Get a glimpse of Europe’s finest destination on a ten-night tour by train. Explore Parisian lanes, Venetian canals, Swiss mountains, and Vatican art. Then, experience Renaissance Florence, Shakespeare’s Verona, the Louvre, the Colosseum and an Ice Palace. There are so much to discover and so many new experiences as you hop through France, Switzerland, and Italy. Handcrafted to get as much as possible into ten nights, it will be an evocative introduction to the best of Europe.
Paris – Drifting Down the Seine and French Bistro Experience
Begin your vacation when you land in Paris, the City of Lights and innumerable icons. While the Eiffel Tower stands high and the Champs-Elysees awaits you, there is so much more to this city than the postcards. Almost every street is a charm, especially in the heart of Paris. Small cafes are located in cobbled back-lanes and church spires peek above townhouses. Musicians play on bridges as locals take picnics to the River Seine. After you land, you will be transferred to a hotel in the Latin Quarter. This afternoon is free and there are so many sites to enjoy around the hotel. Just take a stroll and soak up the local style.
In the late afternoon, the guide takes you to a Parisian bistro. Fine foods come from all over France to be sold here including cured meats, a complete array of cheeses, truffles, olive oils, pâtés, and wines to wash it all down. You will tour the country’s food without ever leaving your stool, then walk it off by heading to the River Seine. As dusk draws near, board a boat for a three-hour cruise up and down the waterway. Pass the grand architecture then watch it transform, with beautiful illuminations found on most of the icons, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and Louvre Pyramid. Tonight you’ll understand why Paris is called the City of Lights.
Paris – Customizable Highlights of Paris Private Tour
Lucerne – A Stunning Train Journey Into the Alps
Lucerne – A Day in the Mountains and Glaciers
Lucerne – The Top of Europe at Jungfraujoch
Venice – Venice From the Water
Venice – Venetian Islands and Venice on the Land
Florence – Romantic Balconies and Renaissance History
Rome – The Heart of an Ancient Empire
Rome – Vatican City Museums and Local Rome
Rome – Departure
- Drift down the canals of Venice on a private gondola tour
- Travel to the roof of Europe and the icy Swiss world of Jungfraujoch
- Explore the heart of Paris and surround yourself with the city’s icons.
- Travel back into the time of empire with a day in Ancient Rome
- Take multiple train journeys through the Alps and a revolving gondola above the snow
- Wander through Florence, the enchanting city of Renaissance
- Sample fine French foods with a Parisian bistro experience
- Gaze upon Raphael’s Rooms and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel as a part of a day in the Vatican City
- Cruise on the River Seine beneath the Eiffel Tower
- Discover the medieval grandeur of Verona
- Travel between destinations on Europe’s excellent railway network, comfortable journeys that reveal a continent’s landscapes
There are so many sides to Europe and this ten-night tour will combine the best of every angle. Appreciate the serenity of Switzerland’s snowy mountains. Smell the aromas of a quaint Parisian cafe. Relax on a gondola ride through Venice and a walk beneath Juliet’s balcony in Verona. Architectural styles will baffle you, as you take in Gothic to baroque to the Renaissance buildings in just a few days. Wonders evoke the grandeur of past empires, and the Colosseum is just one example. The food will be as exquisite as it is varied, from Swiss fondue to Florentine steak, French pastries to Roman fine dining. This route will also minimize travel time with carefully designed train rides and transfers.
Traveling by rail is the best way to see Europe quickly. You go from city center to city center and disembark a short distance away from your hotel. Your first-class carriage will be more than just comfortable. Drinks and food are served on board as you zoom on the fast service between major cities. Sit back and watch Europe unfold through the window as you travel through French valleys and up into the Swiss Alps. Then, twist up into the snow and back down to the colors of the coast before you cross Tuscany through the suburbs of Rome. Traveling by rail is both a sightseeing experience and a time to rest and relax. This way, when you disembark you’ll always be ready to go out and discover.
This handcrafted tour starts in Paris. A private guide customizes the experience to your interests, as they incorporate the famous places you want to see. You’ll cruise on the River Seine and enjoy dining at a high-quality French bistro, as well as snacking on the daily coffee and croissants. Then, travel to Lucerne, an old-world base for exploring the Swiss Alps. You will stand on top of Europe and feast on the landscapes while experiencing all things that are famously Swiss. Take the train to Venice for a private gondola ride before you stop in Verona on the route to Florence. Your journey will end in Rome, where ancient empire and the Vatican City provide some focus to the adventure.
As you travel by train through three countries, you’ll experience continental diversity. Everywhere has such a distinctive style, not just the food and language but the atmosphere and mannerisms. Local guides will greet you in each city, and escort you from the train to the hotel before showing you around their home. Their knowledge will help you go beyond the beaten path, particularly with places to dine. Location is central to the choice of hotels, as you will be close to the station but also within walking distance of the most interesting part of the city. While ten nights is only an introduction to the region, it will feel like you’ve had six weeks of experiences in that time.
$4,516 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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