Italy, Switzerland, and France 7-Day Europe Tour from Paris

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The 7-day taste of Europe Tour will take you to the heart of three beautiful European countries: Switzerland, Italy (including Vatican City) and France. This tour is a perfect introduction to Europe, ideal for first timers and those who want to explore and experience as much as possible in 7 days. Leaving from Paris, you'll start a scenic journey across classic French countryside en route to mountainous Switzerland, enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery of Switzerland and arrive in Lucerne. Continue to head south into Italy, you will have the opportunity to experience hundreds of years of Italian tradition and culture. With main visits to Milan, Venice, Rome, Vatican, Arezzo, Florence and Pisa; Italy at its BEST! A breath-taking drive along one of Europe’s most famous stretches of Mediterranean coastline you’ll discover the glamorous French Riviera, and return to Paris to conclude your tour and be part of a truly memorable journey.
ItineraryDay 1: Saturday: Paris – Lucerne (650 km)Stop At: Chapel Bridge, LucerneAfter 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. Here you’ll get to see Lucerne’s famous landmarks, including Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, and some wonderfully preserved Baroque and Gothic architecture, followed by some free time to shop or take pictures.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Lucerne Station, LucerneAfter 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. Here you’ll get to see Lucerne’s famous landmarks, including Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, and some wonderfully preserved Baroque and Gothic architecture, followed by some free time to shop or take pictures.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities in Lucerne or nearby city.Day 2: Sunday: Lucerne– Milan –Venice (400 km)Stop At: Milano Centrale, Milan, LombardyHead south from Lucerne through spectacular Switzerland and into northern Italy, where your first stop will be Milan, fashion capital of the world. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Duomo di Milano, Milan, LombardyYour orientation tour will introduce you to the city’s iconic sights, including the vast Gothic cathedral (Duomo di Milano). Duration: 1 hourStop At: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan, LombardyYou’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 take lunch in one of the refined cafes. After enjoying the many delights of Milan, you’ll head to another vintage Italian city: Venice.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel.Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twinroom with private facilities in Venice Island or nearby city.Day 3: Monday: Venice – Rome (550 km)Stop At: Basilica di San Marco, VenetoSpend the morning in the company of a knowledgeable local guide as you explore Venice, the most magical of cities. Begin with a water bus 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. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Doge's Palace, VenetoYou’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. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Murano glass d'este, VenetoAfterwards 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. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel.Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities in Rome or nearby city.Day 4: Tuesday: Rome – Vatican –Arezzo (280 km)Stop At: Vatican City, Vatican City, LazioYour 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. Duration: 1 hourStop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, LazioHere 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. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, LazioAlternatively, you can choose to add on the optional Sistine Chapel tour to view Michelangelo’s famous painted ceiling.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Trevi Fountain, Rome, LazioNext you’ll see the famous Trevi Fountain, the lavish Baroque showpiece where people flock to throw coins into the water – an action which is said to ensure that you’ll return to the city again one day.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Colosseum, Rome, LazioAfter lunch, take a step even further back in time as you visit Italy’s unrivalled Roman relics. An optional guided tour of the Colosseum, built in AD 72, is highly recommended. History comes to life as you imagine yourself witnessing gladiatorial combat inside the spectacular Amphi theatre, or alternatively you can walk at your leisure around the outside to admire the facade of this ancient wonder.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, LazioNext, you can visit the magnificent Basilique Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri near Piazza della Republica before transferring to Arezzo in the late evening for stay. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel.Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities in Arezzo or nearby city.Day 5: Wednesday: Arezzo– Florence – Pisa –Genoa nearby city (250 km)Stop At: Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence, TuscanyYour 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. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ponte Vecchio, Florence, TuscanyNext 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. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Piazza del Duomo, Florence, TuscanyNext 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. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Campanile di Giotto, Florence, TuscanyNext 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. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, TuscanyYou’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. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Province of Pisa, TuscanyHere 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 stay in Genoa and we will not visit the city Genoa. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel.Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities in Genoa or nearby city.Day 6: Thursday: Genoa nearby city – Monaco – Nice – Cannes –Avignon or nearby city (450 km)Stop At: Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-CarloA breath-taking drive along one of Europe’s most famous stretches of Mediterranean coastline awaits as you say arrivederci to Italy and head for Monaco. This small principality, enclaved in François chicane’s beautiful, home to the famous Formula 1 Grand Prix.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Monte-CarloA 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. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Palais des Festivals et des Congres of Cannes, Cannes, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'AzurWe then travel a little further to visit the famous Fragonard Perfume Factory. Here you’ll be taken on a fascinating guided tour around this working factory. 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 stay in Avignon and we will not visit the city Avignon. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel.Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities in Avignon or nearby city.Day 7: Friday: Avignon or nearby city– Paris (700 km)Stop At: Place d'Italie, Paris, Ile-de-FranceTake 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, where the Green Line tour finish. For some guests it will be time to say a fond farewell to new friends upon arrival back in the capital, while others may choose to extend their European adventure with another night in the capital and then continue on with the Red Line tour the following day.Please note accommodation on the last day of the tour is not included. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel.No accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 6x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities (accommodation for the last night is not included)
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Daily transportation on modern air-conditioned coaches
  • Experienced and professional coach driver
  • The services of an experienced tour manager
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace

What’s not included

  • Mandatory tip for the tour manager and driver of €7 per person per day, which will be collected by the tour manager in cash whilst on tour
  • Accommodation before and on the last day of the tour
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • All optional activities and tickets for attractions not included in the itinerary
  • Meals (including tips) and drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses (laundry, internet, phone calls etc.
  • City entrance fees + taxes for Venice, Florence, Rome, Pisa and Monaco (€60 is the maximum amount for the entire tour)
  • Lunch and dinner (the tour leader offers assistance with reservations and directions to local restaurants/cafés/service station restaurants)
  • Entry/Admission - Chapel Bridge
  • Entry/Admission - Lucerne Station
  • Entry/Admission - Milano Centrale
  • Entry/Admission - Duomo di Milano
  • Entry/Admission - Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
  • Entry/Admission - Murano glass d'este
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican City
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Trevi Fountain
  • Entry/Admission - Colosseum
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Entry/Admission - Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Entry/Admission - Ponte Vecchio
  • Entry/Admission - Piazza del Duomo
  • Entry/Admission - Campanile di Giotto
  • Entry/Admission - Gallerie Degli Uffizi
  • Entry/Admission - Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Entry/Admission - Monaco Grand Prix
  • Entry/Admission - Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
  • Entry/Admission - Palais des Festivals et des Congres of Cannes
  • Entry/Admission - Place d'Italie

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Excellent value for money
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday: Paris – Lucerne (650 km) Stop At: Chapel Bridge, Lucerne 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. Here you’ll get to see Lucerne’s famous landmarks, including Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, and some wonderfully preserved Baroque and Gothic architecture, followed by some free time to shop or take pictures. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Lucerne Station, Lucerne 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. Here you’ll get to see Lucerne’s famous landmarks, including Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, and some wonderfully preserved Baroque and Gothic architecture, followed by some free time to shop or take pictures. Duration: 1 hour No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities in Lucerne or nearby city.
Day 2: Sunday: Lucerne– Milan –Venice (400 km) Stop At: Milano Centrale, Milan, Lombardy Head south from Lucerne through spectacular Switzerland and into northern Italy, where your first stop will be Milan, fashion capital of the world. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Duomo di Milano, Milan, Lombardy Your orientation tour will introduce you to the city’s iconic sights, including the vast Gothic cathedral (Duomo di Milano). Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan, Lombardy 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 take lunch in one of the refined cafes. After enjoying the many delights of Milan, you’ll head to another vintage Italian city: Venice. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel. Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twinroom with private facilities in Venice Island or nearby city.
Day 3: Monday: Venice – Rome (550 km) Stop At: Basilica di San Marco, Veneto Spend the morning in the company of a knowledgeable local guide as you explore Venice, the most magical of cities. Begin with a water bus 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. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Doge's Palace, Veneto 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. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Murano glass d'este, Veneto 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. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel. Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities in Rome or nearby city.
Day 4: Tuesday: Rome – Vatican –Arezzo (280 km) Stop At: Vatican City, Vatican City, Lazio 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. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Lazio 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. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Lazio Alternatively, you can choose to add on the optional Sistine Chapel tour to view Michelangelo’s famous painted ceiling. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Trevi Fountain, Rome, Lazio Next you’ll see the famous Trevi Fountain, the lavish Baroque showpiece where people flock to throw coins into the water – an action which is said to ensure that you’ll return to the city again one day. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Colosseum, Rome, Lazio After lunch, take a step even further back in time as you visit Italy’s unrivalled Roman relics. An optional guided tour of the Colosseum, built in AD 72, is highly recommended. History comes to life as you imagine yourself witnessing gladiatorial combat inside the spectacular Amphi theatre, or alternatively you can walk at your leisure around the outside to admire the facade of this ancient wonder. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, Lazio Next, you can visit the magnificent Basilique Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri near Piazza della Republica before transferring to Arezzo in the late evening for stay. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel. Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities in Arezzo or nearby city.
Day 5: Wednesday: Arezzo– Florence – Pisa –Genoa nearby city (250 km) Stop At: Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence, Tuscany 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. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Tuscany 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. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Tuscany 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. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Campanile di Giotto, Florence, Tuscany 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. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany 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. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Province of Pisa, Tuscany 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 stay in Genoa and we will not visit the city Genoa. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel. Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities in Genoa or nearby city.
Day 6: Thursday: Genoa nearby city – Monaco – Nice – Cannes –Avignon or nearby city (450 km) Stop At: Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo A breath-taking drive along one of Europe’s most famous stretches of Mediterranean coastline awaits as you say arrivederci to Italy and head for Monaco. This small principality, enclaved in François chicane’s beautiful, home to the famous Formula 1 Grand Prix. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Monte-Carlo 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. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Palais des Festivals et des Congres of Cannes, Cannes, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur We then travel a little further to visit the famous Fragonard Perfume Factory. Here you’ll be taken on a fascinating guided tour around this working factory. 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 stay in Avignon and we will not visit the city Avignon. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel. Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities in Avignon or nearby city.
Day 7: Friday: Avignon or nearby city– Paris (700 km) Stop At: Place d'Italie, Paris, Ile-de-France 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, where the Green Line tour finish. For some guests it will be time to say a fond farewell to new friends upon arrival back in the capital, while others may choose to extend their European adventure with another night in the capital and then continue on with the Red Line tour the following day. Please note accommodation on the last day of the tour is not included. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel. No accommodation included on this day.
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