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The Catalan Coast

4.6 stars(76 reviews)

The stunning Catalan coast and enigma of Salvador Dalí

7 days From £799 per person

2022 Tour code: 22RFS

About the tour

Discover the stunning Catalan coast from your base in relaxing Roses. Cruise to beautiful Cadaqués, explore magnificent Barcelona and charming Figueres, basking in Catalan culture.


What’s included


Day 1 - London & Roses

Meet your group and Tour Manager at London St Pancras, before boarding the Eurostar to Paris. In the French capital, change trains and continue through the countryside to Figueres in Spain. Continue by coach to your hotel in lovely Roses. The town is set within the beautiful bay of the same name on a rugged stretch of the Costa Brava.

Day 2 - Roses

You have a free day to relax and explore Roses. The authentic Spanish fishing port has retained its original charm and style. Perhaps visit the sandy beach that sweeps around the Bay of Roses, set against a backdrop of the wild Cap de Creus National Park, where you can soak in the views and the warm climate. Or head to one of the town's wonderful cafés or restaurants to sample some local Catalonian cuisine. Food here is typical of the Mediterranean, with diets largely centred around fish and seafood alongside fresh vegetables, pasta and olive oil.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Cadaqués

Enjoy a cruise to Cadaqués, enjoying the scenic beauty of the area from the unique perspective of its waters. As a protected National Park, the headland remains a beautiful stretch of untouched, untamed coast between Roses and the pretty fishing village of Cadaqués. You have free time in Cadaqués to explore its charming white-washed houses - the inspiration for much of the work of surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. You could also visit the Church of St Maria, the town's main church. Built in the 16th century in a late-Gothic style and overlooking the village, it boasts ornate interiors including an intricately sculpted 18th-century altar.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Barcelona

This morning, travel by coach to the magnificent city of Barcelona. The Catalan capital is filled with unique and intriguing architecture, and is a stylish city bursting with life and culture. A guided tour shows you the main sights, including the unfinished Sagrada Familia. This stunning Antonio Gaudí masterpiece has a predicted completion date of 2026, the centenary of Gaudí's death, but has already earned UNESCO World Heritage status. Its soaring, mosaic-tiled towers bring a modern feel, yet it maintains significant religious symbolism; inside, the light from its stained-glass windows floods the stonework with bright colours, representing, in Gaudí's eyes, the beauty of life and faith. Afterwards, you are free to explore. Perhaps visit the remarkable Picasso Museum in the 'Barri Gotic' - the Gothic Quarter - or take a stroll along Las Ramblas, the beating heart of the city filled with street performers and lined with pavement cafés, bars, and stalls selling all manner of curiosities.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Roses

Today you enjoy another free day in Roses. In the town itself, you could visit the mighty Castell de la Trinitat at the head of the bay. You could also ride the 'Roses Express' road train along the bay and up into the hills overlooking the Mediterranean. If you wish, perhaps pay a visit to the medieval city of Girona, an incredibly preserved town with a striking Gothic cathedral. Girona boasts one of the best-preserved Jewish Quarters in Europe, El Call, a fascinating maze of winding cobbled streets that's seen very little change over the past few hundred years.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Figueres & Besalú

Travel by coach to Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dalí. Get an insight into the life and work of the artist as you visit the Salvador Dalí Foundation, a museum designed by Dalí himself that features many of his famous works. You have time to continue exploring Figueres, perhaps discovering the pentagonal Sant Ferran Castle and the Gothic Church of St Peter. You could visit Salvador Dalí's birth house on Monturiol Street, or head to Figueres' own Las Ramblas, filled with shops and restaurants. Afterwards, continue to the historic town of Besalú, dominated by a 11th-century fortified bridge built in Romanesque style across the River Fluvia. Perhaps visit the remains of the Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere. There are several other churches and synagogues to explore, or you may want to hop on the tourist train for a scenic tour of Besalú.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - London

After breakfast, leave Roses, travelling by rail to Paris. Here, you connect with the Eurostar for London St Pancras.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note that whilst every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order of the itinerary may differ from that given above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


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4.6 stars4.6 / 5 · 76 reviews

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Mr M Haworth

5 stars

Submitted 14 Oct 2019

Good travel arrangements; good hotel, including comfortable rooms, excellent food choice and plenty of optional activities to enjoy; all managed by an excellent, helpful, knowledgeable and friendly tour manager.

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Mrs A Nurse

5 stars

Submitted 29 Jul 2019

Can not fault anything! Excellent tour manager, wonderful hotel, brilliant excursions.

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Mr B Merrick

4 stars

Submitted 22 Apr 2019

When we reached our destination travel was by coach, if we had looked more carefully at the brochure we would have realised this, however we still enjoyed our holiday

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Mrs V Horner

5 stars

Submitted 22 Apr 2019

Despite great delays at St Pancras we were kept informed and made.comfortable before we finally boarded our frain. The hotel, resort,.food and tours were excellent.

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Mr R McIntosh

4 stars

Submitted 21 Dec 2018

Excellent holiday except for dining area where it would have been better to seat all of the party together..

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Mr J Goemans

5 stars

Submitted 13 Nov 2018

It was a wonderful holiday. I (we) booked this trip from Canada. Flew to London. Spent some time in London and than used Rail Discoveries for our trip to the Catalan Coast. All arrangements and scheduled stops were excellent. The hotel room was simple, very clean and comfortable. The food was excellent, breakfast and dinner, and there was a lot of healthy choices. Kath W was our guide and was delightful, very attentive to our needs and made sure that the entire group had all the relevant information in a timely manner. Everything was perfect.

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