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 AirportView Dates
Fly to Madrid where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Includes Dinner
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast
Depart Tuesday 20 December 2016 and enjoy Christmas lunch in Barcelona and New Year's Reveillon dinner in Rome.
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..."
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