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It’s just a hop, skip and a jump through Spain, France and Italy as you get to know southern Europe’s sophisticated cities. Marvel at the magnificent landmarks of Madrid’s Royal Palace, Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum. The highlight of your trip will be a visit to the Vatican Museum to view Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel masterpiece.
Welcome to the Spanish capital, Madrid. Relax or take a stroll along tree-lined boulevards before meeting up with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. Enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city’s main sights followed by a Welcome Reception. (WR)
This morning join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Madrid where you see the Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol and the Cervantes Monument. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore the city. Visit world-famous museums or enjoy watching the world go by in the impressive Plaza Mayor. You might consider joining an Optional Experience to nearby Toledo. (BB)
Travel to the city of Zaragoza on the banks of the River Ebro. Over time this city has been influenced by the Romans, the Moors and Christians and this can be seen in the mix of buildings throughout the city. View the Basilica del Pilar dedicated to the Virgin Mary and enjoy free time to explore at leisure. (BB, DW)
Travel into the province of Catalonia past dramatic scenery. Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest lunch with typical Catalan cuisine at a family run winery before arriving in Barcelona which is nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Stop for views of the city from Montjuïc with your Local Specialist on an included panoramic city sightseeing tour of Barcelona. See the major sights including the Christopher Columbus monument, Las Ramblas and the Sagrada Familia before checking in to your hotel. (BB, BG)
Enjoy a full free day in this exciting and cosmopolitan city. Visit one of the local museums or perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit the monastery of Montserrat where you will see the mystical Black Madonna. (BB)
Travel via the foothills of the Pyrenees and cross into France. Visit the UNESCO listed Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct dating back to the 1st century that spans the River Gardon. Later arrive in the city of Avignon. View the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’. Dine tonight at your hotel (BB, DW)
Travel through Provence, an area that inspired great artists such as van Gogh and Cézanne. Later arrive in the Principality of Monaco. View the palace which is the official residence of the Grimaldi family and the beautiful cathedral where Prince Rainier married Grace Kelly. Later arrive in the scenic coastal town of Juan Les Pins. (BB)
Enjoy a free day to explore the French Riviera. Enjoy the beaches of Juan Les Pins or stroll to nearby Antibes. For the more adventurous why not venture further afield and visit Cannes, famous for its annual film festival or Nice where you can walk along the Promenade des Anglais? Perhaps join an Optional Experience to nearby hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. (BB)
Cross the border into Italy and pass the port city of Genoa. View the UNESCO World Heritage listed Leaning Tower and the marble cathedral when you visit the town of Pisa. Later arrive in the Renaissance city of Florence which spans the River Arno and has a rich artistic background. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW)
Explore this wonderful city with your Local Specialist. View the multi-coloured Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio. Visit Piazza della Signoria featuring wonderful sculptures and palazzi. In your free time why not explore the city further or enjoy some shopping? (BB)
Travel south through the rolling hills of Tuscany and Umbria and past the hilltop villages of Orvieto and Orte before arriving in Rome. (BB)
Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see the Pieta before continuing your city tour to view the Colosseum and ancient Roman sites with your Local Specialist. During your free time why not visit the impressive Vatican Museum where you will be able to see the colourful ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? Tonight join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD)
Say ‘Arrivederci Roma’ at the end of your memorable holiday through Spain, France and Italy. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)
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