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French and Spanish Catalonia by rail
Highlights include ancient Girona, 'city of a thousand sieges'; Chateau de Queribus , draped along the backbone of the mountains, and a visit to Figueres to the wonderful Teatre-Museu Dali.
- Return Eurostar/TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Perpignan via Paris with coach transfer in Paris
- Six nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four star Mercure hotel, Perpignan Centre, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
- Transfers and full touring itinerary conducted by tour manager
- Entrance to Dali Teatre-Museu, Figueres and Chateau de Queribus
- Tour manager throughout
- Single room supplement
- Holiday insurance
- Standard Premier/First class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Porterage and gratuities
Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Perpignan by TGV. On arrival, transfer by coach to the Mercure Perpignan Centre.
Morning free in Perpignan with an afternoon visit to Collioure. A thoroughly southern city, Perpignan is the multicultural capital of the French Catalan region. The city’s small old town is a little rough-around-the-edges, but the bright colours of the buildings and palm tree lined boulevards make it feel wonderfully Mediterranean. Collioure is a picturesque seaside town in the foothills of the Pyrenees, backed by series of ancient terraced vines. In the early 20th century the town became the meeting place of Fauve artists, including Derain, Matisse and Picasso.
Full day tour to Figueres and Cadaqués. The birthplace of Surrealist Salvador Dalí, Figueres is an attractive town with a wide, leafy boulevard lined with outdoor cafes as its main thoroughfare. The main attraction is Dalí’s homage to Surrealism, the Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí (entrance included) which is suitably bizarre! The pretty and peaceful harbour town of Cadaqués was a huge influence on Salvador Dalí who spent much time during his childhood here and used the town in many of his pictures.
Full day tour to Girona and Besalú. The elegant city of Girona is a delight to explore, with a splendid walled medieval quarter - which sits on a hill overlooking the city, river banks lined with brightly painted houses, a wonderfully preserved medieval Jewish quarter and plenty of excellent museums. An important town in the early Middle Ages, Besalú is a small town of stone houses and arcaded cobbled streets. Its most impressive feature is the 12th-century Romanesque bridge crossing the Fluvià river.
Full day tour to the Cerdagne, Mont-Louis and Villefranche-de-Conflent. The Cerdagne was divided between France and Spain in the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659. Right on the border as it is, the area is dotted with fortified towns, one of which we will visit. The citadel and city walls of Mont- Louis were UNESCO-listed in 2008 as part of the ‘Fortifications of Vauban’ and is home of the world’s first solar furnace. The original town of Villefranche-de-Conflent dates from 1098 - strategically placed and fortified due to its precarious location. Villefranche was also fortified by Vauban in 1707.
Full day tour to Salses, Corbières and Château de Quéribus. The commune of Salses, renowned for its late 15th century border fort built by the Spanish, overlooks the vast vineyards of the Corbières region famed for its excellent red wines. Heading into the foothills of the Pyrenees we’ll come across a series of craggy castles draped along the backbones of the mountains. Built in the 13th century, the Cathars sought refuge in these castles from the vicious crusade against them, led by Simon de Montfort. Getting to the Château de Quéribus involves a reasonably steep climb but the views from the top are mesmerising.
Transfer back to Perpignan station to catch the return TGV to Paris. At Paris, board the return Eurostar service to Ebbsfleet and St Pancras.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
The four star Mercure Perpignan is located in the city centre, just outside of the old town and offers a bar, partner restaurant "La Passerelle" located 20 meters from the hotel, fitness centre and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone, safe deposit box, mini-bar and hairdryer.
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Sandra was a very interesting, helpful and knowledgable tour manager. She added greatly to the enjoyment of the holiday. We found the areas of French and Spanish Catalonia even more interesting than we anticipated. Great holiday. Thank you.