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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.
Welcome in Italy! On arrival at Rome airport, you will be met and transferred to your downtown hotel. Pick up your Globe Trotter Travel Vouchers-Book at the front desk as you check in. The remainder of the days is at your leisure to create your own urban adventure and form your first impression of Italy and Rome.
Rome - 1° Overnight
After breakfast in your hotel, explore Rome, The Eternal City. We recommend that you focus your visit on the main sites between Palatine Hill and the Spanish Steps. Start off with a visit the Roman Colosseum and marvel at Rome`s greatest architectural wonder.
You may want to purchase our optional tour "Ancient Rome Walking Tour" during which you will visit all the best-known sites of ancient Rome, including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Capitoline Hill, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
As the night approaches, make your way down to Trastevere by bus or the help of the metro. The former ghetto is chalk full of various restaurants and bars sure to please every budget and taste, with plenty of entertainment afterwards.
Rome - 2° Overnight
Wake up early today and after your breakfast at your hotel, head for the Vatican City.
Here you'll take a tour "Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets". You will avoid the lengthy queues and explore one of the world`s most extensive art collections. You could book locally an expert local guide who will share the stories and secrets contained within the Museums` walls, pleasures originally meant for the exclusive enjoyment of the Pope. Experience Michelangelo`s famous Creation of Adam with you own eyes as you explore the Sistine Chapel and wander Raphael`s Rooms.
After taking in the Museums, be humbled by the imposing beauty of Saint Peter`s Basilica, where you will encounter another of Michelangelo`s masterpieces, La Pietà. For a fascinating finish, you will stop to admire the magnificent Saint Peter`s Square, as your guide points out Bernini`s ingenious use of optical illusion.
After you`ve been to church, grab lunch and then head over to the old Post Office to mail a letter from the world`s smallest country. Once you`ve had lunch and your spirit is revitalized, take a nice shady stroll down the Tiber River. Along the river you can visit the Castel Sant`Angelo or the frescoed Villa Farnesina near the Botanical Gardens for a taste of Roman Renaissance.
Cross the river then and explore the local neighborhoods and backstreets in and around Piazza Navona and the Campo de Fiori (flower market). There are lots of restaurants in this area for when you get hungry and the bars and nightclubs stay crowded until long after midnight. If you want to really get dressed up and go clubbing with the locals, make your way out to Testaccio south of town.
Rome - 3° Overnight
Spend the morning of the fourth day exploring the Capitoline Museums - three of the oldest in the world containing artifacts and artworks from the ancient Roman world. The three museums are connected by an underground gallery and run the gambit from a giant bronzed head of Constantine to the serpent-headed locks of Bernini`s Medusa. Have lunch along the river near the Isola Tiberina.
This afternoon, check out some of Rome`s other hidden gems such as the Baths of Diocletian at Piazza Repubblica which was the largest bathhouse of its kind dating back to 300 A.D. and contains Octagonal Hall, a former Roman gymnasium.
Rome - 4° Overnight
Today you continue on your trip to Paris. We recommend that you make your flight reservation between 10:00am and Noon. This will give you time to enjoy your final breakfast in Rome and head to the airport for your flight to Paris. Don't miss to take our private transfers where a representative will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport.
After check in at your Paris hotel, begin the afternoon with a pleasant lunch in any of the charming streetside cafes to be found thoughout Paris. Afterwards, we recommend that you get acquainted with the city by choosing an optional tour such as 'Hop on Hop Off - L`Opentour', showcasing the main sights of the French capital or 'Paris Seinorama By Coach and Cruise'.
As night falls, enjoy the Trocadéro scene and a twilight ride up the Eiffel Tower as it glitters with lights to mark the change from one hour to the next; or dine on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, one of the most famous avenues in the world, followed by a romantic cruise on the Seine River. Either way you're sure to fall in love with the 'City of Light.'
Paris - 5° Overnight
Wake up early today and head for the Ile de la Cité to visit Sainte-Chapelle and the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral, a gothic masterpiece with dramatic towers, spires, stained glass and statuary that are guaranteed to take your breath away. Time permitting; climb the North tower to see Paris from the hunchback Quasimodo's vantage point. Then, head across the river to the Latin Quarter, home of the historic Sorbonne University, founded in 1257, and the Panthéon.
A midday visit to the Luxembourg Gardens and lunch at 'Cafe de Flore' on Boulevard Saint-Germain will revive you for an afternoon tour of the Louvre Museum. You may want to purchase our optional tour 'Guided Tour of the Louvre'. You will avoid the lengthy queues and visit the main works including the 'Venus de Milo', the 'Winged Victory of Samothrace' and the 'Mona Lisa'. You will then be free to explore other sections of the museum at your leisure.
After a busy day of sightseeing, board a relaxing river cruise from Pont Neuf (if you have not already done so). Then grab a bite to eat before heading back to the Latin Quarter for drinks and dancing at the famous 'Le Caveau de la Huchette' jazz club. The dance floor is located in an underground cave and the atmosphere is intoxicating. It's sure to be a night you won't forget!
Paris - 6° Overnight
Begin your day at the Arc de Triomphe, commissioned by Emperor Napoléon I to commemorate the victories of his Grande Armée. Continue with a stroll down the grandiose Avenue des Champs-Elysées - don't forget to stop for coffee and macarons at Ladurée - before visiting the Jardin des Tuileries, a classic example of intricate and typical Parisian landscaping.
Cross the pedestrian bridge from the Tuileries Garden and tour the Orsay Museum, housing the world's most important collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, including works by Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Degas, Gaugin and Delacroix. This afternoon, tour the Rodin Museum and the Hôtel des Invalides or take the train from Orsay directly to Versailles.
On your final night in Paris, make your way to Odéon metro station, which will lead you straight to the Montmartre hill (or take the funicular up with a metro ticket) where you can enjoy an exceptional panorama over the city and its monuments illuminated at night. Stop at Sacre Coeur before exploring the winding, village-like streets of Montmartre then enjoy dinner at one of the charming cafes in Place du Tertre or consider a traditional Parisian cabaret at the legendary Moulin Rouge.
Paris - 7° Overnight