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 on your escorted tour of Continental Europe. 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 Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées in Paris, and the mansions in Amsterdam. You’ll also learn about the fascinating histories as you visit attractions such as Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica; 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. A cruise on the River Seine, a welcome dinner in Paris’ renowned artist area of Montmartre, 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 guided tour!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

PARIS
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Montmartre; guided sightseeing, enjoy a Seine River cruise
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
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
AMSTERDAM
Guided sightseeing and canal cruise; visit a major diamond center

Headsets throughout the tour.

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

  • Paris Banks of the Seine
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  • Ferrara, City of the Renaissance
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • 17th Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam
  • Piazza del Duomo Pisa
  • 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 a special dinner in Florence

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE

Welcome to Paris! At 5:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite for a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant in MONTMARTRE, Paris’ renowned art district with the Sacre Coeur Basilica and the Place du Tertre.

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Day 2 PARIS

In the morning, an optional excursion is available to the lavish Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Guided sightseeing features Paris’ main highlights, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Champs-Elysées, and a SEINE CRUISE with spectacular views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Tonight, you may wish to join the optional dinner and show at the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret as a proper au revoir, Paris.

Breakfast 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.

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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 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.

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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 Rome, the “Eternal City.”

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Day 7 ROME

Guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, drive to the Roman Forum and marvel at the amazing Colosseum, where gladiators once fought. 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.

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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?

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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.

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Day 10 VENICE–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA–MUNICH, GERMANY

Cross spectacular Brenner Pass and head 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,” and visit MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls. Highlight is a visit to the famous Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HOFBRÄUHAUS, dating back to 1589. Free time for dinner before going to your hotel.

Breakfast 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.

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Day 12 RHINELAND–AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

Admire castle-crested hills and terraced vineyards during a scenic RHINE CRUISE. Then, a comfortable drive brings you to Amsterdam, capital of Holland.

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Day 13 AMSTERDAM

See the main sights of the 700-year-old city with a Local Guide during 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.

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Day 14 AMSTERDAM

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast 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

Escorting tours for more than 20 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.

Tour Director - KEES SCHUELER

 Accommodations

Paris
Lucerne
Lugano
Florence
Rome
Venice
Munich
Rhineland
Amsterdam

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Paris
Lugano
Rome
Venice
Amsterdam

Paris

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

Enter the exhilarating Belle Époque world of champagne, fine French cuisine, music, lights, thousands of glittering costumes, and an evening of Moulin Rouge cabaret you will never forget!

Price Range: $$$$

Lugano

Lake Lugano Cruise with Meal

Lake Lugano Cruise with Meal

Embark your private boat for a relaxing cruise on breathtaking Lake Lugano and learn about the local traditions and dishes in a typical Swiss restaurant.

Price Range: $$

Rome

Evening Drive & Roman Dinner

Evening Drive & Roman Dinner

Enjoy an unforgettable drive through the "Eternal City" followed by a delicious dinner at a popular Roman restaurant.

Price Range: $$

Roman Highlights

Roman Highlights

Join your Local Guide for a tailor-made itinerary featuring some of the citys authentic jewels. A life-time experience!

Price Range: $

Venice

Venetian Dinner

Venetian Dinner

The magic of Venice comes to life as you enjoy an unforgettable evening of gourmet specialties at one of the city's most celebrated restaurants.

Price Range: $$

Gondola

Gondola

When in Rome, do as the Romans -- and when in Venice, head right for the gondolas! Hop aboard a traditional gondola for a ride through the magical Venetian canals

Price Range: $

Amsterdam

Volendam, its Windmill, and Cheese Farm

Volendam, its Windmill, and Cheese Farm

Enjoy a visit to the quaint fishing village of Volendam, where many inhabitants still wear traditional costumes.

Price Range: $$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $2,909*
12 guests in a party: $1,440*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for both 2018 and 2019 travel years unless tour will no longer be offered in 2019. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

 Know Before You Go

These Know Before You Go travel tips are designed with you in mind, with helpful hints to help you prepare for and enjoy your escorted vacation. They are your guide to getting ready and contain general information on travel documentation, customs, and the country/countries you will be visiting, including budgeting, transportation, climate, languages, and much more. With Globus, you benefit from our experience.



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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