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Day 2: Barcelona
Arrive at Barcelona airport, meet your Teach by Travel tour manager, and transfer to your hotel for check-in. After a briefing from your tour manager, time to explore on your own before dinner and overnight in Barcelona.
Day 3: Barcelona
Morning guided city sightseeing tour of the Catalonian capital, Barcelona. See the Gothic Quarter, the Olympic Ring, Las Ramblas and more, concluding with entrance to Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, a masterpiece of Art Nouveau architecture. Free time to visit the Picasso Museum, walk along Puerto Olimpico, or visit Gaudi's Parc Guell for a most interesting view of sculptures and mosaics.
Day 4: Barcelona - Avignon
After breakfast, board your coach and cross the Languedoc Vineyards country, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Arrive in Provence, with its 2,500 years of history, from the ancient Gauls, to the Francs, the Romans, and the French. Enjoy your visit to Arles, a Roman city with its 2,000 year-old theater, surrounded by red-roofed houses. Continue to Trascon and cross the Rhone River to Beaucaire, where the two castles once divided the empire of Charlemagne. See the Pont du Gard aqueduct, before arriving in Avignon for a walking tour. Dinner and overnight in Avignon.
Day 5: Avignon - Marseilles
Morning visit to the Palace of the Popes before boarding your motorcoach and transferring to the charming village of Baux de Provence, to enjoy its spectacular landscapes. Continue to the walled city of Aigues-Mortes, the gate to Camargue, for a walking tour. Final destination for dinner and overnight is Marseilles.
Day 6: Marseilles - Cannes
Morning transfer to Aix en Provence. Visit the Atelier Cezanne to see the 'Mountain Sainte Victoire' by Cezanne, as well as works by Van Gogh and many others of the Impressionist Revolution of the Arts era. Enjoy the scenery of the Mediterranean pines and rolling hills as you journey through the Var Forests enroute to the French Rivera. Dinner and overnight in Cannes.
Day 7: Cannes
Morning walking tour of Nice. Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, see the Old Town, the Flower Market, and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Board your coach for an excursion to the principality of Monaco - see Monte Carlo, the castle, and the famous harbour. Your coach will climb mountainous roads to the hilltop village of Eze, where you will enjoy breath-taking views of the CĂ´te d'Azur. Stop on your return journey at a perfume factory, to see how perfume is made. Dinner and overnight in Cannes.
Day 8: Cannes - Genoa
Morning departure for the Ligurian port of Genoa, via the Italian border city of Ventimiglia, with a stop enroute in the beautiful bay of San Remo. Included lunch on Piazza Bresca. Continue on to the small village of Bussana, destroyed by a giant earthquake in 1887, and brought back to life by 1960's artists. Arrive in Genoa for a walking tour of the medieval quarter before dinner and overnight in Genoa.
Day 9: Genoa
Travel along the coast to Rapallo and see the charming villages of Portofino and Santa Margherita. Continue to the region of Cinque Terre (Five Lands). Enjoy a coastal cruise along the beach and hills, and view stunning terraced hills and vineyards, as they cascade down towards the sea. Return to Genoa for dinner and overnight.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
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