This twin-country trip follows the spine of France's wine country and the foothills of the Pyrenees, before heading to buzzing Barcelona. You can opt to fly to Spain's capital, Madrid. It's Insider moments like… taking your seat in Avignon town square, as your Travel Director returns from the bar with a tray of Chateauneuf Du Pape. Tasting this powerful wine on its home soil adds a local twist to the tales you're told of Avignon's past. Learning how Pope Clement V moved the papal seat here in 1309, these stories of religious connections are almost as delicious as the drink itself. And the setting, near the Palace of the Popes, gives a feeling you could be back in the 14th century, when the wine's fame began.

Highlights of France & Barcelona

Land Only Group Tour

Duration : 10 DAYSPrice : FROM $2599Country : FRANCE
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This twin-country trip follows the spine of France's wine country and the foothills of the Pyrenees, before heading to buzzing Barcelona. You can opt to fly to Spain's capital, Madrid. It's Insider moments like… taking your seat in Avignon town square, as your Travel Director returns from the bar with a tray of Chateauneuf Du Pape. Tasting this powerful wine on its home soil adds a local twist to the tales you're told of Avignon's past. Learning how Pope Clement V moved the papal seat here in 1309, these stories of religious connections are almost as delicious as the drink itself. And the setting, near the Palace of the Popes, gives a feeling you could be back in the 14th century, when the wine's fame began.

Included in the price

  • 9 nights’ accommodation (6 hotels)
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner).
  • All transfers shown
  • All transport shown
  • All activities/ sightseeing mentionned

Day 1: Paris

Welcome to Paris, the City of Light! Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through ancient streets. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to see some of city’s impressive sights. Meal: Welcome Reception. Accommodation: Hilton Paris La Defense, Paris (4-star)

Day 2: Paris

Paris probably has more familiar landmarks than any other city in the world! The Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde - see all these sights and more with your Local Expert. Marvel at the city’s beautiful skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Visit Les Invalides, part of the Army Museum, where you view the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. Visit one of the city's many internationally renowned museums, wander through the Luxembourg gardens, or take an optional experience to the magnificent Louvre. Meal: Buffet Breakfast. Accommodation: Hilton Paris La Defense, Paris (4-star)

Day 3: Paris - Chartres - Loire Valley

Visit Chartres Cathedral, an important place of pilgrimage and an architectural splendour featuring original stained glass windows. Continue through the Loire Valley, past beautiful villages and castles. See the impressive Château Chambord, a marvel of French Renaissance architecture. Visit Chenonceau, straddling the River Cher. This evening, join your companions for a very special Be My Guest dinner of mouth-watering French cuisine at a 17th century traditional farmhouse. Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining. Accommodation: Mercure Tours Nord Help, Tours (4-star)

Day 4: Loire Valley - Lyon

Journey through the heart of France and through the volcanic hills around Clermont Ferrand to Lyon. A gourmet paradise built at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, your walking tour with a Local Expert through the old city reveals a rich cultural heritage. See the narrow streets, inner courtyards and 'traboules' of France's largest Renaissance city. Marvel at awe-inspiring views of Lyon from Fourvière hill. Arrive later at your hotel. Meal: Buffet Breakfast. Accommodation: Mecure Lyon Saxe Lafayette, Lyon (4-star)

Day 5: Lyon - Avignon - Nice

From Lyon drive to Avignon, see the Papal Palace and famous bridge over the river immortalised in the French song, 'sur le pont d'Avignon'. Here you will enjoy a glass of the famous Local Speciality wine on a Provencal terrace with the locals. Arrive later in Nice where an orientation tour will introduce you to this coastal city which includes the famous Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna. Meal: Buffet Breakfast. Accommodation: Massena, Nice (4-star)

Day 6: Nice - Monaco/ Monte Carlo - Nice

Playground of the rich and famous, Nice attracts sun seekers with a year-round temperate climate. Spend a free morning relaxing or take a stroll along the Promenade and shop in chic boutiques! This afternoon, enjoy an excursion through splendid scenery along the Côte d'Azur. Visit Monaco and Monte Carlo to see the beautiful casino built by Charles Garnier in the 19th century. There is plenty of free time afterwards for you to explore Monaco! Meal: Buffet Breakfast. Accommodation: Massena, Nice (4-star)

Day 7: Nice - Arles - Carcassonne

Follow the coast and then visit Arles in Provence. Continue through dramatic Provençal landscape which has provided inspiration for so many artists, including Cezanne and Van Gogh. Arrive in Carcassonne, a walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the double ring of ramparts featuring 53 towers during your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine. Accommodation: Les Trois Couronnes Help, Carcassonne (4-star)

Day 8: Carcassonne - Figueres - Barcelona

This morning pass by the foothills of the Pyrenees and stop in the town of Figueres to visit the Dali Theatre and Museum. Here you will gain a Unique Insight into the world of Salvador Dali and see his work in this impressive and inspiring building. At La Roca Village, shop for designer goods before arriving in Barcelona - capital of the Catalonia region. Meal: Buffet Breakfast. Accommodation: Vincci Bit, Barcelona (4-star)

Day 9: Barcelona

With your Local Expert enjoy an included sightseeing tour and see the Sagrada Familia and Columbus Monument. Later why not enjoy tapas in Placa Reial or shop for local food in La Boqueria market. Consider an optional experience this afternoon to the Benedictine monastery at Montserrat to see the mysterious Black Madonna. This evening join your Travel Director and companions for a Farewell Dinner with wine at a typical Spanish restaurant. Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner. Accommodation: Vincci Bit, Barcelona (4-star)

Day 10: Barcelona

Say farewell to your travelling companions at the end of your amazing holiday in France and Catalonia! Return airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Enhance your whole experience by taking the optional Madrid extension featured on this page. Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Paris: Eiffel Tower

Paris: Eiffel Tower

Once the tallest structure in the world, the Eiffel Tower is probably Europe's best known landmark and Paris's most famous symbol.You couldn't possibly visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Even if you do not want to visit this world famous structure, you will see its top from all over Paris. The tower rises 300 meters tall (984 ft); when it was completed at the end of the nineteenth century it was twice as high as the Washington Monument, at the time the tallest structure in the world.
Paris

Paris

A wealth of beautiful boulevards, inspiring monuments, impressive works of art and delicious French cuisine ensure Paris more than delivers on the ideals held of the ‘most romantic city in the world’. Millions of people flock to holiday in Paris every year; and with so much sightseeing, culture and romance to experience, your stay in the City of Love will no doubt leave you longing to return.
Paris: Place de la Concorde

Paris: Place de la Concorde

Built by Gabriel, architect to Louis XV, between 1755 and 1775, it is octagonal in shape. It was the scene of a number of key historical events, including the execution of Louis XVI. With its Egyptian obelisk - presented to Charles X by the Viceroy of Egypt - in the centre, its statues and its majestic dimensions, Place de la Concorde is one of the most beautiful squares in Paris. 
Paris: Champs Elysées

Paris: Champs Elysées

The Avenue des Champs-Elysées is probably the most famous avenue in the world. This impressive street stretches from the Place the la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle, the site of the Arc de Triomphe.
The Cathedral of Chartres

The Cathedral of Chartres

Built in the middle of stretches of golden wheat swaying in the wind, Chartres has several strings to its bow. Its cathedral, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, will be your lighthouse in this Beauce landscape. With 2,600m² of stained glass lighting up the heart of the nave, this monumental building is a model of gothic architecture. The picturesque streets of Chartres, its ancient half-timbered houses and old bridges are all an invitation for a stroll. Shops, crafts workshops and restaurants are all to be discovered in the old town. In the paved streets and up and down staircases, the shop windows of glassblowers, perfumers or cabinet makers mingle with restaurants in which you will find foie gras, pâté de Chartres, Perche cider...
Loire Valley: Château Chenonceau

Loire Valley: Château Chenonceau

The Château of Chenonceau is located in the Centre Val de Loire region, and was once a royal residence as property of the crown. It is a truly exceptional site, both for its original idea of building it on the Cher River, and for its destiny: to be loved, managed, and protected by women such as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de’ Medici. Today, the Château of Chenonceau is second only to Versailles as the most visited château in France.
The historic site of Lyon

The historic site of Lyon

Lyon, the ancient town at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône, capital of the Rhône-Alpes region and popular centre, has played a major role in Europe's political, cultural and economic development since Roman times. The city's extremely rich heart contains many historic buildings from all ages and has been listed as a Unesco world heritage since 1998.
The historical centre of Avignon

The historical centre of Avignon

Avignon, located in southern France, in the very popular Vaucluse region, called the “City of the Popes”, has maintained its city walls and its historical centre, composed of the Papal Palace, the Episcopal ensemble and the Bridge of Avignon. These were registered as Unesco world heritage sites in 1995. The city is also the sublime backdrop for an international theatre festival.
Nice

Nice

With its unusual mix of real-city grit, old-world opulence, year-round sunshine and exceptional location, Nice’s appeal is universal. Everyone from backpackers to romance-seeking couples and families will love sitting at a cafe on cours Saleya in Vieux Nice or a bench on the legendary Promenade des Anglais for an epic sunset. Eating options are some of the best you’ll find in France, the nightlife is buzzing and the art scene thriving. You could happily spend a week here and still be hungry for more.
Monaco

Monaco

Squeezed into just 200 hectares, this confetti principality might be the world’s second-smallest country (the Vatican is smaller), but what it lacks in size it makes up for in attitude. Glitzy, glam and screaming hedonism, Monaco is truly beguiling. Although a sovereign state, the principality's status is unusual. It is not a member of the European Union, yet it participates in the EU customs territory (meaning no border formalities crossing from France into Monaco) and uses the euro as its currency.
Arles

Arles

Located amid unspoiled natural places: the banks of the Rhône, the arid Crau plain, the Camargue and the Alpilles, Arles has preserved its architectural heritage with more than 100 listed buildings and monuments, although it owes its international fame to its amphitheatre.
The fortified city of Carcassonne

The fortified city of Carcassonne

Perched on a rocky hilltop and bristling with zig-zag battlements, stout walls and spiky turrets, from afar the fortified city of Carcassonne looks like something out of a children's storybook. It's most people's perfect idea of a medieval castle, and it's undoubtedly an impressive spectacle – not to mention one of the Languedoc's biggest tourist draws.
Loire Valley : Château de Chambord

Loire Valley : Château de Chambord

At the heart of Europe's largest enclosed wooded park (around 19 mi² enclosed by a 20 mile-long wall), Chambord, the dream of a young king and a marvel of the Renaissance period, is the largest château in the Loire Valley. It boasts a pleasure garden and a hunting park both listed as Historical Monuments.
Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia

Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia

In Barcelona, if you have time for only one sightseeing outing, this should be it. La Sagrada Família inspires awe by its sheer verticality, and in the manner of the medieval cathedrals it emulates, it’s still under construction after more than 100 years. When completed, the highest tower will be more than half as high again as those that stand today. Unfinished it may be, but it attracts around 2.8 million visitors a year and is the most visited monument in Spain. The most important recent tourist was Pope Benedict XVI, who consecrated the church in a huge ceremony in November 2010.
Figueres: Dali Theatre Museum

Figueres: Dali Theatre Museum

The Dalí Theatre-Museum, the largest surrealistic object in the world, occupies the building of the former Municipal Theatre, a 19th century construction which was destroyed at the end of the Spanish Civil War. On its ruins, Dalí decided to create his museum.
LaCity Travel - Traveller Tips for France    

VISAS: France tourist visa is not required for citizens of Australia for a stay up to 90 days, although you will need to have a return ticket. All passports must be valid for 6 months from the date of the arrival. Some other nationalities may require a visa. For further information please contact the French consulate website or your travel consultant   

MONEY: 1 AUD = 0.65 € (20/02/2014). You always get a better exchange rate in-country, though it’s a good idea to arrive with enough local currency to take a taxi to a hotel if you have to. Carry as little cash as possible while travelling around. In Paris, exchange bureaux (bureaux de change) are faster and easier, open longer hours and give better rates than most banks. In general, post offices in Paris can offer the best exchange rates and accept banknotes in various currencies as well as American Express and Visa travellers cheques. The commission for travellers cheques is 1.5% (minimum about €4). Familiarise yourself with rates offered by the post office and compare them with those at exchange bureaux. On small transactions, even exchange places with less-than-optimal rates may leave you with more euros in your pocket.   

ELECTRICITY: Type C (European 2-pin), Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)   

CLIMATE / WEATHER: France has several climatic zones and substantial variations in its weather due to its great size and location on the western edge of Europe. The north and northeastern areas have predictably warm summers and cold winters with abundant rainfall while the Atlantic Ocean provides cooler summers from westerly winds and warmer winters along the western coast. South of the Loire river is where the weather becomes significantly warmer. The Mediterranean zone in the south and southeast has hot and somewhat dry summers, mild winters, and low, yet unpredictable rainfall. The south is also subject to the formidable mistral (violent winds) and sudden storms, but generally has reliable weather for visitors. The mountainous zones are in the Pyrénées, Alps, and Massif Central and have heavy winter snowfall, yet cool and sunny summers with abundant rain.   

TIME DIFFERENCE: (GMT+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris   

BEST TIME TO VISIT FRANCE: Depending on what you want to get out of your trip, there is always a good time to visit France. Winter is a great time to enjoy snow sports in the Alps and Pyrenees, while the summer is great for soaking up the sun on the beaches of the Cote d’Azur. Generally, France enjoys a temperate climate with cool winters and warm summers, except for the Mediterranean areas that bask in warm temperatures most of the year. Popular tourist spots can get crowded during the peak holiday periods of Christmas, Easter and the school holiday months of July and August; if travelling during these times, be prepared to share France with many other travellers and holidaying locals.   

LANGUAGE: French is the official language but English is widely spoken.    

ACCOMMODATION: Travelling with LaCity Travel is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.   

FOOD / DRINK: LaCity Travel believes that one of the best ways to experience a country is by eating! Whether you're sampling street food, savoring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world. The gastronomic pleasures of France are world-renowned, so travellers won’t be disappointed with the food of France. There’s something to suit all budgets here, from Michelin star restaurants to humble cafes and market stalls.   

RELIGION: 63% of French people consider themselves Catholic, 30% declare themselves without religion.   

HISTORY: 
New Early History: France has a fascinating history marked by war, invasion, imperialistic expansion and revolution. Enduring the ravages of the Black Death, and the uncertainty of political upheaval and civil unrest, it's probably these events that give the modern French people their passionate, fighting spirit. 
Recent History: France’s recent history is as interesting as its beginnings. Invaded by Germany during World War I and World War II, France suffered many losses during both of these wars. Civilian and military lives were lost, strict rationing created harsh living conditions, and regular airstrikes and shelling created a climate of fear. The French Resistance has been the subject of many books and movies, mainly because it’s such an interesting example of the French spirit. The French Resistance is the name given to pockets of men and women who rallied against the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. Using guerrilla tactics, as well as underground press and other means, these groups provided safe houses and escape networks for Allied soldiers trapped behind enemy lines. They also provided intelligence and other information to the Allies, as well as committed acts of sabotage against the German military. Visitors to France can choose to see many sites that reflect these times including the beaches of Normandy and the battlefields of Ypres and the Somme. 
More recently, France has enjoyed the stability that comes with being a part of the European Union and NATO; even though unemployment remains high, France is currently enjoying more peaceful times than it has had in the past.
  

SHOPPING:  Home to designer fashion houses, luxurious perfumeries, exclusive boutiques and antique merchants, France isn’t a great shopping destination for those on a budget. Regardless, there’s much fun to be had whether you’re window shopping or indulging in the real thing. It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.   

TAXIS: You should only use licenced, official taxis in France, as assaults and robberies have occurred in unlicensed taxis. Unlicensed taxis often target high traffic destinations such as airports, train stations, theatres and nightclubs. In Paris, licenced taxis have the sign ‘Taxi Parisien’ located at the top of the car. Private car companies are legal but must be pre-booked.   

DRIVING: Australians wanting to drive in France must have a valid Australian driver's licence and a valid International Driving Permit (IDP), issued by the relevant IDP authority in your state before leaving Australia. The minimum age to drive a vehicle is 18. Australians resident in France may exchange their Australian driver licence for a French licence within the first 12 months of their residency. It is obligatory for all vehicles to carry a reflective vest and warning triangle for use in case of breakdown.   

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:  
Wednesday 01 January - New Year's Day 
Sunday 20 April - Easter 
Monday 21 April - Easter Monday 
Thursday 01 May - Labour Day 
Thursday 08 May - VE Day - WWII Victory Day
Thursday 29 May - Ascension Day 
Sunday 08 June - Whit 
Sunday 
Monday 09 June - Whit Monday
Monday 14 July - Bastille Day 
Friday 15 August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
Saturday 01 November - All Saints' Day 
Tuesday 11 November - Armistice Day 
Thursday 25 December - Christmas Day   

HEALTH: No vaccinations are required to travel to France.   

SAFETY / SECURITY: France is generally a safe place in which to live and travel, but crime has risen dramatically in the last few years. Property crime is a major problem but it is extremely unlikely that you will be physically assaulted while walking down the street. Always check your government’s travel advisory warnings.   

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY:
SAMU (medical emergencies): 15 
Police emergencies: 17 
Fire Service emergencies: 18 
European emergency line: 112 
SOS Médecins (Paris – emergency doctors): +33 (0) 1 47 07 77 77 or +33 (0) 820 332 424 
SOS Dentistes (Paris – emergency dentists): +33 (0) 1 43 37 51 00   

TIPPING: it is usual to leave a tip.   

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with LaCity Travel if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you.   

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1. Price are in Australian Dollars, subject to the availability at time of booking and per person twin-share price.

2. Valid for sale & departure until 01 October 2019

3. LaCity Travel reserves the right to adjust the itinerary as it sees fi­t to ensure the smooth running of the tour and to substitute hotels of a similar standard if the hotels listed in our brochure are not available.