France & Italy Adventure

  • Monaco
  • France
  • Italy

Wander through charming medieval cities and glorious countrysides, taste fine wines and local delicacies, soak up the classic European culture, explore modern day and ancient Rome

Sip wine in Burgundy, feast on local delicacies in Provence, follow scenic tracks along Italy's Cinque Terre coast and raise your glass to the best of France and Italy. Over 13 well-paced days, travel from Paris to Rome and savour the region's cultural and natural highlights. Your expert CEO will take the hassle out of travel and leave you with plenty of free time to explore. Witness the charm of Beaune and Florence's great masterpieces, relax on the beach and fall in love with the beauty of this region.

was €2,19913 days from €1,649

(€126.85 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
EFIA
Travel Style
Classic
Service Level
Standard
Physical Grading
2 - Light
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 16, avg 12
Transport
Public bus, train, walking
Accommodation
Hotels (12 nights).
Meals
10 breakfasts
Other
  • Hands-On: Burgundy Wine Tasting, Beaune
  • Market visit
  • Palais des Papes and Pont St Benezet visit (Avignon)
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    • Beach time on the French Riviera
    • Monaco day trip
    • Cinque Terre park fee, unlimited train ticket and CEO accompanied hike
    • Pisa visit (half-day)
    • Piazzale Michelangelo evening visit (Florence)
    • Rome orientation walk
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
France & Italy Adventure itinerary
  • Day 1Paris

    Arrive at any time. We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city.

    There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

    We recommended arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city. The "City of Lights" is unlike any other place on earth. Known for its glorious monuments, museums, and markets, from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, Montmartre to the Marais, Paris has something for everyone. Discover for yourself Paris’ “je ne sais quoi.”

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

    accommodation

    Villa Alessandra

  • Day 2Paris / Beaune

    Travel to Beaune and enjoy an included local wine tasting. Wander the town, shop, eat and, opt to visit the famous Hospices.

    Take a short walk into the historic centre, and enjoy a winetasting as an introduction to the region's famous vintages.

    In the evening, opt for a dinner with the group here in the heart of one of France's most distinguished culinary and wine-producing regions, Burgundy.

    Local train

    Most routes require a change in Dijon.

    Burgundy Wine Tasting

    Learn about the production of wine in Burgundy, with its strict regulations and tiered grading system -- it's one of the best wine regions in the world. Sample some of the fantastic wines available. Santé!

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 3Beaune

    With free time opt for a trip to nearby Dijon or visit the famous Hospices de Beaune. For a little more activity, head out into the countryside by bike or on foot to visit the vineyards.

    Opt to visit Dijon, famous not only for its mustard, but for world-class museums and handsome architecture. There, or in Beaune, you can take a mustard tasting tour and learn about production, regulations, and taste some samples.

    For a little more activity, explore the countryside around the Cote d'Or vineyards by bike or on foot. Stay closer to town and explore the famous Hospices de Beaune or visit one of the other wineries in the town centre.

    free time

    Don't waste a minute— get out and explore by foot or bicycle.

    Optional Activities:

    • Hospices de Beaune Visit

      Founded in the mid 1400s, the Hospices de Beaune was originally a hospital for the poor. One of the buildings is now a museum with information about the hospital. Take in the fascinating architecture of the original building.

    • Dijon Day Trip

      Travel a short distance by train to Dijon, the capital of the Burgundy region. Famous for its mustard, opt to take a tour and learn more about this delicious condiment. Check out some of the city's fantastic architecture or visit its museums.

    • Beaune Bike Rental

      Rent a bike and head just outside the town to explore the beautiful vineyards nearby. Pack a picnic lunch and take advantage of this picturesque setting.

    • Beaune Cycling Tour

      Opt to cycle around the historic wine capital of Burgundy on a half or full day guided tour. Bike through vineyards and small, quaint towns of the Côte de Beaune region, with a visit to a winery and tasting.

  • Day 4Beaune / Avignon

    Travel south to Avignon in the heart of the Provence region. Visit the Palais des Papes and Pont St Benezet in this enchanting city.

    There's plenty of time to explore the spectacular walled medieval town of Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This charming city boasts pretty tree-lined squares bustling with cafés and restaurants. Try some mouth-watering Provençal cuisine. Bon appétit!



    Local train

    Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace)

    This massive fortress and palace was the seat of Catholicism in the 14th century, where popes fled to when leaving the corruption of Rome. The palace they built, 'Le Palais des Papes,' is the world's largest Gothic edifice. The walls surrounding the town were erected by the popes to keep the plague and invaders out during the turbulent middle ages, when Avignon belonged to the papacy and not the French crown. Tour the palace, learn about the history of the building, and marvel at the stunning Gothic architecture.

    Pont d'Avignon (St Bénezet) Visit

    Visit this famous medieval bridge stretching out across the Rhone. Over the years. the river continued to flood and eventually the town stopped rebuilding the middle section. Today, the bridge only consists of four arches and a dead end. The bridge was made even more famous by the French children's song 'Sur le pont d'Avignon' and today you will see grown adults dancing and singing when they visit.

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    Hotel Medieval

    Please note, on some departures the trip will visit Avignon and include the Palais des Papes and the Pont St Benezet as scheduled, but will actually stay overnight in the nearby historic cities of Nimes or Arles.

  • Day 5Avignon

    Enjoy a free day to explore the city or go further afield. Nearby options include the Pont du Gard, the town of Orange, or the wine region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

    free time

    Get out there and start exploring.

    accommodation

    Hotel Medieval

    Optional Activities:

    • Pont du Gard Day Trip

      Hop a local bus to visit the Pont du Gard, a stunning three level Roman aqueduct and protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the construction and the politics behind building the aqueduct and marvel at the structure.

      Min price quoted is for taking a bus, max for splitting a cab with four people.

    • Château des Baux Medieval Castle Visit

      Travel by local bus to the Château des Baux, a 10th century medieval castle. Watch a duel between knights in armor and practice your crossbow skills.

    • Lavender Tour

      During lavender season, take a ride through the Provençal countryside and submerge yourself in the famous lavender fields.

    • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Visit

      Visit Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the most famous wine regions in France, and learn more about the regulations and production of this drink. Sample some of their vintages. Santé!

    • Orange Visit

      Travel to the small town of Orange, famous for its remarkable Roman amphitheatre. Wander through town, collect some picnic supplies, and climb up to a lookout over the amphitheatre.

      Price is for transportation to Orange (train and bus).

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 6Avignon / Nice

    Travel to the Riviera town of Nice. Soak in the sparkling blue waters and explore the charming streets of the old town centre.

    With free time, wander in the cobblestone streets, visit the museums and beaches, or travel further to visit the rest of the Riviera.

    Train

    free time

    Spend some free time getting to know the city.

    accommodation

    Hotel Crillon

    Optional Activities:

    • Vieux Nice Visit

      Wander Vieux Nice, or the Old Quarter, with its cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways. This is the best area to shop, eat, and people watch. Wander the market to witness daily life on the charming Riviera.

    • Promenade des Anglais

      Walk along the Promenade des Anglais and take in the view of the glistening Mediterranean Sea.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 7Nice

    Enjoy a free day to explore Nice or head down the coast to Monaco and Monte Carlo.

    Spend a free day with an included coastal train ticket. Use the full day ticket to travel up and down the Riviera, stopping off at different towns, or head straight to Monaco and Monte Carlo to see what all the fuss is about.

    Stroll its manicured streets and whisk up its network of lifts and escalators, passing palaces, lush gardens, and, of course, the famous Monte Carlo casino, en route.

    free time

    Stay around town or go further afield.

    French Riviera Train Ticket

    Take the unlimited daily train ticket and spend it however you like. Visit Monaco, Monte Carlo, or some of the lesser-known but still charming towns along the Riviera, like Villefranche-sur-Mer.

    accommodation

    Hotel Crillon

    Optional Activities:

    • Monaco Visit by Water Taxi

      Visit Monaco and explore the tiny principality on the Mediterranean Sea. Check out the aquarium, stroll along the streets, admire the impressive sailboats at the harbour, or visit the famous casino here.

    • Monte Carlo Casino

      Channel your inner James Bond and visit the famous Monte Carlo Casino (if you're at least 21) and try your hand at winning the jackpot. Take note of any dress codes or restrictions.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 8Nice / Riomaggiore

    Spend the day travelling along the beautiful coastlines of France and Italy to reach Riomaggiore, part of the Cinque Terre.

    Spend two nights by the stunning Cinque Terre National Park, where five little villages are built into the rocks between the beach and the hills. Hike, swim, indulge in the local delicacies like Focaccia and fresh seafood, and watch amazing Mediterranean sunsets.

    Local train

    Travel down the coast with train changes along the way.

    accommodation

    Hotel Marina Piccola

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 9Riomaggiore / Monterosso al Mare

    Walk the coastal path between Riomaggiore and Monterosso or opt to take the train. Visit the charming, colourful towns along the way.

    The national park pass and daily unlimited train ticket is included. Opt to follow your CEO along centuries-old footpaths and mule tracks leading through olive groves, vineyards, and orchards on a full day hike, or hop on and off the train, experiencing each town on your own. Choose to rest in each of the 5 villages, sampling delicacies in each place, such as local pesto, espresso, or delicious gelato.

    National Park Pass and Unlimited Train Ticket

    Use the included park fee and train ticket for this trip. Opt to follow your CEO along centuries-old footpaths and mule tracks leading through olive groves, vineyards, and orchards on a full day hike, or hop on and off the train, experiencing each town on your own.

    Local train

    Cinque Terre Coastal Path Hike

    Walk the Cinque Terre coastal path from Riomaggiore to Monterosso (approximately 5-6 hrs of hiking, stopping in the villages along the way), giving you the best taste of the villages and countryside, terraced hills, and vineyards sloping down to the sea. An unlimited train pass is included; opt to use this if you don't feel like hiking.

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    Hotel Marina Piccola

    Optional Activities:

    • Evening Boat Cruise

      Cruise along the Cinque Terre coastline in a private boat, stopping into secluded coves for a swim. Raise an apertif to a beautiful day. Saluti!

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 10Riomaggiore / Florence

    Visit the leaning tower of Pisa en route to Florence. Enjoy an evening walk to Piazzale Michelangelo for a fantastic panoramic view of the city.

    Head east by train to Pisa, where we stop for a visit to the Field of Miracles to see the famous leaning tower (entrance fee not included). Then, travel on to the heart of Tuscany— Florence.

    Take an evening walk (weather permitting) up to Piazzale Michelangelo for the most famous and photographed vista of the city.

    Local train

    Pisa Visit

    Take the train to Pisa and check out its famous leaning tower. Wander the area and take photos to your heart's content. Opt to enter the Pisa Cathedral, or enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant.

    Local train

    Piazzale Michelangelo Walk

    Cross through the centre of the city and over the Arno. Climb to the top of the hill and check out the vista over the river from Piazzale Michelangelo. It's worth every step!

    accommodation

    Nuova Italia

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 11Florence

    Enjoy a free day in Florence. Opt to see the statue of David, wander the Uffizi, or swing by some shopping stalls.

    free time

    Don't waste a minute— get out and explore charming Firenze.

    accommodation

    Nuova Italia

    Optional Activities:

    • Uffizi Gallery Visit

      Please buy only from official website or you will pay more (http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/) Please note that if you wish to visit popular museums such as the Uffizi, to avoid waiting in line for a long time (especially in high season May-September when it could be a question of hours!), it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. Tickets can be reserved online at various websites including www.florenceart.it, www.virtualuffizi.com or www.tickitaly.com. Most museums are closed on Mondays.

      Head to the Uffizi Gallery to see spectacular Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci paintings in person.

    • Medici Chapels Visit

      Admire the opulence of the two Medici Chapels. The Sagrestia Nuova was designed by Michelangelo and built as a mausoleum for the powerful Medici family.

    • David (Galleria dell'Accademia) Visit

      Visit Michelangelo's most famous statue, 'David'. Marvel at the massive piece of marble and Michelangelo's obvious genius.

      Please book online at http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it Please note that if you wish to visit popular museums like the Accademia, to avoid waiting in line for a long time (especially in high season May-September when it could be a question of hours!), it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. Tickets can be reserved online at various websites including www.florenceart.it or www.tickitaly.com. Most museums are closed on Mondays.

    • Il Duomo di Firenze Visit

      This green-pink-white marbled 13th century basilica is one of Italy’s largest churches and its brick dome is the largest ever constructed.

    • Mercato Centrale (Mercato di San Lorenzo) Visit

      Pick up a purse (or several!), leatherbound journals, Florentine paper, and any off-colour David statue souvenirs you wish.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 12Florence / Rome

    Travel to Rome for an orientation walk of the Eternal City. Get the lay of the land before exploring for a full day.

    Local train

    Orientation Walk

    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    accommodation

    Hotel Stella

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 13Rome

    Depart at any time.

    We recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience all that this magnificent city has to offer.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
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