SEPTEMBER 2004 (Note : Day 1 = Wednesday Sept 1)

Day 1, Wed. KLIA MAS MH008 (KL - London ETD 0900 / ETA 1510)
Day 1, Wed. 1510 hours ARRIVAL IN LONDON, ENGLAND.
Check into
Bayswater Inn, 8-16 Princes Square, London W2 4NT, UK.
Day 2 & 3, Thu Fri. LONDON.
COSMOS Tour 5151 — 15 days

Leave London in the early morning and head through the lush English countryside to the Channel port, where you board your ferry for the Continent. Here your tour director and luxury coach meet you and you’re off to Brussels. (B)
Drive south this morning to the shores of the mighty Rhine. Your included Rhine steamer cruise is today’s highlight with some legendary sights such as the Lorelei Rock when cruising from Boppard to Oberwesel. An easy and relatively short drive southeast to Würzburg, a baroque city famed for its cathedral, bridges, palace and gardens. (B,D)
Travel eastwards today making a first stop in Nuremberg, an ancient city still showing its medieval walls with rampant walks and an
11th-century castle. It is also famous for its 1945 trials of the Nazi leaders and war criminals. Continue by way of the world’s beer capital, Pilsen to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic for overnight. (B,D)
The wealth of Gothic and baroque architecture perhaps inspired Dvorak and Smetana, both Prague composers. The included guided sightseeing features landmarks such as the National Theater, Belvedere, Charles Bridge, and the old Town Hall with the Astronomical Clock. This afternoon motor from Bohemia into Moravia and continue southwest for a few more miles before crossing into Austria for two nights in its splendid capital, Vienna. This evening join an optional outing for a typical Viennese dinner. (B)
Day 8, Wed. 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 Hofburg and finally an inside visit of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In the afternoon an optional trip to the Palace of Schönbrunn and the Prater with its Ferris wheel. (B)
Travel southwards for the whole day, enjoying the Styrian landscape before reaching the lakeland area of Wörthersee for a stop in Velden. Next into Italy by way of Tarvisio, then through the flat and fertile plains of Venetia to the Venice area for overnight. (B)
Day 10, Fri. VENICE.
The included tour starts with a boat ride and is followed by a visit to St. Mark’s Basilica and a chance to watch Venetian glass blowers. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip. (B,D)
An early start traveling south across the Po Delta into the very heart of the Apennines, dotted with towns and villages perched on the mountain sides. Stop awhile in Perugia, one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, situated on a hill 1,000 feet above the Tiber Valley. Reach Rome in the evening. (B)
Day 12, Sun. ROME.
Included sightseeing with local guide starts in St. Peter’s Square, followed by a visit to the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum. (B)
An easy drive this morning on the Highway of the Sun to Florence. This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled for a whole day. Traffic is banned in part of the historic center so visitors can wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty in relative peace and quiet. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a local guide which will include most of the city highlights. You will see the Piazza Santa Croce; the beautiful Piazza Signoria; the Palazzo Vecchio, and its courtyard; the Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, the Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry known as the “Gate to Paradise.” (B,D)
Across the Lombardy Plain this morning to Italian Switzerland’s subtropical resort of Lugano. Here you take a break to stroll along the lakeside promenade, before climbing towards the St. Gotthard tunnel. Emerge on the German-speaking side of Switzerland and then descend into the gentle landscape around Lake Lucerne. Time to enjoy an optional boat trip and later this evening a Swiss folklore show. (B,D)
Day 15, Wed. LUCERNE.
One of Switzerland’s finest cities nestled amid its snow-capped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and embellished by the clear mountain waters of the River Reuss. Your sightseeing takes in the impressive city walls, a covered wooden 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. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a cable car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis; a cruise on the fjord-like lake; and of course there is time to shop for that very Swiss watch. (B,D)
Vistas of green pastures and attractive chalets with rustic timbering and luxuriant flowers. Then into France and on the fast and comfortable highway past some of its most famous vineyards to Paris. Arrive in time to enjoy the optional cabaret show. (B)
Day 17, Fri. PARIS.
Paris holds a special place in the imagination. It’s a city of many facets famed for its culture, beauty, sophistication, and sparkle. By sitting with a glass of wine in a bistro or sidewalk café, you can absorb the essence of the city and the individualism of its people. The center has wide boulevards and impressive buildings. Included sightseeing with a local expert of many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées... (Itinerary and sights maybe altered due to newly enforced traffic and parking regulations.). Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles, and to celebrate the success of your tour, a French farewell dinner might be just the ticket. (B)
Relax and let the countryside whiz by on the road north to the coast, where you board your Channel ferry. Through Kent return to London for an evening arrival. (B) (stay in London)
Day 19 - Southampton
Day 20 - Southampton - tour South England with friend
Day 21 - Rent car and start from Southampton to tour England

PROPOSED ITINERARY to follow this -
(Will be driving in a rented car and not joining this tour - however will try to follow the route)

Day 21 to 25 - Tour England by car pickup and drop-off at Queensway, Southampton (Hertz)
Day 25 (evening) - arrive back to Southampton (return car by 0900 hours on Sat 26/9)
Day 26 - Southampton and MAS Flight MH-001 at 2200 hours from London to KL (arr KL on Monday 27/9 - 1730 hours)

(last update: 31 Aug 2004)