Combing through the culture capitals, whose layers are hard to peel back. We’ll take you into the city’s soul, way off the well-worn track. From boating days in Barcelona, to wine tasting in France. This trip is an artful mix of surprises; an addictive cultural trance.
Welcome to this striking setting with an enviable culture. We’ll meet & greet here in Spain’s beachside beauty, & cheers our days ahead over a bout of sangria.
Barcelona will prove the perfect introduction to our time on tour, being equal parts sultry & sophisticated. We’ll take to the streets & learn the intricacies of life here before having the chance to tap into some tapas. As the sun sets you could head to the hip hood of Gracia, meandering the bookstores & boutiques before catching a gig in some of the cities coolest bars.
Today you could take a lazy brunch in the Latin Quarter before having the chance to explore Barcelona further. After a good dose of sunshine & saltwater we’ll head back to the mainland to make the most of our final night in the city. Keen to kick it to the early AM hours? Marula, Shoko & Pulitzer Terrace are just a few of our favourite haunts.
Wake up & dust off, we’ve got a new beachside delight sitting ahead of us. With bags packed you can grab a coffee (and by coffee we mean some churros) before we hit the road, taking our newfound affection for Spain along with us. Following the Mediterranean Sea in a clockwise direction, we’ll hop out of Spain and find ourselves in French terrain. Through exotic sounding towns like Montpellier and Cannes, we’ll soon land in the city of Nice. Nice Now that we’re officially in France, it will be critical we adapt to the culture and dabble in some erudite wine tasting. If grape juice doesn’t float your French boat, you could snap geraniums & dahlias at the old town’s flower market.
You would assume the idyllic setting on la Côte d’Azur would be the most impressive thing about the French city of Nice. But today you can discover its rightful position as a European culinary hub as we ride pushbikes & sample its fine food offerings.
The most quintessential French Riviera experience will be on the cards for us today in Nice, with a day of sailing lined up as an optional. Those playing landlubber could enjoy some more food indulgences, sampling regional specialties like a delicious salade niçoise.
Nice Wrapping up our time by the ocean, we’ll take one last sigh of deep love looking at the coastal scene before we leg it to our new city vista. Genoa Coasting along the Mediterranean, we’ll pass through Menton before crossing the border into Italy. We’ll stay coastal until we reach the cruise port and Ligurian capital of Genoa, at which point we’ll veer north and head inland in search of Milano. Milan From fancy French ways to unsurpassed Italian elegance, this trip is proving rather sophisticated. Here in Milan we’ll find fashion at its finest, then go beyond the boutiques to its uniquely Italian heartbeat.
Not content covering Lombardy’s capital alone, we’ll head to Lake Como & the dreamy village of Bellagio where signs of life date back 30,000 years. For anyone keen on late hour shenanigans back in the city, we suggest Tunnel Club built into a railway arch near Milan’s Central Station.
If you’re still feeling mystified by Milan’s hidden layers, you can sit amongst design student swagger somewhere like the gallery of Fabbrica del Vapore. The antique tram could take you to a whole new neighborhood, we quite like the street art & specialty stores of the Isola district. By night you can go local in one of the cities many great restaurants where we’ll feast & chat way into the evening.
Say goodbye to Milan & your Contiki crew this morning with your last Italian morning café.
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Duration: 10 Days
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