Nature, Art and History in Catalonia
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Arrive in Barcelona, Orientation & Welcome Dinner. (D)
Lecture on the History of Catalonia, Panoramic Bus Tour, Lecture on Medieval Art, Gothic Quarter Walking Tour (B)
Lecture on Modernism, Sagrada Familia (Sacred Family), Park Güell, Independent Exploration (B)
Day trip to Figueres, Dalí Theatre-Museum, Gala's Castle (B,L)
Transfer to Vielha, Cava Winery, Lecture on Geography, Climate & Nature of Pyrenees (B, L, D)
Caldes de Boí - Boí - Erill Trail Hike, The Romanesque Center (B)
Aigüestortes National Park to Estany Long hike (B, L)
Transfer to Barcelona, Independent Exploration, Farewell Dinner (B,D)
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 at hotel a local expert will join us and give us an introduction on the History of Catalonia. Then, we will enjoy a panoramic bus tour through Barcelona.
In the afternoon, at the hotel meeting room a local expert will join us 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 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 to two of Antoni Gaudí´s masterworks, the enormous basilica known as La Sagrada Familia (The Sacred Family) and the exotic Park Güell, Gaudí’s outdoor residential project.
After these visits we will have free time to explore the city, your tour coordinator will be happy to offer suggestions.
After breakfast we will set out with a local expert for a day trip to Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dalí. Upon arrival, we will visit the Dalí Theatre-Museum, the world’s largest surrealist art object. Then we will transfer to Púbol to have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we will continue to Gala Dalí Castle Museum-House where we will enjoy an expert-led visit. Afterwards we will return to Barcelona with approximate arrival late afternoon.
Breakfast at hotel. After checkout, we will transfer by private bus to Vielha, capital of the Aran Valley. On route, we will stop at a Cava winery where we will enjoy an expert led visit and a wine tasting session. Then we will enjoy lunch at a restaurant on route. After lunch we will continue to Vielha.
Upon arrival, after checking in at the hotel and settling into your room we will have an orientation walk followed by a lecture on Geography, Climate & Nature of the Pyrenees given by a local expert.
Activity notes: 4 hours of walking through natural trails, up to 6 miles, total ascent 660 feet
After breakfast we will depart by bus to Caldes de Boi where we will meet with a local expert to start our walk. We will follow the old water path that linked the town of Pont de Suert with the town of La Vall de Boì. We will continue our hike ending at Erill la Vall where we will visit the church of Santa Eulalia and the Romanesque Center. Then, we will have some free time for lunch. Afterwards we will return to Vilha and we expect to arrive late afternoon.
Activity notes: 3-4 hours of walking through natural trails, up to 7 miles, total ascent 660 feet
We will depart by bus to Boi where we will meet with a local expert who will accompany us during the walk. Upon arrival we will take a taxi to Planell d’Aigüestortes where we will start the hike, which path runs parallel to the river of Saint Nicolas. Along the walk we will admire the breathtaking landscapes until arrival at Estany Llong where we will enjoy our picnic lunch. Then we will return by the same path and we will take the bus to return to Vielha. We expect to arrive late afternoon.
Breakfast at hotel. After check-out we’ll be transferred by a private bus to Barcelona. We expect to arrive late in the morning. After checking in at the hotel and settling into your room we will have free time to pack, explore or just relax.
Afterwards, we will gather at the hotel for a walk to a restaurant to have our farewell dinner.
Price per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement $550.
For a minimum of 15 pax.
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