Day 1: Barcelona
Touch down in Barcelona for a taste of Catalan culture. We check into our B&B and relax. The best way to aquaint yourself to the city is to start on a guided Old City tour, which will take us inside the ancient walled city where you will see the Jewish Quarter, the Roman City, the Medieval City, Santa María Del Mar, Plaça Reial, among many other beautiful places in the city.
In the evening we head out to explore Barcelona’s famous nightlife and get a taste of the delicious tapas on offer across various bars in the city.
Day 2: Barcelona
After breakfast, we head out for a Gaudi-themed cycle tour to experience Gaudi's Barcelona. Starting our journey in La Rambla and ending in front of the impressive Sagrada Familia.
For lunch, come along to La Boquería. Described as a gastronomic temple, La Boquería is a sprawling food market with a mind-blowing range of fresh produce where you can hop from one stall to another, tasting the delights that Catalan culture has to offer.
Experiences: Guided walking tour of the Old City | Treat your taste buds at La Boquería
Day 3: Barcelona to Costa Brava
We stray off the beaten path and head to the little town of Begur that has a spread of fantastic restaurants and boutique hotels, offering a stylish Spanish beach holiday where you might least expect it. Begur is an exuberant town where you can spend the day exploring the narrow streets of Moorish and Spanish architecture, topped with a crumbling medieval castle that has views along miles of coastline. The town's most stunning neoclassical mansions were built by local merchants returning from Cuba in the late 19th century, and they sit alongside fishermen's huts, the homes of wealthy families who traded with the West Indies and Americas, and houses rumoured to have hosted pirates. Enjoy seafood dinners in a tapas bar lit with fairy lights.
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner
Experiences: Bus ride to Begur | Tapas dinner at a local tapas bar
Day 4: Costa Brava to Barcelona to Paris (1 hour 45 minutes by flight)
Post breakfast, head out for a jaunt by a beach at Sa Riera and then take a noon bus to get back to Barcelona. From Barcelona, head to the airport to fly out to Paris. Land in Paris by evening and witness the reason why it is called the City of Blinding Lights.
After we settle into our stay, in the evening, we head to an old school absinthe bar where you can choose from about a dozen different brands of absinthe, served in the traditional manner, with your straight absinthe in a glass, your special absinthe spoon and sugar cubes on the side, and a large absinthe fountain on the bar in front of you, with multiple spouts so you and your fellow travelers can simultaneously add water to the absinthe to suit your respective tastes. During the Belle Époque, Absinthe or the Green Fairy – nicknamed after its distinctive colour – was the drink of choice for so many writers and artists in Paris that five o’clock was known as the Green Hour, a happy hour when cafes filled with drinkers sitting with glasses of the verdant liquor. This is one evening you will not forget (or may not remember, depending on how much you drink)!
Meals: Catalan breakfast spread | Paris in the evening | Absinthe bar visit
Experience: Spanish beach town visit| Paris in the night | Absinthe bar visit in the night (own cost)
Day 5: Paris
To acquaint you with the city, we take a guided tour of the main sights in Paris. From its beginnings as a medieval village to the capital of Napoleon’s empire, from the beheadings of the French Revolution to the excitement of La Belle Époque (not forgetting years of Nazi occupation and the secrets of today’s metropolis), this tour will show you Paris as it was meant to be seen; by walking along the banks of the Seine, and through its royal gardens and squares.
We will also make our way to the Louvre, the famous museum which showcases the Mona Lisa, apart from other famous artworks by masters such as Raphael, Vermeer, Caravaggio. You can also visit the Musée de l'Orangerie, an art gallery famous for its display of Monet’s Water Lilies, among other impressionist and post impressionist works. If you don’t want to spend the day at the museum and have a taste for the macabre, wander through the Parisian catacombs, amaze of tunnels and crypts underneath the city streets where Parisians placed the bones of their dead for almost 30 years. In the evening, hop on a boat to cruise along the Seine and gaze at the twinkling lights of Paris.
Experiences: Walking tour of Paris | Visit the Louvre, Musée de l'Orangerie and Catacombs (entrance to be paid personally) | Night river cruise on the Seine
Day 6: Paris
This day is at leisure. You can revisit some of the stops of your walking tour, places that took your breath away or choose to spend the day heading to the upper floors of the Eiffel tower. Alternatively an afternoon amongst the books of the Shakespeare & Co books company would be a great day for book lovers.
Take a day trip with us to the idyllic village of Giverny, an inspiration for Monet’s works. Get inside the artist’s head with a guided tour of Monet’s house and garden. The house has been restored as it was before with its original interior colours and charm. You can see Monet’s precious collection of Japanese prints hung just as they were by him. Outside is Monet’s large studio where he painted the famous Water Lily series. The gardens burst with wisteria, azaleas, and of course there is the famous water lily pond too.
You can also spend your leisure day exploring the streets of Paris. You can take a walk with a local who will show you their neighbourhood, telling you about the best croissants, the secret alleys and the sights that tourists often miss.
Explore the Père Lachaise cemetery where many famous artists are buried, such as Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust and Jim Morrison to name a few.
Experiences: Day at leisure with options of a day trip to Giverny | Explore a neighbourhood in Paris with a local | Père Lachaise cemetery | Climb up the Eiffel tower (Add-ons)
Day 7: Paris to Bruges (3.5 hours by train)
Say au revoir to Paris and head out to Bruges, a quaint Belgian town to get a glimpse of the typical Belgian life. A beautiful town welcomes us for the day, as we settle into our B&B. The rest of the day is for discovering the town on foot. Sights include the Historical Quarter, Minnewater lake, De Halve Haan Brewery, the vibrant Markt and the simple commune life at the Benguinage.
Get your fill of Belgian delicacies in Beer, chocolate and fries. Forget the calorie count for a day and indulge in local food to truly experience the land you are discovering today.
Experiences: Local sights at Bruges | Local delicacies of fries, chocolate and beer
Day 8: Bruges to Amsterdam (3.5 hrs by train)
Hello to Amsterdam! Famous for its coffeeshops (which serve more exciting substances than coffee), the red light area and it’s intricate canal network. In the evening, visit the Red Light District which is one of the oldest districts in Amsterdam. From coffeeshops and jazz clubs to sex theatres and smartshops, find out the realities and fictions of this storied district.
Experiences: Red Light District self exploration | Coffee shops
Day 9: Amsterdam
We head out for a walking tour of Amsterdam. Our guided tour will take you through the history of Amsterdam - from its start as a muddy village on the River Amstel to becoming the most important trading city in Europe. Also learn about the city's dark secrets - from the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization, to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, this is a perfect introduction to Amsterdam. Visit the Anne Frank’s house where the iconic journal, Anne Frank’s Diary, was written. Step back in time as you explore the house’s hidden passageways and imagine how life was like under Nazi rule.
Experiences: Visit Anne Frank’s house (optional) | Guided walking tour of Amsterdam|
Day 10: Amsterdam return
Make your way back home, with a bag full of memories
An exciting 10 day Eurotrip which takes you through these iconic West European cities.
- Meals mentioned
- Accommodation on a twin sharing basis at basic boutique hotels or apartments
- All internal transport by train or flight (as indicated against each day)
- All tours and activities except those which are optional/add-ons.
- Flight charges to and from Europe
- Entrance fee at local monuments, museums which are not set out under “Inclusions”.
- Meals not mentioned
- Personal expenses such as beverages, tips, room service etc.
- Any costs arising from flight delays, change in weather conditions, strikes etc. which are beyond our control
- Visa charges and processing
- Travel insurance
- What is not mentioned in “Inclusion"
- The live tapas dinner at a local’s house on Day 3 in Barcelona – 45 euros per head
- Louvre visit – 16 euros per head; Musée de l'Orangerie – 7.5 euros; Pompidou Centre – 13 euros; Catacombs – 10 euros; Père Lachaise cemetery- free
- Giverny day trip on Day 6 – 81 euros per head (includes transfers from hotel and back, entrance fee and tour guide)
*Please note: Activities are flexible and depend on availability.