Highlights of France and Barcelona Summer 2020

Highlights of France and Barcelona Summer 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

From Van Gogh to Gaudí, Renaissance to Gothic - visit the cities, valleys and coastlines of France and Spain that inspired artists to create masterpieces as remarkable as the destinations you will visit.

Day 1 - Arrive Paris (2 Nights)
Bienvenue à Paris, your launch pad for an epic adventure through the highlights of France and magnificent Barcelona. Spend your first day in the 'City of Lights' exploring the art, architecture and culture of this romantic city on your own. Visit the Mona Lisa in the Louvre or relax in manicured gardens watching the world go by. This evening, join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of the city's most impressive sights, including the grand Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe.
Accommodation: Pullman La Défense
Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2 - Paris Sightseeing and Free Time
Spend the morning in the company of a 'Local Specialist', who will share with you the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris, revealing how Parisians live and shop. Visit the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Walk along the Seine and admire the talents of street artists and performers, amble through the scenic hilltop village of Montmartre or relax with a café au lait watching the world go by. This evening, consider soaking up the pageantry of Paris with an Optional Experience to a popular Parisian cabaret.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Paris – Chartres – Chenonceau – Loire Valley
Visit Chartres, an important place of pilgrimage on The Way of Saint James, with its inspiring French Gothic Art cathedral which is renowned for its stained glass windows and two contrasting spires. We journey through the rolling landscape of the Loire Valley, past beautiful villages and castles. View the impressive Château de Chambord, a marvel of French Renaissance architecture, then visit Château de Chenonceau, before joining your travel companions and the de Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Château de Villandry. 'Connect With Locals' over a traditional three-course Tourangelle 'Be My Guest' dinner paired with local wines.
Accommodation: Mercure Tours Nord
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 4 - Loire Valley – Lyon
Travelling through the heart of France, we arrive in the gastronomic capital of Lyon where we'll join a 'Local Specialist' for a tour of the old city revealing its rich cultural heritage. Wander through the traboules of France's largest Renaissance city and marvel at the magnificent skyline from Fourvière hill. We dine at our hotel this evening, with the rest of the night free to explore the city. See the glittering Renaissance façades lit up at night, attend a world-famous opera or stroll along the river - a peaceful end to a busy day.
Accommodation: Novotel Gerland
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 5 - Lyon – Avignon – French Riviera (2 Nights)
From Lyon, we drive to Avignon, a Papal Seat in the 14th century. See the Papal Palace, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe, and the famous bridge immortalised in the French song - Sur le pont d'Avignon. 'Dive Into Culture' as you indulge in a glass of the local vintage on a Provençal terrace. This afternoon we arrive in the seaside retreat of Nice, where an orientation tour will introduce you to this coastal city, a favourite retreat among aristocrats for centuries. Walk along the famous Promenade des Anglais and across the checker-board pavement of Place Masséna, before spending the rest of the evening at leisure.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - French Riviera Free Time – Excursion To Monaco
Relax on the sun-kissed shores of the Côte d'Azur today. Retreat to the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers, relax at a café overlooking the Bay of Angels or take a stroll along the promenade. You could choose instead to embark on an Optional Experience to the medieval hill-top village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Later, we'll enjoy an excursion through splendid seaside scenery to Monaco where you'll view the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - French Riviera – Arles – Carcassonne
We travel west to the Camargue centre of Arles, with its colourful façades and Roman ruins, before continuing through the landscapes of Provence immortalised in the works of Cezanne and Van Gogh. Arriving in the fortified city of Carcassonne, we join a 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour of the Cité which spans some 3km and features 52 towers.
Accommodation: Best Western Le Donjon
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 8 - Carcassonne – Figueres – Barcelona Sightseeing (2 Nights)
Driving past the foothills of the Pyrenees, we stop in Figueres to visit the Dalí Theatre and Museum where we will 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into the fascinating world of Salvador Dalí. See his work in this impressive building, before arriving in Barcelona this afternoon for an included sightseeing tour. We'll see the Columbus Monument and Antoni Gaudí's unfinished La Sagrada Família, with a 'Local Specialist'. The evening is yours to explore this Mediterranean gem. Consider an Optional Experience to enjoy traditional Spanish cuisine and entertainment, or enjoy a delicious tapas feast on your own at one of the city's fine restaurants.
Accommodation: Hesperia Tower
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Barcelona Free Day
Spend the day soaking up the vibrant spirit of Barcelona. Ramble up Las Ramblas and people-watch in the Plaça de Catalunya, explore the whimsical architecture of Gaudí dotted across the city or consider an Optional Experience to Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. A further option is a meander up to Montserrat to visit its Benedictine monastery and see the mysterious Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner with wine at a traditional Spanish restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 10 - Depart Barcelona
It's time to close the curtain on an unforgettable holiday in France and Barcelona. Say adiós to the bustling streets of Barcelona and your travel companions. Return airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meals: Breakfast

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Paris, Avignon, Nice, Monaco and Arles
  • VISIT Saint-Sulpice Church in Paris, Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley and the Dalí Theatre and Museum in Figueres
  • VIEW the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, Chartres Cathedral, Château de Chambord, the Papal Palace of Avignon, the Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna in Nice, Monaco's Royal Palace and Cathedral, the Roman Amphitheatre of Arles and the La Sagrada Família and Columbus Monument in Barcelona
  • SCENIC DRIVE through the Loire Valley

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Questions & Answers

Question: How far is the Paris catacombs in relation to the hotel in Paris?

From the scheduled Paris hotel, the catacombs are a 30 minute train ride away. Please keep in mind hotels are not confirmed until you receive your travel documents.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Ratings based off 24 reviews . Currently showing 5 reviews with comments only.
By Lynne J on Sep 21, 2018

The hotels were very far from city centers. No advice or information regarding public transportation etc. It was very disappointing.

By Karen G on Aug 31, 2018

Great trip, well planned in every aspect, fantastic tour guide, Marie, who was knowledgeable and delightful. I recommend Trafalgar.

By Bernadette F on Aug 31, 2018

I enjoyed the Highlights of France and Barcelona. There were great sights, delicious food and the tour guide was very energetic and knowledgeable about the places we visited. It was an all around great trip, Lots of fun!

By Lillian B on Jun 08, 2018

This was our 8th tour with Tafalgar and will be our last. The tour director was disorganized, very difficult to understand, and continuously talked about Italy (the tour was France and Barcelona). We had a foul smell in our hotel room at the end of the trip and we were not able to have our room changed until late afternoon on the second day of a two night stay. We also had to take care of the problem ourselves. Also,safety standards were not enforced on the coach.This tour was certainly not what we had come to expect of Trafalgar.

By Ramana Reddy S on Aug 14, 2015

Our travel director was exceptionally good and made out travel experience pleasant and memorable.


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