Highlights of France and Barcelona - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

10 days

from $2716 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"One of the best travel companies"
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This triple-country trip follows 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.

It's 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
Trip code:
FRSPA

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    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 the city's impressive sights.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Hilton La Defense

  • 2.

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    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 Specialist. 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. This evening, consider an optional experience to a Parisian cabaret.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.

    PARIS – 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 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 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 (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 the Sagrada Familia and Columbus Monument with a Local Specialist. Tonight, why not enjoy an Optional Experience to a traditional Flamenco show?

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Vincci Bit

  • 9.

    BARCELONA FREE TIME

    Today is free to enjoy the sights of Barcelona. Why not explore Las Ramlas 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.

    DEPART BARCELONA

    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

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Speciality dinner in the atmosphere of a traditional 17th century farmhouse.
  • Cultural Insights

    Enjoy a delicious glass of wine at Place de l'Horloge in Avignon.
    Explore the wonderful museum of Salvador Dali while in Figueres.
  • Local Specialists

    in Paris, Lyon, Carcassonne and Barcelona.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Paris, Lyon, Carcassonne and Barcelona
  • Orientations of Bourges, Avignon, Nice, Monaco and Arles
  • Scenic drive through the Loire Valley
  • View Château de Chambord, Palais Jacque Coeur and Cathedral in Bourges, 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, Les Invalides, Chartres Cathedral, Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, the Dali Museum in Figueres

Dining

  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.
    5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 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

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Paris

  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €133.00 Join us for dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town, where you’ll watch an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment – including the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night you’ll never forget.
  • Notre Dame, Latin Quarter And Seine Cruise

    Adult Price: €35.00 Come with us to explore the magnificent cathedral at the heart of Paris, Notre Dame. You’ll enjoy free time to have a bite to eat in the Latin Quarter or try the famous Berthillon ice-cream . Then relax on our River Seine cruise, the perfect way to discover the city - don't forget your camera.
  • Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €157.00 Dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret – immortalized by the homonymous award-winning film and featuring 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

Nice

  • St Paul Corniche Drive Perfumery And Dinner

    Adult Price: €82.00 Discover the medieval hill top town of St. Paul, known as an artists’ paradise. You’ll travel along the Riviera on the spectacular corniche, stopping off at a local perfumery. Finally, join us for a delicious meal and drinks at a local restaurant.

Barcelona

  • Flamenco Spectacular With Dinner

    Adult Price: €85.00 Come and experience the passion and spirit of Spain at a spectacular flamenco evening. This modern interpretation of Spain's most famous entertainment is one of the best shows in town, and we’ve even included dinner and drinks.
  • Montserrat

    Adult Price: €39.00 Join us for a trip out of Barcelona as we head for the sacred mountain of Catalonia. You’ll ascend this staggering rock formation for a chance to admire its spectacular panoramic views. Arrive at the Basilica Real where newlyweds come to pledge their vows to the mystical Black Virgin.
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