Mediterranean Flavors

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Vacation Overview

From Spain to France to Italy, this affordable tour along the Mediterranean Coast, features vibrant cities, historic sites, and stunning scenery. You’ll stay in Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Marseille, the Venice area, and Rome. You’ll also overnight in the French Riviera and the Cinque Terre area.

The highlights of this budget travel adventure across the Mediterranean region include an excursion to the famous Cinque Terre area, a name given to five medieval fishing villages on the sea. The area is noted for its natural beauty with terraces built into the mountainside on cliffs that drop down into the sea and for its breathtaking views.

You’ll also spend time on the French Riviera, where you’ll have the chance to visit a perfume workshop in Èze and time to explore on your own. Plus, enjoy stunning scenery as you drive along the most fascinating landscapes and visit cameo villages such as Cuenca, Collioure, Cassis and iconic cities like Verona or Barcelona!

Your Local Guides will reveal the must-see sights on your sightseeing tours of Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, and Rome. You’ll see Rome’s iconic landmarks, such as the Vatican and the Colosseum.You’ll be introduced to Venice with a boat ride to world-famous St. Mark’s Square. In Marseille, France’s oldest city, visit the Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde, which sits at the highest point in Marseille with stunning views of the city. In Assisi, visit the St. Francis Basilica, burial place of the saint and home to beautiful frescos by Giotto.

Designed by a team of experienced Tour Directors, this Mediterranean tour to Spain, France, and Italy has been perfectly planned for value-minded travelers wanting a wonderful, yet affordable, Mediterranean vacation.

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN

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

Dinner

Day 2 MADRID

Not only is it 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—even now, it’s like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art.

Breakfast

Day 3 MADRID–CUENCA–VALENCIA

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.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 VALENCIA–PENISCOLA–BARCELONA

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.

Breakfast

Day 5 BARCELONA

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. The drive continues 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). Afternoon at leisure—maybe join the optional excursion to Montserrat.

Breakfast

Day 6 BARCELONA–COLLIOURE, FRANCE–MARSEILLE

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, to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 MARSEILLE–CASSIS–FRENCH RIVIERA

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 discover the town before reaching Nice. Later, why not join the optional Monte Carlo by Night excursion?

Breakfast

Day 8 FRENCH RIVIERA. EXCURSION TO ÈZE

Start the day with a visit to a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Èze. Later, 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.

Breakfast

Day 9 FRENCH RIVIERA–CINQUE TERRE AREA, ITALY

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.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 CINQUE TERRE AREA–VERONA–VENICE AREA

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

Breakfast

Day 11 VENICE

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

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 VENICE AREA–ASSISI–ROME

Cross the Po Delta and head into the verdant Apennines to medieval Assisi, enclosed by ramparts and little 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.

Breakfast

Day 13 ROME

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; the Roman Forum; Piazza Venezia, and Campidoglio. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment.

Breakfast

Day 14 ROME

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

Vacation Highlights

MADRID

Guided sightseeing

CUENCA

Visit

VALENCIA

Guided sightseeing, see Science Park

PENISCOLA

Visit the castle

BARCELONA

Guided sightseeing

COLLIOURE

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

Headsets throughout the tour.

December 21 Departure – Christmas in Barcelona and New Year’s Eve Reveillon dinner in Venice

Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners

Hotels

Madrid

Rafaelhoteles Ventas

Rafaelhoteles Ventas is a welcoming and luminous hotel that aims to serve the tourist area in which it is situated. It will surprise guests with its decoration comprising an outstanding collection of art works, together with a typically traditional ambience, fitting of the Las Ventas Bullring just a few minutes away.

Valencia

Sercotel Acteon Valencia

A modern design hotel with 187 rooms situated close to the Port of Valencia and the city’s top sights. Amenities include a gym, sauna and squash court. The perfectly appointed in-house restaurant serves Mediterranean specialities, there is also a café-bar with a piano and Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.

Catalonia Excelsior

Modern hotel in a Victorian building located in the city center in the financial district; the staff is multilingual.

Barcelona

Porta Fira

Hotel Santos Porta Fira is considered the best skyscraper in the world and has been awarded the prestigious “EMPORIS AWARD 2010” architectural award.

Hotel Ibis Styles Barcelona City Bogatell

The ibis Styles Barcelona City hotel is designed to enjoy an outstanding experience in the heart of Barcelona.

Abba Garden

Spacious hotel located at the end of Avenida. Diagonal, next to the Hospital St. Joan de Déu. In a very convenient location, it is surrounded by wide open gardens. Ideal for making the most of free time and leisure, the hotel provides a whole range of business services.

Marseille

Ibis Marseille Centre Euromed

Situated in the heart of a modern, dynamic district in the center of Marseilles this 192-room hotel offers a restaurant combining authenticity and variety with fresh ingredients. Also available is a bar with an outside lounge area to enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast with regional products during the summer.

Nice

Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port

The hotel has 114 spacious, air-conditioned and fully renovated rooms and a paying enclosed car park.

Cinque Terre Area

NH La Spezia

Facing the sea and located only a five-minute walk from the main pier, the NH La Spezia hotel in Cinque Terre is the ideal base for discovering the enchanting city of Cinque Terre, one of the main attractions of the Italian Riviera and La Spezia in Liguria.

Venice

Poppi

Situated on the Riviera del Brenta and founded in 1965,the hotel is still family run. hotel Poppi offers 100 rooms and a renowned restaurant.

Rome

Pineta Palace

The Hotel Pineta Palace is a 4-star hotel in Rome, located not far from Vatican City.

Pricing

Tour
Start Date
Return
Date
Land/Cruise
Price Only
4/13/2019 4/26/2019 $2,099
4/27/2019 5/10/2019 $2,199
5/11/2019 5/24/2019 $2,199
5/25/2019 6/7/2019 $2,199
6/1/2019 6/14/2019 $2,249
6/8/2019 6/21/2019 $2,249
6/15/2019 6/28/2019 $2,299
6/29/2019 7/12/2019 $2,299
7/13/2019 7/26/2019 $2,129
7/27/2019 8/9/2019 $2,129
8/10/2019 8/23/2019 $2,129
8/24/2019 9/6/2019 $2,199
9/7/2019 9/20/2019 $2,249
9/21/2019 10/4/2019 $2,249
10/5/2019 10/18/2019 $2,169
10/19/2019 11/1/2019 $2,169
11/2/2019 11/15/2019 $1,999
12/21/2019 1/3/2020 $2,099

 

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