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Little Trains and Walks of the Pyrenees

By way of brightly coloured little trains and leisurely walking trails, discover the wilder side of the Pyrenees. Staying in the charming Catalonian town of Roses we’ll ride the Roses Express and walk its beautiful coastal footpath before exploring the stunningly beautiful Núria Valley, only accessible by its own rack railway. Step aboard and enjoy a kaleidoscope of dramatic mountain scenery from the world-renowned Little Yellow Train before taking the Little Red Train and following in the footsteps of those who, during the country’s civil war, joined the Exodus from Spain to France walking through the Pyrenees.

Your Tour Includes

  • Return Eurostar from London to Paris
  • Return TGV from Paris to Perpignan
  • 7 nights’ half-board accommodation in Roses
  • 3 days of guided walks
  • Free time in the resort of Roses
  • Services of our experienced local walking guide and Tour Manager
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Itinerary

Overview

We journey aboard Eurostar from London to Paris where we’ll connect with the TGV to Perpignan. On arrival we transfer to the town of Roses on the Costa Brava for a seven night stay.

Overview

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

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Overview

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.

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Overview

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 our hotel.

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Overview

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.

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Overview

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.

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Overview

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

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Overview

We leave the Spanish coast behind and retrace our route to Paris where we take the Eurostar for the return to London. *Please note: Due to our late arrival in Roses on day one, lunch and dinner will be included on day two.*

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Includes Dinner

Overview

All of our walks are of an easy-moderate nature and therefore we recommend that you have a reasonable level of fitness for our Off the Beaten Tracks range of holidays. It is also important to ensure you bring the right equipment with you and for our walking tours we would recommend: - 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)

Accommodation

You will stay for seven nights at the Hotel Prestige Victoria Elit, Roses.

Travel Options

When it comes to getting you to your destination. Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from

Meet us at the ship

Meet us at the ship

For complete flexibility, make your own transport arrangements to and from the ship. We will provide you with times and locations as well as some useful information for you to make your own arrangements to join your cruise.

If you require any further information to assist with your travel plans, please contact our Holiday Advisors who will be happy to help.

Meet your Coach at Dover

Meet your Coach at Dover

Travel down to Dover and jump onboard your coach for your ferry crossing.

Alternatively, travel the day before your departure and enjoy an overnight stay, with complimentary parking for the duration of your cruise, before being collected after breakfast the following morning.

Travel by Eurostar

Travel by Eurostar

Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. You can even upgrade your reserved seat to Standard Premier – speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information. On arrival in Paris, Lille or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.

Travel by Air

Travel by Air

Return flights from London Heathrow with transfers to and from the ship are included in our package on our specific arrival and departure dates. We also include one item of checked in luggage per person.

If our included flights are not suitable, alternative flights may also be available from other airports on our arrival and departure dates. These may have an additional supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

More flexible travel options

Travelling by Eurostar?

Travelling by Eurostar?

Why not stay overnight in London?

For those travelling from further afield, you can also book overnight accommodation in London, before and after your holiday. Speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information.

Travelling by Eurostar?

Stay overnight near the port

For an even more relaxed start to your European holiday, why not stay overnight in Dover or nearby Ashford the night before your cruise from only £65pp? All our quoted prices include car parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise and cooked breakfast the following morning. Our coach will collect you and return you to the hotel on its way to/from the port of Dover. And if you don’t want that holiday feeling to end, why not do the same on your return journey?