Highlights: Evening transfer to the Via Cavour district.
IMPORTANT - IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.
NB: The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.
WELCOME TO ROME!
Transfer from airport to hotel. You will receive information for the start of your circuit in the afternoon or this will be on the informative signs in the hotel reception.
19:00 h. Transfer to the Via Cavour area, a great introduction to Rome where you will find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and international food. Return to hotel.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour of Rome. Roman Coliseum (admission price included) and Vatican City. Evening transfer to the Trastevere area.
In the morning, we have a scenic tour of the city, which will be a great introduction to “The Eternal city”. We enter the tiny state of the Vatican. The Vatican City is a principal centre of Christianity in the world. You will be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. And we have also included admission to the Roman Coliseum, the principal symbol of Rome. This impressive construction dates back 2,000 years and will transport us in time so that we can learn about ancient society in the Roman Empire.
In the evening we provide a transfer to Trastevere area. A stroll in the narrow cobbled streets of the Trastevere district reveals hidden treasures to us, such as some modest mediaeval churches, small shops with the most peculiar of objects or scenes of daily life. Many trattorias (informal Italian eating establishments) and osterias (inns) imbued with the Italian spirit will be ready to serve you local dishes. Other restaurants serving Indian, Chinese and international food can be found in this area. Return to hotel.
Rome- Pisa- Sestri- Nice.-
Distance covered: 718 km.HIGHLIGHTS: Little train in Pisa.
07.30 hrs.- Rome -departure-. We travel to the north of Italy, beautiful scenery en route. Stop at freeway service area.
12.00 hrs.- Pisa -Arrival-. We include a little train from the tourist parking to the monumental site or Field of Miracles where the popular Leaning Tower is located.
13.30 hrs- Pisa. Departure. The stage that follows is of extraordinary scenic beauty.
15.00 hrs- Sestri Levante- Short stop to enjoy this small tourist town by the sea.
16.00 hrs-Sestri Levante- Departure. Continue to the French Riviera.
21.00 hrs. - Nice. -Arrival. Lodging (sometimes accommodation can be provided in a nearby town on the French Riviera).
Note: In some occasions, if the number of travelers is very limited, a part of the tour can be done by train. In these cases lunch may be provided in the city of Rapallo.
Nice- Mónaco- Saint Tropez- Marseilles.-
Total Distance: 290 Km
Scenery: Today we visit the Côte d´Azur and the Mediterranean in France.
Before leaving, brief time in Nice to enjoy the “Promenade des Anglais” (Walkway of the English).
10.00 hrs- Nice, departure. We travel among stunning landscapes. En route we will make a stop to discover the techniques of traditional perfume manufacturing.
10.45 hrs- Monaco. Arrival in this country, the second smallest country in the
world (after the Vatican). We can walk through the old neighborhood of "Le Rocher" where the Princes´ Palace is located.
12.00 hrs- Monaco, departure. We continue touring the French Côte d´Azur, on the Mediterranean coast, one of the world centers of tourism.
14.00 hrs.- Saint Tropez, Arrival at one of tourism’s jewels, on the coast that has received countless
famous people but nevertheless maintains its traditional charms. In this old fishing port we can contemplate some of the most luxurious yachts in the world. Time for a walk and lunch.
15.30 hrs- Saint Tropez, departure.
17.45 hrs- Marseilles. Arrival in the second city of France after Paris, port city of Provence of
great contrasts. Here you can stroll through its high part, nostalgic and decadent, the great nineteenth-century avenues or the beaches. We recommend that you get to visit he vibrant "Vieux port" (old port).
Marseilles- Arles- Les Beaux- Avignon- Lyon.-
Total distance: 380km
Scenery: Villages, landscapes, and history, today we see some of the most beautiful places in Provence.
08.00 hrs. Marseille, exit.
09.15 hrs.- Arles. Stop to visit this World Heritage city that shows us its legacy of Roman and medieval times. Its light captivated great painters, such as Van Gogh, who immortalized it in some of his canvases.
10.30 hrs- Arles Departure.
11.00 hrs- In Les Beaux, we get to know this small medieval village and we will include the entrance to Carrieres de Lumiere, an impressive show of art, image and sound underground, in some of its old quarries.
12.15 hrs- Lumiere carriers, departure
13.00 hrs.- Avignon- A time to have lunch and walk in this small walled city of Provence on the
banks of the Rhône that was the seat of the Catholic Popes, becoming the second Rome, until in 1791 when it was integrated into France. Its immense Palace of the Popes reveals its past.
15.30 hrs- Avignon. Departure to the interior of France.
18.15 hrs. Lyon, Arrival in the third city of France, with a remarkable historical past preserved that make it proud. We will be able to walk through the old quarter declared a World Heritage Site and we will include a funicular ride to climb to Notre Dame de Fourviere, an immense basilic from where we have a great view over the city.
When due to it being closed or due to influx of public it is not possible to obtain tickets for the show of Carrieres de Lumière, as an alternative there will be a transfer to the Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard.
Lyon- Tournus- Beaune- Savigny- Dijon.-
Total Distance: 220 km
Scenery: Burgundy’s wine region with exceptional vineyards.
08.30 hrs.- After breakfast, we will leave Lyon and go towards Burgundy.
10.00 hrs.- Tournus. Time for walking throughout the
pleasant small town with picturesque alleys behind an immense stone gate and
its large abbey, one of the largest Romanesque monuments in France.
11.00 hrs- Tournus, departure.
11.45 hrs- Beaune.
Stop to visit and have lunch in the wine capital of Burgundy. You can
visit the wine museum or the historic hospice.
14.30 hrs- Beaune, departure.
15.00 hrs- Savigny Castle – In the center of this wine region, we
will visit the Savigny Castle, built in the fifteenth century, and where some
extraordinary museums are located (such as motorcycle, race cars, airplanes and
16.30 hrs- Savigny Castle, departure.
17.30 hrs- Dijon, arrival in the capital of Burgundy,
with lively streets and atmosphere. This city that was the capital of a
powerful duchy at the end of the Middle Ages, it preserves a great
architectural heritage of medieval and Renaissance buildings where the palace
of the dukes stands out.
Dijon- Fontenay Abbey- Semur en Auxois- Vezelay- Paris.-
Total Distance: 387km
Scenery: small villages in the Dordogne among relaxing landscapes of hills and vineyards.
08.30 hrs- Dijon, departure. We continue touring Burgundy.
10.00 hrs- Abbey of Fontenay. We include an entrance to visit this abbey, masterpiece of the Cistercian order, today a Unesco World Heritage Site.
11.00hrs- Fontenay, departure.
11.30 hrs. Semur in Auxois. Stop to get to know this charming medieval town of alleys, palaces and half-timbered houses surrounded by impressive walls that will make you travel back in time.
12.30 hrs.- Semur in Auxois. We continue touring the interior of Burgundy.
13.30 hrs.- Vezelay. Time for lunch and stroll in one of the most beautiful villages in France. Its immense basilica was one of the starting points of the Way of St James.
16.00 hrs.- Vezelay. Exit.
19.00 hrs- Paris.
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