Little Boats of the Mediterranean

Enjoy some fantastic excursions on some of the Mediterranean’s best boat cruises. From the sea to the calmness of the Canal du Midi, you will admire some of the region’s most stunning scenery.

9 days from £1,079pp

Single Room Supplement from £379pp

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Your Tour Includes

  • 8 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 6 evening meals (with wine and water included)
  • Local joining points
  • Porterage at the hotel

Itinerary

Please choose your preferred 9 day itinerary

Local departure by coach or Home Connect service, then to the Paris area for an overnight stay.

In the morning, we enjoy breakfast and then continue our journey through France to Roses, where we will stay for the next six nights.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, we include a boat cruise along the coast to Cadaques. The hour-long journey takes us alongside spectacular cliffs dotted with caves. We arrive in the pretty fishing village of Cadaques, a favourite haunt of Picasso, Matisse and Salvador Dali. The white-chalked resort has managed to retain its charm and enjoys a fabulous setting on the edge of the Cap de Creus Peninsula, where the Pyrenees Mountains meet the sea.

Our guide will take us on a brief walking tour, after which there is free time to enjoy the pretty cobbled streets at leisure.

We'll then re-board the boat to return to Roses, arriving at around lunch time. The afternoon is yours to explore in Roses.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Roses
  • Coastal Cruise
  • Cadaques

Today we head into France and to Béziers where we enjoy a trip on the amazing Canal du Midi. An incredible engineering feat, the canal links the Mediterranean with the Atlantic via network of navigable waterways.

See the famous ‘staircase’ locks of Fonseranes, the 17th century Malpas tunnel and more, as you discover part of this 150-mile long canal. The waterway has become a favourite destination, famed for its beauty and tranquillity. The trip will last around four hours and you will be served a typically French lunch on-board with wine and coffee. Relax and enjoy views of medieval bridges, delightful villages and lovely countryside.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Béziers
  • Canal du Midi

Join our included guided excursion to Banyoles, where we take a relaxing 40-minute boat trip on the Lake of Banyoles. As Catalonia’s largest lake, Banyoles boasts a backdrop of vast rolling hills and the shoreline is dotted with little villages.

Afterwards, join your guide for an afternoon visit to the beautiful town of Besalu, in the volcanic region of La Garrotxa. Explore the old town of this wonderfully preserved medieval gem, with its churches, stone facades and narrow cobbled streets lined with pretty houses. Be sure to see the 12th-century fortified bridges!

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Besalu
  • Lake Banyoles Cruise

Today we travel to the fascinating city of Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city and one of the Mediterranean’s busiest ports. The city has a delightfully relaxed atmosphere - particularly along Las Ramblas, where you can join the locals casually strolling along the tree-lined walkway. A city of unique character, rich in history, folklore and tradition, Barcelona boasts a distinctive architectural style, born from the extraordinary work of Gaudi.

We include an short boat trip along the city coastline around Barcelona's harbour and the Olympic Port, allowing you to enjoy the city from a different perspective.

Later, there will be free time to discover the main Barcelona highlights. The bustling and iconic Las Ramblas runs from Plaza de Catalunya to the Christopher Columbus monument near the harbour at Port Vell. You can explore the shops, cafés and see the mime artists, and from here you will be ideally situated to explore independently the “Barri Gotic”, or Gothic Quarter in the centre of the Old Town, where some of the buildings date back to medieval and Roman times.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Barcelona Guided Tour
  • Barcelona
  • Barcelona Harbour Cruise

Enjoy a leisurely final day in the resort – time for last minute shopping!

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Roses

Time to bid a fond farewell to Roses today as we make our way to our overnight hotel in France.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast

Return home.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast

Accommodation

You will stay for six nights at the 4-star Hotel Sant Marc in Roses or similar

Single Room Supplements

Single Room Supplement from £379.00

Reviews

3.4 Out of 5 ( 10 Reviews )

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3.2 / 5

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3.8 / 5

Michael Orford, 11 months ago

Most things went as planned. Drivers very helpful and efficient but a shame they didn't have Shearings uniforms. Hotel was spotless and location very nice. Plenty of food on offer at the hotel though a bit repetative. Only down side was that the itinery had been changed with the free day moved to Wednesday rather than Friday meaning that if we attended the excursion on Friday, which was potentially a very long day day trip to Barcelona, this would be follwed by two further long days on the journey home. As a result only about 25 people 40 plus took the excursion.

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susan diane brown, 0 years ago

coach not up to standard for european holidays drivers not in shearings uniform if we had wanted Johnson tours we would have booked one The drivers were not at all helpfull told us nothing drivers didnt mix at all Feeder coach a nightmare same as last Christmas Shearings is going down the drain we are sorry to say ,been going with them a good few years now wer'e off this Christmas and if things have not altered it will be our last time WHAT A SHAME The tour itself was excellent good hotel food smashing staff very good Great excursions with a guide which made it so interesting SHEARINGS please sort the coaches and drivers out they are not up to standard

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MIKE WHITFIELD, 1 year ago

The two drives were very good but the coach was not fit for purpose and should be replaced. The door to my balcony did not have a proper lock and hotel safe had to be paid for and deposit left for the key. A buffet breakfast for early starts the food was never out on time and came out in bits and starts. Hotel keep changing times on morning early breakfasts, which made the drivers look as if they did not know what they were doing. The food at proper breakfast time and evening meal was very good with amazing section. One of the guides did not make allowances for some of the elder clientele, with the result they had to drop out. I must say I did appreciate having a guide as the year before there was no guide and was just drop at places and told to back at a certain time or they would go without us, which they did to one group of people. However the drives on this trip went out of their way to make sure all passenger were safely back on the coach.

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Vernon Hills, 1 year ago

Very enjoyable tours, especially Cadaque and the Canal du Midi. We didn’t go to Barcelona as the day was changed to Friday( the last day) which should have been the free day according to the itinerary in the brochure. As we had the long journey home on the Saturday / Sunday we decided to have a day off the coach beforehand. A shame it was changed.

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Julie Hill, 1 year ago

Packed itinerary with a lovely hotel.

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Judith Benson, 1 year ago

Perfect except canal Midi trip was far TOOOO long, suggest shorter, then time to include tour of Beziers, disappointed not to. Coach very comfortable, very good facilities, drivers excellent nothing too much trouble really looked after us, plenty of stops. Hotel in Roses very good, food excellent, rooms perfect with balconies.

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