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Basilicas, boutiques, and bistros. Cathedrals, canals, and cafés. Peaks, pasta, and pastries. This tour of Essential Europe goes beyond the “must-sees” to include the “must-dos,” the “must-discovers,” and the “must-devours.” As you travel and taste your way through Italy, Switzerland, and France, you’ll delightfully take a big bite out of your bucket list. The rolling Tuscan hills, the soaring Swiss Alps, plus mind-boggling mounds of Italian gelato, Swiss chocolate, and French éclairs are all awaiting from Rome to Paris on this delectable tour of Europe’s most popular destinations. Cruising through Europe’s breathtaking scenery, captivating architecture and greatest chapters of history has never been easier as you motor by private water taxi through the Grand Canal of Venice, ride an elevator to the courtyard of a medieval Swiss castle, and board a high-speed train for a scenic journey through the French countryside from Basel to Paris.
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*Book and deposit a 2023 Globus Europe, North or South America vacation (excluding Escapes by Globus) to save 10% per person on the land-only portion of the core tour not including extra night accommodations, intra-vacation air, extensions, taxes, fees, tips or supplements. Booking must be made and under deposit between May 3, 2021 and August 31, 2022 for travel in 2023. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credits and any applicable air credits. Not applicable to custom tours. Promotional discount will apply to Groups of 8 or more who provide their Group Block Deposit within the promotion¿s booking dates and will apply to all individual members of the Group until the due date of the passenger names/non-refundable individual deposits. Applies to new bookings only. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn any time. Available from participating GFOB office only. 23EA
ROME Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and BasilicaFLORENCE Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square; pizza party at Finisterrae restaurantVENICE Private boat ride; visit St. Mark’s Square; glassblower demonstration; pasta party at Rossopomodoro restaurant; private water-taxi ride through the Grand Canal BELLINZONA Visit the Castelgrande courtyard and enjoy a light lunch with wineLUCERNE Walking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge; taste Swiss chocolate pralinesPARIS Guided sightseeing, enjoy a Seine cruisePARIS–LONDON By high-speed Eurostar trainLONDONGuided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral
Motorcoach; private water-taxi in Venice; high-speed Eurostar train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 light lunch; 3 three-course dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALYWelcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
ROME ROME Guided sightseeing includes the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum. Free afternoon.
ROME–FLORENCE FLORENCE Guided sightseeing includes Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, at the Academy of Fine Arts. See Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze Gates of Paradise, and Signoria Square. Free time to browse.
Breakfast 174 mi / 280 km
FLORENCE–VENICE VENICE Private boat ride. Orientation includes St. Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs and a glassblower demonstration. Free time to browse before dinner at a local restaurant followed by a private water-taxi ride through the Grand Canal.
Breakfast Dinner 174 mi / 280 km
VENICE–BELLINZONA, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE BELLINZONA Elevator ride to the Courtyard of Castelgrande and light lunch with local specialties and Merlot wine for which the Ticino area is famous. Scenic drive through the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard en route to Lucerne.
Breakfast Lunch 342 mi / 550 km
LUCERNE LUCERNE Walking tour includes the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge. Free time this afternoon and evening.
LUCERNE–BASEL–PARIS, FRANCE BASEL High-speed TGV train ride to Paris. Free time this afternoon and evening.
Breakfast 404 mi / 650 km
PARIS PARIS Free time this morning. Guided sightseeing this afternoon includes orientation drive and Seine River cruise. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast DinnerENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Paris with an excursion to Versailles. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
PARIS Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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.
Escorting tours for more than 20 years
"Even though I have been directing tours for many years, I am still passionate about sharing my knowledge and love for European culture and history with my guests. Each tour is a personal challenge as I strive to make everybody feel special, and to create a lasting memory of their journey through our continent's colorful and rich diversity, in the hope they return home inspired and stimulated."
Escorting tours for more than 20 years
"After a brief foray into teaching, my love of travel coupled with a keen interest in history and languages drew me to the role of Tour Director. I find it immensely satisfying to see each individual traveler come to his or her own understanding of the European scene, whilst enjoying the camaraderie of the group experience. Don't forget, travel is one of the few things you buy that makes you richer, with new experiences, insights, understandings and fresh perspectives. As members of the tour, not only do we discover the traditions of the countries we travel through, yet also we learn more about ourselves and our common humanity."