Essential Europe (HF)

11 Day Tour from Rome to London

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Rome, Florence, Venice, Lucerne, Paris, and London—these exciting and vibrant cities await you on this thrilling European tour. Guided sightseeing tours will highlight the must-see attractions in each city, including the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome; the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, where you will see Michelangelo's famous David; the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, dating back to the 14th century; the Eiffel Tower in Paris, where you’ll ascend to the second floor for great views of Paris; and St. Paul's Cathedral in London, which held its first service in 1697 and was the marriage site for Lady Diana and Prince Charles.

Other highlights of this European tour include a stop in Bellinzona, Switzerland, where you will ride the elevator to the courtyard of Castelgrande, part of the fortifications dating back to the Middle Ages and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll also enjoy a pizza party in Florence, a pasta dinner in Venice with a private water-taxi ride through the Grand Canal, chocolate pralines from one of Switzerland's most famous chocolate makers, and a thrilling ride on the Eurostar train from Paris to London.

But that’s not all…throughout this European vacation, Globus has arranged VIP access for you. That means that rather than waiting in long lines to see the amazing Colosseum in Rome or to ascend the Eiffel Tower in Paris, we've worked hard behind-the-scenes to minimize the lines and wait times, so you can maximize the fun. It’s a trip of a lifetime!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ROME
Welcome dinner 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 at Finisterrae restaurant
VENICE
Visit St. Mark’s Square; glassblower demonstration; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite pasta dinner at Rossopomodoro restaurant, private water-taxi ride through the Grand Canal
BELLINZONA
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the Castelgrande courtyard and enjoy a light lunch with wine
LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite taste Swiss chocolate pralines
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:

  • 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
  • Vatican City
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • Defensive Wall and Ramparts of the Market-Town of Bellinzona
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City

Transportation:

Motorcoach; private water-taxi in Venice; high-speed Eurostar train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 light lunch with wine in Bellinzona; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including special dinners in Rome, Florence, and Venice

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 Arrive 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

Day 2 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 a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and more.

Breakfast

Day 3 Rome–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 with wine at Finisterrae restaurant.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 4 Florence–Venice

Arrive in Venice, city of romantics, and visit 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 DINNER with wine has been prepared for you at Rossopomodoro restaurant, followed by an exciting ride by PRIVATE WATER-TAXI through the Grand Canal as a proper arrivederci on your last night in Italy.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 5 Venice–Bellinzona, Switzerland–Lucerne

Leave the flat Po area and enter the Swiss Alps. Stop in Bellinzona and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite ride the elevator to the COURTYARD of Castelgrande, part of the fortifications dating back to the Middle Ages, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, enjoy a spectacular panoramic view and a light lunch to try out local specialties and the delicious Merlot wine for which the area is famous. Then, admire the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard on the way to picturesque Lucerne. Why not sign up for a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking?

Breakfast
Lunch

Day 6 Lucerne

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. Of course, you will taste CHOCOLATE PRALINES from Läderach Chocolatier Suisse, one of Switzerland’s most famous chocolate makers. 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

Day 7 Lucerne–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

Day 8 Paris

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 show at the Moulin Rouge may be the best way to say au revoir, Paris.

Breakfast

Day 9 Paris–London, England

Board the high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN for a smooth ride to London, arriving in the afternoon. Why not take in a West End show tonight?

Breakfast

Day 10 London

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, 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 Thames River.

Breakfast

Day 11 London

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.

BRIGITTE MAIER KARALL

Years of Experience: 32

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.

 Accommodations

Rome
Florence
Venice
Lucerne
Paris
London

Rome

Starhotels Michelangelo

Superior First-Class

Via Stazione S.Pietro,14
Roma, Italy

Free Wifi

Modern hotel catering to business and leisure travelers is located a short walk to St Peter's Square; staff is multilingual.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

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

Venice

NH Laguna Palace

First-Class

Viale Ancona 2
Venice-Mestre, Italy

Free Wifi

Modern hotel with conference facilities, moorings for almost 400 boats in adjoining marina; 25 minute shuttle to center of Venice.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa Services
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning

Lucerne

Astoria

First-Class

Pilatusstrasse 29
Lucerne, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Modern Eight-story Hotel located in the center of Lucerne, 3 minutes from train station or lake.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Paris

Les Jardins Du Marais

Superior First-Class

74, Rue Amelot
Paris, France

Free Wifi

In the centre of Paris, with 263 rooms and a tranquil garden, this delightful property is composed of nine 19th-century buildings and has 'small village' charm. Facilities include a restaurant, a bar/lounge, a fitness room and Free Wi-Fi access.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries

London

Hilton London Metropole

Superior First-Class

225 Edgware Road
London, United Kingdom

This contemporary, centrally located 1,054-room hotel is just a few minutes' stroll away from the West End and Oxford Street, London's major shopping area. Hyde Park and Regent Park are nearby, as are art galleries, museums and theaters. Dine on international cuisine at Fiamma Restaurant, savor Asian Fusion favorites and views of London at Minako at the Met on the 23rd floor, or enjoy exciting sports events in the Sports Bar. Discover the latest additions to the hotel, the contemporary EDG Bar & Lounge and the Whisky Lounge, serving an impressive range of whiskies. The hotel also boasts a LivingWell Health Club, a 12.5 meter heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and the beauty salon.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pay Movies
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access

London

Park Plaza Waterloo

Superior First-Class

6 Hercules Road
London, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

London

Grosvenor Victoria Hotel

Superior First-Class

101 Buckingham Palace Road
London, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

Following a multi-million pound refurbishment, The Grosvenor Victoria hotel retains its distinctive Victorian architecture and character, yet offers guests all the comforts of a 21st century luxury hotel. Located within walking distance of many of London's landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, and adjacent to Victoria station for convenient public transport links, the hotel has numerous restaurants, bars and pubs close by.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

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