Road to Barcelona
7 days from $2,135
- Dine in style with a gourmet picnic beside the iconic Eiffel Tower
- Go on a winery tour in Bordeaux, the world's red wine capital
- Tour the charming medieval citadel in beautiful Carcassonne
- Drive through the Pyrenees and see Andorra, one of the smallest countries in the world
- Discover some of Barcelona's greatest monuments and buildings
- All your transport covered, including Channel crossing from England to France
Spend a week taking in the sights, sampling the food and wine, and visiting some of Europe's most iconic landmarks on a scenic trip from London to Barcelona, ticking off some famous destinations on the way, including a fleeting trip through the Pyrenees and into one of the smallest countries in the world, Andorra. You'll hop on the bus from London and travel to Paris, where you'll get to dine beneath the Eiffel Tower, you'll go on a winery tour in Bordeaux, get to explore the beautiful medieval citadel of Carcassonne, and see the city highlights in Barcelona.
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Day 1: London to Paris
Kicking the adventure off in London, we’ll meet bright and early in the capital before hopping on the bus and making our way to the coast to board the ferry to France. Arriving in Paris later on, we’ll be driven around the city to see the main attractions and afterwards get to explore for ourselves. Later on, we’ll meet up beneath the iconic Eiffel Tower for a gourmet picnic.
Day 2: Paris
This morning you’ll have some free time to explore ‘gay Paree’ and tick some of the city’s landmarks off your must-see list. How about heading over to Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, or the Champs Elysées? This evening you’ll have the opportunity to tour the city on two wheels, take a river cruise down the Seine, or experience a traditional cabaret show (extra cost).
Day 3: Paris to Bordeaux
Grab the opportunity to pick up a few last-minute mementos from Paris before we head off to the beautiful Loire Valley. We’ll drive through some gorgeous scenery, stopping briefly to fuel up on food, take a look around, and stretch our legs before making the rest of the journey to Bordeaux. On arrival, you’ll have the option to join a tour of Château de Chambord – one of the most recognisable chateaux in the world.
Day 4: Bordeaux to Carcassonne
What better way to begin the day than with a winery tour? We are in Bordeaux, red wine capital of the world, after all. We’ll visit some of the region’s finest grape crushers and might even taste a few select tipples before making our way further south to the fairytale town of Carcassonne. The medieval walled citadel is about as beautiful as it gets, so far as towns go, and you’ll have the entire rest of the day to explore and discover the charm and draw of this place for yourself.
Day 5: Carcassonne to Barcelona via Andorra
Say au revoir to France today as we cross the stunning Pyrenees into the little country of Andorra. We won't be stopping for long, but enough to take in the views and then we'll make the rest of the journey to Barcelona. We'll tour the city on the bus, pulling up alongside city treasures like the Columbus Monument and Gaudi’s Sagrada Família. Tonight, dine out on tapas and churros at an included group meal.
Day 6: Barcelona
With a whole day to discover the capital, considered one of the most beautiful in Europe, you’ll have plenty to keep you entertained. Why not begin your day with a walk along the Passeig de Gracia, followed by a visit to the Casa Mila, and then the Casa Batllo to discover some of the city’s quirkiest architecture? Indulge in some of the local food in the numerous markets and then in the evening, why not go to an optional flamenco show and learn some moves?
Day 7: Farewell
Today is the last day of the tour and there are no activities planned, so you’re free to head off any time after breakfast. If you’re not heading straight home or off on other adventures, why not chill out in the city, or explore some more?
Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change.
- Channel crossing from England to France
- 6 nights’ accommodation
- 6 breakfasts and 3 dinners
- Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-fi
- Experienced tour leader and driver
- Paris driving tour
- Gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower
- Loire Valley visit
- Bordeaux winery tour
- Group meal in Bordeaux
- Andorra visit
- Barcelona driving tour
- Tapas and churros evening in Barcelona
- 24/7 emergency support
- Return transfer to the UK
- Travel insurance
- Some meals
- Optional activities
Included in the cost of your trip is 6 nights' accommodation, where you'll stay in same sex shared rooms in good quality 3 and 4-star hotels. Some of the hotels we'll stay at will be basic, but will be clean, comfortable, and in a great location. Rooms will have en-suite facilities and most will have Wi-fi (free Wi-fi is also available on the bus). If you'd like to pay extra for a room upgrade (depending on availability) or would like to share a room with a friend or partner, please contact us to arrange.
During your trip, you'll also have breakfast provided each day at the accommodation, which will consist of typically continental breakfast food, so cereals, yoghurts, pastries, cold meats, and cheese, with tea, coffee, and fruit juices. You'll also get to enjoy an included gourmet picnic next to the Eiffel Tower, a group meal in Bordeaux, and a tapas and churros evening in Barcelona. During the rest of the trip, you'll need to purchase your own food and drinks, but you'll be in the right place – between France and Spain, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to delicious local cuisine.
Your trip begins in London on day one of the itinerary and your Channel crossing is included. It's an early start (6am), so if you don't live close by, we'd recommend staying in London the night before. Your trip ends in Barcelona on day seven of the itinerary. Return transport to the UK isn't included. Flights can be arranged any time on the last day from Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN).
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years, the maximum is 39 years.
Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to enter certain countries. It is your responsibility to obtain these prior to the departure of the trip. Please note if you are a British passport holder you do not currently need a visa to visit European countries.
Do I Need Travel Insurance?
Yes. Travel insurance is a requirement for all of our trips and you’ll need to provide insurance details in your online account before you travel. Talk to us about this when you book for full terms and conditions – we can get a quote for you from our insurance partners if you like.
What's The Average Age Range Of People On This Trip?
This trip welcomes travellers of all ages, so it's difficult to put an average age to any one group. You might have a mix of people your own age or some older or younger than you. But one thing’s for sure, you’ll all have an interest in travel and an adventurous nature that should see you making friends in no time.
Do I Need To Pay Extra For Activities And Excursions?
All the activities listed on the inclusions list are included in the cost of your trip. Outside of these, you’ll need to pay for any activities, entrance fees, food and drink that you want.
How Do I Get Home After The Trip?
Your return travel back to the UK isn't included in the cost of this trip, so you'll need to make your own travel arrangements from Barcelona. The quickest way to do so would be to book a flight from Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN). We have a fantastic flights team here to help, contact us for more details.