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The Pyrenees & Coastal Catalonia

  • Destination: France, Spain
  • Duration: 9 days

The Pyrenees is a range of mountains which separate France and Spain and in between and sandwiched is the tiny nation of Andorra. This tour sets out to see explore these three countries and experience the history of each. This tour takes you through France and to the scenic Pyrenees to the tiny nation of Andorra and then onward to Spain taking in the sights of three capitals.

Andorra is the sixth smallest nation in Europe with its capital city Andorra La Vella, being the highest capital city in Europe. Although the country’s main language is Catalan, it shares government powers with France. You can expect to see dramatic mountainous landscapes, charming villages, and well preserved Romanesque churches.

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the second largest city in Spain and is particularly known for the architectural works of Antoni Gaudi. It is one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, cultural and sports centres in the world and is a great destination for groups. The Sagrada Familia, which has been under construction since 1882, is one of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites which can be seen in the city. Also, you can spend time on one of seven beaches the city has. Barcelona beach regularly features on the list of top ten city beaches.

Paris, the capital of France, is considered by many to also be the cultural capital of Europe. With 11 million inhabitants, Paris is a bustling and vibrant city full of places of interest and attractions. This city of world importance has many places that your students will find both stimulating and expose them to French culture.

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Example itinerary


Day 1

Evening: Departure from your school and overnight travel to France by coach.

Day 2

Morning: Onward travel to Reims, France where the group will arrive in the morning after breakfast.

Afternoon:Enjoy your time in Reims sightseeing the city including the Notre Dame de Reims before arriving at accommodation for overnight stay.

Evening: Overnight stay.

Day 3

Morning: After breakfast, travel to Montepellier.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon exploring Montepellier, including the sights such as Place de la Comédie, Saint Clément Aqueduct, Saint Pierre Cathedral among others.

Evening:Evening arrival at accommodation in Montepellier for overnight stay

Day 4

Morning: After breakfast travel to Andorra, taking in the dramatic mountaneous landscape and charming villages en-route to Andorra la Vella, the caoital city.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon exploring Andorra la Vella at your leisure.

Evening:Evening arrival at our accommodation in Andorra la Vella for overnight stay

Day 5

Morning: After breakfast travel to Costa Brava. En-route we will make a stop at Montserrat to see the famous monastery.

Afternoon: Afternoon arrival at our accommodation located in the Costa Brava. Enjoy your afternoon relaxing and soaking up the Spanish sun.

Evening:Evening free-time to enjoy at your leisure.

Day 6

Morning: After breakfast travel to Barcelona to see the Catalonian capital. Walking tour of the city.

Afternoon: See the famous sights of Barcelona including the Sagrada de Familia, Place de Catalunya, Arc de Triomf, Park Güell and more.

Evening:Evening meet up with coach and travel back to accommodation

Day 7

Morning: After breakfast travel to Bourges.

Afternoon: Arrival in Bourges in the afternoon. Walking tour of the city to see the Bourges Cathedral, followed by free-time to explore the many museums within the city.

Evening:Evening meet up with coach and travel back to accommodation. Overnight stay.

Day 8

Morning: After breakfast travel to Paris. Upon arrival near Eiffel Tower group will have time to go up this famous landmark.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon sightseeing the French capital at your leisure before travelling to accommodation.

Evening:Evening Illuminations Tour. See the City of Light at night with visits to many of the Parisian sights. Overnight stay in Paris.

Day 9

Morning: After breakfast travel at hotel. Group travels to Versailles to see the magnificent Palace of Louis XIV.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon exploring the nagnificent palace and gardens of Versailles before departing in the afternoon.

Evening:Evening ferry back to England and onward travel to home town. End of Tour.

Sights & places of interest in The Pyrenees & Coastal Catalonia

Notre-Dame of Reims
The Pyrenees & Coastal CataloniaThis cathedral was rebuilt on an earlier one in 1211. This has been the site where the kings of France were crowned and remains a popular destination for tourists annually. It is the seat of the Archdiocese of Reims and it celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2011. Throughout its history, besides the many coronations, it was also the liberated from English hands by Joan of Arc in 1429.

Place de la Comédie- Montpellier
The Pyrenees & Coastal CataloniaThis main square in Montpellier dates back to 1755 and is named after the theatre located there. It became the main square when the main railway station was built some 200 metres away. You can see the wonderful Three Graces Fountain there.

Saint Pierre Cathedral- Montpellier
The Pyrenees & Coastal CataloniaThis Roman Catholic cathedral and national monument is the seat of the Archbishop of Montpellier. It gained cathedral status in 1536 and was badly damaged during the Wars of Religions in the 16th century. Rebuilt in the 17th century it is a fine example of French gothic architecture.

The Pyrenees & Coastal CataloniaThis mountain range forms a natural border between France and Spain and separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of Europe.  Located in between the mountain range is the tiny nation of Andorra. The Sant Maurici National Park is also located with the range.

Andorra la Vella- Andorra
The Pyrenees & Coastal CataloniaThis capital city of Andorra has the distinction of being the highest capital in Europe and also a popular ski resort. Its history dates back to 1278 and the old town still has many buildings from this period.  The piazza outside the parliament building is a popular place for tourists and hosts many events and music festivals.

Montserrat Abbey
The Pyrenees & Coastal CataloniaThis Benedictine abbey located on the mountain of Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain is known for enshrining the image of the Virgin of Montserrat. It is Catalonia’s most important religious retreats for young people from Barcelona and all over Catalonia. The Basilica houses works of art by painters and sculptors such as El Graco, Dali, and Picasso to name a few.

Sagrada Familia- Barcelona
The Pyrenees & Coastal CataloniaOne of most recognizable landmarks in all of Europe, this immense Roman Catholic church in Barcelona was designed by Catalan genius Antoni Gaudi. Construction started in 1882 and today still remains in progress and is scheduled to be completed in 2026 on Gaudi’s 100 anniversary of his death. The style of the Sagrada Familia is Spanish Late Gothic with Catalan Modernism and Art Nouveau.

Plaça Catalunya- Barcelona
The Pyrenees & Coastal CataloniaThis large square in central Barcelona is generally considered the centre of the city where the old town meets the new. The city’s main streets meet at the Plaça Catalunya including Passeig de Gracia,Rambla de Catalunya,La Rambla or Portal de’l Angel. It has almost 50,000 square metres and is known for its fountains and statues.

The Palau Nacional- Barcelona
The Pyrenees & Coastal CataloniaThis palace constructed between 1926 -1929 for the International Exhibition in Barcelona is the home to the National Art Museum of Catalonia. It exhibits over 5,000 Spanish artworks many of which come from  Catalonia. Its dome features prominently in its design and is supported by artificial stone columns which were made on site.

Camp Nou- Barcelona
The Pyrenees & Coastal CataloniaCamp Nou or New Field  in English is the home stadium to European Football powerhouse FC Barcelona and can seat 96,336 people making it the second largest stadium in Europe. It has hosted two UEFA Champions League finals and the football competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Stadium tours are available with advanced booking.

Bourges Cathedral- Bourges
The Pyrenees & Coastal Catalonia The present Cathedral was built in the mid 11th century but there has been a church on this site since the 3rd century. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Bourges and has beed a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992.

Eiffel Tower- Paris
The Pyrenees & Coastal Catalonia– Located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most well known structures in the world.
– It is named after Gustave Eiffel, whose company was in charge of the project.
– The Eiffel Tower is 320 metres (1050 feet) in height.
– The Eiffel Tower is made of iron and weighs around 10000 tonnes.
– Eiffel Tower has had over 250 million visitors since its opening.
– Visitors can climb up stairs to the first two levels or take a lift which also has access to the third and highest level.

Palace of Versailles- Paris
The Pyrenees & Coastal CataloniaThe Palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV, which was in built in its current state in the 17th century offers exceptional opportunities for your students to view the magnificent architecture and stunning interior design. Furthermore, the palace offers  truly amazing 250-acre gardens which will leave you and your class speechless. The Palace itself houses within its rooms impressive paintings and murals which will astonish all who visit.

Louvre Museum- Paris
The Pyrenees & Coastal CataloniaTheLouvre Museum or The Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world as well as a historical monument. This central Paris landmark has some 35,000 objects over 60,600 square meters. It is so large, in fact, that seeing every object
only a few seconds would take you 3 months. Of course, the main exhibits are daVinci’s Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, as well as works from Italian masters such as Raphael and Michelangelo among others. This is a must see for any aspiring artist and students across all key stages.

Sacre Coeur- Paris
The Pyrenees & Coastal CataloniaThe Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, or more commonly called Sacré-Cœur Basilica is a popular landmark on the highest point in the city which offers breath-taking views of the city. Constructed from 1875-1914, it is a double monument, political and cultural, and located in the most rebellious neighbourhood Montmartre.

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