Essential Europe

 

Description

 

Tour code: HF

Days: 11

Description: Italy, Switzerland, France, England

Overview

Rome, Florence, Venice, Lucerne, Paris, and London—these exciting and vibrant cities await you on this thrilling European tour. Guided sightseeing tours will highlight the must-see attractions in each city, including the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum in Rome; the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, where you will see Michelangelo’s famous David; the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, dating back to the 14th century; a Seine cruise in Paris, where you’ll enjoy great views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower; and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, which held its first service in 1697 and was the marriage site for Lady Diana and Prince Charles.

Other highlights of this European tour include a lunch stop in Bellinzona, Switzerland, where you will ride the elevator to the courtyard of Castelgrande, part of the fortifications dating back to the Middle Ages and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also enjoy a pizza party in Florence, a pasta dinner in Venice with a private water-taxi ride through the Grand Canal, and a thrilling ride on the Eurostar train from Paris to London.

But that’s not all…throughout this European vacation, Globus has arranged VIP access for you. That means that you won’t be waiting in long lines to visit the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, or the Colosseum in Rome or the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence… we’ve worked hard behind the scenes to minimize the lines and wait times, so you can maximize the fun. It’s a trip of a lifetime!

Itinerary

 

Day 1 ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY

Welcome to Rome! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner with pasta and wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.

Dinner

Day 2 ROME

Guided sightseeing of the Eternal City starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by a visit to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, enjoy views of other major sites as you drive to the Roman Forum to 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 famous sites, like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and more.

Breakfast

Day 3 ROME–FLORENCE

A pleasant drive past hilltop towns and the vineyards of Chianti brings you to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” 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 stand in awe in front of the magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterwards, you may wish to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce, before joining   a PIZZA PARTY at Finisterrae restaurant.

Breakfast Dinner

Day 4 FLORENCE–VENICE

Arrive in Venice, city of romantics, and enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT to visit ST. MARK’S SQUARE. Admire the byzantine basilica, the Clock Tower, lavish Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Time to wander through the narrow streets with their numerous shops at your own pace and you may wish to join an optional gondola ride. A PASTA DINNER has been prepared for you at a local restaurant, followed by an exciting ride by  PRIVATE WATER-TAXI through the Grand Canal as a proper arrivederci on your last night in Italy.

Breakfast  Dinner

Day 5 VENICE–BELLINZONA, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE

From the flat Po area, enter the Swiss Alps and stop in Bellinzona.  Ride the elevator to the COURTYARD of Castelgrande, part of the fortifications dating back to the Middle Ages and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, enjoy a spectacular panoramic view and a light lunch to try out local specialties and the delicious Merlot wine for which the Ticino area is famous. On your way to picture-book Lucerne marvel at the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard.

Breakfast  Lunch

Day 6 LUCERNE

Join 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, the first large baroque church built in Switzerland on the north side of the Alps. Shop for Swiss watches or chocolates, and to make the most of your stay, choose from our optional activities: climb Mount Pilatus or take a cruise on the fjord-like lake. Why not sign up for a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking?

Breakfast

Day 7 LUCERNE–PARIS, FRANCE

Say auf Wiedersehen in Basel and cross the border into France. On your way to Paris, drive past the Burgundy vineyards with views of pretty châteaux and past Fontainebleau Forest. An optional excursion is available to try out local specialties in one of Paris’ lively restaurants, followed by a drive for a first impression of this magnificent city.

Breakfast

Day 8 PARIS

In the morning, an optional excursion to the lavish baroque Palace and Gardens of Versailles is available. Later, discover the world capital of chic and style with a Local Guide and admire its most renowned sites: the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and more. During your SEINE CRUISE enjoy spectacular views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Tonight, an optional evening out for dinner and show at the Moulin Rouge may be the best way to say au revoir, Paris.

Breakfast

Day 9 PARIS–LONDON, ENGLAND

Board the high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN for a smooth ride to London, arriving in the afternoon. Why not take in a West End show tonight?

Breakfast

Day 10 LONDON

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and more. Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708. Afternoon at leisure. Optional excursions are available to the Tower of London or to Windsor Castle, and later, maybe enjoy dinner, followed by a cruise on the Thames River.

Breakfast

Day 11 LONDON

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

Vacation Highlights

ROME

Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; 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; [LF] pizza party at Finisterrae restaurant

VENICE

Private boat ride; visit St. Mark’s Square; glassblower demonstration; pasta dinner at local restaurant; [LF] private water-taxi ride through the Grand Canal

BELLINZONA

[LF] Visit the Castelgrande courtyard and enjoy a light lunch with wine

LUCERNE

Walking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge

PARIS

Guided sightseeing, enjoy a Seine cruise

PARIS–LONDON

By high-speed Eurostar train

LONDON

Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral

Headsets throughout the tour except London.

Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 light lunch in Bellinzona; 3 three-course dinners at a local restaurant in Rome, Florence and Venice

Hotels

Rome

Starhotels Michelangelo

Hotel as shown or similar

Superior First-Class

Modern hotel catering to business and leisure travelers is located a short walk to St Peter’s Square; staff is multilingual.

Florence

Starhotel Tuscany

Hotel as shown or similar

Superior First-Class

This 102 room modern property offers authentic Italian charm and contemporary comforts with Free Wi-Fi internet access available throughout. The restaurant specialises in authentic Tuscan dishes, served in warm, welcoming surroundings and the bar is a delightful spot for a morning coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea. While, in the evenings, its open fires and leather armchairs make it the perfect place for a romantic drink or late night digestif. There’s also a fitness center, relaxation area and a library, perfect for unwinding after a day in the city.

Venice

NH Laguna Palace

Hotel as shown or similar

First-Class

Modern hotel with conference facilities, moorings for almost 400 boats in adjoining marina; 25 minute shuttle to center of Venice.

Lucerne

Astoria

Hotel as shown or similar

First-Class

Modern Eight-story Hotel located in the center of Lucerne, 3 minutes from train station or lake.

Paris

Les Jardins du Marais

Hotel as shown or similar

Superior First-Class

In the centre of Paris, with 263 rooms and a tranquil garden, this delightful property is composed of nine 19th-century buildings and has ‘small village’ charm. Facilities include a restaurant, a bar/lounge, a fitness room and Free Wi-Fi access.

London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Hotel as shown or similar

Superior First-Class

Situated opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge places guests at the heart of central London. Dining option include Brasserie Joël, Ichi Sushi & Sashimi, 1WB Lounge & Patisserie, and Primo Bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness center with a 15-meter pool and Mandara Spa. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guest throughout the hotel.

Park Plaza Waterloo

Hotel as shown or similar

Superior First-Class

One of the newest hotels in central London, the 494-room property is situated within walking distance of top London attractions, including the London Eye, the London Dungeons and the Imperial War Museum. The Florentine Restaurant serves a Brasserie-style menu; the bar features the best of British bubbles and craft beers as well as a range of signature cocktails; and for a relaxing cup of coffee, head to the illy Caffè bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre and a heated swimming pool. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guests throughout the hotel.

Pricing

Tour
Start Date
Return
Date
Land/Cruise
Price Only
10/14/2018 10/24/2018 $3,389.00
10/21/2018 10/31/2018 $3,389.00
10/28/2018 11/7/2018 $3,389.00
4/7/2019 4/17/2019 $3,299.00
4/14/2019 4/24/2019 $3,349.00
4/21/2019 5/1/2019 $3,349.00
4/28/2019 5/8/2019 $3,439.00
5/5/2019 5/15/2019 $3,499.00
5/12/2019 5/22/2019 $3,499.00
5/19/2019 5/29/2019 $3,499.00
5/26/2019 6/5/2019 $3,499.00
6/2/2019 6/12/2019 $3,499.00
6/9/2019 6/19/2019 $3,589.00
6/16/2019 6/26/2019 $3,499.00
6/23/2019 7/3/2019 $3,589.00
6/30/2019 7/10/2019 $3,369.00
7/7/2019 7/17/2019 $3,329.00
7/14/2019 7/24/2019 $3,229.00
7/21/2019 7/31/2019 $3,229.00
7/28/2019 8/7/2019 $3,229.00
8/4/2019 8/14/2019 $3,229.00
8/11/2019 8/21/2019 $3,229.00
8/18/2019 8/28/2019 $3,229.00
8/25/2019 9/4/2019 $3,499.00
9/1/2019 9/11/2019 $3,499.00
9/8/2019 9/18/2019 $3,499.00
9/15/2019 9/25/2019 $3,499.00
9/22/2019 10/2/2019 $3,699.00
9/29/2019 10/9/2019 $3,479.00
10/6/2019 10/16/2019 $3,479.00
10/13/2019 10/23/2019 $3,479.00
10/20/2019 10/30/2019 $3,399.00
10/27/2019 11/6/2019 $3,299.00

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