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France to Spain Trip Details

Introduction

Welcome to France and Spain!

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 your next overseas experience.

Duration: 11 days, 10 nights

Start: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) -- Paris, France
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive before 9:00 am on Day 1.

Finish: Barcelona City Center -- Barcelona, Spain
Plan to depart at anytime on Day 11. Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to Barcelona El Prat International Airport.

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

What's Included

  • 11 days / 10 nights shared accommodations in boutique hotels
  • 9 breakfasts and 8 dinners
  • Experience Paris - "The City of Lights"
  • Explore the city of Dijon
  • Discover the streets of Beaune
  • French cooking class with a chef
  • Wine Tasting in Beaune
  • Bike tour in the French countryside
  • Visit Annecy - "The Venice of the Alps"
  • Hike the French Alps beneath Mont Blanc
  • Explore Chamonix
  • Beach day on the Spanish Coast
  • Catalonian cultural day and guided tour of Peratallada and Pals
  • Stay in the medieval Spanish village of Begur
  • High speed train from Paris to Burgundy
  • Private ground transportation from France to Spain
  • Private ground transportation throughout France & Spain
  • Private airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates

Travelers are responsible for international airfare to France and from Spain

Highlights

  • Tour of the City of Lights and be mesmerized by its unique buildings and architecture style
  • Learn about French gastronomy with a cooking class and wine tasting
  • Go through the heart of the French countryside and the Burgundy region
  • Hike the French Alps and enjoy a wonderful view of Mont Blanc - the highest peak in Europe
  • Experience the Spanish way of life and award winning beaches
  • Visit the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia - Barcelona
  • Indulge in delicious tapas and cerveza in medieval towns of the Costa Brava

Is this Trip for You?

This trip is 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 Catalonian cultural immersion 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

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Once you come on a trip, you become part of our Travel Community forever.

From U30X Alumni resources (and a secret group) after your trip, to custom Facebook groups before your trip, to meetups around the world, you will have the opportunity to meet and stay connected to other like-minded adventurers.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo but they all leave with friends.

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

Breakfasts will be served at your boutique hotel. Dinners are enjoyed at your hotel or in local restaurants a short walk away.

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. Many meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.
We suggest gluten free travelers to bring snacks as it may be more difficult to accommodate for this dietary restriction in these countries.

Transport

You will be traveling mostly by private ground transportation throughout your trip. There will be a high speed train included in France and we will also travel via public bus to the beaches in Spain.

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

  • Private ground transportation throughout France and Spain (Included)
  • High speed train from Paris to Burgundy (Included)
  • Private ground transportation from France to Spain (Included)
  • Public bus from Begur to Costa Brava beaches (Included)

Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to the airport on Day 11.
Cabs and other public transportation are not included unless specified on the itinerary.

Accommodation

You will be staying in shared boutique hotel rooms and guesthouses for the duration of your trip.

Please be aware that rooms in Europe can be smaller and don’t always provide a minibar, air-conditioning or a safe.

Most hotels & guesthouses in Europe do not have elevators and you may 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).

Laundry is available at some hotels for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.

Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.
Private room options are available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge).

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 or 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.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.

The goal of the Trip Leader 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

Please be eco-friendly
  • Bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping.
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment.
  • Bring "reef safe" sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate because they kill coral.

We recommend using a travel 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 organically inspired when possible.

Do not forget: Bring a two prong power adaptor to charge your electronics.

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Passport & Visas

Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders

Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your 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 U.S. Department of State 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

The tap water in France and Spain is safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep these countries beautiful.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 USD coverage.

Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.

No inoculations are required to enter France and Spain from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests routine vaccines for all travelers. Required vaccines should go through CDC, recommended vaccines should be through your doctor.

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 (EUR).

Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to additional expenses such as snacks, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

We suggest only about ~USD $300 (€250) in cash since most places will accept credit cards.
Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100USD.

ATMs are available in towns and cities but not in our first location in Burgundy.

Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas.

For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.

Safety & Security

Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.

Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room.

Don’t leave valuables unattended.

US Citizens please consider registering with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.

Weather

Temperatures in France and Spain during the summer months will be hot. Prepare for a dry & warm climate during these months.

Months of April - September in France

  • Average high is 61-77°F.
  • Average low is 45-61°F.

Months of April - September in Spain

  • Average high is 61-84°F.
  • Average low is 50-70°F.

cultural information

France

The French are very passionate about their history, politics, arts and of course their food and wine!

Expect lengthy dinners in restaurants as eating is a way to socialize and connect with people.

Quality of life is very important for the French as well as taking time off. The French can get up to 5 weeks of vacation each year!

Some shops might be closed during lunch time so workers can take a break.

Smoking is very common in France and though smoking inside restaurants is banned, it will be allowed outside and on terraces.

Spain

Everything starts later in Spain. Breakfast is around 10:00-11:00AM, lunch between 2:00 to 5:00 PM, "merienda" or an afternoon snack at around 7:00PM. Finally, dinner starts around 9:00 to 11:00 PM.

People normally meet up for drinks around 10:00 PM or later. Nightlife venues open around 1:00 AM.

Restaurants operate on their own schedules and typically won't open until very late compared to North American norms.

A lot of shops and restaurants are closed on Sunday.

Key Phrases in French
  • 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?
Key Phrases in Spanish
  • 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

Please bring cash with you. It will be helpful to have at least USD $300 in cash.
The activities below will be paid in Euros. All amounts are approximate prices in US dollars.

BURGUNDY

Take a stroll around the Chateau grounds and gardens

Take a walk along the riverbank

Enjoy delicious French wine in the French countryside

CHAMONIX

Mer de Glace Train: €34

Aiguille du Midi Cable Car (Round trip): €63

Paragliding: €110-200

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

While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.

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?

Hotel Recommendations in Barcelona

Hotel Recommendations 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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