Call to book01904 734 939
Tour Search
#Favourites

The Catalan Coast

Save
4.6 stars(83 reviews)
Gallery

The stunning Catalan coast and enigma of Salvador Dalí

You are viewing the 2022 itinerary. Select your departure year
20222023
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.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - London

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

Includes
  • 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.

Hotel

Hotel Roses Platja, Roses

Hotel Roses Platja, Roses

View hotel

Trains

Eurostar
The TGV

Enhance your holiday

Upgrades

Extend your European holiday
Eurostar Upgrade
UK rail connections
London hotels
Upgrade to a sea view room

Reviews

4.6 stars4.6 / 5 · 83 reviews

  1. 5 stars
    (53)
  2. 4 stars
    (28)
  3. 3 stars
    (2)
  4. 2 stars
    (0)
  5. 1 star
    (0)

Magmar58

4 stars

Submitted 3/Jul

Very relaxed and pleasant hotel in excellent location. Very good itinerary apart from Barcelona day trip which didn’t give enough free time to warrant the journey time.

Collected by Trustpilot

C Felstead

4 stars

Submitted 3/Jul

We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend this tour. The resort of Roses is ideal for relaxing by the sea but still plenty to do if your feeling energetic! All the day trips were fun and interesting, we would return to Roses and wish we had stayed longer. The hotel comfortable and ideally situated, I would recommend booking a sea view room, see third picture below.

Collected by Trustpilot

Miss Marie Sims

4 stars

Submitted 2/Jul

Enjoyed it. Excellent tour guide. Hotel a little tired but in great location. Food ok. Trips good though didn’t manage the last one as the old town was closed to the public because of filming. Too long a war at station in Paris, waiting for TGV. Outdoor have left London on the 8.00am instead of the 7.00am.

Collected by Trustpilot

Stuart Musgrave

4 stars

Submitted 2/Jul

Excellent holiday with exceptional tour manager only criticism would be the earlier 0705 departure from London and 5 hour wait in Paris for an o n ward connection to Spain

Collected by Trustpilot

Michael Cook

5 stars

Submitted 27/Jun

A superb trip led by an exceptionally helpful tour manager. The high speed train journeys worked well. Highly recommended.

Collected by Trustpilot

thomas baxter

5 stars

Submitted 27/Jun

the beauty; the staff; the program

Collected by Trustpilot

Show 6 more reviews
European Escorted Holidays by Rail 2022

European Escorted Holidays by Rail 2022

The definitive guide to European rail tours and holidays by rail.

Download brochure
The Catalan Coast

The stunning Catalan coast and enigma of Salvador Dalí

Call

Enquire
Lynne Broadley
Lynne
Luke Simpson
Luke
Rhianna Coote
Rhianna
Related inspiration from our journey blog