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Must be a Journeys Club member at the time of booking to receive 5% discount on the land-only portion of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms, or Avalon Waterways core tour, package, or cruise, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips, and supplements. Must have traveled within the last five years of your booking date to receive discount. Journeys Club discount is not available retroactively. Applies to new 2015 and 2016 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
Reduction varies by vacation and may not available on all packages. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
This is one of our most popular Europe trips. It starts with two nights in Rome, where you will enjoy a special welcome dinner with wine at a lively Roman restaurant, and ends with two nights in London. You will also stop in major cities like Florence, Venice, Lucerne, and Paris. All “must-see” features such as St. Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum in Rome; Michelangelo’s David in Florence, St. Mark’s in Venice, the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and St. Paul’s in London are included, with a Local Guide in each city. Special dining highlights are a pizza party with wine in Florence, and a pasta party in Venice. From Italy cross the border to subtropical Lugano in Switzerland, then drive straight through the Alps via the St. Gotthard and William Tell country to picture-book Lucerne, where you have a relaxing two-night stay. Admire the Lion Monument during your walking tour and receive a Swiss chocolate surprise. Enjoy a two-night-stay in Paris, and visit the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, then, board the Eurostar train for a smooth ride to London. This is a wonderful vacation any time, if you want to see the most popular cities of Europe.
Day 1: Arrive in Rome, Italy.
Welcome to Rome! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner with pasta and wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (D)
Day 2: 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 Pietà, the amazing COLOSSEUM, and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. To make the most of your stay, join our optional Roman Highlights excursion, and see the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and the sites and squares of medieval Rome made famous in the movie Angels & Demons. (B)
Day 3: Rome–Florence.
A pleasant drive through the Tuscan hills brings you to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Follow your Local Guide for a visit of the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and visit sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Time to check out the enticing shops with Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry on Piazza Santa Croce before joining [LF] a PIZZA PARTY at Finisterrae restaurant. (B,D)
Day 4: Florence–Venice.
Enter Venice in style by PRIVATE BOAT to ST. MARK’S SQUARE. Admire the byzantine basilica, the Clock Tower, lavish Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Then, you may wish to join an optional gondola ride. [LF] A PASTA PARTY with wine has been prepared for you at Rossopomodoro restaurant as a proper “Arrivederci” on your last night in Italy. (B,D)
Day 5: Venice–Lugano, Switzerland–Lucerne.
Leave the flat Po area and enter the Swiss Alps. Stop in the subtropical town of Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Explore Piazza Riforma or stroll along spectacular Lake Lugano. Then, admire the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard on the way to picture-book Lucerne. Why not sign up for a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking? (B)
Day 6: Lucerne.
During your walking tour, admire Thorwaldsen’s emotional LION MONUMENT and the ornate patrician houses lining the cobblestone streets of the Old Town. Cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church. [LF] A special Swiss CHOCOLATE SURPRISE at Läderach Chocolaterien, a characteristic chocolate boutique, awaits you for a real “taste” of Switzerland. Shop for Swiss watches or knives, and to make the most of your stay, choose from our optional activities: climb Mount Pilatus by cable car or take a cruise on the fjord-like lake. (B,D)
Day 7: Lucerne–Paris, France.
Say “Auf Wiedersehen” in Basel and cross the border into France. On your way to Paris, drive past the vineyards of Burgundy with views of beautiful castles and past Fontainebleau Forest. 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.” (B)
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. An optional excursion is available to the lavish baroque Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Tonight, an optional evening out for dinner and a show at the Moulin Rouge may be the best way to say, “Au revoir, Paris.” (B)
Day 9: Paris–London, England.
Board the high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN for a smooth ride to London, arriving in the afternoon. Meet your Local Host, who will assist you during your stay in London. Why not take in a West End show tonight? (B)
Day 10: London.
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and more. Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. Afternoon at leisure. Optional excursions are available to the Tower of London or to Windsor Castle, and later, maybe enjoy dinner, followed by a cruise on the River Thames. (B)
Day 11: London
. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
Triple room reduction per person:
Extra nights per person in Rome:
in single room $208, in twin $150, in triple $128
Extra nights per person in London:
January-April & November-April, 2015: in single room $188, in twin $105, in triple $98
May-October: in single room $275, in twin $167, in triple $161
2015 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2014.
The tour was great. The local guides were above average-only one in Rome was just average. Our tour director was beyond great-she was AWESOME! Thank you.
Our tour director was the best! She made sure all our needs were taken cared of. She is a walking encyclopedia of facts, history and trivia about the places we visited. Our bus driver was great too! Driving skills kept us safe to arrive at every destination in one piece. Most of the hotel accommodations were great. Breakfast buffet and all included dinners and lunch were superb. It would be great if some of the optional excursions were included in the guided tours.
We felt like the quality was all we wanted.
I honestly could not say enough good things about our tour guide and our driver! Both were a wealth of knowledge and experience and showed great patience with so many different people. They always made sure we had a great experience in each city we visited and went the extra mile to make sure we saw all of the sites. On top of it all, they had such wonderful personalities and helped our group become almost like family. The local guides, especially in Rome, were amazing.
Our tour operator was superb! She made the trip so enjoyable and was extremely knowledgeable. There was a lot of bus time which she made bearable by her commentary and the fact that we stopped periodically. Would highly recommend this trip. We saw a lot.
We just arrived from our Essential Europe Trip by Globus operator. The experience was incredible. I and My wife could not ask for better travel experience that offer all those attractions that we would like to seen if we would have go by ourselves. The advantage of booking with affordable travel is that you get the best low price offer in the market since I did call multiple travel agent and they all could not able to compete with the price that affordable traveler gave me. Globus was amazing their staff from tour director to bus driver was fantastic. I and My wife are 25 to 35 years of age and the experience that we had traveling with older generation and younger generation 16 to 21 years was nice. If you wants to see all the attractions in Rome, Florence, Venice, Lucerne, Paris, and London that, please do not hesitate to book with Globus Essential Europe this going to be a great experience that you will not going to forget. Big thanks to Affordable Tour and Globus to making our experience unforgettable!
Things went smoothly and the accommodations were nicer than I expected. I had been told by friends that Europe's 4 star rating was not equivalent to those ratings in the US but I now disagree with that. The accommodations that we received were top notch. I hope that my next trip will be equally as enjoyable.
A very exciting and well organized trip. Looking forward to planning a trip to Athens through Affordable Tours and Globus.
The tour director was wonderful. If I went on another tour I would hope to get her. All the other staff was great also. Those that helped me book the trip was also great. Will use your company again
Accommodations - some of the rooms were much smaller than I expected. Our Globus tour director for Italy, Switzerland and Paris was fantastic - I cannot give him enough praises!
Our Tour Director and our Driver were supurb and exceeded our expectations. However, after they left us in London the next 2 days were less than satisfactory. Our evening boat ride was scheduled on the day we arrived and got moved to our last night before leaving causing us to return to the hotel very late and only got 4 hours sleep before leaving the next morning for the airport. Seldom saw the Globus represenative in the hotel and never saw her on the morning we left which caused our trip to the airport to be a bit confusing. Up to the last night we had very good food but the "Taste of London" at the historic pub was terrible and most of it was not edible. I've never complained about my Globus Tours as they have been wonderful.
This was an easy process. Tickets arrived in plenty of time and there were no glitches whatsoever in the travel experience. We enjoyed the trip immensely!
Tour director with Globus was AMAZING!!!!!! he made the trip unforgettable
Globus Tours was excellent,this was our first Europe Tour and I would definitely book again with Globus through Affordable Tours with my next trip. Everything about Essential Europe Tour is excellent and my husband and I had a very good time. It's worth every penny we spent. Our tour director was very knowledgeable and very professional..
This was a wonderful trip. Highly recommend it. A perfect vacation, no problems at all.
My Mom, Aunt and myself had an amazing time during our trip. We thank our agent for all the assistance she had given us in arranging the tour. She is amazing!
We had a great time and everything was so wonderful. We did not like the hotel in Venice and the food at that hotel was NOT good. We loved our tour guide and driver with Globus and would request them for our next trip. I had an allergy to garlic and our guide never forget to give that info. to the food stalf. Thank you all for this great experience!
Our tour Director was a joy. She was vigilant about our agenda, and I apprecieated that. Loved her knowledge, and experience. Would want her again.
As for Globus our guide was outstanding. Our tour group was small and very friendly My husband and son were more than pleased with the tour. We highly recommend both companies and now we will be going to Spain. Thank you for such a wonderful trip. The memories will last forever.
I was very satisfied with my experience
Our tour guide was wonderful, and very helpful.Our driver was excellent, and we all felt very safe with him
The Globus Essential Europe tour was outstanding
The tour of Europe was spectacular! To see Italy, Switzerland, France & England was a real joy. Our tour director who works for Globus was absolutely wonderful in explaining all of the history of the countries in a very entertaining way. We could not have had a better tour director. Our bus driver was also very helpful to our group & went out of his way to please our group. On a whole, Globus would definitely get my booking again
The trip was a dream come true and Globus took care of everything including your departure confirmation for the flight. Affordable Tours was excellent in every way. Thanks again for helping me make my dream come true.
From beginning to end, it was a terrific experience affordable tours and Globus were excellent. I will definitely book through you again and will also use Globus. I will be recommending your company to everyone. Thank you for a wonderful and enjoyable vacation.
Everything went so smoothly and we were very informed and well taken care of, and are now recommending you to everyone.
A fantastic European vacation; great value from Globus, and excellent service from Affordable Tours!
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