Barcelona, Montserrat & The Pyrenees
5 nights. April 2019 - October 2019. From £589.00.
Based in a fine resort hotel on Spain's rugged coast, this wonderful holiday to Spain's fascinating northeast corner includes guided visits to the enthralling, stylish Olympic city of Barcelona, with its irrepressible vitality and its heart-stopping sights, and to the sacred hill-top monastery of Montserrat, Catalonia's spiritual symbol. A delightful scenic tour of the Catalan Pyrenees, crossing into France, and an opportunity to discover historic walled Girona on an optional excursion, complete the enjoyment.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsEnjoy a guided tour of wonderful Olympic city, Barcelona
See Gaudi's monumental Sagrada Familia
Journey to the sacred mountain-top shrine at Montserrat
Enjoy a scenic journey through the Catalan Pyrenees
Five nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Caprici Verd Hotel, Santa Susanna
Return flights from your chosen airport to Barcelona or Girona
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFollowing the flight to Spain, transfer by coach to Santa Susanna and the well appointed Hotel Caprici Verd. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is free to enjoy the hotel and its surroundings, before dinner this evening.
Day TwoThe first of the included excursions is to the great city of Barcelona, one of the undoubted highlights of your stay. Lavishly refurbished for the spectacular 1992 Olympics, Barcelona has something for everyone. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour, as the city is brought to life by an expert local guide, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Discover the Modernista route, starting with the grand boulevards of the Eixample district, at the heart of the city's so-called 'Golden Square'. Take in the Passeig de Gracia and modernista architect Antoni Gaudi's unforgettable Casa Mila, or La Pedrera, which houses a museum devoted to his life and work. From here, head to the awesome wonder of his greatest achievement, the unfinished marvel of La Sagrada Familia, the stupendous temple that occupied his last 12 years.
After a day crammed full of highlights, however you decide to spend it, you'll return to the hotel in time for dinner this evening.
Day ThreeToday's included tour is a leisurely escorted drive through the rolling foothills - and some higher passes - of the Catalan Pyrenees. We will pass through the Cadi Tunnel, then cross the border into France and visit famously sunny Font-Romeu- Oreilla, the walled town of Villefranche de Conflent and Perpignan.
Day FourMake the most of the hotel's amenities and surroundings, or join today's optional excursion to the historic walled city of Girona, with its historic old town beside the River Onyar, its immense cathedral and its tree-lined main street Rambla, is one of the most typically Catalan of the region's cities, and a prized stronghold dating back to Roman times.
Upon arrival in the city, you'll enjoy a guided walking tour of the major landmarks, after which there will be some time for you to explore at your leisure. Don't miss the cool cloister of the cathedral, the wonderfully restored Arab baths, the finest example in Spain outside of Granada, or the labyrinth of narrow streets that makes up the best-preserved Jewish quarter in Europe.
Day FiveThe last included excursion is to the stunning mountainside monastery of Montserrat, potent symbol and spiritual centre of Catalonia. A centuries-old place of pilgrimage, the monastery is home to the 'Black Virgin', a small figure of the Madonna and Child stained dark by the candles lit by countless worshippers. The fortress-like nature of the building - it is accessible by winding road, rack railway or cable car - served it well during the Franco regime, when Montserrat became a refuge for Catalan nationalism, and of course the views from its lofty perch are outstanding.
Day SixBid adeu to Catalonia, as you transfer back to the airport for the return flight, at the end of a marvellous few days. Back to top
AccommodationCaprici Verd Hotel
The four-star Caprici Verd Hotel is situated on the seafront in the relaxed resort of Santa Susanna on the Costa Brava, and is just a short stroll from the centre of town.
The Caprici Verd's leisure facilities include a gym, a spa pool, a sauna and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The restaurant is bright and airy, and serves a varied buffet breakfast and dinner. Snacks and drinks are available throughout the day at the bar. The hotel also offers a programme of evening entertainment.
The hotel boasts 266 bedrooms, each of which has air conditioning, satellite TV, a hairdryer, heating, a safe, a mini-bar, a telephone and a private bathroom.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes from Girona Airport and one hour from Barcelona Airport.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. Back to top