Captivating Spain & the Beauty of Provence

October 5, 2020 to October 17, 2020

Join us on this magical tour of the captivating Spain cities of Madrid and Barcelona, and then on to beautiful Provence.  If you’re interested in art and architecture, you’ll be thrilled by a visit to Madrid’s Prado Museum, which houses 8,000 pieces of Western paintings and the amazing Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona.  Traveling to France the first stop is the fortified medieval town of Carcassone then on to Albi the birthplace of Toulouse Lautrec.  Two nights in Arles include a wine tasting at the famous village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Then on to the beautiful coastal town of Nice on the French Riviera, with visits to the quaint town of Aix-en-Provence and Grasse where you can unlock the secrets to the French perfume industry. Tour of Monaco with its beautiful Royal Palace;  visit the picturesque hilltop medieval village of Saint Paul de Vence perched high above the Riviera beaches.  So much to see and experience!  A trip of a lifetime.

 

Your journey begins aboard an optional motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Europe.

Your group is transferred from Barcelona airport to your hotel. Individual transfers are available at additional charge. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for your Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.
Hotel: Hotel Madrid Princesa (or similar)
Meal: Welcome Dinner with

Enjoy sightseeing with your Local Expert as they take you along the main historical areas in the Capital of Spain known as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter discovering the origins of the city. Visit the Prado Museum with an art historian, a magnificent palace housing works by Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and others. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax at a cafe, shop in the trendy boutiques or perhaps enjoy an Optional Experience to beautiful Toledo?
Hotel: Hotel Madrid Princesa (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Today you are at your leisure to explore, or perhaps join an Optional Experience to Segovia. This evening join your Travel Director and newfound friends at a local restaurant. Toast to your adventures as you enjoy regional favorites, served with wine.
Hotel: Hotel Madrid Princesa (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Travel to Barcelona via high speed train. With your Local Expert, explore the narrow lanes and old squares behind the cathedral in the Barri Gòtic, Gothic Quarter. See the lively Las Ramblas and then head along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district for a visit inside Gaudí’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, to see the central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars, spectacular vaulting and the beautiful rainbows flooding in through the intricate stained-glass windows. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore before meeting up for dinner.
Hotel: Hilton Barcelona (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Today you are at your leisure to explore, or perhaps join an Optional Experience or two?
Hotel: Hilton Barcelona (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Journey to the fortified town of Carcassonne. Travelers are often amazed at their first sight of this medieval gem, known for its fortress - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a complete set of ramparts and a medieval keep. Travel on to Albi, the birthplace of Toulouse Lautrec. During your orientation with your Travel Director, marvel at iconic sites including the views of Toulouse Lautrec Museum and the famous awe-inspiring cathedral. Spend the remainder of the evening at leisure before meeting to dine at your hotel.
Hotel: Hostellerie Du Grand Saint Antoine (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

See the greatest of the Roman remains, the incredible three-tiered Pont du Gard. Travel to the pretty village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Enjoy a wonderful introduction to the famous wine, tasting the difference for yourself as you learn about the various grape varieties that are allowed into the final blend of the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine. Continue to Arles, your home for the next two nights.
Hotel: M Gallery Jules Cesar (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax and soak up the atmosphere of Arles. Why not take the chance to visit Les Baux-de-Provence, one of the most picturesque villages in France, where you can visit an Olive Mill and sample some of the finest olive oil in France?
Hotel: M Gallery Jules Cesar (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Wake up ready to rub shoulders with the jet-set on the glamorous Côte d’Azur. Travel to Aix-en-Provence to see the sumptuous mansions lining the Cours Mirabeau before continuing to Grasse. Unlock the secrets of the French perfume industry with a visit to a perfumery, where fragrance experts waft exclusive scents from stoppered bottles. The rest of the day is set aside for you to enjoy the French Riviera at your own pace in Nice before meeting for dinner.
Hotel: West End Hotel Nice (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Enjoy a drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit in Monaco and walk with your Travel Director through the old town to see the Royal Palace and yacht-filled harbor. Your exploration continues as you visit inside Monaco Cathedral, housing the tomb of Princess Grace. The rest of the day is set aside for you to enjoy the French Riviera at your own pace. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit to the medieval village of Eze and its hill-top Botanical Gardens for a spectacular view of the coastline?
Hotel: West End Hotel Nice (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Visit the medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence, perched high above the Riviera beaches. A walk through its winding streets reveals elegant fountains, vine-covered stone walls and views of mountains and sea. This afternoon you are at your leisure before meeting for your Celebration dinner.
Hotel: West End Hotel Nice (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Sadly, your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Transfer from the hotel to the Nice Airport for your flight home. Upon arrival at Chicago O’Hare, your motorcoach transfer will return you to your original pick-up point.
Meal: Breakfast


Transportation

  • Optional Motorcoach to/from Chicago O’Hare from select cities:  $45.00 per person, each way (from select cities)
  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Madrid, Spain and return from Nice, France including current air taxes and fees with Air & Land Package
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Madrid and Nice when using group flights with Air & Land Package
  • Luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • High Speed train from Madrid to Barcelona

Hotel Accommodations

  • Hotel accommodations for eleven nights in 4-star hotels (Begin with three nights Madrid, two nights Barcelona, one night Albi, two nights Arles,  and three nights Nice) including hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling

Dining & Beverages

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Six dinners including a Welcome Dinner, four 3-course dinners with wine, and a final evening Celebration dinner in Nice

Sightseeing

  • Madrid: City sightseeing along the historical areas of Madrid; Old Quarter, Visit the Prado Museum
  • Barcelona: City tour exploring the old squares behind the cathedral in Barri Gothic, Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas and Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia
  • Carcassone: Situated among the rolling hillsides of France’s Languedoc Roussion region lined with lush vineyards. Visit to this fortress which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Albi: This is the birthplace of artist, Toulouse Lautrec. Walk the town and marvel at the awe-inspiring cathedral.
  • Pont du Gard: See the ancient Roman bridges of Pont du Gard that cross the Gardon River
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape: Enjoy an introduction to the prestigious wine and enjoy a tasting
  • Arles: Free day to walk its quaint streets, view the ruins of the roman amphitheater
  • Aix en Provence: Visit this city of art and light, a university town, and see its sumptuous mansions of the Cours Mirabeau
  • Grasse: The perfume capitol of the world, you’ll visit a perfumery to learn about the French perfume industry and discover your signature scent
  • Monte Carlo: Enjoy a drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit. Wander the old town to see the Royal Palace and the yacht-filled harbor and visit the cathedral to see the Tomb of Princess Grace

Services

  • Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Escorted by an Insight Vacations professional local Tour Director
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel*
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Not included:  Travel Insurance, Visa fees, passport fees, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, and any items of a personal nature.

A valid passport with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip is necessary.  

* Minimum group required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event, the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.

Tour-Only

Tour only
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Airfare From Chicago
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $1,290.00
Initial Deposit at time of Reservation: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Due:
No later than July 1, 2020

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees of $533.13 per person ARE INCLUDED and subject to change.

Available Discounts:

Early Booking Discount: Deposit by September 30, 2019 and receive a $320.00 per person discount

Insight Past Guest Discount:  $100.00 per person (subject to change at any time)

*Must have traveled with Insight Vacations, Uniworld, Brendan Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki within the last five years to qualify.

Discounts are subject to change at any time

Optional Flights from Chicago

(Included in Air-Inclusive Package Pricing)

Flights from Chicago are pending: The air-inclusive package includes air that has not yet been assigned, the identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date.

Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations.  Airline tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference.  Additional restrictions may apply. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air.  Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air.

 

Optional Insurance:   Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties

  • From date of deposit to July 1, 2020: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • July 2 – July 31, 2020: 50% of package price + applicable airline fees
  • Augusts 1 – September 4, 2020: 75% of package price + applicable airline fees
  • September 5, 2020 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.                                                                                                            

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