2017: Gems of Italy, France & Spain (6330)

19 days from Rome to Madrid

This Mediterranean vacation takes you from Rome to Paris to Madrid skirting some of the Mediterranean coast, with many fascinating stops and scenic drives along the way. In Italy, overnight in Rome, Montecatini, the Venice area, and Milan. In Rome, guided sightseeing features the must-see sites, including the Roman Forum, dating back to the 7th century BC, and Colosseum, where the deadly gladiator fights were held; Florence's Piazza Signoria, the center of Florence's political life since the 14th century; famous St. Mark's Square in Venice; and Juliet's balcony in medieval Verona.

In France, drive along the French Riviera and overnight in Valbonne, then in Lyon, Paris, and Bordeaux. Visit Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco, the second-smallest country in the world, and Grasse, a picturesque medieval village known as the world's perfume capital. Here, visit a perfume workshop and smell the beautiful fragrances. In Avignon, visit the Palace of the Popes, Europe's biggest gothic palace. Built to house the popes in the 1300s today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Amboise, visit the impressive castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 11th century. Enjoy sightseeing in Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated at the confluence of the Rhone and the Saone Rivers, and Paris, including the Arc de Triomphe and the incomparable Eiffel Tower.

Stop in Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy French seaside resort. In Spain, overnight in Bilbao, Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid. See Pamplona, famous for the running of the bulls; Cuenca with its hanging houses; and Aranjuez, site of the Royal Palace. Sightseeing is included in both Madrid and Barcelona.

This tour through Italy, France and Spain includes all of this and more-a perfect vacation for value-minded travelers!

HOTELS
ROME Oly Hotel (F) or Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST)
MONTECATINI Settentrionale Esplanade (F)
VENICE AREA Poppi (ST) at Mira or Smart Hotel Holiday (F) at Mestre
MILAN Holiday Inn Garibaldi Station (F)
VALBONNE Golden Tulip Sophia Antipolis (ST)
LYON Lyon Ouest (ST) or Parkest (ST)
PARIS Ibis Tour Eiffel Cambronne (ST)
BORDEAUX Mercure Centre Meriadeck (ST)
BILBAO Holiday Inn (F)
BARCELONA Porta Fira (F) or Ibis Styles City (ST)
VALENCIA NH Las Artes (F) or Abba Acteon (F)
MADRID Rafaelhoteles Ventas (ST) or Praga (ST)

Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 12863383

Tour Operator
Cosmos
Duration
19 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1RomeCheck into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this ancient capital. In the afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2RomeRome, the 'Eternal City,' is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter's Square, the heart of the Vatican, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and iconic COLOSSEUM. (B)
Day 3MontecatiniTravel to Florence, 'Cradle of the Renaissance' and city of the powerful Medici dynasty. The included walking tour with a Local Guide features the main city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce, beautiful Piazza Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Loggia dei Lanzi, and the impressive Piazza del Duomo with its cathedral housing the Giotto Campanile. Later, on to the quiet spa town of Montecatini. (B,D)
Day 4VeniceHead for Parma in the Emilia-Romagna region, made famous by its ham and parmesan cheese. Included sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the city's hidden treasures. Continue into the farmland of the Po Valley to the Venice area. (B)
Day 5VeniceVenice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and quiet little piazzas. The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to ST. MARK'S SQUARE and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don't miss out on the quintessential Venice experience: an optional gondola ride along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)
Day 6MilanStop in Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. See Juliet's house and balcony, and stroll around the picturesque market square. Then, on to vibrant Milan, hub of Italy's economy and fashion. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. (B)
Day 7ValbonneJourney south, with views of the Italian Flower Riviera. En route, visit Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco, the second-smallest and most densely populated country in the world, before arriving in Valbonne. (B)
Day 8ValbonneThis morning, visit a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Grasse. Later, time at leisure or maybe join an optional excursion to the picturesque hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera. (B)
Day 9LyonHead to Avignon today for an included visit of the magnificent PALACE OF THE POPES (audio-guide included). Then, on to Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,D)
Day 10ParisStart the day with included guided sightseeing of Lyon, a commercial, industrial, and banking powerhouse for the past 500 years. Then, travel through the picturesque Burgundy vineyards and fields toward Paris, the French capital and 'City of Light.' Tonight, don't miss the optional cabaret outing-a true Parisian spectacle! (B)
Day 11ParisIncluded sightseeing with a local expert takes in many of the must-see Parisian sites: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Opera, La Sorbonne, Madeleine, the Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysees. Optional excursions to other famous attractions are also available. (B)
Day 12BordeauxTravel south along the spectacular Loire Valley to Amboise. With a Local Guide, visit its splendid 11th-century CASTLE that was a favorite of French kings. Continue through the Cognac region and head towards Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne. (B,D)
Day 13BilbaoLeave the Landes region and visit Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort, before crossing the border into Spain. Arrive in the Basque capital and port town of Bilbao. (B,D)
Day 14BarcelonaStop in Pamplona, capital of the ancient Kingdom of Navarra and famous for its 'bull run,' before reaching Barcelona, Catalonia's lively and beautiful capital. (B,D)
Day 15BarcelonaThis morning's included sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. You arrive at the city center's Plaza Catalunya and to Paseo de Gracia to marvel at Gaudi's architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batllo and Mila. (B)
Day 16ValenciaPass through fragrant orange groves and charming seaside resorts past Tarragona and on to Valencia, host of the America's Cup in 2005. Join the optional excursion and drive along wide avenues lined with fig and palm trees, and along the old quarter's narrow streets past fine gothic houses and typical patios. (B)
Day 17MadridLeave the coast and head inland, stopping in the historical towns of Cuenca to see its 'hanging houses' and Aranjuez, site ot the royal palaces and gardens, situated on the Castilian Plain. On to Madrid, the Spanish capital, to enjoy a relaxed evening. (B)
Day 18MadridThis morning, maybe join the rewarding optional trip to Toledo. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus was made famous in El Greco's painting. Later, enjoy the included Madrid city sightseeing. Not only because it's the capital of Spain but also because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards say it's the nearest thing to Heaven. (B,D)
Day 19MadridYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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US$ Price Details

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$900

No triple room reduction.

Extra nights per person in Rome:
in single room $113-$137, in twin $65-$88, in triple $62-$75

Extra nights per person in Madrid:
in single room $102-$125, in twin $53-$65, in triple $48-$60

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