Aromas drift down Roman lanes, vistas extend from alpine lakes and the Renaissance city opens its heart. From Venetian canals to Parisian patisseries, this is the grand tour of Italy, Switzerland and France, a one-way two-week journey that celebrates many of Europe’s grandest icons. Explore with all your senses alive as you embrace the highlights and discover how every piece of old-world Europe is absolutely unique.
Venice – A Water Taxi Into the City of Canals
Fly into Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic and your airport transfer will immediately reveal what makes this city so special, the water. Travel along the canals as grand townhouses rise on either side of you as your gondolier takes you beneath the bridges of yesteryear. Take a stroll between the island neighborhoods, sip Bellini cocktails as street musicians play twilight serenades. Relax on a terrace close to St. Mark’s Square as Venice is much quieter in the evening after the day-trippers have returned to their hotels on the mainland. Soak up one of the world’s most unique cities, with your hotel ideally located on the Grand Canal.
Venice – Romance and Elegance
Rome – Into the Eternal City
Rome – Highlights of Ancient Rome
Rome – Exploring the Vatican and Beyond
Florence – Tuscan Wine Tasting and Renaissance Delights
Florence – Exploring the Masterpieces
Lucerne – Swiss Landscapes From a Dream
Lucerne – High Up in the Pristine Alps
Paris – Delectable Landscapes and the City of Lights
Paris – Food and Neighborhoods Tour of Paris
Paris – French Palaces and Patisseries
Paris – Departure
- Gaze across the hills of Tuscany while sipping on fine wine
- Wander Parisian neighborhoods of cobbles and charm
- Inhale blissful alpine air as you spend two days on Lake Lucerne
- Explore the waters and the many islands of Venice
- See more of old-world France with a day in Fontainebleau
- Celebrate the wonders of Rome with a day dedicated to the ancient empire and another in the Vatican
- Discover Florence and its Renaissance history with your local guide
- Take the funicular up Mount Stanserhorn and gaze out across Europe
- Tantalize your senses as you go in search of iconic food in Italy, Switzerland, and Paris
Lay a map of Europe onto one of the United States, and you will find that the state of Texas is double the size of Italy and Switzerland combined. Travel to Europe, and you will see how remarkably everything can change within just 50 miles. Begin with the city of canals, and then soon be in the midst of a Tuscan landscape carpeted in vines. Climb high up in the Swiss Alps, and then across the farm-studded plains of France. Rome and Paris could not be more different if they tried, and it will be wonderful to see how much diversity you can experience in less than two weeks of travel. From seascapes to mountain peaks, from Rome to the Renaissance to the Impressionists, this itinerary spans it all. Vibrant old-world squares to places of serenity, pasta to fondue to patisseries and macaroons, you will find with every day that there is something new, and that is what makes combining Italy, Switzerland, and France so compelling.
You will spend a week in Italy before flying to Lucerne for a couple of days amid the Alps. From there, you will take the high-speed train to Paris and enjoy the landscapes galore on your route, for several nights in the French capital. All of your tours will be private, and you can travel around by various means, including iconic road and rail journeys. Fitting three countries into less than two weeks means you that must place a premium on your hotel location, as there is no time to be wasted. You will be able to step outside of your hotel door, and you will be in the heart of your destination, surrounded by the icons and the atmospheres you came to experience.
Venice is your first stop, and you will have time to look beyond the world-famous postcard views as you explore with your insider guide. With so much to discover, your gondolier will take you down the canals, the best way to see the city. Whizz next to Rome on the high-speed train with time to soak up the landscapes before several nights in the Eternal City. One day is dedicated to the time of empire, the Colosseum just one of the highlights. The next day will bring you to the Vatican City, where the Sistine Chapel is among the artistic glories. Then move to Florence for a spot of Tuscan wine tasting on route to the Renaissance city. With your local guide, you can get to know the monuments and the neighborhoods, this being a city with secrets and surprises.
Fly next from Florence to Lucerne for two days spent surrounded by peaks, your hotel perched upon Lake Lucerne. Breathe in the fresh alpine air and take in the views, especially when riding a funicular railway up to Mount Stanserhorn. Your train journey to Paris is sublime, first through the mountains and then across a patchwork of rural fields and stone villages. You will end your vacation with nights spent in the French capital, time enough to see the famous sights as well as soak your senses into the food. Spend one day out of the city, Fontainebleau your destination for a look at local France and imperial legacy. You will likely be remarking about how different it is from Rome, and incredulous at how much you got to experience on a single trip to Europe.
$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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