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Holiday type Tours
Country Spain
Travel type Train
Price range From £799
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 7 nights
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Catalonia: Barcelona and the Costa Brava

This wonderful new tour is based in the Catalan city of Girona, less famous than its near neighbour Barcelona, but a beautiful city in its own right and the perfect place to explore the delights of this distinctive Spanish region.

This is a tour of contrasts: the Gothic and Modernist splendour of Barcelona, the dramatic monastery at Montserrat, Girona with its Moorish influences and delightful old town (perfect for a delicious dinner), Figueres, renowned as the home of Salvador Dali, as well as the lesser known sights such as Vic on market day when its impressive town square bustles with life, the hilltop village of Peratallada, Roman remains at Empúries, Ripoll, St Joan and Olot.


  • Return Eurostar and TGV trains from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Figueres via Paris including coach transfer in Paris
  • Seven nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at the four star Meliá Hotel, Girona, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
  • Three course set dinner on the first night
  • Entrance to the Dali Museum in Figueres
  • Transfers and full touring itinerary conducted by tour manager
  • Tour manager throughout

Not included

  • 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
  • Porterage and gratuities
Day one

Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Figueres by TGV. On arrival, transfer by coach to Girona and the Meliá hotel. Dinner at the hotel is included tonight.

Day two

Full day tour of Girona. Girona has a long and fascinating history – founded as a Roman citadel, ruled by the Visigoths, conquered by the Moors, reconquered by Charlemagne and incorporated into the countship of Barcelona all before 878. It is all this conflict and contrasting culture that makes Girona such an interesting city – a patchwork of architecture and heritage.

Day three

Full day tour to Barcelona. Barcelona is a vibrant and progressive city filled with Modernist architecture, chic bars and restaurants that sit comfortably next to a rich cultural heritage. Spain’s second city and the capital of the autonomous region, Catalonian culture has been much revived here with plenty of attractions to showcase it including the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya and the Palau de la Musica Catalana.

Day four

Full day tour to Vic, Ripoll and Sant Joan de les Abadesses. A small rural town, Vic hosts an excellent bi-weekly market in its Gothic Plaça Major. You'll also find a Museu Episcopal that houses a superb collection of Romanesque artefacts and there is also a Roman temple. In the foothills of the Pyrenees, Ripoll is home to the famous monastery of Santa Maris de Ripoll, founded by the first count of Barcelona Wilfred the Hairy in 879 who is buried here. Like Ripoll the market town of Sant Joan de les Abadesses, entered by a 12th century Gothic bridge, is known for its ninth century monastery.

Day five

Full day to relax and explore Girona at your leisure. Perhaps wander the medieval quarter in your own time, enjoy the preserved medieval Jewish quarter or visit a museum.

Day six

Full day tour to Peratallada, Empúries and Figueres. The buildings of this medieval fortified town were built from the stone carved from its moat, giving it the name Peratallada, derived from ‘pedra tallada’ meaning ‘hewn stone’. Empúries was abandoned in the early middle ages because of the constant threat of marauders in its exposed coastal position. Having been founded by the Greeks and occupied by the Romans there is plenty of interest to see. The birthplace of Surrealist Salvador Dalí, Figueres has 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).

Day seven

Full day tour to Montserrat. Montserrat, a multi-peaked, 1200 metre high mountain close to Barcelona, is best known for being one of Spain’s most important pilgrimage sites. Pilgrims flock to the Benedictine abbey of Santa Maris de Montserrat, nestled in the crags of the mountain, to see La Moreneta (the Black Virgin) Catalonia’s parton saint. The complex’s Basilica houses a museum with works by El Greco, Dali and Picasso and a funicular railway and a footpath will take you to Montserrat's highest peak Sant Jeroni.

Day eight

Transfer back to Figueres 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.
Meliá hotel, Girona
This modern, four star hotel is set back from the main road into Girona, about four to five bus stops or five minutes by taxi from the old town. Facilities include bar, restaurant (with reasonably-priced daily set menu) and very comfortable bedrooms with all modern facilities.
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This was an excellent size of group. Sandra McGill was an exceptionally well informed and helpful leader. Four different locations (i.e. Olot etc. in one day is too many and does not allow you to have a real impression of each place.
Jun 2013
Mr Owen