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This fabulous tour takes in all the highlights of Europe’s wonderful South: the Colosseum and the Vatican in Rome, Florence – birthplace of the Renaissance, St. Mark’s Square in Venice,  Milan – shopping and fashion capital, legendary Monte Carlo, Cannes, the French Riviera and the Barcelona of Gaudi and Picasso.

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1

On arrival at Rome airport you will meet your knowledgable local guide who will take you for an orientation sightseeing tour around the central part of this ancient city. Rome is famous for its piazzas, its open-air markets and fantastic historic sites.  Today you also get the chance to visit the world famous St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. Have some free time in the afternoon when you can perhaps toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain or have a fine Italian cappuccino before shopping. Overnight in Rome.

DAY
2

This morning after breakfast embark on a full day sightseeing including photo stops at the Flavian Ampitheatre – better known as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill - the religious, political and commercial centre of ancient Rome. See the remarkable Pantheon Temple, the Trevi Fountain, the  Spanish Steps and the Victor Emmanuel Monument, affectionately known as the Wedding Cake! Finally, enjoy free time for glamourous shopping in Via del Corso, Via Veneto and surrounds. Overnight in Rome.

DAY
3

Travel north by coach to Florence, in the beautiful Italian region of Tuscany, known as the centre of medieval European trade and finance and the birthplace of Renaissance. Enjoy a short sightseeing tour in Florence including the city’s most iconic building, the Duomo – Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore - designed at the end of the 13th century and now the symbol of Florence. Continue further north for overnight in Venice Mestre.

DAY
4

Transfer to Venice Island in the morning for a walking tour of this unbelieveable city. People say that Venice has the most artistic masterpieces per square kilometre anywhere in the world – and there certainly is no other city like it! Wander around the canals, watch for gondolas and amazing restaurants, take photos at the Doges Palace and Rialto Bridge and visit Venice’s magnificent St Mark’s Basilica, which blends the architectural styles of East and West. After lunch take a boat to Murano Island,  world-renowned for centuries for its blown glass creations, from jewellery to tableware to sculptures. Visit one of the glass factories and enjoy a demonstration of the highly skilled craft of producing the delicate and ornate objects by an experienced glass artist. Depart Venice, overnight in Milan.

DAY
5

This morning we have a short sightseeing tour in one of the world’s fashion capitals, Milan. After short stops at La Scala Theatre, Duomo Cathedral and Sforza Castle with a chance for photos, we depart from Milan, with a lunch stop en route to Nice also founded by the Romans and lying in the heart of the stunningly beautiful French Riviera. Overnight in Nice

DAY
6

After breakfast we head to Cannes, famous for it’s annual Film Festival, picturesque beaches and luxurious venues. Stop at La Croissette and Palais des Festivals for photos and a short walk, before continuing to Monaco by coach. Monaco is a city-state overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Mediterrean famed for its glamour and wealth. During our journey amongst the luxury of Monaco we can see the gambling and entertainment complex, Monte Carlo Casino,  made famous in so many films, and we can also arrange a visit to Monaco Cathedral and the Prince’s Palace. Transfer to the ancient hilltop village of Eze, where you’ll have the chance to visit the Fragonard Parfumeur Factory and do some shopping too. Return back to Nice for overnight. 

DAY
7

Today transfer by flight to Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. In addition to being an economic powerhouse, it is one of the top tourist destinations in Europe, attracting sports and art enthusiasts. After arrival we visit Poble Espanyol (the Spanish Village), an open-air museum of architecture before check in at your hotel and some free time for sightseeing or shopping in the afternoon. Overnight in Barcelona.

DAY
8

This morning we start our day by visiting the legendary Basilica de la Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s as yet unfinished masterpiece, before continuing to Columbus Statue,  Plaza de la Catalunya and Las Ramblas for shopping. Have a light lunch in the centre then maybe go for a walk in the garden complex famed for its bizarre architectural elements - Park Guell, another Gaudi creation. Afterwards perhaps visit the Picasso Museum, which houses more than 3500 works by the 20th-century Spanish artist. Overnight in Barcelona.

DAY
9

Free time in the morning, then transfer to the airport for departure home.