Secret Treasures of France & Spain

  • 13 Days

  • Western Europe

A charming European adventure that uncovers the hidden gems of France and Spain: take in the enchanting island of Mont St-Michel, see the pre-Celtic standing stones of Carnac, and admire the towering Dune of Pilat.

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Highlights

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Services of a tour director
Accommodation
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All airport taxes
Single share option
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  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

of 13 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 14th October 2017

Meals included: 12 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Overview

A charming European adventure that uncovers the hidden gems of France and Spain: take in the enchanting island of Mont St-Michel, see the pre-Celtic standing stones of Carnac, and admire the towering Dune of Pilat.

At a glance

  • Paris Take in the city's iconic landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral.
  • Carnac Visit the prehistoric standing stones.
  • St Malo Stroll along the cobblestone streets of this former pirate haunt. 
  • Bordeau Enjoy a guided walking tour of this flourishing port town.

Day 1

UK - Paris

Fly to Paris where you will be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Paris

After breakfast, join an included sightseeing tour that explores some of the best known Parisian landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral, La Sorbonne, Boulevard St Germain, the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées and the Rue de Rivioli to name a few. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Paris - Mont St Michel - St Malo

Today, depart the 'City of Light' and journey west towards the unique sometimes-island of Mont St Michel. It's distinctive 8th-century abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and when the tide is in, creates an inspiring scene as it stands sentry on a small island just a kilometre off the French coast. When the tide is out, the 'island' is simply part of the mainland. Later, drive along the shoreline to the fortified seaside resort of St Malo.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

St Malo - Brest

This morning, visit the ancient walled city of St Malo. Situated on the English Channel, this attractive port town has an infamous past as the haunt of corsairs and pirates. Stroll along its cobblestone streets to admire the granite mansions that line the characteristic lanes and squares, encircled by massive ramparts. Later, travel across Brittany to coastal Brest, nestled in a beautiful natural harbour. It's amazing architectural feature is the Pont de l'lroise, a cable-stayed bridge spanning the Élorn River.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Brest - Carnac - Nantes

Today, follow the coastal road towards Carnac, catching glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean. Stop in 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. Later, head for Nantes, set alongside the Loire River. Visit the castle of the Dukes of Brittany, and the cathedral of St Peter and St Paul.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Nantes - La Rochelle - Rochefort - Bordeaux

Today includes excursions to two coastal towns. 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, visit historic Rochefort whose naval origins date back to Louis XIV. End today in beautiful Bordeaux.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Bordeaux

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 many of the important highlights, including Esplanade des Quinconces, one of the largest squares in Europe. The afternoon is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Bordeaux - Arcachon - Les Landes - Biarritz

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

San Sebastian - Bilbao - Santander

Today, cross into Spain's Basque Country to visit the seaside resort of San Sebastian, one of just two European Capitals of Culture in 2016. Later continue to Bilbao, where you'll discover a colourful tapestry of architecture, history, natural beauty, and tantalising cuisine. Why not enjoy an optional visit to the world-famous Guggenheim Museum, considered one of the 20th century's great architectural masterpieces? This afternoon, head to the port city of Santander, a renowned tourist destination for the Spanish elite in the 19th century.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Santander - Burgos - Salamanca

Begin your journey inland today, stopping en route to visit to Burgos. 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, just six miles from the spot where Wellington routed Napoleon's army in 1812. Be sure to spend time strolling 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Salamanca - Avila - Segovia - Madrid

Depart Salamanca this morning and journey to Ávila, home to well-preserved medieval town walls and many towers. Join the guided walking tour of the medieval walls. Next, head to pretty Segovia, set on a rocky hill. Visit its awe-inspiring Roman aqueduct and Gothic cathedral before heading to Madrid. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Madrid

Not only because it is the capital of Spain, but because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards say Madrid is the nearest thing to heaven. Here you'll find a multitude of delights from palaces and museums to shopping and colourful gardens and squares. Enjoy the main highlights of this cosmopolitan, sophisticated city on your included sightseeing excursion with a local guide.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Madrid - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Paris: Mercure Porte de Saint Cloud or Ibis La Villette 
  • St Malo: Ibis Styles Port
  • Brest: Escale Oceania Airport
  • Nantes: Ibis Centre Tour Bretagne
  • Bordeaux: Mercure Centre Meriadeck 
  • Biarritz: Ibis Anglet 
  • Santander: NH Ciudad de Santander 
  • Salamanca: Sercotel Artheus Carmelitas
  • Madrid Abba or Praga

Notes

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