Tour of Spain, France and Italy - Cosmos® Budget Tours

Gems of Italy, France & Spain (6330)

19 Day Tour from Rome to Madrid

2017 Tour Details

This Mediterranean vacation takes you from Rome to Paris to Madrid skirting some of the Mediterranean coast, with many fascinating stops and scenic drives along the way. In Italy, overnight in Rome, Montecatini, the Venice area, and Milan. In Rome, guided sightseeing features the must-see sites, including the Roman Forum, dating back to the 7th century BC, and Colosseum, where the deadly gladiator fights were held; Florence’s Piazza Signoria, the center of Florence’s political life since the 14th century; famous St. Mark’s Square in Venice; and Juliet’s balcony in medieval Verona.

In France, drive along the French Riviera and overnight in Valbonne, then in Lyon, Paris, and Bordeaux. Visit Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco, the second-smallest country in the world, and Grasse, a picturesque medieval village known as the world’s perfume capital. Here, visit a perfume workshop and smell the beautiful fragrances. In Avignon, visit the Palace of the Popes, Europe’s biggest gothic palace. Built to house the popes in the 1300s today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Amboise, visit the impressive castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 11th century. Enjoy sightseeing in Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône Rivers, and Paris, including the Arc de Triomphe and the incomparable Eiffel Tower.

Stop in Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy French seaside resort. In Spain, overnight in Bilbao, Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid. See Pamplona, famous for the running of the bulls; Cuenca with its hanging houses; and Aranjuez, site of the Royal Palace. Sightseeing is included in both Madrid and Barcelona.

This tour through Italy, France and Spain includes all of this and more—a perfect vacation for value-minded travelers!
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 Tour Highlights

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Visits to Montecatini, Venice, Verona Juliet's balcony, Monte Carlo, Grasse perfume workshop, Avignon's Palace of the Popes, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Bilbao, Pamplona, Valencia, Cuenca, Aranjuez. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable

Guides:

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

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

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

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Palace and Park of Versailles
  • City of Verona
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • Historic city of Toledo
  • Works of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona
  • Historic walled town of Cuenca
  • La Lonja de la seda de Valencia
  • Enjoying extraterritorial rights and San Paolo fuori le Mura
  • Aranjuez cultural landscape
  • Historic centre of Avignon

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal boat ride in Venice

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 7 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Arrive 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 2 Rome

Rome, the “Eternal City,” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter’s Square, the heart of the Vatican, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and iconic COLOSSEUM.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Rome–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 the main 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. Later, on to the quiet spa town of Montecatini.

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Day 4 Montecatini–Parma–Venice Area

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. Continue into the farmland of the Po Valley to the Venice area.

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Day 5 Venice Area

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 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 a local troubadour to serenade you.

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Day 6 Venice 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 economy and fashion. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour with a Local Guide.

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Day 7 Milan–Monte Carlo–Valbonne, France

Journey south, with views of the Italian Flower Riviera. En route, visit Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco, the second-smallest and most densely populated country in the world, before arriving in Valbonne.

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Day 8 Valbonne. Excursion to Grasse

This morning, visit a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Grasse. Later, time at leisure or maybe join an optional excursion to the picturesque hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera.

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Day 9 Valbonne–Avignon–Lyon

Head to Avignon today for an included visit of the magnificent PALACE OF THE POPES (audio-guide included). Then, on to Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Day 10 Lyon–Paris

Start the day with included guided sightseeing of Lyon, a commercial, industrial, and banking powerhouse for the past 500 years. 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!

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Day 11 Paris

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

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Day 12 Paris–Amboise–Bordeaux

Travel south along the spectacular Loire Valley to Amboise. With a Local Guide, visit 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.

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Day 13 Bordeaux–Biarritz–Bilbao, Spain

Leave the Landes region and visit Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort, before crossing the border into Spain. Arrive in the Basque capital and port town of Bilbao.

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Day 14 Bilbao–Pamplona–Barcelona

Stop in Pamplona, capital of the ancient Kingdom of Navarra and famous for its “bull run,” before reaching Barcelona, Catalonia’s lively and beautiful capital.

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Day 15 Barcelona

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.

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Day 16 Barcelona–Valencia

Pass through fragrant orange groves and charming seaside resorts past Tarragona and on to Valencia, host of the America’s Cup in 2005. Join the optional excursion and 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.

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Day 17 Valencia–Cuenca–Aranjuez–Madrid

Leave the coast and head inland, stopping in the historical towns of Cuenca to see its “hanging houses” and Aranjuez, site ot the royal palaces and gardens, situated on the Castilian Plain. On to Madrid, the Spanish capital, to enjoy a relaxed evening.

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Day 18 Madrid

This morning, maybe join the rewarding optional trip to Toledo. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus was made famous in El Greco’s painting. Later, enjoy 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.

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Day 19 Madrid

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

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: 11

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!"

Tour Director - GIUSEPPE MOZZONI

 Accommodations

ROME Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST)
MONTECATINI Settentrionale Esplanade (F)
VENICE Poppi (ST) or Smart Hotel Holiday (F)
MILAN Holiday Inn Garibaldi Station (SF)
LYON Hotel Lyon Ouest (F)
BORDEAUX Mercure Bordeaux Meriadeck (MF)
BILBAO Holiday Inn Bilbao (F)
BARCELONA Porta Fira (SF)
VALENCIA Hotel Acteon Valencia (F) or NH Las Artes (ST)
MADRID Rafaelhoteles Ventas (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Rome
Venice
Verona
French Riviera
Paris
Barcelona
Valencia
Madrid

Rome

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

A tour around the Vatican museums to admire the beautiful tapestry gallery and the Sistine Chapel with masterpieces by Botticelli and Signorelli. See the "Genesis" and Michelangelo's "Last Judgement".

Price Range: $$

Treasures of Rome by Night and Dinner

Treasures of Rome by Night and Dinner

An evening tour including some of the city's fountains and majestic squares and a meal in a typical Roman restaurant.

Price Range: $$

Venice

Venetian Dinner

Venetian Dinner

Experience an unforgettable evening in Venice.

Price Range: $$

Gondola

Gondola

Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas.

Price Range: $

Discover the Venetian Lagoon

Discover the Venetian Lagoon

By private boat cross the lagoon to the picturesque fishing island of Burano with its gaily painted houses.

Price Range: $

Verona

Magic of Verona

Magic of Verona

First an orientation drive around this fascinating city, then a walking tour which takes you to Romeo's and Juliet's house and Piazza Bra with its famous Roman Amphitheater.

Price Range: $

FrenchRiviera

Excursion to St. Paul de Vence

Excursion to St. Paul de Vence

Enjoy the serene setting of this picturesque spot made famous by artists such as Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, and Miro.

Price Range: $

Dinner on the French Riviera

Dinner on the French Riviera

Enjoy a pleasant dinner in a typical French restaurant where you try out local dishes and regional wine.

Price Range: $

Paris

Cabaret Show

Cabaret Show

A trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to a typical cabaret show!

Price Range: $$

The Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles

Admire the historic Versailles, the beautiful, restored palace of Louis XIV, the Sun King.

Price Range: $$

Soirée Parisienne

Soirée Parisienne

The evening consists of a memorable four-course dinner plus a breathtaking orientation drive of the city.

Price Range: $$

Barcelona

Montserrat

Montserrat

Visit spiritual Montserrat with its impressive Benedictine monastery.

Price Range: $$

Flamenco

Flamenco

Experience the excitement of a flamenco show, a genuine Spanish art expressing passion and intensity. A must-see by anyone visiting Spain!

Price Range: $$

Valencia

City Sightseeing

City Sightseeing

Enjoy a panoramic orientation of the old city by coach, then on foot visit the major highlights of Valencia.

Price Range: $

Madrid

Madrid by Night and Tapas

Madrid by Night and Tapas

An authentic Spanish food experience in a tapas restaurant situated in the centre of the capital. After dinner, an orientation drive of Madrid.

Price Range: $

The Majestic City of Toledo

The Majestic City of Toledo

The panoramic view of the city is an awesome experience, and visiting Spain's main Cathedral is truly unforgettable. See one of El Greco's most famous paintings in the church of Santo Tome.

Price Range: $$

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