Swiss, Italian & French Month Long Tour Itinerary

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30 Day Tour Plan Through Switzerland, Italy & France

Welcome to our ultimate month-long tour itinerary, which covers the dramatic landscapes and rich cultures of Switzerland, Italy, and France in 30 days of guided tours and private experiences.

From Zurich’s tranquil shores to Florence’s Renaissance beauty and the French Alps’ grandeur. Discover cultural heritage, architectural wonders, and culinary excellence in charming villages and historic cities, creating lasting memories.

Destinations on our Month Long Swiss, Italy & France Tour

Day 1 – 2: Zurich & Rhine Falls

Day 3 – 5: Lucerne, Interlaken & Grindelwald

Day 6 – 7: Zermatt and the Matterhorn

Day 8: Montreux

Day 9 – 10: Bern

Day 11 – 13: Venice, Padua, & Verona

Day 14 – 15: Bologna, Modena and Parma

Day 16 – 17: Florence & Pisa

Day 18 – 19: Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Region

Day 20: Rome

Day 21 – 22: Paris

Day 23 – 24: Champagne Region

Day 25 – 26: Burgundy, Chablis, Meursault, Pommard, and Beaune

Day 27 28: Lyon

Day 29 – 30: French Alps

Day 1: Arrival in Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

Upon your arrival at Zurich airport, your month long tour gets underway as your chauffeur welcomes you. They will assist with your luggage and lead you to a waiting vehicle, ensuring a seamless transition to your accommodation.

Post check-in at your accommodation, take a moment to relax and refresh before joining your guide on an insightful and fun walking tour into Zurich’s Old Town, Altstadt, a testament to the city’s historical depth intertwined with contemporary flair.

Old Town Odyssey

This guided tour through the cobblestone paths will reveal the architectural grandeur and unearth the layers of history and lore that have sculpted Zurich’s character.

Key destinations you will visit with your guide include:

  • Grossmünster: Stand before this monumental tower, a beacon of Zurich’s skyline, as your guide unravels the tales of its foundation and its pivotal role during the Reformation.
  • Fraumünster: Marvel at the ethereal stained-glass masterpieces by Marc Chagall within the Fraumünster, each pane narrating tales through its vibrant spectrum and intricate designs.
  • St. Peter’s Church: Behold Europe’s largest clock face on St. Peter’s Church, delving into its storied past, from its Renaissance pulpit to its elaborate organ craftsmanship.

Lake Zurich Boat Trip

The first night of the Swiss portion of our itinerary ends with an enchanting voyage across Lake Zurich, offering a serene vantage point of the city’s alpine backdrop and verdant contours. 

The lake, a glacial marvel from the last Ice Age, continues to be a cornerstone of local life, encapsulating the essence of Zurich’s natural splendor and cultural lineage.

As you sail, immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance as your captain illuminates the lake’s historical significance, geological origins, and integral role in the region’s development.

Day 2: Rhine Falls Day Trip

Rhine Falls, Switzerland

On your second day, witness the grandeur of the Rhine Falls, Europe’s mightiest waterfall, on a day trip from Zurich. A mere stone’s throw from Zurich, this marvel boasts a tumultuous cascade 23 meters deep and 150 meters wide.

Face-to-Face with the Waterfall

Board a vessel destined for the core of the Rhine’s fury. As you approach the central platform, enveloped by the roar and spray, the falls’ majesty engulfs you, offering unparalleled photographic opportunities and a pulse-quickening experience.

Ascend to an observation deck where the falls stretch out in full splendor. This vantage point gives you a comprehensive view of the cascading waters, the verdant landscapes, and the historical tapestries of castles and hamlets surrounding you.

Zurich West Expedition

The afternoon unfolds in Zurich West, a testament to Zurich’s innovative spirit. This erstwhile industrial quarter is a beacon of modernity, teeming with artistic expressions, culinary delights, and social hubs.

Embark on an exploration led by your guide, uncovering the essence of Zurich West’s transformation. 

Key destinations include:

  • Viadukt: An architectural relic repurposed into a vibrant market artery, the Viadukt invites you to wander its lanes, alive with the aroma of artisanal fare and the hum of craft and design.
  • Schiffbau: Dive into Zurich’s cultural heartbeat at the Schiffbau, a testament to industrial legacy turned avant-garde theatre and artistic space, showcasing the pulse of contemporary creativity.
  • Frau Gerolds Garten: Amidst the urban landscape, discover a sanctuary at Frau Gerolds Garten, a fusion of botanical beauty and urban flair, offering a tranquil retreat with captivating city vistas.
  • Freitag Tower: Behold the iconic Freitag Tower, a vertical mosaic of shipping containers that narrates the tale of sustainable fashion born from the ethos of recycling and innovation.

Overnight in Zurich.

Day 3: Lucerne & Mount Rigi

Mount Rigi, Switzerland

On the morning of day three, your driver guide will take you on the 45-minute drive to your next destination, Lucerne, home of the imperious Mount Rigi, known as the “Queen of the Mountains.”

Mount Rigi Adventure

As you ascend Mount Rigi, you’ll find yourself venturing along paths that have inspired poets and painters for centuries. 

The mountain’s accessible trails beckon hikers of all levels, offering panoramic trails that weave through verdant meadows and alpine flora. 

The summit rewards with a 360-degree view that stretches from the snow-capped Alps to the shimmering waters of Lake Lucerne below. 

Whether you choose to ascend by cogwheel train or by foot, the journey up Mount Rigi is as enchanting as the destination itself.

Overnight in Lucerne.

Day 4: Adventure From Lucerne to Interlaken

Harder Kulm Panorama, Interlaken, Switzerland

At the break of dawn, your trusted guide will be waiting outside your accommodation in our premium, air-conditioned vehicle, setting the stage for an epic journey from the historic streets of Lucerne to the adventure capital of Switzerland, Interlaken.

Brienz: A Hamlet of Artisans

The journey weaves through the storybook village of Brienz. Renowned for its woodcarving heritage, Brienz offers a window into the artistry that has shaped the region’s cultural fabric.

Delve into the heart of craftsmanship at the woodcarving enclave, where artisans breathe life into timber, crafting intricate figures and ornate decors. Wander through the workshops and boutique stores, each piece a narrative of tradition and skill.

Giessbach Waterfalls: Nature’s Symphony

Next, the Giessbach Waterfalls await.

Embark on a journey through the forested sanctuary surrounding the falls, where each step brings you closer to nature’s serene and untamed beauty. The Giessbach is a realm where the rush of water and the whisper of leaves weave a melody of peace and adventure.

Interlaken: Culinary Delights and Old World Charms

Interlaken is our next destination, where we will pause to appreciate a Swiss classic: the cheese fondue, a communal feast of melted delight, or savor the simple pleasure of raclette and rosti, dishes that tell tales of Swiss culinary heritage.

Stroll through Interlaken’s cobblestone alleys, where history and modernity blend seamlessly. Discover hidden corners, historic edifices, and local secrets, each step a discovery in this enchanting town nestled between two azure lakes.

Harder Kulm Summit

As the day’s adventure nears its zenith, ascend to Harder Kulm, Interlaken’s crowning glory. A cable car ride whisks you to breathtaking heights, where the panorama of the Swiss Alps unfolds in an awe-inspiring tableau.

Atop Harder Kulm, amid the clouds and the peaks, the vast expanse of nature’s masterpiece lies before you. Here, at the edge of the sky, the spirit of exploration reaches its pinnacle, with the Alpine giants standing sentinel in the distance.

Return to Lucerne

As twilight paints the sky, your chariot awaits to bring you back to Lucerne.

Our tour with Mark was unforgettable and I am grateful he was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable of switzerland and showed us hidden gems untouched by tourism. Overall, I will never forget the sights we saw and the natural beauty we discovered. It was simply unforgetable and was the highlight of my summer.
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Day 5: Grindelwald Adventure

Grindelwald, Switzerland

Today, we’re off to Grindelwald, the picture-perfect postcard village that’s about to steal your heart! Sit back, relax, and let the Swiss countryside roll by on this scenic 1.5-hour drive.

Cable Car Ascent

First on the agenda, we’ll embark on the Grindelwald-First cable car. Prepare yourselves as we ascend to First Mountain. The panoramic vistas awaiting at the summit are truly remarkable, offering a breathtaking perspective of the majestic Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. These towering peaks, visible in their grandeur, provide a serene and awe-inspiring backdrop to our journey.

Bachalpsee Hiking

Prepare for a scenic journey to Bachalpsee, a serene mountain lake that promises unparalleled natural beauty. 

This moderate hike offers a harmonious blend of adventure and tranquility, inviting you to immerse yourself in the splendor of the alpine landscape, perhaps even spotting some local wildlife along the way.

Exploring Grindelwald

Next, we’ll venture into the heart of Grindelwald, a quintessential alpine village that exudes charm and warmth. 

Stroll through its picturesque streets, adorned with traditional chalets and welcoming cafes, capturing the essence of Swiss alpine life. Make sure to visit the historic 12th-century church, a testament to the village’s rich heritage.

Day 6: Alpine Adventure in Zermatt

Zermatt, Matterhorn, Switzerland

Rise and shine for an exhilarating day ahead! Your personal driver is your gateway to Zermatt, a village that stands as a testament to alpine splendor, nestled at the foot of the magnificent Matterhorn. 

Zermatt Unveiled

We’ll dive into the heart of Zermatt, uncovering its storied past at the Matterhorn Museum. 

Get ready for an interactive journey through time, from its humble beginnings to its status as a mountaineering mecca. Every exhibit promises a discovery about this iconic destination.

Our quest continues as we navigate the village’s quaint alleys and vibrant avenues. From the serene St. Mauritius Church to the bustling Bahnhofstrasse, every corner holds a story. We’ll even sneak into secret spots only the locals know, where artisan chocolates and captivating art await.

Majestic Matterhorn

No journey to Zermatt is complete without marveling at the Matterhorn’s grandeur. 

We’ll lead you to the most awe-inspiring viewpoints, where the mountain’s majesty truly unfolds. Whether by foot or cable car, the vistas promise to be etched in your memory forever.

Day 7: Glacier Paradise Awaits

Matterhorn Spa, Switzerland

Gear up for a day of high-altitude thrills as we venture into the heart of the Swiss Alps. 

Our trail beckons, with routes tailored to unveil the raw beauty of Zermatt’s wilderness. The Matterhorn is a silent sentinel, guiding our path through the alpine wonderland.

Ascend to Glacier Paradise

Next, we soar to Glacier Paradise, where the horizon stretches infinitely in every direction. 

The cable car journey itself is a marvel, lifting us into the heavens. At the summit, the world below seems a distant dream, with the Alps reigning supreme in their icy splendor.

Ice Palace Expedition

Dive deep into the glacier’s heart as we explore the Ice Palace.

 A realm of intricate ice sculptures and echoing chambers await, revealing the secrets of glacier formation and the tales of mountaineers who dared to conquer these peaks.

Spa and Wellness Bliss

After our alpine exploits, we retreat to Zermatt’s sanctuaries of relaxation. Indulge in a spa experience that promises to soothe the spirit and invigorate the body. 

From rejuvenating massages to tranquil hot tubs, it’s the perfect respite to reflect on our adventures.

Return to your Zermatt accommodation in the evening.

Day 8: Montreux & Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva, Switzerland

Our itinerary makes its way to magnificent Montreux, your gateway to an unforgettable voyage on the crystalline waters of Lake Geneva. 

Lake Geneva

Departing from Montreux, this sailing trip reveals Lake Geneva’s enchanting vistas. Listen closely as our guide unveils the lake’s storied past, from historic upheavals to artistic revelations. 

We’ll drift past the majestic Chillon Castle, a medieval fortress emerging from the lake’s embrace, and the quaint village of Villeneuve, where the essence of Swiss tranquility resides.

Montreux Tour

A moment of reverence awaits at Freddie Mercury’s statue, a homage to Montreux’s melodic legacy. The Queen’s frontman found solace and inspiration here, and his spirit dances on the lakeside breeze.

As twilight descends, we dine amidst Montreux’s culinary stars before retiring to your hotel in Montreux.

Great private tour. Marc was on time. Very personable and show us some great spots. Picnic in front of waterfall was a great touch. Great value and experience. Highly recommend.
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Day 9: Bern

Bern City, Switzerland

With its captivating blend of historical charm, including the UNESCO-listed Old Town, stunning architecture, and vibrant cultural scene, Bern is a must-see destination in Switzerland. The private transfer from Montreux to Bern takes approximately an hour.

Bern’s Historical Heartbeat

Highlights of your guided tour of Bern include: 

  • Bern Cathedral is a Gothic marvel that stretches into the heavens. 
  • The Zytglogge Clock Tower awaits a testament to timekeeping’s evolution and an architectural wonder in its own right.
  • Einstein’s Bern echoes through the halls of his former residence, now a museum dedicated to his revolutionary insights. It’s a poignant reminder of the genius that once roamed these streets.
  • Bear Park, where Bern’s furry ambassadors frolic in their leafy haven.

Your accommodation will be in the center of Bern.

Day 10: Beyond Bern

Spiez Castle, Bern, Switzerland

On your last day in Switzerland, we’ll uncover the hidden gems surrounding Bern. Our day kicks off with a ride led by a private chauffeur to the renowned Kambly Experience, where we’ll delve into the secrets of biscuit-making in the quaint town of Trubschachen.

Following our sweet escapade, we’ll venture deeper into Swiss tradition at the Emmental Cheese Factory, immersing ourselves in the age-old craft of cheese-making amidst the picturesque Swiss countryside.

After a delectable lunch showcasing the region’s flavors, we’ll stroll through the historic streets of Thun, taking in the majestic Thun Castle and cruising the serene waters of Lake Thun with the towering Swiss Alps as our backdrop.

Our expedition concludes in the enchanting town of Spiez, where we’ll amble through its charming lanes and savor the rich heritage of the Spiez Castle Vineyard, sampling exquisite wines steeped in Swiss history.

As the day winds down, we return to Bern, leaving you to wander its vibrant streets and bask in the city’s lively ambiance, reflecting on the unforgettable experiences of our Swiss odyssey for you to travel to Italy the following day.

Day 11: Welcome to Venice

Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

We cross into the second country on our 30-day itinerary as you arrive in Venice after the short 1-hour flight from Zurich.

Your journey begins amidst the architectural marvels and serene canals that define this unique city, offering an immersive experience of its rich heritage and vibrant culture.

Mark’s Square Marvels

Start your day at the heart of Venice, Piazza San Marco, where the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica stands. 

Admire the stunning Italiano-Byzantine architecture and the intricate mosaics adorning the basilica’s opulent façade and interior. This cathedral is not just a religious site but a symbol of Venetian power and prestige.

Doge’s Palace

Adjacent to the basilica, the Doge’s Palace is an emblem of Venice’s glorious past. 

Once the Doge’s residence and Venetian government’s seat, this Gothic masterpiece houses an impressive collection of art and historical artifacts. 

Explore its lavish chambers, adorned with works by Tintoretto and Veronese, and feel the weight of history in its grand halls.

Gondola Ride

No visit to Venice is complete without a gondola ride through its legendary canals. 

Glide under the city’s myriad bridges and alongside its picturesque buildings, allowing the serene waters and the gondolier’s song to transport you to a bygone era. 

This quintessential Venetian experience offers a unique perspective of the city’s charm and beauty.

Rialto Market & Bridge of Sighs

Make your way to the vibrant Rialto Market, the commercial heart of Venice for centuries. 

Wander through stalls brimming with fresh produce, seafood, and Venetian delicacies. The market’s lively atmosphere and colorful displays provide a glimpse into the daily life of locals and the city’s culinary traditions.

Your first day in Venice comes to a close with a visit to the Bridge of Sighs, connecting the Doge’s Palace to the historic prisons. Legend has it that prisoners would sigh at their final view of Venice through the bridge’s windows before imprisonment. This iconic structure offers a poignant reminder of Venice’s judicial past and stunning views of the canal and cityscape.

Your first day in Venice is a journey through its most iconic sights, encapsulating the essence of this floating city.

Day 12: Padua Day Trip

Basilica of Saint Anthony, Padua, Italy

As dawn breaks over the serene waters of Venice, prepare for a captivating journey to the historic city of Padua, a gem nestled in the Veneto region. 

This day trip invites you to discover Padua’s illustrious art, revered sacred sites, and one of Europe’s largest squares, all just a short drive from the floating city.

Masterpieces and Sacred Spaces in Padua

Begin your exploration in the presence of divine artistry at the Scrovegni Chapel, a modest exterior that belies the artistic marvel within. 

Step inside to witness Giotto’s frescoes, a groundbreaking cycle that heralded the dawn of the Renaissance. These vibrant scenes, depicting the life of the Virgin Mary and Christ, are not just paintings; they are profound narratives that revolutionized the art world with their emotional depth and humanistic approach.

Basilica of Saint Anthony

A short stroll through Padua’s ancient streets leads you to the Basilica of Saint Anthony, a pilgrimage site of immense spiritual and architectural significance. 

This basilica melds various architectural styles into a harmonious sanctuary that houses the relics of Saint Anthony. Its intricate facades, majestic domes, and serene cloisters offer a peaceful retreat while the art and relics within whisper stories of faith and miracles.

Prato della Valle

Conclude your Paduan adventure at Prato della Valle, Italy’s largest public square, distinguished by its grandeur and unique design. 

Surrounded by a moat and adorned with a myriad of statues celebrating notable figures, this elliptical piazza is a vibrant space where history, culture, and community converge. The lively atmosphere, market stalls, and local life make it a perfect spot to soak in the spirit of Padua.

Return to Venice for the evening.

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Day 13: Veronese Day Trip

Verona’s Arena, Italy

Today’s day trip will see you visit Verona, the city of love and valor!

Juliet’s House

Begin your Veronese odyssey at the legendary home of Juliet. 

Though a tale of fiction, the enchantment of Romeo and Juliet’s love story comes alive here. Stand beneath the famous balcony and immerse yourself in the world of Shakespearean drama, where love transcends time and tragedy.

Verona Arena

Just a stone’s throw away, the ancient Verona Arena stands as a testament to Roman grandeur. 

This remarkably preserved amphitheater, still echoing with the roars of gladiators and spectators, now hosts splendid operas under the starlit sky, offering a mesmerizing blend of historical awe and cultural vibrancy.

Piazza delle Erbe

Wander into the heart of Verona, Piazza delle Erbe, where the city’s historic and social life intertwines amidst ancient buildings and lively market stalls. Once a Roman forum, this square is a tapestry of daily life, historical architecture, and the simple joy of sipping coffee while watching the world go by.

As the day’s adventures in Verona come to a close, journey back to the tranquil embrace of Venice for the evening. 

Day 14: Bologna – A Culinary and Architectural Feast

Bologna, Italy

At the two week juncture of our itinerary, we venture deeper into the heart of Italy to discover Bologna, a city renowned for its rich culinary heritage, striking medieval architecture, and the vibrant red hues of its buildings and porticos.

Piazza Maggiore

 At the core of Bologna’s extensive medieval center lies Piazza Maggiore, surrounded by some of the city’s most important buildings. 

This square is not just a physical space but the beating heart of Bologna, where culture, history, and daily life converge.

The Two Towers

Dominating the skyline of Bologna, the Two Towers, Garisenda and Asinelli, are symbols of the city’s medieval might. 

While the lean of the Garisenda is a stark reminder of Bologna’s historical layers, the climb up the Asinelli offers panoramic vistas of the city’s terracotta rooftops.

Culinary Delights

Bologna is often hailed as Italy’s culinary capital. Before checking in to your hotel in Bologna for the night, take the opportunity to indulge in the local cuisine. Whether it’s sampling tortellini in brodo, savoring a slice of mortadella, or relishing a rich ragù alla bolognese, Bologna’s gastronomic offerings are a delight to the senses.

Day 15: Modena and Parma

Parma Cathedral, Italy

Your day trip will take you to Modena and Parma, two cities that epitomize the art of Italian living through their historical sites and culinary masterpieces.

  • Modena’s Cathedral: A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Cathedral stands as a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture. 
  • Enzo Ferrari Museum: This architectural marvel, dedicated to the life and work of the iconic Ferrari founder, showcases not just the cars but the passion and innovation behind the legendary brand.
  • Parma Cathedral and Baptistery: The Parma Cathedral, with its breathtaking frescoes by Correggio, and the adjacent octagonal Baptistery, a marvel of pink Verona marble, offer a feast for the senses.

Return to Bologna

As the sun begins its descent, journey back to Bologna, carrying with you the flavors, sights, and experiences of Modena and Parma.

Day 16: Renaissance Soul of Florence

Florence, Italy

Today, we leave Bologna behind as your driver guide delivers you to Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. 

Florence Cathedral (Duomo)

The Florence Cathedral, with its iconic red dome engineered by Brunelleschi, is a monument to human achievement. 

The intricate façade and the vast interior space inspire awe, serving as a testament to the city’s artistic and spiritual ambitions during the Renaissance.

Piazza della Signoria

Step into the open-air museum of Piazza della Signoria, the political heart of Florence. 

Surrounded by statues that tell tales of civic pride and historical events, this square has been the center of Florentine life for centuries and offers insights into the republic’s powerful past.

Ponte Vecchio

Conclude your day with a stroll across the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, famed for its bustling jewelry shops. As the Arno River flows gently beneath, the bridge symbolizes the city’s resilience, its history laden with tales of art, commerce, and survival.

Stay overnight in Florence.

Day 17: Pisa and Lucca

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Gear up for a day of adventure as you set forth from Florence’s Renaissance heart, steering towards the storied landscapes of Pisa and Lucca.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Your quest begins at the world-renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa. As you stand before this unintentionally tilted marvel, the thrill of adventure pulses through the air. 

Ascend the spiraling staircase, each step a closer encounter with architectural wonder, and be rewarded with a panoramic view that has captivated souls for centuries.

Pisa Cathedral

A stone’s throw away, the Pisa Cathedral stands majestically, its ornate façade a testament to Pisa’s medieval glory. 

Venture inside to discover art and architecture that weave a narrative of faith and history, inviting you to ponder the lives and times that shaped this sacred space.

Afternoon Escapade in Lucca

Journey onwards to the enchanting city of Lucca, encircled by its well-preserved Renaissance walls. Embrace the spirit of exploration as you walk or cycle atop these imposing ramparts, each turn offering vistas of verdant landscapes and the city’s timeless beauty.

Delve into the heart of Lucca, where narrow streets and hidden piazzas tell tales of centuries past. Uncover the charm of its medieval towers, quaint shops, and serene churches, each corner a discovery, each shadow a whisper of adventures untold.

Twilight Return to Florence.

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Day 18: Siena

Siena Cathedral, Italy

The final section of the Italian section of our itinerary promises the thrill of discovery and the warmth of Tuscan hospitality as we visit Siena. In this city, every stone and street echoes the tales of medieval Italy.

Highlights of our tour in Siena include:

  • Siena Cathedral: Venture inside to behold the intricate marble mosaic floor and the artwork that adorn this Gothic masterpiece.
  • Piazza del Campo: This shell-shaped square is more than a spectacle site; it’s a gathering place where history, community, and the spirit of competition merge. 
  • Sienese Delicacies: Savor the robust flavors of local dishes like pici pasta, wild boar stew, and panforte.

Overnight in Siena.

Day 19: San Gimignano and Chianti

San Gimignano​, Italy

Day 19 reveals the medieval skyline of San Gimignano and the verdant vineyards of the Chianti region, where history and the art of winemaking intertwine in the heart of Tuscany.

San Gimignano – The City of Beautiful Towers

Begin your day amidst the medieval skyscrapers of San Gimignano, the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages.” 

Stroll through the cobblestoned streets, let the silhouettes of the 14 remaining towers guide you to the Piazza della Cisterna, and climb the Torre Grossa for sweeping views of the Tuscan countryside.

Chianti Region – A Sip of Tuscan Elegance

Journey into the heart of the Chianti region, where the rolling hills are draped in vineyards and olive groves. 

Embrace the essence of Tuscany with a wine-tasting tour, exploring the nuances of Chianti Classico. Engage with local winemakers, uncover the secrets of Tuscan viticulture, and let the rich flavors of the region dance on your palate.

Return to Siena

Siena’s Gothic silhouette welcomes you back, promising a restful night amidst its historical wonders.

Day 20: From Tuscan Charm to Roman Majesty

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Transition from the tranquil beauty of Tuscany to the historical grandeur of Rome, exploring the ancient marvels that testify to the Eternal City’s timeless allure.

Rise with the dawn for an early departure to Rome, the final leg of your journey. As you leave the rolling hills of Tuscany behind, anticipation builds for the eternal allure of the Roman landscape.

Ancient Rome Tour

Welcome to Rome, where history is etched in every stone. 

Begin your Roman expedition at the Colosseum, the grand arena of ancient gladiators. Wander through the ruins of the Roman Forum, the heartbeat of the ancient city, and stand beneath the oculus of the Pantheon, marveling at the architectural genius that has withstood the sands of time.

Conclude your Italian odyssey with a farewell dinner in Rome. Choose a trattoria nestled in the shadow of history, where traditional Roman dishes like carbonara and saltimbocca are served with the warmth of Italian hospitality. The city’s timeless beauty surrounds you as you dine, a perfect backdrop for reflecting on the journey’s unforgettable moments.

Spend the night in Rome before departing for Paris the next morning.

Day 21: Bonjour Paris! 

Paris Skyline, France

Welcome to the City of Lights. Touchdown in Paris, the city where dreams are painted in shades of love and light! Your private driver awaits to whisk you away to your cozy hotel. 

Once you’ve spruced up, it’s time to hit the Parisian streets, where adventure and romance mingle in the air.

Moulin Rouge Theatre Experience

As night falls, the legendary Moulin Rouge calls! Step into a world where feathers, fantasies, and the can-can rule. 

This isn’t just a show; it’s a time machine to the glitzy Belle Epoque, promising a night of euphoric escapades.

End your evening with a moonlit promenade, with the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the distance like a beacon of dreams. Your first night in Paris isn’t just an evening; it’s the beginning of a love story with the city.

Day 22: Parisian Pursuits 

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Begin your Parisian journey with a visit to the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. 

As this architectural masterpiece prepares for its grand unveiling in late 2024, the area surrounding it remains steeped in a rich tapestry of history and resilience. 

Stand in the cathedral’s shadow and let your imagination wander through centuries of history, where every stone and stained glass window has a story to tell, evoking a profound sense of awe and wonder.

Louvre Private Tour

Proceed to the Louvre, Paris’s crown jewel of art and history. 

This vast museum is not merely a collection of artworks but a labyrinth of human creativity and achievement. Each hall and gallery invites you into a dialogue with the past, from the enigmatic smile of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to the imposing grace of the Winged Victory of Samothrace. 

The Louvre’s corridors are alive with the echoes of history, where every exhibit offers a glimpse into the lives and times of civilizations that have shaped our world. 

This is more than an art viewing; it’s an intimate rendezvous with the essence of human history and culture, inviting contemplation and connection with the great minds of yesteryear.

Eiffel Tower

An excursion to Paris would be incomplete without an ascent to the summit of the Eiffel Tower. 

From this vantage point, Paris unfolds below in a breathtaking panorama of beauty, its streets and landmarks interwoven in a delicate dance of light and shadow.

Explorations in the Marais

Explore the Marais, a district that is a living mosaic of Parisian history and culture. Stroll through its streets, and you’ll encounter a vibrant confluence of the past and present, from the stately elegance of the Place des Vosges to the creative sanctuary of the Picasso Museum. 


As evening approaches, make your way to the Champs-Élysées, a boulevard that encapsulates the essence of Parisian elegance and history. 

This famed avenue is more than a thoroughfare; it’s a stage for the Parisian art de vivre, lined with iconic landmarks, luxurious boutiques, and cafes that have hosted the world’s luminaries. 

A stroll down the Champs-Élysées as the sun sets is to walk in the footsteps of history amidst the glow of the city lights that illuminate the avenue’s timeless charm. This experience is a testament to Paris’s enduring glamour and allure, capturing the spirit of a city that continues to inspire and enchant visitors from around the globe.

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Day 23: Journey to the Champagne Region

Champagne Village & Vineyards, France

Bid au revoir to the bustling streets of Paris as you embark on a scenic journey to the Champagne region, where the essence of celebration is cultivated amidst rolling hills and lush vineyards. 

Your personal driver will navigate through the picturesque landscapes, setting the stage for an experience steeped in history and the fine art of winemaking.

Upon arrival, settle into your hotel and unwind, allowing the serene ambiance of the countryside to envelop you. The evening promises a gastronomic delight at a local restaurant, where the exquisite flavors of Champagne cuisine are paired with the effervescent joy of the region’s iconic sparkling wines, setting a perfect tone for your stay.

Champagne Vineyard Tour

This experience with a specialist winemaker in the region is not just about savoring the exquisite bubbles of the world-renowned Champagne but also about delving deep into the rich tapestry of history, tradition, and innovation that defines this iconic region.

As you step onto the vineyard, you’re greeted by the expansive vistas of neatly lined vines stretching towards the horizon, each row a testament to the meticulous care and centuries-old techniques passed down through generations. The air is crisp, filled with the anticipation of discovery and the subtle hints of terroir that make Champagne wines truly unique.

From Grape to Glass

The tour typically begins in the vineyard, where you learn about the specific grape varieties used in Champagne production—primarily Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay—and the intricate viticulture process in this unique climatic region. 

You’ll gain insights into the challenges of growing grapes in the Champagne region’s distinctive terroir, including the cool temperatures and chalky soil, and how these factors contribute to Champagne’s unmistakable taste and quality.

As you venture into the heart of the vineyard, you’ll witness the meticulous process of hand-picking the grapes, a tradition that ensures only the finest fruit makes it to the pressing stage. This hands-on approach underscores the region’s commitment to quality and the artisanal spirit that pervades its winemaking practices.

Overnight in Champagne.

Day 24: A Day of Bubbles & Heritage

Moet Cellars, Champagne, France

Awaken to a day dedicated to the allure of Champagne, starting with exclusive tours of legendary houses like Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, or Pommery. 

Champagne House Immersion

Delve into the sanctuaries of champagne-making, where tradition meets the meticulous craft, from the vineyard to the flute. 

These tastings and tours offer not just a sip but a deep dive into what makes this region the epitome of celebration.

Reims and the Echoes of History

Continue your exploration in Reims, the historic soul of Champagne, where every cobblestone and spire tells a tale. 

The city’s centerpiece, Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral, stands as a testament to Gothic grandeur and the coronation site of French kings, inviting awe and reverence.

Savor the regional delicacies at lunch, each bite enriched by the sparkle of local champagne. As the afternoon unfolds, venture to Epernay, affectionately known as the “Capital of Champagne.” 

Stroll down the Avenue de Champagne, where the storied champagne houses unveil their secrets and cellars, offering a deeper appreciation of this liquid gold.

Conclude with a farewell dinner, raising a glass to the unforgettable moments and the magic that only Champagne can bestow.

Day 25: Discover Burgundy

Burgundy Village & Vineyard, France

Depart the sparkling hills of Champagne as you journey toward Burgundy, a region synonymous with vinicultural excellence and historical depth. Your driver will guide you through a tableau of vineyards and verdant landscapes punctuated by a leisurely lunch in a picturesque town along the way.

Burgundy: A Tapestry of Wine and History

Burgundy awaits with its promise of oenological wonders and a rich tapestry of history dating back to Roman times. 

This region is not just a destination; it’s an immersion into a culture where wine is the heart and the heritage is the soul, renowned for its red and white varieties that captivate connoisseurs and novices alike.

Day 26: Burgundy’s Winemaking Heritage

Burgundy Winery, France

Your exploration begins in the esteemed town of Chablis, a name synonymous with the finest Chardonnay wines. 


Continue to Meursault, nestled in the revered Côte de Beaune region, where the tradition of winemaking is woven into the very fabric of the town. 

Partake in a tasting session showcasing the region’s exceptional wines, each reflecting Burgundy’s diverse soils and microclimates.

A Gastronomic Interlude in Meursault

Pause for a leisurely lunch at a regional restaurant, where the culinary delights of Burgundy are paired exquisitely with local vintages, offering a harmonious symphony of flavors that celebrate the region’s gastronomic heritage.

Pommard: A Red Wine Revelation

The journey leads you to Pommard, a village famed for its powerful and complex red wines. 

A visit to a winery here offers insights into the meticulous craftsmanship behind Pommard’s esteemed Pinot Noirs and an opportunity to savor the depth and intensity that characterize these wines.

Beaune: The Cultural Heart of Burgundy

Conclude your day in Beaune, a town where the architecture is as intoxicating as the wine. 

Beaune’s vibrant wine culture and stunning historical sites provide a fitting end to a day steeped in the exploration of Burgundy’s vinous and cultural treasures.

This comprehensive tour through Burgundy offers an unparalleled journey into the heart of one of the world’s most celebrated wine regions. It promises a day filled with discovery, enchantment, and the unparalleled joy of wine.

Day 27: Lyon’s Tapestry of History, Cuisine, and Culture

Saint-Jean Cathedral, Lyon, France

Day 27 begins with a 2-hour driver-guided transfer from the Burgundy wine region to Lyon, where we will head directly to the majestic Fourvière Basilica, perched atop Lyon’s highest hill. 

This 19th-century architectural marvel is not only a spiritual haven but also offers sweeping views of the cityscape. Inside, the basilica’s ornate frescoes and stained glass windows reveal stories of faith and artistry, while the guided tour enriches your understanding of its historical and cultural significance.

Vieux-Lyon: A Renaissance Revelation

Descend into the heart of Vieux-Lyon, a district renowned for its Renaissance charm. 

Your private guide will lead you through its labyrinthine alleys, flanked by historic buildings and vibrant bouchons, where the essence of Lyonnaise gastronomy comes to life. A culinary experience awaits here, offering a taste of local specialties like the delicate Quenelles and the celebrated Lyonnaise salad, each a testament to Lyon’s rich culinary tradition.

The Silk District

Your journey continues in the storied Silk District, a testament to Lyon’s illustrious past as the capital of the European silk trade. 

The guided tour through this historic quarter reveals the enduring legacy of silk production, with visits to local ateliers showcasing the meticulous craftsmanship and innovation that have defined Lyon’s silk industry for centuries.

Overnight in Lyon.

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Day 28: Lyon’s Contemporary Pulse and Cultural Majesty

Place Bellecour, Lyon, France

The second day of your Lyon adventure unveils the city’s contemporary facet, beginning with the Confluence district. 

Situated at the juncture of the Rhône and Saône rivers, this area is a canvas of modern architectural marvels, including the avant-garde structures of the Cité Internationale and the Lyon Opera House. The guided tour here offers an insightful narrative on the district’s evolution from a historic trade hub to a beacon of urban innovation.

The Museum of Fine Arts: A Cultural Odyssey

Next, immerse yourself in the artistic splendor of the Museum of Fine Arts, one of France’s premier art institutions. 

Housing an extensive array of artworks spanning centuries, the museum presents an opportunity to traverse the corridors of art history, from the Renaissance masters to contemporary visionaries.

Place Bellecour: The Heart of Lyon

Conclude your day at Place Bellecour, an expansive square testament to Lyon’s historical grandeur. 

Dominated by the regal statue of King Louis XIV, the square is enveloped in a rich tapestry of history and urban life. Here, the guided tour peels back layers of Lyon’s past, offering insights into the square’s architectural and societal significance.

Your exploration of Lyon culminates in a final tasting of Lyonnaise gastronomy, a fitting adieu that encapsulates the city’s rich culinary heritage before you retire to your Lyon accommodation in the evening before our itinerary weaves it’s way to the French Alps.

Day 29: The Majestic French Alps

Le Puy-en-Velay, French Alps, France

Departing Lyon, your journey transitions from urban exploration to the awe-inspiring landscapes of the French Alps. Renowned for their breathtaking natural beauty and a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

Midway, pause in the picturesque town of Le Puy-en-Velay to savor the local cuisine and explore landmarks like the Le Puy Cathedral, an architectural gem that weaves together the town’s spiritual and cultural heritage.

Alpine Afternoon Adventures

Upon arrival in the French Alps, the allure of the mountains beckons with a plethora of activities. 

Whether you opt for a rejuvenating hike through pristine trails, explore local markets brimming with artisanal treasures, or unwind in the therapeutic embrace of natural hot springs, the Alps offer an idyllic backdrop for an afternoon of relaxation and exploration.

Your transition from the cultural vibrancy of Lyon to the serene grandeur of the French Alps encapsulates the diverse allure of France, promising experiences that range from the intellectual to the invigorating, all set against the backdrop of some of the country’s most stunning landscapes.

Day 30: Alpine Elegance – Skiing and Cultural Excursions in the French Alps

French Alps, Chamonix, France

The French Alps are a beacon for those who revel in the thrills of winter sports. Offering an expansive selection of ski resorts, the region caters to every level of expertise, from novices taking their first graceful slides to seasoned skiers navigating the exhilarating runs. 

Our specialist tour planners will consult with you to determine which private tour experience would best suit your experience, tastes, and abilities.

Highlights to choose from include:

Alpine Hikes

For visitors who prefer the allure of alpine vistas without the adrenaline of skiing, the French Alps unfold a myriad of alternatives. 

Embark on a scenic hike to absorb the majestic panoramas, explore the charm of idyllic mountain hamlets, or indulge in the serenity of a spa retreat nestled within the mountains.

Mont Blanc: A Panoramic Spectacle

For experienced hikers, we can arrange an expedition to Mont Blanc, the towering pinnacle of Western Europe. 

A journey via cable car to its summit offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse oneself in panoramic views that span the ethereal alpine landscape, presenting a moment of sublime awe and wonder.

Chamonix: A Blend of Heritage and Alpine Vibrancy

The iconic town of Chamonix stands as a testament to the vibrant life that pulses through the Alps. 

Renowned for its striking vistas and dynamic après-ski culture, Chamonix invites exploration—from its historic structures and bustling markets to its renowned culinary delights, offering a glimpse into the soul of the region.

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