Essential Europe (HF) - 2014 / 2015

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11 Day Tour from Rome to London


Essential Europe
View of St Peters Basilica from the square
View of St Peters Basilica from the square
Lion Monument
Saint Peters Square in Rome
The Sistine Chapel is world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings
Lucerne, Switzerland at night
Visit the ancient Roman Forum
Lucerne, Switzerland
The statue of Laocoön and His Sons can be seen at the Vatican Museums
Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome

Vacation Overview

This is one of our most popular Europe trips. It starts with two nights in Rome, where you will enjoy a special welcome dinner with wine at a lively Roman restaurant, and ends with two nights in London. You will also stop in major cities like Florence, Venice, Lucerne, and Paris. All “must-see” features such as St. Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum in Rome; Michelangelo’s David in Florence, St. Mark’s in Venice, the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and St. Paul’s in London are included, with a Local Guide in each city. Special dining highlights are a pizza party with wine in Florence, and a pasta party in Venice. From Italy cross the border to subtropical Lugano in Switzerland, then drive straight through the Alps via the St. Gotthard and William Tell country to picture-book Lucerne, where you have a relaxing two-night stay. Admire the Lion Monument during your walking tour and receive a Swiss chocolate surprise. Enjoy a two-night-stay in Paris, and visit the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, then, board the Eurostar train for a smooth ride to London. This is a wonderful vacation any time, if you want to see the most popular cities of Europe.

     

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Save $100 per person on select 2014 vacations.*

Receive a $150 per person air credit on select 2014 air-inclusive Europe vacations on United Airlines.*

Save $100 per person on select 2014 vacations.*

*Book a select 2014 Globus, Monograms or Cosmos vacation to receive the $100 per person discount on the land-only portion. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between October 7 and November 11, 2014 for travel at select times. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler discount and current air offer. Applies to new 2014 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Offer may be withdrawn at any time.


  • November 16, 2014

Receive a $150 per person air credit on select 2014 air-inclusive Europe vacations on United Airlines.*

*Book a select 2014 air-inclusive Europe vacation of six nights or more on United Airlines to Europe to receive the $150 per person Vacation Credit on November and December departures. Valid only for Globus and Monograms which are part of the Globus family of brands. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between October 8 and November 11, 2014 for travel November 1 through December 31, 2014. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased in conjunction with an Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and $100 land promos. Applies to new 2014 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit; any subsequent changes and/or revisions to airline reservations at your request after receipt of full land deposit are subject to revision fees and/or airline-imposed change or cancellation fees. These fees are a minimum of $300 and in some instances may be up to 100% of the ticket price. In addition, promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings. However, promotions in effect at the time of the change will apply. Total air price includes all government-imposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking. Air price, air tax and security fees are non-commissionable. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. For the most current airline-imposed baggage fees, please check the following website, www.iflybags.com. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time.


ROME
Welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and Roman Forum

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite pizza party with wine at a local restaurant

VENICE
Private boat ride; visit St. Mark’s Square; glassblower demonstration; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite pasta party with wine at a local restaurant

LUGANO
Visit the subtropical town

LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Swiss chocolate surprise

PARIS
Guided sightseeing, ascend the Eiffel Tower

PARIS–LONDON
By high-speed Eurostar train

LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and see the Changing of the Guard, if held

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • In the rare event that the Eurostar train is unavailable, alternative services will be provided.


DAY 1Arrive in Rome, Italy

Welcome to Rome! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner with pasta and wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (Dinner)

Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome Saint Peter Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Rome 
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DAY 2Rome

Enjoy Globus’ unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits to all highlights of religious and ancient Rome: the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà, the amazing COLOSSEUM, and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. To make the most of your stay, join our optional Roman Highlights excursion, and see the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and the sites and squares of medieval Rome made famous in the movie Angels & Demons. (Breakfast)

St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City The Baroque inspired Spanish Steps connect the Trinita dei Monti church to the square below Visit the great Colosseum in Rome The Sistine Chapel is world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings 
The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum


"Visitors can be a little confused by the Roman Forum; at first glance, it is a rather lifeless array of marble fragments. But we must remember that in ancient times, this space was far more than the temples and monuments whose ruins we can explore today. It was filled with bustling, noisy life as the popular crossroads of the city – the predecessor, in fact, of the modern Italian piazza. Every morning at dawn, average Romans would escape their cramped, dark apartment blocks (called insulae, or “islands”) and spent their days outdoors. "
The statue of Laocoön and His Sons can be seen at the Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums


"In the early 1500s, Rome was full of neglected ruins from the days of the ancient Empire, which still contained artworks buried amongst the rubble. The Renaissance had seen a sudden growth of interest in all things classical, and the popes – cultivated men who were in touch with the intellectual currents of the day – were the richest art collectors in Italy. They began offering substantial cash rewards for any sculptures, until Rome was scoured by freelance treasure hunters on the hunt for pagan masterpieces. The most dramatic discovery occurred in 1506, when a Roman father-and-son team of excavators reported a promising find near the ruined Baths of Titus. The artist Michelangelo himself excitedly hurried over to help with the work, followed by the pope’s official agent, Guiliano da Sangallo. When the excavators brushed away the dirt of 1,000 years, they found an enormous marble sculpture, perfectly intact, of a muscular Trojan hero being attacked by giant snakes. Guilano cried out in amazement, “This is the very Laocoön described by (the ancient Roman author) Pliny!” The sculpture was carted off to the Vatican Museum."
Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain


"Rome is one of the most filmed cities on earth, with its signature set location being the Fontana di Trevi, or Trevi Fountain, a romantic, 85-foot-high baroque masterpiece depicting the god of the sea, Neptune, and his Tritons. Not surprisingly, the best time to visit Fontana di Trevi is late at night, when the crowds have gone, the din of Rome’s traffic has died and floodlights dance magically on the water. In fact, the whole centro storico takes on a calm, timeless aspect after dark, and it is well worth stretching your legs after dinner on your own Fellini-esque promenade."
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DAY 3Rome–Florence

A pleasant drive through the Tuscan hills brings you to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Follow your Local Guide for a visit of 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 check out the enticing shops with Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry on Piazza Santa Croce before joining Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a PIZZA PARTY at Finisterrae restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Admire the detailed craftsmanship of Michelangelos David The Ponte Vecchio at night Florence Visit stunning Florence and the Ponte Vecchio 
La Piazza Della Signoria

La Piazza Della Signoria


"What’s the best vantage point to ponder the most illustrious town square in Florence, the Signoria? An outdoor table in the venerable Caffè Rivoire – preferably over a delicious, if not painfully expensive cioccolata con pane, a dark and mud-thick hot chocolate. Late at night, when the crowds have gone, you can search the long shadows and imagine that very little has changed here since the 1400s. The Signoria is the most elegant sculpture garden in Europe. Masterpieces include the splendid Neptune Fountain by Ammannati, Hercules and Cacus by Bandinelli and a precise copy of Michelangelo’s David, all strategically poised in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. This grand public space has been the centerpiece of Florence since the 15th Century, the golden age when the city was established as the most beautiful in Europe. Eminent merchants in their ostentatious finery met here to discuss business in the midst of Florence’s raucous daily life."
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DAY 4Florence–Venice

Enter Venice in style by PRIVATE BOAT to ST. MARK’S SQUARE. Admire the byzantine basilica, the Clock Tower, lavish Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Then, you may wish to join an optional gondola ride. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A PASTA PARTY with wine has been prepared for you at Rossopomodoro restaurant as a proper “Arrivederci” on your last night in Italy. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world St. Marks Square 
The Bridge of Sighs in Venice

Bridge of Sighs


"The world’s most poetically-named bridge, Il Ponte dei Sospiri, the Bridge of Sighs, was built in 1614 so that prisoners of the Venetian state could be transferred in secret from the Doge’s Palace to the so-called Nuovi Prigioni, or New Prisons. The wistful name was actually conceived by the English poet Lord Byron in the early 1800s that imagined the horror of prisoners taking their last glimpse of Venice before going underground to captivity. "
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DAY 5Venice–Lugano, Switzerland–Lucerne

Leave the flat Po area and enter the Swiss Alps. Stop in the subtropical town of Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Explore Piazza Riforma or stroll along spectacular Lake Lugano. Then, admire the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard on the way to picture-book Lucerne. Why not sign up for a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking? (Breakfast)

Lucerne, Switzerland at night The Lion Monument or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland The Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland Lucerne, Switzerland 
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DAY 6Lucerne

During your walking tour, admire Thorwaldsen’s emotional LION MONUMENT and the ornate patrician houses lining the cobblestone streets of the Old Town. Cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A special Swiss CHOCOLATE SURPRISE at Läderach Chocolaterien, a characteristic chocolate boutique, awaits you for a real “taste” of Switzerland. Shop for Swiss watches or knives, and to make the most of your stay, choose from our optional activities: climb Mount Pilatus by cable car or take a cruise on the fjord-like lake. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The iconic Chapel Bridge in Lucerne is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe 
Lion Monument

Lion Monument


“The Lion of Lucerne” (Lowendenkmal) is a compelling statue in the north section of Old Town dedicated to the 42 members of the Swiss Guard who were assigned to protect Louis the XVI, Maria Antoinette and their family at the Royal Palace. When the Tuileries was stormed on August 10, 1792 by rioting Parisians at the start of the French Revolution, the king ordered the soldiers to lay down their arms. They were subsequently slaughtered by the crowd and the royal family was captured. Louis had made a big mistake. In 1821 Danish sculpture Berthel Thorwaldsen finished the sculpture, a 30-foot likeness of a wounded and dying lion with a broken lance in its heart and his paw resting atop the fleur-de-lys shield of the Bourbon king. The Latin inscription translated “To the bravery and fidelity of the Swiss.”
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DAY 7Lucerne–Paris, France

Say “Auf Wiedersehen” in Basel and cross the border into France. On your way to Paris, drive past the vineyards of Burgundy with views of beautiful castles and past Fontainebleau Forest. An optional excursion is available to try out local specialties in one of Paris’ lively restaurants, followed by a drive through the “City of Light.” (Breakfast)

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DAY 8Paris

Discover the world capital of chic and style with a Local Guide and admire its most famous sights: the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and more. For a bird’s-eye view, take the elevator to the second floor of Paris’ most famous landmark: the EIFFEL TOWER. An optional excursion is available to the lavish baroque Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Tonight, an optional evening out for dinner and a show at the Moulin Rouge may be the best way to say, “Au revoir, Paris.” (Breakfast)

The Arc de Triomphe standing in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle The Eiffel Tower in Paris 
French Fashion

French Fashion


There’s more than one way to conquer the world. The flabby, charismatic “Sun King,” Louis XIV, knew that he could impress the French people with his insanely lavish royal lifestyle, but he also wanted to make his mark on Europe. Throughout his 55 year rule in the 17th Century, he campaigned vigorously to establish Paris as the continent’s capital of style, promoting its gourmet food and wine, haute couture, cutting-edge perfumes, opulent furnishings and exquisite jewelry. Every new innovation required Louis’ personal imprimatur, making him the world’s first fashion dictator. Author Joan DeJean claimed in “The Essence of Style” that Louis’ devotion to elegance has shaped the culture of indulgence today – “Without the Sun King’s program for defining France as the land of luxury in glamour, there would never have been a Stork Club, a Bergdorf Goodman, a Chez Panisse or a Christophe of Beverly Hills.”
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DAY 9Paris–London, England

Board the high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN for a smooth ride to London, arriving in the afternoon. Meet your Local Host, who will assist you during your stay in London. Why not take in a West End show tonight? (Breakfast)

The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel Pomp-and-ceremony in London Ride the iconic double decker bus in London Marvel at the architecture of the infamous Big Ben in London 
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DAY 10London

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and more. Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. Afternoon at leisure. Optional excursions are available to the Tower of London or to Windsor Castle, and later, maybe enjoy dinner, followed by a cruise on the River Thames. (Breakfast)

Overlooking The Houses of Parliament along the north bank of the Thames River Westminster Abbey – the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English monarchs 
Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard


"Changing the Guard dates to Henry VII (reigned 1485-1509) and was designed to show military discipline as well as ceremony. The tall bearskin hats were introduced in the 18th century to make the soldiers look taller and thus more frightening, and they were adopted for ceremonial use in 1832. The ceremony we know today started in the late 1800s and involves real soldiers who fulfill all military duties, guarding the Queen being just part of their service."
Tower of London

Tower of London


"Since its founding in the 11th century, the Tower of London has served many roles: impregnable fortress, royal residence, armory, treasury, home of the famed Crown Jewels, and a prison for those who offended the monarchy. To this day it is guarded by the “Beefeaters,” a name that likely originates from when Tower guards were paid part of their salary with chunks of beef, a practice that continued until the 1800s."
Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament


"Big Ben may be the most famous feature of the Houses of Parliament, but equally impressive is the hammerbeam ceiling of Westminster Hall. The Hall dates back to 1097 and, at that time, the roof was supported by pillars. During the reign of King Richard II (14th century), however, it was replaced by the hammerbeam roof seen today. This roof – its beauty and sustainability – is even more impressive when you know its history. It was built with beams made from trees that were ancient at the time, reputedly acorns, dating back to the 6th century (or earlier). If only these walls (beams, rather) could talk!"
Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace


"Amid the splendor of modern cities it’s hard to imagine what places looked like before they became what we know today. In a previous incarnation, the ground where Buckingham Palace now stands was a mulberry garden cultivated by King James I as food for silkworms. The silk industry he hoped to nurture never materialized, and eventually a roadhouse was built there, followed in due course by the Blake House, Goring House and Arlington House.Originally known as the Buckingham House, built as a townhouse by the Duke of Buckingham in 1709, the estate was acquired by King George III in 1762."
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DAY 11London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; private boat ride in Venice; high-speed Eurostar train



Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners, including special dinners in Rome, Florence, and Venice


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.

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Years of Experience: 30 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.

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View Offers

Save $100 per person on select 2014 vacations.*

Receive a $150 per person air credit on select 2014 air-inclusive Europe vacations on United Airlines.*

Save $100 per person on select 2014 vacations.*

*Book a select 2014 Globus, Monograms or Cosmos vacation to receive the $100 per person discount on the land-only portion. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between October 7 and November 11, 2014 for travel at select times. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler discount and current air offer. Applies to new 2014 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Offer may be withdrawn at any time.


  • November 16, 2014

Receive a $150 per person air credit on select 2014 air-inclusive Europe vacations on United Airlines.*

*Book a select 2014 air-inclusive Europe vacation of six nights or more on United Airlines to Europe to receive the $150 per person Vacation Credit on November and December departures. Valid only for Globus and Monograms which are part of the Globus family of brands. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between October 8 and November 11, 2014 for travel November 1 through December 31, 2014. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased in conjunction with an Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and $100 land promos. Applies to new 2014 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit; any subsequent changes and/or revisions to airline reservations at your request after receipt of full land deposit are subject to revision fees and/or airline-imposed change or cancellation fees. These fees are a minimum of $300 and in some instances may be up to 100% of the ticket price. In addition, promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings. However, promotions in effect at the time of the change will apply. Total air price includes all government-imposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking. Air price, air tax and security fees are non-commissionable. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. For the most current airline-imposed baggage fees, please check the following website, www.iflybags.com. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time.




UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Essential Europe:

  • Paris Banks of the Seine
  • Vatican City
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome
  • Venice and its Lagoon