France, Spain and Portugal

Duration

15 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Paris

Available

April 2020 / November 2020

Cities to visit: Paris; Amboise, Centro Valle de Loira; Bordeaux; Lourdes; ; Carcassonne; Andorra; Barcelona; Peniscola; Valencia; Alicante; Caravaca De La Cruz, Murcia Province; Granada; Malaga; Marbella; Ronda; Sevilla; Monsaraz; Evora; Lisbon

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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: Night-time transfer to the Montmartre neighborhood. Funicular ride (included)

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.    


WELCOME TO PARIS!  
Transfer f rom airport to hotel and free time to explore before meeting your guide and fellow travellers. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area.  
 
18.30 hrs (approximately) Transfer to the Montmartre quarter , a Bohemian district known for its artists. The visit includes a ride in the funicular railway to the top of the hill which has wonderful views of Paris. Relax and enjoy a delicious dinner in a magical and romantic setting. 
Return to hotel. 

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.

Distance travelled: 230 km 
Landscape: the soothing Loire Valley hills. 

We will lstart the day by transporting you to the Louvre Museum area in the centre of Paris. Our guide will propose some activities to wrap up your Paris stay: boat trip along the Seine, visit to the Louvre Museum.. Alternatively, you can choose to explore the city at your own pace and leisure. 

16:30h We depart Paris and head to the Loire Valley. 
19:30h - Amboise , we arrive in the late evening to this river side town where Leonardo Da Vinci lived and died. Here we find a castle and a charming historic town centre with narrow alleyways.

Distance travelled: 670 km.

Landscape: pleasant central France. 

08:00 h We travel on along vineyard lands towards the south of France. 
12:00 h Bordeaux, time to grab lunch and take a stroll in this Unesco World Heritage city. We recommend you visit the Port of the Moon and Saint-André Cathedral. 

14:30 h We head south towards the Pyrenees. 
18:15 h Lourdes l ate evening arrival. Our guide will give you directions for this beautiful mountain town, world-renowned as a Catholic pilgrimage site and Sanctuary, where the Marian Apparitions took place. We recommend taking part in the Candle Light Procession which usually starts at 21:00h (until late October) and to visit the religious sites. Dinner at the hotel included for all our 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: 375km 
Highlights: Visit Peniscola, sightseeing of Valencia. Evening transfer.
Scenery: Picturesque towns on the Mediterranean coast.   

08:00h Barcelona – Departure for the Region of Valencia. 
10:45h Peñiscola – Our guide will tell you about this tiny walled city on the sea shore, which has an interesting history. We will visit the fishing harbour, the castle and the beach and spend some free time.

12:30h Peñiscola – Departure for Valencia. 
14:30 h Valencia – Arrival and time for lunch. In the afternoon, with a  local guide we will include a visit  to the third largest Spanish city that mixes the modern with the historical. We will  know its historic center, the fish market, the cathedral and also the avant-garde City of Arts and Sciences.  The most important modern tourist site in the city. 


18:00h- Evening transfer to the Bullring area. In this area you will have time to dine in line with your preferences (Spanish, Indian, International, etc) . Return to hotel about 21.00 hrs.

Total distance: 536 km  
Scenery: Presence of the sea. Fertile orchards and semi -deserts. Mountains in Andalucia.   

08.30 hrs- Valencia – We set out for the Region of Alicante.
10.45 hrs- Alicante - Time to stroll in this active and very pleasant city by the sea.

14.00 hrs- Alicante departure- After lunch we go on our way to the Murcia region.
16.00 hrs- Caravaca  – Free time to visit this small town, considered a Holy City by the Roman Catholic Church. Its church holds a relic of Christ’s Cross. We include a ride up to the historic area on the tourist train .

17.00 hrs- Caravaca – We leave the city and pass through beautiful Andalusian scenery.  
20.30 hrs Granada –  Arrival at the end of the day.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Visit the Alhambra (if you bought the trip with the entrance included). Night transfer.  

We will have a full day in GRANADA . For those who booked the trip with the entrance included, in the afternoon we will visit with a local guide the immense Alhambra Palace and its beautiful Generalife gardens, built in Arab times.  

19.00 hrs.-In the evening we will visit the Albaicín district of Granada, a World Heritage site as is the Alhambra, where you can have dinner in the narrow winding streets of this captivating Medieval Moorish quarter. At night, you will have the option to attend a flamenco dance show in the traditional neighbourhood of Sac­romonte. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The maximum number of people allowed to visit the Alhambra is limited by the local government. Given that the number of tickets assigned to tour operators is small, and we are only given the confirmed number one month before your arrival, even if you buy the trip with the ticket included we cannot guarantee entrance to the Alhambra. In such event, we would offer entry to the Reales Alcázares in Seville, which is similar. As with the Alhambra visit, the group would be led by a local guide of the city of Granada. If the Alhambra is a very important landmark to visit for you, we suggest you purchase the trip “without tickets” (the lowest price) and book your tickets on-line on the heritage website https://www.alhambra.org as there is a larger quota for individual visits/purchases.

Total distance:  400 km 
Scenery: Mediterranean and mountain scenery.   

08:00h Granada – We set out for the Costa del Sol. 
10.00 hrs- Málaga - Arrival and time for a stroll in the historic centre with its cathedral and the Picasso Museum. 

11:30h.- We will leave Malaga and continue along the coastal motorway with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. 
12.30 hrs. - Arrival at Puerto Banus, in Marbella , a pretty high level recreational port. Time to stroll on the marina, with its cosmopolitan, luxurious atmosphere. 

15.00h Marbella – We leave for the mountains, which was once overrun by bandolliers. 
16.30 h Ronda – Arrival at the “White City”, located in a magnificent natural setting with its large gorge that divides it in two. Time to explore.

18:00h Ronda – Continuation to Seville.
20:00h Seville – Arrival at the end of the afternoon. 

Highlights:   Guided visit with local expert in Seville.  Boat trip along the river Guadalquivir.   Evening transfer.


After breakfast, a local expert guides you through a scenic visit of Sevilla (if the English-speaking group is fewer than fifteen people, the tour can be conducted in both English and Spanish). Lasting one hour and a half featuring the Cathedral and the Giralda, Plaza de España, the beautiful banks of the river Guadalquivir, the Golden Tower, the districts of Santa Cruz and Triana, the Maestranza Bullring, and Cartuja Island. After the tour, we will include a  boat trip along the river Guadalquivir , enjoying the panoramic views from the boat. Enjoy leisure time straight afterwards or the tours to the Cathedral or the Flamenco Show that will be offered  as optionals by your guide. 

At the end of the afternoon, we will go to the historic city centre area ( calle Alfonso XII) where many different restaurants can be found. You can choose your favorite cuisine: Indian, Halal, Chinese, Spanish, International and so on.  Return to the hotel.


Total distance: 460 km  
HIGHLIGHTS: a scenic stage with walled border villages. Evora Chapel of bones.    
Scenery: Attractive landscapes of white villages, mountain ranges, castles en route. 
Note: In Portugal we must set our watches back one hour.   

08.15 hrs.- We will leave Seville We travel to the west of Andalusia. Pleasant landscapes en route amidst hills and olive trees we will enter Extremadura.   
11.00 hrs.- JEREZ DE LOS CABALLEROS , stop in  this town that belonged to the Knights Templar and where Vasco Nuñez de Balboa was born. 

13.00 hrs- Jerez de los Caballeros. We continue our stage to Portugal. 
13.30 (14.30 hrs in Spain) - MONSARAZ , one of the most picturesque villages in Portugal with its walls, castle, great views and white and flowery streets. Time for lunch. 

15.00 hrs.- Mosaraz- Departure. 
16.00 hrs.- EVORA, a city declared a World Heritage Site, with its white streets, its Renaissance palaces and its cathedral. We will also visit the impressive Chapel of Bones (admission included), built with 5000 skeletons!  

18.00 hrs- Evora- Departure. 
20.00 hrs.- LISBON - We will be arriving toward the end of the day.

Highlights-  Comprehensive tour of Lisbon. Night transfer to Restauradores Square.

09:00h. - Start of our  tour with a local guide . We visit traditional neighborhoods, which take in the Belem district, which is the birthplace of the great Portuguese navigators who sailed the oceans in the fifteen century.  We shall look round the Monument to the Discoveries, Belem Tower and to the beautiful Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 
The afternoon is free so that you can explore this great city independently.


18:00h.- At the end of the afternoon, we include transportation to  Restauradores Square  , full of atmosphere with its bars and cafes from where you can take the "Elevador da Gloria" (not included) that brings you to the Upper district and its viewpoint of San Pedro with beautiful views over Lisbon and the Bairro Alto. Return to hotel.

After breakfast, end of our services.


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