• Visit Céret, home to iconic 20th century artists such as Picasso, Braque and Matisse
• Delve into Dalí’s Surrealist mind by visiting his unmissable Teatro-Museo in Figueres
• Explore the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes and view its remarkable Romanesque architecture
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Depart London Heathrow 1400 on British Airways, arriving Toulouse 1650. Transfer to Hotel Les Jardins du Cèdre, Port Vendres, for seven nights.
Introductory lecture followed by visits in Collioure: harbour and Church of Notre Dame des Anges. Continue to Elne (pre-Roman Iberian citadel of Ilíberis) for visit to Church of St Eulalie and St Julie.
Morning: Prats de Molló and St Joan de les Abadesses. Afternoon: continue to stone-built town of Besalú in Spain (remarkable fortified bridge).
Whole day excursion to Catalonia: Figueres (Dalí Museum) and Sant Pere de Rodes (superb Romanesque monastery).
Morning: Church of St André de Sorede followed by Chapelle St-Genis-des-Fontaines and Céret (provincial town frequented by turn of the century artists) for the Musée d’Art Moderne (subject to 2021 reopening). Afternoon: Church of St Martin de Fenollar.
Morning: Serrabone Priory followed by a walking tour of Villefranche-de-Conflent. Afternoon: Abbey of St Michel de Cuxà (10th century Romanesque church).
Forteresse de Salses (huge complex built to withstand early artillery) followed by Perpignan (Musée d’Art Hyacinthe Rigaud) and Cabestany (Musée du Maître de Cabestany).
Transfer to Toulouse for visit to Basilica of St Sernin (time permitting). Depart Toulouse 1730, arriving Heathrow 1820.
3 Oct — 10 Oct 2022
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FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour involves a significant amount of walking on cobbled and uneven surfaces. Because of the age of the buildings, steps can be of differing sizes and depths, and lifts are not available at many of the sites we visit. Participants must therefore have a good level of mobility and meet the fitness requirements as outlined in our Booking Terms & Conditions.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £170.
Cost of £2315 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a deluxe twin or double bedded room (situated in the hotel’s new building), breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, standard or comfort double room for single use supplement (situated in the main building) £185, deluxe double room for single use supplement (situated in the new building) £420, on request.