Travel to Andorra
Upon arrival in Barcelona airport you will be met by your friendly local guide who will accompany you to your hotel in Andorra La Vella.
Spend the afternoon settling in to your hotel and exploring the capital of Andorra at your own pace. Your guide will be happy to make suggestions of activities to suit your interests.
Andorra La Vella
Today you will have a full day tour of Andorra La Vella, including a walking tour of the sights. Explore the historic part of the city, including a visit to the 300 year old parliament building and the main square, with its beautiful view over the town and surrounding countryside.
After lunch, pay a visit to Ricard Bofill’s famous church in Mertixell, which houses the guardian angel of Andorra. You will then take a scenic trip up into the mountains where there will be the option of a lake side walk, reaching a high point of 1,600 metres above sea level. If you prefer, stay in the city and spend some more time exploring its sights and attractions.
La Cerdanya and the French border
Today, enjoy beautiful scenery as you travel towards the French border through the valley of Cerdanya along the River Segre. Admire the stunning backdrop of the Pyrenees Mountains as you cross into France at the town of Bourg Madame before continuing on to the town of Mont Louis. There will be time for a stop at the old station of Porta for lunch with a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains, before heading back to Andorra through el Pas de la Casa, at a height of 2000m.
La Seu d’Urgell
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and travel into Spain to the city of La Seu d’Urgell for the traditional weekly market. You will have time to explore the market at your own pace, as well as the fascinating old town, with its narrow streets and charming arcades. You may also choose to visit the Romanesque cathedral of Santa Maria, one of the oldest churches in Spain.
Travel to Calella
Continue on your journey, with stops in Bellver de Cerdanya for lunch and in the beautiful medieval town of Besalú for afternoon coffee, before arriving at your beachside hotel in Calella on the Costa del Maresme.
After breakfast, travel along the Mediterranean coast to Barcelona for a full day excursion. Spend the morning discovering some of Antoni Gaudi’s finest architecture, including the famous Park Güell, a number of magnificent buildings along the Paseo de Gracia boulevard, and of course, the recently dedicated Sagrada Familia. There will also be a visit up to the mountain of Montjuic, which affords great views over the harbour and city. Here you can also visit the Expo area from the world exhibition of 1929, as well as the stadia from the 1992 Olympic Games. Return to the Plaça Catalunya in the city centre to enjoy some free time for lunch.
In the afternoon, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the old town, through the narrow streets and charming square of the Gothic quarter. Wander along Las Ramblas, with its many flower stalls, cafés and street entertainers. Las Ramblas stretches all the way down to the harbour, where you can see the famous Columbus Statue. Make the return journey to your hotel in Calella in time for dinner.
Optional excursion to Montserrat
Today you may choose to spend the day at your leisure in Calella or take an optional excursion to the Benedictine monastery of Montserrat. The monastery is situated high in the mountains, among the incredible rock formations that give the area its name, meaning “serrated mountain”. In the monastery you can see “La Moreneta” (The Black Madonna), an intricate statue carved from wood around 1000 years ago. On the return journey to Calella, there will be a stop in Catalonia’s famous “Penedès” wine region, where you can sample some of the local produce.
*Optional excursion to Montserrat may be booked in advance for a supplement of €55. Minimum numbers are required for the excursion to operate.*
Optional excursion to Figueras and Girona
On your last day in Spain, you may choose to spend the day enjoying the beautiful sunshine and beaches of Calella, or embark on an optional excursion to Figueras and Girona with included entrance to the Dali museum. The journey to Girona passes through the fertile plains of the Empordà, one of the richest agricultural regions in Catalonia. In this small yet beautiful city you can see the impressive cathedral and explore the well preserved Jewish quarter, as well as the many pretty squares and houses overlooking the river.
After some free time for lunch, continue on to Figueres, where Dalí was born and spent his childhood. The museum, which was a burnt-down theatre refurbished by Dalí himself, is a work of art in its own right and houses three floors full of the artist’s extravagant creations.
*Optional excursion to Figueras and Girona may be booked in advance for a supplement of €46. Minimum numbers are required for the excursion to operate.*
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer with your guide to Barcelona airport for your flight home.