Mediterranean Flavors (6840)

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

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

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

  • Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco
  • 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.

Day 1 Arrive in Madrid, Spain

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

Dinner

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.

Breakfast

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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Dinner

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.

Breakfast

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.

Breakfast

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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Dinner

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?

Breakfast

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.

Breakfast

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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Dinner

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.

Breakfast

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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Dinner

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.

Breakfast

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.

Breakfast

Day 14 Rome

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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: 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!"

 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)

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