All About Europe
What do you want from your All About Europe tour—historic treasures, amazing architecture, scenic beauty, and exciting cities? Whatever it is, this European vacation offers it to you! You’ve heard about gladiator contests in ancient Rome—now’s your chance to visit the Colosseum where the contests took place. You’ve seen photos of the Leaning Tower in Pisa—now’s your chance to take a photo of yourself pushing back at it. You’ve heard of the French Riviera—now’s your chance to drive along both the French and Italian Rivieras. You’ve watched the Olympics—now’s your chance to visit the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Greece. You’ve heard how gorgeous the Swiss Alps are—now’s your time to see them in person. You’ve heard how the former communist countries in Eastern Europe have transformed into wonderful vacation destinations—now’s your time to visit Budapest, Bratislava, Sofia, and Belgrade to see for yourself.
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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 your stay.
Hotel: Novotel London West, 2 nights
Day 2: London
Enjoy 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, France
Transfer to the railway station and board the Eurostar Train to Paris with your Tour Director. Transfer to your hotel.
Hotel: Kyriad Bercy Village, 2 nights
Day 4: Paris
Enjoy a day of sightseeing in Paris starting with an included guided tour to see the sites and monuments.
Day 5: Paris – Chateaux Country – Tours – Bordeaux
Travel south to Blois and along the Loire Valley, stopping in Tours to see the well-preserved historic centre. 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.
Hotel: Kyriad Prestige
Day 6: Bordeaux – Carcassonne – Barcelona, Spain
From the vineyards of the Gironde and the Garonne, travel eastward to Carcassonne in the foothills of the Pyrenees. 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.
Hotel: Porta Fira, 2 nights
Day 7: Barcelona
Your guided city tour includes a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city centre to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces (entrance fees not included).
Day 8: Barcelona – Arles, France – French Riviera
Back in France, head into the vineyard-covered region of the Herault 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 Riviera.
Hotel: Ibis Styles Vieux Port at Nice, 2 nights
Day 9: French Riviera
A full day at leisure allows you to take advantage of everything the splendid Cote 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.
Day 10: French Riviera – Venice Area, Italy
Enjoy 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.
Hotel: Poppi at Mira, 2 nights
Day 11: Venice Area
Your 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?
Day 12: Venice Area – Florence
Today, 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.
Hotel: Italiana Resort
Day 13: Florence – Pisa – Rome
Today, hop on a mini train in Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hotel: Oly Hotel, 2 nights
Day 14: Rome
The “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 amphitheatre ever built, and Circus Maximus.
Day 15: Rome – Ancona (Embarkation) – Overnight Ferry Crossing To Patras, Greece
A 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.
Hotel: Overnight Ferry
Day 16: Patras (Disembarkation) – Olympia
Awaken 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.
Hotel: Olympia Palace
Day 17: Olympia – Tripoli – Athens
This 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.
Hotel: Ilissos or Acropolis Select, 2 nights
Day 18: Athens
The cradle of Western civilisation 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 – Thessalonika
On 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.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Palace
Day 20: Thessalonika – Sofia, Bulgaria
Cross 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 Theatre, and St. Sophia Church.
Hotel: Rosslyn Central Park
Day 21: Sofia – Nis, Serbia – Belgrade
On to Serbia. in NIS, visit the wellpreserved 18th-century Ottoman FORTRESS. Continue to Belgrade, capital of Serbia.
Hotel: Best Western Hotel M
Day 22: Belgrade – Szeged, Hungary – Budapest
Cross 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.
Hotel: Ibis Castle Hill, 2 nights
Day 23: Budapest
Included 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 aweinspiring Hungarian Parliament, Margaret island, Fishermen’s Bastion, and Matthias Coronation Church.
Day 24: Budapest – Gyor – Bratislava, Slovakia – Vienna, Austria
Head toward the Austrian border today and, along the way, stop in colourful Gyor with its narrow lanes, characteristic corner balconies, and baroque town centre. 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.
Hotel: Star inn Schonbrunn, 2 nights
Day 25: Vienna
Once 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 excursions!
Day 26: Vienna – Salzburg – Munich, Germany
Travel 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.
Hotel: NH Neue Messe or Achat Premium South
Day 27: Munich – Bregenz, Austria – Lucerne, Switzerland
Your 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.
Hotel: Royal Hotel or Ibis Styles, 2 nights
Day 28: Lucerne
This 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 honouring Louis XVi’s heroic Swiss Guard. A selection of optional activities is available to perfectly complete your day.
Day 29: Lucerne – Strasbourg, France – Trier, Germany
Cross 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 overnight.
Hotel: Vienna House Easy
Day 30: Trier – Amsterdam Area, Holland
Through 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 Centre. Discover the main sites with a Local Guide and spend some time at leisure.
Hotel: Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol or Best Western Plus Amedia Airport
Day 31: Amsterdam Area
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|May: 11||$7,049.00||Price on Application|
|May: 25||$7,559.00||Price on Application|
|June: 08||$7,199.00||Price on Application|
|June: 22||$6,959.00||Price on Application|
|July: 06, 20||$7,059.00||Price on Application|
|August: 03||$6,899.00||Price on Application|
|August: 24||$7,049.00||Price on Application|
|August: 31||$7,189.00||Price on Application|
|September: 07, 14||$7,189.00||Price on Application|
|September: 21, 28||$7,049.00||Price on Application|
|October: 12||$6,839.00||Price on Application|
|November: 02||$6,309.00||Price on Application|
|December: 22||$5,479.00||Price on Application|
|December: 31||$6,199.00||Price on Application|
|Meals:||30 breakfasts, 10 dinners|
|Transport:||First-class air-conditioned coach while touring|
|Rail:||Eurostar Train Ticket: London - Paris|
|Accommodation:||29 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise|
|Guide:||Professional Travel Director and host service in London|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.