Our full day in this magical city takes us to Montjuic, where we reach the spectacular harbor views by funicular (sloped railway) and gondola. Atop the broad hilltop, we’ll visit the Joan Miro Foundation. Afternoon takes us to Casa Mila and La Sagrada Familia, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Figueres & S’Agaro, Spain
On our way from Barcelona to Figureres, we’ll stop in the Alella wine region and sample the crisp, floral white varietals for which the area is known.
In Figueres, we take in the largest collection in the world of Salvador Dali’s works, a fitting tribute to the artist in his Catalan home town. We continue to the stunning resort enclave of S’Agaro for a two-night stay.
Morning takes us to Empuries for a theatrical guided tour of the Phoenician and Roman city and museum. Return to S’Agaro along stunning scenic countryside with a stop to visit the medieval village of Pals.
Envalira Pass & Andorra la Vella, Andorra
This morning, a scenic drive takes us through Girona on our way to the Principality of Andorra. As we continue to Andorra la Vella, we will cross the stunning Envalira Pass, the highest paved road in the Pyrenees. We will explore the charming capital city of tiny Andorra, stopping to enjoy lunch at a local farm.
A beautiful Pyrenees drive takes us across the border into France.
Our morning walking tour will show us the fortified Medieval Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, spiked with towers, ramparts, and a castle. Tonight, we will dine in La Marquiere, a delectable restaurant that makes its home in a 17th century monastery. Our hotel is situated within the ancient city walls, in the heart of the medieval fortress.
Albi & Toulouse, France
We depart Carcassonne and travel along the famous Perigord cycle route to Albi, with a stop at the "village above the clouds," Cordes-sur-Ciel.
Once in Albi, we will visit the town’s most famous site, the Museum Toulouse-Lautrec, where the artists' work is arrayed in one of the oldest and best preserved castles in France.
We’ll enjoy a morning guided exploration of Toulouse and a full afternoon at your leisure to enjoy this amazing city.
Lourdes & Biarritz, France
An easy morning drive takes us to the revered town our Lourdes, where we will visit the hallowed shrine of St. Bernadette.
We arrive in Biarritz in late afternoon. Our morning tour shows us the Rock of the Blessed Virgin, a beacon of thanksgiving from whalers who raised the statue in its citadel location, as well as the Grande Plage, one of the world’s most acclaimed surfing beaches. We’ll continue to St. Jean de Luz, a charming seaside resort home to the beautiful Maison Louis XIV, where the legendary Sun King established his residence in 1660. We'll cross the border to San Sebastian in the Spanish Basque for a glimpse of its picturesque shoreline and immerse in its famous pintxos (tapas) scene. Later in Biarritz, celebrate our journey with a farewell dinner and Basque entertaiment.
Morning finds us exploring the French interior Basque country, with a visit to a Basque Espelette pepper grower, a stop in the picturesque village of St. Jean Pied de Port, and time to explore Irouleguy vineyards. We return to Biarritz where we’ll say regretful good-byes at our Farewell Cocktail Party.
Biarritz, France & Home
Travel to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.
Hotel Arts, Barcelona
Discover Hotel Arts Barcelona, one of the most striking hotels in the vibrant Catalan capital and a luxurious oasis near the beach, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Overlooking miles of pristine beaches and the grand vista of Port Olimpic, this hotel embraces the city’s cultural and culinary passions, ensuring that every guest is touched by an art-inspired sensory experience. Renowned for its personalized service, stunning spa and innovative dining with five onsite restaurants, this waterfront hotel is a unique retreat for the ultimate reprieve.
Hostal de la Gavina, S'Agaro
Catalunya’s only five-star Grand Luxe hotel, the Hostal de La Gavina sits at the heart of the Costa Brava, on a small peninsula between two secluded bays, each with a sandy beach. Classically Mediterranean, the Hostal de La Gavina blends gently into its surroundings, the aromas of pine and bougainvillea scenting the warm evening air, with the sounds of the sea drifting in from nearby. Enjoy your stay at the authentic Costa Brava luxury hotel.
Andorra Park Hotel, Andorra la Vella
The Andorra Park Hotel is a prestigious five-star spa hotel in Andorra la Vella, located in a residential area of the Andorran capital and surrounded by 15,000 square meters of gardens. The main goal of Andorra Park Hotel is to offer its guests a stay full of relaxing experiences. The hotel is perfect for a few days of relaxation in direct contact with nature combined with elegant design elements.
Hôtel de la Cité, Carcassonne
Hôtel de la Cité is perfectly placed to explore the region’s Cathar castles, the lush vineyards of the Languedoc-Roussillon province and the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As the evening draws near and the last daytime visitors wander away, a magical atmosphere settles over the Citadel of Carcassonne. Nestled within the ramparts of the citadel and amidst its romantic gardens, the hotel offers a unique experience to each of its guests. Whether sipping wine under the towering trees or tasting some of the region's most exciting cuisine, Hôtel de la Cité offers a marvelous blend of the medieval and the contemporary.
Grand Hotel de l'Opera, Toulouse
In the center of Toulouse, facing the famous "Théâtre du Capitole," the Grand Hotel de l' Opera welcomes you in a historic setting offering tranquility and refinement. Ideally located a few steps from the lively arcades of "Place du Capitole" and from the most prestigious restaurants and shops, this haven of peace is the perfect place to discover the city of Toulouse. Located in a former convent of the seventeenth century, the Grand Hotel de l'Opera is one of the most intimate and famous boutique hotels of the “Pink City." This luxury hotel offers elegant rooms and suites. The hotel guarantees personalized service where discretion, efficiency, and attention are the key words throughout the guest’s stay.
Hotel du Palais, Biarritz
The Hotel du Palais radiates charm owing to its wealth of memories, style, and history. It is a rare hotel indeed, one that indulges every guest’s desire for comfort and quality. One of the unique features of the Hotel du Palais is its in-house workshops with craftsmen dedicated to the restoration of the hotel’s rooms, suites and furniture, resulting in a luxurious experience that is tailor-made for guests to enjoy.