Best of France and Italy in 4 weeks

Visit France and Italy on this incredible month-long tour. This vacation includes: Marseille, Avignon, Provence Countryside, Paris, Mt St. Michel, Normandy and D-Day beaches in France; Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Cinque Terre, Milano, Lake Como and Venice in Italy.

  • Friendly English speaking personnel
  • Centrally located charming hotels
  • All land, airport, and train station transfers included
  • Intercity train and flight tickets are included 
  • Inside visit museums and ancient sites with skip the line admission
  • All the tours mentioned on the itinerary

See the price information, dates and further information below the itinerary

     Daily Tour Program

Traveling to Marseille, France.
Flight tickets are usually organized by the guests.
Let us know if you prefer our assistance in organizing your flight tickets. 

Arrive at Marseille Airport.
Meet up with the transfer men as you come off at the arrivals gate,
transfer to your hotel.  After check-in, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Marseille.

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up and Go on a panoramic half-day tour starting with the Bay of Cassis. The Gardionle Mountain range, visit the fishing village and harbor in Cassis, back to Marseille Center, and continue on an introductory guided tour of the city with a stop at the basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde.
After the tour, return to the hotel and rest of the day at leisure. 
Overnight stay in Marseille.

Breakfast at the hotel
10:00 am Meet up at the lobby and depart from Marseille to Avignon
A short coffee stop and free time in Aix-en-Provence.
Arrive in Avignon, check into your hotel.
Free time and rest and refresh
Afternoon, meet up and go on an introductory walking tour of Avignon.
Start with the short hike up to the medieval city walls to get excellent views of the city; visit inside the Pope’s Palace, the largest Gothic palace in Europe, and then towards the town hall, clock tower, and finish up the walking tour with a nice glass of local Côtes du Rhône wine. 
Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, exploring more of Avignon at your own pace.
Your guide will recommend excellent places to dine. 
Overnight in Avignon. 

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up at the lobby and go on a full day Best of Provence tour
Short drove to the beautiful villages of the Luberon and the famous Fontaine de Vaucluse.  ( See the Lavender Fields,) then move over to Gordes, listed as “one of the most beautiful villages in France,” flexible free time to explore.
The next stop will be Les Baux-de-Provence,  located in the Alpilles mountains, which is atop a rocky outcrop that is crowned with a ruined castle overlooking the plains to the south.  Enjoy exploring and tasting, local wine, and olive oil.
The last stop will be The Pont du Gard is an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge built in the first century AD to carry water over 50 km (31 mi) to the Roman colony of Nemausus (Nîmes). The Pont du Gard is the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges, as well as one of the best-preserved. It was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites in 1985 because of its exceptional preservation, historical importance, and architectural ingenuity.
We will then head back to Avignon. 
Overnight stay. 

Breakfast at the hotel
Free day at leisure.
( Depending on the season,  optional tours will be offered)
Overnight in Avignon

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up at the lobby and transfer to Avignon Train Station
09:40 AM Departure from Avignon TGV
Duration 2h 45m TGV INOUI 6112
WiFi ON BOARD
12:25 AM Arrival in Paris Gare de Lyon
Meet up at the station, transfer to your hotel.
After check-in, rest of the day at leisure.
Optional Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show Ticket with Champagne ( Contact us if interested)
Overnight in Paris.

In the morning, we will continue on the private guided tour to highlights of Paris:
Sites you will visit.
Eifel Tower & Trocadéro (photo stop), the Opera house, Notre-Dame (photo stop), Concorde Square, Vendôme Square, the Louvre,
the Seine River banks, the Invalides, Madeleine church, Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe…
We will then enjoy lunch at Eifel tower.
Then in the afternoon, we will take you to the Louvre Museum where you will enjoy a visiting
Three principal masterpieces include The Venus de Milo, The Winged Victory, and The Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo Da Vinci.
This tour ends at the Louvre. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.  Overnight in Paris

Breakfast at the hotel
Free day at leisure —
Timely entrance to Louvre Museum – (available on request)
Optional tour to Palace of Versailles – (available on request)
Overnight in Paris.

Breakfast at the hotel
Free day at leisure —
Timely entrance to Louvre Museum – (available on request)
Optional tour to Palace of Versailles – (available on request)
Overnight in Paris.

Breakfast at the hotel
Depart from Paris on a 2-hour drive to Rouen ( Home of Notre Dame), where we will enjoy a walking tour of the Historic old town.
The next stop will be Honfleur, where you will enjoy free time for lunch and exploring the town.
We will then spend the rest of the day exploring Normandy Landing Beaches,  Omaha Beach.
Our final stop for the day will be Caen
Dinner is served at the hotel.
Overnight stay.

Breakfast at the hotel.
Drive to  Saint-Malo is a port city in Brittany, in France’s Northwest with all granite walls, surrounding the old town, which was once a stronghold for privateers (pirates approved by the king). The Saint-Malo Cathedral, in the center of the ancient city, is built in Romanesque and Gothic styles and features stained-glass windows depicting city history. Nearby is La Demeure de Corsaire, an 18th-century privateer’s house and museum.
The next stop will be the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint Michel, a guided tour of this Gothic masterpiece, and free time to explore the Renaissance village.
We will then head back.  
Arrival and overnight in Paris. 

Breakfast at the hotel
Free day at leisure —
Timely entrance to Louvre Museum – (available on request)
Optional tour to Palace of Versailles – (available on request)
Overnight in Paris.

Breakfast at the hotel
Free day at leisure —
Timely entrance to Louvre Museum – (available on request)
Optional tour to Palace of Versailles – (available on request)
Overnight in Paris.

Breakfast at the hotel.
Meet up with the driver and transfer to Paris Airport, Short flight to Palermo. 
(( FLIGHT INFO WILL BE ADDED )) 
Arrival in Palermo
As you come off the arrivals gate,  Meet up with the driver to be transferred to your hotel. 
After check-in, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, resting and recovering from jet lag. 
Overnight in Palermo.

Breakfast at the hotel
AM – Meeting time to be determined.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel for your comprehensive full day tour to visit the Vatican and its museums, as well as the Sistine Chapel the home of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment. ( with pre-organized skip-the-line admission tickets.)
Free time for lunch,  then in the afternoon we will continue to visit St. Peters Square, Basilica,  the Coliseum (From Inside), and the Roman Forum.
After the tour,  we will return to the hotel, or can always drop you near the Trevi Fountain and or at the Spanish Steps area.
Overnight in Rome.

Breakfast at the hotel –
Enjoy the day at leisure.
Overnight in Rome.

Breakfast at the hotel 
Check out from the hotel and head to the train station.
11:15 AM Departure from Rome 
13:25 PM Arrival in the Tuscan town of Cortona
Meet up at the station, transfer to AgroTourisma House – Villa Rosa Dei Venti
Welcome drinks, orientation, get to know people, the estate, and the village. 
19:00 PM on the dinner is served.
Overnight in the Tuscan town of Cortona.

Breakfast served
9.30 am Meet up and go on the tour to visit Old town Montepulciano.
Wine tasting and learning about  “Vino Nobile di Montepulciano” in one of the most ancient wine cellars.
Walking tour of the Old town, 
Lunch in a typical Tuscan trattoria
Visit Banfi Castle and the Glass Museum
We will then enjoy a tasting “Brunello di Montalcino” in one of the most characteristic wine cellars of the area
Late afternoon will return to Villa “Rosa dei Venti”
Dinner at the house,
Overnight in Cortona.

Breakfast served in the morning
10:00 AM Meet up for the Cooking Class is followed by lunch at 13.00 with the family
Also during the cooking class, we will take a break with focaccia and wine.

During the cooking class, we will cook traditional dishes such as appetizers, homemade pasta, Tuscan ragù, meat, vegetables, and desserts All products are very fresh, and we will use our own extra virgin olive oil.
Rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Dinner is served in the evening.
Overnight at the Villa Rosa Dei Venti.

Breakfast at the hotel 
Check out from the hotel and head to the train station.
11:15 AM Departure from Cortona
12:45 PM Arrival in Florence. 
Meet up at the station, transfer to your hotel.
Check-in & rest of the day at leisure. 
Overnight in Florence

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up with your guide and enjoy the rest of the touring Florence
Start with the Panoramic tour and get good knowledge and view of Florence
Then walking tour of the Historic center Piazza Santa Croce and Piazza Della Signoria,
Palazzo Vecchio
Academia Gallery inside visit to see David.
Florence is famous for its history. Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and has been called the Athens of the Middle Age.
It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.
Due to Florence’s artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the city is noted for its history, culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Florence.

Breakfast at the hotel
09:30 am Departure from Florence on a drive to Genoa.
On the way visit Cinque Terre Villages,  stops for lunch, and photos.
Arrival in Genoa, check-in. 
Overnight stay. 

Breakfast at the hotel 
Meet up and go on a Taste Genoa’s traditional cuisine with and guided walking tour.
Explore Genoa’s downtown alleys with a local foodie, sitting in typical restaurants, tasting some of the best traditional dishes.
A memorable way of tasting the city’s traditional specialties, taste Pasta with pesto, savory pastries, focaccia with cheese, fried calamari, stockfish, anchovies, Frisco, coffee, and finish with yummy desserts.
Rest of the day at leisure. 
Overnight in Genoa.

Breakfast at the hotel 
09:20 AM Departure from Genoa
10:55 AM Arrival in Milano,  
Transfer to your hotel, check-in & drop your luggage, free time…
14:30 pm Meet up for an informative, introductory walking tour. 
Will cover important landmarks of Milan
See the Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci, one of the most sought-after masterpieces of all time.
Visit The Castello Sforzesco, a Medieval stronghold surrounded by a beautiful park.
Inside visit to Scala Opera House.
Inside visit to the beautiful Gothic Duomo
Option to finish with a traditional Italian dinner on the way to the hotel.
Overnight in Milan.

Breakfast at the hotel

AM Meet up and depart from Milano on a scenic 1-hour drive to Lake Como.
Upon arrival, we will continue on tour by visiting the three branches of the lake, each with different landscapes, and enjoy flexible free time and lots of photo opportunities.
Next will go on a walking tour of Como Center, where you will visit Villa Olmo that was designed to be a summer retreat for the aristocracy, it was built alongside the lake.
Boat cruise excursion to see the spectacular views of the shores from the boat.  
We will then get back on land and continue our tour by visiting the beautiful villages of Bellagio and Varenna with flexible free times.
We will then head back to Milan. 
Overnight stay.

Breakfast at the hotel

09:35 am Departure from Milano
12:05 am Arrival in Venice
Meet up at the Station, transfer to your hotel, after check-in Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Venice.

Breakfast at the hotel

Meet up with the guide and start the day with a guided walking tour combined with a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal.  Hear the history of St Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge from a local guide, and visit St Mark’s Basilica.

Discover the tucked-away treasures of Venice’s backstreet and charming canals, and then finish on a high note: a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.

St Mark’s Basilica See Campo Santa Maria Formosa, the home of Marco Polo and the Rialto Bridge.

Explore small back streets, narrow passageways, and piazzas, as you learn about historical Venice from your guide.

After the tour, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Venice.

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up with the driver (4 hours before your flight departure time)
Transfer to Venice Airport.

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