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9 Days

France, Italy, Switzerland, Vatican City, & Monaco

【9-Day】France Italy, Switzerland, Vatican City, & Monaco Tour

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Kenya – Paris

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Paris – Kenya

Destinations

Highlights

  • Top-selling weeklong European tour departing from Kenya
  • Top attractions - Colosseum, Venice, Rome, Florence Leaning Tower of Pisa, French Riviera, Nice, Monte Carlo Casino, Mediterranean, and more!
  • This tour is conducted by one of our leading local tour operator who is renowned for providing coach holidays across Europe since 1988 and holds a record high on customer satisfaction. As a registered member of Europe's trusted organizations such as ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents), ETOA (European Tour Operators Association) and many other industry recognized associations, this local operator is dedicated to providing and maintaining high service standards on all their tours for their customers from across the globe.
  • Head out for an unforgettable night in local clubs

Prices

Single Room

$2,486
Ksh 253,500

Double Room PP

$1,975
Ksh 201,400

All Rates Are Per Person
For Children Rates Please Contact Us

Age Range 

1 to 99 Years

Travel Style

Modern air-conditioned coach

For Information On Travelling With Children Please Contact Us

The popular Europe Tour covering 5 Countries France Italy, Switzerland, Vatican City and  Monaco Tour get ready for a fun filled 9 days visiting 14 Cities and towns. See the famous landmarks like Colosseum, Venice, Rome, Florence Leaning Tower of Pisa, French Riviera, Nice, Monte Carlo Casino, Mediterranean, and more!

Itinerary

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Take a flight from Kenya and arrive in the beautiful city of Paris. Check into your hotel. From now until tomorrow afternoon the time is yours to relax and explore. Our adventure starts the next day.

Day 2: Paris – Lucerne (approx. 405 Miles / 6.5 Hours)

Summary of The Day

After boarding the coach in Paris, sit back and enjoy a scenic journey across classic French countryside en route to mountainous Switzerland.

You’ll pass through Basel, which is located at the point where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, before arriving at the picturesque lakeside city of Lucerne, nestled at the foot of the snow-capped Swiss Alps. Here you’ll get to see famous landmarks in Lucerne, including Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, and some wonderfully preserved Baroque and Gothic architecture, followed by some free time to shop or take pictures.

Overnight in Lucerne or a city nearby.

Meals
 
Hotel (included)
Holiday Inn Express Affoltern am Albis ,  Hotel Arcade , OR Similar

Day 3: Lucerne – Milan – Venice

Summary of The Day

Head south from Lucerne through spectacular Switzerland and into northern Italy, where your first stop will be Milan, the fashion capital of the world. Your orientation tour will introduce you to the city’s iconic sights, including the Milan Cathedral (Duomo) — the epitome of Gothic architecture.

You’ll also see the planet’s oldest shopping mall, the 19th-century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, where you can wander among the boutique shops and eat lunch in one of the refined cafes.

After enjoying the many delights of Milan, you’ll head to another vintage Italian city: Venice.

Overnight outside Venice Island or a city nearby.

Sightseeing
Duomo Di Milano

Church of Duomo

The Milan Cathedral is the largest in all of Italy and the fifth largest in the world. Construction on this large Gothic style cathedral groundbreaking occurred in 1386. Visitors can access the rooftops, which provide amazing views of the city.

 
Meals
 
Hotel (included)
Hotel Albatros ,  Michelangelo Hotel , OR Similar

Day 4: Venice – Rome

Summary of The Day

Spend the morning in the company of a knowledgeable local guide as you explore Venice, the most magical of cities. Begin with a water bus ride to San Marco Island, a memorable crossing of the lagoon that gives you a real taste of the city’s charm as you approach the dreamy spires and distinctive waterside buildings. 

Once on the island, you’ll be led around some of Venice’s best-known locations, beginning in the Piazza with the Basilica di San Marco, a stunning piece of Byzantine architecture.

You’ll also see the legendary Bridge of Sighs.

Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to see some traditional Venetian craftwork at close quarters with a demonstration by Murano glassblowers; their exquisite creations make excellent souvenirs. Of course, the ultimate Venice activity is to ride through the warren of waterways on a gondola ride, and for most people, this optional excursion is a must. Step aboard, relax and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

We will transfer to Rome in the afternoon.

Overnight in Rome or a city nearby.

Sightseeing
Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco

The Piazza San Marco is the largest and primary public area in Venice. The structures surrounding it date back more than one thousand years, although the vast majority are from Renaissance times. It has been called “the drawing room of Europe.”

Ponte Dei Sospiri

Bridge of Sighs

This gorgeous white-limestone bridge in Venice gets its name from an almost ironically bleak place: In the 1800s, the windows looking out from the enclosed bridge’s interior were the last views of sublime that Venice convicts would see before their imprisonment.

 
Meals
 
Hotel (included)
Hotel Cristoforo Colombo ,  Idea Hotel Roma Z3 , OR Similar

Day 5: Rome – Vatican – Arezzo

Summary of The Day

Your day in Rome starts with a visit to one of the smallest countries in the world, The Vatican City, which lies at the heart of the Italian capital. Here you’ll marvel at St Peter’s Basilica. Alternatively, you can choose to add on the optional Sistine Chapel tour to view Michelangelo’s famous painted ceiling.

Next, you’ll see the famous Trevi Fountain, the lavish Baroque showpiece where people flock to throw coins into the water – an action which is said to ensure that you’ll return to the city again one day. 

After lunch, take a step even further back in time as you visit Italy’s unrivaled Roman relics. An optional guided tour of the Colosseum is highly recommended.

After the Colosseum, we will get up close to the nearby Arch of Constantine, and then spend some further free time enjoying Rome. 

Next, you can choose to visit the magnificent Basilique Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri near Piazza della Repubblica before transferring to Arezzo in the late evening. 

Overnight in Arezzo or a city nearby.

Sightseeing
Colosseo

Colosseum

The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome. Built of concrete and sand, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. It could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, having an average audience of some 65,000; it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.

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Arco Di Costantino

Arch of Constantine

The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch in Rome, situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine I’s victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312. Dedicated in 315, it is the largest Roman triumphal arch. The arch spans the Via triumphalis, the way taken by the emperors when they entered the city in triumph.

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Fontana Trevi

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.

 
Meals
 
Hotel (included)
Arezzo Park Hotel ,  Etrusco Arezzo Hotel , OR Simila

Day 6: Arezzo – Florence – Pisa – Genoa

Summary of The Day

Begin the day by taking in a wonderful panoramic overview of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo, which boasts glorious vistas over the red roofs, Arno river and ancient city walls out towards the surrounding countryside

Next, you can see a demonstration of the traditional craft of leather working at close quarters in a local workshop, and you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase some of the high-quality leather items for which the city is famous. From here you’ll enjoy a guided walk around Florence’s many highlights, including the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno, the Piazza del Duomo, and Campanile Tower, passing by the Uffizi Gallery

You’ll have free time to see the city further, to shop or to watch the world go by from a streetside cafe, before traveling on to your next destination, Pisa. Here you are free to wander, but be sure to have your camera ready to get a shot of the iconic Leaning Tower.

Then, we will head to Genoa or a near city for the night.

Sightseeing
Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

Old Bridge is a medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy, noted for still having shops built along it, as was once common. Butchers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers. The Ponte Vecchio’s two neighbouring bridges are the Ponte Santa Trinita and the Ponte alle Grazie.

Leaning Tower

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The world-famous tower built during the Middle Ages is a testament to both human ingenuity and fallibility. The tower tilted because the soil on one side was softer than on the other, and it could not support the tower’s weight.

 
Meals
 
Hotel (included)
Idea Plus Hotel Savon ,  Grand Hotel des Anglais , OR Similar

Day 7: Genoa – Monaco – Nice – Cannes – Avignon

Summary of The Day

A breathtaking drive along one of Europe’s most famous stretches of Mediterranean coastline awaits as you say arrive derci to Italy and head for Monte Carlo.

A walking sightseeing tour here takes you to the grand Prince’s Palace, where you’ll have some free time to soak up the refined atmosphere, before continuing on to view the 1920s Courthouse, the cliffside Oceanographic Museum, and the Cathedral, where Grace Kelly is buried.

We then travel a little further to visit the famous Fragonard Perfume Factory. Here you’ll be taken on a fascinating guided tour around this working factory.

Next, it’s Nice, where you’ll stop for lunch to sample some excellent local cuisine and warm-hearted hospitality.

Your journey continues to Cannes. Be sure to take the opportunity to take some photos of the Palais des Festivals, home to the city’s annual international film festival, before transferring to the hotel in Avignon or a nearby city. 

Meals
 
Hotel (included)
Campanile Nimes Centre Mas Carbonnel ,  Kyriad d’Orange ,  Hotel Campanile Bollene , OR Similar

Day 8: Avignon – Paris

Summary of The Day

After breakfast, we will return from Avignon to Paris. You will arrive in Paris in the early evening.

Return Time

]You will arrive at Place d’Italie around 7:00 pm. The time is an estimate and varies based on traffic and weather conditions.

Meals

Day 9: Paris – Kenya

Summary of The Day

The day is yours until your flight departs.

There is no activities planned for today you may spend the time as you like before you have to catch your flight.
 
Arrive In Kenya
 
Meals

Whats Included

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Return Flights 

3-star hotel accommodations for 8 nights (twin room with private facilities)

English-speaking tour guide

Daily Continental Breakfast (Coffee, tea, juice, bread, jam)

Return international flights

All Transfers on tour

Transportation via modern air-conditioned coach

History, mythology and cultural talks

Not Included

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  • Lunch & Dinner (Vegan food options available)

Mandatory Tips/Service Fee (Min. €4/person/day for tour guide and €3/person/day for driver) Please pay in cash to the tour guide while on the bus. Any child / Infant reserving a seat will have to pay the service fees as well.

City Tax per person per day (Must be paid in cash euros prior to entering the cities; no concessions available. Adult pricing applies to all travelers.)

  * Venice City entrance + Boat trip + Overnight City tax + Venice Local guide – €25

  * Florence City entrance + Overnight City tax – €15

  * Rome City entrance + Overnight City tax – €10

  * Pisa City entrance – €5

  * Monaco City entrance – €5

  * Paris City entrance – €15

  • Insurance
  • Travel insurance

 Letter for obtaining UK VISA (or) EU Schengen VISA can be issued upon request for customers who have booked our Europe Tours. 

A letter from Journey Genius will only act as a supporting document, however, the letter does not guarantee a VISA. 

 The issuance of VISA is at the discretion of the embassy/consulate. Journey Genius cannot be held responsible for VISA rejections.

Optional Tours (Pay in cash euros to tour guide upon arrival. Some of them are subject to minimum numbers and local conditions. Prices are only for reference and subject to change without notice. Adult pricing applies to all travelers.)

  * Gondola ride in Venice (based on 6 people per Gondola) – €30

* Grand Canal ride in Venice (12 person per boat) – €30 (available since Feb 2nd, 2019)

  * Sistine Chapel Tour with Local Guide (skip the queue; also includes the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica (Rome) – €45

  * Colosseum Guided Tour (including ticket and skip the queue) (Rome) – €35

6. Optional Meals (Pay in cash euros to tour guide upon arrival. Some of them are subject to minimum numbers and local conditions. Prices are only for reference and subject to change without notice. Adult pricing applies to all travelers.)

  * Italian Spaghetti Lunch (Venice) – €20

  * Florentine Steak Menu ( including salad, homemade pasta 250g Florentine steak, dessert and wine) (Florence) – €30

  * Keukenhof Garden (March-May) – €18 (more info: www.keukenhof.com)

  * Louvre Museum – €15

  * River Seine Cruise – €14

  * Nouvelle Eve Show with Dinner and Transfer – €150

  * Nouvelle Eve Show with Drink and Transfer – €110

  * Paris by Night – €35

  * River Rhine Cruise (Koblenz, operational from 3 April to 31 Oct only) – €15

6. Optional Meals (Pay in cash euros to tour guide upon arrival. Some of them are subject to minimum numbers and local conditions. Prices are only for reference and subject to change without notice. Adult pricing applies to all travelers.)

   * Traditional pork knuckle menu with beer (Koblenz) – €20

Destinations

Covering 5 Countries, 14 Cities and Towns

  • Paris (France)
  • Lucerne (Switzerland)
  • Basel (Switzerland)
  • Milan (Italy)
  • Venice (Italy)
  • The Vatican City
  • Arezzo (Italy)
  • Florence (Italy)
  • Pisa (Italy) 
  • Genoa (Italy)
  • Monte Carlo (Monaco)
  • Nice (France)
  • Cannes (France)
  • Avignon (France)

About The Countries

Useful Things To Know Before You Go

Currencies

Euro

France

Italy

The Vatican City

Monaco

Plugs And Adapters

Greece Greece

Schengen Visa Requirements For Kenyans and Other Nationalities 

We can process your Shengen visa application for you or you can do it yourself directly. If you choose for us to process your visa we charge a fee. For either option the application and requirements are the same please see below:

  • You must submit an Original passport(*) valid for travel to the Members States to visit. The passport validity must exceed the planned stay in the Schengen Area with at least three months. The passport must have been issued within the last ten years. Kenyan Citizens must have a valid e-passport. 
  • You must submit a completed and signed visa application form. Each person travelling with you on your travel document must submit their own visa form. Forms for children under the age of 18 need to be signed by a parent or guardian.
  • If you are under 18 and are travelling without one or both of your parents or guardians, ask them to sign a consent form. Border guards may ask to see this form when you arrive.
  • You must submit Complete photocopies of original passport, except blank pages.
  • If the applicant is not a resident of Kenya, a justification for lodging the application here must be provided.
  • Previous passport in original if a new passport has been issued within the last three years..
  • Photocopy of the national ID card (both sides).
  • One color photo(*) not more than six months old, passport size (45 mm x 35 mm), full face and taken against a light background.
  • When you submit your application your fingerprints and photos will be taken. These will remain valid for 5 years. Some applicants, such as children under the age of 12, do not need to have their fingerprints taken.
  • Preliminary ticket booking or travel itinerary (it is not necessary to buy a flight ticket at this stage). We will provide this for you.
  • Individual medical travel insurance which covers all costs that could arise as a result of emergency medical assistance, emergency hospitalization or medical repatriation. The insurance should cover costs of at least EUR 30,000 and be valid for the duration of the stay in all the Schengen countries Click here for a list of approved travel insurance companies.

Payment or proof of payment of the visa fee(*) (where applicable).

In addition to the above mentioned requirements, the application will be assessed on the criteria for which the relevant documents have been submitted:?

  •  the purpose of the journey;
  •  accommodation, or proof of sufficient means to cover accommodation;
  •  assessment of sufficient means of subsistence both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to the country of origin or residence;

(*) If your application lacks any of the above documents marked (*) it is considered inadmissible and your documents, including application fee will be returned to you without further notice. (Visa Codex art. 19:3).

Please complete the appropriate checklist:

How much does a visa cost?

When you apply for a visa  you must pay a fee. The application fee are as follows:

  • Schengen visa child (under 6). Free of charge.
  • Schengen visa child (6 – 11 years). Ksh 3,900
  • Schengen visa Adult. Ksh 8,000

If you apply for the visa yourself directly the application fees above will be the only cost.

If you would like us to process your Schengen visa we charge Ksh 10,000. (excluding application fee)

How long does it take?

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you intend to travel. You should apply no later than 15 working days in advance.

In most cases, you will be informed within 15 calendar days whether your application has been successful. Sometimes it can take up to 30 days if more time is needed, and up to 60 days in exceptional cases, for example if extra documents are required.

How will my application be assessed?

Some Schengen member states want to exchange information on visa applicants. This check (known as ‘consultation’) is mandatory for certain nationalities and can take up to 7 days.

Your application will also be checked in the Schengen Information System (SIS II). In addition, your application details will be checked and saved in the Visa Information System (VIS).

Cancellations Due To Visa Rejections

For customers who have availed the VISA letter from Journey Genius and wish to cancel the tour due to VISA rejection:

  * 45 Days (or) more – 16 Days prior to tour departure date — The tour cost will be refunded post deducting service fee of USD 70. Subject to if Airline tickets have been booked then the cost of the airline tickets will be non refundable

  * 15 – 07 Days (or) lesser prior to tour departure date — The entire tour cost will be forfeited & no-refund will be available

*Letter of VISA rejection issued by the embassy/consulate along with Journey Genius Cancellation Request Form form has to be emailed to info@journeygeniustravel.com  no later than 16 days prior to the tour departure date. Without which the cancellation request will not be processed.  

*Cancellation request will not be accepted if tour departure date is less than 16 days.

Cancellations For Personal Reasons After Receiving Visa Supporting Documents

For customers who have availed the VISA letter from Journey and wish to cancel the tour due to personal reasons post VISA being granted:

  * 45 Days (or) more – 16 Days prior to tour departure date — 75 % of tour cost paid will be refunded. If airline tickets have been booked then the cost of the airline tickets will not be refunded.

  * 08-15 Days prior to tour departure date — 50% of tour cost paid will be refunded. If airline tickets have been booked then the cost of the airline tickets will not be refunded

  * 07 Days (or) lesser prior to our departure date — The entire tour cost will be forfeited & no-refund will be available

*Copy of VISA issued by the embassy/consulate along with “Journey Genius Cancellation Request Form” form has to be emailed to info@journeygeniustravel.com. Without which the cancellation request will not be processed.  

*Cancellation request will not be excepted if tour departure date is less than 08 days.

Cancellation / Modification and Refund Policy

1. Cancel or change an order

The following terms apply to the refund policy when canceling or changing an order

1) Reducing the number of travelers

2) Canceling the entire order

3) Change to a different tour

* Possible only 31 days prior to the tour departure date.

* Modification service fee will be applicable over & above the cancellation charges.

4) Rescheduling tour departure date

* This request will not be accepted if the travel date is within 07 days or lesser.

* Subject to availability of seats

* Modification service fee will be applicable over & above the cancellation charges. 

* If any airline tickets have been booked the cost of the airline ticket will be non refundable over and above cancellation charges. 

Cancellation Made Within

Refund Policy

31 Days (or) more prior to tour departure date

90% of tour cost paid will be refunded

15-30 Days prior to tour departure date

75% of tour cost paid will be refunded

08-14 Days prior to tour departure date

50% of tour cost paid will be refunded

07 Days (or) lesser prior to tour departure date

The entire tour cost will be forfeited & No-Refund

2. Modify an order

Charges to modify an order apply for the following:

1) For requests to add more number of travelers

* Subject to availability of seats.

2) For requests to change to a different tour

* Possible only 31 days prior to the tour departure date.

* Cancellation charges as above will be applicable over & above the modification service fee.

3) For requests to reschedule tour departure date

* This request will not be accepted if the travel date is within 07 days or lesser.

* Subject to availability of seats.

* Cancellation charges as above will be applicable over & above the modification service fee.

* Subject to airline modification fees if accepted by airline.

4) For requests to change name of passengers. Only Possible if Airline tickets have not been booked. Subject to individual airline policy and the airlines fees for change of name.

Modification Notice Period

Service Charge

Requests made from the date of booking until 07 day prior to the tour departure date

US $ 70 will be charged for each order

Requests made 07 days (or) lesser from the date of tour departure

No requests will be accepted & No Refund

3. Notes

1) We recommend all our passengers to avail “Travel Insurance” to protect themselves against personal / natural / man made exigencies of all kind (including medical & family emergencies, accidents, flight delays, traffic delays, theft or personal- acts of terrorism, natural calamities etc.) that may affect you from participating in our tours (OR) arise while on tour.

2) Journey Genius will take no responsibility for matters as stated above under personnel / natural / man made exigencies.

3) No part / full refund / compensation will be offered to passengers who miss taking our tours (OR) for any un-utilized services, as per the date / time scheduled on the E-Voucher because all services are reconfirmed and prepaid for Charges as mentioned in our “Cancellation / Modification and Refund Policy” would be applicable.

4) All cancellation & tour modification requests should be emailed to info@journeygeniustravel.com.

5) We will not accept any cancellation / modification requests made through local tour provider / tour guide (OR) verbal requests made over the phone to our customer support staff / by voice mail

6) Cancellation request emails will not be accepted unless they have a complete, signed and attached “Journey Genius Cancellation Request Form“.

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