Continental Introduction


  • 14 days

  • Europe

  • On the go pace

tour : HY

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Europe—a continent rich with different cultures, gastronomic specialties, architecture, art, scenery, and history—and this is the ideal Continental Introduction: experience and see what Europe has to offer. Spend two nights in Paris, Rome, Venice, and Amsterdam plus overnights in Lucerne, Lugano, Florence, Munich, and the Rhineland. On the included sightseeing tours, 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-Elysées in Paris, and the patrician mansions in Amsterdam. Learn about the fascinating histories of the attractions you visit such as Rome’s Colosseum, completed in the 1st century AD; 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, and is famous for Christmas ornaments.

Food and drink are important elements to local cultures and to any European vacation. That’s why on this tour, Globus has included some unique opportunities to sample the local flavors, like a welcome dinner at one of Paris’ fine restaurants, a dinner with Tuscan specialties at a local restaurant in Florence and an aperitif at the famous Caffé Florian on St. Mark’s Square in Venice. A cruise on the River Seine, as well as a visit to Munich’s famous Hofbräuhaus, dating back to 1589, are also included.

Magnificent scenery awaits you on this tour through Europe. 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 vacation!

Highlights

PARIS
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant and orientation drive; guided sightseeing including a Seine River cruise
LUCERNE Walking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge
PISAMarvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
FLORENCE LF Dinner at Finisterrae restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
ROME Guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum
FERRARAWalk through Este Castle to the cathedral
VENICE Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration; LF aperitif at Caffé Florian
INNSBRUCK Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof
MUNICH Orientation, visit Marienplatz and the famous Hofbräuhaus
ROTHENBURG Walking tour of the walled town
RHINE CRUISE
AMSTERDAM Canal cruise with Local Guide; visit a major diamond center

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners

ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE

Day
1

Welcome to Paris! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, followed by an orientation drive for a first impression of this magnificent city.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

PARIS

Day
2

In the morning, an optional excursion is available to the lavish Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Later, guided sightseeing features Paris’ main highlights, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Champs-Elysées, and a relaxing SEINE CRUISE with spectacular views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Tonight, why not join an optional dinner and show at the famous Moulin Rouge?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

PARIS–LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND

Day
3

Enjoy a scenic drive past Fontainebleau Forest and into Burgundy, on your way to the Swiss Alps. In picturesque Lucerne, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk and admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. Walk along ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church.
Today’s Distance: 404 mi / 650 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LUCERNE–LUGANO

Day
4

Morning at leisure. Take advantage of an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus. Later, admire the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard on the way to Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. To truly appreciate splendid Lake Lugano, sign up for an optional boat cruise, followed by dinner.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LUGANO–PISA, ITALY–FLORENCE

Day
5

Pass the commercial capital of Milan and turn towards the Mediterranean Sea. Arrive in Pisa, and marvel at its legendary Leaning Tower. In nearby Florence, there is time to explore the many gold and leather shops on Piazza Santa Croce before joining LF dinner with Tuscan specialties and wine at Finisterrae restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 323 mi / 520 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FLORENCE–ROME

Day
6

Meet your Local Guide, and visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center and admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Continue to Rome, the “Eternal City.”
Today’s Distance: 193 mi / 310 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ROME.

Day
7

Guided sightseeing starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, visit 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 Rome’s famous landmarks.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ROME–FERRARA–VENICE

Day
8

In Ferrara, walk through impressive Este Castle to the marble cathedral and browse among the attractive little shops. Tonight, in Venice, why not try out local specialties at one of the city’s fine restaurants?
Today’s Distance: 342 mi / 550 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VENICE

Day
9

Enjoy a PRIVATE BOAT RIDE and a walking tour with a Local Guide to visit ST. MARK’S SQUARE, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the famous BRIDGE OF SIGHS, followed by a traditional GLASSBLOWER DEMONSTRATION. Afternoon at leisure. An optional gondola serenade is available and later, LF an aperitif at the famous CAFFÉ FLORIAN awaits.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

VENICE–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA–MUNICH, GERMANY

Day
10

Cross the spectacular Brenner Pass into the Tyrolean Alps. In Innsbruck, a pleasant stroll through quaint medieval lanes takes you to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Continue to Munich, and visit MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls, and the famous HOFBRÄUHAUS, dating back to 1589. Free time for dinner before going to your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 367 mi / 590 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MUNICH–ROTHENBURG–RHINELAND.

Day
11

Enter the Swabian Jura with its lush hills and arrive in picturesque Rothenburg for a walk through this walled town. Time to join the locals at one of the many restaurants and to shop for Christmas ornaments, for which the town is famous.
Today’s Distance: 311 mi / 500 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

RHINELAND–AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

Day
12

Admire castle-crested hills and terraced vineyards during a scenic and relaxing RHINE CRUISE, followed by a drive to Amsterdam.
Today’s Distance: 261 mi / 420 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

AMSTERDAM

Day
13

Meet your Local Guide and hear about the fascinating history of the 700-year-old capital during a leisurely CANAL CRUISE past patrician mansions and gabled façades. Also visit a major DIAMOND CENTER. For those who wish to experience Dutch life in the countryside, an optional excursion is available to picture-book Volendam, a fishing village at the former Zuiderzee, including visits to a working windmill, a clogmaker, a cheese farm, plus dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

AMSTERDAM.

Day
14

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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