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 escorted tour. You'll spend two nights each in Rome, Venice Island, the French Riviera, and Paris, as well as a night in Florence and Genoa. You’ll enjoy the must-see attractions in each city on your guided sightseeing tours, including the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome; St. Mark's Square and Basilica in Venice; the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, home to Michelangelo's celebrated David; and a Seine cruise in Paris. You'll stop in Ferrara, where you'll walk through the medieval Este Castle to the marble cathedral, built in the 1100s; in Pisa to admire the famous Leaning Tower; and in St. Paul de Vence, a picturesque hilltop town where you can explore the art galleries and quaint streets.

On this guided Italy and France tour, you will also have special experiences that bring you inside the destinations. We've included special dinners in Rome 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. A true highlight is the excursion to Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a boat ride (weather permitting). 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 escorted tour of 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
FERRARA
Walk along Este Castle to the cathedral
VENICE
ISLAND
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration
FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
CINQUE TERRE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite By boat (weather permitting) with a Local Guide
GENOVA
Orientation, visit Porto Antico
ÈZE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Learn about perfume-making, and receive a souvenir gift
FRENCH RIVIERA
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; enjoy a Seine cruise

Headsets throughout the tour.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Paris Banks of the Seine
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • Piazza del Duomo Pisa
  • Ferrara, City of the Renaissance
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 special three-course dinners with wine in Rome and Paris

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

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

Guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, drive to the Roman Forum and marvel at the amazing Colosseum, where gladiators once fought. 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–FERRARA–VENICE ISLAND

Stop in Ferrara, and walk through the impressive Este Castle to the marble cathedral and browse through the attractive little shops. 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–FLORENCE

Drive across the wooded Apennine Mountains into Tuscany and arrive in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” 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, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and visit sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Enter Piazza Santa Croce and check out the enticing shops selling Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 FLORENCE–PISA–CINQUE TERRE–GENOA

In Pisa, marvel at the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and 12 feet out of the perpendicular. Continue to La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast and enjoy your excursion to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite CINQUE TERRE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a BOAT RIDE (weather permitting) with a Local Guide. The name dates back to the 15th century and is derived from five little medieval villages standing on stony spurs along five miles of the rocky coastline: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. From here, head for Genoa, birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 GENOA–ÈZE, FRANCE–FRENCH RIVIERA

An orientation gives you a good impression of this amazing city, and there is time to explore the Porto Antico before continuing along the coast towards France. Leave the highway for the panoramic Moyenne Corniche and stop in Èze. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the Fragonard perfume factory, beautifully located with breathtaking views of the blue Mediterranean Sea. Hear about the fascinating tradition of the art of perfume-making, and receive a souvenir gift to take home with you. Arrive at your hotel. An optional outing is available tonight to Monte Carlo.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 FRENCH RIVIERA. 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 your hotel for a lazy afternoon.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 FRENCH RIVIERA–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 has been included at a local restaurant, where you can try out specialties like escargots (snails), soupe à l’oignon (onion soup), and boeuf bourguignon (beef Burgundy). Then, enjoy a drive through the “City of Light.”

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Day 10 PARIS

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the most famous sites: the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and a SEINE CRUISE with spectacular views of Notre Dame and 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
Genova
Nice
Paris

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Rome
Venice
Florence
French Riviera
Paris

Rome

Roman Highlights

Roman Highlights

Join your Local Guide for a tailor-made itinerary featuring some of the citys authentic jewels. A life-time experience!

Price Range: $

Venice

Venetian Dinner

Venetian Dinner

The magic of Venice comes to life as you enjoy an unforgettable evening of gourmet specialties at one of the city's most celebrated restaurants.

Price Range: $$

Gondola

Gondola

When in Rome, do as the Romans-and when in Venice, head right for the gondolas! Hop aboard a traditional gondola for a ride through the magical Venetian canals

Price Range: $

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Experience the floating city from the water as you cruise along the lagoon to charming Burano Island for a delicious four-course meal and time to explore.

Price Range: $$

Florence

Tuscan Dinner

Tuscan Dinner

Enjoy a wonderful dinner with regional dishes prepared using the finest local ingredients.

Price Range: $$

French Riviera

Monte Carlo by Night and Dinner

Monte Carlo by Night and Dinner

Enjoy a delicious French dinner, with wine and a walking tour of the Old Town.

Price Range: $$

Panoramic Drive and Provencal Dinner

Panoramic Drive and Provencal Dinner

Take in breathtaking views of the French Riviera on your way to a typical restaurant for dinner.

Price Range: $$

Paris

Palace of Versailles Visit

Palace of Versailles Visit

Spend part of your day like a French aristocrat, strolling through the halls and gardens of Louis XIV¿s opulent Palace of Versailles.

Price Range: $$

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

Enter the exhilarating Belle Époque world of champagne, fine French cuisine, music, lights, thousands of glittering costumes, and an evening of Moulin Rouge cabaret you will never forget!

Price Range: $$$$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $2,126*
12 guests in a party: $1,232*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for both 2018 and 2019 travel years unless tour will no longer be offered in 2019. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

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