New Year's in Barcelona: Italy, France & Spain | EF Ultimate Break
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New Year's in Barcelona: Italy, France & Spain

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Why Go?

Celebrate New Year’s in Barcelona! Beaches? Check. Art? Check. Paella? Double check. Wine? Check out this glass of sangria! Start this Mediterranean adventure with a plate of tapas under the Spanish sky. Head to the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera and rub elbows (gently) with the elite. Finally travel through the Italian boot the coast to Florence to Rome. It’s an all-out, immersive journey through three countries, with beautiful sites, delicious food, and even tastier Insta-moments along the way. 16 days of paradise—it doesn’t get much better than this.

What are the top highlights?

  • Celebrate New Year’s in Barcelona
  • Get a perfect mix of big cities, coastal towns and historic sites along the Mediterranean
  • Experience beachside nightclubs in Barcelona
  • Explore ancient Rome
  • Chow down on local cuisine, from Spanish tapas to French wine and handmade pasta
  • Step into the Renaissance in Florence
  • Gaze upon the French Riviera’s landscapes and sunsets that inspired artists like Monet and Picasso

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motorcoach
  • 14 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell dinner
  • Metro passes in each major city
  • Entrance to Parque Güell & other select attractions

Accommodations

You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.

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Flights

Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:

  • Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights
  • Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure

Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.

Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight flight to Spain

Board your overnight flight to Spain, home of all-night fiestas, incredible food, and naps after lunch. Get some shut-eye because your life is about to get loco.

Day 2: Arrive in Barcelona

Board your overnight flight to Spain, home of all-night fiestas, incredible food, and naps after lunch. Get some shut-eye because your life is about to get loco.

Today’s Highlights:

  • Meet an EF representative at the airport.
  • Transfer to your accommodation and check in.
  • Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
  • Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.

In the evening, it’s time for your Welcome Mixer. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

Day 3: Tour Barcelona + Optional Sagrada Familia Excursion + New Year's Celebration

Barcelona is so well known for its architecture, we decided to dedicate a whole day to showing you the best of it. You’ll follow a local guide by coach and foot through several neighborhoods, all with their own unique flavor. You’ll visit a church that’s been under construction since before your great-grandparents were born, a colorful ceramic salamander welcoming you into a park, and a stadium where really athletic people from around the world competed for the gold in 1992.

Today’s Highlights:

  • Explore the Gothic Quarter with your guide. Don't forget your black eyeliner (cue crickets).
  • Visit one of Antoni Gaudí's greatest work of modernist art, Parque Güell. This colorful park is adorned with tilework, dreamlike structures and not a straight line in sight.
  • Head up to Montjuïc, a hill overlooking Barcelona where the 1992 Olympic Games took place (and where you’ll be out of breath from walking up said hill).
  • Check out the unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral, where Gaudí began construction over 100 years ago.
  • Count down to New Year’s in style—with dinner, drinks, and a toast at midnight. Then, keep the party going as late as you want.

Free Time Suggestions
OverARCHing Theme: The Arc de Triomf was built as the main entrance for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair. While it may remind you of a different (perhaps more famous) arch, it can certainly, shall we say, stand on its own.
Comer Little Closer: From paella, a traditional rice dish, to Basque-style tapas, Barcelona has gastronomy locked down. Head out on the town and look for some good eats.

Sagrada Família & Sangria(extra cost)

Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família Basilica is the world’s most unbelievable church—under construction since 1882, finished by 2026 at the earliest. Tour it with a local guide, then enjoy included Sangria and snacks.

Please note: This excursion must be booked at least 30 days prior to tour departure.

Day 4: Free Day in Barcelona

The day is yours to experience Barcelona as you please. Whether that means exploring a new neighborhood, lounging on a beach, or kicking back with some tapas and a pitcher of sangria, you really can’t go wrong.

Free Time Suggestions
La Boqueria: Visit La Boqueria, the famous market just off of Las Ramblas, with everything from fresh fruits to meats, flowers and sweets.
Barcelona Beaches: Barcelona’s coast is lined with beaches, each with its own personality. Try party-centric Barceloneta, tranquil Caldetes or water sports at Mar Bella.

Day 5: Travel to Provence via Carcassonne

It’s on to Provence, where scenic countryside inspired artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. The vineyards are vast, and the ratatouille (vegetable stew) delectable. Look around—what you see is no mirage. But it is paradise.

Today's Highlights:

  • Hop on your bus in Barcelona and head for Provence. But first, stop over in Carcassonne.
  • Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and explore this seaside town with your Tour Director.

Day 6: Travel to the French Riviera

Leave Provence behind for the French Riviera: stomping grounds of the rich and famous for centuries, and now you. Get ready to feel closer than ever to Elton John, Bono, and Bill Gates, just to name a few of the celebs with homes in the French Riviera. Hint: when you see the Mediterranean, you’ve made it.

Today’s Highlights:

  • Head to the French Riviera, and stop en route at Verdon Gorge.
  • Catch stunning views of Verdon Gorge from pedal boats or kayaks on the Lake of Sainte Croix.
  • Wander through local food markets, where you can look at food, take pictures of food, and yes—eat food.

Day 7: Free Day in the French Riviera

Spend today in the French Riviera doing as you please. By now, you’ve probably realized why the Riviera is nicknamed the Azure Coast. If not, head to the beach and splash around the dazzling blue water to find out. Actually, you should probably do that either way.

Free Time Suggestions

Walk the Promenade: Enjoy waterfront restaurants that overlook the Mediterranean Sea and treat yo’self to some South of France classics, like bouillabaisse and tapenade.

Beaches: Lounge on world famous beaches to feel the fresh ocean breeze and work on that tan. Floppy hats and giant sunglasses are encouraged, but not required.

Day 8: Free Day in the French Riviera + Optional Snorkeling & Sailing Excursion

Sleep in, slow down, and do whatever you want during a free day in the French Riviera. There’s so much to see and do, but if you’re tired of seeing and doing, take a break and relax at one of the many beaches or take in the scenery from a hill town.

Free Time Suggestions:

French Pastries**:** Taste-test some local favorites, including socca, the South of France’s take on the traditional crepe. Step aside, Parisian pastries!

Museums**:** Channel your inner Picasso (the famous painter who did not cut off his ear) and visit a few esteemed art museums and demonstrations—you’re in the former stomping grounds of many influential artists.

The French Riviera: Sun. Sailing. Swimming.(extra cost)

Start your excursion in Cannes, a favorite resort town for the rich and famous. Set sail to the Lérin Islands, where there will be swimming, lounging around on the catamaran, and getting used to living the good life.

Please note: This excursion must be booked at least 45 days prior to tour departure.

Day 9: Travel to the Italian Riviera via Monaco

The Italian Riviera. Even the name sounds beautiful. This coastal slice of Italy pulls travelers from all over the world to its stunning beaches, quaint towns, and an authentic—and literal—taste of la dolce vita (the sweet life). Before you reach the coast, you’ll check another country off your list—Monaco, the world’s second-smallest (but possibly swankiest) nation!

Today’s Highlights:

  • Play millionaire at a stop in Monaco, where millionaires and billionaires come together in harmony to throw money at mega-yachts.
  • Arrive to your accommodations in the Italian Riviera and take a guided walk around.
  • Head out on your own for dinner, drinks, and maybe another dinner (not unlikely with food this good).

Day 10: Free Day in the Italian Riviera + Optional Cinque Terre Excursion

You’ve settled in to the Riviera lifestyle. Now take the day to explore everything the region has to offer. Bask in the sun on the beach, fill your camera roll with breathtaking photos, or walk through open-air markets. Nothing is off the table today—except for boredom.

Free Time Suggestions:

Hiking: Pick a hike, any hike for some fresh air and views of classic Italian countryside like you’ve never seen.

Espresso: Start your morning, or your afternoon, or your… whenever, with an espresso. It’s really good and really strong around here.

Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre(extra cost)

Note: This excursion is seasonal and only runs from May through September. Availability is subject to your tour’s departure date.

Lay your eyes on the most beautiful coastal scenery anywhere, Cinque Terre. Discover mountainside villages, iconic colorful seaside buildings, and spend the rest of your day enjoying the pebble beaches of Monterosso.

Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 11: Travel to Florence via Pisa

Goodbye seaside paradise, hello bustling city. Florence was king during the Renaissance, and it still holds on to that artsy, fashionable, cultural vibe today. On your way, stop for a chance to see one of the most famous, most crooked, and most photographed monuments: The Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Today’s Highlights:

  • Travel through Italian countryside to the town of Pisa, where the famous tower leans as it has since the 12th century.
  • Arrive in Florence and begin exploring.

Day 12: Tour Florence + Optional Tuscan Wine Tasting

You’ve got a full day in Florence, the compact capital of the Tuscany region known for its quaint, cobblestone streets and impressive artwork from Renaissance geniuses like Michelangelo and Donatello. Throw on some comfortable shoes and join a local guide for a walking tour of the city. By the end of it, you’ll be looking up how to live in Italy forever.

Today’s Highlights:

  • Cross the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, home to many of Florence’s jewelers and art merchants. Ready to get some bling?
  • Stroll the Piazza della Signoria, home to the Uffizi Gallery and that famous naked guy (also known as Michelangelo’s David).
  • Visit the Duomo Cathedral. Return during your free time and challenge yourself to climb the 463 steps to the top for stunning views of the city.

Free Time Suggestions
Loggia dei Lanzi: Loggia dei Lanzi is an open air sculpture museum, with a number of Renaissance statues. It’s beautiful, it’s in the open, and it’s free.
Leather Souvenirs: Florence is known for its plethora of leather goods, from belts and jewelry to purses and wallets. Maybe you can finally buy that leather jacket you’ve always wanted but didn’t think you could pull off. Fun fact: you can.

Tuscan Wine Tasting(extra cost)

Note: Availability is subject to your tour’s departure date for specific trips.

Some of the world’s best wine come from Tuscany, and you get to sample some at a scenic winery. Next head to the medieval walled town of San Gimignano, home to the world-famous Gelateria di Piazza gelato shop.

Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 13: Travel to Rome via Orvieto

You’re going to Rome, Italy’s capital city that is bursting at the seams with energy. Locals fill the streets, day and night, usually doing something that involves eating or drinking. And how can you blame them when pasta, pizza, gelato, coffee, and wine are everywhere you go? Rome is all big city/ancient ruins, served with a side of spaghetti. Stop en route in idyllic Orvieto.

Today’s Highlights:

  • Board your private coach, bound for Rome.
  • Stop in Orvieto, a quaint Italian hill town perched atop a rock cliff.
  • Marvel at the artistry of the facade of Orvieto’s stunning cathedral, built in 1290 (no, that’s not a typo—it’s really that old).
  • Start getting to know Rome upon arrival.

Day 14: Tour Rome + Optional Catacombs of Rome

They say all roads lead to Rome, but once you’re there you quickly realize that all roads actually lead to restaurants. Take the morning to satisfy your cravings and sip some espresso, then experience perhaps the most staggeringly important building you can possibly see in Europe: the Roman Colosseum.

Today’s Highlights:

  • Tour the city’s ancient ruins with a local guide who will show you why Rome is one of the most legendary cities in Europe.

Free Time Suggestions
Catacombs of San Callixtus: See dead people (or at least where they used to be) at Rome’s largest underground catacombs, nearly 2,000 years old.
Via dei Condotti: Stroll this “who’s who” street of high fashion shops, including Armani, Prada, Versace, and Gucci—all of which once charged entrance fees—ultimately culminating at the famous Spanish Steps.

Roman Catacombs & St. Paul's Basilica(extra cost)

Rome has a bit of a spooky side. Travel deep underground to catacombs built by early Christians. Then, head to St. Paul’s Basilica. Existing since at least 324 AD, they say St. Paul himself is buried there.

Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 15: Free Day in Rome + Optional Vatican & Sistine Chapel Excursion + Farewell Dinner

Mama mia, a whole day in Rome to do as you please! Explore some of your favorite places form the past few days, look for something new, or do as Lizzie McGuire did and fall in love with a local pop star who says you look exactly like his ex-singing partner.

Free Time Suggestions
Trevi Fountain: Rumor has it, if turn your back to the Trevi Fountain and toss a coin over your shoulder, it guarantees you’ll return to the Eternal City. Throw in a second coin, and you’ll not only come back, but also find love. Fine print: Significant other not guaranteed by EF Ultimate Break.
Shopping on Vide del Corso Walk down the longest pedestrian street in the city for some prime shopping. Populated by both locals and tourists, there’s room for everyone on the narrow store-filled street.

Farewell Dinner
Share some last laughs and revisit the best moments of the trip at this included farewell dinner with the group.

A Visit to the Vatican(extra cost)

Visit the Pope’s house: Vatican City. Take a guided tour of the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica, and get your dose of art history up close and personal—viewing Michelangelo's famed Sistine Chapel frescoes.

Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 16: Fly Home

Arrivederci, amici!

Translation: Goodbye, friends. Before you head to the airport, make sure to take one more group photo and grab that final drink. But this isn’t goodbye because you can always get the gang back together for another trip soon. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, we have a couple ways to keep your vacation going.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS

1. Double the fun
Many of our trips line up back to back. Give us a call and we’ll help you add another destination—and save big while you’re at it.

2. Go ahead or stay behind
Extending your trip is easy. During checkout, you’ll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for a $30 fee. We’ll adjust your flights accordingly, but you’ll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside the tour.

Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

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