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Program #7149RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
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Itinerary for Sep 19 — Sep 27, 2014

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Day One: Friday, September 19 - Depart USA
Note: Around 2 miles of walking and standing in Museums. Extensive use of metro each day. Note that many metro stops do not have elevators and participants will be required to climb up and down stairs in and around the metro stations.

Depart From: Overnight flights to Barcelona, Spain.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro is conveniently located in the heart of the city, one block from the Rambla de Catalunya and 2 blocks from the Paseo de Gracia, with its Gaudi architecture and buildings. The metro "Diagonal" is 200 meters away, and there is a bus stop beside the hotel. The hotel is a modern building, situated on one of Barcelona's main thoroughfares. There are 84 comfortable bedrooms, over several floors.

Contact info:
Balmes 142,
Barcelona, 08008 Spain
phone: +34 93 415 90 90
web: http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com/en/home.jsp

Room amenities: All bedrooms include: Individual air-conditioning and heating Safe Fully equipped bathroom with hairdryer, telephone, focus mirror, marble finishes Minibar (for a charge) Room Service Direct dial telephone Satellite TV Free Wireless Internet connection Please note that room sizes in Spain tend to considerably smaller than in North America.

Facility amenities: The Catalonia Diagonal Centro, has a snack-bar, lobby bar, small reception area, 5 meeting rooms,and a seasonal roof top swimming pool and terrace.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 to inquire about rate and availability.


Day Two: Saturday, September 20 - Arrival in Barcelona / Welcome and Information me...
Note: Your Group Leader will provide you with 2 T10 travel passes which will include 20 metro or local bus journeys and can be used on any day of your stay in Barcelona. You will also be given full information and assistance on how to successfully use public transport in your free time.

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 2:00 PM.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: In the late afternoon, we will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, cultural differences and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that the order of program activities and schedule could change slightly due to local circumstances. Your group leader will let you know if there are any changes during orientation.

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

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro is conveniently located in the heart of the city, one block from the Rambla de Catalunya and 2 blocks from the Paseo de Gracia, with its Gaudi architecture and buildings. The metro "Diagonal" is 200 meters away, and there is a bus stop beside the hotel. The hotel is a modern building, situated on one of Barcelona's main thoroughfares. There are 84 comfortable bedrooms, over several floors.

Contact info:
Balmes 142,
Barcelona, 08008 Spain
phone: +34 93 415 90 90
web: http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com/en/home.jsp

Room amenities: All bedrooms include: Individual air-conditioning and heating Safe Fully equipped bathroom with hairdryer, telephone, focus mirror, marble finishes Minibar (for a charge) Room Service Direct dial telephone Satellite TV Free Wireless Internet connection Please note that room sizes in Spain tend to considerably smaller than in North America.

Facility amenities: The Catalonia Diagonal Centro, has a snack-bar, lobby bar, small reception area, 5 meeting rooms,and a seasonal roof top swimming pool and terrace.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 to inquire about rate and availability.


Day Three: Sunday, September 21 - "Museu d?Hist? de Catalunya" / Barcelona Orientat...
"Museu d?Hist? de Catalunya" / Barcelona Orientation drive: Landmarks and sights

Note: Around 2 miles of walking and standing in Museums. Extensive use of metro each day. Note that many metro stops do not have elevators and participants will be required to climb up and down stairs in and around the metro stations.

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), including Parc Guell, 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: Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro is conveniently located in the heart of the city, one block from the Rambla de Catalunya and 2 blocks from the Paseo de Gracia, with its Gaudi architecture and buildings. The metro "Diagonal" is 200 meters away, and there is a bus stop beside the hotel. The hotel is a modern building, situated on one of Barcelona's main thoroughfares. There are 84 comfortable bedrooms, over several floors.

Contact info:
Balmes 142,
Barcelona, 08008 Spain
phone: +34 93 415 90 90
web: http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com/en/home.jsp

Room amenities: All bedrooms include: Individual air-conditioning and heating Safe Fully equipped bathroom with hairdryer, telephone, focus mirror, marble finishes Minibar (for a charge) Room Service Direct dial telephone Satellite TV Free Wireless Internet connection Please note that room sizes in Spain tend to considerably smaller than in North America.

Facility amenities: The Catalonia Diagonal Centro, has a snack-bar, lobby bar, small reception area, 5 meeting rooms,and a seasonal roof top swimming pool and terrace.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 to inquire about rate and availability.


Day Four: Monday, September 22 - La Sagrada Familia
Note: Around 2 miles of walking and standing in Museums. Extensive use of metro each day. Note that many metro stops do not have elevators and participants will be required to climb up and down stairs in and around the metro stations.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: This afternoon 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.

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro is conveniently located in the heart of the city, one block from the Rambla de Catalunya and 2 blocks from the Paseo de Gracia, with its Gaudi architecture and buildings. The metro "Diagonal" is 200 meters away, and there is a bus stop beside the hotel. The hotel is a modern building, situated on one of Barcelona's main thoroughfares. There are 84 comfortable bedrooms, over several floors.

Contact info:
Balmes 142,
Barcelona, 08008 Spain
phone: +34 93 415 90 90
web: http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com/en/home.jsp

Room amenities: All bedrooms include: Individual air-conditioning and heating Safe Fully equipped bathroom with hairdryer, telephone, focus mirror, marble finishes Minibar (for a charge) Room Service Direct dial telephone Satellite TV Free Wireless Internet connection Please note that room sizes in Spain tend to considerably smaller than in North America.

Facility amenities: The Catalonia Diagonal Centro, has a snack-bar, lobby bar, small reception area, 5 meeting rooms,and a seasonal roof top swimming pool and terrace.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 to inquire about rate and availability.


Day Five: Tuesday, September 23 - Discover Las Ramblas, the most famous street in b...
Note: Around 2 miles of walking and standing in Museums. Extensive use of metro each day. Note that many metro stops do not have elevators and participants will be required to climb up and down stairs in and around the metro stations.

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: On your own.

Afternoon: Independent exploration, or choose to stay around the Ramblas and explore the hidden treasures of Barcelona most famous street with your Group Leader. Consider visiting the MACBA (Contemporary Art Museum) or the Palau de la Musica 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.

Evening: Evening Folk Dancing Performance Esbart San Marti: after dinner 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: Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro is conveniently located in the heart of the city, one block from the Rambla de Catalunya and 2 blocks from the Paseo de Gracia, with its Gaudi architecture and buildings. The metro "Diagonal" is 200 meters away, and there is a bus stop beside the hotel. The hotel is a modern building, situated on one of Barcelona's main thoroughfares. There are 84 comfortable bedrooms, over several floors.

Contact info:
Balmes 142,
Barcelona, 08008 Spain
phone: +34 93 415 90 90
web: http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com/en/home.jsp

Room amenities: All bedrooms include: Individual air-conditioning and heating Safe Fully equipped bathroom with hairdryer, telephone, focus mirror, marble finishes Minibar (for a charge) Room Service Direct dial telephone Satellite TV Free Wireless Internet connection Please note that room sizes in Spain tend to considerably smaller than in North America.

Facility amenities: The Catalonia Diagonal Centro, has a snack-bar, lobby bar, small reception area, 5 meeting rooms,and a seasonal roof top swimming pool and terrace.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 to inquire about rate and availability.


Day Six: Wednesday, September 24 - Explore the artistic past of Barcelona.
Note: Around 2 miles of walking and standing in Museums. Extensive use of metro each day. Note that many metro stops do not have elevators and participants will be required to climb up and down stairs in and around the metro stations.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Attend a lecture by an art expert on contemporary Artists 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.

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro

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

Description: The hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro is conveniently located in the heart of the city, one block from the Rambla de Catalunya and 2 blocks from the Paseo de Gracia, with its Gaudi architecture and buildings. The metro "Diagonal" is 200 meters away, and there is a bus stop beside the hotel. The hotel is a modern building, situated on one of Barcelona's main thoroughfares. There are 84 comfortable bedrooms, over several floors.

Contact info:
Balmes 142,
Barcelona, 08008 Spain
phone: +34 93 415 90 90
web: http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com/en/home.jsp

Room amenities: All bedrooms include: Individual air-conditioning and heating Safe Fully equipped bathroom with hairdryer, telephone, focus mirror, marble finishes Minibar (for a charge) Room Service Direct dial telephone Satellite TV Free Wireless Internet connection Please note that room sizes in Spain tend to considerably smaller than in North America.

Facility amenities: The Catalonia Diagonal Centro, has a snack-bar, lobby bar, small reception area, 5 meeting rooms,and a seasonal roof top swimming pool and terrace.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 to inquire about rate and availability.


Day Seven: Thursday, September 25 - Explore the hidden treasure of Gothic Quarter.
Note: Around 2 miles of walking and standing in Museums. Extensive use of metro each day. Note that many metro stops do not have elevators and participants will be required to climb up and down stairs in and around the metro stations.

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. Your Group Leader will provide information and assistance.

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: Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro is conveniently located in the heart of the city, one block from the Rambla de Catalunya and 2 blocks from the Paseo de Gracia, with its Gaudi architecture and buildings. The metro "Diagonal" is 200 meters away, and there is a bus stop beside the hotel. The hotel is a modern building, situated on one of Barcelona's main thoroughfares. There are 84 comfortable bedrooms, over several floors.

Contact info:
Balmes 142,
Barcelona, 08008 Spain
phone: +34 93 415 90 90
web: http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com/en/home.jsp

Room amenities: All bedrooms include: Individual air-conditioning and heating Safe Fully equipped bathroom with hairdryer, telephone, focus mirror, marble finishes Minibar (for a charge) Room Service Direct dial telephone Satellite TV Free Wireless Internet connection Please note that room sizes in Spain tend to considerably smaller than in North America.

Facility amenities: The Catalonia Diagonal Centro, has a snack-bar, lobby bar, small reception area, 5 meeting rooms,and a seasonal roof top swimming pool and terrace.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 to inquire about rate and availability.


Day Eight: Friday, September 26 - Barcelona of the XXI century
Note: Around 2 miles of walking and standing in Museums. Extensive use of metro each day. Note that many metro stops do not have elevators and participants will be required to climb up and down stairs in and around the metro stations.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: 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.

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

Afternoon: This afternoon 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.

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

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Saturday, September 27 - 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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10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Performances

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