2017 Barcelona, Carcassonne & the Catalan Coast

2017 Barcelona, Carcassonne & the Catalan Coast

Travel in First Class style to the South of France. Relax in a beachside hotel, explore the rocky coves of the Catalan Coast, tasting local specialities, visit colourful Barcelona, the Pyrenees and the perfect medieval walled city of Carcassonne.

8 Days From Only £1,299.00

 

DEPARTS

Friday 9 June 2017

Friday 15 September 2017

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • First Class rail travel to/from Perpignan, including Standard Premier Eurostar

  • Visit enchanting Collioure

  • Explore the coves of the Catalan Coast by rail and road train

  • Winetasting of local wines in Banyuls

  • Relax in the Mediterranean resort of Argeles-sur-Mer

  • Travel into the Pyrenees aboard the spectacular ‘Petit Train Jaune’

  • Enjoy a traditional French market day

  • Visit exciting Barcelona, the proud capital of Catalonia

  • Visit the perfect medieval walled city of Carcassonne

  • Enjoy a home-made Cassoulet, the regional speciality

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

By early morning Eurostar from London to Paris with a light breakfast served to your seat. By TGV to Perpignan, from where we transfer to the coast and our hotel, the Grand Hotel du Lido in Argelès-sur-Mer. Here we enjoy a welcome drink of Pastis, the aperitif of the South of France, before dining in the hotel restaurant.

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DAY 2

We spend the first day exploring this delightful part of French Catalonia. A local road train transports us the short distance to Argelès Village, where today is market day, a great way to sample the sights, smells and tastes of the region. Joining the local coastal railway, we head south towards the Spanish border along the stunning 'Vermillion Coast', where the region's expansive beaches develop into a series of charming coves, backed by vineyards and the Albères mountains. At Banyuls we enjoy a winetasting of local produce, before continuing to the simply stunning coastal village of Collioure. It is not difficult to see why the Fauvist art movement was drawn to Collioure, with its special light, beautiful bay, lighthouse and fort.

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DAY 3

A coach transfers us into the foothills of the Pyrenees to Villefranche de Confluent. Here we begin one of Europe's most scenic rail journeys, 'Le Petit Train Jaune', which connects the Plain of Roussillon with the Cerdagne mountains, crossing viaducts and bridges with spectacular views from your window. Remarkably this wonderful line is under threat of closure, so this may be your last chance to experience the 'Yellow Train' - an experience that mustn't be missed.

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DAY 4

A day at leisure to relax in Argelès-sur-Mer. Relax on the hotel's private beach or maybe explore the region further. From Argelès the city of Perpignan is a short train ride, where you could visit the Palace of the Kings of Majorca. Alternatively, head south by train to Port Bou, just across the border with Spain, or Figueres, home of the Salvador Dalì Museum.

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DAY 5

Our rail excursion heads northwards through the coastal lagoons and deep into the heart of the Languedoc region to Carcassonne, where we enjoy free time to experience one of the world's most incredible medieval fortified towns. Carcassonne's citadel is entirely encircled by an impenetrable city wall, all turrets, towers and battlements. Explore the quaint alleys of this UNESCO World Heritage protected site before we return to Argeèls, where tonight's dinner is the speciality of the Languedoc region, Cassoulet.

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DAY 6

An early morning start sees us slip across the border by coach into Spanish Catalonia to visit the proud regional capital of Barcelona. Here we enjoy an orientation drive to introduce the city, including Gaudi's masterpiece, the extraordinary Sagrada Familia and the viewpoint at Mont Juïc. Free time in the city allows you to explore Las Ramblas, before we return to France.

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DAY 7

Your last day is free for you to enjoy the relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere or maybe take in a local market in Banyuls or Perpignan.

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DAY 8

After breakfast we transfer to Perpignan, joining the TGV to Paris, travelling in First Class. Crossing Paris, we join the Eurostar to London St Pancras, travelling in Standard Premier Class with a light meal and drinks served to your seat.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner, E=Eurostar Std Premier meal

Hotel

Hotel du Lido, Argelès-sur-Mer

Argelès enjoys the last expanse of sandy beach, with the Albères Mountains in the distance, before the coastline develops into a series of charming rocky coves. The Hotel du Lido has a fabulous beachside location, with its own private beach, surrounded by a shady park. The hotel boasts a restaurant, bar and heated outdoor pool. We have deliberately chosen arrival dates to enjoy pleasant weather, yet away from the hordes of high summer.

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International:

First Class rail travel

to / from France, including

Standard Premier Eurostar

£1299

Single Traveller Supplement

£160


7 nights' bed, breakfast & evening meal

Eurostar Standard Premier rail travel

First Class rail travel to & from France

All transfers, excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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