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2023 Essential Europe with Seine River Cruise

2023 Essential Europe with Seine River Cruise

Starting from Starting from: $11346 $9971 * / per person

2023 ESSENTIAL EUROPE with An Active & Discovery Cruise On the Seine River

  • 19 Nights / 22 Days
  • Avalon Tapestry II
  • Travel to Rome, Italy & Return from Paris, France
  • Escorted From Honolulu

Globus Land Tour: “Essential Europe”

  • Italy: Rome, Florence & Venice
  • Switzerland: Bellinzona, Lucerne & Basel
  • France: Paris

Avalon River Cruise: “Active & Discovery on the Seine River with 1 Night in Mont St. Michael,1 Night in Saint-Malo & 1 Night Paris” France: Conflans, Vernon, Giveryny, Les Andelys, Rouen, Caudebec, Le Havre & Normandy Beaches

Tour Date & Manager:

September 1 – 22, 2023 * Tour Manager: Marie Kanealii-Ortiz

 

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1: FRIDAY, SEPT 01 – HONOLULU. Depart Honolulu.

Day 2: SATURDAY, SEPT 02 – IN TRANSIT.

Day 3: SUNDAY, SEPT 03 – ROME: Welcome to Rome! 5 pm, meet your Tour Director & travel companions for a welcome dinner at a local Cafe

Day 4: MONDAY, SEPT 04 – ROME: Your Sights incl Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square & Basilica + Colosseum. Afternoon on own. (B) TOUR HIGHLIGHT: LEGENDARY LIVES Stand in awe and wonder amid one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements in the Sistine Chapel. Hear how in 1508, a young Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Julius II to decorate the chapel’s ceiling – a request not welcomed by the 33-year-old sculptor. Michelangelo’s 4-year project was indeed one of physical pain and psychological distress, while painting from scaffolds high above the sanctuary floor. Nevertheless, he created what is considered the most famous ceiling in the world, depicting the Creation of Adam in striking fresco style.

Day 5: TUESDAY, SEPT 05 – ROME–FLORENCE: FLORENCE: sightseeing includes Michelangelo’s David, at the Academy of Fine Arts. See Giotto’s Bell Tower, Baptistry’s heavy bronze Gates of Paradise + Signoria Square (B) TOUR HIGHLIGHT : ART & ARCHITECTURE In Tuscan capital you are witness to some of the world’s most magnificent art Home to a wealth of Rennaissance masterpieces – Spectacular Sites!! (B)

Day 6: WEDNESDAY, SEPT 06 – FLORENCE–VENICE: Benvenuti a Venezia Take a private boat ride in Venice + an orientation walk, including, St. Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs & a glassblowing demonstration. Free time then dinner at a local restaurant followed by a private water-taxi ride on the Grand Canal. (B, D) LOCAL FAVORITE : LOCAL TASTES Indulge tastes & traditions of true Venetian cuisine in the home of seafood & pasta. Buon appetito!!

Day 7: THURSDAY, SEPT 07 – VENICE–BELLINZONA, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE: Spectacular BELLINZONA! An elevator to the Courtyard of Castelgrande then a light lunch with local specialties + Merlot wine famous in the Ticino area; It’s a Scenic drive thru the Swiss Alps + St. Gotthard enroute to Lucerne. (B, L) LOCAL FAVORITE: HISTORIC SPOTS Castelgrande – Part of the fortification dates back to the Middle Ages & is a UNESCO World Heritage site. A Selfie Moment with spectacular panoramic views.

Day 8: FRIDAY, SEPT 08 – LUCERNE: Sweet Sighs of Switzerland LUCERNE; A Walking tour to Lion Monument & across Chapel Bridge. Balance of Day at your leisure. (B) TOUR HIGHLIGHT : PICTURE PERFECT Serenity is found in a gaze across the stunning panoramas of the Swiss Alps above the lovely city of Lucerne. Stroll thru magnificent medieval architecture + peaceful alpine lake.

Day 9: SATURDAY, SEPT 09 – LUCERNE–BASEL–PARIS, FRANCE: Board the high-speed TGV train to Paris. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B) TOUR HIGHLIGHT: PICTURE PERFECT Gliding across the French countryside past rows of vineyards setting the mood for wine & song in the City of Light – PARIS!.

Day 10: SUNDAY, SEPT 10 – PARIS: “The City of Light” Guided sights include an orientation drive & Seine River cruise. Dinner at a local Cafet. TOUR HIGHLIGHT : CITY SIGHTS – No matter the season or reason: From the tranquility of the Seine River to the corner Café…” Paris is always a Good Idea” Audrey Hepburn, Sabrina ! (B, D)”

Day 11: MONDAY, SEPT 11 – PARIS: Time to explore Paris on your own; Check out Montmartre & Sacre Coeur or The Marais; Shop Galleries Lafayette & Printemps; Visit Musee D’Orsay or the Louvre Museum! (B)

Day 12 – TUESDAY, SEPT 12 – PARIS, FRANCE (EMBARKATION): Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding; Guests on board ship by 5PM (D) OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS

Day 13 – WEDNESDAY, SEPT 13 – PARIS: Cafés, Cathedrals, and Canvases. ACTIVE: Hop on a bike to explore Paris like a local on this enjoyable guided tour through Bois de Boulogne!, OR: DISCOVERY: Immerse yourself on our Food and Cultural Tour of Paris where you will find out why the French food and culinary tradition has been even added to the UNESCO heritage list, OR: CLASSIC: Join a Guided Sightseeing, which will show you magnificent must-see sights. (B,L,D) Optional Excursion available. OR stroll thru Paris on your own- sip wine in a Left Bank Cafe. (B,L,D) OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CONFLANS

DAY 14 – THURSDAY, SEPT 14 – CONFLANS: Walk in the Footsteps of Van Gogh and Bonaparte. ACTIVE: This Guided E-bike Tour will take you to the Château de Maisons-Lafitte – enjoy a special snack, OR: DISCOVERY: Travel to the Chantilly Castle on your own where the experts of the Confrérie des Chevaliers Fouetteurs de crème Chantilly will show you how to prepare your own Chantilly cream, OR: CLASSIC: Join a Guided Tour of Auvers-sur-Oise; walk in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh, who lived, worked, and is buried here. See the landscapes and village scenes captured in his paintings, OR: CLASSIC: A Guided tour of the opulent Château de Malmaison—home of Napoléon Bonaparte and Josephine. Afternoon sailing to Vernon. Tonite: enjoy onboard live entertainment!. (B,LD) OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VERNON

DAY 15 – FRIDAY, SEPT 15 – VERNON: Monet’s Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crêpes du Jour. ACTIVE: A day canoeing w/ an expert guide; paddle your way thru areas accessible only by water, OR: DISCOVERY: It’s all about The Normandy cheese trail & traditional French pastries; w/ Guided Walking Tour OR: CLASSIC: A Guided Tour of Giverny, home & inspiration of master impressionist painter Claude Monet. Walk Monet’s charming residence & flower & water gardens captured in his masterpieces. DISCOVERY: While sailing; a traditional lunch of authentic French crêpes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration. This afternoon, cruise to the picturesque town of Les Andelys. LES ANDELYS: Serenity on the Seine’s Most Beautiful River bends. ACTIVE: Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Château Gaillard—historic home of King Richard the Lionheart and a masterpiece of medieval military architecture, OR: DISCOVERY: Visit one of ‘most beautiful villages of France’ situated in a stunning forested setting in Normandy; Then, discover the legends of the haunted Abbey de Mortemere, OR: CLASSIC: Take a Guided Walking Tour of Les Andelys – most picturesque spot on the Seine; Visit St Sauveur’s Church of Le Petit Andelys. Later, live entertainment on board !! (B,L,D) EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUEN

DAY 16 – SATURDAY, SEPT 16 – ROUEN: The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France. CLASSIC: Take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen—home of the martyred Saint Joan of Arc—and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, & Notre-Dame Cathedral. This afternoon, explore the city on your own (B,L,D) OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ROUEN

DAY 17 – SUNDAY, SEPT 17 – CAUDEBEC. EXCURSION TO NORMANDY: Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches + Local Farm Traditions DISCOVERY: Join “A Taste of Normandy” Guided in-depth Tour in the rich agricultural region. See the famous Bayeux Tapestry, visit the beautiful village of Beuvron en Auge and taste Calvados apple brandy at a local distillery, OR: CLASSIC: Join a Guided Visit to the WWII landing beaches of Normandy. Take a full-day tour of significant U.S. sites; Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument & the American Cemetery, OR: CLASSIC: Take a full-day Guided Tour of the British & Canadian commemorative sites, including the British cemetery, Pegasus Memorial, the seaside town of Arromanches, the Juno Beach Center, and the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. (B,L,D) OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LE HAVRE

DAY 18 – MONDAY, SEPT 18- LE HAVRE: 20th Century architecture & White Cliffs of Normandy. ACTIVE: Explore the city like the locals by bicycle – Cycle up to the quartier Saint Francois, OR: DISCOVERY: visit the Palais Benedectine where the world famous Benedectine liquor is made. Enjoy a short SelfGuided Tour followed by a cocktail workshop focused around the famous liquor, OR: CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour to Le Havre and discover the modern architecture of its city center, rebuilt by Auguste Perret + part of the World Heritage of Humanity. This afternoon, Optional Excursions available. (B,L,D) OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LE HAVRE

DAY 19 – TUESDAY, SEPT 19- LE HAVRE (DISEMBARKATION)–MONT ST. MICHEL: Adieu to your ship’s crew; ONTO Mont St. Michel. CLASSIC: A Guided Tour to discover Mont St. Michel & abbey, one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (B,L)

DAY 20 – WEDNESDAY, SEPT 20 – MONT ST. MICHEL: The magical island at high tide. ACTIVE: Bike across coastal villages to Nielles OR DISCOVERY: Stop in Nielles delicious tastes of local products. SAINT-MALO: Between piracy and granite walls. CLASSIC: A Walking Tour of the walled city of Saint Malo famous for hilong history of piracy. (B)

DAY 21 – THURSDAY, SEPT 21 – SAINT-MALO–PARIS: CLASSIC: While travelling to Paris, stop for a visit of the 12th-century Notre-Dame de Chartres, one of the world’s most famous gothic cathedrals. OR: Spend your free time strolling through the Champs-Élysées for café au lait and croissants, see the exhibits at the Louvre, visit Montmartre’s Basilica of the Sacré Coeur. (B)

DAY 22 – FRIDAY, SEPT 22 – PARIS: Your Europe visit ends with petit dejeuner this morning. RETURN FLIGHTS TO HONOLULU (B)

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COMPLETE PACKAGES

From $11,346*
$9,971*

Package includes: Round Trip Airfare from Honolulu, 9 Nights Pre-Cruise Land Tour, 7 Nights River Cruise, 3 Nights Post-Cruise Land Tour, Meals and Sightseeing as indicated on Itinerary, All Transfers, Taxes & Fees

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