Italy and Spain : A Mediterranean Dream

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17 Days
Madrid
Roma
Min Age : 6
Max People : 34

Examine the intertwined histories and enduring cultures of Italy and Spain, Mediterranean nations that share an affinity for art, architecture and religion (not to mention mouth-watering cuisine). From the  Colosseum and Sistine Chapel to the Piazza Navona and Park Güell , gain new perspectives on these pillars of Europe with Eskapas.

Important Trip Notes
  • This tour might be a combination of different programs. If applies there might be a change in the tour escort and passengers between the programs.
  • During stay in Rome, tour escort service is not available. 
  • This trip requires 3-4 miles to walk a day. (Sometimes on hilly/mountainous terrain)
  • In Italy (Usually in whole Europe) You will need Euros on you for toilets entrances, buying bottle of waters etc. USD or other currencies might not be accepted. 25-30 Euros per person per day will be enough. You will also need money for extra optional tours such as Pisa, Night Walk in Venice or other excursions offered by the guides. You may be required to carry on you 100-150Euros per person). No credit card accepted in the bus(ATM machines or exchange offices are everywhere
  • For the dinner in Sorrento we highly recommend Elegant attire(no short trousers). Dress code for men: jacket.
Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Rome to Madrid

Pick-up and Drop off Time

Flexible. Day 1 and Day 17 are transfers days from/to hotel/airports. 

Price Includes

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ACCOMMODATION

16 Night 4*/First Class hotel acommodation

  • ROME SAN MARTIN 4* OR SIMILAR
  • FLORENCE RAFFAELLO 4* OR SIMILAR
  • VENICE DELFINO (MESTRE) 4* OR SIMIALR
  • BARCELONA CATALONIA BARCELONA 505 4* OR SIMILAR
  • MADRID PRINCESA PLAZA 4* OR SIMILAR
  • SEVILLA CATALONIA SANTA JUSTA 4* or CATALONIA GIRALDA 4* OR SIMILAR
  • GRANADA ALIXARES 4* OR SIMILAR

GUIDE AND TOUR LEADER

  • English sepaking tour escort during the tour
  • English Speaking guided-visits in Barcelona, Cordoba(Mosque entrance included, Sevilla(Cathedral entrance included), Granada (Alhambra & Generalife Gardens) and Toledo
  • Entrance fees with skip-the-tline tickets to the museums and sites which are mentioned in the program. 
  • *In combination with other tours with a different destination. You may expect to get a different tour leader as you flow into a specific segment of a pre-established tour. 
  • During stays in Rome, Barcelona and Madrid, as well as during transportation by ferries, tour leading service is not included. 
  • Should the guided tour in Barcelona be called off for technical reasons, you’ll get one-day access to the Barcelona City Tour open bus in substitution. 

Meals

Meals as described per itinerary  (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergy or alimentary restriction)

Transport

  • All transfers and transport per itinerary
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • Ferry ticket between Rome and Barcelona

Other Included

  • Our clients are provided with headsets to let them follow clearly the information provided by our tour leader and local guides.
  • We’re happy to provide our travelers free wi-fi on board to let them be in touch with family & friends, sharing their journey’s experiences!

 

Price Excludes

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  • City tax not included: it shall be paid directly at the hotel
  • Drinks not included
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips, Porterage service
  • Everything that is not mentioned under the title “Included”

Important Note on Health and Safety Measures

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Before you embark on your adventure, we would like to provide you with all the information you need to prepare for your trip, both in terms of health and regulations, for each of the destinations we offer. We are constantly up-to-date and will ensure you have a comfortable and worry-free journey.
 
All our means of transport, accommodation and restaurants have adopted additional measures to enhance their hygiene and sanitation protocols. Your tour leader will also advise you on any arrangements you need to be making on site, with regards to mask use, safety measures or precautionary measures.
Itinerary

Day 1Rome Arrival (Thursday)

Welcome to Rome!
After meet at the airport your driver, you will be transferred to your hotel (Transfer included!).
 
Evening Walking Tour: At 07:45 pm p/up at the hotel and reach Via del Teatro Marcello. Our local expert guide will lead you to discover the wonders of the Eternal City, charming by day – absolutely romantic at sunset. You will cross the characteristic area of the Jewish Ghetto, one of Rome’s most beautiful neighbourhoods, full with history and with a real Roman atmoshpere. As you know, one of Rome’s typical landmarks are its beautiful fountains, and one of the prettiest is the Turtle Fountain (Fontana delle Tartarughe) in Piazza Mattei. The Jewish Ghetto of Rome is the second most ancient after the one in Venice and it can be considered the heart and soul of Roman cuisine! Then you will
walk into Piazza Della Rotonda and enjoy the lit view of the Pantheon, the former temple of Marcus Agrippa later converted into a church: this is the only ancient Roman temple that remained untouched through the centuries and it’s stunning at night when the
crowds are away.
Next Stop…Close your eyes and throw a coin over your right shoulder straight into the Trevi Fountain: it’s said that those who do so, are granted to come back to Rome someday.
Your walk continues towards Piazza di Spagna, one of the city’s most popular squares, known for its setting at the bottom of the Spanish Steps. Walk up these famous steps to enjoy a lovely view from the top! After this intense and gratifying walk, there is only
one thing missing to end this experience: relax enjoying a creamy and tasty Gelato, it’s on us! The tour ends in Spanish Steps area. Enjoy on your own the rest of the night. Return to the hotel on your own and overnight stay
Overnight: Rome Meals: Not Available

 

Day 2Rome

Between 7:45 – 8:00 am, after breakfast, departure from the hotel for the included tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Square with our exclusive “Skip the Line” access! No stress to reach the area: upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums where you’ll visit one of the most important art collections of the world. Walk along the beautiful Galleries of Tapestries and Geographical Maps before admiring Raphael’s Rooms and, then, the amazing Sistine Chapel. After this incredible masterpiece, the tour ends in St. Peter’s Square where you can admire the incredible masterpiece St. Peter’s Basilica: the biggest church in the world! The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city at your own leisure or get any one of our selected tours for the afternoon or at night! Overnight stay.
Overnight: Rome Meals: Breakfast

Day 3Rome · Assisi · Siena · Florence

Siena
Departing at 7:15 am from your hotel by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, ready to explore, at your own leisure, this tiny town surrounded by walls, built in the Middle Ages. Take your time to visit the basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces
by Giotto and Cimabue and, then, have free time for lunch (not included). Board on the bus to reach Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, world-known for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square: Piazza del Campo. Next, you will
continue on to Florence, where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest.
Overnight: Florence Meals: Breakfast, Dinner(Hotel)

Day 4Florence

After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the “Cradle of Renaissance”, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle. Based on Etruscan-Roman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free “Comune” and was further refined during the Renaissance. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches and buildings as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the “Campanile” tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors where Michelangelo imagined the “Gates of Paradise.” In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobble-stone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. There, you will tour the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, Pisa’s symbol “the Leaning Tower” and the Baptistery. Dinner at leisure, overnight stay in Florence.
Overnight: Florence Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5Florence · Bologna · Padua · Venice

Bologna

After breakfast in Florence, departure to Bologna. There, you will discover the elegant city center with its “porticos”, it’s shopping streets and so on. From Piazza Malpighi you will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune square and Major square) in the heart of the city, then King Renzo’s Palace; Palazzo Podestà and the basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world.

Bologna it’s a real gourmet’s heaven…don’t miss a tasty meal at your own leisure! In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with Sant’Antonio Basilica: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the catholic world. Later in the afternoon, arrival in Venice: the
City of Love, one of the most romantic cities of the whole world and, undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man! Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Overnight: Venice (Mestre) Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6Venice

After breakfast, enjoy your transfer to Piazza San Marco, and visit the most iconic places of the “Floating City”: the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s glorious past, the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. After this walking tour, let us offer you a spritz or a prosecco to crown your visit to Venice highlights with the company of your tour leader. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight.
Overnight: Venice (Mestre) Meals: Breakfast

Day 7Venice · Montepulciano (Tuscany wine region) · Rome

Montepulciano at dusk

 

After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches and castles and its delicious wines. You will proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Nobile” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual Jazz and Wine Festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included!!! After lunch, quick stop to spend some free time. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome to check in into your hotel.

Overnight: Rome Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 Rome - Civitavecchia (overnight on board)

Ferry Rome to Barcelona

 

Breakfast at the hotel and morning at your disposal. Meet your driver at 7:30 pm for your transfer to Civitavecchia port (Terminal Grimaldi Lines) and board on the Cruise Ferry to Barcelona. Departure at 11:00 pm. Overnight on board.

Overnight: On-board Meals: Breakfast

Day 9Barcelona Arrival

Breakfast and lunch on board. Enjoy your time and discover the variety and quality of services that these kind of Cruise Ferries can offer; a wide open space with pool (for adults and kids), lounges, bars, disco, a cafeteria (open 24 hours); self service or a la carte restaurants, boutiques, internet lounges, health center and a gym with techno-gym equipment. Arrival in Barcelona at 7:00 pm approx., disembark from the ferry and transfer to Barcelona. Arrival
and accommodation at the hotel.
Overnight: Barcelona Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Day 10Barcelona

Breakfast at the hotel. Highlights city tour of Barcelona. Half-day sightseeing tour around Barcelona that will allow you to discover the history of the city while visiting some of the most important places in a comfortable and easy way. The first part of the visit consists in a guided walking tour through the small and narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city. During this early visit we will see Las Ramblas, de Cathedral Square, The Cathedral (free time to visit the Cathedral by yourself), the Old Jewish Quarter, among other interesting places. Later we will take our bus to start with a panoramic tour around the rest of the city. We will pass through the elegant Passeig de Gràcia Street, where there are located two of the most important Gaudi’s buildings (Casa Batlló and Casa Milà “la Pedrera”), the Triumph Arc, the Olympic Village and the Olympic Port. For the next part of the visit we will access to the Montjuic Mountain. This is an important place because was the main scenery of the Olympic Games in the 1992. We will see the Olympic stadium from the bus and later we will have the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views of the city riding the aerial tramway (subject to the weather conditions). For the next part we will go to the Spanish Village (Poble Espanyol) that consist in a synthesis of all the cultural variety in Spain. During the visit you will be given some free time to enjoy the different areas inspired in different Spanish regions, where you will find craft shops restaurants and bars. At the end, back to the bus, we will leave Montjuic and come back to the city center passing through España square, the twin Venetian towers, the MNAC and the Shopping center Las Arenas, build in an old bullring. We will arrive to Catalunya square, and we will end up the tour. Afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this wonderful city and surroundings.
Overnight: Barcelona Meals: Breakfast

Day 11Barcelona - Madrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from our established hotels in Barcelona. Accommodation at the hotel in Madrid. Overnight: Madrid Meals: Breakfast

Day 12Madrid · Cordoba · Sevilla

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart to Seville via Cordoba .Drive along La Mancha, Don Quixote’s land. Brief stop at typical site in Puerto Lapice. Cross through the natural border of “Despeñaperros” and get into Andalusia, a region for itself that shows an enormous heritage from a splendorous past. Reach Cordoba. Impressive tour of its Mosque and other sites that will ease our mind and spirit strolling through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after a short two hours ride reach Seville.
Overnight: Seville Meals: Breakfast

Day 13Seville

Sevilla: Plaza de España

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning panoramic city tour visiting: the exterior of the Cathedral (the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome), Santa Cruz quarter (a natural scenario of “Carmen” as well as a precisely where the myth of “Don Juan” developed), Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. Afternoon at leisure for you to discover exclusive views, specific flavors of this active full of light city.

Overnight: Seville Meals: Breakfast
Optional Flamenco tour

Day 14Seville - Granada

After breakfast at the hotel drive east through the Caliphate road to the heart of Andalusia observing an endless number of olive trees on the way to Granada and its incredible and amazing monumental environment, last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the world famous Alhambra complex and Generalife Gardens, that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as the “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving.
Overnight: Granada Meals: Breakfast
Optional Gypsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte quarter.

Day 15Granada

Breakfast at the hotel and free day to enjoy the Nasrid capital. Granada is more than the Alhambra; the Muslim heritage runs through every corner of the city and mixes with the Christian tradition, giving rise to a unique city. Optionally, you can participate in this spirit and be immersed in the magical neighborhood of El Albaicín, a World Heritage Site, to discover its secrets: beautiful visits to the Sierra Nevada, old mosques converted into churches and old palaces, still saturated with Arab aromas.
Overnight: Granada Meals: Breakfast

Day 16Granada · Toledo · Madrid

Toledo
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive northward where it emerges, toward the sky of Castilla and surrounded by the Tagus river, the impressive Imperial city of Toledo – World Heritage City – where the three cultures Christians, Moorish and Jewish, have lived together. Resume of the Spanish art, history and spirituality the whole town is a National Monument. Short guided tour of this historic old town through its narrow streets. Then proceed with a visit to a famous “ Damasquinado” (gold and silver inlaying in iron) factory. Continue to Madrid.
Overnight: Madrid Meals: Breakfast

Day 17Madrid Departure (Saturday)

After breakfast transfer to the Madrid Airport and end of our services.
Please consult us if you want post accommodation with Madrid visits.
4 Reviews
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Linda H.

Family Traveller

I loved the format of this tour. This was our 3rd trip with Eskapas. The locations, activities and transport are great. Some of the hotels are a bit hit & miss, but the tour leaders (& crew) are what make the trip or break it and every one so far has been fantastic. Our leader Roberto was a star. Lots of fun and a very happy trip all round.

September 1, 2022

Jaime D.

Solo Traveller

I had a great time and I would absolutely do it again. But I was the youngest on the trip by over a decade, and while.thats fine by me, I’m not sure how well my friends would enjoy that. If probably reccomend to family though.

August 5, 2022

Ruben C.

Couple Traveller

Had a fantastic first experience with Eskapas. Pace of the tour was great – I’m an ‘on the go’ kind of traveler so it suited me just fine. Sure there were some long bus days but you’re covering a lot of ground so it’s expected. There was no pressure to take up the optional activities which I liked – that hasn’t been my experience with other tour companies. Our Trip Manager, Roberto, was fantastic as was Ali our driver – his skill for maneuvering the bus was insane! Accommodation exceeded my expectations

June 19, 2022

Emma A.

Solo Traveller

It was great. Had a good time, largely due to the group and the leader. The hotels were a bit under standard on the whole especially Florence. Would be better to have fewer places and more time in some of the major ones

July 8, 2021

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