Jump aboard this unforgettable trip through France and Spain

From the romantic capital of France to magnificent Madrid, this adventure is packed with art, nature, culture and history. Enjoy the sparkling lights of Paris, visit the royal Chateau at Villandry and hike among the towering peaks of the Pyrenees. Cross into Spain and kick back on a sunny beach to recharge before perhaps embarking on a big night out. Finally, hit the Spanish capital to discover a multitude of chic boutiques or lose yourself in the wonder of the world-famous Prado and Reina Sofia museums.

Start
Paris, France
Finish
Madrid, Spain
Countries
France,
Spain
Themes
Explorer
Code
AMSF
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
214kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Get swept up in the romance of Paris
  • Visit the exquisite Chateau de Villandry
  • Enjoy wine-tasting in Bordeaux
  • Revel in the relaxed pace of the Dordogne region
  • Hike in the mighty Pyrenees Mountains
  • Experience the vibrant north of Spain
  • Discover a lively bar scene in San Sebastian
  • See a fairytale castle in Segovia
  • Explore Madrid's character-filled neighbourhoods

Itinerary

Upon arrival in Paris, why not peruse iconic paintings in the Louvre or sculptures in the Musee Rodin. Alternatively, relax in the Jardin du Luxembourg, go shopping in Marais, descend into the Catacombs or scale the Eiffel Tower.
Venture into the Loire Valley, a region renowned for its wealth of art, history and medieval houses. Cycle to the breathtaking Chateau Villandry and take a walk through its manicured Renaissance gardens.
Travel by train into the Dordogne region and soak up its relaxed pace. Explore the striking limestone scenery of the Dordogne River, visiting sights like the towering Chateau de Beynac on a kayaking excursion. In the evening, why not indulge in a decadent degustation meal in a local restaurant.
Step back in time in the World Heritage-listed Old Town of Bordeaux. France's internationally acclaimed wine region is a food and wine lover's heaven, so treat tastebuds to full-bodied local blends paired with mouth-watering French fare. If feeling energetic, be sure to clamber up the 243 steps of Saint-Michel Basilica's tower.
Head into the spectacular Pyrenees Mountains. Take in crisp mountain air and awe-inspiring views while enjoying a day of hiking.
Travel to Spain and make tracks for the sunny playground of San Sebastian. While here, soak up the sun at La Concha or head down to the Parte Vieja, which apparently boasts the most bars per square metre in all of Spain. If cultural pursuits are of interest, catch a local bus to Bilbao and lose track of time in the incredible Guggenheim Museum, famously shaped like a ship to flatter its portside location.
Continue onwards to the walled city of Segovia, a picturesque city framed by undulating green mountains. Visit Alcazar, a fairytale castle perched on a cliff and mosey through the World Heritage-listed Old Town.
Discover the captivating Spanish capital, a city bursting with exquisite architecture, superb museums and spectacular night-life. See timeless masterpieces in the Museo del Prado or visit Reina Sofia to view the Picasso and Miro exhibitions. Perhaps cap off this European adventure with a night on the tiles in one of Madrid's famous nightclubs.
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Inclusions

Meals
5 breakfasts
Transport
Bicycle, Kayak, Metro, Private vehicle, Public bus, Train
Accommodation
Hotel (14 nights)
Included activities
  • Alcazar
  • Chateaux Villandry & Gardens
  • Cycling tour
  • Kayaking, Sarlat
  • Wine tasting Bordeaux

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Important notes

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Trip notes

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