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France & Italy Adventure

Sip wine in Burgundy, feast on local delicacies in Provence, follow scenic tracks along Italy's Cinque Terre coast and raise your glass to the best of France and Italy. Over 14 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: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: History, Local Culture & Cuisine
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 141264
  • Starts: Paris, France
  • Finishes: Rome, Italy
You will Visit
  • Paris
  • Rome

Itinerary

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Day 1: Paris

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.”

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Paris/Beaune (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Burgundy Wine Tasting

Transport:
Most routes require a change in Dijon.
Local train (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 3: Beaune

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 4: Beaune/Avignon

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!





Additional Notes:
Please note, on some departures the trip will visit Avignon and include the Palais des Papes and the Pont St Benezet as scheduled, but will actually stay overnight in the nearby historic cities of Nimes or Arles.

Included Activities:
Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace)
Pont d'Avignon (St Bénezet) Visit

Transport:
Local train (5.00 hour(s))

05

Day 5: Avignon (1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore the city 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 6: Avignon/Nice (1B)

With free time, wander in the cobblestone streets, visit the museums and beaches, or travel further to visit the rest of the Riviera.

Transport:
Train (3.50 hour(s))

07

Day 7: Nice (1B)

Spend a free day with an included coastal train ticket. Use the full day ticket to travel up and down the Riviera, stopping off at different towns, or head straight to Monaco and Monte Carlo to see what all the fuss is about.

Stroll its manicured streets and whisk up its network of lifts and escalators, passing palaces, lush gardens, and, of course, the famous Monte Carlo casino, en route.


Included Activities:
French Riviera Train Ticket

08

Day 8: Nice/Riomaggiore (1B)

Spend two nights by the stunning Cinque Terre National Park, where five little villages are built into the rocks between the beach and the hills. Hike, swim, indulge in the local delicacies like Focaccia and fresh seafood, and watch amazing Mediterranean sunsets.

Transport:
Travel down the coast with train changes along the way.
Local train (7.00 hour(s))

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Day 9: Riomaggiore/Monterosso al Mare (1B)

The national park pass and daily unlimited train ticket is included. Opt to follow your CEO along centuries-old footpaths and mule tracks leading through olive groves, vineyards, and orchards on a full day hike, or hop on and off the train, experiencing each town on your own. Choose to rest in each of the 5 villages, sampling delicacies in each place, such as local pesto, espresso, or delicious gelato.

Included Activities:
National Park Pass and Unlimited Train Ticket
Cinque Terre Coastal Path Hike

Transport:
Local train (0.50 hour(s))

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Day 10: Riomaggiore/Florence (1B)

Head east by train to Pisa, where we stop for a visit to the Field of Miracles to see the famous leaning tower (entrance fee not included). Then, travel on to the heart of Tuscany— Florence.

Take an evening walk (weather permitting) up to Piazzale Michelangelo for the most famous and photographed vista of the city.


Included Activities:
Pisa Visit
Piazzale Michelangelo Walk

Transport:
Local train (1.50 hour(s))
Local train (1.50 hour(s))

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Day 11: Florence (1B)

Enjoy a free day in Florence. Opt to see the statue of David, wander the Uffizi, or swing by some shopping stalls.

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Day 12: Florence/Rome (1B)

Travel to Rome for an orientation walk of the Eternal City. Get the lay of the land before exploring for a full day.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Local train (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 13: Rome (1B, 1D)

There is no shortage of sights to see in Rome, opt to visit the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel), Catacombs of San Callisto, and the Pantheon. Make time for a refreshing gelato break in Piazza Navona.

In the evening, enjoy a true taste of Italy with a delicious, traditional Roman meal. Buon appetito!

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Day 14: Rome (1B)

We recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience all that this magnificent city has to offer.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Burgundy wine tasting (Beaune)
    • Market visit
    • Palais des Papes and Pont St Benezet visit (Avignon)
    • Beach time on the French Riviera
    • Monaco day trip
    • Cinque Terre park fee, unlimited train ticket and CEO accompanied hike
    • Pisa visit (half-day)
    • Piazzale Michelangelo evening visit (Florence)
    • Rome orientation walk
    • Traditional Roman meal
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (13 nts)
    • 11 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 fine wines and local delicacies
  • Soak up the classic European culture
  • Explore modern day and ancient Rome