Iberian Splendours & Normandy & Gems of the Seine

25 Days
Madrid to Paris
From (AUD)
$ 18,705
Dates & Pricing

2020 Madrid > Paris

Tour Map
Tour Code:
SPSE
Duration:
25 days
Departure City:
Madrid
Return City:
Paris

Selected Itinerary

25 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Madrid

    Welcome to Madrid, the capital of Spain. Upon arrival transfer to your centrally located hotel.

  2. Day 2 - Madrid

    Enjoy a morning tour of Madrid, taking in Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, the ‘Austrian’ Quarter, and the 18th century Royal Palace.

    Try a fun Flamenco Dance workshop or, if you love the beautiful game, visit the Bernabeu Football Stadium.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Madrid > Salamanca

    This morning visit the delightful Prado Museum where your guide will escort you through the collections. Then, continue to Segovia where you’ll enjoy an orientation tour seeing the famous Roman aqueduct along the way. After some free time to explore continue to Salamanca.

  4. Day 4 - Salamanca > Porto

    This morning let your expert local guide show you the beautiful university city of Salamanca. During your guided tour see the imposing cathedral as well as the 15th century House of Shells. Afterwards cross the border into Portugal and continue to Porto, the city that lays at the beginning of the picturesque Douro Valley. Tour the city seeing the ornately decorated Palacio do Bolsa and Sao Francisco Church before taking a Rabelo boat cruise and seeing the city from a different perspective.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Porto > Lisbon

    This morning visit the historic district of Vila Nova de Gaia and sample some of the Porto this region is renowned for. Enroute to Lisbon visit the seaside village of Nazaré.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  6. Day 6 - Lisbon

    Enjoy a tour of Lisbon this morning before a guided visit of the Hieronymite Monastery and a tasting of the famous Pasteis de Nata. Enjoy lunch in Cascais before a leisurely afternoon in Sintra, visiting the 500-year-old Palacio Nacional.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  7. Day 7 - Lisbon > Seville

    This morning bid farewell to Portugal and return to Spain. Tonight enjoy a delicious Spanish style dinner with Flamenco show in one of Seville’s finest locations.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Seville

    Your exploration of Andalucia’s capital city, Seville starts this morning with a guided tour showcasing sites such as the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the cathedral that houses Christopher Columbus’ tomb, and the Alcazar of Seville.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Seville > Ronda

    Journey to Jerez and visit the celebrated bodega of Williams & Humbert where you’ll sample some of the world’s finest sherries, with a heritage dating back to 1877.

    This afternoon continue to Ronda where you will see the city on a walking tour including the Bullring and the Casa don Bosco, the modern Palace with magnificent views across the El Tajo gorge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Ronda > Córdoba

    Transfer from Ronda to Córdoba today. On arrival your local guide will show you all this city has to offer, including the Jewish quarter, the Aljama Mosque and Synagogue.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Córdoba > Granada

    From Córdoba, a scenic drive will take you to a Spanish mountain village where you’ll enjoy the warm hospitality of locals over a traditional lunch. This afternoon you’ll arrive at the captivating Hotel Alhambra Palace in Granada. A special treat awaits as you dine within Andalucia’s largest bullring, while enjoying a traditional La Tuna Folk Band performance.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Granada > Valencia

    The highlight of your time in Granada is a visit to the amazing Alhambra Palace, you will see this and much more during your guided city tour before taking a scenic drive to Guadix, home to the Alcazaba de Guadix and the Cave District of Barrio de Santiago. Our final destination today is the city of Valencia.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Valencia > Barcelona

    Your guided tour of Valencia this morning includes the City of Arts and Sciences and a visit of the Silk Exchange. After your tour continue to the Catalonian city of Barcelona. Originally established by the Knights Templar, the fortified seaport of Peniscola makes for a fascinating visit along the way.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - Barcelona

    Take a guided tour of lively Barcelona, including Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to immerse yourself in the charms of this delightful seaside metropolis. Perhaps wander the famous Las Ramblas pedestrian precinct, or the seaside promenade.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Barcelona > Paris

    After breakfast you will be transferred to Paris where you will board your Scenic Space-Ship. Enjoy a welcome dinner before cruising out of Paris with the beautiful city as a backdrop.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Les Andelys

    Enjoy the opulent amenities of your floating hotel as you glide peacefully through the Île-de-France region to Les Andelys.

    Hike to King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard, or journey to Lyons la Forêt, one of the most beautiful villages of France, and visit Fleury-la-Forêt Castle. Sample cider, the region’s specialty, after touring this exquisite example of 17th century architecture. Alternatively, join your local guide for a walking tour of the quaint village of Les Andelys, or take a bicycle tour through this beautiful village, set on the banks of the Seine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Rouen

    Enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, the capital of the Normandy region. Take in the famous sites relating to Joan of Arc and the historic Rouen Cathedral. Walk the winding medieval laneways and admire the city’s half-timbered houses. This region is also the gateway to the historic Western Front, and you’re able to gain fascinating insights into the Somme battlefields with an on board lecture from a local expert.

    This evening a local patissier will come on board with a selection of their finest desserts for your dining pleasure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Rouen

    Get a glimpse of what the Somme battlefields might have been like for those caught up in this terrible World War I battle, which claimed the lives of more than 150,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers. This full-day excursion commemorates the 103 years since, and includes a visit to the Australian National Memorial, containing the newly built Sir John Monash Centre, and the Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux. Alternatively, explore the collection of Impressionistic paintings, including masterpieces by Renoir and Monet, at the Museum of Fine Arts, which was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Rouen > Honfleur

    Relax on board as you cruise toward the open waters of the English Channel.

    Explore Honfleur, with its quaint architecture, relaxed coastal atmosphere and colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down on its waters. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the beautiful La Côte Fleurie region on France’s northern beaches and discover dashing Deauville, playground of the rich and famous.

    The estate of Manoir d’Apreval exclusively welcomes Scenic guests for a cocktail event showcasing their prestigious apple spirits. Celebrate your visit to the picturesque Calvados region with a beverage of the same name and let your eyes soak up the surrounding beauty, from the many flowering apple trees to the blue waters of the English Channel in the distance.

    Back on board, kick up your heels on the dance floor as a fabulous local swing band performs the best of the 1920s in the Panorama Lounge tonight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Honfleur

    Walk the historic Normandy beaches, the site of the D-Day landings, before visiting the Landing Museum at Arromanches. You’ll be struck by the sombre ambience surrounding the 9,387 graves of the Normandy Cemetery. While there, take a moment to reflect on the momentous impact of that day, as you look out from your hilltop position above Omaha Beach. Alternatively, with steep limestone cliffs that plunge dramatically towards the emerald waters of the English Channel below, the beauty of the Alabaster Coast will leave you breathless. Sitting proudly atop this dramatic seascape is the town of Étretat, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour and time at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Honfleur > Caudebec-en-Caux

    Visit Fécamp and its mighty palace. Situated in spectacular surrounds the city’s natural setting contrasts perfectly with its architectural centrepiece, the Benedictine Palace. Alternatively, travel to the hilltop village of Bolbec and view fabrics at the fascinating Textile Museum before visiting the Normandy Traditions Museum nearby. For the more adventurous, join a guided cycling tour to the charming village of Villequier and visit the Victor Hugo Museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Vernon

    In a region rich in visual treasures, enjoy a full morning of relaxation and take in the incredible scenery as you cruise into Vernon. It’s easy to understand why this region of France inspired beautiful paintings by many of history’s most famous artists.

    Visit Giverny and Monet’s former residence and gardens. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can explore by bike with a self-guided cycling tour that starts in Vernon.

    You can also discover Vernon with Scenic Tailormade at your own pace.

    Built into a steep rock face overlooking the Seine River and the small village bearing the same name, Château de La Roche Guyon is a sight to behold. Experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear as you enjoy a classical concert performed by the region’s most reputable musicians. The château dates back to medieval times and you’ll be sure to have fond memories of this special experience for a long time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Conflans > Paris

    Cruise to the charming medieval town of Conflans, with its distinctive barge houses docked within reach of the quaint main square.

    Discover the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and see Vincent van Gogh’s room, or step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château, set amidst beautiful parklands. Alternatively visit the great stables on the grounds of Chantilly, essentially a palace for horses living on the estate. The stables also house a museum dedicated to the relationship between man and horse throughout time.

    After a leisurely afternoon of cruising, the evening will see us returning to Paris, the ‘city of light’, and you’ll have the chance to view the beautiful illuminated skyline, and the soaring Eiffel Tower. Make sure you have your cameras at the ready.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Paris

    It’s your choice today to either spend time exploring France’s most celebrated city or embark on a discovery beyond the city limits.

    Shop with a Chef when you visit one of Paris’ local food markets, and enjoy exquisite tastings, or walk the city with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know. Alternatively, you may wish to explore beyond Paris and tour the 17th century estate of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis XIV’s inspiration for Versailles Palace. Featured in the James Bond movie Moonraker, the Palace of Vicomte has been leaving visitors in awe of its magnificence for centuries.

    With remarkable attractions at every turn, enjoy time at leisure this afternoon to explore Paris and create your own unique memories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Paris

    Your trip concludes after breakfast as you disembark and transfer to Paris airport.

    Please note: Pre release itinerary subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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