Heart of Italy and Best of France
2 Nights in Rome, 3 Nights in Florence, 1 Nights in Genoa, 3 Nights in Nice, 3 Nights in Paris
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Heart of Italy and Best of France brings you the very best of Italy and France packaged especially for small/private group travel. The perfect introduction to the most visited cities in Italy and France, the tour will touch on every facet of these amazing countries – from the Vatican City to the breathtaking artworks of Florence and on to the culture and romance of Paris.Heart of Italy and Best of France tour offers a well-rounded introduction to everything that Italy and France has to offer. The package is comprehensive and designed to make booking and traveling simple and pain-free.
From Rome to Florence, our Commitment is to guarantee any departures even with 2 participants. For groups traveling with a minimum of 7 people, a tour leader will escort the group from the arrival until departure. In case the number of people traveling will be equal to or less than 6, the tour will be operated by a tour host. The tour host will visit the guests daily and will assist them during check-in at any single hotel. The tour host will also escort the guest to the restaurants for dinner. The tour host is available 24 hours by phone. From Cinqueterre to France, the tour will be Semi-Private.
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Day 1: Rome
Day 2: Rome
Day 3: Rome – Siena – Chianti – Florence
Day 4: Florence
Day 5: Florence
Day 6: Florence – Cinqueterre
Day 7: Cinqueterre – Montecarlo – Nice
Day 8: Nice
Day 9: Nice – Provence
Day 10: Nice – Paris
Day 11: Paris
Day 12: Paris
Day 13: Paris – Home
Day 1 (Friday): Rome(Welcome Dinner)
Welcome to Italy!
Upon arrival at Rome, the airport will collect your luggage and meet the driver for transfer to your hotel. We’ve left the rest of your day free to explore the Eternal City. Return to your hotel in time for an evening meeting with your tour host (around 6:30pm), who will provide an overview of the destinations you will visit on the tour. This is your opportunity to learn all about the tour program, receive tour literature and ask questions. At the end day, you’ll get to walk to the restaurant and enjoy a tasty Welcome Dinner. You will then spend the night in Rome
Day 2 (Saturday): Rome(Breakfast)
After breakfast, you will meet your guide and travel to the Heart of Rome. You will get to see magnificent landmarks like the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Pantheon and the Baroque Quarter. You will then have some free time for lunch (not included) and get to relax for a bit before continuing. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Vatican for a guided tour, which includes the entrance fee for the Museum. The Vatican is home to some of the world’s most significant art pieces. The masters of ancient Greek and Roman art are represented amongst the Vatican collection. You will have the opportunity to view the works of Raphael, Michelangelo and many others. Your tour will also take you to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. When the tour ends, you’ll return to your hotel by private coach. You are free to spend your evening at your own leisure.
OPTIONAL TOUR ($80 per person): Experience the Real Roman Food! Meet the tour leader and enjoy a relaxing walking tour along the narrow streets of the Ancient Rome. End the tour at the restaurant for a tasty Rome Dinner.
Return to the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 3 (Sunday): Rome – Siena – Chianti – Florence(Breakfast and Lunch)
You’ll meet your driver in the morning, ready to depart for Siena. The drive itself will take you on a magnificent path along the roads of Tuscany. You’ll get to enjoy stunning views of hills covered by vineyards and olive trees. You’ll also catch a glimpse of original bell towers as you pass through small villages along the way. En route, you’ll stop in Siena to enjoy a wine tasting session with typical cheeses and salami (also known as a typical “Farmer’s Lunch”).
After lunch, you’ll have some free time to explore Siena. This is probably Italy’s loveliest medieval city. At the heart of Siena is Il Campo, the Square where the famous horse race Il Palio takes place twice every summer. After leaving Siena, you’ll continue your journey to Florence with a stop in a vineyard in Chianti for a wine tasting. You will arrive in Florence by late afternoon, where you’ll check-in to your hotel and spend a relaxing evening afterwards. Here, you’ll spend the night in Florence before continuing your journey.
Day 4 (Monday): Florence(Breakfast)
After breakfast, you’re free to spend the day at your leisure. You can just relax and take a walk on the beautiful streets of Florence, visit the Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace or opt for an excursion to Pisa and Lucca (Extra $ 70 Per Person for a Regular Group Tour).
Day 5 (Tuesday): Florence(Breakfast, Dinner)
You’ll start your exploration of Florence from the unknown and most picturesque sides of the city. You’ll first visit the fresh market of San Lorenzo, where it’s possible to find fresh food that arrives everyday from the Tuscany Countryside. It’s a great opportunity to taste many varieties of cheeses, fruits and vegetables, breads, etc.
After, you’ll take a short break for lunch.
Once you’re done with lunch, you’ll meet your guide at the hotel to explore the Heart of Town. Florence was transformed into the cradle of the Renaissance by Lorenzo de Medici, who attracted the best artists, architects and writers of the time to the city. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli were among the artistic geniuses who he commissioned various works. You’ll then visit the most famous locations in Florence: Piazza della Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio (outside); the Dome with Giotto’s bell tower (outside); Ponte Vecchio; Academia Gallery (entrance fee included).
In the late afternoon, you’ll meet with your tour assistant for a 30 minute sunset walk to explore the hidden side of Florence. The sunset is simply breathtaking and it’s the best moment to take some wonderful pictures. Finally, you’ll enjoy a tasty Tuscan Dinner in a traditional Trattoria before you call it a night.
Day 6 (Wednesday): Florence – Cinqueterre(Breakfast)
Enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel before you meet with your driver for the private transfer to Cinqueterre. Upon arrival, you’ll start the exploration and tour of the villages by boat (weather permitting). At the end of your tour, you’ll continue to Genoa for an overnight stay
Day 7 (Thursday): Cinqueterre -Montecarlo – Nice(Breakfast)
After checking out from your hotel, you’ll have breakfast before meeting with your driver for a transfer to Nice. En route, you’ll stop in Montecarlo for an independent visit (2 hours). By late afternoon, you’ll continue to Nice for an overnight stay
Day 8 (Friday): Nice(Breakfast)
At this point of the tour, you’ll enjoy a guided visit of the city in a small group (maximum 8 people). Here, you can visit the Castel Park overlooking the bay and Old Town, which as a huge trading place and once inhibited by the Greeks over 2,600 years ago. You’ll also have the chance to drive along the port and admire the Turin buildings. Contemplate the Old in Place Garibaldi and the New long Promenade des Arts (Modern Art Museum, Sosno’s library, Acropolis Centre).
Afterwards, you’ll arrive in Cimiez, which is the winter home of the Queen Victoria. Here, you can stop a while to appreciate the Roman Arenas de Cemenelum. Next, you’ll walk through the magnificent olive trees garden and the 15th Century Park of the Franciscan Monastery. Your return trip will take you through to Promenade des Anglais passing its famous landmarks and “Belle Epoque” Buildings. Finally, you’ll end the tour with a visit to the flower market in the Old Town. Here you will have the option to be dropped off there or be driven back to the Hotel. You’ll have some free time in the afternoon to spend at your leisure
Day 9 (Saturday): Nice – Provence(Breakfast)
After breakfast, you’ll meet your driver for a Small Group (maximum 8 people) day trip to Cannes and Provence. After arriving in Cannes, you’ll take a walk through the famous Croisette Boulevard, which is located next to the Film Festival Palace, designer shops and smart sandy beaches. Next, you’ll drive through the charming countryside of Provence to Grasse, world capital of the perfume industry, for a guided tour of the perfumery. You also have the option to spend some free time visiting the old town. After, you can then view the charming Loup Gorges and taste the Riviera’s specialty flower sweets at the traditional Florian Confectionary. You can also take some photos at Provencal Jewel Tourettes/Loup. Finally, you’ll end the day’s tour in the 2nd most visited village in France: St Paul de Vence. It is home of the some of the impressionist painters, who worked on the ancient cobblestone lanes, ramparts and art galleries.
By late afternoon, you’ll return to Nice for an overnight stay.
Day 10 (Sunday): Nice – Paris(Breakfast)
After checking out from your hotel, you’ll have a quick breakfast before transferring to the Nice Train station and take a high speed train to Paris. Upon arrival, meet your private driver and go to the hotel. In the evening, you’ll meet with your guide and enjoy a cruise under the famous Seine bridges, followed by a guided discovery tour to admire the beautifully illuminated historical buildings of Paris. This includes famous sights like the Concorde, Opera House, Madeleine and Champs Elysee. You’ll end your day by spending the night in Paris
Day 11 (Monday): Paris(Breakfast)
After breakfast, you can discover more major sites of Paris with your driver-guide. You’ll get to visit other famous landmarks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Your route will take you through Concorde Square – Louvre Museu – Seine River and its bridges – French Academy – Cite Island with the Palace of Justice and Notre-Dame Cathedral (stop and free time) – Hotel de ville – the Latin Quarter with the Sorbonne and the Pantheon of famous French Men – Arch of Triumph – Champs-Elysees Avenus – Eiffel Tower (photo-stop) – Invalides with the Dome of Napoleon’s Tomb – Opera House, Montmartre (stop near Sacra-Coeur Basilica and the artists Square, Place du Tertre). You’ll spend another night in Paris by the end of the day’s tour.
Day 12 (Tuesday): Paris(Breakfast)
You will have the whole day to spend at your leisure exploring this magnificent and romantic city.
Day 13 (Wednesday): Paris – Home(Breakfast)
After checking out of your hotel, you’ll be transferred to airport and say goodbye to the City of Lights.Featured Properties (All 4 stars hotels)
Hotel in Rome: Londra & Cargill, Savoy or Dei Mellini.
Hotel in Florence: Cavour, Palazzo Castri, Villa Olmi.
Hotel in Genoa: Bristol or Continental
Hotel in Nice: Westminster, Windsor, Boscolo
Hotel in Paris: Rochester, Franklin Roosvelt)
Hotel may be substituted with similar according to availability. Hotels will be confirmed up to 21 days prior to the arrival.
The tour includes:
- Transfers to and from Airport
- 2 nights in Rome
- 3 nights in Florence
- 1 night in Genoa
- 3 nights in Nice
- 3 nights in Paris
- Daily Breakfast
- Tour Escort Service
- Welcome Briefing
- 1 welcome Dinner upon arrival
- Farewell Dinner in Florence
- Visit of the Vatican, entrance fees included
- Visit of the Heart of Rome
- Transfer from Rome to Florence by private coach with en route stop in Siena and Monteriggioni
- Guided Visit of Florence Fresh Markets
- Guided visit of the heart of Florence, including Accademia & Michelangelo’s David with skip the line reservation
- Drive Guide to Cinqueterre from Florence. Drop off in Genoa
- Boat to explore Cinqueterre
- Driver Guide to Nice with en route stop in Montecarlo
- Half Day Walking tour in Nice
- Small Group Tour in Provence
- Transfer from Nice hotel to Train station
- Train to Paris
- Transfer from Paris train station to hotel
- 3 hours Cruise & lllumination Tour (transfers to/from hotel included)
- Half Day tour in Paris with Driver Guide (transfers to/from hotel included)
The tour does not include:
- Porterage at airport in Rome and Paris
- Beverages and Meals not mentioned in the program
- Travel Insurance
- Optional Excursions
- Rome City Tax: 6 euros per person per day to be paid directly to the hotel in cash at check-out
- Florence City Tax: 4 euros per person per day to be paid directly to the hotel in cash at check out
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