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Highlights of France and Barcelona

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,633 per person

Countries Visited

France, Monaco, Spain ...more France, Monaco, Spain

Locations Visited

Paris, Chenonceaux, Tours, Villandry, Chartres, Lyon, Avignon, Eze, Monaco Monte Carlo, Carcassonne, Barcelona, Figueres, Madrid ...more Paris, Chenonceaux, Tours, Villandry, Chartres, Lyon, Avignon, Eze, Monaco Monte Carlo, Carcassonne, Barcelona, Figueres, Madrid
  1. 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.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Pullman La Défense
  2. 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
  3. 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.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Mercure Tours Nord
  4. 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Novotel Gerland
  5. 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Holiday Inn
  6. 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
  7. 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Best Western Le Donjon
  8. 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hesperia Tower
  9. 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, Farewell Dinner
  10. 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
Highlights of France and Barcelona
Price Includes

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
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

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

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Optional Add-Ons

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

Montmartre Village And Artists' Square

Dominated by the soaring Sacre Coeur Basilica, you’ll join your Local Specialist to explore Montmartre’s winding streets, unusual galleries and world famous Artist’s Square - once home to the works of Toulouse Lautrec and Picasso. You’ll have time to browse, barter for original art and taste local cuisine, for a real flavour of Montmartre life.
Adult Price: €37

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

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!
Adult Price: €162

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

One of the oldest and most elegant revue theatres 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.
Adult Price: €139

Nice

St Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

First we'll travel to the medieval hilltop town of St. Paul to visit this artists' paradise. We'll continue along the Riviera, travelling on corniche roads with their spectacular views, to a local restaurant for a delicious meal, including drinks.
Adult Price: €83

Arles

On the trail of Vincent Van Gogh

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.
Adult Price: €23

Barcelona

Catalonian Dinner And The Dancing Fountains

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.
Adult Price: €59

Flamenco Spectacular With Dinner

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.
Adult Price: €86

Barcelona, Past and Present

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.
Adult Price: €29

Mystical Montserrat

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.
Adult Price: €40

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Service
Efficient booking and folliwup
Vacation
Krista was our best travel director ever. Off the charts knowledgeable, upbeat and accommodating.
Trusted Customer
Monday, May 28, 2018
Service
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.
Suresh Bhat
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Service
They did everything well.
Vacation
Had a great time on this tour.
Michelle Ralston
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Monday, June 26, 2017
Service
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.
William Morcom
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Service
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.
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