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Rome to Barcelona by Train

(From March 2021)

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The one that makes tracks for Barcelona, taking the train and stopping off at La Spezia, Nice & Marseille

Travel Style

Discoverer

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  • Duration

    9 days

  • Countries

    4 Countries

  • Meals

    8 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Train

  • Group Size

    Max 24 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager and Local Guides

Rome, La Spezia, Nice, Marseille, Barcelona, Monaco

Top Experiences

5 included & 5 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain

    Included

    Rome

  • Hike between the pastel coloured 5 towns of the Cinque Terre National Park

    Included

    La Spezia

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

    Included

    Barcelona

Rome to Barcelona by Train (From March 2021)

5 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain
  • Day pass to the Cinque Terre
  • Hike between the pastel coloured 5 towns of the Cinque Terre National Park
  • Stroll along the promenade or take a dip in the luminous ocean with a day at the beach in Nice
  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas

5 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Learn how to make your own pesto & eat it served with fresh pasta in Cinque Terre
  • Ride e-bikes to an organic vineyard in the spectacular hills above Nice EUR 75.00
  • Cook up tortilla & paella at Mescladis, a non-profit entity who train and employ recent refugee and newcomers to the city of Barcelona (Contiki Cares)
  • Explore the baroque beauty of Barcelona with a bike tour EUR 24.00
  • Flamenco Show with Dinner EUR 64.00

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 8 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    Our European selection of hotels will be your accommodation of choice for 8 fabulous nights. Sleep twin share, or upgrade to a single room if you prefer to sleep alone.

About this trip

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 e-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. 

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Map & Itinerary

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  • End location
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  • River route
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Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Rome

  2. 2 2 nights

    La Spezia

  3. 2 2 nights

    Nice

  4. via via

    Monaco

  5. 1 1 night

    Marseille

  6. 2 2 nights

    Barcelona

DAY 1 - Arrive Rome

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!

Stay

Smart Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain

DAY 2 - Rome to La Spezia

Rome

After breakfast this morning we'll have a chance to explore more of Rome's ornate piazzas and gorgeous fountains (it's easy to see why this was once the capital of the world). Then, it's time to board a train to La Spezia.

La Spezia

Welcome to the Italian Riviera! This evening is your chance to learn how to make pesto in its spiritual home, guided by local chefs who know this recipe better than anyone. Once you're proud of your creation, they'll toss your handmade pesto together with fresh pasta and serve you a meal in their historic restaurant. It's only been 2 days and you've already fallen head over heels for Italy.

Stay

Poet Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Learn how to make your own pesto & eat it served with fresh pasta in Cinque Terre

DAY 3 - La Spezia

La Spezia

Today we're headed to Cinque Terre, the glittering star of postcards and insta feeds all over the world. Is there a coastline on earth more enchanting than this? Pastel-hued villages, dramatic terraced cliffs, lush gardens, medieval monuments & pristine waters make for an unmissable experience. We make exploring the '5 lands' even easier, with an unlimited train-and-hike travel card included in the price of your trip, so whether you choose to hike, train, boat or eat your way through Cinque Terre, you'll fall in love with this sun-drenched coast, and so will your Instagram feed.

Stay

Poet Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Day pass to the Cinque Terre

  • Hike between the pastel coloured 5 towns of the Cinque Terre National Park

DAY 4 - La Spezia to Nice

La Spezia

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.

Nice

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. 

Stay

Monsigny Nice (or similar)

DAY 5 - Nice

Nice

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. 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?

Stay

Monsigny Nice (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Stroll along the promenade or take a dip in the luminous ocean with a day at the beach in Nice

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Ride e-bikes to an organic vineyard in the spectacular hills above Nice and sample local wines

    EUR 75.00

DAY 6 - Nice to Marseille

Nice

Just a short train ride this morning, as we head to the edgy riviera town of Marseille along the gorgeous Mediterranean coast.

Marseille

Edgy, stylish and beautiful, Marseille is French culture all over. With white sandy beaches, woozy little backstreets and grand promenades, this multicultural place is predominantly made up of students, giving it an energy not usually found in coastal cities. Breathe in the sites of this charming place before heading out for some dinner, before watching the world go by with a glass of wine.

Stay

Greet Hotel (or similar)

DAY 7 - Marseille to Barcelona

Marseille

See ya France, we're headed to another intoxicating country this morning after breakfast.

Barcelona

New day, new country, and as we travel south past the snow-capped Pyrenees we'll fall in love with the scenery before reaching one of the world's most uniquely beautiful cities: Barcelona. A seaside metropolis that's heaving with culture, passion and energy, we'll waste no time getting to grips with Spain's stunning second city. On arrival we'll take in the baroque sites such as Gaudi's stunning Sagrada Familia - the unfinished masterpiece still under construction -  Las Ramblas and more. This evening, why not discover why the Spanish are so famous for their fiestas by checking out the local nightlife?

Stay

Hotel Viladomat (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Cook up tortilla & paella at Mescladis, a non-profit entity who train and employ recent refugee and newcomers to the city of Barcelona (Contiki Cares)

DAY 8 - Barcelona

Barcelona

 They say this city sizzles and we couldn't agree more. Today is all yours to explore! 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 still a worthy memory and insta upload. Parc Guell could be next on the list - or maybe take to the backstreets for some endless tapas and paella, washed down with sangria. Fancy cooling down? Head to the golden sands of Barcelona's beach, the cherry on top this incredible city. As a last hoorah, head to our optional flamenco show, where you'll experience this passionate dance up close, before feasting on some local tapas.

Stay

Hotel Viladomat (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore the baroque beauty of Barcelona with a bike tour

    EUR 24.00

  • Flamenco Show with Dinner

    EUR 64.00

DAY 9 - End Barcelona

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?

Stay

Hotel Viladomat (or similar)

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