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Experience the capitals of France and Italy as interactive destinations during your 10-day family-friendly tour of Paris and Rome. Sample the preferred delights of chocolates and gelato, discover the tremendous opulence of the galleries that glitter inside the palace of Versailles, enjoy a scavenger hunt filled with artistic riches in the Louvre Museum, and uncover the incredible colors of the frescoes that decorate the Sistine Chapel. From crafting pasta to making mosaics, your family will...
Paris – Introductory Dinner and Tour
The famous cosmopolitan city of Paris personifies style and sophistication. Your private transfer will greet your family upon your arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport and escort you to your luxurious accommodation. After dinner, you can take your time to explore the hilltop neighborhood of Montmartre. You will reach the peaceful square known as Carré Roland Dorgelés and witness Sacré-Coeur. The unassuming building was once a piano factory and later became the studio in which artists like Picasso and Juan Gris developed their unique style.
Paris – Eiffel Tower & Chocolate Excursion
After breakfast, your family will venture to the Eiffel Tower for an unobstructed view of Paris. The tower soars above the Champs de Mars and was erected as the gateway to the World’s Fair in 1889. Your family will travel to the highest viewing point on the tower at 905 feet above the streets of Paris. The panoramic view will provide you with a stunning impression of the city. You will continue your exploration of Paris on a chocolate excursion through the classic neighborhood of Saint-Germain.
Paris – Notre-Dame and the Louvre
After breakfast and a leisurely morning, you will visit the Notre Dame Cathedral. The cathedral’s towers soar to heights of 226 feet with a spire that reaches 300 feet tall. You will then continue to the Louvre Museum and the Glass Pyramid that was designed in the 1980s. The 675 panes of glass create the 72-foot tall glossy surface and act as the entrance to the sophisticated galleries that host more than 30,000 pieces of art. Your guide will transform your visit into an interactive scavenger hunt for your kids.
Paris – The Grandeur of Versailles
After breakfast, your family will travel to the outskirts of Paris to visit the impressive grounds of Versailles. The palace acted as the center of French political life in the 1680s. The grandeur of the architecture emanates from the sophisticated design and impressive décor that spans every inch of the chateau. The gardens of Versailles encompass 1,976 acres with 50 fountains, 620 water jets, and a stunning canal. Your family will mount bikes and explore the far reaches of the remarkable gardens.
Paris – The Network of Parisian Catacombs
After breakfast this morning, your family will venture to the Musee d’Orsay. The elaborate museum features artwork that ranges between 1848 to 1914. Your kids can embark on another scavenger hunt through the masterpieces of inspiring art. In the afternoon, your family will follow your guide into the depths of antique Paris beneath the contemporary City of Lights. The acclaimed catacombs extend for a collected 200 miles, but only a small portion is open for you to explore. The most popular site underground includes the house of skeletal remains, which tend to delight and surprise children.
Rome – Ruins of the Forum and Colosseum
In the morning, your private transfer will greet your family in the lobby and escort you to the airport for your flight to Rome. Upon arriving at Fiumicino Airport, you will transfer to the comforts of your luxurious accommodation, where you will have some time to relax and settle in before partaking in your first Roman adventure. When you are ready, your guide will lead you to the Roman Forum for insight into the social, political, religious, and commercial center of the Republic and Empire. In the evening, you will also visit the Colosseum.
Rome – Walking Tour and Cooking Class
After breakfast, your guide will lead your family on an introduction to the famous monuments of Rome, beginning with the Trevi Fountain. The emblematic image of Rome was constructed in 1762 with allegorical figures that tell the story of Oceanus. Your kids will be eager to participate in the tradition of throwing a coin over their shoulder into the pool. After discovering the beauty of the city, you will meet with a private chef for insight into the celebrated cuisine of Rome. The chef will guide you through the process of making fresh pasta. The family-friendly class will teach you how to make the traditional dish, Cacio e Pepe.
Rome – Vatican Museums and Mosaic Lesson
Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world, and you will visit it today. The columns purposely extend from the sides of St. Peter’s Basilica and act as arms that invite pilgrims into the heart of the piazza. Your tour will conclude inside the renowned Sistine Chapel. After discovering the sensational artwork on display in the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, you will visit a studio for a family lesson in the art of making mosaics. The interactive workshop will explain the historical value of crafting mosaics inside a family workshop.
Rome – Gelato Tasting Tour
In the morning, your family venture to the outskirts of the Roman walls to reach the ancient road known as the Appian Way. The original road was constructed between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC to transport armies from the capital city to Brindisi on the southern Adriatic coastline. The preserved road inside the national park features approximately 39 miles that you can bike along and view ancient tombs, the lush countryside, mighty Roman arches, and the sensational catacombs of San Sebastiano. Upon returning to the center of Rome, you will meet your guide for a gelato tasting tour.
Rome – Departure
After breakfast, your private transfer will meet you in the hotel lobby and escort you to Fiumicino Airport for your flight home. You can extend your family-friendly vacation in Italy with time on the Amalfi Coast or Greece for more insight into the ancient world.
- Explore the distinctive catacombs that wind beneath Paris and the outskirts of Rome for a unique history of the two famous cities
- Enjoy learning the techniques of ancient gladiators with a training class for your kids before wandering through the Colosseum
- Venture to the top of the Eiffel Tower for an unparalleled panorama of the city of Paris
- Learn the art of making pasta with a private chef and cook a traditional Roman dish that your entire family will enjoy
- Indulge in the complimentary flavors of chocolate when exploring the medieval streets of the St. Germain neighborhood in Paris
- Discover the treasured secrets of crafting ancient Roman mosaics during a private class inside a family-owned workshop
- Sample the diverse and distinctive flavors of artisan gelato in Rome and discover simple but important techniques for crafting the tastiest treats
- Partake in a bike ride through the marvelous gardens at Versailles to find remarkable water features
- Witness the splendid colors and humanistic features of Michelangelo’s depiction of Genesis in the Sistine Chapel
- Traverse the grand galleries and winding halls of the Louvre Museum on a scavenger hunt in search of famous and overlooked masterpieces
Your 10-day tour of Paris and Rome combines the highlights of each city with fun-filled explorations. The splendor of the European capital cities will become interactive museums and adventurous treasure hunts that allow you to uncover millennia of artifacts.
Your ultimate family adventure will begin with your arrival in Paris, where you will have five nights to indulge in the splendor of the city. Ancient Romans founded the city more than 2,000 years ago along the banks of the Seine River. Medieval wonders in the form of elegant churches and winding cobblestone streets give way to 19th-century palaces and lavish museum galleries. Classic monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris, and the Louvre Museum, provide easy introductions to the greater opulence of the Palace of Versailles, the Musee d’Orsay, and the Parisian catacombs.
Your European tour will continue with four nights in Rome. The Eternal City has acted as a center of culture, art, cuisine, and history since its founding during the Roman Republic. Medieval streets give way to Renaissance palaces and Baroque piazzas. The museums and grand galleries offer insight into the world of ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt.
Roman ruins, such as the temples in the Forum and the grand display of the Colosseum, represent the ingenuity of the former empire. The celebrated art and artifacts in the Vatican Museum will afford you a sensational scavenger hunt, and the flavors gelato and Roman pasta will make your mouth water. Art will become a way of life in Rome.
$2,745 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.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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