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Program #7149RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
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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.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Carole from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/20/15 - 02/28/15
The trip was very informative and well planned. I enjoyed learning so much Spanish history and discovering the genius of Gaudi. Because this was an independent tour, there was a lot of opportunity to explore the city and get more exercise than the 2+ miles described in the tour materials.

Elaine from Stow, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/20/15 - 02/28/15
What a wonderful week in Barcelona! Beautiful city, great food, and friendly people!

Dawn from Lynnwood, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/20/15 - 02/28/15
This was a wonderful experience and my first time to Europe. The highlights for me were Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia. You must also see La Pedrera and make time for shopping in the Gothic quarter as well as Born (near the Picasso museum).

Nancy from Wooster, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/20/15 - 02/28/15
Great week!

Maxine from San Mateo, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 11/07/14 - 11/15/14
The educational component was a high-point of the trip. It truly was value-added to what I would have done as an independent traveler. I appreciate the planning of the key activities that includes the primary Barcelona icons & history and the background logistical support that keeps everything moving smoothly.

Sylvia from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 11/28/14 - 12/06/14
Barcelona is a lovely place with art and architectural delights everywhere and nearby. Our instructor and group leader were very knowledgeable. They made sure we visited all the major sights and were always available to help us plan visits on our own. I enjoyed every minute.

Kathleen from Oakland, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/28/14 - 12/06/14
Barcelona is a fantastic city to visit and our group leader and instructor helped make it an all-around fun and educational experience.

Ilene from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/28/14 - 12/06/14
RS did it again! Wonderful trip. Just the right mix of accompanied activities and time to explore on one's own. Guide and coordinator were excellent. Very knowledgeable, and available when needed. Restaurants and hotel excellent for the price. I've become an RS devotee.

Toni from Glenside, PA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/03/14 - 10/11/14
Wow! This was our first RS Independent City program, and we just loved it!! In fact, I am now looking at other RS Indepent programs. The city of Barceloa is spectacular! So easy to explore on one's own. The lectures and excursions were excellent, enriching our experience in every way.. AND...we loved having the free time that the program features, and we being flexible about meals, both the timing and content. The group activities and meals were great too!

Marvin from Cranford, NJ Number of programs attended: 27
Date attended: 10/14/14 - 10/22/14
marvin from New Jersey: I enjoyed the October 14-22 Independent Barcelona program 7149. It was intense, well organized and comprehensive The Guide, Lisa Forner and her colleagues, were most knowledgable and answered all questions. Miz Forner was particularly helpful to me on issues I had. Wonderful trip to a remarkable city.

Virginia from Delmar, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/14/14 - 10/22/14
Barcelona is indeed a great city and this program covered a lot of the highlights while also allowing participants substantial time to explore on their own. The Metro is easy to use, the hotel very well located, and our on-site coordinator, Luisa, couldn't have been more helpful--as were the tours and lectures by Sylvia and Andre. Highly recommended to those seeking a fair degree of independence and game for quite a bit of walking.

Sara from Ambler, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/14/14 - 10/22/14
Barcelona is a great city; folks attending 'independent barcelona' must truly be ready for independence as there are many afternoons and evenings to plan and explore on one's own. this was fine for us, but for those expecting or need more structure, think again. if curious and able, there are a myriad of concerts, museums, and even other nearby cities to explore, which we did by train, all accessible and manageable. great trip!

Marian from Lincoln, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/03/14 - 10/11/14
Very organized and informative program about Modernism and Barcelona. The independent portion of the program in the afternoon allows for the traveler to feel like they have some space, yet have the comradery of other travelers.

Lucie from Lakeville, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/03/14 - 10/11/14
Well run, informative programs with like minded people who are curious about the world.

Martha from Whiting, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/19/14 - 09/27/14
Really enjoyed this tour. Barcelona is a beautiful city that is easy to get around on your own for the independent portion of this tour. The food was fabulous and the people seemed friendly.

Mary Ellena from Lexington, VA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/19/14 - 09/27/14
What a marvelous way to see a vibrant and fascinating city. There is just the right mix of group education and independent exploration.

Martha from Lunenburg, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/06/14 - 06/14/14
I had always avoided tours, but this looked atypical and intriguing. Am so glad I decided to give Road Scholar a try. The small group and built in free time made for a most enjoyable experience. That plus the organization, knowledge and warmth of Louisa, our tour guide! Also adding immeasurably to the trip was our resident expert, Sylvia - her lectures and guided tours were both informative and fun. This was a mix of leisure time in a great city, with laughs and learning. I highly recommend it.

Alexandra from Framingham, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/06/14 - 06/14/14
Barcelona is one of the most interesting and beautiful cities I have ever visited. The Indpendent Art and Architecture tour is the perfect way to experience all that Barcelona has to offer!

Geraldine from Sebastian, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/06/14 - 06/14/14
The Barcelona Program was my first Road Scholar trip and it was fantastic! I would heartily recommend it to anyone thinking of this program. The guide, Luisa, and instructor, Sylvia, made the history, art and architecture and the people of Barcelona come alive for me.

Claudia from Dearborn, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/06/14 - 06/14/14
Independent Barcelona offers amazing visits to art and architectural offerings and a highly educated guide to interesting backfround information. This trip with a smaller group and more time for independent activities provided a perfect balance for an enjoyable trip.

Karen from Saint Albans, VT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/04/14 - 04/12/14
04/04/14 - 04/12/14 The tour was my first trip abroad and my first trip with Road Scholar. Barcelona was beautiful. The weather was fantastic. I learned so much about so many things, history, the arts, politics. It would be hard to pinpoint one thing as the best. Our guide, Lucy was wonderful. The instructors, Silvia and Oriel were well informed and great lecturer, never boring! I am definitely sold on the Road Scholar Independent City tours -- the mix of guided and free time really worked for me.

Philip from Decatur, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/04/14 - 04/12/14
The tour was great to way to experience the glitz and style of contemporary Barcelona while learning about historical forces and figures that have had a huge impact on modern world culture.

Alice from Decatur, GA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/04/14 - 04/12/14
This program was a comprehensive experience of Barcelona. The amount of time needed to cover sites, museums, plus personal walk-a-around was good. The hotel was in a fabulous location, with easy access to metro and buses, and famous Gaudi buildings. The hotel breakfast was outstanding every day and our room was comfortable and clean. The program content was well-organized, thorough, and well presented. Lectures were well done, interesting and informative. Good pace of activities, too! Enjoyed fellow Road Scholars. We were all well taken care of by our Program Leader - all very professional. Top marks for this program and its staff.

Anne from Head Of St Margarets Bay, NS Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/28/14 - 04/05/14
This was my second independent Road Scholar trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had visited Barcelona before but this time I learned much more about Catalonia and Catalonian nationalism, Gaudi, Miro and Picasso. It was a great mix of organized lectures and tours and free time to explore on your own. Luisa and Silvia are great leaders. The hotel was clean, comfortable and centrally located. As a solo woman traveller, I felt comfortable, safe an welcomed. The other group members were a treat to meet and to spend time with. I could not have enjoyed myself more.... well, perhaps, a liittle less rain would have been nice!

Davey Ann from Milwaukee, WI Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 03/28/14 - 04/05/14
If you are a woman some what hesitant to travel alone, but love architecture, art and history and seek independent time for discovery- put your fears aside and join the independent Barcelona program.

Sharon from Naples, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/27/13 - 10/05/13
This was my first experience with Road Scholar and it was delightful. Every aspect of the visit to Barcelona was top notch...tour leader, special guided tours, hotel,food and especially the other participants. I'm sure the other participants will concur...a great time was had by all! I fell in love with Barcelona, due in great part to our wonderful leader Amaia. She was delightful and very knowledgeable. I can't wait to return. My only complaint is about the travel service. We did not have enough time between flights from JFK to Paris. My friend and I barely made our flight but my luggage did not! In the future, I suggest the travel agents allow at least two hours between flights when there is a change in terminal. If that is not possible, then an overnight in the departure city should be suggested.

Mary from Columbia, MO Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/27/13 - 10/05/13
Barcelona is the most beautiful city...Our trip was enhanced by the lovely, boutique hotel as well as it's location.....I didn't want to leave. Road Scholar left no stone unturned to make it one of the best RS programs I have been on.

Maureen from East Hampton, NY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/06/13 - 09/14/13
A perfect combination of good company, guided excursions, and independent free time. Luisa, our group leader, and Sylvia, our instructor, were wonderful and greatly enhanced our experience. Looking forward to another Independent City trip!

Borden from West Hartford, CT Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 04/12/13 - 04/20/13
Ann from CT The lectures and field trips prepared us well for exploring the city on our own. Luisa, our leader, and Sylvia, our instructor, were both excellent. Hotel was conveniently located.

Natalie from Gilbert, AZ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/12/13 - 04/20/13
We couldn't have had a better time: great program and people, leaders and attendees. Barcelona was the star, of course, and we'll be returning. Bad knees slowed us down but couldn't spoil our experience.

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