• Explore the varied cultural history of Roussillon
• Enjoy an excursion to Catalonia to visit the Romanesque monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes and the fishing village of Cadaqués
• Discover Romanesque architecture and sculpture at Elne, a pre-Roman Iberian citadel, and at St Michel de Cuxà
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Depart London Heathrow 1400, arriving Toulouse 1650. Transfer to Port Vendres for seven nights at Hotel Les Jardins du Cèdre.
Introductory lecture followed by excursion to Collioure: harbour and Church of Notre Dame des Anges. Continue to Elne (pre-Roman Iberian citadel of Ilíberis).
Morning: Prats de Molló (with distant view of Fort Lagarde) and St Joan de les Abadesses. Continue to Ripoll (Abbey Church of Santa Maria) followed by stone-built town of Besalú in Spain, returning to France via border town of Le Perthus (exterior view of Fort de Bellegarde).
Whole day excursion to Catalonia: Sant Pere de Rodes (superb Romanesque monastery), Cadaqués (picturesque fishing village) and Figueres (Dalí Museum).
Morning: Serrabone Priory (pink marble tribune). Continue to Villefranche-de-Conflent (fortified town with Church of St Jacques) followed by Abbey of St Michel de Cuxà (10th century Romanesque church).
Morning: Arles-sur-Tech (Church of St Marie) followed by Céret (provincial town frequented by turn of the century artists) for the Musée d’Art Moderne (Picasso). Afternoon: St Martin de Fenollar, St Genís des Fontaines (Romanesque sculptures) and St André de Sorède.
Morning: Forteresse de Salses (huge complex built to withstand early artillery) followed by Perpignan (Palace of the Kings of Majorca and Hyacinthe Rigaud Museum) and Cabestany (Maître de Cabestany Museum).
Transfer to Toulouse (Basilica of St Sernin – time permitting). Depart Toulouse 1730, arriving Heathrow 1820.
30 Mar — 6 Apr 2020
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Organisation efficient and professional as always. Choice of hotel ideal. Director very knowledgeable and Manager was the most efficient and friendly as could ever be wished for!
Recent ACE Traveller to Roussillon
This tour involves a significant amount of walking on cobbled and uneven surfaces. Because of the age of many of the buildings, steps can be of differing sizes and depths. Lifts are not available at many of the sites, nor at the hotel. Participants must therefore have a good level of mobility.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:
Cost of £2095 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £275.