Discover the best of France and Southern Europe.

Logo On this incredible journey, see the famous Moulin Rouge, taste culinary wonders in Lyon, take in vibrant Spanish culture, sample some of Portugal’s finest port wine and experience the remarkably verdant landscapes of Bordeaux and Saint Malo.

  • 24 Day France & Southern European Sojourn - Paris to London

    • Tour code: NOBIFL24
    • Duration: 24 Days
    • Departure City: Paris
    • Return City: London

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Day By Day

  • Day 1 Arrive Paris

    Be met on arrival in Paris and transferred to your hotel. Meet your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers during a Welcome Reception this evening.
  • Day 2 Paris

    On a tour of Paris this morning, see the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, one of the world’s most famous streets, as well as the iconic Arc de Triomphe. Later, take a trip to the second level of the stunning Eiffel Tower, where sweeping views over the city skyline await. This evening, experience quintessential Parisian culture with a meal and a spectacular show at the world-famous Moulin Rouge, the iconic Parisian cabaret captured in the magnificent paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec.
  • Day 3 Paris, Lyon

    Board the speedy TGV train from Paris to Lyon. Upon arrival, you will have some time to explore at your leisure. This evening, perhaps step out to enjoy the local cuisine.
  • Day 4 Lyon, Freedom of Choice

    Perhaps learn about the city’s historic areas, many of which are World Heritage-listed, on a guided tour. Then visit a silk workshop in the Croix-Rousse district where Lyon’s silk weavers worked during the 15th century at a time when the city became an important trade centre. Alternatively, learn why Lyon is considered the gastronomic centre of France on a culinary tour, sampling gourmet delights along the way.
  • Day 5 Lyon, Aix-en-Provence

    Travel to the quaint town of Aix-en-Provence, famous as the home of French artist Cézanne. Just like many Provençal towns, the centre consists of narrow streets lined with 17th-century buildings. On arrival here, enjoy a walking tour followed by dinner at your beautiful hotel.
  • Day 6 Aix-en-Provence, Camargue

    Discover the sprawling wildlife sanctuary of Camargue National Reserve today, with its vast salt flats and marshy wetlands. This remarkable area is home to many bird species, including pink flamingoes, but is most famous for its beautiful white horses, an ancient breed of wild horse indigenous to the area. Later, tour Europe’s largest wine-growing estate, Domaine de Jarras, and sample some of their exquisite wines during a special tasting. Although the cultivation of vines in the sands dates back to the 12th century, the expansion of the vineyard took place between 1874 and 1888, during which Domaine de Jarras was created.
  • Day 7 Carcassonne

    Today’s journey takes you to the magical city of Carcassonne, famous for its impressive medieval fortifications, drawbridges and array of imposing towers, as well as its World Heritage-listed city centre. Following a guided sightseeing tour, indulge in dinner at a lovely local restaurant.
  • Day 8 Carcassonne, Barcelona

    Enjoy some free time to further explore Carcassonne. Afterwards, travel to Barcelona. After checking in to your luxurious hotel, the evening is yours at leisure to relax before your enthralling two-day discovery.
  • Day 9 Barcelona

    Today, join a guided city tour, taking in many famous sights as well as the incredible structures collectively World Heritage-listed under ‘works of Antoni Gaudí’. See the Sagrada Família, an unfinished yet breathtaking Roman Catholic Church that is considered the icon of the city. Explore Park Güell, one of the city’s famous attractions, where you can admire an inspiring collection of Gaudí’s esteemed sculptures and architecture. Concluding a wonderful day, embrace the vibrant local spirit during a special Flamenco Dinner this evening.
  • Day 10 Barcelona, Freedom of Choice

    Following breakfast this morning you’ll enjoy the opportunity to select the activity that best suits your interests. Perhaps join a walking tour to learn about the city’s incredible Gothic architecture. You’ll find narrow alleys that lead to tiny plazas and discover some of the city’s oldest Roman and medieval religious centres tucked away between modern city buildings. Alternatively, you may like to enhance your photography skills and learn where the best viewpoints of the city are during a guided photography tour. Later today, it’s time for your Southern European Sojourn to begin, as you’re transferred to your small ship. After settling in to your suite, get to know your Expedition Team during Welcome Drinks and Dinner on board this evening.
  • Day 11 Valencia

    Today you’ll enjoy a trip to beautiful Albufera Natural Park, one of the most important wetlands of the Spanish peninsula. Set off to explore the waters by ‘albufarenc’, a rustic small canoe that has been used to sail the area for generations. You might then like to embark on a bird-watching tour through the park, exploring one of Spain’s most interesting birding areas, before lunch. Alternatively, take in an authentic paella cooking demonstration and learn about the local Valencian origins of this classic dish.
  • Day 12 Cartagena

    Sail into Cartagena and discover the Roman Theatre Museum, with its exhibit items discovered in excavations around the Cathago Nova that explain the theatre’s restoration. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this charming port city.
  • Day 13 Motril, Granada

    Today, embark on a full-day tour to Granada, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. See the incredible world-renowned 9th-century palace and fortress complex, Alhambra. After a tapas lunch, explore the palace of the Generalife, before re-boarding your ship in Motril.
  • Day 14 Cadiz, Seville

    From Cadiz, enjoy a full day to explore Seville. Your tour includes the Reales Alcazares (Royal Palace), and the Christian Cathedral. At the famous bullring, Plaza de la Maestranza and Museum, enjoy a private tour of one of the 18th-century bullrings. Dine at a local restaurant for lunch, before a private visit to the Flamenco Museum followed by a fiery flamenco show.
  • Day 15 Portimao, Freedom of Choice

    Perhaps enjoy a guided tour of Portimao, including the Old Town and the Portimao Museum. Or ride through the mountains by jeep for a safari to the unexplored Algarve, including a visit to a local firewater (medronho) distillery.
  • Day 16 Lisbon, Freedom of Choice

    Perhaps board Lisbon’s iconic tramcars for a ride through the city’s old quarters, sampling pastries and Port on the way. Or savour the flavours of Lisbon on a guided market tour, sampling treats selected by acclaimed chef Marlene Vieira. Alternatively, take a guided city tour to historic Alfama.
  • Day 17 Porto

    Arrive in Porto and head to the wine country of the Douro Valley. Along the way, stop at Amarante, a small town with charming 16th-century houses overlooking the Tamega River. Here, visit a Portuguese family estate, where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting before a traditional lunch with the family.
  • Day 18 A Coruna, Freedom of Choice

    Perhaps discover A Coruna’s food scene with a tour from the pier to the local markets, savouring local tapas with fine local wines. Those feeling more active might alternatively like to set off on a bicycle tour, passing by the Galleries, San Anton Castle and the Tower of Hercules.
  • Day 19 Bilbao

    Today you will dock in Bilbao, where you will enjoy a tour of this fascinating city. Afterwards, visit the Guggenheim Museum, taking in its unique blend of art and architecture. The Guggenheim in Bilbao focuses on postwar painting and sculpture.
  • Day 20 Le Verdon for Bordeaux, Freedom of Choice

    Travel to World Heritage-listed Bordeaux and enjoy a splendid panoramic tour, followed by a guided walk through Old Bordeaux, including the Place de la Bourse. Alternatively, head to the wine-growing region of Medoc and absorb stunning vistas along the way. Visit Chateau Lanessan estate for a wine tasting and visit its sophisticated Horse Museum.
  • Day 21 Brest

    Travel to Locronan, one of the most picturesque medieval villages in France. Traces of its Golden age are to be found in its houses built during the Renaissance period. See the 15th-century church and learn about Saint Ronan.
  • Day 22 Saint Malo, Mont Saint-Michel, Freedom of Choice

    Journey to the island of Mont Saint-Michel for a walk up the steep path to the abbey. Continue to Cancale and visit an oyster farm for a tasting. Or perhaps discover Saint Malo’s colourful history on a tour of the old city, including a tasting of local cider and biscuits.
  • Day 23 Guernsey, Freedom of Choice

    During a walking tour, take in Guernsey’s highlights including Castle Cornet, an ancient harbour fortress. Alternatively, visit the German Occupation Museum and see its magnificent exhibits including a life-size street, bunker rooms and weapons armoury.
  • Day 24 Tilbury, Disembark Ship, London

    Disembark in Tilbury, then be transferred to Heathrow airport.

Inclusions

  • Services of an APT Expedition Leader & Team, as well as local guides
    Enjoy 23 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches and 19 Dinners
    Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board*
    All tipping, airport transfers, excursions and porterage

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