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Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

A carefree skip across coastal Spain, France and Italy, with time to explore the lively cities and Mediterranean towns of these sun-kissed countries. See the cultural and historic highlights of Madrid and Barcelona, relax in pretty Marseille and paddle on the shores of the French Riviera in Nice. Explore Venice by boat and end your adventure in noble Rome, home to world-class art, historic sculpture and the world's best pizza, coffee and ice-cream.

At a glance

MADRID: Guided sightseeing CUENCA Visit 

VALENCIA: Guided sightseeing, see Science Park 

PENISCOLA: Visit the castle  

BARCELONA: Guided sightseeing 

COLLIQURE: Visit MARSEILLE Orientation drive 

CASSIS: Visit ÈZE Visit a perfume workshop 

CINQUE TERRE: Excursion VERONA 

Visit VENICE Canal boat ride, walking orientation, glassblower demonstration 

ASSISI: Visit St. Francis Basilica 

ROME: Guided sightseeing, see St. Peter’s Square 

 

 

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport and port taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

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Overview

A carefree skip across coastal Spain, France and Italy, with time to explore the lively cities and Mediterranean towns of these sun-kissed countries. See the cultural and historic highlights of Madrid and Barcelona, relax in pretty Marseille and paddle on the shores of the French Riviera in Nice. Explore Venice by boat and end your adventure in noble Rome, home to world-class art, historic sculpture and the world's best pizza, coffee and ice-cream.

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 5 dinners

UK - Madrid, Spain

Day
1

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

Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Madrid

Day
2

Not only is Madrid the capital of Spain, but because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards rightly say it’s the nearest thing to Heaven. Enjoy the main highlights on the included guided city tour. Consider an optional trip to Toledo. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus was made famous in El Greco’s painting and, even now, it’s like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Madrid - Cuenca - Valencia

Day
3

Travel southeast to Cuenca, perched high above the precipices of the Jucar and Huecar Rivers. It is famous for its “hanging houses” that are suspended over the Huecar ravine. Journey on to Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city. Enjoy the sights with a Local Guide and visit magnificent SCIENCE PARK, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Valencia - Peniscola - Barcelona

Day
4

Today, visit PENISCOLA CASTLE in Castellon, built by the Knights Templar in the 14th century. The promontory on which the castle and town are located is a fine reminder of medieval times. Continue your journey through orange groves and seaside resorts past Tarragona to Catalonia’s lively and beautiful capital, Barcelona.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Barcelona

Day
5

Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a drive around Monjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city center of Plaza Catalunya and to Paseo de Gracia 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). Spend the afternoon at leisure—maybe join the optional excursion to Montserrat.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Barcelona - Collioure - France - Marseille

Day
6

Leave Spain today and cross the border into France to visit Collioure. This picturesque village is nestled in an idyllic place on the rocky Mediterranean coastline and is sheltered by the Pyrenees. Carry on to the oldest city in France—Marseille—for an overnight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Marseille - Cassis - French Riviera

Day
7

Capital of the Provence, Marseille was founded by the Greeks in 600 BC. See the city’s bustling ancient heart— the picturesque Vieux Port (old port), where elegant markets and handsome townhouses surround the boat-filled harbor. Then, head for the hilltop BASILICA NOTRE DAME DE LA GARDE, with stunning views of the city. Follow the coastal route toward Cassis, a small fishing port lined with cafés and restaurants, and stop to explore the town before reaching Nice. Later, why not join the optional Monte-Carlo-by-Night excursion?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

French Riviera - Excursion to Eze

Day
8

Start the day with a visit to a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Èze. Later, spend time at leisure to do as you please! Dabble in the Mediterranean Sea, stroll along the famous Promenade des Anglais, or join our optional excursion to the artists’ town of St. Paul de Vence.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

French Riviera - Cinque Terre Area, Italy

Day
9

Enjoy the wonderful coastal scenery along the French and Italian Rivieras as you travel toward Cinque Terre. Take the TRAIN in Levanto and stop in some of the most enchanting villages of the spectacular Cinque Terre region, where the beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired Lord Byron. There are several breathtaking trails carved into the rocks connecting the villages, affording dramatic sea views.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Cinque Terre Area - Verona - Venice Area

Day
10

Travel through areas of culinary excellence in the Po plains to reach the romantic city of Verona. See Juliet’s balcony, and enjoy some time at leisure. Continue to the Venice area, where you will spend two nights. (B)

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Venice

Day
11

Venice 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 piazzas. Your 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 optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Venice Area - Assisi - Rome

Day
12

Cross the Po Delta and head into the verdant Apennines to medieval Assisi. Enclosed by ramparts, little has changed since the Middle Ages. This is the town of the deeply mystical and poetic ST. FRANCIS. See the UPPER and LOWER BASILICA with the beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome

Day
13

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built, and Circus Maximus. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome - UK

Day
14

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departures:

Christmas in Barcelona and New Years Eve in Venice including Reveillon Dinner: 21st December 2018

Christmas in Barcelona and New Year’s Eve Festive Dinner in Venice:

21 December 2019

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Rafaelhoteles Ventas

Rafaelhoteles Ventas is named due to being located very close to Las Ventas bullring, one of Madrid's most important historic monuments, with a history dating back over 80 years.

  • Location

    Calle Alcala 269, 28027 Madrid, Spain

  • Facilities

    • Free Wifi
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Room Service
    • Laundry Service

Catalonia Excelsior

Catalonia Excelsior is located in Valencia’s Old Town, just a few yards from Plaza del ayuntamiento Square.

  • Location

    Barcelonina, 5, Ciutat Vella, 46002 Valencia, Spain

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Air conditioning
    • Bar
    • Fitness centre

Sercotel Acteon Valencia

The Sercotel Acteón Valencia is a cosy hotel located near the City of Arts and Sciences, a few minutes from the Puerto-Playa area and well connected to the city center.

  • Location

    Carrer de Vicente Beltrán Grimal, 2, 46023 València, Spain

  • Facilities

    • Squash court
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Room service
    • Sauna
    • Fitness centre

Barcelona - Abba Garden

This modern hotel is situated on the northern edge of the city of Barcelona, near Avinguda Diagonal and Barcelona FC's famous stadium, Camp Nou.

  • Location

    Santa Rosa 33-37, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat, Spain

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Wifi available
    • Room service available
    • Swimming pool
    • Fitness centre

Barcelona - Porta Fira

Situated opposite Fira Barcelona Exhibition Centre, Porta Fira is an impressive red tower designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito.

  • Location

    Plaça d'Europa, 45, 08908 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Wifi available
    • Room service available
    • Fitness centre

Ibis Styles City Bogatell

Located in Barcelona the Ibis Styles Bogatell is just 15 minutes walk from the beach and 1,000 yards from Port Olympic. The Picasso Museum is 0.9 miles , while La Seu, Cathedral of Barcelona is 1.1 miles from the property.

  • Location

    Carrer De Llull 71 - Distrito 22@, Sant Martí, 08005 Barcelona, Spain

  • Facilities

    • Coffee house
    • Bar
    • Solarium
    • Outdoor swimming pool

Ibis Centre Euromed

This hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Vieux Port and La Vieille Charite. Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and Notre-Dame de la Garde are also within 3 miles (5 km).

  • Location

    25 Boulevard de Dunkerque, 13002 Marseille, France

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Bar
    • Restaurant

French Riviera - Ibis Vieux Port Nice

Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port is located in the old port area of Nice, 950 yards from the Acropolis Convention Centre.

  • Location

    8 Rue Emmanuel Philibert, 06300 Nice, France

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Wifi available
    • Room service available

NH at La Spezia

The NH La Spezia hotel is in the city center, just in front of the harbor, ideally placed for boat trips to the spectacular Cinque Terre. The hotel building itself dates back to the 1950s, and every room offers stunning sea views.

  • Location

    Via XX Settembre, 2, 19124 La Spezia SP, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Fitness centre

Poppi at Mira

The hotel is located about 15 km from Venice Piazzale Roma.

  • Location

    Via Romea 80, 30034 Mira VE, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Free WiFi
    • Bar lounge

Rome - Pineta Palace

Situated in the quiet suburbs of Rome, the Pineta Palace is just a short walk away from Olympic Stadium and 2.7 mi from Monte Mario. St. Peter's Basilica and Colosseum are also within 6 miles and Rome Gemelli Station is just a 14 minute walk.

  • Location

    Via San Lino Papa 35 Rome

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Coffee Shop
    • Fitness centre

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