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Paris, Toulouse & Barcelona
Paris, Toulouse, Lourdes, Carcassonne and Barcelona
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Paris, Toulouse & Barcelona
10 days, departure end of July 2017
Central hotels, entrances and meals
Private group tour with requested TM
Experience cultural France and Barcelona
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Paris , Toulouse & Barcelona

European Art & Culture

Student Cultural Tour – 10 days

Paris, Toulouse & Barcelona

The July 2017 tour strikes the perfect balance between big city adventure and the calm countryside of Southwest France. From Paris to Barcelona through the Southwest of France, this tour brings you the best highlights of the region. You will explore revered icons such as the Eiffel Tower, the Sagrada Familia, and the famous pilgrimage town of Lourdes. You will experience the splendor of Paris and the charm of medieval Carcassonne. You will overnight in the rose-tinted student capital, Toulouse, ending the tour in the most extraordinary Mediterranean city -Barcelona. Join this tour and enjoy the rich variety of food, art, and history that reflects France and the Mediterranean.
You will board your flight from Seattle to Paris on day 1 and return home on day 10 from Barcelona.

Hotel Nights

  • Paris (3 nights)
  • Toulouse (2 nights)
  • Barcelona (3 nights)
All hotels will be of good standard, and student-friendly accommodation. Lingo Tours works primarily with centrally located hotels to avoid spending time transferring to and from the hotel.

Tour Route

From Paris to Barcelona

From Paris, this tour will bring you by train through the Loire-Valley to Toulouse and onwards by private bus to Barcelona, where the tour ends on day 10.

Day 2-4 in Paris

Paris, Toulouse & Barcelona

Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, one of the many iconic landmarks of Paris. You will visit picturesque Montmartre one of the evenings together with your Tour Manager.

Notre Dame


Market in Barcelona


Pont neuf


Eiffel Tower


Moulin Rouge


Day by Day

  • Depart from Seattle on your overnight flight to Paris.
  • Arrive in Paris and be amazed by the many landmarks such as Notre Dame, Champs Elysée, Arch of Triumph, Pantheon, Eiffel Tower, Madeleine Church and much more during your 3 hour guided sightseeing. End the day with a welcome dinner in the evening, followed by a good night of sleep to re-set your clock!
  • After your first French breakfast you start the day with impressionism at Musée d’Orsay. Your Tour Manager will help you with a half day excursion to Versailles Castle (not included, but assisted by Tour Manager).
  • Start your day at the Louvre Museum- the largest museum in the world with an expansive collection of renowned artistic and historic pieces. After lunch you will have structured free time according to suggestions by your Tour Manager. After dinner in the evening you will experience the Eiffel Tower (tickets to 2nd floor included) followed by a Seine river cruise at night.
  • Depart to Toulouse by TGV speed train. After check-in at your central hotel you will have a Tour Manager-led introduction walk followed by a special dinner of the French southwest.
  • A day excursion to Lourdes, with entry to the Sanctuary or Our Lady Lourdes. Spend some time in this hillside town before returning to Toulouse in the afternoon. Structured free time before your dinner at night.
  • Travel to Barcelona Spain via one of the best preserved walled medieval towns of France, Carcassonne. Explore the many pedestrian cobbled streets and enjoy the setting of this pearl. After lunch you will continue your journey to Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia and the most important city along the Mediterranean coast. After check-in at your hotel, your Tour Manager will guide you through Barrio Gotico where you will dine too.
  • After breakfast you set off on your local guide-led sightseeing of Barcelona with special attention to the work of Gaudi. You will go inside the Sagrada Familia, a masterpiece of religious symbolism. A Gaudi tour of Barcelona is nothing without a visit to the whimsical Park Guell! In the evening a tapas dinner awaits you.
  • After breakfast you will visit the museum of the most famous of Spanish artists - Picasso. Join your tour manager to the Boqueria market and walk down the Rambla to the Barcelona harbor. Maybe a swim in the Mediterranean at Barceloneta Beach before getting ready for your farewell dinner at night.
  • Depart from the Barcelona airport for return to Seattle.

Champs Elysées

Included on tour

  • A specialist Tour Manger from beginning to end.
  • Centrally located hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and dinner plus a tapas dinner in Barcelona.
  • Private local guides for sightseeing in Paris and Barcelona.
  • Visits to selected museums and sights including the Louvre Museum, Musée d’Orsay, The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, Picasso Museum in Barcelona, Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
  • Seine river cruise and Eiffel Tower (2nd floor).
  • Transportation for all scheduled activities.
  • Airfares and airport transfers.

Guided sightseeing

Walking through Park Guell

Your local guide will point out all the interesting little details beneath the surface of the obvious and give you some insight in the Catalan society.

Organized chaos

Park Guell

The park that was once Gaudi's home and architectural playground

Colorful Gaudi

Casa Batlló

The dragon-roofed architectural masterpiece on Passeig de Gracia.

It's all in the details

Inside the Sagrada Familia

The most astonishing cathedral of modern times, full of religious symbolism and story telling.

Your journey

Lingo Tours will give you an experience that exceeds typical group travel standards. When travelling abroad you can take full advantage of the privilege and absorb as much as you can. Your Tour Manager will enhance your tour by showing you corners of real life, and the stories behind the stories. She will join you in personal and reflective conversations for understanding, she will ask you questions, and answer yours!

Meals on tour

Your daily dinners are included on tour. Normally a 3 course meal, the dinner can vary slightly depending upon the regional style and specialties. For example- in Barcelona you will have a tapas dinner and then there are many small tastings of different types of food. There will always be iced water included with the all meals. We want you to try the local specialties and are therefore designing our menu around the region and season of the kitchen. Lunches are not included, but it is possible that one of the days your Tour Manager take the initiative to arrange a picnic when in the south of France, time allowing. We encourage you to try the French cheeses, Spanish seafood and other local delicacies, but your included dinners will always be made with quality ingredients we know you like. All our supplier restaurants provide high quality food and are used to dealing with any particular dietary requirements (allergies or similar).
Should you have any dietary requirements please make us aware before the tour in the online registration form.

Mona Lisa

Lost for 2 years

The Mona Lisa was mysteriously lost for two years and eventually surfaced in Italy at an attempt to put the painting for private sale.

Did you know?

  • Lourdes

    Millions of visitors come to Lourdes every year to visit the Sanctuaries Notre-Dame de Lourdes, a significant Catholic pilgrimage site. In 1858 the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared multiple times to a local woman in the grotto of Massabielle. Since then pilgrims bathe and drink the water from the grotto spring. It is believed that the water can cure illness and physical conditions.
  • Impressionism

    The late 19th Century Parisian style called Impressionism was simply coined after Claude Monet’s Impression, Sunrise in 1872. Impressionism was originally meant derisively by the art establishment, but the term stuck among the artists. There was certainly nothing wrong with the paintings of Monet at the time, though they challenged the status quo. Claude Monet spent some of his career painting the riverbank from his floating atelier in Argenteuil, the houseboat (left). The very same painting was bought by a private collector, but is now on display at the owners estate converted into a museum in the Netherlands.
  • Picasso, an art thief?

    With a big name comes big capacities? He was born Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. Picasso’s father, an artist and art professor, educated him in the arts. Picasso’s father later vowed to give up painting because Picasso surpassed him at the age of 13. In 1911 the Mona-Lisa was stolen from the Louvre; and Picasso, who lived in Paris at the time, was taken in for questioning and held by the police. It became clear very quickly that Picasso was indeed not the man who stole the Mona-Lisa and was released from custody. Mona-Lisa didn't find her way back to the Louvre for two years!

Travel dates

Departure from Seattle, USA around July 24th, 2017. The exact departure (and subsequent return) date may occur up to three days before or after this.
The tour ends in Barcelona on day 10 of the tour. Your return route might include an extra night in a different city. If so, there are no extra charges for the group.

Signing up

To sign up for this tour please register on our online form by clicking below. Should you have any special requests and or questions, please contact our client service:
Tour name is: Paris, Toulouse & Barcelona
Tour code: PTB773

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