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Mediterranean Flavors (6840)

14 Day Tour from Madrid to Rome

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From Spain to France to Italy, this tour along the Mediterranean Coast, features vibrant cities, historic sights, and stunning scenery. You’ll overnight 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 Mediterranean tour include an excursion to the 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 in 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 French Provence 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. In Rome, you’ll visit the iconic Colosseum, where the deadly gladiator fights took place during the Roman Empire, and the Roman Forum, dating back to the 7th century BC and where the Roman Empire had its political, social, and commercial center. Your orientation in Venice includes a boat ride to St. Mark's Square, one of the world’s most famous squares. In Marseille, France's oldest city, visit the Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde, which sits at the highest point in Marseille and offers 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 Mediterranean vacation.
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 Tour Highlights

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Sightseeing:
Visits to Cuenca, Peniscola Castle, Collioure, Marseille, Cassis, Èze, Nice, Cinque Terre, Verona, Venice, Assisi St. Francis Basilica. 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 Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Rome; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Castilian Plains, Pyrenees, Côte d’Azur, Po Delta, Apennines

NOTE:
December 21 Departure – Christmas in Barcelona and New Year's Eve Reveillon dinner in Venice

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

  • Assisi, the Basilica of St. Francis
  • Cinque Terre
  • 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
  • Pyrenées
  • Enjoying extraterritorial rights and San Paolo fuori le Mura

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Marseille

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 Arrive in Madrid, Spain

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

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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.

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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 sites with a Local Guide and visit magnificent SCIENCE PARK, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava.

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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.

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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.

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Day 6 Barcelona–Collioure, France–Marseille

Leave Spain today and cross the border into France for a visit to 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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 13 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 an optional visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Later, enjoy another included visit to the ROMAN FORUM and iconic COLOSSEUM to learn more about ancient Rome. Time for optional excursions or to continue exploring Rome at your own pace.

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Day 14 Rome

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 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

MADRID Rafaelhoteles Ventas (F)
VALENCIA Hotel Acteon Valencia (F)
ESPLUGAS DE LLOBREGAT Abba Garden (F)
ESPLUGAS DE LLOBREGAT Porta Fira (SF)
MARSEILLE Holiday Inn Express St. Charles (ST)
NICE Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port (ST)
NICE Quality Mediterranee (MF)
CINQUE TERRE AREA NH La Spezia (F)
MARCON-VENEZIA Holiday Inn Venezia (ST)
MARCON-VENEZIA Poppi (ST)
ROME Pineta Palace (MF)

 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)


Madrid
Barcelona
French Riviera
Verona
Venice
Rome

Madrid

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: $$

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: $

Barcelona

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: $$

Montserrat

Montserrat

Visit spiritual Montserrat with its impressive Benedictine monastery.

Price Range: $

FrenchRiviera

Monte Carlo by Night with Dinner

Monte Carlo by Night with Dinner

A beautiful drive along the French Riviera - arriving in the Principality of Monaco, where you will have a delicious French dinner followed by a drink to enjoy the Monaco jet-set atmosphere.

Price Range: $$

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: $

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: $

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: $

Rome

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: $$

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: $$

Roman Fine Treasures

Roman Fine Treasures

A walking tour with a local guide to see some of the many treasures of Rome.

Price Range: $

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