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Roses, Cadaques & The Catalan Coast

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Excellent vacation. Great hotel, fabulous food and quiet location.
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(Tour code: FCS20)

Enjoy the unspoilt rugged beauty of the Costa Brava

The beautiful, unspoilt town of Roses is our base for 9 nights on the rugged Costa Brava. Our relaxed itinerary introduces the cultural highlights of the region; the picturesque fishing village of Cadaqués, vibrant Barcelona, and Figueres' Dalí Foundation.

  • Roses
  • Cap de Creus National Park
  • Delightful Cadaques
  • Barcelona
  • Las Ramblas
  • Figueres
  • Dalí Foundation
  • Besalu
  • Stunning 4-Star accommodation
What’s Included
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    1 Lunch
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Roses, Cadaques & The Catalan Coast 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Eurostar

The Catalan Coast

Our journey begins on the morning Eurostar from St Pancras International to Paris, traveling in Standard Premier Class. We join the high-speed TGV from Paris directly to Figueres in Spain. From Figueres we make the short transfer by coach to the town of Roses, located at the north-eastern end of the Costa Brava, a wild and rocky stretch of the Spanish coastline. The exact translation of 'Costa Brava' will differ depending on which guidebook you read, but whether it is 'wild coast', 'fierce coast', 'rugged coast' or even 'savage coast', it is a coastline of outstanding natural beauty, where steep cliffs have been eroded by the sea, creating numerous hidden bays and tiny coves.

We spend nine nights at the superb 4-star Almadraba Park Hotel, located on a small, sandy cove approximately three kilometres from the center of Roses. The hotel offer a complimentary shuttle service into the center of Roses, which allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds: the peace and quiet of the hotel's private, secluded location, together with the freedom and flexibility to visit the center of Roses whenever you choose. The hotel's superb facilities are complemented by its excellent restaurant, which offers a wide choice of meals from its daily menu of local dishes. We enjoy dinner in the hotel every evening, served with an included glass of wine.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 Roses

At leisure in Roses

Enjoy a day at leisure on the Costa Brava. You could spend time relaxing by the hotel pool, or wander into the center of Roses to soak up the atmosphere or enjoy some shopping.

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. Spend your day enjoying the local climate and sunshine on the beach or with 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 reachable on foot or by boat.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 3-4 Cadaques

Coastal cruise to Cadaques

This morning we begin our exploration of the Costa Brava on an excursion by boat around the shoreline. We board the boat at Roses' small port, sailing along a stretch of the incredibly beautiful Cap de Creus National Park, past towering cliffs and countless mini bays, accessible only by boat and protected from overland access by thick, deep forests which cover the cliff tops and reach up high into the mountains.

Our boat takes us into the small port at the very heart of Cadaques. Set in its own crystal-clear bay, Cadaques is a picturesque fishing village of delightful whitewashed houses, which was the inspiration for much of Salvador Dalí's work. The famous painter visited Cadaques many times during his childhood and later kept a house and studio just outside the village, which became a popular bohemian retreat for many of the 20th century's most famous artists, who lived here alongside the local fishing community. Dalí and Picasso were known to have been particularly inspired by the incredible light and color on display in Cadaques.

You have some time to explore the village at leisure, before returning to Roses in time to arrange lunch - you could enjoy mouth-watering tapas, savouring some of the delicious, incredibly fresh seafood on offer. On Day 4 you have another free day to enjoy in Roses, spending your time as you wish in this beautiful coastal town.

  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 5-6 Barcelona

Barcelona and at leisure in Roses

Today we travel by coach to the magnificent city of Barcelona. We begin at the fantastic Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece, before enjoying a panoramic city tour which takes us past many of the main sights and along the bustling Las Ramblas, a wonderful tree-lined boulevard which is regarded as the beating heart of the city, running through the center from the Plaza de Catalunya to the waterfront. Las Ramblas is packed with interesting shops and pavement cafés, while street performers keep the crowds entertained. This afternoon you are free to explore at your leisure. Perhaps take a walk through the Gothic quarter (Barri Gotic), or discover bustling Port Vell, literally 'Old Harbor'.

You could visit the Picasso Museum, housing a collection of the renowned artist's finest work, or wander down Las Ramblas soaking up the bustling atmosphere. Alternatively, explore Gaudí's distinctive architecture, dotted around the city, and visit Casa Batlló, one of the most unique houses in Barcelona.

On Day 6 you are free to spend the day exploring the region surrounding Roses or enjoying the superb hotel facilities. You could take a trip to nearby Girona, a captivating city with Iberian, Roman, Moorish and Jewish influences in its culture and architecture.

  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Salvador Dalí Foundation
Salvador Dalí Foundation


We travel to Figueres today, visiting the fascinating Salvador Dalí Foundation (entrance included). The foundation manages various collections of Dalí's work, encompassing drawings, sculptures, jewellery, photography and paintings from all the different periods of Dalí's life. Much of the work is permanently exhibited in the Dalí Theater-Museum - the largest surrealist object in the world, which was built on the ruins of a former Municipal Theater, destroyed at the end of the civil war.

Dalí himself chose to build the museum on the ruins. After time to appreciate the incredible and diverse works of the famous surrealist at leisure and in your own time - Dalí intended for his work to be experienced in this way - you are free to continue exploring the city of Figueres. We then visit the historic town of Besalu - a rather grand old town dominated by its magnificent 11th century fortified bridge.

We then visit the historic town of Besalú - a town dominated by its magnificent 11th century fortified bridge.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Vineyard in Catalonia
Vineyard in Catalonia

Wine-tasting at a bodega

We sample one of Catalonia's finest exports today with a visit to a local bodega. We enjoy a delicious brunch of local Catalan specialties in the sun-drenched surroundings of the vineyard ahead of a stroll through the lush vineyards and olive trees. We also visit the winery for an insight into the process of local winemaking, followed by a tasting. Back at the hotel, we are treated to an aperitif on the terrace ahead of a farewell dinner this evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Eurostar

First Class to Paris and London

Today we leave Roses, transferring by coach to Figueres for the high speed TGV service to Paris, where we board the Eurostar to St Pancras in London.

  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Recommended airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

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.

What’s included

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

  • The services of a professional Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • First Class rail travel throughout (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 8 nights' hotel accommodation at the 4-Star Almadraba Park Hotel in Roses

Delicious meals included

  • 17 meals including 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 8 dinners, served with an included glass of wine including a farewell dinner in Roses


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Coastal cruise to Cadaqués
  • Sightseeing tour of Barcelona
  • Visit to historic Besalu
  • Excursion to Figueres and the Salvador Dalí Foundation

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers


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