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Spain - the Waterways of Catalonia

Spain - the Waterways of Catalonia

Exploring the dynamic natural and man-made landscapes of the France/Spain border from the unique perspective of sea, lake and canal cruises enjoyoing the stunning Costa Brava scenery.


Exploring the dynamic natural and man-made landscapes of the France/Spain border from the unique perspective of sea, lake and canal cruises enjoyoing the stunning Costa Brava scenery.

An exciting new tour package based on one of our favorite holiday areas, the pretty Spanish resort of Roses, with the opportunity to enjoy the stunning Costa Brava scenery. Forming a natural border between France and Spain, the Pyrenees mountain range overlook the Catalonian Plateau and encompass rolling meadows, wooded valleys, remote villages and miles of rocky coastline punctuated with golden sandy beaches. There are a multitude of boat-cruise opportunities here, from sea-cruises, to lakes and even a canal. We shall take to the waters, both coastal and inland, to view natural and man-made landscapes from a unique perspective, experience a wide scenic variety and cultural diversity. We have engaged a guide to accompany us so we benefit from their intimate local knowledge.


Friday - Very early morning departure from Dorset for channel crossing to Calais and southwards through France to Kyriad Hotel Dijon for overnight stay.

Saturday - Continue through France and into Spain to arrive at Roses on the Costa Brava, your base for the next 7 nights. Welcome drink on arrival. Buffet style meals include wine with dinner.

Sunday - See historic Spain from the water with a morning sea-cruise to Cadaques. This lovely picturesque fishing village was transformed into an artist colony by the presence of Salvador Dali. The white-washed houses and fishing boats themselves paint a vivid picture of how the Costas have looked through the centuries. A local guide will show us the sights and tell us the stories on a short walking tour. Return to Roses by boat this afternoon where there is free time to relax by the pool or explore the resort and beach.

Monday - Again joined by our local guide we drive into France to the cathedral town on Beziers situated on the Canal du Midi. Board a boat cruise on this important and historic canal, passing medieval towns, fortress castles, roman ruins, ancient bridges and tree lined promenades. Relax and enjoy the views - a 2 course lunch with wine and coffee is included on-board. Return to Roses late that afternoon.

Tuesday - A free day to relax in Roses. The narrow streets of the old town around the old church are full of small restaurants and shops where you can soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere. The beautiful coast is a contrast of sandy beaches and rugged cliffs hiding tiny coves and can be explored on foot.

Wednesday - Our guide will direct us inland through the foothills to the Lake of Banyoles, largest natural lake in Catalonia in the shadow of the Garrotxa Volcanoes. The walled town of Banyoles is a historical and cultural centre built around the monastery of St Stephen with little squares, cobbled streets and old buildings. We shall join a boat cruise on the lake to take in the surrounding tree covered hills and quaint villages. Later drive to Besalu, a monumental example of the Catalan middle ages with a 12th century Romanesque bridge crossing the River Fluvia, arcaded galleries, religious buildings and Jewish quarter.

Thursday - A day trip to Barcelona that begins with a tour of this magnificent metropolis in the hands of a local expert guide. The second largest city in Spain and capital of Catalonia, it is a vibrant city beside the sea, with inspiring architecture, culture and traditions. We shall enjoy a boat tour of the harbour to take in views of the historic sights including the old lighthouse, the impressive new draw-bridge, the commercial port and cruise terminal which hosts great liners.

Friday - A final day to relax in Roses. For the adventurous there is a spectacular land-train tour that runs through the town and out into the Cap de Creus National Park with sensational views across Roses.

Saturday - Leaving Spain this morning and heading northwards into France for our overnight stay at Kyriad Hotel Dijon.

Sunday - Up to Calais for a late afternoon Eurotunnel crossing to Folkestone and drive back to Dorset that evening.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Prestige Victoria Hotel Elite, Roses

A superb modern 3 star hotel located right on the seafront of Santa Margarita Beach just over 1 mile from Roses town centre. It offers 200+ well equipped and serviced spacious bedrooms with private bathroom, hairdryer, telephone, satellite TV, desk/seating, safe, minibar and free wifi. All are air-conditioned and have private balcony or terrace. There is an outdoor pool surrounded by a sun deck with loungers, an indoor spa with heated pool, gym, sauna and beauty treatments/ massages. Victoria’s Restaurant provides a wide variety of Mediterranean and international cuisine with wine/water included with dinner. An entertainment programme is staged during the evening and there is a bar and outdoor terrace where you can socialise.


TOUR PRICE: £990.00 Per Person

Single room supplement: £220.00


Price Includes: All coach travel, Return Eurotunnel crossings, 2 x overnight hotel in Dijon, 7 nights accommodation in Roses, Half board meals throughout, Wine with dinner in Roses, Canal du Midi cruise with lunch, Lake Banyoles boat trip, Barcelona harbour boat tour,  Return boat to Cadaques and walking tour, Local guide services, VAT.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Queens Avenue Dorchester, Bus stop end of Queens Avenue
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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