Easier walks in historic surroundings. Stay in self catered villa with private pool in the charming coastal resort of Estartit. Sandwich your tour with Barcelona and Carcassonne add ons.

easy to moderate grade.

FLEXI START.... Fly into BARCELONA or GIRONA and you have the possibility to stay in local hotels enjoy some individual city sightseeing before joining the "Step Back in Time" programme.
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FLEXI FINISH with an individual stay at the historic old city of CARCASSONNE


INCLUSIONS:
6 nights in a Costa Brava villa with private pool Details: villacatalan.com
5 days of guided hiking.
Services of a Certified Tour Manager throughout your "Step Back in Time" programme.
Visit two spectacular Cathar castles en route to Carcassonnes at the end of your holiday.

Opportunity to start your holiday with some Barcelona and Girona sightseeing.

Your Costa Brava base is the Villa Catalan (self catered) You can prepare your own meals or visit one of the local restaurants. You will be 20 minutes walk from one of Spain's finest beaches.
You will have private swimming pool, garden and unlimited free wifi.

Relax in the beautiful Costa Brava resort of L'Estartit with its plentiful restaurants and cafes.

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FLEXI START: Those who wish can stay in Barcelona or Girona at the start of their stay.
Finish the trip in Carcassonne in France (www.ryanair.com) staying as many nights as you want to at the end fof 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. Alternatively you can access this programme via Girona or Barcelona airports.

SATURDAY: Start of the Step Back in Time itinerary at the Villa Catalan in Estartit.
Group transfers to the villa will be available from Girona airport and Flace train station. It is possible to reach the Villa on public transport from both Barcelona Airport and Barcelona down town and also from Girona airport and Girona down town. (Ask us for details).
The Villa Catalan is in the charming Costa Brava resort of l'Estartit which will be our base for the next six 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.

SUNDAY "Local exploration”
We leave the villa on foot and within a few  minutes we are in the Montgri Nature Reserve, Centries ago the local inhabitants were forced to live here hiding from the pirates who pillaged the coastal settlements. Via a craggy traverse, with  sweeping  views of the Bay of Roses to the north and the Bay of Pals to the south, we reach the “Roca Maura” peak which gives the town of Estartit its “Gibralta” aspect.   We climb to the Cap de La Barra from where a rocky trail descends to the Calella Cove. Perhaps a beer by the Estartit harbour before walking back to the villa.

MONDAY: “Montgri castle on the GR92”
Departing on foot from the villa we have soon entered into the Montgri Nature Reserve. We climb to Las Dunas, a ridge of high sand dunes stabilised by pine forest hundreds of years ago. From there we climb on the GR92 trail to the Mont Pla summit (311 metres) to enjoy a 360 degree panorama across the Emporda Plain to the Pyrenees along with the 2900 metre summit of the Canigou far away in France. We traverse the hillside and descend into a secluded valley to the Monastery of Santa Caterina.    Those who wish can climb up to the impressive Montgri Castle, a fantastic feat of medieval architecture. We then descend down to the medieval town of Torroella de Montgri. After exploring Torroella we return to the villa on foot or by bus.

TUESDAY: "The Medieval Triangle."
Our triangular walk starts at the impressive perched village of Pals. We follow the GR92 trail to the sleapy village of Palau Sator famous for its fine restaurants. We walk on to the fortified village of Peratallada which on a number of occasions has been used as a film set. Finally we make our way on foot back to Pals completing the triangle.
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WEDNESDAY: "Free day"
We recommend you can take the local bus to Figueras to visit the world famous Salvador Dali museum. There is also a local bus directly to Girona where you can explore the old town with it's impressive battlements. Otherwise perhaps hire a mountain bike to enjoy the local back lanes. Perhaps a swim in the sea or relax by the Villa's pool.

THURSDAY: "Cathar Castles - Carcassonnes".
In the morning we check out of the villa and drive northwards into France. En route to Carcassonne we will walk up to two spectacular Cathar castles, Qeiribus and Peyrepertuse both enjoying a beautiful drive through the heart of the remote Corbière region famous for its wines. On arrival at Carcassonne we will drop you at your chosen hotel where the "Step Back in Time" itinerary finishes. There are buses from Carcassanne to the airport for your flight home.

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DATES IN 2019:
March 21st, March 30th, Apr 6th, April 20th, April 27th, May 3rd, May 10th, May 18th, May25th
Sept 21st, Sept 28th, Oct 5th, Oct 11th, Oct 18th.

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) Throughout the tour we include the services of a Certified Tour Manager (CTM Breda University) along with transport needed for the "Step Back in Time" itinerary.

Price does not include meals and entrances to museums and castles and other places visited.

TOTAL PRICE FOR UP TO 4 PEOPLE. 1390 Euros / 1188 pounds
Weekly supplement for 5 - 6 people ....... 30 Euros per person