Read 3 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos's 19 Day Gems of Italy, France & Spain. This Mediterranean journey takes you from Rome to Paris to Madrid, with many fascinating stops along the way. Your vacation begins in Rome with visits of the Roman Forum, St. Peter's...read more Square, and the Colosseum. Next up: splendid Florence, cradle of the Renaissance; the romantic floating city of Venice; and Milan, capital of fashion and design. Also visit Montecatini, Parma, and Verona - cities that are less well-known but just as charming. Cross the border into France for two nights on the elegant French Riviera, then on to Avignon to see the Palace of the Popes.
Discover the city of Lyon before reaching Paris, the 'City of Light', to experience all its main highlights. Explore the wine-growing area of Bordeaux, then reach Bilbao on the Atlantic Coast. Cross to the Mediterranean shores of Spain via Pamplona and immerse yourself in lively Barcelona, the city of Gaudi. On to Valencia, host of the America's Cup sailing event, then arrive in fabulous Madrid, capital of Spain, for the grand finale of your exciting adventure.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this ancient capital. In the afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.
Rome, the "Eternal City," is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter's Square, the heart of the Vatican, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and iconic COLOSSEUM. (B)
Rome - Florence - Montecatini
Travel to Florence, "Cradle of the Renaissance" and city of the powerful Medici dynasty. The included walking tour with a Local Guide features the main city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce, beautiful Piazza Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Loggia dei Lanzi, and the impressive Piazza del Duomo with its cathedral housing the Giotto Campanile. Later, on to the quiet spa town of Montecatini. (B/D)
Montecatini - Parma - Venice Area
Head for Parma in the Emilia-Romagna region, made famous by its ham and parmesan cheese. Included sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the city's hidden treasures. Continue into the farmland of the Po Valley to the Venice area. (B)
Venice is more like a marvellous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and quiet little 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 quintessential Venice experience: an optional gondola ride along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B/D)
Venice Area - Verona - Milan
Stop in Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. See Juliet's house and balcony, and stroll around the picturesque market square. Then, on to vibrant Milan, hub of Italy's economy and fashion. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. (B)
Milan - Monte Carlo - Valbonne, France
Journey south, with views of the Italian Flower Riviera. En route, visit Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco, the second-smallest and most densely populated country in the world, before arriving in Valbonne. (B)
Valbonne Excrusion To Grasse
This morning, visit a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Grasse. Later, time at leisure or maybe join an optional excursion to the picturesque hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera. (B)
Valbonne - Avignon - Lyon
Head to Avignon today for an included visit of the magnificent PALACE OF THE POPES (audio-guide included). Then, on to Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B/D)
Lyon - Paris
Start the day with included guided sightseeing of Lyon, a commercial, industrial, and banking powerhouse for the past 500 years. Then, travel through the picturesque Burgundy vineyards and fields toward Paris, the French capital and "City of Light." Tonight, don't miss the optional cabaret outing-a true Parisian spectacle! (B)
Included sightseeing with a local expert takes in many of the must-see Parisian sites: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Opera, La Sorbonne, Madeleine, the Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysees. Optional excursions to other famous attractions are also available. (B)
Paris - Amboise - Bordeaux
Travel south along the spectacular Loire Valley to Amboise. With a Local Guide, visit its splendid 11th-century CASTLE that was a favourite of French kings. Continue through the Cognac region and head towards Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne. (B/D)
Bordeaux - Biarritz - Bilbao, Spain
Leave the Landes region and visit Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort, before crossing the border into Spain. Arrive in the Basque capital and port town of Bilbao. (B/D)
Bilbao - Pamplona - Barcelona
Stop in Pamplona, capital of the ancient Kingdom of Navarra and famous for its "bull run," before reaching Barcelona, Catalonia's lively and beautiful capital. (B/D)
This morning's included sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. You arrive at the city centre's Plaza Catalunya and to Paseo de Gracia to marvel at Gaudi's architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batllo and Mila. (B)
Barcelona - Valencia
Pass through fragrant orange groves and charming seaside resorts past Tarragona and on to Valencia, host of the America's Cup in 2005. Join the optional excursion and drive along wide avenues lined with fig and palm trees, and along the old quarter's narrow streets past fine gothic houses and typical patios. (B)
Valencia - Cuenca - Aranjuez - Madrid
Leave the coast and head inland, stopping in the historical towns of Cuenca to see its "hanging houses" and Aranjuez, site ot the royal palaces and gardens, situated on the Castilian Plain. On to Madrid, the Spanish capital, to enjoy a relaxed evening. (B)
This morning, maybe join the rewarding optional trip to Toledo. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus was made famous in El Greco's painting. Later, enjoy the included Madrid city sightseeing. Not only because it's the capital of Spain but also because it is situated 665 metres (2,180 feet) above sea level, the Spaniards say it's the nearest thing to Heaven. (B/D)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
SIGHTSEEING: Visits to Montecatini, Venice, Verona's Juliet's balcony, Monte Carlo, Grasse perfume workshop, Avignon's Palace of the Popes, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Bilbao, Pamplona, Valencia, Cuenca, Aranjuez.
SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Emilia-Romagna region, Po Valley, Italian & French Rivieras, Loire Valley, Landes region, Basque Country.
GUIDES: Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Parma, Milan, Lyon, Paris, Amboise Castle, Barcelona, Madrid; professional Tour Director while touring.
TRANSPORTATION: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal boat ride in Venice.
HOTELS: Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
Hotel Classifications: Superior First Class (SF), First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior Tourist (ST), Deluxe (D), Moderate Deluxe (MD), Best Available (BA), National Park (NP)
Rome Oly Hotel (F) or Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST), Montecatini Settentrionale Esplanade (F), Venice AreaPoppi (ST) at Mira or Smart Hotel Holiday (F) at Mestre, Milan Holiday Inn Garibaldi Station (F), Valbonne Golden Tulip Sophia Antipolis (ST), Lyon Lyon Ouest (ST) or Parkest (ST), Paris Ibis Tour Eiffel Cambronne (ST), Bordeaux Mercure Centre Meriadeck (ST), Bilbao Holiday Inn (F), Barcelona Porta Fira (F) or Ibis Styles City (ST), Valencia NH Las Artes (F) or Abba Acteon (F), MadridRafaelhoteles Ventas (ST) or Praga (ST)
Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
* Source: Cosmos for trips in Europe. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.
Lynn Fairhall Australia
Trip Date: 18/09/2016
“Wonderful trip through Italy, France & spain”
As always Cosmos gave me a great trip, good accommodation a wonderful travel guide and driver. Saw places that I wouldn't have seen if not on a tour. My only complaint was the accommodation in Paris, even though it was a Novotel hotel it was definitely not up to their standards and the standards of the other hotels we stayed in. Our tour guide was very professional, caring, friendly and very helpful with things to do during our free time and places to eat which is very much appreciated.
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Lawrence Bondeson Australia
Trip Date: 08/09/2013
“A full-on tour”
A full-on tour, visiting three countries in just 19 days! Cosmos' management of the tour's logistics was truly amazing, even to smoothly handling the unexpected. The pace was often relentless, with early starts and late/very late finishes. The arrival (passport) process at Rome airport was atrocious - loooong queues for travellers who were already travel weary (there were only two staffed booths to process a full A380's passengers, in excess of 400 people. The consensus among our group was that there was an over emphasis on cathedrals/castles/palaces, all of which became a blur. Nevertheless, we were able to experience three countries in just 19 days! For us, our (non Cosmos) stay each way at the Dubai Traders Hotel was awesome. We have never, elsewhere, experienced the welcome that the Traders lavished (I emphasise, lavished!) on us - two aging and weary travellers. I would love to return to the Traders, and from there experience some more the awesomeness of Dubai! Some of the accommodation - on the Cosmos trip - was VERY ordinary, and did detract from the enjoyment of the tour.
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Feifei & Hao He Australia
Trip Date: 15/12/2012
“Very good tour, could've spent longer in the big cities”
It was a very good tour covering places we enjoyed very much. In big cities like Paris where there is a lot to see, it would be much better if the tour could stop there for at least 2 full days or more.
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