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Highlights of France & Barcelona

10 Days from $2,655 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

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

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

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

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Bienvenue à Paris, your launchpad for an epic adventure through the highlights of France and magnificent Barcelona. On arrival to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8 am, 11 am and 2 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Spend your first day in the City of Light exploring the art, architecture and culture of this romantic city on your own. Stroll through Montmartre, visit the Mona Lisa in the Louvre or relax in manicured gardens watching the world go by. This evening, join your fellow travelers 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.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Pullman La Defense
  2. 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 Notre Dame Cathedral 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  3. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Mercure Tours Nord
  4. 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 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette
  5. From Lyon, we drive to Avignon, a Papal Seat in the 14th century and today a place of pilgrimage. See the Papal Palace, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe, and the famous bridge immortalized in the French song—Sur le pont d'Avignon. Dive into culture and into local wine production, indulging 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 favorite retreat among aristocrats for centuries. Walk along the famous Promenade des Anglais and across the checker-board sidewalk of Place Masséna, before spending the rest of the evening at leisure.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Ellington/Holiday Inn
  6. 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 excursion 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  7. We travel west to the Camargue center of Arles, with its colorful façades and Roman ruins, before continuing through the landscapes of Provence immortalized 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 almost 2 miles and features 52 towers.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Best Western Le Donjon
  8. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:NH Collection Tower
  9. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. It's time to close the curtain on an unforgettable vacation in France and Barcelona. Say adios to the bustling streets of Barcelona and your travel companions. A return transfer will arrive at Barcelona Airport at 8 am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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  • Bastille Day: This departure will be in France during Bastille Day. Celebrations will be taking place throughout the country.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $830 per person

Triple Room Discount: $50 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $97 per person.

Airport transfers: Transfers on arrival from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport will operate at 8 am, 11 am and 2 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. A return transfer on the last travel day will arrive at Barcelona Airport at 8 am.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

14 meals: 9 buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners. 

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

  • 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 accompanied by local wines

Dive into Culture

  • People-watch over a glass of delicious local wine at the bustling Place de l'Horloge in the heart of Avignon. Visit the Dalí Theatre-Museum, considered Salvador Dalí's last great work offering visitors real insight into his captivating world

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Paris, Lyon, Carcassonne, Barcelona

Sightseeing Experiences

  • Walking tour in Paris, Carcassonne with a Local Specialist
  • City tour in Lyon, Barcelona
  • Orientation of Paris, Avignon, Nice, Monaco, Arles
  • Visit Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, the Dalí Museum in Figueres
  • View 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 Amphitheater of Arles, Sagrada Família and Colombus Monument in Barcelona
  • Scenic drive through the Loire Valley
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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Reviews

Monday, May 28, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Our flight arrived at 8am, we had to wait until 12pm for our transfer.By the time we arrived at the hotel and checked in, it was almost 2pm. We needed to meet with our guide by 4:30pm. WE LOST one day of free time. Free time was very limited in Paris.Much organization is needed on Trafalgar Transfers.
Vacation : Information obtained prior to trip was incorrect. Once we arrived in Paris, info was completely different.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Suresh Bhat
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : They did everything well.
Vacation : Had a great time on this tour.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Michelle Ralston
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Some hotels were too far away from the inner city. Need to have hotels near by local shops and restaurants. So we can experiences the local food and night light.
Vacation : Good deal, well plan and attention to details. Excellent tour guide and very good driver.
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Europe must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Europe.

  • The currency in both France and Spain is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in Europe, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most exciting parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  During your trip, you’ll be immersed in the local gastronomy of France, and even enjoy a taste of Spanish cuisine on your visit to San Sebastian. French cuisine varies throughout the country’s regions, but you’re sure to find an endless selection of cheeses including camembert and brie, fresh-baked baguette, patés, seafood, beef, delicious roast chicken, and more. You’ll also find an irresistible array of desserts including favorites such as crème brûlée, chocolate mousse, eclairs, and macarons. 

    For a simple and inexpensive lunch or snack, stop by a local bakery or food cart for a baguette au jambon (ham sandwich), crêpes, or a savory buckwheat galette filled with melted gruyère cheese and mushrooms. Many restaurants also offer a simple three course menu at a reasonable price. In addition to water, it’s not uncommon to enjoy wine with both lunch and dinner.

    San Sebastián is the culinary capital of Spain’s Basque country, with an almost over-whelming number of great restaurants to choose from. Popular dishes include local beef ribs and seafood dishes such as the iconic bacalao pil pil (salt cod with garlic and olive oil).

  • The weather changes often in Europe, with temperatures varying from morning to night. We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Europe is much less common than in the U.S. In France, a 15% service compris is included by law in the price of food and drink. It’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for your server. Leave your tip in coins on the table rather than adding it to your credit card slip to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Paris

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

Adult Price: €162.00

Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

Notre Dame And Latin Quarter

Adult Price: €33.00

A guided drive through Paris' bohemian Left Bank with our Local Specialist brings us to amazing Notre Dame to discover one of the world's most famous Cathedrals and the epitome of Gothic architecture. Afterwards, take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways where you'll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares.

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

Adult Price: €139.00

One of the oldest and most elegant revue theaters in Paris, Nouvelle Eve is a hidden gem, where you’ll meet the Director and two of the cast members before enjoying a four-course dinner with wine. You will then experience unparalleled Parisian entertainment – including the world-famous Can-Can.

Nice

St Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

Adult Price: €83.00

First we'll travel to the medieval hill top town of St. Paul to visit this artists' paradise. We'll continue along the Riviera, travelling on the Basse, Moyenne and Grande corniche roads with their spectacular views, to a local restaurant for a delicious meal including drinks.

Arles

On the trail of Vincent Van Gogh

Adult Price: €23.00

Discover the secret stories and life of Vincent Van Gogh, as you stroll through the ancient streets and squares of this enchanting provincial town with our resident Local Specialist.

Barcelona

Catalonian Dinner And The Dancing Fountains

Adult Price: €59.00

Join us for drinks and a Catalonian feast in the bustling city of Barcelona. After dinner, we’ll take you to see the spectacle of the famous Dancing Fountains, which were built for the 1929 World’s Fair and are one of the wonders of the modern world.

Flamenco Spectacular With Dinner

Adult Price: €86.00

Come and experience the passion and spirit of Spain at a spectacular flamenco evening. This modern interpretation of Spain's most famous entertainment is one of the best shows in town, and we’ve even included dinner and drinks.

Barcelona, Past and Present

Adult Price: €29.00

Step back in time to uncover the history of the Barcelona from its Roman beginnings to the modern day. With your Local Specialist, stroll the maze of narrow streets and courtyards, home to gothic churches, the Kings Square, and the Jewish Quarter. Spain’s Golden Era will come alive as we visit sites from Columbus’ return from the Americas, the Spanish Inquisition, and the Spanish Civil War. We’ll finish at a local food market to shop like the locals and perhaps try traditional tapas.

Mystical Montserrat

Adult Price: €40.00

Join an Optional Experience to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. There we will visit the Benedictine monastery where the Black Madonna can be seen.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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