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Park Guell in the hill above Barcelona.

the
BARCELONA &  
SOUTH OF FRANCE
 trip

Traveler jumping into Mediterranean Sea on Barcelona tour.

For the love of

CATAMARANS

ROSÉ ALL DAY

 

THE SUN

IGNORING THE CLOCK

 

TAPAS

LOCAL MARKETS

 

SIMPLICITY

 DANCING'TIL DAWN

MEDITERRANEAN VIEWS

BARCELONA &

THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Our small group trip to Barcelona and the South of France caters to travelers in their 20s and 30s looking to savor spectacular French cuisine in Nice, sail catamarans in the Mediterranean, and dance the night away in Barcelona.

 

Over eight days, you'll explore two nations and one spectacular coastline as you sample a little bit of everything that makes this region so special. From mesmerizing Nice and medieval Eze to electric Barcelona, you'll wind through rugged shores sloping down into the endless Mediterranean.

 

Along the way, take in the architecture and history that define the region, drink world-famous wine, and eat every mouth-watering morsel in sight (with tapas, paella, and gazpacho, you can't go wrong).

8 Days/7 Nights

starting at $3,899 USD

Limited single room upgrades starting from $799 are available and can be added during booking, subject to availability.

 

Payment can be broken down into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installments.

Included

  • 3 nights in Nice, 4 nights in Barcelona

  • All accommodations in a shared room with one other person with the option to upgrade to a private room (limited availability)

  • In-country transportation for included activities

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

  • Walking tour of Nice

  • Local cuisine experience in Nice

  • Guided afternoon in Éze

  • Day trip to Juan Les Pins, including daybeds along the beach

  • Entrance to Gaudi's UNESCO Heritage basilica, the Sagrada Familia

  • Flight from Nice to Barcelona

  • Tapas food tour in Barcelona

  • Walking city tour in Barcelona

  • Private sailing excursion in Barcelona

  • FTLO Trip Leader

 

*All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

not included

  • Flights (fly into Nice, out of Barcelona)

  • Airport transfers (except for internal flight)

  • Mandatory trip insurance

  • Meals not mentioned (budget around $300)

  • Tips for local guides, hotel staff, etc.

Colorful homes in South of France.

DAY BY DAY

*Itinerary is indicative and is subject to change.

 
 
Day 1 - South of France
Bonjour

Plan to get into Nice by 2pm to check into our centrally located boutique hotel. Once you’re settled, enjoy a bit of free time to relax, walk around town, or head down to the beach.

 

We’ll meet up that evening to stroll the streets of Nice with our beloved local guide who will teach you all about the maritime history of the city and fill you in on the very best this seaside beauty has to offer.

 

After the tour, get to know your new travel crew over local rosé and French food that'll make you question why you haven't been eating like this your whole life. Ahhh, welcome to Nice!

Drinking wine in France.

arrive

 
 
Day 2 - South of France
Eze-y Does it

Wake up and have breakfast at the hotel before we head off for a tour of Éze. After our tour, you’ll have the option of heading back to Nice for a free afternoon or making a pit stop at Villefranche sur Mer to soak up the sun at one of the most stunning beaches.

 

Later that afternoon, we'll head to a traditional French cuisine experience led by a well-known local chef in the same building where Matisse painted "The Dance" (one of his most famous works). Grab a glass of wine, chat with the locals, and enjoy a mouthwatering meal.

 

After dinner, the evening is yours to explore as you wish!

Day by day
A merry-go-round in France.

PLAY

 

Day 3 - South of France
Rosé in Juan les pins

Today we’ll hop on the regional train and take a short ride to Juan Les Pins, a charming sea-side town about 25 minutes from Nice. We’ll spend the day lounging on daybeds and pretending we’re famous! 

 

When we’re thirsty, we’ll drink Rose. When we’re hungry, we’ll eat! Enjoy the lavish life overlooking the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean.  

 

Once you’ve had enough sun, feel free to stroll about the town or grab the next train back to Nice. The rest of the day is free for you to explore.  Maybe you’d like to spend the evening in Monaco? You could check out the scene, gamble in the world’s most famous Casino and rub elbows with high society! The world is your oyster.  

BOND

 
 
Day 4 - South of France
ADIEU FRANCE

Today, we say au revoir to the South of France, so pack those bags; it’s time for Spain. After a short flight, we’re touching down in magical Barcelona.

 

Settle into your accommodation in the city of Gaudi, tapas, and epic nightlife before you head out to explore with friends. We’ll dive right into Barcelona by checking out the flying buttresses and stained glass windows of the jaw-dropping Sagrada Familia (this Roman Catholic basilica has been under construction for 140 years).  

 

From there, the day’s free; consider strolling down La Rambla, stopping to gawk at street performers and iconic art and architecture. Head out for drinks that night; Barcelona’s status as a legendary party town is much deserved.

Paella in Spain with rice and mussels.

DEVOUR

 
 
Day 5 - Barcelona
Barcelonaaaa

After breakfast, we’ll all meet up for a tour of these uniquely Catalan streets; with detailed designs and asymmetrical curves, they're a blend of Gothic architecture and Modernist masterpieces.

 

Take the afternoon to relax, and then that evening, you'll meet your local guide for a foodie-inspired tapas walk in the Gothic Quarter. Learn about the city's 2,000-year history and culture as you wine and dine at the most authentic bars and taverns in the neighborhood. It's one amazingly local experience not to be missed.

 

After dinner, we’ll head out to enjoy more of that epic nightlife.

A boat day with friends off of France.

saiL

 
 
Day 6 - Barcelona
Sailing

Spain's just about as good as it gets when it comes to wild nightlife, so we’ll take it slow this morning in case you had a bit too much fun last night. 

 

Then, grab a bite before we class it up and hop on a private catamaran to cruise the Balearic Sea (complete with drinks, snacks and trip mates). Talk about the perfect way to sail into the weekend after a week in paradise.

 

The rest of the day is yours to explore, beach, dine, rest, and venture out as you please.

DANCE

 
 
Day 7 - Barcelona
As you wish

Today is a free day for you to soak up all the those spectacular Spanish vibes. So, sleep in or head out early to explore.

For some Gaudi magic, walk over to Casa Vicens to marvel at the colorful tiles and oddly beautiful Catalan Modernisme styles or make the short trip over to the mosaic wonderland of Park Güell for sweeping city views all the way down to the sea.

 

That evening, say farewell over Spanish cuisine, local wine and great conversation.

 
 
Day 8 - Barcelona
HASTA LUEGO

Today is departure day. And while you’re leaving Barcelona, you’ll be doing so with new friends, fantastic memories, and a broadened mind.

 

Check-out is at noon but the hotel will be happy to store your bags should you take a later flight (which we highly recommend!).

Alternatively, if you’ve got more time in Europe, hop down to Sardinia for beachside lounging or head to Northern Spain and the Basque Country for some of the best food in the whole world; you certainly won't regret it.

"I wrote every day between the ages of 12 and 20; then I stopped because I went to Barcelona, where life was too exciting to write."
-Colm Toibin

FAST FACTS

Fast facts

Just for fun

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Before 1992, there were no beaches in Barcelona.

European group tours for young adults and 20 somethings, Barcelona and South of France

In Catalan Christmas tradition, children take care of a Caga Tio, ("shitting log") until Christmas Day when they use sticks to beat presents out of it.

European group tours for young adults, young professionals and 20 somethings, Barcelona and South of Franceu

Even though Monaco is famous for it's Monte Carlo casino, residents of Monaco are prohibited from gambling!

Trip Notes

  • While we can’t guarantee private rooms, you should book your trip earlier if you prefer one, as they usually fill up.

  • The closest arrival airport is Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE). Please fly in by 3pm.

  • The closest departure airport is Barcelona - El Prat (BCN). Feel free to fly out at any time.

  • Double check your passport is valid for 3-months after your return date.

  • On European trips, we stay as close to historic city centers as possible. This means your accommodations will often be on the small side, quirky, and unique (we love this!).

  • All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

  • More information regarding visa requirements and Covid restrictions can be found here.

About barcelona and sof

Nice, the queen of the French Riviera, hosts magnificent architecture, a charming old town and miles of prime, seafront real estate. Having origins that date back to 350 BC, its beauty has attracted sun-seekers for centuries who travel near and far to bask in the glorious Mediterranean lifestyle.

 

Barcelona needs no introduction - admiration of its architecture, lifestyle, food and nightlife are well documented and it proudly lives up to the hype. If you haven't been, you must. And if you have, we already know you're dying to go back.

South of France

  • The national language is French.

  • The national currency is euros.

  • Tap water is perfectly safe and healthy though most people choose to drink bottled water.

  • Think of tipping as a good gesture, not an obligation. Feel free to leave change as a "pour boire" translated as "for drinks."

  • France is on Central European time zone.

Barcelona

  • The official languages are Spanish and Catalan.

  • The currency is euros.

  • Tipping: Round to the nearest dollar for taxis. At restaurants, it is appropriate to leave 7-10% if the service was notably good. 

  • Barcelona is on Central European time zone.

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Flights

Flights

Fly into Nice (NCE)

You'll need to be in Nice by 2pm on Day 1, however, we do recommend flying in earlier to have some time to explore the city on your own, relax or hit the beach!

Fly out of Barcelona (BCN)

We recommend flying out of Barcelona or extending your trip and enjoying a few more days in Spain.

Want to check out flights for your trip?

Feel free to also set up flight alerts to Nice & Barcelona so you can grab the best deal!

*FTLO is not responsible for any fees or costs related to flights. We strongly suggest that all travelers wait until they receive the official FTLO Greenlight Email to book flights. This will be sent 3-4 months prior to the start date of your trip.

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ALUMNI REVIEWS

REVIEWS

We know how much you'll love the Barcelona & South of France trip... but don't take our word for it! Check out some of our alumni reviews. 

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