Day 1 :
Depart from U.S. to Spain
Day 2 :
Arrive in Barcelona
- Walk through Plaça de Catalunya:
We will walk from the square to the waterfront, passing a parade of street life, performance artists, flower stalls, cafés, markets and bird stalls.
- See the Mirador de Colón:
We will have the opportunity to ascend the Mirador, a monument to Christopher Columbus that was erected at the Barcelona harbor for the Universal Exhibition of 1888, where we will enjoy a panoramic view of Barcelona and its harbor.
- Dinner in Las Ramblas area:
We will enjoy our evening meal together in a local restaurant in Las Ramblas area,
Barcelona's most colorful and interesting street.
Day 3 :
- Explore Barri Gòtic :
A few highlights of the
walk will include the Plaça del Pi, the Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, and the magnificent Plaça Sant Jaume.
- Visit Barcelona Cathedral:
naves, cleaned and illuminated, 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 cathedrals in Spain.
- Tour the Museu Picasso:
Pablo Picasso donated nearly 2,500 of his paintings, engravings and drawings to the museum in 1970. Picasso was particularly fond of Barcelona, the city where he spent much of his formative youth and many of the works in the collection show the artist's debt to van Gogh, El Greco, Rembrandt, and Velázquez.
- Educational Insight - Picasso's Passion:
Discuss Pablo Picasso's life and his global influence on the abstract art movement. Focus on History and the Arts.
- Relax in the Parc de la Ciutadella:
Relax at Barcelona's most formal and historic park. Today, lakes, gardens, museums and promenades fill most of the park. Gaudí contributed to the monumental, Italianate fountain in the park when he was a student; the lampposts are also his.
Day 4 :
- Visit La Sagrada Familia :
Experience the cathedral of La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí's incomplete masterpiece and
one of the more distinctive creations of Spain.
- Quadrat d'Or (Golden Triangle):
This area has been named the world's greatest living museum of turn-of-the-century architecture. Our tour will highlight many of the key buildings, including Casa Batlló, designed by Gaudí in 1905; and La Manzana de la Discordia, the ultimate modernista building.
- Explore Casa Milà:
This is the most famous apartment-house complex in Spain. Antoni Gaudí’s imagination went wild when planning its construction, even including vegetable and fruit shapes in his sculptural designs. Ascend to the rooftop, filled with unique chimneys known in Spanish as espantabrujas (witch-scarers), which affords a view of
Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia and the L’Eixample area of the city. We will also visit the Espai Gaudí in the attic, which features an intriguing multimedia display of the works of the controversial artist.
- Spend time in Parc Güell:
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, which are hollow and serve as part of Gaudí's drainage system.
Day 5 :
- Visit Cadaqués:
A former fishing village that was once only accessible by sea, Cadaqués sits on the far North-
East of Spain, in Catalonia. It is right on the edge of the Cap de Creus Peninsula, where the Pyrenees mountains meet the sea, just south of the French border.
- Visit the Salvador Dalí Museum:
The internationally known artist Salvador Dalí was as
famous for his surrealist imagery as he was for his flamboyance and exhibitionism. The museum displays his distinctive paintings, watercolors, gouaches, charcoals, and pastels,
along with graphics and sculptures.
Day 6 :
- Explore Mountain of Montjuïc :
Montjuïc features the largest "green zone" in the city with miles of forests and parks.
We begin with a Funicular Ride from the Parallel Metro Stop to Miramar Avenue.
- Walk to the Castell de Montjuïc.:
Along the way, we will pass the famous statue of La Sardana, featured on many postcards of the city, depicting the traditional Catalan dance. At
the castle, we will wander along the Terraces and high points of the star-shaped fortresscastle, as well as the walkways that surround it, all while enjoying breathtaking views of the
Barcelona skyline and the Mediterranean.
- Visit the Fundació Joan Miró.:
This museum contains a collection of over 10,000 works by the
Catalan surrealist, including paintings, graphics, and sculptures. An exhibition in the modern wing charts Miro's complete artistic evolution, from his first drawings at the age of eight to his last works.
- Explore Poble Espanyol:
This re-created Spanish village was built for the 1929 World’s Fair, and 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. There are
also many artists at work printing fabric, weaving and blowing glass.
Day 7 :
- Stop in the Parc de Joan Miró:
The park's main
features include an esplanade; a pond containing Miró's sculpture Woman and Bird; palm, pine and eucalyptus trees; and a variety of playgrounds and pergolas.
- Spirit of Spain:
Immerse yourself in the art that defines the passion of historic Spain. Explore the meaning
and compare the techniques of artists like Joan Miro, Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso. Enrich your knowledge of art history as you debate how these and other artists defined
cultural divisions through Spanish history.
- Guided Tour of El Palau de la Música Catalana:
Explore the most
outstanding contribution of the modernista movement. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage
site in 1997, it was designed by Luis Domènech i Montaner, a contemporary of Gaudí’s, as a riot of symbolism and a feast for the senses.
- Discover the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya:
The museum contains an extensive
collection of art ranging from the 14th to the 20th centuries, and is the world’s most important center of Romanesque art. We will also see works by Huguet; the primary artist in the
Catalan School, Rubens, El Greco, Goya, Gaudí, Homar, Clara and Busquets.
Day 8 :
Depart Spain for U.S.