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Italy & France

4 countries18 cities
11 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
Glorious history, stunning scenery and delicious food and wine await as we journey across Italy and France. Explore the grand cities of Paris and Rome and the picturesque coastline of the Cinque Terre. Take in the views across spectacular Lake Como, experience the glamour of the French Riviera, and indulge in the local produce of Parma, Tuscany and the Loire Valley.When in RomeOur tour starts in the Eternal City of Rome we when visit the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia and Colosseum where gladiatorial contests were watched by up to 50,000 people! We also indulge in history & art as we explore the Vatican Museum, the celebrated Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica.Taste of TuscanyWe then head to Florence stopping enroute at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed towns of Siena and San Gimignano. Our city tour of Florence includes the grand Piazza del Duomo, the famous statue of David, and a unique Tuscan dinner at Agriturismo.Cinque Terre to ParisOur journey continues along Italy's most photographed coastlines, Cinque Terre with its colourful villages & steep terraces. As we cross the French border we visit Cannes home to the famous film festival and Nice before visiting Avignon & the Loire Valley with its wonderful vineyards and fairy-tale scenery. Our tour ends in Paris with time to enjoy the iconic sights and gastronomic delights of this romantic city!

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
  • TGV train from Loire Valley to Paris
  • Tipping Made Easy, $235pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 19 nights in good quality hotels (3-4-star)
  • 19 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

La Dolce Vita

  • Explore Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Capitol and the Colosseum.
  • Discover the opulent Vatican City and visit the amazing museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica.
  • Tour the sights of medieval Siena, including Piazza del Campo, the Cathedral and Baptistery.
  • Take a walking tour in charming San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval walled town.
  • Enjoy a typical tuscan-style dinner at Agriturismo amidst the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany.
  • In Florence see the Cathedral of Florence at the grand Piazza del Duomo, as well as Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery with Ghiberti's famed bronze 'Gate of Paradise'.
  • Admire Michelangelo's incomparable statue of David.
  • Visit Pisa, home to one of Europe's most iconic structures the Leaning Tower.
  • Spend a full day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cinque Terre. Made up of five colourful villages Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore the region's brightly painted houses are some of the world's most photographed.
  • Stop in the stylish town of Parma, the home of Parmesan cheese and prosciutto, to sample some of the local delicacies.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Como, taking in its many churches, museums, parks and palaces, and ride the funicular railway to enjoy the views from high above the picturesque city.
  • Explore Lake Como on a walk of its beautiful surroundings.

A French Affair

  • Discover the glamorous principality of Monaco and the city of Monte Carlo, famous for its casinos, Grand Prix and Royal Family.
  • Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais in the seaside city of Nice, an appealing mix of 19th century opulence and modern chic.
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in Cannes on the beautiful French Riviera.
  • Enjoy some free time to explore in charming Aix-en Provence.
  • Visit the Palais des Popes, the largest Gothic building in the world.
  • Explore one of the most famous wine regions in the world around the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, discovering ancient vineyards, learning about the wine-making process and tasting the region's famous red wine.
  • See the masterpiece of ancient architecture that is the 'Pont du Gard' in Avignon.
  • Tour the sights of Lyon, including the Roman district and Fourvi re, Vieux Lyon, the Silk District, and the Presqu' le.
  • Enjoy the delights of the Loire Valley and spend the day exploring the renowned wineries of this region.
  • Visit regal Ch teau de Chambord, one of France's most recognised palaces, and the Royal Chateau of Amboise, which offers one of the most remarkable panoramas of the Loire Valley.
  • Travel on the famous TGV train to Paris.
  • Discover the quintessential sights of Paris on a city tour, including the imposing exterior of the Louvre, the le de la Cit and the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, the prestigious Sorbonne University and the Panth on and, of course, a ride along the Champs- lys es to the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Indulge in a local delight at a typical Parisian cr perie.
  • Visit the Montparnasse Tower for incredible panoramic views of Paris.
  • Enjoy a full free day in Paris to explore at your own pace.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
22
Price From
AUD $12,745
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Rail, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
20 May 201910 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $12,240
17 Jun 201908 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $12,240
09 Sep 201930 Sep 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $12,240
ItineraryExpand
Italy & France

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Rome

Welcome to vibrant Italy and the beautiful Eternal City of Rome! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a welcome drink this evening.

Day 3. Rome

This morning we explore Imperial Rome. Highlights include the Colosseum (fast-track entry), where gladiatorial contests and games were held along with mock sea battles and executions, the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. The afternoon is at leisure before tonight's group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. Rome

Discover majestic Vatican City this morning (fast-track entry). We'll visit the amazing Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica - all containing works of art and sculptures by Michelangelo. [B]

Day 5. Rome - Florence

Today we travel north to the home of the Renaissance, Florence. Stopping en route, we'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed towns of Siena and San Gimignano. [B,D]

Special Experience: This evening we'll enjoy a special Tuscan dinner at an agriturismo (farmstay), using local produce and ingredients.

Day 6. Florence

Our tour this morning commences at the grand Piazza del Duomo, where we see the Cathedral, Giotto's Bell Tower, and the Baptistery. We'll also admire Michelangelo's sculptural masterpiece, the statue of David, at the famous Galleria dell'Accademia. We'll end our sightseeing at the Piazzale Michelangelo, offering panoramic views over Florence. [B]

Day 7. Florence - La Spezia

Sit back and enjoy the beautiful Tuscan countryside as we travel to Pisa, home to one of Europe's most iconic structures - the Leaning Tower. This afternoon we'll head towards the coast and the stunning Cinque Terre. [B]

Day 8. Cinque Terre Excursion

Special Experience: We spend a full day exploring some of Italy's most photographed coastline, discovering some of the five colourful villages that make up the Cinque Terre. Clinging to steep terraces, the villages and ancient vineyards are linked by paths, trains and boats and cannot be accessed by car, making this a truly unique area. [B,L]

Day 9. La Spezia - Parma - Lake Como

The birthplace of parmesan cheese and prosciutto, we'll stop in the stylish city of Parma to taste the local delicacies. In the afternoon we'll arrive in the idyllic Italian Lake District at stunning Lake Como. [B]

Day 10. Lake Como

We'll take a walking tour of Como before we ride the funicular railway for views from high above the picturesque town.

Optional Walking Discovery: Why not discover more of this beautiful setting on one of the area's many walks? Learn more

Or relax and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]

Day 11. Lake Como - Cannes

Departing Como, we cross the French border and make our way to the seaside city of Nice. We'll then continue along the stunning C te d'Azur to Cannes, home of the illustrious Cannes Film Festival. [B]

Day 12. Monte Carlo Excursion

Just a short ride along the coast, we'll visit glamorous Monte Carlo in the tiny Principality of Monaco, known for its casino, Grand Prix and royal family. [B]

Day 13. Cannes

Enjoy a day at leisure on the beautiful French Riviera. [B]

Day 14. Cannes - Avignon

We travel inland through the countryside, stopping for some time at leisure in the elegant Aix-en-Provence. [B]

Day 15. Avignon

This morning we'll see the Palais des Papes, the largest gothic palace ever built.

Special Experience: We explore one of the most famous wine regions in the world, centred around the village of Ch teauneuf-du-Pape. We'll discover ancient vineyards, learn about the winemaking process and taste the famous red wine. [B]

This afternoon we'll visit Avignon's famous Pont du Gard, an amazing feat of Roman engineering. [B]

Day 16. Avignon - Lyon

We travel to sophisticated Lyon, France's third-largest city. Our afternoon's sightseeing tour includes the Roman District, Vieux Lyon, the silk district and the Presqu' le. [B]

Day 17. Lyon - Beaujolais - Loire Valley

Today we make our way to the beautiful Loire Valley, where wines such as sauvignon blanc and chenin blanc originated. We'll enjoy a wine tasting experience along the way in Beaujolais. [B,L]

Day 18. Loire Valley

Special Experience: Fairytale castles, towers, turrets, moats, drawbridges and landscaped gardens - the Loire Valley is perhaps the most beautiful in France. Today we visit Ch teau de Chambord and Ch teau de Chenonceau. [B]

Day 19. Loire Valley - Paris

We transfer to the train station and travel on the famous TGV to the beautiful city of Paris! Our orientation tour here includes the quintessential Parisian icons - the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Panth on. We'll travel along the Champs- lys es to the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde. [B]

Special Experience: As part of our city tour, we'll visit one of the many Parisian cr peries and try this delicious French pancake.

Special Experience: Next we visit the Montparnasse Tower for incredible panoramic views over Paris.

Day 20. Paris

The day is at leisure for you to explore the enchanting city of Paris. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 21. Depart Paris

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 22. Arrive Australia