Beautiful poppies surrounding a villa in Tuscany, Italy

Family Tour to Italy, France & Switzerland

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

France, Italy, Switzerland, Vatican City

Places Visited

Tuscany, Siena, Val d’Orcia, Montalcino...

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Suggested Duration

17 Days

Some of the family highlights on your Italy, France, and Switzerland tour include baking croissants, becoming a Roman gladiator, staying on a Tuscan farm and exploring the Swiss mountains. Start in Tuscany and end in Jungfrau, relaxed places for everyone to come together. Delve into the immersive city experiences with local guides tailoring each day in Rome, Paris and Zurich. Welcome to the beautiful bounty of Europe from the Alps to the River Seine.

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Trip Highlights

  • Spend four days at a farm resort in Southern Tuscany, a great place for children to get involved with all things Italian
  • Try all the classic Swiss experiences in Zurich, from a cheese fondue to a funicular up a snow-capped mountain
  • Rome is a wonderful city for children and you’ll have three days with a specialist local guide
  • Explore famous monuments and learn how to bake croissants in Paris
  • End the vacation with three very relaxing days in the Swiss Alps, real alpine tranquility to follow the adventure
  • Discover beautiful old towns and villages, like Siena and Murren
  • Relax in the most glorious landscapes, from the vineyards of Southern Tuscany to alpine mountain chains
  • Join the children in learning how to be a gladiator, how to make pasta, how to milk cows and make cheese, and other local experiences
  • Local guides lead the way in Paris, Zurich and Rome, while in Jungfrau and Southern Tuscany you have a rental vehicle for self-guided adventure

Detailed Description

This handcrafted tour is all about sharing new experiences as a family. Wake up on a Tuscan farm and learn the art of making pasta. Take a funicular into the Swiss mountains where it feels like you’re on top of the world. Walk the spooky catacombs of Paris then whizz your way up the Eiffel Tower. In Rome, you can be a gladiator for a day while in Zurich you’ll learn all about making cheese. Spread across five very different destinations, this slow-paced tour takes your family to Italy, France, and Switzerland.

Start in Southern Tuscany and an agriturismo, a farm turned resort that’s immersed in the region’s beauty. Children can learn and experience all aspects of the farm, as well as other Italian experiences like making pasta. You get to sit back and enjoy rural Tuscan tranquility and hospitality. With a rental vehicle, you have the independence to visit towns and villages all across the region. You have the freedom to spend a day in Siena, make a trip to Florence, or explore the old-world cobbles of Pienza. Then return to the authenticity of the farm and a customizable set of experiences.

Tuscany gives you lots of together time and helps you ease into the vacation. Travel to Rome and the experience changes. A local guide leads you around the city, incorporating legendary sights and some treats just for the kids. For example, you’ll tour the Roman Forum and Colosseum, then the children will spend the afternoon at gladiator school (it’s non-violent and really impresses the style of the time). Rome is also a great city for families as its center is mostly pedestrianized. Relax on the piazzas and take your time watching the world go by.

Fly to Paris, a city of innumerable icons. Everyone wants to see something else, that’s usually the way in the French capital. The guide helps spread the world-famous sights over three days, punctuating them with more local hands-on experiences, such as learning how to bake Parisian croissants. The skill of a good local guide isn’t just the stories and knowledge, it’s maximizing your time while minimizing queues and crowds. This is very much about what you want to experience in Paris, all the way from frog legs to the palace at Fontainebleau.

End the vacation with six days in Switzerland, a country that is often misunderstood. Grand mountains look down from all angles. Open valleys provide space to be alone as a family. Adventures take place on high but there is culture as well, not least in small pedestrianized villages. Spend three days in Zurich, ideal for growing into all things Swiss, from fondue to the Alps. Then end the vacation with three days in Jungfrau, an alpine retreat to bring plenty of calm after the adventure. Like in Tuscany you have a rental vehicle and these final days are self-guided, with many options when you’re so deep in the Alps.

Starting Price

$6,982 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.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

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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