European Tapestry

Description

 

Tour code: HA
Days: 14
Description: Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Lucerne, Dijon, Paris, London

Vacation Overview

A tapestry takes distinct colors and threads, and weaves them together into a beautiful design. That’s exactly what this European tour—European Tapestry—does. It weaves together the distinct cities, cultures, landscapes, and food of seven countries to make a beautiful vacation to Europe. You’ll start with sightseeing and a canal cruise in Amsterdam and end with sightseeing and a cruise on the River Seine in Paris. In between, you’ll see some of Europe’s must-see attractions, such as the Lion Monument in Lucerne; St. Mark’s Square in Venice; the Colosseum, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums in Rome; Signoria Square in Florence, the center of the city’s political life since the 14th century; and the amazing Leaning Tower in Pisa.
But that’s not all. You’ll have a beer at a local café in Heidelberg; take a romantic Rhine cruise past castle-crested cliffs and terraced vineyards; learn about woodcarving from a local woodcarver in Germany’s Black Forest and taste the traditional Black Forest Cake; enjoy a special dinner to try out local specialties in Venice; and a highlight of this European tour is an overnight stay in Monte Carlo. Also included is an overnight stay in Lyon, France’s second-largest city. Globus has worked hard behind the scenes to ensure your time and fun is maximized. That’s why we’ve included VIP access in this tour of Europe. That means that rather than waiting in long lines at places such as the Vatican Museums and Colosseum in Rome, you’ll be inside the attractions and enjoying this amazing vacation. It’s just one more way this European tour is sure to delight

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–RHINELAND

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 Heidelberg and take pictures of the famous red-walled castle ruins. Then, join the locals for  a beer at the famous Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg.

Breakfast Dinner

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

Enter the lush valleys and pine-clad hills of the BLACK FOREST, famous for cuckoo clocks, where another highlight awaits:  be welcomed by a local woodcarver, Adolf Herr, watch a WOODCARVING DEMONSTRATION, see samples of his work, and have Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and the traditional homemade Black Forest Cake). On the Swiss border, marvel at the thundering RHINE FALLS before continuing to picture-book Lucerne. Tonight is your chance to join an optional Swiss folklore party.

Breakfast

Day 5 LUCERNE–VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA

Follow 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. Time to shop for Swiss watches and chocolates or climb lofty Mount Pilatus. On your way to Austria, stop in the Principality of Liechtenstein, then, drive through Austria’s most famous skiing area and enter Tyrol. In Innsbruck, walk through the Old Town and take pictures of Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF.

Breakfast Dinner

Day 6 INNSBRUCK–VENICE, ITALY

Cross spectacular Brenner Pass to Italy and enter Venice in style by PRIVATE BOAT to ST. MARK’S SQUARE. Admire the byzantine basilica, lavish Doges’ Palace with its Bridge of Sighs, and watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects. You may wish to join an optional gondola ride, and later,  dinner has been prepared at Rossopomodoro restaurant.

Breakfast Dinner

Day 7 VENICE–ROME

A scenic drive across the Apennine Hills and through vine- and olive-clad Tuscany with views of hilltop towns brings you to the “Eternal City.”

Breakfast

Day 8 ROME

Guided sightseeing 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 9 ROME–FLORENCE

Arrive in Florence, and meet your Local Guide. 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, 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.

Breakfast

Day 10 FLORENCE–PISA–MONTE CARLO, MONACO

In Pisa, marvel at the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and 12 feet out of the perpendicular. Then, follow the Italian Riviera and arrive in Monte Carlo for your overnight stay. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional excursion to see the palace and the church that houses the tombs of the rulers of Monaco, have dinner, and visit the casino.

Breakfast

Day 11 MONTE CARLO–NICE, FRANCE–LYON

Enjoy the drive of the panoramic Moyenne Corniche with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea to Nice, then along the famous Promenade des Anglais. Then, turn north along the scenic Route du Soleil on your way to Lyon, the former capital of the Gauls, beautifully located between the Rhône and the Saône Rivers.

Breakfast Dinner

Day 12 LYON–PARIS

A smooth drive through Burgundy with its vineyards and impressive châteaux, and past Fontainebleau Forest, brings you to Paris, “City of Light.” An optional excursion is available to the magnificent Louvre Museum to see the Mona Lisa; tonight, you may wish to join an exciting optional evening at one of Paris’ lively cabarets!

Breakfast

Day 13 PARIS

Guided sightseeing features Paris’ main highlights, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Champs-Elysées, and a SEINE CRUISE with spectacular views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. An optional excursion to the lavish baroque Palace and Gardens of Versailles is available. Later, an optional dinner at one of Paris’ lively restaurants is the perfect way to say au revoir, Paris.

Breakfast

Day 14 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

Take pictures of the castle; [LF] enjoy a beer at the Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg

BLACK FOREST

[LF] Woodcarving demonstration; enjoy Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and Black Forest Cake)

RHINE FALLS

LUCERNE

Walking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge

VADUZ

Visit the capital of Liechtenstein

INNSBRUCK

Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof

VENICE

Private boat ride; visit St. Mark’s Square; glassblower demonstration; [LF] dinner at Rossopomodoro restaurant

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

NICE

Drive along the Promenade des Anglais

LYON

Orientation

PARIS

Guided sightseeing, enjoy a Seine cruise

Headsets throughout the tour.

Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners, including including dinner at a local restaurant in Venice

Hotels

Amsterdam

Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre

Overlooking the leafy Rembrandtpark, this modern high-rise 446 room hotel has a skybar and open kitchen restaurant located on the 17th floor, with the highest rooftop terrace in Amsterdam offering spectacular panoramic views of the city. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available in all guestrooms and public areas and there is also a sauna and fitness facility.

Rhineland

NH Mannheim

Opening in early 2019, this modern stylish hotel will offer 225 air-conditioned rooms spread across six floors with free Wi-Fi access throughout. The property is situated in Mannheim¿s business district, a good starting point from which to visit the “City of Squares,” with its baroque palace, planetarium, and landmark 19th-century water tower.

Lucerne

Astoria

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

Innsbruck

[Grauer Baer

This centrally located 196 room hotel offers free Wi-Fi access throughout the property and has a unique rooftop wellness area offering views of the surrounding Alps, facilities include a counter-current swimming pool (45 m²), sauna, steam bath, solarium and fitness room. Dining options include 2 restaurants, as well as a wintergarden for light snacks and a bar for drinks.

Venice

Antony Mestre

Antony Hotel is a 4 star hotel with 114 rooms, located between Marco Polo Airport and Venice . The hotel is just few minutes walking from public bus stop that allow you to reach quickly Venice centre (tickets available at the reception). The hotel offers the best amenities including parking, free WI-FI in all the rooms and public areas, restaurant and meeting room. Particular attention is given to families : family room (free cot on request), play room inside and outside.

Rome

Crowne Plaza St Peter’s

Superior First-Class

Modern Hotel in rectangular 5-story building with recessed balconies located near Villa Pamphilli park & Vatican.

Hotel Occidental Aurelia

This former XVII century monastery has been converted into an 84-room charming hotel located in an affluent, stylish area of Rome. The property offers an inviting breakfast room, a restaurant, a fitness room and Free Wi-Fi access throughout.

Florence

Starhotel Michelangelo

Modern 7-story Hotel situated downtown, 2 blocks from the Arco River, 800 meters from Central railway station.

Monte Carlo

Marriott Riviera La Porte de Monaco

Mediterranean and contemporary style in bar, lobby. Nautical style for rooms – Border of Monaco.

Lyon

Mercure Lyon Centre Chateau Perrache

Five-story Art Nouveau Hotel located in the city center of Lyons, near the train station and the Place Bellecourt.

Paris

Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacre Coeur

Located at the foot of Sacré Coeur in the bohemian Montmartre district of Paris. This 305-room hotel is just a few hundred meters from the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret and close to the Haussman-Opéra district’s department stores, bistros and bustling cafés. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel and there is a fitness room. A plentiful breakfast buffet is served in the bright breakfast room and there is also a trendy lounge bar for snacks and drinks with an alluring outdoor terrace.

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