Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Florence
Dates are customizable for private departures.
The cultures and histories of antique worlds come to life within the comforts of contemporary luxuries during your personalized Spain and Italy tour. The enchanting cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, and Florence conserve the essence of ancient life, medieval charm, and renaissance beauty. From the Prado to the Pantheon and from Gaudi to Michelangelo, Spain and Italy are masterpieces of cultural heritage that are brimming with exclusive experiences.
Madrid – Fascinating Introductory Tour
Madrid is a city known for its vividness. The city combines art, cuisine, and architecture along streets that are lined with medieval mansions, royal palaces, and extravagant confections. Your flight will land at Madrid Barajas International Airport, where your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival. After settling into the comforts of your hotel, your guide will lead you through the fascinating city on an introductory of Plaza Mayor. What once held lavish events like bullfights and parades continues to act as a center for life in Madrid.
Madrid – Royal Palace and Prado Art Museum
After breakfast, you will venture to the royal palace gates with your guide. The exceptional grounds encompass one of the largest palaces in Europe. You will continue to the Prado Museum, which displays approximately 2,300 of its 5,000 paintings at any given time. The marble halls clamor with footsteps beneath the towering ceilings. Your guide will introduce you to the masterpieces and hidden gems around the galleries, including the painting of Jacob’s Dream by José de Ribera.
Madrid – The Medieval Town of Toledo
The city of Toledo is a masterfully preserved medieval labyrinth that sits on a hill overlooking the Tagus River. Churches, synagogues, and mosques flourishes alongside palaces and fortresses. Secluded shops continue to make handmade crafts, such as delicious marzipan or antique-inspired swords. The Catedral de Toledo towers above the plaza beside the former Jewish quarter. After breakfast this morning, your guide will lead you on an extensive tour of the complex.
Barcelona – Travel by High-Speed Train
In the morning, you will travel by high-speed train to Barcelona, which is a city that is known for its relaxed attitude, Mediterranean ambiance, and fascinating architecture. Your guide will greet you at the hotel and introduce you to the beauty of Barcelona’s effortless blend of contemporary grandeur and Old-World charm, beginning with the Gothic Quarter. Your tour will also lead you to other noteworthy sites, such as the Palaça del Rei and a historical Museum.
Barcelona – The Wonders of Barcelona
After breakfast, your guide will greet you at the lobby and lead you on a tour of the iconic architecture of Antonin Gaudi. Few visionaries have left such an indelible mark on Barcelona. The most famous structure that Gaudi designed was the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, which is an unconventional church with 18 towers. Construction on the site began in the 19th century and continues to this day.
Rome – The Ancient Wonders of Rome
Rome is a city of relics, ruins, art, and artifacts that represent the eternal heart at the center of the Western World. Your flight will land at Rome Fiumicino Airport, where your private transfer will greet you upon arrival. The brief flight from Barcelona will afford you more time to settle in to the comforts of your luxurious hotel in the city center before meeting your guide. When you are ready, you will journey deep into the past at the Colosseum. You will be led on an extensive tour of the site before having the rest of the day at your leisure.
Rome – Vatican City and Masterful Artwork
After breakfast, you will venture to St. Peter’s Square and meet your guide near the Egyptian obelisk that crowns the heart of the public piazza. Before stepping into the mixture of enchanting antiquity and breathtaking artwork, your guide will lead you to the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica. The interior of the basilica can host a congregation of up to 60,000 people. Your guide will lead you to Michelangelo’s Pietà, which is a stunning sculpture that depicts Mary grieving over Jesus.
Florence – Art and Historic City Streets
After breakfast, you will have a private transfer to the Termini train station for your first-class ride to Florence. You will quickly glide through the golden hills of Lazio and into the lush greenery for which Tuscany is famous. Cypress trees line the country lanes, and vineyards spread across the valleys. Florence is the capital of the Renaissance and a prized treasure among the cities of Italy. Here, you will follow your guide through the winding streets, past the Duomo, and through the famous gallery known as the Accademia dell’Arte.
Florence – The Tuscan Cities of Pisa and Lucca
This morning, you will travel outside of Florence for the day with your guide to the proud city of Pisa. The most iconic destination in Pisa is the Leaning Tower. The structure stands nearly 184 feet tall and was officially planned to be the bell tower to the accompanying Duomo in the 12th century. You will then leave Pisa for the tranquil town of Lucca. The long history of invaders and prominent architectural features of the town reflect a preserved Tuscan culture. Your guide will lead you on a customizable tour of the enclave before returning you to Florence.
Florence – Depart for Home
After breakfast this morning, your private transfer will greet you at the hotel and escort you to Firenze-Peretola Airport for your flight home. You can always extend your Spain and Italy tour with more time to the rich cultural history of northern or southern Italy.
- Wander the opulent grounds of Madrid’s Royal Palace, which is one of the largest palace complexes in Europe
- Witness the delicate features of Michelangelo’s David in the Galleria Accademia dell’Arte in Florence
- Explore the sensational beauty, intricate architecture, and fascinating design of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
- Discover the depths of ancient history in Rome when visiting the preserved ruins of the famous and infamous Colosseum
- Find breathtaking beauty and intimate stonework in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City
- See the fascinating list of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which tilts nearly four degrees
- Traverse the grand galleries in the Prado Museum and search for Spanish and Renaissance masters
- Embrace the fascinating medieval history of Italy by strolling the serene streets of Lucca, which is a Tuscan city that is known for its charming location and preserved defensive walls
Your 10-day Spain and Italy tour embraces the passion, sophistication, and celebration of life for which both countries are known. Whether indulging in Spain’s Buena Onda or settling into the sweet life of Italy’s La Dolce Vita, you will find inspiration and elation in cities and towns that are unlike any other in the world. You can enrich your life by wandering the unspoiled medieval streets of Toledo or by exploring the maintained antique walls of Lucca. You can touch your palm to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and wander the winding cobblestone alleyways of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Spain and Italy practically overflow with cultural riches and fascinating heritage.
Spain is a country that is full of dramatic fortifications, captivating artwork, and a consistent setting for a passionate lifestyle. Art imitates life amid the fascinating cathedrals and elegant palaces. The capital city of Madrid enraptures visitors with its sophisticated highlights, such as the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum. The town of Toledo retains its medieval charms, which are accentuated by the mixture of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian heritage. Barcelona is a city of imagination and seaside charms.
Italy has an ineffable style and endless allure, both of which derive from fascinating cultures, regions, towns, and neighborhoods. The riches of Italy represent the cultural cache of architecture and art that was crafted by famous Renaissance masters and ancient emperors. Rome effortlessly blends modern life with historic structures and beguiling artifacts. The Colosseum, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, and Spanish Steps capture the imagination, and the pristine design of St. Peter’s Basilica adds to the splendors of Rome inside Vatican City. Florence retains its title as the Cradle of the Renaissance with works from Botticelli, Donatello, and Michelangelo. Pisa adds a sense of drama to its former glory with the Leaning Tower, and Lucca offers a peaceful respite in the Tuscan hills away from the decorative sumptuousness of Florence.
$2,745 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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