Monastery of Saint-Martin-du-Canigou
Mount Canigou
Monastery of Saint-Martin-du-Canigou
Collioure
Mediterranean Pyrenees
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4 nights & 3 gentle walking days with fascinating visits
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Itinerary : One Centre
Holiday code : FP2PUCA
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The Art Of Walking: A Cultural Journey To The Mediterranean

You will start with gentle walking around the magnificent Mount Canigou, before finishing in the Mediterranean artists' village of Collioure. You will stay in lovely 3-star hotels and visit well-preserved monasteries, churches packed with Romanesque art, unspoilt villages and natural spas.

A summary of your journey

A gentle, more Mediterranean climate with superb walking, and shorter or longer options most days. Transfers to ensure you only walk the best "bits". Almost daily visits to places of historic, cultural and artistic interest that range from 1,000 year old monasteries to one of Picasso's favourite fishing villages. High quality hotels, several with natural spa facilities, all with good quality regional cuisine. Use your own car to reduce the cost.

The Plus Points

  • Gentle walks featuring places of historical and artistic interest
  • High qualiity, authentic hotels with dinner included
  • 24/7 customer service

Day 1

Arrival at the spa town of Molitg les Bains
That you stay at the Grand Hotel in Molitg The Baths tells you the heritage of this once prestige resort, but it stilloffers much of interest to today's visitors, including the many French who still take what they call "the cure". The hotel has been expensively styled and modernised with very comfortable rooms, a thermal spa (book treatments on arrival), and a very good restaurant specialising in regional cuisine.

Day 2

Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa
Today we again start with a short transfer, so you get the best of the most peaceful and pleasurable walk beside canals to visit the most acclaimed site of Catalan Romanesque art and architecture, the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa with its beautiful tower and 12th century cloister - one of the largest in the Pyrenees and, indeed, France. You can choose a there-and-back route, or make it a little more challenging - and rewarding - with a more circuitous route. See how you feel on the day.
You stay a second night in Molitg les Bains at the three star Grand Hôtel.
Walking time : 3h or 5h30. Distance : 8km or 15km. Elevation : + 300m or + 400m / - 300m or - 400m. Transfer time : 20 minutes.

Day 3

Saint-Martin du Canigou
Another Benedictine abbey renowned for its Romanesque art - yet it could not be more different. The 1,000 year old abbey (monastery really) of Saint-Martin-du-Canigou (founded 1009) is perched precipitously on a rocky promontory above huge cliffs, and clings vertiginously to Mount Canigou. It brings together themes of religion and nature, cultural history and agricultural survival, the ancient and the modern, faith and an absence of faith. It's a most memorable place to visit, especially as the culmination of a superb walk - or walks because again there are shorter and longer routes for you to choose from, and we provide transfers to ensure you enjoy walking the best parts of the routes.
You spend a final night in Molitg les Bains at the three star Grand Hotel.
Walking time : 2h or 3h30. Distance : 4km or 5,5km. Elevation : + 300m or + 600m / - 300m or - 300m. Transfer time : 40 minutes.

Day 4

Moligt - Collioure
While staying at Molitg, you will have felt yourselves to be deep in the Pyrenees, which indeed you were, yet you were an hour from the Mediterranean coast, so for your final day we whisk you (or you whisk yourselves in your own car) to the vineyards and coves above the Mediterranean so you can walk to the delightful artist' village of Collioure, much favoured by artists including Braque, Matisse, Picasso and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. You can hike along the coast to Banyuls, from where a short transfer will bring you back to Collioure. This will give you a superb opportunity to compare and contrast medieval and modern art, while also providing the contrast of a fishing village with its castle walls lapped by the Mediterranean and, up high above, the Pyrenean grandeur of Mount Canigou with which you are by now most familiar. A fittingly artistic end to a holiday promoting the joys of the art of walking.
You stay at the excellent 3 star Hôtel Les Princes de Catalogne well located in the heart of the village just a few metres from the sea, and dine at a nearby favourite restaurant offering a range of interesting local dishes with contemporary twists. Alternatively, if you want to push the boat out, you can stay at the superb 4 star Relais des Trois Mas right on the water's edge across the bay from the castle with its Michelin starred restaurant. Let us know if you would prefer this luxurious last night option.
Walking time : 3h. Distance : 8km. Elevation : + 450m / - 450m. Transfer time : 1 hour.

Day 5

End of stay
After breakfast, your holiday is over but for a supplement we can return you to Perpignan airport or train station (or elsewhere as arranged).
Transfer time : 1h.

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This is an independent, self-guided holiday.
  • Practical details
  • Equipment
  • Formalities, Health

PROGRAM OF DEPARTURES

1 June to 30 October.

MEETING POINT

We meet you at Molitg les Bains. We can pick you up from Perpignan airport or train station for a supplement (or choose from the airports of Montpellier, Carcassonne, Toulouse, Girona or Barcelona). You can also use your own car for transfers on days 2, 3 and 4, reducing the price considerably.

END OF STAY

At the end of the holiday, we can take you back (for a supplement) to Perpignan, Molitg, or elsewhere as arrange. If opting for the self-drive option, both you and your car will end up in Collioure.

LEVEL

This holiday features comfortable, even gentle, walking, and is suitable for anybody who enjoys "a good walk". On most days there are choices of itineraries, which you can decide for yourselves each day. It can get hot in July and August, as well as more crowded, but the temperatures are moderated by the mountains and sea breezes. We would recommend May, June and September as the best months.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE FROM (PERS)

2

LUGGAGE TRANSPORTATION

We will transfer your luggage between each hotel (unless you have opted for the self-drive option), so all you need to carry when walking is a daysack with whatever you regard as essentials.

SUPERVISION

This is an independent, self-guided holiday.

ACCOMMODATION

You stay in double or twin rooms for 4 nights in three star hotels. There is the option (for a supplement) of replacing the last night's three star hotel with a four star hotel with a one Michelin star restaurant.

MEALS

You will eat well. Dinners are based on set menus featuring regional specialities usually with 3 or 4 choices for each of three courses, but you can pay locally for upgraded choices. Breakfast is included every morning, but picnics are not as there are shops or cafes/restaurants to take or make the lunch of your choice - and, anyway, you can always ask the hotel the night before to make a picnic, which you can pay for locally.

TRANSFERS

Usually transfers are in people carriers, mini-buses, cars or taxis. Often they will be exclusively for you.

CONTENTS OF YOUR TRAVEL FOLDER


When we have received your balance of payment for your holiday, and in the month before departure, we send you all the documentation you need: detailed itinerary showing dates, times, contact details etc; a detailed guide to your walking route (with options) and lots of cultural, historical and nature background information; formal documents (invoices, contracts etc); luggage labels etc. If you book at the last minute, we can send this information to your first night hotel.

To make the right choice

Have a look at our detailed explanations on the types of hiking, the standards of accommodation, and understand baggage transport ... How to choose your trip ?

LUGGAGE 

  • A soft travel bag, avoid suitcases, which are more cumbersome and limit the weight of your belongings to 10 kg.
  • A small backpack of 30 litres minimum for your daytime requirements.

CLOTHES 

  • A waterproof and breathable jacket (Gore-Tex type)
  • A fleece or a sweater
  • A raincoat (poncho)
  • Walking trousers
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 hat
  • Shorts
  • A bathing suit + towel
  • Several pairs of socks (not too large)
  • Underwear
  • 1 pair of trainers
  • Loose clothing for the evening

EQUIPMENT TO BRING 

  • 1 pair of walking shoes that have been used before
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip protection
  • 1 bottle (allow 2 to 3 litres per person per day in summer)
  • A Tupperware type plastic bowl for the picnic + cutlery
  • 1 compass
  • Waterproof map cover (advised)
  • 1 head torch in your rucksack (for safety)
  • 1 survival cover (from a chemist)
  • 1 mobile phone (advised)
  • Camera and why not a novel, your watercolours or other desires...
  • Your identification documents

FORMALITIES

You need to keep your passport with you at all times, and ideally insurance information. You need to make your own arrangements to claim local healthcare. There are requirements in France for all vehicles to carry safety equipment.
Click on the price that corresponds to your choice.
FromToFrom / to holiday startFrom / to arrival airport
Thu 01/06/2017Mon 30/10/2017645 € 995 €
Fri 01/06/2018Tue  30/10/2018645 € 995 €
 
List of additional options (to select later)
TitleTime periodPrice
Single room sup. / pers. subject to availabilityfrom 01/06/2017 to 30/10/2017275 €
Single room sup. / pers. subject to availabilityfrom 01/06/2018 to 30/10/2018275 €

THE PRICE INCLUDES

4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast; people transfers; luggage transfers; detailed walking instructions; 1:25,000 IGN map; 24/7 customer phone service.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

The journey to the start point, and from the finish point; lunches or picnics; drinks with meals; non-standard menu items; entry fees; personal and travel insurance.
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