THE BEST OF ITALY & FRANCE - 2017

11 Days - ROME to PARIS

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Overview

Italy and France - two of the most beautiful countries in the world - are waiting for you on this Best of Italy & France tour. You'll spend two nights each in Rome, Venice Island, Nice, and Paris, as well as a night in Florence and Genova. You’ll see the must-see attractions in each city on your guided sightseeing tours, including the Vatican, and Rome’s Colosseum, built in the 1st century and famous for its gladiator fights; St. Mark's Square and Basilica in Venice; the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, home to Michelangelo's celebrated David; and the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, and Eiffel Tower in Paris. You'll stop in Assisi to see the 13th-century Basilica of St. Francis, built above the saint's grave; 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 Globus 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) and a train ride.

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 vacation to Italy and France is sure to delight all of your senses!

Extend your holiday with 2 nights in London

Inclusion

LOCAL FAVOURITES

Cinque Terre by boat and train (weather permitting) with a Local Guide
Learn about perfume-making and receive a special gift
Special dinner with wine at a local restaurant in Paris 

STANDARD FEATURES

DESTINATIONS
- ROME

Welcome dinner at Mino restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum.

- ASSISI
Visit the Basilica of St. Francis.

- 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
By boat (weather permitting) with a Local Guide and by train.

- GENOVA
Orientation, visit Porto Antico.

- EZE
Learn about perfume-making, and receive a souvenir gift.

NICE
Excursion to St. Paul de Vence.

- NICE-PARIS
By high-speed TGV train (first-class).

- PARIS
A special dinner at a local restaurant; ascend the Eiffel Tower; guided sightseeing.

- TRANSPORTATION
Motorcoach; private boat ride in Venice; boat and train ride in Cinque Terre; high-speed TGV train (first-class).

- HEADSETS
Throughout the tour.

- FREE WI-FI
available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

- MYACCOUNT
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.

Package Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY

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Welcome to Rome! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner with pasta and wine at Mino restaurant. (D)

Day 2ROME.

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Globus' unique 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 Pieta. Then, drive to the Roman Forum and visit 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. (B)

Day 3ROME - ASSISI - VENICE ISLAND.

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Morning break in peaceful Assisi. Visit the massive 13th-century BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS built above the saint's grave. 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. (B)

Day 4VENICE ISLAND.

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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 colourful Burano Island. (B)

Day 5VENICE ISLAND - FLORENCE.

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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 jewellery. (B)

Day 6FLORENCE - PISA - CINQUE TERRE - GENOVA.

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In Pisa, marvel at the amazing Leaning Tower, 55 metres (180 feet) high and 3.5 metres (12 feet) out of the perpendicular. Continue to La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast and enjoy your excursion to 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, take the TRAIN and head for Genova, birthplace of Christopher Columbus. (B)

Day 7GENOVA - EZE, FRANCE - NICE.

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An orientation gives you a good impression of this amazing city, and there is time to explore the Porto Antico before your drive along the coast towards France with spectacular views of Italian and French Riviera resorts. Leave the highway for the panoramic Moyenne Corniche and stop in Eze. Visit the Fragonard perfume factory, learn about the fascinating history of the art of PERFUME-MAKING, and receive a souvenir gift to take home with you. Arrive in Nice. An optional outing is available tonight to Monte Carlo. (B)

Day 8NICE. EXCURSION TO ST. PAUL DE VENCE.

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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 cafe, where you may see the locals play petanque (lawn bowling). Return to Nice for a lazy afternoon to dabble in the blue Mediterranean or to stroll along the elegant Promenade des Anglais. (B)

Day 9NICE - PARIS

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Transfer to the railway station and board the high-speed TGV TRAIN to Paris. This evening, a special dinner with wine has been included at a local restaurant, where you can try out specialties like escargots (snails), soupe a l'oignon (onion soup), and boeuf bourguignon (beef Burgundy). Then, enjoy a drive through the "City of Light." (B,D)

Day 10PARIS

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Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the most famous sites: the Opera, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, and more. For a bird'seye view, take the elevator to the second floor of Paris' most iconic landmark, 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! (B)

Day 11PARIS

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Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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