Continental Introduction (HY) - 2014 / 2015

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14 Day Tour from Paris to Amsterdam


Continental Introduction
Continental Introduction
Continental Introduction

Vacation Overview

As the name suggests this trip from Paris to Amsterdam is paced to give you a quick taste of Europe. Enjoy two-night stays in Paris, Rome, Venice, and Amsterdam and guided sightseeing in all major cities like Paris, Florence, Rome, Venice, and Amsterdam. Start with a special welcome dinner with wine at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, followed by a cruise on the River Seine to get a first impression of the “City of Light”. Continue to Switzerland, and stay overnight in German-speaking Lucerne and Italian-speaking Lugano. In Italy, take pictures of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Florence to try out Tuscan specialties, and admire Michelangelo’s David; visit St. Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and more in Rome, enjoy a private boat cruise and visits to St. Mark’s Basilica and Doges’ Palace with its Bridge of Sighs in Venice, plus stops in Ferrara and Innsbruck, Tyrol. Stay overnight in Munich, and enjoy a visit to the famous Hofbräuhaus, dating back to 1589. Visit medieval Rothenburg, overnight on the Rhine River and cruise past the many castles. Stop in Cologne to admire the cathedral and end in Amsterdam, where a canal cruise is the perfect way to see the 17th-century city. This is a perfect way to see all of Europe in two weeks!

     
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PARIS
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant, followed by a Seine River cruise; guided sightseeing, ascend the Eiffel Tower

LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge

PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower

FLORENCE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square

ROME
Guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and Roman Forum

FERRERA
Walk along Este Castle to the cathedral

VENICE
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration

INNSBRUCK
Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof

MUNICH
Visit Marienplatz and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite the famous Hofbräuhaus; orientation drive including the Olympic Stadium

ROTHENBURG
Walking tour of the walled town

RHINE CRUISE

COLOGNE
Visit the cathedral

AMSTERDAM
Guided sightseeing including Dam Square, canal cruise; visit a major diamond center

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • December 20 Departure–Christmas Eve in Florence, New Year's Eve in Amsterdam


DAY 1Arrive in Paris, France

Welcome to Paris! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite special welcome dinner with wine at Les Vedettes de Paris restaurant, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, followed by a CRUISE on the Seine River for a first impression of this splendid city. (Dinner)

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DAY 2Paris

Morning guided sightseeing features Paris’ main highlights, like the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Champs-Elysées, and more. For a panoramic view, take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER. Choose from our optional excursions: the lavish Palace and Gardens of Versailles, and tonight, dinner and a show at the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret as a proper “Au revoir, Paris.” (Breakfast)

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DAY 3Paris–Lucerne, Switzerland

Drive past Fontainebleau Forest and enter Burgundy. Enjoy views of beautiful castles and vineyards on your way to the Swiss Alps. In picture-book Lucerne, admire Thorwaldsen’s emotional LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France at the time of the French Revolution, then walk through the Old Town and cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 4Lucerne–Lugano

Morning at leisure. Why not climb Mount Pilatus? Later, admire the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard on the way to subtropical Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. To truly appreciate splendid Lake Lugano, an exciting optional boat ride is available, followed by dinner at a traditional “grotto” restaurant. (Breakfast)

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DAY 5Lugano–Pisa, Italy–Florence

Pass the commercial capital of Milan and turn towards the Mediterranean Sea. Arrive in Pisa, and marvel at its amazing Leaning Tower. In nearby Florence, enjoy time to explore the many gold and leather shops on Piazza Santa Croce before joining your Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite special dinner with Tuscan specialties and wine at restaurant Finisterrae. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 6Florence–Rome

Your guided walking tour features a visit to Michelangelo’s celebrated David in the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS. Also admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and visit sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Continue to the “Eternal City.” (Breakfast)

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DAY 7Rome

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)

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DAY 8Rome–Ferrara–Venice

In Ferrara, walk through the impressive Este Castle to the marble cathedral and browse the attractive little shops. Tonight, in Venice, why not try out local specialties at one of the city’s fine restaurants? (Breakfast)

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DAY 9Venice

Enter Venice in style by PRIVATE BOAT. Highlights of your walking tour with a Local Guide are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and its basilica, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Enjoy a GLASSBLOWER demonstration. Afternoon at leisure, you may wish to join an optional gondola serenade. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 10Venice–Innsbruck, Austria–Munich, Germany

Across spectacular Brenner Pass, through the Tyrolean Alps to Innsbruck, where a pleasant stroll through quaint medieval lanes takes you to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Continue to Munich, Germany’s “Secret Capital.” Visit MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls.Highlight is a visit to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite the famous HOFBRÄUHAUS, dating back to 1589. Free time for dinner before going to your hotel. (Breakfast)

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DAY 11Munich–Rothenburg–Rhineland

Marvel at the Olympic Stadium and its 1,000-foot-high Television Tower, before continuing through the Swabian Jura and part of the Romantic Road to picturesque Rothenburg for a walk through this walled town, famous for Christmas ornaments. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 12Rhineland–Cologne–Amsterdam, Holland

Enjoy a romantic RHINE CRUISE past castle-crested hills and terraced vineyards. In Cologne, visit the awesome twin-spired gothic CATHEDRAL before traveling to Amsterdam, capital of Holland. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 13Amsterdam

A Local Guide shows you the 700-year-old city, including Dam Square with the Royal Palace. Highlight is a CANAL CRUISE past patrician mansions and humpback bridges, followed by a visit to a major DIAMOND CENTER. Join an optional excursion that includes a visit to a working windmill and dinner in the pretty fishing village of Volendam—the best way to say “Tot Ziens” to Holland. (Breakfast)

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DAY 14Amsterdam

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Seine River cruise; private boat ride in Venice, Rhine River cruise; canal cruise in Amsterdam



Full buffet breakfast; 6 three-course dinners, including special dinners with wine in Paris and Florence


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.

KEES SCHUELER

Years of Experience: 16 years

Discover Europe with me and enjoy the safety, excitement, value, and fun of an organized European vacation. With many years of experience in tour guiding, I know how to travel smart and hassle-free. I will show you as we skip the lines and get the maximum value out of our time. You will discover more hidden treasures, different cultures, and natural wonders.

Four Ways Globus Eliminates the Hassles

VIP Access
Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.

Perfect Hotels
We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.

Tour Directors
Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.

Transportation
Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride.




UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Continental Introduction:

  • Paris Banks of the Seine
  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  • Vatican City
  • Ferrara, City of the Renaissance
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • 17th Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam