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Madrid to Rome

From £5135 for 43 days
Trip Overview
Elaborate architecture and exceptional cuisine, legendary landscapes and live history on the streets – western and central Europe is a place well worth its accolades. From the brash elegance of Madrid to the soft-hued sceneries of Avignon, the beer and bar cultures of Brussels and Berlin to the historical grandeur of Rome, this 43-day journey takes in the greatest gloats of the world's most travelled region. Check out the artistic edifices of Barcelona, cycle along the canal-lined boulevards of Amsterdam, discover Poland's hearty cuisine and get your adrenaline kicks in outdoorsy Bled. Striking the perfect balance of time for included activities and independent exploration, this is a great introduction to – or recapping of – some of the world's greatest cities.
Essential Info
Starts: Madrid
Ends: Rome
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: IZMRSC
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain
What's Included

Meals

19 Breakfasts included

Transport

Metro,Overnight sleeper train,Private Bus,Public bus,Taxi,Train,Tram

Accommodation

Guesthouse (2 nights),Hostel (9 nights),Hotel (30 nights),Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Trip Highlights

•   It's easy to be consumed by the architecture, culture and vibrant nightlife of Barcelona, but the food available for consumption is just as good. Traditional Catalan dishes such as fideua (similar to seafood paella) and botifarra amb mongetes (haricot beans served with sausage) taste a little like heaven. The wine isn't bad either

•   The beaches of Valencia are some of the most pristine in Europe, if not the world. Relax with a bowl of Valenciana paella at the gateway to the Mediterranean

•   Amsterdam has been developed with cyclists in mind, so hire a bike and hit the charming streets with the locals (just watch out for those canals)

•   Now one of the world's most artistic and exciting cities, Berlin has a complex history. See remaining fragments of the famous wall that once divided the city in half

•   Escape city life on the peaceful shores of Lake Bled in Slovenia. Visit a church on the tiny island in the centre of the lake and treat yourself to a slice of Bled's famous cream cake

Dates & Availability
Start date
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Departing: 21st Jul 2018
Returning: 1st Sep 2018
£5,135pp
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Fully Booked
Departing: 18th Aug 2018
Returning: 29th Sep 2018
£5,235pp
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Fully Booked
Departing: 8th Sep 2018
Returning: 20th Oct 2018
£5,135pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 13th Apr 2019
Returning: 25th May 2019
£5,390pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 27th Apr 2019
Returning: 8th Jun 2019
£5,390pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 11th May 2019
Returning: 22nd Jun 2019
£5,390pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 1st Jun 2019
Returning: 13th Jul 2019
£5,390pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 20th Jul 2019
Returning: 31st Aug 2019
£5,390pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 17th Aug 2019
Returning: 28th Sep 2019
£5,390pp
Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
Welcome to Madrid, Spain. The sassy central capital is known for its elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks, but it also pulsates with energy, and is without doubt a vibrant city. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at either 6 or 7pm, depending on common area availability. Please double check with reception to confirm the time and place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance, passport details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive on time, you may wish to arrive early. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). As there's limited time for sightseeing in Madrid, we recommend arriving a few days early. Perhaps while away the hours along the Paseo del Arte, or Art Walk, for an expansive history of Western art. Start with the Museo del Prado, then discover modern Spanish masters, including Picasso and Dali, in the Museo Reina Sofia. Finish at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, which displays eight centuries of European painting. After the welcome meeting, perhaps get into the mind of a Madrileño with some tapas and Rioja.
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