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Mediterranean Quest

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The one that gives you 9 days of endless coastal vibes, from Barcelona to Rome

Travel Style

Iconic Essentials

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    9 days

  • Countries

    5 Countries

  • Meals

    8 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Barcelona, Nice, Cinque Terre, Florence, Sorrento, Rome, French Riviera, Monaco, Pisa, Capri, Pompeii, Vatican City

Top Experiences

10 included & 8 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur

    Included

    Nice

  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino

    Included

    Monaco

  • Catch a train along the Cinque Terre

    Included

    Cinque Terre

  • Ride bikes through the old town of Nice and soak up the history

    EUR 25.00

    Nice

  • Tuscan Evening

    EUR 46.00

    Florence

  • Cruise around the shimmering waters of the Isle of Capri (Summer Only)

    EUR 28.00

    Capri

Mediterranean Quest

10 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur
  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino
  • Catch a train along the Cinque Terre
  • Visit the town of Monterosso
  • Leather craft demonstration
  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap
  • Scenic Amalfi Drive & Visit Positano (Winter Only)
  • Visit the famous Isle of Capri and soak up the sun, sea and sand
  • Soak up spectacular views along the Amalfi Coast on a scenic drive
  • See Mount Vesuvius

8 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Ride bikes through the old town of Nice and soak up the history EUR 25.00
  • Indulge in a French four-course spread in glamorous Monaco EUR 41.00
  • Tuscan Evening EUR 46.00
  • Mozzarella Farm EUR 28.00
  • Cruise around the shimmering waters of the Isle of Capri (Summer Only) EUR 28.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 41.00
  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii EUR 24.50
  • Vatican Tour EUR 41.00

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 8 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    6 nights in Hostel, 1 night in Hotel or Hostel, 1 night in Hotel

    Snooze in a combination of funky hostels and hotels for 9 nights in same-sex quad-share accommodation.

About this trip

This one drifts through the blue seas & dreamy architecture of the Mediterranean Coast. From Barcelona through Nice, Sorrento, Rome and Florence, with an unlimited train ticket to the dramatic coastal villages of Cinque Terre & the chance to partake in a pasta cooking class in Rome, this Mediterranean Quest is all about blue seas, Roman architecture and indulgent days of pasta, palaces and pretty coastlines. Sun-seekers, foodies and photographers: here are your paradise destinations. Italy, France and Spain have never looked so good.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. Barcelona

  2. 2 2 nights

    Nice

  3. via via

    French Riviera

  4. via via

    Monaco

  5. 1 1 night

    Cinque Terre

  6. via via

    Pisa

  7. 1 1 night

    Florence

  8. 2 2 nights

    Sorrento

  9. via via

    Capri

  10. via via

    Pompeii

  11. 2 2 nights

    Rome

  12. Vatican City

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DAY 1 - Barcelona to Nice

Barcelona

Good morning travellers, rise and shine!  Meet up with your Trip Manager this morning and your new Contiki Squad today as we say farewell to the home of Gaudi, sangria and year-round sunshine! 

Nice

Unwind on the coach, listen to some music and chill with the squad as you take in the rustic beauty of Provence, known for its pretty landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs. Then we hit the rugged coast line of the stunning Côte d’Azur. Follow the beautiful sapphire waters past the movie-star glamour of Cannes (famous for its annual film festival), to the palm trees and sun-soaked shores of Nice.

Stay

Ozz Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur

DAY 2 - Nice including French Riviera and Monaco

Nice

Missing an opportunity to see this part of the world up close and personal would be criminal. Speaking of things you shouldn't miss, this region is famous for lavender honey, aioli & rosé wine; all 3 in one meal should be your mission. 

Monaco

Please tell us you didn't throw away all of your pennies on perfume today? Because you're going to want a few spare coins tonight so you can play fancy. We're visiting the Monte Carlo Casino & the Royal Palace in Monaco.  

Nice

After a night on the blackjack table it's back to the coast and to bed, the next part of the adventure starts tomorrow. 

Stay

Ozz Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Ride bikes through the old town of Nice and soak up the history

    EUR 25.00

  • Indulge in a French four-course spread in glamorous Monaco

    EUR 41.00

DAY 3 - Nice to Cinque Terre

Nice

Having exhausted all our hilarious Nice puns, we'll head south in search of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cinque Terre.

Cinque Terre

Welcome to Cinque Terre, the sexiest collection of fishing villages on the planet. Armed with your rail pass, spend the day absorbing the dramatic beauty of this place, but we suggest you get out for a hike, a food crawl, some vino or all of the above.

Stay

Ala Bianca Hotel Ameglia (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Catch a train along the Cinque Terre

  • Visit the town of Monterosso

DAY 4 - Cinque Terre to Florence via Pisa

Cinque Terre

Have an extra coffee before we make tracks this morning, the extra energy hit will serve you well as we're gallivanting around Italy swooping from one wow moment to another.

Pisa

As if we were going to leg it to Florence without a sneaky side trip to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Depriving you of the chance to perfect the holding-up-the-tower shot would be down right criminal. 

Florence

Explore the city's markets complete with gelato in hand; marvel at artworks from the likes of legends like Michelangelo; and be impressed by the skillful art of leather at an included demonstration. These are the sorts of activities likely to fill your Florence agenda. 

Stay

WOW Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration

  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tuscan Evening

    EUR 46.00

DAY 5 - Florence to Sorrento

Florence

After farewell-ing Florence this morning we will journey along the boot of Italy until we reach the globally adored town of Sorrento for some blissed out coast hangs. 

Sorrento

"So so so so in love with Sorrento" are about the only words you'll muster up tonight as you sit seaside watching the sunset in this town of beauty.

Stay

Sisters Hotel Piano di Sorrento (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Mozzarella Farm

    EUR 28.00

DAY 6 - Sorrento

Sorrento

It simply wouldn't be a trip to Sorrento without a side note to...

Capri

…the island of Capri! We'll sail over the Tyrrhenian Sea taking in the glorious waters and majestic beauty of coastal Italy. Once on Isle of Capri, you can roam the hillside town of Anacapri, sip too many cups of coffee, and marvel at how the cliffs meet the sea.

Stay

Sisters Hotel Piano di Sorrento (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic Amalfi Drive & Visit Positano (Winter Only)

  • Visit the famous Isle of Capri and soak up the sun, sea and sand

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Cruise around the shimmering waters of the Isle of Capri (Summer Only)

    EUR 28.00

DAY 7 - Sorrento to Rome via Pompeii

Sorrento

Another glorious Italian day awaits us. Iconic sites and ancient history will keep our jaws at floor level until our heads hit our pillows.

Pompeii

After less than an hour gazing lovingly out of our windows at the Amalfi Coast, it will be time for a stop. Here in the ancient city of Pompeii you will have the chance to partake in a guided walking tour taking in Roman city remains.

Rome

Today's roadtrip beauty is never-ending as we take in the volcanic beauty of Mt. Vesuvius en route to Rome. On arrival in the open time capsule that is Italy's capital, your Trip Manager will get you straight into the sightseeing. The Roman Forum and Colosseum can both be ticked off your list should you be in the mood for a little history.  

Stay

The Yellow Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Soak up spectacular views along the Amalfi Coast on a scenic drive

  • See Mount Vesuvius

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 41.00

  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii

    EUR 24.50

DAY 8 - Rome with Vatican City

Rome

Rome wasn't built in a day but we sure can try and see it all in one day!

Vatican City

When in Rome...take an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Religious or not, the Vatican's Italian Renaissance church will send shivers down your spine.

Rome

Snap pink azaleas by the Colosseum, throw coins in fountains and sip espresso in a pretty street watching Italian life float by.

Stay

The Yellow Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Vatican Tour

    EUR 41.00

DAY 9 - Depart Rome

Rome

The best week of your life has almost come to an end, hug it out after breakfast & make plans to reunite outside of Rome. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What documents do I need to travel?

Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

IMPORTANT
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot


In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi in all places except Greece, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).