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The Best of Italy & France (HH)

11 Day Tour from Rome to Paris

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Italy and France—two of the most beautiful countries in the world—are waiting for you on this Best of Italy & France tour. You'll spend two nights each in Rome, Venice Island, Florence, Nice, and Paris. You’ll see the must-see attractions in each city on your guided sightseeing tours, including the Vatican, Rome’s Colosseum, built in the 1st century and famous for its gladiator fights, the Roman Forum, where you’ll see the oldest structures of the ancient city; St. Mark's Square and Basilica in Venice; the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, home to Michelangelo's celebrated David; and the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, and Eiffel Tower in Paris. You'll stop in Assisi to see the 13th-century Basilica of St. Francis, built above the saint's grave; in Pisa to admire the famous Leaning Tower; in Ferrara, where you'll walk through the medieval Este Castle to the marble cathedral, built in the 1100s; and in St. Paul de Vence, a picturesque hilltop town where you can explore the art galleries and quaint streets.

On this Globus Italy and France tour, you will also have special experiences that bring you inside the destinations. We've included special dinners in Florence and Paris, so you can try out local specialties, and we've included a stop in Èze, where you will visit a local perfume factory to learn about perfume making. Also enjoy an exciting high-speed train ride on the famous TGV train (first class) from Nice to Paris.

From the vibrant cities to the peaceful, blue Mediterranean Sea, this vacation to Italy and France is sure to delight all of your senses!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ROME
Welcome dinner at Mino restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and Roman Forum
ASSISI
Visit the Basilica of St. Francis
VENICE ISLAND
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration
FERRARA
Walk along Este Castle to the cathedral
FLORENCE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Dinner at a local restaurant; guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
ÈZE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Learn about perfume-making, and receive a special gift
NICE
Excursion to St. Paul de Vence
NICE–PARIS
By high-speed TGV train (first-class)
PARIS
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A special dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, ascend the Eiffel Tower
Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • For operational reasons, slight schedule changes for the Paris program cannot be excluded.

Transportation:

Motorcoach; private boat ride in Venice; high-speed TGV train (first-class); high-speed Eurostar train; Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 special three-course dinners with wine in Rome, Florence, and Paris

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Rome, Italy

Welcome to Rome! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner with pasta and wine at Mino restaurant.

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Day 2 Rome

Enjoy Globus’ unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits to all highlights of religious and ancient Rome: the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà, the amazing COLOSSEUM, and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and more.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Rome–Assisi–Venice Island

Morning break in peaceful Assisi. Visit the massive 13th-century BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS built above the saint’s grave. Continue to the Adriatic coast and arrive in romantic Venice. Tonight is your chance to join an optional evening featuring a private water-taxi ride along the Grand Canal, followed by a traditional Venetian dinner.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Venice Island

Start sightseeing in style by PRIVATE BOAT and meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Later, you may wish to join an optional cruise to colorful Burano Island.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Venice Island–Ferrara–Florence

In Ferrara, walk through imposing Este Castle to the marble cathedral before continuing across the wooded Apennine Mountains into Tuscany to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Enter Piazza Santa Croce and check out the enticing shops with Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry. Then, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner with local specialties accompanied by a selection of local wines at Casa Toscana restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 6 Florence

Your guided walking tour features a visit to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and visit sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Choose from our exciting optional excursions to enhance your stay.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Florence–Pisa–Èze–France–Nice

In Pisa, marvel at the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and 12 feet out of the perpendicular. Then, enjoy spectacular views of Italian and French Riviera resorts. Leave the highway for the panoramic Moyenne Corniche and stop in Èze. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the Fragonard perfume factory. Learn about the fascinating history of the art of perfume-making and receive a souvenir gift to take home with you. Arrive in Nice.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Nice. Excursion To St. Paul De Vence

A highlight visit this morning to the picturesque hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. Explore the many art galleries and enjoy the spectacular view, or relax at a café, where you may see the locals play pétanque (lawn bowling). Return to Nice for a lazy afternoon to dabble in the blue Mediterranean or to stroll along the elegant Promenade des Anglais. An optional outing is available tonight to Monte Carlo.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Nice–Paris

Transfer to the railway station and board the high-speed TGV TRAIN to Paris. This evening, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special dinner with wine has been included at a local restaurant where you can try out specialties like escargots (snails), soupe à l’oignon (onion soup), boeuf bourguignon (beef Burgundy), followed by a drive through the “City of Light.”

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 10 Paris

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the most famous sights: the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and more. For a bird’s-eye view, take the elevator to the second floor of Paris’ most famous landmark: the EIFFEL TOWER. To enhance your stay, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the lavish baroque Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the Sun King, Louis XIV. Tonight, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

BENJAMIN DEHAM

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

A European tour is very educational and lots of fun. It is always enjoyable to see guests return home with thousands of beautiful pictures and wonderful memories. My greatest satisfaction as a Tour Director has always been that I can let my guests not only see a city, but also feel and experience the absolute magic of a city like Paris. That cannot be found in any guidebook or on the Internet!

Tour Director - BENJAMIN DEHAM

 Accommodations

Rome
Venice
Florence
Nice
Paris

Rome

Della Conciliazione

First-Class

Della Conciliazione Via Borgo Pio  164, Roma,  Italy

Via Borgo Pio 164
Roma, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This elegant 67 room hotel is just a few minutes walk away from St. Peter's Basilica and offers modern comforts within the charming atmosphere of a historic building. A hearty breakfast buffet is served in the c hic breakfast room and drinks can be enjoyed at the lobby bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Phone
  • Climate Control
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls

Venice

Carlton on the Grand Canal

First-Class

Carlton on the Grand Canal Santa Croce, 578, Venezia,   Italy

Santa Croce, 578
Venezia, Italy

Modern Hotel in traditionally styled four story building dating from 1887; located on the Grand Canal, opposite main station.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Pay Movies
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Cable/Satellite

Florence

AC Firenze by Marriott

Superior First-Class

AC Firenze by Marriott Via Luciano Bausi, 5, Florence,   Italy

Via Luciano Bausi, 5
Florence, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A stylish modern property with 118 guestrooms. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas. Other amenities include a bar, Turkish bath and fitness room. The restaurant serves delicious meals using fresh local produce and the lobby lounge bar offers evening drinks & snacks.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Internet Access
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Voicemail
  • Window Opens

Nice

AC by Marriott Nice

First-Class

AC by Marriott Nice 59 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice,  France

59 Promenade Des Anglais
Nice, France

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Come discover superb rooms in Nice. The AC Hotel in Nice offers 143 Guest Rooms, some with Sea View.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Ice Machine
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Paris

Paris Marriott Rive Gauche

Superior First-Class

Paris Marriott Rive Gauche 17, Blvd St.Jacques, Paris,   France

17, Blvd St.Jacques
Paris, France

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Located on the Left Bank near the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Pres - Rooms feature contemporary decor.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Beauty Salon
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Voicemail
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Internet Access

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Rome
Venice
Florence
French Riviera
Paris

Rome

Roman Highlights

Roman Highlights

To make the most out of your stay join the Local Guide for a tailor-made itinerary featuring some of the city's authentic jewels. With our optional walking tour you will have the chance to see the famous Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and other sites and squares of Rome made famous in the movie Angels and Demons. A life-time experience!

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

Venice

A Venetian Night Out Via The Grand Canal

A Venetian Night Out Via The Grand Canal

Travel by private water taxi along the splendid Grand Canal with its elegant palaces to a fine Venetian restaurant. Taste four mouth-watering courses of local specialties and wine or soft drinks. After dinner there is time to explore and absorb the unique, romantic atmosphere of Venice by night.

Approximate value: €71 EUR per person

Gondola Serenade

Gondola Serenade

Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas. These long, narrow, flat-bottomed boats with a high prow and stern were designed specifically for the Venetian canals and made in unique shipyards called Squero. Black is the obligatory color, due to a law passed to reduce how the rich and noble over-decorated their personal craft. The comb at the front of the gondola is made of iron and serves not only to balance the boat, but is also the symbol of gondolas and Venice. The six comb teeth represent the six Venetian districtsi sestieri. Note: the gondola is to be shared with other guests (maximum 6 participants on each gondola). There will be one musician on board of one of the gondola boats in your fleet.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Appreciate the peaceful vistas of the Lagoon while you glide past the islands of Santa Elena, San Michele and the famous Lido. On picturesque Burano island, renowned for its lace making and colorful houses, savor a mouth-watering meal, with drinks included. Afterwards there's time to shop and stroll.

Approximate value: €69 EUR per person

Florence

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

With your Local Guide, visit one of the earliest museums in modern Europe with the world's finest collection of Italian and Florentine art. Gain fascinating insight into paintings by the great Masters Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Tuscan Dinner

Tuscan Dinner

Tuscany is known for its gorgeous landscapes, its rich traditions, long history and culture but Tuscany still has more to offer with its great food and wine. Tonight drive out to the rolling Chianti Hills and enjoy a traditional Tuscan meal, including coffee and drinks, in a picturesque country setting. This wonderful dinner with regional dishes is prepared using the finest local ingredients - Realize your dreams and live the Tuscan life for an evening!

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

French Riviera

Montecarlo By Night and Dinner

Montecarlo By Night and Dinner

Enjoy a scenic drive along the Riviera followed by a delicious French dinner, with wine, in Prince Albert's Monte Carlo. On your walking tour of the Old Town, admire the cathedral and the royal palace. Time to gamble at the famous Grand Casino or to relax on a terrace, basking in the elegant atmosphere.

Approximate value: €68 EUR per person

Panoramic Drive and Provencal Dinner

Panoramic Drive and Provencal Dinner

Take in breathtaking views of the French Riviera on your way up through the famous corniche (cliff roads). Then, proceed to delightful Eze, perched on a rock 1,400 feet above sea level, for a tasty dinner in a traditional restaurant.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

Paris

Dinner and Show at Moulin Rouge

Dinner and Show at Moulin Rouge

Enjoy an unforgettable evening at the world-renowned Moulin Rouge, home of the French Can Can for more than a century. Dinner with half a bottle of wine is served during the show and a glass of champagne completes your evening in style.

Approximate value: €169 EUR per person

Excursion to the Palace of Versailles

Excursion to the Palace of Versailles

Travel out of Paris to the lavish 17th-century baroque Palace of Versailles, built by the Sun King, Louis XIV, with its magnificent State Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, and Royal Chapel. Your Local Guide will bring its history to life during your visit, then time at leisure to stroll through parts of the elegant 250-acre gardens. Louis XIII originally purchased Versailles and its surrounding land to serve as his hunting lodge. Later, his son, Louis XIV, decided to make it his seat of government, and in 1682, he installed his impressive court and numerous noble visitors in sumptuous surroundings, a symbol of absolute monarchy. NOTE: This excursion is not available on Mondays and public holidays.

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

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