Escape to Europe’s most popular destinations with a guided European vacation during the low season and bypass the tourist crowds and the high-season prices! Rome, Florence, Venice, Lucerne, Paris, and London—these exciting and vibrant cities await you on this thrilling European tour. Guided sightseeing tours will highlight the must-see attractions, including the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum the ancient arena of the Gladiators in Rome; the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, where you will see Michelangelo’s famous David statue; the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, dating back to the 14th century; and a Seine cruise in Paris, where you’ll want your camera ready to capture the magnificent views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower.Other highlights of this European tour include a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Rome, a pasta dinner in Venice, a stop in the city of Lugano with its sparkling lake surrounded by the Alps, and a thrilling ride on the Eurostar train from Paris to London. But that’s not all…throughout this European Escape, Globus has arranged VIP access for you. That means you won’t have to wait in long lines to enter the Vatican Museums in Rome or the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. We work behind the scenes to minimize the lines and wait times, so you can maximize the fun. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the treasures of Europe at a price that screams, “Let’s go!”
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 at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.
Day 2: ROME. A fascinating day awaits. Your guided sightseeing includes inside visits of the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL where you can marvel at Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings plus The Last Judgment, and monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, drive to the Roman Forum and visit the amazing COLOSSEUM where gladiators once fought. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to explore even more famous sites like the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon.
Day 3: ROME–FLORENCE. A pleasant drive through the Tuscan hills brings you to Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Follow your Local Guide for a visit to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated statue of David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates 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 arriving at your hotel. This evening, an optional dinner is available to sample Tuscan specialties.Today’s Distance: 193 mi / 310 km
Day 4: FLORENCE–VENICE. Enter Venice in style by PRIVATE BOAT and visit ST. MARK’S SQUARE and Basilica — one of the best-known examples of Byzantine architecture. See also the Clock Tower, lavish Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. Watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. You may wish to join an optional gondola ride. A LF PASTA DINNER is prepared for you at a local restaurant.Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km
Day 5: VENICE–LUGANO, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE. Leave the flat Po area of Northern Italy and enter Switzerland. Stop in Lugano with its sparkling lake surrounded by the mountains and explore the little shops along Via Nassa. Then, be inspired by the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard on the way to picturesque Lucerne. Today’s Distance: 342 mi / 550 km
Day 6: LUCERNE. During your walking tour, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive 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. Shop for Swiss watches or knives, and make the most of your stay with an optional excursion.
Day 7: LUCERNE–PARIS, FRANCE. Say Auf Wiedersehen to Switzerland and cross the border into France. On your way to Paris, drive past the vineyards of Burgundy with views of beautiful castles and pass the Fontainebleau Forest. An optional excursion is available to try out local specialties in one of Paris’ fine restaurants, followed by a drive through the French capital.Today’s Distance: 423 mi / 680 km
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-Élysées. Enjoy a SEINE CRUISE with spectacular views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower.
Day 9: PARIS–LONDON, ENGLAND. Board the high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN for a smooth ride to London, arriving in the afternoon. This evening, maybe enjoy an optional dinner, followed by a cruise on the River Thames.Today’s Distance: 305 mi / 492 km
Day 10: LONDON. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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