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Highlights of France and Barcelona 2014

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Nice in the French Rivieria, FranceParis, FranceBarcelona, Spain
Nice in the French Rivieria, France
Paris, France
Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: This twin-country trip follows the spine of France's wine country and the foothills of the Pyrénées, before heading to buzzing Barcelona. You can opt to fly to Spain's capital, Madrid. It's Insider moments like… taking your seat in Avignon town square, as your Travel Director returns from the bar with a tray of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Tasting this powerful wine on its home soil adds a local twist to the tales you're told of Avignon's past. Learning how Pope Clement V moved the papal seat here (not Rome) in 1309, these stories of religious connections are almost as delicious as the drink itself. And the setting, near the Palace of the Popes, gives a feeling you could be back in the 14th century, when the wine's fame began.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Paris, the City of Light! Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through ancient streets. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to see some of city’s impressive sights.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Hilton Paris La Defense

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Paris probably has more familiar landmarks than any other city in the world! The Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde - see all these sights and more with your Local Expert. Marvel at the city’s beautiful skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Visit Les Invalides, part of the Army Museum, where you view the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. Visit one of the city's many internationally renowned museums, wander through the Luxembourg gardens, or take an optional experience to the magnificent Louvre.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    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. See the impressive Château 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.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Mercure Tours Nord

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Journey through the heart of France and through the volcanic hills around Clermont Ferrand to Lyon. A gourmet paradise built at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, your walking tour with a Local Expert 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 Fourvière hill. Arrive later at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Mecure Lyon Saxe Lafayette

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    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 enjoy a glass of the famous Local Speciality wine on a Provencal terrace with the locals. Arrive later in Nice where an orientation tour will introduce you to this coastal city which includes the famous Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Massena

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    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 Côte d'Azur. Visit Monaco and Monte Carlo to see the beautiful casino built by Charles Garnier in the 19th century. There is plenty of free time afterwards for you to explore Monaco!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7


    Follow the coast and then visit Arles in Provence. Continue through dramatic Provençal 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 53 towers during your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Les Trois Couronnes

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    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 Unique Insight into the world of Salvador Dali and see his work in this impressive and inspiring building. At La Roca Village, shop for designer goods before arriving in Barcelona - capital of the Catalonia region.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Vincci Bit

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    With your Local Expert enjoy an included sightseeing tour and see the Sagrada Familia and Columbus Monument. Later why not enjoy tapas in Placa Reial or shop for local food in La Boqueria market. Consider an optional experience this afternoon 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.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 10


    Say farewell to your travelling companions at the end of your amazing holiday in France and Catalonia! Return airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Enhance your whole experience by taking the optional Madrid extension featured on this page.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Speciality dinner in the atmosphere of a traditional 17th century farmhouse.
  • Local Expert in Paris, Carcassone and Barcelona.
  • Unique Insight Explore the wonderful museum of Salvador Dali while in Figueres.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Enjoy a delicious glass of wine at Place de l'Horloge in Avignon.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Paris, Lyon, Carcassonne and Barcelona.
  • Orientations of the Loire Valley, Bourges, Avignon, Nice, Monaco and Arles.
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower, Chartres Cathedral, Les Invalides, Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, the Dali Museum in Figueres.
  • View Chateau de Chambord, Palais Jacque Coeur and Cathedral in Bourges, the Papal Palace of Avignon, the Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena in Nice, Monaco's Royal Palace and Cathedral and the Roman Amphitheatre of Arles.


  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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