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 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.
Individual headsetsInside 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
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 MiraMILAN Holiday Inn Garibaldi Station (F) or Holiday Inn Express (ST) at MalpensaCANNES AREA Ibis (ST) at Mouans Sartoux or Holiday Inn (F) at CannesLYON 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)
Buffet breakfasts daily; 7 dinners
NOTE:December 15 Departure – Christmas lunch in Paris and New Year’s Eve in Madrid.
Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal boat ride in Venice