Mediterranean Flavours

Price per person
from £1,840

Price based on
London Gatwick
1st Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 12 days

  • Mediterranean

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tours

A carefree skip across coastal Spain, France and Italy, with time to explore the lively cities and Mediterranean towns of these sun-kissed countries. See the cultural and historic highlights of Madrid and Barcelona, relax in pretty Marseille and paddle on the shores of the French Riviera in Nice. Explore Venice by boat and end your adventure in noble Rome, home to world-class art, historic sculpture and the world's best pizza, coffee and ice-cream.

At a glance


  • Madrid Explore this capital city with your local guide, who will show you the main sights. Optional excursion to nearby Toledo, a historic walled city famously portrayed in a painting by El Greco.
  • Barcelona Discover this charming city with a local guide and see the Olympic Stadium, Plaza Catalunya and Sagrada Familia, Gaudí's masterpiece (entrance not included). Optional excursion to Monserrat.
  • Marseille Discover France's oldest city, first founded by the Greek Empire in 600 BCE. Wander round its charming Vieux Port (old port), and enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant.
  • French Riviera Visit a perfume workshop in Èze, paddle in the warm Mediterranean and join an optional 'Monte Carlo by night' excursion from Nice to get a taste of life as a high roller!
  • Cinque Terre Take a drive along the spectacular coastal scenery of the Cinque Terre, a string of centuries-old fishing villages, UNESCO-protected for their stunning beauty. Hop aboard a train from Levanto and stop to enjoy some of the most picturesque of these villages. 
  • Venice Sit back and explore Venice's atmospheric canals via boat. Alight in St Mark's Square and enjoy free time to explore, before visiting a glassblowing workshop to see how Italy's famous blown glass is created. Optional private gondola trip.
  • Rome Follow your local guide to explore the key sights of Italy's cosmopolitan capital, including St Peter's Square and Basilica. Optional excursion to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.   

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport and port taxes
  • Single share option
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our VIP home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Overview

A carefree skip across coastal Spain, France and Italy, with time to explore the lively cities and Mediterranean towns of these sun-kissed countries. See the cultural and historic highlights of Madrid and Barcelona, relax in pretty Marseille and paddle on the shores of the French Riviera in Nice. Explore Venice by boat and end your adventure in noble Rome, home to world-class art, historic sculpture and the world's best pizza, coffee and ice-cream.

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 5 dinners

UK - Madrid

Day
1

Fly to Madrid where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Madrid

Day
2

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Madrid - Cuenca - Valencia

Day
3

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 included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Valencia - Peñiscola - Barcelona

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Barcelona

Day
5

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 centre 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Barcelona - Collioure - Marseille

Day
6

First stop today is in Collioure, a picturesque village and one of the most painted locations in France and home of the Fauvism artistic movement, nestled on the rocky Mediterranean coastline and sheltered by the Pyrenees. Later, head to France's oldest city, Marseille, where you will enjoy an included dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Marseille - Cassis - French Riviera

Day
7

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 harbour. 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?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

French Riviera - Eze - French Riviera

Day
8

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

French Riviera - Cinque Terre area

Day
9

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 included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Cinque Terre area - Verona - Venice area

Day
10

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Venice

Day
11

Venice is more like a marvellous 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Venice area - Assisi - Rome

Day
12

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome

Day
13

The "Eternal City," Rome is a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive, exciting and unique. Your included sightseeing with a local guide starts with St Peter's Square and Basilica. Grab the opportunity of skipping the queues and visiting the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel by joining the optional excursion available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome - UK

Day
14

Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departures:

Christmas in Barcelona & New Years in Venice including Reveillon Dinner: 21st December 2018

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Madrid: Rafael Ventas
  • Valencia: Abba Acteon
  • Barcelona: Abba Garden
  • Marseille: Ibis Marseille Centre Europe
  • French Riviera: Ibis Vieux Port Nice
  • Cinque Terre: NH La Spezia
  • Venice Area: Antony At Marcon Or Poppi At Mira
  • Rome: Pineta Palace

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