Day 1: Depart USA
We depart New York this afternoon for an overnight flight to Paris. We
will enjoy various meals and service while in flight.
Day 2: Arrive in
Upon our arrival in Paris we will be
met by our Pilgrim Tours escort and enjoy a private transfer to our
hotel. We will have the remainder of the day free for our leisure to
rest at our hotel or explore Paris “The City of Lights” on our own.
Maybe you’ll decide to explore some of the 180 museums and monuments, or
visit the myriad of stores in the city for the latest fashions. We will
meet together this evening for a special welcome dinner.
Day 3: Paris Touring
After our buffet breakfast we will
enjoy a full day tour of Paris. Included will be a visit to the 2nd
floor of the Eiffel Tower, built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel for the
World’s Fair. We’ll also see the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of
gothic architecture built between the 12th and 14th Centuries, and enjoy
a guided tour of the Louvre Museum. The Louvre presents great
collections of art from the Middle Ages to 1850.
Day 4: Marseille Touring
After breakfast we travel by 2nd
class high speed TGV to Marseille. Upon our arrival in Marseille we will
take a half day tour to include a guided tour of the Notre Dame de La
Garde. “The hill of the guard” has always served as an observation post,
as well as a place of worship and pilgrimage. We will continue our day
arriving in Nice and checking into our hotel for our overnight.
Day 5: Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo Touring
After breakfast we will visit the
Notre Dame Church in Nice, the oldest and largest church in the city. We
will enjoy a panoramic tour of Nice and Monte Carlo before travelling to
Le Spezia late this afternoon.
Day 6: Pisa and Florence Touring
After breakfast we will travel to the
famous town of Pisa for a panoramic tour and time to view the famous
Leaning Tower, which stands 180 feet tall and 12 feet out of the
perpendicular. We continue on to Florence for an afternoon tour of the
capital of Tuscany to include a visit to the Florence Cathedral, built
in 1367. The Cathedral’s Cupola, finished in 1436, is the most
striking characteristic of the Florentine skyline. We will also pay a
visit to the Academy Museum, one of the most prominent museums in
Florence and home of Michelangelo’s David, The Four Prisoners, and Pieta
of Palestina. The Academy offers a fine collection of paintings gathered
by Grand Duke Peter Leopold, which were intended for the use of the
students at the Academy of Arts school that still stands next door to
Day 7: Rome Touring
We travel to Rome, the Eternal City,
this morning, our afternoon tour will include the Roman Coliseum, known
to the ancients as the Flavian Amphitheater. The Coliseum hosted over
450 years of gladiatorial contests and wild beast hunts. We’ll also see
Palatine Hill, where Rome began after Romulus killed Remus. Palatine was
considered the best real estate in ancient Rome, and remains one of the
best locations today. There will also
be a visit to the Roman Forum, where Roman legions marched in triumph.
It is here also that one would likely cross paths with Cicero or even
Caesar himself amongst the various buildings that are still preserved
today. We will be transferred to our
hotel this evening with an evening to explore on our own or take
advantage of an optional Opera Dinner at the Tanagra Restaurant.
Day 8: Rome Touring
Our last day on tour highlights
touring to the Vatican Museum, where everything from Egyptian mummies to
medieval tapestries to a moon rock from Apollo 11 can be found. This
elongated complex also provides access to the famous Raphael rooms and
the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The
Last Judgement. Also enjoy a visit to St. Peters Basilica, which holds
the distinction as largest church in the world, as well as most
expensive church in the world. It is here you can find the tombs of many
popes, including John Paul II. Our afternoon will be free for our
leisure for some touring or shopping on our own. The expression ”Rome, a
lifetime is not enough” is a truly fitting phrase for this city and its
multitude of sites. We will meet together as a group for a special
farewell dinner and recount our favorite memories and highlights of our
wonderful French and Italian tour!
Day 9: Return to USA
After breakfast we will be
transferred to the Rome airport for our return flights to the USA.
Price per person:
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7 nights lodging at superior tourist hotels, one way TGV train from Paris to Marseille,
breakfasts daily, two dinners, roundtrip private airport transfers, all
touring as appears on itinerary, full time tour escort, baggage handling
at hotels (one piece per person).
Air taxes ($380.00 currently),
lunches, five dinners, tips to driver, guides and hotel staff, optional