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From Magical Castles to Romantic Cities

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Loire Valley
Mont Saint-Michel
Normandy
Paris
Tours
Florence
Rome
Venice
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All flights
Accommodation
Some transfers
Activities
Breakfast only
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until October 2022
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Land in Paris and enjoy its cultural delights. Roam the castles and delve into the reinassance culture of the breathtaking Loire Valley. Explore Mont Saint Michel and the Normandy coast. Land in Rome and admire one of the most romantic cities before heading to Florence and discover its hidden treasures from the Italian Renaissance period. Finally, explore Venice, the city of waterways and canals.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Paris

Ready to discover the spectacular cities and landscapes of France? Arrive at your departure airport to catch a flight to Paris. Arrive at Paris airport and transfer to your hotel*. Paris is the capital of France and a great place to discover the city’s most famous tourist sights, the local culture and cuisine. Overnight stay in Paris.

* In the event that the flight arrives or departs from another airport than Orly, transfers are not included. You can book the optional transfer in the next step of the booking process.

2nd Day: Paris

Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the city’s most famous tourist sights and monuments on a Half Day City Tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Marvel at Paris's best-known sights: Place Vendôme Square, the Opera House, the Pantheon, the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, the Orsay Museum, Place de la Concorde Square, the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Invalides. The rest of the day is free to explore Paris at your leisure. Overnight stay in central Paris.

3rd Day: Paris - Orleans - Chambord - Tours

After breakfast, depart Paris by coach towards the Loire Valley and its wonders of the Renaissance period. First stop is the capital of the Centre-Val de Loire region, Orleans. The history of this lovely city on the banks of the Loire River is inseparably bound with the history of Joan of Arc. While exploring the city independently, try not to miss the 13th century Sainte-Croix Cathedral and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, displaying around 700 artworks. After lunch, the tour continues with a visit to The Chambord Estate * one of the most emblematic castle examples of Renaissance architecture in France. Following this visit, transfer to the historic city of Tours. Overnight stay in Tours.

* Only entrance included with the possibility to book an audio guided on the spot. 

4th Day: Tours - Chenonceau - Valençay - Tours

After Breakfast at the hotel, explore the magnificent Castle of Chenonceau*. The two-story gallery stands upon a graceful arched bridge that crosses the Cher River which gives the impression that the castle is floating on water. Also known as "The Ladies’ Castle", it was initially constructed in 1513. Equalling the beauty of the interior, the Château's Renaissance French Gardens are perfectly landscaped with decorative pools and flower beds and are an important destination for garden lovers from all over the world. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. In the afternoon, we recommend an optional excursion to the Château de Valençay.** Overnight stay in Tours

* Only entrance included with the possibility to book an audio guided on the spot. 

** Optional Château de Valençay excursion: Discover through an audio guided tour the spectacular castle of Valencay. Former property of the Prince of Talleyrand, built in 1540 by order of Jacques d'Estampe on an old feudal building. Its construction continued until the 18th century with the addition of the South Tower. Discover its history and enjoy the wonderful gardens. Castle open from 14th of March 2021 to 11th november 2021.

5th Day: Tours - Mont Saint Michel

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from Tours heading towards the world-renowned Mont Saint Michel, a Unesco World Heritage site. The car park stands approximately 1.5 miles away from the island. On leaving the coach, head for the Place des Navettes, where shuttle buses called Passeurs transfer to the mount itself. The Mount was consecrated to St-Michel from the year 708. The Benedictine Abbey presents a grand panorama of the medieval architecture from the XI-XVI centuries. Spend some time exploring the village built on the slopes in the shadow of the fortifications. Overnight in the surrounding area.

6th Day: Mont Saint Michel - Day Beaches Tour - Caen

After breakfast, the tour takes in some of the WW-II landing beaches of the Allied Forces and also a visit to the Memorial de Caen *, a museum and war memorial commemorating World War II and the Battle for Caen. Overall the museum is dedicated to the history of the twentieth century, mainly focusing on the fragility of peace. Overnight stay in Caen.

* Only entrance included with the possibility to book an audioguide on the spot. 

7th Day: Caen - Honfleur - Paris

After breakfast, depart Caen and enjoy a panoramic tour of the neighbouring town of Lisieux which is famous for its history as a pilgrimage destination. Next, learn more about the best food and drink that this rich region of France has to offer, starting with a visit to the Village du Fromager. See all stages of cheese production and enjoy tasting the different types of cheese on offer. After the visit, head to Honfleur in time for a lunch break. This small city and harbour dates back to the Vikings invasion in the 11th century. After a couple of hours exploring the city, continue eastwards until reaching Paris. Overnight stay in Paris.

8th Day: Paris - Rome

Breakfast* at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Roma**. Arrive in Rome, the Italian capital, and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, the remainder of the day is free to begin exploring this romantic, historic city. The evening is the most magical time of day in Rome when the streets take on an even more charming character. Overnight stay in Rome.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

** In the event that the flight arrives or departs from another airport than Orly, transfers are not included. You can book the optional transfer in the next step of the booking process.

9th Day: Rome

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a Guided Visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill, three of the main archaeological sites of the Eternal City. Learn about the history of this empire, from its birth to the gladiatorial fights in the Colosseum, and appreciate the preserved corners of ancient Rome in the Forum and the Palatine Hill. We recommend the optional Guided Walking Tour through the best of Rome*. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Rome.

Optional Guided Walking Tour through the best of Rome: Discover one of Rome's most typical squares, Piazza di Spagna, and its famous Spanish Steps. Continue experiencing this eternal city by visiting the iconic Trevi Fountain, a 17th-century masterpiece in which throwing a coin is supposed to assure your return to Rome. End the tour by stopping at the Pantheon, one of the best-preserved monuments of Roman antiquity. Please note: On Saturdays the Pantheon is CLOSED.

10th Day: Rome

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a day at your leisure in Rome. Perhaps visit the Vatican, trace the footsteps of the greats in the ancient streets of the old city or simply indulge in some delicious Italian ice-cream. However you choose to spend your day, Rome is sure to delight you with its old-world charm and unbeatable sights. We suggest taking the optional Guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel*. Overnight stay in Rome.

Optional Skip-the-line guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel: In the Vatican Museums, admire the works of art in the Patio della Pigna and the Gallery of Candelabra, among others. Next, visit the inimitable Sistine Chapel to discover the incredible and well-known work of art by Michelangelo. Note: This optional tour is NOT available on Sundays.

11th Day: Rome - Florence

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, make your own way to the train station to catch the Frecciarossa high-speed train to Florence. Arrive in Florence, the heart of the Italian Renaissance, and self-transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure to explore the city and keep enjoying the Italian cuisine in this gourmet paradise. Overnight stay in Florence.

12th Day: Florence

Breakfast at the hotel. Today head to the Historic Centre of Florence for a guided walking tour of Florence and discover the hidden secrets of the Tuscan capital. Start discovering Piazza Repubblica, one of the fanciest of the city, before heading to Loggia del Mercato Nuovo, a building where a local market takes place. Keep enjoying the streets of Florence and arrive at the beautiful and well-known Ponte Vecchio, the most iconic bridge in the city and one of its main symbols. You will then walk through the Piazza della Signoria, the heart of Medieval Florence with the imposing Palazzo Vecchio. End the tour admiring Piazza San Giovanni, home to the impressive Florence Cathedral, with its iconic Brunelleschi cupola and the famous Giotto Belltower. Rest of the day at your leisure to continue discovering this amazing city full of history. Overnight stay in Florence.

13th Day: Florence - Venice

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, self-transfer to the station to catch the Frecciarossa high-speed train to Venice (Mestre Station). Arrive in the romantic city of Venice, make your own way to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Built across more than 100 small islands, Venice is a pleasure to explore on foot as you get lost in the labyrinthine streets, stumbling across hidden cafes and cultural gems along the way. Get out and discover the plentiful delights on this eternal city, such as the immense Piazza San Marco, and perhaps enjoy a peaceful gondola ride through the atmospheric canals. Overnight stay in Venice.

14th Day: Venice

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, make the most of a guided walking tour through Venice to learn about its history and culture and the greatest artists of the city. Start the tour with a tranquil walk through Cannaregio, one of the most characteristic neighbourhoods of Venice, and cross the iconic Rialto Bridge. Finally, head to Campo San Bartolomeo to see the Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo and end up your experience in Piazza San Marco. Rest of the day at your leisure to continue discovering this unique city. Overnight stay in Venice.

15th Day: Venice - UK/Ireland

Breakfast* at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer by car from Venice Mestre to the airport for your return flight back to the UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

15 days trip including flights*

15 days and 14 nights in destination

1

LON - PAR

Paris

2

Paris

3

Tours

4

Tours

5

Mont Saint Michel

6

Caen

7

Paris

8

Rome

9

Rome

10

Rome

11

Florence

12

Florence

13

Venice Mestre

14

Venice Mestre

15

VCE - LON

* It can change according to your date of travel

Accommodation: 14 Nights

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Included in all our trips

Included activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
Included

Guided Visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Visit three of the main archaeological sites of the Rome. Learn about the history of this empire, from its birth to the gladiatorial fights in the Colosseum, and appreciate the preserved corners of ancient Rome in the the Forum and the Palatine Hill.
Included activity for day 9
Included

Guided Walking Tour of Florence

Enjoy the streets of Florence, Piazza Repubblica and Loggia del Mercato Nuovo. Discover the beautiful Ponte Vecchio and walk through the Piazza della Signoria with Palazzo Vecchio. End the tour admiring Piazza San Giovanni, home to the Florence Cathedral.
Included activity for day 12
Included

Guided Walking Tour of Venice

Walk through Cannaregio and cross the iconic Rialto Bridge. Head to Campo San Bartolomeo to see the Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo and end up your experience in Piazza San Marco.
Included activity for day 14

Available Activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
See the price of optional activities after selecting the date in the next step
Optional

Château de Valençay excursion

Discover through an audio guided tour the spectacular castle of Valencay. Former property of the Prince of Talleyrand, it was built in 1540 by order of Jacques d'Estampe on an old feudal building.
Suggested activity for day 4
Optional

Best of Rome Guided Walking Tour

Experience this eternal city by discovering one of Rome's most typical squares, Piazza di Spagna, and visit the iconic Trevi Fountain. End your tour stopping at the Pantheon, one of the best-preserved monuments of Roman antiquity.
Suggested activity for day 9
Optional

Skip-the-line guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

In the Vatican Museums, admire the works of art in the Patio della Pigna and the Gallery of Candelabra, among others. Next, visit the inimitable Sistine Chapel to discover the incredible and well-known work of art by Michelangelo.
Suggested activity for day 10

The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. 
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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Paris; Venice - UK/Ireland.
  • Internal flight: Paris - Rome. *
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  • Domestic train in standard class: Rome - Florence - Venice Mestre.
  • 14 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • 14 Breakfasts.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles as indicated in the itinerary. **
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  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
    See itinerary
  • Air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • English speaking driver and guide in Paris city tour, and Guided walking tours in Florence and Venice. ***
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Not included

Tax, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

** In the event that the flight arrives or departs from another airport than Orly, transfers are not included. You can book the optional transfer in the next step of the booking process.

*** You will have an English driver throughout the France trip. A guided tour is included in Paris. The possibility to book an audio guide is available on the spot during the castle visit. 

The groups in France are based on a maximum of 25 pax.

Important: accommodation tax must be paid directly to the hotel (Approx. 3 € per person per night in France and 6 € per room per night in Italy).

  • Entry requirements
    Valid passport with a minimum of six months validity or identity card.
  • Visa
    No visa is required.
  • Currency
    Euro.
  • Language
    French.
  • Electricity
    230 V. Adapter not required.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from Australia.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 01:00.
  • Other useful information
    Taxis do not have a particular colour, however you can spot them at the station or in the street by their luminous lettering on the roof of the car.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://ee.france.fr/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

 

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