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/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 3 Beaune 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 4 Beaune/Avignon 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!
Please note, on some departures the trip will visit Avignon and include the Palais des Papes and the Pont St Benezet as scheduled, but will actually stay overnight in the nearby historic cities of Nimes or Arles.
Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace)
Pont d'Avignon (St Bénezet) Visit
Local train (5.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Avignon (1B) Enjoy a free day to explore the city or go further afield. Nearby options include the Pont du Gard, the town of Orange, or the wine region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Day 6 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.
Train (3.50 hour(s))
Day 7 Nice (1B) Spend a free day with an included coastal train ticket. Use the full day ticket to travel up and down the Riviera, stopping off at different towns, or head straight to Monaco and Monte Carlo to see what all the fuss is about.
Stroll its manicured streets and whisk up its network of lifts and escalators, passing palaces, lush gardens, and, of course, the famous Monte Carlo casino, en route.
French Riviera Train Ticket
Day 8 Nice/Riomaggiore (1B) Spend two nights by the stunning Cinque Terre National Park, where five little villages are built into the rocks between the beach and the hills. Hike, swim, indulge in the local delicacies like Focaccia and fresh seafood, and watch amazing Mediterranean sunsets.
Travel down the coast with train changes along the way.
Local train (7.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Riomaggiore/Monterosso al Mare (1B) The national park pass and daily unlimited train ticket is included. Opt to follow your CEO along centuries-old footpaths and mule tracks leading through olive groves, vineyards, and orchards on a full day hike, or hop on and off the train, experiencing each town on your own. Choose to rest in each of the 5 villages, sampling delicacies in each place, such as local pesto, espresso, or delicious gelato.
National Park Pass and Unlimited Train Ticket
Cinque Terre Coastal Path Hike
Local train (0.50 hour(s))
Day 10 Riomaggiore/Florence (1B) Head east by train to Pisa, where we stop for a visit to the Field of Miracles to see the famous leaning tower (entrance fee not included). Then, travel on to the heart of Tuscany— Florence.
Take an evening walk (weather permitting) up to Piazzale Michelangelo for the most famous and photographed vista of the city.
Piazzale Michelangelo Walk
Local train (1.50 hour(s))
Local train (1.50 hour(s))
Day 11 Florence (1B) Enjoy a free day in Florence. Opt to see the statue of David, wander the Uffizi, or swing by some shopping stalls.
Day 12 Florence/Rome (1B) Travel to Rome for an orientation walk of the Eternal City. Get the lay of the land before exploring for a full day.
Local train (3.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Rome (1B, 1D) There is no shortage of sights to see in Rome, opt to visit the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel), Catacombs of San Callisto, and the Pantheon. Make time for a refreshing gelato break in Piazza Navona.
In the evening, enjoy a true taste of Italy with a delicious, traditional Roman meal. Buon appetito!
Day 14 Rome (1B) We recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience all that this magnificent city has to offer.