Parisian cobbles, Roman churches, Swiss mountains and Venetian canals are all yours to explore, as the list of iconic highlights is endless as you travel across France, Italy and Switzerland. Take in the Colosseum, the art of the Renaissance, the beauty of the French Riviera and Pisa’s Leaning Tower in a perfectly planned whirlwind of a vacation. Handcrafted for those who like to travel fast and pack in the experiences, this 13-day tour celebrates many of Europe’s most famous wonders as you see...
Paris – Starting the French Adventure
As you arrive in Paris, you will be unable to stop your smile as the chatter of Parisians, and the smell of croissants really do fill the air. Your eyes will soon find the Eiffel Tower, dominate as it surges towards the sky. The Arc de Triomphe, a legacy from a different artistic time is no far away, and then the Place de la Concorde, where dark chapters from French history whisper from the walls. You will never grow tired of all there is to see, but you do need an excellent guide to make sense of them all. Every building has a history, and as you take a tour along the River Seine, you will come to understand their place in Parisian culture. As you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel near the river, and your short afternoon tour will introduce you to Paris with your evening free to settle in.
Paris – The Louvre and Versailles
Lucerne – A Stunning Journey Through the Alps
Lucerne – Deep in the Mountains
Milan – La Scala and the Duomo
Venice – Exploring the City of Canals
Rome – Impressions of an Ancient Empire
Rome – The Vatican City and More of Rome
Florence – The Sights and Sounds of the Renaissance
Genoa – Iconic Places From Old Italy
Nice – Sublime Stretches of Mediterranean Coastline
Avignon – Basking in the French Countryside
Marseille – Departure
- Discover the wonders of two capitals as Paris and Rome are packed full of world-famous highlights
- Take beautiful journeys by road as you drive through the Swiss Alps and from Italy to Monaco along the Mediterranean
- Lounge along the water and compare a day in Venice with a day on the French Riviera
- Explore Tuscany, from the Renaissance in Florence to Pisa’s Leaning Tower
- Relax in Switzerland with your days in Lucerne a mix of medieval charm and majestic mountains
- Connect with French history in destinations like Avignon and Versailles
- Tick another country off the list with a stop in Monaco
- Marvel at the churches and cathedrals that range from St Peter’s Basilica to Milan’s Duomo
- Whizz across Italy on high-speed trains, each journey offering great views of the country’s landscapes
This handcrafted tour will bring you to the grandest of Europe’s highlights as you see the places that have shaped the history of the world. Savor the artistic inspiration that changed design forever as you travel landscapes that you will forever carry in your soul. This will be a journey of endless impressions, seen at a fast pace as you travel through the best of three countries. Almost every night there will be somewhere new, but Europe is not that big, so while you are regularly on the move, there is enough time to enjoy where you are going. This tour is designed for first-time visitors to Europe with a focus on the essential sights. Without going too far off the beaten track, your city guides will tailor each day’s plans, so there is the opportunity to adapt your daily schedule to include the places and the experiences you are most interested in.
Compare Milan’s Gothic Duomo with St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City, and then meander through the Swiss Alps and along the French Riviera. Cruise the River Seine in Paris and gondolier down Venetian canals, and then immerse yourself in Florence’s Renaissance neighborhoods, contrasting the experience with Paris’s 19th-century cobbles. Sit back on grand piazzas and wonder at how such places were built so many centuries ago. Dine on the distinctive foods, from French patisseries to Italian gelato, and then toast to so many of Europe’s wonders over just 13 days of travel.
You will begin and end in France, with your first couple of days in Paris all about legendary sights. Cruise along the River Seine to glimpse most of them, and then discover the wonder of the Louvre and Versailles, among other places. Travel by road to Switzerland, an exquisite journey up and into the Alps. Lucerne is a laid-back medieval town surrounded by mountains, a good place to relax amid nature and enjoy many classic Swiss experiences. It will be an equally impressive mountain journey to Milan, up and over and then down into a city that is full of grand architecture.
Most of your Italian travel is done by train, with modern high-speed services giving you some time to relax while taking in the stunning views of the country. Travel to Venice and begin with a gondola discovery tour. Zoom to Rome the next day, and a couple of days will allow you to explore Ancient Rome, the Baroque Middle Ages Rome, and the best of the Vatican City. It is then under 2 hours by train to Florence, the beautiful city of Michelangelo and Raphael. From there, make a stop in Pisa on route to Genoa, a lovely port city on the Mediterranean, and then journey by road to the French Riviera with destinations like Cannes, Nice, Monaco and Avignon part of your last couple of days.
$5,338 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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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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