France, Greece, Italy
Paris, Nice, Genoa, Rome, Athens
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Celebrate culture, coastline, history, and heritage during your custom-tailored tour for seniors through France, Italy, and Greece. Follow the evolution of Western Civilization in the monuments and artwork that is reflected in the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Colosseum in Rome, and Parthenon in Athens. Indulge in the almond flavor of sweet wine on the Italian Riviera, and marvel at the collective works of Matisse on France’s Côte d’Azur. You can also troll along marble walkways that lead to splendid...
Paris – The Charm of Paris
The Paris of classic movies and elegant dreams will be instantly recognizable along the wide boulevards that are lined with trees and charming bistros along cobbled lanes. The windows of boulangeries will display delicious chocolate croissants and colorful macarons while boutiques will reflect the iconic style of one of the world’s fashion capitals. Your private transfer will greet you at Charles de Gaulle Airport upon your arrival and will escort you to the comforts of your luxury accommodations located near the bank of the famous Seine River.
The marvels of the past will capture your imagination with a skyline boasting the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris, and Louvre Museum. The contemporary vibrancy of France’s capital city embraces its history while looking to the future by representing French cuisine at lively street markets or in Michelin-starred restaurants. You will enjoy an introduction to the city with a night cruise down the Seine River. The City of Lights will put on a grand show that fills the sky with gorgeous images of the floodlit Eiffel Tower and the Musée d’Orsay, as well as stunning views of the gargoyles and dramatic towers of Notre Dame’s imposing cathedral.
Day 2 - 4
Paris – Captivating History and Architecture
Paris is a city in which visitors can spend a day or a month and still feel as if they need more time to explore. The majestic ambiance of Belle Époque masterpieces, art nouveau cafes, and the medieval lanes of the Latin Quarter accentuate the grandiose monuments that act as symbols of the city’s rich history. Exploring Paris with a guide will lead you to the top of the Eiffel Tower, around the Arc de Triomphe, inside the former train station now housing the Impressionist masterworks at the Musée d’Orsay, and through the labyrinthine galleries of the Louvre museum. The Louvre was originally a palace home to France’s royal family until the creation of Versailles in 1682.
The gallery hosts 30,000 artworks that are displayed across 645,835 square feet. You can discover some of the most famous art pieces of Western European history, along with extravagant artifacts from ancient World History, such as the Rosetta Stone. One of the most popular pieces of art is the Vénus de Milo,which is a stunning marble statue crafted around 100 BC that depicts a Hellenistic representation of Aphrodite when she was discovered on the island of Milos in Greece. The elegant representation of the idealized Greek beauty speaks volumes to the artistic aesthetic of the historical period and the importance of religious iconography.
The Palace of Versailles is located approximately 12 miles outside of central Paris, providing an accessible day trip with your private guide that will reveal the exuberance of the former French aristocracy. The sensational grounds encompass more than three square miles with the palace overtaking 721,183 square feet. The gilded architectural aesthetic of the chateau seemingly emerges from the idyllic natural setting, and the golden décor in the Hall of Mirrors captures the radiant design, commitment to luxury, and dramatic ambiance of the overall palace.
Day 5 - 8
Nice – The Stunning South of France
The grandeur of Nice derives from the seaside scenery with a picturesque blend of historical opulence and contemporary life. Serene palm trees soar above the seaside esplanade known as Promenade des Anglais, which runs for nearly two miles along the azure waters and white sands of the Baie des Anges. The city will become the symbol of the Mediterranean lifestyle with endless sunlight and charming cobblestone lanes that connect the world inside Old Town to the coastline. You will stroll through the city with a guide to navigate the maze of narrow streets that blend Italian and French architecture beneath Castle Hill.
Fishmongers at the Cours Saleya will showcase their fresh catches featuring octopus, mussels, sea bass, and more. The rosy seventeenth-century villa that crowns the Cimiez quarter hosts the Matisse Museum, displaying a collection of oil paintings, drawings, and tapestries crafted by the master artist. In addition, 56 sculptures accounting for nearly every statue the artist created are also displayed. The gallery spans nearly 30,139 square feet and provides a stunning overview of Matisse’s work, primarily between 1918 and 1954, which was the time he lived in Nice.
A guided tour along the Côte d’Azur will take you to the hilltop town of Eze, which is approximately 12 miles from Nice and situated upwards of 2,297 feet above sea level. The charismatic streets wind between the medieval walls and overlook the precipitous cliffs with a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. The maze of cobbled lanes will take you back in time to when the town fell under the rule of the House of Savoy during the fourteenth century.
Exotic Gardens stand at the highest point of Eze and provide a majestic panorama from the colorful buildings of Monaco in the South to the shimmering esplanade of Nice in the North. A combination of aromas will drift out of the renowned Parfumerie Fragonard where you will partake in a fascinating perfume workshop experience. Your instructor will guide you through the expertise of using raw materials and extraction methods for producing complimentary fragrances, discovering the benefits of essential oils, as well as gaining insight into the importance of how subtle scents can accentuate a person’s natural aroma.
Day 9 - 12
Genoa – The Italian Riviera’s Stunning Allure
The city of Genoa is much more than Italy’s leading port, as it boasts a long and illustrious history of maritime power after defeating Pisa’s mighty navy in the tenth century. The coastline and open waters of the Mediterranean Sea remain an essential role in the culture of the bustling city. A guided tour of the city will take you along a portion of the city’s nearly 14-mile long harbor that holds a collection of cruise, pleasure, transport, and fishing vessels. The Old City will glint with preserved stone walls and narrow lanes that are shaded by the soaring tower homes.
Washing lines will reflect a touch of Old-World tradition that has been carried into the twenty-first century. The towers of the Soprana gate, erected in the mid-eleventh century, connect to the restored childhood home of Christopher Columbus. After viewing the prestigious architecture and artifacts within the collective palaces along the fascinating Via Garibaldi, your guide will lead you to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. The Cathedral was initially a Romanesque basilica that was erected in the twelfth century and remodeled with a Gothic style in the 1300s. The sixteenth-century Renaissance dome captures the aesthetic of the time period and new architectural styles that captivate the powerful city-states. The twisting columns and crouching lions adorn the entrance and accentuate the distinctive depths that are created by the three receding arches that frame the doorway.
You will use Genoa as a base to explore the beauty of the Italian Riviera. Your guide will take you on tours to visit the stunning towns of Lerici and Portofino, as well the popular five towns of Cinque Terre that are connected by mountain trails or small marinas. The most Southward town of Riomaggiore was first erected in the thirteenth century and was nestled between the Maritime Alps and the Ligurian Sea. Fishing boats will wade in the water in view of the rugged base that supports the greater mountainous outcropping.
The main street will bustle with activity from locals and visitors who want to enjoy the boutique shops and serene cafes. Small churches and shrines will adorn various niches throughout the town, leading to the grander fourteenth-century edifice of the Church of Saint John the Baptist. A small trail will lead to the neighboring town of Manarola, where you can view the terraced gardens, orchards, and vineyards that blanket the landscape. Local vintners manage the grapes and produce the popular dessert wine of Sciacchetrà. You can enjoy a sample of the delicious sweet wine accompanied by a plate of freshly-made cookies in a private cellar where you will find hints of dried fruit that tend to leave a delightful almond flavor on your palate.
Day 13 - 16
Rome – The History and Art of Rome
Rome enchants visitors with a mixture of must-see landmarks and hidden charms that balance iconic antiquity, the epicenter of Christian faith, and contemporary culture that is interwoven into the historic niches of the medieval architecture. Your guided tours in Rome will take you through the fascinating wonders of the ancient world and the marvelous artworks that are displayed throughout the city like an open-air museum. From the Colosseum to the Spanish Steps, and from Pantheon to Piazza Navona, everything is accentuated by the captivating lifestyle of la dolce vita, which is apparent in the way locals sip their espresso, indulge in their lunch breaks, and bask in the delicious wines. Exploring Rome with your guide will bring to light the fascinating legends and grand architecture that are located in the Pantheon, which was erected in the second century AD after a fire destroyed the original.
The preserved Roman structure has inspired architects from around the world, including the likes of Michelangelo and Brunelleschi. The harmonious interior derives from the symmetrical proportions of the dome, as well as the sophisticated marble decorating the floor. The impressive tomb of Victor Emmanuel II signifies the respect paid to the first king of a unified Italy opposite the tomb of master artist Raphael.
Visiting the Vatican will take you inside the smallest independent state in the world, in addition to one of the most famous arts and antiquity collections that span more than a millennium. Your guide will provide incredible insight into the myths, tales, and histories of different works, as well as pointing out intricate details that accentuate the marvels of the Map Gallery, Papal carriages, and Egyptian sarcophagi. The Raphael Rooms highlight the elaborate aesthetic of the master artist who decorated the former apartment of Pope Leo X. The marvelous fresco entitled “School of Athens,” depicts the convergence of ancient ideals with Christian philosophy at the time by using contemporary Renaissance masters such as da Vinci, Michelangelo, Bramante, and Timoteo Viti.
Day 17 - 20
Athens – The History of Athens
Athens is renowned as the ancient capital of the Western World with remarkable ruins referencing the height of Athenian civilization and the evolution of the Byzantine Empire. The legendary Acropolis stands 490 feet above sea level at the heart of the ancient city and is visible along the winding alleys and wide boulevards, shining with milky marble ruins. Cafes and restaurants will fill with locals and visitors enjoying rich Greek coffee and the narrow streets of the historic Plaka district. Discovering Athens with your guide will help you explore the captivating antiquity including the Temple of the Olympian Zeus and the fascinating exhibits inside the Acropolis Museum.
Climbing to the top of the Acropolis will bring you to the base of the symbolic Parthenon, the symbol of ancient Greece and the cradle of Western Civilization. The breathtaking temple complex was originally erected between the fifth and fourth centuries BC as a tribute to Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom and Warfare. It is truly a breathtaking sight. The pediments contain visible friezes that depict numerous stories from Greek mythology, such as the tale of Athena’s birth from the head of Zeus.
Traversing the incredible history and marvelous mythology around Athens will provide you with enchanting guided tours that take you through Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplio, and along a selection of islands in the Saronic Gulf for a tremendous experience that will highlight the culture, heritage, and natural beauty of Greece. The island of Hydra is a two-hour ferry ride from the port of Piraeus but will feel as though you have landed on an idyllic paradise that is emblematic of Greece’s marvelous secluded islands. The unique town welcomes you with a gorgeous port shining brightly against the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Small fishing boats and water taxis bound for isolated beaches and other towns will be scattered along the shoreline.
The tranquil lanes that lead away from the marina will offer access to dirt donkey paths and colorful houses that sit on steep mountain slopes. The pedestrian-friendly island will offer fabulous touches of nature’s pristine charms that will bring to life the preserved stone architecture like the Kimisis Tis Theotokou Cathedral, a seventeenth-century edifice with a stunning Tinian bell tower made from marble. The ochre-hued stones of the Lazaros Koundouriotis Historical Mansion express the eighteenth-century aesthetic of the island leading up to a struggle for independence, while the interior retains time-period furniture, folk costumes, and intricate handicrafts.
Athens – Depart for Home
In the morning, the streets of Athens will return to their usual bustle as cafes open their doors and set out table and chairs for views to the stunning summit of the Acropolis. The gilded displays of history in the Byzantine Museum reflect a long period of Greek history displayed inside a nineteenth-century palace that was built for the Duchess of Plaisance. The former empire inherited the eastern territories of the Roman Empire and greatly expanded Christian orthodoxy with artwork and artifacts that span from the third to the fifteenth centuries. Your private transfer will greet you in the lobby of your hotel when you are ready, and escort you to Athens International Airport for your flight home.
- Enjoy a stunning view of Paris at night from the tranquil waters of the Seine River during an introductory night cruise
- Witness the extravagant detail and lively depiction of Renaissance life in the work of Raphael inside the Vatican Museum
- Wander the sensational summit of the Acropolis in Athens for a captivating view of the ancient world embodied in the image of the Parthenon
- Traverse the picturesque towns and waters of the Italian Riviera as they are captured in the likes of Cinque Terre where you sample the local wine during a tasting
- Enjoy the serene views of the Mediterranean Sea that accentuate the fascinating works of Matisse on display inside the Matisse Museum in Nice, France
- Explore the maze-like galleries of the Louvre Museum to discover enchanting artwork and artifacts including the Vinos de Milo and Rosetta Stone
- Find inspiration in the breathtaking dome that crowns the Pantheon in Rome, which inspired architects like Michelangelo and Brunelleschi
- Delight in the serene, marble esplanade and charming cafes that create the warm ambiance of Hydra in the Saronic Gulf
- Experience the grandeur in the illustrious historical design of the apartments, halls, and gardens of Versailles
- Learn how to make remarkable personalized fragrances during a private workshop at a famous parfumerie in Eze
Your 21-day senior tour of France, Italy, and Greece will present the majesty of the Mediterranean that derives from the marvelous museums and beautiful beaches that you will experience on your trip. You will also witness the iconic images acting as national symbols, while also experiencing the authentic, distinctive cultures. Whether wandering through medieval towns and lavish palaces, or museums reflecting some of Western Civilization’s most significant works of art, the architecture, gastronomy, and ancient history will inspire your spirit for an extraordinary discovery of essential Europe at your preferred pace.
Your fascinating adventure will begin with eight days in France that capture the essential ambiance as it derives from café terraces, active markets, charming bistros, and sophisticated museums. Three days in Paris will become an introduction to the symbols of the city with private guided tours through the renowned neighborhoods such as St. Germaine and Montmartre, as well as famous monuments including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre Museum. Versailles will become your elegant playground for a day with a guided tour that leads you through the gilded rooms, lavish halls, and exuberant gardens that are decorated with blossoming flowers and enchanting fountains. The city of Nice along the Côte d’Azur will act as your homebase for four days as you discover the elegant coastal atmosphere of this historic town and celebrated beaches.
Eight days in Italy will begin with your arrival in the elegant port city of Genoa, with four days dedicated to exploring the grandeur of the former maritime powerhouse along the old streets and acclaimed towns that line the Italian Riviera. You will wander along the medieval gates of the old city with your guide at the edge of the historical harbor and discover the preserved luxuriousness that is displayed in the palaces on Via Garibaldi. You will embrace the relaxed ambiance of the five towns of Cinque Terre, finding the views serene, the colors captivating, and the local wine sampled during a private tasting. Four days in Rome will bring the symbols of Italy to the forefront with guided tours that lead you through the likes of the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Navona. The ancient, medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras of Rome combine in the city center and shine brightly in Vatican City among breathtaking artwork such as the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s work in the Papal apartments.
Arriving in Greece will bring you to the final branch of your European exploration with four full immersive days in Athens at the heart of ancient history and the beauty of Greece’s treasured islands. The historic city contains layers of fascinating heritage that range from before the Hellenistic period to the rule of the Ottoman empire. You will visit the Acropolis Hill, which is home to the Parthenon, and you will discover the point at which mythology and history combine at the ruins of Mycenae. You will traverse the remains of the former mighty city of Corinth and enjoy the charming marble streets that are lined with nineteenth-century splendor at Nafplio, the first capital of Greece. A full day along the waters of the Saronic Gulf will have you disembarking at the islands of Aegina, Poros, and Hydra for an experience within the charismatic architecture, stunning coastal views, and charming life along the quay. Make sure your vacation is an unforgettable one by seeing additional France, Italy, and Greece travel ideas.
$5,581 per person (excluding international flights)
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