France, officially known as the French Republic, is a country located in Western Europe. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and the English Channel to the north, east, southeast, south, and northwest respectively. It is also known for its overseas territories and departments, including French Guiana in South America, Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Caribbean, and Reunion in the Indian Ocean.

The capital city of France is Paris, which is known for its iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and Notre-Dame Cathedral. The official language spoken in France is French, and the country has a rich cultural heritage that includes literature, music, cuisine, and fashion.

Paris - Avignon
We will leave Paris in the morning and arrive in Avignon, the heart of Provence, by evening. This region of France is diverse, with lively cities and winding mountains that offer distinct views depending on the season. It's a perfect break from the fashion and luxury of big cities, as we head to the tranquil South of France. You'll be able to enjoy the picturesque small towns, immerse yourself in nature and rural culture, and experience the romantic ambiance of the region. We'll visit Gordes, known as the most beautiful village in Provence, follow in Vincent van Gogh's footsteps in the small town of Arles, and savor the world-renowned mellow flavor of Bordeaux wine. Additionally, we'll visit the shopping paradise of Andorra. We'll stay overnight in Avignon or a nearby city, in a minimum 3-star hotel.
Avignon - Avignon

Our day will begin in Avignon, where we'll visit two must-see landmarks: the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) and the Pont Saint-Bénézet, also known as the broken bridge or Pont d'Avignon. The palace dates back to the 14th century and was supported by the King of France when the Roman church moved its capital, making Avignon the second religious capital of the Roman Catholic Church.

In the afternoon, we'll depart for Gordes, a village made of limestone dating back to 1525. It is famous for being featured in Peter Mayle's book "A Year in Provence." The village is situated on a steep cliff, which has earned it the nicknames "the Stone City" and "the City in the Sky." It is considered one of France's most beautiful villages by the Association des Plus Beaux Villages de France. We'll also visit the Musee de la Lavande, the lavender museum, and the Abbaye de Sénanque, which is where Catholic Cistercian originate from and is the story background of the book "A Year in Provence."

We'll stay overnight in Avignon or a nearby city in a minimum 3-star hotel. Please note that lavender is a seasonal plant that blooms from July until the beginning of August and is affected by climate, growth, and harvesting periods. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that clients will see fresh lavender.

Avignon - Barcelona

Our morning will begin with a drive to Arles, a small town famous for being the home of the well-known Dutch master of Impressionism, Vincent van Gogh, who lived in the sanatorium of Arles from 1888 to 1889. Though Van Gogh's stay was only for one year, it is considered the most productive period of his life, during which he painted more than two hundred oil paintings, including his world-renowned art pieces, The Langlois Bridge at Arles and The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum. Visiting the town is a unique experience, allowing us to see what the Dutch master saw over a century ago. In addition to enjoying the village's connection with Van Gogh, there are many ancient Roman ruins to behold, as Arles has been a key city since ancient Roman times.

In the afternoon, we'll leave Arles for the charming coastal city of Barcelona.

We'll stay overnight in Barcelona or a nearby city in a minimum 3-star hotel.

Barcelona - Barcelona

Our first destination of the day will be the Monastery of Montserrat, located on the famous Catalan Mountain. This well-known abbey is the most important religious shrine in Catalonia and home to La Moreneta, the black Madonna. The black-faced Madonna statue holding the holy child in her lap is considered the guardian of the spirit and soul of the local people.

In the afternoon, we will return to Barcelona to visit the famous Camp Nou, Europe's biggest football stadium and the home ground of FC Barcelona since 1957. Upon arrival, you'll have about four hours of free time with two options to choose from:

Stay at Camp Nou and enjoy the range of activities and stadium experiences offered. It is recommended to book these activities in advance, and any extra activities or experiences will be at your own expense.

Take some beautiful pictures outside the stadium, buy some souvenirs, and then visit the Sagrada Familia, the monumental Roman-Catholic church designed by the famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi.

After visiting Camp Nou, we will depart for the city center of Barcelona to see the famous Columbus Monument and the bustling Las Ramblas.

We'll stay overnight in Barcelona or a nearby city in a minimum 3-star hotel.

Barcelona - Lourdes

We will begin our day by traveling to the tiny Principality of Andorra in the eastern Pyrenees, situated between France and Spain. Andorra is known for its rugged terrain and picturesque mountains, with its capital Andorra la Vella being the highest capital city in Europe at an elevation of 1,023 meters. Though it may not be on the radar for most Asian travelers, Andorra is a must-visit destination for its stunning natural beauty and excellent skiing opportunities. Additionally, it is renowned for its duty-free shopping, making it a shopper's paradise.

After lunch, we will drive through the Pyrenees and enter France, where we will arrive at the town of Lourdes. Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage, with over five million visitors each year, since the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared here 150 years ago. Numerous medical miracles have been recorded in this town, and it has since become a significant religious destination.

If traveling between October and February, we will not visit Andorra due to winter weather conditions. Instead, we will reroute to Carcassonne in France, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its stunning Castle of Carcassonne. The city's double walls extend over three kilometers, and there are 52 towers to marvel at.

Our overnight stay will be in Lourdes or a nearby city, with a minimum three-star hotel.

Lourdes - Bordeaux

We will start our day by departing from Lourdes and heading towards the renowned wine region of Bordeaux. Our first stop will be at a well-known winery, where you will get to see the vineyards and have the opportunity to taste and purchase wine directly from the source.

After the winery visit, we will proceed to the city of Bordeaux, where we will visit some of the famous landmarks, including the Gran Teatro de Burdeos opera house, the Miroir d'Eau, the world's largest reflecting pool, and the renowned Place des Quinconces, among others. Towards the end of the day, you will have some free leisure time to explore the city center of Bordeaux.

Please note that some wineries in Bordeaux may be closed during August or during festivals. In such cases, we will not be able to visit the wineries; however, we will still be able to enjoy wine tastings and purchase wine in the city center of Bordeaux.

We will spend the night in Bordeaux or a nearby city, staying at a minimum 3-star hotel.

Bordeaux - Paris

We will depart from Bordeaux and head towards the world-renowned tourist attraction, the Loire Valley. The Loire River, known as the "mother river" of France, is the longest river in France with a length of 1020 km. The Loire Valley boasts magnificent castles on both sides of the river. In the afternoon, we will visit Chambord Castle, also known as the "King of Castles". Originally built as a hunting lodge for King Francois I of France in 1519, the castle was intended to showcase the king's imperial power. The king employed Italian artists and architects such as Leonardo da Vinci and Domenico da Cortona to bring the brilliant art and architectural style of the Italian Renaissance to the castle, laying the foundation for the French Renaissance.

After visiting Chambord Castle, we will make our way to Paris, arriving around 7 pm. You will have an overnight stay in Paris or a nearby city (minimum 3* hotels

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