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Mediterranean Highlights

Operated by: Trafalgar

13 Days from $3,236 per person

Countries Visited

Spain, France, Monaco, Italy ...more Spain, France, Monaco, Italy

Locations Visited

Madrid, Barcelona, Avignon, Arles, Nice, Monaco, Pisa, Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre, Florence, Rome ...more Madrid, Barcelona, Avignon, Arles, Nice, Monaco, Pisa, Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre, Florence, Rome
  1. Day 1 Arrive Madrid (2 Nights)

    Settle into the passionate embrace of fiery Madrid, your launch pad to an epic journey through Spain, France and Italy, filled with unforgettable flavours and soul-stirring encounters. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of Madrid's most iconic sites.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel AC Cuzco
  2. Day 2 Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time

    We join a 'Local Specialist' this morning for a sightseeing tour of the Spanish capital, during which we'll see the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Spanish royal family and the Cibeles Fountain. Enjoy an afternoon on your own exploring the world's best collection of Spanish art at the Prado Museum and shopping on Gran Vía. Or consider joining an Optional Experience to the imperial city of Toledo.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Madrid – Zaragoza – Barcelona (2 Nights)

    Leave Europe's highest capital behind, bound for the Costa Dorada and the sun-kissed shores of Barcelona. We venture to the pretty banks of the Ebro River and to mystical Zaragoza, whose centuries of heritage have been shaped by the Romans, Moors and Christians. Continue to ‘Barca' and enjoy some time to recharge siesta style this evening or dive into the indelible sights, sounds and flavours of this enchanting city on your free evening.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Condal Mar
  4. Day 4 Barcelona Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join your 'Local Specialist' this morning for a sightseeing tour, ascending Montjuïc to get your bearings and enjoy panoramic views of the city. See the monument to Christopher Columbus and vibrant Las Ramblas, before stopping at Antonio Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Família. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure indulging in the fantasy world of Gaudí or strolling through the hidden lanes and peaceful squares in the city's Gothic Quarter. You could consider joining an Optional Experience to the hilltop monastery of Montserrat to see the mystical Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Barcelona – Arles – Avignon

    We journey via the foothills of the Pyrenees into France. Stop in Arles, where Vincent Van Gogh found inspiration for so many paintings. 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Centre
  6. Day 6 Avignon – Pont du Gard – Lourmarin – Nice (2 Nights)

    Start the day with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard. Then, our journey takes us through the picture-perfect wheat and lavender fields of Provence, immortalised in the works of Van Gogh and Cézanne. We'll 'Dive Into Culture' in the Provençal town of Lourmarin, where you can shop for local produce such as wine, olive oil, herbes de Provence and saffron. This evening, we arrive in Nice, on the sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Centre Vieux
  7. Day 7 Monaco Excursion

    Kick back and enjoy a well-deserved morning at leisure on the glorious French Riviera. Soak up the holiday atmosphere or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the nearby hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera. Later, visit the Principality of Monaco, where you will have an opportunity to view the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly were married. This evening, the glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo beckons and you'll join your new friends for a memorable dinner in sophisticated surrounds.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  8. Day 8 Nice – Cinque Terre – Pisa

    Cross the border into Italy to the dramatic UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre, a series of centuries-old seaside villages which cling impossibly to rugged cliffs that plunge into the Ligurian Sea. Admire the expanse of pastel pink, yellow and orange façades that jostle for sea views. Later, we head to Pisa where tonight, you'll dine in your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel AC by Marriott
  9. Day 9 Pisa – Florence (2 Nights)

    View Pisa's Square of Miracles, where we'll see the famous Leaning Tower. Next, Renaissance splendour awaits and you'll have two nights in Florence to soak up all its beauty. Your introduction to Tuscany is an exclusive 'Be My Guest' lunch where you'll 'Connect With Locals' over traditional fare and the legendary hospitality for which the region is renowned. Continue to the birthplace of the Renaissance where we'll dine at our hotel this evening.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest, Dinner
    hotel Grand Mediterraneo
  10. Day 10 Florence Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join your 'Local Specialist' this morning for a sightseeing tour of magical Florence. View the multi-coloured Duomo and the 675-year-old Ponte Vecchio. Then, 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 on your own exploration of Florence's iconic and unexpected sights.

    meals Breakfast
  11. Day 11 Florence – Rome (2 Nights)

    Journey through the rolling hills of Tuscany and Umbria, past the hilltop villages of Orvieto and Orte, before arriving in Rome, the 'Eternal City' - our home for the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza St. Peter's
  12. Day 12 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    This morning, we'll visit the centre 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 to indulge in la dolce vita. Perhaps, sit on the Spanish Steps, visit the Vatican Museum and admire the exquisite frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel or toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your speedy return to Rome. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for an unforgettable Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  13. Day 13 Depart Rome

    For now it's a fond farewell to Rome and your newfound friends as your holiday through Spain, France and Italy comes to an end. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Mediterranean Highlights
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 12 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 5 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Arles, Avignon, Lourmarin, Monaco and Pisa
  • VISIT Pont du Gard, the French Riviera, Piazza della Signoria in Florence, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • VIEW La Sagrada Família in Barcelona, the Papal Palace in Avignon, the Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio in Florence and the Colosseum in Rome
  • SEE the Royal Palace and Cibeles Fountain in Madrid, Las Ramblas in Barcelona, the Papal Palace in Avignon and the towns of Orvieto and Orte

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
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Optional Add-Ons

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.

Madrid

Spectacular Toledo: Spain's Ancient Capital

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.
Adult Price: €45

Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

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 experiencing the traditional flavour of the old city. We'll see where the locals come together and have a chat over their aperitifs, before enjoying a delicious dinner.
Adult Price: €61

Barcelona

Mystical Montserrat

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.
Adult Price: €40

Flamenco Spectacular With Dinner

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.
Adult Price: €86

Nice

St. Paul, Coastline Drive and Provençale Dinner

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.
Adult Price: €83

Florence

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We visit 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 reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €47

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

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.
Adult Price: €65

Rome

Roman Treasures

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.
Adult Price: €33

Roman Evening with Dinner

This easy-going evening in Rome begins with a beautiful drive to see amazing city sights. We arrive at one of our favourite restaurants, where you'll enjoy a warm welcome and delicious dinner of local cuisine with drinks and music.
Adult Price: €62

Roman Evening with Dinner

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.
Adult Price: €61

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

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.
Adult Price: €81

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Monday, November 5, 2018
Service
All the sights we saw were wonderful and our guide was terrific. This was a good way to see a little bit of 3 countries to decide what we would like to see more in depth. I would have liked some more free time.
Vacation
The optional dinners were quite expensive.
Jose Ferrer
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Service
Trent, the Tour Director, was exceptionally good. All we did was hop on the bus and everything is perfectly arranged. Trent made sure that our experience is memorable and unforgettable.
Vacation
I wish the Optional Experiences are already included in the original tour price.
Trusted Customer
Friday, August 18, 2017
Service
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
Trusted Customer
Monday, June 5, 2017
Service
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.
Jeanette Lawrence
Friday, June 2, 2017
Service
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.
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