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  • Hotels: Standard Class
  • Max Participants: 16
  • 6/28/2020 - 7/12/2020
  • 15 Days / 14 Nights

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.

 

What's Included:
  • Burgundy wine tasting
  • Visit to Pope's Palace and Pont Saint-Bénézet
  • Orientation walk in Paris, Milan, Venice, and Rome
  • Piazzele Michelangelo walk
  • Pisa visit
  • Traditional Roman meal
  • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout
  • 13 breakfasts, 1 dinner – allow $500-$700 USD for meals not included
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities using train and private vehicle
  • Hotels (14 nts)
What's Not Included:
  • International air travel
  • Incidentals
  • Travel health and cancellation insurance
  • Applicable visas
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Airport taxes
  • Beverages
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Optional tours and admissions
  • Airport transfers
Itinerary

Day 1: ParisArrive at any time. We recommend arriving a day or two (or more) early to better explore this world-renowned city.

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.

Day 2: Paris (B)Take an orientation walk. Explore Paris as you wish for the rest of the day.

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!

Day 3: Paris/Beaune (B)Travel to Beaune. Enjoy an included local wine tasting. Wander the town, shop, eat and opt to visit the famous hospices.

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

Day 4: Beaune (B)Enjoy a free day. Opt for a trip to nearby Dijon or visit the famous Hospices de Beaune. Perhaps, visit the vineyards in the surrounding countryside.

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.

Day 5: Beaune/Avignon (B)Travel to Avignon. Visit the Palais des Papes and Pont Saint-Benezet.

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

Day 6: Avignon (B)Enjoy a free day. Opt to explore Avignon further or go further afield. Nearby options include the Pont du Gard, the town of Orange, or the wine region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

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.

Day 7: Avignon/Nice (B)Travel to Nice. Look out over the Mediterranean Sea and explore the streets of the old town center.

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

Day 8: Nice/MilanTransfer from Nice to Milan. Enjoy free time in Milan on arrival.

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

Day 9: Milan/Venice (B)After an orientation walk in Milan, you have more free time to explore. Opt to see Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper. Travel to Venice by train in the afternoon.

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

Day 10: Venice (B)Spend a full day in Venice. Enjoy an orientation walk over bridges and canals and view Piazza San Marco. Opt for a vaporetto (water taxi) ride to the islands of Murano and Burano, take a gondola under the Ponte Rialto (Bridge of Lovers), explore the Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, or get wonderfully lost in the twisting maze of the city.

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!

Day 11: Venice/Florence (B)After spending the morning in Venice, travel to Florence. Opt to visit the stunning Duomo or the famous Ponte Vecchio. Enjoy an evening walk to Piazzale Michelangelo for a fantastic panoramic view of the city.

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

Day 12: Florence (B)Spend the day exploring Florence. Opt to see the statue of David, wander the Uffizi, or swing by some shopping stalls.

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.

Day 13: Florence/Rome (B)Head to Pisa by local train. Spend time at the famous leaning tower. Continue by train to Rome, taking in the coastal views.

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)

Day 14: Rome (B, D)Take an orientation walk of Rome. Enjoying a free day to explore a myriad of options. In the evening, enjoy a true taste of Italy with a traditional Roman meal. Buon appetito!

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.

Day 15: Rome (B)Depart at any time.

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!

Details
Frequently Asked Questions

Please click here to go to our general FAQ, which has essential information that applies to all of our programs. 

 
Resources to Learn & Teach about France & Italy

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. 

 

Terms and Conditions

It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.

 
Cancellation policy

All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@geeo.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.

  • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
 
Trip Notes
  1. LUGGAGE: In Europe, it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels, or other public places. We use public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses, etc., and also possibly up several flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses. We also walk between train/bus stations and our hotels. You should be able to comfortably walk for 10-30 minutes at a time with your luggage.  It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage that is compact and lightweight. The carrying of your luggage remains your responsibility at all times.
  2. AIR CONDITIONING: While all of our hotels are air conditioned on this trip, keep in mind Europe is still adjusting to climate change. The air conditioning in the hotels tends to be weaker than what Americans often expect. If there is a heat wave, your hotel room might be on the hot side. 
  3. PACE: This trip has a rapid pace, and the heat of the summer can make it quite exhausting. Please know in advance that you will see a lot, but this isn’t a relaxing vacation.
  4. ORIENTATION WALKS: The orientation walking tours on this trip are often on cobblestone roads at steep grades and can last several hours in the heat of the summer. Feel free to opt out of these walking tours, if you wish to, as they can be physically very taxing. In some cases, on the other side of the coin, they may move a bit too slow for you. If you have a map, a travel app, or guidebook, feel free to go off on your own. GEEO wants you to have the experience you desire, and sometimes that means separating yourself from the group.
  5. GUIDES: In Europe, all guiding is based around local guides, all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city. As such, our leaders are able to provide orientation walks that will show you the layout of each town and city as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats, but are unable legally to share historical facts and figures in public places. Your tour leader will be able to help you find a local guided tour in each location, if you would like one. 
  6. RESERVE TICKETS IN ADVANCE: If you wish to visit popular museums such as the Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel) or Villa Borghese in Rome and the Uffizi or Accademia Galleries in Florence, to avoid waiting in line for a long time (especially in high season May-September when it could be a question of hours!), it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. Tickets can be reserved online 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 trip is confirmed (up to 2 months if possible) especially for the ever-popular Uffizi. For additional museum resources you might want to refer to this website, www.firenzemusei.it. Please make your reservations for any Florence museums for Day 12 of your tour, when you will have a free day to enjoy Florence. There may be the possibility of arranging tickets on arrival on Day 1, with the help of your tour leader, but availability cannot be guaranteed at such short notice. We also recommend reserving tickets in advance for some of the Venice sights, such as the secret tour of the Doge’s Palace. You can buy these tickets here.
 
Group Leader Description

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.

 

Fitness Level

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.

 

Single Travelers

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 travel@geeo.org. 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.

 

Joining Instructions

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.

 
Emergency Contacts

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.

 
Packing List

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.

 Suggested Checklist
  • Raincoat and/or umbrella
  • Personal clothing for hot weather – we recommend packing 8-9 days of outfits so you only have to do laundry once; covering shoulders is a advisable
  • Bathing suit
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Sport sandals or flip-flops
  • Daypack
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Water bottle
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Toiletries – Important: Some hotels do not give you soap and shampoo
  • Camera
  • First-aid kit, including: lip salve, aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
Optional Checklist
  • Travel pillow
  • Money belt
  • Phone/Tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
  • Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
  • Packing cubes
  • Earplugs
  • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can also buy snacks when you get there too, so don’t go crazy here
  • Ziplock bags
  • Reading/writing material
  • Hand sanitizer/Baby wipes
  • Light fleece top
Document Checklist
  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
  • EUR/USD cash
  • Credit or debit card
  • G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information, and dossier
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
  • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent 10-30 days before departure
 
Laundry

Laundry facilities are sometimes offered by the hotels. You can also use a  local laundromat, if need be. 

 
Passports and Visas

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.

 

Money Exchange

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.

 
Tipping

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.

 
Vaccinations

You do not need any vaccinations to travel on this program.

 
Flights

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.

 
Plugs and Converters

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.

 
Expectations

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.

  • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible. Sometimes the accommodation is not air conditioned.
  • The same goes for transportation. We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.
  • You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
  • Many of our programs occur in locations where it is very hot during the day. Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometime include day hikes with your daypacks.
  • We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
  • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring, and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.

Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!

 

Itinerary Disclaimer

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.

 

Extra Days Advice

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

Weather in France and Italy is similar. Summer is hot, and it will get hotter the further south you travel.

 

Costs

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.

Tour Company Fee

See our price in the top right corner

Optional Activities

$200-$500 USD

International Airfare from the United States

Roughly $1,000-$1,600 USD
If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you. 

Insurance

$25-$200 USD
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.

Tipping

We recommend $80 USD – somewhere in the 60-80 EUR range – for your G Adventures tour leader.

Airport Transfers

$40-$120

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. 

Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary

$500-$700 USD

Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.

Make sure you budget for these types of expenses

Souvenirs

Variable. At your personal discretion.

Non-Educator Donation

$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.

Optional Activities

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).

Paris

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

Beaune

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

Avignon

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

Nice

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

Milan

Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia: €10

Venice

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

Florence

Uffizi Gallery: €6.50-€10 EUR 
Duomo: Free 
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

Pisa

Leaning Tower climb: €15 EUR
Cathedral, Baptistry, and Museum: €12 EUR

Rome

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
Pantheon: Free 
Borghese Gallery: €13 EUR
Roma Pass: €23 EUR

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