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Continental Introduction (HY)

14 Day Tour from Paris to Amsterdam

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Europe—a continent rich with different cultures, gastronomic specialties, architecture, art, scenery, and history—and this is the ideal Continental Introduction: experience and see what Europe has to offer. Spend two nights in Paris, Rome, Venice, and Amsterdam plus overnights in Lucerne, Lugano, Florence, Munich, and the Rhineland. On the included sightseeing tours, 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 patrician mansions in Amsterdam. Learn about the fascinating histories of the attractions you visit 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, and is famous for Christmas ornaments.

Food and drink are important elements to local cultures and to any European vacation. That’s why on this tour, Globus has included some unique opportunities to sample the local flavors, like a welcome dinner at one of Paris’ fine restaurants, a dinner with Tuscan specialties at a local restaurant in Florence and an aperitif at the famous Caffé Florian on St. Mark’s Square in Venice. A cruise on the River Seine, as well as a visit to Munich’s famous Hofbräuhaus, dating back to 1589, are also included.

Magnificent scenery awaits you on this tour through Europe. 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
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant and orientation drive; guided sightseeing including 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 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, and the Colosseum
FERRARA
Walk through 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; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite aperitif at Caffé Florian
INNSBRUCK
Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof
MUNICH
Orientation, visit Marienplatz and the famous Hofbräuhaus
ROTHENBURG
Walking tour of the walled town
RHINE CRUISE
AMSTERDAM
Canal cruise with Local Guide; visit a major diamond center

Headsets throughout the tour.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

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

  • 17th Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam
  • Ferrara ( City of the Renaissance)
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City
  • Paris Banks of the Seine
  • Piazza del Duomo Pisa
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  • Venice and its Lagoon

Transportation:

Motorcoach; Seine River cruise in Paris; private boat ride in Venice; Rhine River cruise; canal cruise in Amsterdam.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners), including dinners at a local restaurant in Paris and 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 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, followed by an orientation drive for a first impression of this magnificent city.

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Day 2 PARIS

In the morning, an optional excursion is available to the lavish Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Later, guided sightseeing features Paris’ main highlights, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Champs-Elysées, and a relaxing SEINE CRUISE with spectacular views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Tonight, why not join an optional dinner and show at the famous Moulin Rouge?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 PARIS–LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND

Enjoy a scenic drive past Fontainebleau Forest and into Burgundy, on your way to the Swiss Alps. In picturesque Lucerne, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk and admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. Walk along ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church.
Today’s Distance: 404 mi / 650 km

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Day 4 LUCERNE–LUGANO

Morning at leisure. Take advantage of an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus. Later, admire the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard on the way to Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. To truly appreciate splendid Lake Lugano, sign up for an optional boat cruise, followed by dinner.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km

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 legendary Leaning Tower. In nearby Florence, there is time to explore the many gold and leather shops on Piazza Santa Croce before joining Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner with Tuscan specialties and wine at Finisterrae restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 323 mi / 520 km

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Day 6 FLORENCE–ROME

Meet your Local Guide, and visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center and admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Continue to Rome, the “Eternal City.”
Today’s Distance: 193 mi / 310 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 ROME

Guided sightseeing starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, visit 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 Rome’s famous landmarks.

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Day 8 ROME–FERRARA–VENICE

In Ferrara, walk through impressive Este Castle to the marble cathedral and browse among the attractive little shops. Tonight, in Venice, why not try out local specialties at one of the city’s fine restaurants?
Today’s Distance: 342 mi / 550 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 VENICE

Enjoy a PRIVATE BOAT RIDE and a walking tour with a Local Guide to visit ST. MARK’S SQUARE, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the famous BRIDGE OF SIGHS, followed by a traditional GLASSBLOWER DEMONSTRATION. Afternoon at leisure. An optional gondola serenade is available and later, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite an aperitif at the famous CAFFÉ FLORIAN awaits.

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Day 10 VENICE–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA–MUNICH, GERMANY

Cross the spectacular Brenner Pass into the Tyrolean Alps. In Innsbruck, a pleasant stroll through quaint medieval lanes takes you to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Continue to Munich, and visit MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls, and the famous HOFBRÄUHAUS, dating back to 1589. Free time for dinner before going to your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 367 mi / 590 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 MUNICH–ROTHENBURG–RHINELAND

Enter the Swabian Jura with its lush hills and arrive in picturesque Rothenburg for a walk through this walled town. Time to join the locals at one of the many restaurants and to shop for Christmas ornaments, for which the town is famous.
Today’s Distance: 311 mi / 500 km

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Day 12 RHINELAND–AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

Admire castle-crested hills and terraced vineyards during a scenic and relaxing RHINE CRUISE, followed by a drive to Amsterdam.
Today’s Distance: 261 mi / 420 km

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Day 13 AMSTERDAM

Meet your Local Guide and hear about the fascinating history of the 700-year-old capital during a leisurely CANAL CRUISE past patrician mansions and gabled façades. Also visit a major DIAMOND CENTER. For those who wish to experience Dutch life in the countryside, an optional excursion is available to picture-book Volendam, a fishing village at the former Zuiderzee, including visits to a working windmill, a clogmaker, a cheese farm, plus dinner.

Breakfast Breakfast

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. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are 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

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

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). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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


Paris
Lugano
Lucerne
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 for dinner.

Price Range: $$$

Lucerne

Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus

Grab your camera and prepare for indescribable panoramic views on this thrilling ascent up Mount Pilatus.

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 city's authentic jewels. A lifetime 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: $3,359*
18 guests in a party: $779*

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 (CA) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2019 travel year. 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

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* The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per person based on twin occupancy and any applicable port charges, non-commissionable taxes and fees and intra-vacation flight are included in the price shown. Any included overnight stay in Canada, applicable GST/HST is also included in the price shown. International airfare, however, is not included. If price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s). Please review current promotions or deals for additional information.