Louvre Museum in Paris, France

European Capitals: A Highlights Tour of Rome and Paris

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Countries Visited

France, Italy

Places Visited

Rome, Paris, Vatican City, Chantilly

Suggested Duration

9 Days

Whether on the Left Bank or exploring the Trastevere, you will uncover the marvels of history and the majesty of indelible ambiance during your personalized tour of Rome and Paris. Embrace the fascinating perspective of Renaissance artists in the Vatican Museum. Scour the dramatically grand collection of artwork on display in the Louvre. Rome and Paris embody the spirit of the culture, gastronomy, and heritage with unique neighborhoods and preserved ruins from former famous empires allowing you...

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Trip Highlights

  • Witness the marvels of the Roman Empire embodied in the best-preserved monument in Rome, the Pantheon
  • Wander through the fascinating halls and grandiose walkways of an elaborate garden at the Palace of Versailles
  • Experience the simple but intoxicating brilliance of Rome’s culinary heritage during a food tour of the ancient neighborhood Trastevere
  • Reflect on the marvels of artists spanning medieval history to the 19th century on a guided tour of the renowned Louvre Museum
  • Discover the intricacies of unfathomable sculpted marble inside St. Peter’s Basilica when viewing Michelangelo’s Pietà
  • Embrace the fascinating texture and vibrant colors of Impressionist paintings on display inside the Musee d’Orsay
  • Indulge in the variety of flavors, specific techniques, and remarkable dedication to tradition and artisan craftsmanship of Italian gelato
  • Explore the remarkably preserved Roman architecture of Ostia Antica, Italy’s second-largest excavation project
  • Visit one of France’s largest collections of artwork at the Musée de Cluny inside Chantilly Castle, second only to the Louvre Museum in scale

Detailed Description

The highlights of Ancient Rome and majestic Paris are at your fingertips during your 9-day tour of Rome and Paris. Visitors could spend months exploring the historic lanes, and charming cafes dabbled around the cities and still find new relics or previously unseen ruins spanning more than a millennium. Culture and cuisine reign supreme in the elegant ambiance irrespective of the city making your Rome and Paris tour truly unique in highlighting the fascinating mixture of ancient, medieval, Renaissance, baroque, and contemporary charms.

Your remarkable tour begins in Rome, the Eternal City. Medieval apartments incorporate columns from former Roman structures, and random buildings contain historical inscriptions showcasing a long tradition of graffiti in Rome. Experience the marvels of the monuments during a Sunset Tour taking you to the Colosseum, Forum, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and the Pantheon. An expert tour of Vatican City winds through the dramatic galleries displaying some of the Western World’s and Mediterranean region’s most stimulating cultural artifacts including Michelangelo’s Pietà. On the outskirts of the contemporary Rome stand the ancient ruins of Ostia Antica, the former port city of the empire, and a preserved relic of the past.

Castel Sant’Angelo provides deeper insight into the ways locals of Rome province have repurposed structures of the past for their own motives over the course of 2,000 years. The Borghese Villa hosts one of the most elaborate private art collections in the world, along with a gorgeous green space often referred to as Rome’s Central Park. The flavors of the city are always on display referencing the brilliant way chefs, and home cooks have preserved traditional cuisine and adapted the flavors of the ingredients both in everyday dining experiences and the coveted sweetness of gelato.

Paris is a city of glamor and elegance celebrating life in fashion, art, literature, and cuisine. Your fascinating tour continues amid the grand palaces and quiet village-like quartiers stretching from the Latin Quarter to Montmartre. A highlights tour introduces the famous monuments of the city including Notre-Dame de Paris, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysee, and the grand Eiffel Tower. An evening cruise reveals the allure of the treasured city basking in illuminating light along the enchanting banks of the River Seine.

A full-day tour of Parisian museums reflects the abundance of artwork within the city, France’s dedication to culture, and the indelible allure to the brilliance of the past on display in the mixture of antiquity, Renaissance, and baroque work in the Louvre and the Impressionist works inside the d’Orsay. The grandeur of Versailles explores the opulence of the French monarchy leading up to the Revolution. A day at leisure in Paris offers you the chance to indulge in the lifestyle or discover the beauty of the French countryside at your preferred pace before returning home. You could always extend your time in France or an even more elaborate highlights tour of greater Europe. 

Starting Price

$3,217 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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