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The Best of Spain: Barcelona and Madrid

Program Number: 21336RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/19/2014 - 9/28/2014; 10/17/2014 - 10/26/2014; 11/14/2014 - 11/23/2014; 2/13/2015 - 2/22/2015; 3/20/2015 - 3/29/2015; 4/10/2015 - 4/19/2015; 4/17/2015 - 4/26/2015; 5/1/2015 - 5/10/2015; 5/22/2015 - 5/31/2015; 6/12/2015 - 6/21/2015; 9/11/2015 - 9/20/2015; 9/18/2015 - 9/27/2015; 9/25/2015 - 10/4/2015; 10/16/2015 - 10/25/2015; 11/13/2015 - 11/22/2015;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Spain
Price starting at: $2,249.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 15; 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Gaudi and Picasso. Paella and tapas. Mediterranean chic and capital-city grandeur. There are no other cities in the world like Barcelona and Madrid. Join us to learn about what’s new in these two dynamic cities and reflect on what’s been around since antiquity, from fanciful architecture to wind-swept Roman ruins. With special insight from our local experts and plenty of time to discover on your own, you’ll get the most of these two bold European cities.




Highlights

• Learn about the incredible fairytale-like curved roofs and bright colors of one of the world's most intriguing parks and heritage sites: Parc Guëll.
• Attend expert-led lectures and gain insight into Spain's fascinating historical and artistic roots.
• Experience the vibrant night life of these two pulsing cities, and taste some of the most celebrated cuisine in the world.



This program is designed to be taken back to back with 20983 - The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Barcelona, 4 nights; high-speed train to Madrid, 4 nights; departure.



Overnight from the U.S.
1 night
Arrival Barcelona
4 nights

Enjoy your first foray into Spanish culture on a walk through the bustling Ramblas to see the Boqueria market which dates from 1217 and is the gastronomic hub of Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine. Learn about the avant-garde architect who is synonymous with Barcelona, Antoni Gaudi. Discover his modernist apartment building “La Pedrera,” visit his unfinished masterpiece La Sagrada Famila, and view his equally exotic Parque Guell. At la Plaza de la Catedral, learn about the traditional Sunday morning folkloric “Sardana” dancing. Journey to Montserrat, the spiritual center of Catalonia, set in the mountains and perched on rocky slopes. Visit the Benedictine Abbey there, home to the 12th-century Romanesque carving of the Our Lady of Montserrat. Delight in one of the most extensive collections of Picasso's work to be found in the world at the Picasso Museum. Get an insider's perspective on Catalan culture and the question of independence. End your adventure in Barcelona with a traditional Mediterranean paella.



High-speed train to Madrid
4 nights
Departure

Journey to Madrid on the high speed AVE train. Enjoy a walking field trip of downtown Madrid with your Study Leader as the streets come to life in the early evening. Get a local’s perspective on the historic bustling streets of la Calle Mayor and La Gran Via. Journey to the historical town of Segovia in the Castile region, a UNESCO site boasting a wealth of monuments that span the centuries, including a well-preserved Roman aqueduct and the renowned Alcazar. Enjoy privileged access to the magnificent Royal Palace, the official residence of the Spanish royal family. Join your Study leader at a traditional “tablao” to learn about the sights and sounds of a typical evening of Spanish folklore, music and dance. Visit Retiro Park, 450 acres of landscaped gardens, sculptures, monuments and a lake. Continue to Madrid's “Triangle of Art,” the must-see museums of El Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza. There’s plenty of time on your own, so you can choose to visit Velazquez and Goya at El Prado, Picasso's “Guernica” at the Reina Sofia — or both.




Spain

With the ascension of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile, the Kingdom of Spain took on a shape similar to today’s nation. Ruling a culture born of Roman, Visigoth and Moorish invasions, Spain’s Catholic monarchy threw open the door to the Age of Discovery at the turn of the 16th century, importing goods and ideas from around the world while exporting their cultural fusion throughout the first empire on which the sun never set.



Accommodations
Barcelona: Centrally located four-star hotel in a fully restored historical building. Madrid: Hotel in in the very heart of Madrid, just a few steps away from Plaza de Cibeles and very close to the Prado Museum.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Cecilia Ceriani

Cecilia Ceriani has been an art teacher and critic for nearly three decades. She holds degrees in art history and English philology from the Complutense University of Madrid. Cecilia spent four years in South America as an art critic and book reviewer for newspapers in Montevideo and Buenos Aires before returning to her native Spain in 1986. Since then she has been lecturing on Road Scholar programs and at the U.S. Cultural Center in Madrid and writing for respected Spanish publications.
 
Silvia Riera

Silvia Riera was born and raised in Barcelona, where she developed her passion for arts and the Catalan culture. In addition to Spanish and her native tongue, Catalan, Silvia is fluent in French, Italian, English and Portuguese. Silvia has lectured about modernism and Gaudi since 1988. Beyond arts, Silvia is — like most Barcelonians — a big fan of FC Barcelona, the world-renowned soccer team.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864
  Barcelona, Spain 4 nights
   Innside Madrid Genova
  Madrid, Spain 4 nights
 Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 Innside Madrid Genova
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: http://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 allowed: No
  Bathroom: No bath tubs - showers only.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBC Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 to inquire about rate and availability.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program commences on Day 2 in the early evening with Orientation at the program hotel in Barcelona. You will be staying at Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864 that night.
  End of Program:
The program concludes on Day 10 with breakfast at the program hotel in Madrid. You will be staying at Innside Madrid Genova the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. NA
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Inter-City Trains and buses to/from Barcelona are available to/from most Spanish and other European cities.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Barcelona
  Nearest airport:  Barcelona City Airport
  Transportation to site: Taxis are available outside the arrival area. Please follow airport signs to the taxi stand. A taxi ride will cost about 35-40 Euros to the hotel. If luggage assistance is offered a tip is appreciated. You can also pre-book your airport transfer through 24transfers at: http://www.24transfers.com/
  From End of Program
  Location:  Madrid
  Nearest city or town:  Pozuelo de Alarcon, 9.8 km / 6.1 miles
  Nearest airport:  Madrid-Barajas Airport
  Transportation from site: Taxis can be taken from the hotel to the airport for 30-35 Euros. If luggage assistance is offered a tip is appreciated. You can also pre-book your airport transfer through 24transfers at: http://www.24transfers.com/
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: In Transit to Program
(Friday, September 19)
   
 Depart From: Flights to Barcelona, Spain.

Day 2: Arrival in Barcelona / Hotel Check-in / Orientation / Welcome Dinner
(Saturday, September 20)

Note: After completing airport arrival procedures, transfer to the hotel. Check-in is available from 2:00 p.m.



   
 Arrive To: Barcelona, Spain.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like.
 Afternoon: At leisure. Take this opportunity to freshen up and relax in your room or start becoming familiar with the neighborhood on an optional walk with your Group Leader.

Orientation: 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 such as weather, traffic conditions, etc. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

During free time, the Group Leader will often be available for informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with any associated costs on your own, or may explore independently.

In Barcelona, each participant will receive a T10 public transport pass that provides 10 bus or metro journeys in the city on any day of the program.
 Dinner: Continue getting to know your fellow participants during our welcome dinner at a local restaurant as you enjoy a three-course meal with choice of entrée plus a complimentary glass of wine and mineral water; other beverages available for purchase.
 Evening: At leisure. Settle in and get a good night's rest for the full day tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Introduction to Spanish Art / Barcelona Field Trip / Gothic Quarter / La Sagrada Famila / Parque Guell / Montjuic
(Sunday, September 21)

Note: Transportation via Metro, which does not have escalators or elevators at most stations and requires climbing up and down flights of stairs; walking up to 2-3 miles including cobblestone streets.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast with hot and cold options plus juice, cofee, tea.
 Morning: We begin the day with a presentation on Spanish art. Compare and contrast Modernist Catalan art, architecture, and culture of Barcelona represented by Gaudi, Miro, Tapies, and Dali with more traditional aspects of art and life we will see later in Madrid.

Next, we take the Metro to the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic) and Plaza de la Catedral
 Lunch: At a local restaurant, enjoy a characteristic lunch of "tapas" -- appetizer-sized servings of many different kinds of tasty local cuisine.
 Afternoon: This afternoon’s field trip introduces some of Barcelona’s most notable architectural icons. Foremost is Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece, the gigantic basilica known as La Sagrada Familia (the sacred family) that began construction in 1882 and continues to this day. It has become the symbol of the city. We will also explore Parc Guell, another Gaudí’ creation with fantastical structures and designs. At Montjuïc Park, we have a spectacular view over the city.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Monastery and Museum of Montserrat / Free Afternoon
(Monday, September 22)

Note: Transportation via Metro, which does not have escalators or elevators at most stations; climbing up and down flights of stairs; walking up to 2-3 miles including cobblestone streets, steps, and slopes in and around the monastery.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: The mountain of Montserrat has long cast a mystical spell with a spiritual heritage pre-dating Christianity. An ancient hermitage on this spot grew to became an independent abbey in 1409. The buildings and contents were destroyed by Napoleon’s troops in 1811 and reconstructed many years later. Gothic and Renaissance architecture of the basilica contrasts with architectonic spaces created for the Museum of Montserrat by modernist architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Among the abbey’s notable achievements are one of the world’s oldest printing presses and more recently a translation of the Bible from original Middle Eastern languages into Catalan. During an expert-led exploration, see treasures of history and culture from ancient Egypt to works by Caravaggio, El Greco, Dali, Picasso, Tapies, and many others. But the most precious object is the 12th Century carving of a Black Madonna, Our Lady of Montserrat, patron saint of Catalonia.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions to use your T10 card for public transport.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Gaudi’s La Pedrera and the Picasso Museum
(Tuesday, September 23)

Note: Transportation via Metro, which does not have escalators or elevators at most stations and requires climbing up and down flights of stairs; walking up to 2-3 miles including cobblestone streets.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: With our Group Leader, we take a walking field trip to yet another of Gaudí’s creations, Casa Milà, popularly known as “La Pedrera” (the quarry) for its Modernist façade. We continue along the broad avenue Passeig de Gràcia, reputed to be the most expensive street in Spain. Among the highlights are Gaudí's extraordinary Casa Batlló, and the newly refurbished, highly ornamented Casa Lleo Morera by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the most significant Catalan architect after Gaudí'.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: Led by a local expert, we take public transport for this afternoon’s field trip to the Picasso Museum for an on-site presentation followed by time to explore on your own. The Museu Picasso is a key reference for understanding the artist’s formative years with more than 4,000 works in the permanent collection spanning his early work through the Blue Period and a large collection of prints.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant, enjoy a three-course meal with a choice of entrée plus a complimentary glass of wine and mineral water; additional beverages available for purchase.
 Evening: Local experts join us this evening to provide perspectives of insiders on Catalan culture, the question of independence, and more plus Q&A.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Transfer to Madrid via High Speed AVE Train / Hotel Check-in
(Wednesday, September 24)

Note: Participants will need to handle their own luggage on and off the train as there is no porterage available at the station.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we take our motorcoach to the train station and board the “Alta Velocidad Española.” The AVE is Europe's longest high speed rail network that can reach 190mph. The trip of 386 miles to Madrid takes only about 2-1/2 hours! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
 Lunch: On your own onboard the train to enjoy what you like.
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in is available from 2:00 p.m. Settle in, fresh up, and relax before dinner.
 Dinner: Enjoy a traditional Madrid-style dinner at a local restaurant -- a three-course meal plus a complimentary glass of wine and mineral water.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Innside Madrid Genova
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Highlights of Madrid and Segovia
(Thursday, September 25)

Note: Today there will be some walking involved in cobble stone streets and going up and down steps without railings. Please wear comfortable shoes.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: With a local expert, we see some of the most important highlights of historical Madrid via motorcoach. Calle Mayor -- “main street” -- dates back to 1580, though the oldest remaining buildings are from the late 1700s. La Gran Via is a bustling thoroughfare marked by many grand “edificios” that make it a a showcase of early 20th century architecture. The Plaza de Cibeles, perhaps the most beautiful of Madrid’s grand squares, is named for the Roman goddess of nature. Plaza de Colón honors Christopher Columbus. The emblematic Puerta de Alcalá, once the ceremonial gateway to the city, now stands in the Plaza de la Independencia. La Puerta del Sol (Sun Gate) is the geographical center not only of Madrid, but all of Spain at the 0km mark from which all distances are measured. The Plaza Mayor is a majestic, arcaded square that was once a venue holding up to 50,000 observers and participants in events from festivals to royal coronations and even the occasional auto-da-fé.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: We board our motorcoach for a field trip to amazing Segovia, northwest of the capital in regional of Castile and León. The old town, a UNESCO world heritage site, boasts a wealth of monuments spanning centuries including the remarkably well-preserved Roman Aqueduct dating from roughly 50 C.E. -- regarded as the city’s symbol -- the astonishing Alcazar, a royal palace begun in the 11th century, and the 16th century Gothic cathedral. Segovia was unusual in Spain, first Celtic, then Roman, and in the Medieval era a place where Jews, Christians, and Moors peacefully coexisted.
 Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a three-course meal with a complimentary glass of wine and mineral water.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Innside Madrid Genova
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: History and Culture of Madrid, Free Afternoon, Flamenco Show
(Friday, September 26)

Note: Transportation via Metro, which does not have escalators or elevators at most stations and requires climbing up and down flights of stairs; walking up to 2-3 miles including cobblestone streets.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Today you will receive a Madrid Card and 48-hour Madrid travel pass. The Madrid Card provides fast-track entry to the city’s most important museums and monuments including the Royal Palace, El Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen museums. The 48-hour Madrid travel pass provides unlimited travel on public transport around the city for the 48-hour period. The Group Leader will offer assistance and suggestions for using these benefits most effectively.

A presentation at the hotel provides an overview of Madrid's history, culture, and people throughout the ages.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Dinner: We take our motorcoach to a local tablao (flamenco bar) for a welcome drink and an introductory presentation on the art of flamenco, followed by a simple dinner of tapas with wine, sangria, or beer. A flamenco performance follows dinner.
 Evening: Flamenco! “Voices filled with anguish and pain in cante jondo, rhythms of happiness and joy in sevillanas and rumbas.” Flamenco is all that and mpre, full of passion and intensity. Madrid takes pride as the capital of flamenco, hub of the recording industry, and starting place for aspiring artists performing in tablaos. Revel in the sights and sounds of a typical evening of Spanish folklore, music, and dance. We return via motorcoach after the performance ends at approximately 9:30 p.m.
   
Accommodations: Innside Madrid Genova
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: El Prado, Free Afternoon
(Saturday, September 27)

Note: Transportation via Metro, which does not have escalators or elevators at most stations and requires climbing up and down flights of stairs; walking up to 2-3 miles including cobblestone streets.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: The Group Leader takes us to the Museo Nacional del Prado, known simply as the Prado, that holds one of the world's finest collections of European art in one of the world's greatest museums. Use your Madrid card for entry. As external guides are not permitted to give commentary inside the Museum, the Group Leader will show you to the available audio guide service.

The magnificent building, conceived and designed in 1785, first housed the collection of the Spanish crown. It opened to the public as Spain’s national art museum in 1819. With thousands upon thousands of paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, other works and historic documents, only a small portion of these vast collections are on display at any given time. Highlights include masterpieces of the French, German, and Italian schools, early Flemish works, and the finest collection of works by Spanish grand masters such as El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, and many more. One of the most famous paintings in the museum is “Las Meninas” -- the family of King Felipe IV -- by Velazquez.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

You are also welcome to join the Group Leader in Retiro Park, once reserved for the royal family, with beautiful landscaped gardens, sculptures, monuments, and a lake. You can get a snack and relax or take a stroll.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

You are also welcome to join the Group Leader for a visit to the nearby Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Reina Sofia Museum) where you can use your Madrid card. The Reina Sofía opened its doors in 1990 as a modern, contemporary Spanish museum on an international scale. Its collection of more than 20,000 works includes works by Dali, Miro, Picasso, and many others. Its most famous piece is Picasso's "Guernica” based on the bombing of that Basque town during the Spanish Civil War, but with broader symbolism as a plea against the barbarity and terror of all war.
 Dinner: For our farewell dinner at a local restaurant, enjoy a selection of mixed appetizers to share, along with entrée and dessert. Complimentary red or white house wine plus mineral water.
 Evening: At leisure. Say farewell to new Road Scholar friends and prepare for departure in the morning.
   
Accommodations: Innside Madrid Genova
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Program Concludes / Transfers and Departures
(Sunday, September 28)
   
 Morning: A buffet breakfast is included if flight times permit. Otherwise, early morning departures to the airport.

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Gaudi, A Biography


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Homage to Catalonia


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The Shadow of the Wind


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