View of the Tiber and St. Peter's Basilica at sunset, Rome, Italy

Best of Rome and Paris Itinerary

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Countries Visited

France, Italy

Places Visited

Rome, Ostia Antica, Paris, Fontainebleau

Suggested Duration

11 Days

Paris and Rome bring the legends alive as you journey through the cities’ neighborhoods to find treasures of all sorts on hidden away on cobbled lanes and ancient walkways that have stood for millennia. With everything from marketplaces to private galleries, catacombs to chocolatiers, it is the little bit of everything that gives these cities their endless possibilities. Handcrafted to include ten nights spent in these two cities of quintessence, you will incorporate the famous icons but focus...

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Trip Highlights

  • Walk the cobbled streets of Trastevere to explore the markets and the Italian bars that hide down alleyways
  • Spend a day in Fontainebleau, where a chateau and forest stand majestically just outside Paris
  • Disappear beneath the ground to discover Rome’s crypts and catacombs
  • Take an unfiltered private tour through Paris’s art scene to see both the famous paintings and the lesser-known galleries
  • Drive around Rome in a vintage Fiat 500, a timeless way to see the sights
  • Immerse yourself in Parisian food with a neighborhood walking tour that will include bistros, markets and confectionaries
  • Explore ancient Rome at Ostia Antica and go behind the ropes with exclusive access to unseen parts of the Colosseum
  • Wander along the River Seine and soak up the Parisian dining scene
  • Discover the world of Caravaggio on a private Rome art tour
  • Stay in the heart of famous cities, just footsteps away from some of the world’s most recognizable icons

Detailed Description

Icons likely ignite your imagination when you think of Paris and Rome, and there are too many to mention as they range from that famous tower along the Seine to places of ancient gladiatorial conflict. These are two of the world’s most visited cities, and there is a fairly standard route that rushes between the famous attractions. This handcrafted tour will take a different approach as your centrally located hotels will enable you to visit any of the major icons you deem unmissable, but there will then be a selection of tours that unravels the intimate and the authentic. It is hard to go entirely off the beaten path in such renowned cities, but you can undoubtedly escape to places loved by the locals for something much more unique.

You will spend five nights in each city, and five-star boutique hotels have been chosen both for their services and for their locations, so that you will be just footsteps from the icons. Most of your tours will be private and led by insiders who want to share their city with the curious. There will be something different every day, ranging from art to chocolatiers and catacombs, plus one day trip away where you can breathe the country air beyond the cities. Paris and Rome are cities that can take months to explore completely, but with five days, you can uncover some mysteries, discover the styles of contrasting neighborhoods, and feel the atmosphere of places known mostly just by the locals.

Start with your hotel in the heart of ancient Rome, and a Caravaggio art tour will take you straight into offbeat places the very next morning.  This will be followed by the most unmissable of the city’s icons, the Colosseum, and you will step beyond the ropes to see parts of the world wonder unfettered by crowds. Drive around Rome the following day in a vintage FIAT 500, and your vehicle will give you a complete overview of the city. Move next to Trastevere and other nearby neighborhoods for a foodie walking tour before you go underground to the crypts and catacombs. Spend the following day on the seaside as ancient Ostia Antica is a place that evokes the secrets of past centuries.

And then it is off to Paris, where you will stay alongside the River Seine and will have time to discover those parts of the city you might have always imagined. Food is a great lens from which to explore Parisian neighborhoods the next day, while a customized art tour can take you in many directions the following. Fontainebleau is just an hour south of the city, a magnificent forest and chateau part of the experience, a traditional food market the other. That leaves a free day to go shopping and searching for the postcards, or just to wander the Seine and drink coffee on terraces. Just like in Rome, there will be such beauty to the quiet moments, when you watch the world go by amid millennia of history and heritage.

Starting Price

$3,933 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

  • Accommodations
  • 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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