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Catalonia And The Pyrenees by Rail

7 nights starting from
£879

  • The lovely city of Girona in Spain with its atmospheric medieval quarter

  • Perpignan - France’s Catalonian capital - exuding a rugged charm

  • The picturesque seaside town of Collioure

  • Pretty Besalú - with its narrow cobbled streets

  • The spectacularly scenic Nuria rack railway

The historic principality of Catalonia straddles the Pyrenees - a beautiful area of plains, coast, foothills and mountains, explored on this excellent new tour. The Catalan language keeps the regional identity alive and the unique heritage is everywhere you turn with vibrant cities, glorious coastal scenery and traditional villages.

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18 - September - 2019 £ 879.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 18th September 2019 at 07:55

Returning: 25th September 2019 at 18:10

ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Perpignan by TGV.
On arrival, transfer by coach (approx. 1 hour) to the four-star Hotel Pirineos in  Figueres. This evening dinner at the hotel is included.

Day 2: Morning walking tour of Figueres with afternoon free for personal exploration.
Birthplace of Surrealist Salvador Dalí, Figueres is an attractive town with a wide, leafy boulevard lined with outdoor cafes as its main thoroughfare. The main attraction is Dalí’s homage to Surrealism, the Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí (entrance included) which is suitably bizarre! This afternoon is free to enjoy the town or simply relax.

Day 3: Full day tour to Besalú and Banyoles.
An important town in the early Middle Ages, Besalú is a gorgeous small town of stone houses and arcaded cobbled streets. Its most impressive feature is the 12th-century Romanesque bridge crossing the Fluvià river.  Surrounded by green hills and on the shore of the lake, Banyoles is an attractive town with a 14th century church, arcaded square and archaeological museum.

Day 4: Full day tour to Girona on market day.
The elegant city of Girona is a delight to explore.  Highlights include a splendid walled medieval quarter - which sits on a hill overlooking the city, river banks lined with brightly painted houses, a wonderfully preserved medieval Jewish quarter and  its very own “Rambla” a la Barcelona.  It has plenty of excellent museums, too, including one devoted to cinema and a host of superb restaurants – including the Michelin 3-star Can Roca, voted the 2nd best restaurant in the world in 2018 (though very expensive and almost impossible to get a table, though there are a plethora of superb restaurants elsewhere!) . We time our visit on market day to soak up some local atmosphere.

Day 5: Full day at leisure in Figueres.
A full day to relax and enjoy the town of Figueres or perhaps head to the coast at Roses, which is easily accessible.

Day 6: Full day tour to Ripoll and Nuria Rack Railway.
In the foothills of the Pyrenees, the attractive town of Ripoll has been called the “cradle of Catalonia” as its 9th century monastery, founded by the evocatively-named Count Wilfred the Hairy in 879 was the power base of the House of Barcelona dynasty for 500 years. We continue into the mountains to the rack railway at Nuria, the only way to see the Nuria valley in all its glory on a  spectacular 12.5km journey with an incline of more than 1,000 metres.

Day 7: Full day tour to Perpignan and Collioure. 
A thoroughly southern city, Perpignan is the multicultural capital of the French Catalan region. The city’s small old town is a little rough around the edges, but the bright colours of the buildings and palm tree lined boulevards make it feel wonderfully Mediterranean. Collioure is a picturesque seaside town in the foothills of the Pyrenees, backed by a series of ancient terraced vines. In the early 20th century the town became the meeting place of Fauve artists, including Derain, Matisse and Picasso.

Day 8: Transfer back to Perpignan station for the return TGV to Paris and onwards by Eurostar to Ebbsfleet and St Pancras.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion. 

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Return Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Perpignan via Paris
  • Seven nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four-star Hotel Pirineos, Figueres, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • One dinner at the hotel
  • Full coach touring programme as detailed in the itinerary conducted by experienced tour manager
  • Tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Standard Premier/1st Class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls
  • Porterage and gratuities

PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages. Trollies are available at St Pancras, but bags do need to be carried onto the platform.

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

HOTELS

Hotel Pirineos, Figueres
The recently-rennovated four-star Hotel Pirineos is located in the centre of Figueres, close to the Dali Theatre Museum and the city's shopping area. The hotel has a restaurant 'Pelegri' which serves a variety of dishes. Rooms all have private bathroom with bath/shower, TV, phone, hairdryer, air-conditioning/heating, safe, wi-fi and mini-bar.

Hotel Pirineos Website

Pre-tour accommodation is available at the Premier Travel Inn, London King's Cross St Pancras, about a 5 minutes walk from St Pancras International, at an approximate rate of £120 per room. Bookings can be made direct with the hotel on 0871 527 8672 or visit their website.  

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