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Bilbao Bordeaux Southern Runner Trip

Southern Runner

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 899 $ 128 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Paris city driving tour
  • Bordeaux winery experience

Short Description

Fancy ticking off two of Europe’s most popular holiday hotspots? Yeah, we thought so. Say “oui” to Paris, venture to the world-renowned wine region of Bordeaux and cross over to Spain. Full of Spanish flair, Bilbao and Madrid will have your toes tapping and tummy rumbling. Let’s go!

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cultural Singles Travel

Destinations

France Spain

Cities & Attractions

Bilbao Bordeaux Eiffel Tower Madrid Paris

Activities

Culture

Age Requirement

30

Good for Singles
No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • 4 nights in hostels, 2 nights in hotel upgrades
  • English Channel ferry crossing
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Trip Leader and Driver

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Itinerary

Day 1

We’re hopping over the English Channel to brush up on our bonjours. Topdeckers, meet Paris! Tonight you’ll treat the tastebuds with your first French meal at our included dinner. Then it’s off on a driving tour to see the City of Light at its best and play landmark bingo with the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe.

Included today:
-English Channel crossing
-Driving tour of Paris

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

A free day in Paris to get involved with pastries, paintings and the Centre Pompidou. Bike along the Seine on an optional tour or just flâner (stroll) around and soak up the atmosphere. Check out L'eclair de Genie in le Marais (don't ask questions), get your obligatory Eiffel Tower #selfie then explore the world's largest grave at the Catacombs. Tonight, experience the razzle dazzle of a cabaret show or hop on a boat down the river to crank the romance dial to 11. Ooh là là!

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Traditional cabaret show in Paris
-Seine River cruise
-Bike tour of Paris

Day 3

Today we roll on to the port city of Bordeaux, where half the city is UNESCO World Heritage listed and vineyards reign supreme. Stroll amid the royal residences of Château de Chambord, the largest château in the Loire Valley, and learn why the divine French Renaissance architecture is one of the most recognisable in the world.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Visit Chateau de Chambord

Day 4

Wander the picturesque streets on your free day here, with special stops at Cathédrale St-André, Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Jardin Public. After, embrace France’s finest #cafélife and try some amazing wine. Obvs. You’re in the world’s most renowned wine-growing region after all.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 5

First stop: a visit to the family-run estate, Château du Taillan, one of the most attractive vineyards in the Gironde. Here, explore the unique underground cellars, which are now listed as a French National Heritage Site. Next up is Bilbao – famed for the titanium curved Guggenheim Museum that boasts an out-of-this-world collection of contemporary art.

Included today:
-Wine tasting at Château du Taillan

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 6

Spain’s crowning capital and a city known for its artistic pedigree, culinary wonders and vibin’ nightlife, Madrid will offer just what you’re looking for. Soak up the sights as we swing by El Retiro park, the Gran Vía and the Plaza de España on a driving tour. So. Much. To. See. Take in the beauty of the city’s hidden gardens, ancient buildings, tucked-away cafés and gorgeous markets and refuel with a delicious included dinner.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Madrid

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 7

Morning, Madrid! Today’s your last day so make sure you tick off all the bits you’ve missed. Check out the Royal Palace, get cultured at the Prado Museum or just kick back in the botanical gardens. See you next time!

Meals:
-Breakfast

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Feb-09-2020Feb-15-2020$ 899NoLimited Reserve

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We loved the tour and the people

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My husband and I just finished our first Topdeck tour, 2 weeks around Europe!
We loved the tour and the people we got to adventure with, our trip leader Alex, chef Morgan and driver Marian absolutely rocked!
We felt so special having them look after us and couldn't have had more fun if we tried.
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I've just finished the Mega European tour with Trip Leader Nicole Smith & Coach Driver Lloyd Spencer. I was incredibly nervous about going on a tour across Europe, but the planning and organisation by our Topdeck Crew made everything stress free. All the driving and walking tours were very informative, with Nicole being able to recall information off the top of her head about the history of all the Countries and Landmarks we visited. Our driver Lloyd took a very professional approach to his work and should be praised for all the effort he puts in. Both Nicole & Lloyd are enthusiastic individuals, who are always able to give great recommendations in every Country we stopped. This trip was absolutely fantastic and will be in my memories for life. A very special thanks to these two and topdeck for such an amazing trip.
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I loved my travel experience with Topdeck. Alex was such a wonderful tour leader, she had great recommendations and was super sweet and helpful. Morgan was an excellent cook and always made healthy options for us. I think the food far surpassed my expectations for this trip. Marian was also a great driver! The bus was always clean for us. I had a great time and I would do another top deck trip!
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Absolute best experience of my life!

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I just finished the Mega European and had the absolute best experience of my life! Would 100% recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see Europe! Not only were the places amazing but we all made so many friends and some that I can't wait to see again soon! Our trip leader Nicole and driver Lloyd made the trip even better, they were amazing!!
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Absolutely loved it.

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I just finished the Oceanic empires tour and absolutely loved it. This is my second top deck tour in 4 years and it was the best experience again. All the places were amazing and had the best group of people to experience new countries and food with. I would like to make a special mention to Nicole and Lloyd as they were the best and made the trip incredibly fun and memorable. Would recommend to all my friends to do a top deck tour
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I booked a topdeck summer fun and sailing tour as a solo! I wasn’t sure what I’d expect as this is the first solo trip I’ve ever taken. Day one I made friends and family for a lifetime as well as a tour guide and driver who Ill never forget! Dan made the tour not just fun and memorable but one where I felt safe. Zolio our driver was like a second dad who made every drive something to look forwards to! I left this trip with new friends and family a big either and a second Dad ! Would highly recommend topdeck and dr dan and zolio 110%
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