Paris - Dijon - Geneva (464 km)
We will depart from Avenue Champs-Elysees in Paris and drive to Switzerland. On the way, we will take a rest stop in Dijon, a city known for its cultural appeal. In the afternoon, we will arrive in Geneva and take a walking tour to discover the old town before going on a stroll along Lake Geneva.
he earliest archaeological finds within the city limits of Dijon date to the Neolithic period. Dijon later became a Roman settlement named Divio, located on the road from Lyon to Paris. The province was home to the Dukes of Burgundy from the early 11th until the late 15th centuries and Dijon was a place of tremendous wealth and power, one of the great European centres of art, learning and science.
Geneva is the second largest city in Switzerland and a global center that houses the United Nations and many international organizations. Visitors enjoy museums, theatres, and cultural sites including Muse d'Art et d'Histoire, as well as archeological sites, historic buildings, dining, shopping, and much more.
This lake on the north side of the Alps is named for the Swiss city that rests on its shores. It offers unparalleled views of the mountain range in the distance, not to mention locales for skiing.
Standard Hotel: Appart'City Gaillard
Geneva - Milan - Verona - Venice (586 km)
In the morning, we will explore Milan, the second largest city in Italy, where we will visit the Duomo di Milano, the Teatro alla Scala, Sforza Castle, and the Statue of Leonardo da Vinci. In the afternoon, we will travel to Verona to visit the House of Juliet. Later in the day, we will travel to Venice, where we will spend the night.
This city in the northernmost part of Italy is a global center for fashion and design. Its artistic history dates back hundreds and hundreds of years; places like Santa Maria delle Grazie are decorated with Leonardo da Vinci's work.
Milan's cathedral is the largest in all of Italy and the fifth largest in the world. The groundbreaking occurred in 1386; however, construction was not completed until 1965. Visitors can access the rooftops, which provide amazing views of the city.
Piazza del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo is the main city square of Milan, named after the Milan Cathedral by the same name. Originally built in the 14th century, the piazza serves as an artistic and cultural center. Visitors enjoy breathtaking architecture and monuments in the square, and local cafes and shops.
This castle in the northern reaches of Italy was built by Francesco Sforza in the 1400s. As it underwent renovations in the ensuing centuries, it became one of the largest citadels in Europe. Today is is home to several museums.
Teatro alla Scala
Usually known simply as "La Scala," this Milanese theater is a world-renown opera house that was founded in 1778. Premieres at the theater include Giacomo Puccini's "Madame Butterfly," among a litany of others. It underwent major renovations in the early 2000s.
It is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy, owing to its artistic heritage, several annual fairs, shows, and operas, such as the lyrical season in the Arena, the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans.
House of Juliet
This house in Verona is supposedly where Juliet lived, the titular character from William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. Visitors stand under the balcony and recite the most famous scene of the play.
Admission (Optional): Adult €6; Child (8-14 yrs) €1
Standard Hotel: SHG hotel Verona
Venice - Florence (203 km)
Today, we will take a boat to reach Venice, the city on the water, where we will stroll through the Piazza San Marco and marvel at historical buildings like the Basilica di San Marco. We will learn of the doges who once ruled the city through devious methods before visiting the Bridge of Sighs, where prisoners were led before being locked away. Later in the day, we will drive to Florence, where we will spend the night.
This city off the coast of northeast Italy is famous the world over for its many canals. It is actually a chain of 118 islands linked together by bridges and waterways. Venice is world-renown for its art and beauty.
Piazza San Marco
The Piazza San Marco is the largest and primary public area in Venice. The structures surrounding it date back more than one thousand years, although the vast majority are from Renaissance times. It has been called "the drawing room of Europe."
Saint Mark's Basilica
The Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco is the most famous church in Venice and is known for its unique and ornate Italo-Byzantine architecture that includes five hemispherical domes and fine patterns. It was built in the 11th century AD.
Bridge of Sighs
This gorgeous white-limestone bridge in Venice gets its name from an almost ironically bleak place: In the 1800s, the windows looking out from the enclosed bridge's interior were the last views of sublime Venice convicts would see before their imprisonment.
Standard Hotel: Hotel Delta Florence
Roma - Vatican - Roma (7 km)
After breakfast, we will explore Rome, the City of Eternity. During a short city tour, we will visit the Coliseum, the Arch of Constantine, the Capitoline Hill, the Circus Maximus, the Forum Romani, and Piazza Venezia. After lunch, we will take a guided tour of Vatican City to visit St. Peter's Basilica.
The history of this amazing city spans more than two and a half thousand years. It is one of the most historic places on the planet Earth, and it's artistic and cultural contributions have colored global development.
Perhaps the most famous fountain in the world, this baroque masterpiece from the 18th century is best known for the myth that tossing coins in brings good luck. People from all over the world come to throw money into the fountain.
This nearly 2000-year-old structure is one of the most famous buildings in all of human history. At its height, it could hold up to 80,000 people, and was usually used for gladiatorial contests, executions, and drama productions.
Admission (Optional): Adult €12
Arch of Constantine
This triumphal arch in Rome has been standing for nearly 2,000 years. It commemorates the victory of Constantine I at the Battle of Milvian Bridge. It was built with brick and marble, and the detailing is incredibly intricate.
More commonly known as simply the "Forums," this ancient site was once a public square surrounded by active governmental buildings. The ruins go back at least as far as the eighth century BC and were the heart of ancient Rome.
Vatican City, ITALY
This small country, surrounded by the larger city of Rome, is the center of the Catholic Church and home of the Pope. Famous sights are St. Peter's Square and the Basilica, as well as the Vatican Museum.
St. Peter's Basilica
Perhaps the most famous church in the world and the center of Roman Catholicism, this ornate basilica in the small sovereign state of Vatican City has been a place of pilgrimage for nearly two thousand years.
Standard Hotel: Hotel Pineta Palace Rome
Roma - Pisa - Savona/Genova (487 km)
After breakfast at our hotel, we will depart Rome, bound for Pisa, home to the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa and Cathedral Square. In the afternoon, we will make our way to Genova, where we will enjoy dinner and spend the night.
This Tuscan town on the Tyrrhenian Sea in northern Italy is most famous for its Leaning Tower. However, there are many more works of art and architecture to see, and time spent in Pisa will not be easily forgotten!
Leaning Tower of Pisa
The world-famous tower built during the Middle Ages is a testament to both human ingenuity and fallibility. The tower tilted because the soil on one side was softer than on the other, and it could not support the tower's weight.
Admission (Optional): Adult €18
Standard Hotel: Idea hotel Savona
Savona/Genova - Nice - Cannes - Avignon (542 km)
Today, we will leave for Nice by driving along the Mediterranean coast, admiring the exquisite ocean view (and you can choose to take a Monaco visit tour at your own expense, 30 EUR/person, minimum 20 people). We will make a brief stop in Eze Village, a typical provencal town where we can visit the shop of a perfume maker. After stopping in Nice, we will continue to Cannes, where we can stroll along Angel Bay and the English Promenade. We will visit the Film Festival Palace before driving to Avignon, where we will check into a hotel for the night.
This city in southeastern France is located on the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea. Nice has been a tourist destination for hundreds of years, enticing first the British and then the rest of the world with is amazing scenery and beaches.
Promenade Des Anglais
A celebrated and popular tourist attraction in Nice, France, the Promenade des Anglais is a seafront boardwalk that provides visitors with stunning scenic views of the Mediterranean ocean. The promenade, also called La Prom, is home to annual Carinval and other festivals.
is a city located on the French Riviera. It is a commune of France located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, and host city of the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The city is known for its association with the rich and famous, its luxury hotels and restaurants, and for several conferences.
Palais des Festivals et des Congres
This building on the southern coast of France plays host to the world-famous Cannes Film Festival each year, one of the most prestigious film festivals on the planet. The building has more than 10,000 feet of space and 18 auditoriums.
Boulevard de la Croisette
This busy street in beautiful Cannes stretches along the Mediterranean coast. It is home to the Palais des Festivals et des Congres, which hosts the annual Cannes Film Festival.
Standard Hotel: Adonis Aix en Provence