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Costa Brava beaches, walks in the Pyrenees and spectacular mountain railways - this charming rail and walking holiday has it all

Nestled between the south west of France and Catalonia in northern Spain, the spectacular Pyrenees are home to some of Europe's most amazing mountain scenery. On this wonderful eight-day holiday, you will be able to relax on the beach, enjoy some amazing train journeys, admire the views from beautiful coastal footpaths and follow in the footsteps of those who walked through the Pyrenees to France to escape the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.

You'll stay in a three-star hotel (with an indoor pool, restaurant, cafe, gardens and sun terrace with sea views) in charming Roses on the Costa Brava, with its wide beaches and historic old town. From there, you'll enjoy some exceptional walks, including a moderate guided walk from Cala Montjoi to Punta Falconera, the Sanctuary of La Virgen de Núria walk and the refugee trails across the border used in the 1930s, and in the Second World War in the reverse direction.

You'll also ride the Roses Express up into the hills of the Cap de Creus National Park, take one of the world's great railway journeys on the Little Yellow Train of the Pyrenees and admire stunning mountain peaks while aboard Spain's Núria Valley Rack Railway.

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Price includes

  • Return Eurostar from London to Paris
  • Return TGV from Paris to Perpignan
  • Coach transfers between Perpignan and Roses
  • Seven nights' half-board accommodation in Roses
  • Welcome drink on day two
  • Enjoy wine served with your evening meal
  • Two days at leisure to explore the charming town of Roses
  • Coach transfers for your excursions
  • Services of an experienced local walking guide and tour manager

NB: due to late arrival in Roses on day one, lunch will be included on day two as well as dinner.

Equipment recommendations:

  • A pair of good quality walking boots
  • Weather appropriate clothing - including layers
  • A comfortable rucksack
  • A water bottle
  • Walking poles (not essential but can aid climbs and descents)

Availability

From
Sun, Sun, May 1, 2022
To
Sun, Sun, May 8, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,199*

* From price based on two sharing a room. Single supplement: £175. Deposit: £275pp due at time of booking. For full deposit and cancellation information, go to arenatravel.com/travel-information/booking-conditions. Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and at the tour manager's discretion. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst UK. This offer is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Always check the FCDO travel advice before departure, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

From
Sun, Sun, May 15, 2022
To
Sun, Sun, May 22, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,275*

* From price based on two sharing a room. Single supplement: £175. Deposit: £275pp due at time of booking. For full deposit and cancellation information, go to arenatravel.com/travel-information/booking-conditions. Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and at the tour manager's discretion. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst UK. This offer is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Always check the FCDO travel advice before departure, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

From
Sun, Sun, Jun 5, 2022
To
Sun, Sun, Jun 12, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,349*

* From price based on two sharing a room. Single supplement: £175. Deposit: £275pp due at time of booking. For full deposit and cancellation information, go to arenatravel.com/travel-information/booking-conditions. Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and at the tour manager's discretion. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst UK. This offer is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Always check the FCDO travel advice before departure, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

From
Sun, Sun, Sep 11, 2022
To
Sun, Sun, Sep 18, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,349*

* From price based on two sharing a room. Single supplement: £175. Deposit: £275pp due at time of booking. For full deposit and cancellation information, go to arenatravel.com/travel-information/booking-conditions. Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and at the tour manager's discretion. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst UK. This offer is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Always check the FCDO travel advice before departure, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    London to Roses
    Roses, Spain

    Journey aboard Eurostar from London to Paris where you'll connect with the TGV to Perpignan. On arrival, transfer to the town of Roses on the Costa Brava for a seven-night stay.

  2. Day
    2
    Explore Roses
    Roses, Spain

    Enjoy a day at leisure to wander the uneven streets in the old town of Roses, relax in the hotel, or perhaps on the wide, sandy beach nearby. Today both lunch and dinner are included in the hotel's restaurant.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    The Roses Express and Cap de Creus National Park
    Cap de Creus National Park, Catalunya, Spain

    The Roses Express is a charming little road train that starts its journey at the Citadel on the seafront. It climbs into the hills of the Cap de Creus National Park giving us spectacular views. We alight the train in Cala Montjoi, which is the start of our guided walk. Set against a backdrop of hillsides we'll take the narrow, natural footpath as it follows the contours of the land along the rocky shoreline. When we reach Falconera, the Roses Express will be waiting to take us back to Roses. Dinner is served in the hotel's restaurant this evening.

    Moderate walk - Duration: approx. 2 hours, distance: approx 3 miles. Terrain: narrow, sometimes steep cliff paths with some steps.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    The Yellow Train of the Pyrenees
    Villefranche-de-Conflent, France

    Today's excursion takes us to neighbouring France and the historic walled town of Villefranche. Here we'll step aboard the Little Yellow Train of the Pyrenees, considered one of the world's great railway journeys. Opened in 1909, this historic, metre-gauge electric railway is a remarkable feat of civil engineering. Enjoy spectacular views of the rocky mountainous scenery as the train winds upwards passing through dozens of short tunnels, and over bridges and small viaducts. We alight in Mont Louis and return to Roses by coach where dinner served at the hotel.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Núria Valley Railway and the Sanctuary of Núria walk
    Vall de Núria, Spain

    Spain's Núria Valley Rack Railway is the only means of transport into this breathtaking valley of alpine meadows surrounded by stunning mountain peaks soaring to over three thousand metres. Sit back and watch the spellbinding scenery unfold as the rack railway climbs more than a thousand metres in just twelve and half kilometres to Vall de Núria station. Join our local guide as we learn more about this remote region and enjoy a tasting of some of the local produce. We'll embark on a leisurely walk seeing the rich and diverse flora and fauna. Our guide will tell us a little on the history of the Sanctuary of Núria before continuing our walk around the lake.

    Easy walk - Duration: approx. 2.5 hours, distance: approx. 1.5 miles. Terrain: Natural paths, some steps and hills.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    The Red Train of the Pyrenees and the Refugee’s Trail
    Axat, France

    Today we step aboard the Train du pays Cathere et du Fenouillèdes for a journey on the 100-year old railway line running between the French village of Rivesaltes and the pretty town of Axat. Enjoy the stunning landscape as the train, affectionately called the 'Little Red Train', takes us through beautiful scenery until we're high in the Aude Valley. Enjoy time at leisure before this afternoon's guided walk. From Coll de Lli we walk the Refugee's Trail, which follows one of the paths of exile taken by hundreds of thousands who, along with leaders of Catalonia's Government, headed for the safety of the French border when Barcelona fell to Franco's troops. We return by coach to Roses for dinner at our hotel.

    Easy walk - Duration: approx. 2 hours, distance: approx 1.2 miles. Terrain: natural paths, some steps & hills.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Relax in Roses
    Roses, Spain

    Enjoy a final day at leisure to enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere of Roses. This evening dinner is served at the hotel.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Return home
    Roses, Spain

    Leave the Spanish coast behind you and retrace your route to Paris where you'll take the Eurostar for the short return trip to London.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Availability

From
Sun, Sun, May 1, 2022
To
Sun, Sun, May 8, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,199*

* From price based on two sharing a room. Single supplement: £175. Deposit: £275pp due at time of booking. For full deposit and cancellation information, go to arenatravel.com/travel-information/booking-conditions. Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and at the tour manager's discretion. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst UK. This offer is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Always check the FCDO travel advice before departure, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

From
Sun, Sun, May 15, 2022
To
Sun, Sun, May 22, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,275*

* From price based on two sharing a room. Single supplement: £175. Deposit: £275pp due at time of booking. For full deposit and cancellation information, go to arenatravel.com/travel-information/booking-conditions. Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and at the tour manager's discretion. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst UK. This offer is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Always check the FCDO travel advice before departure, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

From
Sun, Sun, Jun 5, 2022
To
Sun, Sun, Jun 12, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,349*

* From price based on two sharing a room. Single supplement: £175. Deposit: £275pp due at time of booking. For full deposit and cancellation information, go to arenatravel.com/travel-information/booking-conditions. Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and at the tour manager's discretion. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst UK. This offer is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Always check the FCDO travel advice before departure, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

From
Sun, Sun, Sep 11, 2022
To
Sun, Sun, Sep 18, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,349*

* From price based on two sharing a room. Single supplement: £175. Deposit: £275pp due at time of booking. For full deposit and cancellation information, go to arenatravel.com/travel-information/booking-conditions. Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and at the tour manager's discretion. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst UK. This offer is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Always check the FCDO travel advice before departure, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Call now to book 02039934304
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