Catalonia & Little Trains of the Pyrenees
Experience Catalonia's sparkling coast and shimmering peaks of the Pyrenees
On this contrasting tour, experience both the sparkling coast of Catalonia and the shimmering peaks of the Pyrenees as you spend time in iconic France and eclectic Spain.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail and coach travel throughout your tour
- 7 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner each day
- Journey on The Yellow Train of the Pyrenees
- Excursion on the The Núria Valley Rack Railway
- Figueres & the Dalí Foundation
- Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Day 1 - To 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. (D)
Day 2 - Girona
Visit fabulous Girona today, a city of storybook history and medieval might, full of eccentric museums and capped by an impressive Gothicstyle cathedral. You are at leisure here. Well worth a visit is the Jewish Quarter of the city, a labyrinth of narrow streets packed with fascinating religious buildings, ancient synagogues and cafés hidden away on mysterious street corners. While in this district, it is a good idea to check out the Jewish Museum which details the lives and cultural influence of the Spanish Jewish community across the entire nation. (B, D)
Day 3 - The Yellow Train of the Pyrenees
Today sees you cross from Spain into France and into the French Pyrenees. You begin your excursion with a visit to the historic walled city of Thuir. Sat under the gaze of an old castle in the midst of the Pyrenees, this is a superb walled town, with much to discover all along the narrow streets. Enjoy time here before travelling to Villefranche, where you board the magnificent Little Yellow Train. Climbing through the ancient Pyrenees, this train treks over ravines, through mountains and across viaducts in bright yellow carriages. These are open air carriages and provide an excellent opportunity to truly take in the stunning beauty of this Franco-Hispanic mountain range. Green pine forests line the tracks and the rising hills give way to a marvellous landscape of craggy peaks and crisp cyan lakes. (B, D)
Days 4 & 5 - The Núria Valley Rack Railway
After a day at leisure, 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. (B, D)
Day 6 - Along the Coast to Collioure & Portbou
Today we visit the delightful French coastal town of Collioure with its beautiful harbour and picturesque streets. In many ways a classic French seaside town, Collioure is a choice destination, full of beautiful and colourful houses surrounding the sea walls and bobbing sail boats. After free time to explore, we take a short but scenic railway journey to Portbou. Travelling along the coast reveals a natural canvas dripping with French charm, from the glittering blue Balearic Sea to the wonderful villages on the cliffs. From Portbou we return to Roses by coach. (B, D)
Day 7 - Figueres & the Dalí Foundation
Your excursion today takes you to the town of Figueres. Found in the province of Girona, Figueres is in many ways a classic Catalonian town and boasts an impressive 11th century church dedicated to St Peter. Here, you pay a visit to the eccentric Salvador Dalí Foundation, a museum dedicated to the works of surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. This iconic painter and sculptor was perhaps the biggest figure within the surrealist movement, and his works encompassed paintings, film and writing. Dalí was born in Figueres at the beginning of the 20th century, and from Figueres, he spearheaded the Surrealist movement alongside other notable artist including filmmaker Luis Buñuel and visual artist Man Ray. Dalí's most famous work is the Persistance of Memory painting, depicting a series of melting clocks, with a background inspired by the coastline near Figueres. The Foundation displays much of his work and also displays the works of contemporary artists from across the world, on a rotating exhibition basis. (B, D)
Day 8 - Return Home
Leaving Roses today, travel by rail to Paris. After crossing over the French Capital, you where you then return to London on the Eurostar. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Depending on departure date, one of the following hotels will be used:
Hotel Coral Platja, Rosas
The 3-Star Hotel Coral Platjas is located directly on the seafront, just steps away from Rosas' beautiful beaches. This colonial-style building benefits from a swimming pool, garden, lounge, café and bar, and a buffet restaurant. There are lifts between floors. Every room at the Coral Platjas is air conditioned and features a telephone, satellite television, safe, minibar and a terrace or balcony.
Hotel Mediterraneo Park, Roses
The 4-Star Hotel Mediterraneo Park is ideally located close to the beach and just a short distance from the centre of Roses. The hotel has two outdoor swimming pools and a spa with indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. The excellent buffet restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine. En suite room facilities include air conditioning, minibar and satellite television.
Tours begin on sleek Eurostar services departing from London's gloriously restored St Pancras International station. Travelling on high-speed lines in the UK and on the Continent, Eurostar speeds us through the Channel Tunnel to Lille, Paris or Brussels to meet our European connections.
Núria Valley Rack Railway
With sheer valley walls, dotted by pine trees on quarry stone, the Nùria Valley is a place of incomparable charm. One of the few ways to actually access this hidden paradise is by the popular Nùria Valley Rack Railway. Climbing over 1,000 metres, through the Pyrenees, this rack railway offers awesome views across the chasms and rivers which run through this Spanish-French mountain range. Closed to traffic, the valley itself is an oasis of calm, populated only by the train and boats.
The Yellow Train of the Pyrenees
The Little Yellow Train of the Pyrenees, or Le Petit Train Jaune as it is known in French, makes the spectacular journey from Villefranche de Conflent to Latour de Carol, on a route as famous for its engineering prowess as it is for its stunning natural beauty. Painted in a cheery bright yellow, instantly recognisable as it trawls through the green countryside, the Yellow Train crosses suspension bridges and burrows under hills and tunnels on it merry way. Some of the carriages are open air, making this an excellent way to enjoy the scenery of the Pyrenees.
Dates & Prices
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|31st August 2019||£1,195||Book Now|
|7th September 2019||Sold Out|
|8th September 2019||£1,165||Book Now|
|14th September 2019||Sold Out|
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|22nd September 2019||£1,095||Book Now|
|28th September 2019||£1,065||Book Now|
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|13th October 2019||Sold Out|
|19th October 2019||£995||Book Now|
|20th October 2019||£945||Book Now|
|27th October 2019||£895||Book Now|
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: Departs 31st August 2019 (£1,195), 7th September 2019 (Sold Out) 8th September 2019 (£1,165), 14th September 2019 (Sold Out) 15th September 2019 (Sold Out) 22nd September 2019 (£1,095), 28th September 2019 (£1,065), 29th September 2019 (£1,065), 5th October 2019 (Sold Out) 6th October 2019 (Sold Out) 13th October 2019 (Sold Out) 19th October 2019 (£995), 20th October 2019 (£945), 27th October 2019 (£895)
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