Expect marvels and majesty when stepping away from the well-worn path in search of unexpected wonders during this personalized 12-day tour of Italy and Spain. The medieval towns are hidden on the hills of Spain shine with the influence of Roman settlements and Moorish rule. Villages in Italy lead to remarkable churches that shine with gilded mosaics. Uncover the hidden allures of Spain and Italy that bring the distinctive cultures, delicious cuisines, and specific myths of each country into the...
Madrid – Introduction to the Culture
The energetic capital of Spain captures the country’s surrounding culture amid the city’s Royal Palace, Prado Museum, and lavish parks. Your private transfer will greet you at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport upon your arrival and escort you to your luxurious accommodation. Your first day in Spain will offer you a unique view of the capital by highlighting the charms of the hidden gems that are tucked into the shadows of the mainstream sites across Madrid. The Naval Museum on Paseo del Prado hosts the oldest known map of America, which was discovered in a Paris bookshop in the mid-19th century. The map was drawn around the year 1500 by Juan de la Cosa, who sailed with Cristopher Columbus.
Madrid – Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures
Madrid – The Palacio Real in Aranjuez
Madrid – The Medieval Charm of Cuenca
Madrid – The Exterior of Extremadura
Madrid – Visit Alcalá de Henares
Avellino – Relaxing Day in Avellino
Avellino – The Grounds of Caserta Palace
Rome – The Reach of Ancient Rome
Rome – Spend the Day in Cerveteri
Rome – The Medieval Lanes of Orvieto
Rome – Depart for Home
- Uncover the magnificent ancient Etruscan necropolis of Cerveteri to find reproductions of daily life in the reliefs that decorate noble family catacombs
- Wander the enchanting landscape of Spain’s Extremadura region and visit the medieval hilltop towns of Cáceres and Mérida
- Explore the opulent gardens, galleries, halls, and impressive stairway of the Caserta Palace, which is one of the largest royal complexes in the world
- Traverse the remarkably preserved Roman port city of Ostia Antica to find majestic mosaics, statues, and the remnants of life in ancient Rome
- Discover the Roman ruins of Segovia with the stunning aqueduct that runs through the heart of the Spanish city
- Visit the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes in Alcalá de Henares and witness the statues that were dedicated to his work and life
- View the sensational gilded mosaics of Orvieto, which is a town that is halfway between Rome and Florence
- Stroll the sensational streets and elegant plazas of Aranjuez before spending time in the glitzy halls and galleries
You can uncover the lesser-known gems of Europe during this 12-day off-the-beaten-path tour of Spain and Italy. Your handmade experience will highlight the overlooked marvels of the countryside and the charismatic monuments that are often missed inside the big cities. You will travel between towns and villages and between restaurants and cafes for an authentic view of life.
Spain is a country that is known for its passion and sophistication. The locals are devoted to enjoying life’s daily pleasures. You will arrive in Madrid and use the capital city as your base for six nights. The towns of Segovia, Aranjuez, Cuenca, and Alcalá de Henares all share an enchanting ambiance that stems from their medieval architecture and pace of life. The untouched region of Extremadura hosts hilltop villages that are imbued with the history of Roman settlements. When visiting the different towns, you can travel at your own pace, sample the local dishes, explore the cobblestone lanes, and delight in the panoramic views.
Italy is home to some of the world’s greatest artwork and architecture. You will spend two nights in Avellino, which is in the southern region of Campania, for an introduction into the captivating towns in the district of Irpinia. You can also traverse the halls and grand galleries of Caserta Palace, which is one of the largest royal complexes in the world. Three nights in Rome will be the perfect amount of time for you to explore the Roman port city of Ostia Antica, the ancient necropolis of Cerveteri, and the hilltop town of Orvieto.
$3,295 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.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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