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Program #7149RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
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Itinerary for Sep 6 — Sep 14, 2013

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Day One: Friday, September 06 - Depart USA
Depart From: Overnight flights to Barcelona, Spain.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Formerly Catalonia Suite. This fantastic hotel with outdoor pool is situated in the upper area of Barcelona, next to Park Güell and the Science Museum. It has an interesting restaurant where guests can enjoy tasty international cuisine and 5 large rooms for organising all kinds of events. It is also well connected so that guests can enjoy the city of Barcelona from every viewpoint.

Contact info:
Muntaner, 505
Barcelona, 08022 Spain
phone: +34 93 212 80 12
web: http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com/en/our_hotels/europa/spain/catalunya/barcelona/hotel_catalonia_barcelona_505/index.jsp

Room amenities: -Air conditioning and heating -Free internet access (WiFi) -Full-length mirror -Hair dryer -Infrared light (bathroom) -LCD screen with satellite TV and Canal+ -Magnifying mirror (bathroom) -Marble bathroom -Minibar -Room service -Safe deposit box -Telephone in bathroom -Telephone with direct line

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:


Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, September 07 - Arrival in Barcelona / Welcome and Information me...
Arrive To: Upon arrival at the Barcelona airport please make your own way to the site Hotel. Your Group leader will be waiting to welcome you and help with check-in to your room. Please note that as a general rule, rooms are normally available beginning at 2:00PM.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: This afternoon, meet with your Group Leader for a welcome and orientation session at the hotel.

Dinner: Join all participants for a welcome dinner and the opportunity to socialize and get to know your fellow participants.

Lodging: Catalonia Barcelona 505 ****

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Formerly Catalonia Suite. This fantastic hotel with outdoor pool is situated in the upper area of Barcelona, next to Park Güell and the Science Museum. It has an interesting restaurant where guests can enjoy tasty international cuisine and 5 large rooms for organising all kinds of events. It is also well connected so that guests can enjoy the city of Barcelona from every viewpoint.

Contact info:
Muntaner, 505
Barcelona, 08022 Spain
phone: +34 93 212 80 12
web: http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com/en/our_hotels/europa/spain/catalunya/barcelona/hotel_catalonia_barcelona_505/index.jsp

Room amenities: -Air conditioning and heating -Free internet access (WiFi) -Full-length mirror -Hair dryer -Infrared light (bathroom) -LCD screen with satellite TV and Canal+ -Magnifying mirror (bathroom) -Marble bathroom -Minibar -Room service -Safe deposit box -Telephone in bathroom -Telephone with direct line

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:


Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, September 08 - "Museu d?Hist? de Catalunya" / Barcelona Orientat...
"Museu d?Hist? de Catalunya" / Barcelona Orientation drive: Landmarks and sights

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to the auditorium at the Museum of History of Catalunya for this morning's lecture: "Modernism: A large-scale artistic movement aimed at updating architectural typologies and decorative elements in line with new techniques, industrial materials and contemporary artistic feelings."

Lunch: Leisure time to enjoy lunch on your own.

Afternoon: An orientation drive around the city introduces some of Antoni Gaudi’s most important works of architecture in the Eixample (the extension area of Barcelona) and the most important sights and landmarks of Barcelona.

Dinner: Meet your group leader and fellow participants at the Hotel lounge for a drink and an opportunity to have a Q&A session with young professionals about life in Spain before going for dinner on your own.

Lodging: Catalonia Barcelona 505 ****

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Formerly Catalonia Suite. This fantastic hotel with outdoor pool is situated in the upper area of Barcelona, next to Park Güell and the Science Museum. It has an interesting restaurant where guests can enjoy tasty international cuisine and 5 large rooms for organising all kinds of events. It is also well connected so that guests can enjoy the city of Barcelona from every viewpoint.

Contact info:
Muntaner, 505
Barcelona, 08022 Spain
phone: +34 93 212 80 12
web: http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com/en/our_hotels/europa/spain/catalunya/barcelona/hotel_catalonia_barcelona_505/index.jsp

Room amenities: -Air conditioning and heating -Free internet access (WiFi) -Full-length mirror -Hair dryer -Infrared light (bathroom) -LCD screen with satellite TV and Canal+ -Magnifying mirror (bathroom) -Marble bathroom -Minibar -Room service -Safe deposit box -Telephone in bathroom -Telephone with direct line

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:


Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, September 09 - Casa Mila "La Pedrera" & La Sagrada Familia.
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning transfer to La Sagrada Familia and enjoy an expert-led lecture while visiting Gaudi's architectural masterpiece.

Lunch: Leisure time to enjoy lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Join your Group Leader for a discovery of the other Modernism building in the Eixample district, a perfect opportunity for detailed pictures or decide to continue your Gaudi experience with a visit on your own of La Pedrera/Casa Mila.

Dinner: Meet your Group Leader and fellow participants at the Hotel lounge for a drink. It will be an opportunity to relax while sharing your day's experiences and exchanging ideas and tips for the following day, as well as getting ideas for your dinner this evening.

Evening: Evening Folk Dancing Performance Esbart San Marti - After Transfer to a local community center for an exclusive viewing of Esbart San Marti's dress rehearsal featuring traditional Catalan folk song and dances, and a chance to meet the performers afterwards.

Lodging: Catalonia Barcelona 505 ****

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Formerly Catalonia Suite. This fantastic hotel with outdoor pool is situated in the upper area of Barcelona, next to Park Güell and the Science Museum. It has an interesting restaurant where guests can enjoy tasty international cuisine and 5 large rooms for organising all kinds of events. It is also well connected so that guests can enjoy the city of Barcelona from every viewpoint.

Contact info:
Muntaner, 505
Barcelona, 08022 Spain
phone: +34 93 212 80 12
web: http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com/en/our_hotels/europa/spain/catalunya/barcelona/hotel_catalonia_barcelona_505/index.jsp

Room amenities: -Air conditioning and heating -Free internet access (WiFi) -Full-length mirror -Hair dryer -Infrared light (bathroom) -LCD screen with satellite TV and Canal+ -Magnifying mirror (bathroom) -Marble bathroom -Minibar -Room service -Safe deposit box -Telephone in bathroom -Telephone with direct line

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:


Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Tuesday, September 10 - Discover Las Ramblas, the most famous street in b...
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to Ramblas via Public Bus. Walk along Barcelona's most well-known street, Las Ramblas, past the Place Real. Finish the morning with a discovery of la Boqueria Market.

Lunch: Create a picnic lunch from the specialities you've gathered at the market or enjoy a meal at a nearby café.

Afternoon: Independent exploration: Discover Park de la Ciutadella where you can picnic your morning market discovery. Or decide to stay around the Ramblas and explore on your own the hidden treasures of Barcelona most famous street. Consider visiting the MACBA (Contemporary Art Museum) on your own.

Dinner: Meet your group leader and fellow participants at the Hotel lounge for a drink to exchange ideas and tips before going for dinner on your own.

Lodging: Catalonia Barcelona 505 ****

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Formerly Catalonia Suite. This fantastic hotel with outdoor pool is situated in the upper area of Barcelona, next to Park Güell and the Science Museum. It has an interesting restaurant where guests can enjoy tasty international cuisine and 5 large rooms for organising all kinds of events. It is also well connected so that guests can enjoy the city of Barcelona from every viewpoint.

Contact info:
Muntaner, 505
Barcelona, 08022 Spain
phone: +34 93 212 80 12
web: http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com/en/our_hotels/europa/spain/catalunya/barcelona/hotel_catalonia_barcelona_505/index.jsp

Room amenities: -Air conditioning and heating -Free internet access (WiFi) -Full-length mirror -Hair dryer -Infrared light (bathroom) -LCD screen with satellite TV and Canal+ -Magnifying mirror (bathroom) -Marble bathroom -Minibar -Room service -Safe deposit box -Telephone in bathroom -Telephone with direct line

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:


Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Wednesday, September 11 - Explore the artistic past of Barcelona.
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Attend a lecture by an art expert on contemporary Artisits from Spain: Picasso, Dali and Miro who contributed to the richness of Barcelona's history and culture.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant with the group.

Afternoon: Learn more about Picasso as you take a firsthand look at of some of the artist's masterpieces.

Dinner: Meet your group leader and fellow participants at the Hotel lounge for a drink to exchange ideas and tips before going for dinner on your own.

Evening: Enjoy a concert at Palau de La musica at 9:00 PM.

Lodging: Catalonia Barcelona 505 ****

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Formerly Catalonia Suite. This fantastic hotel with outdoor pool is situated in the upper area of Barcelona, next to Park Güell and the Science Museum. It has an interesting restaurant where guests can enjoy tasty international cuisine and 5 large rooms for organising all kinds of events. It is also well connected so that guests can enjoy the city of Barcelona from every viewpoint.

Contact info:
Muntaner, 505
Barcelona, 08022 Spain
phone: +34 93 212 80 12
web: http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com/en/our_hotels/europa/spain/catalunya/barcelona/hotel_catalonia_barcelona_505/index.jsp

Room amenities: -Air conditioning and heating -Free internet access (WiFi) -Full-length mirror -Hair dryer -Infrared light (bathroom) -LCD screen with satellite TV and Canal+ -Magnifying mirror (bathroom) -Marble bathroom -Minibar -Room service -Safe deposit box -Telephone in bathroom -Telephone with direct line

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:


Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Seven: Thursday, September 12 - Explore the hidden treasure of Gothic Quarter.
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning explore the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) with a local expert and discover some hidden treasures, like the Plaza Felipe Neri, the Roman Columns and Plaza del Pi. As we discover the Gothic Quarter, our expert will be recommending some Cafes where you can try some local specialities for lunch on your own.

Lunch: Leisure time to enjoy lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Barcelona on your own.

Dinner: Meet your group leader and fellow participants at the Hotel lounge for a drink to exchange ideas and tips before going for dinner on your own.

Lodging: Catalonia Barcelona 505 ****

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Formerly Catalonia Suite. This fantastic hotel with outdoor pool is situated in the upper area of Barcelona, next to Park Güell and the Science Museum. It has an interesting restaurant where guests can enjoy tasty international cuisine and 5 large rooms for organising all kinds of events. It is also well connected so that guests can enjoy the city of Barcelona from every viewpoint.

Contact info:
Muntaner, 505
Barcelona, 08022 Spain
phone: +34 93 212 80 12
web: http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com/en/our_hotels/europa/spain/catalunya/barcelona/hotel_catalonia_barcelona_505/index.jsp

Room amenities: -Air conditioning and heating -Free internet access (WiFi) -Full-length mirror -Hair dryer -Infrared light (bathroom) -LCD screen with satellite TV and Canal+ -Magnifying mirror (bathroom) -Marble bathroom -Minibar -Room service -Safe deposit box -Telephone in bathroom -Telephone with direct line

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:


Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Eight: Friday, September 13 - Barcelona of the XXI century
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning will be on your own to discover new places and sites in Barcelona. This is also an opportunity for you to prepare for your trip back home the following day.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at a restaurant of your choice.

Afternoon: With a local expert explore modern Barcelona. Look at the new changes of the city, new Architecture and discover the Barcelona of the 21st century. Visiting the 22@ Area and Poblenou. Learn about the new Architects working in the city.

Dinner: Enjoy a nice dinner with your fellow participants at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Catalonia Barcelona 505 ****

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Saturday, September 14 - Departure
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Your Group Leader will be on hand to assist and advise you on the best way to get to your departure point.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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7 nights of accommodations
10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
2 Performances

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