Balconies and rooftops with a view of the Eiffel Tower Paris, France

Evocative Experiences: Ten-Day France, Switzerland and Italy Tour

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Countries Visited

France, Italy, Switzerland, Vatican City

Places Visited

Paris, Lucerne, Mount Titlis, Ice Grotto...

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Suggested Duration

11 Days

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.

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Trip Highlights

  • 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

Detailed Description

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.

Starting Price

$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.

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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