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London to the Mediterranean on a Shoestring
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Like history? And art? How about beaches and pubs? Then say hello to Western Europe on this three-week tour of the highlights from London down to Madrid. See some of the worlds best museums, have lunch under the Eiffel Tower, eat as many tapas as you can handle, and party on Europes most coveted beaches with your new group of international friends. This unique route will take you places every traveller should see.


Duration: 23 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: 2 - Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 145203
Starts: London, UK Finishes: Madrid, Spain
You will visit
  • London
  • Madrid

Itinerary

01

Day 1: London/Paris

Meet in London before departing for Paris by train.

Additional Notes:
Please refer to joining instructions for more information on where to meet.

Please note the trip departs London in the evening of Day 1 so it is imperative you arrive on time for departure soon after the 5:30pm Welcome Meeting. Please allow plenty of time for the journey to London to allow for any possible delays.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Train (3.00 hour(s))

02

Day 2: Paris (1B, 1L)

Explore and discover the “je ne sais quoi” of the City of Lights. Paris has something for everyone and you can use your day here to picnic under the Eiffel Tower, explore the outstanding museums and churches, float down the Seine on a river cruise or people watch at one of the charming cafés.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

03

Day 3: Paris/Interlaken (1B)

Take a train from Paris to Interlaken, a small city in the Swiss Alps with breathtaking scenery.

Transport:
Train (8.00 hour(s))

04

Day 4: Interlaken

Enjoy an orientation walk of Interlaken. Opt to get the adrenaline pumping with some hang gliding, canyoning or whitewater rafting. Explore a nearby glacier or go swimming in a crystal clear lake. Don't miss the nightlife.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

05

Day 6: Interlaken/Rome (1B)

Fashion and people watch on an included orientation walk of Milan. Overnight train to Rome.

Additional Notes:
Please note: If you are interested in seeing Leonardo Da Vinci's most famous artwork, the Last Supper, it is essential that you make a booking in advance for this afternoon (Day 6). You can book either over the telephone or online. The contact details are:

Telephone: +39 02 89421146
Web: www.cenacolovinciano.org.

**Please make your appointment for 3pm onwards (in case of possible delays arriving from Interlaken).**

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Train (3.50-4.00 hours)
Overnight train (beds) (9.00 hour(s))

06

Day 7: Rome

Opt to check out the famous Roman sites from times past like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican and Pantheon. Don't miss the amazing Italian food, wine and nightlife.

Additional Notes:
It's a good idea to book a ticket to the Vatican online from home or with some advice from your CEO prior to arriving to Rome, as waiting until the day you arrive may well be too late!

07

Day 8: Rome (1B)

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of the adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

08

Day 9: 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

09

Day 10: 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

10

Day 11: 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))

11

Day 12: 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.

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Day 13: Nice/Barcelona (1B)

Hop on a flight and finish up in Barcelona.

Transport:
Plane (2.00 hour(s))

13

Day 14: Barcelona

Get out and explore all that Barcelona has to offer.

14

Day 15: 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)

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Day 16: 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

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Day 17: 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))

17

Day 18: Seville/Lagos

Cross into Portugal, and enjoy the Algarve Coast.

Transport:
Train (4.00-5.00 hours)

18

Day 19: Lagos

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

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Day 20: 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)

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Day 21: Lisbon/Madrid

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

Transport:
Overnight train (beds)

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Day 22: 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

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Day 23: Madrid

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Picnic in front of Eiffel Tower
    • 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 Interlaken, Milan, Barcelona, Granada, Lisbon, and Madrid
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (19 nts, multi-share), overnight bus (1 nt), overnight train (2 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 0 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, public bus, metro, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Dine under the Eiffel tower
  • 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.