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The lovely city of Girona in Spain with its atmospheric medieval quarter
Perpignan - France’s Catalonian capital - exuding a rugged charm
Picturesque seaside town of Collioure
Pretty Besalú - with its narrow cobbled streets
Artistic Céret - haunt of Picasso and Matisse
The historic principality of Catalonia straddles the Pyrenees - a beautiful area of plains, coast, foothills and mountains. 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. From our base in the lively town of Figueres, we will visit some of the highlights of the region on both the French and Spanish sides of the border.
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Departing: 22nd December 2018 at 07:52
Returning: 29th December 2018 at 19:13
Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Perpignan by TGV. On arrival, transfer by coach to the four-star Hotel Pirineos. Welcome dinner at the hotel this evening.
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 Salses Fortress and Collioure, with Christmas Eve dinner at the hotel.
Morning visit to the 15th century fortress at Salses, built on the site of a spring, most useful in the event of a siege, of which it has seen many. On the way back to Figueres we will stop at Collioure, 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 4: Full day free to explore Figueres with Christmas Day dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 5: Full day tour to Girona and Besalú.
The elegant city of Girona is a delight to explore, with 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 plenty of excellent museums. 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.
Day 6: Full day Perpignan.
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.
Day 7: Full day tour Céret and Rosas.
A contrasting day as we head to the cherry town of Céret for a true taste of southwest France, though with its tiled and painted facades, the town has a very Spanish feel. Popular with the likes of Picasso and Matisse, it has an artistic heritage reflected in its Museum of Modern Art (entrance included) that houses an outstanding collection. This afternoon visit Rosas, a pretty coastal resort situated at the northern end of the Gulf of Roses on the Costa Brava, and is an important fishing port with beautiful long white beaches.
Day 8: Transfer to Perpignan station to catch the return TGV to Paris and onwards by Eurostar to Ebbsfleet and St Pancras.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
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.
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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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