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Caen
Loire Valley
Mont Saint-Michel
Normandy
Paris
Tours
Madrid
Seville
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All flights
Accommodation
All transfers
Activities
Some meals
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Departures Available
until December 2022
group tours
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charm
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Land in Paris and admire its delights. Explore castles and renaissance culture in the Loire Valley. Discover Mont Saint Michel and the Normandy coast. Continue to Madrid and enjoy its vibrant life before Andalusia. Fall in love with the Alhambra in Granada and experience the Mediterranean lifestyle in Malaga. Continue to Seville, then visit the Moorish city of Cordoba and finish in Madrid.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Paris

Ready to discover the spectacular cities and landscapes of France? Arrive at your departure airport to catch a flight to Paris.* Arrive at Paris airport and transfer** to your hotel. Paris is the capital of France and a great place to discover the city’s most famous tourist sights, the local culture and cuisine. Overnight stay in Paris.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

** In the event that the flight arrives or departs from another airport than Orly, transfers are not included. You can book the optional transfer in the next step of the booking process.

2nd Day: Paris

Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the city’s most famous tourist sights and monuments on a Half Day City Tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Marvel at Paris's best-known sights: Place Vendôme Square, the Opera House, the Pantheon, the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, the Orsay Museum, Place de la Concorde Square, the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Invalides. The rest of the day is free to explore Paris at your leisure. Overnight stay in central Paris.

3rd Day: Paris - Orleans - Chambord - Tours

After breakfast, depart Paris by coach towards the Loire Valley and its wonders of the Renaissance period. First stop is the capital of the Centre-Val de Loire region, Orleans. The history of this lovely city on the banks of the Loire River is inseparably bound with the history of Joan of Arc. While exploring the city independently, try not to miss the 13th century Sainte-Croix Cathedral and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, displaying around 700 artworks. After lunch, the tour continues with a visit to The Chambord Estate * one of the most emblematic castle examples of Renaissance architecture in France. Following this visit, transfer to the historic city of Tours. Overnight stay in Tours.

* Only entrance included with the possibility to book an audioguide on the spot. 

4th Day: Tours - Chenonceau - Valençay - Tours

After Breakfast at the hotel, explore the magnificent Castle of Chenonceau*. The two-story gallery stands upon a graceful arched bridge that crosses the Cher River which gives the impression that the castle is floating on water. Also known as "The Ladies’ Castle", it was initially constructed in 1513. Equalling the beauty of the interior, the Château's Renaissance French Gardens are perfectly landscaped with decorative pools and flower beds and are an important destination for garden lovers from all over the world. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. In the afternoon, we recommend an optional excursion to the Château de Valençay.** Overnight stay in Tours

* Only entrance included with the possibility to book an audioguide on the spot. 

** Optional Château de Valençay excursion: Discover through an audio guided tour the spectacular castle of Valencay. Former property of the Prince of Talleyrand, built in 1540 by order of Jacques d'Estampe on an old feudal building. Its construction continued until the 18th century with the addition of the South Tower. Discover its history and enjoy the wonderful gardens. Castle open from 14th of March 2021 to 11th novembre 2021.

5th Day: Tours - Mont Saint Michel

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from Tours heading towards the world-renowned Mont Saint Michel, a Unesco World Heritage site. The car park stands approximately 1.5 miles away from the island. On leaving the coach, head for the Place des Navettes, where shuttle buses called Passeurs transfer to the mount itself. The Mount was consecrated to St-Michel from the year 708. The Benedictine Abbey presents a grand panorama of the medieval architecture from the XI-XVI centuries. Spend some time exploring the village built on the slopes in the shadow of the fortifications. Overnight in the surrounding area.

6th Day: Mont Saint Michel - Day Beaches Tour - Caen

After breakfast, the tour takes in some of the WW-II landing beaches of the Allied Forces and also a visit to the Memorial de Caen *, a museum and war memorial commemorating World War II and the Battle for Caen. Overall the museum is dedicated to the history of the twentieth century, mainly focusing on the fragility of peace. Overnight stay in Caen.

* Only entrance included with the possibility to book an audioguide on the spot. 

7th Day: Caen - Honfleur - Paris

After breakfast, depart Caen and enjoy a panoramic tour of the neighbouring town of Lisieux which is famous for its history as a pilgrimage destination. Next learn more about the best food and drink that this rich region of France has to offer, starting with a visit to the Village du Fromager. See all stages of cheese production and and enjoy tasting the different types of cheese on offer. After the visit, head to Honfleur in time for a lunch break. This small city and harbour dates back to the Vikings invasion in the 11th century. After a couple of hours exploring the city, continue eastwards until reaching Paris. Overnight stay in Paris.

8th Day: Paris - Madrid

Breakfast* at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer** to Paris airport for a flight to Madrid. Arrive in Madrid, the enigmatic capital city of Spain, known for its fast-paced atmosphere, classical architecture and beautiful plazas and parks. Transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring at your own pace. Towards the end of the day, we provide transfers to the Egyptian Debod temple, Plaza de España and Gran Via*. Overnight stay in Madrid.

* Depending on the flight schedule, you may not be able to enjoy the included transfers to the Egyptian Debod temple, Plaza de España and Gran Via.

** In the event that the flight arrives or departs from another airport than Orly, transfers are not included. You can book the optional transfer in the next step of the booking process.

9th Day: Madrid

Breakfast at the hotel. The morning starts with a comprehensive tour through the centre of Madrid including Paseo del Prado, Cibeles, Neptuno, the Gate of Alcalá, Plaza de Colón and Plaza Mayor. Visit Retiro Park, an oasis in the city centre, where you will see the lake and the Glass Palace. Continue to visit Las Ventas Bullring. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. At sunset, you will have available a transfer to Plaza de Oriente, opposite the Royal Palace, an elegant and bustling area with many restaurants. Overnight stay in Madrid.

10th Day: Madrid - Puerto Lápice - Granada

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, travel to the eternal city of Granada, the last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdom, where their influence endured up until 1492. On the way to this stunning city, we will stop in Puerto Lápice, a village evoking the figure of Don Quixote. Arrive in Granada and visit the world-famous Alhambra complex and Generalife Gardens. Admire the intricate Moorish architecture of this former palace and fortress and learn about its history. Lunch included. In the evening you will visit the Albaicín district of Granada, a World Heritage site along with the Alhambra, where you can enjoy dinner in the narrow winding streets of this captivating Medieval Moorish quarter. Overnight stay in Granada.

11th Day: Granada - Malaga - Marbella - Ronda - Seville

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, continue your journey south setting off to the much-loved Costa del Sol, one of the countries most popular holiday destinations. Arrive in Malaga and explore the historic centre, with its cathedral and the Picasso Museum. Continue the day along the coastal motorway with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. Stopping in Puerto Banús, in Marbella, a pretty resort known as a playground for Europe’s rich and famous people. In the afternoon you will continue through the hills until you arrive in the mountain-top town of Ronda, known for its Celtic origins and marvellous views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Continue to Seville. Arrive at the hotel and overnight stay in Seville.

12th Day: Seville

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, a local expert guides you through a scenic visit of Seville featuring the Cathedral and its famous Giralda bell tower, the banks of the Guadalquivir River, popular neighbourhoods of Santa Cruz and Triana and the beautiful Plaza de España. After the tour, start a boat trip along the river Guadalquivir, enjoying the panoramic views from the boat. On the afternoon, visit the historic city centre area and enjoy Seville's fine cuisine. Overnight stay in Seville.

13th Day: Sevilla - Cordoba - Consuegra - Madrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Seville following the valley of the Guadalquivir river and arrive in Cordoba. With a local guide, visit its great Cathedral-Mosque and Cordoba's Synagogue. Take a stroll in the old district with its famous patios of flowers and have some free time to discover its flowered alleys. Continue towards the Castilian lands and stop at Consuegra, with its 12 giant windmills next to the castle. Continue to Madrid, arrive and settle in. Overnight stay in Madrid.

14th Day: Madrid - UK/Ireland

Breakfast* at the hotel. At the indicated time, self-transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

14 days trip including flights*

14 days and 13 nights in destination

1

LON - PAR

Paris

2

Paris

3

Tours

4

Tours

5

Mont Saint Michel

6

Caen

7

Paris

8

Madrid

9

Madrid

10

Granada

11

Seville

12

Seville

13

Madrid

14

MAD - LON

* It can change according to your date of travel

Accommodation: 13 Nights

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Available Activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
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Optional

Château de Valençay excursion

Discover through an audio guided tour the spectacular castle of Valencay. Former property of the Prince of Talleyrand, it was built in 1540 by order of Jacques d'Estampe on an old feudal building.
Suggested activity for day 4

The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. 
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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Paris, Madrid - UK/Ireland.
  • International flight: Paris - Madrid.
  • 13 nights accommodation in a Charm and Superior category hotel.
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  • 13 Breakfasts and 1 Lunch.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles. *
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  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • Air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • English speaking driver & guide in Paris city tour. **
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Not included

Tax, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* In the event that the flight arrives or departs from another airport than Orly, transfers are not included. You can book the optional transfer in the next step of the booking process.

** You will have an English driver throughout the France trip. A guided tour is included in Paris. The possibility to book an audio guide is available on the spot during the castle visit. 

 The special deals are based on groups of maximum 25 pax. The rest of the departures are private tours for a minimum of 2 people. 

Important: accommodation tax in Paris must be paid directly to the hotel (Approx. 3 € per person per night).

  • Entry requirements
    Valid passport with a minimum of six months validity or identity card.
  • Visa
    No visa is required.
  • Currency
    Euro.
  • Language
    French.
  • Electricity
    230 V. Adapter not required.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from Australia.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 01:00.
  • Other useful information
    Taxis do not have a particular colour, however you can spot them at the station or in the street by their luminous lettering on the roof of the car.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://ee.france.fr/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

 

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