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The French Connection 2017

From US$ 1,749 US$ 997
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  • French Riviera perfumery experience
  • Local guide in Florence
  • Vaporetto ride on Grand Canal, Venice
  • Paris city driving tour
The French Connection 2017 tour starts in London and ends in Venice. The French Connection 2017 is an Explorer tour that takes 13 days taking you from London to Venice and 6 other destinations in Europe. The French Connection 2017 includes trip leader, accommodation, meals, transport and some activities. Please see the Includes section for details.

Connect the best cities together in Europe with this all-in-one trip. Have your own Under The Tuscan Sun moment as you feast, take in the soaring pencil pines and attempt to be a very chic Italian (BYO wide brimmed hat and black sunnies). At night douse yourself in glitter in Monaco, get cabs so that you don’t have to wear flats (oh the shame) and always bet on black. All topped off with as much pizza, gelato, strudel, beer, chocolate as your poor stomach can handle.
Day 1 London, England to Paris, France

All good things start with Paris. Meet the crew, grab some supplies and hit the road early in the morning as we jump across the English Channel to Paris. Pinch yourself and instagram your first selfie before we kick off the trip with a guided tour of the City of Light with your Trip Leader. Home to Coco Chanel, the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa, Paris has more than deserved its reputation as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food. Tonight, find out why at our #epic picnic by the Eiffel Tower.

Included today:
-Paris city driving tour
-Gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower

Meals:
-Dinner.

Day 2 Paris

This morning: free time en Francais. From the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay to the l’Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées, you’ll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Then: hop on an optional bike tour of Paris or roam the streets on your own before ending your day with an optional Seine River cruise or a #throwback bohemian cabaret show.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Paris bike tour
-Seine River cruise
-Traditional cabaret show

Day 3 Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Trade in Parisian streets for snowy peaks. Urban charm ain't got nothing on Swiss scenery. Upon arrival, chow down on Swiss cuisine and hit the bar for a nightcap.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 4 Swiss Alps

Scenic hikes and jaw-dropping views are on today's agenda. Go low key with a mountain walk or hop on board the Jungfraubahn railway for an optional visit to the Jungfrau Mountain summit.Fairytale villages en route, sky-diving out of a helicopter upon arrival (if heights don't scare you).

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-Jungfrau excursion
-Helicopter ride (subject to availability)
-Skydiving

Day 5 Swiss Alps to French Riviera, France

Trade in your gruetzi for bonjour as we follow in Napoleon's footsteps downwards to the glamorous French Riviera. Try your hand at celeb spotting as you explore the world's most lavish waterfront property.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 6 French Riviera including Monaco visit

Bring your paparazzi posse to the beach or let loose among the designer boutiques in Nice's Old Town. Later: Roll with the jet set as we hit up Monaco for a guided tour and the chance to see how the 1% live (hint: it involves lots of fur and bathing in caviar). Feeling lucky? Hit the tables at the Monte Carlo Casino and make it rain (or not).

Included today:
-Guided tour of Monaco

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 7 French Riviera to Florence, Italy

It's on to the renaissance romance of Florence. Take THAT shot at the Leaning Tower of Pisa before trucking on to the Tuscan hills outside Florence to eat, sleep, repeat in the foodie capital of the world.

Included today:
-Visit to Pisa
- Visit a traditional French perfumery

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 8 Florence

Florence has more stories than Bilbo Baggins, more culture than a Shoreditch hipster, over 1,800 restaurants and it gave the world gelato. Get schooled on the Medici family, stroll the Ponte Vecchio (the only bridge not bombed in WWII) and get an in-depth tour of the city with a local guide.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Florence with a local guide

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 9 Florence to Rome

Southward and downward with a pit stop at the hilltop town of Orvieto to see the grand cathedral and dig into a wild boar panini. Then step back to 753 BC in one of the world's oldest open-air museums on an in-depth walking tour and give that bucket list a workout. Make like Caesar (the emperor, not the salad) and work up a colossus hunger as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and visit ancient history's version of the Hunger Games set at the Colosseum.

Included today:
-Visit to Orvieto en route
-Walking tour of Rome

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 10 Rome including Vatican City visit

Create the ultimate Roman Holiday in one day with a whirlwind of Vespas, espresso, two-cheek kisses and pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Count your blessings on an optional tour of the Vatican City to see how Michelangelo messed around and created the High Renaissance, then play eye spy with two-and-a-half millennia worth of history.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Vatican City tour

Day 11 Rome to Venice

Hark! Maketh haste to whence the lady Juliet was wooed in Verona. Snap a selfie at her balcony and join throngs of lovers. Say ciao to Venice from across the lagoon as we check in to our hotel, have an Eat Pray Love-worthy relationship with an irresistible Italian (meal) and get pumped for living out your own version of The Italian Job tomorrow.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Verona

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 12 Venice

You know it as the floating city, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Check out St. Mark’s Square, Accademia Bridge and a who’s who of Venice’s usual suspects on a guided walking tour then jump on a vaporetto and explore the Grand Canal. Also on the schedule: an optional gondola ride through the maze of marble bridges and gelato shops we call Venice.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Venice
-Vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Gondola ride on the Grand Canal

Day 13 Venice

Today we say goodbye, we’re outta here after breakfast.

Meals:
-Breakfast

what’s included
  • 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
  • 2 nights hotel upgrade, 4 nights in hostels, 6 nights in bungalows at European campsites
  • English Channel crossing
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Trip Leader + Driver + On-Site Chefs
  • Other services as per the itinerary
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to London and from Venice are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this The French Connection 2017 tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 13 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Age Requirement 18-39 yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends London, UK/Venice, Italy
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