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The artful elegance of Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain.

Best of Spain and Italy Tour

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The artful elegance of Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain.
Experience two of the best European destinations in one exciting holiday. Explore the finest sights of Spain - from Madrid to Andalusia to Barcelona, before riding a ferry towards Civitavecchia northwest of Rome where your Italian holiday begins. Visit the world-famous monuments of Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Padua, Bologna and Venice.
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Highlights

Explore Italy with exciting visits to the world-famous monuments of Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Padua, Bologna and Venice.

Discover the most important landmarks and monuments of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and the Andalusian region.

Experience the enduring culture and tradition of Spain and Italy in this 16-day package combining two of the finest European destinations. The two nations share a strong affinity for art, cuisine and religion and here's your chance to get through the heart of Europe's iconic pillars in one exciting adventure. Discover Spain's unmatched gems -  from the medieval origins of Madrid, to the Moorish heritage of Granada, to Gaudi's artistic work in Barcelona before riding a ferry towards the coastal town of Civitavecchia northwest of Rome. Spend an amazing time exploring Italy, the birthplace of Western culture and home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world. Visit the world-famous monuments of Rome the "Eternal City", Assisi - the birthplace of St. Francis, and the UNESCO town of Siena. Get awestruck by the artistic elegance of Florence - the cradle of Renaissance, the much visited Basilica di San Antonio in Padua, the porticos of Bologna and the romantic floating city of Venice.

2020 GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
April 04,11,18,25
May 02, 09,16, 23, 30
June 13, 20, 27 
July 04,11,18, 25
August 01, 08,15, 22, 29
September 05,12, 26
October 03,10,17

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Included

15-night accommodation in a mix of 3-star and 4-star hotels
Daily breakfast and meals as per itineray
Ferry crossing from Barcelona to Civitavecchia (Rome) in standard ocean-view cabin
Arrival transfer Madrid airport to Madrid hotel
Departure transfer Rome hotel to Rome airport
Transportation in air conditioned deluxe motor-coach in Spain and Italy
Headsets during sightseeing tours in Italy
Tour escort
Guided visits in Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada (Alhambra and Generalife gardens), Valencia, and Barcelona
Guided visits in Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice (St. Mark’s Basilica), Tuscany wine region and Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica) in Rome

Itinerary

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Day 1
Madrid

Meet and assistance at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.

Day 2
Madrid

Enjoy a morning Madrid panoramic city tour. Find the medieval origins of the city, like the Arabic fortress at the Barrio de la Morería, famous for its historical buildings. Drive through the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs and admire the XIX century works such as Prado Museum. Explore contemporary Madrid, as well as the commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. The afternoon is free to continue exploring all the city has to offer.

Breakfast
Day 3
Madrid - Cordoba - Seville

After breakfast at your hotel, you will transfer to the meeting point to join your tour. Departing Madrid, you will drive along La Mancha, Don Quixote’s land, stopping briefly in Puerto Lapice before crossing in Andalusia to reach Cordoba. Here, you will join an impressive tour of its Mosque (entrance included) and other sites within the city. In the afternoon, after a short 2-hour drive, you will reach Seville. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4
Seville

Following breakfast at the hotel, you'll join a panoramic city tour visiting the exterior of the Cathedral, Santa Cruz quarter, Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. Spend the afternoon at leisure before your dinner at the hotel. Tonight, there is an optional Flamenco Tour (extra cost).

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
Seville - Granada

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you depart and drive east past an endless landscape of olive trees to Granada. Visit the world famous Alhambra complex (entrance included) and Generalife Gardens that have inspired several authors with its sounds and sights, such as the “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Optional Gipsy Flamenco show at the Sacromonte quarter (extra cost).

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6
Granada - Valencia

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the Mediterranean coast via Murcia and Alicante before reaching Valencia. Enjoy an evening at leisure in the city that is also the home of the delicious rice dish “Paella.”

Breakfast
Day 7
Valencia - Barcelona

After a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a city tour of Valencia. Drive through the old city viewing the most prominent buildings. You will then be driven past the old riverbed of the Turia to the most avant-garde complex “Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias” to watch the emblematic exteriors of the six buildings. Leave Valencia in the early afternoon heading northward along the Mediterranean coast to Barcelona via Tarragona. Barcelona is the principal Mediterranean city homeland of the famous architect Gaudí who symbolised Catalonian modernism.

Breakfast
Day 8
Barcelona - Civitavecchia (Overnight Ferry)

This morning, you will have breakfast at the hotel then depart on a morning city tour of Barcelona. Drive along the main avenues with impressive modernist buildings by Gaudí such as La Pedrera and Casa Milá, both declared World Heritage buildings. Visit the Montjuïc Park with spectacular views of the city and harbor, Olympic Ring, monument to Columbus and the Olympic Port. You have the afternoon free to explore on your own and to savor the typical gastronomy until your transfer pickup from the hotel to the port to board the ferry towards Civitavecchia. Departure at 23.59h and night on board.

Breakfast
Day 9
Civitavecchia - Rome

Breakfast and lunch on-board the Ferry. During the time of your journey, you can enjoy the variety of services offered by these latest generation of Ferries. Arrival at Civitavecchia at 8pm. Disembark and transfer to Rome.

Note: The estimated time of arrival in Rome is at 10 pm.

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10
Rome - Assisi - Siena - Florence

Following breakfast, depart Rome and travel north towards Assisi. You will have time at your own leisure in this tiny town. Take your time to visit the basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. Board the bus to reach Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square, Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue to Florence where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11
Florence

After breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a guided tour of the city. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches and buildings such as the Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. Lunch will be in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own.

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12
Florence - Bologna - Padua - Venice

Breakfast at the hotel before departing to Bologna. There, you will discover the elegant city centre with its “porticos” and its shopping streets. In the afternoon, continue towards Padova where you will have a short stop to see the Sant’Antonio Basilica, one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the catholic world. Later in the afternoon, you will arrive in Venice. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13
Venice

After breakfast at the hotel, take a private water-taxi transfer to Piazza San Marco. With your “Skip the Line” tickets, visit the splendid St. Mark’s Basilica. Afterwards, discover the most iconic places of the “Floating City”, roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Breakfast
Day 14
Venice - Montepulciano (Tuscany wine region) - Rome

After breakfast, depart from Venice heading to Tuscany stopping in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art and known for its “Nobile” wine. Enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch in a typical restaurant then spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace. Depart in the afternoon to arrive in Rome in the evening.

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 15
Rome

After breakfast at the hotel, you will join a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica with your exclusive “Skip the Line” access! Your guide will lead you to the museums where you’ll visit one of the most important art collections of the world. Walk along the beautiful Galleries of Tapestries and Geographical Maps before admiring Raphael’s Rooms and, then, the amazing Sistine Chapel. After this incredible masterpiece, you will be taken by a privileged door to St. Peter’s Basilica: the biggest church in the world! The tour ends on St. Peter’s Square. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city at your own leisure.

Breakfast
Day 16
Rome

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport. End of tour.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
Spanish
Currency
Euro
15 nights
from AUD5,635
per person, twin share
Madrid
04 April - 17 October 2020
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Important notes

  • In the event that the panoramic tour of Madrid is not operated for technical reasons, it will be replaced by the Madrid Hop-on Hop-off Bus 1 day instead.
  • During stay in Madrid, Ferry journey and Rome, tour escort service is not available.
  • Lunch provided on board the Ferry will be self-service.

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