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 among the peaks of the Pyrenees. Cross the border into Spain and kick back on a sunny beach in San Sebastian to recharge before 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
182kg 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 taste buds 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 nightlife. See timeless 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 one of Madrid's famous nightclubs.
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Inclusions

Meals
8 breakfasts
Transport
Bicycle, Bus, Kayak, Train
Accommodation
Hotel (14 nights)
Included activities
  • Alcazar
  • Chateaux Villandry & Gardens
  • Cycling tour
  • Hiking in the Pyrenees
  • Kayaking, Sarlat
  • Wine tasting Bordeaux

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Important notes

1. Please note itinerary change for days 4-8 since print of 2012 brochure.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.

Trip notes

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