After boarding the luxury coach in Paris, sit back and enjoy a scenic journey across classic French countryside en route to mountainous Switzerland.
You’ll pass through Basel, which is located at the point where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, before arriving at the picturesque lakeside city of Lucerne, nestled at the foot of the snow-capped Swiss Alps. If time allows, you will have a chance to shop or take pictures.
Overnight stay in Lucerne or city nearby
Head south from Lucerne through spectacular Switzerland and into northern Italy, where your first stop will be Milan, fashion capital of the world. Your orientation tour will introduce you to the city’s iconic sights, including the vast Gothic cathedral (Duomo). You’ll also see the planet’s oldest shopping mall, the 19th-century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, where you can wander among the boutique shops and have lunch in one of the refined cafes.
After enjoying the many delights of Milan, you’ll head to another vintage Italian city: Venice.
Overnight stay in Venice Island or city nearby
Spend the morning in the company of a knowledgeable local guide as you explore Venice, the most magical of cities. Begin with a waterbus ride to San Marco Island, a memorable crossing of the lagoon that gives you a real taste of the city’s charm as you approach the dreamy spires and distinctive waterside buildings. Once on the island you’ll be led around some of Venice’s best-known locations, beginning in the Piazzo with the Basilica di San Marco, a stunning piece of Byzantine architecture.
You’ll also see the legendary Bridge of Sighs, which appears on many a postcard or picture of Venice and connects the old prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace.
Afterwards you’ll have a chance to see some traditional Venetian craftwork at close quarters with a demonstration by Murano glassblowers; their exquisite creations make excellent souvenirs. Of course, the ultimate Venice activity is to ride through the warren of waterways on a gondola, and for most people this optional excursion is a must. Step aboard, relax and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Transfer to Rome in the afternoon.
Overnight stay in Rome or city nearby
Your day in Rome starts with a visit to the smallest country in the world, The Vatican City, which lies at the heart of the Italian capital. Here you’ll marvel at St Peter’s Basilica, home to Pope Francis and arguably the most significant site in Christianity. The exquisitely beautiful Basilica has been present here for almost 1,700 years and contains a bewildering collection of paintings, frescoes and design crafted by some of humanity’s most famous artists, which you can explore. Alternatively, you can choose to add on the optional Sistine Chapel tour to view Michelangelo’s famous painted ceiling.
Next you will visit famous sights of Rome; the Colosseum, built in AD 72. History comes to life as you imagine yourself witnessing gladiatorial combat inside the spectacular Amphitheatre. After the Colosseum, get up close to the nearby Arch of Constantine, which dates back to the fourth century AD. To complete our visit to Rome we will visit the magnificent Reunification Memorial Hall, the Victor Emmanuel II National Monument, which was built to honour King Victor Emmanuel II who unified Italy. In the afternoon we’ll depart for Florence, known as the cradle of culture.
Overnight stay in Arezzo or city nearby
Your voyage of cultural discovery continues as you get to know Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and home to some fabulous architecture and fine art. Begin the day by taking in a wonderful panoramic overview of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo, which boasts glorious vistas over the red roofs, Arno River and ancient city walls out towards the surrounding countryside.
Next you can see a demonstration of the traditional craft of leather working at close quarters in a local workshop, and you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase some of the high-quality leather items for which the city is famous. From here you’ll enjoy a guided walk around Florence’s many highlights, including the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno, the Piazza del Duomo and Campanile Tower.
You’ll pass the Uffizi Gallery, which contains one of the most notable art collections in Florence. You’ll have free time to see the city further, to shop or to watch the world go by from a street side cafe, before travelling on to your next destination, Pisa.
Here you are free to wander, but be sure to have your camera ready to get a shot of the iconic Leaning Tower, the famous bell tower in the ‘Square of Miracles’, which also contains the centuries-old Cathedral and Baptistery, after that we are transferring towards a city nearby Genoa in the late evening for stay.
Please note we will not visit the city Genoa.
Overnight stay in Genoa or city nearby
A breath-taking drive along one of Europe’s most famous stretches of Mediterranean coastline awaits as you say
arrivederci to Italy and arrive in Monaco in the afternoon. This small principality, home to the famous Formula 1 Grand
Prix. A walking sightseeing tour here takes you to the grand Prince’s Palace, where you’ll have some free time to soak
up the refined atmosphere, before continuing on to view the 1920s Courthouse, the Cliffside Oceanographic Museum,
and the Cathedral, where Grace Kelly is buried. The southern region of France is renowned for its perfume production.
Along the way, pass through a town known for its perfume production and make a stop at a perfume factory for a tour.
Tour members can take this opportunity to select their favourite fragrances. Next, it’s Nice, where you’ll stop for lunch to
sample some excellent local cuisine and warm-hearted hospitality. Your journey continues to Cannes, where many a
movie star has enjoyed the sweet smell of success. Be sure to take the opportunity to snap some photos of the Palais
des Festival, home to the city’s annual international film festival, before transferring to overnight in a city nearby Avignon.
Please note we will not visit the city Avignon.
Please note we will not visit the city Avignon.
Overnight stay in Avignon or city nearby
Take a well-earned rest today as you sit back and enjoy great views of the changing rural charms of the French countryside on the journey north to Paris,
Overnight stay in Paris or city nearby
Explore the hidden Venice and its web of canals.
5 persons per gondola
Skip-the-line entry ticket and guided tour.
In-depth walking Audio tour to Piazza Navona，Pantheon and Trevi Fountain (duration: 2,5 -3 hrs)
Includes homemade pasta, 250g Fiorentina steak, dessert and wine.
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