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Experience Catalonia's sparkling coast and shimmering peaks of the Pyrenees

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20212022
8 days From £1,049 per person

2021 Tour code: 21FRS

About the tour

Experience both the sparkling coast of Catalonia and the shimmering peaks of the Pyrenees as you spend time in both France and Spain on this enchanting holiday.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London & Roses

Meet your Tour Manager today at London St Pancras International where you catch the Eurostar service from London to Paris, continuing on from here to Figueres. From here, you transfer to your home for seven nights, the charming town of Roses.

Day 2 - Girona

Visit fabulous Girona today, 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.

Includes
  • 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 late season 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
Days 4-5 - Roses and Núria Valley Rack Railway

Today is yours to explore beautiful Roses, an authentic fishing port. You could head to the sweeping, sandy beach for a day of relaxation. Or perhaps find a quiet café on the promenade or in one of the town squares, and soak up the Spanish atmosphere with a cool glass of wine or a cup of coffee.

Day 5 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 marvellous rack railway allows spectacular views of the steep slopes and the superb mountainscapes. The Núria Valley Rack Railway is the only way to access this remote valley and the lack of car traffic makes this the perfect oasis of calm with only sailing boats bobbing gently on the lake to distract from the almost magical surroundings. This isolated destination offers the perfect opportunity to admire the impressive natural beauty of the Pyrenees.

Includes
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - 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.

Please Note: For departures 21FRS04,06,08,08a,11,13,21a,22a,23a,24a,26,28,30 & 32 Days 6 & 3 have swapped around

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 7-8 - Figueres & London

Today takes you to Figueres, a classic Catalonian town that boasts an impressive 11th-century church. Here, you visit the eccentric Salvador Dalí Foundation, a museum exhibiting many of the works of surrealist painter. 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 a series of 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, as well as a fascinating jewellery exhibition.

Later, you visit the historic town of Besalu, a grand town dominated by a striking 11th-century bridge. Be sure to have your camera handy as there are picture-perfect, fairytale spots at every turn here; cobblestoned lanes, winding staircases, and pretty churches.

Leaving Roses on Day 8, travel by rail to Paris where you join the direct Eurostar to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - 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.

Hotel

Hotel Mediterraneo Park, Roses

Hotel Mediterraneo Park, Roses

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Trains

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Núria Valley Rack Railway
The Yellow Train of the Pyrenees

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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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Mrs M Holt

5 stars

Submitted 22 Oct 2019

Everything as described in the brochure but so much more as well. Excellent planning, right balance of tours and free time to wander, good hotel right on the beach and wide selection of food.

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Mr S Raben

4 stars

Submitted 15 Oct 2019

Suffered sickness onholiday and some long journeys by coach.

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