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Lovely France with Barcelona

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Rouen
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BARCELONA

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Itinerary

Day 1: Paris- Arrival.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel. 

Reception. Transfer to hotel and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area. 

IMPORTANT - IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.  

NB:  The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.    
Day 2: Paris.-
08.00hrs– Paris - we start a panoramic tour of Paris with a local guide. Lasting approximately 2 1/2 hours, you will see the: Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elisées, Madeleine, Place de la Concorde, Opera, the Louvre Museum, Tour St. Jacques, the City Hall, the Ile de la Cité with Notre Dame Cathedral, the Latin quarter, the Pantheon, the Sorbonne, the Luxembourg Gardens, Invalides, the Military School, the Champs de Mars-Eiffel Tower and the banks of the River Seine. We will make short stops by Invalides and the Champs de Mars.   

After the visit, transfer to the district of Montmartre. Time to stroll and have lunch in the bohemian district of Montmartre with its little restaurants and street artists.   

14.00hrs - After lunch, return to the hotel stopping by the Louvre Museum for those who want to stay in the city centre. We suggest a visit to the museum (our guide will give you the option of a guided tour of the inside of the museum).      

Afternoon free. In the evening there is the option of going to a show at the Moulin Rouge. 
Day 3: Paris.-
08.00hrs Versailles – Departure from the hotel and transfer to Versailles to visit the Palace and the gardens, with two and a half hours to do so from our arrival. Return to the city centre for lunch.  Afternoon free. Your guide will offer you the option of a boat trip on the river Seine and a visit to the Latin Quarter with its cathedral.
Day 4: Paris- Giverny- Rouen- Arromanches- Caen.-
Total distance: 355 Km.  
Countryside:  Placid scenery, River Seine.   

07:30 hrs  Paris –departure. The departure time may vary depending on the hotels where the travellers have to be collected. We leave for Normandy, our route following the course of the river Seine. 
09:30 hrs - Giverny –Arrival-. We include tickets to the house of Monet with its very beautiful gardens, and where we will talk about French Impressionist art.    

11.00hrs - Giverny –Departure-.  
12.00 hrs Rouen – Arrival. Time to see the Gothic cathedral, to stroll around its mediaeval streets and have lunch    

14:30 hrs - Rouen –Departure-. We continue on our way through Normandy. Pleasant countryside. 
16:45 hrs -  Arromanches –Arrival-. We are on the beaches where the British troops landed in the Second World War.   

18:15 hrs - Arromanches –Departure-. 
19.00hrs – Caen – Arrival. Time for a stroll in the centre. 
Day 5: Caen- Mont Saint Michel- St. Malo- Dinan- Rennes.-
Total distance: 270 km. 
Countryside: Beautiful hilly countryside and a spectacular arrival at Mont. Saint Michel    

08.00hrs – Caen – departure. – We continue through Normandy.  
09:45 hrs – Mont St. Michel – We reach the “Marvel”, surrounded by the ocean. Don’t miss a stroll through its narrow streets and a visit to its Abbey, sometimes turned into an island surrounded by the ocean.    

NB: Bus traffic is regulated and parking is away from the town, with access to it on buses from the car park itself.   

12:30 hrs – Mont St. Michel – departure. We go on to French Brittany.  
13:15 hrs  – St. Malo. A seaside city surrounded by impressive walls and with an active and beautiful port. Time for a stroll and for lunch    

15:15hrs – St. Malo – departure. 
15:45 hrs – Dinan – Arrival, time in this pretty mediaeval village.     

17.00hrs – Dinan –departure. We travel through inland Brittany. 
18.00 hrs – Rennes. - Accommodation and time in the capital of Brittany. We suggest a stroll around its monumental historic centre. 
Day 6: Rennes - Angers- Tours- Villandry - Amboise.-
Distance covered: 335 km. 
Countryside: Today we are on the course of the River Loire with its interesting villages and castles along the way.    

08.00hrs - Rennes –Departure-  
10.00 hrs - Angers. - Time in this city on the Loire. If you wish, you can visit the castle which has a very interesting tapestry of the Apocalypse.    

11:45 hrs – Angers – departure, we go on our way through pleasant fields. 
13:45 hrs - Tours –Arrival-. We are in the regional capital. You can stroll through its historic centre by the Loire. Time for lunch.   

15:30 hrs - Tours –Departure-.  
16.00hrs - Villandry. Tickets included to the gardens of this great palace. Considered some of the most beautiful gardens in France.   

17:30 hrs - Villandry –Departure-. 
18:15 hrs - Amboise – Arrival in this picturesque town on the banks of the Loire Valley with a very interesting mediaeval quarter. Dinner and accommodation included.  

NB: Sometimes we may stay in Tours, as the hotel capacity in Amboise is highly limited.
Day 7: Amboise- Chenonceau-Chambord- Argenton- Limoges.-
Total distance: 310 km. 
Countryside:  The River Loire scattered with beautiful villages and castles marks our route. Have your cameras ready, we will pass alongside the River Loire and see some castles along the way.   

We will see the Loire region in a little more depth. In the morning, a stroll in Amboise, to the castle of Clos Luce where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last 3 years before his death (entrance not included).  

10:30 hrs – Amboise. – Departure. 
10:45 hrs – Chenonceau –Arrival. Many believe this is the most beautiful castle on the Loire, in the form of a bridge over the river Cher, a tributary of the Loire. Its interior is also magnificently preserved. Tickets included.    

12:15 hrs – Chenonceau –departure. We continue along pretty local roads to Chambord. 
13:15 hrs – Chambord –Arrival. Time to see the park of this immense castle on the Loire and for lunch.    

15:30 hrs – Chambord. - Departure. We travel towards the centre of France, going through picturesque villages on our way.  
17:30 hrs- Argenton sur Creuse –Arrival-. A stroll in this charming mediaeval town on the banks of the river Creuse. 

18:30 hrs - Argenton –Departure-.  
19:45 hrs - Limoges –Arrival-. We recommend a stroll around the Cathedral district.
Day 8: Limoges- Collonge la Rouge- Padirac- Rocamadour.-
Total distance: 190 km
Countryside: Small roads, mediaeval villages.  Very beautiful scenery of the Dordogne Valley. We recommend comfortable footwear (visit to the caves).      

Limoges. - A city known for its famous porcelain. We include a brief tour with a local guide of the city, its cathedral, its ancient station and the Porcelain Museum (tickets included) with one of the most beautiful porcelain collections in the world.   

11.00 hrs - Limoges –Departure-. We go on our way to the south of France, pretty hillside scenery and charming villages on our way. - 
12:30 hrs - Collonge la Rouge. - A small village full of charm built with red stone on the Way of St James. Time for lunch and to take a stroll.     

14:15 hrs - Collonge la Rouge –Departure-. 
15.00hrs - Padirac Cave. - Considered the most impressive caves in France. We include tickets and a visit to these impressive caves, 3 lifts will take us to an underground river that we will see in a boat.   NB: The caves may be closed in November or in certain weather conditions. -    

17.00 hrs – Padirac – Departure-.    
17:30 hrs – Rocamadour  - Arrival. -  We are in an important sanctuary town overlooked by its castle, considered one of the most beautiful towns in France. Don’t miss a stroll around its charming streets and we suggest a walk down the via crucis and coming back up in the lift. Our guide will accompany you to the entrance to the mediaeval village before giving you your rooms in the hotel. Dinner included.
Day 9: Rocamadour- Roque Gageac- Beynac castle- Sarlat- St. Emilion- Bordeaux.-
Total distance: 295 km 
Countryside: Very beautiful scenery in the Dordogne region.   

08:30 hrs - Rocamadour –Departure-. Beautiful countryside of the Dordogne. 
09:30 hrs - La Roque Gageac. - A small village by the river overlooked by a castle. A very picturesque place. Stop for photos.   

10:15 hrs - La Roque Gageac –Departure-.  
10:30 hrs – Beynac – We include tickets to this magnificently well preserved mediaeval castle. You will admire the views of the Dordogne Valley and we will hear more about life in the Middle Ages.   

11:30 hrs - Beynac –Departure-. 
12.00 hrs.- Sarlat – Time in this World Heritage town. The Renaissance historic centre is magnificently well preserved. Time for lunch and a stroll.    

14:30 hrs – Sarlat – departure. We travel to the region of Bordeaux. Pleasant scenery and vineyards en route.    
16:45 hrs - Saint Emilion. This beautiful mediaeval village has based its wealth for more than 2000 years on its winemaking. Interesting stroll. We include a visit to a characteristic wine establishment; the wine culture blends with the stones of the place.    

18:30 hrs - St. Emilion –departure.  
19:30 hrs – Bordeaux – Arrival, accommodation. We recommend a stroll around the classic centre of this city on the banks of the River Garonne.
Day 10: Bordeaux- Lourdes.-
Total distance covered: 270 km 
Countryside: Pleasant vineyard scenery.    

In the morning we include a two-hour visit with a local guide to Bordeaux, the port city known around the world for its wines. One part of the urban centre, the Port de la Lune, was recently declared World Heritage.  Outstanding features include the eleventh century cathedral, the grand Theatre of Bordeaux, the monument to the Girondins and the Place Royal. Free time to stroll and for lunch.     

13:30 hrs Departure from Bordeaux. We venture into the wine producing region of Bordeaux.     17.30 hrs - Lourdes –Arrival-. Time to visit the Sanctuary. We recommend you attend the candle procession, which normally takes place at 9 PM from the end of March to late October. Dinner included.
Day 11: Lourdes- Saint Bertrand- Carcassonne- Andorra.-
Total distance: 465 km. 
Countryside: Pyrenees mountain range. Snow-covered high peaks through a large part of the year.      

08.30 hrs – Lourdes –Departure–. 
09:30 hrs - Saint Bertrand de Comminges. - A very pretty village at the foot of the Pyrenees, already existing in Roman times. Time to stroll and see its historic heritage.    

11.00 hrs - Saint Bertrand de Comminges –Departure-. Passage through the metropolis of Toulouse. 
13:30hrs – Carcassonne – Arrival at the “cité”, the mediaeval walled city. Time for lunch and to see this beautiful city.     

16.00 hrs – Carcassonne –Departure. – We travel to Andorra, a small independent country of the Pyrenees between Spain and France. Impressive high mountain scenery with summits often covered with snow.  
19.15 hrs – Andorra–Arrival. Free time. Dinner included. 
Day 12: Andorra- Montserrat- Barcelona.-
Total distance: 225 km. 
Countryside: Pretty mountain scenery. Huge scenery around the monastery of Montserrat.WARNING: Have your passport to hand, as there are sometimes border checks.    

Free morning in Andorra. You can visit this modern city amidst the mountains or go shopping in its large shopping centres with low taxes. - Time for lunch.   

14.00 hrs - Andorra –Departure-. Entry in Catalonia. We go to the beautiful area where the Benedictine Abbey stands. 
 16:15 hrs - Arrival at the foot of Montserrat Mountain. We get to the monastery on a rack train (tickets included), impressive views on the way up.  
16:45 hrs - Monastery of Montserrat –Arrival-. Time to admire the views and visit the sanctuary of the Virgin of Montserrat, patron saint of Catalonia   

18:30 hrs - Montserrat –Departure- (by bus). 
19.30 hrs - Barcelona –Arrival-. Accommodation.
Day 13: Barcelona.
Highlights: Barcelona Guided tour lasting 3 hours; visit to “Poble Espanyol”, with admission included; transfer to Plaza de Cataluña and the Ramblas. 

09:00h.- Tour of the city with a local guide (note: if the group has fewer than fifteen people, explanations can be given by our guide) who will tell us about this exciting city on the shores of the Mediterranean. We will visit the city’s historic central area with its Gothic neighborhood dating back to the Middle Ages. We will visit the area where the Olympic Games took place.  It will be possible to see and photograph La Sagrada Familia basilica; the masterpiece designed by the architect Gaudí.  

Subsequently, we include the entry ticket to  “Poble Espanyol” (meaning, Spanish Village), an open-air museum that combines the art, traditions, architecture, arts and crafts and folklore of each of the Spanish regions. Time for lunch. Free afternoon.   

18:30h.- Transfer  to Plaza de Cataluña and the Ramblas, the heart of the city, where there are many restaurants where you can dine. Return to hotel.


Day 14:
After breakfast, end of our services.

Price includes

Included

  • Europamundo General Services: Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance and breakfast buffet.
  • Includes arrival transfer
  • City tour in: BARCELONA
  • Evening transfer: Ramblas and Plaza de Catalunya in Barcelona in BARCELONA
  • Ticket admission: Poble Espanyol in Barcelona in BARCELONA

Planned Hotels

SPAIN
NOVOTEL ST JOAN DESPI
****
934755800
H3289@accor.com
C/ de la TV3, 2 08970 Sant Joan Despi - Barcelona
08970 BARCELONA
ESPAÑA
SENATOR BARCELONA
****
932609900
grupos.senator@playasenator.com
CARDENAL REIG 11BIS
08028 BARCELONA
ESPAÑA
RAFAEL BADALONA
****
931847900
badalona@rafaelhoteles.com
AVENIDA DE NAVARRA, 6 -8
08911 BARCELONA
ESPAÑA
AC HOTEL SOM BY MARRIOTT
****
934458200
acsom@ac-hotels.com
Arquitectura, 1-3 LHospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona 08908
08908 BARCELONA
ESPAÑA
SB CIUTAT DE TARRAGONA
****
977250999
sales.ciutatdetarragona@sbhotels.es
Plaa de la Imperial Tarraco, 5 TARRAGONA
43005 BARCELONA
ESPAÑA
BB BCN VILADECANS
***
932993658
jorge.rubio@hotelbb.com;laura.casanovas@hotelbb.com
Avinguda Olof Palme, 24 next to Carrer de la Tecnologia , CP 08840 Viladecans, Barcelona
08840 BARCELONA
ESPAÑA
HESPERIA SAN JUST DESVERN
****
934732517
reservas2@hesperia-santjust.com;
carrer frederic mompou 1
08960 BARCELONA
ESPAÑA
HESPERIA ST JOAN
***
934773003
reservas@hesperia-santjoansuites.com
C/ Josep Trueta 2 08970 Sant Joan Despi Barcelona
08970 BARCELONA
ESPAÑA
FRONT AIR CONGRESS
****
936369480
reservas@hotelfrontaircongressbarcelona.com
C/Alberades,16 Sant Boi de Llobregat
08830 BARCELONA
ESPAÑA
CITY PARK SANT JUST
***
934700410
r.santjust@hlghotels.com
Carretera reial, 132
08960 BARCELONA
ESPAÑA
BARCELONA GOLF RESORT SPA
****
937756800
info@hotelbarcelonagolf.com
Carretera Martorell a Capellades, km 19.5 Sant Esteve Sesrovires
08635 BARCELONA
ESPAÑA
VENTURE SANT CUGAT
***
935890605
hotel@venturesantcugat.com
Carrer de Vic, 19, 08173 Sant Cugat del Vallès
08173 BARCELONA
ESPAÑA
SALLES CIUTAT DEL PRAT
****
933788333
hotelcdp@salles.com
AVDA REMOLAR 46
08820 BARCELONA
ESPAÑA
HOTEL PORTA FIRA
****
932973500
cci2portafira@h-santos.es; cci4.portafira@h-santos.es
PLAZA EUROPA 45, HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT
08908 BARCELONA
ESPAÑA
CAMPANILE BARBERA
***
937292928
barcelona.barbera@campanile.com
Sector Baricentro N-150 Km-6,7
08210 BARCELONA
ESPAÑA
DERBY
****
933223215
emmac@derbyhotels.com
Loreto 21-25
08029 BARCELONA
ESPAÑA
EXE BARCELONA GATE
****
931770070
reservas@exebarcelonagate.com
Maria Tarrida, 6-7 Sant Joan Despí,
08970 BARCELONA
ESPAÑA
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