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

8 days From £949 per person

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.

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 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.

Includes
  • 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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Reviews

4.1 stars4.1 / 5 · 69 reviews

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J Massey

4 stars

Submitted 16/May

Enjoyed the holiday immensely. The hotel was fantastic and the location was also excellent. We saw some amazing places

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T Gallop

3 stars

Submitted 12/May

The little train trips were either cancelled or curtailed. Despite a great tour leader we were disappointed.

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Peter

4 stars

Submitted 12/May

Busy programme with a good variety of experiences

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D Tibbett

3 stars

Submitted 12/May

Little Yellow Train not running with Montserrat Railway not offered as replacement. Little Red Train reduced to less than 1 hour when should have been 3 hours. Only 32 tickets booked for 35 passengers on return TGV. I was upset to have to vacate my seat which had not been covered by Rail Discoveries. Long bus journeys but very good hotel too far away from the trains.

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Geoff Singh

4 stars

Submitted 9/May

Unfortunately one the trips still identified in the itinerary did not materialise apparently because of a closure by SNCF. Additionally there was confusion over platforms at Paris Gare de Lyons and another closure of a cable car ride in Nuria. It was known in advance that the yello train would not be available so that could have been notified to group members, but the rest was outside of anyone's control. It was nonetheless an enjoyable experience, helped by good weather, albeit long periods of sitting on a coach or train.

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Fee

3 stars

Submitted 8/May

Fantastic hotel fabulous scenery however a lot of travelling on coach and little trains didn’t reach my expectations some weren’t even running. On the other hand I did see parts of countries I’d never see in my lifetime.

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