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Classic European Vistas: Cities, Mountains & Lakes: Paris to Milan

Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,665

Follow in the footsteps of the Grand Tour, travelling from Paris to Milan on this sublime Europe vacation. Take in the sights and culture of some of the world’s great cities, and the spectacular natural beauty of the Alps.


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This 13-day trip through Europe connects its two most fashionable cities, Paris and Milan, weaving through beautiful Switzerland and northern Italy en route.

A four night stay gives you time to explore Paris in depth. Spend a day exploring with your hop-on, hop-off bus pass, taking in up to fifty popular tourist spots around the city. Multilingual commentary will help you put your discoveries into context as you uncover the tales of Paris. The following day takes you off the tourist trail to the Fragonard Perfume Museum. The sensory feast continues with lunch at La Boutique des Saveurs, along with a wine tasting, ideal for beginners, connoisseurs, and everyone in between. Your last full day in Paris includes a walking tour from Palais Royal to Opera Garnier, exploring the secret passageways and back alleys of Paris.

Go on to Switzerland, and the often-mentioned, but rarely understood city of Geneva. See the UN headquarters, the Flower Clock, and the Old Town on a guided tour. Then perhaps opt for a cruise on Lake Geneva to admire the snow-capped mountains, Bellerive Castle and other sights, all with commentary as you pass by. Then drive to Annecy, where canals and colourful houses create one of the most unique villages in the Alps. Another Alpine village awaits at Chamonix, where you’ll have the morning at leisure to explore before returning to Geneva.

Head to Milan, the fashion and financial capital of Italy. A day trip takes you to Lugano for one last taste of Switzerland, this time in its Italian speaking region. Back in Milan, a tour will help you get your bearings, taking in the famous boutiques, cathedrals, and natural attractions. Then take some time to explore on your own, but don’t bother trying to squeeze in a glimpse of The Last Supper. It’s included on the comprehensive da Vinci tour you’ll take the following day. Visit the Sala di Leonardo and see the Atlantic Codex, then skip the line at the Maria delle Grazie to see the famous painting.

Finally, enjoy a day trip to beautiful Verona, the town that inspired Shakespeare’s greatest romance, Romeo and Juliet. A walking tour takes you to see Juliet’s balcony, the Roman Arena, and historic medieval sights before letting you explore at leisure. Then go on to the town of Sirmione, home to green olive trees and impressive Roman ruins, before returning to Milan.


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Accommodation in Paris

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    Victor Hugo Hotel



    The Best Western Victor Hugo is set in a beautiful, typically Parisian building, offering elegance, charm and refinement. The hotel is in the 16th district of Paris, with the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, the Trocadero Gardens, the Eiffel Tower and Palais des Congres all just ...

    The Best Western Victor Hugo is set in a beautiful, typically Parisian building, offering elegance, charm and refinement. The hotel is in the 16th district of Paris, with the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, the Trocadero Gardens, the Eiffel Tower and Palais des Congres all just steps from the hotel. One of the swankiest spots in the capital, this quiet residential area is a perfect base to explore the capital's hottest tourist attractions. Stroll along the Victor Hugo Avenue, packed with luxury and haute-couture stores, or check out the many top-class restaurants in the area.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lift/elevator
    • Lounge Bar
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Newsstand

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    Kube Hotel



    Set in a peaceful street near Montmartre, in Paris's 18th arrondissement, Hotel Kube welcomes you in a stylish and conceptual space. The hotel features the first ice bar in Paris and a semi gastronomic restaurant (closed on Sunday and Monday). Behind the historical front of ...

    Set in a peaceful street near Montmartre, in Paris's 18th arrondissement, Hotel Kube welcomes you in a stylish and conceptual space. The hotel features the first ice bar in Paris and a semi gastronomic restaurant (closed on Sunday and Monday). Behind the historical front of the hotel, discover a high-tech and innovative world. Hotel Kube offers spacious rooms and suites. Located in the north of Paris, at 5 minutes walking distance from La Chapelle metro station and 10 minutes form Gare du Nord. The Kube Paris also have a private parking(at cost)

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    New Hotel Opera



    Located in the 9th arrondissement, in the heart of one of Paris' best entertainment areas, the New hotel Opera offers pleasant accommodation and refined services, two minutes’ walk from Mogador Theatre, the Opera Garnier, Paris Casino and many theatres, restaurants and cafes. At the centre ...

    Located in the 9th arrondissement, in the heart of one of Paris' best entertainment areas, the New hotel Opera offers pleasant accommodation and refined services, two minutes’ walk from Mogador Theatre, the Opera Garnier, Paris Casino and many theatres, restaurants and cafes.

    At the centre of the Opera district, symbolising the splendour of France's Second Empire, the hotel is also very close to Boulevard Hausmann, the Department Stores, the Louvre Museum and the Opera-Vendome-Madeleine golden triangle.
    Its central location and its underground and bus service, makes it within easy reach of all the main tourist attractions in Paris.

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    New Hotel Roblin La Madeleine



    Located on the Place de la Madeleine, between the Opera and the Champs Elysées, Roblin New Hotel benefits from having a strategic location within the heart of Paris. After a total renovation entrusted to the exclusive interior designer Flamant, the hotel today offers a unique ...

    Located on the Place de la Madeleine, between the Opera and the Champs Elysées, Roblin New Hotel benefits from having a strategic location within the heart of Paris. After a total renovation entrusted to the exclusive interior designer Flamant, the hotel today offers a unique atmosphere with a subtle blend of styles inspired by famous Parisian districts. The mainreception area is now an open and inviting space that extends to a sitting room with a combination of classic and contemporary décor which includes a large fireplace.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Business Centre
    • Elevator
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Service
    • Newspapers
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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    1K Hotel



    1K Hotel offers a total experience and places its guests at the centre of its business. The omnipresent technology is there solely to make you stay even more enjoyable. All the 20 rooms enjoy full connectivity for all media. No one is forgotten. Whether you ...

    1K Hotel offers a total experience and places its guests at the centre of its business. The omnipresent technology is there solely to make you stay even more enjoyable.

    All the 20 rooms enjoy full connectivity for all media. No one is forgotten. Whether you are with Appel or Android convergence is all-embracing.

    All rooms are fitted with the latest generation TV sets connected both the exterior media and to your personal devices, to make you feel at home when you are far from home.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Gym
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Reception
    • Restaurant

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    Hotel Napoleon



    Behind the history of the hotel, hides a love story.... The love story between a rich Russian businessman, Alexander Pavlovich Kliaguine, and a young french student who first met at a "literature salon" in 1928. It was love at first sight. In order to introduce ...

    Behind the history of the hotel, hides a love story.... The love story between a rich Russian businessman, Alexander Pavlovich Kliaguine, and a young french student who first met at a "literature salon" in 1928. It was love at first sight. In order to introduce her to Parisian "high society" at the time, he bought a hotel in the prestigious 8th arrondissement and gave it to her as a wedding present. Still today the hotel belongs to the Kliaguine family. Today, following a large renovation program, the hotel is proud to announce its 5th star. With its unique location, just a short walk away from the Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe, the Hotel Napoleon is one of the most legendary hotels of the city: a fine address to discover and rediscover. All rooms and suites are designed in the Empire style with newly refurbished and modernized colors. A Parisian atmosphere still remains in the Hotel.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Drycleaning
    • Gym
    • Internet Access
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Restaurant

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Accommodation in Geneva

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    Le Richemond



    Prestigious and refined, Le Richemond is located on the picturesque shores of Lake Geneva, overlooking Jardin Brunswick, in the heart of Geneva. Founded in 1875 by the Armleder family, Le Richemond is synonymous with peerless comfort and five star luxury. For over a century, Le ...

    Prestigious and refined, Le Richemond is located on the picturesque shores of Lake Geneva, overlooking Jardin Brunswick, in the heart of Geneva. Founded in 1875 by the Armleder family, Le Richemond is synonymous with peerless comfort and five star luxury. For over a century, Le Richemond has welcomed distinguished guests, from Hollywood icons and artists to international dignitaries and authors, all enjoying the unique cosmopolitan atmosphere and Geneva's alpine scenery.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Check-In Time
    • Check-Out Time
    • Concierge
    • Hairdryers
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lift/elevator
    • Lounge
    • Luggage Storage
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Mini Bar
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Porter Service
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Accommodation in Milan

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    Uptown Palace



    Elegant and sophisticated, Uptown Palace Hotel Milan welcomes discerning travelers with plush accommodations and central location ideal for discovering the wonders of Milan. Uptown Palace is a 7-minute walk from Torre Velasca, and 14 minutes on foot from Milan's sublime Duomo or cathedral. There are ...

    Elegant and sophisticated, Uptown Palace Hotel Milan welcomes discerning travelers with plush accommodations and central location ideal for discovering the wonders of Milan. Uptown Palace is a 7-minute walk from Torre Velasca, and 14 minutes on foot from Milan's sublime Duomo or cathedral. There are 2 metro stations are within a 5-minute walk of the hotel, quickly connecting guests with the city's fashion district. Tourists check out the Arena Civica and Sforza Castle or marvel at Da Vinci's The Last Supper at UNESCO World Heritage-listed Santa Maria delle Grazie.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar
    • Car Rental Available
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Restaurant

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,665

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Day 1

Paris Railway Station to Paris Central Hotels - 20:00 to 08:00

Duration1 Hour

Eden Opera

The Eden Opera hotel has a privileged location in the very heart of Paris for your business or leisure trips. The hotel Eden Opera is located close to Montmartre, The Opera House Garnier, big department stores of Haussmann Boulevard and many theaters and cabarets as Mogador or Moulin Rouge.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration4 Nights
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    Eden Opera



    The Eden Opera hotel has a privileged location in the very heart of Paris for your business or leisure trips. The hotel Eden Opera is located close to Montmartre, The Opera House Garnier, big department stores of Haussmann Boulevard and many theaters and cabarets as ...

    The Eden Opera hotel has a privileged location in the very heart of Paris for your business or leisure trips. The hotel Eden Opera is located close to Montmartre, The Opera House Garnier, big department stores of Haussmann Boulevard and many theaters and cabarets as Mogador or Moulin Rouge.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Elevator
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Laundry Service
    • Lobby
    • Luggage Room

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Day 2

Paris Open Tour - Hop On/Off Bus 1 Day

Visit Paris on board an open-top double-decker bus. Enjoy exceptional views from the top deck, hop on and off as you please on our 4 lines, and visit the city at your own pace! The L'Open Tour bus pass lets you use any of the 4 L'OpenTour lines as often as you like, hop on and off the bus and easily get to all tourist spots thanks to our network of 50 stops, discover the history of Paris through our multilingual commentaries, let your children discover Paris in a new way through tales and legends of the city: D'Artagnan, Quasimodo, Phantom of the Opera..., and get discounts on numerous tourist attractions and activities.

Duration12 Hours
Day 3

Paris Must Eiffel Tower + Cruise

After your discovery of the center of Paris by minibus, the driver-guide will take you to the Eiffel Tower, up to the 2nd level with its unique and marvelous panorama. Your excursion ends with a one hour Seine river cruise to admire the monuments from another point of view. Entrance tickets included.

Duration5 Hours

Illuminations of Paris by Open Bus

If Paris is the city of lights it is because Paris is more beautiful than ever during the night. See a magical side of the French capital with this open top bus tour! It's an ideal way to admire the best of the city's landmarks when they are illuminated at night; amidst the busy nightlife, with the Eiffel Tower glittering in the distance. Evenings in Paris are never a disappointment! Experience a unique view of the most prestigious Parisian landmarks when they are illuminated at night, from the top floor of an open top double decker bus. Your tour will include the Place Vendome, the Louvre, Saint Germain des Pres, the Place de la Concorde, the Champs Elysees, the Eiffel Tower and the Opera... in short, all of the places which have made Paris so world-renowned. The Eiffel Tower will be brightly lit up during the nightly lights show, so whether you're with your partner, your family or your friends you're sure to have a magical evening.

Please note: in summer, part of the tour will take place in daylight.

Duration1 Hour
Day 4

Giverny and Versailles

In the morning at Giverny you have a guided visit of part of the wonderful gardens. Then, you will be on your own to visit Claude Monet's house and studio. The driver/guide will also provide you with the entrance ticket to the new " Musee des Impressionnismes Giverny". Lunch is included at "the Moulin de Fourges" (drinks included). Then there is a pleasant drive through the countryside of the Seine Valley. At Versailles you have a guided visit of the gardens. Then visit with an audio guide the State Apartments of the Palace. Entrance tickets included.

Duration9 Hours
Day 5

Paris Central Hotels to Paris Railway Station

Duration1 Hour

Geneva Train Station to City Center

Duration0 Minutes

Hotel Kipling Manotel

Hotel Kipling reveals itself like an adventure novel, drawing you in to its enthralling ambience, with its exotic woods and rich tones. Conjuring up a colonial English abode - intimate and warm - it opens its doors on the dream filled and wonderful themes of travel and the discovery of new worlds, on the road to India and beyond. With colourful woodwork and exotic fabrics, the hotel's rooms welcome you into a fragrant, sensuous world. Enjoy an exotic break in the heart of Geneva.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Hotel Kipling Manotel

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    Hotel Kipling Manotel



    Hotel Kipling reveals itself like an adventure novel, drawing you in to its enthralling ambience, with its exotic woods and rich tones. Conjuring up a colonial English abode - intimate and warm - it opens its doors on the dream filled and wonderful themes of ...

    Hotel Kipling reveals itself like an adventure novel, drawing you in to its enthralling ambience, with its exotic woods and rich tones. Conjuring up a colonial English abode - intimate and warm - it opens its doors on the dream filled and wonderful themes of travel and the discovery of new worlds, on the road to India and beyond. With colourful woodwork and exotic fabrics, the hotel's rooms welcome you into a fragrant, sensuous world. Enjoy an exotic break in the heart of Geneva.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry facilities
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Parking
    • Room Service

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Day 6

Geneva City Tour

This city sightseeing tour is a perfect introduction to Geneva. It is especially great if you've just arrived in the city and want to get a lay of the land. Geneva is a global city, home to many international groups, UN agency headquarters and other diplomatic organizations. On this brief city sightseeing tour, your local tour guide will show you where many of these famous organizations are housed, and introduce you to Geneva's top sights, like the Jet d'Eau on Lake Geneva. You will tour the city on a bus, and go for a ride on a mini-train to get a taste of Geneva's history. Then, your friendly local guide will lead you around Geneva's Old Town, entertaining you with facts about Swiss history.

Duration2 Hours
Day 7

Charmonix and Mont-Blanc (unescorted)

After boarding an air-conditioned coach in Geneva in the morning, relax on an unforgettable 1.5 hour drive across the Switzerland-France border and through the picturesque Arve Valley to Chamonix. This stunning Alpine village is situated at the foot of majestic Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe at 15,780 feet (4,800 meters).

For those crunched for time (or scared of heights), this option is ideal. When you arrive in Chamonix, you'll have the rest of the morning to explore independently. Enjoy picturesque mountain views around every corner as you discover the town's many delights, such as Parc Loisir, Musee Alpin, Lac Gaillands and Atelier Les Racines. Cozy up at a typical French bistro or chic Alpine chalet to indulge in the satisfying Savoyard specialty: fondue. Board the coach in the late afternoon for the ride back to Geneva.

Duration7 Hours
Day 8

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 9

City Center to Geneva Train Station

Duration0 Minutes

Milan Train Station to Milan Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Grand Visconti Palace

Located a short walk from the centre of Milan, the Grand Visconti Palace encapsulates the best of Milanese hospitality. The hotel is a perfect mix of tradition and modernity and combines the culture of welcome of an historic grand hotel with the convenience of modern technology for hosting events. The hotel is near Porta Romana, the historic gate to Milan, and is the only hotel in the city featuring a winter garden and 2,500-square meter park.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Grand Visconti Palace

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    Grand Visconti Palace



    Located a short walk from the centre of Milan, the Grand Visconti Palace encapsulates the best of Milanese hospitality. The hotel is a perfect mix of tradition and modernity and combines the culture of welcome of an historic grand hotel with the convenience of modern ...

    Located a short walk from the centre of Milan, the Grand Visconti Palace encapsulates the best of Milanese hospitality. The hotel is a perfect mix of tradition and modernity and combines the culture of welcome of an historic grand hotel with the convenience of modern technology for hosting events. The hotel is near Porta Romana, the historic gate to Milan, and is the only hotel in the city featuring a winter garden and 2,500-square meter park.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Babysitting Services
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Internet Access
    • Lobby
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 10

Grand Tour Of Milan

From the meeting point you will depart on a 1.5 hour walking tour of Milan. You will wander past the Teatro alla Scala and through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele a 19th century glass vaulted shopping arcade, and your guide will give you various glimpses into Milan's history. You will also enjoy a tour of Duomo, one of the world's largest and most striking Gothic Cathedrals. A bus will then take you on a panoramic tour of Arco della Pace, Cadorna, Churches of Santa Maria delle Grazie and Sant'Ambrogio, Corso Venezia, Piazza San Babila and Piazza Fontana. The bus will trasfer you to Santa Maria delle Grazie Basillica, which is a wonderful site to walk through and is also home to Da Vinci's painting 'The Last Supper'. It can be quite difficult to obtain tickets to see this work of art, with this tour provides you with both a guaranteed ticket and line skip to enjoy the painting.

Duration3 Hours
Day 11

Lake Como

Discover Lake Como in Italy's beautiful Lake District, just a short distance from Milan. Nestled between the huge snow-capped Alps that rise up from its shores, is fashionable lakeside town Como. Spending some time exploring and dining for lunch in Brunate, a picturesque town 500 meters above the lake. Then you will take an enchanting panoramic cruise on the lake before enjoying free time in Como for shopping, visiting the Romanesque Sant' Abbondio church, or visiting Villa Olmo. Some say that winter on Lake Como is when the lake is at its best as there are few tourists and the amazing shimmering browns and golds of Autumn create an incredible backdrop to the peace and quiet of the lake.

Duration9 Hours
Day 12

Verona, Lake Garda and Sirmione

Take a day trip from Milan to discover the beautiful town of Verona, the famous setting of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' and the don't-miss site of Sirmione, a stunning lakeside town on Lake Garda where ancient roman ruins meet the crystal blue shores. Your tour will start in Verona with a guided walking tour, you will see Juliet's balcony, the Roman Arena and the narrow medieval streets. After some free time for lunch and to wander, the tour will continue to Sirmione. Here you will have free time to explore the town, framed by green olive trees one side and Lake Garda on the other, it is praised as one of the most romantic places on earth. Visit the local attractions like Rocca Scaligera and the grand Roman villa which contains a charming museum. At around 5pm, you will board your coach for your return to Milan.

Duration12 Hours
Day 13

Milan Hotel to Linate Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Departs Mondays (subject to availability)

PRICE INCLUDES:

Transfers between hotels and train stations, 4 nights’ accommodation in Paris, 4 nights’ accommodation in Geneva, 4 nights’ accommodation in Milan, breakfast daily, and excursions as per the itinerary.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

All other meals and beverages, train tickets between cities, items of a personal nature and gratuities. Subject to availability at the time of booking.

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*Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share and include all taxes. Subject to availability.

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9 Oct 2017
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