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French Chateaux, Madrid & Barcelona

France & Spain in 16 Days, 14 Nights in Destination

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An essential tour of France & Spain! Explore Paris, the castles of the Loire Valley and historic Normandy, before falling for the romance of Madrid and the Mediterranean atmosphere of vibrant Barcelona.

Trip Highlights

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    Caen
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    Loire Valley
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    Mont Saint Michel
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    Normandy
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    Paris
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    Tours
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    Barcelona
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    Madrid

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  3. All transfers

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Accommodation: 14 Nights

Itinerary

Begin your adventure in Paris and discover the chateaux of the Loire Valley. Visit Mont-Saint-Michel and enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the Normandy coast. Visit the historic World War II landing beaches before heading to the Spanish capital of Madrid to delight in its vibrant culture and cuisine. Finally, get to know Barcelona, home to Mediterranean beaches and modernist architecture!

1st Day: US - Night on board
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Ready to discover the spectacular cities and landscapes of France? Arrive at your departure airport to catch a flight to Paris.* Night on board.

* 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.

2nd Day: Paris
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Arrive at Paris airport and self-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.

* Airport transfers in Paris are not included. You will have the possibility to add a private transfer to your package for an additional cost in the next step of the booking process.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ibis Paris Brancion or similar
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618 Reviews

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3rd Day: Paris
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Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the city’s most famous tourist sights and monuments on a Half Day Sightseeing Tour by bus with a professional English-speaking guide. Marvel at Paris's best-known sights: Place Vendôme Square, place de l’opera, the Pantheon, Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower. End your tour in the city center. Why not grab a bite to eat in one of the many cafés or do a spot of shopping in this shoppers heaven. The rest of the day is free to explore Paris at your leisure. Overnight stay in Paris.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ibis Paris Brancion or similar
tripadvisor rating

618 Reviews

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Activities

included
Paris Sightseeing Tour

Moderate

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4th Day: Paris - Chambord - Tours
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After breakfast, meet your English-speaking tour leader and depart Paris by coach towards the Loire Valley and its wonders of the Renaissance period. First stop is a visit to The Chambord Estate, one of the most emblematic examples of Renaissance castle architecture in France. Enjoy some free time to stroll at your own pace through the heart of the castle and its gardens. Take a break for lunch before continung to an included wine tasting in the beautiful limestone Caves de Vouvray, where you'll discover local sparking wines. Following this visit, transfer to the historic city of Tours and check-in at the hotel before a free evening. Overnight stay in Tours.

*Entry to the estate included. Guests will have the option to pay for an audio-guide separately.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ibis Styles Tours Centre or similar
tripadvisor rating

764 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to the Chambord Chateaux & Estate

Moderate

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Wine tasting and guided tour of Cave de Vouvray

Light

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5th Day: Tours - Chenonceau - Tours
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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. In the afternoon, visit the Royal Château of Amboise, an emblematic monument of the Loire Valley. The palace was built above the river, with landscaped gardens stretching from the earth to the sky, offering one of the most remarkable panoramas of the Loire. Overnight stay in Tours.

* Only entrance included with the possibility to book an audio-guide on the spot. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ibis Styles Tours Centre or similar
tripadvisor rating

764 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to the Castle of Chenonceau

Light

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Castle of Amboise

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6th Day: Tours - Mont Saint Michel - Caen
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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 medieval architecture from the XI-XVI centuries. Spend some time exploring the village built on the slopes in the shadow of the fortifications. Head towards the Normandy Beach area, checking in at the hotel in Caen. Overnight in Caen.

 

*Please bear in mind that the transfer from Tours to Mont St Michel will be around 280km, approximately 3 hours of driving. 

 

**Entry to the abbey included. Guests will have the option to pay for an audio-guide separately.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
ACE HOTEL or similar
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225 Reviews

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Activities

included
Mont Saint-Michel & Benedictine Abbey

Moderate

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7th Day: Caen - Day Beaches Tour - Caen
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After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of WW-II’s major sights. Visit, learn about and pay homage to Pointe du HocOmaha Beach and the Colleville-Sur-Mer Cemetery of the Allied Forces. After this solemn educational tour, spend a tranquil afternoon on your own exploring Caen. Located near the English Channel, Caen is a historic city replete with mediaeval architecture and the tomb of William the Conqueror. Overnight stay in Caen.

 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
ACE HOTEL or similar
tripadvisor rating

225 Reviews

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Activities

included
Normandy WW-II Landing Beaches

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8th Day: Caen - Honfleur - Paris
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After breakfast, 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 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.

 

Please bear in mind that the transfer from Caen to Paris will be around 240km, approximately 3 hours of driving.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ibis Paris Brancion or similar
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618 Reviews

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Activities

included
Village Fromager and Cheese Tasting

Light

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9th Day: Paris - Madrid
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Breakfast at the hotel.* It's time to continue your European tour, as you head for Spain! At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Madrid. Touch down 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. Madrid is well-known for its brilliant gastronomic scene and lively nightlife, so be sure to get out after dark to experience the amazing atmosphere of the capital. Overnight stay in Madrid.

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

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Puerta de Toledo or similar
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1422 Reviews

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10th Day: Madrid
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Breakfast at the hotel. Make your own way to the nearest pick-up point and discover Madrid aboard a double-decker tour bus. Hop-on and hop-off the bus as many times as you wish and enjoy the city at your own pace. There are two different routes available. Route 1 (blue) will take you to discover the Historical Madrid and includes a complete historical, artistic and monumental tour. Discover the beautiful Paseo del Prado or admire magnificent buildings, legacy of the Habsburgs period. The second route (green) goes through Modern Madrid. Discover the city beyond historical landmarks and royal monuments. The itinerary will take you by the impressive KIO towers, Museum of Public Art and Real Madrid stadium.

The rest of the day is free to enjoy the world-class cuisine, excellent shopping and limitless cultural treasures of Madrid at your leisure. We recommend a half-day excursion to the city of Toledo.* Overnight stay in Madrid.

* Optional Afternoon Excursion to Toledo: Set off this afternoon for the historic city of Toledo, known as the 'City of Three Cultures' for its fusion of Jewish, Muslim and Christian histories. Discover this once powerful Imperial City and its eclectic mix of architectural styles.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Puerta de Toledo or similar
tripadvisor rating

1422 Reviews

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Activities

included
Madrid City Tour Hop-on/Hop-off

Light

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Half-Day Afternoon Excursion to Toledo

Moderate

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11th Day: Madrid
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day to discover Madrid at your leisure. Why not soak up a little culture at the incredible Prado Museum or go shopping along the Gran Via? For an afternoon stroll, we recommend El Retiro Park, home to a beautiful boating lake, stone fountains and the elegant Crystal Palace. Alternatively, why not enjoy an excursion to Ávila and Segovia*? As night falls, be sure to get out and enjoy Madrid's vibrant nightlife! The city is known for its many rooftop bars where you can enjoy sunset drinks alongside excellent views of the city! Overnight stay in Madrid.

* Optional Excursion to Ávila & Segovia: Set off for the charming city of Ávila, one of the best-preserved medieval fortified cities in Spain. Enjoy a walking tour through the old town to discover its Gothic palaces, fortified cathedral and Romanesque-style churches. Visit the incredible Walls of Ávila and enjoy free time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site at your own pace. Next, set off for Segovia, where you'll stop for a gastronomic lunch before continuing the day with a guided tour of the exterior of Segovia Cathedral and an atmospheric walk through the old Jewish Quarter. Finally, enjoy a guided visit to the magnificent Alcazar of Segovia, a castle said to have inspired Walt Disney and one of the most enchanting medieval fortifications in Europe!

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Puerta de Toledo or similar
tripadvisor rating

1422 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Full-Day Excursion to Ávila & Segovia with lunch

Moderate

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12th Day: Madrid - Barcelona
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Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the capital behind as you transfer to the train station to catch a high-speed train to Barcelona. Arrive in the Catalonian capital and transfer to your hotel. A vibrant city, known for its artistic heritage and the amazing architecture of Gaudi, spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the historic streets of the Barrio Gothic or strolling along the seafront in the old fishing neighborhood of Barceloneta. Overnight stay in Barcelona.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Evenia Rocafort or similar
tripadvisor rating

735 Reviews

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13th Day: Barcelona
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Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the city today on a combined walking and bus tour of Barcelona. Find your own way to the meeting point at Barcelona's Estació del Nord to meet your guide and set off on a walking tour of the historic neighborhoods of Born and the Gothic Quarter. Stroll along some of the most emblematic streets in the city before reaching the incredible Barcelona Cathedral, famed for its magnificent Gothic architecture. Continue the walking tour to uncover the secrets of one of the oldest parts of the city. Next, board an air-conditioned coach for a panoramic tour of Barcelona's most important sights. See the beautiful Mediterranean Coastline and Port Olympic, pass by the old fisherman's quarter of Barceloneta and head inland to the leafy neighborhood of Montjuïc. Famous as the stage for the 1992 Olympic Games, learn how this event transformed the city. Take the Montjuïc cable car for amazing views across the entire city and visit MNAC Viewpoint for captivating panoramas of Barcelona. On the way back to the meeting point, drive along spectacular Passeig de Gracia to see some of the most emblematic architecture of Gaudi, such as Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. End the tour and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, making the most of the city's incredible beaches or indulging in Barcelona's many tapas bars. Overnight stay in Barcelona.

Important information: Please note that time and days in Barcelona can be changed according to the availability of the walking and bus tour of Barcelona. It will be confirmed 15 days before arrival. However, all included excursions are already guaranteed.

In case that the Barcelona city tour is not available because of external causes such as a religious or an official event, a national holiday or demonstrations, a 1-day-pass of the hop-on-hop-off bus will be offered.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Evenia Rocafort or similar
tripadvisor rating

735 Reviews

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Activities

included
Walking & Panoramic Tour of Barcelona with Cable Car Ride

Moderate

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14th Day: Barcelona
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy today in Barcelona to explore at your leisure! Why not get to know the vibrant neighborhood of El Raval or pay a visit to Park Guell in Gracia, the fantastical creation of architect Antoni Gaudi? For an afternoon stroll be sure to visit Parque de la Ciudadela, one of the most popular green spaces in the city. On the other hand, don't miss the chance to visit the world-famous La Sagrada Familia, perhaps the most famous of all of Gaudi's architectural masterpieces! Overnight stay in Barcelona.

* Optional Fast Track Sagrada Familia & Gaudi's Artistic Works: Visit two of the most important landmarks in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Admire Gaudí’s mastery and learn about the symbolism of his incredible works. Discover some of the most emblematic modernist monuments in the city and walk by two of the most important Gaudí works: La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Evenia Rocafort or similar
tripadvisor rating

735 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Fast Track Sagrada Familia & Gaudi's Artistic Works

Light

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15th Day: Barcelona
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy your final day in this magical, vibrant city and soak up the charms of Barcelona. Whether you're heading to the beach or uncovering the treasures held in the city's museums and art galleries, you're sure to fall in love with this lively regional capital. Overnight stay in Barcelona. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Evenia Rocafort or similar
tripadvisor rating

735 Reviews

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16th Day: Barcelona - US
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Breakfast at the hotel.* Sadly, it's time to bring your journey through France and Spain to an end. At the indicated time, take a private transfer to the airport for your flight back to the US. Arrive in the US 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.

** Depending on the return flight schedule, you may arrive in the US the next day and the total duration of the trip would be 17 days.

Included activities

Included

Paris Sightseeing Tour

Included activity for day 3 in Paris

Discover some of the most iconic and memorable places of Paris and admire the beauty of this incredible and romantic city. See Place Vendôme Square, marvel at the Paris Opera House and head to the Latin Quarter to see the impressive Pantheon.

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Visit to the Chambord Chateaux & Estate

Included activity for day 4

Visit the incredible Chambord Castle & Estate, one of the most emblematic chateaux in France and the finest example of French-Renaissance architecture!

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Wine tasting and guided tour of Cave de Vouvray

Included activity for day 4 in Tours

Follow our guide through the 3 km of tunnels dug into the local limestone beneath a vineyard, discovering 4 types of the Vouvray sparking wine made here.

Duration 01:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

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Visit to the Castle of Chenonceau

Included activity for day 5 in Tours

Known as the 'Ladies Castle', this two-story castle perched on a bridge over the River Cher. Constructed in 1513, the castle is defined by an almost uninterrupted succession of women who built, restored and saved it.

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

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Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
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Please note photography and filming are not permitted inside the Church of St. Tomé. Departure point c/ San Nicolás 15, Madrid. The duration of the tour includes transportation.

Half-Day Afternoon Excursion to Toledo

Suggested activity for day 10 in Toledo

Set off this afternoon for the historic city of Toledo, known as the 'City of Three Cultures' for its fusion of Jewish, Muslim and Christian histories. Discover this once powerful Imperial City and its eclectic mix of architectural styles.

Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 14:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Meeting point is in San Nicolás 15, Madrid. The duration of the tour includes transportation. From November to March only available on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Full-Day Excursion to Ávila & Segovia with lunch

Suggested activity for day 11

Visit two of Spain's most historic cities. Enjoy a walking tour through Avila's old town and explore its historic city walls. Visit Segovia, stroll through the old Jewish Quarter and enjoy a guided visit to the magnificent Alcazar. Lunch included.

Duration 09:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Departure point in c/Sardenya 311, you have to arrive 15 minutes before departure time.

Fast Track Sagrada Familia & Gaudi's Artistic Works

Suggested activity for day 14 in Barcelona

Visit the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Admire Gaudí’s mastery and learn about the symbolism of his incredible works. End the tour discovering some of the most emblematic modernist monuments in the city and admire the beauty of La Pedrera and Casa Batlló

Duration 04:30h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Paris; Paris - Madrid; Barcelona - US.
  • High-speed train: Madrid - Barcelona.
  • 14 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels.
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  • 14 breakfasts.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Entrance to the most famous Loire Valley castles: Chambord, Chenonceau & Amboise and to Mont-St-Michel Abbey. Also, entrance to the Cathedral of Barcelona.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Sightseeing tour of Paris, guided tour of Normandy World War II landing beaches, sightseeing bus tour of Madrid and panoramic tour of Barcelona including Montjuïc cable car.
  • English speaking tour leader from day 4 to day 8.
  • Cheese factory experience with tasting & Wine tasting in the Caves de Vouvray.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

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

 Accommodation tax must be paid directly to the hotel (Approx. 1,50€ per person per night in France and 3-5 € per person per night in Spain).

Airport transfers are not included in the program. You will have the possibility to add a private transfer for an additional cost in the next step of the booking process.

Hotel pick up and drop off for sightseeing tour of Madrid and panoramic tour of Barcelona.

Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

About France:

Important: accommodation tax in France must be paid directly to the hotel (this amount can range from 5€ to 11€ approximately per person per night and it depends on the selected category).

 

About Spain:

Important: It is mandatory to send a copy of the valid passports of all passengers to customerservice@exoticca.com at the moment you make your reservation.

Important: hotel pick up and drop off for the sightseeing tour of Madrid and the Panoramic tour of Barcelona are not included. You will have to make your own way to the meeting point and it is important that you present yourself at least 10 minutes before the starting time of the tour.

For the days that the Barcelona city tour is not available, a 1-day-pass of the hop-on-hop-off bus will be offered.

Please note: the Spain part of this itinerary is an independent tour, not a group tour. It includes accommodation, some activities and transfers, but you will not be accompanied by a guide throughout the entire trip, nor will you be traveling in a group.

Hotel ratings in Spain are not governed by the same standards as those in the US, so please keep this in mind when selecting your desired accommodation category.

Please note that time and days in Barcelona can be changed according to the availability of the walking and bus tour of Barcelona. It will be confirmed 15 days before arrival. However, all included excursions are already guaranteed.

In case that the Barcelona city tour is not available because of external causes such as a religious or an official event, a national holiday or demonstrations, a 1-day-pass of the hop-on-hop-off bus will be offered.

Download the final itinerary uploaded to your Exoticca account to check the day, the time and pick up point of the activities.

  • France
  • Spain
    • Entry requirements

      Valid passport with a minimum of six months validity.

    • Visa

      No visa is required for tourist stays of up to 90 days.

    • Currency

      Euro.

    • Language

      French.

    • Electricity

      230 V. Adapter required.

    • Health

      There are no mandatory vaccinations required.

    • 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.

    If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 888-488-0592 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

    While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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