European Sampler with London (HDT)

11 days from Amsterdam to London

2019 Tour Details

As the name implies, this European tour is a sample of some of the major highlights of Europe. You’ll spend two nights in Amsterdam, Lucerne, Paris, and London, and one night each in Heidelberg and Dijon. In Amsterdam, your guided sightseeing is via a canal cruise, the only way to experience Amsterdam! In both Heidelberg and Lucerne, you’ll discover the must-see sights on a walking tour, including Heidelberg’s Old Town and Lucerne’s Bourbaki Panorama, a circular painting dating to 1881 and depicting memorable scenes from the Franco-Prussian War. In Beaune, you’ll have a wine tasting and a visit to the impressive Hôtel Dieu. Your Paris sightseeing includes a Seine cruise, where you’ll be treated to great views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. And in London, during your sightseeing tour, you’ll visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, where Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married.

This European tour also includes majestic scenery, such as a romantic Rhine cruise, a stop at the spectacular Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall, and an exciting ride on the high-speed Eurostar train from Paris to London. Of course, on a European sampler tour you have to taste the food unique to each area, and with Globus, you get the opportunity to do just that! You’ll enjoy dinner and a beer at a charming local restaurant in Heidelberg, and coffee with traditional homemade Black Forest Cake in Germany’s Black Forest. Fascinating sightseeing, spectacular scenery, tasty local food, expert Local Guides, and a Tour Director ready to bring these destinations to life…what more can you ask for in a European vacation?

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

AMSTERDAM
Welcome dinner; canal cruise with Local Guide, visit a major diamond center

RHINE CRUISE

HEIDELBERG
Walking tour of the Old Town, take pictures of the castle; [LF] dinner with beer at Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg

BLACK FOREST
Woodcarving demonstration; enjoy Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and Black Forest Cake)

RHINE FALLS

LUCERNE
Walking tour including [LF] the Bourbaki Panorama, the Lion Monument, and the Chapel Bridge

BEAUNE
[LF] Burgundy wine tasting at the Marché aux Vins wine cellar; visit Hôtel Dieu

VERSAILLES
Guided visit of the Palace and Gardens

PARIS
Guided sightseeing, enjoy a Seine cruise

PARIS-LONDON
By high-speed Eurostar Train

LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul's Cathedral

Transportation:

Motorcoach; canal cruise in Amsterdam; Rhine River cruise; Seine cruise in Paris; high-speed Eurostar train. Free WI-FI available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Heidelberg

 Itinerary

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

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 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 Breakfast

Day 3

AMSTERDAM–HEIDELBERG, GERMANY. Pass the Dutch region near Arnhem, best known as the locale of A Bridge Too Far, and enter Germany. Today’s highlight is a romantic RHINE CRUISE. Sit back, relax and enjoy views of centuries-old castles, cozy towns, and vineyards. Continue to Heidelberg for a pleasant walk through the OLD TOWN to the Marktplatz (market square), from where you can take pictures of the famous red-walled ruins of Heidelberg Castle, followed by [LF] dinner with beer at Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

HEIDELBERG–BLACK FOREST–RHINE FALLS, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE. Enter the lush valleys and pine-clad hills of the BLACK FOREST, famous for cuckoo clocks. Be welcomed by a local woodcarver, and see samples of his work during a WOODCARVING DEMONSTRATION. Then, enjoy Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and the traditional homemade Black Forest Cake). On the Swiss border, take pictures of the thundering RHINE FALLS before continuing to Lucerne. Start your walking tour, with a visit to the impressive BOURBAKI PANORAMA, Edouard Castres’ circular painting dating back to 1881, depicting scenes of the Franco-Prussian War. Also admire Thorwaldsen’s LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. See the ornate patrician houses lining the cobblestone streets of the walled Old Town, and cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 5

AT LEISURE IN LUCERNE. A whole day at leisure in this picturesque town with lots of things to do: shop for Swiss watches, knives, and chocolate and choose from a range of exciting optional excursions to Mount Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne,” a lake cruise, or a folklore dinner party with a chance to yodel or blow an alphorn.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

LUCERNE–BEAUNE, FRANCE–DIJON. Leave the Alps behind you and enter the scenic French countryside on your way to the vineyards of Burgundy. Stop in the picturesque town of Beaune, where a [LF] WINE TASTING awaits at the renowned Marché aux Vins wine cellar. Also visit the HÔTEL DIEU, originally founded in 1443 as a hospital for the poor, before continuing to Dijon for your overnight stay.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

DIJON–VERSAILLES–PARIS. Enjoy views of chateaus on your way to Versailles, where a guided visit of the 17th-century PALACE AND GARDENS has been included. This former hunting château, built by Louis XIII, was transformed into a magnificent palace by the Sun King, Louis XIV, and housed the French kings until the French Revolution. Arrive in Paris, where an optional excursion is available to try out local specialties in one of its lively restaurants, followed by a drive for a first look at the French capital.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

PARIS. Discover the world capital of chic and style with a Local Guide. Admire its major sites: the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, and Champs-Elysées. Enjoy a relaxing SEINE CRUISE with spectacular views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Time to further explore on your own or to join an optional excursion to the impressive Louvre Museum with the Mona Lisa. Tonight, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket!
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

PARIS–LONDON, ENGLAND. Travel by high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN to London, arriving in the afternoon.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

LONDON. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the most famous landmarks and a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708. Optional excursions are available.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

LONDON. 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

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

DIJON

OCEANIA LE JURA

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

HEIDELBERG

NH HEIDELBERG

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LONDON

PARK PLAZA WESTMINSTER BRIDGE

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LUCERNE

ASTORIA

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

PARIS

PARIS MARRIOTT RIVE GAUCHE

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

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