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Italy, France, & Spain

16 Days  •  8 Cities

Why Go?

Beaches? Check. Art? Check. Pasta? Double check. Wine? Check out this glass of Chianti! Start this Mediterranean adventure traveling through the Italian boot from Rome to Florence to the coast. Head to the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera and rub elbows (gently) with the elite. Finally enjoy a plate of tapas under the Spanish sky. It’s an all-out, immersive journey through three countries, with beautiful sites, delicious food, and even tastier Insta-moments along the way. 15 days of paradise—it doesn’t get much better than this.

What are the top highlights?

  • Get a perfect mix of big cities, coastal towns and historic sites along the Mediterranean
  • Experience beachside nightclubs in Barcelona
  • Explore ancient Rome
  • Chow down on local cuisine, from Spanish tapas to French wine and handmade pasta
  • Step into the Renaissance in Florence
  • Indulge in Italian food and wine while taking in the Tuscan countryside
  • Gaze upon the French Riviera’s landscapes and sunsets that inspired artists like Monet and Picasso

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motorcoach
  • Train from Madrid to Barcelona
  • 14 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Metro passes in each major city
  • Entrance to Parque Guell & other select attractions

Accommodations

You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.


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Flights

Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:


  • Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights
  • Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure

Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.

Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Board your overnight flight, bound for Italy. Get ready to eat spaghetti on penne on linguine on fettuccine on gnocchi on ravioli on chocolate gelato (not literally, but maybe literally).

Day 2: Arrive in Rome

Welcome to Rome, Italy’s capital city that is bursting at the seams with energy. Locals fill the streets, day and night, usually doing something that involves eating or drinking. And how can you blame them when pasta, pizza, gelato, coffee, and wine are everywhere you go? Rome is all big city/ancient ruins, served with a side of spaghetti.


Today's Highlights:


  • Meet an EF representative at the airport.
  • Transfer to your accommodations and check in.
  • Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.
  • Take a guided tour of some top sights around Rome.

In the evening, it’s time for your Welcome Mixer. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, take the party elsewhere.

Day 3: Tour Rome + Optional Pasta-Making Class

Tour Rome with a local guide. Then, if you choose, complete your transformation to becoming a full Italian as you learn how to make authentic pasta by hand.


Today's Highlights:


  • Tour the city with a local guide who will show you why Rome is one of the most legendary cities in Europe.
  • See the ruins of ancient Rome.
  • Rub your belly in anticipation for the optional pasta-making class.

Taste of Italy Pasta-Making Class(extra cost)

When in Rome, do as the Romans do best: cook awesome food. It starts with crafting the dough for homemade pasta, and finishes with a delicious meal prepared by your own hands. Along the way, you’ll get to taste some of Italy's finest local snacks with a local food guide while learning about Italian food traditions throughout the ages. This is truly the authentic cuisine experience you can’t find anywhere but Italy itself.


Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 4: Free Day in Rome + Optional Vatican City Excursion

Mama mia, a whole day in Rome to do as you please! Explore some of your favorite places form the past few days, look for something new, or do as Lizzie McGuire did and fall in love with a local pop star who says you look exactly like his ex-singing partner. And if none of that sounds appealing, join the Vatican City excursion and catch a glimpse of the most interesting cities you’ve ever seen.


Today's Highlights:


  • Head to the nearest Italian café for a cappuccino—it’s how the locals do.
  • Carpe all of the diem and make the most of your last day in Rome.
  • Cross another country of your list (Vatican City is an independent nation).

Free Time Suggestions
Trevi Fountain: Rumor has it, if turn your back to the Trevi Fountain and toss a coin over your shoulder, it guarantees you’ll return to the Eternal City. Throw in a second coin, and you’ll not only come back, but also find love. Fine print: Significant other not guaranteed by EF Ultimate Break.
Shopping on Vide del Corso Walk down the longest pedestrian street in the city for some prime shopping. Populated by both locals and tourists, there’s room for everyone on the narrow store-filled street.

A Visit to the Vatican(extra cost)

Hey MTV Cribs, welcome to the Pope’s house: Vatican City. Skip all the lines (you’re welcome) and take a guided tour of the Vatican Museum and get your Intro to Art History up close and personal. Make like Michelangelo and crane your neck in the Sistine Chapel to get a glimpse of the single most famous painting of two fingers touching ever made. Let the neck craning continue as you tour St. Peter’s Basilica and gawk at its iconic dome. A great excuse to go to church, and an even better excuse to make a massage appointment when you get home.

Day 5: Travel to Florence via Orvieto

Travel to Florence via Orvieto. Goodbye bustling city, hello Tuscan countryside. Florence was king during the Renaissance, and it still holds on to that artsy, fashionable, cultural vibe today.


Today's Highlights:


  • Board your private coach, bound for Florence.
  • Stop in Orvieto, a quaint Italian hill town perched atop a rock cliff.
  • Marvel at the artistry of the facade of Orvieto’s stunning cathedral, built in 1290 (no, that’s not a typo—it’s really that old).
  • Arrive in Florence and begin exploring.

Day 6: Tour Florence + Optional Tuscan Wine Tasting

You’ve got a full day in Florence, the compact capital of the Tuscany region known for its quaint, cobblestone streets and impressive artwork from Renaissance geniuses like Michelangelo and Donatello. Throw on some comfortable shoes and join a local guide for a walking tour of the city. By the end of it, you’ll be looking up how to live in Italy forever.


Today's Highlights:


  • Cross the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, home to many of Florence’s jewelers and art merchants. Ready to get some bling?
  • Stroll the Piazza della Signoria, home to the Uffizi Gallery and that famous naked guy (also known as Michelangelo’s David).
  • Visit the Duomo Cathedral. Return during your free time and challenge yourself to climb the 463 steps to the top for stunning views of the city.

Free Time Suggestions
Get Some Fresh Air: Loggia dei Lanzi is an open air sculpture museum, with a number of Renaissance statues. It’s beautiful, it’s in the open, and it’s free.
Leather-Bound Books Florence is known for its plethora of leather goods, from belts and jewelry to purses and wallets. Maybe you can finally buy that leather jacket you’ve always wanted but didn’t think you could pull off. Fun fact: you can.

Tuscan Wine Tasting(extra cost)

Note: This excursion is seasonal and only runs from October through April. Availability is subject to your tour’s departure date.


Some of the world’s best wines come from Tuscany, and now you get to sample the local product at a scenic winery. Who knows, you might even become a connoisseur. Next head to the town of San Gimignano, aptly known as the “City of Beautiful Towers.” The small medieval walled city is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also home to Gelateria di Piazza, named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 best food hot spots in the world. That’s some tasty gelato.


Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 7: Travel to the Italian Riviera via Pisa

The Italian Riviera. Even the name sounds beautiful. This coastal slice of Italy pulls travelers from all over the world to its stunning beaches, quaint towns, and an authentic—and literal—taste of la dolce vita (the sweet life). Before you reach the coast, you’ll stop for a chance to see one of the most famous, most crooked, and most photographed monuments: The Leaning Tower of Pisa.


Today's Highlights:


  • Travel through Italian countryside to the town of Pisa, where the famous tower leans as it has since the 12th century.
  • Pose, pretending the tower is ice cream or that it’s falling on you—everybody’s doing it.
  • Arrive to your accommodations in the Italian Riviera.
  • Head out on your own for dinner, drinks, and maybe another dinner (not unlikely with food this good).

Day 8: Free Day in Italian Riviera + Optional Cinque Terre Excursion

You’ve settled in to the Riviera lifestyle. Now take the day to explore everything the region has to offer. Bask in the sun on the beach, fill your camera roll with breathtaking photos, or walk through open-air markets. Nothing is off the table today—except for boredom.


Today's Highlights:


  • Wake up, grab an espresso, and head out for an entirely free day in Italian paradise.
  • Pick a hike, any hike for some fresh air and views of classic Italian countryside like you’ve never seen.
  • Opt in for an excursion to Cinque Terre, where more beauty and more relaxation await you.

Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre(extra cost)

Note: This excursion is seasonal and only runs from May through September. Availability is subject to your tour’s departure date.


Wake up and head for the coast on your way to Cinque Terre (Italian for “Five Lands”). There you’ll find yourself looking at some of the most beautiful coastal scenery you’ve ever laid eyes on. Discover villages nestled into the sides of mountains as you travel by train between them. Your first stop is Riomaggio, home to the famous Via dell’Amore, or “path of love.” Next up is Vernazza, where you’ll get some of the iconic views of the colorful seaside buildings that Cinque Terre is known for. Then, spend the rest of your day enjoying the pebble beaches of Monterosso before heading back to Florence.


Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 9: Travel to the French Riviera via Monaco

Check another country off your list—Monaco, the world’s second-smallest (but possibly swankiest) nation! This country is home to the Monaco Yacht Show, where millionaires and billionaires come together in harmony to throw money at mega-yachts. In 2017, the combined total value for the yachts on sale exceeded $3 billion. After letting that sink in, continue on to see more of the French Riviera.


Today's Highlights:


  • Play millionaire at a stop in Monaco.
  • Feel closer than ever to Elton John, Bono, and Bill Gates (just a few of the celebs with homes in the French Riviera).
  • Wander through local food markets, where you can look at food, take pictures of food, and yes—eat food.

Day 10: Explore the Cities of the French Riviera

Ready for a full day in Côte d'Azur (that’s what the French call the Riviera)? Trick question! The answer is always yes. Because this place is beautiful. Sundrenched beaches, historic central squares, and, of course, more food await you on this full-day Riviera adventure.


Today's Highlights:


  • Visit several French Riviera towns over the course of one extraordinary day.
  • Gawk at a Roman amphitheater, similar to Rome’s famous Colosseum, but this one is still in use today for bull fights.
  • Keep your camera out for endless photo-ops along the way.

Day 11: Free Day in French Riviera

Sleep in, slow down, and do whatever you want during a free day in the French Riviera. There’s so much to see and do, but if you’re tired of seeing and doing, take a break and relax at one of the many beaches or take in the scenery from a hill town.


Today's Highlights:


  • Enjoy waterfront restaurants, lounge on world famous beaches, explore posh boutiques, and feel like an A-Lister (kind of), because you’re in the vacation hotspot of the world’s rich and famous.
  • Taste-test some local favorites, including socca, the South of France’s take on the traditional crepe. Step aside, Parisian pastries!
  • Channel your inner Picasso (the famous painter who did not cut off his ear) and visit a few esteemed art museums and demonstrations—you’re in the former stomping grounds of many influential artists.

The French Riviera: Sun. Sailing. Swimming.(extra cost)

Start your excursion in Cannes, where walking with a monocle and your pinky out is practically mandatory. As a favorite resort town for the rich and famous, it’s the perfect place for you to rub elbows with the fancy and fabulous. Explore on your setting sail to the Lérin Islands. As you sail the blue waters, get ready to swim off Sainte-Marguerite, the largest of the islands and Saint-Honorat. Afterwards, lounge around on the catamaran and get used to living the good life. We doubt you’ll have any trouble getting used to it.


Please note: This excursion must be booked at least 45 days prior to tour departure.

Day 12: Travel to Provence via Verdon Gorge

It’s on to Provence, where scenic countryside inspired artists likes Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. The vineyards are vast, and the ratatouille (vegetable stew) delectable. But first, stop at Verdon Gorge river canyon for some lunch and water activities. Look around—what you see is no mirage. But it is paradise.


Today's Highlights:


  • Catch stunning views of Verdon Gorge from (included) pedal boats or kayaks on the Lake of Sainte Croix.
  • Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and explore this seaside town with your Tour Director
  • Hunt for lavender fields that will leave you breathless—and make your nose happy.

Day 13: Travel to Barcelona via Carcassonne

You’re going to Barcelona, a city of endless parties, wacky architecture, and premium beaches (which also happen to be where the clubs are). So throw on your walking shoes, your party pants, and any shirt you’d like. Barcelona is the fiesta that keeps on fiesta…ing.


Today's Highlights:


  • Hop on the bus in Provence, and head for Carcassonne.
  • Take an introductory walk of Barcelona with your Tour Director. (Stopping for tapas is not required, but highly encouraged.)
  • Stroll Las Ramblas, the main pedestrian thoroughfare lined with bars, cafes, shops, and street performers (some more impressive than others).
  • Stop in Plaça de Catalunya, the city center where old meets new, and pigeons fly next to you, above you, and maybe even through your legs.

Day 14: Tour Barcelona + Optional Sagrada Familia

Barcelona is so well known for its architecture, we decided to dedicate a whole day to showing you the best of it. You’ll follow a local guide by coach and foot through several neighborhoods, all with their own unique flavor. You’ll visit a church that’s been under construction since before your great-grandparents were born, a colorful ceramic salamander welcoming you into a park, and a stadium where really athletic people from around the world competed for the gold in 1992.


Today's Highlights:


  • Explore the Gothic Quarter with your guide. Don't forget your black eyeliner (cue crickets).
  • Visit one of Antoni Gaudí's greatest work of modernist art, Parque Güell. This colorful park is adorned with tilework, dreamlike structures and not a straight line in sight.
  • Head up to Montjuïc, a hill overlooking Barcelona where the 1992 Olympic Games took place (and where you’ll be out of breath from walking up said hill).
  • Check out the unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral, where Gaudí began construction over 100 years ago.

Free Time Suggestions
OverARCHing Theme: The Arc de Triomf was built as the main entrance for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair. While it may remind you of a different (perhaps more famous) arch, it can certainly, shall we say, stand on its own.
Comer Little Closer: From paella, a traditional rice dish, to Basque-style tapas, Barcelona has gastronomy locked down. Head out on the town and look for some good eats.

Sagrada Família & Sangria(extra cost)

You ever just start something so ambitious it takes you 140 years to finish? That’s the story of Antoni Gaudí’s yet-to-be-completed Sagrada Família Basilica. Maybe the world’s most unbelievable church—it has been under construction since 1882, and won’t be finished until 2026 at the earliest. You'll go on a guided tour inside the breathtaking basilica, learn about Gaudí’s big plans, and see firsthand that slow and steady wins the race. After, enjoy an included glass of Sangria and snacks.


Please note: This excursion must be booked at least 30 days prior to tour departure.

Day 15: Free Day in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, and there’s usually some sort of festival, event, or celebration happening on any given day. Find it. This is your last day to experience as much of it as you can. Even if there’s nothing going on, you’re guaranteed to find something exciting. Whether it’s a restaurant to consume more tapas, a new neighborhood to explore, or a funky building to admire that’s not Gaudí’s design.


Today's Highlights:


  • Head back to Las Ramblas for food, shopping, and Instagram opportunities aplenty.
  • Drool before, during, and after eating pan con tomate, or “bread with tomato,” a simple but delicious Catalan snack.
  • Hit the town (or the beach) for an epic final night out in Barcelona.

Free Time Suggestions
Market Down: Visit La Boqueria, the famous market just off of Las Ramblas, with everything from fresh fruits to meats, flowers and sweets.
Playa Long Barcelona’s coast is lined with beaches, each with its own personality. Try party-centric Barceloneta, tranquil Caldetes or water sports at Mar Bella.


Farewell dinner
Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.

Day 16: Fly Home

¡Adios, amigos!
Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?


–OR–


EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS


1. Double the fun
A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.


2. Go ahead or stay behind
Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.


Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

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Date: May 21, 2020
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Trip Fee$3829
Cyber Week Sale-$250
Total Price with Flights $3579

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