Rome, Florence, Bologna, Monterosso, Dolceacqua, Nice, Paris, Vatican City
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During this luxurious, 12-day vacation to Italy, you can indulge in mouthwatering chocolates, enjoy spectacular views, and experience the magnificent culture of Italy and France. The marvels of Italy and France will come to light during your custom-tailored, seniors tour of Europe, which will immerse you in its cafe culture, the captivating prestige of Vatican City, and the majestic collection of artworks that are on display in the Louvre. Travel from Rome to Paris to uncover ancient ruins, elegant...
Rome – Introductory Tour of Rome
Your flight will arrive at Fiumicino Airport, where your private transfer will greet you at customs and escort you to your hotel in the heart of Rome. Once you arrive at your luxurious accommodation, you will be provided with some time to settle in to the charms of your suite before meeting your private guide in the lobby for an introductory exploration of the city. This tour will lead you to many of the iconic sites of Rome, including the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona.
Rome – Vatican City and the Colosseum
In the morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel and lead you to Vatican City for a fabulous tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed the arcade that protrudes from the sides of the cathedral and acts as arms that welcome pilgrims to the sensational square beneath the towering figure of St. Peter’s Basilica. After your time in Vatican City, you will continue to the Colosseum for a tour of the ancient wonder that dates back to the 1st century AD.
Florence – Indulge in a Tour of Florence
This morning, your private transfer will escort you through the landscapes of Lazio to the rolling hills of Umbria and the charming city of Orvieto, which rests high on a plateau above the Paglia valley. You will continue to Florence for an immersive tour of the Renaissance City, where the aromas of delicious gelato and scintillating pastries will fill the air. Your introduction will provide you with insight into the marvelous history and artistry from the Palazzo Vecchio to the Medici Tombs at San Lorenzo.
Florence – Uncover Renaissance Beauty
Today, you will venture to the Uffizi Gallery with your guide for a highlights tour of the former magistrate’s office, which depicts some of the most important works of the Florentine Renaissance from between the 14th and 16th centuries, including Botticelli’s 15th-century masterpiece, Birth of Venus. You will continue to the Accademia Gallery, which is best known for possessing Michelangelo’s David. Once you have finished your tour of the gallery, you can stop for dinner at one of the many delicious restaurants in the city per your expert guide’s recommendation.
Bologna – The Gastronomy of Emilia Romagna
Your private transfer will escort you from the train station to your hotel, and today, you will enjoy a thrilling tour of the cityscape that will allow you to admire the interesting brickwork as well as the cafes that are filled with debating students. Outside of Bologna, your guide will introduce you to a farmer who is known for producing delectable prosciutto. The farmer creates the prosciutto’s remarkable flavor with elements found around the Po River Valley. After learning how the wind, moisture, and heat flavor prosciutto, you will sample a variety that has been aged up to 30 months.
Monterosso – The Villages of Cinque Terre
In the morning, you will make your way to Pisa for a delightful discovery of the Campo dei Miracoli en route to the famous towns of the Cinque Terre. You will be provided with an exclusive tour of the city’s highlights, in which you will discover the marvels of Pisa that originate from its unique architecture from the Gothic period. Another marvel of Pisa is the Sacred Field, which was built on soil that was brought from the Golgotha during the Crusades. You will continue to the charming, beachside town of Monterosso al Mare, where the alluring fragrance of salty air will blend with the herbaceous scent of fresh pesto sauce.
Dolceacqua – Towns along the Italian Riviera
This morning, you will continue your discovery of the Italian Riviera with your private transfer, driving up the western seaboard and stopping at a selection of coastal towns. Eventually, you will reach the alluring town of Dolceacqua, which is situated along the edge of the Nervia valley. Here, narrow alleys lead to ancient stone houses and open to the famous humpback bridge that arcs over the Nervia River. The iconic neighborhood of the Terra will immerse you in its charms of ancient houses, small courtyards, vaulted passageways, and art beneath the rugged walls of the 12th-century Doria Castle.
Nice – View the Cote d’Azur
When you are ready, your private transfer will escort you across the border into France, where you will enjoy the sophisticated splendor of Nice on the Cote d’Azur. You can discover Nice at your preferred pace by strolling along the golden beach at the Promenade des Anglais, where the fragrant scent of sunbaked sand and the sea breeze will eventually fade beneath the delightful aroma of melted chocolate. The Marc Chagall National Museum displays one of the most impressive collections of the artist’s work in the world. The museum possesses paintings, etchings, lithographs, sculptures, and stained-glass, which provide a deeper insight into the brilliance of the artist.
Nice – Revel in the Charms of Nice
Today, you will make your way to the hilltop village of Eze, where you will discover the charisma of the Cote d’Azur. The city offers spectacular, panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Cap-Ferrat coastline. As you stroll through the town, you will notice the hidden art galleries and the Michelin-starred restaurant. When in Eze, you can also visit the Fragonard Perfume Museum, which will unveil the secrets of combining elegant scents to make the perfect perfumes.
Paris – Pastry and Sweets Tour
Today, you will leave the allure of Nice for the endless glamour of Paris. You will take a train to Paris, and once you arrive, you will be transferred to your luxurious accommodation, where you can settle into the comforts of your suite. Your guide will lead you to Boulevard Saint-Germain in the 6th arrondissement, where the quintessential cafes of Paris brim with Parisians who watch the city pass by while snacking on croissants and almond cake. Today, you will experience the uniqueness of Paris through its celebrated confections as you visit a number of sweet and pastry shops.
Paris – Highlights Tour of Paris
This morning, you set off to discover the many charms of Paris with your guide. Your guide will lead you through the city to unveil its highlights from Notre Dame to the Sacré-Coeur, which crowns the hill of Montmartre. You will not be able to visit Paris without stopping by the Eiffel Tower, and once you arrive, you will be provided with a tremendous view from the top, which allows you to see up to 43 miles on a clear day. At the Louvre Museum, you will find famous masterpieces of Western Civilization amid opulent galleries that once acted as the royal residence for the French monarchy.
Paris – Depart for Home
At breakfast, the enjoyable aroma of croissants and espresso will fill the dining room of your hotel. After breakfast, your private transfer will meet you in your hotel’s lobby and escort you to the Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.
- Witness the fascinating details of Michelangelo’s Pieta, which can be found in St. Peter’s Basilica
- Indulge in the delectable flavor of authentic prosciutto di Parma when visiting a family-run prosciutto farm in Emilia Romagna
- Delight in the tasty flavors of chocolate, pastries, and a classic kouignettes during a Confections Tour of Paris
- Discover the magnificent works of Renaissance artists that are on display in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
- Delight in a visit to the Leaning Tower when touring Pisa’s renowned Piazza dei Miracoli
- Explore the treasured villages along the Italian Riviera and the protruding bridge at Dolceacqua
- View the amazing work of Mark Chagall in the Marc Chagall National Museum when traversing the elegant streets of Nice
- Marvel at the magnificent collection of art and archeological artifacts from around the Mediterranean during a private tour of the Louvre Museum
- Learn how to make perfume and delight in the enjoyable aromas of a perfume factory in the charming village of Eze
The drama of Italy and France will highlight the splendors of history and culture during your luxurious, 12-day tour of France and Italy, which will allow you to bask in the flavors of traditional gastronomy and celebrate the brilliant flavors of the regions. You will be provided with an immersive tour of the Italian Riviera and the gorgeous palaces that can be found along the elegant streets of Nice. You can also indulge in the favored flavors of Parisian chocolate as you wander the medieval arcades of Bologna.
Your adventure in Europe will begin with your arrival at Fiumicino Airport in Rome, where your private transfer will escort you to your luxurious accommodation in the heart of the city. You will have two nights to explore the treasures of the Eternal City, which will showcase its telling past and architectural brilliance with its monuments, such as the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. After traveling to Florence, you will be led to the hilltop town of Orvieto, where the town’s Gothic cathedral offers a glimpse of shimmering frescoes. Once in Florence, you will have two nights to discover the history, art, and beauty that emanates from the city’s marvels, such as the Duomo and the artworks of the Uffizi and Accademia galleries.
The splendor of Italy will continue to reveal itself to you when you arrive in Bologna to celebrate the gastronomy of the Emilia Romagna. During your time in the region, you will explore the skyline of its medieval architecture in addition to uncovering the quintessential flavors of prosciutto di Parma when visiting a family farm. With two nights on the Italian Riviera, you will visit Pisa for insight into the magnificent architecture that can be found at the Sacred Field and Leaning Tower before enjoying the delicious, seaside charms of Cinque Terre. Here, you can follow the trails or ride the train between Monterosso to Riomaggiore. In the village of Dolceacqua, you can wander through the main street to experience its charismatic ambiance and unique bridge before crossing the border into France.
You will have two nights in Nice that will celebrate the beauty of the Cote d’Azur. You will be provided with time to explore the Old Town Nice and the beautiful villages around the French Riviera, such as the hilltop village of Eze. Afterward, you will travel by high-speed train to Paris for two nights. You can embrace your introduction to Paris with a confectionary tour of the St. Germain neighborhood and a private tour that will highlight the grandeur of the city’s monuments from the Eiffel Tower to the marvels of the Louvre Museum.
$3,295 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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