Sip wine in Burgundy, feast on local delicacies in Provence, experience fashionable Milan, float down the canals of Venice, and raise your glass to the best of France and Italy. Over 15 well-paced days, travel from Paris to Rome and savor the region’s cultural and natural highlights. We will take the hassle out of travel and leave you with plenty of free time to explore. Witness the charm of Beaune and Florence’s great masterpieces, relax on the beach and fall in love with the beauty of this region.
Arrive at any time. We recommended arriving a day or two (or more) early to better explore this world-renowned city. The “City of Lights” is unlike any other place on earth. Known for its glorious monuments, museums, and markets, from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, Montmartre to the Marais, Paris has something for everyone. Discover for yourself Paris’ “je ne sais quoi.”
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Check the notice boards or ask at reception for the exact time and location of the group meeting, typically 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. After the meeting, you might consider heading out for a meal in a nearby local restaurant to further get to know your tour leader and traveling companions. Please make every effort to arrive on time for this welcome meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform us. Your tour leader will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up.
After an orientation walk in the morning, you have the rest of the day to spend as you wish, including by exploring the many museums, partaking of renowned French pastries in a patisserie shops, relaxing in one of the plentiful sidewalk cafés, or strolling on any one of the beautiful grand boulevards.
Feel free to relax or try optional activities like getting acquainted with Mona Lisa at the Louvre, marvel at the architecture of the Notre Dame Cathedral, and visiting the Arc de Triomphe. Your tour leader has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!
Today we travel to Beaune.
We will take a short walk into the historic center and learn about the production of wine in Burgundy, with its strict regulations and tiered grading system – it’s one of the best wine regions in the world. Sample some of the fantastic wines available. Santé!
In the evening, you might want to go for a dinner with the group here in the heart of one of France’s most distinguished culinary and wine-producing regions, Burgundy.
Approximate travel time: 2.5 hrs by train
Today is free to explore the area. You might consider a trip to nearby Dijon or visiting the famous Hospices de Beaune. For a little more activity, perhaps head out into the countryside by bike or on foot to visit the vineyards. See our optional activities list further below for more information.
This morning, we travel south to Avignon, which sits in the heart of the Provence region.
There’s plenty of time to explore the spectacular walled medieval town of Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This charming city boasts pretty tree-lined squares bustling with cafés and restaurants. Try some mouth-watering Provençal cuisine. Bon appétit!
We will visit the Palais des Papes. This massive fortress and palace was the seat of Catholicism in the 14th century, where popes fled when leaving the corruption of Rome. The palace they built, “Le Palais des Papes,” is the world’s largest Gothic edifice. The walls surrounding the town were erected by the popes to keep the plague and invaders out during the turbulent middle ages, when Avignon belonged to the papacy and not the French crown. Tour the palace, learn about the history of the building, and marvel at the stunning Gothic architecture.
We will also check out Pont Saint-Benezet (also known as the Pont d’Avignon), a famous medieval bridge that stretches across the Rhone. Over the years. the river continued to flood and eventually the town stopped rebuilding the middle section. Today, the bridge only consists of four arches and a dead end. The bridge was made even more famous by the French children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon,” and today you will see grown adults dancing and singing when they visit.
Approximate travel time: 4 hrs by train
Today is a free day with which to explore this Provençal town, known as one of the most beautiful in the region, or to go further afield. If you are looking for an alternative to more time in Avignon, other nearby options include the Pont du Gard, the town of Orange, or the wine region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
This morning, we travel to the charming Riviera town of Nice, where you can soak in the sparkling blue waters and explore the charming streets of the old town center.
With your free time, you might want to wander in the cobblestone streets of the old quarter, visit the museums and beaches, or travel further to visit the rest of the Riviera. Perhaps, you might also wander the market to witness daily life on the charming Riviera.
Approximate travel time: 3 hrs by train
Today, we take a private vehicle from Nice to Milan, where you will enjoy free time on arrival.
Approximate travel time: 4 hrs by private vehicle
After an orientation walk in Milan, you can set out on your own to explore this, the fashion capital of Italy.
Many people who visit Milan do so to seek out Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” If you want to see this iconic masterpiece, you will need to go to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
In the afternoon, we travel to Venice by train.
Approximate travel time: 2.5 hrs by train
Today is free to explore Venice, one of the few cities in the world that can be truly described as unique. Over an extraordinarily long period, this “floating” city has been embellished with monuments of rare splendor that today make it a travel destination like none other in the world.
Wonderful museums such as the Accademia or the Scuola di San Rocco give us the opportunity to enjoy great painters of the renaissance like Jacoppo Tintoretto, Vittore Carpacio, or Tiziano. For a more contemporary take, why not visit the fabulous Peggy Guggenheim Gallery, located inside her former home, right on the Grand Canal itself.
You should also visit the Doge’s Palace and admire the gothic Venetian architecture. Once the seat of the government, the Palazzo Ducale is now a grand museum. Enjoy the stellar artwork, ornate chambers, and courtyards.
While in the “City of Canals,” you can’t miss out on a vaporetto (water-bus) ride along the Grand Canal. This is the best (and cheapest!) way to enjoy unparalleled views of the majestic palaces lining the water, the old-world shops of the Rialto Bridge, the Palace of the Doge (ruler of Venice), and the Piazza and Basilica of San Marco. There will be plenty of time for you to wander the narrow, cobblestone streets and wide piazzas, crossing the hundreds of tiny bridges and, of course, getting wonderfully lost in Venice’s labyrinth – by far the best way to discover this city’s captivating magic!
After enjoying the morning in Venice, we travel to the capital of Tuscany, Florence, where you have the rest of the afternoon free.
Florence personifies all that is beautiful in Italian civilization. The fathers of Italian painting, Cimabue and Giotto lived here, along with many other prominent artists. It is the birthplace of the Italian language, which was formalized by the renowned Florentine writer Dante Alighieri, and of Europe’s richest cultural period, the Italian Renaissance. Florence’s cultural and historical impact attracts thousands of international travelers each year.
In the evening, we will walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset for the famous view over the River Arno and the enchanting city of Florence.
Approximate travel time: 2.5 hrs by train
You have the day free to explore further the stunning city of Florence. You might wish to visit the marvelous multi-colored Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, the medieval Ponte Vecchio, or the Medici Chapels. You can take a break at Piazza della Signoria with a gelato or an espresso before hitting the vivacious Piazza San Lorenzo to bargain for discounted woolen and leather goods. Florence has much to offer. Please take a look at our optional activities list for some ideas on how to fill your time.
Please note that it is very advisable to book tickets in advance for both the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries. The line-ups at these museums are always long and the time to visit them is limited. You can book online from home before you leave at www.weekendafirenze.com or by phone (+39) 055 294883 from Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, we recommend that you do so once your GEEO program is confirmed (up to 2 months before, if possible), especially for the ever-popular Uffizi. You will want to book it for this day, Day 12 of your trip. For additional museum resources you might want to refer to this website, www.firenzemusei.it, for more information to plan your day in Florence.
This morning, we take the train to Pisa to check out its famous leaning tower. Wander the area and take photos to your heart’s content. Opt to enter the Pisa Cathedral or enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant.
In the afternoon, we continue on to Rome by train, taking in the coastal views.
Approximate travel time: 1 hr by train (Florence to Pisa); 2.5 hrs by train (Pisa to Rome)
Unquestionably Rome, the “Eternal City,” exudes history: from its Catacombs that entombed early Christians to the Colosseum where gladiators battled to the death and on up to the Palatine Hill, the traditional site of Rome’s founding. It is also home to the Vatican City, the home of the Pope, and St Peter’s Basilica.
The city is enthralling with perhaps more to see than any other place in the world. Eating in Italy is deeply embedded in the country’s culture, and dining in Rome can seem to last forever and consist of many courses. The city offers a vibrant café culture and nightlife, as well as the many iconic sights.
You will have a morning orientation walk of the city and then the rest of the day free to explore Rome. Opt to tour Vatican City, cross the river to charming Trastevere, eat some gelato in Piazza Navona, and swing by the Colosseum and Forum. In the evening, enjoy a true taste of Italy with an included Roman meal with some new local friends. See our FAQ for more tips on seeing Rome.
Our trip concludes today, and you may depart Rome at any time. We recommend, however, staying an extra 2 days in Rome to better explore the city.
Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO trips in the same year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs).
If you don’t see a program that interests you that pairs with this trip, but still would like to extend your time abroad, let us know. We will work with you to find a non-teacher trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Even better, if you are an educator, we can still offer you a discounted price on the trip you choose!
Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure’s group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own.
While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
This trip includes light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels. In the cities, you can split apart from the group to go your own pace. Getting on and off trains and walking with luggage requires some physical effort.
Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves, so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy or, in other words, two people to a room. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender. Most of our trips have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone, please email email@example.com. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet.
Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., at which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!
If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning.
When you arrive at the airport you can either take a taxi or use public transportation.
From Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport:
Follow signs inside the terminal “Paris by train” and take the RER B line direct to Gare du Nord. Journey time is approximately 30 mins. Cost is €8.40 EUR. From here it is a short taxi ride (20 mins at €15-20 EUR) to the hotel. Alternatively, you can take the metro from La Chapelle Station to Villiers Station on LINE 2.
From Paris Orly Airport:
Take the ORLYVAL shuttle train to Antony (8 mins), where you will take the RER B line direct to Gare du Nord (45 mins). Cost is €7.40 EUR (ORLYVAL) + €6.10 EUR (RER). Follow the same instructions as above from Gare du Nord to the hotel.
A taxi from either of the airports to the hotel will cost around €50 EUR.
Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures UK office (manned UK 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.)
+44 (0) 2072439878
If you are unable for any reason to contact the local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with the 24-hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.
Toll-free, from calls within North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from within UK: 0844 272 0000
Outside North America and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
For absolute emergencies after office hours please contact +44 7817 262559
If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person.
Laundry facilities are sometimes offered by the hotels. You can also use a local laundromat, if need be.
All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here.
Americans do not need a visa for travel in any of the countries we visit on this trip. Non-American participants should check with their government or nearest French and Italian Embassies to find out if they need a visa.
As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. ATMs are also widely available that distribute the local currency and this is what we recommend as your primary source of cash while traveling. Please make sure you bring at least $200 USD in cash as emergency money just in case you have trouble with the ATMs or lose your bank card. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% transaction fee. Visa and MasterCard are useful for cash advances in an emergency situation. Please note that, if you are carrying U.S. Dollars, they should be in good condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and printed recently.
It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2 EUR for snacks or 10% of a meal bill). Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels.
Also at the end of each trip, if you felt your G Adventures Tour Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference. As a budgeting guideline, $35-$45 USD per person per week can be used.
You do not need any vaccinations to travel on this program.
We often find the best prices for purchasing flights is 60 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum number of required participants before you book your flights. Typically, we reach the minimum number needed at least 90 days before departure. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. You can find out whether this trip has been confirmed here.
Your trip begins in Paris and ends in Rome. Please double check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Paris. You can arrive at any time of the day you choose, however, we strongly urge you to arrive by 6:00 p.m. on Day 1 for our group meeting. You can depart from Rome any time on the final day of the trip.
There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device.
All of the countries visited on this trip primarily use a European-style two circular prong plug. Their voltage is 220-240 Volts. U.S. outlets are 120V. Most new devices (phones and laptops) can handle the different voltage rates, but some devices only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device to see what voltage range it handles. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity. For example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V. If your transformer can’t handle the different voltage, you’ll need to purchase a voltage converter. You can find world regional voltage converters power packs at various vendors.
Before you decide on traveling with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
From GEEO’s Executive Director:
“If it were me and I had never been to Paris or Rome, I would spend an extra 1 to 3 days in each of those cities.
I would recommend looking at Rick Steves’ tips here for Paris: https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/read/articles/paris-itinerary
Here are his tips for Rome: https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/read/articles/planning-your-time-in-rome
For Rome, I would spend 1 full day doing the following: Visit the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, Capitoline Museum, Vittoriano, and Trajan’s market. All of these locations are close to each other, and it is easiest to visit them in the order I listed.
I would spend another day doing the following: Arrive early to St. Peters Basilica to avoid lines (around 8:00 a.m.), Vatican Museum with Sistine Chapel and Castle St. Angelo. Make sure you wear long pants and cover your shoulders for your visit to St. Peters. You will not be permitted in otherwise.
I would spend another day in the heart of Rome visiting sights such as the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Piazza Navonna.
Make sure you check opening times as many of Rome’s sights are closed on Mondays. You may want to look online or a guidebook as there are many things to see besides the sights listed above. There are some tours or special deals that allow express entry to places like the Vatican museum and the Coliseum that will save you a lot of time.”
Weather in France and Italy is similar. Summer is hot, and it will get hotter the further south you travel.
Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. Breakfasts are included in this trip, giving you the opportunity to eat out according to your own resources. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars and are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
See our price in the top right corner
Roughly $1,000-$1,600 USD
If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as well.
We recommend $80 USD – somewhere in the 60-80 EUR range – for your G Adventures tour leader.
It costs about 50 EUR to get a taxi from the airports in Paris to the hotel. It will be closer to 12 EUR to do this by public transport.
It costs about 60 EUR for a taxi to Fiumicino airport in Rome. We recommend taking the Leonardo Express train, which is a 10-minute walk from our hotel, costs 14 EUR, and goes directly to Fiumicino Airport.
Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
Variable. At your personal discretion.
$100 USD (Suggested donation)
This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.
Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance for which activities you would like to sign up. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip. The prices below are in Euros (EUR).
The Louvre: €12-16 EUR
Musée d’Orsay: €11 EUR
Sacre Coeur: Free
Centre Pompidou: €13 EUR
Panthéon: €8.50 EUR
Notre Dame Cathedral: €10 EUR
Arc de Triomphe: €12 EUR
The Army Museum: €11 EUR
Museum of the Sewers of Paris: €4.40 EUR
Palace of Versailles: €18 EUR
Rodin Museum: €10 EUR
Sainte-Chapelle: €10 EUR
Paris bus tour: €33 EUR
Bateaux river cruise: €15 EUR
Paris Story: €9.50 EUR
Grevin Wax Museum: €23.50 EUR
Montparnasse Tower: €15 EUR
Dali Museum: €11.50 EUR
Hospices de Beaune: €8 EUR
Burgundy Wine Cellars: €10-20 EUR
Beaune bike rental: €19 EUR
Dijon day trip: €16 EUR
Tour Philippe le Bon, Dijon: €3 EUR
Musee des Beaux-Artes, Dijon: Free entry; €4 EUR for an audio guide
Pont du Gard day trip: €16 EUR
Château des Baux Medieval Castle: €15 EUR
Lavender tour: €50 EUR
Châteauneuf-du-Pape: €60 EUR
Orange day trip: €20 EUR
Guided walking tour: €10 EUR
The Van Gogh Road Guided Tour: €60 EUR
Musée Marmac: €4 EUR
Musée Matisse: €4 EUR
Ancient Cemenelum Museum and Site: €4 EUR
Skate hire: €7 EUR
Bike hire: €15 EUR
Guided walking tour: €12 EUR
Boat trips/water taxi: €25 Iles de Lerin; €45 St-Tropez; €20 Monaco
Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia: €10
Venezia Concerto: €30 EUR
Gondola ride: €80-€100 EUR for up to 5 people
Accademia Gallery: €6.50 EUR
Campanile San Marco: €8 EUR
Museum Pass: €18 (includes Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Ca’ Rezzonico – Museum of 18th-Century Art, Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo, Carlo Goldoni’s House, Ca’ Pesaro, Internazional Gallery of Modern Art and Oriental Art Museum, Glass Museum – Murano, and Lace Museum – Burano)
Guggenheim Museum: €12 EUR
Clock tower: €12 EUR
Scuola Grande di San Rocco: €7 EUR (includes audioguide)
Vaporetto Day Pass, 12-hr duration: €18 EUR
Uffizi Gallery: €6.50-€10 EUR
Cupola climb: €8 EUR
Accademia Gallery: €6.50-€10 EUR
Walking tour: €25 EUR
Tourist bus (hop-on, hop-off; 2 routes): €20 EUR
Palazzo Pitti: €8.50 EUR
Medici Chapels: €6 EUR
Leaning Tower climb: €15 EUR
Cathedral, Baptistry, and Museum: €12 EUR
Colosseum and Roman Forum (combined ticket): €12 EUR
Vatican Museums, including Sistine Chapel: €18 EUR
St Peter’s dome climb: €8 EUR
Capitoline Museum: €8 EUR
Time Elevator: €11 EUR per adult; €9.20 EUR per child
Techno Town: €6 EUR
Catacombs of San Callisto: €5 EUR
Borghese Gallery: €13 EUR
Roma Pass: €23 EUR