CITY BREAK: Paris

$1,800 + Airfare / 6 Days, 4 Nights

Celebrate the Bastille Day, the biggest and most important festival in the French calendar. It commemorates the day that Parisian commoners and peasants stormed the fortress and prison of Bastille. This provoked events that would end the monarchy and usher in the age of liberty, fraternity, and equality. Celebrations are held all over France, including large-scale public events and parties. The best place to be, however, is in Paris. Here, celebrations start on the night of 13 July when many fire stations throw all-night parties. On Bastille Day itself, a huge parade and various free concerts take place around the city. Come nightfall, some of the best fireworks you will ever see light up the sky over the Eiffel Tower. For the best atmosphere and view of the display, go early to the Trocadéro gardens, the Parc de Belleville, or the Champ de Mars. For a bird’s eye view of the city, the Sacré Cœur or Montparnasse Tower are unbeatable.)

Date & Price

TOUR A: July 11-16, 2022
TOUR B: September 18-23, 2022
TOUR C: Valentine’s Day: February 10-15, 2023
TOUR D: May 17-22, 2023
TOUR E: October 4-9, 2023

COST: $1,800.00 + Airfare

  • Our tours don’t include airfare
  • We are glad to assist with making your flight arrangements and airport transfers, if desired. Click here to let us know.
  • Fly in style: ask me how you can treat yourself to an extra legroom! Premium, business, and first class seats might be available. 

NOTE: at Go Global it is always Your Trip, Your Way.  Pick and choose from our vast listing of daily options (add Paris?) to customize your European adventures! 

What's Included

  • Fully customized, a la carte, authentic, worry-free, stress-free, worry-free, adventure with you making all choices and selections!
  • Full-time services of our travel concierge, friendly guide and local experts who will make fascinating history, art and culture of Paris and  come alive for you.
  • All authentic tours and admissions – at no extra cost – including access to pre-selected  historical, cultural, and local events of your choice
  • 6 days/4 nights accommodations in upscale, centrally located, hotels.
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked-in the moment you submit your application and deposit.
  • All trip related tips, taxes, and gratuities.
  • All breakfasts
  • ALUMNI DISCOUNT of $50 for each trip you have taken prior to 2021
  • Fine print: Your are responsible for cost of your meals, free-time sightseeing and travel, and airport transfers.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key

  • Light (2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day)
  • Moderate (2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs)
  • Strenuous (2–8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain)

Day 1

Today is a long travel day; be as rested as possible before you head for the airport.  Know your itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP to reschedule.

Walking: light.

Day 2

Our orientation meeting with start at 3 pm at our hotel in Paris.  Our meeting we be followed with a walk to become more familiar with our neighborhood and its surroundings.  After Paris Metro orientation, we we will explore few most memorable cultural and historical sights of Paris, including stops at the Eiffel Tower.  After dinner, take an optional trip to the Montmartre neighborhood.

Walking: light (moderate, if you join after-dinner walk).

Day 3

Today we will start our explorations of the city in the place where Paris did, on the Ile de la Cité.  Our walking tour will introduce you to city’s early history.  We will stop at the two of the world’s most iconic medieval Gothic churches: the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral and the elegant and intimate Sainte-Chapelle. After free time for lunch, we will stroll through the bohemian Latin Quarter, named for the language heard on these streets during the Middle Ages (because of students attending the Sorbonne University).  Th rest of the day is free for personal explorations of this magical  city.

Walking: strenuous.  After dinner, take an optional walk to the Notre Dame.

Day 4

Today we will explore artistic Paris, starting with a hike up Montmartre to tour the colorful neighborhood that was the playground of artistic geniuses a century ago — including Van Gogh, Picasso, and Renoir — and generations of hopeful artists since.  We will enjoy spectacular views of Paris from the Sacré-Cœur Basilica before proceeding to the Louvre where you come face to face with the works of Raphael, Delacroix, and Leonardo, and timeless treasures including Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, and hundreds more. We will finish our day on a romantic Seine River cruise, just in time to celebrate the Valentines Day.

Walking: strenuous.

Day 5

Today, we travel to the countryside and visit the elaborate palace that Louis XIV, XV, and XVI called home. We will make the 30-minute train trip to Versailles, where we will explore the dazzling Hall of Mirrors and other sumptuous rooms of the palace. Afternoon is free time to wander through the expansive gardens and visit the farm animals at Marie Antoinette’s hamlet — or zip back to Paris early via one of the frequent trains.

Walking: moderate to strenuous.  After dinner, take an optional walk to the Left Bank.

Day 6

This is our travel day.  Paris CDG and Paris ORY airports can be easily reached by regional train or taxi from our Parisian neighborhood. For those not ready to return home yet, Paris is a great jumping off point to London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, and many other exciting destinations (ask us for help you with travel logistics and itinerary suggestions). Cheerio!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

French Countryside

$2,575 + Airfare / 9 Days, 7 Nights

Experience the history, culture, food, and social diversity of France as you travel off the beaten path and through the French countryside to take-in daily life in the French Republic – and do it the way locals do it! Tour starts in the historical Alsace region famous for its white wines Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir. The area is crisscrossed by a network of canals, vineyards and storybook villages that follow the famous Route du Vin. Next, we explore the region of Burgundy, known for her dry red wines, chardonnay, chablis and beaujolais, and of course dijon Mustard. This region boasts picturesque countryside, some of the oldest vineyards in Europe, and world’s most famous wine routes. Next, our great adventure takes us into the Franche Comete region to sample their unique Jura yellow wines and some of the most famous cheeses in France, Comte. This more mountainous region offers the famous Chateau Chalon as well as medieval abbeys and beautiful waterfalls. A final stopover of our tour: Paris, the City of Lights, arguably the most romantic city on this planet!

Date & Price

TOUR A: September 24 – October 2, 2022

TOUR B: May 20-28, 2023

TOUR C: September 23 – October 1, 2023

  • $2,575.00 + Air
  • Our tours do not include airfare.
  • We are glad to assist with making your flight arrangements and airport transfers, if desired. Click here to let us know.
  • Fly in style: ask me how you can treat yourself to an extra legroom! Premium, business, and first class seats might be available.
  • Add an optional stopover in London, either before or after your visit to Paris.
  • NOTE: at Go Global it is always Your Trip, Your Way.  Pick and choose from our vast listing of daily options to customize your Paris romantic vacations! 

What's Included

  • Fully customized, a la carte, authentic, worry-free, stress-free, worry-free, adventure with you making all choices and selections!
  • Full-time services of our travel concierge, friendly guide and local experts who will make fascinating history, art and culture of France come alive for you.
  • All authentic tours and admissions – at no extra cost – including access to pre-selected historical and cultural sights as well as many unique local events of your choice.
  • 9 days/7 nights accommodations in upscale, centrally located, hotels.
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked-in the moment you submit your application and deposit.
  • All trip related tips, taxes, and gratuities.
  • All breakfasts
  • ALUMNI DISCOUNT of $50 for each trip you have taken prior to 2020
  • Fine print: Your are responsible for cost of your meals, free-time sightseeing and travel, and airport transfers.

Itinerary

  • Daily Activity Key
    • Light (1-2 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day)

    • Moderate (3–4 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs)

    • Strenuous (4+ miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain)

    Day 1

    Today is a long travel day; be as rested as possible before you head for the airport.  Know your itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP.

    Walking: light.

    Day 2 

    After the initial orientation session, we will take a neighborhood walk and tour of Colmar. Optional after dinner walk as we explore it’s famous storybook streets and shops. 

    Walking: light (moderate, if you join after-dinner walk).

    Day 3

    Today we begin to explore the Route du Vin. We will begin in Riquewihr, where we will wander the cobblestone streets finding winemaker’s shops and tasting rooms. You will also get a chance to taste domaine de la tour blanche and walk around the vineyards. Take a stop in the picturesque town of Hunawihr, and continue onto Ribeauville, a charming town sitting between vineyards and mountains. Time permitting, we will explore one of the 3 fortified castles on the mountainside. 

    Day 4

    Welcome to the food and wine capital of the world! Today we will drive to Dijon (yes, like the mustard) and spend the day tasting your way around the vineyards and city. 

    Day 5

    Continuing onto Beaune, this walled town is at the center of the Burgundy winemaking region. Here you will visit the Chateau du Clos de Vourgeot as well as the Burgundy Wine Museum. Continue to learn the smells and history of wine at La Caves Aux Aromes. 

    Day 6

    Today we will visit Poligny, in the Jura department of eastern France, and continue our wine and cheese tastings. Take a stroll through the Chateau-Chalon which overlooks the Jura vineyards. No trip would be complete without a stop in “one of the most beautiful villages of France,” Baume les Messieurs. Visit the 900AD Abby and the breathtaking waterfalls coming out of the mountainside. 

    Day 7

    Time to say goodbye to the countryside and hello to Paris! We will take the train to the City of Light. 

    Day 8

    Today we will explore Paris together, visiting icons of the city such as Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, Sainte Chapelle, and of course the Eiffel Tower. We will walk on the Champs Elysee, around the Latin quarter, or through Rue Mouffetard. 

    Day 9

    Today is a travel day.  Know your flight itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP.

    Walking: light.

Extend your trip by staying in London (pre or post trip option; ask for details and pricing)

NOTE:  Due to limited seat availability, this tour may be sold out by the time we receive your request.  If we cannot confirm your place, you will be contacted immediately.

CITY BREAK: London

$1,800 + airfare / 6 days, 4 nights
An extra long WEEKEND IN LONDON!
October brings new energy to London!  Become a Londoner for the weekend: go to a theater play (or 2, or 3), attend a soccer game (Arsenal and Chelsea and Tottenham are playing home games  that weekend), visit world-class museums and galleries, do shopping on Oxford Street and Regents Street, explore some of the weekends’ markets, take walks through St. James Park, go clubbing at the Ministry of Sound, take a cruise on the Thames, or explore modern art at Tate.  There are lots of October events that you should not miss!  London is calling … !  Make this a weekend to remember!
  • THEATER: choose your plays and seats before your travel to experience the best of London’s shows
  • SOCCER: take in some of the best of English soccer; Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham play home during our visit!
  • HARRY POTTER: visit some of Harry Potter locations in London and Oxford; add an excursion to Harry Potter Studios!
  • ROYAL LONDON: experience London of the royal family, including Changing of the Guards and parts of Shakespeare’s London
  • NEW: follow the footsteps of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien in Oxford

Date & Price

TOUR A: September 17-22, 2022

TOUR B: April 19-24, 2023

TOUR C: October 11-16, 2023

$1,800.00 + Airfare

  • Our tours don’t include airfare
  • We are glad to assist with making your flight arrangements and airport transfers, if desired. Click here to let us know.
  • Fly in style: ask me how you can treat yourself to an extra legroom! Premium, business, and first class seats might be available. 

NOTE: at Go Global it is always Your Trip, Your Way.  Pick and choose from our vast listing of daily options (add Paris?) to customize your European adventures! 

What's Included

  • A very small, friendly group of 6-10 people 
  • Full-time services of a friendly guide and local experts who will make fascinating history, art and culture of London come alive for you.
  • All tours and admissions – at no extra cost – including access to at least 22 sightseeing events: London walking tour, the House of Parliament, all major London bridges, Thames River walks, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the British Library, the British Museum, the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guards, Oxford Street, Regents Street, Baker Street, National Gallery, the Hyde Park, some of the oldest pubs, historical train stations, Covent Garden, optional Harry Potter sights, and much, much more.
  • Optional day-trip to Oxford or Paris (extra fees apply)
  • 6 days/4 nights accommodations in memorable, centrally located, hotels.
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked-in the moment you submit your application and deposit.
  • All trip related tips, taxes, and gratuities.
  • All breakfasts
  • ALUMNI DISCOUNT of $50 for each trip you have taken prior to 2020
  • Fine print: Your are responsible for cost of your drinks, and free-time sightseeing and travel, and airport transfers.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key

  • Light (2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day)
  • Moderate (2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs)
  • Strenuous (2–8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain)

Day 1

Today is a long travel day; be as rested as possible before you head for the airport.  Know your itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP to reschedule.

Walking: light.

Day 2

Our orientation meeting with start at 3 pm at our hotel in London.  Our meeting we be followed with a walk to become more familiar with our neighborhood and its surroundings.  After Underground/Tube orientation, we we will explore few most memorable cultural and historical sights of London, including stops at the Hyde Park and the Oxford Street.  After dinner, take an optional trip to the Southbank neighborhood on the Thames.

Walking: light (moderate, if you join after-dinner walk).

Day 3

Today we will explore the City of Westminster. Our walk will start with the walk through St. James Park and up to the Buckingham Palace where we will experience the Changing of the Guards.  After a brief stop at the Guards Chapel and the Wellingtons Barracks, we will visit majestic Westminster Abbey.  After lunch, we’ll visit the British Library.  Our evening is free; consider Evensong at St. Paul’s, or go to a theater, or attended a football game.

Walking: strenuous.  After dinner, take an optional walk to the Tower of London.

Day 4

Today we will explore the City of London.  We will start at the medieval Tower of London where we will join a Yeoman Warder “Beefeater” for an entertaining tour and a close-up look at the magnificent collection of Crown Jewels.  After lunch, we will take a walking tour of The City, the oldest part of London and today one of the world’s key financial centers.   This evening is free and perfect for the theater (book a popular show in advance online or pick up a ticket in London).

Walking: strenuous.  After dinner, take an optional walk to the Somerset Palace and the Covent Garden.

Day 5

Today, we travel to the English countryside and experience historic and academic-minded Oxford. We will explore the Broad Street as well as Museum fo Natural History where the original public debate over Charles Darwin’ The Origin of Species took place.  We will also visit a number of unique college campuses that make up the Oxford University system and we will stop at the pub made famous by literary discussions between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkin.  Your evening is free, allowing for more exploration of Oxford or an early return to London.

Walking: moderate to strenuous.  After dinner, take an optional walk to the Southbank.

Day 6

This is our travel day.  Heathrow and Gatwick airports can be easily reached by Tube, train, or taxi from our London neighborhood. For those not ready to return home yet, London is a great jumping off point to Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, and many other exciting destinations (ask us for help you with travel logistics and itinerary suggestions). Cheerio!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

NEW:Grand European Adventure

$3,725 + Airfare / 14 days, 12 nights

This tour is a true Grand European Adventure through major European must-see sights and cities and countries.  We will explore and experience Europe’s most popular, most exciting, most unique and unforgettable, landscapes, cities, and must-see sights!  Top off each day of this adventure with experiences of unsurpassed local hospitality, authentic cultural events, and incredible culinary treats and feasts to create memories and to make friends that will last you a lifetime!

Date & Price

TOUR A: June 17-29, 2022 (SOLD OUT)

TOUR B: October 18-31, 2022

TOUR C: June 8-21, 2023

TOUR D: September 21 – October 4, 2023

COST: $3,725.00 + Airfare

  • Our tours don’t include airfare
  • We are glad to assist with making your flight arrangements and airport transfers, if desired. Click here to let us know.
  • Fly in style: ask me how you can treat yourself to an extra legroom! Premium, business, and first class seats might be available. 

NOTE: This trip can be done in segments; go only as far as you want!

What's Included

  • A very small, friendly group of 4-6 people 
  • Full-time services of a friendly guide and local experts who will make fascinating history, art and culture of Europe come alive for you.
  • All tours and admissions – at no extra cost – including access to at least 22 sightseeing events in each of these cities: London, Amsterdam, Dublin, Paris, Madrid, Venice, Rome, Athens, Munich, Zurich, Lisbon, and much, much more.
  • Pay as you go for optional daily activities (see itinerary below for more details)
  • All nights accommodations in memorable, centrally located, hotels.
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked-in the moment you submit your application and deposit.
  • All trip related tips, taxes, and gratuities.
  • All breakfasts
  • ALUMNI DISCOUNT of $50 for each trip you have taken prior to 2021
  • Fine print: Your are responsible for cost of your drinks, and free-time sightseeing and travel, and airport transfers.

Itinerary

Day 1

Today is a long travel day; be as rested as possible before you head for the airport.  Know your itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP.

Day 2

After arriving in Dublin, we will explore major historical and cultural spots of the city that make it famous, including iconic Temple Bar District area (accommodation for 2 nights).

Culinary recommendation: traditional Irish beef and Guinness stew

Instagram moments today:

Temple Bar

 

Day 3

Today we will explore Irish countryside by train and on foot, including stops at the medieval Malahide Castle and the fishing village of Howth with arguably best fish and chips anywhere in Ireland!

Culinary experience: local fish and chips.

Instagram moments today:

Malahide Castle
Fish and Chips

Day 4

We will take morning flight to London and visit major royal sites of the British monarchy, including the Buckingham Palace.  We will end our organized tour at the Tower of London.  Late afternoon and evening are free for exploring this great city on your own.  (accommodation for 2 nights)

Food to try today:  Steak and Ale shepherd’s pie.

Instagram moments today:

Buckingham Palace
London Bridge

 

Day 5

This morning we will explore traditional English countryside in Oxford, including must stop for lunch at pub made famous by Tolkin and C.S. Lewis.  After return to London we will visit the Southbank neighborhood of London, including stops at the Tate and the Globe.

A must meal when in London: Sunday Roast with Yorkshire Pudding.

Instagram moments today:

Oxford

Day 6

We will take an early train to Amsterdam and spend majority of our day here. After exploring canals and off the beaten path sites of this incredible city, we will take another train that will bring us to Paris in time to enjoy picnic at the Eiffel Tower.  (1-night accommodation)

Dutch lunch: pancakes, thick fries, and apple pie.  Raw herring is the local delicacy for the brave at heart.  Parisian dinner: three course meal at the oldest restaurant in town!

Instagram moments today:

Amsterdam

Day 7

We will explore all major sites of Paris, including stops at the Rodin Museum, the Notre Dame, the Latin Quarters, and the Montmartre artistic district.  Finally, we will take late flight to Zurich. (1-night accommodation).

Must-try foods when in Paris: baguette, pain au chocolate, pastries, macarons, and cured ham waffles.

Instagram moments today:

Eiffel Tower
Notre Dame

Day 8

This morning, we will visit the chocolate factory and then drive to Luzern and through the Swiss Alps.  In the afternoon with will stop in the Principality of Liechtenstein before entering pristine and enchanting landscapes of Austria and Germany.  We will arrive in Munich for dinner. (1-night accommodation)

Food to experience: winner schnitzel with spätzli.

Instagram moments today:

Swiss Alps

Day 9

Today, after morning in Munich, we will take train to magical and always enchanting Venice.  (2 nights’ accommodation.)

Food to try: cicchetti dishes, baccala Mantecato, spritzer, and gelato.

Instagram moments today:

Gelato on Rialto Bridge

Day 10

This morning and afternoon will explore the Venetian Lagoon, including stops in Murano and Burano.  Rest of the day is for personal exploration of the city after dark.

Food to try: bigoli spaghetti dishes, more spritzer and gelato.

Instagram moments today:

Venice Canals

Day 11

After early breakfast, fly to Athens and explore the most ancient parts of the city, Agora and the Mars Hill and the world-famous Acropolis and Parthenon.  After free time for lunch, we will be introduced to modern Athens, the Parliament Square, and city’s famous food market.  Rest of the day is free for personal explorations of the city.  (2 nights’ accommodation).

Food discoveries: Greek salad, spinach pie, and moussaka.

Instagram moments today:

Pantheon

Day 12

Full day cruise of the Greek islands.

Greek Dish of the Day: fish soup

Instagram moments today:

Greek Islands

Day 13

Today is a long travel day; be as rested as possible before you head for the airport.  Know your itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP to reschedule.  ALTERNATIVELY, stand your trip by 2 extra days and visit Madrid, Spain.

Itinerary specifics subject to change

Spain / Portugal

$2,600 + Airfare / 10 Days, 8 Nights

Iberian Tapestry: Spain & Portugal

A tapestry takes different colors and cloths, and weaves them together into a beautiful design.  This Iberian Tapestry tour weaves together the sights and cultures of Spain’s and Portugal’s most famous cities (Lisbon and Madrid) into one marvelous vacation. Fans of art and architecture will be delighted by the visits to the famous Prado Museum, which houses 8,000 pieces of Western painting and is one of the world’s most prestigious art museums. From the larger cities to the differing countryside and landscapes, from its world-class art, historical sights, and magnificent cathedrals to its sunny climate and unique cuisine, this trip is a great introduction to the Iberian Peninsula!

  • Madrid: Witness the world’s finest collection of Spanish paintings plus an impressive foreign collection as you tour the Prado Museum with an expert art historian.
  • Lisbon: Visit Jeronimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal’s trade over the centuries.
  • Optional trip to Seville: From the Moorish Patio de los Naranjos, step inside the cathedral, past the altarpiece dripping with gold, to the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.

Date & Price

TOUR A: June 8-17, 2023

TOUR B: September 28 – October 7, 2023

 

COST: $2,600.00 + Airfare

  • Our tours don’t include airfare
  • We are glad to assist with making your flight arrangements and airport transfers, if desired. Click here to let us know.
  • Some tour members arrange to fly into Madrid (MAD) and out of Lisbon (LIS)
  • Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Spain.
  • Fly in style: ask me how you can treat yourself to an extra legroom! Premium, business, and first class seats might be available. 

NOTE: at Go Global it is always Your Trip, Your Way.  Pick and choose from our vast listing of daily options to customize your Spain and Portugal adventures! 

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 8-12 people
  • Full-time services of our travel concierge, friendly guide and local experts who will make fascinating history, art and culture of Spain and Portugal come alive for you.
  • All tours and admissions – most at no extra cost – including access to at least 30 pre-selected historical, cultural, and local events of your choice: walking tours of Madrid and Lisbon; Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums, Church of Santo Tomé, El Greco’s famous painting, Lisbon’s Monument to the Discoveries, ancient Belem Tower, Lisbon Cathedral, the Santa Cruz Quarter, the statue of Don Quixote in the Plaza de Espania, Royal Palace, Gran Via, Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and Puerta del Sol
  • Optional day trips to Segovia, Toledo, and Sintra Palace
  • All nights accommodations in memorable, centrally located, hotels.
  • All group transportation between Madrid and Lisbon
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked-in the moment you submit your application and deposit.
  • Optional day (or multiple days) trips to Barcelona
  • All trip related tips, taxes, and gratuities.
  • All breakfasts and 4 additional meals
  • ALUMNI DISCOUNT of $50 for each trip you have taken prior to 2020
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks, free-time sightseeing, travel and airport transfers.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key

  • Light (2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day)
  • Moderate (2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs)
  • Strenuous (2–8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain)

Day 1

Today is a long travel day; be as rested as possible before heading for the airport.  Know your itinerary.  If any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP.

Walking: light.

Day 2

Our orientation meeting with start at 3 pm at our hotel in Madrid and following that meeting we will venture out to become familiar with our neighborhood and its surroundings.  After dinner, you may choose to take an optional walk to explore Madrid’s major monuments and classy Plaza Mayor, the heart of the city.

Walking: light (moderate, if you join after dinner walk).

Day 3

Today, we will start with a walking tour of the historical center of Madrid.  Next, we will explore the Almudena Cathedral and sumptuously decorated Royal Palace.  The palace has over 2,000 rooms, tons of luxurious tapestries, and a king’s ransom of chandeliers, the Royal Palace is truly one of the great palaces of Europe. Late afternoon and evening are free for personal discoveries and explorations of this great city.

Walking: moderate.

Day 4

This morning we will tour one of Europe’s premier art museums — the masterpiece-packed Prado — where you will see paintings by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, and others. Then we’ll visit the Reina Sofía, Spain’s greatest modern art museum, home to Picasso’s Guernica. The rest of the afternoon is yours to stroll through the majestic Retiro Gardens (Madrid’s most popular park), do a little shopping, and maybe even catch a performance of flamenco.

Walking: strenuous.

Day 5

Free day in  Madrid.  Take an optional bus ride to Spain’s old capital city of Toledo (and go back in time about 500 years).  Enjoy enjoy traffic-free, winding medieval streets of this incredible city. Or choose a day trip to Segovia, famous for its Alcazar Castle the the Roman built aqueduct.  Free evening back in Madrid.

Walking: moderate (and more, if you join after dinner walk).

Day 6

Today we fly to Lisbon, Portugal.  Upon arrival will start our explorations of the city by visiting neighborhoods of Alfama and Baixa.  In the afternoon we will visit the historic São Jorge Castle and from here enjoy majestic views of the city.  We will explore the food district in time for dinner.

Walking: moderate to strenuous, with some hills and stairs.

Day 7

Our day starts with a walking tour of Belém District, home to many of the city’s most historic buildings. Sticking close to the waterfront, we will learn about Portugal’s golden age of exploration at the heroic Monument to the Discoveries, and how faith, money, and a knack for sailing combined to build the dazzling Monastery of Jerónimos.

Walking: moderate to strenuous, with some hills and stairs.

Day 8

We will start with a morning visit the world-class Gulbenkian Museum, where we’ll see how an international oil tycoon assembled a priceless art collection spanning 5,000 years. You will have free afternoon and evening to continue to explore the museum or return to Lisbon for dinner on your own.

Walking: moderate to strenuous, with some hills and stairs.

Day 9

Today is a free day in Lisbon.  You will have opportunity to travel to Sintra, a longtime royal sanctuary, its forested terrain is studded with pastel-colored villas and palaces. The Moorish- and Manueline-style Sintra National Palace is distinguished by dramatic twin chimneys and elaborate tilework. The hilltop 19th-century Pena National Palace is known for a whimsical design and sweeping views. Return to Lisbon for the last evening.

Walking: moderate to strenuous, with some hills and stairs.

Day 10

Today is a travel day.  Know your flight itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP.

Walking: light.

 

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Scotland / Ireland

$2,895 + Airfare / 10 Days, 8 Nights

Experience two breathtaking, charming, proud, unique, magical, and cheeky cultures: magical Ireland and enchanting Scotland. Explore major cities and cultural centers of both cultures:  Dublin, Irish countryside, Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands. Take a train ride through the countryside.  Visit the country side and off-the-beaten path, authentic, unchanged by time, places in each country. Join us for this incredible, worry-free trip!

Date & Price

TOUR A: June 3-11, 2022 (SOLD OUT)

TOUR B: July 2-12, 2022 (SOLD OUT)

TOUR C: September 7-15, 2022

TOUR D: May 19-27, 2023

TOUR E: June 2-10, 2023

TOUR F: September 15-23, 2023

 

COST: $2,895.00 + Air

  • Our tours don’t include airfare
  • We are glad to assist with making your flight arrangements and airport transfers, if desired. Click here to let us know.
  • Some tour members arrange to fly into Edinburgh (EDI) and out of Dublin (DUB)
  • Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Scotland.
  • Fly in style: ask me how you can treat yourself to an extra legroom! Premium, business, and first class seats might be available. 

NOTE: at Go Global it is always Your Trip, Your Way.  Pick and choose from our vast listing of daily options to customize your Scotland and Ireland adventures! 

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 8-12 people
  • Full-time services of our travel concierge, friendly guide and local experts who will make fascinating history, art and culture of Ireland and Scotland come alive for you.
  • All tours and admissions – at no extra cost – including access to at least 30 sightseeing events: Dublin and Edinburgh walking tours, explore Dublin Castle, Malahide Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, Temple Bar, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathederal, Four Courts, The Trinity College, the Library and the Book of Kells, National Museum of Scotland, Grassmarket, the Royal Mile, St. Giles Cathedral, Palace of Holyroodhouse, some of the oldest Scottish pubs, Scottish Highlands tour, St. Andrews … and much, much more.
  • All nights accommodations in memorable, centrally located, hotels.
  • All group transportation between hotels/cities.
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked-in the moment you submit your application and deposit.
  • All trip related tips, taxes, and gratuities.
  • All breakfasts and half of your dinners
  • ALUMNI DISCOUNT of $50 for each trip you have taken prior to 2019
  • Fine print: Your are responsible for cost of your drinks, and free-time sightseeing and travel, and airport transfers.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key

  • Light (2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day)
  • Moderate (2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs)
  • Strenuous (2–8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain)

Day 1

Today is a long travel day; be as rested as possible before you head for the airport.  Know your itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP.

Walking: light.

Day 2

Our orientation meeting with start at 3 pm at our hotel in Edinburgh.  After initial orientation session, we will take a neighborhood walk and tour of Georgian Edinburgh.  Optional after dinner walk as we explore the New Town.

Walking: light (moderate, if you join after-dinner walk).

Day 3

Today we will explore the medieval Edinburgh. Our walking tour will take us up the Royal Mile with its wealth of historic buildings, quaint shops, narrow lanes, and hidden courtyards, then onto Grassmarket and Greyfriars cemetery. This afternoon, we will visit Edinburgh Castle at your leisure and soak up the dramatic views from this military stronghold and birthplace of the city. After dinner, take an optional tour of local pubs.

Walking: strenuous (including some hills and stairs).  After dinner, take an optional walk to few historical pubs of Edinburgh.

Day 4

Today, we are off to the Scottish Highlands!  We start by visiting scenic and iconic Dunnottar Castle and enjoy a quintessential Scottish lunch in a local pub.  Time permitting, we will make extended stop at one of local Highland Games to have a first hand experience of Scottish culture and customs.  We will end the day with an optional mystery walk through the Old Edinburgh.

Walking: moderate.  After dinner, take an optional walk through the mysterious Old Edinburgh.

Day 5

Today is a free day; go back to your favorite spots in Edinburgh, take a whiskey tour, or visit St. Andrews.

Walking: light to moderate.

Day 6

After free morning, we will take a short flight from Edinburgh to Dublin.  Upon arrival in the capitol of Ireland, we will settle into our new hotel and take a late afternoon walk through the memorable and historical center of the city.  After dinner, join us for a river walk.

Walking: light to moderate. After dinner, take an optional River Walk.

Day 7

This morning, we will explore calamitous history of Dublin, from the days of Viking raids to the hard centuries of British occupation, to its remarkable literary legacy, to the modern city of today.  We will visit St. Partick’s Cathederal, the Christ Church Cathedral, and the Trinity College.  In the College Library we will marvel at the remarkable Book of Kells, a jolt of Irish creativity that helped pull Europe out of the Dark Ages. Late afternoon and evening will be free to take in some of Dublin’s other world-class sights, such as the National Museum or Dublin Castle.

Walking: moderate. After dinner, take an optional the Temple Bar.

Day 8

Today we will explore Irish countryside.  Our first stop is a picturesque fishing village of Howth.  Here we will enjoy a cliff walk (look for dolphins!) and taste arguably the best fish and chips in all of Ireland.  Next, we will explore the Castle and the local Irish village of Malahide.  In the evening, we will return to Dublin for a historic pub walk.

Walking: moderate to strenuous (depending on the distance of your cliff walk). After dinner, take an optional pub walk.

Day 9

Today is a free day; take an optional train trip to Cork or Galway to explore western Ireland, visit Guinness Factory, or do last minute shopping in Dublin.

Walking: light to moderate.

Day 10

Today is a travel day.  Know your flight itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP.

Walking: light.

 

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Munich: Oktoberfest

$2,400 + Airfare / 8 Days, 6 Nights

Why join us for this trip?  Because it is only in late September and only in Munich that you can participate the centuries long tradition of the Oktoberfest!  Do not settle for second-best; travel with us to the place were the tradition has started and where it still is the most authentic Octoberfest experience possible: Munich, Germany!

Join us for the 187th edition of Oktoberfest at traditional Oide Wiesn in Munich!  The first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th with a horse race. In the following years the celebrations were repeated and later the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September. By moving the festivities up, it allowed for better weather conditions because the September nights are warmer and visitors were able to enjoy the gardens outside the tents and the stroll over “die Wiesen” or the festival grounds.  Join us for the 187th edition of this great Munich traditions!

Date & Price

TOUR A: September 15-22, 2022

TOUR B: September 14-21, 2023

$2,400.00 + Airfare

  • Our tours don’t include airfare
  • We are glad to assist with making your flight arrangements and airport transfers, if desired. Click here to let us know.
  • Fly in style: ask me how you can treat yourself to an extra legroom! Premium, business, and first class seats might be available.  

NOTE: at Go Global it is always Your Trip, Your Way.  Pick and choose from our vast listing of daily options to customize your Munich and Bavaria adventures! 

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 6-12 people
  • Full-time services of a friendly guide and local experts who will make fascinating history, art and culture of Bavaria (and maybe Berlin and Salzburg, and the Romantic Road?) come alive for you.
  • All tours and admissions – at no extra cost – including access to at least 20 sightseeing events: Munich walking tours, participate in the walking parade through Munich to officially open Octoberfest, witness tapping of the first Octoberfest-beer-barrel, Octoberfest traditional costume parade,  traditional concerts the Octoberfest brass-band, … and much, much more.
  • 7 days/5 nights accommodations in memorable, centrally located, hotels.
  • All group transportation between hotels/cities.
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked-in the moment you submit your application and deposit.
  • All trip related tips, taxes, and gratuities.
  • All breakfasts and half of your dinners
  • ALUMNI DISCOUNT of $50 for each trip you have taken prior to this 2021
  • Fine print: Your are responsible for cost of your drinks, and free-time sightseeing and travel, and airport transfers.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key

  • Light (2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day)
  • Moderate (2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs)

Day 1

Today is a long travel day; be as rested as possible before you head for the airport.  Know your itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP.

Walking: light.

Day 2

Our orientation meeting starts at 3 pm at our hotel in Munich.  Following that meeting, become familiar with our neighborhood and its surroundings.  After dinner, take an optional walk to Munich’s major monument and classy Marienplatz, the heart of the city.  End the day at the Octoberfest.

Walking: light.

Day 3

Today, we will start with a walking tour of the historical center of Munich.  We will explore Munich’s Christian (the city’s name is plural of “monk”) with visits to her oldest churches, including iconic city landmarks of Frauenkirche and the Viktualienmarkt.  In the afternoon, we will join the opening ceremonies and enjoy the costume parade of the Octoberfest.

Walking: moderate.

Day 4

This morning and afternoon travel the Romantic Road and explore the picturesque and alluring countryside of Bavaria. We will stop at two major sites of Bavarian royalty, the Neuschwanstein Castle and the Linderhof Palace.  We will also visit rustic and world-famous village of Oberammergau.  We will return to Munich for the evening at the Octoberfest’s minor tents.

Walking: light to strenuous (if you select to climb to the Castle)

Day 5

Today is a free day for personal explorations.  Take an optional trip to Salzburg, the city of Mozart and the Sound of Music.  Follow the footsteps of Bavarian royalty at the Residenz and the Nymphenburg Palace.  Free evening back in Munich.  Explore major WW2 sites of Dachau and the Eagles Nest.

Walking: moderate (and more, if you join after dinner walk).

Day 6

This morning visit Munich’s most iconic export: the BMW Museum and the BMW World Center.  In the afternoon explore the ground of the 1972 Olympics.  Evening is free for personal discoveries and explorations at the Octoberfest major tents.

Walking: moderate.

Walking: light to moderate.

Day 7

Today is a travel day.  Know your flight itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP.

Walking: light.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Switzerland / Germany

$2,950 + Airfare / 10 Days, 8 Nights

Experience charming Switzerland, proud Bavaria, and quaint Austria.  Explore quaint, historical, cultural centers of Zurich, Luzern, Munich, and Salzburg. Visit Mozart’s birthplace, see the fairytales castles of Germany’s Bavaria, and snow covered peaks of the Swiss Alps.  Stay in centrally located, well-known, quality, hotels.  Enjoy plenty of free time for your own discoveries and adventures to explore the culture, history, and everyday life of these unique countries.

In your free time, consider additional events such as (1) the Sound of Music tour of the movie sites and sets, or (2) drive on the German Autobahn with a car of your choice, or (3) visit major World War II sites and memorials.

Date & Price

TOUR A: July 27-August 6, 2022 – SOLD OUT

TOUR B: October 29 – November 7, 2022

TOUR C: Ski in the Alps: March 4-13, 2023

TOUR D: Chocolate Tour: April 8-17, 2023

TOUR E: July 22-31, 2023

TOUR F: Swiss Trains: August 19-28, 2023

TOUR G: September 23 – October 2, 2023

 

$2,950.00 + Air

  • Our tours don’t include airfare
  • We are glad to assist with making your flight arrangements and airport transfers, if desired. Click here to let us know.
  • Some tour members arrange to fly into Munich (MUC) and out of Zurich (ZHR)
  • Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Munich.
  • Fly in style: ask me how you can treat yourself to an extra legroom! Premium, business, and first class seats might be available. 

NOTE: at Go Global it is always Your Trip, Your Way.  Pick and choose from our vast listing of daily options to customize your Germany and Switzerland adventures! 

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 8-12 people
  • Full-time services of our travel concierge, friendly guide and local experts who will make fascinating history, art and culture of Bavaria, Austria, and Switzerland come alive for you.
  • All tours and admissions – at no extra cost – including access to at least 25 sightseeing events: Zurich walking tour, Munich walking tour, Luzern walking tour, historic Bern, Salzburg walking tour, orientation for walks/hiking in the Swiss Alps, boat ride on the Lake of Zurich, tour of the chocolate factory, visit to the BMW World, Neuschwanstein Castle tour, Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace, Munich Residenz Palace, Dachau concentration camp, Bavaria’s Romantic Road, Munich’s Marienplatz, English Gardens, Old Town, historic churches, Hofbrauhaus, Vikualienmarkt, Olympic Stadium and Park, Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse, Fraumunster, and much more.
  • All nights accommodations in memorable, centrally located, hotels.
  • All group transportation between European cities and hotels.
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked-in the moment you submit your application and deposit.
  • All trip related tips, taxes, and gratuities.
  • All breakfasts and 4 additional meals
  • GG DISCOUNT of $50 for each trip you have taken prior to 2021
  • Fine print: Your are responsible for cost of your drinks, and free-time sightseeing and travel, and airport transfers.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key

  • Light (2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day)
  • Moderate (2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs)
  • Strenuous (2–8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain)

Day 1

Today is a long travel day; be as rested as possible before you head for the airport.  Know your itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP.

Walking: light.

Day 2

Our orientation meeting with start at 3 pm at our hotel in Munich.  Following that meeting, become familiar with our neighborhood and its surroundings.  After dinner, take an optional walk Munich’s major monument and classy Marienplatz, the heart of the city.

Walking: light (moderate, if you join after dinner walk).

Day 3

Today, we will start with a walking tour of the historical center of Munich.  We will explore Munich’s Christian (the city’s name is plural of “monk”) with visits to her oldest churches, including iconic city landmarks of Frauenkirche and the Viktualienmarkt.  In the afternoon we will explore the most famous export, the BMW World. Evening is free for personal discoveries and explorations of this great city.

Walking: moderate.

Day 4

Today we will travel the Romantic Road and explore the picturesque and alluring countryside of Bavaria. We will stop at two major sites of Bavarian royalty, the Neuschwanstein Castle and the Linderhof Palace.  We will also visit rustic and world-famous village of Oberammergau.  We will return to Munich in the evening.

Walking: moderate to strenuous (if you select to climb to the Castle)

Day 5

Today is a free day for personal explorations.  Take an optional trip to Salzburg, the city of Mozart and the Sound of Music.  Follow the footsteps of Bavarian royalty at the Residenz and the Nymphenburg Palace.   Free evening back in Munich.  Explore major WW2 sites of Dachau and the Eagles Nest.

Walking: moderate (and more, if you join after dinner walk).

Day 6

This morning, we will depart for Zurich.  We will make a brief stopover in the Principality of Liechtenstein before we enter pristine and enchanting landscapes of Switzerland.  After setting into our Swiss accommodation, we will start exploring Zurich’s historical district.  We will take our first glimpse of the Swiss Alps right after dinner.

Walking: moderate.

Day 7

Today, we will travel to the top of the Swiss Alps.  We will make stops at historical village Altdorf made famous by stories of Wilhelm Tell) and experience timeless beatify of Luzern and its lake.  In the evening, celebrate the Swiss National Holiday with street parties, food, live music and some of the best fireworks anywhere.

Walking: moderate.

Day 8

We’ll begin our day with a walking tour of Zurich.  Next, we will tour one of the oldest Swiss chocolate factories (including tastings).  In the afternoon, we will arrive in the Swiss capitol of Bern.  In the evening, we will take a boat ride on the lake of Zurich.

Walking: moderate.

Day 9

Today is a free day in Zurich.  You will have opportunity to enjoy this incredible city and its many cultural and shopping treasures.  Consider optional trip to the ancient ice glacier and snow-covered mountain tops of the Swiss Alps.

Walking: moderate.

Day 10

Today is a travel day.  Know your flight itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP.

Walking: light.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

German Christmas Markets

$2,050.00 + Airfare / 8 Days, 6 Nights
Why join us for this December adventure?  Because it is only in Germany and only during DECEMBER that you can find local markets with handmade Christmas ornaments and gifts; that you can admire locally decorated, living Christmas trees; and you can sample elaborate pastries straight out of a medieval cookbook; and listen to lyrical midnight masses in Gothic churches.  Only in December can you participation in local (and often quirky) traditions found at the local  Christmas markets.  Enjoy the village atmosphere centered around socializing and re-telling the story of Christmas and the reason for the Christmas gifts, at local Advent markets held in the cathedral squares of all major German (and some Austrian and even Polish ) cities!
Join us for this worry-free, stress-free, customized vacation to the Christmas past!
This December, start your yuletide season in authentic Europe by shopping in candy-cane striped stalls (Nuremberg), seeing an 85-foot Christmas tree in the land where the tradition began (Munich) and sampling an 8,000-pound fruitcake – one I promise you won’t want to re-gift (Leipzig).  Step back in time as you eat elaborate pastries straight out of a medieval cookbook, listen to lyrical midnight masses in Gothic churches, and participate in local (and often quirky) traditions at the Christmas markets. Enjoy the village atmosphere centered around visiting and socializing at local Advent markets held in the cathedral square from late November until Christmas Eve.  So join me this year on a trip to Christian past and experience traditions that literally date back to the early medieval times!  Join us to celebrate Christmas and centuries of tradition on this authentic tour of Christmas markets of Europe:
  • Visit at least 12 traditional Christmas markets: major markets in Berlin, Weimar, Erfurt, Leipzig, Nuremberg and Munich, plus number of smaller markets along the way
  • Discover authentic local traditions that retain the original message of the Advent story at each Christmas market, including villages made famous by Martin Luther: Wittenberg and Wartburg!
  • Get your Christmas shopping done!
  • Visit some of the greatest European cathedrals and churches

Date & Price

TOUR A: November 28 – December 4, 2022

TOUR B: November 27 – December 3, 2023

TOUR C: December 4-10, 2023

 

$2,050.00 + Airfare

  • Our tours don’t include airfare
  • We are glad to assist with making your flight arrangements and airport transfers, if desired. Click here to let us know.
  • Some tour members arrange to fly into Berlin (TXL) and out of Munich (MUC) — choose “multicity” on flight-booking websites.
  • Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Germany.
  • Fly in style: ask me how you can treat yourself to an extra legroom! Premium, business, and first class seats might be available. 

NOTE: at Go Global it is always Your Trip, Your Way.  Pick and choose from our vast listing of daily options to customize your German adventures! 

Pick and choose from our vast listing of daily options to customize your Christmas Markets adventure! 

What's Included

  • A very small, friendly group of 6-10 people 
  • Full-time services of a friendly guide and local experts who will make fascinating history, art and culture of German Christmas markets come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions – at no extra cost – including access to at least 18 sightseeing events: walking tours in Munich, Berlin, Erfurt, Weimar, and Wittenberg, castles of Wartburg and Beichlingen, visits to at least 12 different Christmas markets, BMW World in Munich, Berlin Wall, Alexander Platz, as well as optional trip to the Bavarian countryside and Romantic Road.
  • All nights accommodations in memorable, centrally located, hotels.
  • All group transportation between Berlin and Munich.
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked-in the moment you submit your application and deposit.
  • All trip related tips, taxes, and gratuities.
  • All breakfasts 
  • ALUMNI DISCOUNT of $50 for each trip you have taken prior to 2020
  • Fine print: Your are responsible for cost of your drinks, and free-time sightseeing and travel, and airport transfers.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key

  • Light (2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day)
  • Moderate (2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs)

Day 1

Today is a long travel day; be as rested as possible before you head for the airport.  Know your itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP.

Walking: light.

Day 2

Our orientation meeting with start at 3 pm at our hotel in Berlin.  Following that meeting, become familiar with our neighborhood and its surroundings.  We will visit at least two Christmas markets today (on in the East and one in the West part of the city).  After dinner, take an optional walk to West Berlin’s major historical sites, the Memorial Church.

Walking: light (moderate, if you join after dinner walk).

Day 3

Today, we will start with a walking tour of the historical center of east Berlin.  We will explore majors historical and cultural sites of east and west Berlin.  We will visit at least two of the most famous Christmas markets in the city. Evening is free for personal explorations of this great city.

Walking: moderate.

Day 4

Following breakfast in Berlin, we will drive into Saxony and explore Wittenberg, the birthplace of Protestant Reformation (aka, Martin Luther).  Next, we will stop in Leipzig to explore 2nd oldest Christmas market in Germany (tradition dates it back to 1458).  Our final stop today is Beichlingen Castle (dates back to 11th century), our home for the next 2 nights.  Time permitting, we will travel to Erfurt this evening to explore the markets and the city.

Walking: light.

Day 5

Following breakfast in the castle, we will drive Thuringia.  Our first stop is Wartburg Castle (made famous by Martin Luther).  Our next stop is in picturesque and historical Eisenach.  Afternoon will be spent in Weimar (made famous by Goethe and the Bauhaus movement).  Our final stop today is Erfurt and its famous Weihnachtsmarkt.

Walking: light.

Day 6

Today, we enter Bavaria, with stops at the Advent market in Bamberg and Nuremberg (arguably one of the oldest German Christmas markets).  We should arrive in Munich just in time for dinner at one of her many great beerhalls.  Evening will be free to exploring this great city on your own.

Walking: moderate.

Day 7

Today, we will start with a walking tour of the historical center of Munich.  We will explore Munich’s Christian (the city’s name is plural of “monk”) with visits to her oldest churches, including iconic city landmarks of Frauenkirche and the Viktualienmarkt.  In the afternoon we will explore the most famous export, the BMW World. Evening is free for personal discoveries and explorations of this great city.

Walking: moderate.

Day 8

Today is a travel day.  Know your flight itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP.

Walking: light.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

NOTE: consider adding another week in Italy! (click here to get more details)

Authentic Italy

$1,850 + Airfare / 8 Days, 6 Nights

Explore authentic Italy!

Rome, the Eternal City, is ready for you!  Experience the past glory of the Roman Empire while exploring the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.  Walk in the footsteps of apostles Peter and Paul as you visit the earliest Christian places of worship ever built!  Feast your eyes on the Renaissance masterpieces, first in Rome and then in Florence.  Finally, when in Florence, get your Christmas shopping done!  Buy Italian-made goods, at a fraction of the cost!  Enjoy worry-free, stress-free, customized travel in Europe!
  • Experience authentic Italy at its best: have audience with the pope, explore the Vatican City, have dinner cooked by the nuns, shop at local Christmas markets, learn about the secrets of gelato, make your own Italian coffee.
  • Explore on your own: discover the masterpieces of the Renaissance when in Rome and Florence.
  • Shopping: do your Christmas shopping in the streets and specialty stores of Florence.
  • Optional, worry-free, customized day trips from Florence to Pisa, Siena, Arezzo, Lucca, or Bologna (extra cost applies).

Date & Price

TOUR A: December 4-11, 2022

TOUR B: December 11-18, 2022

TOUR C: December 3-10, 2023

TOUR D: December 10-17, 2023

$1,850.00 + Airfare

  • Our tours don’t include airfare
  • We are glad to assist with making your flight arrangements and airport transfers, if desired. Click here to let us know.
  • Some tour members arrange to fly into Rome (FCO) and out of Florence (FLR) — choose “multicity” on flight-booking websites.
  • Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Italy.

Fly in style: ask me how you can treat yourself to an extra legroom! Premium, business, and first class seats might be available. 

NOTE: at Go Global it is always Your Trip, Your Way.  Pick and choose from our vast listing of daily options to customize your Rome and Florence adventures! 

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 10-15 people
  • Full-time services of a guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art and culture of Italy come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions – at no extra cost – covering access to at least 25 sightseeing events: Rome walking tour, Florence Renaissance walk, Vatican City walking tour, St. Peter’s Basilica, St. John the Lateran Church, Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Vatican Museum, Pantheon, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona,  Christmas markets in Rome, Florence, “Holy Staircase,” dinner at a convent, papal audience, Palazzo Vechio, Dante’s home, Accademia and Michelangelo’s David, the Baptistery, the Duomo, lectures on the Renaissance and the Roman Empire, the Emmanuel monument, much more.
  • All nights accommodations in memorable, centrally located, hotels.
  • All group transportation between Rome and Florence.
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked-in the moment you submit your application and deposit.
  • All trip related tips, taxes, and gratuities.
  • All breakfasts and 3 additional meals
  • ALUMNI DISCOUNT of $50 for each trip you have taken prior to 2020
  • Fine print: Your are responsible for cost of your drinks, and free-time sightseeing and travel, and airport transfers.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key

  • Light (2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day)
  • Moderate (2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs)
  • Strenuous (2–8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain)

Day 1

Today is a long travel day; be as rested as possible before you head for the airport.  Know your itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP.

Walking: light.

Day 2

Our orientation meeting with start at 3 pm at our hotel in Rome.  Following that meeting, become familiar with our neighborhood and its surroundings.  After dinner, take an optional walk to the Trevi Fountain, the heart of the classy Rome.

Walking: light (moderate, if you join after-dinner walk).

Day 3

Today we will explore the center of Ancient Rome.  We start with visits to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Piazza del Campidoglio, before capping our day at the 2000 years old Pantheon.

Walking: strenuous (watch out for unpaved streets of the Ancient Rome and the Roman Forum).  After dinner, take an optional walk to the Spanish Steps.

Day 4

In the morning, we will visit major sites of Christian Rome and then move on the Vatican City, including the Vatican Museum.

Walking: strenuous (especially around the Vatican City and in the Vatican Museum).  After dinner, take an optional walk through the mysterious and charming streets of the medieval Rome

Day 5

After breakfast, and an optional audience with the pope, we will take train to Florence. Upon arrival in Florence, we will become familiar with our neighborhood and its surroundings.  We will cap off the day with the Renaissance Walk though Florence.

Walking: moderate (and more, if you join after-dinner walk).  After dinner, take an optional walk to the Duomo and our favorite Gelateria in town.

Day 6

After breakfast, we will explore the Farmer’s Market and follow up with walk through historical center of Florence. Our stops include Brunelleschi’s magnificent cathedral dome, Ghiberti’s Baptistery doors, the Baptistery, and the Accademia Gallery where we will have time to appreciate Michelangelo’s masterpieces, including David.

Walking: light to moderate. After dinner, take an optional walk to the Piazza Michelangelo for the best views of the city, followed by return to our favorite Gelateria in town.

Day 7

Today is a free day; go back to the Farmer’s Market or take an optional trip to Pisa, explore the Tuscan countryside, or shop at the Christmas Market.

Walking: light to moderate.

Day 8

Today is a travel day.  Know your flight itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP.

Walking: light.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

NOTE: consider adding Christmas Markets tour prior to authentic Italy trip (click here for details)