Secret Treasures of France & Spain

Offer

Price per person
from £1,548

Price based on
London Heathrow
1st Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book any 2018 Europe tour or cruise and pay just £49 deposit per person when you book before 28 February. 

More details
  • 12 days

  • Western Europe

  • Classic escorted tour

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.
Secret Treasures of France & Spain map

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Service charges
  • All airport taxes
  • Single share option
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Single Share available

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.

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.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 3 dinners

UK - Paris

Day
1

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

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

No meals included

Paris

Day
2

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, view the famous. 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

St Malo - Brest

Day
4

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Brest - Carnac - Nantes

Day
5

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Nantes - La Rochelle - Rochefort - Bordeaux

Day
6

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bordeaux

Day
7

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bordeaux - Arcachon - Les Landes - Biarritz

Day
8

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

San Sebastian - Bilbao - Santander

Day
9

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Salamanca - Avila - Segovia - Madrid

Day
11

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Madrid - UK

Day
13

Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • 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

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