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Overview

European Sampler with London

Like a Lazy Susan generously plated with cured herring, breaded schnitzel, rich fondue, and beef bourguignon, this aptly named European Sampler invites you to sink your teeth into four delectable countries and cultures. Designed to introduce you to the best of Holland, Germany, Switzerland, and France, this 9-day tour of Europe is an awakening for more than just your taste buds. All of your senses will perk up as you leisurely cruise along Amsterdam’s bridge-covered canals, dreamily float down the romantic Rhine, and journey through Germany’s picturesque Black Forest, Burgundy’s rolling green vineyards, and the white-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps. Along the way, you can expect a heaped helping of cities and villages, castles and palaces, and hand-carved cuckoo clocks to enhance your time in the most remarkable regions of Europe.

Hungry for more European adventure? Board the high-speed Eurostar Train to London for fish ’n chips, bangers and mash, and bubble and squeak. 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 European Sampler with London

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Travelers Notes

We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.

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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 Europe 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 European tour—without the crowds.

Product Group

European Sampler

UNESCO Sites

17th Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam|Palace and Park of Versailles|Paris Banks of the Seine|Upper Middle Rhine Valley

Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners

Itineraries

Day 1

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

Day 2

AMSTERDAM Holland Days AMSTERDAM Take a guided canal cruise. and visit a Diamond Centre, followed by free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
EPIC RIDE See the most fascinating views of Amsterdam on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

Day 3

AMSTERDAM–HEIDELBERG, GERMANY Tradition on Tap in Heidelberg RHINE RIVER Enjoy a scenic cruise.
HEIDELBERG Take an orientation walk through the Old Town. [LF] Enjoy dinner with beer at Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg restaurant. (B,D)
342 mi / 550 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES Lift a glass of German beer in Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg brauhaus. Enjoy the famous tastes of Germany in this elegant and rustic beer house where hospitality is served in the heart of the brewery, along with legendary beers – both traditional and modern.

Day 4

HEIDELBERG–BLACK FOREST–RHINE FALLS, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE With Cherries on Top BLACK FOREST Enjoy a traditional woodcarving demonstration followed by Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and Black Forest Cake).
RHINE FALLS Take pictures of the waterfalls.
LUCERNE Walking tour includes the [LF] Bourbaki Panorama, the Lion Monument, and the Chapel Bridge. (B,D)
242 mi / 390 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
CULTURAL GEM A monumental panorama, a piece of European cultural heritage, and a symbol of Switzerland’s humanitarian tradition - the Bourbaki Panorama brings together a multitude of stories. It commemorates the internment of 87000 soldiers of the French Bourbaki army, who fled Switzerland in the harsh winter of 1871. Painted by the artist Edouard Castres who personally witnessed the internment as a Red Cross worker and put his feelings on display in a most impressive way in 1881. A true journey back to the time in which Switzerland and its self-image were formed in the service of humanity, tolerance, and human rights.

Day 5

LUCERNE Sweet Sights of Switzerland LUCERNE Enjoy a free day. (B)

FREE TIME TIPS
EXPLORE MORE What better way to spend this free day than with an excursion to the top of Mt Pilatus? Ascend via the world’s steepest cogwheel railway passing the exquisite alpine meadows and dramatic rock formations. Take in spectacular views of central Switzerland. Feel on top of the world because you are! Send a yodel across the Swiss peaks in the tradition of mountaineers of old.

Day 6

LUCERNE–BEAUNE, FRANCE Bountiful Burgundy LUCERNE Take in the scenery during the drive to the vineyards of Burgundy.
BEAUNE Visit the Hotel Dieu and take part in a [LF] wine tasting at Marché aux Vins. (B)
217 mi / 350 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES Go deeper into the legendary wines of Burgundy with a tour of the cellars of Marché aux Vins in Beaune. Taste a variety of Burgundy wines, while learning about the vineyard and regional grape varieties in this bountiful region in one of France's main wine-producing areas. A votre santé

Day 7

BEAUNE–VERSAILLES–PARIS Château of Kings & Queens VERSAILLES Guided visit of the Palace and Gardens en route to Paris. (B)
236 mi / 380 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDS SLEPT HERE When it comes to the Palace of Versailles, opulent is an understatement! This converted hunting lodge boasts 2300 rooms adorned in 17th century gilded French décor. Kings, Queens, and Emperors have called it home! Now a world- famous museum that promises its visitors a breathtaking experience.

Day 8

PARIS C’est Magnifique in the City of Light PARIS Guided sightseeing includes an orientation drive and a scenic Seine River cruise. (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CITY SIGHTS As the song goes, we love Paris in the springtime; we love Paris in the fall - but no matter the season, we fall in love anytime we visit the most romantic city in the world. From the tempting shops of the Champs-Élysées to the irresistible charms of a corner café, your hearts are set on sharing France’s captivating City of Light any time you please.

Day 9

PARIS–LONDON, ENGLAND Just in Time for Tea Travel by high-speed Eurostar Train to London, arriving in the afternoon.
Today’s Distance: 305 mi / 492 km (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
EPIC RIDE Take the fast train to London on the Eurostar - the only high-speed rail directly linking the UK to France. Since 1994, passengers have been whisked through the longest section of underwater tunnel in the world in comfort with speeds up to 200 mph.

Day 10

LONDON London’s Calling Guided sightseeing includes St. Paul’s Cathedral. (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOTS England’s national treasure of St. Paul’s Cathedral is home to a spectacular array of art – from delicate carvings to gilded dome murals and modern works of art. As the seat of the Bishop of London, the cathedral serves as the mother church of the Diocese of London, where notable remembrances have been served here, including Queen Victoria’s jubilee, birthdays of Queen Elizabeth II, and funerals of luminaries like Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher.

Day 11

LONDON Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2022-10-07 2022-10-08 2022-10-18 $3479 $0 $3479 HDT21008 Not Available
2 2023-04-21 2023-04-22 2023-05-02 $3599 $0 $3599 HDT30422 Available
3 2023-05-05 2023-05-06 2023-05-16 $3559 $0 $3559 HDT30506 Available
4 2023-05-12 2023-05-13 2023-05-23 $3969 $0 $3969 HDT30513K Available
5 2023-05-19 2023-05-20 2023-05-30 $3589 $0 $3589 HDT30520 Available
6 2023-05-26 2023-05-27 2023-06-06 $3589 $0 $3589 HDT30527 Available
7 2023-06-02 2023-06-03 2023-06-13 $3589 $0 $3589 HDT30603 Available
8 2023-06-09 2023-06-10 2023-06-20 $3999 $0 $3999 HDT30610K Available
9 2023-06-16 2023-06-17 2023-06-27 $3629 $0 $3629 HDT30617 Available
10 2023-06-30 2023-07-01 2023-07-11 $3559 $0 $3559 HDT30701 Available
11 2023-07-14 2023-07-15 2023-07-25 $3559 $0 $3559 HDT30715 Available
12 2023-07-28 2023-07-29 2023-08-08 $3589 $0 $3589 HDT30729 Available
13 2023-08-11 2023-08-12 2023-08-22 $3889 $0 $3889 HDT30812K Available
14 2023-08-25 2023-08-26 2023-09-05 $3559 $0 $3559 HDT30826 Available
15 2023-09-01 2023-09-02 2023-09-12 $3849 $0 $3849 HDT30902 Available
16 2023-09-08 2023-09-09 2023-09-19 $3589 $0 $3589 HDT30909 Available
17 2023-09-15 2023-09-16 2023-09-26 $3849 $0 $3849 HDT30916 Available
18 2023-09-22 2023-09-23 2023-10-03 $3549 $0 $3549 HDT30923 Available
19 2023-09-29 2023-09-30 2023-10-10 $4149 $0 $4149 HDT30930K Available
20 2023-10-06 2023-10-07 2023-10-17 $3739 $0 $3739 HDT31007 Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 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. Amsterdam Spaarndammerdijk, 302 First-Class
2 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. Heidelberg Bergheimer Strasse 91 First-Class
3 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
4 Henry II Located in the wine region of Burgundy, this 58-room hotel is set in a building designated as an historical monument and features a beautiful garden terrace. All soundproofed guestrooms are individually designed and are equipped with a TV, minibar, and free Wi-Fi access, and private bathrooms that include a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Guests can enjoy a drink in the hotel bar after a day of sightseeing whilst local wineries, restaurants, and museums can all be found just a short stroll away from the property. Beaune 12/14 Faubourg-St-Nicolas First-Class
5 Pullman Paris Bercy This trendy 392-room eco-friendly hotel styled by the iconic British designer Tom Dixon is ideally located within walking distance of the vibrant Bercy district. Large classic guestrooms feature pillow top beds, bathrobes, slippers and coffee/tea-making facilities . Amenities include a bistro restaurant and a corner bar hosting live performances, a pamper bar and an indoor swimming pool, steam room and sauna. Free Wi-Fi internet access is also available throughout the property. Paris 12 1, Rue De Libourne Superior First-Class
6 Park Plaza Waterloo The 494-room property is situated within walking distance of top London attractions, including the London Eye, the London Dungeons and the Imperial War Museum. The Florentine Restaurant serves a Brasserie-style menu; the bar features the best of British bubbles and craft beers as well as a range of signature cocktails; and for a relaxing cup of coffee, head to the illy Caffè bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre and a heated swimming pool. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guests throughout the hotel. London 6 Hercules Road Superior First-Class
7 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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