France & Spain – From Paris to Barcelona

Discover two of the greatest European cities during this tour that begins in Paris and ends in Barcelona. You may be surprised to found however, that your favorite part of the tour is the journey from one city to the next. Traveling through the Loire River Valley and the Périgord regions, you will connect with La France Profonde. Here you will find the where iconic French villages and meandering rivers lined with medieval castles, walled cities and abbeys. It is in the small towns such as Amboise and Sarlat-la-Canéda that you will have the opportunity to appreciate and absorb French culture.

9 Days /7 Nights

Group size

Highlights Include:
  • Orientation tour of Paris 
  • Expressionist paintings of the Musée d’Orsay 
  • Sainte Chapelle, the royal chapel known for its exquisite stained glass windows 
  • Montmartre, the village-like neighborhood overlooking Paris 
  • St. Pierre Abbey of Solesmes where services continue to be sung in Gregorian chant 
  • Château of Chambord, Renaissance Palace in the Loire River Valley 
  • Oradour sur Glane, the village destroyed by Nazi SS troops at the end of WWII andpreserved as a memorial to the victims
  • Prehistoric caves of Cougnac with drawings dating from Palaeolithic Era 
  • Castlenaud Castle, dating from the 100-years-war between France and England 
  • Sarlat-la-Canédaa thriving town that boasts the largest concentration of Renaissance buildings in France 
  • Carcassonne, medieval stronghold, surrounded by thirteen miles of walls and 53 towers  
  • Moderniste Barcelona:  Parc GuellSagradia FamiliaPasseig de Gracia and the Palau de la Música
Possible Performance Venues: 
  • Prestigious Churches, Cathedrals, and Basilicas such as La Madeleine and Chartres Cathedral 
  • Village churches and community concert halls 
  • Universities and schools 
  • Joint performances and cultural exchange with local ensembles 
  • Summer concert series and festivals 

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