Magical Spanish festivities
Leave behind the cold and grey. Instead, spend the festive season on Spain's beautiful Costa Brava. Enjoy Christmas with all the trimmings at the four-star Alegria Pineda Splash Hotel, situated in the pretty and historic seaside town of Pineda de Mar. Visit fascinating Barcelona on Christmas Eve and take a Christmas Day tour of the dramatic 'Wild Coast'.
Pineda de Mar lies in the heart of a picturesque coastline of rocky coves, quaint fishing villages, golden beaches and attractive resorts; an area that's especially beautiful in the winter time, when the summer crowds have long gone. The town has a good selection of shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants as well as squares and gardens to explore.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Travel to France for an overnight stay
Travelling by comfortable coach, today we'll leave your pick-up point and make our way to the Channel. We'll continue through France, and break the journey with an overnight stay in a convenient hotel.
Day Two: Travel to Pineda de Mar
Today you'll arrive in Pineda de Mar, at the Alegria Pineda Splash Hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring the town or relaxing in the hotel.
Day Three: Included visit to Barcelona
Barcelona is one of Europe's 'must-see' cities. Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, the Gothic Quarter, renowned pedestrian street La Rambla, and 1992 Olympic Games sites are amongst its highlights. Hunt for last-minute gifts in a famous shopping mecca and discover delightful Catalan Christmas traditions.
In the evening, enjoy a special Christmas Eve meal at your hotel.
Day Four: Christmas Day scenic 'wild coast' drive
Celebrate Christmas morning with a tour of the beautiful 'wild coast', discovering quaint fishing towns and a dramatic coastline. Continue a magical Christmas Day with a four-course Christmas Day lunch accompanied by wine and music.
Day Five: Optional excursion to Montserrat
An optional excursion today brings the chance to visit the fabled monastery at Montserrat. A centuries-old place of pilgrimage, the mountainside monastery is accessible by a winding road or a cable car, and the views from its lofty perch are outstanding.
Day Six: Travel to France for an overnight stay
Bid Pineda de Mar farewell and board the coach to begin your homeward journey. Once again, we'll spend the night in a comfortable hotel in France.
Day Seven: Arrive back in the UK
Today you'll continue your journey back to the UK, crossing the Channel and continuing back to your original pick-up point.
Meet at port option
To give you greater flexibility, you may like to meet the coach at Folkestone Services (called Stop 24) on the M20, which is just a five-minute drive from the Channel Tunnel and a 15-minute drive from Dover. If you wish to do this, please select the county 'Kent' and the pick-up point 'Stop 24 Folkestone Services Saltwood' when booking. You will be notified of the exact pick-up location in your Final Travel Details, which you will receive approximately 7-10 days prior to departure. Further information and car parking charges can be found at www.stop24.co.uk
European Christmas Closing Times
Shops in Europe will generally be closed from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December.
Coach seating arrangements
Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
Depending on your departure point, you may leave your pick-up point very early in the morning and return very late at the end of the holiday, in order to meet your scheduled Channel crossing. There will also be a stop to transfer you from a feeder coach to your main coach, on both the outward and return journeys.
Joining your holiday
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Your Channel crossings will either be by ferry or Eurotunnel and will be confirmed with your final travel documents.
The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.