Little Boats of the Mediterranean for solo travellers
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Set off on included boat trips in the Costa Brava and Eastern France…
From your handpicked hotel in charming Roses, Catalonia, you can enjoy a variety of included boat trips to pretty Cadaqus, along the historic Canal du Midi in the French town of Beziers, across Spains stunning Lake of Banyoles and in Barcelonas bustling harbour. You can enjoy the sociable atmosphere within your tour group, with plenty of time to explore independently or simply relax at your comfortable hotel your perfect base throughout your seven-night solo exclusive tour.
7 nights at a hotel
15 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 7 dinners (D)
UK Return flights and transfers // Saga tour manager // Free Wi-Fi at your hotel // Porterage aboard the ship // Fast track security and airport lounge UK // Welcome drink and dinner // Drinks reception // Farewell dinner // Meet and greet at the airport // Social activities
Excursions and visits
Boat trip to Cadaques // Guided tour of Cadaques // Boat cruise along the Canal du Midi // Boat trip on the Lake of Banyoles // Guided tour of Besalu // Boat trip around Barcelona harbour // Visit to Mercat de la Boqueria
Day 1 UK to Barcelona to Roses
Fly to Barcelona and transfer to the charming town of Roses, where youll stay for the next seven nights. Roses lies in a natural bay to the north of the Costa Brava and has a rich maritime heritage that dates from antiquity. Today, the town is home to a large fishing fleet, and is best know for its delightful Blue Flag sand beaches. The beachfront promenade is the perfect place for an evening stroll, and theres a choice of shops and restaurants to discover too. Venture beyond the town and youll find some archaeological sites, as well as the natural parks of Marismas del Ampurdan and the Cabo de Creus park.
Your hotel will be the locally rated 3-starPrestige Hotel Coral Platja, which is situated on the towns seafront beside Santa Margarida Beach, and is just 350 yards from the town centre. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, cafe, outdoor and indoor swimming pools. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. All 167 air-conditioned bedrooms have a television, telephone, hairdryer and safe (extra charge).
There will be a welcome dinner hosted by your Saga Host tonight, an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow guests. D
Day 2 Cadaques
After breakfast youll take a short walk from the hotel to Port Castell Santa Margarida, which is approximately 1.7 kilometres away.
Here youll step aboard your boat for a delightful hour-long cruise to the village of Cadaqus. An interesting guided tour explores Cadaqus enchanting old town complete with quaint cobbled streets and a hilltop church with a beautiful gilded altarpiece. Youll also be able to admire the surrounding landscape, which has inspired artists such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. There will be a little free time to explore further, before you hop aboard your boat for the return trip to Roses.
Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, perhaps relaxing at your hotel or heading to town to discover some of the local sights. B, D
Day 3 Beziers, France
Today you travel into France and the interesting town of Beziers, where youll set off on a serene cruise along the Canal du Midi, with lunch included. Youll be able to appreciate the engineering feat of this 17th century, 150-mile long canal, including the famous staircase locks of Fonserances and the Malpas tunnel.
After your cruise, youll travel back to your hotel by coach. B, L, D
Day 4 Roses
Spend today at leisure, perhaps taking a stroll to the beach or into town. B, D
Day 5 Besalu and Banyoles
This morning youll set off on an included tour of the medieval town of Besal, where youll see pretty cobbled streets lined with historic houses, historic churches, a 12th-century fortified bridge, and more. After some time here youll travel south by coach to the town of Banyoles, where you can enjoy a 40-minute boat trip on the Lake of Banyoles. With its stunning mountain backdrop, this natural lake is the largest in Catalonia, and incredibly picturesque.
Youll head back to your hotel by coach later this afternoon. B, D
Day 6 Barcelona
Today you head to the world-famous city of Barcelona, which has a variety of highlights, including Gaudis famous Sagrada Familia, and the Park Gell.
Other notable attractions include the tree-lined La Rambla and the old Gothic quarter. A hour-and-a-half boat trip will explore the citys harbour as you discover more about the importance of the port. Keep an eye out for the Maremagnum, Sagrada Familia, Olympic Port and the Mapfre Tower, and admire excellent views of the coast. After your cruise, youll visit Mercat de la Boqueria a bustling market where you can find a variety of stall holders selling fresh produce, a great opportunity to discover some of Barcelonas authentic culinary ingredients.
There will be some free time to explore independently, before returning to your hotel. B, D
Day 7 Roses
With a day at leisure you can choose to explore Roses independently, perhaps pausing at one of the towns restaurants for a spot of lunch.
Alternatively, you could choose to spend the day relaxing at your hotel. B, D
Day 8 Barcelona to UK
After breakfast, travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B