France, Andorra and Spain

Duration

14 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Costa Azul

Available

May 2021 / October 2021

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; ; Carcassonne; Andorra; Barcelona; Peniscola; Valencia; Madrid

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.    

today’s highlights:  côte d´azur.  

today we see the côte d’azur and the mediterranean in france. we spend a short time in nice to enjoy the walkway of the english.  we travel through stunning countryside to the principality of monaco; on the way we see the techniques of traditional perfume manufacturing. in the second smallest country in the world (after the vatican), we can walk through "le rocher" old town, where the princes´ palace is located. continuation to saint tropez, in its old fishing port we can see some of the most luxurious yachts in the world. time to stroll and have lunch. we continue to marseilles, france’s second city, to see its vibrant “vieux port” (old port). 

today’s highlights:  provence region. carrieres de lumiere in les beaux. 

villages, landscapes, history, today we see some of the most beautiful places in provence. arles, a world heritage city, shows us its legacy of the roman and medieval times and reminds us of van gogh. in les beaux, we have the chance to visit this small medieval village and we will include admission to the carrieres de lumiere, an impressive show of art, image and sound underground, in some former quarries. time for lunch and stroll in avignon, with its immense palais des papes. we continue to lyon, where we can walk through the world heritage site old town and we will include the cable car to climb notre dame de fourviere, a huge basilica from where we have a great view over the city.

today’s highlights:  burgundy region. rochepot castle.  

we will leave lyon for burgundy. we stop at tournus, a nice little town with its huge stone door and large abbey. after this, on small roads we travel through beautiful vineyards and countryside to la rochepot, we include admission to its powerful medieval castle. beaune, time for lunch and stroll in the wine capital of burgundy; you can visit the wine museum or see the historic hospice. in the early afternoon, arrival in dijon, the capital of burgundy, with its lively streets, magnificent urban complex and many medieval and renaissance buildings, particularly the ducal palace.

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: City tour in Paris. Boat ride along the Seine. Climb to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Evening transfer.

09:00h Comprehensive tour of Paris with a local guide, visiting the Champs Elysees, Arch of Triumph, Concorde Square, Latin Quarter, Luxembourg Palace, Garnier Opera House, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Town Hall of Paris, Eiffel Tower, etc. Includes admission to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in the lift.  

The visit is followed by a spectacular cruise on the river Seine which divides the north of Paris from the south. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore as you choose.

At sunset enjoy the evening transfer to “Quartier Latin ”, a very picturesque area of the historic centre where a wide variety of international cuisines await you. Return to hotel.

Note:  Because of the tourist attraction of the Tower, there may be important queues at the time of your access. In order to minimize the problem, in some occasions, the ascent to the Eiffel Tower can be given at another time of your stay in Paris.

today’s highlight: amboise.   

we will start the day by transporting you to the louvre museum area in the centre of paris. you will have some free time to explore at your own leisure. if you wish, we can accompany you to benlux, which is one of the most complete and best-known perfumeries in paris. at around 16:30h we will leave paris for the loire valley. we will arrive in amboise in the late afternoon.  this city, which sits on the loire river, is well-known thanks to leonardo da vinci, who lived and died there. it also has a large castle and a beautiful historic town centre with quaint narrow streets.

Total distance covered: 810 km.

Countryside: Pleasant inland French countryside 

07:30 hrs Paris departure. Travel south. Stopping in service area for lunch.
18:30 hrs.- Lourdes- Arrival. Our guide will give you information on this pretty village in the Pyrenees, we advise you to attend the candle procession, which is normally at 21.00hrs  (this is held 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.

Total distance: 725 km.

Scenery: We follow the Mediterranean coast. Landscapes on the sea.


08:00 hrs -Barcelona -Departure. We travel to the Valencian Community.
10:45 hrs -Peñíscola. - Arrival. Dominating the sea with its powerful walls, its historic center with steep streets, white houses and medieval castle. History tells us about popes and pirates. Peñíscola is one of the most beautiful villages of the Spanish Mediterranean. Time to walk.

12:30 hrs -Peñíscola.- Departure.
14:30 hrs -Valencia.- Arrival.  Free time in the center for lunch. Why not trying an authentic Paella Valenciana?. We suggest visiting the Lonja and the Cathedral.

16:30 hrs -Valencia.- Departure. After passing through the avant-garde city of Arts and Sciences, we  continue through Castilla-La Mancha to Madrid.
21:00 hrs -Madrid.- Transfer to the Plaza Mayor - There may be small variations in the departure time according to the hotel where you stay. Our guide will accompany you to the area so that you know where the main inns are located. 

Note:  If the number of travellers from Valencia to Madrid is very small, the trip may be done by train or regular transport. 

Highlights: Guided tour and stroll through Retiro Park. Visit to Las Ventas Bullring (admission included) and transfer to Plaza del Oriente.   

The day starts about 08.30 hrs 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. 

Visit to Retiro Park , an oasis in the city centre, where we will see the lake and the Glass Palace. Admission to Las Ventas Bullring included . 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 sunset we provide a transfer to Plaza de Oriente , opposite the Royal Palace, an elegant and bustling area with many restaurants serving different exquisite cuisines (Indian, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Spanish, International)  in which to enjoy a pleasant dinner. Return to hotel.

After breakfast, end of our services.


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