Little Trains of the Pyrenees

From £899.10
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Apr 2020 - Sep 2020
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From £899.10
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Apr 2020 - Sep 2020
Tour Overview

​Take unforgettable journeys by train through the Pyrenees dividing Spain and France, starting on the Trenet de Cadaques road train and travelling through the Roses to the dramatic landscapes of Cap de Creus National Park. Next, head to France, where your explorations begin in the medieval walled city of Thuir, famed for its vineyards and the Byrrh Caves. You'll then board the Yellow Train for a journey through the Pyrenees for wonderful views. Moving into Spain, you'll enjoy another fantastic trip, this time on an electric cog train which takes you into the lush green Nuria Valley. You'll then head to the medieval town of Besalú and marvel at the Romanesque bridge over the river Fluviá, before making more discoveries in the delightful town of Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dali, where highlights include the intriguing Old Town and the Dali Theatre and Museum.

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Your Holiday Includes

  • ​​​Return direct flights from Heathrow or Gatwick with British Airways 
  • 7 nights in a 3-star hotel
  •  Half board: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners and welcome drink
  • Several iconic scenic rail journeys 
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide 
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage
  • Audio Guide​

Included Holiday Highlights

  • ​​Journey on the Trenet de Cadaques 
  • Wine-tasting in Thuir 
  • Yellow Train ride from Villefranche de Conflent to Mont Louis 
  • Rack railway to Nuria 
  • Medieval town of Besalú
  • ​ Figueres and Salvador Dali Museum
  • Wine-tasting at Perelada Castle

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Barcelona

Today you'll depart on your scheduled flight to Barcelona. On arrival we'll transfer you to the lovely resort of Roses, on the Costa Brava. The northernmost of Spain's Costas is home to some of the country's most charming towns, villages and beaches. Its stunning coastline stretches along the Mediterranean Sea for more than 300 kilometres and offers dramatic views of the famous Pyrenees, which tower up to 3,000 metres.
Roses is renowned for its splendid wide beaches, all of which have earned Blue Flag status. As your hotel is located right on the seafront, why not take a stroll on the golden sands before dinner.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Trenet de Cadaques

Get your holiday off to a relaxing start with a leisurely breakfast, then spend the next few hours just as you wish. You might want to tackle a few laps of the hotel's swimming pool, hit the gym or maybe treat yourself to a spa treatment. The beach is close by, so soaking up the sun and the sea views is another tempting option before this afternoon's excursion.
The Pyrenees mountain range divides Spain and France and offers spectacular opportunities for exploration, and that's what this holiday is all about! Today's journey is on the Trenet de Cadaques – this fun road train will take you through Roses to Cap de Creus National Park, where the mountains meet the sea.

Meals included: B,D

Day 3 The Yellow Train

You'll head into France today, with your explorations beginning in the medieval walled city of Thuir. Located at the foothills of the Pyrenees, it is famed for its vineyards, and for the Byrrh caves, where the aperitif Byrrh is made. This unique drink is a blend of fine Roussillion wines flavoured with plant extracts and quinine, which in the latter half of the 19th century was sold as a 'hygienic tonic wine'. Why not sample some before we continue to Villefranche de
Conflent, to board the Yellow Train for a journey through the Pyrenees.
This train line was originally constructed in 1903, with the yellow colours of the train chosen as they are the dominant colours of the Catalan flag. Spectacular Catalan scenery awaits as you pass through the medieval town of Villefranche de Conflent and into the Tet Valley. Here, the train track hugs the hillside and you'll have wonderful views of forests, streams, viaducts and bridges until you reach Mont Louis.  Here, we'll disembark the train and find our coach waiting for us, ready to whisk us back to the hotel.

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Nuria Valley Rack Railway

We're staying in Spain today, where you'll enjoy another fantastic trip by rail into the mountains.  This time it's an electric cog train which takes you into the Nuria Valley, in fact, the railway is the only form of transport here. As you journey into the heart of the area, you'll get an idea of the enormity of the valley. Keep your eyes peeled for deer or marmot, and listen to your guide who will tell you more about this remote and spectacularly beautiful area. In the summer months, it is a haven for wildlife and a popular destination for walkers. In the winter months it is a ski resort.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Besalú

Today we'll head to the medieval town of Besalú. Its star attraction is without doubt the Romanesque bridge over the river Fluviá. We will take a tour on the Aerotren of Besalú​.

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Roses - at Leisure

​Today you have a full day at leisure to do exactly as you please. You can make further use of your hotel's excellent facilities or relax on the nearby golden sandy beaches. Alternatively, head to Girona, which featured in the popular Game of Thrones series. Here you can discover the Jewish quarter and the wonderful cathedral amongst its narrow medieval streets. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Figueres

You'll make more discoveries today, but this time they'll be on foot in the delightful town of Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dali. What you'll find here is an intriguing Old Town with a laid-back atmosphere. After a stroll, we'll head inside the Dali Theatre and Museum where you can see many famous works by the surrealist painter. Dali is also buried here, and his crypt is under the stage. Your tour ends at Perelada Castle, where you'll enjoy a tasting of four different types of wine, including cava, take a tour of the cellars and visit its museum. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Barcelona - UK

Today we'll transfer you back to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included: B

Additional Information

TAILOR YOUR TRIP

Prestige Hotels: Room Upgrade​

Sea view rooms ​are available at a supplement for the duration of your stay. Please speak to a Holiday Advisor for details.​

  1. Favourite Moment

    Explore the ancient cellars and taste a variety of wines at the beautiful vineyard at Perelada Castle, which has been producing wine since the Middle Ages.

Accommodation

Prestige Hotel Coral Platja Elit

The Hotel Coral Platja Elit is completely renovated respecting the colonial style. It is located at the beachfront and only 300 meters away from the centre of Roses, in Costa Brava. The hotel Coral Platja Elit stands out for its charming colonial style. Its comfortable refurbished rooms and facilities with all kinds of details designed for your comfort, will make your stay unforgettable. The hotel Coral Platja Elit has a garden with direct access to the beach and its 167 rooms are fully equipped to make your experience a unique one. All the rooms have: - Bathroom with hairdryer - Air conditioning and heating - Direct phone line - T.V - Safety box (consult pricing) - Minibar

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.