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Highlights of France and Barcelona with Madrid Extension

12 Days 2 Countries 11 Cities

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

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About this trip

Follow the spine of France's wine country, to the Principality of Monaco and the foothills of the Pyrénées, before heading to buzzing Barcelona. You can opt to fly to Spain's capital, Madrid.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… taking your seat in Avignon town square, near the Palace of the Popes, to taste local Châteauneuf-du-Pape on its home soil and hear how Pope Clement V moved the papal seat here in 1309.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: FRSPM

11 Nights

accommodation

14 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest).

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Highlights of France and Barcelona with Madrid Extension

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive 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 Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
Hilton La Defense

2. Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning 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. 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. This evening consider an Optional Experience to a Parisian cabaret.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

3. Paris – Chartres – 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 Château 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Hotel
Mercure Tours Nord

4. Loire Valley – Lyon

Journey through the heart of France and through the volcanic hills around Clermont Ferrand to Lyon. Built at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône 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 Fourvière hill. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Hotel
Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette

5. Lyon – 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 Provençal 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 Masséna.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Massena

6. Nice – 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 Côte d'Azur. Visit Monaco and Monte Carlo to see the beautiful casino built by Charles Garnier in the 19th century.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

7. Nice – Arles – Carcassonne

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 52 towers during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Hotel
Les 3 Couronnes

8. Carcassonne – Figueres – Barcelona Sightseeing (2 Nights)

This morning pass by the foothills of the Pyrénées 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?

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Hesperia Tower

9. Barcelona Free Time

Today is free to enjoy the sights of Barcelona. Why not explore Las Ramblas or maybe enjoy tapas in Plaça 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

10. Flight Barcelona – Madrid

Transfer to Barcelona Airport. Flight included from Barcelona to Madrid. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in Madrid.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Ayre Gran Colon

11. Madrid Free Day

After breakfast enjoy a full free day for sightseeing in Madrid.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

12. Depart Madrid

Enjoy breakfast before you are transferred to Madrid Airport for your onward journey home. Conditions apply.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Insider walking tour in Paris

    • City tour in Lyon, Carcassonne and Barcelona

    • Orientation of Paris, Avignon, Nice, Monaco and Arles

    • Visit the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Chartres Cathedral, Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, the Dali Museum in Figueres

    • 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

    • Scenic drive through the Loire Valley


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


    Airport Transfers

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


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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Enjoy

Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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"Is simply the best way to position what our guests love to experience and what we love to deliver" - Gavin Tollman CEO


Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


Unwind

Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 36 Reviews

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : We received excellent service at all times, Marie really was a wonderful guide and so knowledgeable, it was a joy to be on tour with her.Product : We did enjoy the surprise treats from our guide along the way.

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    Service rating : Marie was a walking encyclopedia and gave us so much information on the places we visited.She was very well organised and made sure everyone knew what time to be ready and meeting points etc.Product : The high light for me was the optional visit to Saint Paul Vence,perfume

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : The driver Mario was professional and a great driver. Marie our Tour Director was fabulous at providing details we needed to know, as well as great information on the areas and history of our tourist stops.Product : This tour included the best of France and Barcelona in about 10

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    Service rating : the tour director and driver were brilliant. good local knowlegeProduct : too many optional extras needed to be purchased to give a good overall experience. Cost my partner and I an extra 860 plus euros for what the opposition company included.All the hotels except Nice were well

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12 Days, 2 Countries, 11 Cities

Highlights of France and Barcelona with Madrid Extension

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