The Grand European

About London, United Kingdom

This extensive vacation stretches through Central Europe from London to Rome, then along the Mediterranean to Spain and France to reach Paris. Begin with two overnights in London, then ferry across the English Channel and join your motorcoach to Amsterdam for guided sightseeing and a canal cruise. Follow the banks of the Rhine with its many castles and visit romantic Heidelberg. Then, travel to Switzerland for two overnights by the shores of Lake Lucerne surrounded by impressive alpine landscapes. Stop in subtropical Lugano and continue south into Italy, visiting Verona en route to the unique floating city of Venice with St. Mark’s Square and Basilica. More Italian masterpieces await in Assisi, St. Francis’ home; Rome with its Roman Forum and Colosseum; and Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance,” with its incredible architecture and works of art. On to the French Riviera to experience an optional evening in Monte Carlo, to visit Avignon, and to overnight in Carcassonne, a wonderful example of a medieval fortified city. In Spain, spend two nights each in Barcelona and Madrid with included guided sightseeing tours. Travel north into Castile, stopping in El Cid’s Burgos, then to Basque Country for an overnight in Bilbao before exploring the jewels of France: Bordeaux, Poitiers, Châteaux Country, Orleans, and Paris, the splendid “City of Light.”

City Highlights

Headsets throughout the tourSightseeing: Visits to Heidelberg, Lucerne, Lugano, Verona, Venice, Assisi, Pisa, Avignon, Carcassonne, Burgos, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Orleans

Hotels

LONDON Novotel London West (F)AMSTERDAM AREA Crowne Plaza (F) at Hoofdoorp or Ramada Apollo (F) at Amsterdam or Grand (F) at AmstelveenRHINELAND Ramada (F) at Bruehl or Leonardo Hotel Stadtwald (F) at CologneLUCERNE Luzernerhof (F) or Drei Könige (ST) or Ibis Styles (ST) or Waldstätterhof (ST)VENICE AREA Holiday Inn (F) at Marghera or Poppi (F) at MiraROME Villa Maria Regina (F) or Fleming (F) or Buenos Aires (ST)FLORENCE Nilhotel (F) or Italiana Hotels Florence (F)FRENCH RIVIERA Ibis Styles Airport (ST) at Nice or Ibis Styles Vieux Port (ST) at NiceCARCASSONNE Des 3 Couronnes (ST)BARCELONA Catalonia Sagrada Familia (ST)MADRID NH Abascal (F) or Abba Madrid (F)BILBAO Novotel Exhibition Center (F)POITIERS Ibis Centre (ST)PARIS Holiday Inn Express (ST) at La Villette or Courtyard (ST) at Arcueil

Meals

Buffet breakfasts (B); 7 dinners (D)

Notes

NOTES:April 9 Departure – Good Friday in RomeDecember 10 Departure – Christmas lunch in Barcelona and New Year in Paris

Transportation

Transportation: Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in London and Paris if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Round-trip transportation between London and the Channel ports; on the Continent, private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Cross-Channel ferry; canal transfer boat in Venice

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