Day 1 Arrival
Arrival – we’ll await you in the lobby of our home for the week, an elegantly chic and welcoming hotel in Barcelona’s historic center.
Join us for an orientation walk of “our” neighborhood in this vibrant ancient seaside city. Settle in to your room, then explore a bit more on your own.
One of Barcelona’s top restaurants will welcome us for our first dinner together (included).
Day 2 Barcelona
Breakfast (included daily)
Today is an Art-Nouveau packed day, beginning with a guided tour of Modernista (as Barcelona’s Art Nouveau is called) masterpieces along Passeig de Gracia, and a visit to Gaudi’s unfinished symphony, the Sagrada Familia
We’ll pause to savor a spectacular lunch of creative Catalan cuisine (included) at Cinq Sentits, then leisurely continue our Gaudi tour with a visit to whimsical Park Guell.
Take time to enjoy Barcelona on your own before meeting for a Tapas Tasting Tour (included) for dinner.
Day 3 Montserrat Day Trip
Today we’ll ascend the pinnacles of Montserrat, the serrated mountain northwest of Barcelona. The journey is an adventure – including travel by train, cogwheel, and a cable car through the sky!
Full of mystery and lore of ages past, this spiritual heart of Catalonia is the home of the celebrated Escolania boys’ choir, founded in the 13th century. Perhaps we’ll hear the sound of their pure voices soaring to the heights of the 16th century basilica as we tour the hilltop complex.
An evening of Spanish guitar in a peaceful chapel on a narrow lane in the Barri Gotic and a dinner (included) will complete the day.
Day 4 Girona
After breakfast we’ll check out of our hotel and travel by train to medieval Girona, where we’ll stay for two nights. We’ll wander through the beautifully restored medieval heart of the city with its imposing cathedral, and a labyrinth of vaulted and stepped streets of the Call, the ancient Jewish district, stopping for lunch (included) and some of the best churros and chocolate we’ve EVER tasted!
Our walking tour of the city continues in the afternoon, then a bit of free time for exploring on your own (or shopping some of the intriguing boutiques!)
We’ll walk to dinner (included) at a local favorite, and enjoy the mysterious lanes to complete our day.
Day 5 Costa Brava
We’ll drive to the magnificent Costa Brava, and explore for the day, walking along charming coves, taking in striking views of the “wild” coast.
We’ll sample regional specialties and just-caught seafood for lunch (included) as we stop in hilltop and seaside villages to appreciate the wide variety of sights in the area.
Dinner (included) and a final evening in charming Girona before we return to Barcelona tomorrow.
Day 6 Barcelona
Back to the big city – we’ll return by train, drop our luggage at our familiar hotel, and explore Barcelona’s Barri Gotic, Europe’s best-preserved medieval quarter.
Miro’s signature art points the way to the city’s famed Boqueria Market, a feast for all the senses!
Picasso’s presence is felt in a folksy sketch on a facade across from the cathedral, and after lunch (included) we’ll visit the Picasso Museum, appreciating the early work of yet another Catalonia- influenced master.
In the afternoon we’ll tour a true palace of music, the lavish Palau de la Musica Catalana. This opulent concert hall is a Modernista garden of delights, every inch covered with astounding detail!
Dinner (included) a short walk from our hotel.
Day 7 Tarragona Day Trip
We’ll train along the coast to Tarragona for a walking tour of Rome’s millenias-old Spanish outpost , stopping for lunch (included) under the vaults of the Roman Circus at Les Voltes
After returning to Barcelona, enjoy some time on your own, packing up for tomorrow’s departure.
An intimate restaurant in Old Town Barcelona is the place for our Farewell Dinner (included) as we recall together the highlights of our week.
Day 8 Departure
Breakfast (included) and hasta la vista to newfound friends before departing.
*Schedule to be finalized in early February