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  • WALKING TOUR in Paris and Carcassonne with a Local Specialist
  • CITY TOUR in Lyon and Barcelona
  • ORIENTATION of Paris, Avignon, Nice, Monaco and Arles
  • VISIT the Saint-Sulpice Church, Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley and the Dalí Theatre and Museum in Figueres
The Highlights of France and Barcelona tour starts in Paris and ends in Barcelona. The Highlights of France and Barcelona is a Food Tour that takes 10 days taking you from Paris to Barcelona and through other destinations in Europe.

From Van Gogh to Gaudí, 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.
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Bienvenue à Paris, your launch pad for an epic adventure through the highlights of France and magnificent Barcelona. Spend your first day in the City of Lights, exploring the art, architecture and culture of this romantic city on your own. Visit the Mona Lisa in the Louvre or relax in 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-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe.
Meals
  • Welcome Reception
Location Visited
  • Paris
Accommodation
  • Pullman La Defense
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 Parisians live and shop. Visit the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice then enjoy the rest of the day at 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
Location Visited
  • Eiffel Tower
Visit Chartres, an important place of pilgrimage on The Way of Saint James, with its inspiring French Gothic Art cathedral which is renowned for its stained glass windows and two contrasting spires. We journey through the rolling landscape of the Loire Valley, past beautiful villages and castles. View the impressive Château de Chambord, a marvel of French Renaissance architecture, then visit Château de Chenonceau, before joining your travel companions and the de Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Château de Villandry. 'Connect With Locals' over a traditional three-course Tourangelle Be My Guest dinner paired with local wines.
Meals
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine
Location Visited
  • Loire Valley
  • Chartres
Accommodation
  • Mercure Tours Nord
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 traboules of France's largest Renaissance city and marvel at the magnificent skyline from Fourvière hill. We dine at our hotel this evening, with the rest of the night free to explore the city. See the glittering Renaissance façades lit up at night, attend a world-famous opera or stroll along the river - a peaceful end to a busy day.
Meals
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine
Location Visited
  • Lyon
  • Loire Valley
Accommodation
  • Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette
From Lyon, we drive to Avignon, a Papal Seat in the 14th century. 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. 'Dive Into Culture' and into local wine production, indulging in a glass of the local vintage on a Provençal terrace. This afternoon we arrive in the French Riviera, where an orientation tour will introduce you to this coastal area, a favourite retreat among aristocrats for centuries. Walk along the famous Promenade des Anglais and across the checker-board pavement of Place Masséna, before spending the rest of the evening at leisure.
Meals
  • Buffet Breakfast
Location Visited
  • Nice
  • Avignon
Accommodation
  • Ellington/Holiday Inn
Relax on the sun-kissed shores of the Côte d'Azur today. 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. You could choose instead to embark on an optional excursion to the medieval hill-top village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Later, we'll enjoy an excursion through splendid seaside scenery to Monaco where you'll view the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married.
Meals
  • Buffet Breakfast
Location Visited
  • Monte Carlo
  • Cote D Azur
  • Nice
  • Saint Paul de Vence
We travel west to the Camargue centre of Arles, with its colourful façades and Roman ruins, before continuing through the landscapes of Provence immortalised in the works of Cezanne and Van Gogh. Arriving in the fortified city of Carcassonne, we join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the Cité which spans some 3km and features 52 towers.
Meals
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine
Location Visited
  • Carcassonne
  • Arles
Accommodation
  • Best Western Le Donjon
Driving past the foothills of the Pyrenees, we stop in Figueres to visit the Dalí Theatre and Museum where we will 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into the fascinating world of Salvador Dalí. See his work in this impressive building, before arriving in Barcelona this afternoon for an included sightseeing tour. We'll see the Columbus Monument and Antoni Gaudí's unfinished La Sagrada Família, 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 on your own at one of the city's fine restaurants.
Meals
  • Buffet Breakfast
Location Visited
  • Sagrada Familia
  • Figueres
Accommodation
  • NH Collection Tower
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 Gaudí 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
Location Visited
  • Placa de Catalunya
It's time to close the curtain on an unforgettable holiday in France and Barcelona. Say adiós to the bustling streets of Barcelona and your travel companions. Return airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meals
  • Buffet Breakfast
Location Visited
  • Barcelona
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Transport
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Others
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • VIP entry to many sights
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Paris and from Barcelona are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Highlights of France and Barcelona tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Duration 10 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 12 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Paris, France/ Barcelona, Spain
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A deposit of 1000 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 62 days before departure. For any departures within 24 July 2019 full payment is required.

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The Highlights of France and Barcelona tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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