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Highlights of France & Barcelona

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Tour Pace: Active
Park Guel, Barcelona
Tour Style: First Class
11 Days from $2,565 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. 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. 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 Elysées and Arc de Triomphe.

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    hotel:Pullman La Defense
  3. Join a Local Specialist this morning to amble through the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris, revealing how real Parisians live and shop. Later we ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, consider soaking up the pageantry of Paris with an Optional Experience to a popular Parisian cabaret.
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  4. Visit Chartres, an important place of pilgrimage on The Way of Saint James and journey through the picturesque rolling landscape of the Loire Valley, past beautiful villages and fairy-tale castles. View the impressive Château de Chambord and visit picturesque Château de Chenonceau, which straddles the River Cher. Later join the de Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Château de Villandry for a Be My Guest Tourangelle dinner accompanied by local wines.
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    hotel:Mercure Tours Nord
  5. 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 quaint traboules of France's largest Renaissance city and marvel at the inspiring cityscape from Fourvière hill. We dine at our hotel this evening.
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    hotel:Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette
  6. From Lyon, we drive to Avignon, a Papal Seat in the 14th century and today a place of pilgrimage. See the Papal Palace and the famous bridge immortalized in the French song – sur le pont d'Avignon. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into local wine production and indulge in a glass of the local vintage. This afternoon we arrive in the seaside retreat of Nice where an orientation tour will introduce us to this coastal city which has been a favorite among aristocrats for centuries.
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    hotel:Ellington
  7. This morning enjoy an excursion through splendid seaside scenery, before visiting Monaco and Monte Carlo to see the exquisite casino built by Charles Garnier in the 19th century. This afternoon relax on the sun-kissed shores of the Côte d'Azur.
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  8. We travel north to Arles with its honey-coloured façades and Roman ruins before continuing through the beautiful Provence landscapes, immortalized in the works of Cezanne and Van Gogh. Arriving in the exquisite fortified city of Carcassonne, we join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour.
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    hotel:Best Western Le Donjon
  9. Driving past the foothills of the Pyrénées, we stop in Figueres to visit the Dali Theater and Museum where we will gain a Cultural Insight into the fascinating world of Salvador Dali. We arrive in beguiling Barcelona this afternoon and enjoy an included sightseeing tour where we will see the Columbus Monument and Antoni Gaudi's unfinished Sagrada Familia with a Local Specialist. This evening, consider an Optional Experience to enjoy traditional Spanish cuisine and entertainment.
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    hotel:NH Collection Tower
  10. Spend the day soaking up the vibrant spirit of Barcelona. Consider an Optional Experience to Montserrat to visit its Benedictine monastery and see the mysterious Black Madonna. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner with wine at a traditional Spanish restaurant.
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  11. Say adios to the bustling streets of Barcelona and your travel companions. A return transfer on the last travel day will arrive at Barcelona Airport at 8 am. Conditions apply. Enhance your whole experience by taking the optional Madrid extension featured on this page.

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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: $770 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $60 p.p.

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 8:00 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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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

Local Specialist

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

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

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, 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

Reviews

Monday, June 26, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Everything was well planned out. Activities were just right for us. We would have preferred to have had a chance to see Sacrada Familia Cathedral from the inside. It was one of the reasons we came on the tour.
Vacation : I would recommend this trip to my friends.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Tour was very good. Would do other trips in future.
Vacation : Liked the locations visited. Hotels were mostly good though a little far from city center in some cases. Food was good, but not excellent. Tour director was very enthusiastic and nice. Driver was very good.
  • 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. 

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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