Little Trains of the Pyrenees

Little Trains of the Pyrenees

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Little Trains of the Pyrenees

8 Days Starting in United and ending in United Kingdom

Visiting: Roses

Tour operator:

Travelsphere

Tour code:

PSPYR

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 35

Physical rating:

Relaxed Touring

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Please make us aware of any specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Beach Tours, Rail Tours

This tour is no longer available

Tour Overview

Take unforgettable journeys by train through the Pyrenees dividing Spain and France, starting on the Trenet de Cadaques road train and travelling through Roses to the dramatic landscapes of Cap de Creus National Park. Next, head to France, where your explorations begin in the medieval walled city of Thuir, famed for its vineyards and the Byrrh Caves. You'll then board the Yellow Train for a journey through the Pyrenees for wonderful views. Moving into Spain, you'll enjoy another fantastic trip, this time on an electric cog train which takes you into the lush green Núria Valley. You'll then enjoy a journey on the Red Train from Rivesaltes to Axat before making more discoveries in the delightful town of Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dali.

Highlights

  • Journey on the Trenet de Cadaques 

  • Wine-tasting in Thuir 

  • Yellow Train ride from Villefranche-de-Conflent to Mont Louis 

  • Rack railway to Núria 

  • Travel on the Red Train ride from Rivesaltes to Axat

  • Figueres and Salvador Dali Museum

  • Wine-tasting at Perelada Castle

  • Visit to Perelada Castle

  • Visit to Peralada Castle

  • Journey on the Trenet de Cadaques

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Itinerary

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Day 1 Uk - Barcelona

Location: Roses

Accommodation Name: Prestige Victoria Hotel & Spa Elit

Meals Included: D

Make your own way to the airport for your f light to Barcelona. On arrival we'll transfer you to the lovely resort of Roses, on the Costa Brava. The northernmost of Spain's Costas is home to some of the country's most charming towns, villages and beaches. Its stunning coastline stretches along the Mediterranean Sea for more than 300 kilometres and offers dramatic views of the famous Pyrenees, which tower up to 3,000 metres. Roses is renowned for its splendid wide beaches, all of which have earned Blue Flag status. As your hotel is located right on the seafront, why not take a stroll on the golden sands before dinner.

Day 2 Trenet De Cadaques

Location: Roses

Accommodation Name: Prestige Victoria Hotel & Spa Elit

Meals Included: B, D

The Pyrenees mountain range divides Spain and France and offers spectacular opportunities for exploration, and that's what this holiday is all about! Today's journey is on the Trenet de Cadaques – this fun road train will take you through Roses to Cap de Creus National Park, where the mountains meet the sea. This afternoon is free to do as you wish, you might want to tackle a few laps of the hotel's swimming pool, hit the gym or maybe treat yourself to a spa treatment. The beach is close by, so soaking up the sun and the sea views is another tempting option!

Day 3 The Yellow Train

Location: Roses

Accommodation Name: Prestige Victoria Hotel & Spa Elit

Meals Included: B, D

You'll head into France today, with your explorations beginning in the medieval walled city of Thuir. Located at the foothills of the Pyrenees, it is famed for its vineyards, and for the Byrrh caves, where the aperitif Byrrh is made. This unique drink is a blend of fine Roussillion wines flavoured with plant extracts and quinine, which in the latter half of the 19th century was sold as a 'hygienic tonic wine'. Why not sample some before we continue to Villefranche de Conflent, to board the Yellow Train for a journey through the Pyrenees.
This train line was originally constructed in 1903, with the yellow colours of the train chosen as they are the dominant colours of the Catalan flag. Spectacular Catalan scenery awaits as you pass through the medieval town of Villefranche-de-Conflent and into the Tet Valley. Here, the train track hugs the hillside and you'll have wonderful views of forests, streams, viaducts and bridges until you reach Mont Louis. Here, we'll disembark the train and find our coach waiting for us, ready to whisk us back to the hotel.

Day 4 Roses - At Leisure

Location: Roses

Accommodation Name: Prestige Victoria Hotel & Spa Elit

Meals Included: B, D

Today you have a full day at leisure to do exactly as you please. You can make further use of your hotel's excellent facilities or relax on the nearby golden sandy beaches.

Day 5 The Red Train

Location: Roses

Accommodation Name: Prestige Victoria Hotel & Spa Elit

Meals Included: B, D

This morning you will catch the Red Train and travel from charming Rivesaltes to the small town of Axat in France. Admiring panoramic views of the breathtaking scenery as you travel past picturesque vineyards, through tunnels, and over bridges and viaducts..

Day 6 Núria Valley Rack Railway

Location: Roses

Accommodation Name: Prestige Victoria Hotel & Spa Elit

Meals Included: B, D

We're staying in Spain today, where you'll enjoy another fantastic trip by rail into the mountains. This time it's an electric cog train which takes you into the Núria Valley. In fact, the railway is the only form of transport here. As you journey into the heart of the area, you'll get an idea of the enormity of the valley. Keep your eyes peeled for deer or marmot, and listen to your guide who will tell you more about this remote and spectacularly beautiful area. In the summer months, it is a haven for wildlife and a popular destination for walkers. In the winter months it is a ski resort.

Day 7 Figueres

Location: Roses

Accommodation Name: Prestige Victoria Hotel & Spa Elit

Meals Included: B, D

We'll explore the delightful town of Figueres today, the birthplace of Salvador Dali. What you'll find here is an intriguing Old Town with a laid-back atmosphere. After a stroll, we'll head inside the Dali Theatre and Museum where you can see many famous works by the surrealist painter. Dali is also buried here, and his crypt is under the stage. Your tour ends at Peralada Castle.

Day 8 Barcelona - Uk

Meals Included: B

Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    3 star hotel

  • Return flights from London

  • 7 nights in a 3-star hotel

  • Half board: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners and welcome drink

  • Several iconic scenic rail journeys 

  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Specialist Local Guide

  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Specialist Local Guide 

  • Portable audio headset system on excursions

  • Several iconic scenic rail journeys

  • Half board: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners and welcome drink

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Accommodation

    • Prestige Hotel Coral Platja Elit
    • The Hotel Coral Platja Elit is completely renovated respecting the colonial style. It is located at the beachfront and only 300 meters away from the centre of Roses, in Costa Brava.
      The hotel Coral Platja Elit stands out for its charming colonial style. Its comfortable refurbished rooms and facilities with all kinds of details designed for your comfort, will make your stay unforgettable.

      The hotel Coral Platja Elit has a garden with direct access to the beach and its 167 rooms are fully equipped to make your experience a unique one.

      All the rooms have:
      - Bathroom with hairdryer
      - Air conditioning and heating
      - Direct phone line
      - T.V
      - Safety box (consult pricing)
      - Minibar

Excursions Included


  • Journey on the Trenet de Cadaques

  • Wine-tasting in Thuir

  • Yellow Train ride from Villefranche de Conflent to Mont Louis

  • Rack railway to Nuria

  • Red Train ride from Rivesaltes to Axat

  • Entrance to the Dali Museum




Please note: We're always reviewing our tours. That’s why from 2019 the Red Train excursion is replaced by the medieval town of Bezalu and its fun train. Please note as well from 2019 we'll be accommodated in one of the Prestige Hotel in Roses.

Optional Excursions


  • Guided tour of Girona

Check out our Q&As

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No. Min age is 18 years.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Requirements do change, and you must check the up to date position in good time before departure so that you have the correct documentation and are adequately vaccinated. Information on health is available from your GP surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Travelsphere’s Flexibility Promise has been created to give you complete peace of mind and make you feel confident when booking your holiday with us. We have also been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp which recognises businesses and destinations worldwide that have adopted a new set of global protocols to support the return of 'Safe Travel' around the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Travelsphere has been operating escorted touring holidays for 60 years

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Travelsphere, we are committed to operating our business operations responsibly, with integrity and always act ethically in all our business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our own business or in any of our supply chains

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    You will receive Holiday conformation upon booking, and then several documents detailing any adddiotnal information and the optional excursions that you can book before you travel. The final information covering your flights, hotels and itinerary will be sent to you around 14 days before your departure date.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    No, we do not offer single share options

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, Im afraid not

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If we can accomadate a change in date - we will always do our best to help you. Just pick up the phone and ask one of our friendly advisors - and make sure you have your booking number to hand.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Our Travelsphere Cares programmes, in partnership with the Planeterra Foundation, support local projects and social enterprises by helping them earn an income from tourism. We simply donate a portion of the funds from our tours, so it’s great to know that when you travel with us you are helping to change lives and turn travel into real impact.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like minded travellers

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All of our accommodation providers will be working to the very highest standards of hygiene – you already always enjoy a private room of your own on all of our trips, all of our partners will be guided by local government operational standards of hygiene and the new protocols we have issued to them.

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  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of travelsphere charges.

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