Day 1. Milan
Arrival to Milan international airport. Reception and private transfer to your hotel, Hotel Principe Di Savoia 5*.
Accommodation in a Superior Double room.
Day 2. Milan (Breakfast)
After breakfast, a half -day private excursion of Milan, Italy's fashion and finance powerhouse. Lining the city's busy streets you will find striking medieval architecture and arresting modern design. Explore the main piazzas and charming backstreets of this bold city with your guide.
Visit the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie to see Leonardo da Vinci's mural The Last Supper, which he painted on the refectory wall at the request of his patron, Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. With dimensions of 15 by 29 feet, this beloved mural covers the entire large wall. Continue onto the magnificent Castello Sforzesco which houses Michelangelo's last unfinished masterwork, the Rondanini Pieta. Later, admire the Duomo, the great Cathedral of Milan, a striking example of Gothic architecture, built to accommodate the entire city in the 14th century and the impressive Galleria Vittorio Emanue.Wander the neighbourhood of Navigli, with its canal-side cafés and old-fashioned gelaterie (ice-cream shops). Free evening to see La Traviata.
Day 3. Milan - Lyon (Breakfast)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport/train station for the flight to Lyon via Munich or train journey. Arrival, reception and private transfer to your hotel, Villa Florentine. Accommodation in a Classic double room. Free evening.
Day 4. Lyon (Breakfast)
A tour of France's second largest city, a bastion of sophistication and a treasure house of medieval and renaissance art and architecture. Built on the banks of the Rhône and Saône rivers, and climbing up the slope of the Fourvière hill, the city affords beautiful views. Explore its history and modern charms with a knowledgeable local guide.
The historic highlight of Lyon is its Old City, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the winding streets of this medieval centre, you'll want to climb up hill to the beautiful Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvièr. The city is a rich repository of European culture, so be sure to step into one of its many fine museums, such as the incomparable Musée des Beaux-Arts. Lyon is also known as the gastronomic capital of France so enjoy the local cuisine.
Day 5. Lyon - Paris (Breakfast)
After breakfast, transfer to the railway station for the TGV train ride to Paris, taking just under 2 hours. Arrival to Paris, reception and private transfer to your hotel, The Balzac. Accommodation in a superior double room.
Day 6. Paris (Breakfast)
After breakfast, a walking and private car tour visiting some of the highlights of Paris. Split by the River Seine, the tour will include passing across Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris dating back over 400 years, followed by Notre Dame Cathedral, a 12 century Gothic masterpiece. Dating back to 1163, Notre Dame is the cathedral of Paris and the seat of the Archbishop of the city.
You shall visit the ubiquitous Eiffel Tower, the icon of Paris and France which was completed in 1889. A trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower. (We shall endeavour to accommodate this when first arriving but there may be a queue or the tower may even be closed due to weather and other factors).
We shall visit the basilica of Sacre Coeur in the hilltop quarter of Montmartre. Once, one of the world's most influential artistic centres, today it is a splendid place to walk around sampling a coffee or for a little shopping. Some free time will be provided for you at leisure. Return to your hotel.
Entrances to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur are included.
Day 7. Paris - Versailles (Breakfast)
Today we will leave Paris and head to the magnificent Palace of Versailles, lying just outside of Paris. Today is a semi-private tour. A royal chateau which was embellished by the Sun King Louis IV in the 17 century, this magnificent chateau with its vast grounds is an incredible testimony to the heights of royal extravagance. This is a half day, semi-private (small group) tour to the magnificent Palace of Versailles. After the tour, return to your hotel.
Day 8. Paris - Bayeux (Breakfast)
After early breakfast, take a taxi to the Gare St. Lazare train station for the 10.10am, 2 hour 20 minute train journey to Bayeux in Normandy. Arrival and take the short walk to your hotel in Bayeux centre, the Hotel Churchill, a 3 star hotel. Free afternoon.
Day 9. Bayeux - Paris (Breakfast)
Today, you will start a small group tour with your English-speaking guide (max. 8 people) visiting the following sites:
- Arromanches Mullberry Harbor
- German Battery Longues sur Mer
- Port en Bessin (PLUTO)
- Omaha Beach. Several stops
- US WW2 Cemetery at Colleville
- Pic-nic / sandwich lunch (not included)
- Pointe du Hoc, 2nd. Rangers Bn
The tour will end in time for you to take the 6pm return train to Paris. Arrival at 8.30pm. Take a taxi to your hotel, the Balzac.
Day 10. Paris (Breakfast)
After breakfast, free day at leisure.
Day 11. Paris (Breakfast)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport.