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.Day 2:LONDON.
Enjoy a full day with your choice of optional activities: take a panoramic tour of London 's 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. (B)Day 3:LONDON-AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND.
Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels with your Tour Director. From here, travel on your luxury motorcoach to the Amsterdam area. Today 's Distance: 323 mi/ 520 km (B)Day 4:AMSTERDAM AREA-WIESBADEN, GERMANY.
Today, enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see Amsterdam from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER. Later, sightseeing with a Local Guide points out the city highlights. In the afternoon, travel southward to Wiesbaden. Today 's Distance: 258 mi/ 415 km (B)Day 5:WIESBADEN-HEIDELBERG-LUCERNE AREA, SWITZERLAND.
Drive through the scenic Rhineland and enjoy splendid scenery as you skirt the Rhine River. Continue into Germany 's oldest university town, Heidelberg, nicely located at the confluence of the Neckar and Rhine Rivers, for a short visit. Carry on to Switzerland for two overnights in the Lucerne area. Today 's Distance: 270 mi/ 435 km (B)Day 6:LUCERNE.
Lucerne is nestled amid snowcapped Alps, surrounded by Lake Lucerne, and graced by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. Your visit takes in the impressive city walls, CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT—a masterful stone sculpture in honor of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis XVI. Sign up for an optional cable-car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis. (B)Day 7:LUCERNE AREA-VERONA, ITALY-VENICE AREA.
More wonderful alpine scenery as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround massive St. Gotthard Pass into the warmer and sunnier ambiance of Canton Ticino. Cross into Italy and drive across the Po Valley to Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare 's Romeo and Juliet. Stroll around the picturesque market square (Piazza delle Erbe). Tonight, arrive in the Venice area. Today 's Distance: 367 mi/ 590 km (B)Day 8:VENICE.
Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, and palaces. Your included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark 's Square and is followed by some time at leisure and a chance to visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Don 't miss out on the optional gondola trip. (B,D)Day 9:VENICE AREA-ASSISI-ROME
. Drive southward through the gentle Umbrian hills to Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome. Today 's Distance: 345 mi/ 555 km (B)Day 10:ROME.
The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive, 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. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo 's The Last Judgment. (B)Day 11:ROME-FLORENCE-MONTECATINI.
Journey to beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Florence, Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis to admire the city 's timeless beauty on the included walking tour with a Local Guide. Continue to Montecatini. Today 's Distance: 202 mi/ 325 km (B)Day 12:MONTECATINI-PISA-CINQUE TERRE-GENOVA.
Take a break in Pisa and take a mini train to see the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the amazing Leaning Tower. Then, hop aboard a TRAIN to discover some of the five spectacular Cinque Terre villages. Here, the beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired poet Lord Byron. From Levanto, head towards Genoa, birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus. Today 's Distance: 149 mi/ 240 km (B,D)Day 13:GENOVA-ITALIAN RIVIERA-ÈZE, FRANCE-FRENCH RIVIERA.
Today 's included guided tour is an excellent introduction to Genoa. A maze of squares and alleys, the city grew around the port, a natural inlet, and boasts the largest medieval historical center in Europe. Journey northwest, with views of the Italian Riviera. Continue to France for a visit to a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Èze before traveling along the celebrated Côte d 'Azur. An optional Monte Carlo by Night excursion with dinner is available. Today 's Distance: 124 mi/ 200 km (B)Day 14:FRENCH RIVIERA-AVIGNON-CARCASSONNE.
Today 's journey on the way to Provence will take you through some of France 's loveliest scenery, sun-drenched landscapes right out of Van Gogh 's paintings. Stop for a visit in historic Avignon. Continue westwards to Carcassonne. Today 's Distance: 336 mi/ 540 km (B,D)Day 15:CARCASSONNE-BARCELONA, SPAIN.
Discover the medieval citadel of Carcassonne, an almost-untouched piece of fortified architecture, still standing in all its walled glory. See the drawbridges, towers, battlements, watch turrets and ramparts, used to defend the city from the enemy. Later, cross into Spain and arrive in Barcelona. Today 's Distance: 211 mi/ 340 km (B)Day 16:BARCELONA.
This morning 's sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of the port and city. The drive continues to the city center to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi 's architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batlló and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included). (B)Day 17:BARCELONA-SARAGOSSA-MADRID.
See more of Catalonia as you drive northwest, stopping in Saragossa through the very heart of New Castile for two overnights in Spain 's capital, Madrid.Today 's Distance: 395 mi/ 635 km (B)Day 18:MADRID.
Not only because it 's the capital of Spain, but also because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards say Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven. Enjoy the main highlights on the included sightseeing excursion, and take a fascinating optional trip to Toledo. The splendid setting is like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. (B,D)Day 19:MADRID-BURGOS-BILBAO.
Stop in Burgos to visit the beautiful gothic cathedral. Continue through the Basque Country to Bilbao, famous for four contemporary architects: Norman Foster, Santiago Calatrava, Cesar Pelli, and Frank Gehry. Today 's Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km (B,D)Day 20:BILBAO-BORDEAUX, FRANCE-POITIERS.
A change of scenery as you travel into France across Gascony for an orientation of Bordeaux, the wine capital of France, and through the Cognac area to Poitiers, of Black Prince fame. Today 's Distance: 379 mi/ 610 km (B,D)Day 21:POITIERS-CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY-AMBOISE-PARIS.
Leave the “Town of a Hundred Bell Towers” for a scenic journey along the Loire. Stop in Amboise before reaching Paris in time to enjoy an optional excursion. Today 's Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km (B)Day 22:PARIS.
Enjoy a full day to explore the city that 's known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sights. Optional excursions are also available to discover more of this beautiful city. (B)Day 23:PARIS.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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