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 €1,99913 days from €1,572

(€120.92 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
  • Burgundy wine tasting (Beaune)
  • Market visit
  • Palais des Papes and Pont St Benezet visit (Avignon)
  • View more
    • 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.

Day 1 Paris

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.”

18:00

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

18:00

accommodation

Pavillon Villiers Etoile

Day 2 Paris / 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

5h

Most routes require a change in Dijon.

Burgundy Wine Tasting

1h to 2h

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!

accommodation

Hotel de France

Meals Included

  • breakfast

Day 3 Beaune

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

full day

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

accommodation

Hotel de France

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.

Day 4 Beaune / 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

5h

Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace)

1h to 2h

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

1h to 1h 30m

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 5 Avignon

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

full day

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 6 Avignon / 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

3h 30m

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

free time

afternoon

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 7 Nice

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

full day

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 8 Nice / 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

7h

Travel down the coast with train changes along the way.

accommodation

Hotel Villa Argentina

Meals Included

  • breakfast

Day 9 Riomaggiore / 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

30m

Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

Cinque Terre Coastal Path Hike

5h to 6h

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.

accommodation

Hotel Villa Argentina

Meals Included

  • breakfast

Day 10 Riomaggiore / 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

1h 30m

Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

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 church or tower or enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Local train

1h 30m

Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

Piazzale Michelangelo Walk

evening

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 11 Florence

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

free time

full day

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

accommodation

Nuova Italia

Optional Activities:

  • Uffizi Gallery Visit

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

    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.

  • 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

    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.

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

  • 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 12 Florence / 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

3h

Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

Orientation Walk

30m to 1h

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 13 Rome

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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