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2017 The Rivieras: Italy, France & the Isles

Italy: Florence, Lucca, Portoferraio • France: Bastia • Italy: Marina di Carrara, Porto Venere, Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino • France: Nice, St. Paul de Vence, Cannes, Saint-Honorat Island

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NEW: Activity Level

Our NEW Activity Level rating system ranks our trips on a scale of 1 (easiest) to 5 (most difficult) to help you determine if a trip is right for you. The information below is a general guide to our rating system, but see our itineraries for much more detailed physical activity information about each trip.

Activity Level 1:

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Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

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Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

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Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

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Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

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Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Facts & Figures

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  • Area: 116,305 square miles

    Capital: Rome

    Languages: Italian is the official language; French and English are also spoken.

    Location: Italy is bordered by France, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, the Ligurian Sea, the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Ionian Sea, the Adriatic Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea.

    Geography: Italy lies in southern Europe and includes the Mediterranean islands of Siciliy, Sardinia, and several other small islands. Campania (the region of Naples, Sorrento, and the Amalfi coast) has 220 miles of coastline and is on the southwestern side of the Italian peninsula. Its two famous gulfs, the Bay of Naples and Gulf of Salerno, are enclosed by picturesque promontories, including the Sorrento Peninsula. The region of Tuscany is a blend of rugged hills, fertile valleys, and long stretches of sandy beaches that curve along the west coast of central Italy and fringe the pine-forested coastal plain of the Maremma.

    Population (2007 estimate): 58,145,321

    Religion: Roman Catholic 98%, Other 2%

    Time zone: Italy is on Central European Time, six hours ahead of U.S. EST. When it is 6am in New York, it is noon in Rome. Daylight Saving Time begins the last weekend in March and ends the last weekend in October.

  • Area: 211,208 square miles

    Capital: Paris

    Languages: French is the official language.

    Location: France is bordered by Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.

    Geography: France is a large country, two and a half times as big as Great Britain, extending for some 600 miles from north to south and from east to west. Except for extreme northern France, which is part of the Flanders plain, the country may be described as four river basins and a plateau. Three of the streams flow west—the Seine into the English Channel, the Loire into the Atlantic, and the Garonne into the Bay of Biscay. The Rhône flows south into the Mediterranean. For about 100 miles, the Rhine is France's eastern border. In the Alps, near the Italian and Swiss borders, is Europe's highest point—Mont Blanc, at 15,781 feet.

    Population (2007 estimate): 64,057,790

    Religions: Roman Catholic (85%), Muslim (7%), Protestant (2%), Jewish (1%), unaffiliated (5%)

    Time zone: France is on Central European Time, six hours head of U.S. EST. When it is 6am in New York, it is noon in Paris. Daylight Saving Time begins the last Sunday in March and ends the last Sunday in October.

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