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Escape to Europe’s most popular destinations with a guided European vacation during the low season and bypass the tourist crowds and the high-season prices! Rome, Florence, Venice, Lucerne, Paris, and London—these exciting and vibrant cities await you on this thrilling European tour. Guided sightseeing tours will highlight the must-see attractions, including the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum the ancient arena of the Gladiators in Rome; the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, where you will see Michelangelo’s famous David statue; the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, dating back to the 14th century; and a Seine cruise in Paris, where you’ll want your camera ready to capture the magnificent views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower.Other highlights of this European tour include a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Rome, a pasta dinner in Venice, a stop in the city of Lugano with its sparkling lake surrounded by the Alps, and a thrilling ride on the Eurostar train from Paris to London. But that’s not all…throughout this European Escape, Globus has arranged VIP access for you. That means you won’t have to wait in long lines to enter the Vatican Museums in Rome or the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. We work behind the scenes to minimize the lines and wait times, so you can maximize the fun. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the treasures of Europe at a price that screams, “Let’s go!”
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*Book a select 2023 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive $750 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between August 1, 2022 and January 3, 2024 for travel in 2023. 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. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit. Applies to new 2023 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to participating GFOB offices only. PRMW0992 PRMW0992
ROMEWelcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the ColosseumFLORENCEGuided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria SquareVENICEPrivate boat ride; visit St. Mark’s Square; glassblower demonstration; pasta dinner at a local restaurantLUGANOStop in the lakeside townLUCERNEWalking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel BridgePARISGuided sightseeing; enjoy a Seine cruisePARIS-LONDONBy high-speed Eurostar train
Motorcoach; private boat ride in Venice; Seine cruise; Eurostar train Paris-London. Free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Rome and a pasta dinner in Venice
ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
ROME When in Rome ROME Guided sightseeing includes the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum. Free time late afternoon.
BreakfastTOUR HIGHLIGHT LEGENDARY LIVES Stand in awe and wonder amid one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements in the Sistine Chapel. Hear how in 1508, a young Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Julius II to decorate the chapel’s ceiling – a request not welcomed by the 33-year-old sculptor. Michelangelo’s 4-year project was indeed one of physical pain and psychological distress, while painting from scaffolds high above the sanctuary floor. Nevertheless, he created what is considered one of the great masterpieces in history.
ROME–FLORENCE Fine Art in Firenze Scenic drive en route to Florence.FLORENCE Guided walking tour includes the Academy of Fine Arts and Signoria Square. Free time.
Breakfast 193 mi / 310 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT ART & ARCHITECTURE Those lucky enough to visit the Tuscan capital are witness to some of the world’s most magnificent art. Home to a wealth of Rennaissance masterpieces, Florence is famous for Michelangelo’s Marble Masterpiece, David, standing ready for battle in the Academy of Fine Arts. Outside, Piazza del Duomo and Signoria Square offer spectacular sights of Florentine Gothic and Renaissance art, architecture, and monuments.
FLORENCE–VENICE Benvenuti a Venezia VENICE ISLAND Take a private Boat Ride on the canals. Orientation includes St. Mark’s Square and the Bridge of Sighs followed by a glassblower demonstration. This evening dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Dinner 174 mi/ 280 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT HISTORIC SPOT Locals simply call Piazza San Marco “la piazza.” As paired with the smaller Piazzetta, it forms the social, religious, and political hub of Venice, which Napoleon called “the drawing room of Europe.” St. Mark’s Basilica dominates the square, offering visitors a spectacular view of the great arches, marble embellishments, and the Romanesque carvings of its façade. Also gracing the square is Doge’s Palace – a masterpiece of Venetian Gothic architecture. The enclosed Bridge of Sighs, connecting the palace with the prison, is named for the prisoners breathing in their last view of the Rio di Palazzo on their walk to the prison’s interrogation rooms.
VENICE–LUGANO, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE Life on the Lake LUGANO Free time before a scenic drive through the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard tunnel en route to Lucerne.
Breakfast 342 mi / 550 kmFREE TIME TIPSEXPLORE MORE in Lugano to see its mix of Italian and Swiss style and culture reflected in its architecture and cuisine. Standing on the Lake’s northern shore, the city is surrounded by mountain peaks. Lugano’s Piazza della Riforma and pastel palazzos share the ambience of this lovely Swiss city with impressive architecture and bold and innovative street art.
LUCERNE Sweet Sights of Switzerland LUCERNE Walking tour includes the Lion Monument, the Old Town, and Chapel Bridge. Free time this afternoon.
Breakfast DinnerTOUR HIGHLIGHTPICTURE PERFECT Serenity is found in a gaze across the stunning panoramas of the Swiss Alps above the lovely city of Lucerne. Spend time at leisure with a stroll through its magnificent medieval architecture and peaceful alpine lake.
LUCERNE–PARIS, FRANCE Drive through the vineyards of Burgundy with views of beautiful castles and pass the Fontainebleau Forest en route to Paris. PARIS Free time this evening.
Breakfast 423 mi / 680 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT PICTURE PERFECT Glide across the Swiss and French countryside. Pass by Princess- style castles on your way to Paris and get in the mood for the song awaiting in the City of Light.
PARIS C’est Magnifique in the City of Light PARIS Guided sightseeing includes the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and a Seine cruise.
BreakfastTOUR HIGHLIGHT CITY SIGHTS As the song goes, we love Paris in the springtime; we love Paris in the fall - but no matter the season, we fall in love whenever we visit the most romantic city in the world. From the tranquility of the Seine River to the tempting treats in a corner café, you’ll love Paris anytime.
PARIS–LONDON, ENGLAND On the Town in London Board the high-speed Eurostar train to London.LONDON Free time.
Breakfast 305 mi / 492 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT CITY SIGHTS A favorite character in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice noted “London is so diverting; there is so much to entertain!” This is even more true today, from its panoramic views of wide-open spaces and leafy landscapes to its bustling British sense and sensibilities, museums, galleries, and iconic sights. Be enthralled by a dazzling show at one of the West End’s historic theaters, a fabulous bookend to your time in London.
LONDON Safe Travels Until We Meet Again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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