Touch down in Barcelona for a taste of Catalan culture. We check into our B&Band relax. The best way to aquaint yourself to the city is to start on a guided Old city tour, which will take us inside the ancient walled city where you will see the Jewish Quarter, the Roman City, the Medieval City, Santa Maria Del Mar, PlacaReial among many other beautiful places in the city
In the evening we head out to explore Barcelona’s famous nightlife and get a taste of the delicious tapas on offer across various bars in the city.
After breakfast, we head out for a Gaudi themed cycle tour. To see Gaudi’s Barcelona. Which starts in La Rambla and ends in front of the breathtaking Sagrada Familia.
For lunch, come along to La Boqueria. Described as a gastronomic temple, La Boqueria is a sprawlingfood market with an mind boggling range of fresh produce where you can hop from one stall to another, tasting the delights that Catalan culture has to offer.
Experiences: Guided walking tour of the Old City| Treat your taste buds at La Boqueria
We stray off the beaten path and heady to the little town of Begur with a spread of fantastic restaurants and boutique hotels offering a stylish Spanish beach holiday where you might least expect it. Begur is an exuberant town where you can spend the day exploring the narrow streets of Moorish and Spanish architecture topped with a crumbling medieval castle that has views along miles of coastline. The town's most stunning neoclassical mansions were built by local merchants returning from Cuba in the late 19th century, and they sit alongside fishermen's huts, the homes of wealthy families who traded with the West Indies and Americas, and houses rumoured to have hosted pirates. Enjoy fairy light lit seafood dinners of live it up in a tapas bar.
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner
Experiences :Bus ride to Begur | Tapas dinner at a local tapas bar
Day 4: Monday |Costa Brava to Barcelona to Paris (1 hour 45 minutes by flight)
Post breakfast, head out for a jaunt by a beach at Sa Riera and then take a noon bus to get back to Barcelona. From Barcelona, head to the airport to take flight out to Paris. Land in Paris by evening, to see the reason why the city is called the city of Blinding lights.
Once we settle into our stay, in the evening we head to a find an old school absinthe bar where you can choose from about a dozen different brands of absinthe, served in the traditional manner, with your straight absinthe in a glass, your special absinthe spoon and sugar cubes on the side, and a large absinthe fountain on the bar in front of you, with multiple spouts so you and your fellow travelers can simultaneously add water to the absinthe to suit your respective tastes. During the Belle Époque, Absinthe or the Green Fairy – nicknamed after its distinctive colour – was the drink of choice for so many writers and artists in Paris that five o’clock was known as the Green Hour, a happy hour when cafes filled with drinkers sitting with glasses of the verdant liquor. This is one evening you will not forget (or may not remember, depending on how much you drink)!
Meals: Catalunian breakfast spread | Paris in the evening | Absinthe bar visit
Experience: Spanish beach town visit| Paris in the night | Absinthe bar visit in the night
To acquaint you with the city, we take a guided tour of the main sights in Paris. From its beginnings as a medieval village to the capital of Napoleon’s empire, from the beheadings of the French Revolution to the excitement of La Belle Époque (not forgetting years of Nazi occupation and the secrets of today’s metropolis), this tour will show you Paris as it was meant to be seen; by walking along the banks of the Seine, and through its royal gardens and squares.
We will also make our way to the Louvre, the famous museum which showcases the Mona Lisa, apart from other famous artworks by masters such as Raphael, Vermeer, Caravaggio. You can also visit the Musée de l'Orangerie, an art gallery famous for its display of Monet’s Water Lilies, among other impressionist and post impressionist works. If you don’t want to spend the day at the museum and have a taste for the macabre, wander through the Parisian catacombs, amaze of tunnels and crypts underneath the city streets where Parisians placed the bones of their dead for almost 30 years. In the evening, hop onboard a boat and cruise along the Seine and watch the twinkling lights of Paris go by.
Experiences: Walking tour of Paris| Visit the Louvre, Musée de l'Orangerie and Catacombs (entrance to be paid personally)| Night river cruise on the Seine
This day is at leisure. You can revisit some of the stops of your walking tour, places that took your breath away or choose to spend the day heading to the upper floors of the Eiffel tower. Alternatively an afternoon amongst the books of the Shakespeare and Co books company would be a great day for book lovers.
Day 7: Thursday: Paris to Brugge (3.5 hours by train)
Say au revoir to Paris and head out to Brugge, a quaint Belgian town to get a glimpse of the typical Belgian life. A quaint town welcomes us for the day , as we settle into our B&B. The rest of the day is for discovering the town on foot. The Historical quarter, Minnewater lake, De Halve Haan brewery and the vibrant Markt and the simple commune life at the Benguinage.
Get your fill of Belgian delicacies and specialties in Beer, chocolate and fries. Forget the calorie count for a day and indulge in local food to truly understand the land you are discovering today.
Experiences: Local sights at Brugge | Local delicacies of fries, chocolate and beer
Day 8: Friday | Brugge to Amsterdam (3.5 hrs by train)
Hallo to Amsterdam! Famous for its coffeehouses (which serve more exciting substances than coffee), the red light area and it’s intricate canal network. In the evening, you can opt a for fun guided tour of the red light district, one of the oldest districts in Amsterdam. From coffeeshops and jazz clubs to sex theatres and smartshops, find out the realities and fictions of this storied district.
Experiences: Red Light district tour | Coffee shops
We head out for a walking tour of Amsterdam. Our guided tour will take you through the history of Amsterdam, from its start as a muddy village on the River Amstel to becoming the most important trading city in Europe. Learn about the secrets of the city, from the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization, to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, this is a perfect introduction to Amsterdam. Visit the Anne Frank’s house where the iconic journal, Anne Frank’s Diary, was written. Step back in time as you explore the house’s hidden passageways and imagine how life was like under Nazi rule. Spend your last night in Amsterdam with a truly unique experience: delve into a real life escape game where you are locked in with a small group of maximum 6 people in a historic room and you have to “Sherlock” your way out of it using your collective intelligence and creativity! This promises to be great fun and an unforgettable night!
Experiences: Visit Anne Frank’s house (optional)| Guided walking tour of Amsterdam| Sherlocked (Add on)
Day 8 in Amsterdam – 120 euros for group of 6 pax; depending on number of people, cost can vary from 20-40 euros per head. This tour is subject to availability. Read more about Sherlocked here http://sherlocked.nl/