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European Sampler 2020

European Sampler 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

This European tour is a sample of some of the major highlights of Europe. Enjoy a guided sightseeing of Amsterdam on board a canal cruise, the only proper way to experience the 700-year-old capital! In both Heidelberg and Lucerne, discover the must-see sights on a walking tour, including Heidelberg’s Old Town and Lucerne’s Bourbaki Panorama, a circular painting dating to 1881 and depicting memorable scenes from the Franco-Prussian War. In Beaune, taste the Burgundy wine and visit the impressive Hôtel Dieu. Your Paris sightseeing includes a Seine cruise, with great views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. This European tour also includes majestic scenery, a romantic Rhine cruise, a stop at the spectacular Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall, and an overnight stay in Burgundy. A European sampler tour cannot miss the opportunity to taste the regional specialties of each area, and Globus has taken care of this for you. Enjoy dinner and a beer at a charming local restaurant in Heidelberg, and coffee with traditional homemade Black Forest Cake in Germany’s Black Forest. Fascinating sightseeing, spectacular scenery, tasty local food, expert Local Guides, and a Tour Director ready to bring these destinations to life…what more can you ask for in a European vacation?

Day 1: ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND.
Welcome to Amsterdam! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2: AMSTERDAM.
Meet your Local Guide and hear about the fascinating history of the 700-year-old capital during a leisurely CANAL CRUISE. Admire the patrician mansions and the gabled façades; the “Golden Bend,” the most prestigious part of the Herengracht and a monument to the Golden Age; the Stopera, Amsterdam’s proud concert hall; the Hermitage, a branch museum of the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg; and much more. Also visit a major DIAMOND CENTER. For those who wish to experience Dutch life in the countryside, an optional excursion is available to picture-book Volendam, a fishing village at the former Zuiderzee, including visits to a working windmill, a clogmaker, a cheese farm, plus dinner. (B)

Day 3: AMSTERDAM–RHINELAND, GERMANY.
Pass the Dutch region near Arnhem, best known as the locale of A Bridge Too Far, and enter Germany. Today’s highlight is a romantic RHINE CRUISE. Sit back, relax, and enjoy views of centuries-old castles, cozy towns, and vineyards. Continue to Heidelberg for a pleasant walk through the OLD TOWN to the Marktplatz (market square), from where you can take pictures of the famous red-walled ruins of Heidelberg Castle, followed by [LF] dinner with beer at Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 342 mi / 550 km (B,D)

Day 4: HEIDELBERG–BLACK FOREST–RHINE FALLS, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE.
Enter the lush valleys and pine-clad hills of the BLACK FOREST, famous for cuckoo clocks. Be welcomed by a local woodcarver, and see samples of his work during a WOODCARVING DEMONSTRATION. Then, enjoy Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and the traditional homemade Black Forest Cake). On the Swiss border, take pictures of the thundering RHINE FALLS before continuing to Lucerne. Start your walking tour with a visit to [LF] the impressive BOURBAKI PANORAMA, Edouard Castres’ circular painting dating back to 1881, depicting scenes of the Franco-Prussian War. Also admire Thorwaldsen’s LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. See the ornate patrician houses lining the cobblestone streets of the walled Old Town, and cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church.
Today’s Distance: 242 mi / 390 km (B,D)

Day 5: LUCERNE.
A whole day at leisure in this picturesque town with lots of things to do: shop for Swiss watches, knives, and chocolate. Choose from a selection of optional excursions to Mount Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne,” a lake cruise, or a folklore dinner party with a chance to yodel or blow an alphorn. (B)

Day 6: LUCERNE–BEAUNE, FRANCE–DIJON.
Leave the Alps behind you and enter the scenic French countryside on your way to the vineyards of Burgundy. Stop in the pretty town of Beaune, where you visit the HÔTEL DIEU, originally founded in 1443 as a hospital for the poor. Afterwards a [LF] WINE TASTING awaits at the renowned Marché aux Vins wine cellar. Continue to Dijon for your overnight stay.
Today’s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km (B)

Day 7: DIJON–VERSAILLES–PARIS.
Enjoy views of castles on your way to Versailles, where a guided visit of the 17th-century PALACE AND GARDENS has been included. This former hunting château, built by Louis XIII, was transformed into a magnificent palace by the Sun King, Louis XIV, and housed the French kings until the French Revolution. Arrive in Paris, where an optional excursion is available to try out local specialties in one of its lively restaurants, followed by a drive for a first look at the French capital.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi / 380 km (B)

Day 8: PARIS.
Discover the world’s heart of chic and style with a Local Guide. Admire its major sites: the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, and Champs-Elysées. Enjoy a relaxing SEINE CRUISE with spectacular views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Time to further explore on your own or to join an optional excursion to the impressive Louvre Museum with the Mona Lisa. Tonight, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket! (B)

Day 9: PARIS.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

Sightseeing & Activities:

AMSTERDAM
Welcome dinner; canal cruise with Local Guide, visit a major diamond center

RHINE CRUISE

HEIDELBERG
Walking tour of the Old Town, take pictures of the castle; [LF] dinner with beer at Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg

BLACK FOREST
Woodcarving demonstration; enjoy Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and Black Forest Cake)

RHINE FALLS

LUCERNE
Walking tour including [LF] the Bourbaki Panorama, the Lion Monument, and the Chapel Bridge

BEAUNE
Visit Hôtel Dieu; [LF] Burgundy wine tasting at the Marché aux Vins wine cellar

VERSAILLES
Guided visit of the Palace and Gardens

PARIS
Guided sightseeing, enjoy a Seine cruiseMotorcoach; canal cruise in Amsterdam; Rhine River cruise; Seine cruise in Paris.

Meals:
Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Heidelberg


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$710

No triple room reduction

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Amsterdam: Westcord Art Hotel Amsterdam
This modern, themed 191-room hotel is decorated with a broad range of contemporary artworks, including some pieces by the renowned Dutch artist Herman Brood. There is a stylish Brasserie, a terrace with an open-air bar, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and Free high speed Wi-Fi internet access throughout.
Address:
Spaarndammerdijk, 302
Amsterdam , Netherlands
Rhineland: NH Heidelberg
NH Heidelberg is located in the center of Heidelberg, perfect for getting to know one of Germany's most lovely and romantic cities and the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. Heidelberg is famous for its science and research activities, history, high-profile companies, and elite universities.
Address:
Bergheimer Strasse 91
Heidelberg , Germany
Rhineland: NH Mannheim
Opening in early 2019, this modern stylish hotel will offer 225 air-conditioned rooms spread across six floors with free Wi-Fi access throughout. The property is situated in Mannheim's business district, a good starting point from which to visit the "City of Squares," with its baroque palace, planetarium, and landmark 19th-century water tower.
Address:
Seckenheimer Strasse 146
Mannheim , Germany
Lucerne: Astoria
Ideally located in the heart of Lucerne, surrounded by mountains, close to its lake boasting crystal clear waters, the historic old town, and famous Chapel Bridge. All 252 contemporary rooms have a minibar and Wi-Fi. There's a plush cocktail lounge, a stylish café, and a rooftop bar affording city views. Other facilities include a full equipped modern gym.
Address:
Pilatusstrasse 29
Lucerne , Switzerland
Dijon: Oceania Le Jura
Located in the heart of Dijon with a peaceful rear garden. This hotel offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout and a selection of Burgandy beers and wines can be enjoyed in the intimate setting of the hotel bar.
Address:
14 Av. Maréchal Foch
Dijon , France
Paris: Paris Marriott Rive Gauche
Located on the Left Bank near to the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Pres. The warmly decorated air-conditioned rooms have a minifridge, tea and coffee maker, and free Wi-Fi. There is a restaurant, bar / lounge the serves traditional French cuisine, coffee and cocktails. Other amenities include a gym.
Address:
17, Blvd St.Jacques
Paris , France

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.1
Accommodations
3.9
Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.4
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
3.8

Ratings based off 47 reviews - currently showing 11 reviews with comments only

I was not 100% impressed with the hotel in Paris, but it was a minor issue that was addressed on the feedback card I filled out for the tour director

The tour itself was ice, but it was way too rushed. Too much time getting there, but no time to enjoy sights or shop in each country. We got to Amsterdam @ 4:30 pm, took a one hour canal ride, checked into the hotel and had to leave by 7:00 am the next morning. Most of the shops in town closed between 6-7 pm, In London, we were taken to St. Paul's church and told we could visit the chapel only to be informed, there was a private baptism going on! Shouldn't our local guide have informed himself of this? We were to meet the group outside St. Paul's at 11:00 am. We were there with a third person in our group at 3 minutes past 11:00 and the bus had left without us!! We had to find our own way back to the hotel. The local guide never noticed he was missing three people on his tour! There were other stops in London listed like 10 Downing street that we never saw. It also said, Westminster Abby so, I purposely didn't visit there the day before. The local guide said, "We're just driving past there". This should have been made clearer. I did more and saw more on the side trips I planned on my own in each city/Country. I'll save my money and plan my own trip next time. Although, the room and travel accommodations were amazing, the trip itself was very disappointing for the money we put out.

This was our second guided tour with Globus. The experience is highly depending on the "tour director." Our first Globus trip had an exceptional tour director, whereas this second one was merely good - acceptable, but didn't create as good as experience as our first trip.

We both enjoyed the trip very much. It was packed full of things to see and do.

I really enjoyed the trip. There are a few areas of improvement such as the seat rotation and the tour guide. Both were not satisfactory. I also think the optional excursions should have been included in the price we paid.

The Globus European sampler exceeded my expectations. I was looking for a tour which would expose me to England, France and the Alpine regions of Europe, so I could decide if I wanted explore a more lengthy tour at a later date. The guide and itinerary hit all the highlights, as well as providing background on regions which would be of future interest. I am already considering a more lengthy visit to Germany and/or Switzerland.

Most hotels exceeded my expectations the food was wonderful and the optional tours were the best.

My daughter and I were so pleased with the hotel accomodations,especially in London and Amsterdam. Wow! And our tour director was outstanding. She was so organized and went out of her way to make our trip great. Of course the friends we made on this tour were not her doing, but really made our trip special. She couldn't have been more helpful, and I will contact her for our next trip.

Just got back from our 15 day adventure. Everything went smooth as silk. Not a single hitch with any detail. 

Our tour guide with Globus was great. He was highly knowledgable and personable. He really made the trip an awesome experience.

Cannot say enough about Affordable Tours & Globus. Everything was much more than I had even expected & would use both of them again with no hesitation!!!!!


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