European Sampler

Description

Days: 9

Description: Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Lucerne, Dijon, Paris, London
 Overview

As the name implies, this European tour is a sample of some of the major highlights of Europe. You’ll spend two nights in Amsterdam, Lucerne, and Paris, as well as one night each in Heidelberg and Dijon. In Amsterdam, your guided sightseeing is via a canal cruise, the only way to experience Amsterdam! In both Heidelberg and Lucerne, you’ll 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. And in Beaune you’ll have a Burgundy wine tasting and a visit to the impressive Hôtel Dieu. Your Paris sightseeing includes a Seine cruise, where you’ll be treated to great views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower.

This European tour also includes majestic scenery, such as a romantic Rhine cruise, a stop at the spectacular Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall, and an overnight stay in Burgundy. Of course, on a European sampler tour you have to taste the food unique to each area, and with Globus, you get the opportunity to do just that! You’ll 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?

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND.

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

Dinner

Day 2 AMSTERDAM.

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.

Breakfast

Day 3 AMSTERDAM–HEIDELBERG, GERMANY.

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  dinner with beer at Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg restaurant.

Breakfast  Dinner

Day 4 HEIDELBERG–BLACK FOREST–RHINE FALLS, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE

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.

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Day 5 LUCERNE.

During your walking tour, visit  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. Balance of the day is at leisure to shop for Swiss watches, knives, and chocolate. You may wish to join an exciting optional excursion to Mount Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne.” Tonight is your chance to yodel or blow an alphorn during an optional folklore dinner party for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking.

Breakfast

Day 6 LUCERNE–BEAUNE, FRANCE–DIJON

Leave the Alps behind you and enter the scenic French countryside on your way to the vineyards of Burgundy. Stop in the picturesque town of Beaune, where a  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.

Breakfast

Day 7 DIJON–VERSAILLES–PARIS

Enjoy views of chateaus 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.

Breakfast

Day 8 PARIS

Discover the world capital 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!

Breakfast

Day 9 PARIS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

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

Headsets throughout the tour.

Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Heidelberg

Hotels

Amsterdam

Westcord Art Hotel Amsterdam

Hotel as shown or similar

First-Class

“This modern, themed 191-room hotel is decorated with a broad range of contemporary artworks, including some pieces by the renowned Dutch artist Herman Brood. There is a stylish Brasserie, a terrace with an open-air bar, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and Free high speed Wi-Fi internet access throughout.”

Heidelberg

NH Heidelberg

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First-Class

NH Heidelberg is located in the center of Heidelberg, perfect for getting to know one of Germany’s most lovely and romantic cities and the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. Heidelberg is famous for its science and research activities, history, high-profile companies, and elite universities.

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.

Dijon

Mercure Clemenceau

Hotel as shown or similar

First-Class

7-story Hotel located near Congress Hall in city center.

Oceania Le Jura

Hotel as shown or similar

First-Class

Located in the heart of Dijon with a peaceful rear garden. This hotel offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout and a selection of Burgandy beers and wines can be enjoyed in the intimate setting of the hotel bar.

Paris

Paris Marriott Rive Gauche

Hotel as shown or similar

Superior First-Class

Located on the Left Bank near the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Pres – Rooms feature contemporary decor.

Pricing

Tour
Start Date
Return
Date
Land/Cruise
Price Only
10/19/2018 10/27/2018 $2,659.00
4/13/2019 4/21/2019 $2,669.00
4/20/2019 4/28/2019 $2,669.00
4/27/2019 5/5/2019 $2,569.00
5/4/2019 5/12/2019 $2,629.00
5/11/2019 5/19/2019 $2,629.00
5/18/2019 5/26/2019 $2,629.00
5/25/2019 6/2/2019 $2,629.00
6/1/2019 6/9/2019 $2,629.00
6/8/2019 6/16/2019 $2,629.00
6/15/2019 6/23/2019 $2,869.00
6/22/2019 6/30/2019 $2,629.00
6/29/2019 7/7/2019 $2,589.00
7/6/2019 7/14/2019 $2,589.00
7/13/2019 7/21/2019 $2,589.00
7/20/2019 7/28/2019 $2,589.00
7/27/2019 8/4/2019 $2,589.00
8/3/2019 8/11/2019 $2,589.00
8/10/2019 8/18/2019 $2,589.00
8/17/2019 8/25/2019 $2,589.00
8/24/2019 9/1/2019 $2,869.00
8/31/2019 9/8/2019 $2,669.00
9/7/2019 9/15/2019 $2,749.00
9/14/2019 9/22/2019 $2,869.00
9/21/2019 9/29/2019 $2,669.00
9/28/2019 10/6/2019 $2,599.00
10/5/2019 10/13/2019 $2,599.00
10/12/2019 10/20/2019 $2,569.00

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