Enchanting Europe with Extended Stay in London (HML) - 2014 / 2015

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14 Day Tour from London to London


Enchanting Europe with Extended Stay in London
View of Strasbourg, situated on the banks of the Rhine River
View of Strasbourg, situated on the banks of the Rhine River
The Hundertwasser House Vienna
The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel
Enjoy some time exploring the beautiful Innsbruck
The Lion Monument or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland
Belvedere Palace in Vienna
Lucerne, Switzerland
The Vienna City Hall
Pomp-and-ceremony in London

Vacation Overview

This is the ideal trip for those who prefer an in-depth Western Europe experience. Ride two of Europe’s most famous high-speed trains: the Eurostar train from London to Brussels and the high-speed TGV train from Strasbourg to Paris. Guided sightseeing is included in London, in Sound of Music Salzburg, in Vienna, and in Paris, with included visits to St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, a picture stop at the unusual Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna, the Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, and a ride to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and more. Also stay in Amsterdam, where an included canal cruise is the best way to see the 17th-century capital of Holland; in Koblenz, Germany, with a romantic Rhine Cruise; in Munich, where dinner at the famous Ratskeller restaurant gives you a chance to try out traditional Bavarian fare; in Innsbruck, Tyrol’s capital, where a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Alps is included; in picture-book Lucerne, with time to climb a mountain or attend a folklore party; and in the Black Forest, where you will learn all about the cuckoo clock, and taste the traditional Black Forest Cake. Scenic drives along the Rhine River, past the Salzkammergut Lake District, and through the Alps make this vacation an unforgettable experience. From Paris travel by Eurostar train to London, where you enjoy one night and Host service.

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

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By high-speed Eurostar train

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RHINE CRUISE

MUNICH
Orientation, visit Marienplatz; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner with beer at a local restaurant

SALZBURG
Guided walking tour, visit Mirabell Gardens and St. Peter’s Churchyard

VIENNA
Guided sightseeing, take pictures of the Hundertwasserhaus

INNSBRUCK
Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Tyrolean horse-drawn carriage ride and a drink at a café

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Walking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge

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BLACK FOREST
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Learn about cuckoo clocks, enjoy a traditional dinner with local specialties and Black Forest Cake

STRASBOURG–PARIS
By high-speed TGV train (first-class)

PARIS
Guided sightseeing, ascend the Eiffel Tower

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High-speed Eurostar train

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

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


DAY 1Arrive in London, England

Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Ride the iconic double decker bus in London The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel Marvel at the architecture of the infamous Big Ben in London Pomp-and-ceremony in London 
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DAY 2London

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. Time in the afternoon for independent activities. Optional excursions are available to the Tower of London and to Windsor Castle. Maybe a leisurely cruise on the River Thames? (Breakfast)

Westminster Abbey – the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English monarchs Overlooking The Houses of Parliament along the north bank of the Thames River 
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 3London–Brussels, Belgium–Amsterdam, Holland

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and head for the railway station to board the high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels, Belgium. From here, a comfortable drive will bring you to Amsterdam, Holland’s 700-year-old capital. Tonight is your chance to join the locals during an optional dinner with regional specialties at one of Amsterdam’s lively restaurants, followed by an evening walk through Old Amsterdam. (Breakfast)

Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands View the magnificent Gothic and Baroque architecture on the Grand Place in Brussels Boats along the beautiful canals of Amsterdam Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age 
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DAY 4Amsterdam–Koblenz, Germany

Enjoy a CANAL CRUISE aboard a glass-roofed launch, which is the best way to get a good impression of how Amsterdam was built and how much still remains from the Golden Age. Depart for Koblenz, the German city where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers come together. An optional excursion to impressive Marksburg Castle, with spectacular views of the Rhine River, is available. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Enjoy the lovely canals of Amsterdam Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands 
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DAY 5Koblenz–Munich

Start with a romantic RHINE CRUISE along the most scenic part of the Rhine River past castle-crested cliffs, terraced vineyards, and trim, half-timbered towns. Continue to Munich, capital of Bavaria, and see the Olympic Park and the 1,000-foot-high Television Tower. Also visit MARIENPLATZ with its New and Old Town Halls, where Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special dinner with local specialties, like Frittatensuppe (pancake soup), and beer awaits you at the Ratskeller restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

View Marienplatz in Munich, Germany 
The beautiful Rhine Valley

A Short Wine Guide


"Historically, Germany’s wine has suffered with an “inferiority complex” fueled by the reputation of wine powerhouses France and Italy. And in modern times, they’ve tacked of “how to compete with a Bordeaux or a Chianti” by improving quality, while keep prices reasonable. Finally, German vintners are starting to reap the rewards. The world famous Riesling region, centered on the Rhine and its tributaries and in eastern Germany near Dresden, is the biggest success story to come out of Germany’s 13 wine growing regions. White grapes form 80 percent of the harvest, but reds are on the rise, as well as the general reputation of German wines."
"Munich, Germany

"Munich, Germany's Secret Capital"


"Munich is the only German metropolis that seems to have everything – wealth, beauty, prominence, fame. Some even call it Germany’s “secret capital.” Unlike Berlin, which some dub “architecturally challenged,” Munich bursts with historical buildings reconstructed after the devastation of World War II. Its grand Residenz, the former home of Bavarian kings, dominates the city center, which also boasts the flamboyant, gilded Cuvillié Theater. Nearby, the neo-gothic Neues Rathaus gives a medieval touch to the Marienplatz, the heart of Munich. "
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DAY 6Munich–Salzburg, Austria–Vienna

A scenic drive eastwards following the Bavarian Alps into Austria. Stop in Salzburg, where your Local Guide takes you through the historic center. Admire exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, ST. PETER’S CHURCHYARD, and the monumental Domplatz. See Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse and browse through the downtown market. Next, pass the lovely Salzkammergut Lake District, made famous by the The Sound of Music movie, and along the Danube Valley to Vienna, proud capital of Austria. (Breakfast)

The Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg are considered to be one of the most beautiful Baroque gardens of Europe The beautiful Austrian landscape The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire 
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DAY 7Vienna

Guided sightseeing features the State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, a stop at Hofburg Palace, and a picture stop at the unusual Hundertwasserhaus. To make the most of your stay, choose from our optional excursions to magnificent Schönbrunn Palace or to Grinzing for a taste of Heurigen wine. (Breakfast)

The Hundertwasser House Vienna 
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DAY 8Vienna–Innsbruck

Enter the Tyrolean Alps and arrive in Innsbruck. Take a pleasant stroll through quaint medieval lanes to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF, then enjoy the special highlight of the day: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a spectacular HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDE, including a drink at a local café. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Enjoy some time exploring the beautiful Innsbruck 
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DAY 9Innsbruck–Vaduz, Liechtenstein–Lucerne, Switzerland

Follow the Inn River on the comfortable highway through the Arlberg area, famous for Austria’s ski resorts like Lech and Zürs, to Vaduz, capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Time to buy your stamps or other souvenirs before continuing to picture-book Lucerne in Switzerland. During your walking tour, admire Thorwaldsen’s emotional LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and the ornate patrician houses lining the cobblestone streets of the walled Old Town. Then, cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church. Afterwards, shop for Swiss watches and chocolate. Tonight is your chance to join the Swiss Folklore dinner with yodeling and alphorn blowing. (Breakfast)

The Austrian countryside A church on an Austrian mountaintop The Lion Monument or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland 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 10Lucerne–Rhine Falls–Black Forest, Germany

Exciting optional activities to choose from: climb a mountain by cable car or take a cruise on the fjord-like lake. Then, stop at the thundering Rhine Falls before re-entering Germany into the lush valleys and pine-clad hills of the Black Forest. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy a warm welcome by the Drubba family at the Hofgut Sternen hotel and learn all about the cuckoo clock, for which the area is famous. After dinner, you will have a special dessert: traditional Black Forest Cake. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Black Forest in southwestern Germany 
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DAY 11Black Forest–Strasbourg, France–Paris

Cross the border into the Alsace region and arrive in Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament, where you will board the high-speed TGV TRAIN to Paris. Optional excursions are available to the magnificent Louvre Museum. Tonight, maybe try out local dishes at one of Paris’ fine restaurants, followed by an illumination drive to explore the “City of Light.” (Breakfast)

View of Strasbourg, situated on the banks of the Rhine River 
Louvre

Louvre


Today, a thick pane of bullet-proof security glass keeps artlovers a safe distance from the most famous painting in the world, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, Wife of Francesco Giacondo,” known in French as “La Joconde” and English as the “Mona Lisa.” But back in 1911, it was simply hung on the walls of the Musée du Louvre like any other canvas. That was until a former museum employee named Vincenzo Perrugia strolled into the gallery before opening hours on August 21, noticed the room was empty, took down the Mona Lisa and walked out of the Louvre with it under a painting smock. When the loss was finally noticed, the police were mystified. For two years, the whereabouts of the masterpiece was unknown, while French detectives made various wild guesses. (It had been stolen by the Germans. By anarchists. By evil geniuses. By lunatics.) They actually arrested the country’s top art critic, Guillame Apollinaire, then let him free. Then, out of the blue in 1913, an Italian art dealer in Florence was contacted by a man calling himself “Leonardo” who claimed to have the Mona Lisa and wanted to see it hang in the Uffizi, Italy’s top art museum. Although he found it hard to believe that the thief could be so reckless, the dealer tipped off the police and agreed to meet the strange Leonardo in a Milan hotel room. There, the nondescript fellow opened his suitcase, emptied out his socks and underwear, opened up a false bottom in the case to reveal the Mona Lisa – and was immediately arrested.
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DAY 12Paris

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 up to the second floor of Paris’ most famous landmark: the EIFFEL TOWER. To make the most of your stay, join an optional excursion to the lavish baroque Palace of Versailles, and tonight, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket! (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 13Paris–London, England

You will be transferred by high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN to London, arriving in the afternoon. (Breakfast)

London’s Tower Bridge over the River Thames 
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DAY 14London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

High-speed Eurostar train; motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; canal cruise in Amsterdam; Rhine River cruise; horse-drawn carriage ride in Innsbruck; high-speed first-class TGV train



Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners, including a special dinner in Munich


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

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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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Enchanting Europe with Extended Stay in London:

  • Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
  • Historic Centre of Vienna
  • Paris Banks of the Seine
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  • 17th Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam