A Personal Review of Globus’ European Sampler Tour
In June 2009, I took a Globus tour called European Sampler with London Extension. It was a fantastic tour sampling different countries, giving you the opportunity to find out which place you would like to visit again in depth. Upon arriving at London Heathrow airport, I picked up my luggage and cleared customs, and saw a Globus representative who arranged my transfer the hotel. I soon found out that you do not join your tour group until two days later when you move on to Amsterdam. There was a Globus host in my hotel that helped arrange for some optional sightseeing while I was in London. I decided to take a tour to the Tower of London. This was very interesting and I could imagine the prisoners being held here! After that tour I wanted to ride the London Eye. This is a huge ferris wheel that provided breath taking views of London. The wheel does not stop when people are getting on and off, however, it moves very slowly so it is not an issue. The next morning the local guide picks you up at your hotel. The morning sightseeing tour included: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards, and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately I was not able to see the Changing of the Guard that day. The next day I met the rest of the tour as we gathered around to go to board the Eurostar train to Brussels. The train was very comfortable and plenty of leg room. After the train ride we met up with our driver and motor coach who took us to Amsterdam. This was a full day of travel and sightseeing began immediately upon arrival since we had only one night in Amsterdam. We had a walking tour of the city and yes we did visit the Red Light District. The next morning we headed to Heidelberg for one night. We had a few stops including Cologne to visit the twin-spired gothic cathedral and then we took a Rhine Cruise. The next day we went to the Black Forest and saw the bigger than life size cuckoo clock. It was a very cute place where they sell a lot of cuckoo clocks among other souvenirs. Of course I had to eat a delicious slice of Black Forest cake! After Black Forest, we continued on our journey to Lucerne with one stop at the Swiss border to admire the Rhine Falls. I was a bit tired from all the traveling the past two days and was relieved to have two nights in Lucerne. The next city was Paris. I loved this big city! Two nights was definitely not enough for me but it gave me a taste of things to come on my next visit. We all saw the Opera, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral, and a lot more. Also included was a view from the Eiffel Tower from the second floor. There was an extremely long line to go in however being with the group, we were allowed immediate access. No lines for me! I had signed up for a cabaret show that evening not even realizing what that meant. I was in for a surprise once I arrived. It was a nice show to say the least. Since I booked the London extension, the next day I headed back there for one last night. Most of the tour went home from Paris. I had the most wonderful tour director and bus driver. As most experienced escorted tour travelers know, the tour director can make or break your tour! Every morning the tour group was sleepy on the motor coach and she always said “wakey wakey”. I enjoyed the included meals however the optional tours meals were even better. I would say this tour is medium paced. There are a couple of cities that you are in only one night so it is a lot of traveling for a few days. However there are 3 cities where you stay for two nights. Personally I prefer tours that allow you to stay 3 nights at a more leisurely pace. I was more than satisfied with all of my hotel accommodations. I would recommend this tour to everyone.
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