Paris (2) – Nice (2) – Avignon (2) – Barcelona (2) – Madrid (2)
Sit back and enjoy your flight from Canada to France.
Let’s start the day the same way we ended yesterday’s – with a world-class-site. The Château de Versailles with it’s over 1300 rooms and surrounded by elaborate gardens remains France’s most famous palace. We take a guided tour of this bourgeois phantasy of king Louis XIV. In the afternoon we’re back to Paris and stroll along the elegant Boulevard Champs Elysee until we get to the Arc de Triomphe. The world famous cathedral Sacre-Couer is one of the most famous cathedrals in the world. From here it’s just a few meteres to the Place du Tertre, heart of the famous Montmartre quarter. Numerous painters fill up the space with their easels drawing portraits from visitors all over the world. A perfect place to end the day.
Travelling with France’s famous TGV high speed train is an attraction in itself. That’s exactly what we do going from Paris to Nice. In less than 4 hours we cover almost 800 km and reach one of the most graceful cities in France. A walk through the old city leads us to the Rue du Vieux-Pont and Rue de la Prefecture which are the home of elegant mansions. Place Massena and the always busy harbor are also part of our city tour. We finish the day with a relaxing stroll along 4 km long Promenade des Anglais. Let’s enjoy the sunset from one of the many sidewalk cafes.
We start our day by “getting lost” – in the sites, smells and sounds of the Cours Saleya, an open market for flowers and fruits.Than it’s time to take a short drive to the principal state of Monaco. In the home of the millionaires we watch the daily ceremony of the changing of the guards in front of the palace and walk the windy, narrow streets of the La Rocher, the oldest part of town.
During our drive from Nice to Avignon we visit some of the most iconic cities of the world famous Cote d’Azur. In Cannes, home of the famous film festival we stroll along the boulevard La Croisette before we arrive in Nice. Saint Tropez, the legendary meeting point of the rich and famous is the perfect place for a relaxing lunch brake. With it’s graceful boulevards, picturesque squares and the unique light of Southern France Aix en Provence epitomizes the beauty of the Cote d’Azur.
The Pont d’Avignon is the ideal place to get a picturesque view of the medieval masterpiece called Avignon. After strolling through the historic part of Avignon we drive to the Roman masterpiece of Pont du Grad. This three-tiered aqueduct was, built 2.000 years ago was part of a 50km-long system of water channels, transporting water up to 20,000 cubic metres of water per day. Nearby Nîmes sets the stage for other important treasures from the Roman times like: Amphitheater, Maison Carrée and the temple of Diana.
Our beautiful drive along the Mediterranean coast from Avignon to Barcelona get’s us to Montpellier where we take time to visit this historical and multicultural city. The romantic fishing village of Cadaques is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the tranquility before we get to the hustle and bustle of Barcelona.
We start our day in the Catalonian capital by strolling along the Ramblas one of the most beautiful pedestrian boulevards in the world. Souvenir hawkers, buskers, pavement artists, mimes and living statues are all part of the ever-changing street scene. Afterwards we will discover the fascinating mix of old and new Barcelona. Gaudi, Barcelona’s most favorite son and master architect is the creator of the famous Park Güell and the still unfinished basilica Sagrada Familia. Later during the day we discover the other more tranquil site of Barcelona by strolling through the winding alleys of the gothic quarters.
Instead of taking the highway we drive the little known and immensely charming alternative route between the two most important cities of Spain. Because of it’s enchanting Mediterranean character, nice countryside, old castles and picturesque villages the locals call it “Spanish Tuscany”. We stop in picturesque village like Calaceite, Cretas and Beceite where we discover the peaceful rural life of northern Spain.
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