Have you ever wondered what life was like in medieval France and Italy? Let’s imagine ourselves walking down a narrow street leading to a town square. Medieval towns were often built within their walls, along the edges of hillsides or riverbanks, steep and irregular in width. When we visit these towns today, we can still see the original building shapes, and most of the door and window frames are almost the same as before. Going from one house to another, since the houses are so close to each other, you can at least get a glimpse of the daily life of the locals! Life is hard enough! People are close to each other within their communities.
The Cinque Terre is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the five towns, colorful houses and vineyards cling to steeply terraced fields, the harbor is filled with fishing boats, and small restaurants offer seafood specialties and pesto, the Liguria region’s famous sauce.
Lyon, the capital of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region of France, is located at the confluence of the Rhone and Saône rivers. Its city center reflects 2,000 years of history, from Rome’s “three-height Roman theater”, the medieval and Renaissance buildings of Old Lyon, to the modern Confluence district on the Presqu’île peninsula. The Traboules (covered corridors between houses) connect Old Lyon with the hills of La Croix-Rousse.
Genoa is a port city and the capital of the Liguria region in northwestern Italy. It has been known for centuries for its central role in maritime trade. In the old town stands the Romanesque Basilica of San Lorenzo, with its black and white striped exterior and frescoed interior. Narrow alleys lead to monumental squares such as Piazza Ferrari, home to the iconic Bronze Fountain and the Carlo Felice Opera House.
Depart from Vancouver, Canada today and fly to Milan, Italy. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel by private car. You can choose to rest at the hotel, or free sightseeing.
Sightseeing in Milan in the morning, visit the most famous landmark in the city – Milan Cathedral. Built in pure white marble, it is the third largest cathedral in the Gothic style in the world, with detailed carvings and steeples that exude elegance. Passing through the bustling Corridor Emmanuel, this cross-shaped arcade building allows the street to extend in all directions. Arrive in the port city of Genoa in the afternoon, explore the local historic streets, and you will also see the historic Columbus monument.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Depart from Genoa in the morning for the Cinque Terre, the smallest national park in Italy, which is listed as a “World Cultural Heritage”. Take local trains and special sightseeing boats to shuttle between the two most important villages, Manarola and Vernazza. It is surrounded by mountains and the sea. It is composed of five colorful cliff villages and towns. The scenery is beautiful and peaceful, quiet as a lovely girl. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it is a holiday destination that Italians yearn for. This place is full of the aboriginal residences of the Nikolai Coast area. It is protected by the local government and has natural beaches. It is also listed as a “World Cultural Heritage” and a national park.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Board a comfortable bus and set off for Monaco, the smallest sovereign country in the world except the Vatican. Because the territory has the magnificent Monte Carlo Casino, and the late Princess Kelly were once famous movie stars and world-famous. We can see the luxurious and extraordinary palace and visit the famous Monte Carlo Casino in the area. In the evening, head to Nice, a famous leisure resort in the Mediterranean. Nice is backed by mountains and facing the sea, the climate is pleasant, the flowers are blooming, and the scenery is beautiful. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to enjoy local delicacies on the lively food street. Under the cool breeze, tasting food in an open-air environment, you will be able to fully appreciate the romantic and charming side of southern France.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Go to Cannes, which the French call “the paradise of the earth”. The annual film festival is held in a place where spring flowers bloom, making it star-studded. Upon arrival, first visit the venue of the film festival and take pictures. On the Avenue of Stars in front of the venue, handprints witnessed the demeanor left by the international superstars in Cannes. Then, continue to Marseille, where the industry and commerce are very prosperous. First, visit the old port where the yachts are anchored, and visit the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. The Bouillabaisse fish soup from Marseille is world-renowned and is one of the supreme dishes of French cuisine. You may wish to try it if you have the opportunity.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we arrive at Avignon, a quaint town located on the banks of the Rhone River. After boarding, take free time to explore this quaint town on the scenic Rhône River, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented.
This day, we will take a walking tour of Arles, a city that is full of vibrant colors and has nurtured many famous artists. This is the site of some impressive Roman ruins, including Les Arènes, a arena that can hold 20,000 people and is still in use. Also, the Church of Saint-Trôphime, a Romanesque monument completed in the 15th century. After the tour, everyone is free to explore Arles.
After breakfast, take everyone to visit Avignon, known as the “City of the Pope”. It was the home of seven Popes between 1309 and 1377. Shuttle through this historic city and stand on the Avignon Bridge to watch the beauty of this ancient city. Then visit Place de l’Horloge, the Gothic-style Pope’s Palace. Free at leisure in the afternoon, you can take a tour of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at your own expense or visit the vineyards and taste famous wines.
Today we arrive at Viviers, a colony of Rome in the 5th century. We can easily walk around the old town, admire the local medieval and Renaissance buildings, and the St. Vincent Cathedral built in the 12th century. In the afternoon the river boat will depart for Tournon.
Board the nostalgic steam train this morning and cross the magnificent Ardèche plateau and admire the majestic gorge cut by the Doux River of Tournon. After lunch on the boat, we will arrive in Vienne, a beautiful ancient Roman town. Visit the Basilicas of Augustus and Livia, the Roman amphitheater and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Maurice.
After breakfast, disembark in Lyon for a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a drive to the top of Fourvière Hill for amazing views of the city. Continue with a guided visit to the Basilica of Notre Dame and drive through town past the magnificent St. Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. Then take a walking tour through the cobblestone streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town), with free time to shop for souvenirs or sample some of the fine French cuisine for which Lyon is world-famous. Your ship remains docked overnight.
Take a special bus through the Beaujolais region, which has a long tradition of viticulture, with rolling hills and numerous wine estates, and the scenery is beautiful and pleasant. During the period, you will see the legendary Moulin-à-Vent windmill, one of the most famous local wines is also named after this windmill. Later, we will visit a small museum to learn more about the wine making process and arrange wine tasting in the cellar.
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Lyon airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your time in France with three exciting nights in Paris, one of the world’s most romantic cities.
120 days before departure – CAD 300
119 – 90 days before departure 40% of the total
89 – 50 days before departure 75% of total
Cancellation within 49 days of departure 100% of total
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