Continental Introduction (HY)

14 Day Tour from Paris to Amsterdam

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Europe—it’s a continent full of different cultures, food specialties, architecture, art, scenery, and histories—and this is the ideal Continental Introduction: experience and see what many of the European countries have to offer. You’ll spend two nights in Paris, Rome, Venice, and Amsterdam and an overnight in Lucerne, Lugano, Florence, Munich, and the Rhineland. On your sightseeing tours, you’ll see examples of the local art and architecture, such as Michelangelo’s David statue and the magnificent cathedral in Florence, Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings in Rome’s Sistine Chapel, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the mansions in Amsterdam. You’ll also learn about the fascinating histories as you visit attractions such as Rome’s Colosseum, completed in the 1st century AD; Lucerne’s Lion Monument, commemorating the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution; the medieval center of Innsbruck; and Rothenburg, a walled town that has preserved its medieval character.

Food and drinks are important elements to local cultures and to any vacation to Europe. That’s why on this European tour, Globus has included some unique opportunities to sample the local food, like a dinner with Tuscan specialties at a local restaurant in Florence and Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) on a beautiful Rhine cruise. A welcome dinner in Paris, followed by a Seine cruise for a first impression of this magnificent city, as well as a visit to Munich’s famous Hofbräuhaus, dating back to 1589, are also included.

Magnificent scenery also awaits you on this tour to Europe. You’ll enjoy spectacular Lake Lugano in Switzerland, the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps, a beautiful Rhine cruise passing by castle-crested hills and terraced vineyards, and more. Scenery, food, historical monuments, distinct art and architecture, and much more—it’s all available on this splendid European vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

PARIS
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Welcome dinner 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 A special dinner at Finisterrae 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
FERRARA
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
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake)
AMSTERDAM
Guided sightseeing and canal cruise; visit a major diamond center
Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • December 17 Departure–Christmas Eve in Venice including dinner with wine.
  • For operational reasons, slight schedule changes for the Paris program cannot be excluded.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • 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
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City

Transportation:

Motorcoach; Seine River cruise; private boat ride in Venice; Rhine River cruise; canal cruise in Amsterdam. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

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

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France

Welcome to Paris! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite special welcome dinner with wine, followed by a CRUISE on the Seine River for a first impression of this splendid city.

Dinner

Day 2 Paris

Morning guided sightseeing features Paris’ main highlights, such as 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

Day 3 Paris–Lucerne, Switzerland

Drive past Fontainebleau Forest and enter Burgundy. Enjoy views of impressive castles and vineyards on your way to the Swiss Alps. In picturesque 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

Day 4 Lucerne–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 cruise is available, followed by dinner at a traditional “grotto” restaurant.

Breakfast

Day 5 Lugano–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 Finisterrae restaurant.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 6 Florence–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

Day 7 Rome

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. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites, like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and more.

Breakfast

Day 8 Rome–Ferrara–Venice

In Ferrara, walk through 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

Day 9 Venice

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

Day 10 Venice–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

Day 11 Munich–Rothenburg–Rhineland

Marvel at the Olympic Stadium and its 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower. Continue 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

Day 12 Rhineland–Amsterdam, Holland

Admire castle-crested hills and terraced vineyards during a romantic RHINE CRUISE Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite while enjoying Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake). Then, a comfortable drive brings you to Amsterdam, capital of Holland.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 13 Amsterdam

See the main sights of the 700-year-old capital with a Local Guide, such as the Royal Palace, Mint Tower, the original Heineken Brewery, the Rijksmuseum, and more. Highlight is a leisurely CANAL CRUISE along the patrician mansions and gabled façades. Also visit a major DIAMOND CENTER. Later, you may wish to join an optional excursion to visit a cheese farm, a clog maker, and a working windmill, followed by dinner in the pretty fishing village of Volendam—the best way to say tot ziens to Holland.

Breakfast

Day 14 Amsterdam

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

 Tour Director

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: 18

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.

 Accommodations

Paris
Lucerne
Lugano
Florence
Rome
Venice
Munich
Rhineland
Amsterdam

Paris

Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel

First-Class

20, Rue Jean Rey
Paris Cedex, France

Free Wifi

Group-oriented 12-story hotel on the Left Bank - Near the Eiffel Tower and Champ-de-Mars train station.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Ice Machine
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Smoking Rooms

Lucerne

Ameron Hotel Flora

First-Class

Seidenhofstrasse 5
Luzern, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Downtown Hotel with restaurant and modern facilities is located near the lake, Old Town, shopping and the railway station.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Free WiFi
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite

Lugano

Novotel Lugano Paradiso

First-Class

Via San Salvatore 11
Lugano, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Late-19th century seasonal hotel with modern comforts and amenities, restaurant, library, gardens and pool; 2km from city center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Fitness Room
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Cable/Satellite

Lugano

De La Paix

First-Class

Via Cattori, 18
Lugano-Paradiso, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Pleasant Hotel situated within 2 minutes' walk of the lake, a 15-minute walk from town center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Voicemail
  • Alarm Clock
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Mini-bar

Florence

AC Firenze by Marriott

Superior First-Class

Via Luciano Bausi, 5
Florence, Italy

Free Wifi

A stylish modern property with 118 guestrooms. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas. Other amenities include a bar, Turkish bath and fitness room. The restaurant serves delicious meals using fresh local produce and the lobby lounge bar offers evening drinks & snacks.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Internet Access
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Voicemail
  • Window Opens

Rome

Crowne Plaza St Peter's

Superior First-Class

Via Aurelia Antica, 415
Rome, Italy

Modern Hotel in rectangular 5-story building with recessed balconies located near Villa Pamphilli park & Vatican.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Elevator
  • Pool
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services
  • Hot Tub
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Desk

Venice

Plaza Mestre

First-Class

Piazzale Stazione, 36
Venice-Mestre, Italy

Free Wifi

Modern hotel located across from Venice Mestre train station near Venice historic city center - Comfortable, well-furnished rooms.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Beauty Salon

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning

Munich

Holiday Inn Munich City Centre

First-Class

Hochstrasse 3
Muenchen, Germany

Multistory Hotel housed within office/apartment & showroom complex in city center near Deutsches Museum.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Voicemail

Rhineland

NH Bingen at Bingen am Rhein

Moderate First-Class

Am Rhein-Nahe Eck
Bingen Am Rhein, Germany

Free Wifi

Contemporary Hotel in 4-story building located downtown, between River Nahe & Rhine.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Hot Tub
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Phone
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls

Amsterdam

Room Mate Aitana

Superior First-Class

Ijdok 6
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Free Wifi

A 284 room designer hotel recently built on the new artificial island in the IJ river and offers free Wi-Fi throughout. The hotel boasts a trendy cosmopolitan restaurant, which serves international food, the lounge bar provides a stylish setting for drinks and there is also a fitness center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access

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