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The Best of Italy & France

The Best of Italy & France

12 Day Tour from Rome to Paris

Vacation overview

Get the best of Italy and France have to offer on this tour. Spend two nights each in Rome, Venice Island, Florence, the French Riviera, and Paris, as well as a night in Genoa. Enjoy the must-see attractions in each city on guided sightseeing tours, including Rome’s Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum, built in the 1st century AD and famous for its gladiator fights; St. Mark's Square and Basilica in Venice; the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, home to Michelangelo's celebrated David; and a Seine cruise in Paris with spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. Stop in Ferrara, for a walk through the medieval Este Castle to the marble cathedral, built in the 1100s, and in St. Paul de Vence, a picturesque hilltop town where you can explore the art galleries and quaint streets.

On this Globus Italy and France tour, special experiences will bring you inside the destinations. We've included special dinners in Rome and Paris, to try out local specialties, and a stop in Èze, to visit a local perfume factory and learn about perfume making. A true highlight is the excursion to Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a boat ride (weather permitting) with a Local Guide. Also, get on board the high-speed TGV train (first class) from Nice to Paris.

From the vibrant cities to the peaceful, blue Mediterranean Sea, this vacation to Italy and France is sure to delight all of your senses!

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Itinerary

 

Day 1   ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY

Welcome to Rome! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner with pasta and wine at Mino restaurant.

Day 2   ROME

Guided sightseeing of the Eternal City starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by a visit to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, enjoy views of other major sites as you drive to the Roman Forum to visit the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore Rome’s famous sites.

Day 3   ROME–VENICE ISLAND

Continue to the Adriatic coast and arrive in Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from all over the globe. Tonight is your chance to join an optional evening featuring a water-taxi ride along the Grand Canal, followed by a traditional Venetian dinner.
Today’s Distance: 329 mi / 530 km

Day 4   VENICE ISLAND

Start sightseeing in style by PRIVATE BOAT and meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are magnificent ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Later, you may wish to join an optional cruise to colorful Burano Island.

Day 5   VENICE ISLAND–FERRARA–FLORENCE

In Ferrara, walk through the impressive Este Castle to the marble cathedral and browse through the attractive little shops. Then, drive across the wooded Apennine Mountains into Tuscany and arrive in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Tonight, why not try Tuscan specialties during an optional dinner.
Today’s Distance: 199 mi / 320 km

Day 6   FLORENCE

Meet your Local Guide, and visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center. Stand in awe in front of the magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterwards, it’s your chance to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. An optional excursion to the Uffizi Gallery is available.

Day 7   FLORENCE–CINQUE TERRE–GENOA

Drive through the valley of the Arno River to La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast, for an breathtaking excursion to CINQUE TERRE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a BOAT RIDE (weather permitting) with a Local Guide. The name dates back to the 15th century and is derived from five little medieval villages standing on stony spurs along five miles of the rocky coastline: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. From here, head for Genoa, birthplace of Christopher Columbus.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi / 310 km

Day 8   GENOA–ÈZE, FRANCE–FRENCH RIVIERA

Your Local Guide will introduce you to this amazing city, that played an important role in maritime trade for many centuries. Follow the coast towards France, then leave the highway for the panoramic Moyenne Corniche and stop in Èze. Visit the Fragonard perfume factory, beautifully located with breathtaking views of the blue Mediterranean Sea. Hear about the fascinating tradition of the art of perfume-making, before arriving in Nice. An optional outing is available tonight to Monte Carlo.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi / 210 km

Day 9   FRENCH RIVIERA. EXCURSION TO ST. PAUL DE VENCE

This morning, visit the picturesque hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. Explore the many art galleries and enjoy the magnificent view, or relax at a café, where you may see the locals play pétanque (bowling). Return to your hotel for a lazy afternoon.
Today’s Distance: 25 mi / 40 km

Day 10   FRENCH RIVIERA–PARIS

Transfer to the railway station and board the high-speed TGV TRAIN to Paris. This evening, dinner has been included at a local restaurant, where you can try out specialties like escargots (snails), soupe à l’oignon (onion soup), and boeuf bourguignon (beef Burgundy), followed by a drive for a first impression of the French capital.
Today’s Distance: 429 mi / 687 km

Day 11   PARIS

Discover the city with a Local Guide and admire its most renowned sites: the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and more. During your SEINE CRUISE enjoy spectacular views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. To enhance your stay, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the lavish baroque Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the Sun King, Louis XIV. Tonight, dinner and show at the famous Moulin Rouge might just be the ticket!

Day 12   PARIS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Vacation Highlights

ROME
Welcome dinner at Mino restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum

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

FERRARA
Walk through Este Castle to the cathedral

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square

CINQUE TERRE
[LF] By boat (weather permitting) with a Local Guide

GENOA
Guided sightseeing

ÈZE
Learn about perfume-making

FRENCH RIVIERA
Excursion to St. Paul de Vence

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

PARIS
[LF] Dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing; enjoy a Seine cruise

Headsets throughout the tour.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

No Excursions are available at this time.


Dates & Prices do not include international air travel.

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