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10 Days | 9 Nights
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
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Start of Program
Apr 26, 2014
This program begins in the early evening with orientation at your program hotel in Barcelona.
You will be staying at the Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro that night.
Location: Barcelona
Nearest airport: Barcelona City Airport
Transportation to site: For people who are unable to take the group transfer the day of arrival: the best way to get from the airport to the hotel in Barcelona is to take a taxi. A taxi will cost you between 35 and 40 Euros to the hotel.

End of Program
May 4, 2014
This program ends after breakfast at your program hotel in Madrid.
You will be staying at the Innside Madrid Genova the night before.
Location: Madrid
Nearest city or town: Pozuelo de Alarcon, 9.8 km / 6.1 miles
Nearest airport: Madrid-Barajas Airport
Transportation to site: For people who are unable to take the group transfer the day of departure: the best way to get from the hotel to the airport in Madrid is to take a taxi. A taxi will cost you between 30 and 35 Euros to the airport.
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.

Type: Hotel

Description: The Innside Madrid Genova, is one of a new brand of hotels belonging to the prestigious Melia chain of hotels. The hotel combines the modern facilities of a contemporary boutique hotel, with the classic features of a traditional Madrid-style building. Located in the heart of the city's bustling Fuencarral area, and close to the exclusive Barrio Salamanca, the hotel is an ideal base from which to explore all areas of the city. The metro station "Alonso Martinez" is located beside the hotel. Note that there are a number of steps up to the reception from the hotel entrance. However, there is a small disabled-access elevator which guests may use as necessary.

Contact info:
Plaza Alonso Martinez 3
Madrid, 28004 Spain
phone: +34 91 2062160
web: www.melia.com/hotels/spain/madrid/innside-madrid-genova/index.html

Room amenities: 65 bright and modern rooms, all elegantly decorated in a modern contemporary style. Each room is equipped with a comfortable king size bed or two single beds and decorated in superior quality fabrics, the rooms also have pillow menu, 37 inch LCD TV, individually controlled air conditioning / heating, functional work space with WiFi internet and socket for laptop, iPod dock and cordless telephone, safe, minibar and modern and comfortable bathroom (with shower) with a complete set of INNSIDE amenities.

Facility amenities: SERVICES 24 hour reception and concierge Room service 24 hour wake-up calls Free high speed WiFi internet Business Centre with computer and photocopier (*) Laundry and ironing service (*) Medical services at the hotel (on request) (*) Currency exchange (*) Air conditioning Music Multi-lingual staff Humidifier FACILITIES The Library Cocktail Lounge The Deck Breakfast room 1 meeting room 2 magnificent terraces with views over the city Fully equipped gym (*) for a charge

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

Bathroom: No bath tubs - showers only.

Elevator: Yes

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

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8 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
1 Performances


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