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Gems of Italy, France and Spain (63302017)

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Tour Length: 19 Days
Countries Visited: France, Italy, Spain
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Tour Type:
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Tour Category: Other Cosmos Tours
Tour Operator: Cosmos Tours
Tour Code: 6330-2017
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Title
Gems of Italy, France & Spain

Vacation Overview
This Mediterranean vacation takes you from Rome to Paris to Madrid skirting some of the Mediterranean coast, with many fascinating stops and scenic drives along the way. In Italy, overnight in Rome, Montecatini, the Venice area, and Milan. In Rome, guided sightseeing features the must-see sites, including the Roman Forum, dating back to the 7th century BC, and Colosseum, where the deadly gladiator fights were held; Florence’s Piazza Signoria, the center of Florence’s political life since the 14th century; famous St. Mark’s Square in Venice; and Juliet’s balcony in medieval Verona.In France, drive along the French Riviera and overnight in Valbonne, then in Lyon, Paris, and Bordeaux. Visit Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco, the second-smallest country in the world, and Grasse, a picturesque medieval village known as the world’s perfume capital. Here, visit a perfume workshop and smell the beautiful fragrances. In Avignon, visit the Palace of the Popes, Europe’s biggest gothic palace. Built to house the popes in the 1300s today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Amboise, visit the impressive castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 11th century. Enjoy sightseeing in Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône Rivers, and Paris, including the Arc de Triomphe and the incomparable Eiffel Tower. Stop in Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy French seaside resort. In Spain, overnight in Bilbao, Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid. See Pamplona, famous for the running of the bulls; Cuenca with its hanging houses; and Aranjuez, site of the Royal Palace. Sightseeing is included in both Madrid and Barcelona. This tour through Italy, France and Spain includes all of this and more—a perfect vacation for value-minded travelers!

 

Guides
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Parma, Milan, Lyon, Paris, Amboise Castle, Barcelona, Madrid; professional Tour Director while touring

Hotels


ROME
Oly Hotel (F) or Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST)

MONTECATINI
Settentrionale Esplanade (F)

VENICE AREA
Poppi (ST) at Mira or Smart Hotel Holiday (F) at Mestre

MILAN
Holiday Inn Garibaldi Station (F)

VALBONNE
Golden Tulip Sophia Antipolis (ST)

LYON
Lyon Ouest (ST) or Parkest (ST)

PARIS
Ibis Tour Eiffel Cambronne (ST)

BORDEAUX
Mercure Centre Meriadeck (ST)

BILBAO
Holiday Inn (F)

BARCELONA
Porta Fira (F) or Ibis Styles City (ST)

VALENCIA
NH Las Artes (F) or Abba Acteon (F)

MADRID
Rafaelhoteles Ventas (ST) or Praga (ST)

Meals
Buffet breakfasts daily; 7 dinners

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

 
Day 1:
Arrive in Rome, Italy. Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this ancient capital. In the afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2:
Rome. Rome, the “Eternal City,” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter’s Square, the heart of the Vatican, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and iconic COLOSSEUM. (B)

Day 3:
Rome–Florence–Montecatini. Travel to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance” and city of the powerful Medici dynasty. The included walking tour with a Local Guide features the main city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce, beautiful Piazza Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Loggia dei Lanzi, and the impressive Piazza del Duomo with its cathedral housing the Giotto Campanile. Later, on to the quiet spa town of Montecatini. (B,D)

Day 4:
Montecatini–Parma–Venice Area. Head for Parma in the Emilia-Romagna region, made famous by its ham and parmesan cheese. Included sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the city’s hidden treasures. Continue into the farmland of the Po Valley to the Venice area. (B)

Day 5:
Venice Area. Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and quiet little piazzas. The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to ST. MARK’S SQUARE and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss out on the quintessential Venice experience: an optional gondola ride along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)

Day 6:
Venice Area–Verona–Milan. Stop in Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. See Juliet’s house and balcony, and stroll around the picturesque market square. Then, on to vibrant Milan, hub of Italy’s economy and fashion. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. (B)

Day 7:
Milan–Monte Carlo–Valbonne, France. Journey south, with views of the Italian Flower Riviera. En route, visit Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco, the second-smallest and most densely populated country in the world, before arriving in Valbonne. (B)

Day 8:
Valbonne. Excursion to Grasse. This morning, visit a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Grasse. Later, time at leisure or maybe join an optional excursion to the picturesque hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera. (B)

Day 9:
Valbonne–Avignon–Lyon. Head to Avignon today for an included visit of the magnificent PALACE OF THE POPES (audio-guide included). Then, on to Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,D)

Day 10:
Lyon–Paris. Start the day with included guided sightseeing of Lyon, a commercial, industrial, and banking powerhouse for the past 500 years. Then, travel through the picturesque Burgundy vineyards and fields toward Paris, the French capital and “City of Light.” Tonight, don’t miss the optional cabaret outing—a true Parisian spectacle! (B)

Day 11:
Paris. Included sightseeing with a local expert takes in many of the must-see Parisian sites: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, La Sorbonne, Madeleine, the Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions to other famous attractions are also available. (B)

Day 12:
Paris–Amboise–Bordeaux. Travel south along the spectacular Loire Valley to Amboise. With a Local Guide, visit its splendid 11th-century CASTLE that was a favorite of French kings. Continue through the Cognac region and head towards Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne. (B,D)

Day 13:
Bordeaux–Biarritz–Bilbao, Spain. Leave the Landes region and visit Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort, before crossing the border into Spain. Arrive in the Basque capital and port town of Bilbao. (B,D)

Day 14:
Bilbao–Pamplona–Barcelona. Stop in Pamplona, capital of the ancient Kingdom of Navarra and famous for its “bull run,” before reaching Barcelona, Catalonia’s lively and beautiful capital. (B,D)

Day 15:
Barcelona. This morning’s included sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. You arrive at the city center’s Plaza Catalunya and to Paseo de Gracia to marvel at Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batlló and Mila. (B)

Day 16:
Barcelona–Valencia. Pass through fragrant orange groves and charming seaside resorts past Tarragona and on to Valencia, host of the America’s Cup in 2005. Join the optional excursion and drive along wide avenues lined with fig and palm trees, and along the old quarter’s narrow streets past fine gothic houses and typical patios. (B)

Day 17:
Valencia–Cuenca–Aranjuez–Madrid. Leave the coast and head inland, stopping in the historical towns of Cuenca to see its “hanging houses” and Aranjuez, site ot the royal palaces and gardens, situated on the Castilian Plain. On to Madrid, the Spanish capital, to enjoy a relaxed evening. (B)

Day 18:
Madrid. This morning, maybe join the rewarding optional trip to Toledo. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus was made famous in El Greco’s painting. Later, enjoy the included Madrid city sightseeing. Not only because it’s the capital of Spain but also because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards say it’s the nearest thing to Heaven. (B,D)

Day 19:
Madrid. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 
         
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Documents
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

City Highlights
Individual headsetsSightseeing:Visits to Montecatini, Venice, Verona Juliet's balcony, Monte Carlo, Grasse perfume workshop, Avignon's Palace of the Popes, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Bilbao, Pamplona, Valencia, Cuenca, Aranjuez. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable

Notes
NOTE:December 15 Departure – Christmas lunch in Paris and New Year's Eve in Madrid.

Scenic Highlights
Scenic Highlights: Emilia-Romagna region, Po Valley, Italian & French Rivieras, Loire Valley, Landes region, Basque Country

 

Cosmos Disclaimer - Indicates that this departure and vacation is available for 2017 early booking. All tours will be open for 2017 bookings in the Fall of 2016. Vacation upgrades and/or additions will not be available for early booking, as well as, any extra pre- or post-night pricing until the Fall of 2016. With the exception of Journeys Club discounts, future travel promotions are not applicable and are not retroactive on early bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Applies to new 2017 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.

Price Details US
Prices based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $900 No triple room reduction.Extra nights per person in Rome:in single room $113-$137, in twin $65-$88, in triple $62-$75Extra nights per person in Madrid:in single room $102-$125, in twin $53-$65, in triple $48-$60

 
 

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