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If you love architecture and history, culture and shopping, great food and wonderful gelato, join us for a lavishness and luxurious discovery of the two most enchanting cities of Italy, Rome and Venice.
In Rome, the eternal city of seven hills, we will wake among 2800 years of history, in the steps of Julius Caesar, Nero and the Coliseum’s ancient gladiators. We will taste the Dolce Vita in emblematic spots as the so charming Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain that appears in the most popular Italian films, or Villa Medici overlooking the entire city. We will visit the Vatican city state, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel which feature some of the world’s most famous paintings and sculptures. And we will have, of course, shopping in the most chic streets and boutiques.
After Rome, the graceful canals of Venice, one of the most sought after destinations in the world, are waiting for us. Our luxury hotel is located in Murano, an island in the lagoon area, well known for its glassmakers. We will head to St. Mark’s Square by vaporetto, taste a caffe con latte as Italians do, climb on the top of the Campanile, visit the Accademia di Belle Art, tour Venice and its 400 bridges by boat, and have diner in a trattoria, among many other surprises.
According to your choice, English or French, 2 hours of language classes Monday to Saturday
Let us create your unforgettable Italian tour!
01/07/2018 > 15/07/2018
15/07/2018 > 29/07/2018
- WEEK 1 Paris Arrival at Paris Airport, welcome and private transfert to the hotel.
You will be staying at the Mercure Paris Centre Eiffel Tower hotel, close to the most popular monument in Paris!
On your arrival on Sunday, we will be pleased to welcome you with a drink and the presentation of your program.
Then we will take you to diner at Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a typical Parisian neighbourhood.
Monday In the morning, you will discover Paris on an open top bus to see the sights of the French capital, before stopping by the Trocadéro for a lunch in a typical Parisian brasserie.
In the afternoon, you will go up the Eiffel Tower and enjoy the best view over Paris, to have a look at all the Parisian monuments all in one go, which is a truly amazing experience.
You will then visit the great Aquarium of Paris.
In the evening, we will invite you to discover Paris on the water! You will dine on a “Bateau Mouche” and you will admire the magic monuments of Paris illuminated at night.View
Tuesday Tour of the Latin Quarter, the students’ district on the left bank of the Seine. You will discover the Sorbonne, one of the first universities in the world and the oldest university in France, which dates back to the 13th century.
For lunch, we will go on a picnic at the ”Luxembourg Gardens”, one of the most popular gardens in Paris that houses the French Senate.
After the lunch break, you will visit the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral, a medieval cathedral, and the Sainte Chapelle which is a royal chapel. You can also choose to go for a stroll on the Île de la Cité, in the middle of the Seine river, and we will enjoy the world-famous ice cream from Berthillon.
In the evening, you will play a bowling competition et we will reward the victorious team during the dinner. Or participate in an escape game where you’ll have to solve a series of puzzles using clues and strategy.View
Wednesday Visit of the Palace of Versailles, once the seat of power in the Kingdom of France and the castle of Louis XIV called the Roi Soleil.
You will go for a picnic in the Gardens of Versailles and then you will discover the estate of Trianon, closely associated with Queen Marie-Antoinette.
In the evening, you will admire the extraordinary water and music show in the palace gardens.
Then back to Paris for a late dinner.View
Thursday Visit of the Louvre, certainly the largest and most beautiful museum in the world, which is housed in the royal Louvre Palace. The museum exhibits Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa which is the most popular attraction.
Then you will walk along the Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the Place Vendôme, the Champs-Elysées and the Avenue Montaigne, where the most luxurious and trendy fashion stores and world-renowned jewellers are located. A truly amazing shopping experience on the world’s most beautiful avenues to make the most of your trip to Paris.
On our way an unexpected experience awaits you. You will prepare your own lunch during a French cooking class at the ”Atelier des Chefs” with a great French chef.
Later on, in the afternoon, you will have the chance to visit the backstage of the Paris Opera House at Palais Garnier.
In the evening, after your dinner at the hotel, we will all go dancing and listening to music in a popular nightclub attended by young Parisians.View
Friday After a late breakfast, you will certainly want to discover the famous Parisian ”grands magasins” (department stores), the Galeries Lafayette known as the largest in the world and the Printemps.
Lunch break on the hill of Montmartre, at the place du Tertre, a well-known public square where the most famous painters of the 19th century, such as Van Gogh and later Picasso worked and lived.
You will walk around Montmartre, visit the Sacré-Coeur Basilica overlooking the city or explore the Dalí museum.
Dinner and evening spent at the Aquaboulevard water park.View
Saturday All day at Disneyland Paris, fireworks and return to the hotel around 10pm. What a day!View Sunday Breakfast/Brunch in an elegant Parisian tea room, then you will walk to the Place des Vosges in the middle of the oldest district of Paris and a very lively neighbourhood on Sundays!
Later in the afternoon, departure for your next destination, the French Riviera or London.View
- WEEK 2 Riviera During this week on the French Riviera, we will be happy to make you discover places rich in history, beautiful landscapes and flavours!
This tour on the Mediterranean coastline of the South of France will take you to Nice, Monaco, Cannes and Saint-Tropez, among other magical places!
Sunday Arrival late afternoon at Nice airport and transfer to your hotel.
The Mercure Hotel is located in the heart of Nice, overlooking the seafront and the Promenade des Anglais on the Côte d’Azur.
On your first night, you will dine under the shade of the flower market trees.View
Monday In the morning, you will discover the Mediterranean Sea and its beaches.
Lunch on the beach to make the most of your tour in the South of France.
In the afternoon, departure for Saint Paul de Vence, known as the town of Picasso and many great artists and actors. You will walk around the side streets of this charming town and you will visit the Maeght Foundation, which exhibits one of the biggest 20th century art collections in Europe.
This museum nestled in nature brings together a collection of paintings and sculptures of modern and contemporary art.
Return to Nice for an amazing dinner at Les Pêcheurs restaurant in the harbour, to taste the famous ”bouillabaisse” which is a local fish speciality.View
Tuesday Visit of Monaco.
A day spent by the sea with many activities: swimming, discovery of the coast, visit of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the Villefranche Bay.
Lunch by the sea.
At the end of the afternoon, you will visit the Principality of Monaco, a city-state located on the Mediterranean coastline and surrounded by France.
Dinner in a trendy restaurant by the harbour and evening spent at Monaco.View
Wednesday Visit of Antibes, from the old town to the ramparts.
Visit of the Marineland of Antibes, the biggest marine zoological park in the French Riviera. With orcas, dolphins and otters shows. Besides the various shows, you will discover the secret life of sharks and penguins.
You will have lunch in the theme park.
After the visit, you will take a dip in the pools of the Aquasplash water park!
Dinner in Cannes and disco night at the Siesta of Antibes, a popular place by the beach with 3 dancefloors.
Back to Nice.View
Thursday On the road towards Saint Tropez, a world-famous city thanks to Brigitte Bardot and its harbour that welcomes the most luxurious yachts.
Loose yourself in the old streets.
Lunch on one of the exclusive beaches of Pampelonne. Beach activities in the afternoon.
At the end of the day, we will drive to the Gorges Du Verdon, a spectacular river canyon that is considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful.
Dinner and evening spent at the gorgeous “Hôtel et Spa” in the Gorges Du Verdon, the deepest canyon in Europe.View
Friday Rafting, kayaking… in the Gorges Du Verdon to explore the region, we will also go for a picnic and take a swim in the river canyon.
At the end of the day, we will take the road to Aix-en-Provence where you will eat a gastronomic dinner cooked by chef Pierre Reboul, a star rewarded chef. Accommodation at the “Château de la Pioline” hotel in Aix-en-Provence.View
Saturday Built more than 2000 years ago, you will need a whole day to discover this amazing town of Provence.
The city has a remarkable architectural heritage within its historical centre especially from the 17th and 18th centuries. With 140 listed historical monuments, Aix-en-Provence is the richest city in heritage after Paris in France. In the morning, we will discover the Provençal market and its local and Mediterranean products.
Dinner at one of the best Mediterranean restaurants of Aix-en-Provence.
Musical evening with the lyric art festival of Aix in July (the program is not yet defined).View
Sunday Departure for Paris on the TGV, the high-speed train, Barcelona or Rome by plane for the 3-weeks visitors.View
- WEEK 3 Italy All roads lead to Rome, as they say. 28 centuries of history are well present in the city, like nowhere else on earth!
Rome is truly an open-air museum.
Ancient temples and amphitheatres are an integral part of the city, the numerous churches of Rome witnessed the early years of Christianity, the palaces of the Renaissance display magnificent architecture, many buildings are built in a luxurious Baroque style and not to mention the charm of the narrow medieval streets!
Sunday On your arrival in Rome you will check in the hotel, a modern accommodation with a roof top to enjoy the view of the city in the evening.
Panoramic tour by car to discover Rome (St Peter’s Square, Castle Sant’Angelo, Colosseum, baths of Caracalla, Circo Massimo, Aventino, panoramic view of Giannicolo, etc.).View
Monday In the morning, we will go to the Vatican, visit the Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
Leaving the Vatican, we will pass by the impressive Castle Sant’Angelo.
Then we will get across the Aelian Bridge, known as Ponte Sant-Angelo (Bridge of Angels).
Lunch around Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
In the afternoon, we will visit many attractions:
– Campo Dei Fiori and Piazza Farnese;
– The Pantheon, a former Roman temple and the largest dome built in Antiquity. We will also discover important graves as it has been the site of several burials including the painter Raphael;
– Via dei Coronari;
– Piazza Navona, the most beautiful square of Rome and a large and lively area;
– The Trevi Fountain, a magnificent work of art situated in the historic centre of Rome;
– Piazza del Quirinale, near the Palazzo del Quirinale atop the highest of the seven hills of Rome.
After crossing the Roman Forum, we will visit the Coliseum where many fights of gladiators took place.
In the evening, we will dine in the old neighbourhood of Trastevere.View
Tuesday We will visit more amazing attractions in Rome:
– Piazza di Spagna, one of the most famous squares in Rome and the seat of the Embassy of Spain;
– Villa Medici, a beautiful villa situated on the Pincio hill overlooking the entire city and with 18 acres of gardens. The villa houses the French Academy in Rome since 1803;
– Villa Borghese gardens where you can find numerous sculptures, exhibitions and fountains with a lush vegetation and intense perfumes.
Picnic lunch at the park.
In the afternoon, shopping in the classiest streets of Rome:
– Via Condotti
– Via Frattina
– Via della Croce
– Via del Babbuino
– Piazza del Popolo
– Via Cola di Renzo
In the evening, dinner at the Cacio e Pepe restaurant near the Cola di Renzo. Then you will taste the delicious ice cream at “Gelataria dei Gracchi”, one of the best gelato maker in Rome on Via dei Gracci.View
Wednesday In the morning, departure by train to Venice.
Venice has this unique faculty of provoking astonishments as soon as one arrives!
The atmosphere between its tortuous streets, the small squares, its canals and cafes are simply unforgettable!
When you will arrive on Wednesday night, you will check in the MGallery by Sofitel, a memorable hotel in Murano.
Murano is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon and located at the north of Venice. Murano island is well-known for its glassmakers and their foundries, as well for its beautiful gardens.
Dinner at Murano.View
Thursday We will head to St Mark’s Square by vaporetto. You will visit the St Mark’s Basilica and climb on top of the Campanile to enjoy an amazing view of Venice.
Then we will taste a “caffe con latte” at one of the many restaurants along the famous square, as do Italians, and you will stroll through the narrow streets around St Mark’s Square.
Lunch at a typical pizzeria.
In the afternoon, we will visit the famous academy of art in Venice, the Accademia di Belle Art di Venezia, the must-see museum in the city. Which gathers the paintings of all the Venetian artists from the 14th century to the 18th century.
Then you will savour an ice-cream as a refreshing afternoon snack.
We will relax at the Lido to have a swim and to dine by the sea.View
Friday We will wander in the San Polo district to admire the colourful food stalls of the Rialto market.
Then we will visit the rich private collection of the palace of Ca’Pesaro, installed at the International Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art.
You will discover the work of artists of the 20th century and oriental artworks coming from China, Japan and Indonesia.
Lunch at the heart of the old Venice.
In the afternoon, tour of Venice by boat and visit of the Burano island with its colourful houses and its well-known lace industry.
In the evening, dinner in a trattoria, an Italian-style eating establishment to taste the best Italian meals.View
Saturday For contemporary art lovers, the Palazzo Grassi offers “extraordinary” exhibitions and let’s not forget the Punta della Dogana, two institutions owned by the French businessman François Pinault.
Lunch at Murano.
You will watch multi-coloured glass blowing demonstrations and you will visit the glass museum which retraces the history of this craft over the centuries. It is also an opportunity to discover some exceptional pieces such as cups and chandeliers that built the Murano’s reputation.
Dinner at the hotel’s elegant restaurant overlooking a Venetian terrace.View
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The heart of Nice
The Mercure Nice Marché aux Fleurs hotel enjoys an exceptional location facing the sea, directly overlooking the Promenade des Anglais. This 4-star hotel with 49 rooms, without lift, is just a few meters from the tramway and 8.5 km from Nice International Airport. Staying at the Mercure Nice Marché aux Fleurs hotel allows you to be in the center of the city, in the old town of Nice, a stone’s throw away from the Cours Saleya and its famous flower market. Located on the French Riviera, the Mercure Nice Marché aux Fleurs offers a privileged location on the Promenade des Anglais, facing the sea, with direct access to the beach. In the center of Nice, in the old town, the hotel Mercure Nice is located next to the Opera of Nice. Come and discover the French Riviera while being just a few steps from the Flower Market and Cours Saleya. Enjoy its exceptional location in the vibrant Old Nice area, ideal for sightseeing and outings. Most of the hotel In front of the sea In the heart of old Nice Charming hotel with Provencal inspired decoration 15 minutes from Nice airport and 10 minutes from the central station Breakfast room and bar completely renovated in 2015.
Gorges Du Verdon
At 938 m altitude, in the heart of the Gorges du Verdon, our hotel is the most comfortable observatories. From the terraces, the swimming pool or even the Spa, nature offers itself permanently to 360 °. In this magnificent setting, taste the sweetness of life, enjoy gourmet moments and enjoy a well-being bracket!
Enter the atmosphere of a hotel, restaurant and spa where you feel at home: 4 star pleasure, local gastronomy, quiet corners with exceptional views of the Verdon Regional Nature Park and unlimited leisure at the heart of the most Grand Canyon of Europe, labeled ”Grand Site de France”.
The LaGare Hotel Venezia MGallery by Sofitel in Murano is a luxury oasis away from the bustle of the city center but close enough to enjoy the magic of Venice. Discover the history of the island thanks to the famous glassworks of the city.
Built in an old factory, it preserves the traditions of Murano glass making in a new setting. The hotel has preserved the original architecture of the building, which embodies the spirit of the glass blowers.
During your stay, you will enjoy a high standard of service, and an intimate and relaxing atmosphere. The elegant decor and our helpful and attentive staff make the LaGare Hotel Venezia the ideal place for your next stay.