to see
Rhineland, Swiss Alps, Pyrenées, Costa Brava, Basque Country,
Cognac region, French Riviera, Châteaux Country
Inside visits and
special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in
the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
NOTE December 10
Departure – Christmas in Barcelona and New Year's in Paris
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 AREA Steigenberger
(F) at Schiphol or NH Airport (F) at Schiphol
RHINELAND Ramada (ST) at
LUCERNE AREAIbis Styles
VENICE AREA Poppi (ST)
at Mira or Holiday Inn (ST) at Marghera
ROME Villa Maria Regina (F)
or Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST)
FLORENCE Italiana Hotel
FRENCH RIVIERA Ibis Styles
Airport (ST) at Nice or Park Inn Nice (ST) or Quality Mediterranee (ST)
CARCASSONNE Des 3 Couronnes
BARCELONA Catalonia Sagrada
Familia (ST) or Ibis Styles City (ST)
MADRID Rafaelhoteles Ventas
BILBAO Novotel Exhibition
POITIERS Ibis Centre (ST)
PARIS Ibis La Villette (ST)
or Novotel 17 (F) or Forest Hill La Villette (ST)
(SF) Superior First-Class (F) First-Class (ST) Superior Tourist Class
(T) Tourist Class
breakfasts daily; 8 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant
TRANSPORTATION Private, first-class,
air-conditioned motorcoach; cross-Channel ferry; canal transfer boat in
Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Amsterdam,
Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris; professional Tour Director
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,
maybe a leisurely cruise on the River Thames?
Day 3 London–Amsterdam
Area, HollandLeave London in the early morning and
head through the lush English countryside to the Channel port, where
you embark on your FERRY for the Continent. Meet your Tour Director
here and board your luxury coach for the drive to the Amsterdam area.
Area–Rhineland, GermanyToday, enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the
city from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious
stones at a DIAMOND CENTER in Amsterdam. Later, sightseeing with a
Local Guide points out the city highlights. In the afternoon, travel
southward to the Rhineland area.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 5 Rhineland–Heidelberg–Lucerne Area,
SwitzerlandDrive through the picturesque Rhineland
this morning or, alternatively, take the optional Rhine River cruise
and enjoy splendid scenery including the Lorelei rock. 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.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day6Lucerne AreaOne of Switzerland’s finest cities,
Lucerne is nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake,
and graced by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. Your visit
takes in the impressive city walls, CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician
houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT—a masterful
stone sculpture in honor of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis XVI. A
grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a cruise on
the fjord-like lake or a cable-car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of
Day 7 Lucerne Area–Lugano–Verona,
wonderful Alpine scenery as you drive into the mountain ranges that
surround the massive St. Gotthard. Once through its great tunnel,
you’ll start your scenic descent into the warmer and sunnier ambiance
of Canton Ticino. Stop in beautiful Lugano and take a stroll along the
lakeside promenade. 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.
Day8VeniceVenice is more like a marvelous film set
than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and
water buses, arched bridges, and palaces. The included orientation
starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square and is followed by some
time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS fashion
their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. 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 through
the gentle Umbrian hills to Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182.
Visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto,
then head for Rome.
Day10RomeThe “Eternal City”—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.
Rome–Pisa–FlorenceVistas of undulating hills, rows of
cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages
form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Take a
break in Pisa to see the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the amazing Leaning
Tower, then on to Florence.
Day12FlorenceThis Renaissance gem and city of the
Medicis will keep you enthralled for a whole day. Vehicles are banned
in part of the historic center, so visitors can wander at leisure and
admire the city’s timeless beauty. 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 magnificent East
Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Tonight, enjoy
dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 13 Florence–Italian
Riviera–Èze, France–French RivieraJourney northwest, with views of the
Italian Riviera. Continue to France for a visit to a PERFUME WORKSHOP
in Èze before traveling along the celebrated Côte d’Azur.
An optional Monte Carlo by Night excursion with dinner is available.
Riviera–Avignon–CarcassonneToday’s journey will take you through
some of France’s loveliest scenery, sun-drenched landscapes right out
of Van Gogh’s paintings, on the way through Provence. Stop for a visit
in historic Avignon. Continue westwards to the impressive walled city
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 15 Carcassonne–Barcelona,
SpainEnjoy a visit of this almost-untouched
piece of medieval fortified architecture, still standing in all its
walled glory with drawbridges, towers, battlements, watch turrets,
ramparts, and even arrow-slits to repel the enemy. Later, cross the
border into Spain and arrive in Barcelona.
Day16BarcelonaThis morning’s sightseeing with a Local
Guide includes a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium
and a panoramic view of the port and city. The drive continues to the
city center to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the
greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces in the
Houses Batlló and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees
Day 17 Barcelona–MadridSee
more of Catalonia as you drive northwest via Saragossa through the very
heart of new Castille for two overnights in Spain’s capital, Madrid.
only because it’s the capital of Spain, but also because it is situated
2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards say Madrid is the nearest
thing to heaven. Enjoy the main highlights on the included sightseeing
excursion. The optional trip to Toledo is most rewarding, too. The
splendid setting is like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 19 Madrid–Burgos–BilbaoClimb
Somosierra Pass, the boundary between Old and New Castille, before
stopping in Burgos to visit the beautiful cathedral. On through Basque
Country to Bilbao, now famous for four contemporary architects: Norman
Foster, Santiago Calatrava, Cesar Pelli, and Frank Gehry.
Breakfast | Dinner
change of scenery as you travel into France across Gascony for an
orientation of Bordeaux, the wine capital of France. Travel farther
north by way of the Cognac area to Poitiers, of Black Prince fame.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 21 Poitiers–Châteaux
Country–Amboise–ParisLeave the “Town of a Hundred Bell
Towers” for a scenic journey along the Loire. Stop in Amboise and see
its castle before reaching Paris in time to enjoy an optional excursion.
Day22ParisOne full day to explore the city that’s
known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious
food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows
off many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de
Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre
Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions
are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles.
Day 23 ParisYour vacation ends with breakfast this
23 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.
Care of Your
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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