Created by a team of experienced Tour Directors, this delightful vacation travels along the Mediterranean Coast through Spain, France, and Italy. Start in Madrid with two overnights and guided sightseeing. Travel to Valencia, stopping first in Cuenca, famous for its “hanging houses.” Visit the Peniscola Castle, built by the Knights Templar in the 14th century, then get to know vibrant Barcelona. Cross into France to its oldest city, Marseille, before heading to the French Riviera. A short train ride takes you into Italy’s spectacular Cinque Terre region with its beautiful, rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages. On the way to the romantic city of Venice, stop in Verona to see Juliet’s balcony. Finally, stop in St Francis’ Assisi on the Umbrian hills before reaching Rome, the Eternal City, for a taste of the “dolce vita” and to see marvels such as the Vatican Square, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum.

City Highlights

Individual headsetsInside 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

Hotels

MADRID Rafaelhoteles Ventas (ST) or Praga (ST)VALENCIA Abba Acteon (F)BARCELONA Abba Garden (F)MARSEILLE Holiday Inn Express St. Charles (ST)FRENCH RIVIERA Ibis Styles Vieux Port (ST)LA SPEZIA NH (F), VENICE AREA Antony Palace (F) at Marcon or Poppi (ST) at MiraROME Residenza Parco Tirreno (ST)

Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Marseille

Notes

NOTE:December 20 Departure – Christmas dinner in Barcelona and New Year’s Reveillon dinner in Rome

Transportation

Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal boat ride in Venice; train Levanto-La Spezia

PRODUCT_LINE: COSMOS-6840-2016