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The following itinerary is an example of a possible route with various activities.
It can reorganized to fit your interests, budget and schedule. It can also be combined with any of the other programs on our website.
Upon arrival in Milan's International airport you will met and transferred to your downtown hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.
Milan - 1° Overnight
Milan is a city of historic buildings and is dominated by the wonderful Gothic Cathedral. There is also great art, with one of the most renowned galleries, the Biblioteca Pinanoteca Ambrosiana, having recently reopened after restoration.
Perhaps more important for the modern day visitor though, is Milan's position as a centrepiece of high fashion. For the confirmed shopaholic, Milan offers one of the most concentrated shopping experiences in all Europe. Between the chic boutiques of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, and via Montenapoleone, a mile long extravaganza of clothes and shoes, you will find every famous name in men's and ladies fashion.
The highlight of your stay though, will undoubtedly be a visit to the world's most famous opera house, "La Scala".
Milan - 2° Overnight
Today, after your breakfast in hotel, drive to Parma. The beautiful town of Parma is in Emilia-Romagna. Begin in Piazza del Duomo to see the Cathedral of San Giovanni. See art treasures from masters like Coreggio, da Vinci, El Greco and Il Bronzino housed in the Galleria Nazionale museum.
Parma - 3° Overnight
This morning drive south to Lucca via Modena and Maranello, where you can visit the Ferrari museum.
Lucca is famous for its Renaissance-era city walls that have remained intact while so many other Tuscan towns saw theirs destroyed in past centuries. Lucca is located on a plain at the foot of the Apuan Alps and is less than half an hour from the Tuscan coast.
Most of the attractions in Lucca today show its ancient history: from the trace of the Roman amphiteater that can be seen in the shape of the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro to the archeological remains under the 12th century church of Saints Giovanni and Reparata (the first city cathedral, located just around the corner from the present-day cathedral of San Martino), to the various towers and villas from the 12th to 16th centuries.
Another must stop for visitors is the Cathedral of St. Martin with its precious relic of the Volto Santo di Lucca, or Sacred Countenance. Traditional legend says the wood crucifix with the image of Christ was carved by Nicodemus, a disciple of Christ, and the sacred cross was miraculously conveyed to Lucca in 782.
Other top attractions include the Piazza of San Michele with its beautiful Church of San Michele in Foro, the Basilica of San Frediano as well as the Clock Tower and Guinigi Tower, to name just a few.
Lucca - 4° Overnight
Today drive via Carrara to Portovenere in the famous "5 Terre" (Five Lands).
- In the Middle Ages in Liguria the villages were called "land" and here is their name. Arriving by sea understand how the man over the centuries have had to fight a great battle with nature to derive from the rock these wonderful places: terraces on which he cultivated olive trees and grapes of excellent quality. How green gems set in these villages more or less large, from Monterosso and the largest tourist passing through Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola to Riomaggiore: a set of jewels in front of the blue sea of the Riviera di Levante. -
Portovenere - 5° Overnight
Today start your tour in the 5 Lands with a boat cruise to the famous Monterosso al Mare. You will sail towards the promontory on which is perched Manarola and Riomaggiore from here we reach strolling on the sea on the Way of Love.
After lunch in the restaurant or the optional, landed in Portovenere and enjoy a panoramic tour of this village. Here in Portofino, even the trees are handsome, a small but perfectly coiffured coastal village that sits on its own peninsula like a Milanese model glued to the catwalk. Return in hotel and dinner. In the very rare event of adverse weather conditions, we carry out the day trip by train and bus, or replace it with an alternative excursion.
Portovenere - 6° Overnight
After breakfast at your hotel, drive along the beautiful Thyrrenian coast to Santa Margherita Ligure.
From Santa Margherita is very easy to reach all the small surrounding villages. Visit the still-authentic fishing village of Camogli with its trompe l'œil decorating its alleys and cobbled streets, beneath a canopy of umbrella pines and voluptuous olive groves; San Fruttuoso, the yin to Portofino's ynag, is a slice of ancient tranquillity preserved amid some of Italy's ritziest coastal resorts. There are no roads here - thank heavens! Access is either by boat or on foot.
Santa Margherita Ligure - 7° Overnight
This morning drive via Genoa to Monte Carlo.
Monte Carlo is the old part, a small princely treasure chest full of elegance and charm, but also a beautiful place perched on a rock overlooking the blue sea of the coast of southern France. Monaco instead stretches along the coast where it is normal to see lower car classy, snobby people, exclusive Casino. You see that here lives the cream over the world but all Monaco welcomes you to enjoy without being too arrogant. Its Oceanographic Museum is among the most comprehensive in the world, and alone is worth a visit.
Monte Carlo - 8° Overnight
After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Nice, the gateway to the French Riviera. Nice is just a springboard away from Cannes, Antibes, Eze, Saint-Paul de Vence, Saint-Tropez and Port-Grimaud. Visit the celebrity houses, open-air markets, medieval villages, casino and more. From hop-on hop-off bus tours to Ferrari tours, you'll be sure to explore Nice in style! Come back to Monte Carlo and overnight.
Monte Carlo - 9° Overnight
Decide to continue your tour with the visit to the Cistercian Abbey of Thoronet, from the simple and austere beauty, and continues with Aix en Provence, city of art and ancient capital of the region where we have lunch at liberty.
In the afternoon visit the old town along the Borgo Saint Sauveur, and Place de l'Université. During the period of flowering lavender, roughly between mid-June and mid-July, and before the collection which can vary depending on the year and seasonal conditions, you can replace the tour of Aix en Provence with a detour to Valensole to admire the cultivated fields characteristic color and visit a local workshop to discover the phases of this plant. Overnight in Nimes.
Nimes - 10° Overnight
Full day in Nimes and the surrounding area. Some suggestions: the picturesque medieval fortress of Les Baux-de-Provence overlooking the Val d'Enfer, Arles where you follow the guide in a brief panoramic tour that touches the Place de la Republique, the Cathedral, the magnificent portal, the old town hall with the clock tower and the Roman amphitheater.
After lunch you reach the noble Avignon to join the guide on the Pope's Palace and stroll through the city, admiring the Bridge of Avignon, Place de l'Horloge and the Cathedral.
Nimes - 11° Overnight
This morning, after your breakfast at your hotel, drop off you rental car in Marseille airport and fly to Paris. Private transfer to your downtown hotel.
Paris - 12° Overnight
Experience two unforgettable days in one of Europe’s most iconic capitals, Paris. Your fantastic journey can start with a guided sightseeing tour with a Local Expert featuring views of the must-see sights, including the Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.
Also included is a cruise on the Seine River and a visit to the Fragonard Perfumery and Museum, where you can discover the secrets of expert French perfumers, and find out more about the creation of some of France’s finest scents.
Undoubtedly another highlight of your vacation is an included half-day excursion to Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles, renowned for its stunning interior, spectacular ornamental gardens, and fascinating history. Explore the gleaming Hall of Mirrors, listen to the soothing splash of fountains as you wander the manicured gardens, and visit the estate of one of France’s most infamous queens, Marie Antoinette. This leisurely City Break gives you the opportunity to explore Paris in your own time and at your own pace.
You will never tire of the city’s attractions, and there is always something new to discover. Perfect for culture lovers, Paris offers an array of famous museums and galleries to explore. You can visit the stunning Musée d’Orsay, view the Monna Lisa, Da Vinci’s most famous work, at the Louvre, or see the largest collection of contemporary art in Europe, at the Pompidou Center.
Renowned for its fashion, shopping enthusiasts can explore the chic boutiques on the Champs Élysées, browse elegant department stores on Boulevard Haussmann, or wander the designer stores of elegant Avenue Montaigne. Alternatively you can explore the Champ de Mars gardens, take a stroll along the banks of the Seine, or simply relax at an outdoor café and watch the world go by.
When the sun goes down, the city is still bursting with life. Wander through the vibrant Latin Quarter with its nightlife and tiny restaurants, drink in the view from the steps of the famous Sacré Coeur, or browse the work of local artists in Bohemian Montmartre before dining in one of the area’s cosy bistros. You can also make the most of your stay with a selection of optional experiences, including a spectacular cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge, and a visit to the home and gardens of Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, at Giverny.
Paris - 13° and 14° Overnights