Highlights of France and Barcelona

Highlights of France and Barcelona

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Highlights of France and Barcelona

10 Days Starting in Paris and ending in Barcelona

Visiting: Paris, Chartres, Loire Valley, Lyon, Avignon, French Riviera, Monaco City, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Arles, Carcassonne, Figueres, Barcelona, Madrid

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

FRSPZN20

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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$2714 (USD) Operator discount: -$328 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$143 -15%
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Tour Overview

One of our most popular France and Spain trips, this jam-packed journey from Paris to Barcelona is a feast for every sense, from lunch with locals and elegant châteaux in the Loire Valley, to the buzz of Avignon’s Place de l’Horloge and the irresistible French Riviera.

Highlights

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)

  • 9 Breakfast (B)

  • 4 Dinner (D)

  • Villandry: 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 paired with local wines.

  • Figueres: Visit the Dalí Theater-Museum, considered Salvador Dalí's last great work offering visitors real insight into his captivating world.

  • Paris: Explore the iconic sights and streets of Paris on an orientation drive this evening.

  • Paris: Join a Local Specialist to discover the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris.

  • Chateau Chenonceau: Visit Château de Chenonceau or commonly known as 'Ladies Castle' which got its name from the many women who influenced its construction.

  • Chartres: Bask in the beautiful religious architecture from the 13th century as you explore the town of Chartres.

  • Lyon: Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour through Lyon's historic center. Ascend Fourvière hill for panoramic views of of the city below.

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Paris
Location: Paris
Accommodation: Pullman La Défense
Meals Included: Welcome Reception

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 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.

Day 2: Explore The Sights Of Paris
Location: Paris
Accommodation: Pullman La Défense
Meals Included: Breakfast

Spend the morning in the company of a Local Specialist on a journey through the historic neighborhoods 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 Connect With Locals
Location: Paris, Chartres, Loire Valley
Accommodation: Mercure Tours Nord
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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: Loire Valley, Lyon
Accommodation: Novotel Gerland Musée des Confluences
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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 and marvel at the magnificent skyline from Fourvière hill, followed by free time to explore this city between two rivers. This evening we dine at our hotel.

Day 5: Journey To Papal Avignon And On To The French Riviera Dive Into Culture
Location: Lyon, Avignon, French Riviera
Accommodation: Novotel Aéroport Cap 3000
Meals Included: Breakfast

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 immortalized in the French song – Sur le Pont d'Avignon. Later we continue to the French Riviera, arriving in the seaside retreat of Nice, favored by aristocrats for centuries. With an evening at leisure, perhaps take a walk along the famous Promenade des Anglais and across the checker-board pavement of Place Masséna.

Day 6: Enjoy Monaco And The Cote D'azur
Location: French Riviera, Monaco City, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, French Riviera
Accommodation: Novotel Aéroport Cap 3000
Meals Included: Breakfast

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 Colorful Arles And Carcassonne
Location: French Riviera, Arles, Carcassonne
Accommodation: Tribe Carcassonne
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We travel west to the Camargue center of Arles, with its honey-colored 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, immortalized 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 Dive Into Culture
Location: Carcassonne, Figueres, Barcelona
Accommodation: Barceló Sants
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 9: Discover Lively Barcelona
Location: Barcelona
Accommodation: Barceló Sants
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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 traditional Spanish restaurant.

Day 10: Journey Home
Location: Barcelona, Madrid
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

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

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • High-speed train from Barcelona to Madrid

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  • 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

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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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