France & Italy in 17 Days

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Caen
Loire Valley
Mont Saint Michel
Normandy
Paris
Tours
Florence
Rome
Venice
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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.

17 days trip including flights*

16 days and 15 nights in destination

1

NYC - PAR

2

NYC - PAR

Paris

3

Paris

4

Tours

5

Tours

6

Mont Saint Michel

7

Caen

8

Paris

9

Roma

10

Roma

11

Roma

12

Firenze

13

Firenze

14

Firenze

15

Venice Mestre

16

Venice Mestre

17

VCE - NYC

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: US - Night on board

Ready to discover the spectacular cities and landscapes of France? Arrive at your departure airport to catch a flight to Paris.* Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Paris

Arrive at Paris airport and self-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.

* You can book the optional transfer in the next step of the booking process.

3rd 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.

Included
Paris City Tour
4th 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. 

Included
Visit to the Chambord Chateaux & Estate
5th 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.

Optional
Château de Valençay excursion
6th 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.

7th 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. 

Included
Caen Memorial Museum
8th 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.

9th Day: Paris - Rome

Breakfast* at the hotel. At the indicated time, self-transfer to the airport for your flight to Rome**. 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.

** You can book the optional transfer in the next step of the booking process.

10th 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 Piazzas and Fountains of Rome excursion.* The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the historic streets of Rome and dine on delicious Italian cuisine! Overnight stay in Rome.

Optional Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion: Take a pleasant walk through the artistic heart of Rome to visit its most symbolic piazzas and fountains! Visit Piazza Navona, the most elegant of all Rome squares and home to Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain. See the Church of San Luigi, the incredible Pantheon and the legendary Trevi Fountain, an icon of the city. Finally, pay a visit to the famous Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna, the most photogenic spot in the city!

Included
Walking Tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Optional
Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion
11th 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, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel: Explore the priceless treasures held within the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel! Visit the Pio Clementino Hall, Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, Maps Gallery, Candelabra Gallery, Tapestries Gallery and the incredible Sistine Chapel. Afterwards, discover the incredible St. Peter’s Basilica and the atmospheric St. Peter’s Square, dominated by Michelangelo’s imposing Cupola!

Please note: Optional tour available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only.

Why not upgrade your trip with our Must see`s of Italy package of 2 excursions, available in the next step of the booking process!

Optional
Pack of 2 Excursions: Must-sees of Italy
Optional
Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel
12th Day: Rome - Florence

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, meet your transfer and head 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.

13th 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 exploring the streets of Florence before arriving 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 exploring the captivating sights of Florence. Overnight stay in Florence.

Included
Guided Walking Tour of Florence
14th Day: Florence

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day at your leisure to enjoy your last day in the city. Florence's historical centre is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so why not take a stroll on your own to discover its hidden treasures. Overnight stay in Florence.

Optional Half-Day Tour to Pisa & The Leaning Tower: No trip to Italy is complete without a photo at the iconic leaning tower, so don't miss your chance to take a day trip to Pisa! Enjoy a guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli and its monuments and visit the spectacular Pisa Cathedral before spending time at the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa, learning all about the history of this University city along the way. 

Optional
Half-Day Tour to Pisa & The Leaning Tower
15th 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. Overnight stay in Venice.

16th Day: Venice

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a guided walking tour through Venice, through the fascinating streets and across the canals; a crossroads of culture where East meets West. Admire the Basilica and Piazza of San Marco next to Gothic-style Doge's Palace, the Campanile and the Clock Tower stand. Soak up the lively atmosphere of the Campo, a bustling square next to the Church of Santa Maria. Continue to marvel at the grand Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo, uncover legendary tales of Marco Polo and finally return to St. Mark’s Square by strolling through the main Venetian shopping street, the Mercerie, and immerse yourself in the historic buzz of the city. The rest of the day is at your leisure to continue discovering this unique city at your own pace. Overnight stay in Venice.

*Optional Gondola Ride Experience: One of the most famous characteristics of Venice is its historic gondolas and now you can be a part of this legacy yourself! Experience an unforgettable 35-minute gondola ride through the charming waterways of Venice including the iconic Grand Canal. The quintessential Venetian experience! Note: Please note that it is a shared gondola (up to five people for each one) so you might have to share it with other people.

Why not upgrade your trip with our Must see`s of Italy package of 2 excursions, available in the next step of the booking process!

Included
Guided Walking Tour of Venice
Optional
Gondola Ride in Venice
17th Day: Venice - US

Breakfast* at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer by car from Venice Mestre to the airport for your return flight back to the US. Arrive in the US 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.

Accommodation: 15 Nights

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Included activity for day 3 in Paris

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

Paris City Tour

Discover some of the most iconic and memorable places of Paris and admire the beauty of this incredible and romantic city. See Place Vendôme Square, marvel at the Paris Opera House and head to the Latin Quarter to see the impressive Pantheon.

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Included activity for day 4

Visit to the Chambord Chateaux & Estate

Visit the incredible Chambord Castle & Estate, one of the most emblematic chateaux in France and the finest example of French-Renaissance architecture!

Not included: Audio-guide (can be purchased at the destination)

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Included activity for day 7 in Caen

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

Caen Memorial Museum

After seeing some of the WWII landing beaches pay a visit to the Caen Memorial Museum, dedicated to commemorating World War II and the Battle for Caen. The museum focuses on the history of the twentieth century and the fragility of peace.

What's included: Entrance included Not included: Audio-guide (can be purchased at the destination)

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Included

Included activity for day 10 in Rome

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

Walking Tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Take a guided walking tour of three of the main archaeological sites in Rome. Learn about the history of this empire, from its birth to the gladiator fights of the Colosseum and appreciate the relics of ancient Rome at the Forum and Palatine Hill.

What's included: Skip-the-line entrance tickets: Colosseum - Palatine Hill - Roman Forum, Authorized guide and headphones Not included: Hotel pick up and drop off

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Available Activities

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 5

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.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 10 in Rome

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:15 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion

Discover the most symbolic piazzas and fountains in Rome! Visit Piazza Navona, home to Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain and see the Pantheon and the legendary Trevi Fountain. Finally, pay a visit to the famous Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna.

What's included: Professional licensed guide, headsets, pick up service from centrally located hotels Not included: Drop off at hotels. Pick up from hotels not located in the downtown area.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 11

Pick up time: info at destination

Pack of 2 Excursions: Must-sees of Italy

Make the most of your time in Italy with this pack of two unmissable experiences: a Skip-the-line guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and a gondola ride in Venice

What's included: Skip-the-line guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel & Gondola ride experience in Venice

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 11 in Rome

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel

Explore the treasures held within the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel! Visit Pio Clementino Hall, Candelabra Gallery, Tapestries Gallery and the incredible Sistine Chapel, among other sights. Also discover St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter's Square.

What's included: Skip the line entrance tickets, professional guide, headsets, pick-up service from centrally located hotels. Not included: Drop off at hotels. Pick up from hotels outside city center, in this case the meeting point will be Via Santamaura, 28

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Paris; Venice - US.
  • Internal flight: Paris - Rome. *
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  • Domestic High-speed 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.
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  • Air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • English speaking driver throughout the trip & guide during the city tour in Paris. Guided walking tours in Florence and Venice. ***
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*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

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

* Accommodation tax in Italy must be paid directly to the hotel (Approx. 6 € per person per night). 

* 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.

** Airport transfers are not included. You can book the optional transfer in the next step of the booking process.

*** Important: Please note that you will have an English-speaking driver throughout the trip, but you will not be traveling with a tour leader or guide. A guided tour is included in Paris. The possibility to book an audio guide for the castle visit is available at the destination.

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

**** Please note: the Italy part of this itinerary is an independent tour, not a group tour. It includes accommodation, some activities and some transfers, but you will not be accompanied by a guide throughout the entire trip, nor will you be traveling in a group.  

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.
  • Visa
    No visa is required for tourist stays of up to 90 days.
  • Currency
    Euro.
  • Language
    French.
  • Electricity
    230 V. Adapter not required.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations required.
  • 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.

 

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