Uncover the best of Italy, Switzerland and France
Put your finger on the pulse of Europe's beating heart on this memorable tour through Italy, Switzerland and France. From ancient wonders on the bustling streets of Rome, to high fashion in Milan, traditional folklore in the Swiss Alps and champagne tours in Reims - this trip truly captures the spoils of Europe. Travel through the charming hillside villages of the Cinque Terre, get close to nature amid the grandeur of Lucerne and fall in love with romantic Paris - each day brings a fascinating new discovery.
Walk along Cinque Terre's rocky coastal pathways, calling into the sleepy pastel villages of Monterosso, Corniglia and Vernazza, and work up an appetite for incredible feasts of delicious local ingredients
Wander around Rome's famous landmarks including the Colosseum, Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica and much more. This is a city that bucket lists were made for
Savour fine French fare in Dijon and taste the local wine in a famous vineyard of Burgundy, a place where wine is so much more than just a drink
Be awed by the picture-perfect setting of Interlaken, with the stunning snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps as a backdrop
Soak up the incredible lakeside scenery of Stresa and Lucerne, getting the best of the Italian and Swiss countryside
Raise a glass in Reims with a taste of the home of champagne
Two nights in Paris affords you time to see the city’s world famous sights and also discover some of its hidden treasures at a relaxed pace
The primary means of transportation on this trip is by train. Trains are a fast way to cross long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. They are comfortable and all have toilets, however can sometimes be quite busy. Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What to Take' section of the trip notes.
As there are cobblestones in many European cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags or cases at home and bring a backpack instead. Often there are no lifts or escalators in train stations or in the hotel, so you will have to carry your bags up and down the stairs yourself.
Summer temperatures can be very high in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water. Also, many hotel rooms are not equipped with air-conditioning. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details, and please note that in some hotels a single supplement exclusion applies where single rooms are not available. Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other travellers, so embrace it while you can. Please note that some hotels on this trip offer shared bathrooms only, as opposed to en-suite facilities. Also, rooms can seem rather small by American or Australian standards, and instead of double beds there can be 2 single beds that can be pushed together.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 27 October 2017
A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information. The price of the Single Supplement doesn't include the following nights where single rooms may not be available. If a single room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night:
- Days 2-5 Lucca
- Days 6-7 Cinque Terre
- Days 12-14 Swiss Alps
Our Rome to Paris trips score an average of 4.92 out of 5 based on 12 reviews in the last year.
I would highly recommend Intrepid. We did the Original, and it was amazing. However, as we are in our 60s, we found the carrying of luggage from the train to the hotel, quite difficult. I think the Original is for younger people than us. Next time, we would do the Comfort level. It is great, though, to just hand over the arranging to experts, and our leader, Valentina, did a fantastic job. It means you don't waste time looking for things. They give you suggestions and maps to make everything as easy as possible.
Review submitted 21 Aug 2017
A great trip for all ages where you get to experience the best these countries have to offer. Some tips - travel light and make sure your luggage is easy to carry, consider buying the Jungfrau 3 day pass in Interlaken, consider taking the ferry to the Cinque Terre.
Review submitted 16 Aug 2017