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France to Spain Trip Details

Introduction

France and Spain are two of the most visited countries in Europe boasting stunning scenery and rich historical culture.

France is known for having the best gastronomy in the world and gorgeous landscapes ranging from stunning vineyards to the highest mountains in Europe.

Spain has 300 days of sun a year and is famous for its eccentric artists like Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudí.

These culture rich destinations make France & Spain perfect for group travel tours.

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights (in 2018) - 11 days / 10 nights (in 2019)

Start: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive Day 1 by 9:00 AM.

Finish: Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN)
Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to airport, and are welcome to depart at any time on Day 10 (2018) - Day 11 (2019).

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.

What's Included

For 2018 dates:
-10 day / 9 night stay in shared boutique hotel rooms
-9 Breakfasts and 9 dinners

For 2019 dates:
- 11 day / 10 night stay in shared boutique hotel rooms
- 9 Breakfasts and 8 dinners

-Cooking class with a French Chef
-Wine Tasting
-Biking tour in the French countryside
-Hike in the French Alps
-Tour guide during Catalonian Cultural day
-Airport pickup at Paris CDG and ground transportation throughout France
-Ground transportation from France to Spain

Attendees are responsible for their own airfare

Highlights

-Enjoy an insightful tour of the City of Lights and be mesmerized by its unique buildings and architecture style
-Learn more about French gastronomy through a cooking lesson and some wine tasting
-Go through the very heart of the French countryside and the Burgundy region
-Hike the French Alps and enjoy a wonderful view over the Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe!
-Take a timeless walk on Spanish beaches
-Experience the Spanish way of life
-Visit intriguing Barcelona
-Indulge in delicious tapas and cerveza in medieval towns of the Costa Brava
-Bring back home unforgettable memories!

Is this Trip for You?

This trip is designed for people who are curious about learning and experiencing the French culture and gastronomy while relaxing in the French countryside.

The second part of the trip in Spain is a wonderful mix of immersion in Catalonian culture and relaxing on world class Spanish beaches.

Learn about these two beautiful and historic countries in Western Europe in a way that combines activity, culture, and off the beaten path adventures.

-Age requirements: 21+
-Group size: 16 max, average 13
-Physical rating: Moderate. This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation with moderate physical activities. Participants should expect to be active 3-4 hours most days. An active lifestyle is helpful though not required to enjoy the trip.

Community

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Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Under30Experiences Travel Community.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • France: croissants, ham, eggs, cereals, fruits, juice, tea, coffee.
  • Spain: tortilla, fruits, cereals, pan con tomate, salami, juice, tea, coffee.

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • France: variety of chicken, fish & beef dishes.
  • Spain: variety of gazpacho, salads, paella, fish.

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions.

Some restaurants offer a vegetarian option. It's suggested that gluten free travelers bring snacks.

Transport

You will be traveling on mostly private ground transportation throughout your trip.

Travelers will be responsible for their own transportation to the airport on the final day.

There will be early morning departures on some days in order to optimize your itinerary.

Accommodation

Boutique hotels & guesthouses (9 nights) with roommate(s), all rooms have private bathroom.

Rooms in Europe can be smaller and don’t always provide minibar, safe or air-conditioning.

Most hotels & guesthouses in Europe do not have elevators and you will have to carry your luggage up and down the stairs. Please pack accordingly.

The hotel in Begur, Spain is located in the heart of a small medieval town where streets are very narrow and you will have to carry your luggage from the bus stop to the entrance of the hotel (5-minute walk).

Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.

Laundry available at hotel for an extra charge (ask front desk for details).

Private room options available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge)
*Accommodations can vary but will be the same quality.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced trip leaders and community managers.

The goal of the trip leaders is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Packing List

We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. 

Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and certified organic when possible.

Do not forget: Three prong power adaptor for electronics, be sure to bring a converter if devices can’t handle 220v.

Passport & Visas

Passports and Visas (Guidelines for US passport holders)

  • Make sure you have an updated passport with youYour passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.  Please consult the US Embassy with any more questions.
  • Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

  • Please bring a reusable water bottle to refill from the faucet as the water is safe to drink in both France & Spain. However the tap water in Spain doesn’t taste nice. We encourage our travelers to buy large bottles from the supermarket and refill their own water bottle.
  • Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 coverage.
  • Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.
  • There are no required vaccinations needed to enter into France and Spain however the CDC recommends routine inoculations.
  • More specific Health information for Travelers to Europe can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Money & Currency

  • The official currency in France & Spain is the Euro (€).
  • Please consider your own spending habits when budgeting for drinks, shopping and tipping.
  • Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you will be traveling overseas.
  • ATMs are available in towns and cities but not in our first location in Burgundy. Almost all places we go to accept credit cards.
  • We recommend you to bring some cash with you to cover additional expenses such as lunch, optional activities, snacks, souvenirs…etc.
  • For an up-to-date exchange rate, dowload the app XE.

Safety & Security

  • Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you.
  • Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the hotel.
  • US Citizens please register with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency: http://travelregistration.state.gov

Weather

France

Average high in France from April - September is 61-77°F.

Average low in France from April - September is 45-61°F.

Spain

Average high in Spain from April - September is 61-84°F.

Average low in Spain from April - September is 50-70°F.

Key Phrases

France

  • Hello -- Bonjour
  • Thank you -- Merci
  • How are you?    -- Comment ça va ?
  • I am fine -- Je vais bien
  • Excuse me / sorry -- Excusez-moi
  • Can I have some wine? -- Puis-je avoir du vin ?

Spain

  • Hello -- Hola
  • Thank you -- Gracias
  • How are you?    -- Como estas?
  • I am fine? -- Estoy bien
  • Excuse me / sorry -- Disculpe
  • I love Barcelona! -- Me gusta mucho Barcelona!

Optional Activities

Burgundy

Take a stroll around the Chateau grounds and gardens
Explore the small town
Take a walk along the riverbank
Enjoy delicious French wine in the French countryside

Chamonix

Hike the surrounding mountains
Explore the cozy ski-town nestled in the alps

Begur

Walk up to Begur Castle and enjoy the views
Enjoy a glass of Spanish wine from the hotel terrace
Enjoy authentic Spanish tapas at a local restaurant

Barcelona
  • Tour Sagrada Familia - €30
  • Walk along the Barceloneta beach and boardwalk
  • Experience the views from Montjuic
  • Take a stroll through the Gothic Quarter

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, trip leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.

Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.

Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.

Trip leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.

Staying longer or arriving early?

Recommended Hotels in Barcelona

Recommended Hotels in Paris

Staying an extra day in Barcelona? Read our Quick Tips to Barcelona & Exploring Barcelona Like a Local

Wants to see more of France? Read our Towns Outside of Paris & Places to Stay and Tips for Paris

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