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

8 days From £1,345 per person

2022 Tour code: FYS22

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Roses

After meeting at London St Pancras, we board the Eurostar service to Paris. We change trains and cross the border into Spain, disembarking in Figueres for our transfer to Roses, an authentic Spanish fishing port with a sandy beach.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Girona

We travel to Girona, where we enjoy a walking tour followed by free time. 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. We visit the Jewish Quarter, a labyrinth of narrow streets, packed with ancient synagogues and cafés, as well as the city's cathedral, which was used as a mosque by Moorish rulers before being re-purposed as a church. While you're here, make sure to try some classic Spanish dishes as there are plenty of places to sample authentic tapas, including a Catalonian specialty called 'pa amb tomàquet' - crispy bread rubbed with tomato and finished with olive oil and salt.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Little Yellow Train of the Pyrenees

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. 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 its way to Font Romeu. Some of the carriages are open-air, making this an excellent way to soak up our surroundings.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 – Roses

Enjoy a free day to relax by the pool or explore Roses. Set within the beautiful Bay of Roses, the town of Roses is an authentic Spanish fishing port which oozes charm and style. Running south is an almost endless stretch of fine sandy beach, set invitingly against a backdrop of distant Pyrenean mountain peaks. You could visit the beach or enjoy a drink in one of the cafés along the promenade, overlooking the Mediterranean. Alternatively, enjoy a walk out of the bay to discover rocky coves and secluded shingle beaches only accessible on foot or by boat.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Núria Valley Railway

We take a journey on the excellent Núria Valley Rack Railway today. Twinned with the Jungfrau Express in Switzerland, this marvellous rack railway allows for spectacular views of the steep slopes and superb surrounding mountainscapes, and is the only way to access this remote valley. The total lack of car traffic makes this a perfect oasis of calm, with only sailing boats bobbing gently on the lake to distract from the almost magical landscapes. This isolated destination offers the perfect opportunity to admire the impressive natural beauty of the Pyrenees as we climb seven miles from Ribes de Freser with just the odd hiker visiting one of the religious sanctuaries for company.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 – Roses

Enjoy some free time in Roses on before a private tour of the fishing harbour. We watch the fishing boats sail back into the dock with their day's haul before attending an authentic fish auction to learn about techniques used by local fishermen, as well as the species most commonly found in the waters around Roses. Later, we enjoy a very special dinner at a nearby restaurant. Taking our seats overlooking the beach, we sit down to a generous helping of paella, made with only the freshest seafood, as well as two other courses, all served alongside locally-produced wines.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Figueres

We visit the classic Catalan town of Figueres, where 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, housed in an old theatre which Dali himself converted and which is the largest surrealist object in the world, to admire a number of his creations, spanning from his early works to his final years and encompassing drawings, sculptures, jewellery, photography and paintings. After time to appreciate the incredible and diverse creations of the famous Surrealist in your own time - Dalí intended for his work to be experienced in this way - you are free to continue exploring Figueres.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Roses and London

We leave Roses today, travelling by rail to Paris where we join the Eurostar back to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • 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.

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.

Hotel

Hotel Canyelles Platja, Roses

Hotel Canyelles Platja, Roses

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Trains

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Nuria Valley Rack Railway
The Yellow Train of the Pyrenees

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Reviews

4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 16 reviews

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G Pike

4 stars

Submitted 25/Jun

The above holiday from 10-17 June was excellent apart from the luggage offer which was a fiasco. Of the 20 on trip only 1 couple took advantage of your offer and their luggage didnt arrive until the last day which was diabolical. The Tour Guide was first class, very helpful and attentive with high regard to safety bearing in mind all were elderly . The hotel room and food was excellent as were the staff. The situation of the hotel on the beach was wonderful and ideal for a holiday with a sandy beach. The visits arranged were good including all the train and coach trips. As I said apart from the luggage disaster the holiday went well and enjoyed by all.

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Michael B

5 stars

Submitted 25/Jun

A truly wonderful experience, not to be missedl

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L Field

5 stars

Submitted 24/Jun

Loved Roses but downfall 15hrs to there too long.

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Jean Mansell

4 stars

Submitted 24/Jun

The train journey to Roses was not as expected as we had 3 hours to wait in Paris plus a 3 hour coach journey to reach the Hotel. Having met in London at 6am it was very disappointing to arrive at the Hotel at nearly 10pm at night. Trips on the trains were good although again 4-5 hours spent on a coach is too long for a day trip.

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Jean & Roy Allen

2 stars

Submitted 24/Jun

Booking ref:XXXXXX, We have just returned from this Holiday to Roses and are still waiting for someone from the company to contact us with regard to the following email:- Dear Sir I write with the utmost dismay at the apparent incompetence of the organisation of your company, firstly with regard to the train times. who in their right mind would put people on a train at 7.01am and expect them to 'hang around' till 3.15pm to catch the second train? Answer incompetent planners. I fully realise that crossing Paris from Gare du Nord to the Gare de Lyon can take an hour at least, but what you have planned is then a wait of approx 4hours, unacceptable. I realise because of pressure you have now agreed to give us lunch, however better planning at the time of our booking would have saved you this extra expense. Incidentally the return journey is not much better, however I accept that 'check in' times have to be taken into consideration. Now we come to your mis information, please see the copy of the brochure when we first booked:- Day 1 - London and Roses After meeting at London St Pancras, we board the Eurostar service to Paris. We change trains and cross the border into Spain, disembarking in Figueres for our transfer to Roses, an authentic Spanish fishing port with a sandy beach. You are still showing this on your 'App' so you can imagine how shocked we were to find out on Monday from our Tour manager that we were not going by train to Figueres but getting of the train in Montpelier, distance of 231 Km which according to google maps should take two and a half hours if the toll road is used, or three and a half on the ordinary road to Roses. Whilst we appreciate and accept that some of the daily trips involve travelling on a coach we do NOT accept that part of the journey from the UK would involve this coach trip. This trip was booked as a special anniversary commemorating the fact that on June 8th was 60 years to the day that we both met, had we wanted to celebrate this on a coach we would have booked with Leger! We are extremely unhappy about this change, which confirms a total breakdown of efficient forward planning in your company, had you been honest and told us when we booked it is very unlikely that we would have booked this trip. This was NOT in your brochure, we have obviously been taken for granted and it appears that you have broken your side of the contract to take us and bring us back from Figueres by rail, we therefore claim damages to the value of £350 each. I really cannot understand why a company such as Great Rail is acting in such a cavalier fashion. Surely someone in your company would have sorted out timings a lot better, and to inform us 4 days before we traveled that we were not going all the way by Train, it is an absolute disgrace.

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Lawrence

5 stars

Submitted 24/Jun

Well organised tour with superlative tour manager. Great hotel in Roses. Only query was the very early start in London ie 5.45am. It could easily have been later as we had quite a gap in Paris. Overall a great trip with fond memories.

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