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Trip Overview

This ten-night rail holiday delves deep into one of the most fascinating regions of western Europe, Catalonia. Spend two-nights in the City of Lights before heading south, to the ancient city of Girona. Take the short ride along the coast to the capital Barcelona, where you can marvel at the magical buildings of Gaudi, the historic mountain monastery of Monserrat and enjoy some true Catalonian food and hospitality. Explore the fascinating Roman ruins of Tarragona.

Highlights

  • Have your portrait drawn under the shadow of the Sacré-Cœur in Paris
  • Explore the medieval city walls of Girona’s Old Town
  • Be amazed by the breath-taking Gaudi architecture and taste the real flavour of Catalonia in Barcelona
  • Discover the magic and mystery around La Moreneta of Monserrat
  • Walk in the footsteps of Romans in ancient Tarragona

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Rail Travel as per the itinerary
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Paris
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Girona
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Barcelona
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Tarragona
  • 2-day travel pass in Paris
  • Seine river Cruise and a glass of Champagne
  • Small group walking tour in Girona
  • 4-day travel pass in Barcelona
  • Small group Gaudi tour, including skip the line access to Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera
  • Local Food and drink tour in Barcelona
  • Half day guided tour to Monserrat
  • Skip the Line tickets to Tarragona Cathedral
Trip Map

Why Not...

Extend your trip or try this package in reverse. Call a Rail Expert for details.

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

Daily Itinerary:

DAY 1 – PARIS
Welcome to Paris! On arrival at the airport head to your hotel for a two-night stay, then head out to explore the city with your travel pass.  Make use of the metro to see neighbourhoods such as the beautiful Marais, historic St Germain or the evocative hill of Montmartre. (Overnight Paris)

DAY 2 – PARIS
Perhaps head out to Versailles today and marvel and the grand palace and equally as beautiful fountains and gardens.  Head to the Eiffel tower from where you can enjoy a cold glass of Champagne aboard a one-hour cruise along the river.  (Overnight Paris) B

DAY 3 – GIRONA
Ride the highspeed TGV train south to Girona today, and on arrival make your way to your hotel for a two-night stay.   Much of the city was used when filming Game of Thrones, and the small alleys of the old town are full of local friendly restaurants for dinner.  (Overnight Girona) B

DAY 4 – GIRONA
Enjoy a half-day small group walking tour of the city today and learn the vast history of its medieval and Jewish quarters, ramblas, old city walls, bridges over the Onyar river and many monuments.  After, perhaps visit the Cathedral which as the widest Gothic nave in the world - second only of any church after St Peter’s Basilica in Rome!  Join the locals and enjoy an ice cream on the steps outside in the evening (Overnight Girona) B

DAY 5 – BARCELONA
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before making the short journey to Barcelona, and check-in to your hotel for a four-night stay.  Start exploring as soon as you arrive thanks to your travel pass included. (Overnight Barcelona) B

DAY 6 – BARCELONA
Get out early this morning and beat the crowds to see Antonio Gaudi’s masterpieces on this small group tour.  Skip the line at the most important sights and monuments of the city and discover the details which have meant the Sagrada Familia still remains unfinished since construction started in 1882!  (Overnight Barcelona) B

DAY 7 – BARCELONA
Have a lazy morning this morning, then enjoy a fascinating tour of some local bars and restaurants led by a knowledgeable guide.  You’ll get to taste some delicious tapas and local wines which only the locals know where to go to find! (Overnight Barcelona) B

DAY 8 - BARCELONA /MONSERRAT DAY TRIP
Perhaps wander up to Park Güell this morning to enjoy a view across the rooftops of Barcelona from another of Gaudi’s masterpieces, before joining a tour in the afternoon to the spiritual heart of Catalonia, Monserrat.  The holy mountain has been one of Europe’s top pilgrimage sites for hundreds of years, and you’ll get to touch La Moreneta which is said to have been housed here by the Benedictine monks since 718 AD.  This evening perhaps head to the evocative Gothic Quarter for your final night in Barcelona.  (Overnight Barcelona) B

DAY 9 – TARRAGONA
Take the local scenic train ride from Barcelona to the centre of Tarragona today and settle into your hotel for a two-night stay.  Perhaps head to the beach for some fresh Mediterranean air or stroll the Passeig Arqueològic to really soak up the city? (Overnight Tarragona) B

DAY 10 – TARRAGONA
Skip the line at Tarragona’s Cathedral today (not possible on Sunday’s) and discover its steep history from being a Roman Temple, Visigothic Cathedral and a Moorish mosque.  In this evening try out one of Tarragona’s great restaurants with amazing fresh seafood and beautiful sea views.

DAY 11 – END OF TOUR
After breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and take the short rail journey back to Barcelona, then head to the airport for your flight home. If you wish to extend your holiday, perhaps with an additional day in a different city, one of our Rail Specialists would be happy to help you with all the details B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

Barcelo Sants Hotel

The new Barceló Sants**** hotel is now ready, having been totally reformed. Prepare to enjoy a unique stay in the completely refurbished Orbital Rooms. Situated above Sants station, the hotel has direct access to the AVE, to the metro lines and theBarcelona railway.

NH Sants Barcelona

The NH Sants Barcelona hotel, formerly known as NH Numancia, is located in the heart of Barcelona’s financial district, just a few steps from the trade fair and the Sants train station. You can get to the city center in 15 minutes on the metro and Camp Nou, the home ground of Barcelona’s soccer team, is only 20 minutes away on foot.

Le Marceau Bastille

Le Marceau Bastille Hotel is a contemporary design hotel with a choice of 55 urban or ecological style bedrooms. The hotel also boasts a funky lobby bar which plays host to its own regularly updated art collection. Le Marceau Bastille is located in the Bastille district of Paris, a short walk from the lively Marais area and the Opera Bastille. The location offers easy access by metro to all of Paris's main sights and attractions.

Saint Paul Rive Gauche Paris

The beautiful Saint-Paul Rive-Gauche is located between the world-famous Sorbonne and the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens in the centre of Paris. The 17th century boutique hotel is housed in a former 17th century grand residence and is known for its beautiful arched cellar. Each room comes fully air-conditioned and is equipped with modern amenities such as a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. Other tourist attractions nearby include Notre Dame, the Pantheon, Palais Garnier and The Louvre.

Terrass Hotel Paris

The Terrass Hotel is a classic 19th century building with 98 individually decorated rooms. The hotel features a Piano Bar where guests can enjoy cocktails and bar snacks and a seventh floor summer roof terrace with great views across Paris. The hotel is located a short stroll away from famous landmarks such as the Sacré-Coeur and the Moulin Rouge.

See our special offer package with a free tour and Musée d'Orsay tickets!

Grand Hotel Dore Paris

Located in Paris’ 12th Arrondissement, the Grand Hotel Dore is a traditional hotel in the centre of Paris. Just a stone’s throw from the nearest Metro stop, the whole of Paris is your oyster. Rooms are cosy and comfortable, boasting en suite bathrooms and TVs with satellite channels.

Grand Hotel Francais

The Grand Hotel Francais is a chic, modern hotel located in the centre of Paris, just 550 yards from Nation. Rooms are individually decorated, and come equipped with en suite bathrooms, flat screen TVs and air conditioning. The property is ideally located for sightseeing, nestled just 150 yards from a Metro Station.

Louison Hotel Paris

Treat yourself to an authentic getaway in the heart of Paris' Left Bank. In the 6th arrondissement, a short walk from Luxembourg Gardens, the Hôtel Louison reserves a thoughtful and courteous welcome for you: in this old royal family residence, you will feel at home.

Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche

From the entrance, our hotel welcomes you in our beautiful baroque open, spacious and comfortable lobby. Perfectly equipped, you can consult the many newspapers and magazines at your disposal, enjoy a delicious espresso or enjoy computers with Internet access and printers.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

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