Europe in Depth with Extended Stay in London (KML) - 2014 / 2015

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32 Day Tour from London to London


Europe in Depth with Extended Stay in London
Pompeii is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy
Pompeii is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy
Visit the world famous Mirabell Gardens
Madrid at dusk
Visit the world famous Roman Forum
Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands
The world’s most poetically-named bridge, Il Ponte dei Sospiri, or the Bridge of Sighs
Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age
Visit Paris’s famed Eiffel Tower
Mark Twains Heidelberg

Vacation Overview

For those who come to Europe once in a lifetime and wish to see the maximum, from London to Vienna to Rome to Madrid and Paris, this is THE vacation to explore the European continent. Visit many of the famous cities and sights in Europe, with two-night stays in London, Lucerne, Vienna, Venice, Sorrento, Rome, Nice, Barcelona, Madrid, and Paris. Then there’s the high-speed Eurostar train ride from London to Brussels; a canal cruise in Amsterdam; a romantic Rhine cruise; the Black Forest; the Rhine Falls; Liechtenstein; Innsbruck; a special dinner at a local farm and a walking tour with a Local Guide in Salzburg; Vienna, to see the unusual Hundertwasserhaus; Zagreb, with a stop in Kumrovec, to visit the Ethnological Museum Staro Selo with an included dinner; an overnight stay in Ljubljana, Slovenia; a private boat transfer in Venice; an overnight in St. Francis’ Assisi; the Leaning Tower of Pisa; the artist town of St. Paul de Vence; Arles; Bilbao with a visit to the Guggenheim Museum; and overnight stays in Biarritz and Bordeaux. From there you’ll take the high-speed TGV train to Paris. Sightseeing in all major cities includes the main sights, as well as highlight features such as the Doges’ Palace in Venice; the Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s in Rome; Signoria Square in Florence; the Prado Museum in Madrid; and a ride up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. More highlights are a scenic drive along the world-renowned Amalfi Coast to Positano where you can taste the local limoncello liqueur, and in Madrid, a traditional paella dinner. You’ll see all the European continental coasts: the English Channel, the North Sea, the Italian and French Rivieras, and the Bay of Biscay. Hardly any travel company has created a vacation that offers so much. From Paris travel by Eurostar train to London, where you enjoy one night and Host service.

     
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Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • In the rare event that the Eurostar train or the TGV train is unavailable, alternative services will be provided.
  • December 14 Departure–Christmas Eve in Venice, New Year’s Eve in Tuscany


DAY 1Arrive in London, England

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

The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel London’s Tower Bridge over the River Thames Ride the iconic double decker bus 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. Visit ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and see the Changing of the Guard, if held. (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."
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

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. A welcome dinner awaits you at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

View the magnificent Gothic and Baroque architecture on the Grand Place in Brussels 
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DAY 4Brussels–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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age Enjoy the lovely canals of Amsterdam Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands 
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DAY 5Amsterdam–Heidelberg, Germany–Rhineland

Pass the locale of A Bridge Too Far on the way to Germany and enjoy this afternoon’s highlight: a romantic RHINE CRUISE along the prettiest part of the Rhine River. Arrive in Heidelberg and take pictures of its castle. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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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."
Mark Twain

Mark Twain's Heidelberg


"“One thinks Heidelberg by day – with its surroundings – is the last possibility of the beautiful; but when he sees Heidelberg by night, a fallen Milky Way, with that glittering railway constellation pinned to the border, he requires time to consider upon the verdict.” Mark Twain wrote this ode to Heidelberg in his humorous travel book, “A Tramp Abroad” (1880). During the three months that Twain spent in the city in 1878, many of his recorded experiences aren’t entirely dissimilar from activities that travelers and residents still enjoy today. He gazed out over the Nektar River; strolled across the Old Bridge; and watched university students dueling in a tavern."
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DAY 6Rhineland–Black Forest–Rhine Falls–Lucerne, Switzerland

Morning stop in the BLACK FOREST, renowned for cuckoo clocks. Hear about the art of WOODCARVING from a local woodcarver, Adolf Herr, and enjoy a taste of the local fruit wine. Next, take pictures of the thundering RHINE FALLS and continue to picture-book Lucerne. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Lucerne, Switzerland The Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland The Black Forest in southwestern Germany Lucerne, Switzerland at night 
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DAY 7Lucerne

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. Choose from our optional activities: climb Mount Pilatus by cable car, take a cruise on the fjord-like lake, or sign up for a folklore party. (Breakfast)

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 8Lucerne–Liechtenstein–Innsbruck, Austria–Salzburg

A short stop in Vaduz, capital of the pocket-sized Principality of Liechtenstein. Next is Innsbruck, Austria’s Olympic resort in the Tyrolean mountains. Walk through the Old Town to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF, and shop for crystal, for which Innsbruck is famous, before continuing to Salzburg, where a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite special dinner with wine awaits you at a traditional FARMHOUSE. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The gorgeous rolling hills of the Austrian countryside View the majestic mountains of the Tyrolean Valley The beautiful Austrian landscape The Austrian countryside 
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DAY 9Salzburg–Vienna

A pleasant stroll with your Local Guide takes you through the historic center. Admire exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, and ST. PETER’S CHURCHYARD. Then, drive past the lovely Salzkammergut Lake District, made famous by the movie The Sound of Music, 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 A church on an Austrian mountaintop Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire 
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DAY 10Vienna

Guided sightseeing features the State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a stop at Hofburg Palace, and admire the unusual Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Hundertwasserhaus. Optional excursions are available to magnificent Schönbrunn Palace or to Grinzing to taste the Heurigen wine. (Breakfast)

View the Romanesque and Gothic architecture of St. Stephen’s Cathedral The Hundertwasser House Vienna 
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DAY 11Vienna–Kumrovec, Croatia–Zagreb

A scenic drive through Carinthia and part of Slovenia brings you to Croatia. Stop in Kumrovec to visit the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Staro Selo ETHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM and have an early dinner with local specialties. Next, continue to Zagreb, proud capital of Croatia. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Croatia is the crossroads between the Pannonian Plain and the Mediterranean Sea 
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DAY 12Zagreb–Ljubljana, Slovenia

Morning guided sightseeing features all important landmarks of the Lower and medieval Upper Town, such as the Parliament, Stone Gate, the Archbishop’s Palace, and a visit to the majestic CATHEDRAL. In the late afternoon, arrive in Ljubljana, the elegant capital of Slovenia. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 13Ljubljana–Venice, Italy

Admire Ljubljana’s medieval castle, the impressive City Hall, and visit the magnificent ST. NICHOLAS’ CATHEDRAL with a Local Guide. Then, leave Slovenia and follow the Adriatic coast to romantic Venice. Tonight is your chance to sample the city’s fine restaurants. (Breakfast)

Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world 
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DAY 14Venice

Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. Highlights of your guided walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and its BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also enjoy a GLASSBLOWER DEMONSTRATION. The afternoon is free to explore the maze of little streets, bridges, and canals on your own or to join exciting optional excursions to enhance your stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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 15Venice–Assisi

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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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Assisi is a town in the province of Perugia, Italy

Assisi


"Saint Francis may be Assisi’s most internationally famous son, the charismatic preacher who has been the subject of numerous bio-pics. But his female counterpart, Saint Clare, evokes almost as much devotion amongst Italians. Her life story reads like a medieval inversion of The Sound of Music: A beautiful young woman born into a wealthy family, she was betrothed at an early age to a dashing local noble and seemed destined for a conventional life of luxury and pleasure. But her future was transformed in 1210, when she saw the handsome young Francis, espousing the sacred virtues of poverty in the streets of Assisi. Clare immediately cut off her long golden hair, took a vow of celibacy, gave away all her fine clothes and began to dress in a simple cassock. She soon founded her own religious order for women, the Poor Sisters of Saint Clare, which demonstrated a devotion to good works that matches the all-male Franciscan order of monks. In fact, she is often known to Catholics as alter Franciscus, another Francis."
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DAY 16Assisi–Amalfi Coast–Sorrento

Follow the Apennine Mountains past Rome to Sorrento and continue along one of Italy’s most beautiful coastlines, the Amalfi coast, to Positano, a picturesque village where you can Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite taste the local LIMONCELLO LIQUEUR. Then, return to Sorrento, where you will stay for the next two nights. (Breakfast)

Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome Saint Peter Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Rome 
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DAY 17Sorrento. Excursion to Capri

Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri. Ride the FUNICULAR to Capri Village for a guided visit of this pretty town. Free time to explore the little shops on the piazzetta before returning to Sorrento. (Breakfast)

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Capri is an island off the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Gulf of Naples

Capri


"Rising like a whale from the ocean, the spectacular island of Capri has held a particular attraction for celebrities trying to “get away from it all” over the centuries. In former times, it lured the writers Goethe, Oscar Wilde and Graham Greene; these days, it attracts American stars like Leonardo di Caprio, Harrison Ford and Mariah Carey. But Capri first became famous in 26 AD, when the Roman Emperor Tiberius “dropped out” here to escape the political in-fighting in Rome. For 16 years, he ruled the Empire from his luxurious cliff-side palace – flashing his orders to the mainland via a lighthouse. Protected by 500 foot cliffs, Capri had only one landing point, and his villa, located on a remote headland offered sweeping 300 degree views of the ocean. B"
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DAY 18Sorrento–Pompeii–Rome

In POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, follow your Local Guide past patrician homes, public baths, and commercial districts strikingly recalling day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of her power. Continue to Rome, the “Eternal City.” (Breakfast)

Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Rome Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome Saint Peter 
Pompeii is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy

Pompeii


"While wandering the superbly-preserved streets of Pompeii keep an eye out for the cauponae or early fast-food restaurants beloved by the ancient Romans. Located on several corners and looking like open-air bars, these one-room establishments were where busy citizens could grab a quick meal and glass of wine on the run. They were identified by colorful signs over their doors (one place excavated in Pompeii had a Phoenix, another, an elephant and pygmy). And like modern coffee bars in Italy today, customers stood at an L-shaped brick counter to order. There were jars full of hot and cold food, as well as amphorae of wine, which they could consume on the spot or take out to a few wooden seats provided on the street or, in some cases, a small back garden."
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DAY 19Rome

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)

Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome Visit the great Colosseum in Rome The Sistine Chapel is world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings The Baroque inspired Spanish Steps connect the Trinita dei Monti church to the square below 
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 20Rome–Florence–Tuscany

In Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance,” enjoy a walking tour with a Local Guide and admire the cathedral, the Baptistry’s “Gate of Paradise,” visit sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and see Ponte Vecchio. Time to shop for leather and gold before continuing to Montecatini, your peaceful Tuscan resort. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Ponte Vecchio at night 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."
Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio


"As the Nazis retreated from Florence during the Second World War, they blew up all of the bridges across the River Arno except one – the Ponte Vecchio. It was evidently saved on Hitler’s personal orders. This was where he had met the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in 1938, cementing the “pact of steel” alliance. The Führer had been so impressed by the elegant “Old Bridge,” which had graced the spot since being built in stone in 1345, that he decided to save it. The German army instead blew up all of the ancient buildings on either side, so that the bridge could not be used by the Allies, but the Ponte Vecchio itself was salvaged for posterity."
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DAY 21Tuscany–Pisa–Nice, France

Marvel at the Leaning Tower in Pisa before continuing on a spectacular drive along the Italian and French Rivieras. Leave the highway in France, and join the Moyenne Corniche. In Eze, visit a PERFUME FACTORY and hear about the history and production of perfume. Continue to your hotel in Nice at the Côte d’Azur. (Breakfast)

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Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa


"It was the most perfect experiment in the history of science. Holding both a cannon ball and a small musket ball, the 30-something Pisa native Galileo Galilei scaled the steps of his city’s famous Leaning Tower, and held them dramatically over the edge. Eight stories below, the town’s most learned scholars and priests were gathered as observers. They watched as the two balls dropped to the ground at the same speed – disproving, with a single stroke, the ancient idea that objects fall at different rates depending on their weight and size. This archaic concept, which had been espoused by the ancient Greek author Aristotle, had been accepted without question for more than 2,000 years, Galileo’s great innovation was to put it to a practical test of observation. Unfortunately, this famous story is probably not true. Galileo never wrote about it himself – it was recounted in a late biography penned by his secretary, Vincenzo Viviani. Most historians now believe that it was Galileo’s imaginative disciples who invented the Leaning Tower tale in order to make the theory so clear that even a child could understand it. "
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DAY 22Nice. Excursion to St. Paul de Vence

This morning, visit the picturesque hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. Enjoy the many art galleries and spectacular views from the ramparts of this town. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore the beach or the Old Town of Nice. Tonight, an optional excursion is available to Monte Carlo. (Breakfast)

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DAY 23Nice–Arles–Barcelona, Spain

In Arles, walk to the impressive Roman Amphitheater and explore the quaint little streets of this pretty town. Continue to the Spanish border and arrive in splendid Barcelona. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The gorgeous shores of Barcelona 
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DAY 24Barcelona

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the spectacular Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi’s masterpiece, and a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. Also visit the GOTHIC QUARTER. Exciting optional excursions are available. (Breakfast)

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DAY 25Barcelona–Madrid

Enjoy rustic Catalonian and Aragonian landscapes on your journey to Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561. (Breakfast)

Madrid The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain Madrid at dusk Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid 
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DAY 26Madrid

Guided sightseeing features the highlights of Madrid and a special visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight,Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a traditional paella dinner with wine awaits you at one of Madrid’s fine restaurants. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Prado Museum features renowned collections of European art dating from the Romanesque through the Impressionistic era Madrid Madrid at dusk The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain 
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DAY 27Madrid–Bilbao–Biarritz, France

Highlight today is a stop in Bilbao to visit the spectacular GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, designed by architect Frank Gehry in 1997. Continue to picturesque Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort, for your overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 28Biarritz, France–Bordeaux

Leave the coast and travel through the Landes region to Bordeaux. Enjoy an orientation tour to get acquainted with this pretty city. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 29Bordeaux–Paris

Travel by high-speed TGV TRAIN to Paris. Afternoon at leisure with the possibility to join an optional excursion to the magnificent Louvre Museum with the Mona Lisa. Tonight, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket! (Breakfast)

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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 30Paris

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the most famous sights and a visit to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER. An optional excursion to the lush Palace and Gardens of Versailles is available. This evening, a special farewell dinner with wine has been prepared for you at restaurant Les Noces de Jeannette, followed by an illumination drive through the “City of Light” as a proper way to say, “Au Revoir, Paris.” (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Eiffel Tower in Paris 
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DAY 31Paris–London, England

Board the high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN to London, arriving in the afternoon. (Breakfast)

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 Ride the iconic double decker bus in London 
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DAY 32London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

High-speed Eurostar train; motorcoach free Wi-Fi; canal cruise in Amsterdam; Rhine River cruise; private boat ride in Venice; jetfoil and funicular in Capri; high-speed TGV train (first-class)



Full buffet breakfast; 15 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner in Brussels, special dinners in Salzburg and Madrid, and a farewell dinner in Paris


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.

BENJAMIN DEHAM

Years of Experience: 14 years

A European tour is very educational and lots of fun. It is always enjoyable to see guests return home with thousands of beautiful pictures and wonderful memories. My greatest satisfaction as a Tour Director has always been that I can let my guests not only see a city, but also feel and experience the absolute magic of a city like Paris. That cannot be found in any guidebook or on the Internet!

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 Europe in Depth with Extended Stay in London:

  • Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
  • Historic Centre of Vienna
  • La Grand-Place, Brussels
  • Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments
  • Bordeaux, Port of the Moon
  • Paris Banks of the Seine
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  • Vatican City
  • Archaeological Site of Pompeii
  • Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • 17th Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam
  • Sagrada Familia Basilica