Delight in Barcelona’s world-renowned architecture, artistic heritage, and lauded cuisine. This seven-night journey immerses you in the city’s culture, allowing you to experience the multifaceted local lifestyle. Stroll through the Barri Gòtic, visit Antoni Gaudí’s Parc Güell and Sagrada Familia, and walk in the footsteps of artist Pablo Picasso, who spent his formative years here. Learn the secrets of Catalonian cuisine during a cooking lesson. Visit the mountain monastery of Montserrat, and discover cava, Spain’s own sparkling wine.
Depart gateway city
Arrive at Barcelona El-Prat Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the designated meeting spot, where an AHI Travel representative will meet them. The meeting location will be provided with your final documents.
Transfer to the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel. Please note if you arrive at the hotel before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.
Enrichment: The History of Catalonia and Barcelona. Proud of its own identity and language, Catalonia is also one
of Spain’s most independent-minded regions. Gain insights about its history, spanning the overthrow of the Romans to the conquest of the Mediterranean Coast.
This evening, get acquainted with your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception in the hotel, then continue the conversation over a Welcome Dinner at one of Barcelona’s outstanding restaurants.
Discovery: Walking Tour of Gothic Quarter. Stroll through the atmospheric Barri Gòtic, where medieval Barcelona flourished. Visit Plaça St. Jaume, where civic leaders have run the city since Roman times. Today, the Catalán government operates from the Palau de Generalitat on one side of square, while the Barcelona city government
conducts business from City Hall on the opposite side. Continue to the Plaça del Rei, the historic powerhouse of medieval Catalonia and the site of the Palau Reial Major, the palace where Catalán counts resided from the 13th
to 15th centuries. See the Gothic Cathedral of Barcelona and the Roman walls that defined the perimeter of their
Discovery: Barcelona Cook and Taste. Roll up your sleeves and work up an appetite for lunch as you learn how
to make Catalán cuisine, including traditional appetizers and mouthwatering paella. Then enjoy the delicious food
Free Time: Pursue your own interests in Barcelona this afternoon.
Enrichment: Modernism and the Architecture of Gaudí. Antoni Gaudí, one of the most famous figures of Catalán culture and world architecture, spent over 40 years designing La Sagrada Família, a stunning — and unfinished —cathedral in Barcelona. A Catholic, Gaudí was a man of deep faith and constant prayer. He loved both God and nature and freely worked both into his drawings and creations, believing his ideas were divinely inspired. Learn more about him and his masterpieces from a local expert.
Discovery: Gaudí’s Barcelona. With a guide, visit Gaudi’s fanciful Parc Güell, a captivating public park with colorful, undulating mosaic benches, shady trees and Mediterranean views. Then head to La Sagrada Família, and appreciate his bold use of light, color and form to create a sense of spirituality and grandeur. At every turn, admire the remarkable architectural elements inspired by Christian symbolism and nature’s geometry.
Free Time: Your afternoon is at leisure.
This evening, savor delectable, traditional cuisine at dinner at an elegant restaurant in the Eixample district.
Free Time: Spend your day at leisure. Your Travel Director will be available to offer suggestions on sightseeing, shopping and dining. You can also choose to join today’s Elective Activity in Girona and Figueres.
Elective Activity: Girona and Dalí’s Figueres. Journey to the town of Girona, built by the Romans 2,000 years ago, which later became an important Catalonian town during the Middle Ages. Enjoy a walking tour of the old city, including the fascinating Call, the medieval maze of narrow streets that was home to the town’s Jewish community.
Then travel to Figueres, the hometown of surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. Visit the Dalí Theater-Museum, conceived and designed by the artist himself to draw visitors into his unusual and whimsical world. The colorful building topped with giant eggs is as unconventional and dramatic as the artwork displayed inside.
Available at an additional cost.
Discovery: Barcelona — Through the Eyes of Picasso. Arriving in Barcelona at 14 to study at the art school La Llotja, Pablo Picasso drew creative inspiration from the city and embraced its progressive attitudes about art. Today, visit the Picasso Museum to see one of the largest collections of his early works. Then follow in Picasso’s footsteps as you explore the neighborhood where he and other artists congregated. Continue with a tour of El Born, site of medieval jousting tournaments and trade guilds, and see the Santa Maria del Mar, a 14th-century church built in the Gothic style
Free Time: Craft your own plans for the rest of the day.
Montserrat/Penedès Wine Region
Discovery: The Monastery of Montserrat and Penedès Wine Region. Head out of the city to Montserrat, a ninth-century Benedictine monastery, built along a sandstone mountainside and surrounded by towering pillar formations.
Explore the monastery grounds, including the serene Basilica, where you can contemplate the revered statue of the Virgin of Montserrat, the patroness of Catalonia. Later, admire the pretty countryside scenery as you venture into the Penedès wine region, best known for producing cava, a sparkling wine.
Discovery: At a family-owned winery, relax over a country-style lunch, complemented by refreshing cava.
Enrichment: Contemporary Catalonia. With a distinct history dating to the Middle Ages, many Catalans think of themselves as a separate nation from the rest of Spain. Learn about their continued efforts for greater independence
Free Time: Spend your final day exploring on your own. In the seaside neighborhood of Barceloneta, take a leisurely stroll along the lively waterfront, or hop aboard the port cable car for a pleasant ride up the Montjuic hillside. The Montjuic area is known for its acclaimed museums, such as the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) and Fundació Joan Miró, featuring works by this influential Surrealist painter and sculptor from Catalonia.
Tonight, celebrate your time together in this enchanting city at a Farewell Reception in the hotel, followed by a Farewell Dinner at a fine restaurant.
Depart for gateway city
After breakfast, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Barcelona El-Prat Airport for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.
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