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Program #7149RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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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 Jun 19 — Jun 27, 2015

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Day One: Friday, June 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: 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, June 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 2:00PM. After check in there will be an optional group orientation walk of the area with your Group Leader as you get your first taste of the city of Barcelona.

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 at a local restaurant. Have 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: 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, June 21 - "Museo de Historia de Catalunya" / Barcelona Orie...
"Museo de Historia 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: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by public bus 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." Afterwards enjoy some free time to visit the Museum on your own.

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. Afterwards enjoy a guided visit to the Park Guell.

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 local 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: 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, June 22 - Casa Mila "La Pedrera" & 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: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning transfer by public bus or metro to La Sagrada Familia and enjoy an expert-led lecture on the "Sagrada Family" Temple 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 or the newly renovated Casa Lleo i Morera.

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 on your own 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: 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, June 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: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Ramblas via Public Bus. Join your Group Leader for a 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 on your own.

Afternoon: Independent exploration: Choose to stay around the Ramblas and explore with your Group Leader the hidden treasures of Barcelona most famous street or consider visiting the MACBA (Contemporary Art Museum) or Palau de la Música on your own. Your Group Leader will provide information and assistance.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local cuisine

Evening: Evening Folk Dancing Performance Esbart San Marti: After dinner transfer by coach 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: 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, June 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: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Attend a lecture at the hotel by an art expert on contemporary artists from Spain: Picasso, Dali and Miro who contributed to the richness of Barcelona's history and culture. Afterwards transfer by public transport to the Picasso Museum. Here learn more about Picasso as you take a firsthand look at of some of the artist's masterpieces during a guided visit to the Museum.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant with the group.

Afternoon: Join your Group Leader for discovery of El Born Quarter - a lively area with its Artists,cafes and craft. Alternatively, choose to visit one of the city´s many museums on your own. Your Group Leader will offer 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, 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: 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, June 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: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by local bus or metro for a walking exploration of 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. Perhaps choose to visit the Miró foundation on your own. Alternatively join your Group Leader for a visit to the grandiose Plaza Espanya and the Montjuic area.

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: 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, June 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: Buffet at the hotel.

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: Discover new places and sites in Barcelona on your own. 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, June 27 - Departure
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

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

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