Secret Treasures of France & Spain


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Tour : 4740

Single Share available

Overview

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Discover the main attractions as well as the hidden gems of two colourful countries—France and Spain—on this exciting holiday stretching from Paris to Madrid. Among the less known tour highlights is Carnac, with its megaliths—standing stones—dating back to 4500 to 2000 BC - and learn about their mysteries with a local expert. You’ll also witness many UNESCO World Heritage Sites sure to please history fans. Among these, visit Bordeaux, where a walking tour with a local expert features the important highlights of these 362 historic monuments; spend time wandering around Mont St. Michel, an 8th-century abbey that sits on a rocky isle. Spain’s Ávila was founded in the 11th century and the town’s medieval walls were built to protect Spanish territories from the Moors. Marvel at Burgos’ limestone cathedral, dating back to the 13th century. In Segovia, visit the well-preserved Roman aqueduct, built around 50 AD, and the gothic cathedral, dating to the 16th century.

The “grande dune du Pilat”, the great dune of Pilat, along with the Landes landscapes will make unforgettable scenic highlights of this France and Spain tour. You’ll also spend time in some attractive coastal towns. In France, visit Brest, nestled on one of Europe’s most beautiful harbours; La Rochelle, with its historic port dominated by three medieval towers; and Rochefort, built to defend the French navy in the 17th century and today known as one of France’s most beautiful villages. In Spain, visit Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort, and Santander, a coastal city renowned in the 19th century as a tourist destination for Spanish elite.

From the UNESCO World Heritage Sites to the picturesque coastal towns, this France and Spain tour is perfect for value-minded travellers!

Highlights

Paris Guided sightseeing

Mont St. Michel Visit

St. Malo Walking orientation

Carnac Guided visit of the pre-Celtic standing stones

Nantes Visit the Castle and Cathedral

La Rochelle & Rochefort Visit

Bordeaux Guided walking tour

Arcachon See the amazing Dune of Pilat

Biarritz, San Sebastian & Bilbao Visit

Burgos Visit the cathedral

Salamanca Visit

Segovia Visit the Roman aqueduct and gothic cathedral

Madrid Guided sightseeing

Single Share available

Opt to share a twin room with a fellow traveller, and if there's no one to share with you'll get a room to yourself at no added cost!

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Single Share available

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Paris, France

Day
1

Check into your hotel with the rest of the day free to explore France’s vibrant capital city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Paris

Day
2

Paris is a world-class city with more familiar landmarks than perhaps any other city in the world. During your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, view the famous sights. Later, feel like a French aristocrat on an optional walking tour through the expansive Palace of Versailles. This evening, join us for an optional welcome dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Paris - Mont St. Michel - St. Malo

Day
3

Depart from the "City of Light" and travel towards the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel. This 8th-century abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that creates an inspiring scene as it stands sentry on a small island just a kilometre off the French coast. Later, drive along the shoreline on your way to the fortified seaside resort of St. Malo for a walking tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St. Malo - Carnac - Nantes

Day
4

Travel towards Carnac, known for its STANDING STONES erected by the pre- Celtic people of Brittany—one of the most extensive Neolithic collections in the world. Visit one of the sites with a Local Guide and learn about the mystery of the Carnac stones. Then, head for Nantes, located on the Loire River. Visit the CASTLE of the Dukes of Brittany, and the CATHEDRAL of St. Peter and St. Paul, which took 457 years to complete and features a unique external pulpit.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nantes - La Rochelle - Rochefort - Bordeaux

Day
5

Two coastal towns are on the agenda today. First, stop at picturesque La Rochelle. Situated off the Atlantic Coast in the Bay of Biscay, it is known as La Ville Blanche (the White City) due to its luminous limestone facades that reflect the bright sunlight. Next up: historic Rochefort with its naval beginnings that date back to Louis XIV. Continue to Bordeaux.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Bordeaux

Day
6

Built on the banks of the Garonne River, Bordeaux is a flourishing port town known as the “Pearl of Aquitaine.” A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is home to 362 historic monuments, some dating back to Roman times. Join your Local Guide for a walking tour featuring all the important highlights, including Esplanade des Quinconces, one of the largest squares in Europe. The afternoon is at leisure or you may join an optional excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bordeaux - Dune Du Pilat - Landes - Biarritz - Bayonne

Day
7

Drive to Arcachon today to see the amazing DUNE OF PILAT the highest sand dune on the continent. Then, sit back and enjoy a scenic drive through the Landes of Gascony, the largest maritime-pine forest in Europe. Later, arrive in Biarritz, and ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort. Spend the night in Bayonne.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bayonne - San Sebastian - Spain - Bilbao - Santander

Day
8

Leave France and cross into Spain’s Basque Country. Visit San Sebastian, one of just two designated European Capitals of Culture in 2016 and a foodie hotspot! On to Bilbao, where you’ll discover a colourful tapestry of architecture, history, natural beauty, and tantalising cuisine. Enjoy free time for leisure activities—maybe a visit the world-famous Guggenheim Museum, considered one of the 20th century’s great architectural masterpieces. Later, head to the port city of Santander, a renowned tourist destination for Spanish elite in the 19th century.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Santander

Day
9

Enjoy a whole day at leisure to do as you please! Maybe enjoy a relaxing day on the beach or discover the local bodegas serving the typical pinchos.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Santander - Burgos - Salamanca

Day
10

Heading inland, stop in Burgos, former capital of the unified Kingdom of Castile-León for five centuries. Visit the magnificent limestone CATHEDRAL of Santa Maria, dating back to the 13th century. Continue on to Salamanca. Be sure to spend some time wandering around the Spanish-baroque Plaza Mayor, the heart of the city and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful squares in Spain.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Salamanca - Segovia - Madrid

Day
11

Journey to pretty Segovia, set on a rocky hill. Visit its landmarks, awe-inspiring Roman AQUEDUCT, and gothic CATHEDRAL before heading to Madrid.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Madrid

Day
12

Not only is Madrid capital of Spain, but because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spanish rightly say it is the nearest thing to Heaven. This morning, enjoy the city’s main highlights on the included guided sightseeing tour. Consider also joining an optional excursion to one of the many important sights surrounding Madrid.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Madrid

Day
13

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Paris - Paris

Day
1

Your tour starts today. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Paris is a world-class city that probably has more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. During the included sightseeing tour with a local guide, you'll view the most famous of these. Later, feel like a French aristocrat on the optional walking tour through the expansive Palace of Versailles. This evening, why not join an optional welcome dinner?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Paris - Mont St Michel - St Malo

Day
2

Depart from the City of Light and travel towards the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel. This distinctive 8th-century abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that creates an inspiring scene as it stands sentry on a small island just a kilometre off the French coast. Later, drive along the shoreline to the fortified seaside resort of St. Malo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St Malo - Brest

Day
3

This morning, visit the ancient walled city of St. Malo. Situated on the English Channel, this attractive port town has a notorious past as the home of corsairs and pirates. Spend some free time walking along its cobblestone streets, and admiring the granite mansions that line the characteristic lanes and squares, encircled by massive ramparts. Travel across Brittany to coastal Brest, nestled in a beautiful natural harbour. Heavily bombed in 1944, the city centre was completely rebuilt after the war. See the Pont de l’lroise, a cable-stayed bridge spanning the Élorn River—an amazing architectural feat.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Brest - Carnac - Nantes

Day
4

Follow the coastal road towards Carnac, catching glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean. Carnac is known for its standing stone that were erected by the pre-Celtic people of Brittany—one of the most extensive neolithic collections in the world. Visit one of the sites with a local guide and learn about the mystery of the Carnac stones. Then, head for Nantes, located on the Loire River. Visit the castle of the Dukes of Brittany, and the cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, which took 457 years to complete and features a unique external pulpit.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nantes - La Rochelle - Rochefort - Bordeaux

Day
5

Two coastal towns are on the agenda today. First, stop at picturesque La Rochelle, situated off the Atlantic Coast in the Bay of Biscay and known as La Ville Blanche (the White City) due to its luminous limestone facades that reflect the bright sunlight. Next up: historic Rochefort with its naval beginnings that date back to Louis XIV. Continue to Bordeaux.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Bordeaux

Day
6

Built on the banks of the Garonne River, Bordeaux is known as the “Pearl of Aquitaine” and is a flourishing port town. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is home to 362 historic monuments, some dating back to Roman times. Join your local guide for a walking tour featuring all the important highlights, including Esplanade des Quinconces, one of the largest squares in Europe. The afternoon is at leisure or maybe join an optional excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bordeaux - Arcachon - Les Landes - Biarritz

Day
7

Drive to Arcachon today to see the amazing Dune of Pilat , the highest sand dune on the continent. Then, sit back and enjoy a scenic drive through the Landes of Gascony, the largest maritime-pine forest in Europe. Later, arrive in Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

San Sebastian - Bilbao - Santander

Day
8

Leave France and cross into Spain’s Basque Country to visit San Sebastian, one of just two European Capitals of Culture in 2016 and considered a foodie hotspot! On to Bilbao, where you’ll discover a colourful tapestry of architecture, history, natural beauty, and tantalizing cuisine. Enjoy free time for leisure activities—maybe visit the world-famous Guggenheim Museum, considered one of the 20th century’s great architectural masterpieces. Later, head to the port city of Santander, a renowned tourist destination for Spanish elite in the 19th century.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Santander - Burgos - Salamanca

Day
9

Heading inland, stop in Burgos, former capital of the unified Kingdom of Castile-León for five centuries. Visit the magnificent limestone cathedral of Santa Maria, dating back to the 13th century and where the legendary national hero El Cid is buried. Continue on to Salamanca. Be sure to spend some time wandering around the Spanish-baroque Plaza Mayor, the heart of the city and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful plazas in Spain.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Salamanca - Avila - Segovia - Madrid

Day
10

Journey to Ávila with its medieval town walls and many towers. Join the guided walking tour of the medieval walls. Next, arrive in pretty Segovia, set on a rocky hill. Visit its landmarks, awe-inspiring Roman aqueduct and gothic cathedral before heading to Madrid.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Madrid

Day
11

Not only is Madrid capital of Spain, but because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spanish rightly say it is the nearest thing to Heaven. This morning, enjoy the city’s main highlights on the included guided sightseeing tour. Consider also joining an optional excursion to one of the many important sights surrounding Madrid.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Madrid

Day
12

Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Service charges
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach

Tour with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes

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