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Roses, Catalan Coast and Trains of the Pyrenees

4.6 stars(9 reviews)
Small Group

Uncover the hidden gems of one of Spain's finest regions

8 days From £1,595 per person

2021 Tour code: FYS21

About the tour

Uncovering the hidden gems of one of Spain's finest regions, this escape to the Catalan coast sees us take a wonderful railway journey into the Pyrenees, venture to the vibrant city of Girona and see the birthplace of iconic surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí.


What’s included


Day 1 - London and Roses

Meet your Tour Manager at our dedicated departure office at London St Pancras today before boarding the Eurostar service to Paris where we change trains taking us down through France and across the border to Spain. We stop in Figueres from where we transfer to our hotel in Roses, and enjoy dinner.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Girona

Our excursion today takes us to Girona, where we enjoy a walking tour followed by free time to look around. A well-preserved example of a Spanish medieval town, Girona's bustling streets are home to a treasure trove of winding alleys, colourful buildings, and diverse galleries and museums. The cathedral is well worth seeing, and was used as a mosque by Moorish rulers before being re-purposed as a church.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 3-4 - The Little Yellow Train of the Pyrenees and Roses

We travel by coach to Villefranche, in the French Pyrenees, where there's free time for lunch. Afterwards, we board the charming Yellow Train for a wonderful round trip through the dramatic Pyrenees, winding our way through magnificent scenery. A route as famous for its engineering prowess as it is for its stunning natural beauty, the Little 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 soak up our surroundings.

Day 4 is free. You may wish to visit the quaint fishing town of Cadaqués or relax on the beach in Roses.

  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 5-6 - Núria Valley Railway and Roses

We take a journey on the excellent Núria Valley Rack Railway today. One of the only ways to access the valley, this rack railway climbs seven miles from Ribes de Freser. The Núria Valley is a tranquil oasis populated only by hikers visiting the religious sanctuary here and the occasional sailing boat drifting across the reservoir.

Enjoy some free time in Roses on Day 6 and head into the heart of the town for lunch. Roses boasts some excellent seafood and an abundance of charming pavement cafés. Later, we transfer to the fishing port for an exclusive private tour. We watch the fishing boats sail back into the dock before attending an authentic fish auction. We learn about the techniques used by local fisherman, as well as the species most commonly found in the waters around Roses.

  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Figueres

Today we visit the classic Catalan town of Figueres, where surrealist artist Salvador Dalí was born. With its stone buildings, marble plazas, and impressive architecture, Figueres is a delight to wander around. We visit the Salvador Dalí Foundation, dedicated to the work of the city's favourite son. The museum is housed in an old theatre, which Dali himself converted, and we discover many of Dalí's creations, from his early years to final years. Back at the hotel we enjoy an aperitif on the terrace before dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - London

We leave Roses and the Catalan Coast as we travel by rail to Paris. On arrival, we change for the Eurostar, taking us back to London St Pancras International.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please Note

On late season departures, the journey on the Yellow Train is replaced by an excursion on the Montserrat Railway. For more details, please see website or call us.

For departures FYS2101 and FYS2101a the Yellow Train journey isn't available due to engineering works, so this will be replaced with a journey on the Montserrat Railway.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Almadraba Park Hotel, Roses

Almadraba Park Hotel, Roses

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4.6 stars4.6 / 5 · 9 reviews

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Mrs M Williams

5 stars

Submitted 23 Sep 2019

An excellent trip. Good hotel. Good itineraries.

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Mr B Ward

5 stars

Submitted 25 Oct 2018

Excellent organisation, first class tour leader,hotel of high standard and good compgnons.

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Mr A Woods

4 stars

Submitted 23 Oct 2018

Food in hotel was mediocre in our view, advertised trip on the yellow train was cancelled which we were looking forward too,but substitute day was fine except the guided tour of Perpignan which was a bit long winded.

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Mr R Firth

4 stars

Submitted 23 Oct 2018

Excellent holiday. Only reason for rating as 4 star was the hotel. It was situated 2 miles outside Roses with no transport in October (other than that arranged by tour manager). The meal provision was adequate but repetitive - a Spanish evening would have been good, after all we were in Spain! Finally, for anyone not good at walking, it was virtually impossible to leave the hotel - steps, rough paths, roads with no pavements.

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Mrs M Rimmer

5 stars

Submitted 18 Jul 2018

Organisation great Tour manager could not have been better Hotel in Spain was lovely

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Mr R Ridley

4 stars

Submitted 18 Jul 2018

It was a good holiday. Hotel was good the hotel food was excellent.

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