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Day 2: Aix en Provence
Arrive in Marseille airport, greet your Teach by Travel tour manager, and transfer to your hotel in Aix en Provence. After your orientation briefing, time to relax before dinner and overnight in Aix en Provence.
Day 3: Aix en Provence
Morning transfer to visit Avignon and the Palace of the Popes
. Proceed to the magnificent Pont du Gard
, a marvel of Roman engineering. Your journey continues to St-Remy de Provence to visit the ancient site of Glanum, dating from the 7th century BC, and a spirtual-religious site of pre-Roman and pre-Celtic Glanics. Time to enjoy St-Remy de Provence before returning to Aix en Provence for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Nimes - Arles - Nice
Morning departure from Aix en Provence - first stop today is Nimes. Tour the major Roman sites of the old city, the amphitheatre, the Tour Magne and Maison Carree. On to Arles and its beautiful "theatre antique" and the Arenes from the 1st century BC. Enjoy the soothing landscapes of Provence and Var on your journey to Cannes and Nice. Included walking tour of Nice, featuring the port, the flower market, the Promenade des Anglais and more. Dinner and overnight in Nice.
Day 5: Nice - La Spezia
Your motorcoach climbs winding mountain roads, offering spectacular views on your way to the cliff-side village of Eze
, overlooking the dramatic blue coast from the upper Corniche. On to the city of Monaco
to see the beautiful harbor and castle before crossing the Italian border along the Italian Rivera and arriving at charming Cinque Terre, with its quaint fishing villages perched on cliffs overlooking the mountains. Enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy! Dinner and overnight in La Spezia.
Day 6: La Spezia - Florence
Drive along the coast to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower
of Pisa, built during the 12th and 13th centuries. Continue to Florence, cradle of Renaissance art, and an important political site during the rule of the Medici family. Visit the Duomo and the medieval Ponte Vecchio, over the Arno River. Time to shop along the Ponte Vecchio before dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Florence - Rome
Morning entrance to the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most important art museums in Western Europe, with its incredible collection of Renaissance art including Raphael, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Titian and many others. Depart Florence this afternoon and transfer to the Eternal City, Rome. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Day 8: Rome
Morning visit to the Vatican
Museum and Sistine Chapel
. Time for lunch (on your own) before your afternoon inside visit to the Colosseum
and Roman Forum
. Free time to stroll to the Spanish Steps, or throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain.
Day 9: Rome
Morning visit to the Pantheon, a marvel of ancient architecture, built by the Emperor Hadrian in 27 BC, and used as a temple to the Roman gods. Continue to the Borghese Gallery and its incomparable collection of Renaissance paintings and sculptures. Leisure time for your personal agenda in Rome before dinner and overnight.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
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