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Mediterranean Flavors (68402018)

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Tour Length: 14 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: 6840-2018
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Title
Mediterranean Flavors

Vacation Overview
From Spain to France to Italy, this tour along the Mediterranean Coast, features vibrant cities, historic sights, and stunning scenery. You’ll overnight in Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Marseille, the Venice area, and Rome. You'll also overnight in the French Riviera and the Cinque Terre area.The highlights of this Mediterranean tour include an excursion to the Cinque Terre area, a name given to five medieval fishing villages on the sea. The area is noted for its natural beauty with terraces built into the mountainside on cliffs that drop down into the sea and for its breathtaking views. You'll also spend time in the French Riviera, where you'll have the chance to visit a perfume workshop in Èze and time to explore on your own. Plus, enjoy stunning scenery as you drive along the French Provence and visit cameo villages such as Cuenca, Collioure, Cassis and iconic cities like Verona or Barcelona!Your Local Guides will reveal the must-see sights on your sightseeing tours of Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, and Rome. In Rome, you’ll visit the iconic Colosseum, where the deadly gladiator fights took place during the Roman Empire, and the Roman Forum, dating back to the 7th century BC and where the Roman Empire had its political, social, and commercial center. Your orientation in Venice includes a boat ride to St. Mark's Square, one of the world’s most famous squares. In Marseille, France's oldest city, visit the Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde, which sits at the highest point in Marseille and offers stunning views of the city. In Assisi, visit the St. Francis Basilica, burial place of the saint and home to beautiful frescos by Giotto.Designed by a team of experienced Tour Directors, this Mediterranean tour to Spain, France, and Italy has been perfectly planned for value-minded travelers wanting a wonderful Mediterranean vacation.

 

Guides
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Rome; professional Tour Director while touring

Hotels


MADRID
Rafaelhoteles Ventas (ST)

VALENCIA
Abba Acteon (F)

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

MARSEILLE
Ibis Marseille Centre Euromed (ST)

FRENCH RIVIERA
Ibis Styles Vieux Port (ST) or Quality Mediterranee (ST) at Menton

CINQUE TERRE AREA
NH (F) at La Spezia

VENICE AREA
Poppi (ST) at Mira or Holiday Inn (ST) at Marghera

ROME
Pineta Palace (ST)

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

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

 
Day 1:
Arrive in Madrid, Spain. Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2:
Madrid. Not only is it the capital of Spain, but because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards rightly say it’s the nearest thing to Heaven. Enjoy the main highlights on the included guided city tour. Consider an optional trip to Toledo. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus was made famous in El Greco’s painting—even now, it’s like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. (B)

Day 3:
Madrid–Cuenca–Valencia. Travel southeast to Cuenca, perched high above the precipices of the Jucar and Huecar Rivers. It is famous for its “hanging houses” that are suspended over the Huecar ravine. Journey on to Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city. Enjoy the sites with a Local Guide and visit magnificent SCIENCE PARK, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. (B,D)

Day 4:
Valencia–Peniscola–Barcelona. Today, visit PENISCOLA CASTLE in Castellon, built by the Knights Templar in the 14th century. The promontory on which the castle and town are located is a fine reminder of medieval times. Continue your journey through orange groves and seaside resorts past Tarragona to Catalonia’s lively and beautiful capital, Barcelona. (B)

Day 5:
Barcelona. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a drive around Monjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. The drive continues to the city center of Plaza Catalunya and to Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batllò and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included). Afternoon at leisure—maybe join the optional excursion to Montserrat. (B)

Day 6:
Barcelona–Collioure, France–Marseille. Leave Spain today and cross the border into France for a visit to Collioure. This picturesque village is nestled in an idyllic place on the rocky Mediterranean coastline and is sheltered by the Pyrenees. Carry on to the oldest city in France—Marseille, to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7:
Marseille–Cassis–French Riviera. Capital of the Provence, Marseille was founded by the Greeks in 600 BC. See the city’s bustling ancient heart—the picturesque Vieux Port (old port), where elegant markets and handsome townhouses surround the boat-filled harbor. Then, head for the hilltop BASILICA NOTRE DAME DE LA GARDE, with stunning views of the city. Follow the coastal route toward Cassis, a small fishing port lined with cafés and restaurants, and stop to discover the town before reaching Nice. Later, why not join the optional Monte Carlo by Night excursion? (B)

Day 8:
French Riviera. Excursion to Èze. Start the day with a visit to a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Èze. Later, time at leisure to do as you please! Dabble in the Mediterranean Sea, stroll along the famous Promenade des Anglais, or join our optional excursion to the artists’ town of St. Paul de Vence. (B)

Day 9:
French Riviera–Cinque Terre Area, Italy. Enjoy the wonderful coastal scenery along the French and Italian Rivieras as you travel toward Cinque Terre. Take the TRAIN in Levanto and stop in some of the most enchanting villages of the spectacular Cinque Terre region, where the beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired Lord Byron. There are several breathtaking trails carved into the rocks connecting the villages, affording dramatic sea views. (B,D)

Day 10:
Cinque Terre Area–Verona–Venice Area. Travel through areas of culinary excellence in the Po plains to reach the romantic city of Verona. See Romeo and Juliet’s balcony, and enjoy some time at leisure. Continue to the Venice area, where you will spend two nights. (B)

Day 11:
Venice. 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 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 optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)

Day 12:
Venice Area–Assisi–Rome. Cross the Po Delta and head into the verdant Apennines to medieval Assisi, enclosed by ramparts and little changed since the Middle Ages. This is the town of the deeply mystical and poetic ST. FRANCIS. See the UPPER and LOWER BASILICA with the beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome. (B)

Day 13:
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 an optional visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Later, enjoy another included visit to the ROMAN FORUM and iconic COLOSSEUM to learn more about ancient Rome. Time for optional excursions or to continue exploring Rome at your own pace. (B)

Day 14:
Rome. 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 Cuenca, Peniscola Castle, Collioure, Marseille, Cassis, Èze, Nice, Cinque Terre, Verona, Venice, Assisi St. Francis Basilica. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Notes
NOTE:December 21 Departure – Christmas in Barcelona and New Year's Eve Reveillon dinner in Venice

Scenic Highlights
Scenic Highlights: Castilian Plains, Pyrenees, Côte d’Azur, Po Delta, Apennines

 

Cosmos Disclaimer - Indicates that this departure and vacation is available for 2018 early booking. All tours will be open for 2018 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 2017. 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 2018 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.

Price Details US
Prices based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $650 No triple room reduction.Extra nights per person in Madrid:in single room $102-$125, in twin $53-$65, in triple $48-$60Extra nights per person in Rome:in single room $116-$144, in twin $69-$87, in triple $60-$80

 
 

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