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Highlights of France & Spain (4440) - 2014 / 2015

11 Day Tour from London to Madrid


Highlights of France & Spain
The gorgeous shores of Barcelona
The gorgeous shores of Barcelona
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid
Madrid
The Plaza de Toros in Madrid
Provence Lavender Fields
The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel
See the seemingly never ending lavender fields in Provence
Madrid at dusk
London’s Tower Bridge over the River Thames
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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

A Taste of London A unique chance to combine a traditional London pub experience with a relaxed, night-time river cruise, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights. Enjoy a three-course dinner with several local menu choices, including fish and chips and steak and ale pie at an historic London pub in the City of London. Following dinner you will enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your private cruiser. Highlights include Tower Bridge, St. Paul's and the Houses of Parliament, with commentary from your guide as you cruise along the River Thames.

Approximate value: £65 GBP per person


Afternoon Excursion to Windsor Castle Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. One of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II the castle is still used regularly for ceremonial and state occasions. Visit the magnificent State Apartments furnished with priceless works of art by Holbein, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. See wonderful St.George's Chapel the burial place of ten monarchs including Henry VIII and Charles I.

Approximate value: £44 GBP per person


Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. During August and September when the Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland, the Palace's state rooms are open to visitors. These are the heart of the Palace, lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection which are used for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. Before entry to the Palace you will visit the Royal Mews, one of the finest working stables still in existence. See the State vehicles, both horse-drawn carriages and cars, used for coronations, royal weddings and State Visits, including the magnificent Gold State Coach which has been used for every coronation since 1821 and was last used for The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Approximate value: £55 GBP per person


Morning City Sightseeing Morning Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister's Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held.

Approximate value: £33 GBP per person


Tower of London and Crown Jewels The Tower of London is one of the most famous historic buildings in the world. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066-1067, it has been guarded by Yeoman Warders (popularly known as the Beefeaters) since the 14th century. It has been a fortress, a royal palace, a prison, a place of execution, and an armory. It is most famously known as the home to the priceless Crown Jewels, including the solid gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Imperial State Crown and Sovereigns Sceptre, the incredible Cullinan diamonds, and the Koh-i-Noor.

Approximate value: £44 GBP per person


Cabaret Show A trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to one of the famous Parisian Cabaret to enjoy an enchanting night. Whilst you see a colourful costume and decor show of music and dances, you will be served a glass of champagne to fully enjoy your evening. This excursion is not operated as a private charter which means you may join others on the same tour which may require pickign up and dropping off at several hotels.

Approximate value: €75 EUR per person


Versailles Sun King's Palace (Sat-Sun-Tue) Week-end visit: Historic Versailles is the beautiful, restored palace of Louis XIV, the Sun King. After the guided tour of the palace where you will have the opportunity to admire the magnificent internal decorations, furniture and huge shining chandeliers, you can stroll in the magnificent terraced gardens with their fountains and statues.

Approximate value: €65 EUR per person


Welcome Dinner & Orientation Tonight you will have the opportunity to taste some delicious specialities of the French cuisine. In a Parisian restaurant with a fascinating atmosphere you will enjoy a four-course dinner with an aperitif and wine. Some music will enliven the evening. An orientation drive of Paris will also be part of this special night.

Approximate value: €60 EUR per person


Provencal Dinner Your tour director will accompany you to a typical French restaurant located in the centre of Avignon. Enjoy a delicious dinner including wine and coffee. After dinner, there's time to stroll through the narrow streets of Old Avignon.

Approximate value: €45 EUR per person


Dinner & Flamenco on Ramblas Feel the passion of flamenco at a legendary venue in the centre of Barcelona, where the show reveals the variety of music, singing and dancing incorporated into this passionate art form. Improvisation is the key element of flamenco, with each artist individually interpreting the rhythm and communicating the beat to the other players. Before the start of the show enjoy a traditional Spanish buffet dinner served by waiters. Sample delicious variety of tapas, paella, cold and hot specialities, pastry and fruit of the season together with a selection of drinks - sangria or wine or soft drinks and mineral water. During the show you will also be served a glass of champagne.

Approximate value: €68 EUR per person


"Noche Madrilena" After driving to the old quarter of Madrid you will walk to a typical Madrileno "tapas" restaurant decorated in mock-medieval style near Plaza Mayor. Enjoy a selection of 6 very typical Spanish tapas specialities, or as they call it "raciones", such as tortilla espanola, calamares, chorizo etc. Drinks include sangria or beer or soft drinks. On the way back to the hotel have an orientation drive in Madrid to see a different aspect of the city in the evening.

Approximate value: €28 EUR per person


Escorial & Valley of the Fallen The guided excursion from Madrid lasts approx. 4 hrs and takes you to visit two of Spain's most famous sights: El Escorial, the famous royal monastery which was commissioned by King Felipe 11 as a testament to Spain's devout Catholic faith. The highlights of this large complex include the elegant basilica, the Pantheon de los Reyes and the Patio de los Reyes. It was considered the 8th wonder of the world for a long period of time and it is currently a world heritage site. Then the Valley of the Fallen, which is an enomous monument built between 1940 and 1959 to honour the Spainards killed during the civil war. It's Basilica is excavated in the mountain at 1350m above sea level. The impressive Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen is the largest in the world and stands on top of a rocky cliff known as "Risco de la Nava" at 1,400m above sea level. At the end of the visit return back to Madrid by coach.

Approximate value: €53 EUR per person


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