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French & Italian Art & Rivieras

12 Days / 11 Nights

Paris, Nice, Monterosso Al Mare, Florence

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For art enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, this 12-day itinerary covers some of the best destinations in France and Italy. Your journey into the artistic and natural delights of these two gorgeous countries starts in Paris, the famous City of Lights, which is renowned for being a unique hub for Art aficionados. From the masterpieces residing in the Louvre to the street artists of Montmartre, Paris has it all. Your trip continues in Nice, with its Italianate squares and grand boulevards, and along the French Riviera where you'll have the opportunity to get to know cosmopolitan destinations, like Monaco and Cannes, but also lesser-known gems, such as Antibes and Eze.

Next, Italy awaits, and more specifically, Cinque Terre, this handful of quaint villages that combine natural splendor with eye-catching architecture. End your trip in Florence, this open-air museum of sorts, an essential stop for anyone with a passion for Art. Once you're done admiring the treasures of the Uffizi and the Accademia Gallery, feast your eyes on even more beauty by taking a trip across the blessed land of Tuscany, one of the most distinct landscapes on earth, also dotted with several marvelous works of art.

Our team members in France and Italy will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local SIM card or e-SIM with data that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3- to 5-star accommodation options, including boutique hotels and charming B&Bs. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambiance.

Route for Paris, Nice, Monterosso Al Mare, Florence tour

3 Nights in Paris

3 Nights in Paris

4 days in Paris
4 days in Paris

3 Nights in Paris

Paris is situated in the northern part of France. The city sprawls over both banks of the Seine River and on two islands: the Îles Saint Louis and the larger Île de la Cité. The historical city center is built around the Seine, and it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. For a glimpse into the oldest part of Paris, take a stroll along the Seine and around the 1st and 4th districts to admire iconic landmarks, such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris or the Louvre Museum, among others. But leave some space and time for the rest of the city's districts, as each of Paris' 20 arrondissements possesses incredible treasures to discover.

Paris is situated in the northern part of France. The city sprawls over both banks of the Seine River and on two islands: the Îles Saint Louis and the larger Île de la Cité. The historical city center is built around the Seine, and it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. For a glimpse into the oldest part of Paris, take a stroll along the Seine and around the 1st and 4th districts to admire iconic landmarks, such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris or the Louvre Museum, among others. But leave some space and time for the rest of the city's districts, as each of Paris' 20 arrondissements possesses incredible treasures to discover.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Paris

Welcome to Paris! We'll arrange for a driver to meet you at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and drive you to your centrally located accommodation. The journey time to the city center is about one hour.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Paris

Highlights of Paris Full Day Private Tour

Highlights of Paris Full Day Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

If you want to see the best of Paris in one day in the company of a local guide, look no further. From visiting iconic landmarks, such as the Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe, to wandering around the quaintest neighborhoods in Paris, like the Latin Quarter and Le Marais, this tour has it all.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Paris

The Village of Montmartre Private Tour

A Glimpse into The Artistic Side of Paris

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you are about to explore the charms of Montmartre, a neighborhood that feels like a painting coming to life. As you walk around the quaint cobblestone alleys, you will discover where Renoir, Van Gogh, Lautrec, and Picasso lived and had their studios, and where these world-famous artists created their masterpieces.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Nice by Train

You're leaving Paris behind today and heading to Nice. We will arrange a transfer to the train station and second class tickets. There are a few train departures to Nice daily, so you can choose your preferred departure time. Then just sit back and relax on the roughly 6 hours journey. An upgrade to the first class is available for an additional fee.

Nice by Train
We also offer the following excursions in Paris

Catacombs of Paris Self-Guided Visit
Strenuous45 minutes
Champagne Day Trip Small Group Experience
Light11 hours
Chateau Chambord and Chateau Chenonceau, Full Day Private Tour to Loire Valley
Moderate11 hours
Closing Time at the Louvre: Mona Lisa at Her Most Peaceful
Light3 hours

3 Nights in Nice

3 Nights in Nice

4 days in Nice
4 days in Nice

3 Nights in Nice

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Nice

When you arrive at the train station in Nice, a driver will be there to meet you and take you to your accommodation.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Nice

Old Town Nice Private Walking Tour

Experiencing The Charms of Nice

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you will delve into the unique charm of Nice, during a 3-hour private tour across the maze of quaint alleys that compose its Old Town. You will admire the city's splendid Italianate squares, visit the colorful flower market, and end the tour atop the dramatic Castle Hill for the most breathtaking views of Nice and beyond.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Nice

Panorama Private Tour

Discovering The French Riviera

Included in your vacation package price.

Today is a day filled with sun, sea, and gorgeous views. During your scenic drive along the French Riviera, you will have plenty of time to explore three destinations of your choice. From the glamorous vibes of Monaco, Nice, and Cannes to the irresistible quaintness of Eze, Antibes, and Saint Paul de Vence, the Côte d'Azur has no shortage of spectacular places to visit.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 9 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Monterosso Al Mare by Private Transfer

Bid a teary au revoir to France as your private driver transports you from one riviera to another. Today you're headed to Cinque Terre, an Italian coastal gem. Our driver will pick you up from your accommodation and drive the four hours to Monterosso al Mare. We can arrange for stops along the way, maybe to visit places you didn't get to see while in Nice, or on the Italian side of the border. We can arrange for sightseeing and lunch stops for an extra fee. As your travel advisor for details.

Monterosso al Mare by Private Transfer
We also offer the following excursions in Nice

Beaulieu From the Sea Private Boat Tour
Light2 hours
Food and Wine Group Tour
Light4 hours
Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze Full Day Group Tour
Light8 hours
Nissa La Bella Private Tour in a Vintage Car
Light1 hour

2 Nights in Monterosso Al Mare

2 Nights in Monterosso Al Mare

3 days in Monterosso Al Mare
3 days in Monterosso Al Mare

2 Nights in Monterosso Al Mare

As the northern-most of the Cinque Terre villages, Monterosso-al-Mare (literally the red mountain by the sea) is the most accessible of five. Road, rail and ferry links, and a wide choice of hotels make this an excellent base for visiting all the other villages and neighboring towns as well. This choice and accessibility comes at a price – it is the least pretty of the five. Yet that will hardly seem to matter when you're looking out to sea, or hiking the steep trail to Vernazza, the next village. Monterosso has the largest and best equipped beach of all the Cinque Terre villages so if some sun worship is on your vacation agenda, this is the perfect spot. As well as the opportunity to hike in the Cinque Terre national park between some of the villages you can also take the regular trains or if seas allow, the ferry service to the other villages. Private and boat day trips provide another way to admire the villages from their most natural aspect, the sea.

As the northern-most of the Cinque Terre villages, Monterosso-al-Mare (literally the red mountain by the sea) is the most accessible of five. Road, rail and ferry links, and a wide choice of hotels make this an excellent base for visiting all the other villages and neighboring towns as well. This choice and accessibility comes at a price – it is the least pretty of the five. Yet that will hardly seem to matter when you're looking out to sea, or hiking the steep trail to Vernazza, the next village. Monterosso has the largest and best equipped beach of all the Cinque Terre villages so if some sun worship is on your vacation agenda, this is the perfect spot. As well as the opportunity to hike in the Cinque Terre national park between some of the villages you can also take the regular trains or if seas allow, the ferry service to the other villages. Private and boat day trips provide another way to admire the villages from their most natural aspect, the sea.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Monterosso Al Mare

Your driver will bring you straight to your accommodation at Monterosso Al Mare.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Monterosso Al Mare

Cinque Terre Private Tour by Train

Explore Cinque Terre by Foot, Train, or Sea

Included in your vacation package price.

Immerse yourself in the protected area of the Cinque Terre National Park on this special day trip. You'll be getting around by train, along with your guide. There are frequent trains stopping at each of the villages. You'll visit the Doria tower of Vernazza for a spectacular view. Manarola and Riomaggiore offer a perfect sunset and abundant photo opportunities, along with aperitivo locations and good spots for dinner. There are frequent ferries stopping at each of the villages too and after your guide departs you can choose to take the ferry back to your accommodation.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Traveling to Florence by Train

Today it's time to head off to the capital of Tuscany - magnificent Florence. We have included standard class train tickets, but an upgrade to a higher class is possible at an extra cost. You'll need to change trains in La Spezia and the total journey time is around 2 and a half hours. Your hotel will be able to arrange a transfer to the train station if needed.

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Florence by Private Transfer

Florence by Private Transfer

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Monterosso Al Mare

Cinque Terre Private Hiking Tour
Strenuous6 hours
Cinque Terre by Kayak Group Tour from Monterosso
Moderate3 hours
Private Excursion to Genoa by Train
Light6 Hours
Private Tour to Lucca and Pisa from Monterosso
Light7.5 Hours

3 Nights in Florence

3 Nights in Florence

4 days in Florence
4 days in Florence

3 Nights in Florence

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and home to the region’s greatest Renaissance art and architecture. The Renaissance actually started here, and today the city’s numerous cathedrals and art galleries show the evidence of this rich and inspiring period. You’ll want to see the Duomo Cathedral and the Galleria dell’Accademia, which houses Michelangelo’s “David.” Botticelli and Da Vinci's works are here too, at some of the city’s other amazing galleries. But there’s more to do in Florence than simply admire the art. It’s a beautiful, romantic place, and even a stroll through the streets is charming. Add world-class restaurants, delectable local wine and cuisine, and a warm Tuscan welcome, and you have a destination unlike any other. Florence is also an ideal base for exploring Tuscany, with its picturesque hills and vineyards in the heart of Italy.

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and home to the region’s greatest Renaissance art and architecture. The Renaissance actually started here, and today the city’s numerous cathedrals and art galleries show the evidence of this rich and inspiring period. You’ll want to see the Duomo Cathedral and the Galleria dell’Accademia, which houses Michelangelo’s “David.” Botticelli and Da Vinci's works are here too, at some of the city’s other amazing galleries. But there’s more to do in Florence than simply admire the art. It’s a beautiful, romantic place, and even a stroll through the streets is charming. Add world-class restaurants, delectable local wine and cuisine, and a warm Tuscan welcome, and you have a destination unlike any other. Florence is also an ideal base for exploring Tuscany, with its picturesque hills and vineyards in the heart of Italy.

Day 9

Day 9 - Arrival in Florence

Upon arriving to Florence's main station, Santa Maria Novella, we'll arrange for our driver to pick you up from the train station and take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 10

Day 10 - Your First Full Day in Florence

The Cradle of the Renaissance

Included in your vacation package price.

Get to know some of Florence's most spectacular treasures with the help of a private guide at the Uffizi Gallery. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the works of the greatest artists from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance: Cimabue, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and many more. You'll see world-famous paintings that you've seen on television and in advertisements. Looking at the most famous artworks of the period, you'll understand why Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance. With this tour you'll make the most of your time in Florence: you'll be picked up at your accommodation by your guide, who will lead you through the city streets. You'll explore the most important bridges, alleys, medieval markets and Renaissance palaces, so you can appreciate the best of this unique city. Together, you will then reach the Academia Gallery. The statue of David is definitely the most famous work on display, but it's certainly not the only thing worth seeing. Have your questions at the ready!

Uffizi Gallery Private Tour

Uffizi Gallery Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

This tour of the Uffizi Gallery is a great way to experience the rich artistic culture and history of Florence. You'll meet your guide at your hotel or at the gallery, then walk through the gallery together. There are numerous world-famous masterpieces on display that you're sure to recognize.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Florence Walking and Accademia Gallery Private Tour

Florence Walking and Accademia Gallery Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

With this tour you'll make the most of your time in Florence: you'll be picked up at your accommodation by your guide, who will lead you through the city streets. You'll explore the most important bridges, alleys, medieval markets and Renaissance palaces, so you can appreciate the best of this unique city. Together, you will then reach the Academia Gallery. The statue of David is definitely the most famous work on display, but it's certainly not the only thing worth seeing. Have your questions at the ready!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Day 11

Day 11 - Your Second Full Day in Florence

The Tuscan Gems - Siena, San Gimignano and the Tuscan Countryside Small Group Tour

Explore Tuscany: San Gimignano, Siena, and Tuscany

Included in your vacation package price.

Enjoy some of Tuscany's most breathtaking sites and scenery on this small group tour. After nearly an hour and a half of driving through the beautiful countryside, you'll arrive at the heart of Siena, for a walk through the city's picturesque narrow streets with your guide. You'll hear the city's stories and anecdotes and visit its highlights with some free time in Siena. The next stop is a wine estate, where you'll enjoy a proper Tuscan lunch, with the vineyard's own wine. A further drive through the countryside, with its olive trees, vines, and ancient stone buildings, will take you to San Gimignano, with its splendid skyline of vertiginous Medieval tower homes, where you'll be able to end your day at a leisurely pace.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 10 hours

Day 12

Day 12 - Departure Day

A driver will pick you up at your accommodation based on your flight time and transfer you to Florence airport for your departure.

We also offer the following excursions in Florence

Best of Florence Small Group Walking Tour
Light3 hours
Buildings on the Arno Private Photo Tour
Light3-4 hours
Chianti E-bike Cycling Group Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting
Moderate8 hours 30 minutes
Cinque Terre Private Day Trip
Light10 Hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Paris

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Arrival Transfer
Highlights of Paris Full Day Private Tour
The Village of Montmartre Private Tour
Paris Train Station Transfer
Paris - Nice Train

Nice

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Nice Train Station Transfer
Old Town Nice Private Walking Tour
Highlights of The French Riviera Private Tour
Nice - Monterosso Al Mare Private Transfer

Monterosso Al Mare

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Cinque Terre Private Tour by Train
Monterosso - Florence Standard Class Train Tickets

Florence

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Florence Train Station Transfer
Uffizi Gallery Private Tour
Florence Walking and Accademia Gallery Private Tour
The Tuscan Gems - Siena, San Gimignano and the Tuscan Countryside Small Group Tour
Florence Airport Transfer

package excludes:


  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language

We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.

A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation

Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.

A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions

We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.

Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day

Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.

On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road

Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.

Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out

Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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