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13 Day Tour of Europe - Mediterranean Highlights (Rome to Madrid)

Travel along the splendid coastline of the Mediterranean Sea and visit four of Europe's most sought after countries—Spain, France, Monaco and Italy! Spectacular scenery and luxurious lifestyles await you from the French Riviera to Florence, Contiki’s Mediterranean Highlights European tour allows you to experience the high-life without a royal title.

Day 1 - Arrive Rome
Make your own way to the hotel, then the day is free to explore at leisure. Maybe start your souvenir shopping or try an Italian gelato. Tonight, enjoy a "welcome drink" and dinner after meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travellers at 6pm.

Day 2 - Rome Sightseeing
Ancient and modern Rome awaits your discovery. Why not start your day with a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel? In your free time explore the Forum of Imperial Rome, search for Gladiators at the Colosseum, snap up Italian fashions or just watch the world go by with a gelato (or two). (B)

Day 3 - Rome to Florence
We head north through the hills of Tuscany. Enroute we stop in the Chianti region where you will have the opportunity to sample some of the local wines and olive oil before. From here it is on tothe beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. (B,D)

Day 4 - Florence Sightseeing
Your day includes a walking tour seeing the Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and Santa Croce and a chance to shop for leather, gold and silver. In your free time maybe visit one of the city’s many museums or galleries and this evening enjoy the colourful Florentine nightlife. (B)

Day 5 - Florence to Cinque Terre
Time for some last minute shopping in Florence this morning before we visit Pisa, home of the famous LeaningTower, then enter the unspoilt Cinque Terre Region. (B,D)

Day 6 - Cinque Terre to French Riviera
Discover the scenic Cinque Terre region. Leaving by train from La Spezia, we stop at Portovenere, time to enjoy a coffee before continuing to the picturesque village of Riomaggiore. We arrive at Levanto where we join our coach to leave Italy and head for France and the French Riviera. (B,D)

Day 7 - French Riviera at Leisure
Relax this morning and soak up the atmosphere of the capital of the Riviera. A chance to shop in France or simply enjoy the beach. An opportunity to visit the medieval hilltop town of St Paul de Vence. (B)

Day 8 - French Riviera to Avignon
A visit to a French perfumery before continuing to Aix-en-Provence for lunch, the home of Paul Cezanne. This afternoon time to explore Avignon, city of the Popes. (B,D)

Day 9 - Avignon to Barcelona
We visit Carcassone for lunch, a perfect example of a medieval walled defence city. Then, goodbye to France, as we head to Catalonia’s most famous city, Barcelona. (B,D)

Day 10 - Barcelona Sightseeing
Our included sightseeing tour is a great introduction to this celebrated city. See Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral, the 1992 Olympic Complex and the Gothic district. A chance to experience Barcelona’s famed shopping street La Ramblas and discover some of Spain’s specialties such as Lladró porcelain and Majorca pearls. Tonight why not experience the passion of Flamenco dancing? (B)

Day 11 - Barcelona to Madrid
We travel west to Zaragoza. See the impressive Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar. A chance to lunch in this city of four cultures. Then it’s on to Madrid! (B,D)

Day 12 - Madrid Sightseeing
Our morning sightseeing includes a guided tour of the Royal Palace. The rest of the day is free for you to discover this amazing city. Perhaps see the Bullring or visit the famous Prado Musuem. Tonight a chance to try fabulous traditional Spanish cuisine. (B)

Day 13 - Depart Madrid
Your tour finishes after breakfast this morning.Time to swap addresses and say goodbye. (B)

Whats Included?

12 nights in superior tourist class hotels * Accommodation based on your choice of twin or triple-share with private facilities * Continental breakfasts (B) and three-course dinners (D) as per itinerary * Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges * Experienced, professional Tour Manager and Driver * Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats

Departures?
April 2007 to Mid-March 2008. Please enquire for available dates.

Prices?
From £725 - £905 GBP per person
Single Supplement - £315 GBP - BOOK NOW

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