Join this adventure from romantic Paris to cosmopolitan Barcelona and be captivated by the culture and history of France and Spain. Visit castles, cycle through the Loire Valley and hike in the majestic mountains of the Pyrenees. Peruse paintings, admire Gaudi's quirky architecture and marvel at an illustrious Moorish past in Spain's byways and boulevards before partying the night away. This trip will make sure you come away with the best memories of two of Europe's most-visited countries. TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017: From the 1st of January 2017 this trip will have slightly improved itinerary on Day 7. Due to past traveller’s feedback, we have decided to replace the vineyard tour outside of Bordeaux with highly ranked wine museum visit. The guided tour includes visit of the cellars where you will learn about history of the wine trade in Bordeaux, ageing process in oak barrels, inventions of the bottles and labels, and a commented wine tasting. In Spain, we have decided to shorten our stay in Ronda and add an extra night in Cordoba instead. This change will still allow us to visit Ronda comprehensively and to enjoy a sunset in this truly beautiful location, but it will also give us more time in equally amazing Cordoba, which, being a bigger city consequently requires more time in order to get to know its important and interesting sights.

Highlights

Be romanced by Paris, the City of Love. The Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees are unforgettable when lit up at night

Enjoy a day of cycling through the Loire Valley, and tour the exquisite 16th-century ornamental gardens of the Chateau Villandry

There's nothing like tasting wine from the source. Visit one of the many wineries in Bordeaux to gain insight into the wine-making process

Canoe down a calm river in the unspoiled Dordogne region of southwestern France

Hike through the forests and slopes of the Pyrenees Mountains. This mighty range separates the Iberian peninsula from the rest of Europe

Experience the Basque way of life on the sandy shores of San Sebastian. Indulge at the local pintos bars and throw yourself into northern Spanish nightlife

The Art Walk in Madrid is every art lover's dream. In one small stretch you can browse the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Reina Sofia and the Prado, one of the world's most celebrated galleries

Experience the fiery passion and rhythm of a traditional flamenco dance performance in Seville

It's a pretty special thing to chill out on a beach in Andalusian Spain, knowing North Africa is just across the water. Explore the scenic Costa de la Luz, and kick back with some tapas and sangria in Tarifa

The town of Ronda is split in two by a deep rocky chasm. Follow in the path of the Romans, as you cross from one side to the other along an ancient bridge

Discover Cordoba's great mosque - the Mezquita, one of the most accomplished examples of Moorish architecture in the world. The lavish gardens and opulent rooms of Granada's spectacular Alhambra Palace aren't bad either

Witness a spectacular Spanish sunset on a beach in Valencia, while feasting on a bowl of the world's best paella.

The cosmopolitan city of Barcelona pulses with culture, art and an outstanding drinking and dining scene. Discover the eccentric modernist architecture of Antonio Gaudi, who made Barcelona his artistic playground. The unfinished masterpiece of La Sagrada Familia is particularly mind-blowing