Apr 2016 - Dec 2016

19 Day Gems of Italy, France & Spain

Cosmos Coach Tour starting in Rome and finishing in Madrid

This Mediterranean journey takes you from Rome to Paris to Madrid, with many fascinating stops along the way. Your vacation begins in Rome with two overnights and guided sightseeing that visits the Roman Forum, St. Peter's Square, and the Colosseum. Next up: Florence, 'Cradle of the Renaissance;' the romantic floating city...read more


Operator: Cosmos
Style: Low Cost
Duration: 19 Days
From: Rome to Madrid
Tour Code: 6330
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Day By Day


Arrive In Rome, Italy

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 a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter's Square, 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 most of the 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, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the "Gate of Paradise." Later, a short drive delivers you to the spa town of Montecatini for an overnight. (B/D)

Montecatini - Parma - Venice Area

This morning, by way of Cisa Pass, 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. Later, continue into the farmland of the Po Valley for two overnights in the Venice area. (B)

Venice Area

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 economic miracle and the capital of fashion. Enjoy a short city sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. (B)

Milan - Italian Riviera - Cannes Area, France

An early start this morning as you journey south with views of the Italian 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 the Cannes area. (B)

Cannes Area

This morning, visit a PERFUME FACTORY in Grasse. Later, 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)

Cannes Area - Avignon - Lyon

First, head to Avignon today for an included visit of the magnificent PALACE OF THE POPES (audioguide included). Then, on to Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for an overnight. (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 sights: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Opera, La Sorbonne, Madeleine, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysees. Optional excursions to other famous Parisian sights are also available. (B)

Paris - Amboise - Bordeaux

Start the day by motoring south along the Loire River to Amboise for a visit with a Local Guide to 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. Visit Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort, before crossing the border into Spain. Overnight in the Basque capital and port town of Bilbao. (B/D)

Bilbao - Pamplona - Barcelona

Depart Bilbao this morning and stop in Pamplona, capital of the ancient Kingdom of Navarra, 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, known for having hosted 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 and Aranjuez, situated on the Castilian Plain. Travel on to Madrid, the Spanish capital, with time to enjoy a relaxed evening. (B)


This morning, 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. Later, join 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)

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
  • SIGHTSEEING: Visits to Montecatini, Venice, Verona, Montecarlo, Grasse, Avignon, 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.
  • MEALS: Buffet breakfasts (B) daily; 7 dinners (D).

Included Meals

  • 18 Breakfasts
  • 7 Dinners

Superior Hotels

  • 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 Santa Costanza (F) or Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST), Montecatini Astoria (F) or Grand Hotel du Park et Regina (ST), Venice Area Antony Palace (F) at Marcon or Poppi (ST) at Mira, Milan Holiday Inn Garibaldi Station (F) or Holiday Inn Express (ST) at Malpensa, Cannes Area Ibis (ST) at Mouans Sartoux or Holiday Inn (F) at Cannes, Lyon Lyon Ouest (ST) or Parkest (ST) or Metropole (F), Paris Campanile Porte d'Italie (ST) or Ibis La Villette (ST), Bordeaux Mercure Centre Meriadeck (ST), Bilbao Holiday Inn (F), Barcelona Porta Fira (F), Valencia Abba Acteon (F), Madrid Rafaelhoteles Ventas (ST)

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land / cruise only. Flights not included.


Operator Details

Region: Europe
Style: Low Cost
Accommodation: 3+ Star
Hotels: Central - Sometimes
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Coach: 5+ Star
Average Age: 50+
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Available
Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 44 (Avg. 40)
Free Coach WiFi: No
* Source: Cosmos for tours in Europe . Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Reviews (2)

Overall Rating

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 accomodation - on the Cosmos trip - was VERY ordinary, and did detract from the enjoyment of the tour.

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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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Apr 2016 - Dec 2016

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