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Tour Itinerary

One of our most popular France and Spain trips, this jam-packed journey from Paris to Barcelona is a feast for every sense, from lunch with locals and elegant châteaux in the Loire Valley, to the buzz of Avignon’s Place de l’Horloge and the irresistible French Riviera.

Countries Visited

France , Monaco , Spain

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Paris
    Glittering Paris is your launchpad for an epic adventure through the highlights of France and magnificent Barcelona. Spend your first day in the 'City of Light' exploring the art, architecture and culture of this romantic city on your own. Visit a renowned gallery, shop up a storm or relax in manicured gardens watching the world go by. Later, join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a dinner 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:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Explore the Sights of Paris
    Spend the morning in the company of a Local Specialist on a journey through the historic neighborhoods of Paris, to see where the locals live and shop. View 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.Accommodation: Pullman La Défense
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Chartres and Châteaux in the Loire Valley Connect with Locals
    Visit Chartres, an important place of pilgrimage on the 'Way of Saint James', and see its inspiring French Gothic cathedral, 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. Later, Connect With Locals, joining your travel companions and the de Montferrier family on their farm for a traditional three-course Tourangelle Be My Guest dinner experience with local wines.Accommodation: Mercure Tours Nord
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Onwards to Lyon
    Traveling 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 and marvel at the magnificent skyline from Fourvière hill, followed by free time to explore this city between two rivers.Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Lyon Cite Internationale
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Journey to Papal Avignon and on to the French Riviera Dive Into Culture
    From Lyon, we drive to Avignon, a Papal Seat in the 14th century. See the Popes' Palace, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe, and the remnants of the famous bridge immortalized in the French song – Sur le Pont d'Avignon. Later we continue to the French Riviera, arriving in the seaside retreat of southern France, favored by aristocrats for centuries. With an evening at leisure, perhaps stroll around the Bay of Angels and join the Promenade des Anglais. Or sit and enjoy a glass of wine while the sun sets and listen to the blue Mediterranean waters lap against the shore.Accommodation: Novotel Aéroport Cap 3000
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Enjoy Monaco and the Cote d'Azur
    A fun-filled day includes a visit to the tiny Principality of Monaco where you’ll view the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married. See the superyachts in the port and catch a glimpse of the famed grand prix circuit. Enjoy relaxing on the sun-kissed shores of the Côte d'Azur, retreat to the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers, or perhaps embark on an Optional Experience to the medieval hill-top village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence.Accommodation: Novotel Aéroport Cap 3000
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Off to Colorful Arles and Carcassonne
    We travel west to the Camargue center of Arles, with its honey-colored façades and Roman ruins, enjoying some time at leisure to explore this beautiful city, or perhaps choosing an Optional Experience to gain a deeper understanding of Vincent van Gogh and local history with our resident expert. Later we continue through the landscapes of Provence, immortalized in the works of Cézanne and Van Gogh, to the fortified city of Carcassonne. A guided exploration of this exquisite, ancient town will reveal the Cité, its double ring of ramparts and 52 towers.Accommodation: Tribe Carcassonne
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Pass the Pyrenees to Barcelona Dive Into Culture
    Driving past the foothills of the Pyrenees, we stop in Figueres to visit the Dalí Theater 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: Hotel Barcelona Condal Mar, Affiliated By Meliá
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    Discover Lively Barcelona
    Spend the day soaking up the vibrant spirit of Barcelona. Perhaps pay a morning visit to mystical Montserrat to visit its Benedictine monastery and see the mysterious Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia. 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 discover the fascinating Gothic Quarter. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner with wine at a vibrant Spanish restaurant.Accommodation: Hotel Barcelona Condal Mar, Affiliated By Meliá
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Journey By Train to Madrid
    Take the train to the Spanish capital. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.Accommodation: Ayre Gran Colón
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    Fiery Madrid Your Way
    After breakfast, enjoy a full free day at leisure to enjoy the sights and sounds of Madrid.Accommodation: Ayre Gran Colón
    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    Farewell Madrid
    Enjoy breakfast before you are transferred to Madrid Airport for your onward journey home.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Dining Summary

  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 11 Breakfast (B)

Be My Guest

  • Villandry: Return to 17th-century France and join the de Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Château de Villandry for a traditional three-course Tourangelle Be My Guest dinner paired with local wines.

Dive Into Culture

  • Figueres: Visit the Dalí Theater-Museum, considered Salvador Dalí's last great work offering visitors real insight into his captivating world.

Iconic Experience

  • Paris: Explore the iconic sights and streets of Paris on an orientation drive this evening.
  • Paris: Join a Local Specialist to discover the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris.
  • Chateau Chenonceau: Visit Château de Chenonceau or commonly known as 'Ladies Castle' which got its name from the many women who influenced its construction.
  • Chartres: Bask in the beautiful religious architecture from the 13th century as you explore the town of Chartres.
  • Lyon: Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour through Lyon's historic center. Ascend Fourvière hill for panoramic views of of the city below.
  • Avignon: View the Pont d'Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.
  • Nice: Enjoy exploring the beautiful coastal city of Nice on the French Riviera.
  • Monaco City: See the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married.
  • Carcassonne: Explore the fortified city of Carcassonne with a Local Specialist.
  • Barcelona: With your Local Specialist, see Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to take in some of the city's finest Modernist architecture. Journey past the beautiful façades of the Eixample district to see Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the mesmerizing Sagrada Família.

Must-see Highlights

  • Explore Paris, Lyon, Carcassonne and Barcelona
  • Discover Avignon, Nice, Monaco and Arles
  • Visit Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley and the Dalí Theater and Museum in Figueres
  • View Eiffel Tower and Saint-Sulpice Church in Paris, Chartres Cathedral, Château de Chambord, the Popes' Palace of Avignon, the Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna in Nice, Monaco's Royal Palace and Cathedral, the Roman Amphitheater of Arles and La Sagrada Família and Columbus Monument in Barcelona
  • Scenic Drive through the Loire Valley

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • High-speed train from Barcelona to Madrid
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

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