France, Andorra and Catalonia - ENGMARKET

Duration

12 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Costa Azul

Available

May 2022 / October 2022

Cities to visit: Costa Azul; Saint-Tropez; Marseille, Provenza Alpes Costa Azul; Arles; Avignon; Lyon, Ródano Alpes; Tournus; Beaune, Burgundy; Dijon, Burgundy; Abbey Of Fontenay; Semur-En-Auxois; Vezelay; Paris; Amboise, Centro Valle de Loira; Bordeaux; Lourdes; Saint Bertrand De Comminges; Carcassonne; Andorra; Barcelona

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to Europe!!!. On arrival at the airport we shall be waiting to transfer you to the hotel. You can enjoy free time until your tour starts, information about the meeting place and start time can be found on the information boards in the hotel reception area.
IMPORTANT - IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.
NB: The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.

Distancia efectuada: 290 Km
Paisajes: Hoy conocemos la Costa Azul y el Mediterráneo en Francia.
Antes de salir, breve tiempo en Niza para disfrutar del Paseo de los Ingleses.
10.00 hrs- Niza, salida. Viajamos entre impresionantes paisajes. En ruta haremos una parada para descubrir las técnicas de fabricación tradicional de perfumes .
10.45 hrs-Mónaco. Llegada a este principado independiente, el segundo país más pequeño del mundo (tras el Vaticano). Podremos pasear por el antiguo barrio de “Le Rocher” donde se encuentra el Palacio de los Príncipes.
12.00 hrs- Mónaco, salida. Continuamos recorriendo la Costa Azul francesa, en el litoral mediterráneo, uno de los centros mundiales del turismo.
14.00 hrs.- Saint Tropez. Llegada a una de las joyas del turismo de la costa que ha recibido a incontables personajes famosos pero que sin embargo, mantiene sus encantos tradicionales. En su viejo puerto de pescadores podemos contemplar algunos de los yates mas lujosos del mundo. Tiempo para pasear y almorzar.
15.30 hrs- Saint Tropez, salida.
17.45 hrs- Marsella. Llegada a la la segunda ciudad de Francia tras París, ciudad portuaria de la Provenza de grandes contrastes. Aquí podrá pasear por su parte alta, nostálgico y decadente, las grandes avenidas decimonónicas o las playas. Recomendamos que se acerque a conocer el vibrante “Vieux port” (puerto antiguo).
Hoy conoceremos la Provenza. Pararemos en Arles, la hermosa ciudad Patrimonio de la Humanidad. Conoceremos el pequeño pueblo de Beaux y disfrutaremos del impresionante espectáculo en las antiguas canteras de Carrieres de Lumiere. Tras ello, un paseo por Avignon y continuación a Lyon donde tomaremos el funicular a Notre Dame para disfrutar de la vista.
TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: Burgundy region. Savigny Castle.
We will set off from Lyon and head to the Burgundy region. We stop at TOURNUS, a quaint little town with an imposing stone gate and a large abbey. After that, we will travel to BEAUNE. Time to have lunch and do a little exploring through the wine capital of Burgundy. We recommend you to visit the wine museum or the historic hospice. Next, we will visit the CASTLE OF SAVIGNY situated in the heart of this winemaking region. The castle was built in the 15th century and houses some extraordinary museums (museum of motorbikes, racing cars, planes and helicopters!). We continue to DIJON, capital of Burgundy, which boasts of lively streets as well as numerous medieval and Renaissance buildings, among which, the palace of the dukes stands out.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Burgundy region. Admission to Fontenay abbey.
We leave Dijon for FONTENAY ABBEY, a world heritage site, where we include admission to this Cistercian centre. After this, a stop in SEMUR EN AUXOIS, a medieval city surrounded by impressive walls. Still in Burgundy, we will have time for lunch and a stroll in VEZELAY, one of France’s most beautiful villages, where its immense basilica was one of the starting points of the Way of St James. In the afternoon we continue our route to PARIS. Arrival mid-afternoon.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Transfer to Versailles Palace. Funicular ride included to Montmartre district. City tour in Paris.
Early in the morning, we will leave for Versailles, the immense palace of the kings of France. After that, we will return to Paris at lunch time where we provide a transfer to the Montmartre dis­trict. We will ascend by funicular to the hill and admire the spectacular view of Paris from the top. Thisneighbourhood is known for its painters, artists, and its cab­arets… Sit down for lunch and enjoy a magical atmosphere. Then, a scenic guided tour to discover the history, main boulevards and the breathtaking monuments of Paris will take place. Return to hotel.
Total distance covered: 240 km
Scenery: Soothing hills of the Loire Valley.
Before we leave Paris our guide will offer you optional activities to complement your visit to the city, such as: a boat trip on the Seine, the Louvre Museum. Otherwise, you can use this time to stroll around at your own leisure.
17.30 hrs Departure from Paris and travel to the Loire Valley.
20.30 hrs- TOURS - Arrival in the beautiful provincial capital of the Loire. We recommend going out for dinner and a stroll in the beautiful old town area.
Total distance covered: 615 km.
- Countryside: Beautiful French countryside
08.00 hrs. We will continue our tour and head towards the south of France through fragrant vineyards.
12.00 hrs. We arrive in BORDEAUX whose town centre was declared a World Heritage Site. Here we will have time to have lunch and explore this beautiful city. We suggest you visit the Port of the Moon and St Andrew’s Cathedral.
14.30 hrs - We continue travelling south, toward the Pyrenees.
18:00 hrs.- Lourdes - Arrival. Our guide will give you some information about this quaint village situated on the Pyrenees, we recommend you to attend the candle procession, which usually takes place at 21.00hrs (from the end of March to late October). Dinner included for all passengers.
Total distance: 465 km.

Countryside: Pyrenees mountain range. Snow-covered high peaks through a large part of the year.
08.30 hrs – Lourdes –Departure–.
09:30 hrs - San Bertran de Cominges. - A very pretty village at the foot of the Pyrenees, already existing in Roman times. Time to stroll and see its historic heritage.
11.00 hrs - San Bertran de Cominges –Departure-. Passage through the metropolis of Toulouse.
13:30hrs – Carcassonne – Arrival at the “cité”, the mediaeval walled city. Time for lunch and to see this beautiful city.
16.00 hrs – Carcassonne –Departure. – We travel to Andorra, a small independent country of the Pyrenees between Spain and France. Impressive high mountain scenery with summits often covered with snow.
19.15 hrs – Andorra– Arrival. Free time. Dinner included.
Total distance: 225 km.

Countryside: Pretty mountain scenery. Huge scenery around the monastery of Montserrat.
WARNING: Have your passport to hand, as there are sometimes border checks.
Free morning in Andorra. You can visit this modern city amidst the mountains or go shopping in its large shopping centres with low taxes. - Time for lunch.
14.00 hrs - Andorra –Departure-. Entry in Catalonia. We go to the beautiful area where the Benedictine Abbey stands.
16:15 hrs - Arrival at the foot of Montserrat Mountain. We get to the monastery on a rack train (tickets included) , impressive views on the way up.
16:45 hrs - Monastery of Montserrat –Arrival-. Time to admire the views and visit the sanctuary of the Virgin of Montserrat, patron saint of Catalonia
18:30 hrs - Montserrat –Departure- (by bus).
19.30 hrs - Barcelona –Arrival-. Accommodation.
Highlights: Barcelona Guided tour lasting 3 hours; visit to “Poble Espanyol”, with admission included; transfer to Plaza de Cataluña and the Ramblas.
09:00h.- Tour of the city with a local guide ( note: if the group has fewer than fifteen people, explanations can be given by our guide) who will tell us about this exciting city on the shores of the Mediterranean. We will visit the city’s historic central area with its Gothic neighborhood dating back to the Middle Ages. We will visit the area where the Olympic Games took place. It will be possible to see and photograph La Sagrada Familia basilica; the masterpiece designed by the architect Gaudí.
Subsequently, we include the entry ticket to “Poble Espanyol ” (meaning, Spanish Village), an open-air museum that combines the art, traditions, architecture, arts and crafts and folklore of each of the Spanish regions. Time for lunch. Free afternoon.
18:30h.- Transfer to Plaza de Cataluña and the Ramblas , the heart of the city, where there are many restaurants where you can dine. Return to hotel.
After breakfast, end of our services.

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