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Rome to Lisbon on a Shoestring

Thought Mediterranean Europe was out of your reach? Think again. Take two weeks to voyage through France, Italy, Monaco, Spain, and Portugal, hitting up tons of major highlights (the French Riviera, Rome, Cinque Terre, Lisbon, and Madrid among them) for way less than youd think meaning more cash to spend on delicious tapas and dancing at nightclubs. And if youre all worn out from the party scene, recharge your batteries on exotic beaches and get a taste of Europes high culture and slow-paced life.


Duration: 16 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 145205
Starts: Rome, Italy Finishes: Madrid, Spain
You will visit
  • Rome
  • Madrid

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Rome

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Rome/Rapallo (1B)

Stop at Pisa to check out the Leaning Tower en route to the beautiful Italian Riviera.

Included Activities:
Leaning Tower of Pisa Visit

Transport:
Train (3.00 hour(s))
Train

03

Day 3: Rapallo (1B)

Walk the coastal path between Riomaggiore and Monterosso or opt to take the train. Visit charming, colourful towns along the way with an included national park pass and unlimited train ticket.

Included Activities:
National Park Pass and Unlimited Train Ticket

04

Day 4: Rapallo/Nice (1B)

Continue to the French Riviera and enjoy an included excursion to Monaco.

Transport:
Train
Train (0.50 hour(s))
Train (0.50 hour(s))

05

Day 5: Nice (1B)

Enjoy a free day to take a cycling tour, go for a hike along the coast, or take a day trip to nearby beaches and villages.

06

Day 6: Nice/Barcelona (1B)

Hop on a flight and finish up in Barcelona.

Transport:
Plane (2.00 hour(s))

07

Day 7: Barcelona

Get out and explore all that Barcelona has to offer.

08

Day 8: Barcelona/Granada

Enjoy an orientation walk along Las Ramblas, including a stop at the famous Boqueria market. Free time to visit the Gaudí buildings, explore the Gothic Quarter, or chill out at the Barceloneta beach before boarding an overnight train to Granada.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Overnight train (beds)

09

Day 9: Granada

A trip to Granada wouldn't be the same without a night on the town; the city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene.

Additional Notes:
If you would like to visit the Alhambra, you must pre-book your tickets through this website: http://www.ticketmaster.es/en/recintos/la-alhambra-de-granada/

Please book tickets for the afternoon of Day 3. Tickets almost always sell out in advance, so if you do not pre-book a ticket, it is highly likely you will not be able to visit the Alhambra.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Tapas Bar Crawl

10

Day 10: Granada/Seville

Explore this thriving university town. Opt to visit the Real Alcázar, a Moorish palace, or take in an evening flamenco show.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Train (4.00 hour(s))

11

Day 11: Seville/Lagos

Cross into Portugal, and enjoy the Algarve Coast.

Transport:
Train (4.00-5.00 hours)

12

Day 12: Lagos

Spend the day on the Algarve with free time for hiking, water activities, or chilling out oceanside.

13

Day 13: Lagos/Lisbon

Take a train up the coast to Portugal's vibrant capital, and enjoy an orientation walk. Free time to visit Cristo Rei for sweeping views of the area, check out the monuments of the Belem neighbourhood, or relax in a café. Indulge in the town's great nightlife.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Train (4.00-4.50 hours)

14

Day 14: Lisbon/Madrid

Full day of free time before an overnight train to Madrid.

Transport:
Overnight train (beds)

15

Day 15: Madrid

Enjoy Spain's beautiful capital on an orientation walk. Free time to visit its many sites, from art museums to sprawling squares. Opt for a final night out with the group. Madrid's nightlife is world renowned!

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

16

Day 16: Madrid

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa
    • Cinque Terre park fee, unlimited train ticket, and CEO-led hike
    • Visit to Monaco
    • Tapas bar crawl (Granada)
    • Orientation walks in Barcelona, Granada, Lisbon, and Madrid
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (13 nts, multi-share), overnight bus (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 5 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, bus, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Moorish palaces and great Iberian cities
  • Sample some of Europe's best cuisines
  • Chill out on the Algarve coast
  • Mingle with the locals on the French Riviera
  • Walk by ancient history in Rome.