European Sampler with London


  • 11 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

tour : HDT

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Was from

£2,399pp

Now from

£2,159pp

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers

Overview

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This European tour is a sample of some of the major highlights of Europe. Enjoy a guided sightseeing of Amsterdam on board a canal cruise, the only proper way to experience the 700-year-old capital! In both Heidelberg and Lucerne, discover the must-see sights on a walking tour, including Heidelberg’s Old Town and Lucerne’s Bourbaki Panorama, a circular painting dating to 1881 and depicting memorable scenes from the Franco-Prussian War. In Beaune, taste the Burgundy wine and visit the impressive Hôtel Dieu. Your Paris sightseeing includes a Seine cruise, with great views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower.

And in London, during your sightseeing tour, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, where Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married.

This European tour also includes majestic scenery, a romantic Rhine cruise, a stop at the spectacular Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall, and a ride on the high-speed Eurostar train from Paris to London.

A European sampler tour cannot miss the opportunity to taste the regional specialties of each area, and Globus has taken care of this for you. Enjoy dinner and a beer at a charming local restaurant in Heidelberg, and coffee with traditional homemade Black Forest Cake in Germany’s Black Forest.

Fascinating sightseeing, spectacular scenery, tasty local food, expert Local Guides, and a Tour Director ready to bring these destinations to life…what more can you ask for in a European vacation?

Highlights

AMSTERDAM
Welcome dinner; canal cruise with Local Guide, visit a major diamond center
RHINE CRUISE
HEIDELBERG Walking tour of the Old Town, take pictures of the castle; [LF] dinner with beer at Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg
BLACK FOREST Woodcarving demonstration; enjoy Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and Black Forest Cake)
RHINE FALLS
LUCERNE Walking tour including [LF] the Bourbaki Panorama, the Lion Monument, and the Chapel Bridge
BEAUNE [LF] Burgundy wine tasting at the Marché aux Vins wine cellar; visit Hôtel Dieu
VERSAILLES Guided visit of the Palace and Gardens
PARIS Guided sightseeing, enjoy a Seine cruise
PARIS-LONDONBy high-speed Eurostar Train
LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul's Cathedral

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2021 Tour itinerary

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

Total meals included:

  • 10 breakfasts, 3 dinners

ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

Day
1

Welcome to Amsterdam! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

AMSTERDAM

Day
2

Meet your Local Guide and hear about the fascinating history of the 700-year-old capital during a leisurely CANAL CRUISE. Admire the patrician mansions and the gabled façades; the “Golden Bend,” the most prestigious part of the Herengracht and a monument to the Golden Age; the Stopera, Amsterdam’s proud concert hall; the Hermitage, a branch museum of the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg; and much more. 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–RHINELAND, GERMANY

Day
3

Pass the Dutch region near Arnhem, best known as the locale of A Bridge Too Far, and enter Germany. Today’s highlight is a romantic RHINE CRUISE. Sit back, relax, and enjoy views of centuries-old castles, cozy towns, and vineyards. Continue to Heidelberg for a pleasant walk through the OLD TOWN to the Marktplatz (market square), from where you can take pictures of the famous red-walled ruins of Heidelberg Castle, followed by LF dinner with beer at Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 342 mi / 550 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

HEIDELBERG–BLACK FOREST–RHINE FALLS, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE.

Day
4

Enter the lush valleys and pine-clad hills of the BLACK FOREST, famous for cuckoo clocks. Be welcomed by a local woodcarver, and see samples of his work during a WOODCARVING DEMONSTRATION. Then, enjoy Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and the traditional homemade Black Forest Cake). On the Swiss border, take pictures of the thundering RHINE FALLS before continuing to Lucerne. Start your walking tour with a visit to LF the impressive BOURBAKI PANORAMA, Edouard Castres’ circular painting dating back to 1881, depicting scenes of the Franco-Prussian War. Also admire Thorwaldsen’s LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. See the ornate patrician houses lining the cobblestone streets of the walled Old Town, and cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church.
Today’s Distance: 242 mi / 390 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LUCERNE

Day
5

A whole day at leisure in this picturesque town with lots of things to do: shop for Swiss watches, knives, and chocolate. Choose from a selection of optional excursions to Mount Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne,” a lake cruise, or a folklore dinner party with a chance to yodel or blow an alphorn.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LUCERNE–BEAUNE, FRANCE–DIJON.

Day
6

Leave the Alps behind you and enter the scenic French countryside on your way to the vineyards of Burgundy. Stop in the pretty town of Beaune, where a LF WINE TASTING awaits at the renowned Marché aux Vins wine cellar. Also visit the HÔTEL DIEU, originally founded in 1443 as a hospital for the poor, before continuing to Dijon for your overnight stay.
Today’s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DIJON–VERSAILLES–PARIS

Day
7

Enjoy views of castles on your way to Versailles, where a guided visit of the 17th-century PALACE AND GARDENS has been included. This former hunting château, built by Louis XIII, was transformed into a magnificent palace by the Sun King, Louis XIV, and housed the French kings until the French Revolution. Arrive in Paris, where an optional excursion is available to try out local specialties in one of its lively restaurants, followed by a drive for a first look at the French capital.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi / 380 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

PARIS.

Day
8

Discover the world’s heart of chic and style with a Local Guide. Admire its major sites: the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, and Champs-Elysées. Enjoy a relaxing SEINE CRUISE with spectacular views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Time to further explore on your own or to join an optional excursion to the impressive Louvre Museum with the Mona Lisa. Tonight, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Paris–London, England

Day
9

Travel by high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN to London, arriving in the afternoon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

London

Day
10

Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the most famous landmarks and a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708. Optional excursions are available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

London

Day
11

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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