Charming Europe

Charming Europe

13 Day Tour from Amsterdam to Paris

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Sieberstor(links) und Koboltor (rechts)

 

Vacation Overview

This vacation consists almost entirely of 2-night stays in a variety of famous cities and picturesque towns.

  • In Amsterdam, enjoy guided sightseeing and a canal cruise.
  • Enjoy a romantic cruise on the Rhine River
  • On an overnight stay in Heidelberg, enjoy dinner with beer at Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg restaurant.
  • Stop in medieval Rothenburg.
  • In Munich, visit Marienplatz.
  • Then stay two nights in Ettal, near the Passion Play village of Oberammergau
  • Visit beautiful Ettal Abbey, founded in 1330, followed by a tasting of the liquor produced by the abbey monks.
  • Also included is a visit to nearby King Ludwig’s Castle in Neuschwanstein, which was the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.
  • Next, drive through the Alps via Innsbruck to Italy.
  • Enter the Dolomites, the “Rocky Mountains of Europe.”
  • Stay overnight in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy’s most famous ski resort.
  • Enjoy a Prosecco wine tasting in Conegliano before arriving in Venice, where guided sightseeing includes St. Mark’s Square and Doges’ Palace with the Bridge of Sighs.
  • From Venice, drive to Lake Maggiore, and stop in Stresa, with the possibility to visit enchanting Isola Bella.
  • Then, enter Switzerland, and arrive in car-free Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn, for your overnight stay.
  • In the morning, an optional ride is available on Europe’s highest rack railway to the Gornergrat.
  • Next is French-speaking Montreux, of festival fame, for an overnight stay.
  • Then board the high-speed first-class TGV train from Lausanne to Paris, where guided sightseeing features a visit to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.
  • A full day at leisure in the French capital offers the possibility to visit the Palace and Gardens of Versailles, the Louvre Museum, and the artists’ hill of Montmartre.

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$3357; Double Occupancy – per person rate; Air fare not included and air fare price varies depending on departure city and date.

Day 1Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland

Welcome to Amsterdam! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions and Tour Director for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)

Day 2Amsterdam

See the main sights of the 700-year-old capital with a Local Guide, like the Royal Palace, Mint Tower, the original Heineken Brewery, the Rijksmuseum, and more. Highlight is a leisurely CANAL CRUISE along the patrician mansions and gabled façades. Also visit a major DIAMOND CENTER. Later, you may wish to join an optional excursion to visit a cheese farm, a clog maker, and a working windmill, followed by dinner in the pretty fishing village of Volendam. (B)

Day 3Amsterdam–Heidelberg, Germany

On the way to Germany, pass the Dutch region best known as the locale of A Bridge Too Far. Highlight of the day is a romantic RHINE CRUISE past castle-crested cliffs, terraced vineyards, and half-timbered towns. Arrive in Heidelberg, walk the cobblestoned streets of the Old Town and take photographs of its castle. Next, [LF] enjoy dinner with beer at Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg restaurant. (B,D)

Day 4Heidelberg–Rothenburg–Munich–Oberammergau Area

Admire the ramparts, towers, and 16th-century houses in picture-book Rothenburg, famous for Christmas ornaments. Hear why this town was spared during the Thirty Years’ War. Next is Munich, capital of Bavaria. Drive by the Olympic Stadium with its 1,000-foot-high Television Tower, and visit MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls before continuing to the peaceful village of Ettal. (B,D)

Day 5Oberammergau Area

A special highlight today: [LF] visit beautiful ETTAL ABBEY, nestled at the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Founded in 1330 by Benedictine monks, the original structure was destroyed by a fire in 1744 and later rebuilt in the baroque style. See the beautiful frescoes that adorn the ceilings and walls, and the marvelous altars. Also on the agenda: a TASTING of the LIQUOR produced by the abbey monks. Later, free time in Oberammergau to get acquainted with the history and traditions of this Passion Play village. To round off your stay in this area, maybe join the exciting optional excursions to Linderhof Castle with its beautiful terraced gardens, and a Bavarian dinner to try out traditional dishes and enjoy local entertainment. (B)

Day 6Oberammergau Area–Neuschwanstein–Innsbruck, Austria–Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy

In the heart of the Bavarian Alps you will see two castles practically facing each other. Hohenschwangau is the castle where King Ludwig II grew up, but the most famous one is the one you will visit: [LF] NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, which inspired Walt Disney. The castle is featured in the movie The Monuments Men. Next is Innsbruck, capital of the Austrian Tyrol. Stroll through the Old Town to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Time to shop for crystal, for which the city is famous, before continuing across spectacular Brenner Pass into Italy and the Dolomites. Overnight is in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy’s most famous ski resort. (B,D)

Day 7Cortina d’Ampezzo–Conegliano–Venice

Drive through the impressive Dolomites, the “Rocky Mountains of Europe,” and stop in Conegliano [LF] for a Prosecco WINE TASTING. Continue to Venice, city of romantics. Tonight, you may wish to join our optional excursion: A Venetian Night Out. (B)

Day 8Venice

Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT and meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine basilica, the Clock Tower, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Then, enjoy Venice at your own pace or join an optional gondola ride. (B,D)

Day 9Venice–Lake Maggiore–Zermatt, Switzerland

A comfortable drive to the Italian-Swiss Lake District. In elegant Stresa at Lake Maggiore, an optional boat ride to enchanting Isola Bella can be arranged before crossing lofty Simplon Pass into the Swiss Valais, an area renowned for its excellent wines and great mountain resorts. To reach the most famous of them, leave the coach behind in Täsch and board a MOUNTAIN TRAIN to climb the last few miles up to Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the Matterhorn. (B,D)

Day 10Zermatt–Montreux

Morning at leisure. A suggestion: ride Europe’s highest rack railway to 10,272-foot Gornergrat for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Alps. Next, motor through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley and arrive at Lake Geneva in Montreux, of festival fame. (B,D)

Day 11Montreux–Lausanne–Paris, France

Drive along the coastline of Lake Geneva, the “Swiss Riviera,” to Lausanne, home to the International Olympic Committee. Here, board the high-speed TGV TRAIN to Paris. On arrival, sightseeing with a Local Guide features the most famous sights: the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and more. For a bird’s-eye view, take the elevator to the second floor of Paris’ most famous landmark: the EIFFEL TOWER. This evening you may wish to try out local specialties at one of Paris’ lively restaurants. (B)

Day 12At Leisure in Paris

Another day to enjoy what this extraordinary metropolis has to offer. To enhance your stay, choose from our list of optional excursions: the magnificent Louvre Museum with the Mona Lisa, and the lavish baroque Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the Sun King, Louis XIV. Tonight, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket! (B)

Day 13Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Vacation Highlights

AMSTERDAM
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing; canal cruise; visit a major diamond center

RHINE CRUISE

HEIDELBERG
Take pictures of the castle; [LF] dinner with beer at the Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg restaurant

ROTHENBURG
Walking tour of the walled town

MUNICH
Orientation including Marienplatz

OBERAMMERGAU AREA
[LF] Visit Ettal Benedictine Abbey; liquor tasting

NEUSCHWANSTEIN
[LF] Visit King Ludwig’s castle

INNSBRUCK
Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO
Stay overnight in Italy’s most famous ski resort

CONEGLIANO
[LF] Prosecco wine tasting

VENICE
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration

LAKE MAGGIORE
Stop in the town of Stresa

TÄSCH–ZERMATT–TÄSCH
By mountain train

LAUSANNE–PARIS
By high-speed TGV train (first-class)

PARIS
Guided sightseeing, ascend the Eiffel Tower

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • In the rare event that the TGV train is unavailable, alternative services will be provided.
  • For operational reasons, slight schedule changes to the Paris program cannot be excluded.

Meals

Full buffet breakfast; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Amsterdam and a special dinner in Heidelberg

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Transfers from the airport to the hotel upon arrival at the beginning of the trip*

Transfers from the hotel to the airport at the end of the trip*

Superior first class hotel accommodations throughout the trip

Porterage and hotel taxes and fees

Baggage handling at each hotel stop

Professional Tour Director throughout the trip

VIP admissions to popular sites – no waiting in line, admission included

Motor coach transportation throughout the tour

Full buffet breakfast daily

Special Welcome Dinner with wine

Favorite Activities – experiences to help you become immersed in the local flavor and lifestyle

Headsets for sightseeing tours

Complimentary Wi-Fi on motor coach and at most hotels

*If air fare is purchased with the tour

Hotels

Amsterdam

Room Mate Aitana

Superior First-Class

A 284 room designer hotel recently built on the new artificial island in the IJ river and offers free Wi-Fi throughout. The hotel boasts a trendy cosmopolitan restaurant, which serves international food, the lounge bar provides a stylish setting for drinks and there is also a fitness center.

Heidelberg

NH Heidelberg

First-Class

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.

Oberammergau

Klosterhotel Ludwing Der Bayer

First-Class

The “Klosterhotel Ludwig der Bayer” is located in Bavaria’s Werdenfelser region and offers a wide array arrangements to fit your personal needs and tastes.

Dolomites

Hotel Bellevue

First-Class

Hotel Bellevue is a charming 66 room hotel located in the center of Cortina d’Ampezzo offering traditional comfort with Free Wi-Fi access. The hotel has a restaurant open for lunch and dinner and drinks can be enjoyed at the hotel’s bar. Leisure facilities also include a wellness spa with sauna and Turkish bath.

Venice

NH Laguna Palace

First-Class

Modern hotel with conference facilities, moorings for almost 400 boats in adjoining marina; 25 minute shuttle to center of Venice.

Zermatt

Walliserhof

First-Class

Traditional Valaisan Chalet-style Hotel with white plaster & natural wood facade accented by red shutters, & wooden balconies.

Paris

Pullman Paris Bercy

Superior First-Class

Contemporary hotel located east of Paris, 2 minutes from Gare de Lyon and 15 minutes from Orly Airport.

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it’s a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Globus provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions, register for your vacations and provide emergency contact information online.

CITY: Amsterdam

The Bulb Fields and Keukenhof This colorful excursion drives through outstanding flower fields to Keukenhof Park, where you will have time to admire some of the world’s most beautiful spring flowers. Garden enthusiasts and nature lovers can celebrate spring when the 79-acre (32-hectare) park will be a feast for the eyes, with a staggering 7 million bulbs in full bloom, flowering shrubs, centuries-old trees, and ornamental lakes with fountains. There are untold opportunities for amateur and professional photographers, and art devotees will also enjoy the pieces around the park by famous Dutch and foreign artists.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person
Volendam, Its Windmill, Cheese Farm and Dutch Dinner Visit a Dutch cheese farm a clog maker and a windmill, before enjoying a typical Dutch dinner with drinks in a local restaurant in the quaint fishing village of Volendam, where many inhabitants still wear traditional costumes.

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

CITY: Oberammergau

Country Dinner Enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner, including drinks, at one of the area’s most famous restaurants.

Approximate value: €47 EUR per person
Excursion to Linderhof Castle Drive through the forested valley of the Ammergau Alps to King Ludwig’s Linderhof Castle, famous for its Italian-style terraced gardens, graced by a string of pools and cascades.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

CITY: Venice

A Venetian Night Out Via the Grand Canal 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.

Approximate value: €71 EUR per person
Gondola Serenade Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas. These long, narrow, flat-bottomed boats with a high prow and stern were designed specifically for the Venetian canals and made in unique shipyards called Squero. Black is the obligatory color, due to a law passed to reduce how the rich and noble over-decorated their personal craft. The comb at the front of the gondola is made of iron and serves not only to balance the boat, but is also the symbol of gondolas and Venice. The six comb teeth represent the six Venetian districts- i sestieri. Note: the gondola is to be shared with other guests (maximum 6 participants on each gondola). There will be one musician on board of one of the gondola boats in your fleet.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

CITY: Stresa

Excursion to Isola Bella Enjoy a boat ride to the privately owned island named in 1630 by Carlo Borromeo III after his wife Isabella. Tour the opulent Borromeo Palace, then time for the beautiful gardens and terraces.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

CITY: Zermatt

Gornergrat Experience incomparable panoramic views. In just 40 minutes by mountain railway, climb 10,132 feet for a magnificent view of Switzerland’s loftiest peaks.

Approximate value: €79 EUR per person

CITY: Paris

Dinner and Show at La Nouvelle Eve No visit to Paris is complete without a night out at the cabaret! Enjoy a whirling international dinner show (unlimited wine) at Pigalle’s one and only La Nouvelle Eve.

Approximate value: €124 EUR per person
Dinner and Show at Moulin Rouge Enjoy an unforgettable evening at the world-renowned Moulin Rouge, home of the French Can Can for more than a century. Dinner with half a bottle of wine is served during the show and a glass of champagne completes your evening in style.

Approximate value: €170 EUR per person
Dinner Party and Illumination Drive A perfect introduction to Paris! After a full-course dinner with choices of typical French dishes, drinks included, your tour director will show you the “City of Light.”

Approximate value: €68 EUR per person
Excursion to Montmartre Leaving from Pigalle take a little train for an enjoyable ride up to Montmartre, the most artistic and picturesque district in Paris, with its impressive landmark white-domed Basilica of Sacre-Coeur built in the late 19th century in Byzantine style. Admire the surprising view over the rooftops of Paris and walk around Montmartre’s narrow streets to discover unexpected jewels like Saint Peter’s Church – one of the most ancient in Paris, the Lapin Agile – the oldest of Montmartre’s cabarets, the Bateau Lavoir – where Picasso created cubism, and the grocery store featured in the movie “Amelie”. Soak up the atmosphere of Place du Tertre and watch the portrait artists in action or even sit for one of them yourself before returning to Pigalle by funicular.

Approximate value: €29 EUR per person
Excursion to the Louvre Museum Your guide will bring to life the most celebrated treasures of the impressive Louvre Museum, including da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa. Built originally as a royal fortress in the Middle Ages, the Central Arts Museum was opened to the public in 1793. The Louvre holds 35,000 works of art divided into eight categories: paintings, prints & drawings, sculpture, decorative arts, Greek, Etruscan & Roman antiquities, Egyptian antiquities, Near Eastern antiquities, and Islamic art. NOTE: This excursion is not available to groups on Tuesdays, public holidays, and Sundays.

Approximate value: €47 EUR per person
Excursion to the Palace of Versailles Travel out of Paris to the lavish 17th-century baroque Palace of Versailles, built by the Sun King, Louis XIV, with its magnificent State Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, and Royal Chapel. Your Local Guide will bring its history to life during your visit, then time at leisure to stroll through parts of the elegant 250-acre gardens. Louis XIII originally purchased Versailles and its surrounding land to serve as his hunting lodge. Later, his son, Louis XIV, decided to make it his seat of government, and in 1682, he installed his impressive court and numerous noble visitors in sumptuous surroundings, a symbol of absolute monarchy. NOTE: This excursion is not available on Mondays and public holidays.

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person
Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$875

Triple room reduction per person:
$123

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room $265, in twin $172, in triple $150

Extra nights per person in Paris:
in single room $385, in twin $202, in triple $202

 

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