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A Whirlwind European Romance

10 Days / 9 Nights

Paris, Barcelona, Rome

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Ideal for first-time visitors to Europe, this 10-day itinerary across Paris, Barcelona, and Rome shows you around the charms of three of the most iconic cities in Europe in one trip. It’s like speed dating three countries in one trip!

Starting in Paris, get ready to be swept off your feet as you wander around one of the most romantic cities in the world before you continue your European adventure to Barcelona, a lively hub renowned for its easy-going vibes and spectacular architecture. End your 10-day trip in Rome, where history, beauty, and mouthwatering food come together to make you vow to keep coming back to the Eternal City. This unique 10-day itinerary introduces you - in a speed-dating kind of way - to three different countries, all renowned for their local cuisines, superb wines, and melodious, full of romance languages. When you’ve discovered which country you fell in love with, you can return next year to see more of it!

One of our team members in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, which includes all the necessary information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do and other insider tips, from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local SIM card that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a wide selection of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels and charming B&Bs. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambiance.

Route for Paris, Barcelona, Rome tour

3 Nights in Paris

3 Nights in Paris

4 days in Paris
4 days in Paris

3 Nights in Paris

Paris is situated in the northern part of France. The city sprawls over both banks of the Seine River and on two islands: the Îles Saint Louis and the larger Île de la Cité. The historical city center is built around the Seine, and it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. For a glimpse into the oldest part of Paris, take a stroll along the Seine and around the 1st and 4th districts to admire iconic landmarks, such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris or the Louvre Museum, among others. But leave some space and time for the rest of the city's districts, as each of Paris' 20 arrondissements possesses incredible treasures to discover.

Paris is situated in the northern part of France. The city sprawls over both banks of the Seine River and on two islands: the Îles Saint Louis and the larger Île de la Cité. The historical city center is built around the Seine, and it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. For a glimpse into the oldest part of Paris, take a stroll along the Seine and around the 1st and 4th districts to admire iconic landmarks, such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris or the Louvre Museum, among others. But leave some space and time for the rest of the city's districts, as each of Paris' 20 arrondissements possesses incredible treasures to discover.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Paris

Welcome to Paris! We'll arrange for a driver to meet you at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and drive you to your centrally located accommodation. The journey time to the city center is about one hour.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Paris

Introduction to Paris Private Tour

Introduction to Paris Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

This tour is the perfect introduction to Paris, an overview of the city to help you find your bearings and feel confident enough to explore Paris further on your own. In the company of your knowledgeable guide, get ready to marvel at the French capital's most iconic landmarks along the Seine.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Paris

Champagne Day Trip Small Group Experience

Learning The Secrets of Champagne

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

During your trip to Paris, we recommend taking an easy day trip to nearby Champagne, the capital of everyone's favorite sparkling wine. This full-day trip across the birthplace of champagne will initiate you to the secrets of bubbly wine-making, while you sip on exquisite champagne from various local producers.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 11 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Barcelona by Train

Say au revoir to Paris, and buenos dias to Barcelona. We will arrange your transfer to the train station and provide you with second-class tickets. If you prefer, you can upgrade to first class for an additional fee. There is one high speed direct train to Barcelona daily, around 9 in the morning. Once on the train, sit back and enjoy the 6.5-hour journey. Flights are also available, and can be cheaper, but a long train journey through France and into Spain can be a great way to catch up on some reading or enjoy the scenery.

We also offer the following excursions in Paris

Catacombs of Paris Self-Guided Visit
Strenuous45 minutes
Chateau Chambord and Chateau Chenonceau, Full Day Private Tour to Loire Valley
Moderate11 hours
Closing Time at the Louvre: Mona Lisa at Her Most Peaceful
Light3 hours
Disneyland Daily Entrance Ticket ( No Premier Access Ultimate and No Transportation Included)
Light12 hours

3 Nights in Barcelona

3 Nights in Barcelona

4 days in Barcelona
4 days in Barcelona

3 Nights in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city with a big historic legacy. Its origins can be traced back to the 1st-century BC when it became the Roman colony of Barciro. Today Antoni Gaudí’s Modernist architecture has become the main attraction for visitors from all over the world. Barcelona has two UNESCO listings covering nine buildings. Seven of them are by Gaudi! Despite its age, a youthful, energetic city vibe can be felt in all Barcelona’s quarters. Embrace your hidden love of Gothic aesthetics followed by Catalan cuisine with a private chef and finish your evening with a ramble on La Rambla, the heart of social Barcelona. So whether you feel like a picnic overlooking the beach-fronted La Estrella Herida, a private tapas tour throughout the city, or a stroll through the Gaudi-inspired Park Güell, there is something for everyone!

Barcelona is a city with a big historic legacy. Its origins can be traced back to the 1st-century BC when it became the Roman colony of Barciro. Today Antoni Gaudí’s Modernist architecture has become the main attraction for visitors from all over the world. Barcelona has two UNESCO listings covering nine buildings. Seven of them are by Gaudi! Despite its age, a youthful, energetic city vibe can be felt in all Barcelona’s quarters. Embrace your hidden love of Gothic aesthetics followed by Catalan cuisine with a private chef and finish your evening with a ramble on La Rambla, the heart of social Barcelona. So whether you feel like a picnic overlooking the beach-fronted La Estrella Herida, a private tapas tour throughout the city, or a stroll through the Gaudi-inspired Park Güell, there is something for everyone!

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Barcelona

When you arrive at Barcelona's train station, we will have a driver there to meet you and take you to your accommodation.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Barcelona

Old Quarter Walking Private Tour with Food & Wine Tasting

Get a grounding in Barcelona

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you'll receive the perfect introduction to Barcelona with a private tour exploring the historic Ciutat Vella, including the charming Gothic and Born neighborhoods, led by a knowledgeable and personable guide. You will enjoy a comprehensive introduction to Barcelona and Catalunya and crown the experience with tasting tapas and wine in a traditional restaurant.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Barcelona

In Gaudi's Footsteps

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Gaudi's ideas shaped the way of thinking about architecture for a whole generation. His influence on Catalan modernism was immense, creating a unique style that many have tried to replicate. Of the 10 most visited attractions in Barcelona, 4 are buildings by Gaudi. With its undulating façade and surrealist sculptural roof, Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Mila appears more organic than artificial, as if it were carved straight from the ground. Known as La Pedera, the quarry, the building is the best example of the Modernist movement, Spain’s version of Art Nouveau. The inspiring imagination of Antoni Gaudí undoubtedly reveals itself in one of his most poetic and artistic designs for a building, Casa Batlló. His synthesis of animal shapes, vine-like curves, hints of bone and skeleton, and his use of lustrous colored bits of glazed ceramic and glass create a masterpiece that will forever astonish its observers. Parc Güell is a park designed by Antoni Gaudí upon the request of Count Eusebi Güell, who wanted to build a stylish park for the aristocrats of Barcelona. Gaudi himself inhabited one of the houses for a period of time. The house is now a museum showcasing some of Gaudí's work. The park is a busy tourist attraction in Barcelona. Construction of the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família began in 1882 and temple is still under construction, with completion expected in 2026. It is perhaps the best known structure of Catalan Modernism, drawing over three million visitors annually. Gaudi worked on the project until his death in 1926, in a tragic tram accident. We offer two ways to explore the works of Gaudí on a tour with a local architect (so come prepared with questions!) – take your pick of joining a small group of likeminded architecture enthusiasts or take a private tour, with just you and the guide.

Barcelona and Gaudi Group Walking Tour

Barcelona and Gaudi Group Walking Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Do you have a deep passion for architecture, strolling the streets, yearning for insights into the history of architectural masterpieces? If so, this tour is tailored especially for you! Embark on the Modernist Route and explore Barcelona's significant buildings from the perspective of a devoted architect. Guided by a passionate expert, you will follow Antoni Gaudí's intricate journey from social concerns to a profound connection with the divine, ultimately becoming the "last great cathedral builder." This tour aims to delve into the Master's architectural essence and explore his profound visual impact, which not only inspired Surrealists but also earned him the title of the most renowned Spanish architect.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Barcelona and Gaudi Private Walking Tour

Barcelona and Gaudi Private Walking Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Do you have a deep passion for architecture, strolling the streets, yearning for insights into the history of architectural masterpieces? If so, this tour is tailored especially for you! This private tour gives you the opportunity to to explore significant landmarks at your own pace while receiving insights from a knowledgeable guide.

Embark on the Modernist Route and explore Barcelona's significant buildings from the perspective of a devoted architect. Guided by a passionate expert, you will follow Antoni Gaudí's intricate journey from social concerns to a profound connection with the divine, ultimately becoming the "last great cathedral builder."


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 Hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Rome by Airplane

Say adios to Spain and a hearty Buongiorno! to Italy. Today you're flying from Barcelona, across the mediterranean, to Rome. We'll include seats on one of the several flights aday on this route, including full luggage allowance, and arrange for a driver to transfer you from your hotel to Barcelona in plenty of time for your departing flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Barcelona

Barcelona Cooking Class Private Farm-To-Table Experience
Moderate6 hours
Barcelona Old Town Walking Small Group Tour with Flamenco Show and Tapas Tour in the Born District
Moderate4 hours
Barcelona Private Food Tour
Moderate4 hours
Barcelona Secret Forest - Nature Hike and Best Views Small Group Tour
Strenuous5 hours 30 minutes

3 Nights in Rome

3 Nights in Rome

4 days in Rome
4 days in Rome

3 Nights in Rome

The capital of Italy is a vibrant, energetic and stylish city. While thoroughly modern in sensibility, Rome is also home to some of the world’s most important works of classic art and architecture. This city has been an epicenter for culture, politics and religion for more than 2,500 years. From the Spanish Steps to the Vatican, there are more than enough sights to keep even the most active tourists busy and even somewhere as popular as Rome you can find places just off the tourist trail and bustling with locals. But it’s also nice to slow down and enjoy Rome’s famous cafes and restaurants, which can be just as beguiling as the buildings. Lounge with an espresso on the Campo de Fiori and watch the changing light on the fountains and the facades. Visit the Vatican and explore some of the world’s most beautiful churches. Rome really comes alive at night, when restaurants and wine bars bring a renewed vitality to the city. You’ll also have opportunities for day trips to local vineyards, olive groves, and other places producing regional delicacies. No matter what your interests, or what kind of holiday you’re looking for, Rome will be an enjoyable destination.

The capital of Italy is a vibrant, energetic and stylish city. While thoroughly modern in sensibility, Rome is also home to some of the world’s most important works of classic art and architecture. This city has been an epicenter for culture, politics and religion for more than 2,500 years. From the Spanish Steps to the Vatican, there are more than enough sights to keep even the most active tourists busy and even somewhere as popular as Rome you can find places just off the tourist trail and bustling with locals. But it’s also nice to slow down and enjoy Rome’s famous cafes and restaurants, which can be just as beguiling as the buildings. Lounge with an espresso on the Campo de Fiori and watch the changing light on the fountains and the facades. Visit the Vatican and explore some of the world’s most beautiful churches. Rome really comes alive at night, when restaurants and wine bars bring a renewed vitality to the city. You’ll also have opportunities for day trips to local vineyards, olive groves, and other places producing regional delicacies. No matter what your interests, or what kind of holiday you’re looking for, Rome will be an enjoyable destination.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Rome

After you land at Rome's Fiumicino airport you will be met in the arrivals hall by a driver holding a sign with your name on. The journey to your accommodation in the center of Rome should take around an hour.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Rome

Private Rome Golf Cart Tour

Private Rome Golf Cart Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

The Private Rome Golf Cart Tour sounds like an incredible way to explore the Eternal City! It offers a unique and comfortable way to experience Rome's iconic sites while learning about its fascinating history. Riding in an eco-friendly golf cart not only allows for convenience but also minimizes the physical strain of touring the city on foot. With a knowledgeable guide at the helm, travelers can make the most of their time by efficiently navigating through Rome's streets while uncovering hidden gems and significant landmarks. The personalized nature of a private tour ensures that visitors can pause for photos, take in the sights, or even enjoy a quick refreshment break, enhancing the overall experience. This blend of culture, history, and fun promises an engaging and enriching adventure through one of the world's most captivating cities!


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 3 hours

Focus on Ancient Rome with a Group or Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Rome's origin story unfolds when you visit the Colosseum and the adjacent Roman Forum. Hear about life in ancient Rome and soak in the grandeur of these testaments to a lost civilisation. We can arrange for a private guide to explain how the Colosseum was built and what happened to it in the years since. Afterwards the tour proceeds to the Roman Forum, the center of political life of the city and ultimately the Empire, finding out the different purposes of the buildings whose columns and porticos still stand today. If you'd prefer the atmosphere of a group tour, we can instead arrange for spaces on a tour by a reputable group tour company.

Premium Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Group Tour

Premium Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Group Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Explore the captivating tales of lions, gladiators, and emperors on a comprehensive journey through Ancient Rome. Skip the lines and enjoy express entry to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. With an expert guide leading a small group of no more than 15 individuals, immerse yourself in an intimate and enjoyable tour of these three iconic sites, delving into the rich history of Ancient Rome.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 Hours

Colosseum and Roman Forum Private Tour

Colosseum and Roman Forum Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Experience an immersive journey through history with our Private Colosseum Tour, a comprehensive exploration of the world's largest amphitheater. Step back 2,000 years to ancient Rome, witnessing its glory through a captivating virtual reality reconstruction. Equipped with exclusive VR cardboard glasses, you'll marvel at the sights of Rome as it stood millennia ago, an unforgettable experience you can cherish long after the tour ends, as the glasses are yours to keep. Your knowledgeable guide, a local expert, will curate the tour to your preferences, ensuring a personalized and leisurely exploration at your pace. With priority access to the Colosseum, you'll make the most of your time in Rome, delving into the captivating history and tales woven into the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill—the very foundations of the Eternal City. Uncover the secrets and narratives behind these iconic landmarks, immersing yourself fully in the birthplace of Rome. This private tour offers an unparalleled opportunity to maximize your visit to the Eternal City, making it an exceptional choice for those seeking an enriching and insightful experience.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Rome

Gourmet Experiences

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

There's no better way to explore Italian cuisine than by taking gourmet tours which will give you a deep cultural experience. You can learn how to make gelato and tiramisu, enjoy a luxury gourmet dinner with a wine tasting in a private cellar, or be part of a small group food crawl. Choose any of these experiences and we can guarantee you'll want more.

Guided Group Wine & Food Pairing Dinner Near the Pantheon

Guided Group Wine & Food Pairing Dinner Near the Pantheon

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This 2.5-hour tour and degustation is perfect for foodies. You'll start with an aperitif as you soak up the atmosphere. Then you'll head for dinner, enjoying sumptuous Roman specialties while you get the special treatment from the owners of the restaurant. We can't think of a better way to enjoy a Roman dinner!


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 2.5 hours

Small Group Food Tour - Campo de' Fiori, Jewish Ghetto, Trastevere

Small Group Food Tour - Campo de' Fiori, Jewish Ghetto, Trastevere

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Food lovers, here's your chance to experience Rome’s enchanting squares and neighborhoods while tasting your way through some of the city’s best shops, restaurants, and markets, discovering the secrets of Italian cuisine. Meet your friendly, local expert food connoisseur in the city center, and get ready to stroll through a number of neighborhoods to visit the most famous food markets, groceries, coffee shops, ice cream shops, and restaurants. Taste some of the delicious food and wines the city is famous for, including pizza bianca, mortadella, gelato, and supplì. From fried artichokes or zucchini flowers in the Jewish ghetto to spices and vegetables in Campo de Fiori, you'll ignite your senses and burn some calories while you enjoy walking amongst the beauty around you.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3.5 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Departure Day

A driver will pick you up at your Rome accommodation and drop you off at Rome's Fiumicino Airport for your departing flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Rome

Cooking Class in the Jewish District Group Tour
Easy2.5 hours
Crypts, Bones and Catacombs - Rome Group Walking Tour
Light3.5 hours
Gelato, Espresso and Tiramisu Group Walking Tour
Light2.5 hours
Group Gelato & Tiramisu Class in a Professional Kitchen
Light2 hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Paris

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Arrival Transfer
Introduction to Paris Private Tour
Paris Train Station Arrival Transfer
Paris - Barcelona Train

Barcelona

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Barcelona Railway Station Arrival Transfer
Old Quarter Walking Private Tour with Food & Wine Tasting
Barcelona Airport Departure Transfer
Barcelona - Rome Flight (Non-Refundable)

Rome

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Rome Fiumicino Airport Transfer
Private Rome Golf Cart Tour
Rome Fiumicino Airport Transfer

package excludes:


  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language

We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.

A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation

Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.

A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions

We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.

Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day

Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.

On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road

Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.

Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out

Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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