Tour: KM - 2012 (KM) - 2012 / 2014

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Pisa at sunset
Pisa at sunset
The Eiffel Tower in Paris
Buckingham Palace in London
Tower of London on a sunny day
Delightful Tuscan countryside
Visit the Roman Forum, where Roman legions marched in triumph
Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

Once you have booked your vacation, Globus provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions, register for your vacations and provide emergency contact information online.

A Taste of London A unique chance to combine a traditional London pub experience with a relaxed, night-time river cruise, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights. Enjoy a three-course dinner with several local menu choices, including fish and chips and steak and ale pie at an historic London pub in the City of London. Following dinner you will enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your private cruiser. Highlights include Tower Bridge, St. Paul's and the Houses of Parliament, with commentary from your guide as you cruise along the River Thames.

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Afternoon Excursion to Windsor Castle Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. One of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II the castle is still used regularly for ceremonial and state occasions. Visit the magnificent State Apartments furnished with priceless works of art by Holbein, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. See wonderful St.George's Chapel the burial place of ten monarchs including Henry VIII and Charles I.

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Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. During August and September when the Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland, the Palace's state rooms are open to visitors. These are the heart of the Palace, lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection which are used for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. Before entry to the Palace you will visit the Royal Mews, one of the finest working stables still in existence. See the State vehicles, both horse-drawn carriages and cars, used for coronations, royal weddings and State Visits, including the magnificent Gold State Coach which has been used for every coronation since 1821 and was last used for The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002.

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Shownight - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Friday, Saturday) Roald Dahl's deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes. When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it's the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he's always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems. Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life. A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas must be believed to be seen in this spectacular new musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses.

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Shownight - War Horse (Friday, Saturday) War Horse, based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry. South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage 8212 their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. Experience the emotional journey that charges through the battlefields of history straight to hearts of audiences around the world.

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Tower of London and Crown Jewels The Tower of London is one of the most famous historic buildings in the world. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066-1067, it has been guarded by Yeoman Warders (popularly known as the Beefeaters) since the 14th century. It has been a fortress, a royal palace, a prison, a place of execution, and an armory. It is most famously known as the home to the priceless Crown Jewels, including the solid gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Imperial State Crown and Sovereigns Sceptre, the incredible Cullinan diamonds, and the Koh-i-Noor.

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The Bulb Fields and Keukenhof This colorful excursion drives through outstanding flower fields to Keukenhof Park, where you will have time to admire some of the world's most beautiful spring flowers. Garden enthusiasts and nature lovers can celebrate spring when the 79-acre (32-hectare) park will be a feast for the eyes, with a staggering 7 million bulbs in full bloom, flowering shrubs, centuries-old trees, and ornamental lakes with fountains. There are untold opportunities for amateur and professional photographers, and art devotees will also enjoy the pieces around the park by famous Dutch and foreign artists.

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Volendam, Its Windmill and Cheese Farm Visit a Dutch cheese farm and windmill, before enjoying a visit to the quaint fishing village of Volendam, where many inhabitants still wear traditional costumes.

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Mount Pilatus Journey almost 7,000 feet (2,132m)up - via the world's steepestcogwheel railway (with an inclination of 48 degrees), the silent aerial tramway and the panoramic gondola for spectacular views over central Switzerland. The Mount Pilatus mountain range was first inhabited by Celtic herdsmen and later became well-known to travelers worldwide when completion of the Gotthard Route made the area more accessible. The rugged cliffs above Lucerne have been cloaked in myth and legend since the Middle Ages when it was believed that a dragon with healing powers and spirits inhabited the rocky crevices.

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One Hour Cruise on Lake Lucerne Board your private motorboat for an enchanting and relaxing one-hour cruise on glassy Lake Lucerne, also known as the Vierwaldstattersee (Lake of the Four Forest Cantons). Marvel at the spectacular mountain scenery and admire fjords, bays, and rolling meadows.

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Swiss Folklore Party and Dinner Contrary to belief, not all Swiss can yodel or blow the alphorn, but those you will meet at your after-dinner folklore party are real experts. They entertain you with merry melodies on the accordion and traditional dances, while you sample cheese fondue and a drink of your choice.

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Postojna Caves Part of UNESCO's World Heritage, discover the magnificent underground world of these famous caves. During a 90-minute guided tour, ride the electric mini-bus through the amazing corridors and see the impressive limestone formations.

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Mozzarella Party Sample country life at an organic agriturismo farm that has its own orchard and olive press. See how local mozzarella and other regional cheeses are produced, and taste local specialties, including the famous Sorrento wine, or soft drinks.

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Sorrento Dinner Enjoy a 4-course dinner of regional Italian specialties in a renowned restaurant. Drinks are included.

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Sorrento Flavors Enjoy an evening in a traditional restaurant, renowned for its cuisine and excellent service. Wine, soft drinks, and mineral water are included.

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Excursion to Montserrat Drive through picturesque villages to 4,320-foot Montserrat with its impressive Benedictine monastery perched halfway up the mountain. Visit the Royal Basilica, one of Spain's most important pilgrimage sites for hundreds of years due to its famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of the Virgin Morenita (Black Virgin).

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Flamenco Evening with Dinner Experience a traditional Spanish buffet dinner and the excitement of a flamenco show-a genuine Spanish art expressing passion and intensity. A must-see by anyone visiting Spain!

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Excursion to Toledo Admire Castilian landscapes on your way to the beautiful imperial city of Toledo. It is one of the oldest towns in Europe and its genuine Spanish buildings are a showcase of almost all periods of history (Arab, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance, and Baroque styles). Visit the 13th-century gothic cathedral, Church of Santo Tome with its masterpiece by El Greco, the synagogue, and a Damascene steel workshop, a technique that inlays precious metals into steel.

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Panoramic Drive & Dinner Drive through the capital's boulevards, passing beautiful buildings and fountains. Later, dine Spanish style! Tonight is your chance to try many of the dishes that Madrid is renowned for, at one of Madrid's favorite restaurants. Drinks and coffee are included. During this evening, don't miss the opportunity to sip a glass of Sangria, the most traditional and famous Spanish drink prepared with wine, chopped fruit, sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy.

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Monte Carlo by Night and Dinner Enjoy a scenic drive along the Riviera followed by a delicious French dinner, with wine, in Prince Albert's Monte Carlo. On your walking tour of the Old Town, admire the cathedral and the royal palace. Time to gamble at the famous Grand Casino or to relax on a terrace, basking in the elegant atmosphere.

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Panoramic Drive and Provencal Dinner Take in breathtaking views of the French Riviera on your way up through the famous corniche (cliff roads). Then, proceed to delightful Eze, perched on a rock 1,400 feet above sea level, for a tasty dinner in a traditional restaurant.

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Dinner and Show at Moulin Rouge Enjoy an unforgettable evening at the world-renowned Moulin Rouge, home of the French Can Can for more than a century. Dinner with half a bottle of wine is served during the show and a glass of champagne completes your evening in style.

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Excursion to the Louvre Museum Your guide will bring to life the most celebrated treasures of the impressive Louvre Museum, including da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa. Built originally as a royal fortress in the Middle Ages, the Central Arts Museum was opened to the public in 1793. The Louvre holds 35,000 works of art divided into eight categories: paintings, prints & drawings, sculpture, decorative arts, Greek, Etruscan & Roman antiquities, Egyptian antiquities, Near Eastern antiquities, and Islamic art. NOTE: This excursion is not available to groups on Tuesdays, public holidays, and Sundays.

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Excursion to the Palace of Versailles Travel out of Paris to the lavish 17th-century baroque Palace of Versailles, built by the Sun King, Louis XIV, with its magnificent State Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, and Royal Chapel. Your Local Guide will bring its history to life during your visit, then time at leisure to stroll through parts of the elegant 250-acre gardens. Louis XIII originally purchased Versailles and its surrounding land to serve as his hunting lodge. Later, his son, Louis XIV, decided to make it his seat of government, and in 1682, he installed his impressive court and numerous noble visitors in sumptuous surroundings, a symbol of absolute monarchy. NOTE: This excursion is not available on Mondays and public holidays.

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Orientation Drive & Roman Dinner Enjoy an unforgettable drive through some of the "Eternal City's" more exclusive streets. Marvel at the impressive piazzas, fountains, ancient buildings in all their majesty, and much more. This tour will include a 4-course dinner, with wine and soft drinks, at a popular Roman restaurant.

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Roman Highlights Enjoy a guided stroll through the historical center of Rome. Your Tour Director will propose a tailor-made itinerary featuring some of the city's authentic jewels. For instance: Trastevere and its Basilica of Santa Maria, or the baroque district with Campo de' Fiori, the Pantheon, San Luigi dei Francesi, famed Piazza Navona, Via dei Condotti, Piazza del Popolo with its church of Santa Maria del Popolo, and displays of Caravaggio paintings.

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A Venetian Night Out including Transfer Travel by private water taxi along the splendid Grand Canal with its elegant palaces to a fine Venetian restaurant. Taste four mouth-watering courses of local specialties and wine or soft drinks. After dinner there is time to explore and absorb the unique, romantic atmosphere of Venice by night.

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Gondola Serenade Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas. These long, narrow, flat-bottomed boats with a high prow and stern were designed specifically for the Venetian canals and made in unique shipyards called Squero. Black is the obligatory color, due to a law passed to reduce how the rich and noble over-decorated their personal craft. The comb at the front of the gondola is made of iron and serves not only to balance the boat, but is also the symbol of gondolas and Venice. The six comb teeth represent the six Venetian districts-i sestieri.

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Classical Austrian Dinner Enjoy a delicious Austrian dinner with drinks at a typical local restaurant.

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Heurigen Dinner Enjoy dinner with music and wine at one of the Heurigen (wine taverns) in the wine-growing area of the Vienna Woods. A Heuriger is a tavern that serves its own wine from the current harvest year and traditional fare such as Wienerschnitzel and Apfelstrudel.

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Schoenbrunn Palace One of Europe's most impressive baroque palace complexes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and former summer residence of the imperial family, Schonbrunn was originally built in 1642 and later redesigned from the ground up by Empress Maria Theresa. The dazzling residential apartments and state rooms with their original furnishings and decorations, and the impressive park and gardens surrounding the palace, convey an authentic impression of the imperial lifestyle.

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Waltz and Operetta Concert An opera house orchestra and soloists perform famous works by Johann Strauss, Lehar, Mozart, and more in one of the city's elegant concert halls.

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