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Gems of Italy, France & Spain (6330) - 2015 / 2014

19 Day Tour from Rome to Madrid


Gems of Italy, France & Spain
Visit stunning Florence and the Ponte Vecchio
Visit stunning Florence and the Ponte Vecchio
The Roman Forum, where Roman legions marched in triumph
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Rome
Visit the ancient Roman Forum
Saint Peters Square in Rome
Enjoy the beautiful architecture of the Royal Palace in Aranjuez
The Ponte Vecchio at night
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain
Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

This Mediterranean journey takes you from Rome to Paris to Madrid, with many fascinating stops along the way. Your vacation begins in Rome with two overnights and guided sightseeing that visits the Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Square, and the Colosseum. Next up: splendid Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance;” the romantic floating city of Venice; and Milan, capital of fashion. Also visit Montecatini, Parma, and Verona—cities that are less well-known but just as fascinating. Cross the border into France for two nights on the elegant French Riviera, then on to Avignon to see the Palace of the Popes. Overnight in Lyon before reaching Paris, the “City of Light,” to experience all its main highlights. Explore the wine-growing area of Bordeaux, then reach Bilbao on the Atlantic Coast. Cross to the Mediterranean shores of Spain via Pamplona and spend two nights in lively Barcelona, the city of Gaudi. On to Valencia, host of the America’s Cup sailing event, then arrive in fabulous Madrid, the capital of Spain, for the grand finale of your exciting adventure.

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Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

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*Book a select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Valid on Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms vacations of six nights or more. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and December 2, 2014 for travel in 2015. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus, Cosmos or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit, Cosmos $50 coupon and Cosmos Single Supplement promotion. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.

Save $50 per person on any 2015 Cosmos vacation.*

*Book a 2015 Cosmos vacation to receive the $50 per person discount. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and October 28, 2014 for travel in 2015. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Not applicable to custom tours. Not combinable with any other promotion except the Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and the current air promo. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time.


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Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Montecatini, Venice, Verona, Montecarlo, Grasse, Avignon, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Bilbao, Pamplona, Valencia, Cuenca, Aranjuez

Scenic Highlights:
Emilia-Romagna region, Po Valley, Italian & French Rivieras, Loire Valley, Landes region, Basque Country

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Parma, Milan, Lyon, Paris, Amboise Castle, Barcelona, Madrid. Professional Tour Director while touring

NOTE:

  • December 15 Departure – Christmas lunch in Paris and New Year's Eve in Madrid.


Day 1Arrive in Rome, Italy

Check 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 2Rome

Rome, the “Eternal City,” is a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in ST. PETER’S SQUARE, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and iconic COLOSSEUM. (B)

Day 3Rome–Florence–Montecatini

Travel to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance” and city of the powerful Medici dynasty. The included walking tour with a Local Guide features most of the 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, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Later, a short drive delivers you to the spa town of Montecatini for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 4Montecatini–Parma–Venice Area

This morning, by way of Cisa Pass, head 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. Later, continue into the farmland of the Po Valley for two overnights in the Venice area. (B)

Day 5Venice Area

Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real live 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 alocal troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)

Day 6Venice Area–Verona–Milan

Stop 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 economic miracle and the capital of fashion. Enjoy a short city sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. (B)

Day 7Milan–Italian Riviera–Cannes Area, France

An early start this morning as you journey south with views of the Italian Riviera. En route, visit Monte Carlo before arriving in the Cannes area. (B)

Day 8Cannes Area

This morning visit a PERFUME FACTORY in Grasse. Later maybe join an optional excursion to the picturesque hilltop townof St. Paul de Vence. (B)

Day 9Cannes Area–Avignon–Lyon

First, head to Avignon today for an included visit of the magnificent PALACE OF THE POPES (audioguide included). Then, on to Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 10Lyon–Paris

Start the day with included guided sightseeing. 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 11Paris

Included sightseeing with a local expert takes in many of the must-see Parisian sights: Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, La Sorbonne, Madeleine, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions to other famous Parisian sights are also available. (B)

Day 12Paris–Amboise–Bordeaux

Start the day by motoring south along the Loire River to Amboise for a visit with a Local Guide to 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 13Bordeaux–Biarritz–Bilbao, Spain

Leave the Landes region. Visit Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort, before crossing the border into Spain. Overnight in the Basque capital and port town of Bilbao. (B,D)

Day 14Bilbao–Pamplona–Barcelona

Depart Bilbao this morning and stop in Pamplona, capital of the ancient Kingdom of Navarra, before reaching Barcelona, Catalonia’s lively and beautiful capital. (B,D)

Day 15Barcelona

This morning’s included sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive around Montjuïc 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 Batlló and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included). (B)

Day 16Barcelona–Valencia

Pass through fragrant orange groves and charming seaside resorts past Tarragona and on to Valencia, known for having hosted the America's Cup in 2005. Join the optional excursion 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 17Valencia–Cuenca–Aranjuez–Madrid

Leave the coast and head inland, stopping in the historical towns of Cuenca and Aranjuez, situated on the Castilian Plain. Travel on to Madrid, the Spanish capital, with time to enjoy a relaxed evening. (B)

Day 18Madrid

Situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards say Madrid is the nearest thing to heaven. Guided sightseeing starts with a full panoramic drive by way of the Avenida Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Parliament Square, and a picture stop outside the Royal Palace. The optional trip to Toledo is most rewarding, too! 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. (B,D)

Day 19Madrid

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Rome and Madrid if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Canal boat ride in Venice


ROME Park Hotel dei Massimi (F)
MONTECATINI Astoria (F) or Settentrionale Esplanade (F)
VENICE AREA Antony Palace (F) at Marcon or Poppi (ST) at Mira
MILAN Holiday Inn Garibaldi Station (F) or Holiday Inn Express (ST) at Malpensa
CANNES AREA Ibis (ST) at Mouans Sartoux or Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port (ST)
LYON Lyon Ouest (ST) or Parkest (ST)
PARIS Campanile Porte d'Itali (ST) or Kyriad Bercy (ST)
BORDEAUX Mercure Centre Meriadeck (ST)
BILBAO Abba Parque (ST)
BARCELONA Porta Fira (F)
VALENCIA Abba Acteon (F)
MADRID Rafaelhoteles Ventas (ST)

Buffet breakfasts; 7 dinners


With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

GIUSEPPE MOZZONI

Years of Experience: 8 years

There's sage travel advice that "When in Rome, do as the Romans do!" That's my goal...to help every traveler experience Italy through an Italian perspective. We'll get to the heart and soul of each town-the sights, sounds, and flavors that make each place so unique. You'll definitely come away with a better understanding of why we say, "Italians do it better!"

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Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

Save $50 per person on any 2015 Cosmos vacation.*

Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

*Book a select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Valid on Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms vacations of six nights or more. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and December 2, 2014 for travel in 2015. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus, Cosmos or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit, Cosmos $50 coupon and Cosmos Single Supplement promotion. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.

Save $50 per person on any 2015 Cosmos vacation.*

*Book a 2015 Cosmos vacation to receive the $50 per person discount. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and October 28, 2014 for travel in 2015. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Not applicable to custom tours. Not combinable with any other promotion except the Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and the current air promo. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time.



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