Essential Europe (HF)

9 days from Rome to Paris

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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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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

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

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Transportation:

Motorcoach; private water-taxi in Venice; high-speed Eurostar train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 light lunch; 3 three-course dinners

 Itinerary

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

Day 1

ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALYWelcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

ROME ROME Guided sightseeing includes the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum. Free afternoon.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

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 Breakfast
174 mi / 280 km

Day 4

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 LF dinner at a local restaurant followed by a private water-taxi ride through the Grand Canal.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
174 mi / 280 km

Day 5

VENICE–BELLINZONA, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE BELLINZONA LF 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 Breakfast Lunch Lunch
342 mi / 550 km

Day 6

LUCERNE LUCERNE Walking tour includes the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge. Free time this afternoon and evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

LUCERNE–BASEL–PARIS, FRANCE BASEL High-speed TGV train ride to Paris. Free time this afternoon and evening.
Breakfast Breakfast
404 mi / 650 km

Day 8

PARIS PARIS Free time this morning. Guided sightseeing this afternoon includes orientation drive and Seine River cruise. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

ENHANCE 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.

Day 9

PARIS 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.

CATERINA THIEL

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."

Tour Director -  CATERINA THIEL

CHRIS HEATHERLEY

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."

Tour Director -  CHRIS HEATHERLEY

 Accommodations

ROME

MEDITERRANEO

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

FLORENCE

GRAND HOTEL MEDITERRANEO

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

VENICE

NH LAGUNA PALACE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

LUCERNE

ASTORIA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

PARIS

LES JARDINS DU MARAIS

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



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