Paris & Rome with James Agee

with Athens extension
Jul 11-18, 2020 / 8 DAYS

Get to know two worldwide capitals of culture at your own pace.

For centuries, world-class artists and intellectuals have flocked to Paris and Rome, leaving behind lasting impressions. Now it’s your turn to make yo…

Your package includes

  • 6 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners with beer or wine
  • 2 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • 1 on-tour flight

Included highlights

Eiffel Tower photo stop, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for at least 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved sidewalks and cobblestone streets, with some…



Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Jul 11: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Paris today.

Paris / 3 NIGHTS

Jul 12: Arrival in Paris

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Paris! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Jul 13: Sightseeing tour of Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery, and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.
• Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe
• Pass Pont Neuf and the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River
• See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house, and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square
• Marvel at the iconic architecture of the Louvre and Hôtel des Invalides

Jul 14: Free day in Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Paris at your leisure or add excursions.

Versailles Palace & Gardens
5 hours

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory as you tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then, stroll through the lavish gardens to admire their fine statuary, splendid fountains, and colorful flowerbeds.5 hours and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 45 days before your tour departs.

Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise
5 hours

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris’ bridges, you’ll behold the illuminated monuments of the city glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending on the restaurant for your dinner. Your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.5 hours and departs in the evening, dinner includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Rome / 3 NIGHTS

Jul 15: Flight to Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to the airport for your flight to Rome, Italy. Enjoy a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

Rome Cooking Class & Dinner
4 hours

Join in on this hands-on cooking class led by an experienced Italian chef. During this evening in Rome, you’ll learn how to make traditional dishes such as ravioli, gnocchi, and fettuccine. Then, enjoy eating the foods you cooked during an included dinner with wine.4 hours and departs in the evening, dinner includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jul 16: Sightseeing tour of Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a guided tour of the Eternal City.
• Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine and the Arch of Titus
• Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire
• Stop at the ruins of the Forum, once the setting of parades, elections, and trials
• Pass by Palatine Hill to see Circus Maximus, the stadium where ancient Romans raced chariots, and the Baths of Caracalla
Enjoy a free afternoon in Rome or add an excursion.

Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs
4 hours

Descend into Rome’s ancient catacombs, where early Christians buried saints and popes alongside commoners. A local guide will lead you through burial chambers before your visit to St. Paul’s Basilica, one of the four most important basilicas of Rome, originally founded by Constantine the Great. The Basilica also houses the tomb of St. Paul. Please note: Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted within the basilica. Also, this excursion involves extensive walking and may be inadvisable for claustrophobic travelers.4 hours and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jul 17: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day exploring Rome at your leisure or add an excursion.
This evening, enjoy an elegant, four-course farewell dinner. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera's best-loved arias sung by professional tenors.
Please note: The opera performance is seasonal and runs from March through November. Dinner will take place at a local restaurant from December through February.

Iconic Sights: Vatican City
3.5 hours

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Skip the lines upon arrival, turn on your pre-distributed headsets, and immediately begin diving into the Vatican's incredible history with your local guide. First, visit the Vatican Museums, which are over 500 years old and hold many of the world’s most important Classical- and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, step inside the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze up at what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece. Finally, pay a visit to the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists who have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.3.5 hours and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 45 days before your tour departs.

Jul 18: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to visit Athens.

Extension / Starting from $699 pp

Athens / 3 NIGHTS

Extend your adventure in Athens, an ancient capital where awe-inspiring history mingles with the present day.

Jul 18: Flight to Athens

Included meals: Breakfast

Board your flight to Athens, Greece. Enjoy free time in the city or add an excursion.

Athens Home-Hosted Dinner
3 hours

Join a local at their home in Athens to enjoy traditional dishes and dine like a true Grecian. During this dinner, you’ll receive an authentic understanding of your host’s day-to-day life while learning about Greek culture and traditions from a new perspective.3 hours and departs in the evening, dinner includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

Jul 19: Sightseeing tour of Athens

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the highlights of this bustling ancient capital, home to the world’s first democracy. • Pass by the Olympic Stadium, Syntagma Square, and the Arch of Hadrian • View the sixth-century Temple of Zeus • See the classically inspired Old Royal Palace, home of the Hellenic Parliament, and drive through the Plaka district • Set off on a walking tour around the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion Enjoy a free afternoon in Athens or add an excursion.

Cape Sounion
4.5 hours

Journey to the southern tip of the Attic Peninsula to take in the sights of the Poseidon Coast, including sandy beaches, natural and manmade harbors, and, of course, the Aegean Sea itself. High above the sparkling shoreline, the Temple of Poseidon dominates the landscape. Of the original structure, 16 elegant Doric pillars remain. Afterward, decide how you'd like to spend your free time. Take a moment to look out from the lofty cliffside vantage point, where you can see five Aegean islands on a clear day. You may also choose to enjoy a coffee, stop in the souvenir shop, or stroll through the area. Please note: This excursion involves some walking on uneven terrain.4.5 hours and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jul 20: Free day in Athens

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Athens or add an excursion.  This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

The Greek Islands: Aegina, Poros & Hydra
10 hours

Board a cruise boat at Athens’ Piraeus port for a day of island hopping. Start your adventure on Aegina, where you’ll have free time to explore its streets and markets. Enjoy an included lunch as you cruise to Poros for a brief visit before heading on to your last stop of this excursion. A popular destination for artists, Hydra boasts a spectacular waterfront. Take in the beauty of its port, visit the shops, or go for a swim (depending on the season) before cruising back to the mainland. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs April through October.10 hours and departs in the morning, lunch includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jul 21: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.


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