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17 Days | 16 Nights
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Itinerary for Jun 3 — Jun 19, 2015

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Day One: Wednesday, June 03 - Departure from the U.S.
Depart From: International flight to Madrid, Spain.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located on the Gran Via, just a short step from the Plaza Cibeles and the Puerta del Sol, in the heart of Madrid, the hotel was built in 1995, on the site of a late 19th century building, preserving the original neo-classical facade.

Contact info:
Gran Via, 9
Madrid, 28013 Spain
phone: +34 -91-531-2222
web: www.cataloniahoteles.com

Room amenities: Air conditioned rooms, en-suite bathrooms,hairdryer, laundry, room service, direct dialling, cable tv. Wi fi internet access at supplemental cost.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, elevators, coffee shop, and breakfast rooms, meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, June 04 - Arrival / Orientation
Note: Check in at the hotel is available from 2 PM.

Arrive To: Arrive in Madrid and transfer to the program hotel.

Afternoon: Check in at the hotel and take some time to unpack and to relax. Afterward, enjoy an introductory walk with your Group Leader around the area as you get your first taste of Spain's capital. Later in the afternoon, we will gather in the hotel conference room where the Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. In addition to the program theme and logistics, we will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that indicated times are approximate and that program activities and schedules could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Socialize and meet your fellow participants at the welcome dinner served at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Gran Vía

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located on the Gran Via, just a short step from the Plaza Cibeles and the Puerta del Sol, in the heart of Madrid, the hotel was built in 1995, on the site of a late 19th century building, preserving the original neo-classical facade.

Contact info:
Gran Via, 9
Madrid, 28013 Spain
phone: +34 -91-531-2222
web: www.cataloniahoteles.com

Room amenities: Air conditioned rooms, en-suite bathrooms,hairdryer, laundry, room service, direct dialling, cable tv. Wi fi internet access at supplemental cost.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, elevators, coffee shop, and breakfast rooms, meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, June 05 - Introduction to Spanish Painting / The Prado Muse...
Introduction to Spanish Painting / The Prado Museum / A Taste of Tapas

Note: Today's activities include walking up to two miles in Madrid. Please wear comfortable footwear.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will begin with a lecture titled, "The Golden Age: Great Masters of Spanish Painting" given by our expert professor at the hotel. Afterward, enjoy a guided panoramic drive of the major sites of Madrid.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Enjoy an expert-led field trip to the Prado Museum. This world-famous collection was assembled by the Hapsburg and Bourbon Spanish monarchs from the 16th to early 19th centuries. It has since been enhanced by works received from churches and convents, and by nine new galleries since 1950, including the Casón del Buen Retiro exhibition of 19th century art.

Dinner: Tapas style at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Gran Vía

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

Description: Located on the Gran Via, just a short step from the Plaza Cibeles and the Puerta del Sol, in the heart of Madrid, the hotel was built in 1995, on the site of a late 19th century building, preserving the original neo-classical facade.

Contact info:
Gran Via, 9
Madrid, 28013 Spain
phone: +34 -91-531-2222
web: www.cataloniahoteles.com

Room amenities: Air conditioned rooms, en-suite bathrooms,hairdryer, laundry, room service, direct dialling, cable tv. Wi fi internet access at supplemental cost.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, elevators, coffee shop, and breakfast rooms, meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, June 06 - The Royal Academy of Fine Art / El Escorial Monas...
Note: Today's activities include walking up to two miles. Please note that El Escorial Monastery and town have areas with many steps, cobblestones, and uneven surfaces, including some without hand rails.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will begin with a lecture titled, "The Lives, Works, and Styles of Great 17th Century Spanish Masters: Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Zurbarán, and Murillo." Afterward, join your lecturer for a guided visit to the Royal Academy of Fine Art.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: We will depart by coach for the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of El Escorial, the historical residence and burial place of Spanish monarchs. The church has a Greek-cross base and the chapel holds the funeral monuments of Charles V of Spain and Philip II. The library deserves special mention, with around 45,000 books dating back to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Gran Vía

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

Description: Located on the Gran Via, just a short step from the Plaza Cibeles and the Puerta del Sol, in the heart of Madrid, the hotel was built in 1995, on the site of a late 19th century building, preserving the original neo-classical facade.

Contact info:
Gran Via, 9
Madrid, 28013 Spain
phone: +34 -91-531-2222
web: www.cataloniahoteles.com

Room amenities: Air conditioned rooms, en-suite bathrooms,hairdryer, laundry, room service, direct dialling, cable tv. Wi fi internet access at supplemental cost.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, elevators, coffee shop, and breakfast rooms, meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Sunday, June 07 - San Antonio's Chapel / The Thyssen-Bornemisza Mus...
San Antonio's Chapel / The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum / The Royal Palace

Note: Today's activities include walking two miles.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will begin with a field trip to the Real Ermita de San Antonio de La Florida- Goya's final resting place. A hidden gem within the city, this church contains magnificent frescoes painted by Goya himself.

Lunch: In the Plaza de Oriente area, located near the Royal Palace. Your Group Leader will provide you with a lunch fund and direct you to the best tapas restaurants in the area.

Afternoon: We will continue on to the Royal Palace for a guided visit of the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. The largest palace in Europe by floor area, the interior is notable for its wealth of art and the use of many types of fine materials in the construction and the decoration of its rooms. These include paintings by Caravaggio, Velázquez and Goya, as well as frescoes by Corrado Giaquinto, Juan de Flandes, Tiepolo, and Mengs. Other collections of great historical and artistic importance preserved in the building include the Royal Armoury, Porcelain, Watches, Furniture, Silverware, and the world's only complete Stradivarius string quintet. Please note that the Royal Palace is occasionally subject to closure and therefore may be substituted for an alternate visit. Afterward, enjoy a guided field trip to the Thyssen museum with your Group Leader.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Gran Vía

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

Description: Located on the Gran Via, just a short step from the Plaza Cibeles and the Puerta del Sol, in the heart of Madrid, the hotel was built in 1995, on the site of a late 19th century building, preserving the original neo-classical facade.

Contact info:
Gran Via, 9
Madrid, 28013 Spain
phone: +34 -91-531-2222
web: www.cataloniahoteles.com

Room amenities: Air conditioned rooms, en-suite bathrooms,hairdryer, laundry, room service, direct dialling, cable tv. Wi fi internet access at supplemental cost.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, elevators, coffee shop, and breakfast rooms, meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Monday, June 08 - 20th Century Art / The Reina Sofía Museum
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will begin with a lecture titled, "The Abstract Generation: A Powerful Artistic Movement of the 1950s-1960s." Works by Tapies, Torner, Zobel, Chillida, Chirino, Oteiza, and Serrano will be reviewed.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: Enjoy an expert lecture at the hotel titled, "An Introduction to 20th Century Spanish Painting: Picasso and Guernica." We will then depart by coach for a visit to the Reina Sofia Museum- Madrid's contemporary Art Centre. The Reina Sofía is an amazing glass building with external transparent elevators. Its most famous piece is “Guernica," a large painting by Picasso, which depicts the widespread suffering during the Spanish Civil War.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Gran Vía

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Posada San Jose is a charming Posada inside an extremely well located 17th century refurbished building, in the heart of Cuenca’s old quarters. Double rooms with private facilities. Meals are served in the restaurant and in the lounge overlooking the Casas Colgadas’ canyon .

Contact info:
C. Julian Romero, 4
Cuenca, 16001 Spain
phone: +34 -969-211-300
web: www.posadasanjose.com

Facility amenities: Breakfast and restaurant room overlooking gorge of River Huecar.

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


Day Seven: Tuesday, June 09 - El Greco in Toledo / Arrival in Cuenca
Note: Please be prepared for many cobblestone streets, some steep slopes, and uneven surfaces without handrails in Toledo. Please note that upon arrival in Cuenca, the motorcoach is unable to reach the hotel in the historic old town. Luggage will be transferred to your hotel by van and you will be required to walk around 1/3 mile to reach the accommodation. There is no elevator in the Posada and rooms in the historic building are of many different shapes and sizes.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of the Madrid hotel and depart for Toledo. As you approach this historic World Heritage city, you will be treated to breathtaking panoramic views. On arrival, a local expert will lead a walk through the old walled city and discuss the melding of Christian, Jewish and Moorish cultures in this former capital of the Spanish Empire. El Greco spent the latter half of his life in this city and you will have the chance to view some of the artist's most well-known works at the cathedral, the Santo Tomé, El Greco's Museum, and the former "Sinagoga del Tránsito," which is now a museum.

Lunch: At a local restaurant later in the afternoon.

Afternoon: We will board the coach and continue on to Cuenca; your Group Leader will introduce you to this walled city during a panoramic drive overlooking the spectacular river gorges of the Júcar and Huecar rivers, as well as the famous 15th century "casas colgadas," or hanging houses. You will then check in at your hotel and have some time to settle in before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Posada San Jose

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Posada San Jose is a charming Posada inside an extremely well located 17th century refurbished building, in the heart of Cuenca’s old quarters. Double rooms with private facilities. Meals are served in the restaurant and in the lounge overlooking the Casas Colgadas’ canyon .

Contact info:
C. Julian Romero, 4
Cuenca, 16001 Spain
phone: +34 -969-211-300
web: www.posadasanjose.com

Facility amenities: Breakfast and restaurant room overlooking gorge of River Huecar.

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


Day Eight: Wednesday, June 10 - The History of Cuenca / The Museo Antonio Pérez /...
The History of Cuenca / The Museo Antonio Pérez / A Study of Abstract Art

Note: Please be prepared for many cobblestone streets, steep slopes, and uneven surfaces without hand rails all around the town of Cuenca during the walking visit.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy an expert-led walk around Cuenca's beautiful cobblestoned old town, including a guided visit to the cathedral and the Museo de Arte Abstracto, where you will examine one of the most extensive collections of abstract art in Spain, housed in one of the city's "casas colgadas." Discuss the "Generación Abstracta" movement and study works by artists such as Millares, Tàpies, Sempere, Torner, Rueda, Zóbel and Saura.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Join your Group Leader for a visit to the Museo Antonio Pérez, located in the old Convent of the Carmelitas Descalzas (the Barefoot Carmelites). In addition to the paintings, prints, and sculptures that Antonio Pérez collected, today the museum also contains works by many contemporary artists.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Posada San Jose

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel Silken Gran Teatro enjoys a privileged location near the river and five minutes walk from the historic city centre and its splendid cathedral. Behind the modern façade of this former theatre, guests will be agreeably surprised to find a contemporary interior, with 117 comfortable rooms inspired by the Grand Theatre that gave it its name. There is also a restaurant, café, private garage and excellent public rooms.

Contact info:
Avenida del Arlanzón, 8 b
Burgos, Spain
phone: +34 947 253900
web: /www.hoteles-silken.com/hotel-gran-teatro-burgos/en

Room amenities: Bedrooms are comfortable and restful ; decorated in warm tones and with very functional furniture, they have either a queen sized double bed or twin beds. All rooms are equipped for comfort, with feather duvet and cotton pillows. Amenties include a safe (free of charge), a minibar and large desk, individually adjustable central heating and air conditioning, wireless Internet connection, 26" LCD flat screen TV with Digital Satelite channels & a range of international channels. Avant-garde full bathroom with adjustable shower head, hairdryer and full wash-kit amenities

Facility amenities: Restaurant, café and large public areas

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, June 11 - Burgos
Note: Today's activities include walking up to two miles.

Breakfast: Due to the early departure, you will be provided with a boxed breakfast.

Morning: We will travel north to Burgos, former captial of the unified kingdom of Castille and Leon, and home to the impressive World Heritage-classed Gothic cathedral.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Enjoy an expert-led sightseeing walk of the old quarters of Burgos and the Gothic cathedral.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Silken Gran Teatro

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel takes its name from the traditional district of Indautxu in the heart of the city’s commercial and financial area and only ten minutes on foot from the Guggenheim Museum, the Fine Arts Museum and the old quarters of the city. The building that houses the Hotel Indautxu, with its fine exterior in the Bilbaino style and totally renovated interior, is just one example of the blending of the traditional with the modern that so well defines the spirit of this special city.

Contact info:
Plaza Bombero Etxaniz s/n,
Bilbao, 48010 Spain
phone: +34 944 211 198
web: www.hoteles-silken.com/hotel-indautxu-bilbao/en

Room amenities: All rooms have 26" plasma TV, Wifi, individually controlled air conditioning and central heating, minibar, free safe, satellite channels, video service and room service. The marble bathrooms have a magnifying mirror, adjustable shower, professional hairdryer and complete bathroom amenities kit.

Facility amenities: Bedrooms are bright and comfortable. All rooms have 26" plasma TV, Wifi, individually controlled air conditioning and central heating, minibar, free safe, satellite channels, video service and room service. The marble bathrooms have a magnifying mirror, adjustable shower, professional hairdryer and complete bathroom amenities kit. Additionally, the hotel has a restaurant, bar and cafeteria.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Friday, June 12 - Coach Transfer to Bilbao / Guggenheim Museum
Note: Today's activities include walking up to two miles.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will board the coach for the transfer from Burgos to Bilbao.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine. Your Group Leader will be able to provide suggestions.

Afternoon: We will join an expert local guide on a visit to Bilbao's historic old town, before heading to the Guggenheim to enjoy a field trip of Bilbao's spectacular museum, designed by renowned contemporary architect, Frank Gehry. Afterward, we will check in at the hotel.

Dinner: At or near the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Silken Indautxu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel takes its name from the traditional district of Indautxu in the heart of the city’s commercial and financial area and only ten minutes on foot from the Guggenheim Museum, the Fine Arts Museum and the old quarters of the city. The building that houses the Hotel Indautxu, with its fine exterior in the Bilbaino style and totally renovated interior, is just one example of the blending of the traditional with the modern that so well defines the spirit of this special city.

Contact info:
Plaza Bombero Etxaniz s/n,
Bilbao, 48010 Spain
phone: +34 944 211 198
web: www.hoteles-silken.com/hotel-indautxu-bilbao/en

Room amenities: All rooms have 26" plasma TV, Wifi, individually controlled air conditioning and central heating, minibar, free safe, satellite channels, video service and room service. The marble bathrooms have a magnifying mirror, adjustable shower, professional hairdryer and complete bathroom amenities kit.

Facility amenities: Bedrooms are bright and comfortable. All rooms have 26" plasma TV, Wifi, individually controlled air conditioning and central heating, minibar, free safe, satellite channels, video service and room service. The marble bathrooms have a magnifying mirror, adjustable shower, professional hairdryer and complete bathroom amenities kit. Additionally, the hotel has a restaurant, bar and cafeteria.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Saturday, June 13 - Chillida Museum / San Sebastian
Note: Today's activities include walking up to two miles.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will travel to the Chillida-Lantoki, a unique museum which celebrates the fusion of art and industry. The museum focuses on the relation between the Basque modernist sculptor Eduardo Chillida and the industrial environment. This former paperworks in Legazpi is the space that houses this museum and here we can take a trip around Chillida’s creative universe through photos, video, projections and interactive resources.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a walking exploration of the elegant coastal town of San Sebastian. We will visit the old quarters before returning by coach to Bilbao through the Basque countryside.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Silken Indautxu

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

Description: Located in a fully restored historical building, in a central position just two blocks from "La Pedrera" ( Gaudi - Casa Mila) and four blocks from Plaza Catalunya.

Contact info:
Roger de Lluria, 60
Barcelona, 08009 Spain
phone: +34 93 272 00 50
Room amenities: Private facilities, hair dryer, in room a/c & heating, tel., Satellite TV, Minibar, Safe deposit box. Wi-fi

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Lounge and a spacious Lobby, lift to all floors. Internet and wi-fi in public areas

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Twelve: Sunday, June 14 - Barcelona via La Rioja Region
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will depart the Bilbao hotel and head to La Rioja region. Enjoy a visit to a winery (bodega) and sample some of the world-famous wines. Afterward, we will depart for El Ciego.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will depart for Barcelona (six and a half hour ride).

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864

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

Description: Located in a fully restored historical building, in a central position just two blocks from "La Pedrera" ( Gaudi - Casa Mila) and four blocks from Plaza Catalunya.

Contact info:
Roger de Lluria, 60
Barcelona, 08009 Spain
phone: +34 93 272 00 50
Room amenities: Private facilities, hair dryer, in room a/c & heating, tel., Satellite TV, Minibar, Safe deposit box. Wi-fi

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Lounge and a spacious Lobby, lift to all floors. Internet and wi-fi in public areas

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Monday, June 15 - Barcelona / Modernist Movement / La Sagrada Famil...
Barcelona / Modernist Movement / La Sagrada Familia / Gaudí's Parc Güell

Note: Please be prepared for steps and uneven surfaces in Parc Güell and at the Sagrada Familia church.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy some free time this morning or choose to join your Group Leader on an orientation walk around the hotel area. Later, our local Catalan expert will give a lecture titled, "The Modernist Movement and the Concept of Total Art."

Lunch: At or near the hotel.

Afternoon: Enjoy a panoramic tour of Barcelona, which will include many of the city center neighborhoods influenced by modernist artists, as well as a guided visit to Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece- La Sagrada Familia. The visit will end with a study of Parc Güell, Antoni Gaudí's residential project based on the English Garden City Movement and completed in 1914. Afterward, learn all about life today in Spain through a Question and Answer Session with local professionals.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864

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

Description: Located in a fully restored historical building, in a central position just two blocks from "La Pedrera" ( Gaudi - Casa Mila) and four blocks from Plaza Catalunya.

Contact info:
Roger de Lluria, 60
Barcelona, 08009 Spain
phone: +34 93 272 00 50
Room amenities: Private facilities, hair dryer, in room a/c & heating, tel., Satellite TV, Minibar, Safe deposit box. Wi-fi

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Lounge and a spacious Lobby, lift to all floors. Internet and wi-fi in public areas

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Fourteen: Tuesday, June 16 - Joan Miró
Note: Today's activities include walking up to two miles over cobblestones and uneven surfaces, as well as use of the Metro system. Many metro stations do not have elevators and participants will be required to climb some stairs.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will begin with a lecture titled, "20th Century Catalonian Artists: Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudí.” Afterward, we will board the coach for a field trip to the Joan Miró Foundation, Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art, which displays over 14,000 works, including a large collection by Miró.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: A local expert will present a walking exploration of Barcelona's Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter).

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: We will transfer to a local community center for a private performance titled, "Introduction to Catalunya Music and Dances," by a school dedicated to preservng Catalan traditions.

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864

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

Description: Located in a fully restored historical building, in a central position just two blocks from "La Pedrera" ( Gaudi - Casa Mila) and four blocks from Plaza Catalunya.

Contact info:
Roger de Lluria, 60
Barcelona, 08009 Spain
phone: +34 93 272 00 50
Room amenities: Private facilities, hair dryer, in room a/c & heating, tel., Satellite TV, Minibar, Safe deposit box. Wi-fi

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Lounge and a spacious Lobby, lift to all floors. Internet and wi-fi in public areas

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Fifteen: Wednesday, June 17 - Dalí in Figueres and Púbol: Dalí Theatre-Museum a...
Note: Please be prepared for steps without handrails and uneven surfaces around the Museums of Figueres and Púbol.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will depart Barcelona for a full-day field trip to Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dalí. Upon arrival, you will explore the Dalí Theatre-Museum, the world's largest surrealist art object. Built upon the remains of the former Figueres theatre, the museum collection spans over the artist's entire career.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will arrive at the Gala Dalí Castle Museum-House for a private guided exploration. Dalí dedicated himself to furnishing and decorating this medieval castle as a retreat for his wife and muse, Gala. The castle collection includes paintings and drawings that Dalí gave as presents to Gala, as well as the elephant sculptures that adorn the garden, a collection of Gala's haute-couture dresses, and the furniture and many objects with which they decorated the house. We will return to Barcelona in the early evening.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864

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

Description: Located in a fully restored historical building, in a central position just two blocks from "La Pedrera" ( Gaudi - Casa Mila) and four blocks from Plaza Catalunya.

Contact info:
Roger de Lluria, 60
Barcelona, 08009 Spain
phone: +34 93 272 00 50
Room amenities: Private facilities, hair dryer, in room a/c & heating, tel., Satellite TV, Minibar, Safe deposit box. Wi-fi

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Lounge and a spacious Lobby, lift to all floors. Internet and wi-fi in public areas

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Sixteen: Thursday, June 18 - Pablo Picasso's Years in Barcelona
Note: Today's activities include walking up to two miles over cobblestones and uneven surfaces, as well as use of the Metro system. Many metro stations do not have elevators and participants will be required to climb some stairs.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy the final lecture focusing on the works of Picasso before we head to the Picasso Museum for a guided visit of his works.

Lunch: At a local tapas restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore Barcelona on your own and to pack.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Friday, June 19 - Departure from Barcelona
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel. (if your flight time allows)

Morning: Transfer to the airport for return flights to the U.S. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
15 nights of accommodations
39 meals: 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
28 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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