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Rome To Madrid On a Shoestring

16 Days, Rome to Madrid
Rome To Madrid On a Shoestring

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Thought Mediterranean Europe was out of your reach? Think again. Take two weeks to voyage through France, Italy, Monaco, Spain, and Portugal, hitting up tons of major hig read more...

IS THIS Yolo TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Are young at heart
    • Prefer fast-paced and budget-friendly trips
    • Want to have meaningful encounters with local people
    • Love making new friends
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of USD 2,50,000 covered).
  • 15 nights accommodation (Hostels (13 nts, multi-share), overnight bus (2 nts)overnight train (1 nt)).
  • 1 breakfast (As per pdf no meals included...however on website breakfast is included on day 2).
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Train, bus, walking).
  • Visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  •  Visit to Monaco.
  •  Tapas bar crawl (Granada).
  •  Orientation walks in Barcelona, Granada, Lisbon, and Madrid.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes

We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD420-550 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.


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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Rome
Day 2 Rome/Rapallo
Day 3 Rapallo/Nice
Day 4 Nice/Barcelona
Day 5 Barcelona
Day 6 Barcelona
Day 7 Barcelona/Valencia
Day 8 Valencia/Granada
Day 9 Granada
Day 10 Granada/Seville
Day 11 Seville/Lagos
Day 12 Lagos
Day 13 Lagos/Lisbon
Day 14 Lisbon/Madrid
Day 15 Madrid
Day 16 Depart Madrid
Departures
  • Apr
    2018
  • May
    2018
  • Jun
    2018
  • Jul
    2018
  • Aug
    2018
  • Sep
    2018
  • Oct
    2018
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Sat, 14 Apr '18
  • Sun, 29 Apr '18
  • Sat, 28 Apr '18
  • Sun, 13 May '18
  • Sat, 12 May '18
  • Sun, 27 May '18
  • Sat, 19 May '18
  • Sun, 03 Jun '18
  • Sat, 02 Jun '18
  • Sun, 17 Jun '18
  • Sat, 16 Jun '18
  • Sun, 01 Jul '18
  • Sat, 30 Jun '18
  • Sun, 15 Jul '18
  • Sat, 14 Jul '18
  • Sun, 29 Jul '18
  • Sat, 28 Jul '18
  • Sun, 12 Aug '18
  • Sat, 04 Aug '18
  • Sun, 19 Aug '18
  • Sat, 11 Aug '18
  • Sun, 26 Aug '18
  • Sat, 25 Aug '18
  • Sun, 09 Sep '18
  • Sat, 01 Sep '18
  • Sun, 16 Sep '18
  • Sat, 08 Sep '18
  • Sun, 23 Sep '18
  • Mon, 10 Sep '18
  • Tue, 25 Sep '18
  • Sat, 22 Sep '18
  • Sun, 07 Oct '18
  • Sat, 06 Oct '18
  • Sun, 21 Oct '18
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Rome
  • Rapallo
  • Nice
  • Barcelona
  • Valencia
  • On Board Bus
  • Granada
  • Seville
  • Lagos
  • Lisbon
  • Madrid
  • DAY 1 Arrive Rome

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    19:00
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip..

    Optional Activities
    Welcome Dinner
    You've arrived! Why not share a meal and a drink with your new travel mates? (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Rome/Rapallo

    Stop at Pisa en route to the beautiful Italian Riviera. Check out the Leaning Tower before a stroll along the coast.

    Train
    Rome - Pisa 3h
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Leaning Tower of Pisa Visit
    Pisa
    Stop off for a brief visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This famous tower leans at an angle of approximately four degrees due to an error made during construction-but don't worry, it's been stabilized since then. It's a fascinating sight and definitely photo-worthy. Get creative!

    Train
    Pisa - Rapallo 30m-1h30m
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 3 Rapallo/Nice

    Continue to the French Riviera and enjoy an included excursion to Monaco.

    Keep moving to the glistening Mediterranean coast and the Cote d'Azur's cosmopolitan capital, Nice. Soak up the sun-seeking atmosphere under the palm trees of the seafront promenade, tick off some must-see museums, explore the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum, wander the narrow winding streets of the romantic old town, and while away the evening in some of France's best bars and trendy restaurants.

    Train
    Rapallo - Nice 5h
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Train
    Nice - Monaco 30m
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Free Time
    Monaco Afternoon
    Enjoy free time to explore the Principality of Monaco.

    Train
    Monaco - Nice 30m
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 4 Nice/Barcelona


    Free morning in Nice, then travel by rail to Barcelona, arriving at night.

    Free Time
    Nice Morning
    Enjoy a free morning to check out the French Riviera.

    Train
    Nice - Barcelona 8h-9h
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 5 Barcelona

    Enjoy an orientation walk along Las Ramblas and stop at the famous Boqueria market. Free time to visit the Gaudi buildings, explore the Gothic Quarter, or chill out at the Barceloneta beach.

    Save up some energy for Barcelona's fantastic nightlife.

    Orientation Walk
    Barcelona
    Enjoy an orientation walk along Las Ramblas and stop at the famous Boqueria market.


    Free Time
    Barcelona Full Day
    With so much to see and do, don't waste any time-get out there!

    Optional Activities
    Gothic Quarter Visit
    Barcelona 2h-3h
    Free
    Uncover a different side of Barcelona. Visit the old Gothic Quarter with its maze of dark streets, historic cathedral, medieval buildings, bars, and cafes.

    La Barceloneta Visit
    Barcelona 30m-1h
    Free
    Take a stroll on the boardwalk in the neighbourhood of La Barceloneta, an area known for its beaches and waterfront walkway. Visit local restaurants and nightclubs or check out the monuments while there.

    Las Ramblas Visit
    Barcelona
    See and be seen on Las Ramblas, a large tree-lined pedestrian boulevard perfect for people watching and window shopping that ends at the harbourfront facing the Mediterranean Sea.

    La Sagrada Familia Visit
    Barcelona 1h-2h
    15-24EUR per person
    Visit Gaudi's most famous life work, the cathedral of La Sagrada Familia, an inspiring, yet, bizarre testament to the artist's unique vision.

    Parc Guell Visit
    Barcelona
    8 EUR per person
    Get away from it all with a visit to the imaginative Parc Guell. The fantastical works of Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) are scattered throughout Barcelona, a grouping of these including Guell Parc, Casa Mila, and the Crypt of La Sagrada Familia were established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Stroll the tree-lined paths and admire Gaudi's creative genius at play. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 6 Barcelona

    Enjoy another day to explore all that Barcelona has to offer.

    Free Time
    Barcelona Full Day
    Enjoy a full free day to wander through parks full of fantastical sculptures or people watch along the boardwalk.

    Optional Activities
    Gothic Quarter Visit
    Barcelona 2h-3h
    Free
    Uncover a different side of Barcelona. Visit the old Gothic Quarter with its maze of dark streets, historic cathedral, medieval buildings, bars, and cafes.

    La Barceloneta Visit
    Barcelona 30m-1h
    Free
    Take a stroll on the boardwalk in the neighbourhood of La Barceloneta, an area known for its beaches and waterfront walkway. Visit local restaurants and nightclubs or check out the monuments while there.

    Las Ramblas Visit
    Barcelona
    See and be seen on Las Ramblas, a large tree-lined pedestrian boulevard perfect for people watching and window shopping that ends at the harbourfront facing the Mediterranean Sea.

    La Sagrada Familia Visit
    Barcelona 1h-2h
    15-24EUR per person
    Visit Gaudi's most famous life work, the cathedral of La Sagrada Familia, an inspiring, yet, bizarre testament to the artist's unique vision.

    Parc Guell Visit
    Barcelona
    8EUR per person
    Get away from it all with a visit to the imaginative Parc Guell. The fantastical works of Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) are scattered throughout Barcelona, a grouping of these including Guell Parc, Casa Mila, and the Crypt of La Sagrada Familia were established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Stroll the tree-lined paths and admire Gaudi's creative genius at play. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 7 Barcelona/Valencia

    Take an orientation walk upon arrival, then enjoy free time to explore this city. Opt to check out the central market or rent a bike to explore the city, and be sure to try the city's famous dish - paella.

    The CEO will arrange an optional evening out to a local paella restaurant where you can eat your fill. Don't forget to try a few of the great Valencian wines!

    Local bus
    Barcelona - Valencia 4h30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Free Time
    Valencia Afternoon

    Get out and start exploring this coastal city.

    Optional Activities
    City of Arts and Sciences Visit
    Valencia 1h-2h
    40EUR per person
    Take a tour of the City of Arts and Sciences, a cultural and architectural complex designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava with Felix Candela - it's well worth a visit.

    Plaza de Canovas del Castillo Visit
    Valencia 30m-1h
    Free
    Join the action at the Plaza de Canovas del Castillo - at night people fill the bustling open terraces and street cafes.

    Carmen District Visit
    Valencia 3h-4h
    Free
    Make new friends and meet locals in the bustling open terraces and street cafes of the Carmen district; its cobbled streets come alive in the evening.

    Malvarrosa Beach Visit
    Valencia 2h-3h
    Free
    Head to Malvarrosa beach once the sun goes down, where people flock to romantic dance clubs with live music. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 8 Valencia/Granada

    Enjoy more free time to explore, then take an overnight bus to Granada.

    Free Time
    Valencia Full Day
    Hit the beach or explore more of the city during free time.

    Optional Activities
    City of Arts and Sciences Visit
    Valencia 1h-2h
    40EUR per person
    Take a tour of the City of Arts and Sciences, a cultural and architectural complex designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava with Felix Candela - it's well worth a visit.

    Plaza de Canovas del Castillo Visit
    Valencia 30m-1h
    Free
    Join the action at the Plaza de Canovas del Castillo - at night people fill the bustling open terraces and street cafes.

    Carmen District Visit
    Valencia 3h-4h
    Free
    Make new friends and meet locals in the bustling open terraces and street cafes of the Carmen district; its cobbled streets come alive in the evening.

    Malvarrosa Beach Visit
    Valencia 2h-3h
    Free
    Head to Malvarrosa beach once the sun goes down, where people flock to romantic dance clubs with live music.
    Overnight bus
    Valencia - Granada 8h 23:00
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 9 Granada

    Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival. Opt to visit the Alhambra or relax in one of the many hammam baths around town. Enjoy a tapas bar crawl with the group in the evening. First drink's on us.

    A trip to Granada wouldn't be the same without a night on the town, the city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Tapas Bar Crawl
    Granada
    Head out on the town to experience all culinary Granada has to offer. Enjoy a tapas bar crawl with the group in the evening. With each drink, a new plate of snacks arrives. With enough drinks, you won't have to buy dinner!

    Free Time
    Granada Afternoon
    Set out and see the sights.
    Optional Activities
    Alhambra Guided Tour
    Granada 2h-3h
    16 EUR per person
    Enjoy a guided visit of the Alhambra, one of the greatest accomplishments of Islamic art and architecture. Learn about Granada's reign as one of the region's most regal cities during the Muslim rule of Spain, which is captured in time within the Alhambra.
    Albaicin (El Albayzin) Visit
    Granada 1h-2h
    Free
    Take a wander through the historic quarter of the Albaicin. Try to head there for sunset. With its narrow lanes and fantastic views back to the Alhambra, visitors are rewarded with a spectacular colour-washed skyline when the sun goes down.

    Hammam (Turkish Bathhouse) Visit
    Granada 1h-2h
    55EUR per person
    Relax in one of the many hammam baths around town. Ranging in services depending on the establishment, some offer massages and serve mint tea, but all have amazing architecture and are a perfect place to soak and unwind. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 10 Granada/Seville

    Visit this thriving university town. Opt to visit the Real Alcazar, a Moorish palace, or take in an evening flamenco show.

    Train
    Granada - Seville 4h
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Free Time
    SevilleAfternoon
    Explore the winding alleyways and attractions of this university town.

    Optional Activities
    Alcazar Palace Visit
    Seville2h-3h
    13 EUR per person
    Explore the wonderful interiors and gardens of the Alcazar, a royal palace that was originally a Moorish fort. Arrive during the evening in the summer months (until mid-September) and enjoy a series of concerts in the beautiful setting of the Reales Alcazares.

    Flamenco Show
    Seville2h-3h
    18-30 EUR per person
    Enjoy a flamenco performance in the city known for the energetic dance. Be swept away by the flamenco's passion, fire, and grit!

    Santa Cruz Quarter Visit
    Seville15m-45m
    Free
    Visit the true heart of Seville - the Santa Cruz quarter, a charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares. Wander, shop, or just soak in the neighbourhood's quaint atmosphere while enjoying a refreshing drink (sangria, perhaps) at one of the local restaurants.

    La Giralda Visit
    Seville1h-2h
    9 EUR per person
    Climb the tower, known as La Giralda, adjacent to the world's largest Gothic cathedral for spectacular views and a walk among historic walls. The 76m (249 ft) Giralda was constructed by the Moors as a mosque between 1184 and 1197. In 1568, after the reconquest, Christians fit the minaret with its bell tower. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 11 Seville/Lagos

    Cross into Portugal and enjoy the Algarve Coast.

    Train
    Seville - Lagos 4h-5h
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 12 Lagos

    Spend the day on the Algarve with free time for hiking, water activities, or chilling out ocean-side.
    Free Time
    Lagos Full Day
    Spend free time today exploring the landscape on a hike or splashing in the waves.

    Optional Activities
    Swimming
    Lagos
    Head to one of the five spectacular beaches around Lagos to spend some time floating in the waves. Dona Ana Beach is a golden sand oasis nestled between enormous rock formations boasts the best view, while Meia Praia and Batata Beach are near the town centre.

    Coastal Hike in Algarve
    Lagos
    Free
    Enjoy a day outdoors hiking along the famous golden cliffs and sandy coves of the Algarve. Pack water, sunscreen, and a camera, and you're good to go! (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 13 Lagos/Lisbon

    Take a train up the coast to Portugal's vibrant capital, and enjoy an orientation walk. Free time to visit Cristo Rei for sweeping views of the area, check out the monuments of the Belem neighbourhood, or relax in a cafe. Indulge in the town's great nightlife.

    Train
    Lagos - Lisbon 4h-4h30m
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Free Time
    Lisbon Afternoon
    Enjoy a free afternoon to explore.

    Optional Activities
    Belem District Visit
    Lisbon 1h-2h30m
    Free-10EUR per person
    Discover Belem, a western suburb that's linked to Portugal's Golden Age of Discoveries - it was the site where famous navigators once set sail to discover the world. While there, take some time to tour other nearby must-see attractions: Estrela Prazeres, Estrela Gardens, Estrela Basilica, Mouraria Castelo, and the Church of Senhora da Sade, which boasts beautiful tiles and a carved wood altar.

    Alfama District Visit
    Lisbon 1h-2h
    Free
    Explore Lisbon's past in Alfama, one of the city's oldest quarters. Wander along narrow medieval streets lined with typical tile-covered facades and take a step back in time; the area largely survived the great earthquake of 1755, and still retains much of its original layout. Listen for Portugal's traditional music, fado, gracing the streets at night. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 14 Lisbon/Madrid

    Full day of free time before an overnight bus to Madrid.

    Free Time
    Lisbon Full Day
    Get out and explore.

    Optional Activities
    Alfama District Visit
    Lisbon 1h-2h
    Free
    Explore Lisbon's past in Alfama, one of the city's oldest quarters. Wander along narrow medieval streets lined with typical tile-covered facades and take a step back in time; the area largely survived the great earthquake of 1755, and still retains much of its original layout. Listen for Portugal's traditional music, fado, gracing the streets at night.

    Belem District Visit
    Lisbon 1h-2h 30m
    Free-10EUR per person
    Discover Belem, a western suburb that's linked to Portugal's Golden Age of Discoveries - it was the site where famous navigators once set sail to discover the world. While there, take some time to tour other nearby must-see attractions: Estrela Prazeres, Estrela Gardens, Estrela Basilica, Mouraria Castelo, and the Church of Senhora da Sade, which boasts beautiful tiles and a carved wood altar.
    Overnight bus
    Lisbon - Madrid
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 15 Madrid

    Enjoy Spain's beautiful capital on an orientation walk. Free time to visit its many sites, from art museums to sprawling squares. Opt to spend the final night with the group out on the town. Madrid's nightlife is world renowned!

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.


    Free Time
    Madrid Afternoon
    Head out and start exploring the city. Visit historical landmarks, tour a museum or head to a park for a picnic.

    Optional Activities
    Royal Palace (Palacio Real) Visit
    Madrid 1h-2h
    11EUR per person
    See how kings and queens live, with a visit to the Palacio Real, the official (and uninhabited) palace of the King of Spain. Wander the rooms to take in some of the most elaborately decorated and furnished rooms you'll ever see.

    Gran Via Visit
    Madrid 1h-2h
    Free
    Shop, stroll, and people watch on the capital's most exciting street, Gran Via. Go early or late, the street stays awake all hours.

    Plaza Mayor Visit
    Madrid 15m-30m
    Free
    Enjoy some spectacular people watching with a visit to the Plaza Mayor, the true heart of the city. Enjoy a coffee in one of the plaza's many cafes and watch the world go by.

    Museo Nacional Del Prado Visit
    Madrid 30m-1h
    14EUR per person
    Take in some culture with a trip to the Museo del Prado, one of the greatest art galleries in the world, and a definite highlight of any Madrid trip. Be inspired by its collections and exhibitions: the museum's main emphasis is 15th to 19th century Spanish, Flemish, and Italian art, but there is plenty of Goya and a wealth of paintings by Diego Velazquez. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 16 Depart Madrid

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (None (Meals on your own))

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD420-550 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.


  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 14 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. It is important to note that in Europe, all guiding is based around local guides, all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city. As such, our leaders are able to provide orientation walks which will show you the layout of each town and city as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats, but are unable to legally share historical facts and figures in public places.

  10. n Europe it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels or other public places. We use public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses etc. and also possibly up several flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses. It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage which is compact and lightweight, and which you can easily transport. The carrying of your luggage remains your responsibility at all times.

  11. This trip has a fast-paced itinerary with some long transport days - please check the itinerary carefully before deciding if this trip suits your needs.


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