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Continental Introduction

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Europe—it’s a continent full of different cultures, food specialties, architecture, art, scenery, and histories—and this is the ideal Continental Introduction: experience and see what many of the European countries have to offer. You’ll spend two nights in Paris, Rome, Venice, and Amsterdam and an overnight in Lucerne, Lugano, Florence, Munich, and the Rhineland. On your sightseeing tours, you’ll see examples of the local art and architecture, such as Michelangelo’s David statue and the magnificent cathedral in Florence, Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings in Rome’s Sistine Chapel, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the mansions in Amsterdam. You’ll also learn about the fascinating histories as you visit attractions such as Rome’s Colosseum, completed in the 1st century AD; Lucerne’s Lion Monument, commemorating the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution; the medieval center of Innsbruck; and Rothenburg, a walled town that has preserved its medieval character.

Food and drinks are important elements to local cultures and to any vacation to Europe. That’s why on this European tour, Globus has included some unique opportunities to sample the local food, like a dinner with Tuscan specialties at a local restaurant in Florence and Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) on a beautiful Rhine cruise. A welcome dinner in Paris, followed by a Seine cruise for a first impression of this magnificent city, as well as a visit to Munich’s famous Hofbräuhaus, dating back to 1589, are also included.

Magnificent scenery also awaits you on this tour to Europe. You’ll enjoy spectacular Lake Lugano in Switzerland, the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps, a beautiful Rhine cruise passing by castle-crested hills and terraced vineyards, and more. Scenery, food, historical monuments, distinct art and architecture, and much more—it’s all available on this splendid European vacation!

City Highlights

PARIS [LF] Welcome dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a Seine River cruise; guided sightseeing, ascend the Eiffel TowerLUCERNE Walking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel BridgePISAMarvel at the legendary Leaning TowerFLORENCE [LF] A special dinner at Finisterrae restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria SquareROME Guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and Roman ForumFERRARAWalk along Este Castle to the cathedralVENICE Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstrationINNSBRUCK Walk through the Old Town to the Golden RoofMUNICH Visit Marienplatz and [LF] the famous Hofbräuhaus; orientation drive including the Olympic StadiumROTHENBURG Walking tour of the walled townRHINE CRUISE[LF] Enjoy Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake)AMSTERDAM Guided sightseeing and canal cruise; visit a major diamond centerHeadsets throughout the tour

Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners with wine, including special dinners in Paris and Florence

Notes

NOTES:December 17 Departure–Christmas Eve in Venice including dinner with wine.For operational reasons, slight schedule changes for the Paris program cannot be excluded.

Transportation

Motorcoach; Seine River cruise; private boat ride in Venice; Rhine River cruise; canal cruise in Amsterdam. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

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