"CATALAN BORDERS"

The first in our new "Step Back in Time" collection featuring relaxed easy walks in historic surroundings
- easy to moderate grade.

- 4 nights in a Costa Brava villa with private pool + 1 night in an auberge in a Cathar hamlet.
- 1 night in an Auberge in the heart of the remote Corbiere Mountains
- 5 days of guiding by a Mountain Leader / Certified Tour Manager.

Your Costa Brava basie is the Villa Catalan (self catered ) is 20 minutes walk from one of Spain's finest beaches ...... private heated swimming pool, garden, wifi
Relax in the beautiful Costa Brava resort of L'Estartit with its plentiful restaurants and cafes.

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FLEXI START: "Carcassonne"
Fly to Carcassonne in France (www.ryanair.com) and stay as many nights as you want before the start of the organized holiday on Sunday morning. There are frequent busses between Carcassonne airport and the city. Choose your Carcassonne hotel with booking.com www.hotels.com etc. Enjoy your individual exploration of this dramatic medieval city. Perhaps a stroll along the famous Midi Canal which passes through the city and along with Carcassonne is Unesco listed.

SUNDAY "South to Spain`' .
We willl collect you at your Carcassonne hotel..
A 1 hour 40 minute drive will bring us to the Spanish Catalan city of Girona with its beautifully restored old town. We explore the ramparts, climb to a panoramic lookout point and stroll by the Ter river. From Girona it is just a 40 minute drive to the Villa Catalan in the Costa Brava resort of l'Estartit which will be our base for the next few days. Perhaps a swim in the villa's private pool or a stroll along the beach to the harbour. During our stay in the villa you can either prepare your own meals in the villa or try some of the local restaurants.

MONDAY: "Costa Brava Strongholds - part one"
It is a 40 minute walk from the villa to the local market in the old town of Torroella di Montgri dominated by the Montgri Casle perched on the Montgri Mountain. It is market day so we should get some really good photos. Then a short drive to the hamlet of Torrents where we start our scenic approach on foot to the fortified village of Pals.

TUESDAY: "Costa Brava Strongholds - part two"
On foot from our villa we head for the Ter river and join a section of the GR 92 through Gualta village, Palau Sator and on to Peratallada a popular film set.

WEDNESDAY: "Free day"
With easy bus and train link you could visit Catalonia's vibrant capital, Barcelona or simply relax and enjoy the quaint seaside resort of L'Estartit. Perhaps a swim in the villa pool.

THURSDAY: "Cathar Castles"
One of this week"s highlights is a night back in France at a rustic auberge in a tiny village in the Corbiere mountains. En route we will climb to two spectacular Cathar castles, Qeiribus and Peyrepertuse and enjoy a beautiful drive through the heart of the remote Corbière region famous for its wines.

FRIDAY: "Hidden Treasure"
Today we search for the hidden treasures of the Abbot of Rennes le Chateau, inspiration for the book and film "the Da Vinci Code". Then we will drive to Carcassonne and drop you off at the airport (in time for flights departing after 5.00pm) or your chosen hotel. There will be time for further individual exploration of the city.

FLEXI FINISH: "Carcassonne"
Take the bus back to the airport today or stay on a few days in this fascinating city. The choice is yours.

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STEP BACK IN TIME - "CATALAN BORDERS" .... prices

TOTAL PRICE FOR BOOKING CONSISTING OF 1 TO 4 PEOPLE including 4 nights exclusive use of downstairs apartment in villa (3 twin/double bedrooms, lounge/kitchenette/dining area, and two bathrooms with shower) and 1 night sharing a twin or double room in hotel / auberge. Throughout the tour we include the services of a Certified Tour Manager (CTM Breda University) along with transport needed for the "Catalan Borders" itinerary.
Price does not include meals and entrances to museums and castles and any places visited

1390 Euros / 1029 pounds

For Sunday morning departures from Carcassonne hotel on the folllowing 2016 dates:
23 Oct, 30 Oct, 6 Nov, 13 Nov, and on the following 2017 dates: 5 March, 12 March, 19 March, 26 March, 2 April, 9 April, 23 April, 30 April, 2 May, 9 May, 14 May, 31 May, 28 May, 4 June, 17 Sept, 24 Sept, 1 Oct, 8 Oct, 14 Oct, 22 Oct, 29 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov, 19 Nov..

(supplement for 5 - 6 people ....... 50 Euros per person)
(One night hotel single supplement 40 Euros)

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