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Highlights of France and Barcelona

10 Days 3 Countries 7 Cities

Follow the spine of France's wine country before heading to buzzing Barcelona on this Regional Explorer trip.

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      Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

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      • Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided holiday in Europe.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

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


      Trip type: Regional Explorer i

      Trip code: FRSP

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      14 Meals
      • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • 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 Château de Chambord, the Papal Palace of Avignon, the Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna 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, Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley and the Dali Museum in Figueres


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 5 dinners
          (including Be My Guest) with local wine


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      Travel Highlights

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        • 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


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Highlights of France and Barcelona

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      Paris, France

      Day 1

      Arrive Paris (2 Nights)

      Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

      Day 2

      Paris Sightseeing

      Loire Valley, France

      Day 3

      Paris – Chartres – Chenonceau – Loire Valley

      Lyon, France

      Day 4

      Loire Valley – Lyon

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      Day 5

      Lyon – Avignon – Nice (2 Nights)

      Monte Carlo Harbour, Monaco, France

      Day 6

      Nice – Excursion To Monaco

      Carcassone, France

      Day 7

      Nice – Arles – Carcassonne

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      Day 8

      Carcassonne – Figueres – Barcelona Sightseeing (2 Nights)

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      Day 9

      Barcelona

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      Depart Barcelona

      Day 1

      Arrive Paris (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Paris (2 Nights)

      Bienvenue à Paris, 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. Meander through the cobbled lanes of Montmartre, visit the Mona Lisa in the Louvre or relax in the manicured gardens watching the world go by. This evening, join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of the city's most impressive sights, including the grand Champs Elysées and Arc de Triomphe.

      Hotel

      Pullman La Defense

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Pullman La Defense

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Paris Sightseeing Day 2 - Paris Sightseeing

      Spend the morning in the company of a Local Specialist who will share with you the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris, revealing how real Parisians live and shop. Later we ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, peering down through its magnificent wrought iron lattice work to the grand boulevards and meandering Seine below. The rest of your day is yours to explore the city sights at your 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Paris – Chartres – Chenonceau – Loire Valley Day 3 - Paris – Chartres – Chenonceau – Loire Valley

      Visit Chartres, an important place of pilgrimage on The Way of Saint James, with its inspiring French Gothic Art cathedral, renowned for its stained glass windows and two contrasting spires. We journey through the picturesque rolling landscape of the Loire Valley, past beautiful villages and fairy-tale castles. View the impressive Château de Chambord, a marvel of French Renaissance architecture. Visit the picturesque Château de Chenonceau, which straddles the River Cher, before joining your travel companions and the de Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Château de Villandry for a traditional three-course Be My Guest Tourangelle dinner accompanied by local wines.

      Hotel

      Mercure Tours Nord

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Mercure Tours Nord

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Loire Valley – Lyon Day 4 - Loire Valley – Lyon

      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 quaint traboules of France's largest Renaissance city and marvel at the inspiring cityscape from Fourvière hill. We dine at our hotel this evening, with the rest of the night yours to explore the city. See the glittering Renaissance façades lit up at night, attend a world-famous opera or amble along the river - a peaceful end to a busy day.

      Hotel

      Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Lyon – Avignon – Nice (2 Nights) Day 5 - Lyon – Avignon – Nice (2 Nights)

      From Lyon, we drive to Avignon, a Papal Seat in the 14th century and today a place of pilgrimage. See the Papal Palace, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe, and the famous bridge immortalised in the French song - sur le pont d'Avignon. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into local wine production and indulge in a glass of the local vintage on a Provençal terrace with beautiful views. This afternoon we arrive in the seaside retreat of Nice where an orientation tour will introduce you to this coastal city which has been a favourite among aristocrats for centuries. Amble along the famous Promenade des Anglais and through the checker-board pavement of Place Masséna, before spending the rest of the evening at leisure.

      Hotel

      Ellington

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Ellington

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Nice – Excursion To Monaco Day 6 - Nice – Excursion To Monaco

      This morning enjoy an excursion through splendid seaside scenery, before visiting Monaco and Monte Carlo to see the exquisite casino built by Charles Garnier in the 19th century. This afternoon relax on the sun-kissed shores of the Côte d'Azur. Retreat to the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers, relax at a café overlooking the Bay of Angels or take a stroll along the Promenade.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Nice – Arles – Carcassonne Day 7 - Nice – Arles – Carcassonne

      We travel north to the Camargue centre of Arles with its honey-coloured façades and Roman ruins before continuing through the wheat and lavender fields of Provence immortalised in the works of Cezanne and Van Gogh. Arriving in the exquisite fortified city of Carcassonne, we join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the Cité that spans some 3km and features 52 towers.

      Hotel

      Best Western Le Donjon

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Best Western Le Donjon

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Carcassonne – Figueres – Barcelona Sightseeing (2 Nights) Day 8 - Carcassonne – Figueres – Barcelona Sightseeing (2 Nights)

      Driving past the foothills of the Pyrénées, we stop in Figueres to visit the Dali Theatre and Museum where we will gain a Cultural Insight into the fascinating world of Salvador Dali and see his work in this impressive and inspiring building. We arrive in beguiling Barcelona this afternoon and enjoy an included sightseeing tour where we will see the Columbus Monument and Antoni Gaudi's unfinished Sagrada Familia 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 at one of the city's fine restaurants.

      Hotel

      NH Collection Tower

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      NH Collection Tower

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Barcelona Day 9 - Barcelona

      Spend the day soaking up the vibrant spirit of Barcelona. Ramble up Las Ramblas and people-watch in the Plaça de Catalunya, explore the whimsical architecture of Gaudi dotted across the city or consider an Optional Experience to Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. A further option is a meander up to Montserrat to visit its Benedictine monastery and see the mysterious Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner with wine at a traditional Spanish restaurant.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Depart Barcelona Day 10 - Depart Barcelona

      It's time to close the curtain on an unforgettable holiday in France and Barcelona. Say adios to the bustling streets of Barcelona and your travel companions. Return airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 10

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/can/tours/highlights-of-france-and-barcelona for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        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 dinner accompanied by local wines

      • Cultural Insights
        People-watch over a glass of delicious local wine at the bustling Place de l'Horloge in the heart of Avignon. Visit the Dali Theatre-Museum, considered Salvador Dali's last great work offering visitors real insight into his captivating world

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Paris, Lyon, Carcassonne and Barcelona

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • 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 Château de Chambord, the Papal Palace of Avignon, the Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna 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, Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley and the Dali Museum in Figueres


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 5 dinners
          (including Be My Guest) with local wine


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • 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


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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        Great travel director and great driver along with a wonderful group to be among. Always on time.

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        Service rating : Great tour guide!, bus driver! Beautiful hotels! and great excursionsProduct : My husband and I got to see incredible cities and learned so much. The local tour guides were great

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        Service rating : I hope this feedback is taken seriously as I’ve taken time from my busy schedule to provide our details about our experience.The whole things sounds great at the time of booking but the reality was not the same.We found throughout the experience that the majority of motels were

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        Service rating : The tour guide Nicolas was excellent as well as the bus driver Mario. We felt very safe and well taken care of even in cities where there had been quite a bit of upheaval in the last few months namely Barcelona and Paris. The hotels were very good in general except for the one

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