Travel to Spain
Depart for Barcelona, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Your guide will provide lots of tips and information to help get a great holiday under way.
Panoramic Tour of Barcelona
You will start your holiday with a panoramic tour of Barcelona to get your bearings in this stunning city. As you drive through the streets your guide will point out incredible pieces of art & architecture in the style of Antoni Gaudi and other Catalan Modernist Artists.
Your first stop is Montjuïc Viewing Point so you can see the entire city laid out before you. Next you move on to visit two of Gaudi’s most famous works, La Sagrada Família Church and Park Güell.
After lunch you will embark on a walking tour of Barcelona’s iconic Gothic Quarter. The Gothic Quarter or Barri Gòtic is the centre of the old city of Barcelona and many of the buildings date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement. The area is made up of a labyrinth of small streets running off the famous Las Ramblas, many of which open up to squares, which contain churches and basilicas.
Cava Tasting & Montserrat
Today your guide will take you to the mountain top location of Montserrat, just under an hour away from your hotel. Along the way you will stop in the wine region of Penedès, to take a tour of the winery and cellars of the famous Cava producers Codorníu, followed by a tasting of their range of sparkling wines.
Afterwards you will travel on up into the impressive peaks of Montserrat. Once there you will visit the beautiful Benedictine Abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat. The Abbey acted as a sanctuary for many scholars, artists and politicians during Franco’s rule and from the 1940’s was seen as a symbol of Catalan nationalism.
The Basilica is notable for enshrining the famous statue of the Virgin of Montserrat. This is one of the black Madonnas of Europe and although it is believed by some to have been carved in Jerusalem in the early days of the church, it is more likely a Romanesque sculpture from the late 12th century. The school choir sing daily at midday in the Basilica.
You will have the afternoon to explore Montserrat at your own pace. You might like to visit the gallery housing art from many famous artists or take the funicular to the top of one of the highest peaks for breathtaking views of Barcelona and the coast.
At Leisure in Barcelona
Today you will have a guided transfer into Barcelona where you can spend the day exploring the city at your own pace.
You might like to revisit some of the places you saw during your city tour. You can return to La Sagrada Família to enter the church and take time to explore the interior. Another option is to take the cable car to the top of Montjuïc and spend more time enjoying the views and walks.
Take a trip to one of the many markets or museums in the city and stop for some refreshments in one of the many bars & restaurants by the port or at La Boqueria, the famous food market off Las Ramblas.
You will have a guided transfer back to your hotel this evening.
After breakfast, your guide will take you to the small city of Girona. You will take a walking tour through the beautifully preserved Jewish Quarter to the Santa Maria Cathedral. The cathedral is built on the site of a mosque, which was built by the Moors and was rebuilt after their expulsion. The present edifice is one of the most important monuments of the Majorcan architect Jaume Fabre and is an excellent example of Gothic Catalan architecture. You will finish the tour in the town’s main Plaza where you can take lunch at your leisure in one of the many tapas bars.
This afternoon you will travel to the town of Figueres to visit the Dalí Museum, widely regarded as the home of surrealism. Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres and has an eccentric artistic repertoire including film, sculpture and photography. The heart of the museum is the building that housed the Figueres town theatre when Dalí was a child and is where the young Dalí’s first exhibitions were showcased. The museum now displays the largest and most diverse collection of his works.
Today you can avail of a transfer to Barcelona, for independent sightseeing there. Revisit the Gothic Quarter and explore its atmospheric streets, stroll along Las Ramblas and have fun watching the street vendors and performers, try some delicious tapas!
Another chance to relax by the beach, do some souvenir shopping and perhaps enjoy an al fresco drink or lunch in the Spanish sunshine.
Time to head for home, with some wonderful holiday memories. Transfer from your hotel to Barcelona airport for your flight home, with guide assistance.