Champs Elysees, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Versailles, Louvre, Duomo and Santa Croce in Florence, the Roman Forum and Coliseum in Rome, St. Peter's and St. Paul's Basilicas, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and more....
Depart on your overnight flight to Paris via a European gateway.
Arrival in Paris. Afternoon half day guided sightseeing tour to include the most interesting sights of Paris: the Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Madeleine, Champs Elysees, the Eiffel Tower and the Cathedral of Notre Dame which has been witness to the great events of French history. Victor Hugo based the story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame here.
Visit to Versailles, the creation of the French monarchy at the moment of its greatest splendor. Consisting of the great palace, the gardens and the Trianons, it is a wonderfully harmonious composition of building and landscape. Entrance is free for school groups (booking fee is included). In the afternoon, visit to the Louvre, one of the greatest museums in the world, containing Oriental, Egyptian and Classical antiquities, in addition to sculptures and paintings (entrance is also free for school groups). Dinner and overnight in Paris.
Another full day in Paris to explore this beautiful city with your Tour Escort. In the evening, take the overnight train to Florence.
On arrival in beautiful Florence, enjoy a half day guided tour to include such sights as Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, the Duomo, and Santa Croce. The church of Santa Croce is paved with 276 tombstones of the most famous Italians (Michaelangelo, Dante, Machiavelli, etc.). The city's power dated from the 11th and 12th C, which saw the rise of the trades organized in powerful guilds, and the appearance of a currency based on the Florin. The Cathedral or Duomo, was built and paid for by the powerful cloth-makers' guild.
Enjoy a walking tour of Florence with your Tour Escort. We recommend a visit to the Uffizi, one of the most beautiful museums in the world containing the works of Boticelli, Michaelangelo and more (entrance fee not included). You may also wish to visit the Academy for a view of Michaelangelo's famous "David" (entrance fee not included). A copy of "David" can also be seen in the piazza della Signoria. The many statues in this piazza make it virtually an open-air museum of sculpture.
Depart for Rome. In the afternoon, enjoy a half day guided tour of Rome to include the Roman Forum, the Coliseum (from outside), Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and more. The Coliseum was inaugurated in AD 80, and was also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, after its initiator. The name Colosseo came from the colossal statue of Nero, which stood nearby. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and the night.
Half day guided sightseeing tour of religious Rome to include St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in Christianity, covering an area of 23,000 square meters and with a capacity of over 60,000 people. In front of the Basilica is St. Peter's Square, designed so that the greatest number of people could see the Pope give his blessing. You will also see the Basilica of Saint Paul outside the walls. Originally founded by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century, the Basilica di San Paolo is the burial place of Saint Paul the Apostle. It features a fascinating array of historical, religious and artistic sights to explore. The afternoon is free to explore Rome with your Tour Escort.
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