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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.
Individual headsetsSightseeing: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
- Enjoying extraterritorial rights and San Paolo fuori le Mura
Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal boat ride in Venice; train Levanto-La Spezia