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

11 Day Tour from London to Madrid

Highlights of France & Spain
Marvel at the architecture of the infamous Big Ben in London
Marvel at the architecture of the infamous Big Ben in London
The gorgeous shores of Barcelona
Provence Lavender Fields
Palace of the Popes
See the seemingly never ending lavender fields in Provence
Madrid at dusk
The Plaza de Toros in Madrid
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid
The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel

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.

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: €40 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: €75 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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