The Best of Italy, & France

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Overview

 

Tour code: HH
Days: 11
Description: Rome, Venice, Florence, Nice, Paris

Vacation Overview

Italy and France—two of the most beautiful countries in the world—are waiting for you on this Best of Italy & France tour. You’ll spend two nights each in Rome, Venice Island, the French Riviera, and Paris, as well as a night in Florence and Genoa. You’ll enjoy the must-see attractions in each city on your 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. You’ll stop in Ferrara, where you’ll 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, you will also have special experiences that bring you inside the destinations. We’ve included special dinners in Rome and Paris, so you can try out local specialties, and we’ve included a stop in Èze, where you will visit a local perfume factory to 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 enjoy an exciting high-speed train ride on the famous 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!

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.

Dinner

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. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all.

Breakfast

Day 3 ROME–FERRARA–VENICE ISLAND

In Ferrara, walk through the impressive Este Castle to the marble cathedral and browse through the attractive little shops. 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 private water-taxi ride along the Grand Canal, followed by a traditional dinner at one of Venice’s fine restaurants.

Breakfast

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.

Breakfast

Day 5 VENICE ISLAND–FLORENCE

Drive across the wooded Apennine Mountains into Tuscany and arrive in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Meet your Local Guide, and visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center and 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, you may wish to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce.

Breakfast

Day 6 FLORENCE–CINQUE TERRE–GENOA

Drive through the valley of the Arno River to La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast, for an exciting 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.

Breakfast

Day 7 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.

Breakfast

Day 8 FRENCH RIVIERA. EXCURSION TO ST. PAUL DE VENCE

A highlight visit this morning to 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.

Breakfast

Day 9 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.

Breakfast Dinner

Day 10 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 a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket!

Breakfast

Day 11 PARIS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

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

FERRARA

Walk along Este Castle to the cathedral

VENICE ISLAND

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

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.

Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 special three-course dinners at a local restaurant in Rome and Paris

Hotels

Rome

Crowne Plaza St Peter’s

Hotel as shown or similar

Superior First-Class

Modern Hotel in rectangular 5-story building with recessed balconies located near Villa Pamphilli park & Vatican.

Venice

Carlton on the Grand Canal

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First-Class

Modern Hotel in traditionally styled four story building dating from 1887; located on the Grand Canal, opposite main station.

Florence

Starhotel Tuscany

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Superior First-Class

This 102 room modern property offers authentic Italian charm and contemporary comforts with Free Wi-Fi internet access available throughout. The restaurant specialises in authentic Tuscan dishes, served in warm, welcoming surroundings and the bar is a delightful spot for a morning coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea. While, in the evenings, its open fires and leather armchairs make it the perfect place for a romantic drink or late night digestif. There’s also a fitness center, relaxation area and a library, perfect for unwinding after a day in the city.

Genoa

NH Hotel Genoa Centro

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First-Class

Opposite Villetta Di Negro park, this 143-room modern property enjoys a central location and has a restaurant specializing in Ligurian seafood dishes, a laid-back bar area and offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout.

Nice

Aston La Scala

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First-Class

This recently restored, 7-storey hotel features 150 guestrooms and a rooftop terrace with seasonal swimming pool and amazing views over Nice. The chic L’Horloge Restaurant serves tasty local specialties prepared by Chef Julien Perrier; while the 7th-floor 7 Blue Bar is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas.

Paris

Les Jardins du Marais

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Superior First-Class

In the centre of Paris, with 263 rooms and a tranquil garden, this delightful property is composed of nine 19th-century buildings and has ‘small village’ charm. Facilities include a restaurant, a bar/lounge, a fitness room and Free Wi-Fi access.

Pricing

Tour
Start Date
Return
Date
Land/Cruise
Price Only
4/15/2019 4/25/2019 $3,399.00
4/29/2019 5/9/2019 $3,499.00
5/13/2019 5/23/2019 $3,679.00
5/27/2019 6/6/2019 $3,549.00
6/10/2019 6/20/2019 $3,679.00
6/24/2019 7/4/2019 $3,499.00
7/8/2019 7/18/2019 $3,449.00
7/22/2019 8/1/2019 $3,399.00
8/5/2019 8/15/2019 $3,399.00
8/19/2019 8/29/2019 $3,399.00
9/2/2019 9/12/2019 $3,499.00
9/16/2019 9/26/2019 $3,599.00
9/30/2019 10/10/2019 $3,399.00

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