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14 Day Tour from Madrid to Rome

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Created by a team of experienced Tour Directors, this delightful vacation travels along the Mediterranean Coast through Spain, France, and Italy. Start in Madrid with two overnights and guided sightseeing. Travel to Valencia, stopping first in Cuenca, famous for its “hanging houses.” Visit the Peniscola Castle, built by the Knights Templar in the 14th century, then get to know vibrant Barcelona. Cross into France to its oldest city, Marseille, before heading to the French Riviera. A short train ride takes you into Italy’s spectacular Cinque Terre region with its beautiful, rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages. On the way to the romantic city of Venice, stop in Verona to see Juliet’s balcony. Finally, stop in St Francis’ Assisi on the Umbrian hills before reaching Rome, the Eternal City, for a taste of the “dolce vita” and to see marvels such as the Vatican Square, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

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

Sightseeing:
Visits to Cuenca, Peniscola Castle, Collioure, Marseille, Cassis, Èze, Nice, Cinque Terre, Verona, Venice, Assisi

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Rome; professional Tour Director while touring

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

NOTE:
December 20 Departure – Christmas dinner in Barcelona and New Year's Reveillon dinner in Rome

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.

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 sightseeing excursion. The optional trip to Toledo is very rewarding! 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

Start the day traveling southeast to the magnificently located old town of Cuenca, which stands 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 to enjoy the sights of Spain’s third-largest city with a Local Guide. Also on the agenda: a visit to the magnificent SCIENCE PARK, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava.

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Day 4 Valencia–Peniscola–Barcelona

Today, drive north to nearby Castellón for a visit of its PENISCOLA CASTLE, 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

This morning’s 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. Later, head north to reach the oldest city in France—Marseille, for dinner at a local restaurant and overnight.

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Day 7 Marseille–Cassis–French Riviera

Capital of the Provence, Marseille was founded by the Greeks in 600 BC and is France’s oldest city. Packed with fascinating sights, an orientation takes you to 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 for a visit and stunning views of the city. This afternoon, follow the coastal route toward Cassis, a small fishing port lined with cafés and restaurants. This afternoon arrive in Nice. Later, why not join the optional excursion, Monte Carlo by Night?

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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–La Spezia, Italy

Enjoy the wonderful coastal scenery along the French and Italian Rivieras as you travel toward Cinque Terre. Take a break in your journey by riding the TRAIN from Levanto to La Spezia. The short train ride takes you through the spectacular Cinque Terre region, where the beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired Lord Byron. If accessible, you can walk along the famous Sentiero dell’Amore (Love Path), a breathtakingly beautiful trail carved into the rocks, affording dramatic sea views (conditions permitting). Continue to La Spezia for an overnight.

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Day 10 La Spezia–Verona–Venice Area

Travel via Parma, known for its Parmesan cheese and ham, and Modena, famous for its balsamic vinegar, before reaching the romantic city of Verona. See Romeo & Juliet’s balcony, and enjoy some time at leisure. Continue to the Venice area, where you will spend two overnights.

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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

An interesting drive southward across the Po Delta. Take a break in the journey in 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 its beautiful frescoes of Giotto, then head for Rome.

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Day 13 Rome

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 an optional visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Later, enjoy another included visit to the ROMAN FORUM and iconic COLOSSEUM. 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: 10

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 (ST) or Praga (ST)
VALENCIA Abba Acteon (F)
BARCELONA Abba Garden (F)
MARSEILLE Holiday Inn Express St. Charles (ST)
FRENCH RIVIERA Ibis Styles Vieux Port (ST)
LA SPEZIA NH (F), VENICE AREA Antony Palace (F) at Marcon or Poppi (ST) at Mira
ROME Residenza Parco Tirreno (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Madrid
Barcelona
French Riviera
Venice
Verona
Rome

Madrid

Madrid By Night & Tapas

Madrid By Night & Tapas

An authentic Spanish food experience in a local restaurant tucked away in the center of old Madrid. The venue with its warm ambiance is home to solid Castillian cuisine and the tapas dinner we are offering you gives a sample of a variety of dishes i.e. "tortilla espanola", "jamon serrano". Included is the well-known Spanish drink "sangria" or soft drink or mineral water. After dinner, see some of the main sights of Madrid on a short orientation drive before returning to the hotel.

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

The Majestic City of Toledo

The Majestic City of Toledo

Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of monuments. Known as the "city of three cultures" because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there for centuries. Behind its walls Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. This great diversity of artistic styles makes the old quarter of the capital of La Mancha a real open-air museum, which has led it to being declared a World Heritage site. Upon arrival in Toledo there will first be a drive around the city with a stop for a panoramic view. Then a walk in the city visiting one of the most outstanding buildings in Toledo - the Cathedral - considered one of the high points of Gothic art. Continue with a visit of the church of Santo Tomè, which is famous for housing El Greco's famous picture entitled "The burial of Count Orgaz".

Approximate value: €47 EUR per person

Barcelona

Dinner & Flamenco On Ramblas

Dinner & Flamenco On Ramblas

Feel the passion of flamenco at a legendary venue in the center of Barcelona, where the show reveals the variety of music, singing and dancing incorporated into this passionate art form. Improvisation is the key element of flamenco, with each artist individually interpreting the rhythm and communicating the beat to the other players. Before the start of the show enjoy a traditional Spanish buffet dinner served by waiters. Sample delicious variety of tapas, paella, cold and hot specialties, pastry and fruit of the season together with a selection of drinks - sangria or wine or soft drinks and mineral water. During the show you will also be served a glass of champagne.

Approximate value: €80 EUR per person

Montserrat

Montserrat

The history of Montserrat is fascinating and started in 880 when a small group of shepherd children saw a bright light descending from the sky in the Montserrat mountains and heard angels singing. The children told their parents, who in turn informed a local vicar who was brought to the scene and witnessed the same experiences. On exploring the region an image of the Virgin Mary was found in one of the caves and from that moment on the cave became a holy sanctuary for religious pilgrims. The trip to Montserrat from Barcelona is accompanied by a local guide and lasts about 4 hours. After driving through picturesque villages up to the 1,235 mt. Massif of Montserrat, you will have time to visit the Chapel of our Lady to see the visage of the 14th century Black Virgin (La Moreneta) keeping watch high over the altar. Return back to Barcelona at the end of the visit.

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

French Riviera

Excursion to St. Paul De Vence

Excursion to St. Paul De Vence

See lovely landscapes on your drive to St. Paul de Vence, a medieval Provencal village set on a spur, surrounded by well-preserved ramparts. Enjoy the serene setting of this picturesque spot made famous by artists such as Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Jacques Prevert and others. The visit to St. Paul de Vence will be unforgettable.

Approximate value: €20 EUR per person

Montecarlo By Night with Dinner

Montecarlo By Night with Dinner

A beautiful drive along the French Riviera will lead you to the Principality of Monaco where you will see the Cathedral and the Royal Palace of the Grimaldi Family. You can walk in the narrow streets of Monaco and see some charming corners of this Principality. Then proceed to the Casino of Montecarlo where you can absorb the jet set atmosphere. The Casino was used in several James Bond movies due to its glamorous and elegant Belle Epoque building. Whilst you have the opportunity to try your luck at the slot machines*, you will have a drink at the Restaurant "Le Cafe de Paris" close to the Casino itself. *Personal ID required and formal dress code (but not evening wear) recommended. Minimum age limit to enter the Casino 18 years. This optional excursion also include a dinner in an agreeable restaurant which will make your evening complete.

Approximate value: €60 EUR per person

Venice

Discover The Venetian Lagoon

Discover The Venetian Lagoon

Discover the Venetian lagoon on an afternoon excursion lasting approximately 3 hours. After sailing past the island of St. Giorgio, the public gardens, Sant'Elena, the Lido and Murano the boat takes you to the famous island of Burano. This is the most picturesque of Venetian islands of the lagoon and the pretty fishing village has its streets and canals lined by pastel colored houses. It is also famous for its lace-making industry. There will be time to look around Burano on your own before returning back to St. Mark's Square by boat.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

Gondola Serenade

Gondola Serenade

One of the highlights of a trip to Europe and something not to be missed during your visit to Venice is a gondola serenade. The gondola ride either takes place in the morning or the afternoon and lasts approximately 30 minutes when during this time you can relax whilst cruising not only on the Grand Canal but also down many small canals to see Venice from the water. During the gondola ride a local musician will serenade you with the traditional romantic music of Italy. Note: the gondola is to be shared with other Cosmos guests (maximum 6 participants on each gondola). There will be one musician on board of one of the gondola boats in your fleet.

Approximate value: €40 EUR per person

Venetian Night Out & Dinner

Venetian Night Out & Dinner

As the title suggests, this is a real Venetian night out. Embark on a motorboat for a cruise along the impressive Giudecca Canal with the tour director pointing out the most important palaces, all built by the Venetian gentry between the 12th and 13th centuries. Upon disembarkation an evening stroll though some of the romantic narrow streets of this fascinating city to eventually reach one of the specially chosen local restaurants for your Venetian dinner. After a welcoming aperitif of the house you can sit down and enjoy a typical dinner with a choice of starters and main course followed by a delicious dessert. Included also is red or white wine plus mineral water and tea or coffee. After dinner you will be given some free time in St. Mark's Square, said to have been called the "drawing room of Europe" by Napoleon and which is one of the few great urban spaces in Europe where human voices prevail over the sounds of motorized traffic. A motorboat will then take you part of the way back to your hotel.

Approximate value: €70 EUR per person

Verona

Magic of Verona

Magic of Verona

Verona is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy due to its artistic heritage and shows and operas which are often held in the beautiful ancient amphitheater built by the Romans - the Arena. The city has been awarded World Heritage Site status because of its architecture and urban structure. On the sightseeing tour of this fascinating city the local guide will take you first on a panoramic drive with the coach to see the Scaliger Bridge and Castle, the Roman Gavi-arch, the Roman city gate, Roman bridge and theatre and various churches. Then disembark from the coach and proceed on foot through the historical city center to include sites such as Juliet's House, Romeo's house, Piazza "Erbe" and Piazza "Signori" and the Scaglier tombs and last, but not least, Piazza Bra with the beautiful Arena.

Approximate value: €22 EUR per person

Rome

Roman Fine Treasures

Roman Fine Treasures

Departing from the hotel around 4 pm you will be taken by coach to Lungotevere Marzio where you will disembark to start the walking sightseeing tour with a local guide to see some of the many treasures of Rome. First Piazza Navona, where there will be an inside visit of the Church of St. Louis of the French, which was designed and built between 1518 and 1589 and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, to St. Denis the Areopagite and king of France, St. Louis IX. The church's most famous item is the cycle of paintings in the Contarelli Chapel painted by Caravaggio, which represent the life of St. Matthew. Then a visit to one of the best-preserved Roman buildings, the Pantheon, which was built as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome and almost 2,000 years after it was built its dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. Return slowly back to the starting point where you will be given some free time for dinner before being taken back to the hotel by coach.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

Treasures of Rome By Night & Dinner

Treasures of Rome By Night & Dinner

An early evening tour will show you other aspects of Rome, perhaps not seen on the included sightseeing tour. Either before or after dinner you will have an orientation drive to probably include Castel Sant' Angelo, Palace of Justice, Mausoleum of Augustus, Aurelian walls, Villa Borghese, Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini and Via Nazionale. Dinner will be taken at one of the local restaurants and you can sample a delicious 3 course menu with dessert including local wine and mineral water plus coffee or tea. During the evening there will be music to add to the romantic Roman atmosphere.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

On this fascinating excursion with a local guide you can stroll through the Vatican Museum and marvel at Michaelangelo's famous creation in the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museum houses over 2000 rooms and 9 miles of the most extensive collections of art in the world. The Museums are brilliantly decorated and brim over with treasures and history and the local guide will share with you the stories and secrets contained within the Museum's walls. In the Sistine Chapel you can marvel at Michaelangelo's masterpiece, which is perhaps the greatest example of art anywhere and certainly the largest contiguous body by one painter. There are also some lesser masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel which are also worth seeing. PLEASE NOTE: On December 8th the Jubilee will start in Rome. We have been informed that the passage linking the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter's Basilica may be closed. This means that during the optional Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel it may not be possible for the passengers to access the Basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel.

Approximate value: €60 EUR per person

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