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From the iconic to the unexpected, this nine-day train vacation is an experience like no other. Discover the incredible and distinct cultures, sights and sounds of Barcelona, along with the allure of three French cities: Carcassonne, Bordeaux and Paris. While no trip to Europe would be complete without checking off iconic attractions and landmarks from your bucket list, during this train vacation, you’ll get to experience some worthwhile hidden gems and off the beaten path moments.

Highlights

  • Bask in the sun amidst the mosaics of the Parc Guell in Barcelona
  • Explore the storybook settings of Carcassonne in southern France
  • Stroll the waterfront and enjoy world-class wine in Bordeaux
  • See the all the crowd-pleasing attractions in Paris

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Rail travel as per itinerary
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Barcelona
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Carcassonne
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Bordeaux
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Paris
  • Small group tour of Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló in Barcelona
  • Skip the Line: Carcassonne Castle and Ramparts Ticket
  • Skip the Line tickets for La Cité Du Vin in Bordeaux
  • Small group skip the line tour of the Eiffel Tower + 1hr cruise in Paris
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

DAY 1 BARCELONA
Arrive in Barcelona today and check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Set out and explore the colorful city, basking in the sun amidst the mosaics of the Parc Guell, catching a boat out on the ocean or riding the cable car to the top of Montjuïc hill, where you'll be treated to delightful views over the city as well as a plethora of grand museums. (Overnight in Barcelona)

 DAY 2 BARCELONA  
This morning embark on a tour of Gaudi’s masterpieces; Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló.  Learn the details and secrets of these extraordinary buildings.  In the afternoon spend some time wandering down the city's most famous shopping street, Las Ramblas, and soak up the bustling atmosphere among the shops and street artists of this tree-lined boulevard. Culture vultures might like to visit the Picasso Museum to view a huge collection of the famous artist's work. (Overnight in Barcelona) B     

DAY 3 BARCELONA TO CARCASSONNE
Catch your train from Barcelona to Carcassonne. Like something out of a children’s storybook, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is located on a hilltop in the heart of southern France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region. The old medieval town is a paradise for travelers who love history, beautiful scenery and wine. (Overnight in Carcassonne) B

DAY 4 CARCASSONNE
Enjoy a morning coffee in Place Carnot, the central square, before setting out to discover the town’s museum and gallery areas.  Make use of your included tickets and explore the picturesque castle and ramparts for some wonderful views.  You could spend hours wandering through narrow, winding streets of La Cité from one medieval attraction to another, exploring the charming countryside, or strolling along the Canal du Midi. (Overnight in Carcassonne) B

DAY 5 CARCASSONE TO BORDEAUX
Take a relaxing train ride through some of the most beautiful landscapes and scenery in France to the crescent-shaped city of Bordeaux. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Located in the southwest of France along the Garonne River, Bordeaux is the world’s largest urban World Heritage Site. Not to mention, there is no region in the world more closely associated with its incredible vineyards and wine production than Bordeaux. (overnight in Bordeaux) B

 DAY 6 BORDEAUX
Today explore beautiful Bordeaux, and perhaps enjoy a boat ride up to the impressive Cité Du Vin which is located on the banks of the river Garonne.  Inside you’ll find out everything and anything about wine from around the word.  Participate in a tasting session with a trained Sommelier then maybe another glass or 2 with lunch in the panoramic restaurant.  Don’t forget to pick up a bottle to take home with you either, with a selection of over 800 wines from 70 different countries, there’s something for everyone here! (Overnight Bordeaux) B

DAY 7 BORDEAUX TO PARIS
Board one last train to unforgettable Paris. Why not start with visiting the iconic Eiffel Tower in the Champ de Mars park? There’s a reason it’s one of the world’s most photographed landmarks. A couple more places you should visit on your first day is the Champs-Élysées and Sacré-Cœur Basilica, the Roman Catholic church perched atop Montmartre. In the evening, why not find an authentic Parisian restaurant to enjoy dinner? (Overnight in Paris) B

 DAY 8 PARIS             
Head over to the Eiffel Tower for your small group skip-the-line trip to the second floor and marvel at the views across Paris, then enjoy a 1hr river cruise at a time of your choosing.  There is so much to see and do in the city that your options are seemingly endless.  You can visit Musée Picasso, home to the world’s largest public collection of Picasso’s works, stroll through Père Lachaise (Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Frédéric Chopin, and Jim Morrison are buried here), and make a stop at the beautiful Parc des Buttes Chaumont, located in the 19th arrondissement (district). Other must-see places include Cathédrale de Notre-Dame, Marché des Enfants Rouges, Ile Saint-Louis for shopping, and Rue des Martyrs, Paris’ 200-year-old bustling street market. (Overnight in Paris) B

DAY 9 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN PARIS
This morning, check out of your hotel and continue with your onward travels. B

Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D – Dinner

Barcelo Sants Hotel

The new Barceló Sants**** hotel is now ready, having been totally reformed. Prepare to enjoy a unique stay in the completely refurbished Orbital Rooms. Situated above Sants station, the hotel has direct access to the AVE, to the metro lines and theBarcelona railway.

NH Barcelona Centro

The NH Barcelona Centro hotel enjoys one of the best locations in the city. We’re right in the heart of Barcelona – in the Ciutat Vella neighborhood, near the historic Gothic quarter, and close to the best shopping spots. The hotel has 156 rooms, which are spacious and tastefully decorated. These offer plenty of natural light, while windows are soundproofed to ensure a good night’s sleep.

NH Sants Barcelona

The NH Sants Barcelona hotel, formerly known as NH Numancia, is located in the heart of Barcelona’s financial district, just a few steps from the trade fair and the Sants train station. You can get to the city center in 15 minutes on the metro and Camp Nou, the home ground of Barcelona’s soccer team, is only 20 minutes away on foot.

Best Western Premier Bayonne Etche-Ona Bordeaux

Best Western Premier Bayonne Etche-Ona Bordeaux

Our hotel is located in the historic center of the city of Bordeaux , and more specifically in the Golden Triangle , in the heart of the art de vivre in Bordeaux.

Le Marceau Bastille

Le Marceau Bastille Hotel is a contemporary design hotel with a choice of 55 urban or ecological style bedrooms. The hotel also boasts a funky lobby bar which plays host to its own regularly updated art collection. Le Marceau Bastille is located in the Bastille district of Paris, a short walk from the lively Marais area and the Opera Bastille. The location offers easy access by metro to all of Paris's main sights and attractions.

Saint Paul Rive Gauche Paris

The beautiful Saint-Paul Rive-Gauche is located between the world-famous Sorbonne and the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens in the centre of Paris. The 17th century boutique hotel is housed in a former 17th century grand residence and is known for its beautiful arched cellar. Each room comes fully air-conditioned and is equipped with modern amenities such as a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. Other tourist attractions nearby include Notre Dame, the Pantheon, Palais Garnier and The Louvre.

Terrass Hotel Paris

The Terrass Hotel is a classic 19th century building with 98 individually decorated rooms. The hotel features a Piano Bar where guests can enjoy cocktails and bar snacks and a seventh floor summer roof terrace with great views across Paris. The hotel is located a short stroll away from famous landmarks such as the Sacré-Coeur and the Moulin Rouge.

See our special offer package with a free tour and Musée d'Orsay tickets!

Grand Hotel Dore Paris

Located in Paris’ 12th Arrondissement, the Grand Hotel Dore is a traditional hotel in the centre of Paris. Just a stone’s throw from the nearest Metro stop, the whole of Paris is your oyster. Rooms are cosy and comfortable, boasting en suite bathrooms and TVs with satellite channels.

Grand Hotel Francais

The Grand Hotel Francais is a chic, modern hotel located in the centre of Paris, just 550 yards from Nation. Rooms are individually decorated, and come equipped with en suite bathrooms, flat screen TVs and air conditioning. The property is ideally located for sightseeing, nestled just 150 yards from a Metro Station.

Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche

From the entrance, our hotel welcomes you in our beautiful baroque open, spacious and comfortable lobby. Perfectly equipped, you can consult the many newspapers and magazines at your disposal, enjoy a delicious espresso or enjoy computers with Internet access and printers.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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