FRANCE, SPAIN, ITALY,
GREECE, BULGARIA, SERBIA, HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA,
AUSTRIA, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND and HOLLAND
do you expect from your European tour? Historic treasures, amazing
architecture, scenic beauty, and exciting cities? Whatever it is, this
European vacation offers it to you! You’ve heard about a tiny but
powerful state with a treasure cove of masterpieces, Vatican City? Now
it’s your chance to visit St Peter’s Square. You’ve seen photos of the
Leaning Tower in Pisa? Here’s your opportunity to take a photo of
yourself pushing back at it. You’ve heard of the French Riviera? Drive
along both the French and the Italian Riviera’s. You’ve watched the
Olympics? Visit the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Greece. You’ve
heard how gorgeous the Swiss Alps are? Now is the time to see them in
person. You’ve heard how the countries in Eastern Europe have
transformed into wonderful vacation destinations? See it for yourself
and visit Budapest, Bratislava, Sofia, and Belgrade.
All of this and much more is included on this European tour that starts
in London, ends in Amsterdam, and travels through France, Spain, Italy,
Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and
Switzerland. Spend time in the French Riviera and France’s beautiful
wine region. Experience lively Barcelona and visit some of the world’s
oldest sights, including Athens’ Acropolis, dating back to the 5th
century BC; the towers, cobblestones, and turrets in Carcassonne,
perhaps Europe’s best-preserved medieval fortified town; Lucerne’s
Chapel Bridge, built in 1333 as part of the city’s fortifications; Niš
in Serbia, one of the oldest cities in the Balkans; and much more.
But that’s not all…you’ll also witness gorgeous scenery throughout this
Europe tour—from the rolling hills in Tuscany to the majestic Swiss
Alps, Greece’s Peloponnese coast and the Danube valley. It’s a dream
vacation for value-minded travelers!
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: LONDON
Visit LONDON-PARIS by
train PARIS Guided
sightseeing TOURS, BORDEAUX &
CARCASSONNE Visit BARCELONA
Guided sightseeing ARLES &
NICE Visit VENICE Canal
boat ride, glassblowing workshop FLORENCE Guided
walking tour PISA See the
Leaning Tower ROME Guided
Ferry OLYMPIA Visit CORINTH CANALATHENS
Guided sightseeing, visit
Archaeological site guided visit SOFIA Guided
sightseeing NIS & SZEGED
Visit BUDAPEST Guided
& BRATISLAVA Visit VIENNA Guided
sightseeing SALZBURG, MUNICH,
LUCERNE & STRASBOURG Visit AMSTERDAM Canal
cruise, guided sightseeing
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites
can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Site of Delphi
and Romanesque Monuments)
(including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and
Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City
Centre of the City of Salzburg
Centre of Vienna
Fortified City of Carcassonne
of the Seine
Inside visits and
special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in
the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
NOTE Security cruise
regulations require first and last name, date of birth, gender,
nationality, and passport number at time of booking.
December 22 Departure – Christmas in Paris and New Year’s in Venice
including festive dinner
December 31 Departure – New Year’s in London
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) PARIS KYRIAD PARIS BERCY VILLAGE
(ST) BORDEAUX KYRIAD PRESTIGE (ST) BARCELONA PORTA FIRA (SF) NICE IBIS STYLES NICE VIEUX PORT (ST) VENICE POPPI (ST) FLORENCE ITALIANA HOTEL AND RESORT (F) ROME HOTEL OLY (F) OLYMPIA OLYMPIA PALACE (F) ATHENS ACROPOLIS SELECT (F) or ILLISOS (F) THESSALONIKA GRAND HOTEL PALACE (SF) SOFIA ROSSLYN CENTRAL PARK (F) BELGRADE BEST WESTERN HOTEL M (F) VIENNA STAR INN SCHOENBRUNN (ST) MUNICH ACHAT PREMIUM MUENCHEN SUD (SF) LUCERNEIBIS STYLES LUZERNE CITY (ST)
TRIER HOTEL VIENNA HOUSE EASY (F) AMSTERDAM BEST WESTERN PLUS AMEDIA AMSTERDAM
AIRPORT (F) or HAMPTON by HILTON SCHIPOL (ST)
(SF) Superior First-Class (F) First-Class (MF) Moderate First Class
(ST) Superior Tourist Class
(T) Tourist Class
breakfasts daily; 10 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant
TRANSPORTATION Touring by private, first-class,
air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Eurostar train
London–Paris; overnight ferry Italy-Greece in cabins with private
facilities; canal transfer boat in Venice; Pisa mini train ride; canal
Host service in London
AIRPORT TRANSFERS Airport transfers
may be included when you make your flight arrangements.
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
Day2LondonEnjoy free time for independent
activities. Take a panoramic tour of London’s famous landmarks, visit
the Tower of London, or choose an excursion to Windsor Castle. Tonight,
we recommend our optional “Taste of London” excursion with dinner,
followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River.
Day 3 London–Paris, FranceTransfer to the railway station and
board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to scintillating Paris with your Tour
Director. Transfer to your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 305 mi/ 492 kmBreakfast
Day4ParisEnjoy a day of sightseeing in Paris
starting with an included guided tour to see the best known sites and
Day 5 Paris–Tours–Chateaux Country–BordeauxTravel south to Blois and along the
Loire Valley, stopping in Tours to see the well-preserved historic
center. Continue to Poitiers, beautifully situated on a rocky plateau.
South again to the Grande Champagne wine-growing area. Spend the night
in Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne.
Today’s Distance: 373 mi/ 600 km Breakfast Dinner
Day6Bordeaux–Carcassonne–Barcelona, SpainFrom the vineyards of the Gironde and
the Garonne, travel eastward to Carcassonne in the foothills of the
Pyrenées. Spend some time to admire what is perhaps the
best-preserved medieval fortified town in Europe. Later, cross the
Spanish border and travel through Catalonia to Barcelona.
Today’s Distance: 404 mi/ 650 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 7 BarcelonaYour guided city tour includes a drive
around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of
the port and city. It continues to the city center to Plaza Catalunya
and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s
architectural masterpieces (entrance fees not included).
Day8Barcelona–Arles, France–French RivieraBack in France, head into the
vineyard-covered region of the Hérault for a stop in Arles. This
is where Vincent van Gogh lived from 1888-1889, and produced more than
300 paintings and drawings. Continue skirting the stunning shoreline of
the Mediterranean to arrive in the heart of the world-famous French
Today’s Distance: 429 mi/ 690 kmBreakfast
Day 9 French RivieraA full day at leisure allows you to take
advantage of everything the splendid Côte d’Azur has to offer.
You might like to explore the Old Town, climb up Castle Hill for
panoramic views of Nice, or spend some time in the Marc Chagall
National Museum. Tonight, consider joining our optional Monte Carlo by
Night excursion to the nearby Principality of Monaco.
Day10French Riviera–Venice Area, ItalyEnjoy a scenic drive along the French
and Italian Flower Rivieras. Then, cross the fertile Po River plains to
the shores of the Adriatic to reach the Venice area.
Today’s Distance: 360 mi/ 580 kmBreakfast
Venice AreaYour day begins with a BOAT RIDE to
monumental St. Mark’s Square. Time at leisure here enables you to
explore and absorb the unique atmosphere of this unforgettable city
built on water. Watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER at work. How about a
romantic optional gondola trip?
Day12Venice Area–FlorenceToday, cross the verdant Apennine hills
into Italy’s most popular region—Tuscany! Arrive in Florence, the
renowned “Cradle of the Renaissance.” An included walking tour with a
Local Guide features all the most important sites, including Piazza
della Signoria and the copy of the “David” by Michelangelo.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi/ 300 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 13 Florence–Pisa–RomeToday, hop on a mini train in Pisa to
see the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles, a UNESCO World
Day14RomeThe “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 15 Rome–Ancona (Embarkation)–Overnight Ferry Crossing to Patras, GreeceA day of scenic beauty awaits as you
travel through the rugged Apennines past quaint, old-world villages on
your way to Ancona on the Adriatic Sea. This afternoon, embark an
overnight FERRY for your Mediterranean Sea crossing.
Today’s Distance: 199 mi/ 320 kmBreakfast
Day16Patras (Disembarkation)–OlympiaAwaken surrounded by fresh sea air this
morning as you cross the Mediterranean. This afternoon, disembark in
Patras and make your way south for a visit to Olympia, birthplace of
the Olympic Games, first held in 776 BC.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi/ 150 km (excluding overnight
Day 17 Olympia–Tripoli–AthensThis morning, discover the Olympia
archaeological site with a Local Guide. Learn about the sacred precinct
of Zeus, whose temple once housed a statue that was one of the Seven
Wonders of the Ancient World. Later, travel through the mountains of
Arcadia into the heart of the Peloponnese peninsula. Cross the mighty
Corinth Canal, then to Athens, capital of Greece and one of the world’s
oldest cities. This evening, bask in the lively atmosphere of the old
Plaka district with its welcoming tavernas and festive bouzouki music,
or you could choose to join an optional Greek dinner.
Today’s Distance: 180 mi/ 290 kmBreakfast
Day18AthensThe cradle of Western civilization and
birthplace of democracy, Athens offers so much to see and experience.
Included city sightseeing this morning features the highlights and a
visit to the ACROPOLIS and the Parthenon. Later, explore the shops and
museums or spend the afternoon swimming off the coast.
Day 19 Athens–Delphi–Thermopylae–ThessalonikaOn the way to Delphi, your Tour Director
will tell you all about the area’s fascinating history rooted in Greek
mythology. Enjoy a guided tour of Delphi’s ancient sanctuary, dedicated
to the god Apollo. Hear about the mystical Oracle and tour the
EXCAVATION SITE, then visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. Next is
Thermopylae, site of the famous battle between the Spartans and Xerxes’
overwhelming Persian forces in 480 BC. See the LEONIDAS MONUMENT,
commemorating the Spartan king. Travel along the coast to Thessalonika
for an overnight.
Today’s Distance: 342 mi/ 550 km Breakfast Dinner
Day20Thessalonika–Sofia, BulgariaCross the Bulgarian border and head
north through the Struma River Valley, Spartacus’ mountainous homeland.
In Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, join your Local Guide for a city tour
that includes the Parliament building, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the
National Theater, and St. Sophia Church.
Today’s Distance: 205 mi/ 330 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 21 Sofia–Niš, Serbia–BelgradeOn to Serbia. In Niš, visit the
well-preserved 18th-century Ottoman FORTRESS. Continue to Belgrade,
capital of Serbia.
Today’s Distance: 255 mi/ 410 kmBreakfast
Day22Belgrade–Szeged, Hungary–BudapestCross into Hungary. Stop at the border
town of Szeged, with fabled ties to Attila the Hun and the ancient home
of paprika. Later, arrive in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities
in Europe. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km Breakfast Dinner
Day23BudapestIncluded sightseeing with a Local Guide
today features Buda Castle, which dominates the twin cities of Buda and
Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube River. See Heroes’
Square with its iconic monument and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Also
see the Royal Castle, the awe-inspiring Hungarian Parliament, Margaret
Island, Fishermen’s Bastion, and Matthias Coronation Church.
Slovakia–Vienna, AustriaHead toward the Austrian border today
and, along the way, stop in colorful Györ with its narrow lanes,
characteristic corner balconies, and baroque town center. Continue to
Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, where medieval towers, fortifications,
St. Michael’s Gate, and gothic St. Martin’s Church await your
discovery. Cross into Austria and arrive in its dazzling capital—Vienna.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi/ 280 kmBreakfast
Day25ViennaOnce the seat of the mighty Habsburg
Empire and home to Strauss, Brahms, Beethoven, Hadyn, and Mozart,
Vienna blends ornate baroque architecture with an irresistible musical
heritage. On the included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, admire
the fabulous State Opera House and Parliament, and stroll through
Heroes’ Square for views of splendid Hofburg Palace. In your free time,
be sure to pop into one of the traditional coffee houses for a slice of
heavenly Sachertorte, or you can join one of our exciting optional
Day26Vienna–Salzburg–Munich, GermanyTravel along the Danube to Mozart’s
splendid hometown, Salzburg. There’s time here to discover the charming
Getreidegasse, the town’s elegant main shopping street. On to Germany
through green Bavarian landscapes to arrive in Munich.
Today’s Distance: 286 mi/ 460 kmBreakfast
SwitzerlandYour day begins with an orientation
drive. See Munich’s beautiful main square, Marienplatz, and marvel at
the world-famous Glockenspiel. Later, stop in Bregenz before skirting
Lake Constance, then cross into Switzerland to head for Lucerne.
Today’s Distance: 255 mi/ 410 kmBreakfast
Day28LucerneThis morning’s visit introduces you to
one of Switzerland’s finest cities. See the impressive city walls;
CHAPEL BRIDGE, Europe’s oldest covered bridge; and the LION MONUMENT, a
masterful stone sculpture honoring Louis XVI’s heroic Swiss Guard. A
selection of optional activities is available to perfectly complete
GermanyCross into France today and spend some
time at leisure in magical Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament.
See the monumental gothic cathedral; taste the unique Franco-German
cuisine; or explore the city’s historic heart in the magical La Petite
France district. Return to Germany and head to ancient Trier for an
Today’s Distance: 286 mi/ 460 kmBreakfast
Area, HollandThrough the industrial Ruhr region and
then into the canal-crossed countryside of Holland to Amsterdam,
vibrant capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. On an included CANAL
CRUISE, experience Amsterdam from water level, then stop to watch
skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER.
Discover the main sites with a Local Guide and spend some time at
Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 kmBreakfast Dinner
Amsterdam AreaYour vacation ends with breakfast this
31 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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generations, Globus has worked
hard to provide the best on-trip experiences, world-class customer
service, and the best consumer protection plans available in the travel
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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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