TRADITIONAL GRAND EUROPEAN - 2017

21 Days - LONDON to PARIS

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Overview

A European tour…it should include the most popular and exciting cities, the must-see sights, tasty meals, picturesque scenery, and a mix of culture, history, and just plain fun. On this Traditional Grand European tour, you’ll experience all of this and much more. You’ll stay overnight in London, Brussels, Amsterdam, the Rhineland, Lucerne, Munich, Vienna, Venice, Chianti Hills, Rome, Tuscany, Nice at the French Riviera, Lyon, and Paris. On guided sightseeing tours, you’ll visit the must-see sights - including those that will delight history fans - such as London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, dating to the 7th century; Lucerne’s Chapel Bridge, originally built in the 14th century as part of the city’s fortifications; Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a symbol of Vienna dating to the 12th century; in Rome St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and much more.

On this comprehensive tour of Europe, you’ll also enjoy spectacular scenery. You’ll take a Rhine Cruise with its scenic countryside, historical castles, and charming villages, and you’ll enjoy breathtaking drives along the Italian and French Rivieras. You’ll sit back and relax as you drive through the most attractive parts of Austria to Italy, as well as past the Burgundy vineyards and Fontainebleau Forest in France. You’ll stand in awe as you experience the fantastic views when you ascend the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and you’ll get a different perspective of Amsterdam as you cruise on its canals. And you’ll ride the high-speed Eurostar train from London to Brussels. 

Globus also includes special experiences you won’t find anywhere else. For example, you’ll enjoy a beer at a local café in Brussels, a wine tasting in Rüdesheim, capital of Riesling wine country, and a farewell dinner followed by a Seine Cruise in Paris. All of this and much more await you on this magnificent European vacation!

Extend your trip to London (HSL)

Inclusion

LOCAL FAVOURITES

Enjoy a beer at a local café in Brussels
Wine tasting at Breuer's Rudesheimer Schloss, followed by dinner with wine
Stay overnight in Chianti Hills and enjoy a special dinner with local wine
Evening Seine river cruise in Paris

STANDARD FEATURES

DESTINATIONS
LONDON

Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul's Cathedral and see the Changing of the Guard, if held.

- LONDON-BRUSSELS
By high-speed Eurostar train.

- BRUSSELS
Visit Grand'Place; enjoy a beer at a local cafe; welcome dinner.

- AMSTERDAM
Canal cruise; visit a major diamond centre.

- RHINE CRUISE.

- RUDESHEIM.

Wine tasting and dinner.

- BLACK FOREST
Hear about the art of woodcarving.

- RHINE FALLS.

- LUCERNE

Walking tour including the Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge.

VADUZ
Visit the capital of Liechtenstein.

- INNSBRUCK.
Walk to the Golden Roof.

- MUNICH.
Orientation drive featuring the Olympic Stadium and a visit to Marienplatz.

- SALZBURG
Guided walking tour, visit Mirabell Gardens and Residenz Square.

- VIENNA
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Stephen's Cathedral.

- VENICE
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark's Square and Basilica, Doges' Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration.

- CHIANTI HILLS
Overnight stay, a special dinner with wine.

- ASSISI
Visit St. Francis' Basilica.

- ROME
Guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum.

- FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo's David and Signoria Square.

- PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower.

- EZE
Visit a perfume factory.

- AVIGNON
Walk through the Old Town, see the Palace of the Popes.

- LYON
Orientation drive through the Old Town, see the Murales.

- PARIS
Guided sightseeing; Seine River cruise; a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant; and ascend the Eiffel Tower.

- TRANSPORTATION
High-speed Eurostar train; motorcoach; canal cruise in Amsterdam; Rhine River cruise; private boat ride in Venice; Seine River cruise in Paris.

- 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 LONDON, ENGLAND.

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Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2LONDON.

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Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister's Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Visit ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL and see the Changing of the Guard, if held. (B)

Day 3LONDON - BRUSSELS, BELGIUM.

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Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and board the highspeed EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels. Walk to the GRAND'PLACE and admire its baroque guild houses and the gothic Town Hall. You cannot leave Brussels without rubbing the statue of Everard t' Serclaes, a 14th-century hero, for good luck, and taking pictures of the tiny but world-famous statue of Manneken Pis. Then, enjoy a beer at a local cafe. A welcome dinner with wine awaits you at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 4BRUSSELS - AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND. 

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In Amsterdam, enjoy a CANAL CRUISE, the best way to see the 700-year-old capital, and visit a major DIAMOND CENTRE. Later, maybe join an optional excursion to visit a cheese farm, a clog maker, a working windmill, and the pretty fishing village of Volendam at the former Zuiderzee. (B,D)

Day 5AMSTERDAM - RUDESHEIM, GERMANY - RHINELAND.

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On the way to Germany, pass the Dutch region best known as the locale of A Bridge Too Far. Highlight of the day is a romantic RHINE CRUISE past castle-crested cliffs, terraced vineyards, and half-timbered towns. Stop in Rudesheim, capital of Riesling wine country, and enjoy a WINE TASTING at Breuer's Rudesheimer Schloss, followed by dinner with local specialties, before going to your hotel. (B,D)

Day 6RHINELAND - BLACK FOREST - RHINE FALLS, SWITZERLAND - LUCERNE.

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Stop in the BLACK FOREST, renowned for its cuckoo clocks. Hear about the art of WOODCARVING from a local woodcarver, Adolf Herr, and enjoy a taste of the traditional fruit wine. On the Swiss border, take photos of the thundering RHINE FALLS, and continue to picturesque Lucerne. This evening, you may wish to sign up for a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing. (B)

Day 7LUCERNE.

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During your walking tour, admire the emotional LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church. Afterwards, shop for Swiss watches, knives, or chocolate, and why not join an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus? (B,D)

Day 8LUCERNE - VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN - INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA, MUNICH, GERMANY.

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A short stop in Vaduz, capital of the pocket-sized Principality of Liechtenstein. Next, a spectacular drive through the Tyrolean Alps to Innsbruck, capital of Tyrol. Walk through its quaint streets and take pictures of Emperor Maximilian's GOLDEN ROOF before continuing to Munich. Your orientation drive features Munich's most famous landmarks: the Olympic Stadium and 305-metre-high (1,000-foot) Olympic Tower. Also visit MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls and you may wish to try a Stein of beer at the famous Hofbrauhaus, Munich's most famous beer hall, dating back to 1589. (B)

Day 9MUNICH - SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - VIENNA.

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Arrive in Salzburg and follow your Local Guide for a pleasant stroll through the historic centre. Admire exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, St. Peter's Monastery, and magnificent RESIDENZ SQUARE, where some scenes of The Sound of Music movie were filmed. See Mozart's birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse and browse through the downtown market. Next, pass the lovely Salzkammergut Lake District, also famous from the same movie, and along the Danube Valley to Vienna, proud capital of Austria. (B)

Day 10VIENNA.

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Guided sightseeing features the State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, HELDENPLATZ, a stop at the Hofburg Palace, and a visit to ST. STEPHEN'S CATHEDRAL. To make the most of your stay, you may wish to join an optional excursion to magnificent Schonbrunn Palace and later, why not enjoy an optional evening concert at one of Vienna's famous concert halls? (B)

Day 11VIENNA - VENICE, ITALY.

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Journey across scenic Semmering Pass and through the loveliest parts of Austria to Italy and the Adriatic Sea. Arrive in Venice, the city of romantics. Tonight, consider an optional evening featuring an exciting water-taxi ride along the Grand Canal, followed by dinner, Venetian style. (B)

Day 12VENICE - CHIANTI HILLS.

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Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT and meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are ST. MARK'S SQUARE and its BASILICA, lavish DOGES' PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also included is a GLASSBLOWER DEMONSTRATION. An optional gondola ride is available. Then, enter Tuscany and enjoy a highlight stay in the Chianti Hills and a special dinner with local wine. (B,D)

Day 13CHIANTI HILLS - ASSISI - ROME.

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Through the Apennine Mountains to peaceful Assisi. Visit ST. FRANCIS' BASILICA, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humanity, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God's creatures. Then, continue to the "Eternal City." (B)

Day 14ROME.

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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 15ROME - FLORENCE - TUSCANY.

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An easy morning drive to Florence, "Cradle of the Renaissance." During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo's celebrated David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry's heavy bronze "Gate of Paradise," and visit sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Time to shop for leather goods and gold, for which the city is famous, before continuing to the resort town of Montecatini in Tuscany. (B,D)

Day 16TUSCANY - PISA - EZE, FRANCE - NICE.

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In Pisa, marvel at its amazing Leaning Tower. Next, enjoy a spectacular drive along the Italian and French Rivieras towards France. Leave the highway for the panoramic Moyenne Corniche and visit one of the PERFUME FACTORIES for which the area is famous. This evening, you might want to sample some French cuisine. (B)

Day 17AT LEISURE IN NICE.

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Full day to enjoy France's most popular coast at your own pace. Exciting optional excursions are available to the picturesque artist village of St. Paul de Vence and to famous Monte Carlo. (B)

Day 18NICE - AVIGNON - LYON.

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Stop in Avignon, the medieval residence of several popes and antipopes. Walk through the OLD TOWN, and admire the bridge of the popular song and the magnificent Palace of the Popes. Time to browse through the many shops for traditional Provencal products. Next is Lyon, France's capital during Roman times. Enjoy an orientation drive through the OLD TOWN, beautifully situated between the Rhone and the Saone Rivers. Catch glimpses of the city's fortifications, the cathedral on Fourviere Hill, and the MURALES, examples of trompe l'oeil, started by a group of students in the `70s with the aim to bring art to ordinary people, not confined to galleries or museums. (B,D)

Day 19LYON - PARIS.

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Drive past the Burgundy vineyards and Fontainebleau Forest to Paris, the traditional climax of a European holiday. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Opera, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, and more. For a bird's-eye view, take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER. Tonight, dinner and show at the famous Moulin Rouge might be the ticket! (B)

Day 20PARIS

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All day at leisure. Optional excursions are available to the magnificent Palace of Versailles and the famous Louvre Museum with the Mona Lisa. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant, followed by a CRUISE on the Seine River, the proper way to say au revoir Paris. (B,D)

Day 21PARIS

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Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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