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20th Century Spanish Literature

Day 1 Depart from North America
Day 2 Arrive in Barcelona
  • Tour Ana Maria Matute's Barcelona Follow a Walking Tour of Ana Maria Matute's Barcelona that will take you past the landmarks and sights that influenced Matute's writings.
  • Visit the Barcelona Cathedral Explore the beautiful Barcelona Cathedral, a celebrated example of Catalonian Gothic architecture. The three naves have splendid Gothic details and the large bell towers perfectly blend medieval and Renaissance styles. The beautiful cloister, high altar, side chapels, sculptured choir, and Gothic arches highlight one of the most impressive cathedral's in Spain.
  • Roam the streets of Las Ramblas Stroll along Las Ramblas, Barcelona's most colorful and interesting street. This pedestrian mall extends almost a full mile, and is lined with shops, cafés and markets.
Day 3 Tour Barcelona
  • Enjoy a tour of Barcelona's amazing architecture Take a Quadrat d'Or (Golden Triangle) Walking Tour of turn-of-the-century architecture of key buildings, including Casa Batlló and La Manzana de la Discordia. Many of the buildings still serve their original purpose as luxury apartments for the city's 19th century nouveau riche, while others are now office buildings and even shops.
  • Explore La Sagrada Familia Experience the cathedral of La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi's incomplete masterpiece and one of the more distinctive creations of Spain.
  • Enjoy Parc Güell Spend time in Parc Güell, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, 'Works of Antoni Gaudi'. Designed primarily by Gaudí, particularly interesting areas of the park include a mosaic pagoda, a lizard fountain spitting water, an undulating bench decorated with ceramic fragments and an array of unique Doric columns.
  • Explore Poble Espanyol Enjoy roaming this re-created Spanish village. Built for the 1929 World’s Fair, Poble Espanyol features various regional architectural styles from the Levante to Galicia. A total of 115 life-size reproductions of buildings and monuments are combined with numerous outdoor cafés and shops, which sell crafts and souvenir items from all of the provinces.
  • Travel to Granada Enjoy an overnight train ride from Barcelona to Granada.
Day 4 Explore Granada
  • Explore the Alhambra Take a visit to the Alhambra, which is set high upon a hill overlooking Granada. Alhambra is Spain's finest display of Moorish architecture.
  • Experience the Generalife Visit the Generalife, the country estate of the Nasrid Kings, where they could enjoy tranquility high above the city, a little closer to heaven.
  • Take a Vega de Granada tour Embark on a tour that focuses on the life of poet Federico Lorca, which includes Fuente Vaqueros, Valderubio, Fuente la Teja, Daimuz, Jujaira, Pinos Puente and Moclin.
Day 5 Continue touring Granada and travel to Castilla La Mancha
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Granada We will continue our look at Federico Garcia Lorca, with a Walking Tour through the center of Granada, where Lorca spent his youth and adolescence.
  • Tour Huerta de San Vicente and Barranco de Viznar Continue the day with a visit to Huerta de San Vicente, the home purchased by Lorca's father in 1909 and the home that Lorca inherited later in life, that today houses the Casa Museo Federico Lorca. Finish our walking tours of Federico Lorca with Lorca's Last Return to Granada. The tour follows the poet's footsteps during the last dramatic days of his life, and concludes at the Barranco de Viznar, where Lorca was one of many executed in the madness of the Spanish Civil War.
  • Travel to Castilla La Mancha Next we will travel from Granada to Castilla La Mancha, which will be our base for the next night.
Day 6 Visit Valle de los Caidos and travel to Madrid
  • Tour the Valle de los Caidos and explore Madrid Along your trip to Madrid, visit the Valle de los Caidos, or the Valley of the Fallen, the area built by General Franco as a memorial to those who died in the Spanish Civil War. We will take a funicular to the top of the hill, where we will view the vast Cross, standing over 490 feet high and dominating the region. We will also visit the Basilica and tomb of General Franco before heading to Madrid.
  • Explore the Reina Sofia museum Enjoy a visit to this impressive museum and experience the special emphasis placed on the great artists of 20th century Spain: Juan Gris, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso. A highlight of this visit will be Picasso’s masterpiece, Guernica.
  • Experience the rich culture roaming Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol Spend time in the Plaza Mayor, Madrid's most famous square. Throughout it's long history the square has hosted markets, bullfights, soccer games, public executions, and the Spanish Inquisition. It is now ringed by shops and cafés and often filled with artists and musicians. Explore the Puerta del Sol, one of Madrid's busiest and most historic squares. While here you will view the Kilometre Zero marker, from which all distances in Spain are measured, and Madrid’'s symbol, the Madrono.
Day 7 Cointnue touring Madrid
  • Visit the Plaza de España Walk through the Plaza de España, and observe the monument to Cervantes in the center of the square, which depicts characters from his most famous work, Don Quixote. You will also see a monument to Columbus.
  • Tour the Palacio Real Take an amazing tour through some of the palace’s 2,000 rooms that the “enlightened despot” Charles III called home. Although the palace is no longer home to the royal family, it is still full of art treasures and antiques, including Tiepolo ceilings and paintings by Goya. Highlights include the Reception Room, Royal Chapel, State Apartments, Throne Room, and Banquet Room, where receptions for heads of state are still held.
  • Tour the Prado Museum Explore one of the world's finest art museums. Inside the Prado Museum is a collection of European art from the 12th to 19th centuries based on the Spanish Royal Collection. Your specialist-guided tour will focus on the largest holdings of works by famous Spanish artists Bosch, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez and Goya.
  • Participate in Spanish culture at the Parque del Retiro Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in the Parque del Retiro. Once the grounds of Felipe IV’s royal palace complex, you'll enjoy the opportunity to interact with the locals, visit the vendors, or listen to the musicians.
Day 8 Tour Salamanca
  • Experience Spain's university city Journey to Spain's university city, Salamanca, and focus on one of Salamanca's greatest citizens, the author and professor, Miguel de Unamuno.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Salamanca Take a Walking Tour through the city center, beginning at the Convento de Santa Ursula. Yur walk will take us past the Monument to Unamuno and the Casa de las Conchas, before continuing into the Plaza Mayor, one of Spain's largest and grandest squares
  • Experience Salamanca University As you visit Salamanca University, you'll have the opportunity to admire great Plateresque architectural style of the buildings, such as the Patio de las Escuelas Menores. Continue on to the Escuelas Menores Building to view the huge zodiac fresco, The Salamanca Sky. Your tour will also include the Library, the Old Library, and the old University Hospital. Explore the Catedral Vieja and the Catedral Nueva. Unusually, the two cathedrals are built side-by-side and offer a contrast in styles, ranging from Baroque to Romanesque to Renaissance. After departing the cathedrals, your walk continues through Salamanca's old quarter to the 1st century Puente Romano, the Convento de las Duenas, the Iglesia-Convento de San Esteban, and the magnificent Torre del Clavero.
Day 9 Departure From Madrid