Globus: Continental Introduction 2013

A bus coach tour in parts of France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands

Sept 7 Paris

Arrive in Paris, France
Welcome to Paris! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a special welcome dinner with wine near the Eiffel Tower, followed by a CRUISE on the Seine River for a first impression of this splendid city.

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Sept 8 Paris

Morning guided sightseeing features Paris’ main highlights like the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Champs-Elysées, and more. For a panoramic view, take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER. Take an excursions to the lavish Palace and Gardens of Versailles.

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Sept 9 Lucerne, Switzerland

Drive past Fontainebleau Forest and enter Burgundy. Enjoy views of beautiful castles and vineyards on your way to the Swiss Alps. In picture-book Lucerne, admire Thorwaldsen’s emotional LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France at the time of the French Revolution, then walk through the Old Town and cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church.

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Sept 10 Lucerne to Lugano

Morning at leisure. Why not climb Mount Pilatus? Later, admire the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard on the way to subtropical Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. To truly appreciate splendid Lake Lugano, an exciting optional boat ride followed by dinner at a traditional “grotto” restaurant, is available.

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Sept 11 Lugano to Firenza

Lugano to Pisa to Florence
Pass the commercial capital of Milan and turn towards the Mediterranean Sea. Arrive in Pisa, and marvel at its amazing Leaning Tower. In nearby Florence, enjoy time to explore the many gold and leather shops on Piazza Santa Croce before joining your special dinner with Tuscan specialties and wine at restaurant Finisterrae.

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Sept 12 Firenza to Roma

Your guided walking tour features a visit to Michelangelo’s celebrated David in the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS. Also admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and visit sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Continue to the “Eternal City.”

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Sept 12 Roma

Enjoy an unforgettable drive through some of the "Eternal City's" more exclusive streets. Marvel at the impressive piazzas, fountains, ancient buildings in all their majesty, and much more. This tour will include a 4-course dinner, with wine and soft drinks, at a popular Roman restaurant.

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Sept 13 Roma

Such a busy day: Morning guided sightseeing features visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL, monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA, the COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM. To make the most of your stay, join our optional Roman Highlights excursion and see the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and the sites and squares of medieval Rome made famous in the movie Angels and Demons.

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Sept 14 Rome to Venice

In Ferrara, walk through the impressive Este Castle to the marble cathedral and browse through the attractive little shops. In Rome travel by private water taxi along the splendid Grand Canal with its elegant palaces to a fine Venetian restaurant. Taste four mouth-watering courses of local specialties and wine or soft drinks. After dinner there is time to explore and absorb the unique, romantic atmosphere of Venice by night.

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Sept 15 Venice

Enter Venice in style by PRIVATE BOAT. Highlights of your walking tour with a Local Guide are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and its basilica, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects.

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Sept 16 Venice to Munich

Venice–Innsbruck, Austria–Munich, Germany
Across spectacular Brenner Pass, through the Tyrolean Alps to Innsbruck, where a pleasant stroll through quaint medieval lanes takes you to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Continue to Munich, Germany’s “Secret Capital.” Visit MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls, and enjoy a Stein of beer at the famous HOFBRÄUHAUS, dating back to 1589. Free time for dinner before going to your hotel.

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Sept 17 Munich to Rothenburg to Bingen

Munich–Rothenburg–Rhineland
Marvel at the Olympic Stadium and its 1,000-foot-high Television Tower, before continuing through the Swabian Jura and part of the Romantic Road to picturesque Rothenburg for a walk through this walled town, famous for Christmas ornaments.

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Sept 18 Bingen to Amsterdam

Rhineland–Cologne–Amsterdam, Holland
Enjoy a romantic RHINE CRUISE past castle-crested hills and terraced vineyards. In Cologne, visit the awesome twin-spired gothic CATHEDRAL before traveling to Amsterdam, capital of Holland. Evening Walk in Old Amsterdam and Red Light District

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Sept 19 Amsterdam - Volendam

A Local Guide shows you the 700-year-old city, including Dam Square with the Royal Palace. Highlight is a CANAL CRUISE past patrician mansions and humpback bridges, followed by a visit to a major DIAMOND CENTER. Join an optional excursion that includes a visit to a working windmill and dinner in the pretty fishing village of Volendam—the best way to say Tot Ziens to Holland.

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