Mediterranean Dream

Price:From *$4230

16 Days/15 Night

Tour Description

Discover the Best of Italy & Spain on this escorted coach tour VISITING: Rome > Assisi > Siena > Florence > Bologna > Padua > Venice > Tuscany Wine Region > Rome Barcelona > Madrid > Cordoba > Sevilla > Granada > Toledo > Madrid

DEPARTURE 2019: May 2, 9, 16, 30 | JUN 6, 20, 27 | JUL 4, 11, 18, 25 | AUG 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | SEP 5, 12, 19, 26 | OCT 10, 17
INCLUSIONS
15 nights accommodation in either 3 or 4 stars hotels
Meal as per itinerary
Arrival transfer Rome airport to Rome hotel
Departure transfer Madrid Hotel to Madrid Airport
Traditional Tuscan Lunch in Montepulciano
Visit Assisi, Siena, Bologna, Padua, Tuscany Wine Region
Visit st. Mark’s Basilica with “Skip the Line” tickets
Tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, with exclusive “Skip The Line” tickets
Guided visits in Barcelona, Cordoba, Sevilla, Granada (Alhambra & Generalife Gardens) and Toledo
Tour escort during the tour* (tour escort doesn't travel on the ferry from Italy to Spain)
Travel on an air conditioned deluxe motor-coach
high-speed AVE train from Barcelona to Madrid (tourist class)

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Day 1:

THURSDAY: ROME
Welcome to Rome! Upon arrival at the airport meet your driver and transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay. Remainder of the day at your leisure.

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Day 2:

FRIDAY: ROME
Between 7:45 - 8:00 am, after breakfast, depart from the hotel for the included tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters’s Basilica upon arrival, your guide will lead you into 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. Peters’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 or get any one of our selected tours for the afternoon or at night! Overnight stay. (B)

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Day 3:

SATURDAY: ROME > ASSISI > SIENA > FLORENCE
Departing at 7:15 am from your hotel by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, ready to explore, at your own leisure, this tiny town surrounded by walls, built in the Middle Ages. Take your time to visit the basilica of St. Francis, where you will see master pieces by Giotto and Cimabue and, then, have free time for lunch (not included). Board on the bus to reach Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, world-known for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square: Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest. (B)

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Day 4:

SUNDAY: FLORENCE
After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the “Cradle of Renaissance, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle. Based on etruscan-roman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free “Comune” and was further refined during the Renaissance. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches and buildings as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the “Campanile” tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors where Michelangelo imagined the “Gates of Paradise.” In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. There, you will tour the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, Pisa’s symbol “the Leaning Tower” and the Baptistery. Dinner at leisure, overnight stay in Florence. (B,L)

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Day 5:

MONDAY: FLORENCE > BOLOGNA > PADUA > VENICE
After breakfast in Florence, departure to Bologna. There, you will discover the elegant city centre with its “porticos”, it’s shopping streets and so on. From Piazza Malpighi you will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune square and Major square) in the heart of the city, then King Renzo’s Palace; Palazzo Podestà and the basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. Bologna it’s a real gourmet’s heaven…don’t miss a tasty meal at your own leisure! In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with Sant’Antonio Basilica: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the catholic world. Later in the afternoon, arrival in Venice: the City of Love, one of the most romantic cities of the whole world and, undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man! Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay. (B,D)

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Day 6:

TUESDAY: VENICE
After breakfast, enjoy your private water-taxi transfer to Piazza San Marco, to visit the splendid St.Mark’s Basilica, after this, check out the most iconic places of the “Floating City”: the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s glorious past, the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight.(B)

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Day 7:

WEDNESDAY: VENICE > MONTEPULCIANO (TUSCANY WINE REGION) > ROME
After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches and castles and its delicious wines. You will proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Nobile” wine, on purchase in local wine houses,Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included!!! After lunch, quick stop and free time. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome to check in into your hotel. (B,L)

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Day 8:

THURSDAY: ROME - CIVITAVECCHIA PORT (OVERNIGHT ON - BOARD)
Enjoy breakfast and spend the day at leisure in Rome. Meet your driver at 7:30 pm for your transfer to Civitavecchia Port (Terminal Grimaldi Lines) and board on the Cruise Ferry to Barcelona. Departure at 11:00 pm. Overnight on board. (B)

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Day 9:

FRIDAY: ARRIVAL IN BARCELONA
Breakfast and lunch on board. Enjoy your time and discover the variety and quality of services that these kind of Cruise Ferries can offer; a wide open space with pool (for adults and kids), lounges, bars, disco, a cafeteria (open 24 hours); self service or a la carte restaurants, boutiques, internet lounges, health center and a gym with gym equipment. Arrival in Barcelona at 7:00 pm approx. disembark from the Ferry and transfer to Barcelona. Arrival and accommodation at the hotel. (B,L)

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Day 10:

SATURDAY: BARCELONA
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning join a coach tour for a morning highlights city tour of Barcelona. Barcelona is known as the capital of Modernism and the place where famous architect Antoni Gaudí lived. Afternoon at leisure to discover this city full attractive offers. Accommodation at the hotel. (B)

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Day 11:

SUNDAY: BARCELONA > MADRID (TRAIN)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Sants train station to depart by AVE, high speed train, at 9:00 am to Madrid. Enjoy the journey with the comfort and operating speed of this AVE train. Arrival at 11:45 am. Transfer from station to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. Accommodation at the hotel. (B)

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Day 12:

MONDAY: MADRID > CORDOBA > SEVILLA
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the bus terminal, before joining the tour which departs at 8:30 am. Drive along La Mancha, Don Quixote’s land with a brief stop in Puerto Lapice. Cross through the natural border of “Despeñaperros” and into Andalusia, a region that shows an enormous heritage. Tour the impressive Mosque and other sites. Ease your mind and spirit as you stroll through the narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon we reach Seville. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. (B,D)

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Day 13:

TUESDAY: SEVILLA
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a morning panoramic city tour viewing the exterior of the Cathedral (the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome), Santa Cruz quarter (a natural scenario of “Carmen” as well as a precisely where the myth of “Don Juan” developed), Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. Afternoon at leisure for you to discover the city at your own pace. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. - Optional Flamenco tour available at an extra cost. (B,D)

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Day 14:

WEDNESDAY: SEVILLA > GRANADA
After breakfast at the hotel drive east along the Caliphate road to the heart of ANDALUSIA observing an endless number of olive trees on the way to Granada and its incredible and amazing monumental environment. Visit the world famous Alhambra complex and Generalife Gardens, that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as the “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Optional Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte quarter at an additional cost (B,D)

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Day 15:

THURSDAY: GRANADA > TOLEDO > MADRID
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive northward where it emerges, toward the sky of Castilla and surrounded by the Tagus river, the impressive Imperial city of Toledo - World Heritage City - where the three Christians cultures, Moorish and Jewish, have lived together. Enjoy a short guided tour of this historical old town through its narrow streets. Then proceed to a famous “Damasquinado” (gold and silver inlaying in iron) factory. Following the visit we continue to Madrid. Accommodation at the hotel. (B)

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Day 16:

FRIDAY: MADRID
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport. End of our services. (B)

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