Highlights of France and Barcelona 2017

Tour Type: Regional Explorer
Brochure Type: Europe & Britain First Class 2017

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 Elysees in Paris to Barcelona's Las Ramblas, weaving through the alluring Loire Valley, French Riviera and medieval Citadel of Carcassonne.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • City tour in Lyon, Carcassonne and Barcelona
  • Scenic drive through the Loire Valley
  • Insider walking tour in Paris
  • Orientation of Paris, Avignon, Nice, Monaco and Arles
  • View Chateau de Chambord, the Papal Palace of Avignon, the Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena in Nice, Monaco's Royal Palace and Cathedral, the Roman Amphitheatre of Arles and Sagrada Familia and Colombus Monument in Barcelona
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower, Chartres Cathedral, Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley and the Dali Museum in Figueres
Dining Highlights
  • 11 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)
First class travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13073087

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
10 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1ParisArrive Paris (2 Nights): Welcome to Paris, the City of Light. This evening meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to see some of the city's impressive sights including the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe.Welcome Reception
Hilton La Defense
Day 2ParisParis Sightseeing: Today your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris' oldest historical neighbourhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris's loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. Marvel at the city's beautiful skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. This evening consider an Optional Experience to a Parisian cabaret.Buffet Breakfast
Day 3Loire ValleyParis - Chartres - Chenonceau - Loire Valley: Visit Chartres Cathedral, an important place of pilgrimage and an architectural splendour featuring original stained glass windows. Continue through the Loire Valley, past beautiful villages and castles. View the impressive Chateau de Chambord, a marvel of French Renaissance architecture. Visit Chenonceau, straddling the River Cher. This evening join your companions for a very special Be My Guest dinner of mouth-watering French cuisine at a 17th century traditional farmhouse.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Mercure Tours Nord
Day 4LyonLoire Valley - Lyon: Journey through the heart of France and through the volcanic hills around Clermont Ferrand to Lyon. Built at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone Rivers, your walking tour with a Local Specialist through the old city reveals a rich cultural heritage. See the narrow streets, inner courtyards and 'traboules' of France's largest Renaissance city. Marvel at awe-inspiring views of Lyon from Fourviere hill. Dine tonight at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Mercure Centre Saxe LaFayette
Day 5NiceLyon - Avignon - Nice (2 Nights): From Lyon drive to Avignon. See the Papal Palace and famous bridge over the river immortalised in the French song, 'sur le pont d'Avignon'. Here you will experience a Cultural Insight into local wine production with a glass of wine enjoyed on a Provencal terrace with the locals. Arrive later in Nice where an orientation tour will introduce you to this coastal city including the famous Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena.Buffet Breakfast
Day 6NiceNice - Excursion To Monte Carlo: Playground of the rich and famous, Nice attracts sun seekers with a year-round temperate climate. Spend a free morning relaxing or take a stroll along the Promenade and shop in chic boutiques. This afternoon enjoy an excursion through splendid scenery along the Cote d'Azur. Visit Monaco and Monte Carlo to see the beautiful casino built by Charles Garnier in the 19th century.Buffet Breakfast
Day 7CarcassonneNice - Arles - Carcassonne: Follow the coast and then visit Arles in Provence. Continue through dramatic Provencal landscape which has provided inspiration for so many artists, including Cezanne and Van Gogh. Arrive in Carcassonne, a walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the double ring of ramparts featuring 52 towers during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Mercure Porte De La Cite
Day 8BarcelonaCarcassonne - Figueres - Barcelona Sightseeing (2 Nights): This morning pass by the foothills of the Pyrenees and stop in the town of Figueres to visit the Dali Theatre and Museum. Here you will gain a Cultural Insight into the world of Salvador Dali and see his work in this impressive and inspiring building. Later arrive in Barcelona where you enjoy an included sightseeing tour and see Columbus Monument and Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia with a Local Specialist. Tonight why not enjoy an Optional Experience to a traditional flamenco show.Buffet Breakfast
Hesperia Tower
Day 9BarcelonaBarcelona: Today is free to enjoy the sights of Barcelona. Why not explore Las Ramblas or maybe enjoy tapas in Placa Reial. You could even explore the Gothic Quarter with its magnificent cathedral. Consider an Optional Experience to the Benedictine monastery at Montserrat to see the mysterious Black Madonna. This evening join your Travel Director and companions for a Farewell Dinner with wine at a typical Spanish restaurant.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 10Depart BarcelonaDepart Barcelona: Say farewell to your travelling companions at the end of your amazing holiday in France and Barcelona. Return airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Enhance your whole experience by taking the optional Madrid extension featured on this page.Buffet Breakfast

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