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Madrid to Rome

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Gran Vía, Madrid
Tour Style: First Class
14 Days from $2,966 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. On arrival at Madrid Airport transfers will operate at 10.30 am, 1.00 pm and 3.30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Settle into the passionate embrace of fiery Madrid, your launchpad to an epic journey through Spain, France and Italy with its unforgettable flavors and soulful experiences. Join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of Madrid's most iconic sites.

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    hotel:AC Cuzco
  3. We join a Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour of the Spanish capital during which we will see the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Spanish royal family, Puerta del Sol and the Cervantes Monument. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure exploring the world's best collection of Spanish art at the Prado Museum, shopping on the bustling Gran Vía or perhaps consider joining an Optional Experience to the imperial city of Toledo.
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  4. We venture to the picturesque banks of the River Ebro and to mystical Zaragoza, whose centuries of heritage have been shaped by the Romans, Moors and Christians. Spend the day delving into this welcoming city's fascinating history and art. View the Basilica del Pilar, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, wander along the ancient Las Murallas and explore the city's ancient Roman ruins.
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    hotel:Meliá Zaragoza
  5. Journey through the lush green and golden landscapes of Catalonia to the slopes of Montserrat where we'll enjoy a memorable Be My Guest lunch at the family run Giro-Ribot winery and learn about the tradition of Spanish sparkling wine. We arrive in Barcelona this afternoon, venturing up Montjuïc in the company of a Local Specialist. See the monument to Christopher Columbus and vibrant Las Ramblas, before stopping at Antonio Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia.
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    hotel:Tryp Condal Mar
  6. Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the indelible sights, sounds and flavors of Barcelona. Indulge in the fantasy world of Gaudí around every turn, meander through the hidden lanes and peaceful squares of the city's Gothic Quarter or consider joining an Optional Experience to visit the hilltop monastery of Montserrat to see the mystical Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia.
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  7. We journey via the foothills of the Pyrenees into France, visiting the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard. We arrive in the Provençal city of Avignon later this afternoon where we'll view the Gothic Papal Palace and bridge made famous in the song – sur le pont d'Avignon. This evening we dine at our hotel.
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    hotel:Novotel Centre
  8. Meandering through the picture-perfect wheat and lavender fields of Provence, immortalized in the works of van Gogh and Cézanne, we stop for a Cultural Insight in the Provençal town of Lourmarin. Visit the popular bustling Friday market selling local produce such as wine, olive oil, herbes de Provence and saffron. Later visit the Principality of Monaco, where you will have an opportunity to view the cathedral where Prince Ranier and Grace Kelly were married. This evening arrive on the sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera in the scenic city of Nice.
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    hotel:Novotel Centre Vieux
  9. Kick back and enjoy a well-deserved day at leisure on the glorious French Riviera. Soak up the vacation atmosphere or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the nearby hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns in the French Riviera. The experience includes a delicious dinner at a traditional restaurant that serves authentic Provençal cuisine.
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  10. We cross the border into Italy and bypass the port city of Genoa, journeying through Pisa and its Square of Miracles where we'll see the Leaning Tower that bears its name. This evening we arrive in the Renaissance capital of Florence where we will stay for the next two nights.
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    hotel:Grand Mediterraneo
  11. Join your Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour of magical Florence. View the multi-colored Duomo and 400-year-old Ponte Vecchio, walk through what was once the political hub of the city, the Piazza della Signoria, a veritable open-air treasure trove featuring wonderful sculptures and palazzi. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, admiring the masterpieces of da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo at the Uffizi Gallery or wander up the stone steps to the Piazzale Michelangelo for spectacular views of the Florence's iconic cityscape.
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  12. We ramble through the rolling hills of Tuscany and Umbria, past the charming hilltop villages of Orvieto and Orte before arriving in Rome, the Eternal City – our home for the next two nights.
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    hotel:Crowne Plaza St. Peter's
  13. Crossing Pont Sant'Angelo, we arrive in the center of Christianity and see the imposing St. Peter's Basilica where Michelangelo's sorrowful Pietà has been admired by millions. We venture into ancient Rome with a Local Specialist and explore the remnants of Roman rule enjoying views of the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. On your final afternoon, enjoy some free time at leisure to indulge in la dolce vita. Sit on the Spanish Steps, enjoy a tasty gelato, visit the impressive Vatican Museum to admire the exquisite frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel or toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your speedy return to Rome. This evening marks the end of a magnificent journey through southern Europe. Join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for an unforgettable Farewell Dinner.
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  14. For now it's a fond farewell to Rome and your newfound friends as your vacation through Spain, France and Italy comes to an end. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7 am and 9.30 am. Conditions apply. 

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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 $880 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $90 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $127 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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  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
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  • 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

Cultural Insight

  • Explore the Provençal Friday market in the town of Lourmarin which contains produce and treasures from local regions

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

Reviews

Friday, August 18, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : While not exactly GET's fault Delta is not a pleasant airline to travel with. The food was ghastly and the seats unhealthily close. It would help if when booking, Customers are asked if they would like to upgrade to better seats. On the other hand, the hotels were fine and the one in Juan Les Pins and in Rome were remarkably pleasant. There were mosquitoes in the hotel in Florence, so much so that blood was on my bed sheet in the morning. Initially the air conditioning did not work bur after a technician came, it did. TrypCondal Mar in Barcelona is located in a sub-par neighborhood and did not appear safe to venture outside the hotel. One fellow tourist had his luggage stolen from the hotel there. Perhaps other hotels could be substituted for these two in the future! As for the trip itself, it was fantastic and our tour director was par excellence. Altogether, an enjoyable experience.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to see that your flights on Delta were not the best.  We always book the most direct flights available at the time you make your reservation, however we can always look at any airline if you have a preference.  The airlines to offer upgraded seats for a fee but we do not have access to those seats.  It's always a good idea to check with the airlines directly. Thank you for taking the time to write. We will be sure to share your comments regarding the quality of the Hotels on your trip with our Quality Control team.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Vacation : For the reasons stated above, I could not give this tour 5 stars
Monday, June 5, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The hotels were great and in good locations, the itinerary was all and more than I hoped it would be. A lot of thought and planning went in to the basic day to day experiences and the excursions were exceptional! Even the little treats, such as the "strawberry stop" showed us that Guisseppe really wanted us to experience the local flavor and culture. You could tell it was very important to him. Coming from an area of fertile strawberry fields here along the Connecticut River Valley( Massachusetts) those French strawberries were sweet and harvested perfectly...... and added smiles to a perfect day! All in all it was a great trip and Guiseppe and Michele, our driver, always made us feel safe and comfortable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
What a lovely story. Thanks so much for sharing!
Friday, June 9, 2017
Vacation : One thing I might add... If you considered the trip backwards...Placing Rome first because that's when people have the most energy... at the beginning of the tour..and Rome has so much to offer that we were running out of steam by the time we arrived there. BUT... it was a wonderful trip and the memories will last.
Friday, June 2, 2017
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Service rating : Giuseppe was awesome. Charismatic and knowledgeable. Not what I expected in a tour guide. Intellectual without being stuffy.
Vacation : The only thing I would recommend would be to do the tour in reverse. Madrid to Rome. Rome is so vibrant, you want to experience it when you are fresh. Madrid gives you a chance to layback.
  • 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. 

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Barcelona

Mystical Montserrat

Adult Price: € 40

Join an Optional Experience to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. There we will visit the Benedictine monastery where the Black Madonna can be seen.

Flamenco Spectacular With Dinner

Adult Price: € 86

Come and experience the passion and spirit of Spain at a spectacular flamenco evening. This modern interpretation of Spain's most famous entertainment is one of the best shows in town, and we’ve even included dinner and drinks.

Florence

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Adult Price: € 64

Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favourites is served, accompanied by a selection of local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Adult Price: € 40

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.

This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Madrid

Spectacular Toledo: Spain's Ancient Capital

Adult Price: € 44

Visit the ancient capital of Spain, which sits above the River Tagus and is home to the nation's principal cathedral and El Greco's famous views. Learn about Moorish and Jewish cultures, and how the area is famed for the production of Damascene work: intricate inlaid gold jewellery and craftwork.

Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

Adult Price: € 61

This evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.

Nice

St. Paul, Coastline Drive and Provençale Dinner

Adult Price: € 83

First to the medieval hill top town of St. Paul to visit this artists’ paradise. We'll continue along the Riviera, travelling on the Basse, Moyenne and Grande corniche roads with their spectacular views, to a local restaurant, for a delicious meal including drinks.

Rome

Roman Treasures

Adult Price: € 33

With our Local Specialist, you'll discover the many delights that Rome has to offer by wandering through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares. Developed over many centuries, they've created an amazing legacy for us today.

Roman Evening with Dinner

Adult Price: € 61

Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a drive and provide a glimpse into how Romans enjoy their city.

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

Adult Price: € 79

We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for this tour that shows not just remarkable works of art collected and commissioned over the history of the Papacy, but also Michelangelo’s amazing ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Later we hear fascinating tales of gladitorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.

This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

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