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Tour Itinerary

This trip makes tracks through Europe's coolest cities, taking the train from Rome to Barcelona and stopping off at La Spezia, Marseille and Nice along the way. Your days will be spent discovering Barcelona's beach-side beauty, hiking the dreamy pastel villages of Cinque Terre, uncovering historical monuments in Rome and taking bike tours through the glitzy French Riviera. Your mode of transport is the most classic way to experience Europe, as you enjoy scenic train rides from destination to destination

Countries Visited

France , Italy , Monaco , Spain

Cities Visited

Barcelona , Cinque Terre , Marseille , Nice , Rome

  1. Day 1
    Start Rome
    Welcome to Rome, where historical ruins, renaissance masterpieces, vibrant street life and a romantic perception of life all collide. After meeting our new friends at our hotel, we'll head out for a sightseeing tour, checking our iconic sites such as the Trevi Fountain (flick a coin and get a pic), the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navora and more. Then, stomachs rumbling after smelling all the fresh Italian food wafting out of restaurants and cafes, we'll bond over a 3-course Roman dinner. Delizioso!Accommodation: The Building Hotel (or similar)
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Rome to La Spezia
    After uncovering a bit more of Rome, we'll catch a train to the Liguria Region, a gateway to the famed Italian Riviera, admiring Italy's rugged west coast along the way. Tonight, you’ll have a free night to explore La Spezia with your travel buds. Hungry? The Cinque Terre is the home of pesto (and it’s the besto) so be sure to get a dollop of that on your freshly made pasta.Accommodation: Hotel Firenze e Continentale (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    La Spezia
    The next day it's time to explore the unspeakably beautiful the Cinque Terre. Whether you choose to hike, train, boat or eat your way through the 'Five Lands', you'll fall head over heels with this famous stretch of coastline. This evening you can opt for a pesto making masterclass in its spiritual home, followed by a tantalising local dinner.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    La Spezia to Nice
    Arrivederci Italy and a big Bonjour to France! We're headed from the Italian Riviera to the French Riviera, and the ridiculously scenic coastal train ride alone makes the journey worth it. We'll enjoy two nights in this playground of the rich and famous. Year round sunshine, beautiful beaches, boulevards and a buzzing street life makes Nice a stand-out in the French Riviera. And with an included dinner, you’re sure to start your stay in style.Accommodation: Monsigny Nice (or simialr)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Wake up, you're in the French Riviera. Nice! This morning you'll have free time to soak up some rays on one of those iconic blue chairs along the glorious waterfront.  Glamorous and culturally fascinating, as you walk along the harbour and soak up the designer bars and couture shops you'll have the swagger of an A-list celeb. Or grab a chance to join a bike ride across Nice's wine region & learn about the winemaking process from a passionate local while enjoying a picnic.  To keep the glamour vibes going, why not opt to head to Monte Carlo casino in Monaco tonight, where you can roll the dice and live the life of the rich and famous?Accommodation: Monsigny Nice (or simialr)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Nice to Marseille
    A short train ride to the edgy Riviera town of Marseille on the Mediterranean coast - enjoy time to look around & breathe in the sites.Accommodation: B&B Hotel Marseille Centre La Joliette (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Marseille to Barcelona
    See ya France, we're headed to another magical country this morning – but not before breakfast. After falling in love with yet more scenery, we’ll reach one of the world's most uniquely beautiful cities: Barcelona. On arrival, we'll take in the baroque sites such as Gaudi's Sagrada Familia – the unfinished masterpiece still under construction – Las Ramblas and more. This evening, it’s time to MAKE TRAVEL MATTER ® in the tastiest way possible – through food of course. You’ll try your hand at cooking, and have dinner at Espai Mescladis, a non-profit whose restaurant is working to foster social cohesion within the city.Accommodation: Campanile Barcelona Cornellà-Sud (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    The next day is yours to explore - head to the beach, check out the local bars or opt for a flamenco show & dinner.Accommodation: Campanile Barcelona Cornellà-Sud (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    End Barcelona
    This morning our adventure sadly finishes after breakfast, but if you're hungry for more Spanish sun, why not join us for our epic Ibiza & Beyond? See you on the beach?
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Dining Summary

  • 2 Dinner (D)
  • 8 Breakfast (B)

Included Experience

  • Rome: Stroll around the Italian capital, ticking all the sights off your bucket list!
  • Rome: Get together with the Contiki crew and enjoy a traditional three-course meal with local specialties. Pasta la vista baby!
  • Cinque Terre National Park: We’ll take care of your rail pass, so you can just zip around the iconic clifftop villages and focus on the Insta stories.
  • Monaco City: Walk in the footsteps of Grace Kelly at the Royal Palace and see the Monte Carlo Casino (where the car park looks like a Fast & Furious set).

Health and Safety Protocols for Contiki Tours

Contiki has introduced these enhanced hygiene protocols – for you and team members.

You can travel with Contiki and be assured that their team has put numerous new measures in place to elevate their hygiene standards and protocols. The well-being of guests and team has always been, and always will be, their primary concern.

In this new, fast changing Covid-19 era, Contiki is doing all they can to adapt to new requirements and expectations. Here are some important new steps and procedures that they have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you the peace of mind when you are traveling during these new times.

Expertly Trained Travel Directors

Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Contiki will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.

Stringent On-the-Road Protocols

The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Contiki have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.

A Full Team of Support 24/7

It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Physical Distancing

Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Trusted Partners, Exceptional Standards

Contiki is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Contiki does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Contiki only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.

Always in the Know

As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Contiki is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Contiki Tours Customer Reviews

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Ratings based off 63 reviews about Contiki Tours - currently showing 4 reviews with comments only

Prepare to spend more than usual on a Contiki tour.

We were lucky that the group of people with were good, but it was a large group tour and did have some of the downfalls of a trip of that nature, like frequent breaks for the bathroom, difficulty when eating out together, and getting things on and off the coach. The trip was still great and a good value for the money.

It was a good value and the experiences included were worth it. The only part that wasn't the best were the accommodations as it was hit and miss. Half of the hotels on the trip were okay, and the other half were really nice.

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