Day 1 : Arrive Madrid (2 Nights)
Settle into the passionate embrace of fiery Madrid, your launch pad to an epic journey through Spain, France and Italy, filled with unforgettable flavours and soul-stirring encounters. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of Madrid's most iconic sites.
Accommodation : AC Cuzco
Day 2 : Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time
We join a 'Local Specialist' this morning for a sightseeing tour of the Spanish capital, during which we'll see the Royal Palace, the former residence of the Spanish royal family and the Cibeles Fountain. Enjoy an afternoon on your own exploring the world's best collection of Spanish art at the Prado Museum and shopping on Gran Vía. Or consider joining an Optional Experience to the imperial city of Toledo.
Day 3 : Madrid – Zaragoza – Barcelona (2 Nights)
Leave Europe's highest capital behind, bound for the Costa Dorada and the sun-kissed shores of Barcelona. We venture to the pretty banks of the Ebro River and to mystical Zaragoza, whose centuries of heritage have been shaped by the Romans, Moors and Christians. Continue to Barcelona and enjoy some time to recharge siesta style this evening or dive into the indelible sights, sounds and flavours of this enchanting city on your free evening.
Accommodation : Condal Mar
Day 4 : Barcelona Sightseeing and Free Time
Join your 'Local Specialist' this morning for a sightseeing tour, ascending Montjuïc to get your bearings and enjoy panoramic views of the city. See the monument to Christopher Columbus and vibrant Las Ramblas, before stopping at Antonio Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Família. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure indulging in the fantasy world of Gaudí or strolling through the hidden lanes and peaceful squares in the city's Gothic Quarter. You could consider joining an Optional Experience to mountain-top monastery of Montserrat, home to the mystical Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia.
Day 5 : Barcelona – Arles – Avignon
We journey via the foothills of the Pyrenees into France. Stop in Arles, where Vincent Van Gogh found inspiration for so many paintings. We arrive in the Provençal city of Avignon later this afternoon, where we'll view the Gothic Papal Palace and bridge made famous in the song - sur le pont d'Avignon.
Accommodation : Novotel Centre
Day 6 : Avignon – Pont du Gard – Lourmarin – Nice (2 Nights)
Start the day with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard. Then, our journey takes us through the picture-perfect wheat and lavender fields of Provence, immortalised in the works of Van Gogh and Cézanne. We'll 'Dive Into Culture' in the Provençal town of Lourmarin, where you can shop for local produce such as wine, olive oil, herbes de Provence and saffron. This evening, we arrive in Nice, on the sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera.
Accommodation : Novotel Centre Vieux
Day 7 : Monaco Excursion
Kick back and enjoy a well-deserved morning at leisure on the glorious French Riviera. Soak up the holiday atmosphere or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the nearby hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera. Later, visit the Principality of Monaco, where you will have an opportunity to view the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly were married. This evening, the glitz and glamour beckons as you'll join your new friends for a memorable dinner in sophisticated surrounds.
Day 8 : Nice – Cinque Terre – Pisa
Cross the border into Italy and join a 'Local Specialist' on a visit to the dramatic UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre, a series of centuries-old seaside villages which cling impossibly to rugged cliffs that plunge into the Ligurian Sea. Admire the expanse of pastel pink, yellow and orange façades that jostle for sea views. Later, we head to Pisa where tonight, you'll dine in your hotel.
Accommodation : AC by Marriott
Day 9 : Pisa – Florence (2 Nights)
View Pisa's Square of Miracles, where we'll see the famous Leaning Tower. Next, your introduction to Tuscany is an exclusive 'Be My Guest' lunch where you'll 'Connect With Locals' over traditional fare and the legendary hospitality for which the region is renowned. Continue to the birthplace of the Renaissance where we'll dine at our hotel this evening.
Accommodation : Grand Mediterraneo
Day 10 : Florence Sightseeing and Free Time
Join your 'Local Specialist' this morning for a sightseeing tour of magical Florence. View the multi-coloured Duomo and the 675-year-old Ponte Vecchio. Then, walk through what was once the political hub of the city, the Piazza della Signoria, a veritable open-air treasure trove featuring wonderful sculptures and palazzi. Spend the rest of the day on your own exploration of Florence's iconic and unexpected sights.
Day 11 : Florence – Rome (2 Nights)
Journey through the rolling hills of Tuscany and Umbria, past the hilltop villages of Orvieto and Orte, before arriving in Rome, the 'Eternal City' - our home for the next two nights.
Accommodation : Crowne Plaza St. Peter's
Day 12 : Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning, we'll visit the Vatican City, centre of Christianity and see the imposing St. Peter's Basilica, where Michelangelo's sorrowful Pietà has been admired by millions. We venture into Ancient Rome with a 'Local Specialist' and explore the remnants of Roman rule, enjoying views of the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. On your final afternoon, enjoy some free time to indulge in la dolce vita. Perhaps, sit on the Spanish Steps, visit the Vatican Museum and admire the exquisite frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel or toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your speedy return to Rome. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for an unforgettable Farewell Dinner.
Day 13 : Depart Rome
For now it's a fond farewell to Rome and your newfound friends as your holiday through Spain, France and Italy comes to an end. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.