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  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Turkey
    You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Then start exploring the wonders of this glorious city, uniquely located on two continents! Tonight, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, and get to know each other over an evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Dinner)

    Day 2
    Bosphorus Cruise & Beautiful Bursa
    It’s all aboard for a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait which links the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea. This is one of the world’s busiest waterways with stately cargo ships plying their way up the main channel, while ferries constantly dash across their path to link the villages on the European and Asian sides of the water. Cruise beneath the spectacular modern suspension bridges, past elegant palaces(built in the 18th and 19th centuries by Turkish nobility) and picturesque fishing villages where life seems unchanged since ancient times. Back on dry land, leave Istanbul, for the 14th century Ottoman capital of Bursa. There is time this afternoon to hunt for bargains in the bazaar and colourful silk markets or explore the gracious monuments.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 3
    Cumalikizik, Gordion & Ankara
    Visit the glorious Green Mosque and Mausoleum complex and Grand Mosque in Bursa before driving to the charming Cumalikizik Village with its traditional wooden houses and very narrow cobblestone streets. Move on to Gordion, where Alexander the Great cut the famous Gordion Knot, en route to Turkey’s modern capital of Ankara.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 4
    The Modern Day Capital of Ankara & Cappadocia
    Sightseeing includes a visit to the Hittite Museum, portraying the fascinating history of Asia Minor from earliest times. You also visit Anit Kabir, the mausoleum of Ataturk, Turkey’s greatest leader in modern times. Visit the mausoleum of Sufi philosopher Haci Bektas before heading to Avanos in Cappadocia.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 5
    Exploring the Underground Cities of Cappadocia
    During your stay in this unique region, visit Göreme’s rock-carved churches and see ancient frescoes in the open-air museum. Visit the volcanic landscapes and mushroom shaped ‘fairy-chimneys’ of the Pasabag Valley, the underground city of Kaymaklia and see the cone of Uchisar. Dinner at the hotel is followed by a folklore show in a cave setting, featuring dances from different regions.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

    Day 6
    Konya & the Whirling Dervishes
    Visit a 13th century Caravanserai before driving to Turkey’s most religious city, Konya, which was once the home of the mystic sect of Whirling Dervishes and the old capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Empire. Visit the Mevlana Museum, with its beautiful fluted turquoise dome, and see the Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 7
    Aspendos, Perge & Antalya
    Descend the Taurus mountains and drive to Aspendos to visit what is considered the best preserved Roman Theatre anywhere in the world. Drive to the Hellenistic or Roman city of Perge to visit the extensive ruins, including the great Theatre, the Stadium, and the gate-towers leading into a street where ancient chariot ruts can still be seen. As night falls, enjoy a walking tour of Antalya’s Old Town.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 8
    Antalya at Leisure
    The next day is set aside for you to relax and enjoy the leisure facilities of the hotel. Alternatively, explore Antalya at your own pace, suggestions include a stroll around the harbour area or taking a boat trip off the coast.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 9
    The Pools of Pamukkale & Ruins of Hierapolis
    Pass pine forests and cross the Taurus mountains on your way to visit the sacred city of Hierapolis, famed for its thermal hot springs. Next to the ruins you can see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale. Tea-cup shaped pools of this ‘Cotton Castle’ cascade with light blue water, covering the hillside in a waterfall of white.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 10
    Heat, Pray, Love! From Aphrodisas to sunny Kusadasi by the sea
    After breakfast, visit the Temple of Aphrodite at amazing Aphrodisias, and be seduced by the collection of sculptural treasures, Greco-Roman statues and ceramics. Then follow the Maeander River valley, (so full of twists and turns gives us the word ‘meander’) to your beautiful beach front hotel in the lively coastal town of Kusadasi. Relax by the pool and soak up the sun.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 11
    Ancient Ephesus & Izmir
    Tour one of the world’s finest archeological sites, Ephesus. Walk along the Arcadian Way to view the splendid facade of the Library of Celsus and visit the Amphitheatre. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, situated above the ruins, before continuing to the Selçuk archeological museum, where many artefacts from Ephesus are displayed. Stay overnight in the pleasant Aegean port of Izmir.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 12
    Pergamon, Troy & Çanakkale
    Stop in Pergamon, the impressive site of an ancient kingdom, to visit the Asklepion, one of the most famous shrines and therapeutic centres in the ancient world. Drive to Homer’s Troy to see the ruins of nine cities built on top of each other and an enormous reconstruction of the famous wooden horse. The evening is spent in Çanakkale.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 13
    Gallipoli, the Anzacs & Istanbul
    Cross the Dardanelle Straits by ferry and continue to the Gallipoli Peninsula, scene of fierce fighting in World War One. Here are the battle-fields where for nine disastrous months Anzac Troops fought unsuccessfully to gain control of the strategic Straits, with the loss of over half a million lives. Pay your respects at Anzac Cove and visit the emotive Lone Pine Cemetery a before returning to Istanbul.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 14
    Istanbul, the Ottoman Empire Istanbul & Mediterranean Fables Cruise
    In the morning, visit the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were held. Also visit St. Sophia, a former cathedral and a mosque which is now a magnificent museum. The afternoon is dedicated to the Topkapi Palace, a walled city perched above the Bosphorous and the Golden Horn. Now it’s time to test your haggling skills in the Grand Bazaar. Don’t worry, your guide will give you a full explanation of the time-honoured ritual of bargaining! Then transfer to your cruise ship and set sail for the blue waters of the Mediterranean.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 15
    Cruising the Greek Isles
    After a pleasant morning’s cruising, arrive at the Turkish port of Kusadasi. Dock this morning at the island of Santorini, famous for its white cuboid houses that cling to the sheer cliffs. Maybe spend time in the island's capital of Thira, with it's cliff top restaurants and cafes, breathtaking views and amazing sunsets. Set sail again this evening for an overnight voyage to Crete. Arrive early morning to spend the day exploring the picturesque island of Crete. Perhaps take an optional excursion to the Palace of King Minos? Cruise to the harbour at Rhodes, ‘the island of roses’, founded by the Ancient Greeks and then chosen by the Crusaders for their fortified headquarters. Later, depart for Symi, one of the most picturesque islands of the Dedocanese. Weigh anchor in Chios for the morning, then head for Mykonos, with its maze of walkways, winding streets, white-washed houses, magnificent windmills and uninhibited nightlife. While cruising, expert chefs and well-trained staff serve local specialties, an exquisite variety of Mediterranean dishes as well as flavours, aromas and spices from around the world. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served on board daily. During your voyage there is also a fun-filled Greek Evening and Dinner with entertainment.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Day 20
    Athens at Leisure
    Disembark in Lavrion and transfer to your Athens hotel where you are at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 21
    Depart Athens
    After breakfast, transfer to Athens airport.(Buffet Breakfast)

    ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
    Istanbul: Visit the Hippodrome and a complete guide on how to haggle in the Grand Bazaar!
    Bursa: Hunt for bargains in the bazaar and silk markets.
    Cumalikizik: Explore the narrow streets and wooden houses.
    Gordion: See the site of what is believed to be the Tomb of Phrygian King Midas
    Anatolia: Visit a 13th century Caravanserai.
    Konya: See the Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret.
    Antalya: Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town.
    Pamukkale: Visit the Temple of Aphrodite at Aphrodisias.
    Troy: See the ruins and reconstructed wooden horse.
    Mediterranean Fables Cruising: Visit the Greek Islands of Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Symi, Chios & Mykonos. Call in at the Turkish port of Kusadasi.
    PREMIUM HOTELS AND LOCATIONS
    The 5-star luxury hotel Kolin stands guard over the Dardanelles.
    Decorated in a contemporary style, take in incredible views from every guest room and suite at the Hilton Izmir hotel.
    Relax at the Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal in Pamukkale which specialises in health, beauty and fitness.
    Louis Lines ships operating in the Eastern Mediterranean are typically in a more local style and are smaller than many ocean going vessels – which is also reflected in cabin size. However, these ships are well-suited to the Greek islands, allowing easier access to the ports of call. All mid-size cruise ships feature air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, outdoor pool, fitness centre, beauty salon, casino, bars & restaurants.
    SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING
    Bosphorus: Enjoy a relaxing cruise past Ottoman palaces, old mansions and fortresses.
    Bursa: Visit the Grand Mosque and Green Mosque.
    Ankara: Discover the mysterious Hittite civilization and visit the mausoleums of Ataturk and Haci Bektas.
    Göreme: Explore underground cities, rock cut churches and fairy-tale chimneys and the Pasabag Valley.
    Konya: Visit the beautiful Mevlana Museum for an insight into the mystic Whirling Dirvishes.
    Antalya: Visit the world’s best preserved Roman Theatre in Aspendos and the extensive ruins at Perge.
    Pamukkae: Visit Hierapolis ruins and cascading ‘Cotton Castles’ of milky white travertine pools.
    Ephesus: Tour one of the world’s finest ancient sites, visit the House of the Virgin Mary and Archeological Museum.
    Pergamon: Visit the site of the ancient Hellenistic city with some of the most impressive ruins in all of Turkey.
    Gallipoli: Pay your respects at Anzac Cove & Lone Pine Cemetery.
    Istanbul: Visit the Blue Mosque and St Sophia museum.
    Istanbul: Gain an insight into the lives of the Ottoman sultans at the fabulous Topkapi Palace.
    Cappadocia: Celebrate the music, dance and tradition of the Turkish people at a folklore show.
    Cruising: After a breathtaking sunset at sea, the lights come on and the atmosphere on board changes completely! Enjoy a fun-filled Greek evening with dinner.
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  3. Day 1
    Welcome to Turkey
    You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Then start exploring the wonders of this glorious city, uniquely located on two continents! Tonight, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, and get to know each other over an evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Dinner)

    Day 2
    Bosphorus Cruise & Beautiful Bursa
    It’s all aboard for a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait which links the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea. This is one of the world’s busiest waterways with stately cargo ships plying their way up the main channel, while ferries constantly dash across their path to link the villages on the European and Asian sides of the water. Cruise beneath the spectacular modern suspension bridges, past elegant palaces(built in the 18th and 19th centuries by Turkish nobility) and picturesque fishing villages where life seems unchanged since ancient times. Back on dry land, leave Istanbul, for the 14th century Ottoman capital of Bursa. There is time this afternoon to hunt for bargains in the bazaar and colourful silk markets or explore the gracious monuments.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 3
    Cumalikizik, Gordion & Ankara
    Visit the glorious Green Mosque and Mausoleum complex and Grand Mosque in Bursa before driving to the charming Cumalikizik Village with its traditional wooden houses and very narrow cobblestone streets. Move on to Gordion, where Alexander the Great cut the famous Gordion Knot, en route to Turkey’s modern capital of Ankara.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 4
    The Modern Day Capital of Ankara & Cappadocia
    Sightseeing includes a visit to the Hittite Museum, portraying the fascinating history of Asia Minor from earliest times. You also visit Anit Kabir, the mausoleum of Ataturk, Turkey’s greatest leader in modern times. Visit the mausoleum of Sufi philosopher Haci Bektas before heading to Avanos in Cappadocia.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 5
    Exploring the Underground Cities of Cappadocia
    During your stay in this unique region, visit Göreme’s rock-carved churches and see ancient frescoes in the open-air museum. Visit the volcanic landscapes and mushroom shaped ‘fairy-chimneys’ of the Pasabag Valley, the underground city of Kaymaklia and see the cone of Uchisar. Dinner at the hotel is followed by a folklore show in a cave setting, featuring dances from different regions.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

    Day 6
    Konya & the Whirling Dervishes
    Visit a 13th century Caravanserai before driving to Turkey’s most religious city, Konya, which was once the home of the mystic sect of Whirling Dervishes and the old capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Empire. Visit the Mevlana Museum, with its beautiful fluted turquoise dome, and see the Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 7
    Aspendos, Perge & Antalya
    Descend the Taurus mountains and drive to Aspendos to visit what is considered the best preserved Roman Theatre anywhere in the world. Drive to the Hellenistic or Roman city of Perge to visit the extensive ruins, including the great Theatre, the Stadium, and the gate-towers leading into a street where ancient chariot ruts can still be seen. As night falls, enjoy a walking tour of Antalya’s Old Town.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 8
    Antalya at Leisure
    The next day is set aside for you to relax and enjoy the leisure facilities of the hotel. Alternatively, explore Antalya at your own pace, suggestions include a stroll around the harbour area or taking a boat trip off the coast.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 9
    The Pools of Pamukkale & Ruins of Hierapolis
    Pass pine forests and cross the Taurus mountains on your way to visit the sacred city of Hierapolis, famed for its thermal hot springs. Next to the ruins you can see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale. Tea-cup shaped pools of this ‘Cotton Castle’ cascade with light blue water, covering the hillside in a waterfall of white.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 10
    Heat, Pray, Love! From Aphrodisas to sunny Kusadasi by the sea
    After breakfast, visit the Temple of Aphrodite atamazing Aphrodisias, and be seduced by the collection of sculptural treasures, Greco-Roman statues and ceramics. Then follow the Maeander River valley, (so full of twists and turns gives us the word ‘meander’) to your beautiful beach front hotel in the lively coastal town of Kusadasi. Relax by the pool and soak up the sun.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 11
    Ancient Ephesus & Izmir
    Tour one of the world’s finest archeological sites, Ephesus. Walk along the Arcadian Way to view the splendid facade of the Library of Celsus and visit the Amphitheatre. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, situated above the ruins, before continuing to the Selçuk archeological museum, where many artefacts from Ephesus are displayed. Stay overnight in the pleasant Aegean port of Izmir.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 12
    Pergamon, Troy & Çanakkale
    Stop in Pergamon, the impressive site of an ancient kingdom, to visit the Asklepion, one of the most famous shrines and therapeutic centres in the ancient world. Drive to Homer’s Troy to see the ruins of nine cities built on top of each other and an enormous reconstruction of the famous wooden horse. The evening is spent in Çanakkale.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 13
    Gallipoli, the Anzacs & Istanbul
    Cross the Dardanelle Straits by ferry and continue to the Gallipoli Peninsula, scene of fierce fighting in World War One. Here are the battle-fields where for nine disastrous months Anzac Troops fought unsuccessfully to gain control of the strategic Straits, with the loss of over half a million lives. Pay your respects at Anzac Cove and visit the emotive Lone Pine Cemetery a before returning to Istanbul.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 14
    Istanbul, the Ottoman Empire Istanbul & Mediterranean Fables Cruise
    In the morning, visit the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were held. Also visit St. Sophia, a former cathedral and a mosque which is now a magnificent museum. The afternoon is dedicated to the Topkapi Palace, a walled city perched above the Bosphorous and the Golden Horn. Now it’s time to test your haggling skills in the Grand Bazaar. Don’t worry, your guide will give you a full explanation of the time-honoured ritual of bargaining! Then transfer to your cruise ship and set sail for the blue waters of the Mediterranean.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 15
    Cruising the Greek Isles
    After a pleasant morning’s cruising, arrive at the Turkish port of Kusadasi. Dock this morning at the island of Santorini, famous for its white cuboid houses that cling to the sheer cliffs. Maybe spend time in the island's capital of Thira, with it's cliff top restaurants and cafes, breathtaking views and amazing sunsets. Set sail again this evening for an overnight voyage to Crete. Arrive early morning to spend the day exploring the picturesque island of Crete. Perhaps take an optional excursion to the Palace of King Minos? Cruise to the harbour at Rhodes, ‘the island of roses’, founded by the Ancient Greeks and then chosen by the Crusaders for their fortified headquarters. Later, depart for Symi, one of the most picturesque islands of the Dedocanese. Weigh anchor in Chios for the morning, then head for Mykonos, with its maze of walkways, winding streets, white-washed houses, magnificent windmills and uninhibited nightlife. While cruising, expert chefs and well-trained staff serve local specialities, an exquisite variety of Mediterranean dishes as well as flavours, aromas and spices from around the world. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served on board daily. During your voyage there is also a fun-filled Greek Evening and Dinner with entertainment.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Day 20
    Athens at Leisure
    Disembark in Lavrion and transfer to your Athens hotel where you are at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 21
    Depart Athens
    After breakfast, transfer to Athens airport.(Buffet Breakfast)

    ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
    Istanbul: Visit the Hippodrome and a complete guide on how to haggle in the Grand Bazaar!
    Bursa: Hunt for bargains in the bazaar and silk markets.
    Cumalikizik: Explore the narrow streets and wooden houses.
    Gordion: See the site of what is believed to be the Tomb of Phrygian King Midas
    Anatolia: Visit a 13th century Caravanserai.
    Konya: See the Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret.
    Antalya: Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town.
    Pamukkale: Visit the Temple of Aphrodite at Aphrodisias.
    Troy: See the ruins and reconstructed wooden horse.
    Mediterranean Fables Cruising: Visit the Greek Islands of Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Symi, Chios & Mykonos. Call in at the Turkish port of Kusadasi.
    PREMIUM HOTELS AND LOCATIONS
    The 5-star luxury hotel Kolin stands guard over the Dardanelles.
    Decorated in a contemporary style, take in incredible views from every guest room and suite at the Hilton Izmir hotel.
    Relax at the Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal in Pamukkale which specialises in health, beauty and fitness.
    Louis Lines ships operating in the Eastern Mediterranean are typically in a more local style and are smaller than many ocean going vessels – which is also reflected in cabin size. However, these ships are well-suited to the Greek islands, allowing easier access to the ports of call. All mid-size cruise ships feature air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, outdoor pool, fitness centre, beauty salon, casino, bars & restaurants.
    SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING
    Bosphorus: Enjoy a relaxing cruise past Ottoman palaces, old mansions and fortresses.
    Bursa: Visit the Grand Mosque and Green Mosque.
    Ankara: Discover the mysterious Hittite civilization and visit the mausoleums of Ataturk and Haci Bektas.
    Göreme: Explore underground cities, rock cut churches and fairy-tale chimneys and the Pasabag Valley.
    Konya: Visit the beautiful Mevlana Museum for an insight into the mystic Whirling Dirvishes.
    Antalya: Visit the world’s best preserved Roman Theatre in Aspendos and the extensive ruins at Perge.
    Pamukkae: Visit Hierapolis ruins and cascading ‘Cotton Castles’ of milky white travertine pools.
    Ephesus: Tour one of the world’s finest ancient sites, visit the House of the Virgin Mary and Archeological Museum.
    Pergamon: Visit the site of the ancient Hellenistic city with some of the most impressive ruins in all of Turkey.
    Gallipoli: Pay your respects at Anzac Cove & Lone Pine Cemetery.
    Istanbul: Visit the Blue Mosque and St Sophia museum.
    Istanbul: Gain an insight into the lives of the Ottoman sultans at the fabulous Topkapi Palace.
    Cappadocia: Celebrate the music, dance and tradition of the Turkish people at a folklore show.
    Cruising: After a breathtaking sunset at sea, the lights come on and the atmosphere on board changes completely! Enjoy a fun-filled Greek evening with dinner.
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  5. Day 1
    Welcome to Barcelona
    On arrival at Barcelona Airport, your airport transfers leave for the tour hotel at 09:30, 12:30 & 15:00. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Dinner)

    Day 2
    Barcelona - The City of Gaudi
    After a restful night’s sleep, join a local expert in the Gothic quarter. See the cathedral and walk through the Roman gate to tour the narrow lanes and old squares. Now drive along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district to stand beneath the soaring facade of Gaudi’s extraordinary, unfinished Sagrada Familia church. A mix of Gothic spires, fruity mosaics and sinuous sculpture - it defies belief! Also spend some time in La Boqueria, one of Europe’s largest and most famous food markets. The afternoon is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 3
    Valencia & the Orange Blossom Coast
    Cross the rice fields of the Ebro Delta to explore the lanes and white-walled cottages clustered around the sea-lapped castle of Peñíscola. Now to Valencia to see the ultra modern Centre of Arts and Sciences and drive past the Old Town Gates of Serranos and Quart. Maybe stroll to the Cathedral or Silk Exchange building? Valencia is home to one of the world’s greatest dishes. Nowhere, but nowhere, will you eat better paella! Tonight, learn the authentic recipe in a fun cookery demonstration and savour the flavours of this classic dish for dinner!(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 4
    Granada & the Alhambra Palace
    Heading along the Costa Blanca, past the high rise of Benidorm and troglodyte dwellings at Purullena. Enjoy majestic mountain views of the Sierra Nevada on your way to Granada. Explore the exquisite Alhambra Palace built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century and stroll through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 5
    Seville & the Flavours of Andalucía
    This morning there is time, if you wish, to explore the labyrinthine Albaicin quarter. Then drive past olive groves and gleaming white villages, to Seville. Tonight enjoy the flavours of Andalucía and share in the passion of Spain’s most fiery region at a Flamenco show and dinner.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

    Day 6
    Seville, the City of Carmen
    Visit the Plaza de España in Maria Louisa Park with a local expert. Then stroll through the Santa Cruz Quarter with its flower decked wrought-iron balconies. Emerge by the Alcazar - a Moorish fantasy in stone set in richly scented gardens. Visit the massive cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus while the energetic can climb the Giralda Tower, former minaret of the Great Mosque. a The afternoon is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 7
    Cordoba, the Mezquita & Across the Plains of La Mancha to Madrid
    Set off early along the Guadalquivir valley, for the well preserved Moorish city of Cordoba. Cross the 2000-year-old bridge for a guided visit to the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian church built inside it. Afterwards, stroll through the narrow streets of the Old Jewish Quarter. Follow in the footsteps of Don Quixote as you travel through the Mancha vineyards to the winecentre of Valdepeñas, its roads lined with bodegas (wine-cellars). Learn about the wines that make this region so famous and taste their robust flavours. Move on to the capital of Madrid.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 8
    Madrid of the Bourbons
    The next morning, join a local expert for a sightseeing tour along the noble avenues. See the statue of Don Quixote in the Plaza de España, the Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and cross the Puerta del Sol. Visit the Prado Museum, a rose coloured palace housing works by Botticelli, Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens. The afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, join a Celebration Dinner in the heart of town, complete with wine and music.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)

    Day 9
    Madrid at Leisure
    Your last day in Madrid is completely free for shopping or additional sightseeing. Ask your Tour Director for suggestions.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 10
    Rueda Wine Tasting & Santiago
    Away today through the Guadarrama Mountains to the infinite horizons of Old Castille. Some of Spain’s best white wines are produced in the Rueda region, so stop for a tasting! Continue to Santiago de Compostela, an historic gem with a 1000-year-old tradition of welcoming travellers.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 11
    Saintly Santiago de Compostela
    In the morning, become acquainted with some of Europe’s finest historical buildings with a local expert. Walk through the ‘Gateway of Glory’ as pilgrims have done for centuries, to visit the famous Cathedral in the Praça do Obradoiro. Then enjoy time to explore the narrow streets and squares at your leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 12
    Along the Costa Verde to Oviedo
    Get your cameras ready for a scenic drive along the Costa Verde, one of Spain’s most beautiful. Your route reveals glorious coastal vistas before turning inland to the modern town of Oviedo. A local expert shows you the 9th century churches built when the city was capital of Christian Spain. Visit the church of San Julian covered with 1,000 year old wall paintings and the cathedral in the stately square of Plaza Alfonso II. One of the best ways to get a feel for the local culture is to visit a market and El Fontan in the centre of Oviedo is no exception. Round off the day with an introduction to Northern Spain’s drink of choice in the ‘Boulevard of Cider’. But beware! Cider pouring is an art and the waiters take special pride in it.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 13
    Peaks, Caves & Waves to Santander
    See the unique Roman bridge in Cangas de Onis as you head into the mountain scenery of the Picos de Europa. Visit the holy cave of Covadonga, a shrine to Pelayo, who achieved the first Christian victory over the Moors in 722. Continue to Santillana del Mar, to stroll through the rustic cobblestone streets to the church square. After time to explore, enjoy coastal views on the drive along the corniche road to Santander.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 14
    Bilbao, the Costa Vasca & San Sebastián
    Drive to Bilbao to admire the striking modern architecture of the Guggenheim museum. Then along part of the Costa Vasca, dotted with small fishing villages. Pause in Zumaia, where you can see ‘el ratón’, the mouse shaped rock. Continue on to San Sebastián, the pearl of the Cantabrian coast. Spain’s northern Basque country has evolved into the best place to eat in the Western world! Discover the city’s rich gastronomic tradition tonight, at a Dine-Around evening in the old city’s pintxos (tapas) bars, all washed down with the local sangria.(Buffet Breakfast / Dine Around)

    Day 15
    Bahía de La Concha & San Sebastián
    In the morning, admire the beauty of SanSebastián on a guided walking tour of the Old Quarter. Seethenumbered balconies of the Plaza de la Constitucion, a reminder of the days when bullfights were held in the square. The afternoon is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 16
    Pamplona & Return to Barcelona
    After breakfast, your first stop is in Pamplona, the city of the running of the bulls. Perhaps take a stroll to the famous Estafeta Street before moving on past the famous Rioja wine producing region. Continue into Catalonia, a land that retains its own distinctive language, culture and traditions. Return to Barcelona.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 17
    Barcelona at Leisure
    Today is completely at leisure for last minute shopping or perhaps revisit some of Gaudi’s unusual creations. Stroll along the leafy Ramblas, or take an optional excursion to the ancient Monastery of Montserrat, dedicated to the ‘Black Madonna’? This evening, raise your glasses at a finale Celebration Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)

    Day 18
    Depart Barcelona
    Departure transfers arrive at Barcelona Airport at 07:00, 09:00 & 11:00. The 09:00 transfer continues on to Madrid, scheduled to arrive early evening at the hotel Melia Madrid Princesa. Hotel night in Madrid not included in cost of tour.(Buffet Breakfast)

    ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
    Barcelona: Enjoy a walking tour through the old lanes and squares of the Gothic Quarter. Drive down the elegant Passeig de Gracia to witness some of the finest Modernist architecture. Stand in awe beside Gaudi’s incredible Sagrada Famila.
    Peñíscola: Explore the cobbled lanes, shops, restaurants and white walled cottages around the base of the castle.
    Valencia: See the ultra modern Centre of Arts and Sciences. See the huge City Gates of Serranos and Quart.
    Seville: Visit the beautiful Plaza de España in Seville’s Maria Louisa Park. Enjoy a walking tour of the Santa Cruz Quarter with its pretty squares and flower decked balconies. Emerge by the walls of the Alcazar.
    Cordoba: Spend some time in the old Jewish Quarter.
    Madrid: Your guided tour shows you the statue of Don Quixote in the Plaza de España, Royal Palace, Gran Via, Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and Puerta del Sol.
    Santiago de Compostela: Join a guided tour of the old town.
    Covadonga: Visit the shrine to Pelayo.
    Bilbao: See the spectacular modern Guggenheim Museum.
    Zumaia: See the rock known as ‘el ratón’ (the mouse).
    San Sebastian: Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Quarter including Plaza de la Constitucion. Ascend Monte Igueldo for views of the town and La Concha Bay.
    Pamplona: Visit the city of the running of the bulls.
    Scenic Drives: Cross the Sierra Nevada, Plains of La Mancha, Costa Verda, Picos de Europa, Costa Vasca.
    PREMIUM HOTELS AND LOCATIONS
    Located in the centre of Granada, the Andalusian-style Vincci Albayzin boasts a magnificent enclosed patio that bathes its rooms in natural light.
    The fully renovated Meliá Barcelona Sarrià is a luxury city hotel with a strategic location in the heart of the city.
    The NH Obradoiro hotel in Santiago de Compostela delivers modern luxury in a timeless setting, just minutes from the historic Plaza del Obradoiro.
    The luxury 5-Star Hotel Eurostars Real is at the heart and soul of Santander, a hallmark of excellence and prestige, facing the Playa de los Peligros beach.
    SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING
    Barcelona: Venture behind La Boqueria’s grand iron entrance to a wonderful world of food.
    Seville: Step inside the Cathedral, past the gilded altar to the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.
    Cordoba: Cross the Roman Bridge to the Mezquita and walk within its forest of horseshoe shaped arches.
    Valdepeñas: Enjoy a delicious exploration of the wines of La Mancha, their robust flavours and absorbing history.
    Madrid: Witness the world’s finest collection of Spanish painting in the Prado Museum with an expert art historian.
    Rueda: During your wine tasting learn about the Verdejo grape and what to look for in a fresh white.
    Santiago de Compostela: Let a local expert take you through the Gateway of Glory in to the Cathedral to witness the final stage of “the Way of St James”.
    Oviedo: See 1,000 year old wall paintings in some of Europe’s oldest churches and relax in a cider house with a glass of Asturia’s famous ‘Sidra’.
    Oviedo: Explore the local El Fontan Market.
    Santillana del Mar: Step back in time at this perfectly preserved and ‘most beautiful village in Spain.’
    Valencia: Join a qualified chef for a culinary introduction to Valencian culture and their signature dish of Paella!
    Seville: Over a lavish meal with wine, beyond your dimly lit table, the stage suddenly erupts with the unmistakable singing, clapping and throbbing guitars of Flamenco.
    Madrid: Honest culinary traditions and a fiesta of fresh ingredients and are the hallmarks of your Madrid Dinner.
    San Sebastian: Join the local hordes who flood the narrow alleys for a Dine-Around evening with a difference - a pilgrimage to pintxos, the world pinnacle of bar snacks.
    Barcelona: Enjoy your Celebration Dinner with wine at a typical Catalan restaurant.
    Granada: Stand testimony to the Alhambra Palace - a fantasy in stone, the ultimate in Muslim architecture.
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  7. Day 1
    Welcome to Barcelona
    On arrival at Barcelona Airport, your airport transfers leave for the tour hotel at 09:30, 12:30 & 15:00. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Dinner)

    Day 2
    Barcelona - The City of Gaudi
    After a restful night’s sleep, join a local expert in the Gothic quarter. See the cathedral and walk through the Roman gate to tour the narrow lanes and old squares. Now drive along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district to stand beneath the soaring facade of Gaudi’s extraordinary, unfinished Sagrada Familia church. A mix of Gothic spires, fruity mosaics and sinuous sculpture - it defies belief! Also spend some time in La Boqueria, one of Europe’s largest and most famous food markets. The afternoon is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 3
    Valencia & the Orange Blossom Coast
    Cross the rice fields of the Ebro Delta to explore the lanes and white-walled cottages clustered around the sea-lapped castle of Peñíscola. Now to Valencia to see the ultra modern Centre of Arts and Sciences and drive past the Old Town Gates of Serranos and Quart. Maybe stroll to the Cathedral or Silk Exchange building? Valencia is home to one of the world’s greatest dishes. Nowhere, but nowhere, will you eat better paella! Tonight, learn the authentic recipe in a fun cookery demonstration and savour the flavours of this classic dish for dinner!(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 4
    Granada & the Alhambra Palace
    Heading along the Costa Blanca, past the high rise of Benidorm and troglodyte dwellings at Purullena. Enjoy majestic mountain views of the Sierra Nevada on your way to Granada. Explore the exquisite Alhambra Palace built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century and stroll through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 5
    Seville & the Flavours of Andalucía
    This morning there is time, if you wish, to explore the labyrinthine Albaicin quarter. Then drive past olive groves and gleaming white villages, to Seville. Tonight enjoy the flavours of Andalucía and share in the passion of Spain’s most fiery region at a Flamenco show and dinner.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

    Day 6
    Seville, the City of Carmen
    Visit the Plaza de España in Maria Louisa Park with a local expert. Then stroll through the Santa Cruz Quarter with its flower decked wrought-iron balconies. Emerge by the Alcazar - a Moorish fantasy in stone set in richly scented gardens. Visit the massive cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus while the energetic can climb the Giralda Tower, former minaret of the Great Mosque. a The afternoon is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 7
    Cordoba, the Mezquita & Across the Plains of La Mancha to Madrid
    Set off early along the Guadalquivir valley, for the well preserved Moorish city of Cordoba. Cross the 2000-year-old bridge for a guided visit to the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian church built inside it. Afterwards, stroll through the narrow streets of the Old Jewish Quarter. Follow in the footsteps of Don Quixote as you travel through the Mancha vineyards to the winecentre of Valdepeñas, its roads lined with bodegas (wine-cellars). Learn about the wines that make this region so famous and taste their robust flavours. Move on to the capital of Madrid.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 8
    Madrid of the Bourbons
    The next morning, join a local expert for a sightseeing tour along the noble avenues. See the statue of Don Quixote in the Plaza de España, the Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and cross the Puerta del Sol. Visit the Prado Museum, a rose coloured palace housing works by Botticelli, Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens. The afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, join a Celebration Dinner in the heart of town, complete with wine and music.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)

    Day 9
    Madrid at Leisure
    Your last day in Madrid is completely free for shopping or additional sightseeing. Ask your Tour Director for suggestions.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 10
    Rueda Wine Tasting & Santiago
    Away today through the Guadarrama Mountains to the infinite horizons of Old Castille. Some of Spain’s best white wines are produced in the Rueda region, so stop for a tasting! Continue to Santiago de Compostela, an historic gem with a 1000-year-old tradition of welcoming travellers.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 11
    Saintly Santiago de Compostela
    In the morning, become acquainted with some of Europe’s finest historical buildings with a local expert. Walk through the ‘Gateway of Glory’ as pilgrims have done for centuries, to visit the famous Cathedral in the Praça do Obradoiro. Then enjoy time to explore the narrow streets and squares at your leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 12
    Along the Costa Verde to Oviedo
    Get your cameras ready for a scenic drive along the Costa Verde, one of Spain’s most beautiful. Your route reveals glorious coastal vistas before turning inland to the modern town of Oviedo. A local expert shows you the 9th century churches built when the city was capital of Christian Spain. Visit the church of San Julian covered with 1,000 year old wall paintings and the cathedral in the stately square of Plaza Alfonso II. One of the best ways to get a feel for the local culture is to visit a market and El Fontan in the centre of Oviedo is no exception. Round off the day with an introduction to Northern Spain’s drink of choice in the ‘Boulevard of Cider’. But beware! Cider pouring is an art and the waiters take special pride in it.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 13
    Peaks, Caves & Waves to Santander
    See the unique Roman bridge in Cangas de Onis as you head into the mountain scenery of the Picos de Europa. Visit the holy cave of Covadonga, a shrine to Pelayo, who achieved the first Christian victory over the Moors in 722. Continue to Santillana del Mar, to stroll through the rustic cobblestone streets to the church square. After time to explore, enjoy coastal views on the drive along the corniche road to Santander.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 14
    Bilbao, the Costa Vasca & San Sebastián
    Drive to Bilbao to admire the striking modern architecture of the Guggenheim museum. Then along part of the Costa Vasca, dotted with small fishing villages. Pause in Zumaia, where you can see ‘el ratón’, the mouse shaped rock. Continue on to San Sebastián, the pearl of the Cantabrian coast. Spain’s northern Basque country has evolved into the best place to eat in the Western world! Discover the city’s rich gastronomic tradition tonight, at a Dine-Around evening in the old city’s pintxos (tapas) bars, all washed down with the local sangria.(Buffet Breakfast / Dine Around)

    Day 15
    Bahía de La Concha & San Sebastián
    In the morning, admire the beauty of SanSebastián on a guided walking tour of the Old Quarter. Seethenumbered balconies of the Plaza de la Constitucion, a reminder of the days when bullfights were held in the square. The afternoon is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 16
    Pamplona & Return to Barcelona
    After breakfast, your first stop is in Pamplona, the city of the running of the bulls. Perhaps take a stroll to the famous Estafeta Street before moving on past the famous Rioja wine producing region. Continue into Catalonia, a land that retains its own distinctive language, culture and traditions. Return to Barcelona.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 17
    Barcelona at Leisure
    Today is completely at leisure for last minute shopping or perhaps revisit some of Gaudi’s unusual creations. Stroll along the leafy Ramblas, or take an optional excursion to the ancient Monastery of Montserrat, dedicated to the ‘Black Madonna’? This evening, raise your glasses at a finale Celebration Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)

    Day 18
    Depart Barcelona
    Departure transfers arrive at Barcelona Airport at 07:00, 09:00 & 11:00. The 09:00 transfer continues on to Madrid, scheduled to arrive early evening at the hotel Melia Madrid Princesa. Hotel night in Madrid not included in cost of tour.(Buffet Breakfast)

    ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
    Barcelona: Enjoy a walking tour through the old lanes and squares of the Gothic Quarter. Drive down the elegant Passeig de Gracia to witness some of the finest Modernist architecture. Stand in awe beside Gaudi’s incredible Sagrada Famila.
    Peñíscola: Explore the cobbled lanes, shops, restaurants and white walled cottages around the base of the castle.
    Valencia: See the ultra modern Centre of Arts and Sciences. See the huge City Gates of Serranos and Quart.
    Seville: Visit the beautiful Plaza de España in Seville’s Maria Louisa Park. Enjoy a walking tour of the Santa Cruz Quarter with its pretty squares and flower decked balconies. Emerge by the walls of the Alcazar.
    Cordoba: Spend some time in the old Jewish Quarter.
    Madrid: Your guided tour shows you the statue of Don Quixote in the Plaza de España, Royal Palace, Gran Via, Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and Puerta del Sol.
    Santiago de Compostela: Join a guided tour of the old town.
    Covadonga: Visit the shrine to Pelayo.
    Bilbao: See the spectacular modern Guggenheim Museum.
    Zumaia: See the rock known as ‘el ratón’ (the mouse).
    San Sebastian: Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Quarter including Plaza de la Constitucion. Ascend Monte Igueldo for views of the town and La Concha Bay.
    Pamplona: Visit the city of the running of the bulls.
    Scenic Drives: Cross the Sierra Nevada, Plains of La Mancha, Costa Verda, Picos de Europa, Costa Vasca.
    PREMIUM HOTELS AND LOCATIONS
    Located in the centre of Granada, the Andalusian-style Vincci Albayzin boasts a magnificent enclosed patio that bathes its rooms in natural light.
    The fully renovated Meliá Barcelona Sarrià is a luxury city hotel with a strategic location in the heart of the city.
    The NH Obradoiro hotel in Santiago de Compostela delivers modern luxury in a timeless setting, just minutes from the historic Plaza del Obradoiro.
    The luxury 5-Star Hotel Eurostars Real is at the heart and soul of Santander, a hallmark of excellence and prestige, facing the Playa de los Peligros beach.
    SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING
    Barcelona: Venture behind La Boqueria’s grand iron entrance to a wonderful world of food.
    Seville: Step inside the Cathedral, past the gilded altar to the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.
    Cordoba: Cross the Roman Bridge to the Mezquita and walk within its forest of horseshoe shaped arches.
    Valdepeñas: Enjoy a delicious exploration of the wines of La Mancha, their robust flavours and absorbing history.
    Madrid: Witness the world’s finest collection of Spanish painting in the Prado Museum with an expert art historian.
    Rueda: During your wine tasting learn about the Verdejo grape and what to look for in a fresh white.
    Santiago de Compostela: Let a local expert take you through the Gateway of Glory in to the Cathedral to witness the final stage of “the Way of St James”.
    Oviedo: See 1,000 year old wall paintings in some of Europe’s oldest churches and relax in a cider house with a glass of Asturia’s famous ‘Sidra’.
    Oviedo: Explore the local El Fontan Market.
    Santillana del Mar: Step back in time at this perfectly preserved and ‘most beautiful village in Spain.’
    Valencia: Join a qualified chef for a culinary introduction to Valencian culture and their signature dish of Paella!
    Seville: Over a lavish meal with wine, beyond your dimly lit table, the stage suddenly erupts with the unmistakable singing, clapping and throbbing guitars of Flamenco.
    Madrid: Honest culinary traditions and a fiesta of fresh ingredients and are the hallmarks of your Madrid Dinner.
    San Sebastian: Join the local hordes who flood the narrow alleys for a Dine-Around evening with a difference - a pilgrimage to pintxos, the world pinnacle of bar snacks.
    Barcelona: Enjoy your Celebration Dinner with wine at a typical Catalan restaurant.
    Granada: Stand testimony to the Alhambra Palace - a fantasy in stone, the ultimate in Muslim architecture.
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  9. Day 1
    Welcome to Paris
    On arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, your airport transfers leave for the tour hotel at 08:30, 11:00 & 13:30. After checking-in, the capital’s grand boulevards and world famous landmarks are yours to explore. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Reception / Welcome Dinner)

    Day 2
    Rouen, Honfleur & the Normandy Beaches
    Follow the Seine river to Rouen, capital of Normandy, to admire its ancient cathedral, a masterpiece of the Gothic style. Walk through the narrow streets to the old Market Square, to see the superb modern church which commemorates the burning of Joan of Arc on this very spot in 1431. Your route continues into the rich dairy lands of Normandy and stops in the charming fishing town of Honfleur, before continuing to your hotel perched on the historic coast where the D-Day landings took place.(Buffet Breakfast / Three-course table d’hôte Dinner or Buffet)

    Day 3
    Bayeux & D-Day Landings
    There are poignant reminders of WWII as you drive along some of the beaches of the D-Day landings today. Spend a few reflective moments at the American Military Cemetery of St Laurent near Omaha Beach. Then past the beaches code named Juno and Gold to Arromanches. Visit the D-Day Invasion Landings’ Museum and see the remnants of the artificial port in the bay. Travel back in time to an invasion of a different kind now as you visit the Bayeux Tapestry Museum which chronicles the Norman invasion of Britain in 1066. Finally, follow the route of the Rangers depicted in Saving Private Ryan and visit the bunkers and the Rangers’ Memorial at Pointe du Hoc.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 4
    Mont St Michel & St Malo
    Drive southwards through ‘Bocage country’ for a guided tour of the hill-top abbey of Mont St Michel. The abbey stands on an island about one kilometre offshore, reached by a causeway across the shining sands. Behind the outer ring of defences, huddles the small town - its one street containing shops, cafés and hotels. Now along the Emerald Coast to stunning St Malo, situated on the Rance Estuary and one of the most charming places in France. You are at leisure to walk around the ramparts of the thick city walls, offering fantastic views over the old town and the bay. By night, the town’s medieval maze of winding streets are abuzz with quaint bars and restaurants.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 5
    The Châteaux of the Loire Valley
    Drive south to follow the valley of the Loire, passing the moated castle at Angers. Cross the Loire at Saumur, where a local wine expert will guide you through tastings of the region’s delicious wines. Drive quietly past the sleeping beauty château at Ussé en route to the castle of Azay-le-Rideau. Visit the apartments and appreciate the beautiful setting amid the waters of the Indre. Now on to your own beautiful château hotel - relax like royalty in sumptuous surroundings.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 6
    Château de Villandry Excurison
    In the morning, have a relaxed breakfast and enjoy the setting of your château, before driving past the fortress at Langeais to Château de Villandry, the ‘Jewel of the Loire’. Visit the apartments and the restored Renaissance gardens. Don’t miss the water garden, ornamental garden and kitchen garden – a stunning sea of fragrant green herbs, silvery cabbages, and purple basil. a From here return to your own superb château, for relaxation and free time. Tonight your Celebration evening starts with a glass of Champagne and includes a short group tutorial on the wines that complement dinner. Excellent service and sumptuous dishes in the most salubrious setting, ensures the memory of your meal will linger long after you’ve returned home.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)

    Day 7
    Chartres & Paris, the ‘City of Light’
    Driving through the vast wheat fields of La Beauce, Chartres Cat hedral looms large on the horizon. Auguste Rodin called it the ‘Acropolis of France’, and once inside you can marvel at the beautiful stained glass rose window which floods the cathedral with colour and light. From here, return to the French capital, where your Tour Director introduces you to all the fabulous sights! Notre Dame Cathedral and the immense facades of the Louvre. Behold the vast Place de la Concorde, where the guillotine once stood then drive down the Champs Élysées to Napoleon’s Arc de Triomphe. Your sightseeing tour concludes with a photo stop of the Eiffel Tower. After dark, the City of Light really lives up to its name when the monuments, buildings and bridges are lit up in all their glory - for that special touch of excitement and glamour don't miss the chance to experience one of the world famous cabaret shows!(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 8
    Au revoir Paris
    Departure transfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 & 11:00.(Buffet Breakfast)

    ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
    Rouen: See the Cathedral and Place du Vieux-Marché where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.
    Normandy Coast: See the remains of the artificial Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches. Visit the Invasion Landings Museum and drive along the D-Day landing beaches.
    St Malo: Walk along the fortifications and narrow streets.
    Loire Valley: See the imposing Châteaux of Saumur, Angers and Ussé: Enjoy a short tutorial about the Loire Valley wines.
    Paris: Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the French capital seeing the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre, Place de la Concorde and Arc de Triomphe.
    PREMIUM HOTELS AND LOCATIONS
    Stay two fabulous nights at the sumptuous Château De Rochecotte in the Loire Valley, the former private estate of Prince Tallyrand and the Duchess of Dino. Sit with a drink on the terrace and enjoy the beautiful setting or stroll through the magnificent gardens.
    Other tour hotels range from the suave modern Pullman Paris Bercy to the tranquil Mercure hotel amid the wide open spaces of the Omaha Beach Golf course.
    SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING
    Bayeux: The Tapestry is actually a 70-m long embroidery that tells the story of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Look out for King Harold with an arrow in his eye!
    Normandy Beaches: Join an emotive journey tracing the story of the D-Day landings. Visit the American Military Cemetery of St Laurent, the Invasion Landings Museum and appreciate the valour of Rudder's Rangers among the bunkers of Pointe du Hoc.
    Mont St Michel: Savour your first sight of the fortified island of Mont St Michel, rising 250ft above the Atlantic waves. Cross the causeway, for a guided tour through the maze of halls and vaults of the massive abbey.
    Saumur: Fun and informative, discuss the grape varieties and local terroir while sampling wines of the Loire Valley.
    Azay-le-Rideau: Visit the beautiful, graceful and intimate early 15th century castle still surrounded by its moat.
    Villandry: Beside the Cher river stands Villandry castle, surrounded by France's finest formal gardens. Enjoy the view from the terrace and stroll amid the neat flower beds.
    Chartres: Inside magnificent Chartres cathedral, marvel at the stained-glass windows, a riot of rich blues and reds, justly considered the finest medieval glass in France.
    Chateau de Rochecotte: Your chateau hotel enjoys a high standard of creative cuisine and is featured in many prestigious food guides. Experience it for yourself with an elegant Celebration Dinner and wine.
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