Lovely France and Spain
Enjoy tjis 16 days tour visiting Paris, Giverny, Rouen, Arromanches, Caen, Mont Saint Michel, St. Malo, Dinan, Rennes, Angers, Tours, Villandry, Amboise, Chenonceau, Chambord, Argenton, Limoges, Lascaux, Sarlat, Beynac, Rocamadour, Padirac, Collonge la Rouge, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, Lourdes, Saint Bertrand, Carcassonne, Andorra, Montserrat, Barcelona, Peniscola, Valencia, Madrid.
DAY 01 SUN. Paris- Arrival.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to Paris! Upon arriving at the airport, we will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Check the information boards in the hotel reception area for details of the welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travellers.
DAY 02 MON. Paris.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour in Paris. Transfer to the Montmartre neighbourhood.
Today we take a guided tour to discover the history, main boulevards and the breathtaking monuments of Paris. Later in the day, we provide a transfer to the Montmartre district. This neighbourhood is known for its painters, artists, and its cabarets. Sit down for lunch and enjoy this magical place where you can choose from the various cuisines this area has to offer. We will then return to the hotel or take some leisure time to enjoy the city.
DAY 03 TUE. Paris.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Transfer to Versailles Palace.
Today we will include a transfer to Versailles, with its immense palace and beautiful gardens. Free afternoon.
DAY 04 WED. Paris- Giverny- Rouen- Arromanches- Caen.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Monet’s house. Rouen. Beaches where the Normany landings took place.
Early departure from Paris, travelling towards Normandy, making a stop in GIVERNY. We will visit Monet’s House and its impressive gardens (entrance included); we talk about Impressionist art, which had its centre in Normandy. The journey continues to ROUEN, the capital of Normandy with its medieval streets and cathedral. Here we have time for a stroll and to take lunch. We continue to ARROMANCHES, on its beaches we are reminded of the World War II landings in France. Last stop is CAEN, where we take some leisure time in the central district.
DAY 05 THU. Caen- Mont Saint Michel- St. MaloDinan- Rennes.-
TODAY’SHIGHLIGHTS: Mont Saint Michel. French Brittany.
First thing in the morning we travel to Mont Saint Michel, time to see the Abbey located within the city on an island. After this, whilst travelling in the Brittany region, we stop at SAINT MALO (whose powerful walls defend the city), where we will have time for lunch. In the afternoon we continue to DINAN, take some time to explore this Breton village full of charm. We continue our way to RENNES, the capital of Brittany with its interesting and monumental historic centre.
DAY 06 FRI. Rennes – Angers- Tours- Villandry – Amboise.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Loire region and castles. Dinner included.
In the morning we will leave for ANGERS. Those who want can visit the castle that houses the largest medieval tapestry on the Apocalypse. After this we continue to the Loire Valley, visiting TOURS, the regional capital on the banks of the Loire River, with time for a stroll and to take lunch. In the afternoon we will visit the CHATEAU DE VILLANDRY, famous for its gardens and flowers (tickets to the gardens are included). Journey on to AMBOISE, a city with a very interesting medieval quarter. Dinner included. Note: Sometimes the accommodation may be offered in the city of Tours.
DAY 07 SAT. Amboise- Chenonceau-Chambord Argenton- Limoges.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Castles of Loire.
A day to learn more about the Loire region. First a stroll through Amboise in the early hours to the Clos Lucé mansion where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last 3 years of his life. Exploring the Loire region in a little more depth, we visit CHENONCEAU CASTLE (tickets included), built like a bridge over the River Cher. We continue to CHAMBORD, the largest castle of Loire (entrance to the park included). We will then travel to the centre of France, making a stop for coffee in ARGENTON SUR CREUSE, a small medieval town on the banks of the Creuse River. We continue to LIMOGES, a city known for its porcelain, where we recommend a stroll in the centre to see its cathedral.
DAY 08 SUN. Limoges- Lascaux- Sarlat- Beynac- Rocamadour.-
TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: Dordogne Valley of unforgettable villages. Lascaux cave museum. Beynac medieval castle. Dinner included.
We will leave Limoges for the Dordogne. Few regions contain so many villages full of charm and unforgettable countryside. We arrive at LASCAUX, we will include admission to the museum and replica of the caves, we will learn about the site’s prehistory with the magnificent cave paintings. After that we see SARLAT, a world heritage town with an incredibly well-preserved Renaissance historic centre, where there will be time to stroll and have lunch. In BEYNAC we see a medieval castle overlooking the river (admission included). ROCAMADOUR, a beautiful medieval village with an important sanctuary “hung” over a ravine; we suggest you walk down the via crucis and come back up in the lift. Dinner included.
DAY 09 MON. Rocamadour- Padirac- Collonge la Rouge- St. Emilion- Bordeaux.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Padirac Caves, Midi Region and winemakers.
We will go to the impressive PADIRAC Caves, where we include a boat ride on the river 75 metres underground. A stop at COLLONGE LA ROUGE, a very picturesque village built with red stone on the Way of St James. Time for lunch. After lunch we travel to ST. EMILION, at the heart of the Bordeaux wine producing region. Time for a stroll. BORDEAUX, arrival at the end of the afternoon. Note: The caves may be closed in November or due to the weather conditions.
DAY 10 TUE. Bordeaux- Lourdes.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Cite du Vin in Bordeaux. Lourdes. Dinner included.
The entire centre of Bordeaux has been declared a world heritage site. You will be amazed by the “water mirror” and stroll through the old town with its pedestrian streets and 11th century cathedral. We will include admission (free visit with audio information in Spanish, French or English) to the CITE DU VIN, an impressive interactive museum that recounts the history of the wine and its production; wine tasting included at the viewpoint over Bordeaux. You will have free time later to stroll and have lunch on the banks of the Garonne River, an area full of small restaurants. We continue our way towards the Pyrenees, arriving to LOURDES in the mid-afternoon. We have time to see the sanctuary (we recommend attending the candle procession). Dinner included.
DAY 11 WED. Lourdes- Saint Bertrand- Carcassonne Andorra.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Medieval villages of St. Bertrand or Carcassonne.
Travelling parallel to the Pyrenees, we stop in SAINT BERTRAND, a medieval village hanging on the mountainside, dominated by its great cathedral. Time for a stroll before going on to CARCASSONNE, a city surrounded by beautiful walls. We continue through the Pyrenees on a journey between often snow-capped summits, and into the small country of ANDORRA. Dinner included.
DAY 12 THU. Andorra- Montserrat- Barcelona.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Catalonia region. Montserrat Monastery. Rack train climb.
Free time in ANDORRA for shopping and exploring. After lunch, we continue to Catalonia. The mountain countryside leads us to the impressive site of the MONTSERRAT MONASTERY, where you will go up the mountain on a rack train to see its fantastic scenery. Following this we will continue to BARCELONA, arriving in the late- afternoon.
DAY 13 FRI. Barcelona.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Barcelona city tour. “Spanish Village” visit and evening transfers to Las Ramblas district.
Today we will explore Barcelona, an impressive city right on the Mediterranean Sea. Starting with an informative city tour with a local expert (note: If the group has fewer than fifteen people, explanations can be given by our guide.) We also visit the city’s historic central area with its Gothic neighbourhood dating back to the Middle Ages. We will visit the area where the Olympic Games took place. We will get the chance to see La Sagrada Familia Basilica; the masterpiece designed by the architect Gaudí. Following this, we include the entry ticket to visit ‘Poble Espanyol’ (meaning ‘Spanish Village’). This open-air architectural museum is situated in one of the most emblematic areas of Barcelona. Enjoy Spanish craftsmanship and discover the architectural styles, traditions and folklore of the different communities in Spain. Take some free time to explore the city on your own. In the evening we provide transfers to Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya area for dinner, where you can select from a great variety of restaurants. Return to hotel.
DAY 14 SAT. Barcelona – Peniscola – Valencia – Madrid.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Peniscola, a beautiful walled town combined with a castle on the sea. Discover Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences. Evening transfer in Madrid.
Travelling south, we follow the Mediterranean stopping in PENISCOLA, a small walled medieval town surrounded by the sea, time for a stroll. We continue to VALENCIA where we will have time for lunch in its historic centre, followed by a coach tour of the avantgarde “City of Sciences” designed by the architect Calatrava. We continue to MADRID, arriving at the end of the day. We head to Plaza Mayor, where we can relax at some typical taverns. Note: If the number of travellers from Valencia to Madrid is low, the trip may be done by high-speed train.
DAY 15 SUN. Madrid.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Madrid city tour. Stroll through the Retiro Park. Visit to the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas bullring. Evening transfer.
The morning starts with a comprehensive tour through the centre of Madrid including Paseo del Prado, Cibeles, Neptuno, the Gate of Alcalá, Plaza de Colón and Plaza Mayor. We then visit to Retiro Park, an oasis in the city centre, where we will see the lake and the Glass Palace. A visit to Las Ventas Bullring (admission included) is next, this is one of the most famous bullrings in the world where we will learn about the tradition of “corridas” in the Bullfighting Museum. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. At sunset we provide a transfer to Plaza de Oriente, opposite the Royal Palace, an elegant and bustling area with many restaurants serving different cuisines such as local Spanish food, international, and Chinese. Enjoy a pleasant dinner of your choice, then return to hotel together.
DAY 16 MON. Madrid.-
After breakfast, end of our services.
- Travel by bus with English speaking guide.
- Basic travel insurance.
- Hotels according to the itinerary.
- Breakfast buffet.
- Arrival transfer
- Excursion: Versailles in Paris
- Boat: Padirac Caves
- City tour in: Paris, Barcelona
- Evening Transfer: Ramblas and Plaza de Catalunya in Barcelona
- Transfer: Montmartre in Paris
- Ticket admission: Monet´s house in Giverny, Villandry gardens, Chenonceau Castle, Castle Park of Chambord, Museum and replica of Lascaux caves, Beynac Castle, Padirac caves, Cité du Vin in Bordeaux, Poble Espanyol in Barcelona.
- Train: Montserrat Monastery in Montserrat
- 4 Lunch or Dinner Included in: Amboise, Rocamadour, Lourdes, Andorra
- City tour in: Madrid
- Evening Transfer: Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Plaza de Oriente in Madrid
- Ticket admission: Las Ventas Bullring in Madrid
- Apr.21: 04, 18
- May.21: 02, 16, 30
- Jun.21: 13
- Jul.21: 04, 18
- Aug.21: 01, 15
- Sep.21: 05, 19
- Oct.21: 03, 17, 31
PRICES PER PERSON
SEASON DBL SINGL
High S. $2.225 $3.093
Mid S. $2.202 $3.070
- The Padirac caves may be closed in November or due to the weather conditions.
- If the number of travellers from Valencia to Madrid is low, the trip may be done by high-speed train.
- It is a general policy in the hotels that may request a deposit of money on arrival at each of the hotels where you will be staying. This deposit is charged at the time of check in and is refunded upon departure if you did not make any expenses at the hotel.
- The space in the holds of the coaches and in the train wagons is limited and this determines the maximum amount of luggage authorized per passenger on our circuits: one suitcase per person and one handbag. Carrying more luggage than allowed can be checked in at destination.