Little Trains and Boats of the Pyrenees – NEW TOUR
This exciting new tour includes a handful of boat and train journeys to highlight the best of the picturesque Pyrenees!
Discover the beauty of the Pyrenees from your base in the beautiful Gulf of Roses on the Costa Brava. This area of Catalonia boasts unspoiled coves and spectacular seascapes as well as charming seaside towns. A perfect example of this dramatic landscape is the Cap de Creus Nature Reserve, which hosts number of rugged rock formations. Furthermore, view this stunning coastline from the sea as you take a boat ride to Cadaqués. In addition to the scenic cruise, explore this charming town. Meander through the town along winding paths and enjoy the pretty pebbled beaches. Another wonderful piece of the Pyrenees is the Núria Valley, discovered aboard a rack railway, trundling past gaping valleys of lichen-wrapped rubble, miniature waterfalls and patches of forest. At the summit, discover the beautiful sanctuary and you can also enjoy a tasting of local produce.
Popping across the border into France, there are more wonderful parts of the Pyrenees to unveil. Head to Villefranche-de-Confluent and discover the fascinating little medieval village before rattling through miles of scenery on board the famous Little Yellow Train. Another French delight is the Canal du Midi, which you can sail serenely while enjoying lunch. The trains and boats of the Pyrenees allow you to experience the area’s intoxicating beauty.
21st May & 11th June 2019
Travel to Roses
Depart from the UK, heading to Dover for your ferry crossing to Calais. Head south, through France, stopping for an overnight in the Orléans area. The following day, continue through France into Spain and travel to your hotel in the beautiful resort of Roses on the Costa Brava. Check in in time for dinner.
Cap de Creus Nature Park
Take the charming Roses Express tourist train through the Cap de Creus Nature Park. A nature reserve since 1998, admire the rugged beauty of this rocky coastline. This barren landscape of curious rock-formations can be seen to have inspired Salvador Dali, featuring in his surrealist paintings. After this half day excursion, return to Roses to relax and explore the town and it’s beach.
Little Yellow Train
Today, cross the border into France and enjoy some time at leisure in the fortified village of Villefranche-de-Confluent, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Furthermore, this medieval village features on the list of France’s most beautiful villages. Wander its picturesque streets to see ramparts, complete with fortified doors, and attractive pink-coloured stone houses built around the 13th century. Then, board the Little Yellow Train for a journey across the high plateau of Cerdanya. Climb through the hills, cross bridges and pass through tunnels. The scenery is spectacular. Reaching Mont Louis, disembark and meet your coach for your return journey to Roses.
A scenic boat journey to Cadaqués gives you the chance to take in the beauty of this coastline. Arriving in Cadaqués, the allure of this whitewashed village is immediately evident. On a rocky bay above cobalt waters, this village has an abundance of pebble beaches and winding lanes, in addition to its pretty harbour. A short guided tour will allow you to discover the delights of this little town, before some time at leisure. Return to Roses to spend the afternoon enjoying the town at leisure.
Day at Leisure
Relax with a day at leisure and enjoy your hotel’s wonderful facilities. Take time to soak up the sunshine, stroll along the beach and potter around Roses.
Embark on a scenic journey through Núria Valley. Pine forests, rugged hills and dramatic dales surround you as you venture into this enchanting place. Board the rack railway to travel up to Núria and take in the landscapes en route, as the train rattles past lichen-wrapped rubble, miniature waterfalls, patches of forest, and gaping valleys. At your destination, visit the beautiful sanctuary, Santuari de la Mare de Déu, and enjoy a tasting of local produce.
Canal du Midi
Venture into France and travel to breathtaking Beziers. From there, board a boat for a leisurely cruise along the Canal du Midi. As you glide along the waterway, past remarkable scenery, enjoy a typical lunch on board. This is a relaxing way to enjoy the French countryside.
The time has come to leave the picturesque Pyrenees behind and begin your homeward journey. Retrace your steps into France, stopping in the Orléans area overnight. Continue back to Calais for your return ferry crossing to the UK.
Hotel Victoria Elit, Roses ***
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