Grand Tour - The Transpyrenean

Grand Tour - The Transpyrenean

The Red Train, the Yellow Train and the Blue Train can be found in many itineraries, but only Railtrail takes you through the heart of the Pyrenees, staying in local hotels and getting to know the region both sides of the border. Our grand tour stays in the foothills and valley stations, primed for spectacular excursions. Add in the Tren del Ciment, a stay on the Catalan coast and the 'Truffle Train' through the Dordogne for a fortnight's adventure not found anywhere else.

14 Days From £2,095

 

DEPARTS

Saturday 1 June 2019

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Steam through the Dordogne on the ‘Truffadou’ Truffle Train

  • Visit Foix and Ax-les-Thermes, charming towns in the foothills

  • Explore the delightful medieval core of Mirepoix

  • Taste Blanquette de Limoux sparkling wine

  • Trundle past mysterious Cathare Castles on the ‘Train Rouge’

  • Visit the perfect medieval walled city of Carcassonne

  • Experience a cross border rail adventure to Spanish Catalonia

  • Soar up from the valley on the Vall de Nuria rack railway (Blue Train)

  • Visit exciting Barcelona, the proud capital of Catalonia

  • Explore the whole of the ‘Petit Train Jaune’ line

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

  • Experience El Tren del Ciment

  • Visit enchanting Collioure

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

Leaving London St Pancras by Eurostar, we race through Kent and northern France. Changing stations in Paris, we head southwards to Brive for two nights at the Grand Hotel Terminus.

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DAY 2

By staying in Brive we are well located for today's excursion. Heading south towards the Dordogne, we enjoy a brief visit to the Chemin de Fer du Haut-Quercy's railway museum, before joining the 'Truffadou' train itself for a one hour steam round-trip. Carved into the cliffs above the River Dordogne, trains were used to transport truffles, hence the name 'Truffadou'. Closed in 1980, the railway has been preserved since the 1990s by enthusiasts.

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DAY 3

Our rail adventure heads south to Toulouse, changing for the 'Transpyrenean Line'. We leave the train at Foix, a charming town overlooked by a majestic château. After a little free time we transfer by coach to the Vayamundo Resort at Quillan for four nights, beginning with a winetasting of the local Blanquette de Limoux sparkling wine.

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DAY 4

Today we enjoy a half-day excursion to beautiful Mirepoix. Explore 'Les Couverts', one of the finest medieval arcaded market squares, flanked by half-timbered medieval houses and the stunning cathedral. Back at Quillan, relax in the leisure facilities or maybe enjoy one of the signposted walks.

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DAY 5

A short transfer to Axat brings us to the Train Rouge, which in June operates its 'Viaducts' route to St Paul de Fenouillet. A particular highlight of this scenic journey is the sight of the Château de Puilaurens, perched on a cliff high above the valley, like many of the other Cathar castles.

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DAY 6

Our destination today is 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 Quillan

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DAY 7

We transfer back to the 'Transpyrenean Line' by a different route, with a short break at the spa town of Ax-les-Thermes, Winding through remote terrain of rugged beauty, we reach Latour de Carol-Enveitg, one of the great border stations and the terminus of three lines. We continue into Spain by local train to Ribes de Freser, where we spend three nights at the Catalunya Park Hotel.

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DAY 8

Our direct regional train takes us from Ribes to the regional capital of Barcelona. Here we enjoy an orientation drive to introduce the city, including Gaudí'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 Ribes.

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DAY 9

Two fascinating rail experiences await today. The 'Tren del Ciment' begins in the charming Catalan village of La Pobla de Lillet, which boasts the oldest bridge spanning the River Llobregat. The diesel powered former industrial railway covers a distance of 3.5km on its way to the former Asland Cement Factory, which now houses a museum. Back in Ribes, we board the Vall de Nuria Rack Railway, which climbs a height difference of more than 1,000 metres on a journey over 12 km in length.

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DAY 10

Returning by rail to Latour de Carol, we switch gauges for our first adventure by 'Train Jaune'. Travelling through the scenic Cerdagne region, we climb to Font Romeu, where we have booked a night at the convenient, family-run 2* L'Oustalet Hotel.

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DAY 11

Our 'Train Jaune' experience continues today, climbing to Bolquère-Eyne, the highest station in France and crossing the Pont Gisclard suspension bridge on our descent to Villefranche-Vernet-les-Bains. Our coach awaits here to transfer to the Hotel du Lido in Argelès-sur-Mer on the French Mediterranean.

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DAYS 12-13

A day at leisure to relax in Argelès-sur-Mer. Relax on the hotel's private beach or maybe explore the region further. On Day 13 we join the local coastal railway, heading 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. We stop at 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 14

After breakfast we transfer to Perpignan, joining the TGV to Paris, where we join the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

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Hotels

Grand Hotel Terminus, Brive

Brive’s railway hotel, the 3* Grand Hotel Terminus, sits opposite Brive-la-Gaillarde train station. Built in 1907 and fully renovated in 2016, it offers modest accommodation just a ten minute walk from the centre of Brive.

 

Vayamundo Resort, Quillan

In a region with few hotels, the Vayamundo Resort is located on the outskirts of Quillan in the foothills of the Pyrenees. A former vineyard has been transformed into the beautiful holiday village with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a lake and signposted walks. The resort is busy with families in July and August, but we expect it to be peaceful during our stay in early June. Our accommodation is in studio appartments with balcony and small kitchenette. Breakfast and dinner are provided in Le Brantalou restaurant on site.

 

Hotel Catalunya Park, Ribes de Freser

We have chosen the 2* Catalunya Park for ease of access to our excursions. This family-run hotel in the heart of Ribes boasts an outdoor pool in a large garden.

 

L’Oustalet, Font Romeu

One of very few hotels close to the ‘Train Jaune’, the family-run 2* L'Oustalet is set in a beautiful, natural setting and offers an outdoor swimming pool, a traditional restaurant and wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.

 

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:

Standard Class rail travel

including Standard Eurostar

£2095

Single Traveller Supplement

£250


13 nights' bed, breakfast & evening meal

Standard Class rail travel

All transfers, excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

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