GLOBUS 2018: Continental Introduction (HY)
14 days from Paris to Amsterdam
Europe-it's a continent full of different cultures, food specialties, architecture, art, scenery, and histories-and this is the ideal Continental Introduction: experience and see what many of the European countries have to offer on your escorted tour of Continental Europe. You'll spend two nights in Paris, Rome, Venice, and Amsterdam and an overnight in Lucerne, Lugano, Florence, Munich, and the Rhineland. On your sightseeing tours, you'll see examples of the local art and architecture, such as Michelangelo's David statue and the magnificent cathedral in Florence, Michelangelo's ceiling paintings in Rome's Sistine Chapel, the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees in Paris, and the mansions in Amsterdam. You'll also learn about the fascinating histories as you visit attractions such as Rome's St. Peter's Basilica; Lucerne's Lion Monument, commemorating the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution; the medieval center of Innsbruck; and Rothenburg, a walled town that has preserved its medieval character. Food and drinks are important elements to local cultures and to any vacation to Europe. That's why on this European tour, Globus has included some unique opportunities to sample the local food, like a dinner with Tuscan specialties at a local restaurant in Florence. A cruise on the River Seine, a welcome dinner in Paris' renowned artist area of Montmartre, as well as a visit to Munich's famous Hofbrauhaus, dating back to 1589, are also included. Magnificent scenery also awaits you on this tour to Europe. You'll enjoy spectacular Lake Lugano in Switzerland, the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps, a beautiful Rhine cruise passing by castle-crested hills and terraced vineyards, and more. Scenery, food, historical monuments, distinct art and architecture, and much more-it's all available on this splendid European guided tour!
|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
|Day 1||Paris||Welcome to Paris! At 5:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel [LF] for a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant in MONTMARTRE, Paris' renowned art district with the Sacre Coeur Basilica and the Place du Tertre. (D)|
|Day 2||Paris||In the morning, an optional excursion is available to the lavish Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Guided sightseeing features Paris' main highlights, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Champs-Elysees, and a SEINE CRUISE with spectacular views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Tonight, you may wish to join the optional dinner and show at the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret as a proper au revoir, Paris. (B)|
|Day 3||Lucerne||Drive past Fontainebleau Forest and enter Burgundy. Enjoy views of impressive castles and vineyards on your way to the Swiss Alps. In picturesque Lucerne, admire Thorwaldsen's emotional LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France at the time of the French Revolution, then walk through the Old Town and cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church. (B,D)|
|Day 4||Lugano||Morning at leisure. Why not climb Mount Pilatus? Later, admire the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard on the way to subtropical Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. To truly appreciate splendid Lake Lugano, an exciting optional boat cruise is available, followed by dinner at a traditional 'grotto' restaurant. (B)|
|Day 5||Florence||Pass the commercial capital of Milan and turn towards the Mediterranean Sea. Arrive in Pisa, and marvel at its amazing Leaning Tower. In nearby Florence, enjoy time to explore the many gold and leather shops on Piazza Santa Croce before joining your [LF] special dinner with Tuscan specialties and wine at Finisterrae restaurant. (B,D)|
|Day 6||Rome||Your guided walking tour features a visit to Michelangelo's celebrated David in the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS. Also admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry's heavy bronze 'Gate of Paradise,' and visit sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Continue to Rome, the 'Eternal City.' (B)|
|Day 7||Rome||Globus' unique guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo's ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental ST. PETER'S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo's Pieta. Then, drive to the Roman Forum and marvel at the amazing Colosseum, where gladiators once fought. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites, like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and more. (B)|
|Day 8||Venice||In Ferrara, walk through impressive Este Castle to the marble cathedral and browse the attractive little shops. Tonight, in Venice, why not try out local specialties at one of the city's fine restaurants? (B)|
|Day 9||Venice||Enter Venice in style by PRIVATE BOAT. Highlights of your walking tour with a Local Guide are ST. MARK'S SQUARE and its basilica, lavish DOGES' PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Enjoy a GLASSBLOWER DEMONSTRATION. Afternoon at leisure; you may wish to join an optional gondola serenade. (B,D)|
|Day 10||Munich||Cross spectacular Brenner Pass and head through the Tyrolean Alps to Innsbruck, where a pleasant stroll through quaint medieval lanes takes you to Emperor Maximilian's GOLDEN ROOF. Continue to Munich, Germany's 'Secret Capital,' and visit MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls. Highlight is a visit to the famous [LF] HOFBRAUHAUS, dating back to 1589. Free time for dinner before going to your hotel. (B)|
|Day 11||Rhineland||Marvel at the Olympic Stadium and its 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower. Continue through the Swabian Jura and part of the Romantic Road to picturesque Rothenburg for a walk through this walled town, famous for Christmas ornaments. (B,D)|
|Day 12||Amsterdam||Admire castle-crested hills and terraced vineyards during a scenic RHINE CRUISE. Then, a comfortable drive brings you to Amsterdam, capital of Holland. (B,D)|
|Day 13||Amsterdam||See the main sights of the 700-year-old city with a Local Guide during a leisurely CANAL CRUISE along the patrician mansions and gabled facades. Also visit a major DIAMOND CENTER. Later, you may wish to join an optional excursion to visit a cheese farm, a clog maker, and a working windmill, followed by dinner in the pretty fishing village of Volendam-the best way to say tot ziens to Holland. (B)|
|Day 14||Amsterdam||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $840No triple room reduction.Extra nights per person in Paris:in single room $187-$396, in twin $95-$200, in triple $126-$265Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:in single room $185-$355, in twin $115-$245, in triple $88-$217
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