Mediterranean Flavours

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Mediterranean Flavours

Experience the delights of three of Europe's finest countries, including two unsurpassed capital cities and a host of cosmopolitan sightseeing and scenery.

14 days from


per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 07/10/2017 from London Heathrow Airport

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  • Church of Santa Maria della Salute, Venice Church of Santa Maria della Salute, Venice
  • The Colosseum, Rome The Colosseum, Rome
  • St Mark's Square St Mark's Square
  • St Peter's Square, Rome St Peter's Square, Rome
  • Tourists on a Gondola ride Tourists on a Gondola ride
  • Gondolas and San Giorgio Island Gondolas and San Giorgio Island
  • Madrid Madrid
  • Plaza Mayor, Madrid Plaza Mayor, Madrid
  • Retiro Park, Madrid Retiro Park, Madrid
  • Cinque Terre Cinque Terre
  • Rialto Bridge Rialto Bridge

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Madrid.

Fly to Madrid where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Madrid.

This morning is at leisure, perhaps take an optional trip to Toledo, an old walled city above the Tagus River made famous by El Greco's painting. Later, join 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. This evening, why not join the optional Madrid by night excursion with dinner? Includes Breakfast

DAY 3 : Madrid - Cuenca - Valencia.

Start the day by driving the magnificently located old town of Cuenca, which stands high above the Rivers Jucar and Huecar and which is famous for the "hanging houses" which are suspended over the ravine. Journey on to Valencia for an included city sightseeing and overnight stay. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 : Valencia - Peñiscola - Barcelona.

Today head to nearby Castellón for a visit to Peñiscola Castle, built by the Knights Templar in the 14th century. Continue your journey through orange groves and seaside resorts past Tarragona to Catalonia's lively and beautiful capital, Barcelona. Includes Breakfast

DAY 5 : Barcelona.

Today's sightseeing with a local guide includes a drive around Monjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and panoramic views of the port and city below, before heading into the city centre. Here you will have time to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi's architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batllò and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included). The afternoon is at leisure or you may wish to take an optional excursion to Montserrat. Includes Breakfast

DAY 6 : Barcelona - Collioure - Marseille.

First stop today is in Collioure, a picturesque village nestled on the rocky Mediterranean coastline and sheltered by the Pyrenees. Later, head to France's oldest city, Marseille for an overnight stay. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 : Marseille - Cassis - French Riviera.

Capital of Provence, Marseille was founded by the Greeks in 600BC and is packed with fascinating sights. Your orientation will take you to the city's bustling ancient heart - the picturesque Vieux Port, where elegant markets and handsome townhouses surround the harbour. Then, head for the hilltop Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde for a visit and stunning views of the city. This afternoon, follow the coast toward Cassis, a small fishing port, en route to the French Riviera for an overnight stay. Includes Breakfast

DAY 8 : Nice - Eze - French Riviera.

Today is spent in the famously beautiful city of Nice. Visit the amazing perfume workshop in Eze, a unique an unforgettable experience that treats all the senses, see how the perfume is created and the process that's involved. The afternoon is spent at leisure, either at the glorious beaches, walking along the fabulous promenade or visiting the variety of museums and shops. Includes Breakfast

DAY 9 : French Riviera - Cinque Terre area.

Enjoy the wonderful coastal scenery along the French and Italian Riviera as you travel towards Cinque Terre. Break your coach journey by taking a short train ride through the spectacular Cinque Terre region, where the beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired Lord Byron. Also walk along the famous Sentiero Dell'Amore, a breathtakingly beautiful trail carved into the rocks. Visit the picturesque seaside resort of Monterosso. Overnight in La Spezia. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 : Cinque Terre area - Verona - Venice area.

Travel through the Po river plain to the romantic city of Verona, where you'll have time to wander at leisure, perhaps seeing Juliet's balcony. Continue to Venice for two nights. Includes Breakfast

DAY 11 : Venice area.

Venice is a visual wonder, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas, water buses, arched bridges, palaces and piazzas. Your included orientation starts with a boat ride and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian glassblowers at work. Don't miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 : Venice area - Rome.

Today you'll have an interesting drive across the Po Delta stopping in Assisi, a city enclosed by ramparts and little changed since the Middle Ages. This is the town of St Francis where you will see the Basilica, boasting the most famous frescos by Giotto. Includes Breakfast

DAY 13 : Rome.

The "Eternal City," Rome is a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive, exciting and unique. Your included sightseeing with a local guide starts with St Peter's Square and Basilica, followed by an optional visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Later, enjoy an included visit to the Roman Forum and iconic Colosseum. You will have time to continue exploring Rome at your own pace. Includes Breakfast

DAY 14 : Rome - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

Hotels on Tour

  • Cinque Terre:NH at la Spezia (4*)
  • Venice area:Antony Palace at Marcon or similar (4*)
  • Rome:Residenza Parco Tirreno or similar (4*)
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or of a similar standard
  • Madrid:Rafaeles Hotel Ventas or similar (4*)
  • Valencia:Abba Acteon (4*)
  • Barcelona:Abba Garden (4*)
  • Marseille:Holiday Inn Express St. Charles or similar (3*)
  • French Riviera:Ibis Styles Vieux Port or similar (3*)

Christmas in Barcelona

Depart Tuesday 20 December 2016 and enjoy Christmas lunch in Barcelona and New Year's Reveillon dinner in Rome.

Tour Director Says...

This tour itinerary has been devised by 8 of our Tour Directors who entered a competition to come up with their best holiday and we're delighted with the results. Here's what some of them say:

"Basically we summed up all of our favourite pearls around the Mediterranean to make a mix of historical and modern"

"We chose a mixture of big cities and small villages to see a bit of everything..."

"We wanted to create a tour where the traveller would always be surrounded by charm, character and splendour..."

"We wanted to admire little villages like Peniscola or Cinque Terre as well as new vibrant cities like Valencia..."

What's Included

  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Meals on tour - 13 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage (for one suitcase per person)
  • Individual Audio System You will be given headphones and a receiver so you can clearly hear the tour director/local guide during your visits
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges
  • Single share option

Holiday Highlights

  • Madrid Guided visit
  • Cuenca Visit
  • Valencia Guided visit
  • Barcelona Guided visit
  • Marseille Orientation
  • Grasse Visit perfume workshop
  • Verona See Juliet's balcony
  • Venice Boat ride and orientation
  • Assisi Visit Rome Guided visit

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

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