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      Little Trains of the Pyrenees
Little Trains of the Pyrenees A glimpse into France's wilder side

The snow dusted Pyrenees, the natural border between France and Spain, abound with unspoiled landscapes of high mountains, green valleys, dramatic gorges, pristine lakes and rushing waterfalls. This special realm, intensely rural and deeply traditional, offers a glimpse into France's wilder side and what better way to experience the Eastern Pyrenees than on magical train journeys snaking improbably through craggy chasms, remote villages and over spectacular viaducts. Your holiday base is in the lovely Mediterranean seaside resort of Canet en Roussillon.

  • Hotel for 4 nights with breakfast & dinner

  • Glass of wine with dinner each night

  • 2 overnight hotels with breakfast

  • Tea/coffee with dinner

  • 2 included train rides with guide

  • Wine tasting in Thuir


Hotel Mar I Cel, Canet en Roussillon
A warm welcome awaits at the 3* Hotel Mar I Cel, a friendly and relaxed hotel right on the seafront promenade in the centre of Canet. There are 57 comfortable guestrooms all with air conditioning, TV and hairdryer. There is an indoor pool plus spa and fitness room and an on-site restaurant serving both regional and international cuisine. There is no porterage service available but the hotel does have a lift.


DAY 1 - From your chosen joining point your feeder vehicle will take you to the designated interchange point where your holiday begins. After joining your holiday coach, you will travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais and then onto your overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.

DAY 2 - After breakfast, it is a full travel day as you continue south to the Eastern Pyrenees for your 4-night stay in Canet en Roussillon. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

DAY 3 - 5 - At leisure with two included excursions.

Canet en Roussillon - Soak up the sun on the fabulous 9km of fine sandy 'Blue Flag' beach, visit the Arboretum (open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings) or wander through the criss-cross network of narrow streets passed remnants of city old city walls to the castle. Several markets operate most days in the mornings at various sites in the town and beach. There is a local bus service to nearby Perpignan, full of medieval and Catalan influences.

Wine Tasting & Yellow Train of the Pyrenees
A local guide will introduce you to the medieval walled city of Thuir, in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Thuir lies at the heart of the local wine growing industry and is known for its production of Byrrh, a wine based aperitif. There will be an opportunity to sample this local delicacy before heading on to the impeccably preserved walled town of Villefranche. Here you board the historic metre-gauge electric railway, 'le Petit Train Jeune', for one of the great railway journeys of the world. (NB carriages may be open depending on the weather). Hugging the sides of the deep valley, the spectacular line winds upwards between forests and chasms, through rocky, mountainous scenery to Mont Louis where the coach will be waiting to take you back to the hotel.

Red Train of the Pyrenees
Affectionately known as the Red Train for its bright red and white carriages, the Train du Pays Cathere et du Fenouilledes starts its panoramic journey in Rivesaltes where you will board with a local guide. From here the TPCF slowly climbs for 60km passing vineyards and castles to Axat. (NB Carriages may be open depending on the weather). There will time for a spot of lunch before the coach drives you back to the hotel.

DAY 6 - Au Revoir to the Pyrenees today as you travel north to the final overnight stop in central France. Bed & Breakfast.

DAY 7 - After breakfast, continue on to Calais and the return Channel crossing and the journey home.

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