European Sampler (HD)

9 Day Tour from London to Paris

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As the name implies, this European tour is a sample of some of the major highlights of Europe. You’ll spend two nights in London, Lucerne, and Paris, as well as a night each in Amsterdam and Heidelberg. On your sightseeing tour in London, you’ll visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, where Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married, and see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, if held. In Amsterdam, your sightseeing is via a canal cruise, the only way to experience Amsterdam! In both Heidelberg and Lucerne, you’ll discover the must-see sights on a walking tour, including Heidelberg’s Old Town and Lucerne’s Bourbaki Panorama, a circular painting dating to 1881 and depicting a memorable event from the Franco-Prussian War. Your Paris sightseeing includes an elevator ride to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, where you’ll be treated to great views of the city.

This European tour also includes majestic scenery, such as a romantic Rhine cruise, a stop at spectacular Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall, and an exciting ride on the high-speed Eurostar train. Of course, on a European sampler tour you have to taste the food unique to each area, and with Globus, you get the special opportunity to do just that! You’ll enjoy dinner and a beer at a charming local restaurant in Heidelberg, coffee and traditional homemade Black Forest Cake in Germany’s Black Forest, and chocolate pralines from one of Switzerland’s most famous chocolate makers.

Fascinating sightseeing, spectacular scenery, tasty local food, expert Local Guides, and a Tour Director ready to bring these destinations to life…what more can you ask for in a European vacation?
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and see the Changing of the Guard, if held
LONDON–BRUSSELS
By high-speed Eurostar train
AMSTERDAM
Canal cruise
RHINE CRUISE
HEIDELBERG
Walking tour of the Old Town, take pictures of the castle; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner with beer at Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg
BLACK FOREST
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Woodcarving demonstration; enjoy Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and Black Forest Cake)
RHINE FALLS
LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Bourbaki Panorama, the Lion Monument, and the Chapel Bridge; taste Swiss chocolate pralines
PARIS
Guided sightseeing, ascend the Eiffel Tower
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
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  • 17th Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam

Transportation:

High-speed Eurostar train; motorcoach; canal cruise in Amsterdam; Rhine River cruise. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 three-course dinners with wine, including a special dinner in Heidelberg

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 Arrive in London, England

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

Day 2 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, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Visit magnificent ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and see the Changing of the Guard, if held. Optional excursions are available to the Tower of London or to Windsor Castle and maybe later, enjoy dinner, followed by a Thames cruise.

Breakfast

Day 3 London–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. 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. Why not join an optional Dutch dinner with local specialties, followed by a walk through Old Amsterdam?

Breakfast

Day 4 Amsterdam–Heidelberg, Germany

Pass the Dutch region near Arnhem, best known as the locale of A Bridge Too Far, and enter Germany. Today’s highlight is a romantic RHINE CRUISE along the most scenic part of the river with its centuries-old castles. Continue to Heidelberg for a pleasant walk through the OLD TOWN to the Marktplatz (market square), from where you can take pictures of the famous red-walled ruins of Heidelberg Castle, and enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner with beer at Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg restaurant.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 5 Heidelberg–Black Forest–Rhine Falls, Switzerland–Lucerne

Enter the lush valleys and pine-clad hills of the BLACK FOREST, famous for cuckoo clocks, where another highlight awaits you: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite be welcomed by a local woodcarver, Adolf Herr, watch a WOODCARVING DEMONSTRATION, and see samples of his work. Then, enjoy Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and the traditional homemade Black Forest Cake). On the Swiss border, stop at thundering RHINE FALLS before continuing to picturesque Lucerne.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 6 Lucerne

During your walking tour, visit Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite the impressive BOURBAKI PANORAMA, Edouard Castres’ circular painting dating back to 1881, depicting scenes of the Franco-Prussian War. Also 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. 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. Balance of the day is at leisure. You can shop for Swiss watches and choose from our optional activities: climb Mount Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne,” by cable car, or take a cruise on the fjord-like lake. Tonight is your chance to yodel or blow an alphorn during an optional folklore dinner party for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking.

Breakfast

Day 7 Lucerne–Paris, France

Say Auf Wiedersehen in Basel and cross the border into France. Drive past the vineyards of the Burgundy wine region, with views of beautiful castles and Fontainebleau Forest. Arrive in Paris, where 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. Time to further explore Paris on your own or to join an optional excursion to the lavish baroque Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Tonight, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket!

Breakfast

Day 9 Paris

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

London
Amsterdam
Heidelberg
Lucerne
Paris

London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Superior First-Class

200 Westminster Bridge
London, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

This contemporary hotel is located within minutes of London's famous landmarks in the heart of city. Dining options include Brasserie Joël, Ichi Sushi & Sashimi, 1WB Lounge & Patisserie and Primo Bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre with 15-metre pool and Mandara Spa. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guest throughout the hotel.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Amsterdam

Crowne Plaza City Centre

Superior First-Class

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5
Amsterdam, Netherlands

This is a modern, superior standard hotel with 270 rooms in the historic heart of Amsterdam. Elegant, air-conditioned guestrooms have a private bath, direct-dial telephone, minibar, coffee/tea maker, satellite TV, hairdryer, and trouser press. The hotel has a pool, saunas, solariums, a fitness room, a restaurant, a coffee shop, and a Dutch pub.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Heidelberg

NH Heidelberg

First-Class

Bergheimer Strasse 91
Heidelberg, Germany

Free Wifi

NH Heidelberg is located in the center of Heidelberg, perfect for getting to know one of Germany's most lovely and romantic cities and the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. Heidelberg is famous for its science and research activities, history, high-profile companies, and elite universities.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

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

Paris Marriott Rive Gauche

Superior First-Class

17, Blvd St.Jacques
Paris, France

Free Wifi

Located on the Left Bank near the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Pres - Rooms feature contemporary decor.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

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