BARCELONA & SOUTH OF FRANCE
WHAT TO EXPECT
Over the course of 8 days, you’ll come home to both Nice and Barcelona with visits to Monaco, Èze, St. Tropez and more! This trip is the perfect blend of everything you could want out of a European adventure. Exploring two stunning countries, you’ll learn to cook authentic French cuisine, set sail on the Mediterranean Sea, taste your way through tapas in Spain and learn the deep history of some of the most beautiful cities in the world.
For the love of
ROSÉ ALL DAY
IGNORING THE CLOCK
DANCING 'TIL DAWN
BARCELONA & THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
3 nights in Nice, 4 nights in Barcelona (3 or 4-star hotels, city center, shared accomodations with one person of same gender)
In-country transportation for included activities
Welcome tour of Nice, including local dishes
Welcome dinner with drinks included, farewell dinner and drinks
Cooking class in Nice
Guided afternoon trip to Monaco and Éze
Day trip to St. Tropez, including coastal ferry ride
Flight from Nice to Barcelona
Tapas food tour in Barcelona
Walking city tour in Barcelona
Private sailing excursion in Barcelona
Tourism taxes and fees
Trip Manager throughout
Flights (fly into Nice, out of Barcelona)
Airport transfers (except for internal flight)
Mandatory trip insurance (budget approx. $75)
Meals not mentioned (budget around $300)
Tips for local guides, hotel staff, etc.
Optional activities/day trips
DAY BY DAY
Day 1 - South of France
Plan to arrive in Nice by 3pm to check into the centrally located boutique hotel we’ll be staying in. 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 a beloved local guide who will teach you about the deep history of Nice and introduce you to some of its most special attributes. After the tour, get to know your new travel crew over local rosé and exquisite French food.
Ahhh, welcome to Nice.
*Itinerary is indicative for 2021 and is subject to change.
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 make a pit stop at Villefranche sur Mer to soak up the sun at one of the most stunning beaches.
Later that afternoon, we will head to a traditional French cooking class taught by a well-known local chef in the same building that Matisse painted "the Dancers" (one of his most famous works). After dinner, the evening is yours to explore as you wish!
Day 3 - South of France
ROSÉ in ST. TROPEZ
Today we'll hop on the ferry and cruise along the coast to the iconic beachside town, St. Tropez. Here you are free to enjoy the day to bask in the sun with a bottle of rosé, explore the town, or snag a bottle of rosé and head down to a secret beach. At 4pm, we’ll head back along the coast to Nice for dinner.
After dinner, you’ll have the chance to hit up the night life in Monaco. Check out the scene, gamble in the world's most famous casino and rub elbows with high society. The world is your oyster.
Day 4 - South of France
Today we say “au revoir” to the South of France, but not before a full afternoon free to explore the French Riviera vibes before we take off for Spain. You’ll have plenty of time to plan a day trip to a list of nearby cities such as Cannes, Menton, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, and more.
We’ll regroup that afternoon and catch a flight and arrive to Spain around 8pm. From there we’ll head out to our first dinner in Barcelona!
Day 5 - Barcelona
After breakfast, we'll get to acquainted with the city through a walking tour, visiting some of the most iconic sites of Barcelona. From there, grab lunch, hit the beach or take the rest of the afternoon to do some wandering on your own.
That evening, you'll meet your local guide for a foodie-inspired Tapas tour in the old town. Learn about the city's fascinating history and culture as you wine and dine at the most authentic bars and taverns in the neighborhoods frequented most by locals. Not to be missed! After dinner, we’ll head out to enjoy the nightlife of Barcelona.
Day 6 - Barcelona
As Spain is famous for its lively night scene, we’ll take a slower start this morning. Grab a bite to eat before hopping on a private catamaran sailing the Mediterranean, complete with sangria, snacks and trip mates. 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.
Day 7 - Barcelona
As you wish
Today is a free day for you to soak up all the good Spanish vibes. You’ll have the option to do a Cupcake & Cava pairing (yum!) or take a quick train ride for a tour of Girona.
That evening, say farewell over Spanish tapas, local wine and great conversation.
Day 8 - Barcelona
Today is departure day. Leave Barcelona 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!).
"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
Just for fun
Before 1992, there were no beaches in Barcelona.
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.
Even though Monaco is famous for it's Monte Carlo casino, residents of Monaco are prohibited from gambling!
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.
Visas are unnecessary for North American travelers.
Double check your passport is valid for 3-months after your return date.
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.
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.
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.
"I just came back from the Barcelona & South of France trip and I had an absolutely amazing time. It was my first international trip and on top of that I went by myself. FTLO could not have made the process easier or more comfortable for me. On the trip, I met a great group of people my age and most of them were traveling solo as well so it was easy to connect with everyone! Also, the trip leaders, Seth and Charlie, were phenomenal. I 12/10 recommend this company."
–Kacey, 31, Dallas
"I will admit that I thought some of the reviews were a little corny, talking about 'lifelong friends were made' and things like that, but I can say with certainty that this is completely the case! Our trip leader, Seth, was a complete rockstar! It was great to be around a group of young professionals, all within a couple years of the same age, and all from different backgrounds. I also loved the balance between planned excursions and free time. All group activities are optional, and during free time you can explore on your own or with others in your group. Overall: 10/10 would go again! I'm already saving up for my next trip...”
–Cole, 31, Alabama
"The South of France/Barcelona trip with FTLO was everything that I wanted and more. The group size of 14 was perfect. Small enough to know everyone yet big enough to split off into smaller groups when people want to do different things. Everything was planned seamlessly from the hotels, to the group meals, tours, and transportation.
This trip had a little bit of everything including city tours, beach time, boat trips, great food, and plenty of wine and rosé! Can’t wait to book my next flight for an FTLO trip!"
–Alyson, 30, tampa