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Forming the natural border between France and Spain, the Pyrenees mountain range is a special location you’re guaranteed to remember. It remains largely unexplored compared to its alpine counterpart, so you’ll discover sights few have had the opportunity to see. The little trains that traverse these jagged peaks with their colourful carriages and panoramic windows are a fantastic way to travel. We include journeys on four of the best, encompassing 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 experiencing diverse culture and mesmerising landscapes. If you’re a rail fanatic, this is one you won’t want to miss.
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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.
Enjoy a morning at leisure, 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.
Today we spend the day in France and the French Pyrenees on our included excursion. We travel to Villefranche for free time before joining 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 double-decker arches. We alight from the train at the small village of Mont Louis and return to our hotel by coach.
Enjoy a day at leisure and relax in our hotel, take a stroll around the old town of Roses, or head to the wide, sandy beach.
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 and have a tasting of local products.
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 returning to our hotel by coach.
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.
We leave the Spanish coast behind and retrace our route to Paris, where we join Eurostar for the return to London.
You will stay for seven nights at the Hotel Prestige Victoria Elit, Roses.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?