Le pic du Canigou
Cloister Montserrat
Detail of a Catalan abbey
Abbey Saint Michel de Cuxa

Guided hike in the Pyrenees

7 days through the romanic Northern Catalonia

  • Cultural itinerary through the romanic Catalonia
  • Original walking ways & guided visits
  • Relaxation in thermal baths, 3 nights in Vernet les Bains
  • French licenced guide
  • Half board and picnic lunch

A hike through artistic History

In 1000 the master mason and the sculptors began to use new form of expression; they were the precursors of the first romanic art. Under the vigilant eye of the Canigou and Carlit mountains, in the Conflent region, to the Cerdagne massif, they have left several romanic master pieces, which are nowadays part of the most famous pieces of this art: Serrabone and its gallery made of pink marble, Saint-Martin-du-Canigou with its two churches that were built one upon the other, Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa with its cloister and its crypt and the small listed church of Planès with its original plan…

The amazing constructions along the way are testament to the diverse art style of their time: Statues and altars on a romanic or byzantine style, as well as sacred pictures from the Middle-Ages or the early Modern Age. You will be captivated by the region around Capcir and the Haut Conflent with their pieces of religious art.

From the Calalan Piemont to the mountains, away from the touristic roads , you will hike by churches, chapels, cloisters and hermitages through a mediterranean but also mountainous landscape. In the meantime you will give your body a treat in the thermal baths of Vernet, Saint-Thomas and Dorres. Wellness, fitness, nature and culture in a single tour!

Price from 795,- €

Tour of the abbeys in the french Catalonia

Journey Duration

7 days

Type

Guided tour

Difficulty level

Period

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Perpignan – Priory of Serrabone
At 9 am you will be welcomed at the train station of Perpignan. After a short transfer (30 min) you will visit the priory of Serrabone, whose gallery is a masterwork of the romanic architecture. Finally you go for a small and gentle hike through the maquis-landscape.
Night in Vernet les Bains.
Duration: 3 h – Ascent: 500m – Descent: 500m

Day 2: Circular track in Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa
Today you will go hiking along canals and gardens. The departure point is in Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, a treasure of the early romanic art. On the way you will visit the luxurious church of Corneilla.
Duration: 5 to 6 h – Ascent: 500m – Descent: 500m

Day 3: Hike around Villefranche de Conflent
This panoramic hike on the Pic du Canigou leads you to athe small Villefranche de Conflent, before coming back in Vernet.
Duration: 5 to 6 h – Ascent: 500m – Descent: 500m

Day 4: Abbey of Saint-Martin-du-Canigou – Cerdagne
On a fold of the Canigou mountain stands the proud abbey of Saint-Martin as an eagle's nest, which you will visit. Then, thanks to a transfer, you are brought to Cerdagne, where you can relax yourself in the thermal baths and forget about today's efforts.
Night in Angoustrine.
Duration: 5 to 6 h – Ascent: 500m – Descent: 500m

Day 5: Thermal baths in Saint-Thomas – Church of Planès
Today you will go for a walk in the forest and have a relaxing time in the natural thermal baths of Saint-Thomas. You will also visit the church of Planès, a millennial treasure. Then you will come back to Angoustrine.
Duration: 4 to 5 h – Ascent: 500m – Descent: 500m

Day 6: Churches and Chapels
The hike today leads you to the church of St. Martin d'Els Valls, to the point of view of the Kapelle von Belloc as well as to the unique churches of Dorres and Angoustrines. Finally, you will enjoy the baths of Dorres.

Day 7: Departure
After the breakfast at approx. 11 am, transfer to the train station of Perpignan – Departure.

Travel dates

  • Jul 23rd, 17 – Jul 29th, 17
  • From 795,- €
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  • Aug 06th, 17 – Aug 12th, 17
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  • Aug 20th, 17 – Aug 26th, 17
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  • Sep 10th, 17 – Sep 16th, 17
  • From 745,- €
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Our tour begins and ends at the train station of Perpignan.
Your organise the arrival and return by yourself and extend your trip on your option.

For groups of 6 persons at least, we can arrange dates and content for the trip.
An organised guided tour in english can also be set.

With your enquiry, please let us know the number of your party and the dates of your holiday.

Price: from 735,-€ / person in double bedroom

Price surcharge for a single bedroom: 199,- €

Terms of payment:

  • 20% of the total price within 7 days after receipt of the invoice
  • Full payment 21 days prior to departure without further request to pay
    Only by SEPA bank transfer.

Services

Included:
6 nights in double bedroom (Double bed or twin beds), full board (picnic for lunch), french licenced guide, carrying of the luggage, transfers according to the programm, entrance fees for the visits

Not included:
Travel to/from _Perpignan, drinks, insurance in case of cancellation

Number of participants

Can be booked by individual travellers!
Guaranteed departure: 5 persons (max. 15 persons)
Last possibility of cancellation from the tour operator: 21 days before the beginning of the trip

Accommodation

Nights in 2 stars hotels: 3 nights in Vernet les Bains and 3 nights in the quiet village of Angoustrine.
Price surcharge for a single bedroom: 190,- €

Level: Easy to medium

Average duration of the hike: 3 to 6 hours a day with a maximum difference in altitude of 650 m.
The hike will be interrupted with guided visits.
The participants must be in a good shape and have enough endurance to hike for several hours in a row.

You will have to carry only your personal properties (camera, wallet…) and your picnic for the lunch. The luggage will be carried with the car.

Guide: French speaking licenced guide, specialist of the Catalonia.
Walking with French people, an authentic experience!
For groups of 6 persons at least, we can arrange dates and content for the trip.
An organised guided tour in english can also be set

How to get there?

We recommend you an eco-friendly journey with the train to Perpignan.

You can find more information on our detailed info sheet, that we send you gladly on enquiry!

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