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05. PARIGI FIRENZE ROMA

Art, entertainment, history of three European cities


05. PARIGI FIRENZE ROMA
05. PARIGI FIRENZE ROMA
05. PARIGI FIRENZE ROMA
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Info - Firenze

Firenze is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Firenze. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with approximately 370,000 inhabitants.
It is famous for its history. A centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, Firenze is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages.
The historic centre of Firenze attracts millions of tourists each year, and Euromonitor International ranked the city as the world's 72nd most visited in 2009, with 1,685,000 visitors. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Firenze's artistic and architectural heritage have led Forbes to rank it as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the city is noted for its history, culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace.
Firenze is also an important city in Italian fashion, being ranked within the top fifty fashion capitals of the world; furthermore, it is also a major national economic centre, being a tourist and industrial hub. In 2008, the city had the 17th highest average income in Italy.
Firenze is known as the "cradle of the Renaissance" (la culla del Rinascimento) for its monuments, churches and buildings.
The centre of the city is contained in medieval walls that were built in the 14th century to defend the city. 
The layout and structure of Firenze in many ways harkens back to the Roman era, where it was designed as a garrison settlement. Nevertheless, the majority of the city was built during the Renaissance. Despite the strong presence of Renaissance architecture within the city, traces of medieval, Baroque, Neoclassical and modern architecture can be found.
The River Arno, which cuts through the old part of the city, is as much a character in Florentine history as many of the people who lived there.
 


Info - Parigi

Paris is the capital and largest city of France. It is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region (or Paris Region, French: Région parisienne). As of January 2009 the city of Paris, within its administrative limits (the 20 arrondissements) largely unchanged since 1860, has an estimated population of 2,234,105 and a metropolitan population of 12,161,542,and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe. Paris was the largest city in the Western world for about 1,000 years, prior to the 19th century, and may have been the largest in the entire world between the 16th and 19th centuries.
Paris is today one of the world's leading business and cultural centres, and its influences in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities. It hosts the headquarters of many international organizations such as UNESCO, the OECD, the International Chamber of Commerce or the European Space Agency. Paris is considered one of the greenest and most liveable cities in Europe. It is also one of the most expensive.
Paris and the Paris Region, with €572.4 billion (US$759.9 billion) in 2010, produce more than a quarter of the gross domestic product of France. According to 2008 estimates, the Paris agglomeration is Europe's biggest or second biggest city economy and the sixth largest in the world. The Paris region is the first in Europe in terms of research and development capability and expenditure and through its 17 universities and 55 grandes écoles has the highest concentration of higher education students in the European Union. With about 42 million tourists annually in the city and its suburbs, Paris is the most visited city in the world. The city and its region contain 3,800 historical monuments and four UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 

Info - Roma

Rome is a city and special comune ("Roma Capitale") in Italy. Rome is the capital of Italy and the capital of Lazio. With 2.8 million residents in 1,285.3 km2, it is also the country's largest and most populated comune and fourth-most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber River within the Lazio region of Italy.
Rome's history spans two and a half thousand years. It was the capital city of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, which was the dominant power in Western Europe and the lands bordering the Mediterranean for over seven hundred years from the 1st century BCE until the 7th century CE and the city is regarded as one of the birthplaces of western civilization. Since the 1st century CE Rome has been the seat of the Papacy and, after the end of Byzantine domination, in the 8th century it became the capital of the Papal States, which lasted until 1870. In 1871 Rome became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, and in 1946 that of the Italian Republic.
After the Middle Ages, Rome was ruled by popes such as Alexander VI and Leo X, who transformed the city into one of the major centers of the Italian Renaissance, along with Florence. The current version of St Peter's Basilica was built and the Sistine Chapel was painted by Michelangelo. Famous artists and architects, such as Bramante, Bernini and Raphael resided for some time in Rome, contributing to its Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
Its historic centre is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum are amongst the world's 50 most visited tourist destinations (the Vatican Museums receiving 4.2 million tourists and the Colosseum receiving 4 million tourists every year). Rome hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics.
 


Info - San Gimignano

San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena. It is mainly famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers, which may be seen from several kilometres outside the town.
The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, produced from the Vernaccia grape which is grown in the area.
While in other cities, such as Bologna or Florence, most or all of their towers have been brought down due to wars, catastrophes, or urban renewal, San Gimignano has managed to conserve fourteen towers of varying height which have become its international symbol. There are many churches in the town: the two main ones are the Collegiata, formerly a cathedral, and Sant'Agostino, housing a many artworks from early Italian renaissance artists.
 


Info - Siena

Siena is an important city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena.
The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation's most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.
Siena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900–400 BC). During the early 13th century that the majority of the construction of the Siena Cathedral (Duomo) was completed. During the same period the Piazza del Campo grew in importance as the centre of secular life. New streets were constructed leading to it. A wall was constructed in 1194 at the current site of the Palazzo Pubblico to stop soil erosion, an indication of how important the area was becoming as a civic space.
Siena's university, founded in 1240 and famed for its faculties of law and medicine, is still among the most important Italian universities. In 1472 the Republic founded the Monte dei Paschi, a bank that is still active today and is the oldest surviving bank in the world. 

Stroll through history as you visit Paris; Florence and Rome; visit their museums of international renown where you may view numerous masterpieces of Europe.

Package price inclusions

PACKAGE PRICE INCLUSIONS 
BRONZE - SILVER - GOLD

Transportation 
- Flight: New York – Paris; Paris - Rome; Rome - New York
- Departures from other cities will incurr additional add-on fee
- Transfer from Airport to and from Hotel via private motorcoach
- Long distance transfer via private motorcoach
- Transportation within cities, via buses and trains and walking
School visit
- School visits are free and offered on request
Security 
- Accompanying Tour Leader for duration of the tour 24/7.
- Basic travel insurance

ACCOMMODATION - MEALS - TOURING
LEVEL BRONZE

- 8 nights: Student Hostel or 3* Hotel
- Breakfast
- Dinner or lunch (with water, other beverages NOT included)
- Entrance fees to 4 museums specified in tour
- Specialized English local guides for entrance to specified museums and city tour. (The guides are certified by the Association of Professional Guides)
LEVEL SILVER
- 8 nights: Three stars hotel
(Supplement is $ 500 for single room, and $ 180 + $ 180 for double room)
- Breakfast
- Dinner (with water, other beverages NOT included)
- Entrance fees to 4 museums specified in tour
- Specialized English local guides for entrance to specified museums and city tour. (The guides are certified by the Association of Professional Guides)
LEVEL GOLD
- 8 nights: four stars hotel
(Supplement is $ 600 for single room, and $ 200 + $ 200 for double room)
- Breakfast
- Dinner 2 choices (with water, other beverages NOT included)
- Entrance fees to 4 museums specified in tour
- Specialized English local guides for entrance to specified museums and city tour. (The guides are certified by the Association of Professional Guides)

Tour cost does NOT include:
- Room supplement for single or double
- Optional Trip Protection/Cancellation Insurance
- Excess baggage fee
- Lunch and beverages other than water
- Tips and gratuities - Suggested fees are listed in the final price quote
- Personal expenses: purchases, phone cards, hotel minibar
FLIGHT
Business class upgrades or flight deviations (from departure date/location or return date/location) must be requested and confirmed with the carrier. Any and ALL additional costs are the responsibility of the requesting participant/teacher.

Useful tips

 - Visits to cities of art usually require considerable walking as they offer much to explore, learn and enjoy. We recommend you pack comfortable walking shoes. 
Museums and Churches, above all, require modest attire. Shorts and bare shoulder blouses or tops, are not permitted. We recommend carrying a light sweater, shirt, or shawl to cover the shoulders.
- Museums also require visitors to pass through a metal detector, and all backpacks and large bags must be stored. Your Tour facilitator will give the pertinent instructions daily for each of your stops.
- Tour buses are not permitted into the cities' historical center and groups will be required to use mass transit or to walk. Your Tour Leader will also address these issues daily.


Short program

   »Usefull Tips  »Tour full program   
DAY 1: DEPARTURE

Evening: departure

DAY 2: ARRIVAL IN PARIS

A beautiful ride on the Bateaux Mouches

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DAY 3: LOUVRE, CHAMPS ELISEE AND NOTRE DAME

Louvre Museum and its masterpieces; walking among the Champs Elisee and up to the Triumphal arch and visit the Ile de France.

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DAY 4: VERSAILLES AND MONTMATRE

Half day trip to Versailles and visit Montmatre, the painters' quarter, and Notre Dame

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DAY 5: TRANSFER TO FLORENCE

A first look at the city and its wonders

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DAY 6: ACCADEMIA GALLERY AND CITY TOUR

David by Michelangelo and The Reinassance time in Florence

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Galleria dell'Accademia
DAY 7: TRANSFER TO ROME AND STOP IN SIENA AND SAN GIMINIANO

Transfer to Rome and stop in Siena and oil tasting

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DAY 8: THE ANCIENT ROME

In the heart of ancient Rome: Coliseum and Forum

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Colosseo e Fori Romani
DAY 9: VATICAN CITY

St. Peters and the Vaticans Museum

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DAY 10: DEPARTURE

In the morning: departure

TOUR COST    Days: 10 - Nights: 8

Your total price is based on the info below:
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Seasons/Levels specifications

  • BRONZE TOUR

    Recommended for student groups.
    Three Star hotel Based on multiple occupancy (3-4).
    Fixed Price menu.
    Beverages NOT included (there are possible atlernatives based on personal preferences: vegetarian, gluten free, allergies).

  • SILVER TOUR

    Recommended for students with accompanying family members.
    Three Star hotel Based on double or multiple occupancy.
    Menu with two options. Beverages NOT included.

  • GOLD TOUR

    Recommended for adult groups.
    Four Star hotel Based on double room accommodations. Supplement for single room.
    A la carte menu. Beverages NOT included.

  • SEASONS

    LOW Season: January, February, March, November  (excluding holiday periods – Carnival and Easter fall under HIGH Season);
    SHOULDER  Season: April, May, September, October;
    HIGH Season: June, July;
    PEAK OF HIGH SEASON: August.


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Package price inclusions


This price is quoted on present airfare rate.
Final pricing is contingent on airline fare quoted at time of group reservation.


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