Christmas in the Pyrenees

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22 Dec 2019 - 29 Dec 2019
Duration: 8 days
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Snowy Mountain peaks and warm festive treats – the perfect combination for a Christmas break. Based in the pretty town of Roses on the Spanish coast, you’re ideally based to explore the natural border elegantly placed between France and Spain; you’ll discover sights few have had the opportunity to see. From the gracefully white mountain peaks to the glistening Spanish Coast, you’ll be in the midst of snow globe scenery, part of a picture perfect fairytale and what’s more – it’s where you’ll spend the most magical time of the year.


  • Return Eurostar from London to Paris or Lille
  • Return TGV from Paris to Perpignan
  • Connecting rail/coach journeys
  • Seven nights’ half board accommodation in Roses
  • Welcome drink on day two
  • Christmas Day lunch
  • Enjoy wine served with your evening meal
  • Explore remarkable Roses with your own free time
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Journey on the magical Roses Express
  • Step aboard the Yellow Train in the white-coated Pyrenees
  • Travel in style on the mystical Núria Valley Railway
  • Relax on the Red Train in the Pyrenees through the glistening mountain range
  • Visit the capital of Comarca at Christmas time
  • Included entrance to the historic Dalí Museum

Day 1: London - Roses

We journey aboard Eurostar from London to Paris or Lille 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 2: 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 3: Christmas Eve on the Yellow Train

Today we spend the day in France and the French Pyrenees on our included excursion. From here 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.

Day 4: Christmas Day in Roses

Merry Christmas! Do as much or as little as you choose with a day at leisure in Roses. We include a Christmas lunch at the hotel today.

Day 5 Boxing Day: 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). This 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.

Day 6: The Núria Valley Rack Railway

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 to access the valley so you are guaranteed breathtaking views of mountains and meadows as we climb more than 1,000 metres. With the help of a local guide we can learn more about this remote region and enjoy a tasting of local produce.

Day 7: 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 8: Roses – London

We leave the Spanish coast behind and retrace our route to Paris or Lille, where we join Eurostar for the return to London.

Due to the late arrival on day 1, lunch and dinner will be provided on day 2.


    Outward Journey

      Departs London TBC
      Arrives Nice TBC

    Return Journey

      Departs Perpignan 10.51
      Arrives London 20.39

Hotel Coral Platja Elit, Roses

This 3 star colonial-style hotel is located on the seafront a short walk from the centre of Roses. All of the bedrooms have a warm Mediterranean decor and modern amenities including an en suite, hairdryer, mini fridge, TV, safe, air conditioning and a balcony. The hotel has a swimming pool, restaurant and a terrace with a sea view.