La Dolce Vita
A French Affair
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
1 to 20
Rail, Slow paced
|09 Sep 2019||30 Sep 2019||Fully Booked||AUD $12,490|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to vibrant Italy and the beautiful Eternal City of Rome! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a welcome drink this evening.
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Departing Como, we cross the French border and make our way to the seaside city of Nice. We’ll then continue along the stunning Côte d’Azur to Cannes, home of the illustrious Cannes Film Festival. [B]
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]
Enjoy a day at leisure on the beautiful French Riviera. [B]
We travel inland through the countryside, stopping for some time at leisure in the elegant Aix-en-Provence. [B]
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 Châteauneuf-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]
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’île. [B]
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]
Special Experience: Fairytale castles, towers, turrets, moats, drawbridges and landscaped gardens - the Loire Valley is perhaps the most beautiful in France. Today we visit Château de Chambord and Château de Chenonceau. [B]
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 Panthéon. We’ll travel along the Champs-Élysées 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 crêperies and try this delicious French pancake.
Special Experience: Next we visit the Montparnasse Tower for incredible panoramic views over 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]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]