• 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
• Step inside the Palace of the Kings of Majorca and discover Romanesque architecture at Elne, a pre-Roman Iberian citadel
Mark Powell, BA, FRGS
writer and architectural historian
Depart Heathrow 1325, arriving Toulouse 1610. Transfer to Hotel Les Jardins du Cèdre, Port Vendres for seven nights.
Introductory lecture followed by excursion to Collioure: harbour, Church of Notre Dame des Anges, Chateau Royal. Continue to Elne (pre-Roman Iberian citadel of Ilíberis).
Whole day excursion into Pyrenees along Valley of the Tech: Arles-sur-Tech (Church of Ste Marie), Col d’Ares (ruined chapel), stone-built town of Besalú in Spain, returning to France via border town of Le Perthus (Fort de Bellegarde).
Whole day excursion to Catalonia: Sant Pere de Rodes (superb Romanesque monastery), Cadaqués (picturesque fishing village), Figueres (Dalí Museum).
Ille-sur-Têt (sacred art museum), Villefranche-de-Conflent (fortified town), St Michel de Cuxa (10th century Romanesque church).
Morning: St Genis des Fontaines (Romanesque sculptures) and Céret (provincial town frequented by turn of the century artists) for the Modern Art Museum (Picasso). Afternoon in Perpignan: old town, Hotel de Ville (Maillol sculpture), Palace of the Kings of Majorca.
Morning: Maître de Cabestany Museum. Afternoon: Forteresse de Salses (huge complex built to withstand early artillery).
Transfer to Toulouse (Musée des Augustins and St Sernin – time permitting). Depart Toulouse 1705, arriving Heathrow 1800.
21 Mar — 28 Mar 2019
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Cost 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 £285.