Best of Northern Italy and France
Tour begins: Milan (contact for dates)
Tour ends: Paris
We start our tour with a pick up from Milan airport and drive along the shores of the beautiful Lake Como to our luxury bed and breakfast private hotel set high at the northern end of the lake with magnificent views from your room. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel by the rooftop spa or going for a stroll around the shores of the lake.
Dinner: Join us for a welcome tour dinner at one of the fine local restaurants. (D)
Today we will take a cruise on Lake Como visiting several of the most beautiful lakeside towns including Varenna, Bellagio and Menaggio. You will have time to explore these delightful towns, including the shops or simply relax and sample the local cuisine at one of the delightful lakeside restaurants.
Dinner: Join us in sampling home cooked Italian fare at our hotel tonight. (B, D)
Today will be an excursion you will never forget. We take the local train north of Lake Como to join the postal bus service into Switzerland. The route is spectacular passing scenery and tiny villages not to be missed before we arrive at St Moritz and enjoy a picnic lunch by the lake. We then board the UNESCO Bernina Express train for a ride through the Swiss Alps, past glaciers and lakes and over the famous circular viaduct of Brusio before heading back into Italy. This is an experience of a lifetime.
Dinner: Join us for dinner at a local trattoria. (B, D)
This morning we will visit one of the most stunning villas by the lake, Villa Carlotta which was built in the 17th Century for a noble and powerful Milanese family. It is set in acres of botanical gardens overlooking the lake and is a masterpiece of nature. We then return for a relaxing afternoon at the hotel.
Dinner: Let’s enjoy a farewell dinner overlooking the lake. (B, D)
Depart this morning for the scenic mountain drive through the Italian and French Alps to arrive at the beautiful French alpine resort town of Chamonix, nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc.
Relax this afternoon admiring the view of the glacier or explore the town with it's many shopping opportunities and cafes.
Dinner: We sample local French cuisine tonight for dinner at a local traditional restaurant. (B, D)
Today is free to enjoy the many attractions of Chamonix and the Alps – perhaps a mountain hike is on your list or take the optional excursion – a cable car ride to the “Top of Europe” – the majestic Mont Blanc. On a clear day, the scenery here is unforgettable and will be a highlight of your travel experience in France.
Dinner: You are free tonight to enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants in Chamonix – perhaps try a local creperie! (B)
We take a scenic drive today to the delightful lakeside town of Annecy where we will explore the old town and canals and enjoy lunch by the lake. A bike ride alongside the lake may be an option here.
Dinner: Own arrangements (B)
You can enjoy a free day to relax today – the choice is yours – go for a leisurely walk, maybe another cable car ride or wander the beautiful streets of Chamonix.
Dinner: Farewell Alps dinner at one of our favourite French restaurants. (B, D)
This morning we head south to Provence. We will arrive mid afternoon at our stunning hotel in one of the most beautiful villages in France. Enjoy the views over the valley and relax by the pool or stroll to the local village before dinner.
Dinner: Join us for a welcome to Provence dinner. (B, D)
Today we visit the Gorges du Verdon, the second biggest gorge in the world after the Grand Canyon. Why not join us for a short canoe or paddleboat trip down the gorge where you will see caves and waterfalls.
We will then visit another of the most beautiful villages in France where you will have time to explore the many shops and enjoy lunch.
After lunch, we will take a spectacular drive through the gorge and take in the panoramic views – a day to remember!
Dinner: Own arrangements. (B)
Today we will visit the glitzy French Riviera town of St Tropez. We drive to Port Grimaud and take a short boat ride to St Tropez harbour. After a stroll along the Promenade filled with local artists and their works, join us for lunch at a beautiful restaurant overlooking the sea. You will then have time to wander the many shops and delightful laneways before returning to the harbour for our trip back to Port Grimaud.
Dinner: Own arrangements. (B, L)
Today is completely yours to relax and enjoy the fine surroundings of this beautiful location.
Dinner: Join us for a final night dinner in Provence. (B, D)
We leave this morning to return to Italy where we will spend four nights at Santa Margherita on the beautiful Italian Riviera.
On the way we will visit the Principality of Monaco. We will take a small train ride to see all the sights including the magnificent harbour, Casino and the Royal Palace, the former home of Princess Grace.
We will visit the cathedral where she and Prince Rainier were both married and buried.
We will also take a stroll in the Botanical Gardens.
Dinner: This evening join us for dinner at one of our favourite local restaurants renowned for its home cooked Genovese cuisine. (B, D)
A relaxing start this morning.
We will then take a short boat ride around the beautiful coast to visit San Frutuoso Abbey and glitzy Portofino where you can marvel at the luxurious yachts in the harbour, sample a gelato or perhaps indulge with a drink at one of the many harbour side cafes. You are experiencing a well known holiday playground for the rich and famous.
Dinner: Own arrangements. (B)
Today, we will depart early by train to Riomaggiore, one of the five towns forming the amazing Cinque Terre National Park. After exploring the town, we will take the leisurely 20 minute walk on the Via dell'Amore (lover's walk) between the towns of Riomaggiore and Manarola.
We will go on to visit the stunning towns of Vernazza for lunch and Monterosso. The scenery is spectacular and your camera won't stop clicking. After lunch at one of the many cafes we return by train to our hotel late in the day.
Dinner: Own arrangements. (B, L)
A day for you to relax on the beach, stroll through the many laneways, do some last minute shopping.
Dinner: Join us tonight for a “Farewell Tour Dinner” at a favourite local restaurant. This will be a truly memorable dinner experience. (B, D)
We depart this morning for transfer to Malpensa Airport, Milan. (B) Arrivederci and Au Revoir - a tour experience you won’t forget!!
(B)=breakfast, (L) =lunch, (D) =dinner - included in the tour price.