11 NIGHTS / 13 DAYS
Day 1: Canada - Paris (France)
Flight with a good itinerary.
Day 2: Paris
Arrival at the airport in Paris. Welcome and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to discover Paris, the City of lights, fine food, iconic monuments, and shopping galore.
Day 3: Paris
Spend the day sightseeing at your leisure.
Our suggestions for the day:
You may want to start with the Eiffel Tower, the unequivocal symbol of Paris. The mere colossal size of this monument is breathtaking and making your way to the very top and taking in this grandiose city from this viewpoint will be memorable.
Garden of Luxembourg - Pantheon of Paris
Take the time to walk through the Jardins du Luxembourg (Garden of Luxembourg) created in 1612 around the Luxembourg Palace. This beautifully sculpted garden is famous for its lawns, tree-lined promenades, and fabulous flowerbeds. Still on the left bank, in the 5th arrondissement, you can visit the Pantheon which overlooks the entire city. Admire the stunning detailed architecture dating back to the 18th century, and why not stop for a moment and sit on its steps.
Notre-Dame Cathedral - Le Louvre museum - Bridge Alexandre-III
Don’t miss the incredible Notre-Dame Cathedral located in the oldest part of Paris, the magnificent Le Louvre museum with its masterpiece the Mona Lisa, and the ever-romantic bridge, Pont Alexandre-III. Paris is the city that never stops giving... be sure to take in all you can.
Day 4 & 5: Paris
Two days at leisure to take in the sites, savor the delicious food and be a part of one of the most wonderful cities in the world.
Our suggestions for the day:
The Seine River which divides Paris into the Left Bank (Rive Gauche) and the Right Bank (Rive Droite), is an indispensable stop. Take a ride in one of the “bateau-mouche” or riverboats with a guide ($), describing the various monuments and sites surrounding the river. Have a typical Parisian lunch on any park bench with a delicious baguette, some fine French cheese, and even wine.
Sacré Coeur Basilica - Montmartre
Make your way to the right bank in the 18th arrondissement to visit the stunningly beautiful Sacré Coeur Basilica, built entirely of travertine; you can make your way up via the funicular. After that, take the time to wander around Montmartre, where you will find a wide array of artists at work, surrounded by cafes and bistros.
Spend your evening browsing on one of the most animated streets in Paris, the Rue Mouffetard in the 5th arrondissement. Bistros, gourmet food shops offering fine cheeses and chocolate, fragrant flower shops and so much more. A favorite for tourists and locals alike. A truly Parisian thing to do!
Day 6: Paris - Rome (Italy)
Take advantage of your last moments in Paris before the transfer to the airport for your flight to Rome.
(Flight times to be confirmed)
Arrival at the airport in Rome. Welcome and transfer to your hotel in the city center. The rest of the day is free to discover the Eternal city, with all of its many historical monuments, churches, museums and of course the restaurants, cafes and wonderful Italian gastronomy.
Day 7: Rome
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day sightseeing at your leisure. (Breakfast)
Our suggestions for the day:
Colosseum - Roman Forum
Start the day with the most famous monument of Ancient Rome, the Colosseum. Dating back to the 1st century BC, this immense amphitheatre used to welcome huge crowds who gathered to cheer on as gladiators collided in historic battles. Travelling west from the ovale building, you can visit the Roman Forum, the center for day-to-day life in Rome and the teaming heart of Ancient Rome.
Pantheon of Rome
You can then make your way to the Pantheon, one of the most remarkable examples of the greatness of Ancient Roman architecture. Unclear as to the original purpose of this structure, though listed as a temple, it is used today as a Christian church.
Via Giulia - Via Margutti
In the evening, stroll along one the city’s many animated streets such as Via Giulia in the historic center of Rome or perhaps the many art galleries, restaurants, and museums along Via Margutti.
Day 8 & 9: Rome
Breakfasts at the hotel. 2 days at your leisure to continue discovering and savoring all of the amazing sites this city has to offer. (Breakfasts)
Our suggestions for the day:
Vatican City: St Peters Basilica - Sistine Chapel
Make your way to Vatican City to visit St. Peter's Basilica, which is the holiest and most important church in Rome. Be sure to visit the Vatican museums, home to the most important art collections in the world. You will walk along the beautiful Galleries of Tapestries and Geographical Maps before admiring Raphael’s Rooms and the amazing Sistine Chapel, completed in the 16th century.
Piazza di Spagna - Via Condotti - Piazza Navone
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.. Walk around the Piazza di Spagna and take a seat on the magnificent Spanish Steps before making your way up to the cathedral. Memorable! Then, head to Via Condotti if you're looking to spoil yourself with a luxury fashion item. Finally, take some time to relax on the Piazza Navone, the largest of its kind, where bistros and coffee shops welcome you and give you a glimpse of what a coffee break in Rome is like. Spoil yourself to a delicious lunch and cappuccino.
Fontana di Trevi
In the evening, make sure to see the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain), even more mystical when illuminated. Definitely the most famous and arguably the most beautiful fountain in all of Rome, it takes up nearly half of the square. With your back to the fountain, throw in a coin and make a wish ... legend has it you will come back soon to this marvelous city!
Day 10: Rome - Naples - Pompeii - Sorrento
After breakfast at the hotel in Rome, you will head south along the so-called Sun Highway, crossing the fertile Roman countryside and the area known as Castelli Romani, dotted with enchanting medieval villages. Upon your arrival in Naples, the third largest city in Italy, you will take a short panoramic tour climbing up to Vomero hill to enjoy beautiful views over the Gulf of Naples with the Vesuvius and the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida in the background: a great time to take pictures! Descending toward the port of Mergellina, you will leave the city and travel in the direction of Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii after having lunch at a local pizzeria with the opportunity of eating a real Neapolitan pizza!
Following lunch, you will enter one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, the ruins of Pompeii, a site listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a "Skip the Line" ticket and a local guide. You will visit the haunting ruins of Pompeii, traveling back in time to the tragic days in 79 AD when the silent volcano Vesuvius suddenly erupted covering the prosperous Roman city in deadly volcanic ashes and poisonous gases, leaving this city crystallized until our days. You will learn how people lived at that time, visiting houses and "bars" of the ancient time, admiring frescoes and mosaics imagining how rich and prosperous the city was before the dreadful day. After the visit, you will drive along the Sorrentine Coast, arriving in Sorrento at your hotel for dinner (dress code: no shorts and no sandals for men) and overnight. (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Day 11: Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the port of Sorrento where you will embark on a ferry in the direction of the island of Capri*. Depending on weather conditions, you will take a boat ride to the popular and dreamy "Grotta Azzurra" (Blue Grotto), where the sunlight passes into an underwater cavity and shines through the seawater, creating a magical blue reflection. After returning to the port, you will board a minibus for a scenic drive to Anacapri, 918 feet (280 meters) above sea level. You will see wonderful views of the bay of Naples before continuing to a local restaurant for lunch*. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore Capri at leisure. Then, you will return to the mainland and Sorrento for dinner (dress code: no shorts and no sandals for men). Overnight in Sorrento. (Breakfast-Lunch*-Dinner)
Day 12: Sorrento - Rome
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, free time to explore Sorrento and the surroundings. Departure back to Rome in the afternoon. Dinner at leisure and overnight in Rome. (Breakfast)
Day 13: Rome - Canada
After breakfast, greeting in the lobby of your hotel by our local representatives and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)
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The visit to Capri Island on the Amalfi Coast is not available between November & March.
Lunch is not included on day 11 between November & March.