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Mediterranean Flavours (Spain, France, Italy)

From $3349 $628 taxes

From Spain to France to Italy, this affordable tour along the Mediterranean Coast, features vibrant cities, historic sites, and stunning scenery. You’ll stay in Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Marseille, the Venice area, and Rome. You’ll also overnight in the French Riviera and the Cinque Terre area.

The highlights of this budget travel adventure across the Mediterranean region include an excursion to the famous Cinque Terre area, a name given to five medieval fishing villages on the sea. The area is noted for its natural beauty with terraces built into the mountainside on cliffs that drop down into the sea and for its breathtaking views.   You’ll also spend time on the French Riviera, where you’ll have the chance to visit a perfume workshop in Èze and time to explore on your own. Plus, enjoy stunning scenery as you drive along the most fascinating landscapes and visit cameo villages such as Cuenca, Collioure, Cassis and iconic cities like Verona or Barcelona!  Your Local Guides will reveal the must-see sights on your sightseeing tours of Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, and Rome. You’ll see Rome’s iconic landmarks, such as the Vatican, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum.  You’ll be introduced to Venice with a boat ride to world-famous St. Mark’s Square. In Marseille, France’s oldest city, visit the Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde, which sits at the highest point in Marseille with stunning views of the city. In Assisi, visit the St. Francis Basilica, burial place of the saint and home to beautiful frescos by Giotto.

Designed by a team of experienced Tour Directors, this Mediterranean tour to Spain, France, and Italy has been perfectly planned for value-minded travelers wanting a wonderful, yet affordable, Mediterranean vacation.

Travel Best Bets Package Includes

  • Round trip return airfare to Madrid and return from Rome
  • 13 night guided vacation
  • 13 nights in Superior Tourist Class accommodation below or similar
    MADRID Rafaelhoteles Ventas  or Praga
    VALENCIA Abba Acteon
    BARCELONA Abba Garden
    MARSEILLE Holiday Inn Express St. Charles
    FRENCH RIVIERA Ibis Styles Vieux Port
    LA SPEZIA NH , VENICE AREA Antony Palace  at Marcon or Poppi at Mira
    ROME Residenza Parco Tirreno
  • Professional Tour Director while touring
  • 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
  • Guides: Local Guides for city sightseeing in Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Rome; professional Tour Director while touring
  • Meals: 13 Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Marseille
  • Round trip transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport

Travel Best Bets Exclusive:  Book by October 17!

April 27, July 6, 2018 Double Occupancy or Single Share*
Vancouver $3349-$3599+ $628 tax
Victoria, Kelowna $3749-$3999+ $628 tax
Single Room Supplement add $914
Pre-Pay Gratuities
(Tour Director & Driver)
add $171 per person
Repeat Globus family of brands* $130 discount

*Single Share Program Available: Cosmos accept reservations on a “guaranteed share” basis. They charge the basic price and match up singles of the same gender in twin-bedded rooms. For mutual comfort, they adopt a no-smoking rule in shared rooms. If no other traveler has booked on “guaranteed share” basis, they’ll absorb the single room supplement, and that traveler will be accommodated in a single room at no extra charge.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Madrid, Spain
Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

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. (B)

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. (B,D)

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. (B)

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. (B)

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. (B,D)

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? (B)

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. (B)

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. (B,D)

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. (B)

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. (B,D)

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. (B)

Day 13 Rome
The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built; the Roman Forum; Piazza Venezia, and Campidoglio. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment. (B)

Day 14 Rome
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 



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