ROMAN ROAD

10 Days, London to Rome

A Europe adventure unlike any other

Visiting 5 countries: France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City

 

A Roman soldier faced an arduous journey home: day-long marches, tough rations, sleeping outside in the elements... If only they could have done it the Topdeck way! Staying in hotels full of character, our journey from London goes via the glory of Paris, over the formidable Swiss Alps, past the glamorous French Riviera and the Renaissance beauty of Florence. It's said that 'all roads lead to Rome', but this journey is far more interesting than any other!

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Paris, France

All good things start with Paris. Meet the crew, grab some supplies and hit the road early in the morning as we jump across to Paris. Pinch yourself and Instagram your first selfie before we kick off the trip with a guided driving tour. Home to Coco Chanel, the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa, Paris has more than deserved its reputation as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food. And you're about to find out why.

 

Included today:

  • Paris city driving tour

  • Gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower

 

Day 2: Paris

More ooh la la today. With Parisian charm crammed into every nook and cranny, make sure you hit all of the iconic haunts. This morning: free time. From the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay to l'Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, you'll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. End your day with an optional Seine river cruise or a #throwback bohemian cabaret show.

 

Optional activities:

  • Traditional Paris cabaret

  • Seine river cruise

  • Paris bike tour

 

Day 3: Paris

Last chance to leave no grand Parisian boulevard un-strolled, no fabulous wines left unopened and no delectable French dish uneaten. Today, make the most of an optional Paris Food tour - thank us later.

 

Optional activities:

  • Visit to Versailles

  • Paris food tour

 

Day 4: Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Trade in Parisian streets for snowy peaks. Here, watch the mountains charm the pants off you with jaw-dropping scenery and delightful village feels. Expect magazine-worthy photo ops.

 

Day 5: Swiss Alps

Laid-back, Alpine village living on the cards today. Breathe in the mountain air and explore by foot, bike or goat (if you can get them to stand still long enough). With the potential offered by these mountains, dinner will be calorie neutral.

 

Optional activities:

  • Mount Titlis excursion

Day 6: Swiss Alps to French Riviera, France

Swap to bonjour today as we follow in Napoleon's footsteps downwards to the glamorous French Riviera to rub shoulders with the rich and famous.

 

Day 7: French Riviera including Monaco visit

Bring your paparazzi posse to the beach or let loose among the designer boutiques in Nice's Old Town. Later: Roll with the jet set as we hit up Monaco for a guided tour and the chance to see how the 1% live (hint: it involves lots of fur and bathing in caviar). Feeling lucky? Take to the tables at the Monte Carlo Casino and make it rain (or not).

 

Included today:

  • Guided tour of Monaco

 

Day 8: French Riviera to Florence, Italy

En route to Florence - where over 1,800 restaurants can be found and more culture than you can poke a gelato at. First, a pit stop to get a picture with that leaning tower. Get schooled on the Medici family and strut along the Ponte Vecchio (the only bridge not bombed in WWII). Try: a Florentine steak. Google it, and thank us later.

 

Included today:

  • Perfume factory visit

  • Pisa visit

 

Day 9: Florence to Rome

Buh-bye Florence. Enter Rome, then step back to 753 BC in one of the world's oldest open-air museums. Make like Caesar (the emperor, not the salad) and work up a colossus hunger as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and visit ancient history's version of The Hunger Games set at the Colosseum. Tonight, you're in Disneyland for foodies. Have fun.

 

Included today:

  • Walking tour of Rome

  • Walking tour of Florence with local guide

  • Leather demonstration

 

Day 10: Rome

Wake up, espresso, then we're outta here. Swing past the Vatican City with an optional tour. Today, we love and leave you to continue the adventure.

 

Optional activity:

  • Vatican City tour