2018 SEASON
May 2018 - Dec 2018

29 Day European Masterpiece

Cosmos Tour starting in London and finishing in Amsterdam

Read 62 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos's 29 Day European Masterpiece. This comprehensive vacation takes in the best of Western, Central, and Southern Europe. Start with two nights in London, then cross the English Channel by Eurostar train bound for Paris...read more
Overview
Operator: Cosmos
Type: Tour (Affordable)
Style: Panorama
Max Group Size: 50
Duration: 29 Days
From: London to Amsterdam
Tour Code: 5270
Visits: England, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Germany, Holland
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Arrive In London, England
Check 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.
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London
Enjoy free time for independent activities: take a panoramic tour of London's famous landmarks, consider Madame Tussauds, or a ride on the London Eye. Your local host will be on hand to assist. (B)
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London - Paris, France
Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Paris. Here, you'll be met by your Tour Director and transferred to your overnight hotel. (B)
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Paris
Get to know Paris with a local expert and see many of the best-known Parisian sites: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysees. (B)
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Paris - Chateaux Country - Tours - Bordeaux
Travel along the Loire River past the castles of Chaumont and Amboise to stop in Tours. Continue to Poitiers, beautifully situated on a rocky plateau, then south to Saintes, through the Grande Champagne wine-growing area, and to Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne. (B/D)
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Bordeaux - Carcassonne - Barcelona, Spain
From the vineyards of the Gironde and the Garonne, travel to Carcassonne in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Stop and admire what is perhaps the best-preserved medieval fortified town in Europe. Later, reach the Spanish border and carry on through Catalonia. Once across the Ter River, you'll soon be in Barcelona. (B/D)
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Barcelona
This morning's sightseeing with a Local Guide 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 in the Houses Batllo and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included). (B)
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Barcelona - Arles, France - French Riviera
Return to France, then into the vine-covered region of the Herault for a stop in provencial Arles. Head across the Rhone towards the Mediterranean shores to the French Riviera. (B)
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French Riviera - Eze - Pisa, Italy - Florence
Today, travel along the high coastal road to visit a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Eze. The day is highlighted by the drive along the French and Italian Rivieras and into hilly Tuscany. Visit Pisa to see the Leaning Tower and the SQUARE OF MIRACLES. (B/D)
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Florence - Neapolitan Riviera
Don't miss the guided walking tour of Florence, "Cradle of the Renaissance," featuring most of the city highlights. Leave Florence, and travel south on the Autostrada del Sole through the sunlit valleys of Tuscany to Neapolitan Riviera. (B)
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Neopolitan Riviera
Enjoy a day at leisure, or an optional excursion to the legendary island of Capri. The island is surrounded by a rocky coastline, where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cosy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. (B/D)
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Neopolitan Riviera - Pompeii - Rome
Today, travel north, with the Vesuvius volcano in the distance. Then, to Pompeii, where time stopped in 79 AD/ when the Vesuvius eruption totally destroyed it. On the included visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theatre, and forum. Later, head towards Rome, Italy's capital. (B)
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Rome
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; the Roman Forum; Piazza Venezia, and Campidoglio. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo's impressive fresco of The Last Judgment. (B)
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Rome - Overnight Ferry Crossing To Patras, Greece
Leave Rome and drive across the verdant Apennine Hills towards the coast to embark on the OVERNIGHT FERRY to Greece. (B)
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Patras - Olympia
Enjoy some daylight cruising towards the Greek coast before reaching Patras. Then, drive to Olympia for an overnight in the Peloponnese. (B/D)
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Olympia - Athens
Today, join the optional sightseeing tour and learn more about the history of the original Olympic Games, when athletes competed with each other to honour the king of deities. Then, motor into the mountains of Arcadia and over the Corinth Canal to Athens, capital of Greece. Time later for an evening in the lively Plaka area. (B)
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Athens
A full day to explore the shops and museums or to join the optional full-day cruise to discover some of the incredible Aegean islands. (B)
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Athens - Patras - Overnight Ferry Crossing To Italy
Enjoy guided morning sightseeing, which features the highlights of this ancient capital and a visit to the fascinating ACROPOLIS. Later, leave Athens and journey to Patras to embark on the FERRY for the Ionian Sea crossing back to Italy. (B)
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San Marino
Disembark, then proceed north for an overnight in San Marino, one of the world's smallest and most ancient states, perched on Monte Titano. (B/D)
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San Marino - Venice Area
Take a short walk through the main gate and up to Government House in the very heart of this tiny ancient republic. Later, travel along the Adriatic coastline through the Po Delta towards the Venice area. (B)
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Venice Area
The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square and is followed by some time at leisure to absorb the atmosphere of this unique city. Then, visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Don't miss the optional gondola trip. (B/D)
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Venice Area - Velden, Austria - Vienna
Leave the flat and fertile plains and journey into Austria's grand mountain and lake scenery. Stop in Velden on Lake Worth, then northwards through the Styrian landscape to Vienna. This evening, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant. (B/D)
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Vienna
There's so much to see on your included sightseeing tour: the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes' Square to view the majestic Hofburg, former residence of the Habsburg royal family. (B)
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Vienna - Salzburg - Innsbruck Area
Travel along the Danube, and on to the alpine landscapes to Mozart's Salzburg. Stroll down the charming Getreidegasse, the town's elegant main shopping street. Views of mountain peaks and alpine villages bring you into the very heart of the Tyrol to its capital, Innsbruck. (B/D)
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Innsbruck Area - Liechtenstein - Lucerne Area, Switzerland
Get acquainted with Innsbruck on the orientation tour that includes the famous GOLDEN ROOF. Later, drive through the valleys and villages of the mountainous Tyrol to the Arlberg tunnel into Switzerland. Stop briefly in Vaduz, Liechtenstein's capital, before heading for the Lucerne area. (B)
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Lucerne
Sightseeing in one of Switzerland's finest cities takes in the impressive city walls, CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT. A selection of optional activities completes the day: a cruise on the fjord-like lake or an excursion to the top of one of the most beautiful mountains. (B/D)
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Lucerne Area - Rhine Cruise - Rhineland, Germany
More of Switzerland and its quaint little villages, farms, and chalets before crossing into Germany to the shores of the Rhine. Today's highlight is the included RHINE CRUISE past the legendary Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, terraced vineyards, and half-timbered villages. Overnight in the Rhineland. (B/D)
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Rhineland - Amsterdam Area, Holland
North today, first through the industrial Ruhr and then into the canal criss-crossed countryside of Holland to Amsterdam. Enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the city from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a famous DIAMOND CENTRE. Later, sightseeing includes an orientation drive with a Local Guide. (B)
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Amsterdam Area
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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Trip Inclusions
Trip Inclusions
  • INDIVIDUAL HEADSETS.
  • INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
  • SIGHTSEEING: Visits to Tours, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Arles, Nice, Pisa, Sorrento, Olympia, San Marino, Venice, Velden, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Liechtenstein, Lucerne; Rhine cruise
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Chateaux Country, Bordeaux Wine Country, French and Italian Rivieras, Bay of Naples, Peloponnese, Lake Worth, Carinthia, Tyrolean Alps, Swiss Alps, Rhineland.
  • GUIDES: Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Paris, Barcelona, Florence, Pompeii, Rome, Athens, Vienna, Amsterdam; professional Tour Director while touring.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Eurostar London-Paris; private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; two-berth cabins with private shower and toilet on overnight ferries Italy-Greece-Italy; canal transfer boat in Venice; Rhine cruise; canal cruise in Amsterdam.
  • HOTELS: Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
  • MEALS: Buffet breakfasts (B) daily; 11 dinners (D), including a dinner at a local restaurant in Vienna.
Accommodation
Accommodation
  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Superior Tourist Class (ST)
  • London Holiday Inn London – Kensington High Street (F) or Novotel London West (F), Paris Forest Hill La Villette (ST) or Novotel La Defense (F), Bordeaux Mercure Bordeaux Centre (ST), Barcelona Abba Garden (F) or Hesperia Sant Joan (ST), French Riviera Campanile Nice Airport (ST) or Quality Mediterranee (ST) at Menton Florence Villa Gabriele d'Annunzio (ST), Neapolitan Riviera Central Park (ST) at Massalubrense, Rome NH Villa Carpegna (F), Olympia Olympia Palace (F), Athens Acropolis Select (ST) or Golden Age (F), San Marino Titano (ST) or Grand Hotel (F), Venice Area Antony Palace (F) at Marcon or Poppi (ST) at Mira, Vienna Star Inn Schönbrunn (ST), Innsbruck Area Bon Alpina (ST) at Igls or Alpinpark (F) or Alphotel (F), Lucerne Area Ibis Styles (ST) or Royal (ST), Rhineland H+ Hotel Köln Bruehl (ST), Amsterdam Area NH Airport (F) at Schiphol or Holiday Inn Express Arena (ST)
Included Meals
Included Meals
  • 28 Breakfasts
  • 11 Dinners
Trip Notes
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Cosmos
Cosmos Reviews: (1398)
Tours on Sale: 185
Accommodation: 3.5 Star
Average Age: 35-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours
Max Group Size(s): 50
Budget: Low Cost
Destinations: Africa, Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, South & Central America, UK & Ireland, USA
Reviews (62)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on European Masterpiece with Cosmos.
VIC, Australia
Aug 2017
1 Helpful Vote
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“Just loved it.”
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We had amazing time, so sad to be home. Patrisha our Gide was great, Flávio our bus driver we all loved. Our hotels were pretty good and breakfasts were great in most places. Dinners were OK too. I think we got good value for money and we would do it again. Just loved it.
WA, Australia
Jul 2017
7 Helpful Votes
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“Fantastic European adventure”
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Our booking from start to finish was handled perfectly, our questions were answered promptly and everything was done for us. Thank you Madeleine (and Michelle) for all your help leading up to our holiday and for creating our stress free holiday.

The tour was fantastic, I would definitely recommend Cosmos for anyone travelling. Our tour director Truss was wonderful, she made the trip more enjoyable with her knowledgeable and amusing commentary. The places we visited were amazing, we ticked so many experiences off our bucket list! Riding the cable car up Mt Titlis in Switzerland and seeing snow for the first time, riding a gondola in Venice, walking up the Champs Elysee, swimming in the sea on the Greek islands. It was a very fast paced tour but we saw so many wonderful places in the 29 days. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.
WA, Australia
Jul 2017
2 Helpful Votes
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“Best holiday ever”
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We had the best holiday ever on this magnificent 29 day European masterpiece. It was so well organised, we didn't have to worry about anything. Our tour director Truss was so well organised and had a great sense of humour. Our driver Flavio was such a wonderful driver, we all felt so safe in that big coach. So we would recommend this tour to anyone that has not been to Europe and wants to see so much in 29 days. Places that we would not have seen had we travelled by ourselves. The cost of the tour was very good compared to other companies and what was included. Well worth doing.
WA, Australia
Jul 2017
4 Helpful Votes
“A wonderful opportunity ruined.”
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Trips to Pompeii, The Colosseum, The Acropolis and Olympia which according to the itinerary should have been morning tours were changed to mid afternoon in the hottest part of the day. We weren't impressed with the rude and aggressive attitude of the tour director being treated like small children did not impress me either. Having our dinner before checking in to our hotels on many occasions was most annoying considering the opportunity to have a shower and change of clothing before dinner was not possible. We felt that because of these complaints spoilt what should of been a much better experience. Considering the two tours we did in the USA covering greater distances between hotels we never had these problems at all. We felt that the changes to the hotel checking in / dining was not done for our benefit but more to suit the Tour Director and driver.
New South Wales, St Clair
Jun 2017
2 Helpful Votes
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“Trip of a Lifetime”
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Great time of year to travel in Europe however there was a heatwave in Greece and 46 ° was unpleasant, overall the weather was hot and beautiful. The Tour Director, Patricia, was absolutely superb, knowledgeable, caring, warm and friendly, nothing was too much trouble for her, these people can often make or break a tour and she made it an unforgettable holiday. The Driver, Paolo, was brilliant, extremely smooth. The sights were glorious and lots of little extras thrown in.

Accommodation was not luxurious but clean, standard rooms. There was a good mix of friendly people on the Coach. Global Journeys handled the booking with consummate professionalism and I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending both them and the European Masterpiece as the holiday of a lifetime, it was quite simply breathtaking.
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