NEW About the tour: Paradors of Catalonia and the Spanish Pyrenees

Join us on this wonderful holiday to the delights of Catalonia and the Spanish Pyrenees. Staying in truly exquisite Paradors steeped in history, these unique hotels offer something spectacular to your tour. You will explore the beautiful town of Bergerac, the royal city of Pau and the delightful cobblestone streets of Pamplona, before enjoying the world-renowned La Rioja region – with a spot of wine tasting, of course! We head to the atmospheric city of Barcelona, famed for its extraordinary architecture, before discovering the historic towns of Girona, Besalù and France's Carcassonne. This magnificent tour is filled will incredible experiences, guaranteed to leave you wanting more!

Tour Includes


  • 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 9 evening meals
  • Drinks package at the Paradors – ¼ bottle of wine (white or red), ½ bottle of mineral water, and tea or coffee included with each of the seven evening meals at the Paradors
  • Convenient local joining points

12 days from $4873 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 1300 811 500 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

    Travel south through the heart of France, making a short visit to the beautiful town of Bergerac, located on the northern bank of the Dordogne River. Explore the old town with its tangle of medieval streets, half-timbered houses and flower-filled squares.

    Continue to the Agen area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Bergerac
    Bergerac

    Included Highlights

    • Bergerac

    We continue our journey south today, with a brief stop in Pau, a royal city scenically set between the mountains and ocean. On a clear day, the Boulevard des Pyrenées provides majestic views of the mountains – this long avenue is dotted with cafés which offer the perfect spot to take in the atmosphere.

    We then travel through magnificent scenery and cross the border into Spain to reach our panoramically located Parador.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Pau
    Pau

    Included Highlights

    • Pau

    Enjoy an included excursion today as we visit nearby Pamplona – world-famous for the ‘Running of the Bulls’ which takes place every July. Explore the old town and wander the cobblestone streets to uncover the town’s history, and simply enjoy the medieval centre.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Pamplona
    Pamplona

    Included Highlights

    • Pamplona

    Join our included excursion as we explore the revered wine region of La Rioja, famous for its full-bodied reds and crisp white wines.

    Our first stop is bustling Haro, regarded as the wine capital of La Rioja. Here we will visit one of its historic bodegas for a wine tasting. Haro’s old quarter has a maze of streets, arcades and, of course, wine shops.

    We then continue to the town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a popular stop on the fabled Camino de Santiago pilgrims’ trail, which snakes its way through the vine covered landscape.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    La Rioja
    La Rioja

    Included Highlights

    • La Rioja
    • Wine Tasting

    We leave Sos del Rey Católico this morning and travel to the city of Zaragoza, the capital of the Aragon region and in a lovely location on the banks of the Ebro River. There is time to discover the historic centre with its famous multi-domed Basilica del Pilar, with paintings by Goya adorning its ceiling. The city is known for its gastronomy too and sampling a taste of the local tapas is not to be missed.

    We continue to Cardona where we spend four nights at the picture-postcard castle, the Parador de Cardona.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Zaragoza
    Zaragoza

    Included Highlights

    • Zaragoza

    Today we travel to the fascinating coastal city of Barcelona – the cosmopolitan capital of the Catalonia region and Spain’s second largest city. A delightfully relaxed atmosphere pervades the city whilst extraordinary architecture, such as Antonio Gaudí’s unique Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló, provide a spectacular backdrop.

    An optional guided sightseeing tour by coach and on foot will introduce you to the most important sights of the city, including the Eixample district, as well as the vast Olympic Stadium.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    National Museum in Barcelona
    Barcelona

    Included Highlights

    • Barcelona

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2021
    • Barcelona Guided Sightseeing Tour
    TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    Today we offer an optional excursion to Montserrat, known locally as the ‘serrated mountain’.

    We travel to the site of the famous Benedictine monastery, which is today home to around one hundred monks who follow the Order of St. Benedict. One of Catalonia’s most visited sights, and regarded by many as the region’s holiest place, the chapels, beautiful Basilica and often-turbulent history make this a fascinating place to visit. The views are incredible too!

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Montserrat Abbey
    Montserrat

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2021
    • Montserrat
    TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    Our first stop on our included excursion today is the town of Girona. Behind the colourful houses lining the River Onyar is the old town, with its imposing Gothic cathedral and maze of narrow streets.

    We then make our way to the medieval town of Besalù, in the volcanic region of La Garrotxa. Step back in time as you explore this fascinating old centre, with its historic churches, stone façades and narrow cobbled streets lined with pretty houses.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Girona
    Girona & Besalu

    Included Highlights

    • Girona
    • Besalù

    After breakfast, we begin our journey back to France, first stopping in the walled town of Carcassonne, famous for the defences which encircle the medieval city. The walled ‘Cité Médieval,’ with its cobbled lanes, is a joy to explore, offering spectacular views towards the Pyrenées.

    We stay overnight in the Toulouse area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Cite de Carcassonne
    Carcassonne

    Included Highlights

    • Carcassonne

    To the outskirts of Paris for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    NEW Paradors of Catalonia and the Spanish Pyrenees 12 days from $4,873pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    1300 811 500

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    Your Luxuria Signature Paradors:

    You will stay for three nights at the Parador de Sos del Rey Católico, set in the foothills of the Pyrenees near Zaragoza, before moving onto the Parador de Cardona, located in a peaceful position above the town of Cardona, for four nights. Overnight stays in France will be in city-style hotels.

    Parador de Sos del Rey Católico – This magnificent Parador is a former stately home set in the perfectly preserved 10th century medieval town of Sos del Rey Católico. Part of the Cinco Villas or “Five High Towns”, Sos del Rey Católico was the birthplace of King Ferdinand II of Aragon (the “Catholic King”). The Parador skilfully combines nods to its medieval past such as a coat of arms in the communal area and elegant Castilian-style furniture, with more contemporary features. Breathtaking views abound over the Aragonese landscape of foothills, mountains and valleys and the outdoor terrace provides an exceptional spot from which to enjoy the scenery.

    Parador de Cardona – The Parador de Cardona is a 14th century castle which perches high above the town of Cardona, surrounded by 9th century fortified walls. The Parador is steeped in history and atmosphere with its carefully restored vaulted ceilings, wooden beams, archways and exposed stonework, whilst the interior design incorporates magnificent Catalan-inspired medieval furniture, drapes and tapestries. Striking colours are often used in the decoration of the public areas, many of these being genuine colours of the original era of the castle. Views from the battlements across the town, Cardener River and the surrounding countryside are spectacular.   

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for $35pp (up to 6 days' duration), $55pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and $60pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for $18pp (up to 6 days duration), $35pp (7 & 8 days duration) and $42pp (9, 10 and days duration) $50pp (12 days and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately $1.80 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 two weeks before you are due to travel. With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. If joining in the UK, you may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, McLachlan European Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Luxuria - Charging sockets

    Luxuria Features

    • Deluxe armchair-style seats with leather exterior, central arm rests with cup holders and retractable calf rests give you a more comfortable journey.
    • Every seat has its own, fully interactive, touch screen T.V. offering a wide choice of entertainment so you can control what you want to watch and when.
    • There’s also a selection of double and single seats, including four seats face-to-face with tables. And with a total of 5 single seats available, these are ideal for passengers travelling independently.
    • Plug sockets and USB points at each seat mean you can keep your devices fully charged throughout your journey.
    • Onboard toilet.

    Luxuria Seating Plan

    Luxuria Seating Plan