Mediterranean Shores

October 11th-20th, 2018

Itinerary Highlights

Thursday, October 11th - Departure from your chosen US gateway city. Overnight: Plane

Friday, October 12th - Your arrival at Barcelona Airport will be met for the transfer to your city center hotel. After checking in, there will be time to relax and begin exploring the neighborhood. Dinner is included this evening. Overnight: Barcelona

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Saturday, October 13th - This morning we take a panoramic sightseeing tour of this vibrant and cosmopolitan city. From the Old City to the ancient harbor, from the chic commercial center - the “Eixample”- to the city’s world-famous museums, you’ll be endlessly fascinated. We’ll visit one of Gaudi’s greatest architectural expressions, the Sagrada Família. The afternoon and evening are  free for independent exploration. Overnight: Barcelona

Sunday, October 14th - This morning we cross into France and stop in the ancient walled city of Carcassonne before continuing to our hotel in Arles. The ancient Roman city of Arles was once the capital of Gaul, Britain, and Spain, and today is home to one of the best-preserved Roman arenas in Europe. We’ll have dinner at the hotel this evening. Overnight: Arles

Monday, October 15th - This morning begins with a walking tour that includes a visit to the Cathedral where St. Augustine was consecrated bishop of the English in 597, and the Roman amphitheater. The rest of the day is free for individual exploration of this historic city. Overnight: Arles

Tuesday, October 16th - A morning excursion to the Pont du Gard, the vast Roman aqueduct built without an ounce of mortar and still standing intact after two thousand years! We continue to Avignon, the papal city during the 14th century, for a walking tour of its highlights with a local guide, including a visit to the Palais des Papes. We return Arles for a free evening and a chance to sample a traditional French meal in a local restaurant. Overnight: Arles

Wednesday, October 17th - We leave Provence this morning, driving east to the Cote d’Azur. Then on to Nice, the Cote d’Azur’s principal resort and a playground for Europe’s aristocracy since the 19th century. Dinner is included tonight. Overnight: Nice

Thursday, October 18th - Our morning driving tour takes us past the fabulous, greendomed Negresco; the Excelsior Régina; the exotic garden of Cimiez; and the Franciscan monastery. Choose a local café for lunch, and wander at leisure for the rest of the day through the city’s winding thoroughfares. Overnight: Nice

Friday, October 19th - We depart for the enchanting, unspoiled medieval village of Èze, perched over the Mediterranean and crowned with the ruins of a 12th-century fortified castle. Continuing on to Monte-Carlo, we’ll take a walking tour of Monaco, including a visit to the Prince’s
palace. The afternoon is free to explore the heart of Monte-Carlo; you can visit Jaques Cousteau’s aquarium, the 1863 Casino, and the Hotel de Paris. We’ll return to Nice late in the afternoon for our farewell dinner. Overnight: Nice

Saturday, October 20th - Morning transport to Nice Airport for returning flights to the U.S.

Quick Facts

  • $3,980 per person based on double occupancy
  • 8 nights’ accommodation in first class hotels
  • All ground transportation as detailed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast daily, 4 dinners
  • Discover Europe tour guide, Gavin Miller, throughout

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