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Highlights of France & Barcelona

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Park Guel, Barcelona
Tour Style: First Class
11 Days from $2,273 per person

From Van Gogh to Gaudi, 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. 

From the Champs Élysées in Paris to Barcelona's Las Ramblas, weaving through the alluring Loire Valley, French Riviera and medieval Citadel of Carcassonne.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Paris, the City of Light. This evening meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travelers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to see some of the city’s impressive sights including the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe.
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    hotel:Hilton La Defense
  3. Today your Local Specialist reveals how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris' oldest historical neighborhoods. Marvel at the city's beautiful skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. This evening consider an Optional Experience to a Parisian cabaret.
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  4. Visit Chartres Cathedral, an important place of pilgrimage and an architectural splendor featuring original stained glass windows. Continue through the Loire Valley, past beautiful villages and castles. View the impressive Château de Chambord, a marvel of French Renaissance architecture. Visit Chenonceau, straddling the River Cher. This evening join your companions for a very special Be My Guest dinner of mouth-watering French cuisine at a 17th century traditional farmhouse.
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    hotel:Mercure Tours Nord
  5. Journey through the heart of France and through the volcanic hills around Clermont Ferrand to Lyon. Built at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, your walking tour with a Local Specialist through the old city reveals a rich cultural heritage. See the narrow streets, inner courtyards and ‘traboules' of France's largest Renaissance city. Marvel at awe-inspiring views of Lyon from Fourvière hill. Dine tonight at your hotel.
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    hotel:Mercure Center Saxe LaFayette
  6. From Lyon drive to Avignon. See the Papal Palace and famous bridge over the river immortalized in the French song, ‘sur le pont d'Avignon'. Here you will experience a Cultural Insight into local wine production with a glass of wine enjoyed on a Provençal terrace with the locals. Arrive later in Nice where an orientation tour will introduce you to this coastal city including the famous Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna.
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    hotel:Ellington
  7. Spend a free morning relaxing in Nice or take a stroll along the Promenade and shop in chic boutiques. This afternoon enjoy an excursion through splendid scenery along the Côte d'Azur. Visit Monaco and Monte Carlo to see the beautiful casino built by Charles Garnier in the 19th century.
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  8. Follow the coast and then visit Arles in Provence. Continue through dramatic Provençal landscape which has provided inspiration for so many artists, including Cezanne and Van Gogh. Arrive in Carcassonne, a walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the double ring of ramparts featuring 52 towers during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist.
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    hotel:Mercure Porte De La Cite
  9. This morning pass by the foothills of the Pyrénées and stop in the town of Figueres to visit the Dali Theater and Museum. Here you will gain a Cultural Insight into the world of Salvador Dali and see his work in this impressive and inspiring building. Later arrive in Barcelona where you enjoy an included sightseeing tour and see Columbus Monument and Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia with a Local Specialist. Tonight why not enjoy an Optional Experience to a traditional flamenco show.
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    hotel:Hesperia Tower
  10. Today is free to enjoy the sights of Barcelona. Why not explore Las Ramblas or maybe enjoy tapas in Plaça Reial. You could even explore the Gothic Quarter with its magnificent cathedral. Consider an Optional Experience to the Benedictine monastery at Montserrat to see the mysterious Black Madonna. This evening join your Travel Director and companions for a Farewell Dinner with wine at a typical Spanish restaurant.
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  11. Say farewell to your traveling companions at the end of your amazing vacation in France and Barcelona. Return airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Enhance your whole experience by taking the optional Madrid extension featured on this page.
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2018 Preview

Preview itineraries and content are based on selected vacations featured in our 2017 Collection, however, items such as (but not limited to), hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations, transfers and transportation, are subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in our 2018 Collection due out in September. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary.

  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • 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

9 nights, 9 hot buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • 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 dinner accompanied by local wines

Cultural Insight

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

Local Specialist

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

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Insider walking tour in Paris
  • City tour in Lyon, Carcassonne, Barcelona
  • Orientation of Paris, Avignon, Nice, Monaco, Arles
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower, Chartres Cathedral, Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, the Dali Museum in Figueres
  • View 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 Familia and Colombus Monument in Barcelona
  • Scenic drive through the Loire Valley
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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 $730 p.p.

Triple Discount: $60 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $71 per person.

Airport transfers: Transfers on arrival from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport will operate at 8:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 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 8:00 am.

Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe.

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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 48 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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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.

Arles

On the trail of Vincent Van Gogh

Adult Price: € 23

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

Flamenco Spectacular With Dinner

Adult Price: € 86

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

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

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.

Catalonian Dinner And The Dancing Fountains

Adult Price: € 59

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.

Nice

St Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

Adult Price: € 83

Discover the medieval hill top town of St. Paul, known as an artists’ paradise. You’ll travel along the Riviera on the spectacular corniche, stopping off at a local perfumery. Finally, join us for a delicious meal and drinks at a local restaurant.

Paris

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

Adult Price: € 139

Join us for dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town, where you’ll watch an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment – including the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night you’ll never forget.

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

Adult Price: € 162

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

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.

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