Essential Europe 2015

Essential Europe 2015


Why Pay Retail? Call us or click for a quick quote and save money!

Why Pay Retail? Call us or click for a quick quote and save money!

Overview

Dates & Prices

Start DateEnd DateOffersBrochure
Land Price
Our PriceQuote

Promotions

LOW UNPUBLISHED PRICES ON GLOBUS TOURS

Why pay full price? Call us or click above for a quick quote and save money on Globus Tours.

Repeat Travelers Save an Additional 5%!

Mention Promo Code: PT1113
Promotion Image

Repeat Travelers Save an Additional 5%!

Repeat Travelers Save an Additional 5%!

Promotion Details
Journeys Club Repeat Traveler Members save an additional 5%, plus as always receive our AffordableTours.com additional savings.
Journeys club savings is combinable with most promotions.
Must Book By Tue, Dec 31, 2019
View Promotion Terms & Conditions ›

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.

Triple Room Reduction

Mention Promo Code: PT5416
Promotion Image

Triple Room Reduction

Triple Room Reduction

Promotion Details
Save when three people travel together and share accommodations. Journeys Club members will receive an additional 5% savings, plus you'll also get our additional AffordableTours.com everyday savings.
Combine with Journeys Club Membership.
Must Book By Sun, Dec 31, 2017
View Promotion Terms & Conditions ›

Reduction varies by vacation and may not available on all packages. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.

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 Square in Venice, the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and St. Paul’s in London are included. Special highlights are a pizza party in Florence, a pasta dinner in Venice, and an exciting ride by private water taxi through the Grand Canal. From Italy, cross the border to subtropical Lugano in Switzerland, then drive through the Alps via the St. Gotthard and William Tell country to picture-book Lucerne, where you have a relaxing 2-night stay. Admire the Lion Monument during your walking tour and taste Swiss chocolate pralines. Enjoy a 2-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 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 walking tour to see the Spanish Steps, 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 with wine at Finisterrae restaurant. (B,D)

Day 4: Florence–Venice.
Arrive in Venice, city of romantics, and visit 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 DINNER with wine has been prepared for you at Rossopomodoro restaurant, followed by an exciting ride by PRIVATE WATER-TAXI through the Grand Canal 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. Of course, [LF] you will taste CHOCOLATE PRALINES from Läderach Chocolatier Suisse, one of Switzerland’s most famous chocolate makers. 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 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 Thames River, 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 Thames River. (B)

Day 11: London
. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

OR Call Us For a Free Quote 1-800-935-2620

Inclusions

NOTES:

  • In the rare event that the Eurostar train is unavailable, alternative services will be provided.
  • For operational reasons, slight schedule changes to the Paris program cannot be excluded.

SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
ROME
Welcome dinner 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 at Finisterrae restaurant

VENICE
Visit St. Mark’s Square; glassblower demonstration; [LF] pasta dinner at Rossopomodoro restaurant, private water-taxi ride through the Grand Canal

LUGANO
Visit the subtropical town

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

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 daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including special dinners in Rome, Florence, and Venice


TRANSPORTATION
Motorcoach; private boat ride in Venice; high-speed Eurostar train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

OR Call Us For a Free Quote 1-800-935-2620

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
Roma , 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: NH Laguna Palace
Modern hotel with conference facilities, moorings for almost 400 boats in adjoining marina; 25 minute shuttle to center of Venice.
Address:
Viale Ancona 2
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: Les Jardins Du Marais
Enter into the world of Les Jardins du Marais. A true haven of peace and fresh air in the heart of Paris. Enjoy a unique Parisian experience in a glamorous place and lifestyle.
Address:
74, Rue Amelot
Paris , 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

VALUE SEASON DEPARTURES: SAVE UP TO $840

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$899

Triple room reduction per person:
$38

Extra nights per person in Rome:
in single room $268, in twin $180, in triple $157

Extra nights per person in London:
January-April & November-April, 2016: in single room $208, in twin $117, in triple $110
May-October: in single room $322, in twin $188, in triple $175

2016 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2015.

OR Call Us For a Free Quote 1-800-935-2620

Customer Reviews

Accommodations
Itinerary
Professional Staff
Repeat with Operator
Value for Money

Similar Tours Other Travelers Liked

Tour Itinerary Operator
Essential Europe 2016 Globus
Essential Europe 2017 Globus
European Dream 2016 Trafalgar
European Traveler 2016 Trafalgar
Journey from Rome End London Return Eurostar (Summer 2016) Insight Vacations

Ratings based off 147 reviews. Currently showing 27 reviews with comments only.
By Frances L on Jul 05, 2016

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.

By Mercedes Desiree T on Jun 21, 2016

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.

By Connie E on May 22, 2016

We felt like the quality was all we wanted.

By Gretchen R on May 22, 2016

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.

By Douglas C on Sep 01, 2015

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.

By Tousif A on Aug 11, 2015

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!

By Loretta L on Aug 31, 2014

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.

By John C on Aug 24, 2014

A very exciting and well organized trip. Looking forward to planning a trip to Athens through Affordable Tours and Globus.

By Carol H on May 18, 2014

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

By Jennifer D on Apr 27, 2014

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! 

By Janet W on Sep 10, 2013

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. 

By Nancy J on Jul 11, 2013

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!

By Aniana P on Apr 21, 2013

Tour director with Globus was AMAZING!!!!!! he made the trip unforgettable

By Editha L on Apr 21, 2013

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..

By Jane A on Mar 24, 2013

This was a wonderful trip. Highly recommend it. A perfect vacation, no problems at all.

By Livia D on Mar 10, 2013

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!

By Barbara L on Sep 18, 2012

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!

By Carole E on Sep 13, 2012

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.

By Rosemary P on Jun 17, 2012

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.

By Ashley B on May 15, 2012

I was very satisfied with my experience

By Lorraine G on May 01, 2012

Our tour guide was wonderful, and very helpful.Our driver was excellent, and we all felt very safe with him

By Philip S on Jun 09, 2011

The Globus Essential Europe tour was outstanding 

By Maryann K on May 26, 2011

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

By Dara T on Sep 19, 2010

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.

By Sheri R on Jul 29, 2010

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.

By April S on Jul 18, 2010

Everything went so smoothly and we were very informed and well taken care of, and are now recommending you to everyone.

By Thomas T on Mar 14, 2010

A fantastic European vacation; great value from Globus, and excellent service from Affordable Tours!


Note: AffordableTours.com is a travel agent for Globus. All prices, itineraries, accommodations and dates are subject to change without notice and at any time by the tour operators. Availability is limited and must be reconfirmed at time of booking. Please call us toll free at 1-800-935-2620 to confirm availability and current pricing on all our discounted specials. The prices on this website are not guaranteed until a deposit has been made. We are not responsible for errors, omissions, or changes in these prices until a booking has been confirmed by one of our agents. Some land prices may include an internal air component and discounts will not be offered on the internal air component. Discounts will not be offered on packages with a land price of less than $500.

Better Business Bureau

AffordableTours.com is a proud recipient of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) awards 2006-2015.

It Pays To Refer! Earn Up To $200!

It's simple: You refer your friends, family, and anyone to us and when they book you will receive an American Express gift card worth up to $200 in the mail for simply referring.

Read More

Get discounts by Email!