The Catalan Coast
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Enjoy this eight-day holiday on the stunning Catalan coast, from your base in relaxing Roses. Cruise to beautiful Cadaqués, explore magnificent Barcelona and charming Figueres, basking in Catalan culture.
You meet your group and Tour Manager at Rail Discoveries' dedicated Departure Office at St Pancras International today, before boarding the Eurostar for Paris. In the French capital, change trains and continue on the high speed TGV, enjoying views of the French countryside as you make your way directly to Figueres in Spain. At Figueres, board a coach for the short journey to Roses, set within the beautiful bay of the same name, on a rugged stretch of the Costa Brava.
Roses is an authentic Spanish fishing port which has retained its original charm and style. A fine sandy beach sweeps around the Bay of Roses, set against a backdrop of the wild Cap de Creus National Park. After checking into the hotel, enjoy dinner, after which you may like to take an evening stroll along the promenade.
You have a free day to relax and explore Roses today. You may like to venture down to the beach and enjoy the warm climate and sunshine. In the town itself, you could visit the mighty Castell de la Trinitat at the head of the bay.
Today enjoy a cruise to Cadaqués. As a protected National Park, the headland remains a beautiful stretch of untouched, untamed coast between Roses and the pretty village of Cadaqués.
Disembarking at this delightful fishing village, almost hidden within its own small bay, you can explore the charming white-washed houses - the inspiration for much of the work of surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, who lived nearby. A statue of Dalí stands beside the small pebble beach. You have time to explore Cadaqués, perhaps visiting the Church of St. Mary's to see its ornate interior.
This morning, travel by coach to the magnificent city of Barcelona. The Catalonian capital is filled with unique and intriguing architecture and is a stylish city bursting with life and culture.
A guided tour shows you the main sights, including the unfinished Sagrada Familia. This stunning Antonio Gaudí masterpiece has a predicted completion date of 2026 (the centenary of Gaudí's death) but has already earned UNESCO World Heritage status. Its soaring, mosaic-tiled towers bring a modern feel to a traditionally Christian iconography, yet maintain significant religious symbolism; inside, the light from its stained-glass windows flood the stonework with bright colours, representing, in Gaudí's eyes, the beauty of life and faith.
You then have time to continue exploring, perhaps by visiting the remarkable Picasso Museum in the 'Barri Gotic' - the Gothic Quarter - or take a stroll along Las Ramblas, the beating heart of the city, filled with street performers and lined with pavement cafés, bars and stalls selling all manner of curiosities.
Day 5 is another free day in Roses. If you wish, visit the ancient, medieval city of Girona. One of the region's true hidden gems, this compact city is filled with fascinating buildings and architecture, particularly in the Old Town, where a thousand years of history are packed into just a few streets. Boasting Catalonia's largest and best-preserved 'Call', or medieval Jewish quarter, modern day Girona offers museums, stunning Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and a wealth of delicious restaurants from which to choose from.
Perhaps visit the Museu d'História dels Jueus de Girona, which explores the rich history of Catalonia's medieval Jewish community. Alternatively, Girona's beautiful cathedral is well worth a visit. With its Baroque facade and 12th century Romanesque cloister, it boasts the second widest nave in Christendom.
This morning, travel by coach to Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dalí, to visit the fascinating Salvador Dalí Foundation, a large museum designed by the artist himself. You then have time to continue exploring Figueres at leisure, perhaps discovering the pentagonal Sant Ferran Castle and the Gothic Church of St Peter, before visiting the historic town of Besalú, a grand old town dominated by a magnificent 11th century fortified bridge.
Day 7 is free for you to enjoy Roses at your leisure. Perhaps ride the 'Roses Express' road train along the bay and up into the hills overlooking the Mediterranean. Or you could simply spend your last day in Spain relaxing and taking advantage of the hotel's leisure facilities. With a lounge, indoor pool and poolside bar to enjoy, as well as a terrace and garden, two outdoor swimming pools and excellent proximity to the beach. It really is a wonderful hub from which to spend your day.
After breakfast, leave Rosas by coach for Figueres and board the high-speed TGV directly to Paris. Cross the French capital by coach, then connect with the Eurostar for London St Pancras International.
Please note that whilst every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order of the itinerary may differ from that given above.
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.
This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
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Great hotel & a very relaxing holiday
We enjoyed the experience the hotel was good our guide was very good and everything went well. Rosas is a lovely place and the trips were worth the money especially Barcelona where the guide was excellent.
first class from start to finish of holiday
It all worked like clockwork. The journeys went well, the hotel was lovely and Robin did his best for everyone.
I had mobility issues which I did not expect. Perhaps I should have asked more questions.
Beautiful location. Great hotel with lovely rooms (incl balcony) excellent helpful staff and wonderful choice of food. Tour Guide excellent and travel arrangements easy and stress free - despite many problems out and homeward journeys.
The hotel we stayed in was excellent with good food and helpfully staff.Also positioned well by the beach. Our tour guide was helpful and friendly.
The brochure description was very accurate. The pre holiday information was excellent. There were some potential connection problems but these were handled expertly by the tour manager. Great hotel and the trips were well organised and interesting. A very good holiday.
A very pleasant trip with good rail connections, itinerary of excursions, very good hotel at a nice resort.
Very well organised trip and enjoyable well planned.
Exciting Barcelona and the enigma of Salvador Dali