Windmills, Vineyards & Paris From Paris To Amsterdam 2014

Windmills, Vineyards & Paris From Paris To Amsterdam 2014


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

France , Germany , Netherlands

Cities Visited

Amsterdam, Cologne, Paris, Rudesheim, Trier

Tour Itinerary

Experience France, Luxembourg, Germany, and Holland on this fantastic river cruise vacation. Your adventure starts with two overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, the incomparable “City of Light.” Take the high-speed train from Paris to Metz, then travel to Remich, Luxembourg, to board your river vessel. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Trier, the oldest city in Germany, and Cologne, the capital of the Rhineland. Cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of river—and pass the legendary Lorelei rock. Visit a local wine cellar in Bernkastel, Reichsburg Castle in Cochem, and Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in the pretty wine village of Rüdesheim. Conclude your vacation with a visit of a windmill near the little fishing village of Volendam, a canal cruise in Amsterdam, and time to explore on your own.

Day 1: Paris, France.
Welcome to Paris, France’s capital on the River Seine and the “City of Light,” where romance fills the air!

Day 2: Paris.
Known as one of the world’s most passionate and lively cities, Paris is a delight for your senses. Your included CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colorful nightlife that includes some of the world’s most famous cabaret shows. All of this awaits your discovery! (B)

Day 3: Paris–Metz–Remich, Luxembourg (Embarkation).
This morning, board a HIGH-SPEED TRAIN for a swift and comfortable journey to Metz. From here, drive to Remich in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception. (B,D)

Day 4: Trier, Germany.
The entire Moselle Valley is famous for its beautiful and tranquil scenery, and at its head is Trier, Germany’s oldest city. Some say Trier is even older than Rome and that it was populated over a thousand years before the Romans arrived. Many Roman remains have survived, including a 20,000-seat amphitheater; the Porta Nigra, the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement, which still gives access to the town’s center; imperial baths; and the Roman Bridge, Germany’s oldest bridge, with stone pilings dating from 144-152 AD—all evidence of this once-grand Roman city. Trier also offers pleasant market squares, Germany’s oldest Christian church, and a cornucopia of architectural styles—Roman, baroque, neo-classicism, renaissance, and gothic. Choose from an included GUIDED CITY SIGHTSEEING or the more history-focused “ROMAN TRIER” guided tour, followed by some free time, giving you the opportunity to really explore this magnificent town. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Bernkastel.
In the middle of the Moselle region is the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its fascinating narrow streets and half-timbered houses that have stood since the Middle Ages. Enjoy an included GUIDED WALK that features the beautiful marketplace with its renaissance-style Town Hall and the “pointed house,” built in 1416. Wine growers in this area look after Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doktor. Perhaps visit the Wine Museum to learn more about the history of the region’s wine, then, before dinner, enjoy a pleasant TASTING of several of the region’s varietals at the Moselle Vinoteque. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Cochem.
This morning, arrive in Cochem, a charming and picturesque town with half-timbered houses and winding streets full of history and legends that will be brought to life during your included GUIDED WALK. Visit REICHSBURG CASTLE, built in 1000 AD and furnished with renaissance and baroque furniture. Sitting dramatically atop a conical hill covered in vines, this castle offers splendid views of the little town nestled down below and of the river valley. Cochem is at the heart of the Moselle wine trade and, most notably, the Riesling grape is cultivated, producing a dry to sweet, floral white wine. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge.
Pretty Rüdesheim is the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town, and SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM is a real surprise! Here you’ll see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT, then there’s free time to pick up some souvenirs on the narrow, cobblestoned Drosselgasse, where colorful flowers, open-air wine gardens, and live music add to the festive atmosphere. Downstream from Rüdesheim is the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of cruising as you head for Cologne. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Cologne.
One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included GUIDED CITY WALK or JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. Later, during free time, perhaps look in on the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artifacts from the Roman settlement on which modern Cologne is built—a must for history buffs! The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years, and shop for a bottle of “4711,” the original eau de cologne. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Volendam, Holland–Amsterdam.
After breakfast this morning, arrive in Volendam, a picturesque fishing town with a unique open harbor and a small, timbered church dating back to 1658. Well known for its old fishing boats, distinctive small houses, drawbridges, and canals, Volendam offers a romantic and friendly atmosphere. Outside the small town, visit a WINDMILL and learn how these played such an important role in the development of the country as to become a symbol of Holland. During lunchtime, cruise to Amsterdam. Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés and restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambiance. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There is plenty of free time to explore on your own. Maybe visit the Rijksmuseum or Anne Frank House, do some shopping, or relax at a cozy café. Your Cruise Director will have suggestions of how to make the most of your stay. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Amsterdam (Disembarkation).
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

NOTES:

  • Departure July 18 is offered as an exclusive Wine Cruise, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost.
  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.

Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds

Days 1-2 Paris: welcome to France; guided sightseeing on Day 2

Day 3 Paris–Metz–Remich (Embarkation): travel by high-speed train from Paris to Metz; by motorcoach from Metz to Remich; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Trier: choice of guided city sightseeing or “Roman Trier” sightseeing, see the Porta Nigra

Day 5 Bernkastel: guided walk, local marketplace; visit a wine cellar

Day 6 Cochem: guided walk, visit Reichsburg Castle

Day 7 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; enjoy a
special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge

Day 8 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk

Day 9 Volendam–Amsterdam: visit a windmill in Volendam; canal cruise in Amsterdam

Day 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

MEALS
  • Meals are indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) in the day-by-day itinerary
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Local chef dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel

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Accommodations

Paris Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris (SF)

Port charges:
$126

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Paris:
Departures May 4-June 15 & August 29-October 10: in single room $660, in twin room $345
Departure July 18 & 27: in single room $465, in twin room $245

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
Departures May 4-June 15 & August 29-October 10: in single room $325, in twin room $197
Departure July 18 & 27: in single room $250, in twin room $150

Prices shown above include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $149
B / Sapphire Deck / $799
A / Sapphire Deck / $849
P / Royal Deck / $999
Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $1,699

Transfers for sea/ocean cruises may be available from your hotel to the port on the last day of your vacation. For more information and pricing, please contact your Travel Consultant.

NOTES:

  • Departure July 18 is offered as an exclusive Wine Cruise, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.

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Ratings based off 5250 reviews about Globus Tours. Currently showing 15 reviews with comments only.
By Hilarie B on Oct 15, 2016

The Cuba people to people trip was amazing! We learned so much about Cuba, their culture, government and the way people live. All the activities were very interesting and the people we met were friendly and hospitable. If someone is looking for US style hotels, they need to stay home. The only places we found where the people were not terribly accommodating were at the hotels. All our other encounters were positive. Cuba has a long way to go before they are ready for a huge influx of tourists, but if you can handle some minor inconveniences it is well worth the visit.

By Ana Maria P on Oct 11, 2016

Hotels were city-centric. Although nice hotels, it seemed that as a single traveler and despite paying a supplement, my room was often smaller and without a view.

By Terry C on Sep 26, 2016

Great tour director and bus driver. hotels were excellent

By Alan D on Sep 25, 2016

Our tour America's National Parks was more than expected. The parks visited and the accommodations were wonderful. If you have not been to these National Parks, there is no way to imagine their splendor. Our tour guide was knowledgable and more than willing to be of service. Our driver was the best there could be.

By Pamela A on Sep 23, 2016

Tour Guide was a little unorganized when plans were changed due to weather - no whale watching/ landing at different port for Martha's Vineyard due to weather on both accounts - wasn't a backup plan in place.

By Margaret Z on Sep 22, 2016

The tour director was very proficient and professional. She was exceptional. The hotels were all beautiful, service and food was excellent. We had a fantastic vacation. It was all we hoped for and more!

By Andrea G on Sep 12, 2016

I've traveled with other tour companies before - Insight, Contiki, Gate 1 Travel. All of them were enjoyable however, this tour from Globus completely exceeded by expectations. The hotels were all centrally located, the local tour guides spoke clearly, were very knowledgeable and entertaining. Above all, the tour director was phenomenal.

By Charles H on Sep 06, 2016

This is my 9th escorted tour and by far the most enjoyable. The tour was well paced and the attractions were diverse. Our guide, really knows WWII and did a fantastic job with the historical points of interest. Our local guides were knowledgeable and most added a unique perspective. Our guide for walking tour of Dresden, was raised during the Soviet occupation and was particularly entertaining. The included breakfasts and dinners (7) were enjoyable and well planned. The hotel dinners were usually at the end of the longer days, and fit in well with our schedule. My only complaint is the farewell dinner, which would have been better if held at a local restaurant. Saying your goodbyes deserves atmosphere, and it was totally lacking at the Sheraton Westpark farewell buffet. We really enjoyed our time in Poland. They people are extremely friendly and English is spoken everywhere. You'll need local currency. A 24/7 Exchange is available a half block for the Warsaw Hilton and a supermarket is right next store. The excursion to the Wielczka Salt Mine was fantastic and not to be missed. There was enough variety in sightseeing to balance the depressing nature of the concentration camps. It's truly shocking what these people went through. I highly recommend this tour for anyone interested the war and IMO is 5 out of 5 stars for the price.

By Linda S on Sep 01, 2016

The trip was well-paced, informative, and accommodations, staff, and food were excellent.

By Aaron M on Aug 28, 2016

The Globus trip we took to Warsaw, the Baltics & Helsinki was outstanding. We have made over 20 trips to Europe and this one would be in our "Top 5" picks.

By Barbara S on Aug 28, 2016

This is an awesome itinerary; no traveler could be disappointed! Good commentary through beautiful scenery. Hotels and food are wonderful.

By Barbara A on Aug 25, 2016

This was my first Globus trip and it was great! Hotels were excellent and well placed, provided meals were very good and our Tour Director was outstanding. He was exceptionally knowledgabel and organized. The itinerary was wonderful and the fact that the weather cooperated with our activities certainly helped make this an exceptional trip!

By Mikaela U on Aug 21, 2016

A very smooth and orderly tour which I thoroughly enjoyed. And would gladly do again.

By Thomas M on Aug 19, 2016

We booked our tour through Globus. Globus has been one of the best tour companies we have traveled. All of our trips have been domestic in the US, It includes Alaska and Hawaii. The tour directors/guides are very knowledgeable and helpful. We pick our tours based upon areas we have not seen and the content of those tours. The tours are packed with key areas of interest.

By Sema B on Aug 11, 2016

The trip was great. All the places that were described in the booklet we visited. The accomodations we stayed in were very different. We stayed in log cabins on some of the parks. We visited some big cities and got a taste of it. All in all we enjoyed our trip and would definitely use Globus again.


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