2017: Secret Treasures of France & Spain (4740)

13 days from Paris to Madrid

Discover hidden gems of two colorful countries-France and Spain-on this exciting vacation stretching from Paris to Madrid. Among the less known tour highlights is Carnac, known for its megaliths-standing stones-dating back to 4500 to 2000 BC. With a local expert, learn about the mystery of these stones. You'll also visit many UNESCO World Heritage Sites sure to please history fans. Visit Bordeaux, where a walking tour with a local expert features the important highlights of these 362 historic monuments. See Mont St. Michel, an 8th-century abbey that sits on a rocky isle. Spain's Avila was founded in the 11th century to protect Spanish territories from the Moors. Here, your guided walking tour features the town's medieval walls. See Burgos' limestone cathedral, dating back to the 13th century. In Segovia, visit the well-preserved Roman aqueduct, built around 50 AD, and the gothic cathedral, dating to the 16th century. The 'grande dune du Pilat', the great dune of Pilat, along with the Landes landscapes will make unforgettable scenic highlights of this France and Spain tour.

You'll also spend time in some attractive coastal towns. In France, visit St. Malo, the renowned coastal resort with is ramparts, cobbled streets, and old stone buildings; Brest, nestled on one of Europe's most beautiful harbors; La Rochelle, with its historic port dominated by three medieval towers; and Rochefort, built to defend the French navy in the 17th century and today known as one of France's most beautiful villages. In Spain, overnight in Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort, and Santander, a coastal city renowned in the 19th century as a tourist destination for Spanish elite.

From the UNESCO World Heritage Sites to the picturesque coastal towns, this France and Spain tour is perfect for value-minded travelers!

HOTELS
PARIS Novotel La Defense (F) or Kyriad Prestige Boulogne (F) or Ibis La Villette (ST)
ST. MALO Ibis Styles Port (ST)
BREST Escale Oceania Airport (ST)
NANTES Ibis Centre Tour Bretagne (ST)
BORDEAUX Mercure Centre Meriadeck (ST)
BIARRITZ Ibis Anglet (ST)
SANTANDER Santemar (F)
SALAMANCA Sercotel Artheus Carmelitas (ST)
MADRID Praga (ST)

Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 12863237

Tour Operator
Cosmos
Duration
13 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1ParisCheck into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore France's vibrant capital city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2ParisParis is a world-class city that probably has more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. During the included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, view the famous Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, and much more. Later, feel like a French aristocrat on the optional walking tour through the expansive Palace of Versailles. This evening, why not join an optional welcome dinner? (B)
Day 3St. MaloDepart from the City of Light and travel towards the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel. This distinctive 8th-century abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that creates an inspiring scene as it stands sentry on a small island just a kilometer off the French coast. Later, drive along the shoreline to the fortified seaside resort of St. Malo. (B)
Day 4BrestThis morning, visit the ancient walled city of St. Malo. Situated on the English Channel, this attractive port town has a notorious past as the home of corsairs and pirates. Spend some free time walking along its cobblestone streets, and admiring the granite mansions that line the characteristic lanes and squares, encircled by massive ramparts. Travel across Brittany to coastal Brest, nestled in a beautiful natural harbor. Heavily bombed in 1944, the city center was completely rebuilt after the war. See the Pont de l'lroise, a cable-stayed bridge spanning the Elorn River-an amazing architectural feat. (B,D)
Day 5NantesFollow the coastal road towards Carnac, catching glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean. Carnac is known for its STANDING STONES that were erected by the pre-Celtic people of Brittany-one of the most extensive Neolithic collections in the world. Visit one of the sites with a Local Guide and learn about the mystery of the Carnac stones. Then, head for Nantes, located on the Loire River. Visit the CASTLE of the Dukes of Brittany, and the CATHEDRAL of St. Peter and St. Paul, which took 457 years to complete and features a unique external pulpit. (B)
Day 6BordeauxTwo coastal towns are on the agenda today. First, stop at picturesque La Rochelle, situated off the Atlantic Coast in the Bay of Biscay and known as La Ville Blanche (the White City) due to its luminous limestone facades that reflect the bright sunlight. Next up: historic Rochefort with its naval beginnings that date back to Louis XIV. Continue to Bordeaux. (B,D)
Day 7BordeauxBuilt on the banks of the Garonne River, Bordeaux is known as the 'Pearl of Aquitaine' and is a flourishing port town. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is home to 362 historic monuments, some dating back to Roman times. Join your Local Guide for a walking tour featuring all the important highlights, including Esplanade des Quinconces, one of the largest squares in Europe. The afternoon is at leisure or maybe join an optional excursion. (B)
Day 8BiarritzDrive to Arcachon today to see the amazing DUNE OF PILAT, the highest sand dune on the continent. Then, sit back and enjoy a scenic drive through the Landes of Gascony, the largest maritime-pine forest in Europe. Later, arrive in Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort. (B)
Day 9SantanderLeave France and cross into Spain's Basque Country to visit San Sebastian, one of just two European Capitals of Culture in 2016 and considered a foodie hotspot! On to Bilbao, where you'll discover a colorful tapestry of architecture, history, natural beauty, and tantalizing cuisine. Enjoy free time for leisure activities-maybe visit the world-famous Guggenheim Museum, considered one of the 20th century's great architectural masterpieces. Later, head to the port city of Santander, a renowned tourist destination for Spanish elite in the 19th century. (B)
Day 10SalamancaHeading inland, stop in Burgos, former capital of the unified Kingdom of Castile-Leon for five centuries. Visit the magnificent limestone CATHEDRAL of Santa Maria, dating back to the 13th century and where the legendary national hero El Cid is buried. Continue on to Salamanca. Be sure to spend some time wandering around the Spanish-baroque Plaza Mayor, the heart of the city and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful plazas in Spain. (B,D)
Day 11MadridJourney to Avila with its medieval town walls and many towers. Join the guided walking tour of the MEDIEVAL WALLS. Next, arrive in pretty Segovia, set on a rocky hill. Visit its landmarks, awe-inspiring Roman AQUEDUCT and gothic CATHEDRAL before heading to Madrid. (B)
Day 12MadridNot only is Madrid capital of Spain, but because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spanish rightly say it is the nearest thing to Heaven. This morning, enjoy the city's main highlights on the included guided sightseeing tour. Consider also joining an optional excursion to one of the many important sights surrounding Madrid. (B,D)
Day 13MadridYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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US$ Price Details

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$600

No triple room reduction.


Extra nights per person in Paris:
in single room $136-$390, in twin $72-$199, in triple $67-$195

Extra nights per person in Madrid:
in single room $105-$111, in twin $57-$65, in triple $54-$62

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