Heart of Italy & Best of France NEW!
small group tour-max. 16pax
Rome, Florence & Tuscany, Cinque Terre & Cote Azur, Provence & Paris
13 days/12 nights, Rome/Paris
2017 depart Fri: Apr 14, 28. May 05, 19, Jun 02, 16, 30. Jul 14, 28. Aug 11, 25. Sep 08, 22. Oct 06, 20. Nov 03.
day 01 Friday Rome-Arrival
Arrive in Rome and independent transfer to your hotel. Meet your tour leader and your travel companion at the Bar of the hotel. Then, walk to the restaurant together and enjoy a tasty welcome dinner.
day 02 Saturday Heart of Rome & Vatican
Meet your assistant in the lobby and walk to Piazza Navona, where you will start your exploration of the heart of Rome: Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Baroque quarter. You will have some free time for lunch. Then transfer to the Vatican for a guided visit.
Optional: Tonight experience the real Roman food! Meet your tour leader and enjoy a relaxed walking along the narrow streets of ancient Rome. End the tour at your restaurant for a tasty Roman Dinner.
day 03 Sunday Siena
In the morning, meet your tour guide at hotel in Rome and transfer to Florence by private coach. The drive itself is a magnificent path along the roads of Tuscany, where it is possible to enjoy the view of hills covered by vineyards, olives tree, small villages and original bell towers. En route stop in Siena, probably Italy's loveliest medieval city. The town offers magnificent masterpieces and incredible views. Upon arrival, enjoy a “farmer lunch” with original Tuscan food: wine tasting with cheese and salami. After lunch, free time to explore the city. Continue to your Florence and stop in a vineyard in Chianti for a wine tasting.
You will arrive in the late afternoon in Florence where you will have the evening at leisure.
day 04 Monday Florence
You have the day at leisure.
day 05 Tuesday Florence
Today, start your explorations of Florence from the unknown and most picturesque sides of the city. Visit the fresh market of San Lorenzo where is possible to find the food arriving fresh every day from Tuscan Countryside. It is a great opportunity to taste many varieties of cheese, fruits and vegetable. You will have some free time for lunch before meeting your guide at the hotel to explore the heart of the town. Lorenzo de Medici transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects and writers of the time such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli to whom he commissioned various works. Visit Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio (from outside), the Dome with Giotto's bell tower (from outside), Ponte Vecchio. Finally, visit the Accademia and see the masterpiece of Michelangelo: the statue of David. In the evening, enjoy a Tuscan Dinner with a sunset walking. This moment of the day is spectacular and the great to shoot your photos.
day 06 Wednesday Cinque Terre
Begin your 5 night private tour to Cinque Terre & French Riviera. After breakfast, meet your driver guide and continue to Cinque Terre. Upon arrival, start your exploration of the villages by boat. Continue to Genoa where you will overnight for 2 nights.
day 07 Thursday Montecarlo
Meet your driver guide and continue to Nice. We will stop in Montecarlo on the way for an independent visit. In the late afternoon, continue to Nice.
day 08 Friday Nice
Today, enjoy a guided visit of the city in a small group tour. Visit the Castel Park overlooking the Bay and Old Town, this was once inhibited by the Greeks over 2600 years ago and was a huge trading town. Drive along the port and admire the Turin buildings. Contemplate the Old in Place Garibaldi and the New along Promenade des Arts (Modern Art Museum, Sosno’s library, Acropolis centre...). Arrive in Cimiez, which is the winter home of Queen Victoria. Stop at the Roman Arenas of Cemenelum. Here you can walk among the magnificent olive trees garden and the 15th c. park of the Franciscan Monastery. Return by Promenade des Anglais passing its famous landmarks and “Belle Epoque” buildings. End the tour with a visit of the flower market in the Old Town. Here you will have the option to be dropped there or driven back to the hotel. The afternoon is free at leisure.
day 09 Saturday Provence
Today, visit shortly Cannes and explore the Provence: Grasse, Gourdon and St Paul de Vence. Arrive in Cannes and walk the famous Croisette Boulevard, by the Film Festival Palace, designer shops and smart sandy beaches. Drive through the charming Countryside of Provence to Grasse, world capital of the perfume industry, for a guided tour of a perfumery or spend free time visiting the old town. View the Alps, valleys and spectacular coastline from the amazing perched medieval village of Gourdon. After lunch, wind down the charming Loup Gorges, and taste the Riviera’s speciality flower sweets at the traditional Florian Confectionary. Take a photo stop at a provencal jewel : Tourrettes/Loup. End the tour in the 2nd most visited village in France: St Paul de Vence, home of impressionist painters, with ancient cobblestone lanes, ramparts and art galleries.
Return later afternoon to Nice.
day 10 Sunday Paris
In the morning, you will be transferred to Nice Station to take a high speed train to Paris. Upon arrival, meet your private driver and transfer to your hotel. In the evening, meet your driver guide at hotel and enjoy a cruise under the famous Seine bridges followed by a guided discovery tour to admire the beautifully illuminated historical buildings of Paris: Concorde, Opera House, Madeleine, Champs Élysées and more.
day 11 Monday Paris
Discover with our driver-guide the major sites of Paris: Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre.
Route : Concorde Square - Louvre Museum - Seine river and its bridges - French Academy - Cité Island with the Palace of Justice and Notre-Dame Cathedral (stop and free time) Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) - the Latin Quarter with the Sorbonne and the Pantheon of famous French Men - Arch of Triumph - Champs-Elysées Avenue - Eiffel Tower (photo-stop) – Invalides with the dome of Napoleon's Tomb - Opera House, Montmartre (stop near Sacré-Coeur Basilica and the artists' square, Place du Tertre).
day 12 Tuesday Paris
Today, you have the day at leisure to explore Paris or the nearest regions.
day 13 Wednesday Paris- Departure
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Own arrangements for departure.
Inclusions: twin share in 4 star accommodation, daily breakfast, welcome briefing, welcome dinner in Rome, farewell dinner in Florence, tour escort, transfer as per itinerary, wine tasting in Siena, driver guide to Cinque Terre from Florence with drop off in Genoa, boat to explore Cinque Terre, driver guide to Cote Azur with en route stop in Montecarlo, high speed train from Nice to Paris, welcome briefing in Paris, entrance fees, professional English-speaking guide, porterage at hotel and train station.
Sightseeing: guided Visit of the heart of Rome, guided visit of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel with skip the line reservation, guided Visit of Florence Fresh markets, guided Visit of the heart of Florence, including Accademia & Michelangelo’s David with skip the line reservation, 3 hours Cruise & Illumination Tour in Paris (pick up and drop off at hotel), half day tour in Paris with driver guide (pick up and drop off at hotel, small group tour to Provence, half day walking tour of Nice.
Exclusions: city tax to be paid locally, drinks on meals, arrival & departure transfers
Hotels: Rome- Savoy, Florence- Palazzo Castri, Genoa-Bristol, Nice-Westminster, Paris-Rochester (or similar)
Note: arrival & departure transfer and triple share rate on request.