Gems of Italy, France & Spain
About Verona, Italy
This Mediterranean journey takes you from Rome to Paris to Madrid, with many fascinating stops along the way. Your vacation begins in Rome with two overnights and guided sightseeing that visits the Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Square, and the Colosseum. Next up: Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance;” the romantic floating city of Venice; and Milan, capital of fashion. Also visit fascinating Montecatini, Parma, and Verona. Cross the border into France for two nights on the elegant French Riviera, then on to Avignon to see the Palace of the Popes. Overnight in Lyon before reaching Paris, the “City of Light,” to experience all its main highlights. Explore the wine-growing area of Bordeaux, then reach Bilbao on the Atlantic Coast. Cross to the Mediterranean shores of Spain via Pamplona and spend two nights in lively Barcelona, the city of Gaudi. On to Valencia, host of the America’s Cup sailing event, then arrive in fabulous Madrid, the capital of Spain, for the grand finale of your exciting adventure.
Headsets throughout the tourSightseeing: Visits to Montecatini, Venice, Verona, Èze, Avignon, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Pamplona, Bilbao, Valencia, Cuenca, Aranjuez
ROME Park dei Massimi (F)MONTECATINI Bellavista Palace (F)VENICE AREA Antony Palace (F) at Marcon or Holiday Inn (F) at MargheraMILAN Holiday Inn Garibaldi Station (F)FRENCH RIVIERA NH (F) at Nice or Park Inn (ST) or Campanile Nice Airport (ST) or Ibis Styles (ST)LYON Ibis Styles (ST) or Park Inn (ST) at MâconPARIS Forest Hill (ST) at La Villette or Holiday Inn Express (ST) at La VilletteBORDEAUX Mercure Bordeaux Centre (ST)BILBAO Abba Parque (ST)BARCELONA Porta Fira (F)VALENCIA Abba Acteon (F)MADRID Rafaelhoteles Ventas (F)
Buffet breakfasts (B); 8 dinners (D)
NOTE:December 15 Departure – Christmas lunch in Paris and New Year’s Eve in Madrid.
Transportation: Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Rome and Madrid if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Canal boat ride in Venice