The Beauty of the Costa Brava & Andorra

9 days from £729pp.


Tossa de Mar

Visit: Tossa de Mar, Spain

Montserrat

Visit: Montserrat, Spain

Barcelona

Visit: Barcelona, Spain

Carcassonne

Visit: Carcassonne, France

Andorra

Visit: Andorra, Andorra

By merging the picturesque principality of Andorra with the bustling city of Barcelona and the beautiful beaches of the Costa Brava, we have created the ultimate escorted coach holiday for those looking to return home with fabulous finds and amazing memories. This two-centred tour begins on the beautiful Costa Brava, where we visit Tossa de Mar and the sea front city of Barcelona, where culture and shopping go hand in hand. We then head over into Andorra, where we take a tour of the historic town centre of Andorra La Vella, the highest capital city in Europe. Here you can visit the famous Casa de la Val, home to Andorra’s parliament. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Monserrat, the Benedictine monastery, and the walled town of Carcassonne.

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to our overnight hotel in the Paris area.

    Today we head south to arrive in Spain at the 4-star Hotel Oasis in the resort of Tossa de Mar for a three-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Montserrat

    Montserrat

    Join us today on our optional excursion to Montserrat known locally as the 'serrated mountain'. We travel through the mountains to the north of Barcelona and the site of the famous Benedictine monastery. In 1025 the Abbot of Ripoli and Bishop of Vic officially founded the Monastery of Montserrat. During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries a Romanesque church was built containing a carving of the image of the Mother of God. Over this period pilgrims began to come to Montserrat. Throughout the following centuries the importance of Montserrat grew: in 1223 there is the first account of a boys’ choir there, in 1409 the Monastery became an independent abbey and in 1490 Montserrat's printing press was installed. In 1493 the Monastery's word was spread even further when one of the monks – Bernal Boil – went on a voyage to America with Christopher Columbus. One of the islands in the Antilles was named after Montserrat and this began the spread of the worship of the Mother of God in the Americas. Today there are around one hundred monks who are based at Montserrat Monastery. They follow the Order of St. Benedict and can be distinguished from other orders of Monks by their philosophy – 'that there is an importance to everything that every person is'. Montserrat Monastery means different things to different people and this is all reflected in its tourist attractions. For many pilgrims to Montserrat it is an entirely spiritual experience. However, if you are not a religious person you will still find that there is a great deal of interest at Montserrat Mountain and Monastery. Surrounded by spectacular scenery a camera is a must on this memorable day.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Barcelona

    Barcelona

    Today we travel to the fascinating city of Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city and one of the Mediterranean’s busiest ports. The city has a delightfully relaxed atmosphere, particularly along the Ramblas, where you can join the locals casually strolling along the tree-lined walkway, perhaps stopping to enjoy the entertainment offered by the many mime-artists and musicians. Barcelona boasts many amazing buildings designed during the artistic explosion of Modernisme – be sure to see the extraordinary Sagrada Familia, a very unconventional church, whose construction is still being finished today. An optional guided tour will introduce you to the most important sights of the city. Starting by coach, the tour takes us past many of the famous sights of the city to ensure that you see all of the important places of interest. You can admire the unusual scenery of the Eixample district as well the huge Olympic stadium, scene of the great athletic achievements in 1992. We finish the tour on foot at the bustling Las Ramblas, the iconic street in the centre, which runs from the Plaza de Catalunya to the Christopher Columbus monument near the harbour at Port Vell. Here you can explore the cafés and see the mime artists, and from here you will be ideally situated to explore independently the Barri Gotic, or Gothic Quarter in the centre of the Old Town, where some of buildings date back to medieval and Roman times.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Tossa De Mar

    Tossa De Mar

    Spend a leisurely final morning in Tossa de Mar before we head north to our resort in Andorra, making a stop en route in the pretty, riverside town of Puigcerda. There will be free time for you to explore. Perhaps discover the Gothic church of Santo Domingo, or the artificial lake, surrounded by black poplars, which was built in the second half of the 13th century. We stay for three nights at the 4-star Hotel Magic in Andorra.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Carcassonne

    Carcassonne

    Join our optional excursion into France to the medieval, walled town of Carcassonne. The town is dominated by the castle which, after the Eiffel Tower, is the France's most visited tourist spot. The city offers two distinct parts – the more modern Bastide St. Louis which is Carcassonne's lower town and the walled Cité Médieval. Enter inside the outer walls and walk around the circumference of the fortified town (over an hour’s walk) for the most impressive feeling of the defences and the architecture. You’ll also have good views of the surrounding countryside and the town below from the frequent apertures. Inside the inner walls, the area is very medieval, with narrow cobblestone streets and ancient buildings. You will find little squares filled with souvenir shops and cafés and there will be ample free time for you to explore all the city has to offer.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Andorra La Vella

    Andorra La Vella

    Today we spend time in the country's capital, Andorra la Vella. The name literally means 'Andorra the Old' and the original site of the city has had settlements since the late Neolithic period. Andorra la Vella has been the principal city of Andorra since 1278 and the Old Town (the Barri Antic) includes streets and buildings dating from this time. The most notable building is the Casa de la Vall, which was constructed in the early sixteenth century and has been the state's parliamentary house since 1702. The city is divided into two parts. The newer section is located in the north and is very commercial with lots of shops. The older half is located across the river and to the south and west. Here you will find many shops and places to eat as well as the historic centre. Enjoy time exploring the city at your leisure. Perhaps see the Church of Sant Esteve and the Church of Sant Andreu, both dating from the 12th Century. Spend time in the town square, which is a lovely place to relax and enjoy a panoramic view of the Valley of Andorra.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We head north to our overnight hotel in the Paris area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Includes

    • 8 nights with continental breakfast
    • 6 evening meals
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by Silver Service coach

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Barcelona - Classy seafront Catalan capital with the famous Las Ramblas
    • Andorra La Vella - Capital city surrounded by towering mountains

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Montserrat - Spectacular monastery
    • Barcelona Sightseeing Tour
    • Carcassonne - Picturesque walled town

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £169.00 (9 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for three nights at the 4-star Hotel Oasis, situated only a 10-minute walk from Tossa de Mar's sea front. The Oasis offers entertainment most nights, a large swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a sun terrace for those relaxing sunny days.

    You will then stay for three nights at the 4-star Hotel Magic, situated in the centre of Andorra. The hotel offers a restaurant, café-bar and spa facilities including a hot tub, sauna and fitness centre.

    2nd September 2017 departure will stay for three nights at the 5-star Ski Plaza Hotel in Andorra. Offering a refuge of luxury, the hotel is situated on the Roc del Quer Mountain in the heart of Canillo. Its beautiful wooden structure is typical of the region and the hotel offers a restaurant, café-bar and leisure centre with indoor pool and sauna.

    Overnight stays in the Paris area will be in city-style hotels.  

    Spain

    Oasis Tossa

    Oasis Tossa

    Andorra

    Hotel Ski Plaza

    Ski Plaza Hotel

    Oasis Tossa


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Ski Plaza Hotel


    • Swimming Pool
    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
    One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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