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Essential Europe with London

Basilicas, boutiques, and bistros. Cathedrals, canals, and cafés. Peaks, pasta, and pastries. This tour of Essential Europe goes beyond the “must-sees” to include the “must-dos,” the “must-discovers,” and the “must-devours.” As you travel and taste your way through Italy, Switzerland, and France, you’ll delightfully take a big bite out of your bucket list. The rolling Tuscan hills, the soaring Swiss Alps, plus mind-boggling mounds of Italian gelato, Swiss chocolate, and French éclairs are all awaiting from Rome to Paris on this delectable tour of Europe’s most popular destinations. Cruising through Europe’s breathtaking scenery, captivating architecture, and greatest chapters of history has never been easier as you motor by private water taxi through the Grand Canal of Venice, ride an elevator to the courtyard of a medieval Swiss castle, and board a high-speed train for a scenic journey through the French countryside from Basel to Paris.
Hungry for more of Europe’s essentials? Board the high-speed Eurostar Train to London for fish ’n chips, bangers and mash, and a heaping serving of art, architecture, and fascinating history. When you add a 2-day London extension to your tour of Europe, we’ll also serve up guided sightseeing and plenty of optional excursions to make the most of your visit.

Highlights of Essential Europe with London

Travelers Notes

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from transfers to and from your hotel to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!

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Small Group

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

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Essential Europe


Defensive Wall and Ramparts of the Market-Town of Bellinzona|Historic Centre of Florence|Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City|Paris Banks of the Seine|Venice and its Lagoon


Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 light lunch; 3 three-course dinners


Day 1

ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALYWelcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 2

ROME ROME Guided sightseeing includes the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum. Free afternoon. (B)

Day 3

ROME–FLORENCE FLORENCE Guided sightseeing includes Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, at the Academy of Fine Arts. See Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze Gates of Paradise, and Signoria Square. Free time to browse. (B)
174 mi / 280 km

Day 4

FLORENCE–VENICE VENICE Private boat ride. Orientation includes St. Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs and a glassblower demonstration. Free time to browse before [LF] dinner at a local restaurant followed by a private water-taxi ride through the Grand Canal. (B,D)
174 mi / 280 km

Day 5

VENICE–BELLINZONA, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE BELLINZONA [LF] Elevator ride to the Courtyard of Castelgrande and light lunch with local specialties and Merlot wine for which the Ticino area is famous. Scenic drive through the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard en route to Lucerne. (B,L)
342 mi / 550 km

Day 6

LUCERNE LUCERNE Walking tour includes the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

Day 7

LUCERNE–BASEL–PARIS, FRANCE BASEL High-speed TGV train ride to Paris. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)
404 mi / 650 km

Day 8

PARIS PARIS Free time this morning. Guided sightseeing this afternoon includes orientation drive and Seine River cruise. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Paris with an excursion to Versailles. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Day 9

PARIS–LONDON, ENGLANDTravel by high-speed Eurostar Train to London, arriving in the afternoon.
305 mi / 492 km (B)

Day 10

LONDONGuided sightseeing includes St. Paul’s Cathedral. (B)

Day 11

LONDONYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2022-10-15 2022-10-16 2022-10-26 $4339 $0 $4339 HFT21016K Please Call
2 2023-04-08 2023-04-09 2023-04-19 $3999 $100 $3899 HFT30409 Available
3 2023-04-22 2023-04-23 2023-05-03 $4059 $100 $3959 HFT30423 Available
4 2023-04-29 2023-04-30 2023-05-10 $4109 $100 $4009 HFT30430 Available
5 2023-05-13 2023-05-14 2023-05-24 $4529 $100 $4429 HFT30514K Not Available
6 2023-05-27 2023-05-28 2023-06-07 $4099 $100 $3999 HFT30528 Available
7 2023-06-10 2023-06-11 2023-06-21 $4169 $100 $4069 HFT30611 Available
8 2023-06-10 2023-06-11 2023-06-21 $4169 $100 $4069 HFT30611A Available
9 2023-06-24 2023-06-25 2023-07-05 $4059 $100 $3959 HFT30625 Available
10 2023-06-24 2023-06-25 2023-07-05 $4059 $100 $3959 HFT30625A Available
11 2023-07-08 2023-07-09 2023-07-19 $3899 $100 $3799 HFT30709 Available
12 2023-07-22 2023-07-23 2023-08-02 $3949 $100 $3849 HFT30723 Available
13 2023-08-05 2023-08-06 2023-08-16 $4359 $100 $4259 HFT30806K Available
14 2023-08-19 2023-08-20 2023-08-30 $3949 $100 $3849 HFT30820 Available
15 2023-09-02 2023-09-03 2023-09-13 $4359 $100 $4259 HFT30903 Not Available
16 2023-09-09 2023-09-10 2023-09-20 $4379 $100 $4279 HFT30910 Available
17 2023-09-16 2023-09-17 2023-09-27 $4379 $100 $4279 HFT30917 Available
18 2023-09-23 2023-09-24 2023-10-04 $4379 $100 $4279 HFT30924 Available
19 2023-09-30 2023-10-01 2023-10-11 $4789 $100 $4689 HFT31001K Available
20 2023-10-07 2023-10-08 2023-10-18 $4169 $100 $4069 HFT31008 Available
21 2023-10-14 2023-10-15 2023-10-25 $4689 $100 $4589 HFT31015K Available


# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Mediterraneo Classic Italian Art Deco hotel located downtown with soundproofed rooms. Modern amenities blend with original period furnishings and character. Rome Via Cavour 15 First-Class
2 Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Modern hotel situated on the banks of the river Arno, steps away from the city center. The Duomo and Palazzo Pitti are nearby. Florence Lungarno Del Tempio, 44 First-Class
3 NH Laguna Palace Modern hotel with conference facilities, moorings for almost 400 boats in adjoining marina; 25 minute shuttle to center of Venice. Venice-Mestre Viale Ancona 2 First-Class
4 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. Lucerne Pilatusstrasse 29 First-Class
5 Les Jardins du Marais In the centre of Paris, with 263 rooms and a tranquil garden, this delightful property is composed of nine 19th-century buildings and has 'small village' charm. Facilities include a restaurant, a bar/lounge, a fitness room and Free Wi-Fi access. Paris 74, Rue Amelot Superior First-Class
6 Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Situated opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge places guests at the heart of central London. Dining option include Brasserie Joël, Ichi Sushi & Sashimi, 1WB Lounge & Patisserie, and Primo Bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness center with a 15-meter pool and Mandara Spa. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guests throughout the hotel. London 200 Westminster Bridge Superior First-Class
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