CONTINENTAL INTRODUCTION - 2017

14 Days - PARIS to AMSTERDAM

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Overview

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. 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 Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the mansions in Amsterdam. You’ll also learn about the fascinating histories as you visit attractions 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.

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 and Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) on a beautiful Rhine cruise. A welcome dinner in Paris, followed by a Seine cruise for a first impression of this magnificent city, 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 vacation!

Extend your holiday with 2 nights in London

Inclusion

LOCAL FAVOURITES

Evening Seine river cruise
Special Tuscan dinner with wine at a local restaurant in Florence
Visit to the famous Hofbrahaus, dating back to 1589

STANDARD FEATURES

DESTINATIONS
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PARIS

Welcome dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a Seine River cruise; guided sightseeing, ascend the Eiffel Tower.

- LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge.

- PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower.

- FLORENCE
A special 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.

- FERRARA
Walk along 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.

- INNSBRUCK
Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof.

- MUNICH
Visit Marienplatz and the famous Hofbrauhaus; orientation drive including the Olympic Stadium.

- ROTHENBURG
Walking tour of the walled town.

- RHINE CRUISE.

- AMSTERDAM

Guided sightseeing and a canal cruise; visit a major diamond centre.

-TRANSPORTATION
Motorcoach; Seine River cruise; private boat ride in Venice; Rhine River cruise; canal cruise in Amsterdam.

- HEADSETS
Throughout the tour.

- FREE WI-FI
available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

- MYACCOUNT
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.

Package Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE.

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Welcome to Paris! At 5.30 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine, followed by a CRUISE on the Seine River for a first impression of this splendid city. (D)

Day 2PARIS

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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 more. For a panoramic view, take the elevator to the second floor of 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 3PARIS - LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND

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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 4LUCERNE - LUGANO.

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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 5LUGANO - PISA, ITALY - FLORENCE.

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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 special dinner with Tuscan specialties and wine at Finisterrae restaurant. (B,D)

Day 6FLORENCE - ROME.

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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 the "Eternal City." (B)

Day 7ROME.

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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 visit the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites, like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and more. (B)

Day 8ROME - FERRARA - VENICE.

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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 9VENICE.

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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 10VENICE - INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - MUNICH, GERMANY.

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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 HOFBRAUHAUS, dating back to 1589. Free time for dinner before going to your hotel. (B)

Day 11MUNICH - ROTHENBURG - RHINELAND.

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Marvel at the Olympic Stadium and its 305-metre-high (1,000-foot) 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 12RHINELAND - AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND.

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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 13AMSTERDAM

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See the main sights of the 700-year-old capital with a Local Guide, such as the Royal Palace, Mint Tower, the original Heineken Brewery, the Rijksmuseum, and more. Highlight is a leisurely CANAL CRUISE along the patrician mansions and gabled facades. Also visit a major DIAMOND CENTRE. 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 14AMSTERDAM

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Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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