Trip Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days
Itinerary: 2 Nights Rome | 2 Nights Florence | 2 Nights Portovenere | 1 Nights Nice | 1 Nights Avignon | 2 Nights Barcelona | 2 Nights Madrid
Beginning in Rome, your 2 week adventure takes you to all the hotspots along the Mediterranean co ... More
Check-in to your hotel, drop off your stuff and head out into the streets of Italy to get a sneak peek at vibrant Rome. Stylish Rome oozes energy and overflows with relics from another age. Get into the thriving atmosphere of this living timeline as your Trip Manager shows you the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Piazza Venezia and Piazza Navona. Honour tradition at the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin in the fountain's waters (it's meant to improve your chances of returning to Rome!). Get to know your travel buddies and Trip Manager over dinner. Make your first night in Rome one to remember! At a popular pizzeria, you'll enjoy pizza as it was meant to be (with a thin crispy crust, fresh tomato and loaded with delicious mozzarella). Learn a thing or two about making them as you watch a professional piazzolo demonstrate how it's done. Maybe hang out with your new friends at the Spanish Steps, sit back and people watch. Hotel, Regional Dinner
This morning, make the most of our Local Guide's inside knowledge and uncover the remains of an ancient empire with a fantastic optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Then check-out the smallest country in the world and home to the Pope, the Vatican City. There's included entry and our Local Guide to show you St. Peter's Basilica and Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. Take off into the city and absorb the atmosphere, as Vespas flash past timeworn monuments that are surrounded by fountains, pizzerias, cafes and bars. In your free time, live the local lifestyle by indulging in a long lunch on a paved piazza or knock back a shot of espresso at the bar, like the Romans do. Before you hit the shops, let your Trip Manager point you in the right direction with some tips on the best buys. Make your last night in Rome special by hooking up with your friends for an optional dinner. In a typical Roman restaurant, you'll enjoy an authentic Italian experience, complete with an opera singer, live music and pasta. Hotel, Breakfast
;Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum Euro 30.00 ;Dinner 'La Dolce Vita' Euro 40.50
Spend the morning in San Gimignano, the stunning hill-top town that is often dubbed 'Medieval Manhattan'. Dotted with ancient towers, San Gimignano serves up sweeping views over the region's rolling hills. Explore the village and pick up some local specialties like wild-boar salami or pecorino cheese. Roll on to Renaissance Florence. The scene-stealing Duomo Cathedral rises above Florence, which serves up frescoes, markets and priceless art. After dinner, walk along the River Arno with your Trip Manager, take in the atmosphere and head into the heart of Florence, where you can sit back and relax Tuscan style with a glass of Chianti wine. Hotel, Breakfast
Jump start the day uncovering this open-air museum. Our local guide gives you the inside track as the group learns about Florence's cultural beginnings and explores streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Take a look into a skillful demonstration of Florentine leather making and understand this region's traditional art. With bargains and bustle, the city's markets are a great place to hang out. Grab a gelato and enjoy this gorgeous city. Tonight, there's a choice of a group dinner - an authentic Tuscan feast. Try regional dishes in the pretty Tuscan country setting. Then keep it moving with a night out and get your groove on at Florence's biggest club. Hotel, Breakfast
;Souvenir group photo Euro 11.00 ;Space Disco Euro 16.00 ;Tuscan Evening Euro 41.00
Today, journey to Pisa and get up close to its most famous monument, the Leaning Tower. Later, it's onto the to the national park and UNESCO World Heritage site of Cinque Terre, where colourful coastal villages dot 18km of ragged cliffs and old walled vineyards reach the water's edge. As we cruise (if the weather holds) and train along the coast, take in the atmospheric scenes and watch the locals fishing along the shore. Rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Portovenere and check out picture-perfect Monterosso. Some ideas for your free time in the area include walking the legendary Via dell\'Amore (Lover's Lane) for amazing sea views. If you want to just chill out and get into the good life, grab a table at a beachfront cafe and try some mouthwatering pesto or foccacia bread. Hotel, Breakfast
Follow the beautiful sapphire waters to sunny Nice. Hotel, Regional Dinner and Breakfast.
In your free time live a bit of the lifestyle with a visit to the local markets. Try out the region's produce like lavender honey, aioli (garlic mayonnaise) and mouth-watering rose wine. Window shop the chic boutiques or spend the afternoon relaxing in one of the city's many cafes. Tonight get a taste of the high life in Monaco, the glamorous principality packed into just 1.92 km 2 and home of the Formula 1. Indulge in a bit of glitz with the group by opting for a typically French 4-course meal just a few doors down from the Royal Palace. Get the inside story on the Royal Family and their place of residence from your Trip Manager, then try your luck at a casino later on. Hotel, Breakfast
;Monaco Dinner Euro 36.00
Drop by stunning Aix-en-Provence for lunch and check out the historic Cours Mirabeau, the town's lively central area,busy with cafes, fountains and people. A night in Avignon means you'll get a real taste of the Provencal lifestyle and look into the town's Roman heritage. Wander through the cobbled streets or relax with a glass of pastis (aniseed liqueur) within the city's walls. Learn about the city's past as a spiritual superpower when you see the impressive Papal Palace. Hotel, Breakfast
Unwind on the coach and take in the rustic beauty of Provence, known for its pretty landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs. Next up: dynamic Barcelona. A sizzling, festive capital any night of the week, Barcelona is all about action. In Spain fiesta time starts late, so settle in at one of Barcelona's many outdoor squares to enjoy a glass of sangria before a fun night out exploring the city's nightlife with your new friends. Hotel, Regional Dinner and Breakfast
First stop: Montjuic. The hilltop has full-blown vistas of the city and it's where we stop to check out the 1992 Olympic Games complex. Afterwards, get a look into Spanish architect Gaudi's wild imagination with his Art Nouveau masterpiece, the Sagrada Famialia church. Your Trip Manager walks you through the cobbled lanes of Barcelona's oldest district, the Gothic Quarter. There's free time to discover more of Barcelona's creative core. Pick up some quirky buys in the side streets or hit the big label shops on Placaa de Catalunya. Take in all of Barcelona's buzzing street life on the tree-lined La Rambla - a boulevard packed with street performers, artists, shops and stalls. Other ideas for your afternoon off include hanging out in the colourful gardens of Parc Guell or kicking back with the locals on the beach and taking a swim in the Mediterranean sea. For lunch, there's plenty of delicious local seafood to try as well as Spain's signature dish, paella. Finish off an unforgettable time in this hot city and get into the local flavours with tonight's optional flamenco dance show and dinner, including sangria. Afterwards, get the low down on Barcelona's hottest spots and maybe hit the pumping clubs of Port Olympico by the water. Hotel, Breakfast
;Flamenco Show with Dinner Euro 60.00
Chill out on the coach, grab your MP3 and watch the world go by. Leaving the coast behind, we roll on to the Baroque city of Zaragoza, set on the banks of the Rio Ebro. Check out the town's fantastic cathedral, with its colourfully tiled cupolas and towers. For lunch, you could grab a table in the casco (old town), order a traditional Spanish tortilla and take in the unique, historic architecture and atmosphere. Next, it's on to Madrid! Hotel, Regional Dinner and Breakfast
This morning, get inspired as your Trip Manager opens up Madrid's monumental heart with a look at its bustling centre, complete with the Gran Via, the Plaza de Espana and Puerta del Sol. Then, step into the largest palace in Europe with our Local Guide and experience a slice of the royal lifestyle as our expert shows you through the Royal Palace's lavish rooms. If there's a state function happening, we'll head to the world-famous Prado Museum instead. In your free time, snack on the local favourite, churros (Spain's version of the doughnut) or grab a chilled cerveza (beer) and put your feet up. Otherwise there's time to explore more of Madrid's arty side and to visit its world class galleries, like the Reina Sofia National Art Museum. There's also a chance to explore the Valley of the Fallen where our Local Guide will tell you the story about the bloody Spanish Civil War and give you the background on heroic battles. Relax with an evening siesta and head out with the group later for an optional traditional Spanish tapas dinner (a feast of plate-sized nibbles) in the heart of the city, right on the famous Plaza Mayor. This city never sleeps, so get some pointers on the city's hot spots, head to a little wine bar or check out some traditional salsa. Hotel, Breakfast
Guided tour of the Valley of the fallen Euro 17.00 Traditional Madridlenos Dinner Euro 34.50
Your trip ends after breakfast and it's time to say farewell to your new friends. Breakfast
Trip Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Itinerary: 2 Nights Madrid | 1 Nights Bilbao | 1 Nights Pamplona | 2 Nights Barcelona | 2 Nights Ibiza | 2 Nights Granada | 1 Nights Seville | 1 Nights Cordoba | 1 Nights Madrid
Two weeks drifting around Spain - you'll be hablando Español before you know it! Our Spanish ... More
Check-in to the hotel and head straight out into Madrid to get a feel for the city's high energy life style. Moving to a whole lot of different beats, Madrid is packed with diverse barrios (neighbourhoods), lively plazas and a healthy nightlife.
Later, meet up with the other Contiki travellers and your Trip Manager over dinner.
This morning, get inspired as your Local Guide opens up Madrid's monumental heart with a look at its bustling centre, complete with the Gran Via, the Plaza de Espana and Puerta del Sol. Then, step into the largest palace in Europe with our Local Guide and experience a slice of the royal lifestyle as our expert shows you through the Royal Palace's lavish rooms. If there's a state function happening, we'll head to the world-famous Prado Museum instead.
In your free time, snack on the local favourite, churros (Spain's version of the doughnut) or grab a chilled cerveza (beer) and put your feet up. There's also a chance to explore the Valley of the Fallen where our Local Guide will tell you the story about the Spanish Dictator Franco and the Civil War. This city never sleeps, so get some pointers on the city's hot spots.
Head North to Bilbao, the Basque country's busiest city. Stop by the pretty hillside town of Segovia, with its grand mansions and many squares. See the jaw-droppingly beautiful Roman Aqueduct, made up of 166 granite arches. This bridge is an impressive feat of ancient engineering. Onwards to Bilbao.
An up-and-coming cultural hub, Bilbao is the down-to-earth home of one of the world's most famous and iconic museums, the Museo Guggenheim. Use your free time to check out its amazing collection of 20th century art and keep a camera handy for the extraordinary architecture of the museum itself.
Hotel, Breakfast and Regional Dinner
Start the day off with free time in San Sebastian - beach resort and surf hot spot. With one of the world's most stunning urban beaches, a gorgeous Art Nouveau shopping district, loads of restaurants and the best pinxtos (bite-sized snacks on toothpicks) in Spain, you've got many ways to spend your time here. Later, pull into Pamplona, home to the extreme Running of the Bulls.
Your Trip Manager will walk you along the route taken for the Running of the Bulls and show you the bullring, as well as the well-preserved old town and its incredible Gothic cathedral. Then take some time to explore Basque culture at the table by tasting regional specialties like barbecued lamb, fresh trout and red peppers.
Chill out on the coach, plug in your headphones and watch the world go by. Heading to the coast, our next stop is the Baroque city of Zaragoza, set on the banks of the Rio Ebro. Check out the town\'s fantastic cathedral, with its colourfully tiled cupolas and towers. Grab a table in the casco (old town), order a traditional Spanish churros for a snack and take in the unique, historic architecture and atmosphere. Next up is Barcelona. A sizzling, festive city any night of the week, Barcelona is all about action. First up: admire Montjuic. The hilltop has full-blown vistas of the city and it's where we stop to check out the 1992 Olympic Games complex.
Hotel, Breakfast and Dinner
Today there\'s free time to discover more of Barcelona\'s creative core. Pick up some quirky buys in the side streets or hit the big label shops on Gran Via or the Gothic Quarter. Take in all of Barcelona's buzzing street life on the tree-lined La Rambla a boulevard packed with street performers, artists, shops and stalls. Give an optional bike tour a go and get off the beaten track and onto Barcelona\'s side streets with our Local Guide.
Other ideas for your afternoon off include hanging out in the colourful gardens of Parc Guell or kicking back with the locals on the beach and taking a swim in the Mediterranean sea. For lunch, there\'s plenty of delicious local seafood to try as well as Spain\'s signature dish, paella. Tonight get the low down on Barcelona\'s hottest spots and maybe hit the pumping clubs of Port Olympico by the water.
Barcelona Bike Tour Euro 23.00
Flamenco Show with Dinner & Drinks Euro 61.00
Jump on a plane to Ibiza, Spain\'s party paradise. Dishing up a bit of everything, Ibiza is popular with sun worshipers, backpackers and those that want to party! Honour the birthplace of the rave by checking out Ibiza\'s world famous clubs, which keep going until the sun comes up.
Although this seems to be an island that never sleeps, you\'re going to need to drag that head out of bed so you can see the incredible beauty of the place when drenched in daylight. Go snorkelling, explore Ibiza\'s cute old town and it\'s little souvenir shops, and watch the sun set on another perfect day.
Ferry back to the main land and wind down on the coach as we head to Granada. Granada is crammed with romance and is filled with reminders of its North African heritage. With the famous palace fortress of Alhambra dominating the hills, the town is soaked in age-old atmosphere. Tonight, learn why Granada\'s got such a reputation for amazing food. Try their fresh seafood, eat some more tapas (perfect for trying a bit of everything) and for dessert, the speciality Arab pastries are just right!
Start the day at the palace fortress of Alhambra, this Moorish Palace is beautiful, with it\'s intricate patterns and stunning architechture leaving you wondering why you haven\'t been here sooner. To top it all off, it offers the best views in the city. The Muslim quarter of Albaicin and the Capilla Real are just some of the other ways your day today can be filled. Granada is also known for its incredible food - not least of all its Arab pastries - so you could also fill your whole day pleasuring your sense of taste.
Hotel, Dinner and Breakfast
Guided Tour of Albaicin & La Capilla Real Euro 20.00
Pass the port cities of Marbella and Malaga. We stop in the unusual and quirky territory of Gibraltar, with its interesting mix of British culture, Spanish influence and some North African wildlife! Make sure you check out Gibraltar\'s world-famous monkeys and learn about the legends surrounding how they got here all the way from Morocco. On a clear day, you\'ll get views across the strait to the continent of Africa. Back on the road, unwind on the coach before our final stop in Seville.
Gibraltar Rock Tour Euro 23.00
We spend the morning in the region\'s stylish capital, Seville. It\'s a fun, laid back city where the locals focus on the good life siestas, late dinners, long lunches and dancing. With a run down on Seville\'s background, your Trip Manager will show you the flamboyant Plaza d\'Espana, the world\'s 3rd largest cathedral, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Alcazar, still used by the royal family. In your free time, you could visit Christopher Columbus tomb, or check out one of the oldest bullrings in Spain. For something different, head to El Jueves street market and pick out some bargains. We keep travelling into the heart of rural Andalusia, through to Cordoba. It\'s soaked in history and serves up an old-world atmosphere, with little patios, time-worn lanes and flower-filled balconies.
Your Trip Manager kick starts your experience of the city by taking the group to the Mezquita (Mosque of the Caliphs). This famous site combines Islamic and Roman Catholic structures in a stunning series of buildings, complete with an orange tree garden and courtyards. Then there\'s free time to wander around Cordoba\'s historic centre and to take in its famously beautiful streets, like the Calle de Flores (Street of Flowers). Otherwise, learn about Spain\'s checkered past with a visit to the 13th century Alcazar fortress, the former hub of the Spanish Inquisition.
Guided walking Tour Inc. Bullring Minimum 15 people. Euro 19.50
Hit the road and travel to the hill-top town of Toledo. With its mix of mosques, churches and medieval buildings, this gorgeous town is known as the Imperial City and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You\'ll see Toledos enormous Gothic cathedral, El Grecos house and the site of sieges, revolutions and treason: the Alcazar fortress. Then it\'s back in to the Spanish capital. Make your last night on tour one to remember and head out with the group for an optional traditional Spanish tapas dinner (a feast of plate-sized nibbles) in the heart of the city, right on the famous Plaza Mayor.
Traditional Madridlenos Dinner Euro 34.50
Your trip ends after breakfast and it\'s time to say farewell to your new friends.