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

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20212022
8 days From £1,495 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
Dali Foundation, Figueres
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
Return to London

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.

Hotel

Hotel Canyelles Platja, Roses

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Trains

Eurostar
Nuria Valley Rack Railway
The Yellow Train of the Pyrenees

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Reviews

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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