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Book by 31 October and secure your 2019 European holiday for just £49pp.
Book by 31 October to secure your place for just £49, and to benefit from our early booking Price Pledge - we guarantee that if you find your 2019 holiday being sold directly by us at a better value between 1 Nov 2018 and up to 12 weeks of your tour, we will refund the difference.
Cosmos escorted tours
Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.
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 travellers wanting a wonderful, yet affordable, Mediterranean holiday.
Madrid Guided sightseeing
Valencia Guided sightseeing, see Science Park
Peniscola Visit the castle
Barcelona Guided sightseeing
Marseille Orientation drive
Èze Visit a perfume workshop
Cinque Terre Excursion
Venice Canal boat ride, walking orientation, glassblower demonstration
Assisi Visit St. Francis Basilica
Rome Guided sightseeing, see St. Peter’s Square
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.
You'll be picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point in a private, air-conditioned car, and we'll be waiting to take you home too.
Our private 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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Start the day with a visit to a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Èze. Later, spend 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.
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.
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. (B)
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.
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.
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.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
21 December 2018: Christmas in Barcelona & New Years Eve in Venice including Reveillon Dinner
21 December 2019:Christmas in Barcelona & New Year’s Eve Festive Dinner in Venice
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
Madrid Rafaelhotels Ventas
Valencia Cataionia Excelsior or Sercotel Acteon Valencia
Barcelona Abba Garden or Porta Fira or Ibis Styles City Bogatell
Marseille Ibis Centre Euromed
French Riviera Ibis Styles Vieux Port at Nice
Cinque Terre Area NH at La Spezia
Venice Area Poppi at Mira
Rome Pineta Palace
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £100 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We understand things change, often beyond your control. If you need to change your holiday plans, we offer a flexible deposit up until your balance is due.
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Discover the main attractions as well as the hidden gems of two colourful countries—France and Spain—on this exciting holiday stretching from Paris to Madrid. Among the less known tour highlights is Carnac, with its megaliths—standing stones—dating back to 4500 to 2000 BC - and learn about their mysteries with a local expert. You’ll also witness many UNESCO World Heritage Sites sure to please history fans. Among these, visit Bordeaux, where a walking tour with a local expert features the important highlights of these 362 historic monuments; spend time wandering around Mont St. Michel, an 8th-century abbey that sits on a rocky isle. Spain’s Ávila was founded in the 11th century and the town’s medieval walls were built to protect Spanish territories from the Moors. Marvel at Burgos’ limestone cathedral, dating back to the 13th century. In Segovia, visit the well-preserved Roman aqueduct, built around 50 AD, and the gothic cathedral, dating to the 16th century.
The “grande dune du Pilat”, the great dune of Pilat, along with the Landes landscapes will make unforgettable scenic highlights of this France and Spain tour. You’ll also spend time in some attractive coastal towns. In France, visit Brest, nestled on one of Europe’s most beautiful harbours; La Rochelle, with its historic port dominated by three medieval towers; and Rochefort, built to defend the French navy in the 17th century and today known as one of France’s most beautiful villages. In Spain, visit Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort, and Santander, a coastal city renowned in the 19th century as a tourist destination for Spanish elite.
From the UNESCO World Heritage Sites to the picturesque coastal towns, this France and Spain tour is perfect for value-minded travellers!
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A whirlwind intercity adventure that takes in winding lanes of medieval towns, world-famous works of art and architectural treasures in Italy’s best-loved cities.
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On this Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour, experience these three glorious countries with rich histories and distinct cultures. You'll overnight in Madrid, Seville, Granada, and the Costa del Sol in Spain; Coimbra and Lisbon in Portugal; and Rabat, Marrakesh, and Fez in Morocco.
The tour will start in Madrid, where you’ll discover the main sights with a local guide. On the way to Portugal, you’ll visit Avila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its ancient fortified towers and walls, and beautiful Salamanca. The Portuguese pearls you’ll discover on this affordable tour are Coimbra, Obidos, Fatima with its famous Sanctuary, and the capital, Lisbon.
You’ll cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco on the African continent by ferry to step back in time in Rabat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Morocco's capital since 1912. Fez is still Morocco's cultural and spiritual centre, and its centrepiece is the Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 9th century and whose palaces, madrasas fondouks, residences, mosques, and fountains date back to the 13th-14th centuries.
Also founded in the 9th century, the red city of Marrakesh remains a tapestry of ramparts, mosques, palaces, gardens, vibrant public squares, and souks (markets). You’ll get to know this fascinating city with a local expert on the included tour. You'll also stop in Casablanca, Morocco's westernmost city and still known for the 1942 classic film with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
You will love the included guided visit to Granada's legendary Alhambra complex, a lavish palace and fortress built by Moorish kings in 889 AD, that you will appreciate even more after having visited Morocco.
These are just some of the many highlights on this comprehensive and affordable Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour. It's a memorable budget holiday for value-mind travellers.
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