February 3, 2019

Amazing France & Italy Tour

  • I’m very sad to say that we did not get the minimum 10 required so this tour will not be going ahead. We are organising private tours for those who had paid their deposits and refunding others. I would love to direct any one who is interested in joining one of my tours to consider my Christmas Markets Cruise >>


Paris • Strasbourg • Annecy • Provence • Lake Maggiore • Lake Como • Rome


Alongside Josh at Weka Travel (who put together last year’s hugely successful Italy trip), we have put together this boutique small group tour starting in Paris and staying in cute French towns and villages before spending a few days on the French Riviera and then heading north for two nights at both of the Italian lakes, and ending in Rome.

Full itinerary is downloadable below…

This carefully planned small group tour is ideal for couples, singles or friends who want to visit these places but would prefer to have all the organisation done for them!

You’ll join a maximum of 14 like-minded travellers as we spend time exploring little towns, staying in small boutique accommodation, meet locals, shop in markets and twirl in circles at the astonishing history which will come alive with our local guides.

Private Transfers • Exclusive Day Trips • Avoid the Tourists

River Seine with Eiffel Tower

Wander along the River Seine

Itinerary Outline ______________

Paris 4 nights

We’ll start with a day to relax and a welcome dinner together, then over the next few days we’ll do some walking tours with local guides and have free time to potter off into galleries and museums, go shopping, wander along the Seine and browse the antiques in the bouquinistes.

I was amazed at the breathtaking opulence of Opera Garnier, so we’ll have a tour in there and learn how it was the first building in Paris to have gas lighting so everyone turned out in their finery. We’ll enjoy eating fresh breads, cheeses and pastries at local restaurants – and snails and frogs if you dare! I’m also going to take you to the Versailles for a day trip to see the palace and its incredible grounds.

Strasbourg 2 nights

I visited Strasbourg a few years ago and was wowed at its beauty, over on the French/German border along the Reine River. Expect a photo op around every corner with flower boxes hanging under windows and cobbled streets. A river runs around the old town and you’ll enjoy browsing in the shops and markets as well as learning some of its amazing history.

Strasbourg France river

I have often named Strasbourg as the prettiest town in France – let’s see if it still is!

Annecy France

Annecy is another cute town which we’ll also stay at

Annecy 2 nights

We’ll travel further down to base at Annecy (just south of Geneva) which is voted one of the prettiest towns in France by Conde Nast Traveller. On the way we’ll enjoy wineries, villages, sightseeing and relaxing when we get here.

Provence 4 nights

We’ll base ourselves near the French Riviera so we can take little side trips visiting the surrounding towns which might include Toulon, Monaco, Marseille and the lavender fields on the way.

Now it’s off to Italy!

Lake Maggiore 2 nights

Northern Italy will be our region to explore staying in the lakes district, starting with the town of Maggiore.

Lake Como 2 nights

Lake Como is the most famous lake town in Italy thanks to George Clooney (I’ll buy any one a wine who actually spots him!).

Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore

Lake Como Italy from lake

Colourful and fun Lake Como

Rome 3 nights

Our tour last year started in Rome and it really is a beautiful city with wonderful history, food and architecture. We will join local guides to visit the hero sights, but also enjoy some meals and private tours far from the tourists to give you a special insight into the city.

Stopover in Bangkok 1 night

Save room for some shopping in Bangkok on our one-night stopover on the way home. We plan to take a Chao Praya river cruise for a couple of hours, then enjoy free time for shopping or a massage and finish with drinks at one of the iconic rooftop bars in the city.

Food • Wine • Shopping • Sightseeing • Free Time

Colosseum Rome

A visit to the Colosseum is a fascinating must do in Rome

>> Here’s the full day to day itinerary so you can see all the amazing extras we’ve worked on to make each day as special as possible. Open as pdf >>


Cost : NZ$13,995 per person (based on two people sharing a room)

There will be an extra charge if you would like to room alone as we have divided the room costs by two. If you’d like to share a room we can try and match you up with another like-minded traveller.

Price includes : return economy class airfares on Thai Airways from Auckland to Paris and Rome to Auckland, all transfers around Europe, 4+ star accommodation including breakfasts, entry into attractions or tastings and special events as per itinerary, local guides throughout and several meals.

Extra costs : travel insurance (compulsory), some meals, internet/phone charges and any incidentals.

We can also assist if you would like to add on a side trip before or after this tour.

For more information or to reserve your place contact Megan (megan@bloggeratlarge.com) or Josh (josh@wekatravel.com)

About Megan Singleton


Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio every week and a few newspapers and mags from time to time. I set off on this travel writing journey 18 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!)I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for monthly newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!

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  1. Virginia on

    Hey Megan.
    I am looking at a small group guided tour of France and Italy around May 2020 to celebrate my 60th birthday with my husband. Will you be arranging another tour similar to this in 2020?

    • Megan on

      Hi Agness, we’re going later summer early spring because that should be beautiful. It depends what season is your favourite really, or whether you want lower prices, etc.


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