Day 1 Paris 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.”
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Paris (1B) After an orientation walk, spend the rest of the day exploring dozens of museums, patisserie shops, sidewalk cafés or grand boulevards.
Day 3 Paris/Beaune (1B) 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.
Burgundy Wine Tasting
Most routes require a change in Dijon.
Local train (2.50 hour(s), 311km)
Day 4 Beaune (1B) 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.
Day 5 Beaune/Avignon (1B) 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!
Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace)
Pont d'Avignon (St Bénezet) Visit
Local train (5.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Avignon (1B) Enjoy a free day to explore this Provençal town, known as one of the most beautiful in the region, or go further afield. Nearby options include the Pont du Gard, the town of Orange, or the wine region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Day 7 Avignon/Nice (1B) With free time, wander in the cobblestone streets, visit the museums and beaches, or travel further to visit the rest of the Riviera.
Local train (3.00 hour(s), 260km)
Day 8 Nice/Milan Transfer from Nice to Milan. Enjoy free time in Milan on arrival.
Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of the adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
Private Vehicle (3.75-4.00 hours, 315km)
Day 9 Milan/Venice (1B) After an orientation walk of Milan, set out on your own explore the fashion capital of Italy. Travel to Venice by train in the afternoon.
Local train (2.50 hour(s), 270km)
Day 10 Venice (1B) After an orientation walk, set out to explore. Opt for a vaporetto (water taxi) ride to the islands of Murano and Burano, take a gondola under the Ponte Rialto (Bridge of Lovers), explore the Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, or get lost in the twisting maze of the city.
Day 11 Venice/Florence (1B) After enjoying the morning in Venice, travel to the capital of Tuscany, Florence. Opt to visit the stunning Duomo, or the famous Ponte Vecchio. Enjoy an evening walk to Piazzale Michelangelo for a fantastic panoramic view of the city.
Piazzale Michelangelo Walk
Local train (2.50 hour(s), 255km)
Day 12 Florence (1B) Visit the Uffizi Gallery or the Medici Chapels. Take a break at Piazza della Signoria with a gelato or an espresso (or both - did someone say affogato?) before hitting lively Piazza San Lorenzo to bargain for discounted woolen and leather goods.
Opt to catch a local bus or train to nearby Siena to see more of what this province has to offer.
Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Galleria dell'Accademia to see Michaelangelo's 'David' statue.
Day 13 Florence/Rome (1B) Head to Pisa by local train and spend time at the famous leaning tower. Continue on to Rome by train taking in the coastal views.
Local train (1.00 hour(s), 83km)
Local train (2.50 hour(s), 355km)
Day 14 Rome (1B, 1D) Opt to tour Vatican City, cross the river to charming Trastevere, eat some gelato in Piazza Navona, or swing by the Colosseum and Forum.
Day 15 Rome (1B) We recommend booking post-tour accommodation to fully experience all that this magnificent city has to offer.