Gaudi's Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

European Explorer: Spain, France & Italy Itinerary

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This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Spain, France, Italy, Vatican City

Places Visited

Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona, Paris...

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Suggested Duration

14 Days

Dream of Europe and so many of the iconic experiences are found on this first-timers tour to Spain, France, and Italy. Visit Gaudi’s Barcelona, Michelangelo’s Florence, El Greco’s Toledo, the canals of Venice. Walk along the Parisian neighborhoods, eat tapas in Madrid plazas, and learn about history in Ancient Rome and Vatican City. Handcrafted to minimize travel time and maximize time spent in legendary destinations, this luxury tour shows you the sights and immerses you in all the ambiance.

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Trip Highlights

  • Wander through the streets of Paris and get to know its different neighborhoods
  • Discover that Gaudi is just one highlight in Barcelona
  • Sail to Venice’s islands and take a gondola ride through the City of Canals
  • Immerse yourself in Tuscany, from Chianti vineyards to Renaissance Florence
  • Relax in Madrid, a timeless and enchanting capital that’s perfect for easing you into the vacation
  • Celebrate the history with three days in Rome, from the Vatican Museums to the Colosseum and so much more
  • Spend a day in medieval Toledo, take an excursion to Versailles, enjoy a stop at Pisa, and hear the choir singing in Montserrat
  • Taste the local cuisine with a tapas crawl in Madrid and a French bistro tasting experience in Paris
  • Travel between destinations is quick and efficient, either by high-speed first-class rail or direct flights
  • Expert local guides illuminate their cities, taking you beyond the famous postcards

Detailed Description

Dreams of Europe and countless images come to mind. Paris and the Eiffel Tower. Rome’s Colosseum and St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. The canals of Venice and the domes of Florence. You will visit cobbled streets, elegant plazas, grand old palaces, and all the art museums. Europe wasn’t built in two weeks, but you can explore the grand highlights of Spain, France, and Italy at that time. That’s what this handcrafted tour has been designed to do.

You will see the sights, but there are more than just sights in these old cities. There is a feeling. There is an atmosphere. There is a sense of walking through history while inhaling the smells of today. You wake up in the heart of old neighborhoods, within footsteps of grand landmarks. At a glance, there aren’t many surprises on this handcrafted route. Local experts guide you through their cities; they reveal so much more than what adorns the postcards. The route has been tailored to minimize travel time, with high-speed rail travel connecting some destinations, something that helps show you more of the country from a first-class carriage window. Direct international flights connect the countries – touch down and it’s amazing how everything changes from Spain to France to Italy.

Start in Spain and Europe’s most laid-back capital city, Madrid. Walk the cobbled streets, sip drinks on the plazas, indulge all those old European dreams. With two nights, you have time to explore slowly, and time for a half-day trip to nearby Toledo, one of the continent’s great medieval cities. Tapas is also on the program here, hopping between bars in an artistic neighborhood. Then it’s two nights in Barcelona, allowing half a day to explore Gaudi’s legacy, half a day to visit Montserrat and hear the choir song, then half a day to relax by the coast and really soak up Catalonia.

Flying to Paris, you have several nights in the City of Lights. To discover Paris, you must first explore the neighborhoods, not the monuments. Go chocolate tasting in Saint Germain, relive Impressionism in Montmartre, feel the history in Ile de la Cite, and walk along the River Seine. That’s all for your first day. The next day in Paris, you venture out to Versailles and its legendary palace, before a bistro food experience back in the city. Your third day in Paris is left free, a time to go visit those monuments you dream of.

Fly to Venice and one day is enough to get a good feel for the city. Sail to different Venetian islands during the day, then spend the evening on a gondola ride through the city. Next up it’s Florence, another city that’s quick to impress a laid-back rhythm. Discover its art – Michelangelo’s David is just the start – then relax at a piazza with an espresso in hand. Two nights means you can spend the second day exploring more of Florence, with wine tasting at Chianti vineyards and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then it’s onwards by train to Rome and three days in the Eternal City. From art to gladiators to small, simple pleasures the Italian capital is an enigmatic place to finish this tour of classic European destinations.

Starting Price

$3,677 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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