Traditional Grand European (HS)

22 days from London to Paris

2019 Tour Details

A European tour…it should include the most popular and exciting cities, the must-see sights, tasty meals, picturesque scenery, and a mix of culture, history, and just plain fun. On this Traditional Grand European tour, you’ll experience all of this and much more. You’ll stay overnight in London, Amsterdam, the Rhineland, Lucerne, Munich, Vienna, Venice, the Chianti Hills, Rome, Florence, the French Riviera, Lyon, and Paris. On guided sightseeing tours, you’ll visit the must-see sights—including those that will delight history fans—such as London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, dating to the 17th century; Lucerne’s Chapel Bridge, originally built in the 14th century as part of the city’s fortifications; Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a symbol of Vienna dating to the 12th century; in Rome, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and much more.

On this comprehensive tour of Europe, you’ll also enjoy spectacular scenery. You’ll take a Rhine cruise with its scenic countryside, historical castles, and charming villages, and you’ll enjoy breathtaking drives along the Italian and French Riviera’s. You’ll sit back and relax as you drive through the most attractive parts of Austria to Italy, as well as past the Burgundy vineyards and Fontainebleau Forest in France. You’ll enjoy a leisurely Seine cruise in Paris with fantastic views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower, and you’ll get a different perspective of Amsterdam as you cruise on its canals. You’ll ride the high-speed Eurostar train from London to Brussels.

Globus includes special experiences you won’t find anywhere else. For example, you’ll enjoy a wine tasting and dinner in Rüdesheim, capital of Riesling wine country, a special dinner in the Chianti Hills, and a farewell dinner in Montmartre, Paris’ renowned art district. All of this and much more await you on this magnificent European vacation!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral

LONDON–BRUSSELS–AMSTERDAM
By high-speed Eurostar train and coach

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

RHINE CRUISE

RÜDESHEIM

[LF] Wine tasting and dinner

BLACK FOREST
Hear about the art of woodcarving

RHINE FALLS

LUCERNE

Walking tour including the Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge;

VADUZ
Visit the capital of Liechtenstein

INNSBRUCK
Walk to the Golden Roof

MUNICH
Orientation drive and a visit to Marienplatz

SALZBURG
Guided walking tour, visit Mirabell Gardens and Residenz Square;

VIENNA
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral

VENICE
Private boat ride; visit St. Mark’s Square; glassblower’s demonstration

CHIANTI HILLS
[LF] Overnight stay;

ASSISI
Visit St. Francis’ Basilica;

ROME
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; dinner at a local restaurant;

PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower

ÈZE
Visit a perfume factory;

AVIGNON
Walk through the Old Town, see the Palace of the Popes;

PARIS
Guided sightseeing, enjoy a Seine cruise; farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Montmartre

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner in Amsterdam and dinners at local restaurants in Rüdesheim, Florence, and Paris

 Itinerary

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

Day 1

ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND. Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2

LONDON. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Visit ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

LONDON–BRUSSELS, BELGIUM–AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND. Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and transfer by high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels and motorcoach to Amsterdam, where a welcome dinner awaits at your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

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, and dinner.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

AMSTERDAM–RÜDESHEIM, GERMANY–RHINELAND. Via the Dutch region best known as the setting of A Bridge Too Far, enter Germany and the Rhine Valley, where a romantic RHINE CRUISE past castle-crested cliffs, terraced vineyards, and half-timbered towns awaits. A true highlight is [LF] a WINE TASTING at Breuer’s Rüdesheimer Schloss in the capital of the Riesling wine country, followed by dinner with local specialties, before going to your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

RHINELAND–BLACK FOREST–RHINE FALLS, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE. Stop in the BLACK FOREST, renowned for its cuckoo clocks. Hear about the art of WOODCARVING from a local woodcarver, and enjoy a taste of the traditional fruit wine. On the Swiss border, take photos of the thundering RHINE FALLS, and continue to picturesque Lucerne. This evening, you may wish to sign up for a folklore party, complete with yodeling and alphorn blowing.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

LUCERNE. During your walking tour, admire the LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. Cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church. Afterwards, shop for Swiss watches, knives, or chocolate. Why not join an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus?
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 8

LUCERNE–VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA–MUNICH, GERMANY. Stop in Vaduz, capital of the pocket-sized Principality of Liechtenstein, before entering Austria for a spectacular drive through the Tyrolean Alps to Innsbruck, capital of Tyrol. Walk through its quaint streets and take pictures of Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF before continuing to Munich. Visit MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls. You may wish to try a Stein of beer at the famous Hofbräuhaus, Munich’s most famous beer hall, dating back to 1589.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

MUNICH–SALZBURG, AUSTRIA–VIENNA. Arrive in Salzburg and follow your Local Guide for a pleasant stroll through the historic center. Admire exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, St. Peter’s Monastery, and magnificent RESIDENZ SQUARE, where some scenes of The Sound of Music movie were filmed. See Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse and browse through the downtown market. Next, pass the lovely Salzkammergut Lake District, also famous from the same movie, and along the Danube Valley to Vienna, proud capital of Austria.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

VIENNA. Guided sightseeing features a drive along the Ringstrasse with its magnificent buildings like the Vienna State Opera; and a stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian Imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards, famous HELDENPLATZ, and awesome ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL. Time to savor Sachertorte and watch the jolly crowd in one of Vienna’s famous coffee houses, or choose from our optional excursion possibilities.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

VIENNA–VENICE, ITALY. Journey across scenic Semmering Pass and through the loveliest parts of Austria to Italy and the Adriatic Sea. Arrive in Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from all over the globe. You may wish to join an optional evening featuring an exciting water-taxi ride along the Grand Canal, followed by a Venetian dinner.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

VENICE–CHIANTI HILLS. Enter Venice in style by PRIVATE BOAT to ST. MARK’S SQUARE and admire the byzantine basilica, lavish Doges’ Palace with its Bridge of Sighs, and watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects. Why not join an optional gondola ride? Look forward to a memorable overnight stay in the [LF] breathtaking Chianti Hills, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, and charming stone villages, and enjoy a traditional dinner with local wine.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 13

CHIANTI HILLS–ASSISI–ROME. Pass through the Apennine Mountains to peaceful Assisi. Visit ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humanity, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. Then, continue to Rome, the “Eternal City.”
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14

ROME. Guided sightseeing starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by a visit to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, enjoy views of other major sites as you drive to the Roman Forum to visit the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites, like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and more.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15

ROME–FLORENCE. An easy morning drive to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Meet your Local Guide, and visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center and stand in awe in front of the magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Later, enjoy a tasty pizza at the Finisterrae restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 16

AT LEISURE IN FLORENCE. Time to explore this fascinating city at your own pace. Later, to further discover Tuscany, an optional excursion to the medieval town of San Gimignano, including dinner, is available.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 17

FLORENCE–PISA–ÈZE, FRANCE–FRENCH RIVIERA. In Pisa, marvel at its amazing Leaning Tower. Next, enjoy spectacular views driving along the Italian and French Rivieras. Leave the highway for the panoramic Moyenne Corniche and visit one of the PERFUME FACTORIES for which the area is famous. This evening, you might choose to sample some French cuisine.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 18

FRENCH RIVIERA. A leisurely day on France’s most popular coast. To make the most of your stay, exciting optional excursions are available to the picturesque artist village of St. Paul de Vence and to Monte Carlo.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 19

FRENCH RIVIERA–AVIGNON–LYON. Stop in Avignon, the medieval residence of several popes and antipopes. Walk through the OLD TOWN, and admire Pont d’Avignon, the bridge of the popular song, and the magnificent Palace of the Popes. Time to browse through the many shops for traditional Provencal products. Arrive in Lyon, capital of the Gauls during Roman times.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 20

LYON–PARIS. Drive past the Burgundy vineyards and Fontainebleau Forest to Paris, the traditional climax of a European vacation. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and a relaxing SEINE CRUISE with spectacular views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Tonight, dinner and show at the famous Moulin Rouge might just be the ticket!
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 21

PARIS. A full day at leisure offers you the possibility to join optional excursions to the famous Louvre Museum with the Mona Lisa and the magnificent Palace of Versailles. Tonight, further explore Montmartre, Paris’ renowned art district, where a farewell dinner has been prepared at a local restaurant, the proper way to say au revoir, Paris.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 22

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.

BRIGITTE MAIER KARALL

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"Traveling is my passion, and I see Europe as my doorstep. I get the opportunity to help you experience different cultures, languages, and various lifestyles on one vacation. My goal is to ensure each person has a unique and personal experience."

Tour Director -  BRIGITTE MAIER KARALL

 Accommodations

AMSTERDAM

RAMADA APOLLO AMSTERDAM CENTRE

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

CHIANTI HILLS

COMPAGNIE DES HOTELS RADDA AT RADDA IN CHIANTI

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

FLORENCE

STARHOTEL TUSCANY

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Superior First-Class
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LONDON

HILTON LONDON METROPOLE

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Superior First-Class
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LUCERNE

GRAND HOTEL EUROPE

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First-Class
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LYON

MERCURE LYON CENTRE CHATEAU PERRACHE

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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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NICE

ASTON LA SCALA

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

PARIS

MERCURE PARIS MONTMARTRE SACRE COEUR

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First-Class
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RHINELAND

NH WIESBADEN

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First-Class
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ROME

CROWNE PLAZA ST PETER\'S

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Superior First-Class
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VENICE

ANTONY MESTRE

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First-Class
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VIENNA

MGALLERY AM KONZERTHAUS

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First-Class
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 Optional Excursions

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