Such wide contrasts, such beautiful charms, and such incredible experiences are found across the countries of Italy and Spain. Andalusian tapas and flamenco, Roman history and icons, Florence’s Renaissance, Barcelona’s Modernistas, the cliffs on the coast and so much regional flair are all a part of your vacation. With six overnight stops and a dozen unique destinations, this “best-of” tour will explore the rich tapestry of culture and experience found across Italy and Spain.
Madrid – Regal Welcomes in the Spanish Capital
Madrid is very different from what most visitors expect. Madrid is the capital city of a major country, but it feels more like a colorful town. Plazas are lined with cafes, and there is a soulful vibe to contradict the corporate monotony found in other large cities. You will immediately feel as though you have stepped back in time, the 16th century to be precise, when Madrid was the heart of the Western world. Check into your hotel and walk around the neighborhood to find tapas joints down pedestrianized streets, chocolate fumes spilling over a plaza, a statue of Don Quixote looking down and corners that take on quixotic properties. Madrid is a city that loves life and encourages you to get involved. Of course, there are attractions, but Madrid is a wonderful city to discover without a guide, great for taking it easy and overcoming any travel fatigue.
Madrid – Exploring El Greco’s Toledo
Seville – The Extravagant Old Moorish Capital
Seville – Tapas and Flamenco and So Much More
Barcelona – Catalan Flair and Charming Histories
Barcelona – Discovering Gaudi’s Barcelona
Sorrento – Perched On the Cliffs Above the Coast
Sorrento – Exploring the Isle of Capri
Rome – The Roman Empire to Modern-Day Rome
Rome – All the Classics in the Italian Capital
Florence – Vatican City Art and Into the Hills of Tuscany
Florence – Art and Atmosphere in Renaissance Florence
Florence – Day Trip to Tuscan Vineyards and San Gimignano
Florence – Departure
- Immerse yourself in the Renaissance with several nights in Florence, a city with beauty that has never faded
- Discover the world of Antoni Gaudi and the Catalan Modernistas, their extravagant architectural style a highlight of your time in Barcelona
- Feel the rhythm and energy of Andalusia in Seville, a city that carries you off with its pride and passion
- Escape to the cliffs and the coast with a couple of nights in Sorrento for the start of your Italian journey
- Spend a day in Toledo to see a grand medieval city that is made even more special by the works of El Greco
- Lose yourself in the history of Rome, from the Colosseum and old Empire memoirs to artworks in the Vatican Museums
- Explore the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii, go wine tasting in Tuscany, and spend a day on the Isle of Capri
- Relax in the Spanish capital Madrid, discover flamenco in Andalusia, and cast your eyes on Cordoba’s incredible Mezquita
- Eat and eat some more as you savor pizza in the home of pizza, Naples, and tapas in the home of tapas, Andalusia
Spain and Italy are not just two countries, and in many ways, they are dozens of countries rolled into two. Most of the regions of both have held sway and prominence over the last 2.000 years, and most have known independence before unified nations were realized. This dynamic is the real highlight when you explore the best of Spain and Italy. Andalusia, Catalonia, and Castile celebrate the contrasts of yesteryear Spain and demonstrate how regional inimitability has been brought into the 21stcentury. Move into Italy to see how Florence, Naples, and Rome are so different from each other, just as Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast bring travel experiences that are entirely distinct from each other.
This vacation will bring the best of Spain and Italy, as your handcrafted tour will take you through the regions, continuing until it may feel as if you have had a half a dozen vacations in one. Spend two nights in each of six destinations, connected by flights and high-speed trains. Local tour guides will evoke the distinctive of each region, and you will go deep into the secrets and subtleties of their homelands, from the streets of sublime tapas to the offbeat places usually hidden from the world. With your guide alongside, you can be fully immersed in everything each destination has to offer.
Your week in Spain is spread across Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona. You will begin in the Spanish capital, settling into a quiet and gregarious city, where Don Quixote looks down over a plaza. Spend the next day exploring nearby Toledo, where you can go El Greco treasure hunting in the great medieval city. Next, take the train to Andalusia, a half-day stop in Cordoba revealing an old Moorish capital – the Mezquita here must rank as one of the world’s most beautiful buildings. A full day in Seville brings tapas and flamenco, and then you fly to Barcelona, land of Gaudi and the Modernistas, but also another 2,000 years of history, art, and architecture.
Fly direct to Naples next, and you can take explore this masterpiece of a city as one that is quite different to most Italian preconceptions. It is then a short drive for a couple of nights spent in Sorrento, perched on the cliffs above the Isle of Capri, your day-trip destination the following day. Explore old Roman ruins at Pompeii, and then lose yourself in the wonder of Rome itself with enough time to see the Colosseum and other iconic monuments, along with all the art of the Vatican City. Florence is your final stop, and you have several nights, leaving one day for the city and one day for the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Looking back on the adventure, you might find that Florence seems more similar to Seville than it does Naples, which is all part of the experience when you experience such regional distinctiveness.
$4,685 per person (excluding international flights)
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