• Explore the varied cultural history of Roussillon
• Enjoy an excursion to Catalonia to visit the Romanesque monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes and the fishing village of Cadaqués
• Discover Romanesque architecture and sculpture at Elne, a pre-Roman Iberian citadel, and at St Michel de Cuxa
Associate Professor in Art History at Oxford University.
Depart London Heathrow 1400, arriving Toulouse 1650. Transfer to Port Vendres for seven nights at Hotel Les Jardins du Cèdre.
Introductory lecture followed by excursion to Collioure: harbour and Church of Notre Dame des Anges. Continue to Elne (pre-Roman Iberian citadel of Ilíberis).
Whole day excursion into the Pyrenees along Valley of the Tech: Arles-sur-Tech (Church of St Marie) and St Joan de les Abadesses. Continue to Ripoll (Abbey Church of Santa Maria) followed by stone-built town of Besalú in Spain, returning to France via border town of Le Perthus (exterior view of Fort de Bellegarde).
Whole day excursion to Catalonia: Sant Pere de Rodes (superb Romanesque monastery), Cadaqués (picturesque fishing village) and Figueres (Dalí Museum).
Morning: Serrabone Priory, continue to Prades for Abbey of St Michel de Cuxà (10th century Romanesque church). Afternoon: Villefranche-de-Conflent (fortified town with Church of St Jacques) and Ille-sur-Têt (sacred art museum).
Morning: St Genís des Fontaines (Romanesque sculptures) and Céret (provincial town frequented by turn of the century artists) for the Musée d’Art Moderne (Picasso). Afternoon in Perpignan: Palace of the Kings of Majorca, Hotel de Ville (Maillol sculpture) and Cathedral of St Jean.
Morning: Maître de Cabestany Museum. Afternoon: Hyacinthe Riguad Museum followed by Forteresse de Salses (huge complex built to withstand early artillery).
Transfer to Toulouse (Basilica of St Sernin – time permitting). Depart Toulouse 1730, arriving Heathrow 1820.
5 Oct — 12 Oct 2020
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Organisation efficient and professional as always. Choice of hotel ideal. Director very knowledgeable and Manager was the most efficient and friendly as could ever be wished for!
Recent ACE Traveller to Roussillon
This tour involves a significant amount of walking on cobbled and uneven surfaces. Because of the age of many of the buildings, steps can be of differing sizes and depths. Lifts are not available at many of the sites, nor at the hotel. Participants must therefore have a good level of mobility.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:
Cost of £2095 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £275.