Barcelona Cultural Tour: Gaudi, Art, and Wine
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Arrive in Barcelona, Orientation & Welcome Dinner. (D)
Lecture on Barcelona Today, Panoramic Bus Tour, Lecture on Medieval Art, Gothic Quarter Walking Tour (B)
Monastery & Museum of Montserrat (B)
Lecture on Modernism, Sagrada Familia (Sacred Family), Park Güell, Casa Batlló (B)
Lecture on 20th century Catalonia Artist, Joan Miró Foundation, Independent Exploration (B)
Vilafranca del Penedes, Wine Culture Museum of Catalonia, Winery visit and Tasting (B, L)
Local Market, Cooking Class, Farewell Lunch, Independent Exploration (B,L)
End of program (B)
Day by Day
The tour coordinator will greet everyone and we will review the program schedule, emergency procedures and answer questions. After orientation, we will set out with our tour coordinator to take a walk and explore the area around the hotel. At a restaurant, we´ll enjoy a welcome dinner with a delicious set menu.
After breakfast, a local expert will join us at the hotel for a presentation on Barcelona´s Contemporary History. Then, we will enjoy a panoramic bus tour of Barcelona.
In the afternoon, we will meet a local expert at the hotel for a presentation on Medieval Art. Afterwards, we will depart from the hotel to enjoy an expert-lead walk through the Gothic Quarter and visit treasures such as the Plaza Felipe Neri, the Roman Columns, and Plaza del Pi.
After breakfast, we will set out with a local expert for a day trip to the mountain of Montserrat. During the day, we will learn about the history of the Basílica and Museum and we will see its most precious object, the 12th-century carving of a Black Madonna, Our Lady of Montserrat, Patron Saint of Catalonia. We will return to Barcelona late afternoon.
After breakfast, a local expert will join us at the hotel for a presentation on Modernism Architecture, Art and Life. Then, we will depart from the hotel by private bus for a visit of two Antoni Gaudí´s masterworks, the enormous basilica known as La Sagrada Familia (The Sacred Family) and the exotic Parque Güell, Gaudí’s outdoor residential project.
In the afternoon, we will depart by bus to meet with a local expert for a visit to Casa Batlló, a building in the center of Barcelona also designed by Antoni Gaudí.
After breakfast, a local expert will join us for a presentation on 20th Century Catalonian Artists such as Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso, among others. Then, we will depart by private bus to meet a local expert who will lead us through the Joan Miró Foundation, Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art, which displays a large collection by Miró.
In the afternoon, we will have free time to explore the city, for which our tour coordinator will be happy to offer suggestions.
After breakfast, we will set out with a local expert for a day trip to Vilafranca del Penedes. Vilafranca was founded in the middle of the 12th century and nowadays it is an important center for the local wine industry. Once we arrive at Vilafranca, we will visit the Wine Culture Museum of Catalonia and we will learn about the relationship between the wine and the region. Then, we will walk to a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious set menu.
In the afternoon, on our way to Barcelona, we will stop at a winery, where we will be given the opportunity to taste the flavors of the region. After the visit, we will continue to Barcelona, expecting to arrive in the late afternoon.
After breakfast, we will depart by private bus to a local market, where a gastronomic expert will show us the wide range of products available in Barcelona. Afterwards, we will enjoy a hands-on cooking class led by a local chef, where we will learn about Catalan and Spanish dishes.
After enjoying the meal we cooked, we will have free time to pack, explore or just relax.
Customize your trip according to your interests by adding any of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.