Jump aboard a France and Spain tour with the lot

From the romantic capital of France to magnificent Madrid, this France and Spain combo trip is packed with art, nature, culture and history. See the sparkling Paris city lights, visit the royal chateau at Villandry and hike amongst the peaks of the Pyrenees. Cross the border into Spain and kick back on a sunny beach in San Sebastian to recharge for a big night out. Finally, travel to Madrid to discover a multitude of chic boutiques or lose yourself in 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 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
164kg pp per trip


Highlights

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

Itinerary

With free time in Paris, why not peruse classic paintings in the Louvre or sculptures in the Musee Rodin. Alternatively, relax in the Jardin du Luxembourg, go shopping in the Marais or scale the iconic Eiffel Tower.
Travel to the Loire Valley, a region renowned for its art, history and medieval houses. Cycle to the chateau at Villandry and enjoy its manicured Renaissance gardens.
Step back in time and stroll through the World Heritage listed Old Town of Bordeaux. France's internationally-acclaimed wine is a food and wine lover's heaven so treat taste buds to full-bodied local blends paired with delightful cuisine. The energetic should be sure to make the climb up the 243 steps of Saint-Michel Basilica's tower.
Head to the Dordogne region and soak up its relaxed pace. Take to kayaks to explore the striking limestone scenery of the Dordogne river and relax with a decadent degustation meal in a local restaurant.
Hike in the spectacular Pyrenees Mountains to take in crisp air and breathtaking views.
Travel to Spain and make tracks for sunny San Sebastian. Walk up Mt Urgull for fantastic views over the town. Enjoy the sun at La Concha before heading to the Parte Vieja, which apparently boasts the most bars per square metre in all of Spain.
Visit Alcazar, a fairytale castle perched on a cliff. With turrets galore, this medieval royal residence will surely enchant.
Between stunning architecture, superb museums and spectacular nightlife, the Spanish capital city Madrid is a heady experience. See the masterpieces in the Museo del Prado or visit Reina Sofia to view the Picasso and Miro exhibitions. Perhaps cap off the European adventure with a night on the tiles in Madrid's famous nightclubs.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Bicycle, Bus, Kayak, Train
Accommodation
Hotel (14 nights)
Included activities
  • Alcazar
  • Chateaux Villandry & Gardens
  • Cycling tour
  • Hiking in the Pyrenees
  • Kayaking, Sarlat

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Important notes

A single supplement is available on this trip. See important notes for single supplement exception nights.

2012 Itinerary change
Paris to Madrid trips departing in 2012 will spend an extra night in Bordeux (previously Day 7 was Cahors)
The revised itinerary is:
Day 1 Paris
Day 2 Tours
Day 3 Tours
Day 4 Bordeaux
Day 5 Bordeaux
Day 6 Sarlat - Dordogne Region
Day 7 Sarlat- Dordogne Region
Day 8 Luchon- The Pyrenees
Day 9 Luchon- The Pyrenees
Day 10 San Sebastian
Day 11 San Sebastian
Day 12 Segovia
Day 13 Segovia
Day 14 Madrid
Day 15 Madrid

Trip notes

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Paris to Madrid , July 2015

Paris to Madrid , July 2015