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Madrid to Rome

Gran Vía, Madrid
14 Days from $2,633 per person

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.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to the Spanish capital, Madrid. Relax or take a stroll along tree-lined boulevards before meeting up with your fellow travelers and Travel Director. Enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city's main sights followed by a Welcome Reception.
    hotel:AC Cuzco
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
    meal(s):BB, DW
  5. 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.

    meal(s):BB, BG
    hotel:Hesperia Tower/Tryp Condal Mar
  6. 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.
  7. 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
    meal(s):BB, DW
  8. 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.
    hotel:Garden Beach/AC Ambassadeur
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
  11. Explore this wonderful city with your Local Specialist. View the multi-colored 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?
  12. Travel south through the rolling hills of Tuscany and Umbria and past the hilltop villages of Orvieto and Orte before arriving in Rome.
    hotel:Crowne Plaza St. Peter's
  13. 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 colorful ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? Tonight join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.
    meal(s):BB, FD
  14. Say ‘Arrivederci Roma' at the end of your memorable vacation through Spain, France and Italy. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

12 nights, 12 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Learn about the tradition of Spanish sparkling wine and enjoy a typical Spanish lunch at the Giro-Ribot winery on the slopes of Montserrat

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Madrid, Barcelona, Florence and Rome

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Rome
  • Orientation of Zaragoza, Avignon, Monaco, Pisa
  • Visit the Pont du Gard, the French Riviera, Piazza della Signoria in Florence, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • View the Basilica del Pilar in Zaragoza, the Papal Palace in Avignon, the Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Duomo and Ponte Vecchio in Florence, the Colosseum in Rome
  • See the Royal Palace and Cervantes Monument in Madrid, Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas in Barcelona, the Papal Palace in Avignon, the towns of Orvieto and Orte
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31 Mar 17 13 Apr 17 $2,925$2,633pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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28 Apr 17 11 May 17 $2,975$2,678pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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23 Jun 17 6 Jul 17 $2,995$2,696pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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14 Jul 17 27 Jul 17 $2,995$2,696pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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28 Jul 17 10 Aug 17 $2,975$2,678pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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25 Aug 17 7 Sep 17 $3,050$2,745pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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1 Sep 17 14 Sep 17 $3,050$2,745pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,050 $2,745 pp
8 Sep 17 21 Sep 17 $3,050$2,745pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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15 Sep 17 28 Sep 17 $3,050$2,745pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,050 $2,745 pp
22 Sep 17 5 Oct 17 $3,050$2,745pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,050 $2,745 pp
29 Sep 17 12 Oct 17 $2,975$2,678pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,975 $2,678 pp

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $840 p.p.

Triple Discount: $90 p.p.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $93 per person.

Airport transfer: Transfers arriving at Madrid airport will operate at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the first hotel. Hotel transfers from the last hotel will arrive at Rome Fiumicino airport at 7:00 am and 9:30 am.

Cruise Connection: This trip ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Spain, France and Italy must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting Spain, France and Italy.

  • The currency in all three countries is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Spain offers a delicious selection of cured hams, chorizo sausage, seafood, cheeses, and more.  Try traditional dishes such as tortilla española (Spanish omelet), paella, and desserts such as flan, churros, and Catalan cream.  For a quick lunch at a reasonable price, stop by a café, outdoor market, or food cart for a bocadillo de jamón (ham sandwich).  Tapas are another popular choice in Spain and often include marinated olives, potatoes, croquettes, grilled octopus, and toasted bread with various toppings.

     The French have an ongoing love affair with food and wine. Meals are lovingly prepared and consumed leisurely through a bevy of appetizers and main courses, usually accompanied by a number of wines. Boeuf bourgignon (beef stew with wine, herbs and vegetables), coq au vin (chicken cooked with bacon in a white wine and herb sauce) and bouillabaisse (fish stew) are featured on many menus. Cheese lovers will not be disappointed with hundreds of varieties to choose from.  And no visit would be complete without a visit to a pâtisserie, with its delicate pastries you will definitely be tempted.

    While Italy is most famous for its delicious pizza and pasta, few travelers understand just how varied Italy’s cuisine actually is. Each of the country’s 20 regions has its own distinctive cuisine. Traditionally, lunch (pranzo) is the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then frutta (fresh fruit). Finish with espresso and maybe a limoncello or grappa.  Wine is usually served with the meal, accompanied by mineral water.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Spain and Italy is much less common than in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appreciated, although not required, to leave a few extra euros for your server and up to 10 percent for particularly good service.  Leave your tip on the table rather than adding it to your credit card slip to ensure that your waiter receives it.  In France, a 15% service compris is included by law in the price of food and drink. Tipping in addition to this service charge is never expected, but always appreciated.  

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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