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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Sip wine in Burgundy, feast on local delicacies in Provence, experience fashionable Milan, float down the canals of Venice and raise your glass to the best of France and Italy. Over 15 well-paced days, travel from Paris to Rome and savour the region's cultural and natural highlights. Your expert CEO will take the hassle out of travel and leave you with plenty of free time to explore. Witness the charm of Beaune and Florence's great masterpieces, relax on the beach and fall in love with the beauty of this region.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: EFIA.B/201610
  • Starts: Paris, France
  • Finishes: Rome, Italy
You will Visit
  • Paris
  • Beaune
  • Avignon
  • Nice
  • Milan
  • Venice
  • Florence
  • Rome

Itinerary

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Day 1: Paris

Arrive at any time. We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

We recommended arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city. The "City of Lights" is unlike any other place on earth. Known for its glorious monuments, museums, and markets, from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, Montmartre to the Marais, Paris has something for everyone. Discover for yourself Paris' “je ne sais quoi.”

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Day 2: Paris

After an orientation walk, spend the rest of the day exploring dozens of museums, patisserie shops, sidewalk cafés or grand boulevards.

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Day 3: Paris/Beaune

Travel to Beaune and enjoy an included local wine tasting. Wander the town, shop, eat and, opt to visit the famous Hospices.
Take a short walk into the historic centre, and enjoy a winetasting as an introduction to the region's famous vintages.

In the evening, opt for a dinner with the group here in the heart of one of France's most distinguished culinary and wine-producing regions, Burgundy.

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Day 4: Beaune

With free time opt for a trip to nearby Dijon or visit the famous Hospices de Beaune. For a little more activity, head out into the countryside by bike or on foot to visit the vineyards.
Opt to visit Dijon, famous not only for its mustard, but for world-class museums and handsome architecture. There, or in Beaune, you can take a mustard tasting tour and learn about production, regulations, and taste some samples.

For a little more activity, explore the countryside around the Cote d'Or vineyards by bike or on foot. Stay closer to town and explore the famous Hospices de Beaune or visit one of the other wineries in the town centre.

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Day 5: Beaune/Avignon

Travel south to Avignon in the heart of the Provence region. Visit the Palais des Papes and Pont St Benezet in this enchanting city.
There's plenty of time to explore the spectacular walled medieval town of Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This charming city boasts pretty tree-lined squares bustling with cafés and restaurants. Try some mouth-watering Provençal cuisine. Bon appétit!

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Day 6: Avignon

Enjoy a free day to explore this Provençal town, known as one of the most beautiful in the region, or go further afield. Nearby options include the Pont du Gard, the town of Orange, or the wine region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

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Day 7: Avignon/Nice

Travel to the charming Riviera town of Nice. Soak in the sparkling blue waters and explore the charming streets of the old town centre.
With free time, wander in the cobblestone streets, visit the museums and beaches, or travel further to visit the rest of the Riviera.

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Day 8: Nice/Milan

Transfer from Nice to Milan. Enjoy free time in Milan on arrival.

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Day 9: Milan/Venice

After an orientation walk of Milan, set out on your own explore the fashion capital of Italy. Opt to see Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper before travelling to Venice by train in the afternoon.

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Day 10: Venice

Spend a full day in Venice, the "city of canals". Enjoy an orientation walk over bridges and canals and view Piazza San Marco.
After an orientation walk, set out to explore. Opt for a vaporetto (water taxi) ride to the islands of Murano and Burano, take a gondola under the Ponte Rialto (Bridge of Lovers), explore the Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, or get lost in the twisting maze of the city.

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Day 11: Venice/Florence

After enjoying the morning in Venice, travel to the capital of Tuscany, Florence. Opt to visit the stunning Duomo, or the famous Ponte Vecchio. Enjoy an evening walk to Piazzale Michelangelo for a fantastic panoramic view of the city.

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Day 12: Florence

Spend the day exploring Florence. Opt to see the statue of David, wander the Uffizi, or swing by some shopping stalls.
Visit the Uffizi Gallery or the Medici Chapels. Take a break at Piazza della Signoria with a gelato or an espresso (or both - did someone say affogato?) before hitting lively Piazza San Lorenzo to bargain for discounted woolen and leather goods.

Opt to catch a local bus or train to nearby Siena to see more of what this province has to offer.

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Day 13: Florence/Rome

Head to Pisa by local train and spend time at the famous leaning tower. Continue on to Rome by train taking in the coastal views.

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Day 14: Rome

Take an orientation walk of the Eternal City before enjoying a free day to explore a myriad of options. In the evening, enjoy a true taste of Italy with a traditional Roman meal. Buon appetito!
Opt to tour Vatican City, cross the river to charming Trastevere, eat some gelato in Piazza Navona, or swing by the Colosseum and Forum.

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Day 15: Rome

Depart at any time.
We recommend booking post-tour accommodation to fully experience all that this magnificent city has to offer.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hands-On: Burgundy Wine Tasting, Beaune
    • Orientation walk in Paris
    • Free time to explore Paris
    • Local Burgundy wine tasting in Beaune
    • Free time to explore Burgundy
    • Visit to Pope's Palace and Pont Saint-Bénézet
    • Free time to explore the French Riviera
    • Orientation walk in Milan, Venice, and Rome
    • Piazzele Michelangelo Walk
    • Pisa visit
    • Traditional Roman meal
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (14 nts)
    • 13 breakfasts, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Public bus, train, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Wander through charming medieval cities and glorious countrysides
  • Taste French fine wines and local delicacies
  • Soak up the classic European culture
  • Explore modern day and ancient Rome