Full buffet breakfast daily; 8 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Brussels, special dinners in Rüdesheim and in Chianti Hills, and a farewell dinner in Paris
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Arrive in London, England. Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.
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, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Visit ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and see the Changing of the Guard, if held.
London–Brussels, Belgium. Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and board the high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels. Walk to the GRAND’PLACE and admire its baroque guild houses and the gothic Town Hall. You cannot leave Brussels without rubbing the statue of Everard t’ Serclaes, a 14th-century hero, for good luck, and taking pictures of the tiny but world-famous statue of Manneken Pis. Then, [LF] enjoy a beer at a local café. A welcome dinner with wine awaits you at your hotel.
Brussels–Amsterdam, Holland. In Amsterdam, enjoy a CANAL CRUISE, the best way to see the 700-year-old capital, and visit a major DIAMOND CENTER. Later, maybe join an optional excursion to visit a cheese farm, a clog maker, a working windmill, and the pretty fishing village of Volendam at the former Zuiderzee.
Amsterdam–Rüdesheim, Germany–Rhineland. On the way to Germany, pass the Dutch region best known as the locale of A Bridge Too Far. Highlight of the day is a romantic RHINE CRUISE past castle-crested cliffs, terraced vineyards, and half-timbered towns. Stop in Rüdesheim, capital of Riesling wine country, and enjoy a [LF] WINE TASTING at Breuer’s Rüdesheimer Schloss, followed by dinner with local specialties, before going to your hotel.
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, Adolf Herr, 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 with yodeling and alphorn blowing.
Lucerne. During your walking tour, admire the emotional LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church. Afterwards, shop for Swiss watches, knives, or chocolate, and why not join an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus?
Lucerne–Vaduz, Liechtenstein–Innsbruck, Austria–Munich, Germany. A short stop in Vaduz, capital of the pocket-sized Principality of Liechtenstein. Next, 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. Your orientation drive features Munich’s most famous landmarks: the Olympic Stadium and 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower. Also visit MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls and you may wish to try a Stein of beer at the famous Hofbräuhaus, Munich’s most famous beer hall, dating back to 1589.
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.
Vienna. Guided sightseeing features the State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, HELDENPLATZ, a stop at the Hofburg Palace, and a visit to ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL. To make the most of your stay, you may wish to join an optional excursion to magnificent Schönbrunn Palace and later, why not enjoy an optional evening concert at one of Vienna’s famous concert halls?
Vienna–Venice, Italy. Journey across scenic Semmering Pass and through the loveliest parts of Austria to Italy and the Adriatic Sea. Arrive in Venice, the city of romantics. Tonight, consider an optional evening featuring an exciting water-taxi ride along the Grand Canal, followed by dinner, Venetian style.
Venice–Chianti Hills. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT and meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and its BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also included is a GLASSBLOWER DEMONSTRATION. An optional gondola ride is available. Then, enter Tuscany and enjoy [LF] a highlight stay in the Chianti Hills and a special dinner with local wine.
Chianti Hills–Assisi–Rome. 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 the “Eternal City.”
Rome. Globus’ unique guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, drive to the Roman Forum and visit the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites, like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and more.
Rome–Florence–Tuscany. An easy morning drive to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and visit sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Time to shop for leather goods and gold, for which the city is famous, before continuing to the resort town of Montecatini in Tuscany.
Tuscany–Pisa–Èze-French Riviera, France. In Pisa, marvel at its amazing Leaning Tower. Next, enjoy a spectacular drive along the Italian and French Rivieras towards France. 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 want to sample some French cuisine.
At Leisure in Nice. Full day to enjoy France’s most popular coast at your own pace. Exciting optional excursions are available to the picturesque artist village of St. Paul de Vence and to famous Monte Carlo.
Nice–Avignon–Lyon. Stop in Avignon, the medieval residence of several popes and antipopes. Walk through the OLD TOWN, and admire the bridge of the popular song and the magnificent Palace of the Popes. Time to browse through the many shops for traditional Provençal products. Next is Lyon, France’s capital during Roman times. Enjoy an orientation drive through the OLD TOWN, beautifully situated between the Rhône and the Saône Rivers. Catch glimpses of the city’s fortifications, the cathedral on Fourvière Hill, and the MURALES, examples of trompe l’oeil, started by a group of students in the ‘70s with the aim to bring art to ordinary people, not confined to galleries or museums.
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 more. For a bird’s-eye view, take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER. Tonight, dinner and show at the famous Moulin Rouge might be the ticket!
Paris. All day at leisure. Optional excursions are available to the magnificent Palace of Versailles and the famous Louvre Museum with the Mona Lisa. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant, followed by [LF] a CRUISE on the Seine River, the proper way to say au revoir Paris.
Paris. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.