Three countries, six overnight destinations and an endless reel of highlights: the Pantheon to the Parthenon; Michelangelo to Monet; Acropolis temples to Parisian neighborhoods; Monaco, the Vatican City, and Nafplio. Handcrafted for first-time visitors to Europe, this is an action-packed highlights tour of icons and legends, spanning 3,000 years and just as many postcards.
Paris – Welcome to France
All the great European cities are built around the water, and Paris’ great artery is the River Seine. Touch down in the French capital, and it’s the river that provides your introduction. Start cruising beneath the Eiffel Tower. Drift past 18th-century neighborhoods, then view the dome of Notre Dame. Travel beneath the famous bridges, the eyes of sculptures looking down on your journey. Watch the city roll by, from street musicians on the boulevards to flea markets and alfresco cafes. Spot people eating picnics on the banks and gaze up at some of the world’s most recognizable buildings. A Seine cruise is an easy introduction to Europe, and it’s perfect after a long journey: just sit back and absorb all the new impressions.
Paris – Parisian Neighborhoods Walking Tour
Paris – Landmarks of the City
Nice – An Expressive Journey Across France
Nice – Highlights of Monaco and Cannes
Rome – Immersed in the Heart of Rome
Rome – The Vatican Museums and More
Florence – Exploring the Renaissance City
Florence – Day Trip to Pisa and Siena
Athens – Amid the Legends
Athens – Full Day of Greek Mythology and Ruins
Nafplio – Another Side to Ancient Greece
Nafplio – Olive Oil and Relaxing on the Coast
Athens – Departure
- Discover the heart of Paris, from elegant neighborhoods to world-famous icons
- Stand atop the Athens Acropolis and surround yourself with remains from an ancient civilization
- Explore the Tuscan city of Florence, a fabulous city of art, architecture and great food
- Relax on France’s Cote d’Azur, walking the promenades of Nice and Cannes
- Unearth the heart of Ancient Rome, like the Pantheon and Colosseum
- Spend two days on the Greek coast in Nafplio, where the history is as evocative as the sea views
- Take a trip to Pisa and Siena, make a stop in Monaco, and spend a day in the Vatican City
- Uncover more than just the famous sights as you’re led by local specialist guides
The marks of history are what this handcrafted tour to Europe is all about. You will have over two weeks to explore Parisian icons, the Vatican City, Ancient Rome, and Ancient Greece. There are six overnight stops in total: Paris, Nice, Rome, Florence, Athens, Nafplio. Such a journey takes you to cobbled neighborhoods, expressive galleries, millennia-old icons, and the highlights of many different eras. There is more than just the famous postcard sights. As expert guides lead the way, you’ll enjoy an authentic jump into the local culture as well.
Three days in Paris is perfect for getting to know the city. First cruise on the River Seine, a timeless introduction provided by the city’s main artery. Then spend a day in the neighborhoods, checking out chocolatiers, patisseries, charming streets and cafe culture. Day three is flexible and focuses on the city’s unmissable landmarks – unmissable defined by you as that could be the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, or Champs-Elysees. Ride the world’s fastest train, the TGV, to the south of France, and two days on the Cote d’Azur. Nice is your base, but you’ll also discover the highlights of Monaco and Cannes, all three destinations full of French glamor and glitz.
Initial Italian impressions come to Rome, your hotel on the same street as the Pantheon. It takes a day to get around the wonders of Ancient Rome and a local historian helps you decipher myth and fiction. Spend day six in the Vatican, from St Peter’s Basilica to the Sistine Chapel, before traveling through the centuries to Renaissance Florence. Art and architecture is the theme of day eight, one that’s continued with a day trip to Pisa, Siena, and Tuscan vineyards. Just like your time in France and Greece, there are many superlative sights on every single day. Sometimes you must scroll through your camera or phone, just to confirm you’ve seen so many epic places in such a short amount of time.
Fly from Florence to Athens and immerse yourself in the city’s history, from memoirs to Zeus and Athena to tightly-packed neighborhoods beneath the Acropolis. Then escape to the coast. Breathe in the salty air, check out the turquoise, and watch the sunset from a medieval castle. There’s a huge amount of history in Nafplio as well, but mostly the experience is about sitting back and recollecting what has gone before. Two weeks doesn’t sound like a lot of time to explore the highlights of France, Italy, and Greece, but Europe is always quick to show you how small it is. In two weeks, you don’t just travel through three countries you cover 3,000 years of Western civilization.
$4,839 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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