Little Trains Of The Pyrenees
5 nights. April 2019 - October 2019. From £689.00.
Mountain scenery in Spain and France
Discover the very special corner of the world that straddles southwest France and Spain's Catalan northeast, as you enjoy journeys into the heart of the stunning Pyrenean countryside aboard some delightful, historic railway lines, winding your way upwards aboard sometimes modern, sometimes historic rolling stock, and across some marvels of railway engineering. With a stay in a colourful Costa Brava resort - and another road train journey to enjoy - this is a perfect holiday choice.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsSpend five nights on the beautiful Costa Brava
Unspoiled Roses, the holiday base, sits on a sweeping bay
Enjoy the views from the Roses Express road train
The historic Little Yellow Train climbs into the French Pyrenees from UNESCO-listed Villefranche-de-Conflent
The Nuria Rack Railw ay offers the only access to the year-round Spanish resort
Discover the stunning Upper Aude Valley on France's Red Train
Three heritage train journeys and a ticket for the Roses road-train
Five nights' half-board accommodation at the three-star Prestige Hotel Coral Platja, Roses, including a glass of wine and water at dinner
Return flights to Barcelona or Girona
Coach travel and transfers throughout
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 OneFly to Barcelona or Girona and board the coach to transfer to the delightful Costa Brava resort of Roses, set beneath ancient fortifications on the sweeping Golf de Roses. Settle into your comfortable hotel and, depending on your arrival time, perhaps enjoy a stroll along the beach to the harbour and marina, home to some gleaming leisure craft, before dinner is served.
Day TwoHeading into the beautiful Catalan Pyrenees, today's included excursion has as its highlight the 45-minute journey aboard the two-car Nuria Rack Railway, or Cremallera, from the hamlet of Ribes de Freser up through a steep, forested gorge to the pilgrimage shrine - the imposing lakeside sanctuary drawing visitors from across the globe - at Nuria. Enjoy a stroll on the paths that cross the alpine meadows, sample some homegrown produce and learn about the history of this extraordinary place, before re-boarding the train - privately owned and twinned with Switzerland's famous Jungfraujoch mountain railway - for the return journey down the valley and then back to Roses.
Day ThreeTravel aboard the historic Yellow Train, or Petit Train Jaune, which winds its way through the sun-kissed French Pyrenees. Beginning in the picturesque, UNESCO-listed walled town of Villefranche-de-Conflent, travel across improbably vertiginous bridges and viaducts - all engineering marvels - and through some stunning scenery towards France's highest station, at Bolquere-Eyne, and on through a spectacular mountain landscape to the Pyrenean commune of Mont-Louis with its citadel and city walls. Take in the beauty of the surroundings and perhaps enjoy lunch (payable locally) before making your way back to Roses by coach, at the end of a thoroughly absorbing day.
On fine days, don't miss the sunset from the beach - Roses is the only Costa Brava resort to face west, meaning some evenings can be truly spectacular.
Day FourToday is free to get to know the pleasant surroundings of your holiday base. Roses has been settled since the days of the Ancient Greeks, but today is a colourful, typically Catalan resort, with a host of bars, restaurants, cafes and other diversions to enjoy. Don't miss the included ride on the tractor hauled, tourist road train, the Roses Express, which winds its way - at an anything but express pace - into the wooded hills of the Cap de Creus national park above the resort, offering wonderful views and the chance to buy refreshments at the summit of the ride.
Other sites to see in and around the resort include the ruins of the 16th-century citadel walls and Trinitat Castle, and some fascinating ancient dolmen burial sites. Those preferring food to sightseeing will enjoy tasting the local specialty, the suquet de peix - fish with potatoes served with a flourish in most of the towns many restaurants. With a working fishing port, seafood is the most popular fare in Roses.
Day FiveCross the border back into France on today's final included excursion, which has as its highlight the journey aboard the hundred-year-old Train du pays Cathare et du Fenouilledes, more often called simply the Red Train, travelling through the spectacular scenery of castle-dotted Cathar Country from Rivesaltes, near historic Perpignan, to the Pyrenean village of Axat. On fine days, travel in open-air summer wagons across viaducts and through tunnels, past the vineyard-clad lower slopes of the Eastern Pyrenees, and after time to savour the wonderful surroundings for the last time, return to enjoy a final evening in Roses, including a dinner at the hotel.
Day SixBid farewell to your Catalan hosts, and transfer back to the airport for the return flight to the UK, at the end of a wonderful few days. Back to top
AccommodationPrestige Coral Platja
Benefitting from a beachside location just 300 metres from the centre of the unspoiled resort of Roses, this hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the town and surrounding region.
The hotel boasts an outdoor swimming pool with a retractable roof, free Wi-Fi and a buffet restaurant serving local and international dishes.
Rooms are finished in colonial style and all offer air-conditioning, TV, hairdryers, safety deposit boxes (extra charge), telephones and mini fridges.Hotel Prestige Victoria, Girona
This three-star hotel looks out over Santa Margarita Beach, approximately two kilometres from the centre of the unspoilt resort of Roses. A beachfront promenade runs all the way to Roses marina from outside the hotel.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour and 30 minutes from Girona Airport and two hours and 30 minutes 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.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
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