France and Spain

Duration

11 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Paris

Available

April 2024 / March 2025

Cities to visit: Paris; Blois; Tours; Villandry, Centre; Amboise, Centro Valle de Loira; Chenonceaux, castle; Chambord; Limoges; Sarlat-La-Caneda; Beynac Et Cazenac; Rocamadour; Padirac, Midi-Pyrénées; Collonges La Rouge; Saint Emilion; Bordeaux; Lourdes; Carcassonne; Foix; Andorra; Barcelona; Peniscola; Valencia; Madrid

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is part of our flexible coach touring range, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people. Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

This tour is guided in English only. Please note if English speaking attendance numbers are low, the tour can become bilingual either accompanied by two tour leaders, one for each language, or a single tour leader providing explanations in both languages.

The tour offers flexibility, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. By clicking 'Quote or Book,' you will have the choice to select your desired start and end dates and destinations within the tour's defined parameters. Given this flexibility, it's important to note that the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day
Total distance: 335 km.

Note: If we count with very few English speaking passengers on board, the guide assigned to the journey between Paris and Tours may not be fluent in English.
08:00 hrs. - París - Departure (departure time may vary depending on the hotel).
10:30 hrs. - Blois -Arrival in this lively town dominated by its castle in the heart of the Loire Valley. We recommend a stroll through its charming centre.
11:45 hrs - Blois -Departure.
12:15 hrs- Tours -Arrival-. Brief stop for lunch.
15:30 hrs - Tours –Departure-.
16.00hrs - Villandry. Tickets included to the gardens of this great palace . Considered some of the most beautiful gardens in France.
17:30 hrs - Villandry –Departure-.
18:15 hrs - Amboise – Arrival in this picturesque town on the banks of the Loire Valley with a very interesting mediaeval quarter. In the Clos Luce castle, Leonardo da Vinci spent the last 3 years of his life until his death. Dinner and accommodation included.
Total distance: 310 km.

Scenery: The River Loire scattered with beautiful villages and castles marks our route. Have your cameras ready, we will pass alongside the River Loire and see some castles along the way.
We will see the Loire region in a little more depth. In the morning, a stroll in Amboise, to the castle of Clos Luce where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last 3 years before his death (entrance not included).
10:30 hrs – Amboise. – Departure.
11:00 hrs – Chenonceau –Arrival. Many believe this is the most beautiful castle on the Loire, in the form of a bridge over the river Cher, a tributary of the Loire. Its interior is also magnificently preserved. Tickets included.
12:30 hrs – Chenonceau –departure. We continue along pretty local roads to Chambord.
13:30 hrs – Chambord –Arrival. Time to see the park of this immense castle on the Loire and for lunch.
15:30 hrs – Chambord. - Departure. We travel towards the centre of France, going through picturesque villages on our way.
18:45 hrs - Limoges –Arrival to this city known for its porcelain-. We recommend a stroll around the Cathedral district.
Total distance: 222 km.

Countryside: Small roads, mediaeval villages. Very beautiful scenery of the Dordogne Valley. We recommend comfortable footwear (visit to the caves).
18.00 hrs - Limoges –Departure-. We go on our way to the Dordgne region, pretty hillside scenery and charming villages on our way. –
09.15 hrs- Lascaux, we will include admission to the museum and replica of the caves , where we will learn about the site’s prehistory with the magnificent cave paintings.
11.15hrs.- Lascaux. Departure-.
13.00 hrs.- Sarlat – Time in this World Heritage town. The Renaissance historic centre is magnificently well preserved. Time for lunch and a stroll.
15.15 hrs – Sarlat – departure. Pleasant scenery and vineyards en route.
15.30 hrs.- – Beynac – We include tickets to this magnificently well preserved mediaeval castle. You will admire the views of the Dordogne Valley and we will hear more about life in the Middle Ages.
16:30 hrs - Beynac –Departure-.
18.00 hrs – Rocamadour - Arrival. - We are in an important sanctuary town overlooked by its castle, considered one of the most beautiful towns in France. Don’t miss a stroll around its charming streets and we suggest a walk down the via crucis and coming back up in the lift. Our guide will accompany you to the entrance to the mediaeval village before giving you your rooms in the hotel. Dinner included.
Total distance: 295 km Countryside: Very beautiful scenery in the Dordogne region. We recommend comfortable footwear (visit to the caves).
08:30 hrs - Rocamadour –Departure-. Beautiful countryside of the Dordogne.
09.00hrs - Padirac Cave. - Considered the most impressive caves in France. We include tickets and a visit to these impressive caves, 3 lifts will take us to an underground river that we will see in a boat. NB: The caves may be closed from November until the end of March in certain weather conditions. -
11.15 hrs- Padirac- Departure.-
12.00 hrs- Collonges la Rouge. - A small village full of charm built with red stone on the Way of St James. Time for lunch and to take a stroll.
14:30 hrs - Collonges la Rouge –Departure-.
17.00 hrs - Saint Emilion. This beautiful mediaeval village has based its wealth for more than 2000 years on its winemaking. Interesting stroll where the wine culture blends with the stones of the place.
18:00 hrs - St. Emilion –departure.
19:00 hrs – Bordeaux – Arrival, accommodation. We recommend a stroll around the classic centre of this city on the banks of the River Garonne.
Total distance covered: 270 km
Countryside: Pleasant vineyard scenery.
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.
14:30 hrs Departure from Bordeaux. We venture into the wine producing region of Bordeaux. 18.00 hrs - Lourdes –Arrival-. Time to visit the Sanctuary. We recommend you attend the candle procession, which normally takes place at 9 PM from the end of March to late October. Dinner included.
Total distance: 447 km.

Countryside: Pyrenees mountain range. Snow-covered high peaks through a large part of the year.
08.30 hrs – Lourdes –Departure. We travel to the south of France. Passage through the metropolis of Toulouse.
11:30 hrs - Carcassonne - arrival. Time for lunch and a walk through this beautiful town, famous for its medieval walls, its impressive castle and the picturesque historic neighborhood “la cité”.
14.00 hrs - Carcassonne –Departure. We continue towards the Pyrenees mountain range.
15:30hrs – Foix – Brief stop to stroll through the medieval city dominated by its impressive castle of the Counts of Foix.
16.30 hrs – Foix –Departure. We continue towards the high mountains of the Pyrenees, with many of their peaks covered in snow all year round. We continue to Andorra, a small independent country in the Pyrenees between Spain and France, whose official language is Catalan. On our route we will make a short stop next to Sant Joan de Caselles, a small Romanesque church from the 12th century.
19.00 hrs – Andorra la Vella – arrival in the capital of the principality of Andorra. Free time to explore the city with a lot of commercial life or to go to “Caldea”, the largest thermal spa in Europe. Dinner included.
Total distance: 225 km.

Scenery: Pretty mountain scenery. Huge scenery around the monastery of Montserrat.
WARNING: Have your passport to hand, as there are sometimes border checks.
Free time in the 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.

09:00 h. - City tour with our guide or the local guide of Barcelona, famous for Gaudí and its modernist architecture. We will see the Columbus monument, Plaza de Cataluña, Paseo de Gracia, Diagonal, Sagrada Familia, Montjuich with the Olympic facilities and Plaza de España. We finish at the Ramblas area. You can have a walk in the historic center - Gothic quarter. After the city tour our guide will offer you optionally the visit to the Gaudí´s masterpiece and emblem of the city, the Sagrada Familia. Free time in the afternoon.
18.30 hrs- In the evening we include a transfer to the Maremagnum , a modern leisure center and restaurants facing the sea, next to Plaza Colón, where you can stroll through this lively area and dine.
20.30 hrs- Return to hotel.
Total distance covered: 725 km.

Scenery: We follow the Levantine coast between the Mediterranean Sea and landscapes dotted with orchards, citrus trees and rice fields, arriving in Valencia. Arid lands of the peninsular interior.
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. The history tells us about popes and pirates. Peñíscola is one of the most beautiful villages of the Spanish Mediterranean. Time for a walk.
12:30 hrs. - Peñíscola - departure.
14:30 hrs. - Valencia - arrival. Free time in the center for lunch. Why not trying an authentic Valencian Paella? 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 towards Castilla-La Mancha and Madrid.
21:00 hrs. - Madrid - arrival and transfer to the Plaza Mayor to welcome the city. Our guide will accompany you to the area so that you know where the main mesons are located.
Note: Sometimes the transfer to the Plaza Mayor can be provided the next day after the city tour.
Note: In some cases the journey from Valencia to Madrid might be carried out by train.
The day starts around 08.30 hrs with a city tour through the centre of Madrid, including Paseo del Prado, Cibeles, Neptuno, the Gate of Alcalá, Plaza de Colón and Plaza Mayor.
We will visit Retiro Park , an oasis in the city centre, where we will see the lake and the Glass Palace. Entrance to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, the football stadium of Real Madrid. We get to know the areas reserved for the players as well as the public areas and the small museum about this team, considered by some as the best in the world.
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon.
At the end of the evening, we will return to the hotel.
After breakfast, end of our services.
Note: Remember that hotels check-out time is usually at 10.00 hrs. In most cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception at check-out time, so you can enjoy the city and pick it up at the time you require that same day. If you need more time to use your room, please consider booking an additional night at the end of your tour.

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