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Quest to Rome

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The one that combines France, Spain and Italy - a trio like no other

Travel Style

Iconic Essentials

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

  • Duration

    16 days

  • Countries

    6 Countries

  • Meals

    15 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 42 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager & Driver Team and Local Guides

London, Paris, Bordeaux, San Sebastian, Barcelona, Nice, Cinque Terre, Florence, Sorrento, Rome, Dover, Calais, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Zaragoza, French Riviera, Monaco, Pisa, Capri, Pompeii, Vatican City

Top Experiences

17 included & 13 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris

    Included

    Paris

  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral

    Included

    Paris

  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex

    Included

    Barcelona

  • Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with some tapas

    EUR 50.00

    Barcelona

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

    EUR 25.00

    Nice

  • Tuscan Evening

    EUR 46.00

    Florence

Quest to Rome

17 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris
  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Visit the town famous for its wine
  • See the Parte Vieja, Playa de la Concha and Centro Romántico
  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas
  • 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
  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a 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

13 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Eat a Parisian feast in the oh-so-chic district of Montmartre EUR 38.00
  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret Show EUR 82.00
  • Eat pinxtos in local bars & learn about San Sebastian and with every food tour purchase a meal is donated to a person in need (Contiki Cares) EUR 45.00
  • Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with some tapas EUR 50.00
  • 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
  • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica and the art of the Vatican Museums EUR 41.00
  • Vatican Tour EUR 41.00

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 15 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    13 nights in Hostel, 2 nights in Hotel

    Snooze in a combination of funky hostels and hotels for 16 nights in same-sex quad-share accommodation.

About this trip

France, Spain and Italy - a trio like no other. 16-days in perhaps the most alluring region of Europe will have you feeling right at home. Wine regions, boats to small islands and 9 World Heritage Sites will leave you hands down smitten.

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Map & Itinerary

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

Nights spent per location

  1. London

  2. via via

    Dover

  3. via via

    Calais

  4. 2 2 nights

    Paris

  5. 1 1 night

    Bordeaux

  6. via via

    Saint-Jean-de-Luz

  7. 2 2 nights

    San Sebastian

  8. via via

    Zaragoza

  9. 2 2 nights

    Barcelona

  10. 2 2 nights

    Nice

  11. via via

    French Riviera

  12. via via

    Monaco

  13. 1 1 night

    Cinque Terre

  14. via via

    Pisa

  15. 1 1 night

    Florence

  16. 2 2 nights

    Sorrento

  17. via via

    Capri

  18. via via

    Pompeii

  19. 2 2 nights

    Rome

  20. Vatican City

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DAY 1 - London to Paris

London

Welcome to the first day of the best holiday of your life - we're calling it early! After a few pleasantries in London we'll get the show on the road with Paris in our sights. 

Dover

A few hours in and your jaws are on the floor already. These chalk cliffs that edge the English coastline are known as the White Cliffs of Dover, the first of many natural beauties we'll see on trip. 

Calais

After we ferry across the English Channel for France we'll arrive in Calais, where we will take in the history of World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme. 

Paris

Kicking off night one, we arrive in none other than the lust-worthy Paris! It's straight down to business with champagne, escargot & a tour of the city lit up by the lights of night. 

Stay

Ibis Budget Porte de Bagnolet (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris

  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral

  • See the White Cliffs of Dover

DAY 2 - Paris

Paris

Drool over haute couture you can't afford, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral whilst juggling coffee and crêpes, & get artsy at the many museums of the Louvre. Just don't wear yourself out, you will probably want to get involved with dinner and a cabaret show. Smitten and it's only day two!

Stay

Ibis Budget Porte de Bagnolet (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Eat a Parisian feast in the oh-so-chic district of Montmartre

    EUR 38.00

  • Watch a succession of performers whirl by as you sip champagne at a Parisian Cabaret Show

    EUR 82.00

DAY 3 - Paris to Bordeaux

Paris

Wipe away your tears sad travellers! Paris is not going anywhere, you can always come back and visit her again. You, on the other hand, are going somewhere, and it's somewhere pretty magnificent...

Bordeaux

Wise folk tell us that wine has been produced in Bordeaux since the 1st Century - that's a long time, which means they know what they're doing. And it's not just the vin that has dragged us here, it's a pretty place to boot featuring its famous Miroir d'eau (water mirror). 

Stay

Ibis Budget Bordeaux Centre Meriadeck (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the town famous for its wine

DAY 4 - Bordeaux to San Sebastian via Saint Jean de-Luz

Bordeaux

Breathe in your last breath of Bordeaux before we hit the road in search of the Spanish border. In just a few short hours we'll be beach side and exploring San Sebastian.

Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Keep your swimmers out for our stop at a local fishing village for a dip and some people watching in this cute little town on the French and Spanish border. 

San Sebastian

With two nights in Spain's coastal town of San Sebastian, it will be hard to wipe the smiles off our faces. Flop on the beach or take a walk to the aquarium where you can get a closer look at Isla de Santa Clara. The night is yours. 

Stay

Koisi Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Eat pinxtos in local bars & learn about San Sebastian and with every food tour purchase a meal is donated to a person in need (Contiki Cares)

    EUR 45.00

DAY 5 - San Sebastian

San Sebastian

We'll be dropping lots of delicious sounding words today as we explore Parte Vieja, Playa de la Concha and Centro Romántico. Say it again: Romántico! Follow the cobblestone roads & soak up San Sebastian's coastline. Here you can learn to surf, lounge on the beach, or bar hop until you're sinking in pintxos. 

Stay

Koisi Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Parte Vieja, Playa de la Concha and Centro Romántico

DAY 6 - San Sebastian to Barcelona via Zaragoza

San Sebastian

Having settled into life with afternoon siestas, today will only be a departure from San Sebastian, leaving Spain is not on the agenda. Sigh with relief.

Zaragoza

This town comes complete with a baroque Basilica, a perfect combination of Islamic and Gothic architecture and truly a sight to behold.

Barcelona

Hola Barcelona...The first dose of Mediterranean Sea! That's if you can drag yourself away from the intoxicating city & get to the beach. Unique gothic architecture, round the clock parties & plenty of street life will leave you spellbound by Barcelona. 

Stay

Generator Barcelona (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with some tapas

    EUR 50.00

DAY 7 - Barcelona

Barcelona

They say this sexy city sizzles and we couldn't agree more. For a taste of what you can do, here's just a start of the never-ending list. Channel Gaudi at Sagrada Familia, his greatest masterpiece, started in 1882. This labour of love is still not compete, but is one for the Instagram upload for sure. Parc Guell could be next on the list, followed by a swim at the beach, and of course taking to the backstreets for some endless tapas and paella. Washed down with sangria of course. 

Stay

Generator Barcelona (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas

DAY 8 - Barcelona to Nice

Barcelona

As smitten as we are by Barcelona, we have more of Europe to conquer. Much, much more... 

Nice

You're not a real celebrity until you've frolicked on the French Riviera, and who are we to keep you off the A-List? Sapphire waters & endless glamour as we roll through this glitzy coastline. 

Stay

Ozz Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur

DAY 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - 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 12 - 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 13 - 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 14 - 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 15 - Rome

Rome

Rome wasn't built in a day - so get up and get going early to make the most of this ancient city.

Vatican City

You can also choose to uncover the home of the Pope at the Vatican Museums, including Michaelangelo's Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica; with a Local Guide on your side, no question will go unanswered.
 

Rome

Then hit the streets for your own discoveries. 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

  • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica & the art of the Vatican Museums

    EUR 41.00

  • Vatican Tour

    EUR 41.00

DAY 16 - Depart Rome

Rome

The best 2 weeks of your life has come to an end - you have our complete sympathy. If anyone understands the pain of ended travels, it's us (and your new Contiki collective). Hug it out after breakfast & make plans to reunite outside of Rome. 

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