Day 6 Avignon to Barcelona, Spain.
The famous Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard is our stop en-route. Then Barcelona, a cosmopolitan city famous for Gaudi architecture and buzzing nightlife. (Buzzing nightlife is an understatement. We went out for delicious steaks for dinner, to a cocktail bar where we drank heaps of sangria and then went dancing until the sun was coming up.)
Day 7 Barcelona.
Exploring Barcelona is exciting and varied. Visit Sagrada Familia, check out the beach or shop on Las Ramblas – so many choices!
Day 8 Barcelona to French Riviera, France.
Follow the Mediterranean coast to the home of the rich and famous – the Cote d’Azur.
Day 9 French Riviera.
Time today to discover this glamorous area. Try celebrity spotting in Nice or simply relax on the beach! Tonight visit the casinos of Monaco. (OMG, the casinos were expensive. I spent equivalent of $30 on a MOCKTAIL. yes MOCKTAIL – it didn’t even have alcohol in it!)
Day 10 French Riviera to Venice, Italy.
We cross the Italian border today, stopping off in Verona before arriving in Venice.
Day 11 Venice.
View the traffic on the Grand Canal of Venice from the decks of a vaporetto, and enjoy our included walking tour which unveils superb Venetian treasures. (the gondola tour was such a unique way to see a city and it just makes sense doing it in Venice)
Day 12 Venice to Florence.
Traversing Italy, we stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa before arriving in Florence. Enjoy the taste of Tuscany.
Day 13 Florence to Rome.
(This day started with a stop in Orvieto – a beautiful hilltop town complete with surrounding defence wall).
Onwards to Rome. Our walking tour includes highlights such as the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum. (yes, yes, yes! I did ancient history in high school and was always desperate to get to Rome! It didn’t disappoint)
Day 14 Rome.
Our trip ends today after visiting Vatican City.