Highlights of France and Barcelona with Madrid Extension

Highlights of France and Barcelona with Madrid Extension

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Highlights of France and Barcelona with Madrid Extension

12 Days Starting in Paris and ending in Madrid

Visiting: Paris, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Saint-Sulpice, Seine, Montmartre, Chartres, Loire Valley, Château de Chambord, Château de Chenonceau, Lyon, Fourvière hill, Avignon, French Riviera, Bay of Angels, Promenade des Anglais, Monaco, Côte d'Azur, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Arles, Carcassonne, Provence, Figueres, Barcelona, Pyrenees, Dalí Theatre and Museum, Columbus Monument, La Sagrada Família, Montserrat, Las Ramblas, Plaça de Catalunya, Gothic Quarter, Madrid

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

FRSPMZM20

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

From: $4698 $4095 Operator discount: -$470 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$133 -13%

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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the cultural and historical tapestries of France, Monaco, and Spain with the "Highlights of France and Barcelona with Madrid Extension" tour. Begin your adventure in the romantic city of Paris, where iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral await. Travel through the scenic Loire Valley, marvel at the architectural wonders of Lyon, and experience the medieval charm of Carcassonne. The allure of the French Riviera, with stops in Nice and Monaco, sets the stage for the vibrant energy of Barcelona. Here, explore the artistic legacy of Salvador Dalí and the architectural genius of Antoni Gaudí. The tour culminates in the dynamic capital of Madrid, offering a rich blend of art, culture, and history. With luxury coach transportation, cherry-picked hotels, and expert guidance throughout, this tour promises a blend of sightseeing, cultural immersion, and leisure, making it a perfect choice for those looking to experience the best of these three enchanting countries.

Highlights

  • Explore Paris, Lyon, Carcassonne and Barcelona with a Local Specialist

  • Discover 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 Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower 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 Amphitheatre of Arles and the La Sagrada Família and Columbus Monument in Barcelona

  • Scenic Drive through the Loire Valley

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Paris

Location: Paris, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe

Accommodation: Pullman La Défense

Accommodation Name: Pullman La Défense 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 travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner and orientation drive past some of the city's most impressive sights, including the grand Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe.

Day 2 : Explore The Sights Of Paris

Location: Paris, Saint-Sulpice, Seine, Montmartre

Accommodation: Pullman La Défense

Accommodation Name: Pullman La Défense Paris

Spend the morning in the company of a Local Specialist on a journey through the historic neighbourhoods 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.

Day 3 : Chartres And Châteaux In The Loire Valley

Location: Chartres, Loire Valley, Château de Chambord, Château de Chenonceau

Accommodation: Mercure Tours Nord

Accommodation Name: Mercure Tours Nord

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.

Day 4 : Onwards To Lyon

Location: Lyon, Fourvière hill

Accommodation: Novotel Gerland Musée des Confluences

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Lyon Cite Internationale

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 and marvel at the magnificent skyline from Fourvière hill, followed by free time to explore this city between two rivers.

Day 5 : Journey To Papal Avignon And On To The French Riviera

Location: Lyon, Avignon, French Riviera, Bay of Angels, Promenade des Anglais

Accommodation: Novotel Aéroport Cap 3000

Accommodation Name: Novotel Nice Aéroport Cap 3000

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 immortalised in the French song – Sur le Pont d'Avignon. Later we continue to the French Riviera, arriving in the seaside retreat of southern France, favoured 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.

Day 6 : Enjoy Monaco And The Cote D'azur

Location: French Riviera, Monaco, Côte d'Azur, Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Accommodation: Novotel Aéroport Cap 3000

Accommodation Name: Novotel Nice Aéroport Cap 3000

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.

Day 7 : Off To Colourful Arles And Carcassonne

Location: French Riviera, Arles, Carcassonne, Provence

Accommodation: Tribe Carcassonne

Accommodation Name: Tribe Carcassonne

We travel west to the Camargue centre of Arles, with its honey-coloured 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, immortalised 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.

Day 8 : Pass The Pyrenees To Barcelona

Location: Carcassonne, Figueres, Barcelona, Pyrenees, Dalí Theatre and Museum, Columbus Monument, La Sagrada Família

Accommodation: Barceló Sants

Accommodation Name: Barcelona Condal Mar Affiliated by Melia

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.

Day 9 : Discover Lively Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Montserrat, Las Ramblas, Plaça de Catalunya, Gothic Quarter

Accommodation: Barceló Sants

Accommodation Name: Barcelona Condal Mar Affiliated by Melia

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.

Day 10 : Journey By Train To Madrid

Location: Barcelona, Madrid

Accommodation: Ayre Gran Colón

Accommodation Name: Ayre Gran Colón Madrid

Take the train to the Spanish capital. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Day 11 : Fiery Madrid Your Way

Location: Madrid

Accommodation: Ayre Gran Colón

Accommodation Name: Ayre Gran Colón Madrid

After breakfast, enjoy a full free day at leisure to enjoy the sights and sounds of Madrid.

Day 12 : Farewell Madrid

Location: Madrid

Accommodation Name: on

Enjoy breakfast before you are transferred to Madrid Airport for your onward journey home.

What's Included

What's Not Included

  • Flights

    International airfare is not included

  • Airport Transfers

    Airport transfers may be included when you make your flight arrangements

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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Best tour I joined so far

14-Jan-2023

My first time with Trafalgar and I see no reason why I should not join them again.

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King Ng, Lafayette, California  

Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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Trusted Customer  

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14-Jan-2023

We really did see the best of Egypt and beyond. Our tour guide, Mohammad, guided us through the rich history and the urban and rural life of such a unique and delightful country. We felt very safe and pampered.

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Wonderful Best Of Turkey

06-Nov-2021

It was my first time with Trafalgar Tour and I had a wonderful trip from day 1 till the last day. The Tour Director, Yocel Atik is very knowledgeable and Excellent. The health director and coach driver are helpful and supportive as well. The hotels selected were comfortable especially Rixos Hotel and Movenpick Hotel. The Best of Turkey is better than I expected.

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Barbara, Canada  

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09-Nov-2021

I am single and travel alone. I always feel secure and well-looked after when I travel with Trafalgar

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