From Spain to France to Italy, this affordable tour along the Mediterranean Coast, features vibrant cities, historic sites, and stunning scenery. You’ll stay 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 budget travel adventure across the Mediterranean region include an excursion to the famous 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 on 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 most fascinating landscapes 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. You’ll see Rome’s iconic landmarks, such as the Vatican and the Colosseum.You’ll be introduced to Venice with a boat ride to world-famous St. Mark’s Square. In Marseille, France’s oldest city, visit the Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde, which sits at the highest point in Marseille with 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, yet affordable, Mediterranean vacation.
- Round trip return airfare to Madrid and return from Rome
- 13 night guided vacation
- 13 nights in Superior Tourist Class accommodation below or similar
- Inside visits and special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
- Guides: Local Guides for city sightseeing in Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Rome; professional Tour Director while touring
- Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
- Professional Tour Director while touring
- Meals: 13 Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners
- Round trip transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport
- Headsets throughout the tour
- MADRID – Guided sightseeing
- CUENCA – Visit
- VALENCIA – Guided sightseeing, see Science Park
- PENISCOLA – Visit the castle
- BARCELONA – Guided sightseeing
- COLLIOURE – Visit
- MARSEILLE – Orientation drive
- CASSIS – Visit
- ÈZE – Visit a perfume workshop
- CINQUE TERRE – Excursion
- VERONA – Visit
- VENICE – Canal boat ride, walking orientation, glassblower demonstration
- ASSISI – Visit St. Francis Basilica
- ROME – Guided sightseeing, see St. Peter’s Square
Book by October 22!
|December 20, 2019 Christmas Departure||$3949 + $699 tax|
|April 24, 2020||$3799 + $699 tax|
|Victoria, Kelowna, Comox||add from $300|
|Calgary, Edmonton||add from $200|
|Toronto||add from $100|
|Single supplement||Add $884|
(Tour Director & Driver)
|add $177 per person|
Note: Cosmos requires passport and emergency contact information with final payment.
*Single Share Program Available: Cosmos accept reservations on a “guaranteed share” basis. They charge the basic price and match up singles of the same gender in twin-bedded rooms. For mutual comfort, they adopt a no-smoking rule in shared rooms. If no other traveler has booked on “guaranteed share” basis, they’ll absorb the single room supplement, and that traveler will be accommodated in a single room at no extra charge.
2019 Itinerary (2020 subject to change, will be confirmed September 2019)
Day 1 ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN
Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Accommodation: Rafaelhoteles Ventas (or similar)
Day 2 MADRID
Not only is Madrid 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 and, even now, it’s like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art.
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 sights with a Local Guide and visit magnificent SCIENCE PARK, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Sercotel Acteon Valencia (or similar)
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.
Accommodation: Porta Fira (or similar)
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. Continue 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). Spend the afternoon at leisure—maybe join the optional excursion to Montserrat.
Day 6 BARCELONA–COLLIOURE, FRANCE–MARSEILLE
Leave Spain today and cross the border into France to visit 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—for an overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Ibis Marseille Centre Euromed (or similar)
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 explore the town before reaching Nice. Later, why not join the optional Monte-Carlo-by-Night excursion?
Accommodation: Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port (or similar)
Day 8 FRENCH RIVIERA. EXCURSION TO ÈZE
Start the day with a visit to a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Èze. Later, spend time at leisure to do as you please! In Nice, 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.
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.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: NH La Spezia (or similar)
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 Juliet’s balcony, and enjoy some time at leisure. Continue to the Venice area, where you will spend two nights.
Accommodation: Poppi (or similar)
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. Your 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 VENICE AREA–ASSISI–ROME
Cross the Po Delta and head into the verdant Apennines to medieval Assisi. Enclosed by ramparts, little has 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.
Accommodation: Pineta Palace (or similar)
Day 13 ROME
The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built, and Circus Maximus. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment.
Day 14 ROME
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.