Continental Introduction

Day 1 - Arrive in Paris, France. Welcome to Paris! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a [LF] special welcome dinner with wine, followed by a CRUISE on the Seine River for a first impression of this splendid city. (D)
Day 2 - Paris. Morning guided sightseeing features Paris' main highlights, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Champs-Elysees, and more. For a panoramic view, take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER. Choose from our optional excursions: the lavish Palace and Gardens of Versailles, and tonight, dinner and a show at the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret as a proper au revoir, Paris. (B)
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. (B,D)
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. (B)
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 [LF] special dinner with Tuscan specialties and wine at Finisterrae restaurant. (B,D)
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 the "Eternal City." (B)
Day 7 - 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 Pieta, 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 Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites, like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and more. (B)
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? (B)
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. (B,D)
Day 10 - Venice - Innsbruck, Austria - Munich, Germany. Across spectacular Brenner Pass, 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." Visit MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls. Highlight is a visit to [LF] the famous HOFBRÄUHAUS, dating back to 1589. Free time for dinner before going to your hotel. (B)
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. (B,D)
Day 12 - Rhineland - Amsterdam, Holland. Admire castle-crested hills and terraced vineyards during a romantic RHINE CRUISE [LF] while enjoying Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake). Then, a comfortable drive brings you to Amsterdam, capital of Holland. (B,D)
Day 13 - Amsterdam. See the main sights of the 700-year-old capital with a Local Guide, such as the Royal Palace, Mint Tower, the original Heineken Brewery, the Rijksmuseum, and more. Highlight is a leisurely CANAL CRUISE along the patrician mansions and gabled facades. 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. (B)
Day 14 - Amsterdam. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Continental Introduction
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  Tour Duration    14 Days
  Start City:   Paris
  End City:   Amsterdam
  Price From   USD $2,619.00   See in Cart
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2016-11-05 USD $2,619.00 See in Cart
2016-11-19 USD $2,619.00 See in Cart
2016-12-03 USD $2,619.00 See in Cart
2016-12-17 USD $2,759.00 See in Cart
2017-01-07 USD $3,039.00 See in Cart
2017-02-04 USD $3,039.00 See in Cart
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2017-03-25 USD $3,559.00 See in Cart
2017-04-01 USD $3,559.00 See in Cart
    VALUE SEASON DEPARTURES: SAVE UP TO $1,020

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    Single room supplement:
    $764

    Triple room reduction per person:
    $20

    Extra nights per person in Paris:
    in single room $190-$678, in twin $100-$344, in triple $130-$455

    Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
    in single room $140-$326, in twin $90-$220, in triple $77-$199

    2017 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2016.
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • PARIS
    [LF] Welcome dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a Seine River cruise; guided sightseeing, ascend the Eiffel Tower
    LUCERNE
    Walking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge
    PISA
    Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
    FLORENCE
    [LF] 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, the Colosseum and Roman Forum
    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 [LF] the famous Hofbrauhaus; orientation drive including the Olympic Stadium
    ROTHENBURG
    Walking tour of the walled town
    RHINE CRUISE
    [LF] Enjoy Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake)
    AMSTERDAM
    Guided sightseeing and canal cruise; visit a major diamond center
    Headsets throughout the tour
  • Launch Date
  • 09/15/15 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • Full buffet breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners with wine, including special dinners in Paris and Florence
  • Notes
  • NOTES:
    • December 17 Departure - Christmas Eve in Venice including dinner with wine.
    • For operational reasons, slight schedule changes for the Paris program cannot be excluded.
  • Title
  • Continental Introduction
  • 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.
 
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