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The sparkling coast of Catalonia and the shimmering peaks of the Pyrenees

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8 days From £949 per person
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2022 Tour code: 22FRS

About the tour

Experience both the sparkling coast of Catalonia and the shimmering peaks of the Pyrenees as you take in the stunning natural scenery of both France and Spain, all on this enchanting holiday.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London & Roses

Meet your group at London St Pancras and board the Eurostar to Paris, continuing to Figueres. Transfer to your home for seven nights, charming Roses, set within the beautiful bay of the same name on a rugged stretch of the Costa Brava,

Day 2 - Girona

Visit Girona, a city of storybook history, full of eccentric museums and terracotta buildings, and capped by an impressive cathedral. You have free time here. You could visit the Jewish Quarter, a labyrinth of narrow streets, packed with ancient synagogues and cafés, or visit one of the city's museums or galleries. Make sure you try some classic Spanish dishes during your time here. There are plenty of places to sample authentic tapas, including a Catalonian specialty called 'pa amb tomàquet' - crispy bread rubbed with tomato and finished with olive oil and salt.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Yellow Train of the Pyrenees

Cross into France and continue into the French Pyrenees. Enjoy an excursion to the historic walled city of Villefranche-de-Conflent. Sat under the gaze of the Pyrenees, this is a beautiful medieval town with a lot to discover along its narrow streets. Enjoy free time here before boarding the Little Yellow Train to Font Romeu. Climbing through the Pyrenees, the train treks over ravines, around mountains, and across viaducts, providing an excellent opportunity to absorb the beauty of the mountains. Here, pine forests line the tracks, and rising hills give way to a landscape of craggy peaks and crisp blue lakes. On early April and October departures, the Yellow Train may not operate due to engineering works. You will instead enjoy an excursion on the captivating Montserrat Railway, which climbs to the breathtaking clifftop monastery of Montserrat.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Roses

Today is yours to explore beautiful Roses, an authentic Spanish fishing port. You could head to the sandy beach that sweeps around the Bay of Roses, set against a backdrop of the wild Cap de Creus National Park. for a day of relaxation. Or, perhaps find a quiet café on the promenade or in one of the town's squares, where you could soak up the bustling atmosphere with a cool glass of wine or a cup of coffee.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Núria Valley Rack Railway

Today features a journey on the Núria Valley Rack Railway which takes you into the Núria Valley itself. Twinned with the Jungfrau Express in Switzerland, this rack railway offers spectacular views of the steep slopes and superb mountainscapes. The Núria Valley Rack Railway is the only way to access this remote valley, and its car-free status makes it an oasis of calm, with charming sailing boats bobbing on the lake against a magical backdrop. This isolated destination offers the perfect opportunity to admire the impressive natural beauty of the Pyrenees.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - The Little Red Train

Journey on the fantastic Little Red Train today, travelling in cheery red carriages which stand out against the dense green of the majestic Pyrenees. You enjoy a scenic trip from Rivesaltes to the small town of Axat. Perhaps head to the open-air carriages to fully immerse yourself in the passing scenery; there are few better ways to breathe in the fresh mountain air and soak up the views than by this charming railway. In Axat, after a breathtaking journey, join a coach back to Roses.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Figueres

Today takes you to Figueres, a classic Catalonian town that boasts an impressive 11th-century church. Visit the eccentric Salvador Dalí Foundation. Perhaps the best-known figure within the surrealist movement, Dalí was born in Figueres at the beginning of the 20th century. An iconic painter and sculptor, his most famous work, the 'Persistence of Memory', depicts melting clocks with a background inspired by the coastline near Figueres. The foundation displays much of his work and that of contemporary artists from around the world. Later, visit the historic town of Besalu, dominated by a striking 11th-century bridge. Be sure to have your camera handy as there are picture-perfect spots at every turn, from cobblestoned lanes and winding staircases to pretty churches.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Roses & London

Leaving Roses on, travel by rail to Paris where you join the direct Eurostar to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

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.

Hotels

Hotel Coral Platja, Roses

Hotel Coral Platja, Roses

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Hotel Mediterraneo Park, Roses

Hotel Mediterraneo Park, Roses

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Trains

Eurostar
Núria Valley Rack Railway
The Yellow Train of the Pyrenees

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Michael Kingston

5 stars

Submitted 13/Oct

This was a great holiday, staying at a super hotel in Roses, just 5mins from a lovely sandy bay. We had a superb buffet breakfast & dinner each day, & swam a few times in their open air swimming pool. The tour manager was very good, giving us information for the next day each evening, and throughout the day. All tickets were included to the 3 little trains, and also to the Dali Museum in Figueres. On the one free day in Roses we took a boat to Cadaques, where Dali had a beach house. This was an amazing town with an old part of white walled houses with red roofs,narrow cobbled lane up to an old church ; well worth a visit. Our group was small only 9, all very friendly, the first one after lock down released. We look forward to booking another holiday with Rail Discoveries.

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Simon McIntyre

5 stars

Submitted 12/Oct

Brilliant, with super guide.

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Mrs M Nelson

3 stars

Submitted 12 Nov 2019

Too many things went wrong albeit out of the control of Rail Discoveries.So many of the scheduled rail journeys were disrupted that overall it did spoil our holiday.

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Mr J Prosser

4 stars

Submitted 12 Nov 2019

Problems with hotel at start of holiday

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Mrs J Bradley

5 stars

Submitted 05 Nov 2019

The holiday was exceptionally good. The places we visited were all very interesting and despite a few problems which were not Rail Discoveries fault everything went like clockwork.

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Mrs S Wager

5 stars

Submitted 22 Oct 2019

Excellent holiday with an excellent courier. A good hotel right on the beach with good food: good choices. All the trips were well organised although long journeys some days.

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