Rome to Madrid on a Shoestring
Thought Mediterranean Europe was out of your reach? Think again. Take two weeks to voyage through France, Italy, Monaco, Spain, and Portugal, hitting up tons of major highlights (the French Riviera, Rome, Cinque Terre, Lisbon, and Madrid among them) for way less than you’d think – meaning more cash to spend on delicious tapas and dancing at nightclubs. And if you’re all worn out from the party scene, recharge your batteries on exotic beaches and get a taste of Europe’s high culture and slow-paced life.
Visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Cinque Terre park fee, unlimited train ticket, and CEO-led hike. Visit to Monaco. Tapas bar crawl (Granada). Orientation walks in Barcelona, Granada, Lisbon, and Madrid. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Explore Moorish palaces and great Iberian cities, sample some of Europe’s best cuisines, chill out on the Algarve coast, mingle with the locals on the French Riviera, walk by ancient history in Rome.
1. It is important to note that in Europe, all guiding is based around local guides, all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city. As such, our leaders are able to provide orientation walks which will show you the layout of each town and city as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats, but are unable to legally share historical facts and figures in public places.
2. In Europe it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels or other public places. We use public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses etc. and also possibly up several flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses. It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage which is compact and lightweight, and which you can easily transport. The carrying of your luggage remains your responsibility at all times.
3.This trip has a fast-paced itinerary with some long transport days – please check the itinerary carefully before deciding if this trip suits your needs.
Group Leader Description
This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
Group Size Notes
Max 16, avg 14.
Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options.
Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. While trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients.
For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
Train, bus, plane, walking.
About our Transportation
On this trip we will use local buses and trains for intercity transport and a mix of metro (subway), local bus, taxis and walking for transport between hotels and bus/train stations. Please be prepared to carry your own bags short distances (20-30 mins max) between hotels and transport, as well as to lift your bags on and off buses and trains. Please note that there is often limited luggage storage space on public transport.
As we rely heavily on public transportation during this trip, we ask you to be flexible for possible changes in the modes of transport and schedules, which may necessitate small itinerary changes.
Hostels (13 nts, multi-share), overnight bus (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt).
The variety and local flavour of our accommodation is a favourite part of our European Yolo trips. Although the properties we use are simply furnished and with few facilities, we base our choices on location, character and cleanliness. We will stay in a mixture of hotels, hostels, private rooms in local households and wooden cabins on the beach.
Some accommodation on this tour is multi-share on a single-sex basis. This may involve 4-6 group members sharing and even (on rare occasions) dormitory-style rooms for the whole group. The majority of accommodation will have shared bathroom facilities.
Couples: Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in Europe we are not able to take requests for double or matrimonial beds on this tour. Where we use multi-share hostels, couples will likely be split into separate rooms.
Via Giovanni Amendola, 77
00185 Rome, Italy
Tel: +39 06 4745480
Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to the city on day 1 (or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us), please make your way to the joining hotel. Note that check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!
If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day.
GETTING TO HOTEL CHERUBINI:
By Bus from the Airport:
Shuttle buses run from Fiumicino airport and Ciampino Airport to Termini station in the city centre approximately every half hour. Look for the Terravision stand at the arrival terminal. Cost is €5 one way and takes approximately 1hour.
By Train from the Airport:
The Leonardo Express is the name of the train that will shuttle you from Rome’s main international airport, Fiumicino, to central Rome’s Termini station. A Leonardo Express train leaves every half hour in each direction.
Trains to Roma Termini Station start at 6:35 in the morning with trains running at 5 and 35 minutes after the hour. The last train of the day departs at 11.35pm. The train station is open 4am to 1am and covers 35 km in around 30 minutes. Cost is 14 Euros per person. Tickets for Leonardo Express are available at rail ticket office, newspaper seller tobacconist’s, and self-service tellers, each located in the railway station atrium.
You must always stamp tickets in the machines on the platform before starting your journey.
To find the hotel, exit the station using the Via Giolitti exit on the left hand side if you have your back to the trains. Cross the road and continue down Via Manin. Walk to the end of the block and you will see the hotel in front of you.
By Taxi from the Airport:
Taxis run fixed rates to and from airports. The rate is 40 EUR. The rate for designated Fiumicino taxi drivers is 60 EUR and are inclusive of luggage, for a maximum of four passengers.
Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Operator (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Office, London, UK
After hours emergency number: +44 7817 262559
If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.
Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
•Light fleece top
•Light windproof/waterproof jacket
•Small towel and swimwear
•Personal clothing for mild to hot weather (See also “What to Take” and “Local Dress” sections of this dossier)
•Sturdy walking shoes
•Watch or alarm clock
-Camera with extra memory cards and batteries
-Waterproof backpack cover
•Passport (with photocopies)
•Travel insurance (with photocopies)
•Airline tickets (with photocopies)
•Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
•G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
•Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our accommdation for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap. Your CEO can also show you where the you can get your laundry done.
Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances but you must remember to bring your PIN number (be aware that many ATM machines only accept 4-digit PINs). Both Cirrus and Plus system cards are the most widely accepted debit cards. Visa cards are the most widely accepted credit cards. While ATMs are commonly available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work – Check with your bank. You should be aware when purchasing products or services on a credit card, that a fee usually applies.
Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of Euros, traveller’s cheques and cards is best. Avoid relying on traveller’s cheques alone as these are less and less readily cashed as clients use them very little.
Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.
It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2). Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from €3-5 per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO or skipper did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €20-25 per person, per week can be used.
Your local guide or CEO will recommend different optional activities, feel free to ask him/her for more information.
Colosseum & Roman Forum (combined ticket) – €12
Vatican Museums including Sistine Chapel – €18
St Peter’s dome climb – €8
Capitoline Museum – €8
Time Elevator – €11 (€9.20 child)
Techno Town – €6
Catacombs of San Callisto – €5
Pantheon – free
Borghese Gallery – €13
Roma Pass – €23
Hop on/off Tourist Bus – €24
Sagrada Familia – €16(additional €1 – €10 for guided tour)
Picasso Museum – €11
Other Gaudi Houses – €8 – €15
Palau Musica- €12
Barcelona Football Club – €8.50 (museum only), 13 Euros(museum & tour)
Various other museums €5 – €13
Combined Entry (Hemisferic, Oceanografic (Aquarium), Science Museum) – €35 (separate entries also available)
Fine Arts Museum – free
Sun Bed and Umbrella Rental on beach €10
Bike tour (various) – €30-€50
Cathedral – €4
Royal Chapel – €3.50
Traditional Flamenco Show – €15
Walking City Tour – €15
Real Alcázar – €7.50
Cathedral and Giralda – €8
Casa Pilates – €6
City Bus Tour – €16
Arab Baths (Hammam) – €28
Castello Sao Jorge – €5
Elevator Santa Justa – €5
Scenic tram 28 – 24 hour tram ticket €5
Belem – Entry to Jeronimo Monastery €8 / Entry to Belem tower €5
Sintra – €12 transport + €8 Palace entrance
Various museums – Modern Art / Carriages / Ancient Art / Design / Tile from – €3-€15
Prado Museum – €8
Hop on hop off bus – €20
Reina Sofia Museum – €6 (Closed Tuesdays)
Botanical Garden and Retiro Park – Free
Thyssen Museum – €8
Palacio Real – €10
Day Tour to Avila & Segovian – €75
Day tour of Toledo – €50
Day tour El Escorial – €43
All prices are per person (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings in this dossier for trip specific information. For travellers over 70 years a completed Medical Form is required. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.
Safety and Security
A Couple of Rules
Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation
In Italy, shoulders should be covered while visiting churches and cathedrals. Ask your CEO for more specific advice.
Travel Forum - The Watering Hole
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
Allow USD420-550 for meals not included.
1 breakfast, 0 lunches, 0 dinners
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Day 1 Rome
Arrive at any time.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Rome/Rapallo (1B)
Stop at Pisa to check out the Leaning Tower en route to the beautiful Italian Riviera.
Leaning Tower of Pisa Visit
Train (3.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Rapallo
Walk the coastal path between Riomaggiore and Monterosso or opt to take the train. Visit charming, colourful towns along the way with an included national park pass and unlimited train ticket.
National Park Pass and Unlimited Train Ticket
Day 4 Rapallo/Nice
Continue to the French Riviera and enjoy an included excursion to Monaco.
Train (0.50 hour(s))
Train (0.50 hour(s))
Day 5 Nice
Enjoy a free day to take a cycling tour, go for a hike along the coast, or take a day trip to nearby beaches and villages.
Day 6 Nice/Barcelona
Hop on a flight and finish up in Barcelona.
Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Barcelona
Get out and explore all that Barcelona has to offer.
Day 8 Barcelona/Granada
Enjoy an orientation walk along Las Ramblas, including a stop at the famous Boqueria market. Free time to visit the Gaudí buildings, explore the Gothic Quarter, or chill out at the Barceloneta beach before boarding an overnight train to Granada.
Overnight train (beds)
Day 9 Granada
A trip to Granada wouldn’t be the same without a night on the town; the city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene.
If you would like to visit the Alhambra, you must pre-book your tickets through this website: http://www.ticketmaster.es/en/recintos/la-alhambra-de-granada/
Please book tickets for the afternoon of Day 3. Tickets almost always sell out in advance, so if you do not pre-book a ticket, it is highly likely you will not be able to visit the Alhambra.
Tapas Bar Crawl
Day 10 Granada/Seville
Explore this thriving university town. Opt to visit the Real Alcázar, a Moorish palace, or take in an evening flamenco show.
Train (4.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Seville/Lagos
Cross into Portugal, and enjoy the Algarve Coast.
Train (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 12 Lagos
Spend the day on the Algarve with free time for hiking, water activities, or chilling out oceanside.
Day 13 Lagos/Lisbon
Take a train up the coast to Portugal’s vibrant capital, and enjoy an orientation walk. Free time to visit Cristo Rei for sweeping views of the area, check out the monuments of the Belem neighbourhood, or relax in a café. Indulge in the town’s great nightlife.
Train (4.00-4.50 hours)
Day 14 Lisbon/Madrid
Full day of free time before an overnight train to Madrid.
Overnight train (beds)
Day 15 Madrid
Enjoy Spain’s beautiful capital on an orientation walk. Free time to visit its many sites, from art museums to sprawling squares. Opt for a final night out with the group. Madrid’s nightlife is world renowned!
Day 16 Madrid
Depart at any time.