Highlights of Italy & Spain
Experience the ultimate blend of ancient cities, gastronomic delights, and historic sites on a magnificent trip to Italy and Spain. Embark on a journey starting from the timeless city of Rome, where you can relish in the very best of Italian culture. Discover the essence of La Vita Bella as you wander through elegant piazzas, savor the taste of world-class wines, and take your time exploring the winding canals of Venice. Step into the medieval grandeur of Madrid and marvel at the stunning fortress of the Alhambra. Feast your eyes on Gaudí’s masterpieces in Barcelona and uncover the hidden gems of Andalusia, including Granada, Cordoba, and the breathtaking Seville.
Welcome to Rome! Upon your arrival at Fiumicino airport, your driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Later in the evening, at 7:45 pm, you will be picked up from your hotel to embark on the Rome at Sunset tour. Accompanied by our knowledgeable local guide, you will get to explore the captivating city at its most enchanting hour, as the sun sets over the charming streets.
The tour begins with a stroll through the picturesque Jewish Ghetto, one of Rome’s most fascinating neighborhoods. Brimming with history and a true Roman atmosphere, you’ll have the opportunity to soak up the unique ambiance of this enchanting area. As you continue, you’ll come across the stunning Turtle Fountain (Fontana delle Tartarughe) in Piazza Mattei, one of Rome’s many beautiful fountains.
Next, you’ll visit the Piazza Della Rotonda to admire the spectacular Pantheon, a former temple of Marcus Agrippa that has stood the test of time, remaining virtually unchanged for centuries. It is particularly breathtaking when illuminated at night, without the hustle and bustle of crowds.
Before the tour ends, you’ll have the chance to toss a coin over your right shoulder into the Trevi Fountain, as legend has it that this will ensure your return to Rome someday. The tour culminates in the lively Piazza di Spagna, where you’ll ascend the famous Spanish Steps to take in the magnificent view from the top. Finally, we will treat you to a delicious and creamy gelato to complete the experience. Afterward, you are free to enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure. Return to your hotel on your own and enjoy your overnight stay.
Start your day with a delicious breakfast and get ready for an unforgettable experience. Between 7:45 – 8:00 am, depart 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. Say goodbye to the stress of reaching the area as your guide leads you into the museums to visit one of the world’s most important art collections. Walk along the beautiful Galleries of Tapestries and Geographical Maps before admiring Raphael’s Rooms and the incredible masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica, the biggest church in the world. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the city at your leisure before an overnight stay.
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a journey of discovery. At 7:15 am, hop on a deluxe coach from your hotel and head to Assisi. You will have the freedom to explore this small, walled town that was built during the Middle Ages at your own leisure. Make sure to visit the basilica of St. Francis, which is home to masterpieces by renowned artists Giotto and Cimabue. Afterward, enjoy some free time for lunch (not included) before boarding the bus to Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for the historical horse race around its shell-shaped town square called Piazza del Campo, also known as Palio. Next, continue your journey to Florence, where you will check into your hotel and enjoy a dinner and a well-earned night of rest.
Start the day with a hearty breakfast before embarking on an unforgettable journey through the beautiful city of Florence, known as the “Cradle of Renaissance.” The city’s Etruscan-Roman origins are evident as it flourished during the Middle Ages as a free “Comune” and underwent further refinement during the Renaissance. Florence boasts countless monuments, churches, and buildings that will captivate you, including Santa Maria del Fiore, commonly referred to as the Duomo, with its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Head over to the small Piazza to see the “Campanile” tower, partly designed by Giotto, and the Baptistery, which features bronze doors that Michelangelo imagined as 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. Enjoy lunch at a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon exploring the cobblestone streets of Florence at your own pace or take an optional short trip to Pisa, one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy, to tour the Piazza dei Miracoli, which features Pisa’s symbol “the Leaning Tower,” the Duomo, and the Baptistery. Dinner will be at your leisure, and you will spend the night in Florence.
Your day will begin with a scrumptious breakfast at your hotel, followed by a journey from Florence to Bologna. Upon arrival, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the city’s stunning center, complete with its elegant “porticos” and bustling shopping streets. Take a leisurely stroll from Piazza Malpighi to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore – known as Neptune Square and Major Square, respectively – which lie at the heart of the city. While there, be sure to visit the Palazzo Podestà, King Renzo’s Palace, and the grand basilica of San Petronio, one of the largest in the world. Bologna is also a paradise for gourmands, so don’t miss the chance to savor a delectable meal at your own leisure.
In the afternoon, continue on to Padua, where you’ll visit the Sant’Antonio Basilica – one of the most revered churches among Catholic pilgrims around the world. Later in the day, you’ll arrive in Venice: the enchanting City of Love, renowned as one of the most romantic cities in the world and an awe-inspiring testament to man’s architectural prowess. After checking into your hotel, you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.
Start your day with a delectable breakfast and get ready for a trip to Piazza San Marco, the hub of Venice’s most iconic places. Explore the Palazzo dei Dogi, a symbol of the city’s glorious past, and walk across the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. After the walking tour, take a break and relish a refreshing spritz or a prosecco with your tour guide. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, strolling around the canals of Venice, and soaking up the romantic atmosphere. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Start your day with breakfast and get ready for a journey to Tuscany, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, churches, castles, and delicious wines. En route, make a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town steeped in history and art. Known for its “Nobile” wine, you can purchase it from local wine houses. Enjoy a lunch in a typical restaurant, and then take a quick break for some free time. In the evening, arrive in Rome to check in into your hotel.
Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel and enjoy the morning at your leisure. At 19:30 your driver will be waiting for you to take you to Civitavecchia port, Terminal Grimaldi Lines, where you will board the Cruise Ferry to Barcelona. The ship will depart at 23:00, and you will spend the night on board.
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and lunch on board the Cruise Ferry. During your journey, take advantage of the variety of high-quality services provided on these ships. There’s a vast open space with pools for both adults and kids, lounges, bars, disco, 24-hour cafeteria, self-service or a la carte restaurants, boutiques, internet lounges, health center, and a gym equipped with technogym equipment. You’ll arrive in Barcelona at approximately 19:00, disembark from the ferry, and transfer to your hotel. Once you arrive, you’ll check-in and have the rest of the day at your leisure to explore this charming city.
Start your day with a delectable breakfast at your charming hotel before embarking on a half-day sightseeing tour of Barcelona. This tour is designed to give you a comfortable and easy way to explore some of the most important places in the city while discovering its fascinating history.
The first part of the tour includes a guided walking tour through the Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of Barcelona, where you will walk through the small and narrow streets and see Las Ramblas, de Cathedral Square, The Cathedral (with free time to visit the Cathedral on your own), the Old Jewish Quarter, and other interesting places.
After the walking tour, we will board a bus for a panoramic tour of the city. We will drive through the elegant Passeig de Gràcia Street, where you can admire two of Gaudi’s most important buildings (Casa Batlló and Casa Milà “la Pedrera”), the Triumph Arc, the Olympic Village, and the Olympic Port.
Next, we will head to Montjuic Mountain, the main venue of the 1992 Olympic Games. We will see the Olympic stadium from the bus, and if the weather permits, you will have the opportunity to enjoy panoramic views of the city while riding the aerial tramway.
The last stop of our tour will be at the Spanish Village (Poble Espanyol), which is a synthesis of all the cultural variety in Spain. You will have some free time to explore the different areas inspired by different Spanish regions, where you can find craft shops, restaurants, and bars.
After the visit to the Spanish Village, we will head back to the city center passing through España square, the twin Venetian towers, the MNAC, and the Shopping center Las Arenas, which was built in an old bullring. We will end the tour at Catalunya square, and the afternoon will be at your leisure to explore this wonderful city and its surroundings. Accommodation will be provided at your hotel.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before departing for Madrid. Please refer to your documentation for detailed departure information. Accommodation will be provided at your hotel.
Begin your day with a delicious breakfast before setting off towards Seville via Cordoba. As you drive through La Mancha, you’ll pass through the land of Don Quixote. Take a brief break at the typical site of Puerto Lapice before crossing the natural border of “Despeñaperros” and entering Andalusia, a region renowned for its rich heritage from a glorious past.
Upon reaching Cordoba, you’ll be amazed by its impressive Mosque and other famous sites. Stroll through the narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter, and let the city’s charm ease your mind and spirit. In the afternoon, enjoy a two-hour ride before arriving in Seville. In the afternoon, after a short two hours ride reach Seville. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Fuel up with breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a morning panoramic city tour. Visit the exterior of the Cathedral, the second-largest in the Catholic world after St. Peter’s in Rome. Explore the Santa Cruz quarter, the natural setting of “Carmen,” and where the myth of “Don Juan” developed. Marvel at the beauty of Maria Luisa Park and the grandeur of Plaza de España.
In the afternoon, the city is yours to explore. Take your time discovering the exclusive views and unique flavors of this lively, light-filled city. Return to the hotel for dinner and accommodation.
For an extra charge, you have the choice to take a Flamenco tour that is not included in the package.
Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a scenic drive along the Caliphate road towards the heart of Andalusia. During the journey to Granada, marvel at the vast expanse of olive trees that line the way to this incredible city, the last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms until 1492. Your destination is the world-famous Alhambra complex and Generalife Gardens, an awe-inspiring monument that has inspired countless authors with its stunning sights and sounds, including W. Irving in his masterpiece, “Tales of the Alhambra”. After your visit, enjoy dinner and relax in the comfortable accommodation provided by the hotel. For an additional charge, you can opt for a Gypsy Flamenco show at the Sacromonte quarter, which is not included in the package.
Spend your day at leisure in Granada, the stunning capital of Nasrid. Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel and take your time to explore the city’s rich cultural heritage. Although the Alhambra is undoubtedly the city’s most popular attraction, Granada has much more to offer. The Muslim influence can be felt in every corner of the city, blending seamlessly with Christian traditions and creating a unique atmosphere.
If you’re feeling adventurous, take a stroll through the magical neighborhood of El Albaicín, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area is full of hidden secrets waiting to be discovered, from Sierra Nevada to ancient mosques converted into churches and old palaces that still exude the aroma of the Arab world. Overnight in your hotel and recharge for another exciting day of adventure.
Begin your day with a breakfast and head north towards the breathtaking Imperial city of Toledo, nestled amidst the Tagus river and the sky of Castilla. Toledo is renowned for being a World Heritage City, where the Christian, Moorish and Jewish cultures have coexisted. A melting pot of Spanish art, history, and spirituality, this town is a true national monument that’s bound to leave you spellbound.
Embark on a short guided tour of Toledo’s historic old town, navigating through its narrow streets, and soaking in the fascinating tales of the past. Afterward, visit a famous “Damasquinado” factory where you can marvel at the intricate gold and silver inlaying on iron, a specialty of the region.
Your day concludes with a drive to Madrid, where you’ll check in at the hotel and unwind in comfort.
Once you’ve enjoyed a breakfast at the hotel, it’s time to prepare for your departure to the airport. This marks the end of the services we provide for you.
We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list prior to your departure date.
4* Hotel: San Martin Or Similar
4* Hotel: Raffaello Or Similar
4* Hotel: Delfino (Mestre) Or Similar
4* Hotel: Catalonia Barcelona 505 Or Similar
4* Hotel: Princesa Plaza Or Similar
4* Hotel: Sevilla Catalonia Santa Justa / Catalonia Giralda Or Similar
4* Hotel: Alixares Or Similar
16 nights of accommodation in 4-star hotels
- Professional Tour-escort service
- Professional Local Tour Guides
- Explore the wonders of Italy with visits to Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, and the enchanting Tuscany Wine Region
- Marvel at the breathtaking beauty of Vatican City with a tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, complete with exclusive “Skip the Line” tickets
- Experience the magic of Rome at sunset with a delightful tour accompanied by a delicious Gelato
- Discover the rich history and culture of Spain with guided visits to Barcelona, Cordoba (including entrance to the Mosque), Sevilla (including entrance to the Cathedral), Granada (including the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens), and the charming city of Toledo
- Daily Buffet Breakfast, 3 Lunches, and 2 Dinners
- Traditional Tuscan lunch in Montepulciano
- Transfers from/to airport on arrival and departure
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Ferry from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Barcelona
International flights are not included
Insurance is not included
- Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
- Optional Experiences
- City Tax to be paid locally
- Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
- Personal Expenses
- Arrival & Departure Transfers
- Item, product or service not specifically listed under Included