Continental Introduction (HY)

14 days from Paris to Amsterdam

2020 Tour Details

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. 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 Hofbräuhaus, 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!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

PARIS
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant, followed by [LF] 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
[LF] 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 [LF] the famous Hofbräuhaus; orientation drive including the Olympic Stadium

ROTHENBURG
Walking tour of the walled town

RHINE CRUISE

AMSTERDAM
Guided sightseeing and canal cruise; visit a major diamond center

Headsets throughout the tour

Notes:

NOTES:

  • December 16 Departure–Christmas Eve in Venice including dinner with wine.
  • For operational reasons, slight schedule changes for the Paris program cannot be excluded.

Transportation:

Motorcoach; Seine River cruise; private boat ride in Venice; Rhine River cruise; canal cruise in Amsterdam. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners with wine, including special dinners in Paris and Florence

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

Arrive in Paris, France. Welcome to Paris! At 5.30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine, followed by [LF] a CRUISE on the Seine River for a first impression of this splendid city.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

Paris. 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, Opéra, Champs-Elysées, 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

Paris–Lucerne, Switzerland. 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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

Lucerne–Lugano. 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

Lugano–Pisa, Italy–Florence. 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 [LF] special dinner with Tuscan specialties and wine at Finisterrae restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

Florence–Rome. 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.”
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

Rome. 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 Pietà. 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

Rome–Ferrara–Venice. 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?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

Venice. 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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 10

Venice–Innsbruck, Austria–Munich, Germany. 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 [LF] the famous HOFBRÄUHAUS, dating back to 1589. Free time for dinner before going to your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

Munich–Rothenburg–Rhineland. Marvel at the Olympic Stadium and its 1,000-foot-high 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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 12

Rhineland–Amsterdam, Holland. Admire castle-crested hills and terraced vineyards during a scenic RHINE CRUISE. Then, a comfortable drive brings you to Amsterdam, capital of Holland.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 13

Amsterdam. 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 façades. Also visit a major DIAMOND CENTER. 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14

Amsterdam. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

KEES SCHUELER

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"Discover Europe with me and enjoy the safety, excitement, value, and fun of an organized European vacation. With many years of experience in tour guiding, I know how to travel smart and hassle-free. I will show you as we skip the lines and get the maximum value out of our time. You will discover more hidden treasures, different cultures, and natural wonders."

Tour Director -  KEES SCHUELER

 Accommodations

AMSTERDAM

WESTCORD ART HOTEL AMSTERDAM

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First-Class
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FLORENCE

STARHOTEL TUSCANY

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Superior First-Class
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LUCERNE

AMERON HOTEL FLORA

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First-Class
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LUGANO

NOVOTEL LUGANO PARADISO

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First-Class
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MUNICH

HOLIDAY INN MUNCHEN LEUCHTENBERGRING

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First-Class
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PARIS

MERCURE PARIS MONTMARTRE SACRE COEUR

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First-Class
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RHINELAND

NH BINGEN AT BINGEN AM RHEIN

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Moderate First-Class
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ROME

CROWNE PLAZA ST PETER\'S

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VENICE

NH LAGUNA PALACE

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First-Class
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 Optional Excursions

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