Rome to Barcelona by train

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Rome to Barcelona by train


9 days visting Rome, La Spezia, Nice & Barcelona

This one explores Europe the classic way, taking the train from Rome to Barcelona' via La Spezia, Nice and Montpellier. Along the way you’ll get to soak up the sun-kissed coastal beauty of the med, with heaps of scenic views, golden beaches, verdant vineyards and unforgettable travel experiences.

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Join our crew of content creators, influencers and strangers on a journey of food, friendships and comfort zones as they take the Contiki express from Rome to Barcelona.

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Visit the Colosseum

Rome, Italy | Day 1

You've heard so much about the Colosseum, you've seen it pictured so many times - but actually walking through the emperor's entrance of the Ancient Roman bowl (avoiding the huge queues is a perk of visiting with Contiki) is something else entirely.

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Soak up coastal views

La Spezia to Nice | Day 3 to 4

The best part about trains is they get you off the highways and let you soak up some serious scenery. Take the famous journey from La Spezia to Nice, on which you’ll wind past stunning beaches, plunging mountainsides, lush woodlands and glittering waters. Believe us when we say you won’t be able to stop gazing out of the window.

Make your own pesto in Cinque Terre

Amalfi Coast, Italy | Day 3

In the riviera town of Sestri Levante, learn the art of of pesto making with a crew of professional chefs, before they cook up your creations with fresh pasta.

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Beachfront yoga

Nice, France | Day 5

After being transfixed by the sun rising over Nice’s opulent waterfront, keep the zen going with a morning yoga class, as your teacher takes you through a relaxing but rewarding routine to the sound of the waves lapping on the shore.

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Hike Cinque Terre

Amalfi Coast, Italy | Day 3

Some people think Cinque Terre is just one place, but it actually translates to the 'five lands.’ With your included unlimited Cinque Terre hike and train ticket, you can trek from town to town, admiring the pastel-hued houses, grapevines, medieval relics and dramatic cliffs of this unique stretch of coastline (and then hop on a train when you get tired).

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Bike to an organic vineyard

Nice, France | Day 5

Setting off from the Promenade des Anglais, this e-bike tour gives you an extra push when you need it, taking you off the tourist trail and up into the gorgeous hills above Nice to an organic vineyard. Here, you’ll meet the passionate winemakers, who will walk you through the organic wine making process, before you sample his wines and finish up with a picnic lunch under an olive tree.


Experience passionate Flamenco

Barcelona, Spain | Day 8

A fusion of dance, guitar, singing and plenty of finger snapping, the sultry art of flamenco is a Spanish tradition brimming with passion, intensity and technical skill. Experience this art form for yourself on a traditional flamenco evening in Barcelona, where you’ll get up close to these remarkable performers and enjoy some delicious tapas.