Essential Europe 2014

Essential Europe 2014


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

England , France , Italy , Switzerland

Cities Visited

Florence, London, Lucerne, Lugano, Paris, Rome, Venice

Tour Itinerary

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)

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Inclusions

NOTE:

  • In the rare event that the Eurostar train is unavailable, alternative services will be provided.

SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
ROME
Welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and Roman Forum

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square; [LF] pizza party with wine at a local restaurant

VENICE
Private boat ride; visit St. Mark’s Square; glassblower demonstration; [LF] pasta party with wine at a local restaurant

LUGANO
Visit the subtropical town

LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge; [LF] Swiss chocolate surprise

PARIS
Guided sightseeing, ascend the Eiffel Tower

PARIS–LONDON
By high-speed Eurostar train

LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and see the Changing of the Guard, if held

Headsets throughout the tour


MEALS
Full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 4 three-course dinners (D), including special dinners in Rome, Florence, and Venice


TRANSPORTATION
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; private boat ride in Venice; high-speed Eurostar train

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Accommodations

Rome: Starhotels Michelangelo
Modern hotel catering to business and leisure travelers is located a short walk to St Peter's Square; staff is multilingual.
Address:
Via Stazione S.Pietro,14
Rome , Italy
Florence: Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli
The hotel offers 121 air-conditioned rooms, all furnished in a warm contemporary style, and a bar and restaurant facing a spacious portico. A modular meeting room for up to 150 delegates is equipped with advanced technology.
Address:
Via Sandro Pertini 2/9
Florence , Italy
Venice: Ambasciatori at Mestre
Contemporary business-oriented hotel located on the mainland near the bridge to Venice - Guestrooms decorated in Venetian style.
Address:
Corso Del Popolo, 221
Venice-Mestre , Italy
Lucerne: Astoria
Modern Eight-story Hotel located in the center of Lucerne, 3 minutes from train station or lake.
Address:
Pilatusstrasse 29
Lucerne , Switzerland
Paris: Radisson Blu Boulogne
Address:
33, Av.Edouard Vaillant
Boulogne-Billancourt , France
Paris: Pullman Paris Bercy
Contemporary hotel located east of Paris, 2 minutes from Gare de Lyon and 15 minutes from Orly Airport.
Address:
1, Rue De Libourne
Paris 12 , France
London: Grosvenor Victoria Hotel
Following a multi-million pound refurbishment, The Grosvenor Victoria hotel retains its distinctive Victorian architecture and character, yet offers guests all the comforts of a 21st century luxury hotel. Located within walking distance of many of London's landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, and adjacent to Victoria station for convenient public transport links, the hotel has numerous restaurants, bars and pubs close by. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Dining options include The Lounge offering light snacks and afternoon tea, The Brasserie for lunch and dinner, and The Grand Imperial Restaurant offering authentic Cantonese dishes and fresh dim sum. Réunion Bar is a chic Champagne and cocktail bar serving signature cocktails, Martinis and an exquisite selection of Champagne. The Grosvenor has its own gym with a complete range of cardiovascular fitness equipment.
Address:
101 Buckingham Palace Road
London , United Kingdom
London: Hilton London Metropole
This contemporary, centrally located 1,054-room hotel is just a few minutes' stroll away from the West End and Oxford Street, London's major shopping area. Hyde Park and Regent Park are nearby, as are art galleries, museums and theaters. Dine on international cuisine at Fiamma Restaurant, savor Asian Fusion favorites and views of London at Minako at the Met on the 23rd floor, or enjoy exciting sports events in the Sports Bar. Discover the latest additions to the hotel, the contemporary EDG Bar & Lounge and the Whisky Lounge, serving an impressive range of whiskies. The hotel also boasts a LivingWell Health Club, a 12.5 meter heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and the beauty salon.
Address:
225 Edgware Road
London , United Kingdom
ROME Starhotels Michelangelo (SF)
FLORENCE Hilton Garden Inn (F)
VENICE Ambasciatori (F) at Mestre
LUCERNE Astoria (F)
PARIS Pullman Paris Bercy (SF) or Radisson Blu Boulogne (SF)
LONDON The Grosvenor Victoria (SF) or Hilton London Metropole (SF)

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$716

Triple room reduction per person:
$35

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.

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