The Best of Europe
This tour begins in London with two overnights and free time to see the major landmarks. Then, cross the English Channel by Eurostar train (except where specified) to Brussels and continue by motorcoach to Amsterdam. Travel along the banks of the legendary Rhine River to Germany and stop in Heidelberg before crossing into Switzerland. In Lucerne, marvel at the famous Lion Monument. Drive through the St. Gotthard Tunnel to the shores of Lake Lugano, and pause in Verona to see Juliet’s balcony. In Venice, enjoy a canal boat ride to St. Mark’s Square and see the Bridge of Sighs, Doges’ Palace, and the Basilica. Visit Assisi and St. Francis’ Basilica, then head for Rome for a visit to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Travel south to the archaeological site of Pompeii, destroyed in 79 AD by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Enjoy two overnights on the Riviera, with a boat trip to the glamorous Isle of Capri. Spend time in Tuscany, Florence, and in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower. Finally, cross into France for an overnight on the French Riviera and a taste of Provence. Continue to alpine Grenoble for an overnight and stop in Beaune on the way to Paris, the “City of Light,” for two final overnights.
Headsets throughout the tourSightseeing: Visits to Heidelberg, Lucerne, Lugano, Verona, Venice, Assisi, Sorrento, Capri, Pisa, Beaune
LONDON Novotel London West (F)AMSTERDAM AREA NH Airport (F) at Schiphol or Grandhotel (F) at Amstelveen or Inntel (F) at ZaandamRHINELAND Leonardo Hotel am Stadtwald (F) at Cologne or Zum Anker (ST) at Andernach or Ramada (F) at BruehlLUCERNE Ibi Styles (ST) or Luzernerhof (F) or Drei Könige (ST) or Waldstätterhof (ST)VENICE AREA Poppi (F) at Mira or Mercure (ST) at Marghera or Antony Palace (F) at MarconROME Residenza Parco Tirreno (F) or Princess (F) or Cristoforo Colombo (F)NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA Grand Hotel Vesuvio (F) or Ascot (ST)FLORENCE Nilhotel (F) or Italiana Hotels Florence (F)FRENCH RIVIERA Campanile Nice Airport (ST) or Quality (ST) at MentonGRENOBLE Europole (ST)PARIS Kyriad (ST) at Bercy or Quality (ST) at Orleans
Buffet breakfasts (B); 5 dinners (D)
NOTES:April 10 Departure – Easter in RomeDecember 16 Departure – Christmas lunch in Rome and New Year in Paris
Transportation: Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in London and Paris if Cosmos issues the air tickets. On the Continent, private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Eurostar train London-Brussels, canal transfer boat in Venice; boat transfer to Capri