Discover hidden gems of two colorful countries on this exciting vacation. Begin in Paris, the inimitable “City of Light,” and get to know the best this city has to offer. On to Mont St. Michel with its distinctive 8th-century abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, stop in the walled seaside resort of St. Malo, then Carnac with its Neolithic standing stones, the “White City” of La Rochelle, Rochefort, and Arcachon to see the amazing Dune of Pilat. Also discover Brest; Nantes, where you visit the castle and cathedral; the vibrant port town of Bordeaux; and the glamorous seaside resort of Biarritz. Cross into Spain’s Basque Country and visit San Sebastian and the port city of Bilbao, home to the Guggenheim Museum. Drop down into the heart of Castille and Leon to Burgos, Ávila, and Segovia with its awesome Roman aqueduct and gothic cathedral. Explore Santander and Salamanca, and spend your last two nights in Madrid, absorbing the atmosphere of this dynamic capital city.