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City of Light to Catalonia: Paris & Barcelona

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,780

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Discover world-class cities in Paris and Barcelona. Begin your journey with a private city tour visiting iconic sites such as the Eiffel Tower and the Sagrada Familia. Enjoy live entertainment at the Moulin Rouge and watch a traditional Flamenco show. Finally, visit the Palace of Versailles and Montserrat Monastery, located just outside the city limits.


Pair two of Europe’s favourite cities on a 9-day trip that offers a mix of private and small group touring. Bask in the beauty of Paris, with visits to Versailles and the legendary Moulin Rouge cabaret before going on to Barcelona, Catalonia’s thrilling capital.

Take your arrival day to familiarize yourself with Paris. Explore one of the many neighbourhoods, people-watch from a café alongside the Parisians, or if you’re feeling energetic, take in superb art museums such as the Orsay, the Pompidou Centre, or the incomparable Louvre. The following day, a private tour of Paris takes you to many highlights and landmarks while uncovering the city’s stories, The tour ends at the Eiffel Tower, where you have priority access to the first and second floors.

The following day, join a small group for your priority access tour of Versailles. Take the latter half of the day to relax, or take in another Paris highlight such as Pere Lachaise Cemetery, the Paris Opera, or the storied Latin Quarter. Your last day is mostly at leisure. You may wish to take a walking tour of Montmartre, Paris’ famous Bohemian quarter, spread out beneath the domes of Sacre Coeur. The red sails of the Moulin Rouge will tease your evening’s entertainment, a night at the legendary cabaret with champagne.

Take the train to Barcelona, the Catalonian capital that famously dances to its own creative and cultural rhythm. A half-day private tour familiarizes you with the city, starting with a visit to the stunning Sagrada Familia. Your guide will take you inside, explaining the significance, history, and artistry of this still to be finished masterpiece. Then see more of the Eixample district before diving into the historic Gothic quarter. Take note of attractions you might want to return to, such as the Picasso Museum, or the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar.

You’ll have some spare time to visit other Gaudi creations like Parc Guell, Casa Batllo, or Casa Mia, visit the city’s many art museums, explore the hidden corners of the Raval district, or visit the seaside neighbourhood of Barceloneta. On your second full day in the city, graze your way through Catalonia’s unique take on tapas, and enjoy a flamenco performance at a classic flamenco bar.

Watching over the beautiful city is Montserrat, where the Madonna and Child are said to have appeared. On your half-day tour, visit La Moreneta and see the Black Madonna, explore the site’s fascinating museum, and if your schedule coincides, take in a performance by Europe’s oldest boys’ choir. Return to Barcelona for any last shopping, sightseeing, or tasting before you depart the following day.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,780

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Day 1

Paris Airport to Paris Hotel

Duration1 Hour

New Hotel Roblin La Madeleine

Located on the Place de la Madeleine, between the Opera and the Champs Elysées, Roblin New Hotel benefits from having a strategic location within the heart of Paris. After a total renovation entrusted to the exclusive interior designer Flamant, the hotel today offers a unique atmosphere with a subtle blend of styles inspired by famous Parisian districts. The mainreception area is now an open and inviting space that extends to a sitting room with a combination of classic and contemporary décor which includes a large fireplace.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
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New Hotel Roblin La Madeleine

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    New Hotel Roblin La Madeleine



    Located on the Place de la Madeleine, between the Opera and the Champs Elysées, Roblin New Hotel benefits from having a strategic location within the heart of Paris. After a total renovation entrusted to the exclusive interior designer Flamant, the hotel today offers a unique …

    Located on the Place de la Madeleine, between the Opera and the Champs Elysées, Roblin New Hotel benefits from having a strategic location within the heart of Paris. After a total renovation entrusted to the exclusive interior designer Flamant, the hotel today offers a unique atmosphere with a subtle blend of styles inspired by famous Parisian districts. The mainreception area is now an open and inviting space that extends to a sitting room with a combination of classic and contemporary décor which includes a large fireplace.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Business Centre
    • Elevator
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Service
    • Newspapers
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Private Paris Highlights Plus Eiffel Tower and Cruise

Take a private tour of the City of Light and admire the breathtaking sites and monuments of Paris. This program is tailor-made so you can discover the main highlights of Paris including a visit to the Eiffel Tower and a Seine River Cruise.

Starting from your hotel, enjoy city tour and discover the most important monuments and symbols of Paris such as the Place Vendome, the Place de l'Opera Garnier, the Musee du Louvre, the Hotel de Ville, Notre Dame de Paris cathedral, the Pantheon, the Musee d'Orsay, the Place de la Concorde, the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe and Les Invalides. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at the foot of the Eiffel Tower where you can take the 1 hour Seine River cruise or join the Eiffel Tower tour (based on a pre-scheduled time). The visit to Eiffel Tower includes priority access to the 1st and 2nd floor. You will also have access to the 3rd floor, the highest floor accessible to the public. Reach the summit and discover Paris for spectacular views at a height of 276 meters. Your tour ends at the Eiffel Tower.

Duration4 Hours
Day 3

Half Day Guided Versailles Tour in a Small Group (Priority Access)

Enjoy a visit of the Palace of Versailles in a small group with a driver-guide who will tell you many anecdotes about the life of the Kings of France.

After a guided tour of the Palace, you will be able to discover the gardens of Versailles for a few minutes.

Duration4 Hours
Day 4

Moulin Rouge - Show and Champagne

The Moulin Rouge is a cabaret in Paris, located close to Montmartre in the Pigalle district. With its trademark red windmill on its roof, it is best known for its entertaining can-can dance and dazzling, spectacular performances. The "Féerie" show consists of a troupe of 80 artists, including 60 dancers, 1000 traditional sumptuous costumes of feathers, rhinestones and sequins, and the amazing sets in shimmering colors and performances to original music recorded by 80 musicians and 60 chorus singers. Originally opened in 1889, the Moulin Rouge is a testament to an era that celebrated French liberation, change, artistic creation and joyful fantasy. It helped make famous the singers Mistinguett, Édith Piaf and the painter Toulouse-Lautrec. Today, it continues to inspire artists and audiences world-wide.

Duration2 Hours
Day 5

Paris Central Hotels to Paris Railway Station or Pier

Duration1 Hour

Barcelona Rail Station to Barcelona City Hotels

Duration30 Minutes

Gallery Hotel Barcelona

In centre of Barcelona, Spain, Gallery Hotel invites guests to sophisticated elegance and forthcoming service creating a deep connection that extends into the heart of the city. This four star luxury boutique is nestled near the lively and inspiring Passeig de Gracia, offering extravagant lodgings, delectable dining, meeting facilities and guest service at its best. Founded in 1986, this landmark hotel was rooted in the strong cultural and international spirit that preceded the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Today, Gallery Hotel continues its pursuit of renewal and innovation while offering a comfortably elegant atmosphere and stylish accommodations ideal for both business and leisure travellers.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
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Gallery Hotel Barcelona

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    Gallery Hotel Barcelona



    In centre of Barcelona, Spain, Gallery Hotel invites guests to sophisticated elegance and forthcoming service creating a deep connection that extends into the heart of the city. This four star luxury boutique is nestled near the lively and inspiring Passeig de Gracia, offering extravagant lodgings, …

    In centre of Barcelona, Spain, Gallery Hotel invites guests to sophisticated elegance and forthcoming service creating a deep connection that extends into the heart of the city. This four star luxury boutique is nestled near the lively and inspiring Passeig de Gracia, offering extravagant lodgings, delectable dining, meeting facilities and guest service at its best. Founded in 1986, this landmark hotel was rooted in the strong cultural and international spirit that preceded the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Today, Gallery Hotel continues its pursuit of renewal and innovation while offering a comfortably elegant atmosphere and stylish accommodations ideal for both business and leisure travellers.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Hairdryers
    • Laundry Service
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • TV

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Day 6

Private Barcelona Half Day Walking Tour with Sagrada Familia

Enjoy a private walking tour of Barcelona including your own private tour guide and entrance fees to the iconic Sagrada Familia. Starting with a visit to Sagrada Família where your guide will explain all about the history and its importance. Visit the impressive interior of this church, where the vaults reach seventy feet high. Antonio Gaudí designed a plant in the form of a Latin cross with five aisles, extremely rich in decor and symbolism. Discover the museum about its history of development and also visit this Basilica. After this visit, you will on the Eixample district until the Arc of Triomph, towards the oldest parts of the city, first to Born district and then to the Gothic quarter. Get lost on its narrow street, passing the Santa Maria del Mar Church, Picasso Museum and Santa Caterina Market. Then, travel back in time, going from the Roman era through to the early Middle Ages, when the Catalan counts were controlling the Mediterranean sea and Barcelona was the capital of an empire.

Duration4 Hours
Day 7

Tapas and Flamenco Show Tour - Small Group

After meeting your guide in central Barcelona, take a leisurely stroll to the Eixample to discover a tapas gem and one of Barcelona's best Modernist-style bars.

The bar serves up delicious small plates of Catalan favorites such as pa amb tomaquet and patates braves. Watch the chef prepare these local specialties, and then sit down to savour a plate and a drink while hearing tales about Catalan cuisine.

Walk off your snack with a stroll to Born, listening to your guide talking about Barcelona's history, food and culture as you go. Continuing your stroll through Born, pass Barcelona Cathedral (Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia) and the old Roman city walls, and then wind your way to the heart of the Gothic Quarter to Placa Reial, a bustling nighttime square near La Rambla. Here, a special flamenco performance inside one of the oldest flamenco bars in Barcelona awaits you!

Duration3 Hours
Day 8

Montserrat - Half Day Tour

Montserrat is a rocky mountain located 50 km to the southwest of Barcelona. It is considered the most significant and important mountain of Catalonia. The etymology of Montserrat comes from Catalan Mont (mountain) and serrat (serrated). The mountain receives its name for its peculiar morphology. In 1987 Montserrat was declared a Natural Park to ensure its conservation. The highest peak is called Sant Jeroni (Saint Jerome) and stands at 1,236 meters above sea level.

The importance of this mountain is due to the legend of the miraculous appearance of the Madonna and Child in one of the caves. This cave received the name Santa Cova (The Saint Cave). To this day the wood carving of the Madonna and Child are kept in the Church of the monastery and it is possible to visit it. This image of the Madonna is popularly known as La Moreneta (The Black Madonna) for its dark color. The color is the result of a reaction caused by varnish. La Moreneta's holiday is on April 27th.

Due to the legend of the Madonna, the mountain has been linked with spirituality. Besides the main monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat, there is a great number of small churches and chapels, some of them abandoned. The main monastery stands at 720 meters above sea level. Nowadays there is a community of 80 monks that live there and follow the rule of Saint Benedict.

During the first part of the tour you will enjoy an introduction to the history of the monastery. Once the guided tour has ended, you will have free time to enjoy the fabulous landscape by yourself, to visit the local food market, to visit the audiovisual exhibition and to taste some typical liqueurs.

What to visit in Montserrat?
-La Moreneta: the most popular option, both for the locals and the foreigners. Depending on the time of the year there can be a long queue.
-Escolania: one of the oldest Boys Choir in Europe. They usually have concerts on weekdays at 13:00. It is recommended to consult the timetable.
-Museum: wide variety of archeological and an art gallery with works from medieval times to avant-garde. The entrance fee to the museum is not included in the tour. Time to visit approximately two hours.
-Funicular of Sant Joan and funicular of the Santa Cova: The funiculars offer the possibility of get to different points of the mountain. The price of the tickets are not included in the tour and it is recommended to consult the timetable.
-Hiking routes: The Mountain has many hiking routes. The routes are long and it can take hours to finish them. A good option is to walk to the cross of Sant Miguel (approximately 15 minutes away from the monastery), it offers one of the best panoramic views of the mountain and the monastery.

Duration5 Hours
Day 9

Barcelona City Hotels to Barcelona Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

2022: April to October: Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 4 nights first-class accommodations in Paris
  • 4 nights first-class accommodations in Barcelona
  • Transfer from Paris Train Station to Barcelona Train Station
  • Private Paris Highlights Plus Eiffel Tower and Cruise
  • Half-day Guided Versailles Tour with Priority Access (max 8 guests)
  • Moulin Rouge Show + Champagne
  • Private Barcelona Half Day Walking Tour with Sagrada Familia
  • Tapas and Flamenco Show Tour (max 20 guests)
  • Montserrat - Half Day Tour
  • Breakfast daily, excluding Day 1

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Train between Paris to Barcelona
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Excursions
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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