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Mallorca

18 September 2019 - 27 September 2019

Set in the western Mediterranean sea and settled for more than 3,000 years, Spain’s largest island boasts a rich history and a diverse ecology. From rugged coastlines and mysterious caves to charming mountain towns and world-class vineyards, there are endless riches waiting to be discovered.

Mallorca offers dramatic scenery and fabulous driving. Whilst it’s a compact island, this tour begs to be lingered over. Distances that appear short on maps usually involve twisting, winding roads and rewarding vistas. There are craggy coastlines, shimmering salt pans and red earth plains dotted with windmills. Roman roads cross apricot and almond groves and through small market towns. Follow the beautiful twisting coast road between the sea and pine-scented hills to one of Mallorca’s prettiest villages with its narrow, steep cobbled streets. Stay in just two exquisite and luxury hotels on Mallorca.

More details to follow soon. Register your interest in this tour to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca (Majorca) and we shall notify you when more information is available.

(Cover photo credit: Chris Scholey)

Getting to and from Mallorca

There are regular ferries from Barcelona, Spain to Mallorca. For those travelling from the UK there will be an overnight ferry from Portsmouth, UK to Bilbao, Spain and then a motorway drive to Barcelona for the overnight ferry to Mallorca. This will be a meeting point for tour participants from mainland Europe or UK travellers who wish to take a more scenic route to Barcelona. We shall also be offering transport for your car if you prefer a fly-drive option.

It is also possible to take the ferry from France to Mallorca. The tour will also be available as a ‘Mallorca only’ option, for those who wish to make their own way, at their own pace, to Mallorca.

Highlights

  • Drive the coast road along the Serra de Tramuntana – one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world
  • Visit pretty towns & villages such as Estellencs, Valldemossa & Fornalutx
  • Explore the incredible Cuevas Del Drach with a large underground lake
  • Enjoy the unspoilt Vall d’En March, a rural stretch of olive and almond groves, meadows and flowers
  • Drive the hairpin-riddled 12km helter-skelter of a road down to Sa Calobra and Cala Tuent
  • Discover the cathedral & historic parts of Palma de Mallorca
  • Visit some of the 70 or more bodegas/wineries
  • Board the vintage train for a nostalgic ride through the evocative valleys and mountains of the Tramuntana
  • Indulge in gourmet paradise as Mallorca has 7 Michelin-starred restaurants
  • Explore the fascinating ruins of the Roman town of Pol·lentia
  • Visit the Real Cartuja de Valldemossa, a Carthusian monastery and the former residence of royals and Chopin
Route map
Price: €TBC
Starts: 18 September 2019
Duration: 5 nights in Mallorca (9 nights from UK with travel)
Mileage: 430 (Mallorca only) miles

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What's Included?

  • Superb luxury hotel accommodation for five nights (5 star hotels) in Mallorca
  • Overnight in luxury hotel in Barcelona
  • Three nights on overnight ferries
  • Return ferry crossing from UK to Bilbao
  • Return ferry crossing from Barcelona to Palma
  • Fabulous breakfast on six mornings (in hotels only)
  • Three-course dinners on seven evenings, with wine (half bottle per person)
  • Tour Book – includes a brief history of the region, route maps and comprehensive directions, and a detailed account of everything there is to do, see and visit each day.
  • Road atlas, rally plate, luggage tag, pen/highlighter, windscreen sticker
  • Accompanied by experienced & friendly tour director, Sarah Dowding & assistant.
  • Services of our tour mechanic, Joe Coleman of Oldtimer Services, to keep you on the road

Itinerary

May be subject to change.

Day 1: 18 September 2019

Leave Portsmouth at midday on the Brittany Ferries overnight sailing to Bilbao. There will be a welcome dinner on board this evening.

Day 2: 19 September 2019

Arrive in Bilbao at 12.45 and drive to Barcelona. It’s a 6-hour motorway drive. After dinner take the overnight ferry, departing at 23.00, to Palma.

Day 3: 20 September 2019

Arrive in Palma at 7.30am. Drive into Palma for breakfast then drive to the hotel. Although rooms will not be available until this afternoon you can use the facilities to relax, or enjoy a local scenic drive.

Stay for three nights at this superb hotel. Dinner will be included this evening.

Day 4: 21 September 2019

After breakfast enjoy a beautiful drive. Dinner will be at leisure this evening

Day 5: 22 September 2019

There will be more fabulous driving today. Dinner is included this evening.

Day 6: 23 September 2019

Leave the hotel after breakfast and drive across the island to Pollenca, and another gorgeous hotel for two nights. Dinner is included on both evenings.

Day 7: 24 September 2019

Spend the day exploring another part of the island. Enjoy a final dinner in Mallorca.

Day 8: 25 September 2019

Head down to Palma for the 12.30 ferry to Barcelona. Arrive in Barcelona at 19.45 and drive to a nearby hotel. Dinner is included this evening.

Day 9: 26 September 2019

Leave early for a long drive back to Bilbao. The ferry departs at 15.30. There will be a final dinner on board.

Day 10: 27 September 2019

Arrive in the UK at 14.15 and depart for home.

Accommodation

The journey to Mallorca will involve the overnight ferry from Portsmouth, UK to Bilbao, Spain. After driving to Barcelona there will be another overnight ferry to Palma. The tour will then stay for five nights in two stunning hotels on Mallorca. The first is in the western part of the island and will be for three nights. The second, two-night stay will be in the north-eastern part of the island.

To return to the UK there will be an evening ferry from Palma to Barcelona, with an overnight stay in a lovely hotel in Barcelona. Then drive to Bilbao for afternoon departure on the overnight ferry to the UK.

Pricing

Price is per person, sharing a double or twin room and car
€TBC - for entire tour from UK
€TBC - for tour from/to Barcelona (incl return ferry to Mallorca)
€TBC - for Mallorca only

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