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Discover hidden gems of two colorful countries—France and Spain—on this exciting vacation stretching from Paris to Madrid. Among the less known tour highlights is Carnac, known for its megaliths—standing stones—dating back to 4500 to 2000 BC. With a local expert, learn about the mystery of these stones. You’ll also visit many UNESCO World Heritage Sites sure to please history fans. Visit Bordeaux, where a walking tour with a local expert features the important highlights of these 362 historic monuments. See Mont St. Michel, an 8th-century abbey that sits on a rocky isle. Spain’s Ávila was founded in the 11th century to protect Spanish territories from the Moors. Here, your guided walking tour features the town’s medieval walls. See Burgos’ limestone cathedral, dating back to the 13th century. In Segovia, visit the well-preserved Roman aqueduct, built around 50 AD, and the gothic cathedral, dating to the 16th century. The “grande dune du Pilat”, the great dune of Pilat, along with the Landes landscapes will make unforgettable scenic highlights of this France and Spain tour. You’ll also spend time in some attractive coastal towns. In France, visit St. Malo, the renowned coastal resort with is ramparts, cobbled streets, and old stone buildings; Brest, nestled on one of Europe’s most beautiful harbors; La Rochelle, with its historic port dominated by three medieval towers; and Rochefort, built to defend the French navy in the 17th century and today known as one of France’s most beautiful villages. In Spain, overnight in Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort, and Santander, a coastal city renowned in the 19th century as a tourist destination for Spanish elite. From the UNESCO World Heritage Sites to the picturesque coastal towns, this France and Spain tour is perfect for value-minded travelers!
Visits to Mont St. Michel, St. Malo, Brest, Nantes Castle and Cathedral, La Rochelle, Rochefort, Biarritz, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander, Burgos Cathedral, Salamanca, Segovia aqueduct and cathedral.Guides:
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Paris, Carnac stones site, Bordeaux, Ávila, Madrid; professional Tour Director while touringScenic Highlights:
Brittany, Dune du Pilat, Landes of Gascony, Basque Country
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Mont Saint Michel and its Bay
- Burgos Cathedral
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Forest Hill La Villette (ST) ST MALO
Ibis Styles Port St Malo (ST) BREST
Escale Oceania (ST) NANTES
Ibis Nantes Tour de Bretagne (ST) BORDEAUX
Mercure Bordeaux Meriadeck (MF) BIARRITZ
Ibis Anglet Biarritz (ST) SANTANDER
Santemar (ST) SALAMANCA
Sercotel Artheus Carmelitas Salamanca (ST) MADRID
Rafaelhoteles Ventas (F) or Holiday Inn Alcala
Good accommodations are vital to your enjoyment on tour, so we pre-screen before selecting. Hotels are as shown, although it may be necessary to substitute with an alternate hotel of equivalent standard.