Ancient and Modern History Italy and France

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                      Ancient and Modern History Italy and France
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                      Ancient and Modern History Italy and France
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                      Ancient and Modern History Italy and France

The Concept

The Italian leg of the tour for Ancient History includes the wonders of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Pompeii and Herculaneum. The Belgian/French leg of the tour focuses on Modern War history by visiting the battlefields in Belgium Ypres) and in the Somme (France) before exploring 'Occupied Paris'.

This tour is aimed at secondary school history students. Students will experience ancient history and increase their understanding of the differences in these two cultures.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1

Check in for your flight from Australia to Rome.

DAY 2 ROME (D)

Arrive in Rome and meet your coach to transfer to your accommodation. Accommodation for the next 3 nights is in our preferred hotel in Rome.
Dinner included.

DAY 3 ROME (B,D)

After breakfast, use your public transport pass to travel to the Colosseum. You will be met by your local guide and enjoy a 3 hour walking tour of ancient Rome. Highlights include the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

Afternoon is at leisure, and we recommend your own walking tour and include the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the shopping street of Via Condotti.

Dinner is included tonight

DAY 4 ROME (B,D)

After breakfast, catch public transport out to the Vatican where you will be met by your guide. Commence your guided tour of the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel before finding a café close by for lunch.

Afternoon is at leisure, and we recommend a pizza making class later in the day and then you can eat what you have prepared for dinner!
Dinner is included tonight (surcharge for pizza making class applies).

DAY 5 ROME to SORRENTO AREA (B,D)

After breakfast it’s a short walk to the Rome Termini where you will board your train for Naples.

On arrival in Naples, your coach will be there to pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation in the Sorrento Area. You will have the rest of the day to explore the surroundings at your leisure.

Accommodation for the next 2 nights is at our preferred Sorrento Area 3 star hotel.

Dinner is included.

DAY 6 SORRENTO AREA (B,D)

After breakfast, catch the local train out to see the ruins of Pompeii, where you will be met by your local guide. Explore these magnificent ruins, before reboarding the train for the short trip to Herculaneum. Your guide will meet you there and you can discuss the points of difference with Pompeii.

After a busy day, return by train to your hotel for dinner.

DAY 7 SORRENTO AREA to PARIS (B)

After breakfast, you will have a few hours of leisure time in Sorrento Area for some shopping, sightseeing and lunch before boarding your coach to return you to Naples train station
You will arrive at the Milan Centrale late afternoon/early evening, in time to catch your overnight train to Paris.

DAY 8 PARIS to YPRES (B,D)

Arrive in Paris early morning, where you will be met at the train station by your coach and taken to Ypres. A packed bakery breakfast will be provided on arrival.

Arrive in Ypres early afternoon, and meet your guide for your battlefields tour, including a visit to the Passchendaele 1917 museum.

After checking into your accommodation, you will head to the Menin gate for the Last Post ceremony, at 8pm before returning to your hotel for dinner.

Accommodation tonight is in our preferred 3 star Ypres hotel.

DAY 9 YPRES to AMIENS (B,D)

After breakfast at your hotel, checkout of your hotel and board your coach for the trip to the southern battlefields of WW1. Arrive in Peronne, and visit the Historical de la Grande Guerre. Continue to Albert to visit the 1916 museum. In the afternoon, your coach will return you to your accommodation in Amiens for dinner.
Accommodation tonight is in our preferred 2 star Amiens hotel.

DAY 10 AMIENS (B, D)

After breakfast in your hotel, checkout and board your coach for the journey to Villers- Bretonneux for a full day guided tour of the battlefields and a visit to the Franco-Australian museum. Return by coach later this afternoon to your accommodation.
Dinner at your hotel this evening.

DAY 11 AMIENS - VERSAILLES - PARIS (B,D)

Board your coach after breakfast for the trip to Versailles. Spend some time wandering around the magnificent gardens, and take a self-guided tour of the Palace before continuing onto Paris.

Accommodation for the next 3 nights is at our preferred Hostel in Paris.

Dinner at hostel.

DAY 12 PARIS (B,D)

After breakfast, use your public transport ticket to visit the Dome des Invalides. Meet your guide for a guided walking tour of "Occupied Paris", before making your way across the Pont Neuf to Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure, however we recommend using this time to travel by metro to Montmartre, and walking up to the Sacre Coeur to enjoy one of the world’s great views. If you can make it there for sunset you will not be disappointed!

Catch the metro back to Paris and your hotel for dinner.

DAY 13 PARIS (B,D)

After a buffet breakfast Parisian style, today is museum day. With your metro pass, visit Musee D’orsay, Pompidou, or perhaps another of Paris’ well known museums. Be sure to make time to visit the catacombs, and embark on a journey of discovery in this underground labyrinth.

Dinner is included tonight.

DAY 14 PARIS to AUSTRALIA (B)

After breakfast, board your coach for the airport and your flight home to Australia.

DAY 15/16 ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Subject to airline schedules.

Meal Legend: (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner

Inclusions
  • Return International economy airfares including pre-paid taxes and charges
  • Italy land arrangements
  • 3 x nights’ accommodation at a 2 star hotel in Rome
  • 2 x nights’ accommodation at a 3 star hotel in Sorrento area
  • Train sector fares: Rome – Naples, Naples – Milan, overnight train Milan – Paris (6 berth couchettes)
  • Day ticket for local train Sorrento Area - Pompeii - Herculaneum - Sorrento Area
  • Coach transfers Rome Airport – Hotel, Naples train station – Sorrento area hotel, Sorrento area hotel – Naples train station
  • 3 hour guided walking tour of ancient Rome including entrance and reservation to the Coliseum
  • 2 day public transport pass in Rome
  • Entrance and guided tour of the Vatican
  • Entrance and guided tour of Pompeii
  • Entrance and local guide at Herculaneum
  • France land arrangements:
  • 1 x night’s accommodation at a 3 star hotel in Ypres
  • 2 x nights’ accommodation at a 2 star hotel in Amiens
  • 3 x nights’ hostel accommodation (FIAP or similar) in Paris
  • 4 days private coach for Paris – Ypres – Amiens – Paris
  • Coach transfer Paris accommodation - airport
  • 2 Paris Mobilis cards zones 1-2 for public transport
  • Half day guide for the Belgian Battlefields
  • Full day guide for the Battlefields in the Somme
  • Half day guided walking tour of “Occupied Paris”
  • Entrance to In Flanders museum
  • Entrance to Passchendaele 1917 museum
  • Entrance to Historial de la Grande Guerre in Peronne
  • Entrance to 1916 museum in Albert
  • Entrance to Franco-Australian museum
  • Entrance and audio guide of Versailles
  • Entrance to Dome des Invalides
  • Entrance to Orsay museum