A genuine tour of Europe should include the most popular and exciting cities, the must-see sights, tasty meals, picturesque scenery, and a mix of culture, history, and just plain fun. On this Traditional Grand European tour, you’ll experience all of this and much more. Enjoy two-night stays in Amsterdam, Lucerne, Vienna, Rome, Florence, the French Riviera, and Paris; three nights in London; plus overnights in the Rhineland, Munich, Venice, the Chianti Hills, and Lyon. On guided sightseeing tours, visit the must-see sights—including those that will delight history fans—such as London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, dating to the 17th century; Lucerne’s Chapel Bridge, originally built in the 14th century as part of the city’s fortifications; Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a symbol of Vienna dating back to the 12th century; in Rome St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and much more. Take a Rhine cruise with its scenic countryside, historical castles, and charming villages, and enjoy breathtaking drives along the Italian and French Rivieras. Sit back and relax as you drive through the most attractive parts of Austria to Italy, as well as past the Burgundy vineyards and Fontainebleau Forest in France. Enjoy a leisurely Seine cruise in Paris with fantastic views of the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower, and get a different perspective of Amsterdam as you cruise on its canals.Globus also includes special experiences you won’t find anywhere else. For example, a wine tasting and dinner in Rüdesheim, capital of Riesling wine country, a special dinner in the Chianti Hills, and a farewell dinner in Montmartre, Paris’ renowned art district. All of this and much more—including rides on the high-speed Eurostar train from London to Brussels and from Paris to London—await you on this magnificent European vacation!
Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner in Amsterdam and dinners at local restaurants in Rüdesheim, Florence, and Paris
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 residence, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Visit ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708 Breakfast
Day 3 LONDON–BRUSSELS, BELGIUM–AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND.
Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and transfer by high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels and motorcoach to Amsterdam, where a welcome dinner awaits at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 350 mi / 560 km (B,D) Breakfast Dinner
Day 4 AMSTERDAM.
Your Local Guide introduces you to the fascinating history of the 700-year-old capital during a leisurely CANAL CRUISE. Admire the patrician mansions and the gabled façades; the “Golden Bend,” the most prestigious part of the Herengracht and a monument to the Golden Age; the Stopera, Amsterdam’s proud concert hall; the Hermitage, a branch museum of the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg; and much more. 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, and dinner. (B) Breakfast
Day 5 AMSTERDAM–RÜDESHEIM, GERMANY–RHINELAND.
Via the Dutch region best known as the setting of A Bridge Too Far, enter Germany and the Rhine Valley, where a romantic RHINE CRUISE past castle-crested cliffs, terraced vineyards, and half-timbered towns awaits. A true highlight is [LF] a WINE TASTING at Breuer’s Rüdesheimer Schloss in the capital of the Riesling wine country, followed by dinner with local specialties, before going to your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 304 mi / 490 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 6 RHINELAND–BLACK FOREST–RHINE FALLS, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE.
Stop in the BLACK FOREST, renowned for its cuckoo clocks. Hear about the art of WOODCARVING from a local woodcarver, and enjoy a taste of the traditional fruit wine. On the Swiss border, take photos of the thundering RHINE FALLS, and continue to picturesque Lucerne. This evening, you may wish to sign up for a folklore party, complete with yodeling and alphorn blowing.
Today’s Distance: 286 mi / 460 km Breakfast
Day 7 LUCERNE.
During your walking tour, admire the LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. Cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church. Afterwards, shop for Swiss watches, knives, or chocolate. Why not join an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus? Breakfast Dinner
Day 8 LUCERNE–VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA–MUNICH, GERMANY.
Stop in Vaduz, capital of the pocket-sized Principality of Liechtenstein, before entering Austria for a spectacular drive through the Tyrolean Alps to Innsbruck, capital of Tyrol. Walk through its quaint streets and take pictures of Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. In Munich, visit MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls. You may wish to try a Stein of beer at the Hofbräuhaus, Munich’s most famous beer hall, dating back to 1589.
Today’s Distance: 298 mi / 480 km Breakfast
Day 9 MUNICH–SALZBURG, AUSTRIA–VIENNA
In Salzburg, follow your Local Guide for a pleasant stroll through the historic center. Admire exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, St. Peter’s Monastery, and magnificent RESIDENZ SQUARE, where some scenes of The Sound of Music movie were filmed. See Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse and browse through the downtown market. Next, pass the beautiful Salzkammergut Lake District, and along the Danube Valley to Vienna, proud capital of Austria.
Today’s Distance: 286 mi / 460 km Breakfast
Day 10 VIENNA.
Guided sightseeing features a drive along the Ringstrasse with its magnificent buildings like the Vienna State Opera; and a stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian Imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards, famous HELDENPLATZ, and awesome ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL. Time to savor Sachertorte and watch the jolly crowd in one of Vienna’s famous coffee houses, or choose from our optional excursion possibilities Breakfast
Day 11 VIENNA–VENICE, ITALY.
Journey through the loveliest parts of Austria to Italy and the Adriatic Sea. Arrive in Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from all over the globe. You may wish to join an optional evening featuring a private water-taxi ride along the Grand Canal, followed by a Venetian dinner.
Today’s Distance: 373 mi / 600 km Breakfast
Day 12 VENICE–CHIANTI HILLS.
Enter Venice in style by PRIVATE BOAT to ST. MARK’S SQUARE and admire the byzantine basilica, lavish Doges’ Palace with its Bridge of Sighs, and watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects. Why not join an optional gondola ride? Look forward to a memorable overnight stay in the [LF] breathtaking Chianti Hills, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, and charming stone villages, and enjoy a traditional dinner with local wine.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi / 300 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 13 CHIANTI HILLS–ASSISI–ROME.
Cross the Apennine Mountains to peaceful Assisi. Visit ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humanity, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. Then, continue to Rome, the “Eternal City.”
Today’s Distance: 217 mi / 350 km (B) Breakfast
Day 14 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 a visit to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, enjoy views of other major sites as you drive to the Roman Forum to visit the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore Rome’s famous landmarks for those who wish to see it all Breakfast
Day 15 ROME–FLORENCE.
An easy morning drive to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Meet your Local Guide, and visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center. Stand in awe in front of the magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Later, enjoy a tasty pizza at the Finisterrae restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 211 mi / 340 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 16 AT LEISURE IN FLORENCE.
A full day to explore this fascinating city at your own pace. Choose from a selection of optional excursions to make the most of your stay. (B) Breakfast
Day 17 FLORENCE–PISA–ÈZE, FRANCE–FRENCH RIVIERA
In Pisa, marvel at its legendary Leaning Tower. Next, enjoy spectacular views driving along the Italian and French Rivieras. Leave the highway for the panoramic Moyenne Corniche and visit one of the PERFUME FACTORIES for which the area is famous. This evening, you may choose to try out some French cuisine.
Today’s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km (B) Breakfast
Day 18 FRENCH RIVIERA.
A leisurely day on France’s most popular coast. Optional excursions are available to the picturesque artist village of St. Paul de Vence and to Monte Carlo. (B) Breakfast
Day 19 FRENCH RIVIERA–AVIGNON–LYON.
Stop in Avignon, the medieval residence of several popes and antipopes. Walk through the OLD TOWN, and admire Pont d’Avignon, the bridge of the popular song, and the magnificent Palace of the Popes. Time to browse through the many shops for traditional Provencal products. Arrive in Lyon, capital of the Gauls during Roman times.
Today’s Distance: 311 mi / 500 km (B,D) Breakfast Dinner
Day 20 LYON–PARIS
Drive past the Burgundy vineyards and Fontainebleau Forest to Paris. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and a relaxing SEINE CRUISE with spectacular views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Tonight, dinner and show at the famous Moulin Rouge might just be the ticket!
Today’s Distance: 292 mi / 470 km (B) Breakfast
Day 21 PARIS.
A full day at leisure offers you the possibility to join optional excursions to famous Louvre Museum with the Mona Lisa and magnificent Palace of Versailles. Tonight, further explore Montmartre, Paris’ renowned art district, where [LF] a farewell dinner has been prepared at a local restaurant, a proper way to say au revoir, Paris Breakfast Dinner
Day 22 PARIS–LONDON, ENGLAND.
Board the high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN to London, arriving in the afternoon. Tonight, we recommend our optional Taste of London excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River.
Today’s Distance: 305 mi / 492 km Breakfast
Day 23 LONDON.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.