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Barcelona Short Break

An ideal mix of culture, beach life, sailing,and architecture. Explore the world famous Sagrada Familia by Gaudi and walk down the energetic and unique Ramblas on your Barcelona tour by rail.

From: £650.00
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As soon as you arrive in Barcelona by rail, it feels like you’re in a city with edge, an energy that makes you want to explore beyond Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and the Ramblas.  An ideal mix of culture, beach life, sailing, even to explore the nearby mountains of Montserrat.  Take the local FGV train to Cremellera for a 15 minute rack railway ride to the Benedictine monastery than a short funicular ride above it for spectacular mountain views of the Pyrenees.  Another funicular takes you down to the original sacred statue of the Black virgin.  The views all around are breath-taking, but not for anyone with a fear of heights!  Prior to your Barcelona tour by rail we can pre-book a half day excursion to Montserrat from Barcelona for £40 per person, choose a fine day and it will be a highlight of your visit to Barcelona!

Want something different to what is shown here? We can bespoke and tailor make any of our holidays to fit your personal wishes. Just call our team for help in creating the perfect holiday.


Prices are per person based on 2 travelling together.

  2nd Class
3* or 4* Hotel
1st Class
3* or 4* Hotel
LOW SEASON - Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec, exc. public holidays £650 £840
MID SEASON - Jul, Aug, exc. public holidays £680 £945
HIGH SEASON - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, public holidays £750 £970

Please note public holidays and trade fairs may affect these prices. Prices are based on the current exchange rate. We reserve the right to increase these if the rate changes by 10% or more. Bookings subject to terms and conditions.

Optional: Private car transfers Paris pp per direction from £50


  • Day 1-2 Morning Eurostar departure for a connection with the High speed train from Paris. Enjoy the comfortable Double Decker TGV passing scenic Rhone valley villages then numerous etangs (lakes) and flamingos, reaching Barcelona at 8.30 pm. A café bar is available on both trains offering drinks and light refreshments.
  • Days 2-3 Our selected hotels in central Barcelona for 3* is the amazing Jazz hotel with rooftop pool or if you prefer 4*  Grams.  Both of these hotels are situated in the celebrated Ramblas area famous for the elegant shops leading to the notable open air market Mercat de la Boqueria, a colourful and exotic open market with fresh fruit and meat. Nearby the unique architecture of the Sagrada Familia Church was started in 1882 by Antoni Gaudi and is still not expected to be finished until 2026. The church is expiatory, meaning that it is being constructed to atone for wrongdoing or guilt, so the financing of the church is completely private.

    At one end of the Ramblas is the harbour, one of the areas that draws a real mix of people in Barcelona from locals to tourists. It’s nice to walk around and there’s a lot to see. In the traditional port area there is a huge walkway which crosses the harbour, leading to the area where the Olympic events were held in 1992, now a thriving area with restaurants and bars. The nearest beach is at Barceloneta, 20 minutes walk away from the Ramblas with some great views en route. On the way you will pass the Monument a Colom, a memorial to the explorer, Christopher Columbus.
  • Day 4 On the morning of day 3 you end your short break Barcelona tour with a return by the high speed rail to Paris at 9am for onward Eurostar connection to London.


Daily throughout the year (except 25 December), extra nights possible at Paris and Barcelona. Before or after your Barcelona tour by rail special rates are available at the 4* St Pancras Pullman or for a touch of luxury the 5* Renaissance at St Pancras station


  • 2nd class rail travel including seat reservations and train supplements.
  • 1st class rail travel including seat reservations, train supplements and a meal on Eurostar London – Paris – London. 
  • 3 nights at hotel as shown in the description based on twin room occupancy with breakfast.
  • Metro tickets for crossing between the Paris stations.