14 Day Tour from Madrid to Rome
- Visits to Cuenca, Peniscola Castle, Collioure, Marseille, Cassis, Èze, Nice, Cinque Terre, Verona, Venice, Assisi
- Castilian Plains, Pyrenees, Côte d'Azur, Apennines, Po Delta
- Local Guides for city sightseeing in Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Rome. Professional Tour Director while touring
Created by a team of experienced Cosmos Tour Directors, this delightful vacation travels along the Mediterranean Coast through Italy, France, and Spain. Start in Madrid with two overnights and guided sightseeing. Travel to Valencia, stopping first in Cuenca, famous for its “hanging houses.” Visit Peniscola Castle, built by the Knights Templar in the 14th century, then enjoy two overnights and guided sightseeing in Barcelona. Cross into France and overnight in France’s oldest city, Marseille, before heading to Nice. A short train ride takes you into Italy’s spectacular Cinque Terre region with its beautiful, rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages. On the way to Venice, where you’ll enjoy two overnights, stop in Verona to see Juliet’s balcony. Finally, travel to Rome—stopping first in St. Francis’ Assisi—where you’ll spend two nights and visit the Roman Forum and Colosseum.
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Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D) MADRID Rafaelhoteles Ventas (ST) or NH Abascal (F).
This morning, join 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. Later, the optional trip to Toledo is very rewarding! 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. This evening, why not join the optional Madrid by Night excursion with dinner? (B) MADRID Rafaelhoteles Ventas (ST) or NH Abascal (F).
Start the day traveling southeast to the magnificently located old town of Cuenca, which stands 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 to enjoy the sights of Spain’s third-largest city with a Local Guide. Also on the agenda: a visit to the magnificent SCIENCE PARK, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. (B,D) MADRID Rafaelhoteles Ventas (ST) or NH Abascal (F).
Today, drive north to nearby Castellón for a visit of its PENISCOLA CASTLE, 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) VALENCIA Abba Acteon (F).
This morning’s 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) BARCELONA Abba Garden (F).
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. Later, head north to reach the oldest city in France—Marseille, for dinner at a local restaurant and overnight. (B,D) BARCELONA Abba Garden (F).
Capital of the Provence, Marseille was founded by the Greeks in 600 BC and is France’s oldest city. Packed with fascinating sights, an orientation takes you to 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 for a visit and stunning views of the city. This afternoon, follow the coastal route toward Cassis, a small fishing port lined with cafés and restaurants. Before heading to Nice, why not join the optional excursion to Monte Carlo by night? (B) MARSEILLE Holiday Inn Express St. Charles (ST).
Start the day with a visit to a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Grasse. 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 St. Paul de Vence. (B) NICE Ibis Styles Vieux Port (ST).
Enjoy the wonderful coastal scenery along the French and Italian Rivieras as you travel toward Cinque Terre. Take a break in your journey by riding the TRAIN from Levanto to La Spezia. The short train ride takes you to the spectacular Cinque Terre region, where the beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired Lord Byron. If accessible, you can walk along the famous Sentiero dell’Amore (Love Path), a breathtakingly beautiful trail carved into the rocks, affording dramatic sea views (conditions permitting). Continue to La Spezia for an overnight. (B,D) NICE Ibis Styles Vieux Port (ST).
Travel via Parma, known for its Parmesan cheese and ham, and Modena, famous for its balsamic vinegar, before reaching 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 overnights. (B) LA SPEZIA NH (F).
Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real live city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE 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) VENICE Antony Palace (F) at Marcon or Poppi (ST).
An interesting drive southward across the Po Delta. Take a break in the journey in 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 its beautiful frescoes of Giotto, then head for Rome. (B) VENICE Antony Palace (F) at Marcon or Poppi (ST).
Rome, the “Eternal City,” is a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in ST. PETER'S SQUARE, followed by an optional visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Later, enjoy another included visit to the ROMAN FORUM and iconic COLOSSEUM. Time for optional excursions or to continue exploring Rome at your own pace. (B) ROME Residenza Parco Tirreno (ST).
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B) ROME Residenza Parco Tirreno (ST).
Prices are calculated per person as following:
- Adult Price: USD 2259 per person
- Child Price: USD 2034 per person
Single supplement price is $650.00.
No triple room reduction.
Madrid Arrival Transfer Madrid Barajas Airport:
$25.00 per person
Rome Departure Transfer Rome - Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) Airport:
$25.00 per person
Based on the same arrival & departure date.
prices may vary in case of extra nights.
please call for the exact pricinig.
Cash,Credit cards and Bank transfers.
You may confirm this reservation with a $750.00 non-refundable deposit.
Following items are included in the price and you will not charge for them:
- Buffet breakfasts; 5 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Marseille
Price Does Not Include:
Following items are not included in the price and you may have to pay it:
- Visas and vaccinations.
- Laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant)
- Additional excursions and activities not listed as 'included' in the itinerary.
- Travel Protection premiums.
- Transfers; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ships' crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; porterage at airports or train stations.
- The price listed does not include your airfare.
Please read the policies carefully. This section contains important information.
* MEALS: Buffet breakfasts; 5 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Marseille
* VALID FOR: Minimum 2 person travelling together.
* AIRPORT TRANSFER TIMES & FLIGHT WINDOWS: Madrid Arrival Madrid Barajas Airport - 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SET TRANSFERS AT 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm & 5:00pm
Rome Departure Rome - Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) Airport - 24 hours daily
* CHILD POLICIES: Children ages between 0 to 7 are not allowed in this vacation.
* : Children ages 8 to 17 on the date of departure are welcomed if accompanied by an adult.
* STANDARD CANCELLATION FEES FOR ESCORTED AND INDEPENDENT VACATIONS: 45-22 days prior to commencement of services: 20%
21-8 days prior to commencement of services: 30%
7-1 days prior to commencement of services: 50%
On departure day and later: 100%
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* NOTE: December 20 Departure – Christmas dinner in Barcelona and New Year's Reveillon dinner in Rome
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