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France & Italy In 3 Weeks Tour Itinerary

Our tour planners have hand-crafted this 21 Day Guided Tour Itinerary through the heart of France and Italy for you to enjoy their rich history, stunning landscapes, and profound cultural heritage, all while traveling in comfort and luxury with our executive vehicles.

From the romantic streets of Paris to the Renaissance splendor of Florence, the glamour of the French Riviera to the timeless allure of Venice, this journey promises an unforgettable exploration of France and Italy in just three works.

Destination Visited On Our Three-Week France & Italy Tour

Day 1: Paris - City of Lights and Love

Eiffel Tower, Paris. View from river seine.
Eiffel Tower, Paris

Our first day in Paris sets the stage for your journey through France, blending iconic landmarks, art, and history, immersing you in the timeless allure of Paris.

Eiffel Tower Visit

Begin your French adventure in the enchanting city of Paris, starting with the iconic Eiffel Tower.

As you ascend this world-famous landmark, you will experience breathtaking cityscape views and learn about its history and significance as a symbol of Parisian charm.

Quite simply, there is no more romantic or iconic way to view the city’s beauty than from the panoramic views offered by the Eiffel Towers.

Guided Tour of Louvre Museum

Paris is synonymous with high culture and art, and a guided tour of the Louvre allows you to dive into the city’s artistic heart.

Home to thousands of works of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, the Louvre provides a deep dive into artistic masterpieces spanning centuries. Your visit here is a journey through history, culture, and unparalleled artistry.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Conclude your day with a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, an exemplary masterpiece of French Gothic architecture.

Although it’s undergoing restoration, the cathedral’s majestic structure continues to captivate. Explore its historical significance, appreciate the architectural details from the outside, and enjoy a tranquil walk along the Seine River nearby.

Day 2: Day Trip to the Palace of Versailles

Versailles palace private tour
Versailles, France

Join your private driver for a majestic journey from Paris to the Palace of Versailles, a symbol of royal extravagance and architectural grandeur. This UNESCO World Heritage site was the epicenter of French royal power in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The Grand Palace

Your guided tour begins with the Palace itself, where you’ll explore the opulent State Apartments, each room lavishly decorated and telling its own story of courtly life.

The Hall of Mirrors, the Palace’s most famous room, is a stunning gallery where kings and queens once walked and pivotal historical events unfolded. Its walls, lined with mirrors, reflect the grandeur of the French monarchy.

Gardens and the Grand Trianon

Step outside to discover the expansive and meticulously manicured gardens. These emblematic French formal gardens feature beautifully designed landscapes, intricate flower beds, and grand fountains.

Continue to the Grand Trianon, a smaller palace within the grounds, built as a private retreat for Louis XIV away from the rigors of court life.

Marie Antoinette's Estate

Conclude your visit at Marie Antoinette’s Estate, a more intimate part of Versailles. Explore the Petit Trianon and the Queen’s Hamlet, a rustic retreat built for the queen, offering a glimpse into her personal life and tastes.

Return to Paris in the evening.

Day 3: Lyon - A Blend of Historical Splendor and Natural Beauty

two female tourists clinking wine bottles together in celebration in Lyon, France.
Lyon, France

On your third day, you will take the high-speed train from Paris in the morning to make your way to Lyon in just 2 hours.

Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon)

Dive into the historical heart of Lyon, beginning your exploration in Vieux Lyon, one of Europe’s most extensive Renaissance neighborhoods.

Wander through its narrow, cobbled streets lined with colorful old buildings and hidden traboules (passageways) that reveal courtyards and secret staircases. Highlights include the Gothic Saint-Jean Cathedral and the vibrant atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Visit the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, majestically perched atop Fourvière Hill.

This stunning basilica, a blend of Romanesque and Byzantine styles, offers breathtaking views of Lyon. Inside, marvel at the intricate mosaics and the ornate interior.

Parc de la Tête d'Or

Conclude your day at Parc de la Tête d’Or, one of the largest urban parks in France.

This beautiful park features a large lake, botanical gardens, and a zoo, providing a serene escape from the city.

Whether you’re enjoying a leisurely walk, a boat ride on the lake, or simply relaxing by the flower gardens, the park is the perfect end to your day in Lyon.

Day 4: Exploring the Beaujolais Wine Region from Lyon

pouring red wine from bottle into the glass close up shot Beaujolais Red Wine, Vineyard, France
Beaujolais Red Wine, Vineyard, France

Discover the picturesque Beaujolais wine region, a haven for wine enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Just a short drive from Lyon, this day trip takes you through rolling hills, vineyard-covered landscapes, and charming villages that define the Beaujolais countryside.

Vineyards and Wineries

Your journey begins with a scenic drive through the heart of the Beaujolais region, known for its light, fruity wines primarily made from the Gamay grape.

Visit several hand-picked wineries, where you’ll meet local winemakers, learn about the winemaking process, and, most importantly, sample a variety of Beaujolais wines.

From the fresh and light Beaujolais Nouveau to the more complex and rich Beaujolais Crus, you’ll gain insight into the diversity of this region’s wines.

Historical Villages

Along the way, explore some historical villages dotted throughout the region, like Oingt and Vaux-en-Beaujolais.

These villages offer a glimpse into the rural French lifestyle and are often characterized by medieval architecture, cobbled streets, and panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards.

Culinary Delights

Enjoy a traditional lunch in a local restaurant or vineyard, where you can savor regional cuisine paired perfectly with Beaujolais wines.

Return to Lyon in the evening.

Day 5: Avignon - A Journey through Medieval Majesty

Avignon- Medieval City of the Popes
Avignon, France

Your day in Avignon (a 2.5-hour transfer away from your Lyon accommodation) immerses you in the city’s rich medieval past, exploring its most iconic landmarks and offering a glimpse into the historical grandeur of this Provencal gem.

Palais des Papes

Begin your exploration in Avignon, a city steeped in history and marked by its medieval architecture.

Your first destination is the Palais des Papes, one of Europe’s largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings. As a former papal residence, this Palace is a testament to Avignon’s historical significance in the 14th century.

Tour the grand halls and chapels, marvel at the frescoes, and learn about the Palace’s role during the Avignon Papacy.

Pont d'Avignon

Your guide will then take you to the Pont d’Avignon, officially known as the Pont Saint-Bénézet.

This famous medieval bridge partially spans the Rhône River and offers picturesque city and river views. Learn about the bridge’s history and the legend of Saint Bénézet.

Rocher des Doms

Conclude your day with a visit to Rocher des Doms, a rocky outcrop providing a panoramic view of Avignon and the surrounding Provence landscape.

The gardens at Rocher des Doms are perfect for a peaceful evening stroll. They offer a serene environment and beautiful sunset views over the city.

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Day 6: Exploring the Luberon Villages - Gordes and Roussillon

Gordes, France Serene countryside
Gordes, France

Your journey into the heart of the Luberon region begins with a visit to Gordes, often hailed as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Perched on the edge of the Vaucluse plateau, Gordes is a stunning hilltop village offering spectacular views of the Luberon Valley. The village’s houses and buildings, made of white stone, cascade down the hillside, creating a picturesque setting.

Explore the narrow cobblestone streets, discovering hidden terraces, quaint courtyards, and local art galleries. The village is also home to the Renaissance-style Château de Gordes and the Cistercian Abbaye de Sénanque, nestled in a valley surrounded by lavender fields.

Roussillon's Ochre Landscape

The village of Roussillon is known for its striking red and ochre cliffs. Walk along the Ochre Trail, where you can see the rich ochre deposits in the cliff faces and the surrounding landscape.

The village itself is a palette of vibrant colors, with houses painted in shades of red, orange, and yellow, reflecting the area’s natural hues.

Wander through the charming streets, enjoy the art galleries and studios, and relax in one of the local cafes.

Provençal Cuisine

During your tour, take the opportunity to enjoy Provençal cuisine at a local restaurant, where dishes are often prepared with fresh, local ingredients, embodying the flavors of the region.

Return to Avignon in the evening.

Day 7: Nice On The French Riviera

young woman in yellow top standing with arms outstretched at a viewpoint in Nice, France
Nice Viewpoint, France

At the one-week juncture of our itinerary, you will join your private driver for a two-hour transfer south to Nice, a jewel in the crown of the French Riviera.

Promenade des Anglais

Start with a leisurely stroll along the famous Promenade des Anglais, a bustling seafront walkway offering stunning Mediterranean Sea views.

Lined with palm trees and filled with joggers, cyclists, and rollerbladers, the Promenade is the perfect introduction to the vibrant lifestyle of Nice.

Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice) is a maze of narrow streets, colorful buildings, and lively markets.

Explore the Cours Saleya market, where you can find local produce and flowers, and don’t miss the chance to try some local Niçoise specialties. The Old Town also houses the Baroque-style Nice Cathedral and the Palais Lascaris, a 17th-century aristocratic building.

Day 8: Glamorous Monaco from Nice

aerial view of monaco harbour lined with yachts and boats.
Monaco, France

Embark on a day trip to the opulent Principality of Monaco, a sovereign city-state known for its luxury, glamour, and stunning Mediterranean scenery.

Just a short drive from Nice, Monaco offers a glimpse into a world of high-end living and historic charm.

Monte Carlo and the Casino

Begin your exploration in the Monte Carlo district, the epitome of luxury.

Visit the legendary Monte Carlo Casino, an architectural marvel and a hotspot for the world’s elite. Even if you don’t fancy a gamble, the casino’s façade and surrounding gardens are worth admiring. Stroll around the Casino Square, surrounded by luxurious hotels, high-end boutiques, and exquisite cars.

Prince's Palace and Old Town

Next, head to the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, located in Monaco’s old town, known as “Le Rocher” or “The Rock.”

Witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony and explore the historic streets of the old town. The Palace, still the official residence of the Prince of Monaco, offers insights into the history and traditions of the Grimaldi family, which has ruled Monaco for centuries.

Panoramic Views and Oceanographic Museum

Finally, visit the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, perched dramatically on the cliffside.

Not only does the museum offer fascinating marine exhibits, but it also provides stunning panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. The surrounding gardens and sculptures add to the serene beauty of this location.

Return to Nice in the evening.

Day 9: Marseille - A Blend of History & Mediterranean Charm

Our lady of the Guard church in marseille.
Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille, France

Just a 2-hour transfer from Nice lies Marseille, where your tour will combine the city’s rich maritime history, religious heritage, and the colorful ambiance of its oldest neighborhood, all set against the backdrop of the Mediterranean.

Old Port (Vieux-Port)

Your exploration of Marseille begins at the city’s historic heart, the Old Port (Vieux-Port). This bustling harbor, lined with cafes and boats, has been the center of life in Marseille for centuries.

Stroll along the dock, watch fishermen sell their catch at the fish market, and soak in the lively atmosphere. The port, surrounded by historic forts Saint-Jean and Saint-Nicolas, offers picturesque views and a sense of Marseille’s maritime history.

Notre-Dame de la Garde

The basilica, located on a hilltop overlooking Marseille, officially called Notre-Dame de la Garde but known locally as “La Bonne Mère,” is a 19th-century church and symbol of protection for the city.

The basilica’s interior is adorned with beautiful mosaics, and its terrace offers panoramic views of Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea.

Le Panier District

The day draws to a close with a visit to Le Panier, Marseille’s oldest district.

Wander through its narrow, winding streets filled with colorful buildings, local art galleries, and quaint shops. Le Panier’s charm lies in its vibrant street art, historical buildings, and the cultural diversity that has shaped this neighborhood over centuries.

Day 10: Calanques National Park from Marseille

the Calanques National Park and Mediterranean Sea.
Calanques National Park, France

Day ten is spent on a day trip from Marseille to the breathtaking Calanques National Park, a unique natural wonder along the Mediterranean coast.

This protected area, known for its dramatic landscapes, encompasses rugged cliffs, azure waters, and secluded coves.

Exploring the Calanques

Your tour will take you through some of the most picturesque parts of the park. Witness the Calanques, steep-walled inlets carved into the limestone, offering stunning contrasts between the white cliffs and the turquoise sea.

The natural beauty of these formations is a highlight for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.

Cassis and Cap Canaille

Visit the charming town of Cassis, nestled at the edge of the national park. Cassis is a gateway to exploring the Calanques by foot or by boat.

Additionally, venture to Cap Canaille, one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, providing spectacular panoramic views of the Calanques and the Mediterranean.

Hiking and Scenic Views

For those interested in hiking, there are numerous trails offering varying levels of difficulty, leading to hidden beaches and vantage points with breathtaking vistas.

The park’s diverse flora and fauna add to the richness of the experience. This day trip to Calanques National Park from Marseille is a journey into one of France’s most unique and stunning natural landscapes, offering a serene escape from the city and a chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Mediterranean coast.

Return to Marseille in the evening.

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Day 11: Flight from Marseille to the Eternal City of Rome

Rome, Italy

Your adventure continues as you depart from the vibrant city of Marseille, leaving the charm of France behind.

Head to the airport for your flight to Italy, a country rich in history, art, and culture. As you say goodbye to France, anticipate the wonders that await in Italy, starting with its capital, Rome.

Arrival and Transfer in Rome

Upon arrival in Rome, your private driver will greet you at the airport. Then, experience a comfortable and seamless transfer to your central accommodation.

As you travel through the city, get your first glimpses of Rome’s iconic architecture and vibrant street life.

Day 12: Rome - A Day in the Heart of Ancient History

Rome, Colosseum, Italy

This day in Rome offers a journey through time, from the grandeur of ancient empires to the artistic heights of the Renaissance, showcasing the city’s rich historical and cultural legacy.

The Colosseum

Begin your exploration of Rome at the Colosseum, one of the most iconic symbols of Ancient Rome.

This massive amphitheater, a marvel of ancient engineering, once hosted gladiatorial combats and public spectacles. As you walk through its towering arches, your guide will bring its history to life, recounting tales of emperors, gladiators, and the Roman populace.

Vatican City Tour

Venture into Vatican City with your private guide, the smallest independent state in the world and the spiritual center of the Roman Catholic Church.

Your tour will include St. Peter’s Basilica, an architectural masterpiece home to Michelangelo’s Pietà and the stunning dome.

Explore the Vatican Museums, home to a vast collection of art and antiquities, including the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo’s breathtaking ceiling frescoes.

Trevi Fountain

Conclude your day with a visit to the Trevi Fountain, Rome’s largest and most famous Baroque fountain.

According to legend, tossing a coin into the fountain ensures a return to Rome. The sound of cascading water creates a magical atmosphere, especially at night when the lights illuminate the fountain.

Day 13: Exploring Tivoli's Ancient Splendor - Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa

Tivoli, Italy

Set off on a day trip from Rome to the enchanting town of Tivoli, known for its rich history and stunning architectural wonders. Just a short drive from the bustling city, Tivoli offers a serene escape into the world of ancient villas and lush gardens.

Villa d'Este

Your first stop is Villa d’Este, a UNESCO World Heritage site celebrated for its Renaissance architecture and spectacular gardens.

As you wander through the villa, admire the frescoed rooms and the grandeur of its design. The highlight, however, is the villa’s expansive gardens. These Italian Renaissance gardens are a mesmerizing display of fountains, grottoes, nymphs, and water features designed to amaze and entertain visitors. Additionally, the famous Fountain of Neptune is a must-see for its impressive water display.

Hadrian's Villa

Continue your journey to Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana), another UNESCO World Heritage site.

This vast complex was a retreat for Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century. Explore the ruins of this once-grand villa, including the Maritime Theatre, the Canopus, and the Serapeum. The villa combines elements of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman architecture, making it a unique archaeological treasure.

Return to Rome in the evening.

Day 14: Florence - A Renaissance Tapestry

florence skyline
Florence, Italy

Three hours from Rome, your driver guide will deliver you to your accommodation in Florence. This city immerses you in its artistic and architectural wonders, capturing the essence of the Renaissance and the timeless beauty of one of Italy’s most enchanting cities.

Florence Cathedral (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore)

Your first destination will be a visit to the magnificent Florence Cathedral. Known locally as the Duomo, this architectural masterpiece is famous for its stunning red dome designed by Brunelleschi, an icon of the city.

Explore the cathedral’s intricate façade, climb the dome for breathtaking city views, and visit the adjacent Baptistery and Giotto’s Bell Tower for their exquisite art and architecture.

Uffizi Gallery

Step into the heart of Renaissance art at the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s most prestigious art museums.

Home to a remarkable collection of works, the Uffizi houses masterpieces by artists such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci. Wander through the galleries, admiring paintings and sculptures that have shaped art history.

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Day 15: Iconic Leaning Tower & Historic Wonders of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

This day trip from Florence to Piza introduces you to the landmarks that have made Pisa an enduring symbol of Italian art and history.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The highlight of your visit is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a remarkable architectural anomaly and a symbol of Italy.

Situated in the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), this freestanding bell tower is known for its unintended tilt. As you admire the tower’s structure, learn about its history, construction, and stabilization efforts. For a unique experience, climb the steps to the top for a panoramic view of Pisa.

Pisa Cathedral and Baptistery

Adjacent to the Leaning Tower is the Pisa Cathedral, an exemplary work of Romanesque architecture.

Explore its lavishly decorated interior, including impressive frescoes and artwork. Nearby, the Baptistery, notable for its circular plan and impressive acoustics, stands as the largest Baptistery in Italy—Marvel at its mixture of Romanesque and Gothic architectural elements.

Campo Santo

Complete your tour with a visit to Campo Santo, also known as the Monumental Cemetery.

This walled cemetery is famous for its artistic tombs and ancient sarcophagi. It houses the remains of notable figures and serves as a museum of sculptures and frescoes.

This day trip to Pisa from Florence offers a deep dive into the city’s iconic landmarks, revealing the artistic and architectural heritage that makes Pisa a captivating destination in Italy.

Return to Florence in the evening.

Day 16: Venice - A City of Canals & Romance

Doge's Palace, Venice, Italy

Just 2 hours on the fast train from Florence, you will arrive in Venice, a city of unparalleled beauty and history, where every corner tells a story of luxury, art, and romance.

St Mark's Square

Your discovery of Venice, a city built on water, begins at the famous St. Mark’s Square, Venice’s social, cultural, and historical heart.

This grand square is home to some of Venice’s most iconic buildings. Admire the stunning St. Mark’s Basilica with its ornate facade and golden mosaics. The square also hosts the Campanile, offering panoramic city views, and the elegant Doge’s Palace.

Grand Canal

Experience the essence of Venice with a journey along the Grand Canal, the main waterway cutting through the city.

This vital aquatic street is lined with magnificent palaces and churches, showcasing the wealth and artistry of the Venetian Republic. A gondola or vaporetto (water bus) ride along the canal provides a unique perspective on the city’s architecture and daily life.

Doge's Palace

Before you spend the evening at your leisure in Florence, your guide will take you to the Doge’s Palace, a symbol of Venice’s power and prestige.

This Gothic-style palace was the Doge’s residence and the seat of the Venetian government. Tour its lavish chambers, adorned with masterpieces by Venetian artists, and walk through the Bridge of Sighs.

Day 17: Venetian Craftsmanship on Murano & Burano Islands Day Trip

Murano & Burano Islands, Italy

Embark on a delightful day trip from Venice to the neighboring islands of Murano and Burano, each known for its unique artisanal traditions and colorful landscapes.

Murano: The Art of Glassmaking

Your first stop is Murano, globally renowned for its long history of glassmaking.

Visit one of the island’s famous glass factories to witness the fascinating process of glassblowing, a craft that has been perfected here over centuries.

Murano’s glassmakers are known for their skill in creating intricate glass artworks, from delicate vases to elaborate chandeliers.

Explore the island’s Glass Museum to learn more about the history and evolution of glassmaking, and stroll along the canals lined with shops displaying exquisite glass creations.

Burano: A Tapestry of Colors

We then depart to the picturesque island of Burano, famous for its brightly painted houses and lace-making tradition.

The island’s vibrant colors make it a photographer’s paradise. Visit a local lace workshop to see artisans at work, creating delicate Burano lace, a craft that dates back to the Renaissance. The island also hosts the Lace Museum, where you can delve deeper into the history and intricacies of lace-making.

This day trip to Murano and Burano offers a glimpse into the unique arts and crafts that have shaped the cultural heritage of the Venetian Lagoon, making it a memorable addition to your Venetian experience.

Return to Venice in the evening.

Day 18: Milan - A Fusion of Fashion, Art, & History

Duomo Cathedral Milan
Duomo Cathedral, Milan, Italy

Your driver will take you to the train station on day 18 as you board the fast train for the two-and-a-half-hour journey to Milan to explore the city’s renowned artistic heritage, architectural wonders, and historical significance, offering a comprehensive glimpse into the cultural heart of Northern Italy.

Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano)

Your exploration of Milan, Italy’s fashion capital and a hub of art and history, begins at the Milan Cathedral.

This Gothic masterpiece, with its intricate marble façade and thousands of spires, dominates the city’s skyline. Venture inside to admire the stunning stained glass and art, or climb to the rooftop for a panoramic view of Milan and, on clear days, the Alps.

View The Last Supper Artwork

Next, visit Santa Maria delle Grazie, home to one of the world’s most famous artworks,

Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” This iconic mural, housed in the convent’s refectory, depicts a pivotal moment in Christian history with remarkable composition and emotion. The viewing experience offers a moment of reflection on Leonardo’s artistic genius.

Sforza Castle

Conclude your day at Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco), a symbol of Milan’s rich history and a fortress that houses several of the city’s museums and art collections.

Explore its halls to see Michelangelo’s unfinished sculpture “Rondanini Pietà” and other Renaissance art. The castle’s grounds, Parco Sempione, provide a lovely setting for an evening stroll.

Day 19: Lake Como Day Trip

Lake Como, Italy

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Lake Como, nestled at the foothills of the Alps, on a day trip from Milan. Known for its dramatic scenery, elegant villas, and quaint towns, Lake Como is a haven of tranquility and a favorite retreat among artists, celebrities, and travelers.

Charming Towns and Villas

Your journey around Lake Como includes visits to some of its most enchanting towns. Begin at the town of Como, known for its Renaissance architecture and lively piazzas. Explore the historic center, visit the Como Cathedral, and stroll along the lakeside Promenade.

Continue to Bellagio, often referred to as the “Pearl of Lake Como.” Bellagio is famous for its cobbled lanes, charming architecture, and stunning waterfront views. Here, you can wander through the town’s narrow streets, lined with boutiques and artisanal shops.

Villa Carlotta and Its Gardens

Visit Villa Carlotta, a 17th-century villa renowned for its art collection and lush botanical garden.

The villa’s gardens are a paradise of azaleas, rhododendrons, and ancient trees, with terraces offering beautiful lake views.

Throughout the day, enjoy the serene atmosphere and picturesque landscapes of Lake Como. The combination of Alpine freshness and Mediterranean flora creates a unique and relaxing environment. The lake’s crystal-clear waters and surrounding mountains offer a postcard-perfect setting that captivates all who visit.

This day trip to Lake Como from Milan offers a delightful escape into nature’s beauty, showcasing one of Italy’s most idyllic and famed destinations.

Return to Milan in the evening.

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Day 20: Cinque Terre - Discovering the Five Villages

Cinque Terre National Park, Liguria, Italy
Cinque Terre, Italy

These two days in Cinque Terre provide a profound connection to the natural beauty and traditional lifestyle of the Italian Riviera.

Cinque Terre, a string of five centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline consisting of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, are renowned for their colorful houses, steep terraces, vineyards, and breathtaking views of the Ligurian Sea.

Monterosso and Vernazza

Start your exploration in Monterosso, known for its beautiful beaches and the ancient Capuchin Monastery. Wander through the old streets and soak up the seaside charm. Continue to Vernazza, arguably the most picturesque of the five towns, with its narrow lanes and elegant houses leading down to a lively harbor.

Corniglia and Manarola

Visit Corniglia, perched atop a hill and surrounded by vineyards. Unlike the other villages, Corniglia is not directly adjacent to the sea but offers spectacular views from its elevated position.

Then, explore Manarola, famous for its sweet Sciacchetrà wine and a popular spot for romantic sunset views.

Day 21: Cinque Terre - Hiking and Coastal Beauty

Cinque Terre Boats, Italy

Begin your second day in Riomaggiore, the easternmost of the Cinque Terre villages, known for its historic character and culinary specialties. Take the opportunity to hike along the famous Sentiero Azzurro, a trail that connects the five villages, offering stunning coastal views and a unique perspective of each village.

Boat Tours and Vineyard Exploration

Experience a different view of Cinque Terre with a boat tour along the coast. Witness the beauty of these villages from the sea, providing a memorable and picturesque experience.

Additionally, explore the local vineyards that are integral to Cinque Terre’s culture and landscape. Learn about the traditional methods of winemaking that have been passed down through generations.

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Having developed into a Francophile on a trip to the French Alps many years ago while still in school, I moved to France after a career traveling the world led to me meeting my (now) French Husband in Johannesburg. I created Luxury France Tours as a way of sharing my love of France & igniting this passion in others.

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