This summer is set to be a scorcher, so why not escape the heat and take a tour through France and Spain?
You could stay and sweat it out, or you could visit historical France to see Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, and then hop over to cosmopolitan Spain to travel through Barcelona, Toledo and Madrid.
- visit to the Louvre
- tickets to the Moulin Rouge
- travelling through the castles of the Loire Valley
- dining at an open air restaurant in Madrid
Cost: From $2265 per person
Day One – Paris
Arrive and settle in to your hotel. Meet your fellow travellers and tour director for a drink, then find somewhere local to have dinner.
Day Two – Paris
Get ready for a day of sightseeing in Paris. Some of the highlights are the Arc de Triomphe, the Left Bank, the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre. You will also get a chance to reach the top of the Eiffel tower with the help of an elevator. You could also choose to spend the evening at the world famous Moulin Rouge.
Day Three – Paris to Tours
Travel through the Loire Valley and see some of its exceptional historical cities and landscapes. Finish your day of travel with a dinner of mouth-watering delicacies at a local restaurant.
Day Four – Tours to Lyon
Visit the Palais Jacques Coeur in Bouges, and then travel on to Lyon, the gourmet food lover’s paradise! Take a walking tour through the city’s narrow streets and visit the site of the original Roman settlement.
Day Five – Lyon to Nice
Visit a wine cellar for wine tasting, then travel to Avignon for a trip to the 14th-century Palace of the Popes. Towards the end of the day you will reach Nice, where you will have an orientation tour along the Promenade des Anglais.
Day Six – Nice
You can spend the day in the manner of your choice, but you might like to take part in the excursion to Monaco.
Day Seven – Nice to Barcelona
Admire the yachts in the marina as you drive along the harbour road in glamorous Cannes. Visit the building where the annual film festival is held, then travel over the foothills of the Pyrenees into Spain and on to Barcelona, your home for the next two nights.
Day Eight – Barcelona
Go with an expert local guide on a walking tour of the city to see the Gothic Quarter, home to many of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces and the Columbus Monument. In the evening you might like to finish the day with a flamenco show and dinner.
Day Nine – Barcelona to Madrid
Travel through the Aragon Hills to Zaragoza, then on to Madrid, where you can have dinner at one of the open air restaurants.
Day Ten – Madrid
Visit the Church of Santo Tome and the Synagogue in Toledo and then travel back to Madrid for more sightseeing. Finish the day in the company of your tour director and group for a farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant.
Day Eleven – Madrid
It’s time to say adios to Madrid and your fellow travellers as your tour comes to an end. Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photos (and souvenirs), and be sure to book your airport transfer ahead of time.
If this sounds like fun, visit the Trafalgar Tours website for more information.