Imagine your kids circling the Colosseum and attending Gladiator school, and then wandering the Tuscan vineyards and climbing the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Be inspired as a family by Gaudi’s child-like imagination and then relax on the best city beach in Europe. This four-destination family tour takes a relaxed journey through Italy and Spain to mix world-famous icons with space and freedom to come together as a family. Your guided exploration of Rome and Barcelona combines with quiet family experiences...
Rome – Looking Around as a Family
Rome is great with kids, as while it may be big and at times chaotic, the sheer abundance of historical sights and inspiring stories never fail to keep everyone entertained. A smart location is essential, so you will sidestep the busy streets and rarely leave the historic old center thanks to your well-placed hotel that will overlook the Pantheon, standing on a pedestrianized piazza lined with cafes and restaurants. Street musicians play solo acoustic guitar, statues glimpse of an ancient time, and the coffee aromas drift between townhouses and churches. Check-in, and then rest and relax. Take a walk around the area, and you will find the Rome of past centuries, likely keeping the jet lag at bay as you settle in for a fantastic family adventure.
Rome – Exploring the Vatican and an Afternoon on the Piazzas
Rome – Ancient Rome and Gladiator School for the Afternoon
Tuscany – Pedicab and Trastevere, and then Into the Countryside
Day 5 - 7
Tuscany – A Relaxed Villa Retreat With Rental Car and Your Own Adventures
Barcelona – Spain’s Most Child-Friendly City
Barcelona – Wax, Chocolate, Ice and Magical Architecture
Barcelona – Flexible Day Discovering Barcelona
San Sebastian – Swapping Catalonia for Basque
Day 12 - 14
San Sebastian – A City Beach Retreat With Rental Car and So Much Nearby
San Sebastian – Departure
- Escape into the hills of Chianti with several nights spent in a quiet Tuscan villa where the kids can splash around the pool. and you can plan a day spent exploring vineyards and old towns
- Evoke ancient Rome along the modern streets with your local guide, and then take the kids to Gladiator school for an imaginative afternoon
- Find architecture from a child’s imagination as you tour the works of Gaudi in Barcelona
- Combine city with beach during several days in San Sebastian, a charming and cultivated place where everyone in the family can find something inspiring
- People watch on Rome’s piazzas, see icons like Pisa’s leaning tower, find chocolate in Barcelona and spend an afternoon in an old-world Rioja town
- Craft your own adventures with family vehicles at your disposal to use as you would like to explore
- Traipse through each city alongside a local who will introduce their streets with engaging tales and enjoyable activities that will capture the interest of all ages
You could spend six months in either Italy or Spain and never come close to seeing it all, so this two-week adventure is handcrafted to give your family unique adventures in both. With four distinctive bases you can minimize travel time and keep your vacation soft and easy-going, and yet still have all the space and freedom you need to adventure as a family. Less unpacking, more exploring at leisure and plenty of extras will show both Italy and Spain through different eyes.
There is a week spent in each country split between three days of guided exploration and then four nights with a rental car with a dreamy location to create your own route. Rome is Italy’s most family-friendly city, and while the traffic and crowds may be well known, it is also a city where there is so much to do and see without walking far from your hotel. Rome effortlessly sparks the imagination, and there is so much joy to be had merely in loitering around the piazzas after a morning of guided touring. Likewise, Barcelona is the best city in Spain for kids with an incredible diversity of attractions to keep everyone interested, along with a beauty and charm best experienced rather than just glimpsed in photos.
Vineyards stretch out through the hills of Tuscany as villages cling to hilltops, both medieval and mystical when explored on foot. So many delightful towns are within a short drive – Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano – so you can pick your path dependent on your mood. So relax into a quiet villa with swimming pool top give your kids space to run around and create your own adventure on an exquisite land. Florence is another option, a city to visit for the day before you cruise back to the villa, watching the landscape turn golden in the sunset light.
Your family tour will end in San Sebastian, a stylish late 19th-century town that is set in a bay above a wide golden beach. Your time spent on the sand is complemented by Basque and Spanish pleasures, like art, architecture and culinary treats. From San Sebastian, you’ are less than an hour from Bilbao and the Guggenheim, La Rioja’s old wine cellar villages, and Basque’s fishing villages and mountains – even French Basque and Pamplona, of bull running fame, are possible day trip options for these last few days of the vacation.
$3,850 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.
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