Catalonia & Little Trains of the Pyrenees
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On this contrasting tour, experience both the sparkling coast of Catalonia and the shimmering peaks of the Pyrenees as you spend time in France and Spain.
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.
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.
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. This journey provides 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.
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.
Today we visit the delightful French coastal town of Collioure with its beautiful harbour and picturesque streets. After free time to explore, we take a short but scenic railway journey along the coast, to Portbou, a small fishing village which is home to an imposing international railway station which was opened in 1878. From Portbou we return to Roses by coach.
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.
Leaving Roses today, travel by rail to Paris. After crossing over the French Capital, you where you then return to London on the Eurostar.
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This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
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Every thing was so well organised as always. Just a shame we have to get to London.
The holiday was fantastic. The only complaint was that there was too much coach travel.
The holiday was lovely the hotel spotless and the food plentiful our guide Kate was excellent . She even had things for us to choose on her day off.
Excellent on the whole but one or two less satisfactory bits
Hotel clean, quiet, comfy, good food, friendly staff, well positioned.Roses is a lovely place to stay. Tours good except long coach trips to get to the trains in the mountains meant a lot of time spent on coaches when we were there to go on trains. Maybe it would be better to stay somewhere in the mountains for 2 days to do the train trips then stay at Roses for the rest of the week? Tour manager excellent. Double booking of seats on train back from Figueres to Paris was bad. Train was packed, hot and other people who had got on at Barcelona had our seats (and those of others in the tour).
Paul the tour guide was spot on
Overall the Holiday was a great success but we felt the Hotel was not p to the standard we expected from Rail Discoveries.The main problem with the Hotel was the Restaurant at both Breakfast and Dinner.Some mornings it was complete chaos with various tour operators hoping to get tours off at the same times.Dinner was more organised but there was a lot of pushing and greedy people grabbing food from the buffet as you tried to pick out what you wanted.
Due to SNCF strike could not make the trips as advertised
We enjoyed the holiday very much. The walks were all lovely and the area was beautiful. The tour manager was excellent in every way and a pleasant hotel with good food. The only thing we felt that could be improved was the location of the hotel, which meant we had very long drives on some days to the start of the walk. We thought that a hotel further north would be more suitable. Otherwise an excellent holiday.
It was necessary to go some distance by coach to get to a train, but the resort was excellent.
Experience Catalonia's sparkling coast and shimmering peaks of the Pyrenees