Paris, the Riviera & Tuscany

13 days
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About This Experience

France and Italy: each is celebrated for rich history, amazing museums, stunning scenery and unforgettable flavors. Discover the best of these cultural havens, from charming hamlets to bustling cities, masterful art to culinary masterpieces. On this France and Italy tour, you’ll experience firsthand two of the most sought-after destinations in the world.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 1 wine tasting

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach, train to Provence

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • Paris, France
  • Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Florence, Italy
  • Siena, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Lights out on your overnight flight to the City of Light

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Paris.

Paris3 nights - hotel info

Day2

Settle in, get acquainted with your new favorite place: Paris

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Paris. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service transfers you to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). After check-in, you’re free to acquaint yourself with Paris. Later, meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day3

Let a Parisian show you all the local icons (and then some)

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens

Breakfast

This morning, meet your local guide for a panoramic sightseeing tour of the French capital. Motor along the fashionable Champs-Élysées and view the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera House, the Place de la Concorde, the Louvre and the banks of the River Seine. The afternoon is free to explore Paris on your own. You might browse the wares offered along the Left Bank or peruse the boutiques on the Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré. Or, pay a visit to the world-famous château and gardens of Versailles on our afternoon optional excursion.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Versailles Palace & Gardens $105* pp

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Day4

Explore Paris at your leisure—c’est la vie

Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise

Breakfast

This morning is free to explore Paris your way. You might choose to visit the Louvre, shop in Galeries Lafayette or ascend Montmartre to watch the sidewalk artists. Or, join an optional excursion, Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny, where you can visit the former home and gardens of the Impressionist painter. End the day with dinner at a local restaurant and a cruise along the Seine on our evening optional excursion.

Optional Excursions

Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85* pp

The village of Giverny was home to Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. On a visit to Monet's home and gardens, discover the subtle palette of colors that inspired his Water Lilies series and gave rise to a new way of seeing. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs April through October.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109* pp

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris' bridges, you'll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: the dress code may vary depending your restaurant, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Aix-en-Provence2 nights - hotel info

Day5

Cezanne’s hometown paints a picture of his earliest inspirations

Breakfast

Cezanne's studio

Journey by TGV train through the French countryside to Aix-en-Provence in the heart of southern France’s Provence region. Upon arrival, embark on a guided tour of this Roman-influenced city, hometown of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Stops include Cézanne’s birthplace, the school he attended and the studio where many of his famed paintings came to light.

Day6

Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings come to life in the fields of Arles

Optional Excursion - Provençal Dinner & Wine Tasting

Breakfast

This morning, transfer to nearby Arles, another quintessential Provençal town. Arles was the adopted home of Vincent van Gogh, who painted some of his most celebrated works here. A local guide leads a sightseeing tour of the town, highlighting Van Gogh’s artistic achievements. The afternoon is free for you to explore on your own. This evening, consider joining our Provençal Dinner & Wine Tasting optional excursion.

Optional Excursions

Provençal Dinner & Wine Tasting $99* pp

Travel to a rustic Provençal village outside of Aix-en-Provence. Start your evening with a wine tasting at a vineyard followed by dinner at a local restaurant, featuring the traditional herb-accented Provençal dishes for which the region is known.

French Riviera1 night - hotel info

Day7

Cruising right along, relax and take in the rocky inlets of Cassis

Breakfast, Dinner

As you head south along the French Riviera toward Nice, stop in the hillside town of Cassis, overlooking the Mediterranean. Cruise amid the rocky inlets of Cassis’ harbor, reaching Nice in the afternoon for some free time. Then, continue to your hotel situated on the French Riviera, arriving in time for an included dinner.

Florence2 nights - hotel info

Day8

Rising from the cliffs, Cinque Terre is a colorful world all its own

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cross the border into Italy and reach the gorgeous Cinque Terre. Meaning “five earths,” this region of five seaside villages boasts breathtaking scenery, winding roads and rolling hills. Sit back and enjoy lunch here before continuing on to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Dinner is included tonight in Florence.

Day9

From the Duomo to Santa Croce, Florence is an architect’s dream

Optional Excursion - Carthusian Monastery Tour & Tuscan Feast

Breakfast

Basilica of Santa Croce

A local guide introduces you to Florence. Take in the city’s massive duomo before entering the Basilica of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo are on display. Later, you may choose to venture to the ancient Carthusian Monastery, where you’ll dine on traditional Tuscan fare, with entertainment provided by singing waiters.

Optional Excursions

Carthusian Monastery Tour & Tuscan Feast $99* pp

Venture into the Tuscan hills for a unique and unforgettable dining experience. After a private tour of the ancient Carthusian Monastery, sit down for a musical performance and feast of traditional Tuscan fare, much of which has been grown at the monastery itself.

Siena2 nights - hotel info

Day10

Art and wine—we can’t think of a better pairing

Breakfast, Dinner, Wine tasting

Pitti Palace

Continue your tour of Florence with a visit to the Renaissance Pitti Palace, a complex built in the 15th century that serves as a museum today. This afternoon, follow your Tour Director along the Chianti wine route, stopping to sample regional vintages. Later, arrive in Siena, a medieval Tuscan town.

Day11

Step by step, discover more of Tuscany from your point of view

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Siena: Tuscan Culture & Cuisine

Breakfast

Siena Cathedral, Piccolomini Library

This morning, a local guide leads a walking tour of Siena. You’ll see its cathedral (Duomo di Siena) and famed Campo. This evening, opt to attend a special dinner excursion in Siena.

Optional Excursions

Dinner in Siena: Tuscan Culture & Cuisine $79* pp

Visit a local restaurant in the heart of Siena, which deliciously blends the traditional and contemporary elements of Tuscan cuisine. Start off your evening with an aperitif, and then get settled in for an evening of Sienese specialties, served up in the tavern’s intimate setting. Typical Tuscan dishes like pici and cantucci parfait showcase why food and wine enthusiasts flock to this region.

Rome1 night - hotel info

Day12

When in Rome, see (and eat) everything you possibly can

Breakfast, Dinner

Journey south to Rome, and spend an afternoon exploring the Eternal City. Tonight, say goodbye to your fellow travelers over an included farewell dinner.

Day13

It’s time to head home, if you can bear to part with your pasta

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not staying for our tour extension in Rome, a Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport, where you’ll board your return flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add a Rome City Stay $359*

Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a cafe in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market, and have an audience with the pope—all in one morning. For a mix of spectacular art, grand history and exuberant street life, no other city comes close.

Rome2 nights - hotel info

Day13

Exploring Imperial Rome is an imperative

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors

Breakfast

Colosseum

Stay in Rome for another two days to explore the myriad treasures of the Italian capital. On a panoramic bus tour, get an overview of ancient Rome, including Piazza Venezia, Imperial Forums, Trajan’s Column and the Colosseum. Opt to end the day at our Dinner with Tenors, an evening of traditional Italian dishes accompanied by some of opera’s best-loved arias.

Optional Excursions

Dinner with Tenors $79* pp

End your day with an elegant four-course dinner at one of our favorite Roman restaurants. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera's best-loved arias…and you might even join the singers on stage. Don’t miss this lighthearted evening of food and fun!

Day14

You’re free to roam in Rome

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City

Breakfast

Spend another day at your leisure in Rome or join an excursion to Vatican City, featuring visits to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89* pp

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you'll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world's most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, you'll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you'll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo's greatest masterpiece. Finally, you'll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sunday.

Day15

Try to fit in just one more bowl of pasta before flying home

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport for your return flight home.

Print This Page

About This Experience

France and Italy: each is celebrated for rich history, amazing museums, stunning scenery and unforgettable flavors. Discover the best of these cultural havens, from charming hamlets to bustling cities, masterful art to culinary masterpieces. On this France and Italy tour, you’ll experience firsthand two of the most sought-after destinations in the world.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 1 wine tasting

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach, train to Provence

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • Paris, France
  • Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Florence, Italy
  • Siena, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Lights out on your overnight flight to the City of Light

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Paris aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Paris3 nights - hotel info

Day2

Settle in, get acquainted with your new favorite place: Paris

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Paris. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service transfers you to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). After check-in, you’re free to acquaint yourself with Paris. Later, meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day3

Let a Parisian show you all the local icons (and then some)

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens

Breakfast

This morning, meet your local guide for a panoramic sightseeing tour of the French capital. Motor along the fashionable Champs-Élysées and view the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera House, the Place de la Concorde, the Louvre and the banks of the River Seine. The afternoon is free to explore Paris on your own. You might browse the wares offered along the Seine’s Left Bank or peruse the boutiques on the Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré. Or, pay a visit to the world-famous château and gardens of Versailles on our afternoon excursion.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Versailles Palace & Gardens $105* pp

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Day4

Explore Paris at your leisure—c’est la vie

Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise

Breakfast

This morning is free to explore Paris your way. You might choose to visit the Louvre, shop in Galeries Lafayette or ascend Montmartre to watch the sidewalk artists. Or, join an optional excursion, Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny, where you can visit the former home and gardens of the Impressionist painter. (Depending on season, a van Gogh and Auvers-Sur-Oise optional may be offered instead.) End the day with dinner at a local restaurant and a cruise along the Seine on our evening excursion.

Optional Excursions

Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85* pp

The village of Giverny was home to Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. On a visit to Monet's home and gardens, discover the subtle palette of colors that inspired his Water Lilies series and gave rise to a new way of seeing. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs April through October.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109* pp

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris' bridges, you'll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: the dress code may vary depending your restaurant, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Aix-en-Provence2 nights - hotel info

Day5

Cezanne’s hometown paints a picture of his earliest inspirations

Breakfast

Cezanne's studio

Journey by TGV train through the French countryside to Aix-en-Provence in the heart of southern France’s Provence region. Upon arrival, embark on a guided tour of this Roman-influenced city, hometown of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Stops include Cézanne’s birthplace, the school he attended and the studio where many of his famed paintings came to light.

Day6

Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings come to life in the fields of Arles

Optional Excursion - Provençal Dinner & Wine Tasting

Breakfast

This morning, transfer to nearby Arles, another quintessential Provençal town. Arles was the adopted home of Vincent van Gogh, who painted some of his most celebrated works here. A local guide leads a sightseeing tour of the town and lectures on van Gogh’s artistic achievements. The afternoon is free for you to explore on your own. This evening, opt for our Provençal Dinner & Wine Tasting excursion.

Optional Excursions

Provençal Dinner & Wine Tasting $99* pp

Travel to a rustic Provençal village outside of Aix-en-Provence. Start your evening with a wine tasting at a vineyard followed by dinner at a local restaurant, featuring the traditional herb-accented Provençal dishes for which the region is known.

French Riviera1 night - hotel info

Day7

Cruising right along, relax and take in the rocky inlets of Cassis

Breakfast, Dinner

As you head south along the French Riviera toward Nice, stop in the hillside town of Cassis, overlooking the Mediterranean. Cruise amid the rocky inlets of Cassis’ harbor, reaching Nice in the afternoon for some free time. Then, continue to your hotel situated on the French Riviera, arriving in time for an included dinner.

Florence2 nights - hotel info

Day8

Rising from the cliffs, Cinque Terre is a colorful world all its own

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cross the border into Italy and reach the gorgeous Cinque Terre. Meaning “five earths,” this region of five seaside villages boasts breathtaking scenery, winding roads and rolling hills. Sit back and enjoy lunch here before continuing on to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Dinner is included tonight in Florence.

Day9

From the Duomo to Santa Croce, Florence is an architect’s dream

Optional Excursion - Carthusian Monastery Tour & Tuscan Feast

Breakfast

Church of Santa Croce

A local guide introduces you to Florence. Take in the city’s massive duomo before entering the Church of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo are on display. Later, opt to venture to the ancient Carthusian Monastery, where you’ll dine on traditional Tuscan fare, with entertainment provided by singing waiters.

Optional Excursions

Carthusian Monastery Tour & Tuscan Feast $99* pp

Venture into the Tuscan hills for a unique and unforgettable dining experience. After a private tour of the ancient Carthusian Monastery, sit down for a musical performance and feast of traditional Tuscan fare, much of which has been grown at the monastery itself.

Siena2 nights - hotel info

Day10

Art and wine—we can’t think of a better pairing

Breakfast, Dinner, Wine tasting

Enjoy a free morning in Florence. This afternoon, follow your Tour Director along the Chianti wine route, stopping to sample regional vintages. Later, arrive in Siena, a medieval Tuscan town.

Day11

Step by step, discover more of Tuscany from your point of view

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Siena: Tuscan Culture & Cuisine

Breakfast

Siena Cathedral, Piccolomini Library

This morning, a local guide leads a walking tour of Siena. You’ll see its cathedral (Duomo di Siena) and famed Campo. This evening, partake of a unique event at our optional Tuscan Dinner, highlighting the culinary specialties of medieval Tuscany.

Optional Excursions

Dinner in Siena: Tuscan Culture & Cuisine $79* pp

Visit a local restaurant in the heart of Siena, which deliciously blends the traditional and contemporary elements of Tuscan cuisine. Start off your evening with an aperitif, and then get settled in for an evening of Sienese specialties, served up in the tavern’s intimate setting. Typical Tuscan dishes like pici and cantucci parfait showcase why food and wine enthusiasts flock to this region.

Rome1 night - hotel info

Day12

When in Rome, see (and eat) everything you possibly can

Breakfast, Dinner

Journey south to Rome, and spend an afternoon exploring the Eternal City. Tonight, say goodbye to your fellow travelers over an included farewell dinner.

Day13

It’s time to head home, if you can bear to part with your pasta

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you are not staying for our tour extension in Rome, a Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport, where you’ll check in for your return flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add a Rome City Stay $359*

Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a cafe in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market, and have an audience with the pope—all in one morning. For a mix of spectacular art, grand history and exuberant street life, no other city comes close.

Rome2 nights - hotel info

Day13

Exploring Imperial Rome is an imperative

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors

Breakfast

Colosseum

Stay in Rome for another two days to explore the myriad treasures of the Italian capital. On a panoramic bus tour, get an overview of ancient Rome, including Piazza Venezia, Imperial Forums, Trajan’s Column and the Colosseum. Opt to end the day at our Dinner with Tenors, an evening of traditional Italian dishes accompanied by some of opera’s best-loved arias.

Optional Excursions

Dinner with Tenors $79* pp

End your day with an elegant four-course dinner at one of our favorite Roman restaurants. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera's best-loved arias…and you might even join the singers on stage. Don’t miss this lighthearted evening of food and fun!

Day14

You’re free to roam in Rome

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City

Breakfast

Spend another day at your leisure in Rome or join an excursion to Vatican City, featuring visits to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89* pp

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you'll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world's most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, you'll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you'll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo's greatest masterpiece. Finally, you'll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sunday.

Day15

Try to fit in just one more bowl of pasta before flying home

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport for your return flight home.

Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter France and Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France or Italy. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

Throughout France, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For a casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crêpes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Flaky pastries and hot coffee beckon from the cafes. For restaurants, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price. Most staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, but on your tour, try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts. Tuscany is known for its subtle sauces, rich pasta and wines, including Chianti. In Siena, be sure to try trattorias—small, family-run restaurants. Siena’s pastries are also top-notch.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Paris and depart from Rome. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will provide your transfer to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). Included transportation on this tour is by train and private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the major cities by public transportation. Paris’ massive Métro is world-class, easy to navigate and efficient. Make sure to take time and look for the best deal on travel passes. Ask your Tour Director which pass might work best. Florence is split up into two separate sections by the Arno River, with most attractions spread out around the Duomo. The city is walkable, although frequent local buses are also available. Purchase tickets at tobacconists or at vending machines.

Museums in Florence

If you are interested in visiting any of Florence's many museums during your free time, we recommend that you make reservations in advance. Additional information is available on the Polo Museale website. Please note that the museums are closed on Mondays.

Electricity

France and Italy operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

France and Italy are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Paris and Florence.

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in France and Italy, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Great experience with an awesome Tour Director!

We had a great time on this trip. Ronan, our tour director, took such good care of us. When our Cassis cruise was canceled, Ronan was quick to suggest that we leave and visit Monaco instead. He was full of information about our destinations, how to get around, and where to go eat. Ronan created several options for our group - a dinner in the Provence countryside, trip to San Giminiano, and a final feast in Rome. He also treated our group to gelato! Paris was great, our train ride to Aix awesome, and the countryside wonderful. The hotels we stayed at were clean, well appointed, with good staff. Most of them had free Wifi, which was pretty cool. The hotel in Aix and Florence had pools. Only the hotel in Paris was in what you would call "city center", but all other hotels were accessible by public transportation (I took the bus in Aix and Florence!) and by taxi. The pace of the trip was pretty good, and there was plenty of time to stroll and buy lots of souvenirs, and more gelato!


5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/13/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

KJ in Paris, Provance and Tuscany

This was a wonderful trip. Our Tour Director, Ronin, was informative, energetic, and entertaining. He was an early riser and gave gentle encouragement/motivation to the group to enjoy our destinations. While I wanted to sleep in a bit at some stops, every morning tour was rewarded with minimal crowds at their destinations. We arrived at Monte's gardens early just as they opened and it seemed we had a private reservation to enjoy the whole site. The same was true for Siena. Glad we got up on time! Our group may have been smaller with 25 members; I think the capacity was advertised at 50. This was pleasant, efficient, and it allowed greater familiarity with each other while respecting privacy too. This was really a good group of interesting people. Go with Go Ahead!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/13/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

2013 tour of Paris Italy

Great Tour Director!!! Inclusive meals were fair at best!!

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/23/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Best Tour Director

This was our first tour but I can't imagine a better tour director than Sabra. She made this a memorable experience and a trip that was just fabulous.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Informative and Fast paced

This was a great learning experience. You cover a lot of territory and learn a lot about art and history. Our guide, Sara, was well informed and very pleasant. She made the whole experience very enjoyable.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic Tour!

Everything went so smoothly on this tour! The sights and excursions were wonderful! The tour guide was excellent. She was friendly, helpful and did a super job telling us interesting facts and stories about the places we were seeing. The food was amazing and the hotels were very good. I loved the sunset cruise on the Seine and mini cruise on the inlets of Cassis. The Vatican was fabulous and my absolute favorite. Our guide even set up two small extra tours, one to San Gimignano and the other a short bus tour of Rome for the people who were flying out the next morning. One surprise stop was the wine tasting at the Villa di Geggiano, where the owner showed us the lower level of his family home since 1527. It was wonderful!

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Variety!

My first trip to Europe was worth it. Great Tour director and destinations. Super accommodations. france and Italy Tour has a lot to offer.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/13/2010

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NB

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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The tour was very well run by Susanne. Whether you have travelled to Europe extensively or if it was your first time, this trip allowed you as much free time as you wanted. There was time for guided tours, roaming, shopping or drinking pints of Peroni's with new friends in locations that you can only dream about. From Paris to Rome and everywhere in between it was a memorable trip. If the hotel locations were more centrally located I would rate this trip a 10. However a solid 9 is pretty pretty good

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Planned Tour

This was my first time using a travel site for touring in a foreign country. Everything that was promised would happen actually happen and some more. The tour kept us very busy and we visit all types of historic places, restaurant, and of course shopping. Our Tour Director, Suzanne was amazing! She had the schedule posted for us each day and reminded us verbally so there would be no confusion. She is what made this trip worth while. Our Tour Bus Drive, Antonio was magnificent! He knew the roads throughout Italy and made adjustments to accomodate our needs. If you are not the type of person that likes to keep busy, this may be overwhelming for you otherwise, put your tennis shoes on and begin this adventure.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime!

Our Tour to Paris and Italy was a dream come true! Our tour director, Susanne, was amazing! We never had to worry about a thing- she took care of everything and was always two steps ahead of us- telling us the highlights, background history along with her charming personality. The pacing was perfect- we got to see so much. I can't imagine I would have been able to do it on my own. From seeing the Eiffel Tower and the countryside of France to the winery and the Vatican in Italy...the views were amazingly endless and glorius! We will remember it- always.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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