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Departing by Rail
Duration 10 Days
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Forming the natural border between France and Spain, the Pyrenees mountain range is a special realm which remains largely unexplored compared to its alpine counterpart and totally unspoilt. The little trains that traverse these jagged peaks, with their brightly coloured carriages and panoramic windows, are a fantastic way to get around and we include journeys on three of the best, which encompass rolling meadows, wooded valleys, remote villages, spectacular viaducts and much more. Based in the pretty town of Roses on the Spanish coast, we spend our days on both the Spanish and French side of the mountains so you can really experience their scenic variety and cultural diversity.

Price Includes

  • Regional rail departure with overnight stay in London on outward and return journey.
  • Return Eurostar from London to Paris
  • Return TGV from Paris to Perpignan
  • Connecting rail/coach journeys
  • Seven nights’ half board accommodation in Roses
  • Wine served with evening meals
  • Journey on the Roses Express
  • Journey on the Yellow Train in the Pyrenees
  • Journey on the Red Train in the Pyrenees
  • Journey on the Núria Valley Railway
  • Visit to Thuir with wine tasting
  • Visit to Figueres and entrance to the Dalí Museum
  • Services of our Tour Manager

Itinerary

Day 1: Regional rail departure to London with overnight stay in central London

Day 2: London – Roses

We journey aboard Eurostar from London to Paris and continue by rail to Perpignan where we are transferred to the unspoilt town of Roses on the Costa Brava, our base for the next seven nights.

Day 3: Roses Express

Enjoy a morning at leisure and relax in our hotel, take a stroll around the old town of Roses, or head to the wide, sandy beach. In the afternoon we head towards the citadel on the seafront where we join the Roses Express. This delightful little road train is pulled by an ornate tractor and climbs into the hills of the Cap de Creus National Park to give you spectacular views across Roses.

Day 4: The Yellow Train of the Pyrenees

Today we spend the day in France and the French Pyrenees on our included excursion. Our first stop is the medieval walled city of Thuir, which nestles at the foot of the Pyrenees and is surrounded by vineyards. Here we taste some local wine before travelling to Villefranche to join the Yellow Train for an unforgettable journey through the Pyrenees. Sit back and relax as the line winds its way up the Tet Valley, through forests and tunnels and across ravines and viaducts, including the Pont Gisclard suspension bridge and the Séjourné Viaduct with its dramatic doubledecker arches. We alight from the train at the small mountain village of Font Romeu and return to our hotel by coach.

Day 5: Roses

Do as much or as little as you choose with a day at leisure in Roses.

Day 6: Núria Valley Railway of the Pyrenees

Today’s journey is in Spain on the Núria Valley Rack Railway, which is twinned with the Jungfrau Rack Railway in Switzerland. It’s the only means of transport that accesses the valley, so you are guaranteed breathtaking views of mountains and meadows as we climb more than 1,000 metres, and with the help of a local guide we can learn more about this remote region.

Day 7: The Red Train of the Pyrenees

Enjoy another day in the French Pyrenees in the company of a local guide. This time we join the Train du pays Cathere et du Fenouillèdes (affectionately called The Red Train), which passes through a land of vineyards and castles as it slowly climbs over an impressive 60 kilometres from Rivesalets to Axat. We enjoy some free time in the pretty town of Axat, high in the Aude Valley, before return to our hotel by coach.

Day 8: Figueres & Dalí Museum

This morning our excursion is to the Catalan town of Figueres, named after the sweet fig trees that once thrived here. A mix of architectural styles can be found in the old town along with various cultural attractions, the most popular being the Dalí Museum which we include entry to. This amazing building is dedicated to the town’s most famous son, Salvador Dalí, and is highly recommended for anyone visiting northern Spain.

Day 9: Roses – London

We leave the Spanish coast behind and retrace our route to Paris, where we join Eurostar for the return to London. We then stay overnight in London.

Day 10: Regional rail departure to London with overnight stay in central London

 

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